Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 19

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Welcome to Day 19 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Nicky Wells. Catch up with more from Nicky in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells

Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells

Where is your home town?

I hail from Essen in Germany, but I’ve been in the UK since 1993 and currently, my home is in Lincoln.

How long have you been writing romance?

I started writing romance when I was expecting my first child. So that would be about nine years ago! I finished my first novel, Sophie’s Turn, with days to spare before the birth, put it in a drawer and left it there for quite some time. After I had published Sophie’s Turn, I began writing the sequel in 2011 and have been writing ever since.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I love all romance, but comedy is my favourite!

Introduce us to Emily.

Meet Emily Trenden, successful financial analyst at a major city bank. She’s 27, tall, with blue eyes and long blonde hair most often worn in a chignon. She likes opera and haute couture. In fact, there isn’t a pair of jeans in her wardrobe when we first meet her. She’s uptight, professional, and very smart. She is also caring, loving, sometimes funny, and occasionally a little clumsy, although she would be furious if she knew I told you that. The thing she craves most is stability and happiness in her life, in that order.

How does she end up at a rock concert?

Well, now, there’s a story! Her ex-boyfriend Nate loves rock music and is in a band himself. He entered a competition to win backstage tickets to see massive new UK rock band, MonX and, unbelievably, he won. Except he put the tickets in Emily’s name because he loved her so much. Unfortunately, Emily broke up with him before she knew about the tickets, and it’s only when she receives them that she realises how much Nate really cared for her. So she tries to get in touch with him, but she can’t reach him. Or he ignores her messages, she’s not sure which. In the end, she decides to go to the concert in hopes that Nate might turn up there as well—she did leave a stack of messages telling him to meet her at the backstage gates. But he never shows up, and Emily is stuck at the gig on her own.

Where does she end up the day after the concert?

On the tour bus en route to the next gig!!

How does Emily change after her experience?

The first MonX concert is a real eye opener for Emily. Because she has those backstage passes, she gets to see the sound check and final rehearsal, and she has to concede that ‘rock’ isn’t just noise but that there is a lot of skill and talent involved. She overhears Mike belting out an aria and realises that he is, in fact, classically trained. And then she begins to understand what Nate had been telling her all along about the complexity of a good rock song.

The concert sends her reeling in every sense of the word, and it’s almost like she takes a leave of absence of her ordinary life for the night. This, in turn, propels her into Mike’s dressing room where Mike introduces her to a whole new way of… feeling, shall we say. Much to her surprise, Emily rather likes the new ‘her’; over the coming days, she acquires a new wardrobe and haircut and even when she returns to work and has to leave her adventure behind, something has irrevocably changed inside her.

Describe Mike, the rock God, make us drool!

Hot, hot, hot! Mike is tall, and muscular with long brown hair and liquid brown eyes. His voice would give anyone an instant melodious orgasm, especially when he hits the high notes. He has a tattoo on the back of his right arm that fascinates Emily endlessly, although she never summons up the courage to ask him what it is. Mike is funny. He loves women and alcohol, although he overindulges only on the former. Overindulging on the latter is bad for the vocal cords! He can be surprisingly caring, but he’s hell to live with when he writes. He has a way with words too, as evidenced by the many powerful lyrics he produces. And he has ambition. He wants to go all the way to the top (and he’ll make it, too!).

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Right now, I’m working on the edits for my Christmas novella, Fairy Tale in New York. And when that’s in the bag, I’m continuing with my next rom com, Seven Years.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Nicky Wells

I’m a little bit here, there, and everywhere. Here are some of the places I like to hang out:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads | Pinterest

I also host a monthly radio show over on Siren 107.3 FM called BOOKS ROCK. It’s all about books, and I chat with authors and readers alike. Feel free to tune in at 11 am UK time on every third Sunday, or check out the podcasts on www.sirenonline.co.uk anytime you fancy!

Fallen for Rock, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Cathy reviews What It Takes by Terry Tyler

Today’s book review comes from Team Member Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Cathy chose to read and review What It Takes by Terry Tyler

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Here is her review.

Book Blurb
“A tale of three sisters…
Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like the runt of the family.
Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father’s droopy, dull brown hair and long nose – pitted against two Scandinavian sauna babes, she feels like Cinderella in reverse.
Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful.
Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen.
He pursues her with the devotion of a stalker – but she pushes him away. Then she realises what she’s done…”

Karen’s insecurity and self-doubt takes hold with a throw away comment by her mother when Karen was seven years old. It sticks with her and intensifies over the years, causing jealousy and resentment of her more glamorous sisters. Compared to them Karen feels less than. Not good enough. Unloveable. The sisters’ relationship can get very strained at times. Karen’s emotional baggage is deep-rooted and she has a tendency to be obsessive. She doesn’t really know what, or who, she wants. There’s an event (funny, sad but serious) in her youth that adds to her feelings of being unworthy.

“We always knew we were going to have trouble with my sister Karen. She was difficult even as a child.
Used to her sulks and tantrums we might have been, but we were still shocked by what she did to Gemma Franklin.”

This is a character driven story of real people in real relationships and circumstances, it could be any family in any street. Terry Tyler’s writing is very descriptive and detailed, it pulled me in from the start. The characters engender all the emotions, empathy, frustration, sadness, one would experience in such involved interactions. The portrayal of intricate and complex relationships are intriguing and very true to life. I couldn’t help but feel for Karen, and later Ava…..even though things aren’t exactly as they seem.

The story is skilfully told and works really well with the narrative initially in the first person from Ava’s point of view, then also from the perspective of several of the key characters which gives a different aspect on each personal approach to events. This in turn is an opportunity to get to know each well-defined individual more thoroughly.

The dynamics of the relationship between the sisters, their immediate circle of friends and co workers and the love and loss aspect gives the story more depth and makes it much more than a romantic novel. There are also dark undercurrents and some deviousness running through from an unexpected quarter that comes as a surprise. How far would someone go to have the person of their dreams?

I loved the very satisfying ending. Wonderful descriptions of Norfolk too, a place I haven’t visited…yet. This made me want to go.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 18

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Welcome to Day 18 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is E.L. Lindley. Catch up with more from E.L in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Dare to Lose

 

Where is your home town? 

Sheffield – it’s where I was born and grew up and then I returned to live here about 10 years ago and I’m really glad I did.

How long have you been writing romance? 

I’ve been writing officially for about five years. I published my first book, Business As Usual in 2011. I don’t really consider myself a writer of romance per se although my books do have lots of romance in them. However, they could also be categorised as thrillers or mysteries or family drama. One of the nicest things a reader has ever said about my books is in a good reads review, where a lovely lady wrote, “She’s a very versatile author and seems to write very different books each time.” And this is really what I try to achieve, I hope readers get whatever it is they are looking for within my books, be that romance, drama, mystery or whatever.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance? 

As a writer, I tend to veer towards mysteries and these are the kinds of books I enjoy reading as well. I don’t mind if they are light-hearted fun mysteries in say the Janet Evanovich style or more serious, gritty thrillers but, I do like there to be at least a hint of some romance in there as well. Don’t we all?

Where is Dare to Lose set? 

Dare To Lose is set in Brighton, which is a place very dear to my heart because I lived there very happily for a number of years. It’s a wonderful place to live or visit as it has something for everyone. It’s on the coast but it has a vibrant city life as well. It’s got culture, countryside, family fun and best of all the sea – what more could anyone want?

What are Nicola’s dreams? 

Nicola’s dream is to be in control of her own destiny. She has worked hard in her career as a teacher and always done the right thing but she finds herself at odds with the modern world of education. She has a passion for cooking and always wanted to own her own cafe but never had the confidence to go after what she wanted. When she loses her job, it sort of galvanises her into following her dreams. Part of the appeal for Nicola in owning her business is so that she can be control of her own life. She had a chaotic childhood being moved around at the whim of her mother, who is a bit of a wild one even in her 70s. Nicola just wants a calm ordered life but fate, as is often the case, has other ideas.

Who goes missing? 

Nicola is a very caring person and when she employs a student to work as a waitress, the young woman quickly becomes like part of her family. Jessica disappears and Nicola feels duty-bound to look for her, especially as she’s an overseas student and all of her family live in the USA.

Tell us about the love interest for Nicola.

Eventually Jessica’s father, Jack, arrives in Brighton to search for his daughter. He is a police detective so he knows what he’s doing but, he’s obviously at a disadvantage in a strange country, so he needs Nicola to help him navigate his way around both physically and culturally. He’s divorced from Jessica’s mum and not in the market for romance but, as he stays in Nicola’s home; they inevitably become closer and closer.

Tell us about the criminals that she finds herself involved with.

Nicola has no experience of the seedier side Brighton and finding herself in the company of gangsters is a bit of a shock. Brighton, like all cities, has areas where social deprivation and drugs are massive problems and, in Dare To Lose, criminals from Albania have joined forces with local gangsters to control the drug flow and prostitution. In their search for Jessica, Nicola and Jack find themselves plunged into this world, which proves very dangerous for both of them.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment. 

I’m currently working on the fifth novel in my Georgie Connelly series. It’s proving to be great fun to write and I’m hoping that it will provide just as much entertainment for readers.

Where can readers find out more about you?

E. L. Lindley Author

All of my books are available on Amazon where I have an author page http://www.amazon.co.uk/E.L-Lindley/e/B006S2GRCE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1407160410&sr=1-1 (for UK readers)I’m also on Twitter @LindleyE

and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/EL-Lindley/205011402903349?ref_type=bookmark

And http://www.amazon.com/E.L.-Lindley/e/B006S2GRCE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1369223835&sr=1-2-ent (for US readers)

If readers want to find out more they can visit my website at ellindley.weebly.com where there‘s lots of information about all of my books and I also have a blog.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Luccia reviews An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

Today’s review is from team member Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.wordpress.com

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Luccia chose to read and review An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

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Here is her review.

When I chose An independent woman to read and review for Rosie’s Review Team, I was thrilled even before I started reading it, because when I read the blurb I realized it’s my favourite type of book. I enjoy reading neo-Victorian novels, so although I’m easy to please with this genre, it’s also not easy to surprise me with something new.

Well, I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised, because I found an entertaining, moving, exciting, and romantic novel, set in Victorian England, which I would highly recommend.

The novel is beautifully written with prose that flows smoothly, enticing the reader to turn the pages. There are just enough descriptive elements to submerge the reader comfortably in Victorian England, moving effortlessly from foggy, filthy London, to the tranquil countryside.

Philomena’s intriguing character keeps the reader connected to the story, feeling for her plight from the first sentence, as she creeps up the twisted stairs and flees from London, to the last line.

I loved the first chapters, when she was disguised as a young boy in order to escape from London, and her ‘chance’ arrival at the country estate on Christmas Eve after a fateful train accident.

We also feel we get to know the other characters such as the mysterious Lord Thatcham, his mother, the demanding Dowager Lady Thatcham, her frivolous yet charming daughter, Selena, and the kind Mrs. Rivers and Mrs. Bramble. There’s naturally a despicable villain, who causes havoc, and whose real motives are not revealed until the end, keeping the plot moving forward with mysterious twists and surprises.

It has many gothic elements which will remind readers of Rebecca, Jane Eyre, and Oliver Twist, three of my favourite novels. Firstly, the mansion where the action takes place, Thatcham Hall, becomes a character, with its servants’ quarters, main living areas, bedrooms, and the dark, forbidden wings. The reader will also find a gloomy widower, a wife deceased in unclear circumstances, a rich and lonely child, an exploited and abused child, and a well-read governess, among others, all leading to an eventful and enjoyable read.

Frances Evesham shows expert knowledge of Victorian England, which she transmits wrapped up in an enjoyable parcel of mystery, action, and romance.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 17

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Welcome to Day 17 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Monica La Porta. Catch up with more from Monica in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

I am from Rome, Italy, but I moved to Washington State in the summer of 2000.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been writing love stories since I was a kid, but I started writing professionally five years ago.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I have several favourites, among them paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction romance.

Tell us who Marcus is?

Marcus is the main character in The Lost Centurion. Once a proud commander in the Imperial Roman Army with hundreds of men under his lead, Marcus is now a lonely renegade whose life is powered by a thirst for revenge consuming him.

Who has he been searching centuries for?

As an immortal, Marcus has spent the last two thousand years looking for a vampire.

What does he think of Vampires?

He hates vampires, because one of them killed his wife, Aurelia.

How does he meet Diana?

After years of fruitless search for Aurelia’s killer, Marcus has finally a lead. An informant has promised him information about the vampire he’s looking for. The rendezvous is at the Roman Forum, but when Marcus arrives he finds his informant is being attacked. Marcus can’t save the man, but he ends up having to care for the informant’s vampling—a new-born vampire—Diana.

What locations have you used to mix Old and New Italy?

I took a virtual tour through Rome, mixing places I used to frequent when I was living there, and Marcus’s memories of the same places in Roman times. The Forums first and foremost, where the majority of Roman daily life happened, but also the modern neighbourhoods built on top of the ancient city. Marcus travels south to Amalfi to hide with Diana in his friend’s villa perched atop the rugged coast, and takes her to the Blue Grotto for a romantic evening. Finally, he must follow her to Castel Gandolfo, the medieval city where the Pope retires for his summer vacation, where the vampires keep Diana prisoner.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I have just released the second title in The Immortals series, The Immortal Greek. My editor has finished her corrections on The Broken Angel, which should be out in October. And I am writing the fourth in the series, The Hidden Demon.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Monica La Porta

I have a blog and an author page on Facebook where I talk about my writing, my hobbies, my outlandish gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free recipes, and my love for beagles. I welcome questions from my readers, because interacting with them gives me great joy.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/monicalaportaauthor

Blog http://monicalaporta.com/

twitter https://twitter.com/momilp

mailing list http://eepurl.com/znSHT

The Lost Centurion buying links:

  1. co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lost-Centurion-Immortals-ebook/dp/B00KMJB4OA/
  2. com: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Centurion-Immortals-Monica-Porta-ebook/dp/B00KMJB4OA

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/442440

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lost-centurion-monica-la-porta/1119629009?ean=2940045970778

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-lost-centurion/id883335328?mt=11

 

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Doug reviews The Wrath Inside by RR Gall

Today’s review is from Book review Team member Doug

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He chose to read and review The Wrath Inside by RR Gall

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Here is his review.

RR Gall — The Wrath Inside (Ezera’s run 1)

I am not given to any spoiling of a story so I will keep to generalizations with very few specifics

The setting was a small agricultural town Nares in a provence some 100Km from Jerusalem with it’s close knit community, a narrow view of the world as they knew it, and of course the inevitable problems that ensue.

The main character is Ezera a 16 year old boy whose father is a carpenter and an unconventional zeast for life, the family home has a sloping roof which stands out among the prolieration of flat sunbaked dwellings.

The writer dropped some clues as to the threats and situations these span out later in the Story Much of the story occurs in the town square close to the Synagogue and a tall tree is centre stage some of that time, that make me chuckle!

There are some side stories involving family and strangers, the impact of a visit from a high status pharisee. The main issue is a conflict caused by the death of a roman soldier in the narrow streets of the town, when a census was implemented, the latter was a tactic often used by the officious regime to subjurgate the populus and extract taxes.

The Roman commander wants restitution at any cost so he asserts his authority and ensures his command are not undermined. But he reminds his second in command to count the olive trees

I enjoyed the story and related to the group of boys, or young men as they would have been considered in the days of the Roman occupation. Afterall whats wrong with some rebellion!

I read the entire novel without any hindrance there were no particular issues with style or grammar, it flowed neatly without any glaring obstacles.

The one and only criticism for me was the historical backdrop could have been enhanced greatly with some suitable description to set the scene because it could have been anywhere in time, apart from the presence of the Romans.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 16

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Welcome to Day 16 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Mary M Forbes. Catch up with more from Mary in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

In the isolation of Northern Saskatchewan I grew up on a farm, even going to a small country farm school. Think ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and it was similar to the way I grew up. I had my own horse and although we were as poor as the proverbial ‘church mouse’ and couldn’t afford anything, I always felt I was more fortunate than others. They may have a bike – but I had a horse. We also had fantastic meals and could eat as much as we wanted.

How long have you been writing romance?

My attempts in writing went as far back as when I was a teen. I read avidly and would create my own stories. Then real life, children, husband and work intervened. I seriously started writing again in the mid-1990s after my kids started growing up.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I like most, but my favourite is historical romance. I have always been fascinated with history and love researching. Sometimes I get caught in a trap and just keep researching, forgetting to write the story. Events in history always create ideas and eventually the story just falls into place.

What is Emily’s background?

Emily grew up on the streets of Toronto rather than suffer the indignities of foster parents. She hates the disadvantages life has dealt her and the filth she is forced to live in.

Why is Wade in jail?

Wade is drunk when he catches his wife in bed with another man. After listening to Alan Jackson’s song – a hole big enough to drive a truck through – he decides to make a hole in his house by driving a truck through it. He is charged with a DUI and driving a semi into a residential area. Fortunately his brother’s efforts to pin ‘attempted murder’ on him doesn’t stick. It causes a major rift in their sibling relationship though.

Does Emily have an ambition?

Emily wants to get out of the squalor plaguing her life. She will do anything to create a clean, peaceful life even posing for ‘Night Dreams’ – a men’s magazine.

What’s stopping Emily and Wade getting together?

Emily has no interest in the exciting, chaotic life a country singer has. She is trying to escape from a roller-coaster life and feels Wade’s brother, a politician, can give her exactly what she needs – an orderly, calm and especially clean life. Emily wants security. Love doesn’t matter.

Are there lots of sexy rugged cowboys in your book?

No. Wade is so dominating as a character it’s hard to imagine anyone as sexy or rugged. He seemed to demand full attention.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I have just finished the first book in my ‘sweet romance’ Crystal Ridge series – Never Pick a Pretty Woman. I have outlined the next Sophisticated Cowboy and hope to have it done by Christmas. Then the third and last book of the series This Princess Wears Cowboy Boots will be available in the summer of 2015. I am also working on a more complex book titled ‘Seraphim’ – which is a story of abuse and death (grieving). It is Delaney’s journey in finding trust and love again.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Mary M Forbes

Readers can visit my website and blog – http:marymforbes.wordpress.com.

I am also on Author Centralhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002UUEK4U;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymagdelineauthor;

Twitter: -https://twitter.com/maryauthor;

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/marymforbes/

and Goodreads: – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3170035.Mary_M_Forbes

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Noelle reviews All Hallows At Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

Today’s review is from Book review team member Noelle, she blogs at http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has read All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray

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Here is her review.

All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray: Review

I must be honest and tell you that I am always suspicious of books that are a spin off from a classic read. This time, however, I was completely in the wrong. All Hallows at Eyre Hall kept me tightly bound to my reading of it and constantly entertained with its twists and turns.

I was never a great fan of the original Jane Eyre. I thought she was wimpy and colourless and Edward Rochester pusillanimous. Now, more than twenty years later, Jane has a backbone and Edward is still spineless, whining, and morally corrupt. But now Jane is fully cognizant of his failings and no longer loves him. The book begins with Edward on his deathbed and I thought, At last, Jane is free and can live her own life. Richard Mason returns, brother of Bertha, Edward’s first, mad wife, who lived locked on the top floor of Thornfield Hall – the same man who interrupted Jane’s first wedding ceremony by claiming bigamy because his sister was still living. With him comes an evil that threatens to destroy everything Jane holds dear – her sanity, her family and Eyre Hall. The venal Richard tries again to insinuate himself into the Rochester estate and its money by bringing with him to Eyre Hall a young girl, whom he claims is the offspring of Edward and Bertha. He also plants a mole at the Hall to spy for him.

During this period, Jane once again falls deeply and inappropriately in love, but this time with a much younger man, whose status as staff at the Hall creates a love story with unexpected twists and turns. There is a lot more to this love story, but I don’t want to be a spoiler.

What Richard demands to keep both Annette’s lineage and Jane’s love a secret aroused murderous feelings in this reader. There are also new revelations of extent of Edward’s depravity, creating more impossible stressors in Jane’s life. Jane’s response to these threats to her future and to that of her son John (who has an immediate and innocent attraction to the Annette), is planned out with her usual practicality, but will it work? Will she be strong enough to go through with her plan? The reader will need to get the next volume in this trilogy, out this fall.

I found the characters in All Hallows at Eyre Hall richly drawn, and the descriptions that maintain the period of the piece well researched and in perfect continuity to the original book. Whether you liked or disliked the original Jane Eyre, you will find this sequel alternately engaging, surprising and impossible to put down.

Find a copy at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 15

 

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Welcome to Day 15 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Laura E James. Catch up with more from Laura in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to Laura.

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1)Where is your home town? 

Weymouth, in Dorset, which is a beautiful and inspirational coastal county in the UK.

2)How long have you been writing romance? 

I started writing romance in the mid-noughties, 2007.

3)What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I love issue-based romances ‒ ones that make me consider my actions and motives if I were faced with the same problems.

4)Where does Victoria work? 

Victoria Noble is the Director of EweSpeak, a British social networking site with an office in London. It’s a demanding job, but one she has thrown herself into, as the virtual world provides her with a sanctuary from real life.

5)What does EweSpeak offer its clients? 

A secure site from which to connect with their families, friends and/or fans. It’s a particularly good platform for the rich and famous as it was originally created to support that customer base.

6)Why has Chris Frampton returned from Hollywood? 

Chris Frampton has suffered a terrible tragedy in LA, losing his wife and one of his twin boys to an awful accident. His other twin son, Rick, survived, but is traumatised by the loss of a mother and brother. Scared he’s losing Rick too, and in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to bring Rick back to life, Chris returns home to the UK, hoping sharing his past with his son will help them reconnect.

7)Can you hint at some of the secrets he is trying to escape? 

His secrets are tied in with his late wife’s past and the impact they could have on his son’s recovery.

8)What is the biggest stumbling block for any relationship between Victoria and Chris? 

‘Follow Me, Follow You’ is a reunion story, and for both parties, getting back together will depend on how they decide to handle the past.

9)Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Book 3 has a working title of ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ and is set in and around Dorset, as my previous two novels are, and it’s a story of Griff Hendry, a thirty-nine-year-old Coastguard Watch Officer. He believes everything and everybody can be saved. His wife and father think otherwise, and his fifteen-year-old step-daughter, Tess, has her own thoughts on the subject. It’s a dark romance examining the sandwich generation and the pressures each family member experiences in trying to hold the sacred unit together.

10)Where can readers find out more about you?

Laura E James

on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LauraE.JamesWriter

and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Laura_E_James

I can also be found at www.lauraejames.co.uk,

Find a copy of Follow me, Follow you here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Crystin reviews An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

Today’s book review comes from team member Crystin, she blogs at http://crystinlgoodwin.wordpress.com

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Crystin chose to read and review An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham

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Here is her review.

  • Title: An Independent Woman by Frances Evesham
  • Genre: Historical Romance – Mystery Romance

Orphaned Philomena is fleeing London to not only escape her tormentor, Joseph, but to start a new life for herself. Unfortunately, fate has other ideas when a train crash places her under the protection of the darkly attractive Hugh, Lord Thatcham. It doesn’t help that she first meets Lord Thatcham disguised as a boy …

An Independent Woman is a typical historical romance – very fun, light, and easy to read. The mystery aspects of the story were also done very well, infusing the story with suspense and tension. I also really enjoyed the fact that the romance stayed clean and focused on romance - not sex.

I’d recommend this to fans of historical romance – especially Victorian or Regency romances, as well as romantic mysteries.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com