Thursday, 21 September 2017

Introducing Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by Heather Heyford... *GIVEAWAY*


Heather Heyford

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date: 8/29/2017

When the
town of Clarkston, Oregon, welcomes Captain Sam Owens home from the
service, Sophia “Red” McDonald is first in line. The sassy
psychotherapist has known Sam since they were kids, and the grown-up
Sam is darned near irresistible. With his abs of steel and those
gorgeous hazel eyes, he could have any woman he wanted. Naturally,
Red is thrilled when he takes her hand . . .

She’s a
modern woman, happy to canoodle with the sexy soldier, no strings
attached—until her heart changes the rules. Suddenly, after months
of casual hookups, Red finds she wants more. She longs to possess Sam
body and soul. But his warrior's heart was wounded long before he
joined the service. As a therapist, Red has ways of making him talk.
Only if Sam opens up and spills his secrets can they finally have
everything their hearts desire . . .

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Heyford is the author of contemporary romances set in the wine
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Introducing Releasing Henry by Sarah Hegger... *GIVEAWAY*


Arthur's Legacy #5

Sarah Hegger

Genre: Historical Romance

Date: 8/29/2017

A light
in the darkness . . .

youngest son of Anglesea, the once idealistic Henry has survived the
Holy Pilgrimage, but lost all his deeply held beliefs in honor and
nobility. Captured in battle, he is sold as a slave into the home of
Alif Al-Rasheed, a wealthy Genovese merchant who has converted to
Islam. Bereft of faith, imprisoned in a foreign land, Henry has lost
hope in his ability to love again—until he lays eyes on his
captor’s beguiling daughter.

marriage of opposites . . .

To Henry,
Alya is a beacon of beauty he cannot ignore. But the heart of this
proud daughter of Cairo will not be won so easily. Divided by
religion, language, and culture, Ayla has little in common with the
disillusioned Englishman—and yet he has vowed to protect her life
in exchange for his freedom. As they embark on a perilous journey to
safety, their bond will grow—and be tested—in ways neither can
anticipate. For their greatest challenges will arise where Henry
least expects. With threats conspiring to divide them, will he find
the strength to stand by Ayla—and together will they find a common
ground on which to build a future?

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British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an
incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A Canadian engineer, whose
marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met.
Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three
different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made
her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic
English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese,
even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globetrotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began
as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations,
settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the
fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a
wife and mother. She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage
daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part
footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s
restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Being A Writer and Writing Around a Busy Family...

As a full-time writer, I am one of the lucky ones. I am married with two teenage daughters and also mum to our mad chocolate Lab, Tyler. If I had to work out of the home, eke out time to write, and manage the house and kids, I would have most certainly given up my dream of writing books for a living by now.

Having said that, as I am able to write full-time around my family, the only way it is possible is to be dedicated and committed to the opportunity. I don’t take my position lightly and appreciate it every day by treating my work the same way I would if I had to work outside of the home.

I am at my desk by 8.30am and worked through until 5.30pm (with two dog walks in between), every Monday to Friday. The housework, family and social time comes after or on the weekends, never in between. Mind you, housework is way—WAY—down on my list of priorities. Show me a writer and I’ll show you a dusty house, lol!

Of course, as my daughters are of school and uni age, things tend to fall to wayside during the holidays. Then, much to my shame, I become a bit of a savage animal who hasn’t been fed for days. I grunt, growl and snap at anyone or anything that interrupts me, sending glares of the demented kind in every direction.

Now that my kids are 16 and 18, and I have been writing since the youngest was 4, they don’t bat an eyelid at the woman who sometimes resembles their lovely mother. Instead, then just roll their eyes or shout back…and then close my office door. Peace resumed.

It is possible to write around your family, but it’s often hard and frustrating too. The question is, how much do you want to write? Be published? Have your dream career? It’s just a case of letting the small stuff go, making sure your loving family understand how much your work means to you and praying they support you. If not? DO IT ANYWAY!

Happy writing!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Introducing A Hero To Love by Gail Chianese... *GIVEAWAY*


Tides #2

Gail Chianese

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Date: 8/22/2017

A military police officer on the verge of a new beginning. A beautiful woman
devoted to her career and her dream of putting down roots. The
hardest thing they’ll ever do is to take a chance on love . . .

Navy Chief Master at Arms Jackson “Jax” Faraday is at a crossroads. He has
to decide whether to reenlist or get out while he’s young enough to
make a difference in the civilian world. Either choice could mean
leaving behind his girl: his K-9 partner, Bella. But when she’s
injured during a training session, Jax’s only concern is making
sure she’s okay.

As the Navy base veterinarian, town local Risa Reynolds is right where she
belongs: close to her parents in a farmhouse full of animals—with
room to grow. She’s seen enough to put military men are on her “not
happening” list, because they always leave.

But when a tall, hazel-eyed sailor arrives in her clinic with his dog in his
arms, Risa finds herself falling hard. And all kinds of rules will
get broken when Jax, a man who sticks to the straight and narrow,
learns that there’s no predicting the twists and turns of the heart
. . .

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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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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Georgina Troy... *GIVEAWAY*

Hi, Georgina! So great to have you return to my blog for a guest appearance - I LOVE the look of your latest release, SUMMER SUNDAES! I'm looking forward to catching up with you and your work so why don't I kick off with my questions?

1.     What do you wish men understood about women?
That we love having time to ourselves just to ponder, and that if we’ve decided not to do something/go somewhere we can rarely be persuaded to do otherwise. Or is that just me?

2.     Do you only work on one book at a time?
Yes, usually. Though when I send a manuscript off for edits I’ll then work on the next book. At the moment, I’m working on structural edits for a thriller (written as Deborah Carr) and as soon as these are completed and sent off, I’ll begin writing book 2 in my The Boardwalk by the Sea series, Autumn Antics. Can’t wait!

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple? Claire and Jamie from Outlander.

4.     Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
George Eliot: It is never too late to be what you might have been.

5.     Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
I manage to write most days and feel like something is missing if I don’t. When writing my first draft of a novel I aim to write 1,000 words in a day, but usually do 2,500.

6.     What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I’m not sure… thinks… probably Twitter. I enjoy trying to say something in only 140 characters. It’s not always easy, but it’s a good exercise in tightening my writing.

7.     What are you working on now?
The thriller I mentioned above. I love writing different genres and alternating between each book. When this is done, I’ll have had enough – for a while – of focusing on dark sides of characters and will be ready to lose myself in a contemporary romance. I love a little romance.

8.     Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it.
Summer Sundaes is book 1 in The Boardwalk by the Sea series. It’s a four-book series set in a fictional seaside village on the island of Jersey. The series covers a single year with the books each focusing on a season and on one of four girlfriends who live on or near the boardwalk. There’s a mystery that builds through each of the books and is solved at the end of book 4.

Book 1, Summer Sundaes, is Sacha’s story. Sacha runs a retro beach café on the boardwalk, the Summer Sundaes Beach Café, having taken it over from her father two years. Everything is going well for her. She has no competition on the boardwalk as the only other businesses are Bella’s antique business and Jools’ second-hand book shop.

Sacha accompanies her glamorous god-mother on a short trip to Rome where she meets Alessandro Salvatore. He acts as her tour guide, but Sacha discovers that isn’t what he does for a living. Alessandro is in fact an archeologist and is about to… well, you’ll have to read the book to find out more about him, and her, and what causes Sacha to panic that maybe her easy life on the boardwalk is about to change, drastically.

Book 2, Autumn Antics, is about Bella, a part-time hand model who runs a tiny antique business on the boardwalk.

Book 3, Winter Whimsy, is Lexi’s story. She runs three fisherman’s cottages on the hill above the boardwalk as holiday lets, until her father sells them to Oliver Whimsy. There’s nothing whimsical about Oliver Whimsy!

Book 4, Spring Siren, is Jools’ story. Jools is an artist who lives with her disabled mum on the boardwalk and helps her mum run a second-hand book shop, while building her own career.

For a quiet little seaside village with an above average quota of hot men(!), there’s an awful lot going on, and some of it is going to lead to big changes.

Thanks very much for taking part in the blog tour, Rachel! x

Series: The Boardwalk by the Sea, Book 1
Author name: Georgina Troy
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
Release Date: 15 July 2017
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
Wipe off your flip flops, it’s going to be a bumpy ride...
When Sacha Collins, cafe owner and sundae-maker extraordinaire, meets Italian archaeologist, Alessandro Salvatore in Rome, she's grateful to him for being her tour guide. Now he’s turned up in the seaside village where she lives, known locally as, The Boardwalk by the Sea and is setting up a gelateria in direct competition to her retro Summer Sundaes Café.
She's only been running her café for two years since taking over from her father. Until now the only other shops on the boardwalk have been a wool shop, an antique shop and a second-hand book shop. These have helped rather than hindered her custom. How will her creative sundaes made from fresh Jersey ice cream compete with his delicious Italian gelato?
Sacha is worried. Is there enough custom for both businesses to thrive? Who is behind the strange changes being made on the boardwalk? And when the oldest resident on the boardwalk is threatened with eviction can Sacha and Alessandro come together and find a way of helping her?
For a peaceful little boardwalk overlooking one of the quieter beaches on the island, there's an awful lot going on and some of it is going to lead to big changes.

About Georgina Troy
Georgina Troy is the pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. Her first book, A Jersey Kiss was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) and finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers 2015.

Her WW1 historical romance, Broken Faces, written in her own name, Deborah Carr, was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition 2012. She lives on the island of Jersey with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. Her books are published by Accent Press and Green Shutter Books. Georgina is a member of The Blonde Plotters.

Georgina’s new series, The Boardwalk by the Sea, includes four standalone novels about friends, Sacha, Bella, Lexi and Jools. Each book is set in a different season. The girls live on or near a small seaside village known locally as The Boardwalk by the Sea and all of them make an appearance in the books throughout the series but each book will focus on one of the friends.

Summer Sundaes (book 1)
Autumn Antics (book 2) - due Spring 2018

A character in Autumn Antics (book 2) named after someone the winner nominates, i.e their self/family member.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Finding New Stories…

Where do you get your ideas?? This must be the singularly most asked question of authors. For me, this answer has most likely varied with each interview I have given. Why? Because book ideas are all around us if we take the time to look…and look hard!

I have no perfect solution to generating ideas, but my sources do come from newspaper stories, conversations, past experiences and TV shows – another great and seemingly endless source is places. I live in South West England, with the famous city of Bath not far in one direction and the beautiful Cotswolds  or Stonehenge in the other.

As much as possible, I visit Bath as well as the tiny villages and hamlets in the Cotswolds. There is history to be found in these places and when I research, I will often come across a real working class person who achieved extraordinary things.

My Victorian novels are usually a mix of the upper-middle class mixing with the lower classes, but it is always the working class characters that capture my imagination and, more often than not, the easiest to write. I literally hear their voices in my head and feel their passion for more in my heart.

I have had reviewers and readers say that what some of my heroines and female secondary characters do and say things that are unrealistic to the era. This always jolts me a little because a real person inspired each and every character I have written in my books. Women broke convention, men invented life-changing devices and industrial machines, children abandoned to the streets grew up to achieve remarkable success.

Anything is possible and nothing is more inspiring to me than men and women who went above and beyond, not only with what their families expected of them, but society too. If these people hadn’t stretched themselves, hadn’t stood up to propriety and reached for their dreams, the world would never have changed.

Succeeding against the odds is amazing in real life…in fiction, it can be astounding!

My latest Victorian release is HER ONE TRUE LOVE (eKensington/Lyrical Press) and available to buy now. Here is the blurb & buy links:

She Can't Forget Him…

Jane Charlotte Danes has loved the squire of her idyllic country town for as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few steps behind…

He Can't Let Her Go…

Until now, Matthew Cleaves has endeavored to meet the responsibilities of his position with dignity and good spirits--including his dutiful marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?..