Friday, 21 November 2014

Debut Spotlight: Milked by Lisa Doyle

Today it's publication day for Lisa Doyle's debut novel Milked and I'm excited to help her celebrate by taking part in the blog blitz to promote the book.  

By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she’s got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she’s downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago’s celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Guest Book Review: Emma Bennet - His Secret Daughter

Reviewed by Tanya Phillips

Iris Brown is a single parent doing her best to raise her beautiful two-year-old daughter, Paola. But when Sergio, Paola’s father, a dashing-but-arrogant Spanish businessman comes back on the scene, everyone’s lives are thrown into chaos. She fears he may take Paola away from her. Iris must decide what’s best for her and her daughter, and whether she can ever trust Sergio again. 

He broke her heart once. Will she let him do it again? 

Amazon link: Kindle

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Author Interview: Rachel Brimble

Today I welcome author Rachel Brimble back to the blog to find out about her latest book Christmas at the Cove.

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015. 

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


More family for Christmas? 

Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news. 

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

Can you describe Scott in 3 words?    
Loyal, honest, passionate

And in the interest of fairness, describe Carrie in 3 words? 
Caring, determined, intuitive

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Books Read: Diane Chamberlain - The Broken String

Some secrets need to be told... 

As a child, Riley always suspected there was a secret her parents and brother protected her from, a secret that ruined the bond between her and her brother and threatened to tear her family apart. Now seventeen years old, Riley is flying out to visit her brother Danny who has been wounded whilst fighting in Iraq. And she's is determined to find out what this secret is. 

But will uncovering the truth bring her and her brother together again and give her the answers she craves, or will it simply lead to more questions...

Amazon link: Kindle

Monday, 17 November 2014

Weekend at Owlpen Manor to meet Kate Riordan

A few weeks ago I received a DM from Jessica at Penguin Books UK to say that she had an exciting invitation for me and little did I know what was in store for me, a fabulous weekend away in the stunning Cotswolds countryside at Owlpen Manor which was the inspiration for Kate Riordan's new book The Girl in the Photograph.

When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts, none more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton whose only traces remain in a few tantalisingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish? 

As the sun beats down relentlessly, Alice becomes ever more determined to unearth the truth about the girl in the photograph - and stop her own life from becoming an eerie echo of Elizabeth's . . .

On arrival I was met by another of the lovely ladies from Penguin, Sarah, and taken to the gorgeous cottage that I would be spending the night in to get settled before meeting up for lunch with the rest of the group, Jessica, Sarah, Kate and a few fellow bloggers and their guests (have to confess that I completely forgot to take a group photo of us all!).

Lunch was a nice relaxed informal affair, as was the whole weekend, which gave us the chance to get to know each other but especially gave us the chance to talk to Kate and ask her questions about her book and how the inspiration of setting it here came about (in the book the name of the Manor house is changed to Fiercombe).

Guest Book Review: Mhairi McFarlane - It's Not Me, It's You

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong. 

When she proposed and discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was her fault. 

When she realised life would never be the same again – she thought it was her fault. 

And when he wanted her back like nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to blame… 

From Newcastle to London and back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she can ever get her back. 

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Miranda Mondays: Interview with Bea from I'll Take New York

I was privileged to have been asked to be part of #TeamBea to help promote Miranda Dickinson's new book I'll Take New York which is being published on 4th December and be part of the Miranda Mondays features.

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there'll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans...

Today it's my turn with an interview with central character Bea...

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself Bea? 
I live and work in Brooklyn, although I'm originally from Northbridge in Shropshire, England. I own a bookstore with my best friend Russ - it's been a dream of ours since we met at Columbia University and we've been trading now for three years. I have red hair and green eyes and Russ tells me I a great friend (although that might have more to do with the fact that I'm paying for Chinese food next time we have a Friday night takeaway!) Oh, and I'm done with relationships. Nobody believes me (my friend Imelda and brother Stewart insist it's a phase). But I mean it this time. I'm going to concentrate on the things that matter - being happy, enjoying my life and loving my city - and save myself the heartache and stress...