Please welcome contemporary romance author, Julie Archer...


         What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?

My first job was working in a petrol station/convenience store. Mostly, I enjoyed it, we had a great team and developed some great friendships and teamwork. But there were times (such as the middle of winter) when I hated it! Bringing in stock from outside when it was cold and dark was horrible, particularly as it was late at night and I was on my own. It taught me a lot about customer service and I do despair when I go into shops and the staff are more interested in talking to each other or looking on their phones than looking after their customers.

2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?

Um, maybe bad customer service as per the above answer… I don’t like misuse of apostrophes. Particularly when it is a business that is trying to advertise themselves. For example: Cakes for all occasions, wedding’s, birthday’s, anniversary’s, christening’s. Come on people!!

3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_?

I guess I’m eclectic. Some days, it’s professional and businesslike (okay, that’s not very often these days         , but I know how to do it!), other days it will be rock chick inspired and sometimes it will be slobby chic or whatever is most comfortable and warmest! I worked for an accommodation company for a while and the rules of my wardrobe would basically be down to the fact of whether I could do cleaning in it!

4.)            Tell me about your book Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals and where you got your inspiration for it?

Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals is a contemporary women’s romance. It’s basically the story of a bar, a band and a Thorne between two roses. I’m a big music fan and wanted to write something that was set in that world. I got inspiration from going to gigs and festivals. And I always wanted to write something that I would read.

5.)              Who is your role model? Why?

From an author perspective, I’m truly inspired by those writers that have done it themselves and made a success of it, such as Carrie Elks and Marissa Farrar, who then pay it forward to new and aspiring authors like me. Oh, and Jenny Kane/Kay Jaybee/Jennifer Ash who has a million pens names and personas and still manages to make time for newbies.

Outside of that, it has to be Karren Brady. Now an aide to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice, she started her career in advertising before being the Manager Director of Birmingham City football club at the age of 23. As a woman working in a male dominated world, she stood strong and made her mark, particularly when faced with sexism. She champions women in business and is an ambassador for a scheme offering young people workplace experience, while still retaining an interest in the football world. Oh, and she’s also written two novels!

6.)              How much of your book is realistic?

Quite a lot of it, I hope! I spent time around bands doing various bits of promotion and marketing, so I’ve seen the less glamorous side of it, such as rehearsals in a draughty village hall in the middle of winter. And I’ve stood in a field in Leicestershire with around 90,000 other rock fans at Download Festival. Obviously there are things that have totally come from my imagination, it would be boring otherwise!

7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I’d like writing to be my only job! Ideally, I’d like to become a traditionally published bestselling author. It would also be great to have a strong following of people that are interested when my next book comes out. But in all honesty, if I can break even some day, that would be great!

8.)              Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.

Hmm, that’s a tough one! I guess one of the strangest things that happened to me was hanging out with Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses bass player) after a gig he did in London. He’s surprisingly shy in real life, which is something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a global rock star!

Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals Book Tour
By author Julie Archer
Tour Dates: November 27th – December 6th, 2016


A bar, a band and a Thorne between two roses…

Caro and Nate are perfect for each other. Trouble is, Nate is really Alik Thorne lead singer of the Next Big Thing in rock music and his girlfriend, Edie, isn’t really prepared to share him…

Caro Flynn leaves behind the sultry nights of Mallorca to open her own bar back home. Romance wasn’t high on her list of priorities, but a last minute fling makes her think again…

Edie Spencer-Newman always gets what she wants. But when she sets her sights on something a little too close to home, she’s about to stir up a whole heap of trouble…

When the consequences of a tragic accident cause relationships to crumble, will anyone find a happy ending?

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About the Author:

Julie Archer


Julie Archer grew up in Hampshire and lived in Reading before moving to the beautiful riverside town of Dartmouth in Devon. She still feels like she’s on holiday.

Julie trained as a journalist, then went into teaching (kept meeting the sixth form students in the pub, awkward!). After that she ‘fell’ into recruitment, spending more years there than she cares to mention, where the most creative thing she did was to create a sexy top line for job adverts! Since moving to Devon, she set up her own business offering virtual administration and recruitment services, worked for an accommodation company and is currently moonlighting in the local bookshop…

Also, COYS, Cats, Metal. Underneath this preppy exterior beats the heart of a rock chick.

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Visit all the stops on the Tour:

November 27th

Blog on the Run - Promo Post
My Comfy Reading Corner - Book Review
He Said Books or Me - Author Guest Post

November 28th

November 29th

Rachel Brimble Romance - Author Q&A
Living Life With Joy - Author Guest Post

November 30th

Book Lover in Florida - Book Excerpt

December 1st

Chick Lit Central - Author Guest Post

December 2nd

December 3rd

Hello...Chick Lit - Book Excerpt

December 4th

Novel Gossip - Book Promo/Excerpt

December 5th

Rae Reads - Book Excerpt

December 6th

Grass Monster - Amazon Book Review




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