Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Welcome romance author, Ellie Gray...*GIVEAWAY*


 Hi, Ellie! It's great to have you here and be a part of your tour - wishing you lots of success and sales with your latest release, Warwick's Mermaid! Let's kick off with my questions...

1.     What do you wish men understood about women?
That if they actively listen sometimes, that’s all they need to do. We don’t necessarily need them to answer or solve a problem. We just need to know they’re interested.
And… yes, we know we are sometimes irritable for no reason at all, but they don’t need to point it out!

2.     Do you only work on one book at a time?
No, not really. I usually have one main book I’m working on, but when I hit a bit of a wall, I have others that I work on. I find this helps to encourage inspiration and, when I’m concentrating on a different book, I usually find the answers to my problem just pops in when I’m not trying to solve it.

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple?
Captain Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliott from Persuasion.

4.     Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
Do what is right, not what is easy.

5.     Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
I don’t set writing goals as I then feel as if I’m under pressure to meet them and I just get stressed and de-motivated if I don’t meet my goal. I don’t write every day either as I work full time in a fairly pressurized job. I tend to write at weekends, unless I’ve got a deadline. My eventual aim is to give up the day job and write full-time, at which point I would hope to write every day….

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
Facebook – I find it more interactive and sociable. I like Twitter for the speed and bitesize info but it is more information push than pull.

7.     What are you working on now?
A contemporary romance, a romantic suspense and I’m editing a young adult fantasy novel. And there are two or three stories bubbling in my head at the moment too.

Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Release Date:   11 October 2017
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her. The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.

When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?
EXTRACT
Chloe stared at the bright blue front door, not quite sure if she was willing it to open or remain shut. Cerulean Bliss. She had been drawn to the name, conjuring up images of crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, sandy beaches, and cloudless skies. Chris had appeared amused by her decision to choose the paint based on the name rather than the colour.
‘‘Babe, if you want Cerulean Bliss for the front door, Cerulean Bliss is what we’ll go for.’’
But when he’d returned from a boys’ weekend away to find Chloe had painted the door, it had been a different story. He had flown into a rage, claiming she hadn’t consulted with him on the colour and had gone behind his back, waiting until he was away to make changes to his house. That was the first time she had been on the receiving end of his anger; the first time she had been frightened and confused by his apparent about-turn on something he had previously agreed to. It hadn’t been the last time.
Chloe glanced at her watch, frowning when it showed only a minute had passed since she had last looked. The frown deepened when she lifted a hand to rub her eyebrow and saw how much her fingers were trembling. A gentle hand touched her forearm and she looked up to meet her friend’s calm gaze.
‘Don’t worry. It’s going to be fine.’
Chloe shook her head, unable to prevent her gaze from returning to the front door only twenty or so metres from where they were sitting in her car. What if he glanced around and saw her? What if he didn’t?
‘What am I doing, Bekah?’ She dropped her head in her hands, squeezing her eyes shut and immediately wincing as that small movement resulted in more pain than it should.
‘The right thing, that’s what.’ Rebekah rubbed her friend’s forearm. ‘Come on, Chloe. We talked about this.’
‘I know, I know we did.’ Chloe lifted her chin, but didn’t remove her gaze from the door. ‘I just…I keep thinking about it, over and over. He’s not always that bad, not really, and I think…I think maybe it was my fault.’
Chloe didn’t have to see her friend’s face to know she was angry; she could feel it radiating from her in waves. Rebekah remained silent and reached across to pull down the sun visor in front of Chloe, lifting up the small flap covering the vanity mirror.
‘There is nothing you could have done that would ever justify what he did to you. Nothing.’
Chloe stared at her reflection, taking in the dark purple bruise circling her left eye—now bloodshot and half-closed—the ugly graze reaching across her cheekbone and further down to the swollen and split bottom lip. Without thinking, she licked her lip. The tip of her tongue slipped over the injury, and she drew in a sharp breath at the sting it produced.
She met her gaze in the mirror once more, noting the confusion and uncertainty dulling their green hue. ‘I know. But it’s not usually this bad. He pushes me around a bit sometimes, nothing major, and he says things…you know, usually when he’s had a drink.’
‘That doesn’t make it right. You know that.’ Rebekah blew out a long breath. ‘I can’t believe you never told me.’
Chloe avoided her friend’s accusing gaze. What could she have told her? That Chris was proving her mother right? That she wasn’t woman enough for any man?
‘It doesn’t matter now anyway. I—’ She drew in a strangled breath as the front door opened and, shrinking down a little in her seat, Chloe prayed he wouldn’t glance down the street and recognise her car among all the others parked along the kerb.
As she watched, Chris locked the door before turning and sauntering along the path, tossing his keys in the air and catching them, his lips pursed as he whistled. Chloe couldn’t hear from this distance, but she knew he would be whistling the tune to whichever song had been on the radio before he left the house. She glanced at her watch once more; 8.15am on the dot. Chris was a creature of habit.
‘Bastard.’ Rebekah thumped the dashboard in obvious frustration as he got into his car without glancing left or right before driving off. ‘Look at him, acting as if he hasn’t a care in the world. You should have let Sean come round last night and hammer ten bells out of him, see how he liked it.’
Chloe gave a weak smile. ‘I don’t suppose that would have solved anything.’
They sat in silence for a few minutes before Rebekah finally opened her door.
‘So, come on then. Let’s do it.’
Chloe bit her lip and immediately winced in pain, wishing she hadn’t. Gingerly exploring her lip with her fingers, she saw they were stained with blood, and stifling a sigh, searched in her bag for a tissue.
‘What if he comes back? What if he’s forgotten something?’
‘He’s not coming back. He’s gone to work,’ said Rebekah, nodding her encouragement. ‘Come on, the sooner we get in, the sooner we get out. We’ll only be a few minutes.’

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ABOUT ELLIE GRAY
Ellie Gray is a contemporary romance author who loves to write heart-warming, sensual romances with characters her readers can really identify with. Her novels are set in places inspired by her own life and travels, including the beautiful UK Yorkshire countryside as well as far flung, exotic countries such as Egypt.
Currently working on her fourth novel, and still tinkering away at a young adult novel first started some years ago, Ellie loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through any of the social media links below or through her website.
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Introducing A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt... *GIVEAWAY*


Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1
Genre: Women’s fiction/romance
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.
When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

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ABOUT KATE HEWITT
Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Sarah Bennett... *GIVEAWAY*





      What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why? My first job was as a Saturday girl in a Clark’s shoe shop in our local shopping precinct. I enjoyed the camaraderie with the women who worked there – all who were much older than I was. I had a horrible striped polyester shirt I had to wear, I can still picture it! I did enjoy the job as it taught me a great deal about customer service and communication. We had a lot of elderly clients who came in for the orthopaedic sandals, usually after they’d been trudging around the shops for hours so I’ve measured more than my fair share of hot, smelly feet!
2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it? Rudeness. I was raised to hold doors, to speak politely to people who are providing me with a service and to let people out in queues of traffic. We seem to have bypassed a lot of the basic manners along the way and that makes me sad.
3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_? Scruffy writer! When I’m working it’s normally scrapped-back hair and comfy pyjamas or leggings. I have to dress up for official functions as my husband is in the military, but my rules are never black or navy blue. If I have to wear a beautiful dress then I want to stand out in the crowd so I love bright colours and patterns. I’m definitely not a wallflower.
4.)              Tell me about your book Christmas at Butterfly Cove and where you got your inspiration for it? It’s the final book in a trilogy about three sisters who are all going through a major upheaval/transition in their lives. It started out as a single book, but then Mia decided to tell me all about her sisters and the series developed from there. I always had the key plot issue for Nee and Luke in my mind right from writing the first book so they’re very special to me. It’s about growing up, self-discovery and second chances.
5.)              Who is your role model? Why? I don’t really have a role model, I prefer to have a wide group of friends in my various peer groups – military spouses, romance writers etc. and to attain to the best I see in them.
6.)              How much of your book is realistic? I think it’s pretty realistic in the way it deals with the ups and downs of life. I can only hope there is really somewhere as beautiful as Butterfly Cove out there somewhere.
7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career? I have been contracted for another three-book series for 2018 and I would like to build and expand on the phenomenal success that Butterfly Cove has been. It’s exceeded all my expectations and given me a taste for success.

8.)              Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people. I have a writing alter-ego who writes very sexy paranormal romance.
Christmas at Butterfly Cove
All she wants for Christmas…
When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.
Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?
Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…
A delightfully feel-good festive romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.


Author Bio
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK. You can also look forward to a new series coming in 2018, set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay.


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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Peggy Jaeger... *GIVEAWAY*


 Hi Peggy! Welcome to my blog - I'm looking forward to catching up with you and learning more about your new release, A Shot At Love! Let's start with my questions...

1.)                What did you want to be when you grew up?

What a great question!!! From the time I was very small I wanted to be two things: a nurse and a writer. The whole idea of taking care of someone who was sick came to me when I was watching my favourite show at the time, JULIA, about a nurse. I loved what she did and wanted to do the same thing. I’ve always been a writer since the age of 6 when I was given a lock and key diary. I never wrote a word about me in it. Instead, I made up stories and wrote them in those pages.

2.)                Coffee, tea or hot chocolate? None. I’m a Diet Mountain Dew girl all day, every day.

3.)                What genre do you typically read? Why?

            I read a wide variety of books from cozy murder mysteries and thrillers, to autobiographies and romance. My favourite genre in romance is contemporary because I like stories that take place in the here and now. I like reading about people I could, potentially, meet or know in real life. I’m very nosy and I’m honest about it. I like people. I like knowing about them, how they think, what makes them, well, them!


4.)                Share a favourite childhood memory. This one is hard because I really don’t have any happy childhood memories. Let’s just say I grew up in  a ….challenging… household, and leave it at that.


5.)                Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes? Well, to go back to question 2, I’m a ridiculous DMD drinker!! Truly. I can pack away about 2 liters a day if I don’t watch it. But my real addiction – the one I may need therapy for some day – is my cookbook collection. I have over 130 cookbooks scattered all over my house. Some date back to the 19th century and were purchased at church fairs and sales. Others are present day celebrity cookbooks. Most are tried and true family recipe books that are dog-earred and much loved.

6.)                What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
           
Another great question!! For me, the biggest challenge is making the readers care about the characters as much as I do. As a writer, you love your people. You kinda have to, otherwise why write about them? But I lovelovelove my characters, never more so then when I’m telling their stories. Translating how I feel about them to the page and hoping the reader feels for them the same way I do is a challenge. A serious one, because if you don’t like the people in the story, you’re not going to read the book. Plain and simple. You can think your character is the most sympathetic, loving, empathetic person in the world, but if you don’t write her correctly, a reader may just see her as boring and flat. The challenge for me, the writer, is to make you, the reader, love that person as much as I do.

7.)                Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
           
When I’m working on a new book I aim for a minimum of 2500 words a day. Most days I exceed that. And that’s just writing – no editing, no changing anything ( unless it’s not working). I write the entire book through once, beginning to end, and then when it’s completed, I start to edit. This works for me. Many other writers edit as they go. Because I’m a ridiculous plotter, I don’t have to worry about getting diverted from my course, so I don’t need to change things along the route.

8.)                What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

             1 simply adore writing a series! I’ve done 3 so far and I love them because they’ve all been about families. I grew up as an only child of divorced parents who worked all the time. I was alone a lot. A. Lot. From a very young age I dreamed of what it would be like to live in a big, loving, loud, loyal and supportive family. When I started writing romantic fiction, I wrote those families, and I’ve never looked back. Telling each family members’ story is a labor of complete love for me.


A Shot At Love
by Peggy Jaeger

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .


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EXCERPT
                                               
“How many do I have to hit for you to be satisfied?”
           
Ky looked over to where she stood to the side of the garage, the Glock in her hand, its barrel aimed at the ground. He’d watched her load the clip, then weigh and balance the gun in her hand like she did it every day of her life.
           
“All of them. You might never get a second chance if a first bullet misses an attacker, so yes. All of them.”

She moved to the line in the grass he’d drawn for her to shoot from, mumbling something he couldn’t hear, but guessing it wasn’t something complementary.

“Ready?” he asked.

“Yup. Any particular order you want me to hit them in?”

He had to bite back the grin threatening to fly free at her snooty, disgruntled tone.

“Your call.”

Gemma nodded and took a stance. She flexed her shoulders and neck, the motion so subtly erotic, it made his pulse quicken, and she shifted her weight. From his viewing position behind her, he appreciated just how tall and lean she was. Narrow shoulders were relaxed and tapered down into a waist no bigger than a hand span. How many times in the past few days had he thought what it would be like to slip his own hands around that tiny area and pull her in close? Too many for prudence, that was for sure.
           
The first bottle, the one he’d put the farthest from them, shattered into a thousand fragments. Before he could take a full breath, she’d hit the next two.

The final three closer ones she dispatched with equal ease.

When she turned to him and asked, “Satisfied?” in a tone filled with condescension, Ky had to physically restrain himself from running to her, lifting her up in his arms, and kissing the gorgeous smirk off her mouth.
           
Because he’d discovered how much he liked sparring with her—go figure that out—he pursed his lips and nodded. “Not bad.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.


Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.


Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.


Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.


In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and is a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.



Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0




Instagram: https://instagram.com/mmj122687/

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Kate Hewitt... *GIVEAWAY*


 Hi Kate! So great to welcome you back to my blog so we can have a catch up - looking forward to hearing all about your latest release, A VICARAGE AT CHRISTMAS! Let's kick off with my questions...



        What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why? My first ‘proper’ job was working in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in the East Village of Manhattan, which sounded fantastic but was actually awful, because everyone there was very competitive and petty.

2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it? I have a grammatical pet peeve which is when people use an apostrophe s to denote a plural rather than a possessive as in girl’s when they mean girls.


3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_? Very shabby chic? I’m a mum to five children and I tend to live in fleeces and jeans.

4.)              Tell me about your book A Vicarage Christmas,  and where you got your inspiration for it? The inspiration is from real life! The vicarage in the story is based on the house we used to live, and the four daughters are very loosely based on my four daughters.

5.)              Who is your role model? Why? I have a lot of role models, and I’d say anyone who lives out their beliefs in a kind and loving way is a role model to me.

6.)              How much of your book is realistic? I try to write very realistically, and my characters are hopefully real people grounded in real situations. So, really, I’d say—all of it!

7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career? To keep writing, foremost, but also to write ‘bigger’ stories that grapple seriously with modern day issues and offer hope at the end.



8.)              Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people. I’m very tall—nearly six feet! When I’ve met people in real life I’ve seen on the internet they’re often surprised at how tall I am!

Blurb: Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas... and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna's social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?




About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk.



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