Saturday, 25 March 2017

My Monthly Book Review - Seduction In Death by J D Robb



For anyone who knows me or follows me on social media, it will come as no surprise how much I love and admire J D Robb (aka Nora Roberts). I have been a huge fan of Nora since I accidentally discovered books under both pen names on the very same day and I had absolutely NO idea they were the same person!

That was back in 2008 and since then I have read a countless of her books and still have at least another 100 to catch up with. To say Nora is prolific is the understatement of the year. I like to think I work hard, but Lord only knows how she manages such an awesome outpouring.

Seduction In Death is book 13 in her ongoing In Death series (romantic suspense set in the 2050s) which now runs to the massive number of 55 (56 coming in September). Before you give up trying this series because you're thinking you'll never catch up, let me stress that ALL the books can be read as stand-alone stories (I discovered the series with book 7). Having said that, I recommend you start with Naked In Death (book 1), if possible, just so you can enjoy the full journey of the hero and heroine, Roarke and Eve.

To say these two are probably one of the best romance couples ever created is not melodramatic! Their chemistry singes the pages and they are a duo of such force that readers never tires of them and with each book, I can't wait to see what Ms. Roberts does next with these characters.

Seduction In Death is a page-turning romantic suspense following Roarke and Eve as they chase down a heinous duo intent on drugging and raping young women under the guise of staged seduction. It is a great book, not one of my favourites, but still brilliant! If only I could plot as Nora does, my career would be complete...try this series today!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Introducing Hard To Protect by Incy Black...





Some Black Op missions are too dark—even for him.



HARD TO PROTECT


Black Ops Heroes #3


Incy Black


Releasing March 20, 2017


Entangled Ignite



Some Black Op missions are too dark—even for him.

Volcanic hot and ambitious Special Agent Will Berwick doesn’t give a damn what his orders are, he’s not taking the enemy—the lovely, but arctic Dr. Angel Treherne—to bed. Nor
will she die on his watch, most certainly not by his hand. Oh, he’ll root out her
secrets. But his own way—teaching her a much-deserved lesson while he’s at it:
that no one messes with his career plan just because they’re a little peeved
with him.  


Caught up in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, psychotherapist Angel trusts no one—certainly not alpha-cocky, cunning Will Berwick. First he’s hostile, then he’s charming,
now he wants to protect her? Why? What’s he hiding? With her life—and heart—on
the line, she needs to know. 

With the risks high and personal, can Will and Angel agree the dangerous choices they
must make?





To escape the frenzy of three children aged under 4 years, two mad dogs and four
very odd cats, Incy Black committed to a law degree
(University College, London), first to piss off those who said she didn’t stand
a chance, and second, because she’s never learned to walk a hill when there are
mountains to be climbed.


When not fighting injustice and righting wrongs on ‘Planet Incy’ via her love of
writing romantic action adventures, she works as a Marketing Director…also
cook, cleaner and homemaker.


Living in the UK’s West Country, her (now five) children are well versed in what
scares her (most things) and delight in pushing her neurotic buttons—at their
peril.







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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Introducing Forever Alabama by Susan Sands...



Ben Laroux is a gorgeous and sexy complication she can’t afford, 
but also can't resist.











FOREVER, ALABAMA


Alabama #3


Susan Sands


Releasing March 20th, 2017


Tule Publishing



Everybody loves local attorney and favorite son, Ben Laroux.  Well, at least everybody of the female persuasion–until he meets Sabine O'Connor. She loathes him and makes no secret of her feelings, even when he pours on his famous charm hoping to thank her for helping his family. Ben has never been told no, and if there's one thing he's never walked away from, it's a challenge. 

Sabine hopes she’s finally found peace and safety in the small town of Ministry. She’s changed her name to escape her painful past and her shameful family secrets. Ben Laroux is a gorgeous and sexy complication she can’t afford, but also can't resist. However, when her past threatens to derail her present and future, Ben might be the only man she can trust.



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Susan Sands began writing on her fortieth birthday. Better than a hot young boyfriend or a red convertible as mid-life crises go. Her first Southern women’s fiction
title, Again, Alabama, was published a mere eight years later, with
the second, Love, Alabama, and her latest, Forever, Alabama,
following closely behind. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, Susan's
passion for reading sparked her interest in writing. She now creates stories
about the quirky characters and fascinating relationships that are uniquely
Southern.

Susan holds a degree in elementary education, and has lived in the Johns
Creek/Alpharetta suburb of Atlanta with her husband and three children for over
twenty years.






Saturday, 18 March 2017

10 things that drive me absolutely insane...



I thought I'd use my weekend post to vent some frustration...love to know what drives you insane too!

1)    Prejudice – in any shape or form, it makes me see red! I am a dangerous woman to be around when anyone infers or says anything offensive.

2)    Melting paperbacks – I usually take seven books on a two week holiday, last year only three survived the heat.

3)    A bad listener – people who interrupt, talk over someone else or generally look at anything or anyone other than the person speaking

4)    Fear – Of doing anything that has the potential to increase happiness or success. I am a bigger annoyance to myself with this one than anything!

5)    Cancelled TV shows – HATE it when I love a series and it’s cancelled without warning. Grrr…

6)    Snoring…yes, I’m married to a snorer

7)    Dishwasher – I love my dishwasher, but hate that my teenage kids can’t seem to figure out that the dishes will not jump of their own accord from the kitchen counter into the washer.

8)    Laundry basket – again, I love my laundry basket, but hate that my kids are pretty good at dropping their clothes in the general vicinity but never in the basket.

9)    People driving whilst on their phones – why?? Are you insane?

10)  The fact I’m not superwoman and can’t do everything!


That's me...over to you!!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

February Releases from Lyrical Press...



Love Runs Deep
by Gail Chianese

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Active duty is no time for romance, but when two naval officers find themselves in truly close quarters on the USS California, the temptation to fraternize is hard to resist. Can two ambitious sailors follow orders long enough to see if love is on the horizon when they’re finally above water?

Lieutenant Nic Riley is the only girl in a long-time Navy family, and she’s determined to prove she’s just as seaworthy as her brothers. When she aces training for submarine duty, it calls for a celebration—and one incredibly hot guy is happy to party with her all night long. But when Nic boards the sub and finds herself face to face with her hunky fling, the idea of spending six months underwater takes on a whole new meaning . . .

Having a girl in every port was Lieutenant Kyle Hutchinson’s style—until the explosive night he spent with Nic. Dating onboard is firmly off limits, but Kyle can’t get her off his mind much less out of his vicinity—until a junior seaman’s devastating stunt puts Nic’s career in danger. Kyle won’t let her take the heat alone, even when it means risking his own reputation, but fighting for a future together will be a whole new battle . . .


EXCERPT:

“We have one last order of business before you can get back to work. As you all know, Lieutenant West was in a serious accident last week. He’s been upgraded to stable and the docs believe he’ll be released in the next couple of days to rehab. The spouses group has pulled together and has been and will continue to be a big help to Cecilia West and the kids while he makes his recovery. With that said, we’re short a supply officer. Or were until this morning.”

The CO paused and set down his mug, but didn’t release it.

Kyle tilted his head toward Mace. “What’s up with the Captain? He doesn’t’ usually stand during these things,” he whispered.

“No clue. He’s been in rare form all day.”

The CO looked up and met Kyle’s gaze. With hands relaxed on his hips, Commander Holloway glanced at all of the men before continuing.

“There weren’t a lot of options on such short notice, but PERS did present me with an interesting option. One that will put the California in the history books. We’re stealing one of the Trident’s female officers.”

The room broke out into cheers. There was nothing a fast-attack crew liked more than to stick it to a Trident sub. The CO broke out into a smile and let his guys get their good-natured comments out before continuing.

He used his hands to quiet the room back down. “Okay, settle down. Obviously, with such short notice, we’ve got some shifting to do to accommodate everyone Gatlin, you’re in with Hutchinson and Havers.”

Bryant groaned. “They snore.”

“That’s what earplugs are for,” one of the junior officers teased.

“Master Chief Ronquillo will work out a schedule for the aft head for showers. I want it stressed to each and every man under you that when the “Women Only” sign is up, they respect it. I will not have this boat be the center of scandal because some young pup got a wild hair. Am I understood?

“Yes, sir,” came from all in the room.

“Some of you may recognize the name, Lieutenant Lily Riley. For those of you who don’t, she’s the daughter of Vice Admiral Riley. The last thing I need is SUBLANT breathing down my neck.”

Instead of more applause or cheering, the CO’s announcement was met with pure silence. They had stolen the Golden Goose, at least according to Kyle’s buddy Tom, the weapons officer on the USS Alaska. As far as Kyle was concerned the Tridents could have her. Having the only daughter on the man who ran the entire Atlantic submarine force on board was asking for a headache. Sure, if the mission went well and baby girl reported back to Daddy good things, then no problem. They might even get an extra medal out of it. If things didn’t go so well?

The Commanding Officer could kiss his career goodbye, and so could every other officer and the Chief of the Boat.

The rest of the wardroom broke into various small conversations while the CO and COB consulted on the schedule.

Bryant leaned over to look at him and Mace. “Either of you met the Rileys?”

Kyle shook his head and looked at Mace.

“Served with Liam, the oldest of the three kids. Decent guy. Big guy. Should have played linebacker. I think he’s out best, Bangor or San Diego. Never met the others, but Liam mentioned her a few times.”

Which told Kyle squat about the woman herself, only that she was protected by her family.

“Lieutenant Hutchinson, I’m assigning you as Riley’s sponsor. Make sure she gets settled in. Between you and the COB, I expect her to feel like one of the crew. Get her through her quals. You know the drill.”

“Yes, sir.” AS her sponsor she’d practically be in his pocket until she got settled in. He really hoped she was a fast learner.

The XO, Christopher Ward, who was the exact opposite of the CO, stepped through the door and every eye turned in his direction. Kyle’s heart slammed against his rib cage twice and then failed to start again as he looked at the woman peeking around than man. A petite woman, with dark, almond-shaped eyes, a scattering of freckles and silky hair that he’d been dreaming of for days.

“Sir, gentlemen. Our new supply officer, Lieutenant Lily Riley.”

Her eyes locked on to Kyle’s. Images of her screaming his name pierced his brain.

It’s going to be a long six months, he thought.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gail Chianese's love of reading began at the tender age of three, when she'd make her grandpa read Fourteen Country Rabbits over and over and over again (and correct him when he skipped parts). While she's branched out over the years by reading mystery, women’s fiction, and urban fantasy, she always circles back to romance in the end. That's probably because she's married to her real life hero. Her wonderful hubby has served in the US Navy for the past twenty two years and he’s done things he can’t tell her about. But it doesn’t stop her from being extremely proud of him and the sacrifices he makes for her, his family, and his country. He’s also uber-supportive of her dreams and of their three children. Living in Mystic, CT and a member of Connecticut Romance Writers of America, Gail loves to hear from readers.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE


The authors will be awarding digital copies of all books on tour to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Welcome USA Today bestselling author, Diane Bator...



1)      The best thing I have learned from an editor or agent is how to be both more concise and less passive with my wording in my novels. I’m grateful to have so many eyes reading my work and picking up typos and errors, but have learned that sometimes things slip through the cracks. You can’t make everyone happy!

2)      My typical day is doing yoga, having breakfast, then off to my day job at a local theatre. I squeeze writing time in during the evenings when my son is in karate classes or on my lunchbreak. I would love to be a full time writer one day.

3)      I usually don’t read while I’m closing in on a deadline – unless I’m procrastinating, which I excel at! My day job is in the box office of a live theatre so I get to read lots of scripts. I also read self-help and thrillers as well as other cozy mysteries.


4)      When I’m done reading a paperback, I either pass it on to friends or trade if off in a blind book exchange in our writing group. If the book was written by a friend (like Rachel!) I shelve them to read again one day. I collect my author friends’ books like I collect seashells!

5)      I’m generally not nervous about friends reading my books. I’ve been part of a writing group for many years and have become used to the comments and critiques. I’m usually more concerned with what my kids have to say! As I venture into edgier novels, I’m sure my worries about what people say will grow.


6)      Inspiration can come from anywhere:  conversations with friends, places I visit or read about, things I strike off my bucket list (like a new tattoo), lyrics of a song, weird dreams, prompts in the writing group, you name it.

7)      Blurb from my upcoming novel Steeped in Trouble (Gemma Halliday Publishing):
Laken Miller Samson fought cancer and won, losing her narcissistic actor husband along the way. Not quite ready to start a new life, she's come to Danger Cove to stay with her sister and discovers not only the Sweet Eden Tea House, but a puppy she names Sammy. After she sees one of the owners fall dead at the counter, Laken becomes not only a witness, but a suspect in the eyes of local paramedic Keyon Blake. She steps in to help keep the tea house afloat while trying to help solve a murder, not sure either is a great idea. Can she help solve the murder before she becomes a victim herself?

8)      What’s next? I’ve recently finished Steeped in Trouble for Gemma Halliday Publishing and already have 3 more novel ideas lined up. One is the fourth and possibly final novel in the Wild Blue Mystery series. One is a fantasy I’m working on with a friend. The third is still an idea in progress that promises to give me nightmares.

BIO:


Diane Bator is a writer, storyteller, and artist who has so far published seven novels with two different publishers. She was nominated as Established Artist of the Year at her local Mayor's Breakfast for the Arts and won a Murder In Ink contest in 2010, which launched her passion for writing mysteries. Aside from writing, she also works in theatre and is tossing around the idea of scriptwriting one day.

Website              http://penspaintsandpaper.com
Blog       http://dbator.blogspot.ca/

Saturday, 11 March 2017

My Five Favourite Things About...Templeton Cove!!


Templeton Cove is the fictional UK seaside town I created for my series with Harlequin Superromance – of course, when I started writing book one I didn’t dream that Harlequin would end up contracting eight books in total…so far!

The first two books (Finding Justice and A Man Like Him) are romantic suspense, the next three books (What Belongs To Her, Christmas At The Cove, Her Hometown Redemption) are more mainstream romance but do have a little menace in them…I find it very hard to resist a villain ;) And the latest, Saved By The Firefighter is a straight mainstream romance about overcoming grief and finding happiness again.

This town has become a very real and tangible place to me – it’s somewhere I would love to live and my reader feedback has been fabulous. Everyone loves Templeton and its residents – especially the matriarch, Marian Cohen.

So, my five favorite things about this wonderful town on the south west coast of England are:

1)     The beach – Cowden Beach is where a lot of the action takes place in Finding Justice but also features in a few of the other books too. I created the beach with mounds of rocks at one end and a posh restaurant on stilts, The Oceanside, on its sands. Each of these things has served a good purpose! The beach is very much inspired by a beach in Egypt where I holidayed with my family in 2012.
2)     The fairground – Funland is really the entire backdrop for What Belongs To Her and was inspired by the fairground that used to come to my hometown every year while I was growing up. I ADORE a fairground with the noise, smells and excitement. I am thrilled that readers are writing me saying how real it felt to them as they read the book. There is no bigger compliment!
3)     The bakery – Marian’s Bonniest Bakery features in all the books and is a central meeting point and place the residents come to relax and/or get advice from their beloved matriarch, Marian. I say “and/or” because you cannot relax when you’re talking to Marian!
4)     The residents – I love each and every one of the characters I have created so far, both protagonists and secondary. They all mean the world to me and are incredibly real in my mind. Books seven and eight (out August 2017 and February 2018) star secondary characters from previous books who have been patiently waiting to be heard. It’s so great to have a job where I get to go back and read my own books to decide who will star in the next installment!
5)     Finally, the best thing about Templeton Cove – its potential. Right now, I feel as though I could continue to write about Templeton forever. I have so many more story ideas floating around in my imagination that I’m yet to explore. I want to add a nightclub and an amusement arcade…I want to set something at the train station and revisit the caravan park that featured in A Man Like Him.


I hope you’ll try one (if not all!) of my Templeton Cove books and fall in love with the setting, people and what they get up to as much as me J