Beach Reads Blog Tour 2015 Day 2 #BeachBooks @adrienneauthor

Day 2 of our beach reads holiday, everyone should have unpacked and had time to check out their surroundings and found a great place to settle down for a read.

Beach Read Postcard

Today my guest is Adrienne Vaughan.


Rosie Amber’s Beach Reads – June 2015

Hi Rosie,

Thanks so much for inviting me along …it’s been great fun and a real treat to indulge my favourite pastime, as in common with most authors, I’m always a reader first!

Because I work full time running a boutique PR company I use my holidays to write. So I write everywhere! I write at the airport – love it if we’re delayed – on the plane – the longer the flight the better – by the pool, at the beach, in a restaurant, on a yacht – you name it, I’ll be there scribbling away. I write my novels longhand and then do my first edit when I type up my notes. I’m an early bird, so by late morning I am usually ready to go off with everyone else and have fun – works for me!

A Fact Book/Guide Book – about the place I am taking my holiday in.


Paris in Love by Eloisa James is my book of choice, and that fabulous city my destination. I was interviewing Eloisa – New York Times bestselling author of Regency Romance – for Romance Matters, the Romantic Novelists’ Association magazine, and decided to read some of her books. I loved Potent Pleasures – which was her debut novel, and then fell head over heels for her delicious memoir of a year spent in Paris. The book is quirky, poetic, poignant and funny – with notes on fashion, shopping and food, in-filled with many lovely family snippets, including how Eloisa’s son and daughter are fitting in with the locals, with varying degrees of success.

I had my own love affair with Paris some time ago, this gorgeous read reignited my passion, beautifully.

Paris in Love by Eloisa James or from

A book from my favourite genre …


This would be my novel Secrets of the Heart, the final book in the Heartfelt Trilogy which set me on the road to finally realising my dream of becoming a published novelist. The genre is romantic suspense, which I love. I know the story, of course, but I still become gripped reading scenes from books I’ve already read, and I adore it when I notice something new, and believe me, that happens with your own books too.

While writing, I was so worried about one set of characters, I clean forgot to work out how my main hero and heroine were going to get together. But the mind is a weird and wonderful thing, I woke up one morning desperate to finish the book that week and the last chapter more or less wrote itself, I just had to do a bit of infill tying up some lose ends in between. It was as if my heroine was saying, at last, come on, get on with it and if you’ve met her, you’ll know precisely what I mean.

Secrets of the Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

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A book I could truly escape with …


This would have to be Poldark by Winston Graham. I remember not watching the original TV series, because our television aerial wasn’t good enough to receive a decent picture. I was brought up in Dublin and in the early days we needed staggeringly tall aerials to pick up the signal coming across from Wales and of course, there were a few mountains in the way too! My folks had to save up for our aerial and when it came it was a sixteen footer, easily the biggest in the area. It arrived just in time to fall in love with Marc Bolan on Top of the Pops, phew!

Aidan Turner, the actor currently playing Poldark is from Clondakin in Dublin, literally up the road from my folks. I love the fact the role will put this very talented, ‘neighbour’s child’ on the road to global fame and feel justice has been served! I wonder if his folks’ aerial wasn’t tall enough to see the first series either?

Poldark by Winston Graham or

A book I would only read on holiday in a sun, sea and sand location.


Dracula by Bram Stoker. I could only bear it somewhere where I could imagine a vampire would not appear, but I would love to read to it. A timeless gothic classic that has fascinated writers, film makers and artists since it was first published in 1897, the original story must be enthralling.

Bram was a Dubliner and a friend of Oscar Wilde’s and although he spent ten years in the civil service, he began an unpaid secondary career with the (Dublin) Evening Mail writing theatrical reviews. I was thrilled to discover this, as I wrote unpaid reviews for the Irish Times as a young trainee journalist in Dublin too – I also have a secret pash for Wilde, his picture hangs in our downstairs loo.

Although well received, Dracula was not an immediate hit – take heart fellow authors – and Bram published 19 novels before the end of his life. He also successfully managed to Lyceum Theatre in London for nearly 30 years – what a super chap!

Dracula by Bram Stoker or

And last but not least from me, something in my favourite genre, something to truly escape with and something to read anywhere, anytime, applies to all three of these super novels by my colleagues at New Romantics Press, all of which are available on Kindle and in paperback.

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Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb or

An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns or

Twins of a Gazelle by Mags Cullingford or


A bar, a bench or a beach ….better with a book, that’s what I say!

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 5


Welcome to Day 5 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Carmen Stefanescu. Catch up with more from Carmen in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.


Where is your home town?

Braila is my home town. Situated on the banks of the river Danube, in Romania, East Europe. Funny thing is that many people know my country better as Dracula’s country.

How long have you been writing romance?

Well, difficult to say. Starting with 2002 when I wrote Shadows of the Past. But writing, in general, started way back. With poetry in fact.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Paranormal. No vampires, though. Ghosts, reincarnation, past life regression and everything connected to these.

Why are Anne and Neil taking a break?

Human weakness leads Neil in the arms of Anne’s associate and friend, Gillian, or so things seem at first. A 2 year separation follows his onetime mistake.

What do they discover whilst out for a walk?

A gruesome discovery – a bejewelled cross and human bones in the hollow of an old oak tree.

Where and in what era do they suddenly find themselves?

The discovery has a strong connection with events that happened several hundred years before, in Middle Ages England.

From whom does Genevieve need saving?

Genevieve seeks salvation from the wicked Abbess, Sister Clementa, who is a witch.

Is Anne ever in danger herself from the spirits?

The Abbess’s ghost endangers both Anne and Neil.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I submitted another paranormal, light mystery this time, to the publisher and am waiting for the reply.


I already signed the contract with the same publishing house, Wild Child Publishing, for another paranormal. A historical one. Dracula’s Mistress. I see you smiling. Yes, a native of his country can’t resist the temptation to write about him.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Carmen Stefanescu


Buy links for Shadows of the Past

Buy Link: Wild Child Publishing

Buy Link: Amazon

Buy Link: Barnes & Noble

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Romancing September author Camelia Miron Skiba (Day 27)

Day 27 of the tour and our guest author today is Camelia Miron Skiba. She’ll be answering questions about her book “Born in Vengeance” then giving her views on writing romance in today’s society over with Stephanie in a few hours time.

Camelia Miron Skina

1) Where is your home town?

I live in Chandler, Arizona, but was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania.

2) How long have you been writing?

Since 2009.

3) Have you always written romance?

I’m a sucker for all things romantic so the answer is yes.

4) “Born in Vengeance” is a historical romance, can you tell us where and when it is set?

BORN IN VENGEANCE is set in old Dacia (the land of Romania today), approximately around 117 A.D.

5) What made you choose this time and setting?

History tells that Roman soldiers combined with Dacian women. I use “combine” on purpose because they didn’t marry them as they were beneath their status as victors, but rather enslaved them. I try not to think much about how the Romans took Dacian women by force, but I do know that, the exact moment when the first child was born out of such a union marked the birth of the Romanian nation. I had to put my own spin on this very historical moment.

6) In the story, Ilias is seeking revenge on the Roman’s, why?

Ilias’ father was King Decebalus, the last Dacian king before the Romans conquered Dacia. Not only does Ilias want to avenge his father’s death, but he wants his land back as well.

7) How did “Love” find Ilias and with whom?

Thirsty for revenge and eager to unshackle his people from Roman oppression, Ilias’ obsession to fulfil his oath has no bounds, even if that means kidnapping Nerva, the beloved daughter of Emperor Traianus, and his biggest enemy. What he doesn’t know is his own heart threatens to betray his conscience. Ironically he finds love in his thirst for vengeance.

8)The story doesn’t end with this book does it, can you drop a few hints about the sequel?

That’s correct. The story ends with a battle but the outcome of it is where the second book starts, BORN IN SIN, which is Zyraxes’ story and his quest for love. In BORN IN VENGEANCE the reader is introduced to Ilias loyal men, five of them, including Zyraxes. Each hero will have his own story and book. BORN IN SIN was released end of May 2013. BORN IN DARKNESS will come out in 2015. I don’t have titles for the rest of the stories but I do have the outlines.

9) Tell us about your other work that has a Romanian theme.

So far all my books have something Romanian, be it characters, places, settings, traditions, culture, etc. I’ve released 4 novels so far (HIDDEN HEART, A WORLD APART, BORN IN VENGEANCE and BORN IN SIN). The general public knows Romania either as the land of Dracula, the place where the world’s famous gymnast Nadia Comaneci was born, or because of Communism, but there is much more to that country. I like to believe that by incorporating my upbringing in my novels I give the readers an opportunity to learn about my beautiful homeland. Guilty – Nadia was pinned to my bedroom wall!

10) What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a contemporary romance (no title yet) set in the States and all characters are Americans (a first in my writing). The novel is a quirky and witty combination between Maid in Manhattan and When Harry met Sally.


Award winning model Lucas Oliver’s face and chiselled abs appear on thousands of romance novels, and he has an ego to match his fame. Meeting someone who doesn’t adore him is rare, but when it happens, he finds himself drawn to the one who refuses to fawn all over him.

A stickler for puritan values, makeup artist Jane Sullivan discovered the hard way that forever doesn’t exist, and letting go opens doors she’d like to keep closed. She’d rather keep her husband’s memory alive than worry about a dating pool full of sharks and piranhas.

The two meet when Jane’s dream of becoming an author suddenly becomes reality, and it’s hate at first sight. Lucas is everything she despises with arrogance to spare, but is there more to him than meets the eye? His confidence and courage are what she desperately wants … even though she won’t admit it. She is everything he thinks he doesn’t deserve. Can Lucas persuade the shy, uncompromising single mom Jane to give him a chance?

Born in VengeanceFind a copy of “Born in Vengeance” at or



Thank You Cami and Good Luck with the new books and the rest of the Dacian Legends series. Don’t forget Stephanie’s half of the interview over at