Saturday, 22 July 2017

Interview with...ME!!




  1. What do you wish men understood about women?

That we’re all about the emotion, baby! Obviously, I can’t speak for every woman, but for the majority of us, every decision we made or action we take, is grounded in emotion. Whether that’s because it’s for the benefit of someone we love, or we have a desire to better ourselves or we really care about what we’re doing. Men tend to make logical decisions, grounded in thought and as much as we love ‘em, they can’t always cheer us up by ‘fixing’ things their way!

  1. How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000 word manuscript?

My books usually come in at around 80,000-85,000 words – from plotting to completion, they take approximately five months. I take 3-4 weeks to plot a book, then try to write an average 2,000 words a day during the week with as much as possible over the weekend. Then a month to revise and polish. Of course, I have to deal with a gazillion school holidays in between so it’s always manic!

  1. Do you enjoy writing books, or is it a chore?

Writing is NEVER a chore to me – sure, it can be hard going sometimes…especially the dreaded ‘sagging middle’, but writing is what I’d rather be doing then anything else, ALWAYS. I’m obsessed!

  1. Do you have a favourite location or setting for your books?

I hadn’t before I start writing Finding Justice and the following books in the Templeton Cove series – it’s a dream come true that I’ve written eight books for Harlequin set in this fictional UK seaside town. With each book, the community grew and I can picture the town with more and more clarity. I can see the rows of houses, the stores and their proximity to the beach. It’s a real and buzzing place to me!

  1. Do you only work on one book at a time?

I wish! – I am usually writing one, editing another and promoting another. Plus, I always find as I start writing one book, I have another vying for my attention but I make myself hold off and concentrate on the one in hand. That doesn’t stop me from starting a new file and adding in bits of dialogue, or ideas for settings or a few lines of a new synopsis. When I come to write the next book, I usually have a good idea of an outline.

  1. Next project?

I have just finished the revisions for Templeton Cove book 8 (out Jan 2018) and then have the final draft of the first book in a brand new series to work on. After that, I will start work on the second book in a new Edwardian series – book 1 is currently under consideration with several publishers. Busy, busy, busy!

  1. How do you motivate yourself to write quickly? What do you do if you get stuck?

I have found a process that works well for me – character sketches, synopsis and chapter plan. Then once I dive into the writing I have a good idea what I will write for each chapter which really speeds things up. I also write the first draft without looking back which ups my output A LOT!

If I get stuck, it’s a case of writing through it – any messy spots can be cleaned up in the following drafts. It also helps that I have three gorgeous critique partners who look at each chapter as I write it. I’d be lost without their valuable feedback!

  1. Who is your favourite fictional couple?

I have a soft spot for J D Robb’s Eve Dallas and Roarke from the In Death series – I am only on book 13 of this (so far!) 36 book series, but I’m totally in love with them individually and as a couple. Great, great characters J

  1. What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to become an author?

Lack of self-confidence – for me, this is the biggest obstacle for anyone to overcome who wants to pursue one of the arts. Whether it be writing, painting, music, dance or acting, it takes a lot of self-confidence to put yourself out there for criticism when something is so personal. It’s one thing doing a job for someone else where you get to go home at the end of the day and switch off, it’s another when you’ve created something and then have to wait for public reaction. It’s like putting your baby on stage and saying, “Go on then, tell me what you think?”


You’ll either want to hug someone or punch their lights out, LOL!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Introducing Where I Need To Be by Jamie Hollins *GIVEAWAY*



How can their relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? 










WHERE I NEED TO BE

McKenna Series #3




Jamie Hollins


Releasing July 18, 2017




When heroin stole James Foley’s wife and destroyed his marriage, he poured all his energy
into raising his young son and running his auto garage. There’s no room in his
life for anything else until Megan McKenna walks into his shop. He finds it
impossible to resist the sexy school teacher.


After an ugly divorce, Megan lost her home, her job, and a big chunk of her
self-respect. With her posh lifestyle now a memory, she starts over by
indulging in an unexpected fling with a hard-bodied mechanic.



What begins as something casual turns into something meaningful. But how can their
relationship survive when it’s built on half-truths? 

James and Megan soon discover that being honest with themselves is just as important as
being honest with each other. Only then will their relationship fire on all
cylinders.



DON'T MISS ANY OF THE MCKENNA SERIES








Jamie Hollins was born and raised in rural Northeast Ohio. 
After graduate school, she embarked on a perilous career in Human
Resources where she met plenty of real life characters.  When she’s not writing or chasing after her toddler, she enjoys reading and golfing. 
Jamie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their dog,
Winston.






Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Introducing Adjunct Lovers by Liz Crowe *GIVEAWAY*










A brew that brings two lovers full circle.





ADJUNCT LOVERS



A Brewing Passion Novella


Liz Crowe


Releasing July 18, 2017


Totally Bound



When Ross and Elisa open their new business in Detroit, they believe they’ve embarked on
a dream life, complete with their beloved, precocious daughter. But owning and
running a restaurant is not for the faint of heart, and Elle quickly becomes
laser-focused and obsessed, while Ross spends his days consulting, or
concocting new beers on his pilot system—and wondering why she won’t agree to
set a date for their wedding. When their restaurant—named “Komfort” for its
focus on the comfort foods of various cultures—is featured on a nationally
televised tour of hot new eateries, its popularity shoots into the
stratosphere, and Elle’s stress level reaches a breaking point.


Faced with a mutual inability to communicate beyond their robust sex life, Ross issues an
ill-considered ultimatum: the restaurant or him. Stunned when she refuses to
consider such a ridiculous demand, he’s forced to come to terms with his own
selfish tendencies. Hoping to repair the damage he’s done, he concocts a new
beer inspired by her, using a recipe for a classic German-style K├Âlch. He
crafts the final product using a special ingredient designed to catch Elle’s
attention. It does. But not necessarily the way he’d planned.


“Adjunct
Lovers” fills in the story begun in LIGHTSTRUCK, and provides a closer look at
Ross’s and Elle’s complex personalities as they make their sexy way toward
happily ever after—with the help of a very special brew.





Catch up on ALL the Brewing Passion Romances











Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing
expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the
University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of
experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a
three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.


Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre,
“Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers
interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).



With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in
successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul,
Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe
backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and
complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the
imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.








Saturday, 15 July 2017

Love's Debt...


Lost love is something we have all experienced at some time or another.

It may not have been a great love affair but at sometime we all feel that rejection or loss of knowing that someone whom we could have potentially loved has now gone. Maybe it was you who ended the relationship because you could see no future, or the involvement with that person would have been detrimental to someone else you love or even to yourself.

The idea for my Victorian novella, “Love’s Debt”, came to me while my husband and I were walking the Bristol docks in South West England. They are famous for being one of the biggest areas of British industry during the 18th & 19th centuries. It was the setting and an image of the hero and heroine arguing at the quayside.

Once I saw that, I knew it was just a case of figuring out the who, why, what and when.

I knew the heroine’s heart was on the line, she was frustrated and afraid. I knew she was fearful of losing this man who’d come into her life unexpectedly.

Every story starts with something like that for me, either a setting or a flash of dialogue. Writing isn’t easy but it’s SO worth it – more than that, I couldn’t stop now even if I wanted to. It’s a compulsion. A need.

Once I started writing “Love’s Debt” the story flowed fairly easily because I tapped into my own feelings of lost love and what I would do if that person suddenly walked away, couldn’t hear me…couldn’t see me.

As writers we need to delve deep and really remember the emotions we have felt in the past and present in order to make our characters real and even better, memorable. So when Milly fears she may lose whatever it is she has started with Joseph, I filled every part of me with the same hurt, desire and love I might feel if I was thrown into the same position. Especially because, in Milly’s case, Joseph hasn’t betrayed her, physically hurt her or even lied to her – he just thinks he’s doing what is best for her.

You can be angry when someone walks away without as much as a goodbye, but what if their reason is something they genuinely feel. Then what do you do??

Here’s the blurb & buy links:

To keep herself from the depths of poverty, Milly Shepherd needs to be appointed manager of the Red Lion Tavern.  The elderly owner is in failing health and has promised her the job permanently if no one more suitable applies.  Milly will fight with her entire being to make the job her own.

Joseph Jacobs needs to supplement his income to pay off his father’s creditors and save him from debtor’s prison.  Though the job as manager of the local tavern looks promising, Milly is favored by both the owner and customers.  Instead, Joseph swallows his pride and agrees to tend bar.

As they work together, their attraction grows, their goals cross, and both Millie and Joseph find they must face their fears …the question is whether they face them alone or together?

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Interview with contemporary romance author, Camilla Isley!



     What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. I used to assemble all my teddy bears in circle and teach them (I can’t honestly remember what). I also used to keep notebooks with grades, yeah for the teddies, and stage tests.
2.)   Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
Coffee… Caramel Macchiato to be precise, it wins over hot chocolate big time for me. And I hate tea, always have.
3.)   What genre do you typically read? Why?
I have some favorites. Romantic Comedy, the same genre I write. I love Historical Fiction, especially middle ages. Always had a weak spot for castles, knights, and dames. Fantasy is another favorite, and maybe the widest genre as it spaces from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones and Throne of Glass to a number of other series more or less sci-fi. And I enjoy classics, Dumas, Austen, Twain, Stocker…
4.)   Share a favourite childhood memory.
The day my mom let me adopt my first kitten. He was a tiny little strip of black and white fur, so I called him Strip. Lately, as he grew up and got very fat, his name evolved to Roll. I loved that cat so much. He slept in my bed every night and was the best of friends.
5.) Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?
Cat pictures/videos/stories on the internet/social media, I can get lost in those for hours. Also books. But having an eReader makes it easier to pretend I’m not a bookworm, you know, less shelf space… I can’t really see how many books I own.
6.) What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
For me is the middle part. I usually start typing away the scenes I clearly imagined in my head and when those run out the real struggle begins… Then somehow when I pass that middle hump point the rest flows nicely.
7.) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
No. I’m a moody writer. I can only write when I feel like it, so I have good writing days and horrible writing days. But I never give myself a target, I let the story and ideas free to flow (or not).
8.) What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Well, I’ve started two recently so I have a lot to say about this topic. When writing series with a romance theme, I like to shift the focus on different couples for each book. I’d find it hard to write an entire series about the same couple. My books usually end with a happily ever after and in order to write another book about the same couple I’d sort of have to ruin that. Anyway, in my two series I use two slightly different approaches to keep the romance new and exciting.

For my romantic comedy series, First Comes Love, each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but each of the main characters has been introduced in a previous book. This way we get snippets of what’s happening to previous-books characters, but the protagonists and story are brand new. My new adult series, Just Friends, is more interconnected and books should be read in order. But still the focus on the main couple/s shifts, and since the characters are much younger they have more flexibility to change relationships and have the romance evolve in different directions.

Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don’ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right.

When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she’s had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?

With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she’d thought…
A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.

Buy the Books


Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.
She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

About Camilla Links –
Website - https://camillaisley.com/
Twitter: @camillaisley - https://twitter.com/camillaisley
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/camillaisley
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/camillaisley/


Tour Links -

July 13th

Rachel Brimble Romance - Author Q&A - http://rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/A Beautiful Book Blog - Book Review - http://www.abeautifulbookblog.com/Writing Pearls - Book Review - http://writingpearls.com/With Love For Books - Book Review - http://www.withloveforbooks.com/For the Love of Chick Lit - Book Review - http://lovechicklit.com/

July 14th

Kristin's Novel Cafe - Book Excerpt - https://knovelcafe.wordpress.com/JenaBooks - Book Review - http://www.jenabooks.com/He Said Books or Me - Author Guest Post - http://hesaidbooksorme.blogspot.com/Judging More than Just the Cover - Author Q&A - http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/

July 15th

I Heart Fictional People - Book Review - http://iheartfictionalpeople.net/Chrissi Reads - Book Review - https://chrissireads.wordpress.com/Books and Photographs - Book Review - https://arelireads.wordpress.com/Rebecca Book Review - Book Excerpt - https://rebeccabookreview.wordpress.com/Monique McDonell-Author  - Book Excerpt - http://www.moniquemcdonellauthor.com/

July 16th

One Book At A Time - Spotlight Post - http://booksandwinearelovely.blogspot.com/CosyCuteKnits - Book Review - https://cosycuteknits.blogspot.co.uk/The Writing Garnet - Book Review - https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com/

July 17th

The Belgian Reviewer - Book Excerpt - https://thebelgianreviewer.wordpress.com/Girl vs Books - Book Review - http://girlvsbooks.com/kraftireader - Book Review - https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/
July 18th
Reading Is My SuperPower - Book Review - http://readingismysuperpower.org/THE CHLOE DOUGLAS BLOG - Book Review - https://chloedouglasblog.wordpress.co

July 19th

Simona's Corner of Dreams - Author Guest Post - http://simonascornerofdreams.blogspot.com/Bookish - Book Review - http://evie-bookish.blogspot.com/

July 20th

TheBlossomTwins - Book Review - http://www.theblossomtwins.com/Grass Monster - Book Review - https://twitter.com/Lost815_OceanicChick Lit Central - Author Q&A - http://www.chicklitcentral.com/Living Life with Joy - Author Guest Post - https://livinglifewithjoy.com/

July 21st

ItaPixie's Book Corner - Book Review - https://www.facebook.com/itapixiesbookcorner/Rae Reads - Book Review - http://raereads1.blogspot.co.uk/Novelgossip  - Book Review - https://novelgossip.com/Whispering Stories - Book Review - http://whisperingstories.com/Ali - The Dragon Slayer - Book Review - http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/A Daydreamer's Thoughts - Book Review - http://daydreamersthoughts.co.uk/Steamy Book Momma - Book Excerpt - http://steamybookmomma0.blogspot.com/

July 22nd

BookLoverWorm - Book Review - https://bookloverwormblog.wordpress.com/Pretty Little Book Reviews - Book Review - http://www.prettylittlebookreviews.com/Book Lover in Florida - Book Excerpt - https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/