New The Mistress of Pennington's Tour!!

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Welcome Claire Ayres and her new release, ENTRAPPED... *GIVEAWAY*

Hi, Claire! It's great to welcome you to my blog for the very first time and learn more about you and your latest release - let's start with some questions...

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

A musician, I was pretty determined to be a classical musician I played cello, clarinet and saxophone while I was at school and I studied music theory as well.

2.)                Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
Tea, herbal teas mostly I have a whole cupboard full of them.

3.)                What genre do you typically read? Why?
I’m torn between romance and fantasy. Romance because I love feeling like there is hope and love in the world even when real life feels pretty hopeless. Fantasy because I love the fact anything is possible and well dragons, dragons are always a winner for me.

4.)                Share a favourite childhood memory.
Sitting on my bed and cracking open The Hobbit for the very first time, I lost a whole day reading that book for the first time just curled up on my bed, it was the first adult fantasy novel I read when I was 12 and taught me a lot about what I wanted from books going forward.

5.)                Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?
Funko Pop’s I love them, books although who doesn’t right? Band tees, I can’t help myself I have to have them.

6.)                What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
For me it’s dialogue, I get into the flow of writing pretty easily but I struggle with dialogue so I need to take time to ensure that my characters don’t sound like wooden sticks.

7.)                Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
Not really, usually I try to get a chapter complete per day but I’m more of a feel it and see writer so I just go with how I feel.

8.)                What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Well my book is part of a series so I’m obviously pro series. I think writing them is a bit like reading them it will come down to personal preference some authors won’t dig it at all while it’s all others will write. Mine is a series but with different main characters in each book so it keeps it quite fresh for me.

Blurb: Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes. 

Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away. Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.

Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.

*Entrapped is an 18+ Contemporary Romance with several graphic sex scenes*

About Claire Ayres: Claire lives in Bristol, UK and has taken her inspiration from the people and the places she has seen over the years. She always has a book close at hand and devours Fantasy and Romance like some devour chocolate! Claire loves a happily ever after followed by lots of bloody sword-fighting and dangerous dragons! But when writing her debut novel Entrapped drew on her childhood ambition to be a musician and one of the instruments she played and still loves as a centre-point.

Claire is also a passionate mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder and has done regular radio interviews and even some TV. She is also a huge heavy metal fan and can regularly be found banging her head at a concert or festival.



1st Prize: Signed copy of Entrapped and a copy of 7th Symphony by Apocalyptica
2nd Prize: eCopy of Entrapped

Saturday, 11 August 2018


I love announcing one of my books is on sale and this time around it's WHAT A WOMAN DESIRES!!

This is one of the favourite historicals I've written and, if you haven't already read it, why not grab a copy this weekend at the bargain price of 99p/99c??

Here's the blurb & buy links:

From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Introducing Path To Passion by Nana Prah... *GIVEAWAY&

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Nana Prah will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Heir to his family’s global empire, branding genius Miguel Astacio turns everything into marketing gold. Only his best friend’s sister seems immune to his magic touch. Until Tanya Carrington comes to him to save her floundering nightclub. Miguel is ready to rectify past mistakes. But will his supreme sacrifice win the heart of the woman he loves?

Read an Excerpt:

Firm hands held her by the shoulders and turned her around before she could grip the handle of the door. When he pulled her in close, she pressed her hands against his chest and tried to push away. She really did, but ended up gripping the lapels of his suit jacket so she could rest her head against his broad chest.

For the first time since the night he’d destroyed her, she released the pain she’d been holding in. The sobs shook her body as he rubbed her back. She cried so hard that his words were lost on her, but the calming vibrations passing into her chest soothed. When the dam finally closed, she sniffled as the hiccups made their unfortunate appearance.

He released her and looked down into what must look like a monstrous mess of a face. Wiping the tears from her cheeks with the pads of his thumbs, her heart stilled when for the briefest of moments, he angled his head as if he was coming in for a kiss. Her captured breath burned within her lungs in anticipation, ready to relive his soft lips pressed to hers. Her nipples tightened at the prospect. Without warning, he stepped away.

Leading her to the couch, he sat her down and handed her a box of tissues. The unladylike sound that came when she blew her nose didn’t make her feel any more comfortable. He went to the refrigerator, took out a bottle of water and twisted off the cap before handing it to her.

Tanya gulped the liquid to reduce the flame of mortification heating her head while she avoided his gaze. Had she actually thought he’d kiss her? She may have lost weight and looked okay, but he could have any woman in the world. Why would he want her? She’d never forget how he’d treated her.

About the Author:
Nana Prah first discovered romance in a book from her eight grade summer reading list and has been obsessed with it ever since. Her fascination with love inspired her to write in her favorite genre where happily-ever-after is the rule.

She is a published author of contemporary, multicultural romances. Her books are sweet with a touch of spice. When she’s not writing she’s, over-indulging in chocolate, enjoying life with friends and family, and tormenting nursing students into being the best nurses the world has ever seen. Nana loves to connect with her readers on Twitter @Nana Prah and Facebook at Nana Prah, author.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Introducing The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman... *GIVEAWAY*

Genre: Sweet romance/cosy mystery
Release Date:1 February 2018
Publisher: Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)
Packed full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.
Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents' beautiful house in France for a much-needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.
Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents' adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn't expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist...

The L Word
Two weeks today will be the first anniversary of our first real date. Being wined and dined in a chic little French restaurant was a gigantic step forward; it signalled the beginning of a new era in my relationship with Karl. Even though at least half of the meal was spent talking about work, his intentions were clear – we were no longer simply colleagues and romance was in the air.
Since then, Karl must have told me that he loves me more than a thousand times. You might think I’m exaggerating, but I can assure you that’s not the case. He usually manages to slip it into the conversation at least three times a day. The first time he said the L word to me, it slid off his tongue so easily I could almost have missed it. It wasn’t a staring into each other’s eyes moment of discovery, just a casual ‘love you, babe’.
As the months rolled by, I pushed aside my growing fear that it was only a word to him. Because it means so much more to me, I freeze whenever he tacks it onto a sentence.
And, yes, I’m very aware that my air of disapproval does make me sound ungrateful and undeserving. But it’s all about self-preservation, you see. I’ll never utter that word again until I’m one hundred per cent certain that the man I’m saying it to believes I’m their soul mate too – the perfect fit.
The last time I uttered the L word, was six years ago. It was to a guy I’d known since childhood and the man I genuinely believed I would marry when the time was right. He was handsome in a rugged way, fired up with ambition and exciting to be around. Sadly, everyone we knew thought we were the perfect couple too, except the guy in question, as it turned out…



Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.
‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’
If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!
Lucy also writes under the name Linn B. Halton.
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A signed paperback copy of The Secrets of Villa Rosso and an iHeart pack. (uk only)

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Behind The Scenes…The Mistress of Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble

From the beginning, I knew The Mistress of Pennington’s would be the first in an ongoing series and when Aria Fiction offered me a four-book deal based on the first book, I was thrilled that a publisher believed a ‘female empowerment’ theme could easily run to four books.

So, which of the many scenes that make up The Mistress of Pennington’s have a story behind them? There are so many, but I decided to go with this one. Enjoy!

Elizabeth continued her sure-footed journey to her father’s closed office door. Tonight, he would listen to her. Tonight, he would not provoke her self-doubt. She was worth more than her singular role as head of the ladies’ department. She wanted to shake up the men’s department, too and inject a renewed energy into the toy department. To her mind, both current department heads had become stuck in their ways, in much the same vein as her father. If Pennington’s had any chance of remaining the consumers’ number one choice of where to shop, the store had to move with the times and the demands of the people,
Inhaling a strengthening breath, she lifted her hand and knocked on the door.
Gripping the handle, Elizabeth entered the monster’s lair.
Her father sat behind his huge walnut desk, his silver-haired head bowed over some papers, his usual early evening whisky within hand’s reach.
Elizabeth crossed the plush sapphire-blue carpet and sat in one of the two chairs in front of his desk. ‘Good evening, Papa.’
He raised his steely gaze to hers. ‘Elizabeth. Did we not agree to meet at six thirty? I’m still finishing off a few things.’
‘We did, but I was hoping…’ She briefly closed her eyes and straightened her spine. ‘I want to speak to you about some new id—’
‘Not again.’ Her father slapped his pen to his desk and glared. ‘My decision still stands. You made the trip to London and Selfridges against my wishes. Now you return with a plethora of new-fangled ideas. I will not stand for you—’
‘Using my imagination?’ Elizabeth glared, frustration sparking her rare interruption. ‘Wanting to make more of myself than just being your daughter?’
He leaned back, the anger in his eyes cooling to malice. ‘You are my daughter, Elizabeth. Lord knows, I wish you were my son, but there we have it. I have a daughter. A single daughter.’
‘As you so often like to remind me.’ Elizabeth ignored the tell-tale increase of her pulse. She would not falter. ‘I want to push forward in the world. Prove to you and myself that I wasn’t destined to spend my days overseeing the ladies’ department while waiting for a rich gentleman to whisk me off my feet. I want—’
‘More than I’m prepared to give you.’
‘America is leading the way in retail and department stores. Their success is well ahead of Britain. We’d be foolish to stand by and allow that to continue without challenge.’
He huffed a laugh. ‘And what would you know of America? You barely move from the house to the store. You refuse invitations to balls and soirees. You turn your back on potential suitors as though each of them is beneath you.’
‘I do no such thing.’
‘No?’ He arched an eyebrow and put his forearms on the desk. ‘Then when did you last attend any kind of social event? What is it you are so afraid of, my dear? Do you think a man might advance on you? Make you think about more than how you wish you could bury your father and take everything he’s built. Is that it?’
Heat rose in Elizabeth’s cheeks as her father’s glare bore into her soul, making her tremble. Damn him and how inferior he could make her feel with a single look. Damn him for how he continually made her aware of her female status.

This is part of the opening scene of The Mistress of Pennington’s and it was the first scene that came to me fully formed and ready to be written. Now only does it encompass Elizabeth’s frustration, but shows a lot about her character and the character of her father, Edward Pennington. Edward is an integral part of the entire story and his life and development are equally as important as those of his daughter and the hero, Joseph Carter.

The scene kick starts Elizabeth’s determination and desire to make changes at the store and push herself forward as the rightful heiress of Bath’s premier department store. Little does she know, that her answer to making her desires possible comes with the arrival of another man in her life…a man like no other.

I hope you enjoyed the scene and it’s tempted you to buy the book! Happy reading J

Rachel x

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Welcome multi-published author, Kate Hewitt...

 Hi Kate! So lovely to welcome you back to my blog - I'm so excited for the release of  A VICARAGE WEDDING! Let's kick off your visit with a few of my probing questions...

1.)              What is your favourite thing about yourself? My sense of humour, although I probably find myself funnier than I am.

2.)              What do you wish you’d known before you started writing? That my identity and worth is not related to my success as a writer.

4.)              Share a romantic moment in your life. I came home from a trip and my husband had cleaned the whole house, folded the laundry, and done the grocery shopping. That is the most romantic thing he could have done J
5.)              Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author? What is it? I’d never say never—I never want to get too preachy in my books, and some hot-button political issues I’d probably stay away from.
6.)              Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? Write as often as you can, and finish projects, whether it is a book, a short story, or a poem. The more you finish, the more you learn and grow in confidence.
7.)              If you could be the original author for any book, what would it be? Why? Harry Potter, for obvious monetary reasons! Or Remains of the Day, because it’s such a beautiful book and one of my favourites.
8.)              What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? I was actually a pretty good kid! But I once wrote something rude on a chalkboard on school and got in big trouble, and was so scared by it that I never did it again!
9.)              If I came to your house for dinner what would you prepare for me? Why? Something warm and comforting—chicken pot pie or beef lasagne. Hopefully you’re not a vegetarian J

Blurb: Rachel Holley has always dreamed of a wedding—the white dress, the fairy tale, and of course, the happily-ever-after. But when her fiancĂ© breaks it off the night before, claiming she doesn’t love him, Rachel’s fairy tale ends in ashes. 

Homeless, hopeless, and feeling like her life has been completely derailed, Rachel must start over in all sorts of ways—and hold her head up high in the fishbowl of her tiny village. The last person she expects to become a friend is Sam West, the taciturn owner of The Bell, Thornthwaite’s rougher pub, and a little rough around the edges of himself. 

But as Rachel gets to know Sam, and sees him caring for his orphaned nephew, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic man. Nothing about Sam is what Rachel expected in a life partner, and yet she can’t deny their increasing closeness. But can love flourish on the rebound? And will there be a vicarage wedding after all?


About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women's fiction and romance. Her latest releases are A Mother's Goodbye and A Vicarage Wedding. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women's fiction, mystery and thrillers, and historical novels. 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.


1x paperback copy of A Vicarage Reunion – International

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Introducing If You Love Me, I'm Yours by Lizzie Chantree.... *GIVEAWAY*

Genre: Romance/Humour
Release Date: 9th July 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books.
 ‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down. 

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Chapter One
Maud closed her eyes and prepared to jump off the emotional cliff she was teetering on the edge of. She shuffled forward until she felt sick with nerves, took a deep calming breath and waited.
‘Oh, Maud...’ her mother sighed. ‘Not again.’
Maud cringed at the familiarity of those words, and in her mind, she stepped off into the void and plunged into the icy darkness without a whimper. In reality, she was still in her lounge, but being around her mother made her feel like an abject failure and the words she uttered sliced through Maud and filled her with doom. Her mum pushed her to the edge of reason on a regular basis. She wished that for once her mother could try harder to be nice. Surely it couldn’t be that difficult to be grateful for the anniversary gift she had been given and to offer a smile, even a fake one, for the sake of her child? It was the same every year and Maud was finally ready to surrender and stop trying so hard to make them understand her and compliment one of her paintings. It was never going to happen, she realised with a heavy heart.
Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, sensible clothes, a sensible love life... if you counted two overbearing exes and a one night stand who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he had started! She was ok with not fulfilling her dreams or being outrageous and carefree, she just wanted her parents to pay her a compliment, just once, after years of disapproval and disappointment.
Maud knew that as far as her mum was concerned, she was the most amazing parent who encouraged her daughter to have a responsible career until she settled down and found a ‘suitable’ husband. Granted, Maud was a very good, well-liked and adept teacher’s assistant in the local primary school, but every time she pushed against the boundaries set by her parents for their perfect daughter... ‘Oh, Maud!’
It was ridiculous, she was twenty-four, thought Maud. She wished she had a big glass of wine to slug back, but her mother would disapprove of that too, suggest in horror that she was a ‘wino,’ and hand her the number for AA, which she would have readily available in the little brown Filofax she carried everywhere in her patent handbag. The woman was a menace.
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Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. 


a signed copy of this book and a Swarovski crystal handbag charm.