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?.. 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Welcome prolific romance author, Bella Andre... *GIVEAWAY*

Hi Bella! So great to have you here and the chance to catch up with you and your work. Hope you're well and your tour is successful! Let's kick off with my interview...

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

I always knew I wanted to write, but I began as a songwriter and musician — I wrote songs and played shows from when I was a little girl up until my late twenties. And then, one day I got an idea for a book and pulled out a notebook to start writing it down. Three months later, I had written my first book (which is now published as Sparks Fly under my pen name Lucy Kevin). I first got the idea for the Sullivan series in 2009. I absolutely love what I do, and haven’t looked back since! <3 o:p="">

2.)               Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Decaf tea, please!

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

I’ve always been such a big romance reader. When I was a teenager I would read until two in the morning with the lights under the covers. Romance has always been my genre, and now I love offering my own stories for readers to enjoy. I truly believe that true love conquers all!

4.)               Share a favourite childhood memory.

I used to love playing in the swimming pool for hours. Now my daughter does the same thing. :)

5.)               Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?

Books, obviously, but I’m not ashamed at all. I’m proud to be a bookworm!

6.)               What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

The biggest challenge for me is being patient when a new idea pops into my head and I don't yet have time in my schedule to write it. I usually have several ideas in my head at once, but do my best to focus on one book at a time. Sometimes I will squeeze in a few minutes here or there to write scenes for an upcoming book to make sure that I don’t forget my new ideas.

7.)               Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

For me, it’s more important that I get down the right words rather than a set amount. I’m a big believer in revising my books until they’re the best they can possibly be, which means that I can sometimes spend as much time rewriting as I do getting the first draft down. It helps to know that there truly are no wasted words.

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

Remember that even when writing a series, each book is different! Sometimes it starts with character, sometimes it starts with story. I work so hard on my stories to make sure they’re emotional and fun and sexy and that they take my readers out of their lives for a little while. I don’t wait for inspiration or a muse to come calling.

For me, the Sullivans feel like real, living, breathing people—not just characters in books. I do have a spreadsheet with information about each of them (ages, kids, jobs, eye color, pets, etc), but I am so invested in my characters lives that I really enjoy getting to write “reunion” scenes with them in each book.

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Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?


For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.

Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.


Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.


Enjoy the following excerpt from THE LOOK OF LOVE...

Chase almost missed the flickering light off on the right side of the two-lane country road. In the past thirty minutes, he hadn’t passed a single car, because on a night like this, most sane Californians—who didn’t know the first thing about driving safely in inclement weather—stayed home.

Knowing better than to slam on the brakes—he wouldn’t be able to help whomever was stranded on the side of the road if he ended up stuck in the muddy ditch right next to them—Chase slowed down enough to see that there was definitely a vehicle stuck in the ditch.

He turned his brights on to see better in the pouring rain and realized there was a person walking along the edge of the road about a hundred yards up ahead. Obviously hearing his car approach, she turned to face him and he could see her long wet hair whipping around her shoulders in his headlights.

Wondering why she wasn’t just sitting in her car, dry and warm, calling Triple A and waiting for them to come save her, he pulled over to the edge of his lane and got out to try and help her. She was shivering as she watched him approach.

"Are you hurt?"

She covered her cheek with one hand, but shook her head. "No."

He had to move closer to hear her over the sound of the water hitting the pavement in what were rapidly becoming hailstones. Even though he’d turned his headlights off, as his eyes quickly adjusted to the darkness, he was able to get a better look at her face.

Something inside of Chase’s chest clenched tight.

Despite the long, dark hair plastered to her head and chest, regardless of the fact that looking like a drowned rat wasn’t too far off the descriptive mark, her beauty stunned him.

In an instant, his photographer’s eye cataloged her features. Her mouth was a little too big, her eyes a little too wide-set on her face. She wasn’t even close to model thin, but given the way her T-shirt and jeans stuck to her skin, he could see that she wore her lush curves well. In the dark he couldn’t judge the exact color of her hair, but it looked like silk, perfectly smooth and straight where it lay over her breasts.

It wasn’t until Chase heard her say, "My car is definitely hurt, though," that he realized he had completely lost the thread of what he’d come out here to do.

Knowing he’d been drinking her in like he was dying of thirst, he worked to recover his balance. He could already see he’d been right about her car. It didn’t take a mechanic like his brother, Zach, who owned an auto shop—more like forty, but Chase had stopped counting years ago—to see that her shitty hatchback was borderline totaled. Even if the front bumper wasn’t half smashed to pieces by the white farm fence she’d slid into, her bald tires weren’t going to get any traction on the mud. Not tonight, anyway.

If her car had been in a less precarious situation, he probably would have sent her to hang out  in her car while he took care of getting it unstuck. But one of her back tires was hanging precariously over the edge of the ditch.

He jerked his thumb over his shoulder. "Get in my car. We can wait there for a tow truck." He was vaguely aware of his words coming out like an order, but the hail was starting to sting, damn it. Both of them needed to get out of the rain before they froze.

But the woman didn’t move. Instead, she gave him a look that said he was a complete and utter nut-job.

"I’m not getting into your car."

Realizing just how frightening it must be for a lone woman to end up stuck and alone in the middle of a dark road, Chase took a step back from her. He had to speak loudly enough for her to hear him over the hail.

"I’m not going to attack you. I swear I won’t do anything to hurt you."

She all but flinched at the word attack and Chase’s radar started buzzing. He’d never been a magnet for troubled women, wasn’t the kind of guy who thrived on fixing wounded birds. But living with two sisters for so many years meant he could always tell when something was up.

And something was definitely up with this woman, beyond the fact that her car was half-stuck in a muddy ditch.

Wanting to make her feel safe, he held his hands up. "I swear on my father’s grave, I’m not going to hurt you. It’s okay to get into my car." When she didn’t immediately say no again, he pressed his advantage with, "I just want to help you." And he did. More than it made sense to want to help a stranger. "Please," he said. "Let me help you."

She stared at him for a long moment, hail hammering between them, around them, onto them. Chase found himself holding his breath, waiting for her decision. It shouldn’t matter to him what she decided.

But, for some strange reason, it did.


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Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of "The Sullivans", "The Maverick Billionaires", "The Morrisons", and the NYT bestselling "Four Weddings and a Fiasco" sweet romance series written as Lucy Kevin.
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Having sold more than 6 million books, Bella Andre's novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 32 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella's "The Sullivans" series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her "One of the top writers in America" and she has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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