9 #NewReleases for you to get reading this Autumn/ Fall #AmReading

Let’s Take a Look at some Hot New Releases.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between.

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

War is obsolete
You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict

Famine is disappearing
You are at more risk of obesity than starvation

Death is just a technical problem
Equality is out – but immortality is in

What does our future hold?

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Nutshell by Ian McEwan – Hardcover 1st September

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Lean in 15 – The Sustain Plan: 15 minute meals and workouts to get you lean for life by Joe Wicks Paperback – 17 Nov 2016

Bestselling author Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has inspired thousands to transform their bodies by shifting unwanted fat and building lean muscle. In Lean in 15 – The Sustain Plan he reveals how to SUSTAIN incredible results while still seeing progress week on week.

Fully illustrated and with a hundred quick-to-prepare meals and four workouts, the plan is perfect for busy people who don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen or gym. Joe gives advice on how to combine his tasty, nutritious recipes with a brand new training programme to make you leaner, fitter and healthier than ever before.

It’s time to make Lean in 15 part of your lifestyle forever.

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

New For Kindle

Destination Chile (The Lonely Hearts Travel Club, Book 3)by Katy Colins September 22nd

Destination Chile (The Lonely Hearts Travel Club, Book 3) by [Colins, Katy]

Katy writes with humour and heart. The Lonely Hearts Travel Club is like Bridget Jones goes backpacking.’ – Holly Martin, author of The White Cliff Bay series

Welcome to Paradise

Next on her bucket list Georgia Green is heading to Chile, but this time she’s not going alone…

The new favourite series for fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary, the Shopaholic series and Eat, Pray, Love.
Join Georgia Green for a romantic trip into the sunset…

What reviewers are saying about The Lonely Hearts Travel Club

‘I cannot recommend this book enough. It is beautifully written with a brilliant plot and fantastic characters. READ IT!!’ – Blabbering About Books

‘I loved this book.’ – For the Love of Books

‘It is a really enthralling page turner and a brilliant start to a new series. I can’t wait to read the sequels, ‘Destination India’ and ‘Destination Chile’!’ – Splashes into Books

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Pharaoh by Wilber Smith due out September 22nd

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The Worldwide Number One Bestseller Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt in a captivating new novel that will transport you to extraordinary times.

EGYPT IS UNDER ATTACK.

Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost.

Taita prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour.

With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen.

Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita’s imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother, or remain silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.

From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, PHARAOH is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Master storyteller, Wilbur Smith, is at the very peak of his powers.

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com(no kindle edition for US yet, hardback due out October)

Chasing The Dream: A Sports Thriller by J.D Dudycha September 13th

Chasing the Dream: A Sports Thriller by [Dudycha, J.D.]

One is driven from failure to success. The other is willing to let his friends die to chase his dream. 

Brothers Drake and Cade Flint are baseball players. It is in their blood. From an early age, Drake has had superior talent and secures himself a place in professional baseball at the age of eighteen. But after three long years in the minors and a recent fastball gone awry, he is beginning to question his ability and even his love for the game. Will anything be able to help him refocus and recapture his place in the sport he loves? 

Cade Flint, on the other hand, has a belief in himself that’s unparalleled. The brash teenager can do no wrong—at least in his own mind. That is, until he finds himself in a precarious position with an intriguing young woman, who turns out to be more of a stalker than your average fan. She forces Cade to take action, leading to the untimely death of a teammate and to his life spiraling out of control. Will it ultimately lead to his own demise? 

Can these brothers make it out on top? Or will chasing their dreams cost them more than it’s worth? 

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

New releases from people we know

The Dead City by Dylan J Morgan due out September 4th

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Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive. 

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.

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Murder & Mayhem by Carol J Hedges due out early September

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The city is in the grip of railway mania when the gruesome discovery of several infant corpses in an abandoned house forces Inspector Lachlan Greig of A Division, Bow Street Police Office and his men to enter the dark and horrific world of baby farming. It will take all Greig’s skill and ingenuity to track down the evil perpetrators and get justice for the murdered innocents.
Meanwhile two school friends Letitia and Daisy stand side by side on the threshold of womanhood. One longs for marriage to a handsome man The other craves entry to higher education. Will their dreams come true, or will their lives be shattered into little pieces by the tragic and unexpected events that are about to overtake them?
Hope meets horror, and Parliament is threatened by anarchists in this rumbustious fourth Victorian crime novel, set once again amongst the dangerous twisting alleyways and gaslit thoroughfares of 1860s London.
The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler due out early October

There’s a serial killer at large in the fictional town of Lyndford in south Lincolnshire, and five people fear that he might be someone close to them.  One of them is right….

Juliet wonders where her controlling, violent husband goes at night, and when a TV crime expert lists the characteristics of your average multiple murderer, she realises they could be describing the man she’s been married to for twenty-four years.

Steve has been friends with Dan since childhood, but a new friend has brought out the worst in him.  Is ‘the worst’ more terrifying that Steve dares to imagine?

Tamsin is in love with her colleague on the local newspaper.  When Jake rejects her, she begins to look at him with new eyes.

Maisie loathes her mother’s new boyfriend.  Her best friend teases her that Gary is the Lyndford Strangler, but could her joke have hit the nail on the head?

Dorothy loves her son, Orlando, more than life itself ~ which makes her suspicions about his secret life so heart-breaking that she fears for her sanity.

 

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113 Books Read To Date in this years Goodreads Challenge #SundayBlogShare

#AugustReviews is nearing an end but my own 2016 reading challenge continues.

Each year I enjoy taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge so I thought I’d do an update.  So far I have read 113 books and below are books which made my top 20, are any of them your favourites too?

Are any of you taking part in the challenge too?

What has been your favourite read this year?

Top 20 Books Read

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 14 Evelyn Cullet @EvelynCullet

It’s Day 14 of #MysteryNovember hop on board the bus and enjoy the ride.

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Our guest today is Evelyn Cullet and her book Masterpiece of Murder.

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Masterpiece of Murder

Heartbroken American art student, Charlotte Ross, is so intent on locating her errant fiancé that she submits someone else’s painting as her own in order to gain access to a Master art class being held in the resort city of Bariloche, Argentina—the place her lost love was last seen. When the painting gets her accepted into the class given by a world-famous artist and womanizer, being a novice makes keeping up with the others nearly impossible as she struggles to fake her way though, while trying to win back the man she loves.

But her fiancé has his own reason for being in Bariloche. He’s after a stolen art masterpiece. After he talks her into helping him, Charlotte’s life suddenly gets complicated, and her very existence is threatened as she stumbles into a downward spiral of deceit, art forgery, and murder. When she accidently comes across the murder victim, circumstantial evidence begins to mount against her, and the local police think she’s the killer. Now she must find out who’s really behind the murder before she’s arrested. Not an easy task with a smitten military police officer dogging her every step.

Evelyn Cullet

Where is your hometown?

I was born and raised in Chicago.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I like to write mysteries for the who done it or the puzzle aspect. I enjoy putting my protagonist in peril, and then setting out the clues, along with a few red herrings, for her to put the pieces together and find the solution. But when I write a mystery, I also like to add an the element of romance. I think it gives the story heart, and adds to the reader’s enjoyment well after the puzzle is solved.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

My sub-genre is romance.

Where is your book set?

Masterpiece of Murder is set in the resort city of Bariloche, (pronounced, Bar-ill-o-cha), Argentina. I was looking for an unusual setting, so when I saw the photos of Bariloche with its snow-capped mountains, glaciers, dense woods, and crystalline lakes, the writer in me immediately thought that the solitude and scenic beauty of the area would be a perfect place to set my mystery. While the landscape was indeed beautiful, it was also the worst possible setting for my protagonist to be in when she discovers that she’s the only suspect in a murder case. She’s in a foreign country where she’s unfamiliar with the customs and the laws. She has a limited command of the language, and the nearest American Embassy is in Buenos Aries, 837 miles away.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

The two main characters in Masterpiece of Murder are:

Charlotte Ross: A smart, savvy, working woman who’s determined, resourceful and fiercely loyal. But she sometimes makes impulsive choices which lead her into situations that can put her life in danger.

Charlotte’s fiancé is, Brett Stalworth: A handsome, dedicated former FBI agent, turned P.I., who loves Charlotte. He can often be stubborn in his viewpoint, and will take any measures to get what he wants.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

Website and Blog: http://evelyncullet.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EvculletsAuthorPage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EvelynCullet

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3425303.Evelyn_Cullet

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ecullet/

Where can readers find your book?

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/q4zo532

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/q7957qp

Wings ePress: http://www.wings-press.com/

Barnes & Noble: http://tinyurl.com/9uyqj5r

YouTube: http://youtu.be/TVKgOmwyGB4

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/evelyncullet

#RomancingSeptember Day 29 I Love Your Cupcakes by Olga Miret @OlgaNM7 #books

Welcome to Day 29 of Romancing September

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Our guest today is Olga N Miret and her book I love Your Cupcakes

I Love Your Cupcakes

Where is your home town?

Barcelona, Spain.

How long have you been writing romance?

I only started writing straight romance a couple of years ago. Although some of my short stories and longer works of fiction (some I haven’t published yet) contain romance elements, I had never thought about writing a romance as such before.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

To write, I’d say contemporary or chick-lit. But recently I’ve read several historical romances that I’ve really enjoyed.

Where is your book set?

A fictional mid-sized American town.

Introduce us to the main characters.

Dulcinea, Dulce in short (that means sweet in Spanish) is a young woman who’s tried quite a few things professionally (horticulture, business studies, hairdressing, childminding, photography) without much success. Her friend, Adelfa, who is a chemist and teaches at university, convinces her that she should try baking, that’s what she’s always really been good at, as a career. The third main character is Storm, half-brother of Adelfa, who is a talented artist, gay, and the life and soul of the party. They make a winning team for baking, as Dulce has a great hand making everything taste wonderful; Adelfa knows all the chemical tricks to make sure all cakes rise to perfection, and Storm can help make the cakes look beautiful. The three friends haven’t been very lucky in love until…

What is the TV show they take part in?

‘Do you have what it takes to be the next baking star?’ is a TV contest that combines elements of Cupcake Wars with the Great British Bake-off. There are a number of teams that compete and each day they have a new challenge. There are three judges and only two teams are left for the big final.

What can we expect from the show?

Apart from imaginary recipes (try at your own peril!), the show is a fabulous place to meet a big variety of contestants, from the sweet and genuine, to the complete fakes, the bitchy, the ex-Army guys… There is a villain who is a member of the crew, there is a dog that keeps invading the studio, and… there are love interests for all the main characters. Oh, and a problem with one of the judges bring a big surprise at the end.

Which was your favourite character and why?

I’m quite fond of nearly all the characters, but if I had to choose… I like Adelfa because she always speaks her mind and takes no nonsense from anybody. And Rock, who works at the studio and ends up being the love interest for one of the characters. He’s very special.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’ve just recently published a Young Adult trilogy ‘Angelic Business’ with angels, demons and other paranormal elements and I’m revisiting some of the projects I wrote a while back but haven’t published yet. I also have several ideas going around in my head, including another book in my ‘Escaping Psychiatry’ thriller series. The ending of ‘I Love Your Cupcakes’ leaves open the option of another book, so that’s also something I’m thinking about.

Where can readers find out more about you?

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I have accounts in most social media outlets, although probably the best place to keep up to date with what I’m doing is my blog, where I also share the work of other writers, review books and share samples and whatever comes to my mind.

http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com

I have a website: http://www.OlgaNM.com

Buy links:

Amazon:

http://bit.ly/Z4QU8l

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/i-love-your-cupcakes

Find out more about Olga and her writing, plus catch up with news from our other tour authors from Stephanie http://stephanie-hurt.com/

#RomancingSeptember Day 26 Slow Burner by @samcheever #books #Romance

It’s Day 26 of the #RomancingSeptember blog tour.

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Our guest today is Sam Cheever with her book Slow Burner which is part of Into The Flames multi-author box-set

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Where is your home town?

 

I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is in the North eastern corner of the state. I’ll always be a Midwestern girl at heart, with a strong work ethic and a focus on the importance of family at my core. You’ll also find those values in the characters I write.

 

How long have you been writing romance?

 

My first romantic paranormal was published in 2007. Before that I wrote mysteries and dabbled in suspense.

 

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

 

Mystery, romantic suspense. Although I’ve recently fallen in love with sci fi/apocalyptic romance.

 

Where is your book set?

 

Slow Burner is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. I set most of my stories in Indiana because nobody else will! LOL Seriously though, Indiana has a lot more going for it than people who aren’t from the Midwest realize. We have beautiful rolling hills, cool caves, lots of state parks and wineries!!! *grin* I use all of these fun, beautiful features in my stories and it’s great to share my world with readers.

 

Tell us about Duncan

 

Duncan is a good man with a past that continues to haunt him. He was caught in a fire of suspicious origin when he was a kid and still has nightmares about it. Despite his fears, or maybe because of them, he became a firefighter and served for years in that dangerous profession. He eventually left that life behind to become a fire investigator and, in Slow Burner, he begins to realize that somebody with a grudge against him is setting fires and marking them in a way that only he will recognize. The Artist, as the arsonist refers to himself, appears to want Duncan discredited and ostracized before taking him completely down. But Duncan is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the Artist. It all comes to a head when Duncan is reacquainted with an old childhood sweetheart at the scene of one of the Artist’s masterpieces. When the two of them start to rediscover the feelings they once had for each other, the arsonist’s antagonistic rage seems to transfer to Hilda and Duncan suddenly finds himself racing time and a mad man’s evil purpose to save her.

 

Introduce us to Hilda?

 

The manager of a successful restaurant in downtown Indianapolis, Hilda has been in love with Duncan since she was too young to know what that meant. Coming from a bad family situation, she cherished his kindness, as well as his strength and willingness to let her tag along when they were kids. But when Duncan was forced to leave her behind, Hilda thought she’d never see him again. Imagine her surprise when he strolls up to her at the scene of a fire, where her house is ablaze. Hilda is torn between her remembered feelings and deep guilt over the reason he had to leave over a decade earlier. She tries to fight her feelings for him but, as someone who calls himself the Artist begins to set every part of her life ablaze…literally…she is forced to work with Duncan to find the arsonist before he kills again.

 

What has drawn them back together?

 

The killer arsonist Duncan has been tracking targets Hilda and the two must work together to figure out who he is.

 

There is a danger lurking can you tell us about “The Artwork”?

 

The Artist’s pallet is fire. He sees his art as being a purifier and equalizer for perceived wrongs he’s suffered in the past. The arsonist has carried his hate of Duncan in his heart for over a decade, since Duncan was just a kid trying to make the best of a difficult situation, and he won’t rest until Duncan has suffered the same kind of pain the Artist believes he’s suffered himself. Unfortunately for Hilda, he seems to have decided she’s the best way to exact his revenge on Duncan.

 

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

 

I’m currently writing Yesterday’s Ghosts, which is book 3 in my cozy historical paranormal mystery series entitled, Yesterday’s Mysteries.

 

Where can readers find out more about you?

Sam Cheever

 

Below are my online haunts:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | About.Me | Tsu  |  Pinterest

If you haven’t already connected, Sam would love it if you Liked/Followed her wherever you enjoy hanging out online. Here are her online haunts:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samcheever

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/samcheever1/

Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/Samcheever

Book links for the Into The Flames Box Set

Amazon.com: http://amzn.com/B014V84EUI/?tag=wwwsamcheever-20

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Into-Flames-NJ-Walters-ebook/dp/B014V84EUI/?tag=wwwsamcheev0d-20

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-Flames-NJ-Walters-ebook/dp/B014V84EUI/?tag=wwwsamcheever-21

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-flames-boxed-set-nina-pierce/1122629151?ean=2940152264814

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/into-the-flames-3

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-intotheflamesboxedset-1881916-166.html

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-flames/id1036986607?mt=11

 

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#RomancingSeptember Day 16 Whisk Me Up by @ZeeMonodee

Welcome to Day 16 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Zee Monodee and her book Whisk Me Up

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Where is your home town? 

I am from a small island called Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean, and my hometown is the second largest city on the island and named Curepipe. The city is located almost in the middle of the land, on the higher upper plateaus – it used to be a stop on the road from the port in the south east, Mahebourg, to the port in the north west, Port Louis (also the capital of Mauritius). Travellers would stop in Curepipe to ‘cure la pipe’ – in French, this means to refill and smoke from the pipe again, and hence, the name Curepipe stuck because that was the main purpose of the city in olden days J And it being at the highest altitude on the island, we ‘suffer’ from very rainy, dark, and windy weather almost throughout the year – very much like England weather, in fact. We break out in song and dance when the sun shines out on us, lol. Was born here, in a suburb named Forest-Side, and couldn’t contemplate living anywhere else on the island (yes, even the beach!).

How long have you been writing romance?

My writing career is going on eleven years now. Around the time I started writing (it was going to be literary writing!), I was diagnosed with aggressive malignant breast cancer. Death was literally at my doorstep and I thought to myself, “Well, sod it all! I’m going in for a happy ending everywhere!” So my writing veered to romance – it’s what kept me going during those weeks of gruelling chemotherapy and radiation therapy and then the physical therapy to get the use of my left arm back. I haven’t looked back since then, and cannot contemplate writing anything that doesn’t have a happy ending.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance? 

I’ll have to admit I love rom-coms. Anything light, sassy, funny, totally fluffy even – you’ve got me hooked. Life is hard and the daily toll dreadful enough that it all warrants a little bit of lightness to balance it all. So it’s rom-coms for me. And also, yes, I love chick-lit. J

Where is your book set? 

It’s in Yorkshire, actually. Northern parts, near the dales. I created 3 fictional villages that fall under the patronage of the local earldom of Havisham. The series title, Havisham Park, is also the name of this region englobing these villages. If you ask me why Yorkshire, I cannot tell you exactly why I chose this place. It’s just so beautiful and the ‘perfect’ countryside that we all picture when we close our eyes and imagine the English country. I also love the accent and the strong feeling of identity of the Yorkshire people – I thought this would be rather novel and refreshing for a story setting, so Yorkshire it became.

Who is Mary Beth? 

Mary Beth is a supermodel. Think Giselle Bundchen today and that’s who she is in the fashion and modelling world. A huge celebrity, a face recognised the world over. In her personal life, she’s also the last of 3 sisters, the daughters of Lord Robert Beresford, the late Earl of Havisham – which, incidentally, makes her a lady of the British aristocracy. Her mother is a well-known socialite in the US, which doubles up on the exclusive family aspect. But with this set-up also comes a lot of drama and dysfunctionality, so Mary Beth has not had it easy her whole life. She became a model at thirteen and now, at twenty-eight, it’s the only life she has known but even this is slipping through her fingers. Her career seems to be on the decline and she is doing everything to be on top of the modelling game…but at the same time not realizing that she has fallen into the arms of anorexia to achieve this goal. When she faints backstage during Fashion Week in India, push comes to shove and her sisters step in to make her come to grips with this notion…and hence the start of the whole series itself – Gracie Lou and Carol Ann, the two eldest Beresfords, ‘kidnap’ her from India and bring her to Yorkshire, the family stronghold, to make her face the truth of her affliction and get healthy again. But Mary Beth having known only modelling as a validation her whole life, she is not ready to give it all up just like that!

Introduce us to Niall 

Niall is that one hunk who ‘hides’ in every English village (and it seems to me, from observation and many concurring opinions, that the farther up north you go on the British isle, the more these blokes seem to pop out of the woodwork, lol). He’s a very private person and looks like a Viking giant with his Nordic build and long blond hair. Niall has known tragedy in his life, from a very young age (his mother died while giving birth to him) and the only place he’s ever felt at ease is in a kitchen, making food (and creating magic, as his customers describe it). There’s nothing more he loves than being left alone in his little world. Celebrity knocked on his door once and he didn’t cope well with it at all, so he knows what’s best for him – a quiet life in a quiet village managing his father’s pub. He is seen as a pillar of strength in the area, known as ‘The Shepherd’ of Sheep’s Flock, his pub.

Why would he shy away from someone like Mary Beth? 

Well, he tasted celebrity once before, and it did not agree with him at all. The spotlight is not at all where he wants to belong…but lo and behold, Mary Beth is one of the most famous celebrities in the world, one of the most recognized faces on Earth. Wherever she goes, cameras and the spotlight go. Needless to say, these will shine on him, too, if he gets near her. So no, celebrity and its trappings are not for him. Furthermore, Niall is a working class lad whose family has always been the inn, in earlier times, and then later the pub’s owners. Mary Beth is the peerage of the area. Aristocratic codes are no longer as stringent as in past times, but even so – what does a commoner have in common with a lady whose godparents are regulars at Buckingham Palace and Sandringham?

What was the best bit about writing this book?

I’ll have to say the research! It opened up whole new worlds for me. I immersed myself for months on end to render both Niall’s and Mary Beth’s worlds as believable. I learned to cook – like, really learned to cook – when I had to study cooking techniques that Niall as a chef would use. I plunged head-first into the world of fashion and modelling to figure out its intricacies. I read books, articles, fashion magazines, watched Project Runway – lots of fun. Then the sobering part came when I had to research anorexia. It really put everything in perspective for me and I hope I managed to convey that distress and the effects of this condition in the book, and also show that, like the former victims say, there is hope to come out victorious from this battle.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment. 

Well, I just finished outlining Book2 of the Havisham Park series. Batten Me Down is the story of the middle Beresford sister, Carol Ann. She used to be a hotshot defence attorney in the US and was in a relationship with a high-profile politician…and then suddenly, she dropped out of it all to come to Yorkshire. The official reason is that she came for Mary Beth, but her actions hide a lot more and she isn’t letting anyone on where that’s concerned. Local police Chief, Colin Hargreaves, can feel there’s something fishy about Carol Ann’s behaviour, and then there’s the fact that these two cannot be in the same room without a tornado and a volcano meeting. The two of them spell out chaos…but is there more than meets the eye everywhere Carol Ann is concerned, and will Colin be the man who can crack that seemingly seamless façade?

Where can readers find out more about you?

Zee Monodee

At my website/blog (http://zeemonodee.blogspot.com/) Life has been rather hectic lately so I’m not posting as often as I wish to, but I’m hoping this will change in the near future and I’ll get to be more in touch with everyone there. In the meantime, anyone can catch me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/zee.monodee) – this is where I am most regularly at the moment so please, don’t hesitate to hit me up over there.

Buy Links

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WCT6Y7K

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00WCT6Y7K

 

Author social media links:

Author website/blog: http://zeemonodee.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/zee.monodee

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ZeeMonodee

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4836171.Zee_Monodee

Catch up with more from Zee in Steph’s post in just a few hours http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

#RomancingSeptember Day 14 7 Years Bad Sex by @WellsNicky #Romance #books

Welcome to Day 14 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Nicky Wells with her book 7 Years Bad Sex

 Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells

Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells

Where is your home town?

I currently live in Lincoln in the UK. Technically, my home town is Essen in Germany.

How long have you been writing romance?

I started writing ‘in earnest’ in 2004, while I was pregnant with my first child.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Don’t have one—I’m a complete sucker for romance and will read everything, from chick lit to historical to paranormal. Although I do love my rock star heroes…. *winks*

Where is your book set?

Like most of my books, 7 Years Bad Sex sees my characters travel a fair bit. They start out in St Tropez in France before returning to their main base in London. They also go to Brighton and Cornwall, and eventually conclude their story in Paris…

What gave you the idea for this book?

A dinner party, of all things! I was at an awards dinner for romance authors, and I found myself at a very merry table indeed. Evidently we toasted all the nominees and winners, and somewhere along the line, my seating partner to the left informed me that I was bound to suffer seven years bad sex on account of not having looked him in the eye while toasting. Obviously I laughed: I’m not superstitious! Plus I’d never heard of this particular superstition, but I was intrigued. And while he was telling me more about it, the story popped in my head. What if… you took a couple on their honeymoon and have them commit this toasting mishap? How would they cope? What would they do? The opportunity for endless mishaps and comedy moments seemed endless, but also included some deeper reflections. Just how important is the physical side of a relationship?

And thus 7 Years Bad Sex was conceived.

Introduce us to the characters.

Meet Alex and Casey, first of all—the two characters who tell the story. In her mid-twenties, Casey has long luscious coppery hair and emerald green eyes that hold a never-ending fascination for Alex. She is the main vocalist for rock band Blue Heart, and she wrestled her way into the band (and Alex’s heart) one night when she climbed on stage and booted the hapless previous vocalist off stage. She loves pizza and anything cooked in garlic and chilli. Oh, and she’s very partial indeed to a bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Alex is a little older than Casey. He is the main brain behind Blue Heart, and he’s also their drummer. He is tall, stocky, good looking in a broody kind of way with blue eyes and long, dark, curly hair. He is happy to play the part of the tough rocker, but actually he’s a real softie. He oozes confidence, but this predicament that has befallen Casey and him is eating away at his substance. How is it possible that a man in his prime cannot finish the job?

 

Is there an event or incident which begins the run of bad luck?

There certainly is. Read it right here:

“Casey didn’t reply. She was too busy making sense of the surprise in the sky.

Congratulations Casey and Alex, the plane’s banner proclaimed with bold red lettering on a white background. Casey’s heart thumped with excitement as the pilot launched into a loop-the-loop, then turned on his smoke trail and created a perfect love heart against the bright blue canvas of the cloudless sky.

Casey took another sip of her champagne. ‘Oh wow,’ she whispered. ‘This is so beautiful.’

‘Isn’t it just?’ Alex concurred. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’

‘Me neither. Sasha must have organised it. We must thank her properly later.’

Casey snuggled into her husband’s embrace as deeply as was possible whilst they were both sitting on separate chairs, and her eyes remained trained on the sky. She sensed more than she saw that Alex was taking a drink from his glass, and she leaned her head against his shoulder.

‘To us,’ she whispered.

‘To us,’ he replied.

For the briefest moment, the earth seemed to shake, and there was a deep, growling sound like thunder from within the sea. Casey grabbed on tight to Alex. She shook her head as if to clear a sudden fog.”

Tell us some of the ways the couple try to deal with it.

Where to start? First up, they go into denial and pretend that they don’t have a problem at all. That strategy fails spectacularly. So after that, they try just about everything: food with aphrodisiac properties that has devastating effects on Alex’s digestive system; kinky clothes that bring out Casey in a totally unsexy all-over body rash; sex toys that have them laughing so hard, they end up playing bowling with them; and eventually, sex therapy. Hold on! Don’t run away! That’s not what it sounds! Trust me… and read the book to find out what sex therapy is truly all about. *Nicky winks*

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Painting my house! LOL, not my house, exactly, but most of the rooms in it. After four years and seven novels, I am taking a small breather. I have three books vying for attention in my head—all romance, some involving rock stars, others more on the paranormal side of the spectrum—and I need a moment to figure out where I’m going to go next. I have a feeling I’m going to end up writing all three of them before I can make a decision about where I’m going to head next…

Where can readers find out more about you?

Nicky Wells

I blog at nickywells.com, and I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Over the next few months, I might be around a little less than normal but that’s only while I’m painting, plotting, and planning. Come on over and say hi at any rate, I always respond and I love to chat!

Join Nicky: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads | Pinterest | Google+

Nicky’s books: Sophie’s Turn | Sophie’s Run | Sophie’s Encore | Spirits of Christmas

| Fallen for Rock | Fairy Tale in New York

***NEW: 7 Years Bad Sex***

Find out more about Nicky and her writing in just a few hours from Stephanie here http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

#RomancingSeptember Day 10 Scotch On The Rocks by @lizzie_lamb #books

Welcome to Day 10 of the #RomancingSeptember Tour

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Our guest today is Lizzie Lamb with her book Scotch On The Rocks

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Where is your home town? 

My home town is in the middle of England, Leicester. It is very old settlement and has roots stretching back to pre-Roman times. More recently, the bones of Richard III (The King in the Carpark) were discovered, excavated and reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. A fact I am immensely proud of.

How long have you been writing romance? 

It seems fanciful to say ‘since I was about 11 years old’, but its true. I have the embryonic romances I wrote (all about highwaymen and Jacobites!) in a box file to prove it. Seriously, though, I have been writing with a view to publication since about 2009, which was when I left the teaching profession to concentrate on writing. I have now written and self-published three novels.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I would have to say romantic comedy. I love the ‘screwball’ comedies of the 30’s and early 40’s. And, although I do like chick lit, I increasingly find myself drawn towards romantic suspense and something more historical (especially Scottish history).

Where is your book set? 

Scotch on the Rocks is set on an imaginary island off the west coast of Scotland – Eilean na Sgairbh, where the cormorants outnumber the inhabitants 10:1. Gratifyingly, readers have told me that once they have finished the novel they really miss being on ‘my island’.

Introduce us to the main characters 

The heroine is Ishabel (Issy) Stuart. The hero is Brodie, an American guest staying at her Aunt Esme’s B&B. (I can’t reveal his surname as that is part of the mystery embedded into the book. Issy has left a failed relationship behind in Edinburgh and intends spending her life on Cormorant Island establishing a craft centre for designers, much like one she’d visited on the North West coast of Scotland at Balnakeil. She’s also sworn off men and vowed to die an old maid, surrounded by cats and copies of Vogue. That all changes when her left-wing Aunt Esme goes off on a fracking demo and leaves Issy in charge of the B&B – and Brodie.

Tell us about the remote island that Ishabel escapes to. 

The island is called Eilean na Sgairbh, Cormorant Island. Issy’s family have lived there since the early 19th century when they won a slice off land off a gambling laird, stopped making ‘moonshine’, went legit and stablished a whisky distillery – Twa Burns. Once, the island community was thriving and the distillery employed most of the inhabitants. However, after the distillery was bombed at the end of WWII (it was producing industrial alcohol), it has lain a ruin and all the young people have left the island to find work elsewhere. Issy loves the island and wishes she had the money to rebuild the distillery, prevent the young islanders from leaving and make Eilean na Sgairbh back a thriving community once more. The island is wild and beautiful and is cut off several times a day as the tide floods over the ancient causeway linking it to the mainland, known as The Narrows.

Why is Aunt Esme, hiding out there too? 

Without giving away too much, Esme has never married and has devoted her life instead to the Peace Movement and other ‘worthy’ causes. In her youth she alienated half the island by joining the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and blockading The Narrows to prevent US servicemen based on Holy Loch from visiting the island and spending their dollars. Now in her mid-seventies, she trundles off on her converted library bus to demonstrate against fracking, using drones in Afghanistan and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. But, wherever she goes, she always returns to Cormorant Island . . . despite the islanders holding her left-wing sentiments and bohemian lifestyle against her. WHY she returns is made clear at the end of Scotch on the Rocks.

What do you like most about writing about wild men of Scotland?

I think I like writing about them because I can weave lots of history and atmosphere into the story and it feels ‘right’. Doing that is more difficult in an urban setting. For me, the highlands of Scotland is a magical, mythical place – the ideal setting for writing the perfect romance. This sense of ‘other worldliness’ and thousands of years of history is embodied when someone tall, dark and kilted puts on plaid (natch). And of course, the thought of a kilted hero, such as Jamie Fraser in Outlander series would make the heart of any romantic novelist beat faster. In Scotch on the Rocks, Brodie the hero, wears his grandfather’s and sets off a chain reaction.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment

I have two projects on the go and I’m feeling my way into them, seeing which one grabs me the most. I rather suspect it will be the Scottish-themed one, into which I want to weave a bit of Highland mysticism and second sight. After publishing it, hopefully next summer, I may return to writing something a bit more in the romantic comedy genre, about a girl who ‘accidentally’ becomes the nanny to the children of a burned out playwright . . .

Where can readers find out more about you?

Lizzie Lamb

The best place is my Amazon page or my website where there is more information about me and my books.

buying links (US / UK) – universal link – viewBook.at/scotchontherocks  or http://tinyurl.com/SOTR2015

twitter: @lizzie_lamb

Find out more about Lizzie from Stephanie in just a few hours http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

#RomancingSeptember Day 6 How My Cowboy Loves Me by @VSteele13 #books

Welcome to Day 6 of #RomancingSeptember.

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Our guest today is V. Steele with her book How My Cowboy Loves Me

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Where is your home town?

My home town is a small, rural Georgia town between Atlanta and Savannah. It’s a magical, southern town.

How Long have you been writing?
It’s seems as though I’ve been writing all my life, but actually not quite that long, but long enough that it’s become a part of me. I have been publishing my work since 2013, so I’m a newbie to the publishing world.
What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
I love Paranormal romance and the mystery that surrounds it. With a paranormal romance the skies the limit with characters and creatures. There’s just something about falling in love with a legendary creature, guess it’s just a fantasy world to get lost in.
Tell us about the history between Abby and Cole.
They’ve been in love almost all their lives. It’s a once in a lifetime love between a country girl and her cowboy, the one man who could make her heart stop beating with one glance. But when she see’s him with another woman, everything changes and she leaves town.
Where was Cole when he had his accident?
Cole was at the rodeo when his accident happened. Since the moment Abby left he’d been taking chances, riding the evil bulls and looking death in the eyes, trying to hide behind the danger. Then he pulled the wrong bull, the one with a death wish for it’s rider.
How do the Doctor’s think Abby can help Cole?
The doctor’s know all about the couples history. They’ve put Cole back together more times than they want to count. Abby is the one person that might can bring him out of the coma he’s in. Maybe her voice or touch will give him the hope he needs to live.
Where have you set your book?
This book is set in Wyoming. The perfect place for a rodeo love story.
Why do you think cowboys make good romantic heroes?
To me a cowboy makes a great romantic hero because they’re hard laced, but when it comes to love they’re faithful to the end.
Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
At the moment I’m working on several books, but the one that’s pulling at me is “The Fireman’s Desire”. From the title you can gather it’s about a fireman, but this fireman has another side to him.
Where can readers find out more about you?
V.Steele
Readers can go to my website at vsteeleauthor.wix.com/v-steele 

#RomancingSeptember Day 2 Sea Witch by @HelenHollick #books #Romance

Welcome to Day 2 of #RomancingSeptember

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Today our guest is Helen Hollick and her book Sea Witch

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Sea Witch by Helen Hollick

Where is your home town? 

I live in England, in a pretty North Devon village called Chittlehamholt – the local pub dates back to the 15th Century and the farmhouse I live in was built circa 1769.

How long have you been writing romance? 

I started off writing Historical Fiction then came up with an idea for an adult pirate-based nautical adventure series with a touch of fantasy – and while not technically a romance it has a romantic flavour of boy (well OK, pirate) meets girl (white witch). Their paths cross but they never quite ‘get together’ until…. Well, I’m not saying any more as it could constitute a spoiler!

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance? 

 

Historical Fiction I suppose. I have always been intrigued not so much by the historical facts but by the way the facts affected people’s lives. Be they kings, queens or peasants they still laughed, cried… loved… the same as we do today.

Tell us where and when Sea Witch takes place 

 

The ‘Golden Age’ of piracy – in other words the early eighteenth century. The series starts with Sea Witch in 1716, with the fifth Voyage in the series, On The Account (soon to be published) set in 1719. The sixth, Gallows Wake will be 1720 – the year Calico Jack Rackham and the two female pirates associated with him, Anne Bonny and Mary Read – became notorious.

Introduce us to the characters  

 

Tiola Oldstagh (an anagram of all that is good) is a white witch, one of the Old Wise Ones. Her soul has regenerated through grandmother to granddaughter through many generations. She cannot perform magic spells as in ‘Harry Potter’ but can harness the energy of the world – as in The Force of Star Wars. She is also a healer and a midwife. Very loyal and very patient, especially where Jesamiah is concerned.

Jesamiah Acorne (that’s Captain Jesamiah Acorne!) is in his early twenties. Escaping a bully of an elder half-brother he ran away to sea – to a life or piracy, and danger but also one of freedom. He is quick to smile, but formidable when angry, you really do not want to cross him. He is also a favourite of the ladies for he is very ‘entertaining’ in the ‘bedroom’ department. He is about 5’ 10, has a jaw-line beard, wears a gold acorn in his ear and has various tattoos. Being half-Spanish his hair is black and curly, reaching down to his shoulders – and like many pirates of that time, he laces ribbons into his hair. His ribbons are a royal blue, and they have several uses (one of which I will not give away – spoiler) but another is that he gives them to the ‘ladies’ as a keepsake.

When do they first meet? 

 

Tiola is about fourteen at the start of the series. She is on an East Indiaman ship sailing from England to Cape Town in South Africa. The pirate vessel, Mermaid attacks (but is soon seen-off). Jesamiah noticed a girl standing on the deck and something draws him to her – in turn, Tiola recognises him as the one who is to be her soul-mate, but the time is not yet right for them to be together. They next meet in Cape Town a few weeks later. Tiola is defending a lame horse, its owner hitting her with his riding crop. Jesamiah steps in… unaware that Tiola has assured he has no memory of that earlier meeting. Still their paths do not entwine: it will be a few more years before Jesamiah returns to Cape Town. He is attacked and wounded by pirate hunters. Seriously injured, Tiola finds him… will they be together at last? (Well of course not – those scenes are only the first half of the story!)

What changes when they meet for a second time? 

 

Jesamiah’s memory is jogged and he realises the girl is the one on the ship they attacked. One word from her and he could hang! But there is something there, a spark that has ignited, an invisible cord that has bound them together…

What lurks under the sea and who is it after? 

 

Any professional sailor will tell you that the sea has a life of its own. It can be beautiful, but it can be deadly. I imagined the sea as a living thing – an entity that had its own spirit (much as we often think of trees having a living spirit). Tethys is that spirit – the soul – of the oceans. She does not have any solidity… she IS the sea. She tolerates the ships and the sailors, for she cherishes collecting their bones and their souls, but there is one she especially wants to possess – the black haired man with the gold acorn in his ear, Jesh…a…miah… (…sounds like the waves you see!)

Tell us what you are working on at the moment. 

 

The fifth Voyage, On The Account. Tiola and Jesamiah are now husband and wife – but life is still complicated, made even more so when Tiola meets up with an Old Friend – a Night-Walker. But how old a friend is he – and was he just a friend?

Where can readers find out more about you?

Helen Hollick

 

I am on Twitter @HelenHollick

and Facebook www.facebook.com/HelenHollickAuthor

And my main blog “Let us talk of many things….” www.ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com has regular items of interest from myself and various guests.

I have a website www.helenhollick.net

(if you use the Contact form to send me a message you will automatically be entered for my monthly book giveaway contest)

buying links (US / UK),

Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Witch-Helen-Hollick/dp/1906236607

 

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Witch-Helen-Hollick/dp/1906236607

 

 

links to author social media

Website: www.helenhollick.net

Blog: www.ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HelenHollickAuthor

Twitter: @HelenHollick

Find out more from Helen in today’s second post coming from Georgia, USA in a few hours with http://stephanie-hurt.com/