Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 25

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Welcome to Day 25 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Michelle Betham. Catch up with more from Michelle in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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1)      Where is your home town?

I was born in Wallsend, north east England. I’m a born and bred Geordie girl!

2)      How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been a romance author for over five years now, but I started writing romance long before that! I just didn’t have the confidence to start writing seriously until I hit forty!

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

I think that would have to be contemporary romance. That’s what I write, and it’s what I’ve always loved to read.

4)      Tell us briefly who Ryan Fisher is.

Ryan Fisher is a (fictitious) Premiership footballer from the north east of England – very famous, very talented, very sexy, but just a little bit cocky.

5)      What is Amber’s job?

Amber is a sports reporter for a local north east news programme.

6)      Where does Jim Allen come from?

Jim Allen is originally from Washington DC. He moved to the UK in his early twenties to pursue his football career.

7)      Will we be needing a cold shower after reading this?

Yes, probably! It does get a little hot in parts!

8)      Tell us 5 great things about Newcastle.

Five great things about Newcastle? That’s easy!

1 – The people. We’re very friendly here in the north east!

2 – The city centre. Whether you choose to venture into Grainger Town – the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne which includes the Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street – or Eldon Square, the large, modern shopping mall, there’s something for everybody, with shops ranging from the discount to the designer, not to mention a wide range of bars, restaurants and pubs to choose from. And I know I might be slightly biased here, but out of all the cities I’ve visited in my time, Newcastle will always be a favourite of mine. I love the place!

3 – The Quayside. With everything from the Baltic Gallery to the cafes and bars down by the river, it’s a beautiful place to take a walk or enjoy some of the culture Newcastle has to offer, all within sight of that famous landmark, the Tyne Bridge.

4 – It’s close to some of the most gorgeous countryside and coastline, whether you go further north into Northumberland, or a little further south towards Sunderland and Durham. I’m not sure everyone realises just how beautiful a part of the country north east England really is.

5 – It gave us Ant and Dec and Charlie Hunnam. And I love Ant and Dec, and Charlie Hunnam!


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

I’m working on a few projects at the moment including a rock star romance, a possible summer book for next year, and a motorcycle club romance series.

Michelle Betham

10)   Where can readers find out more about you?

They can find out more about me over on my blog, and they can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I’m on there a lot!

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Twitter – @michellebetham

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Passion United by Philip Miles

Passion UnitedPassion United by Philip Miles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anyone who loves football (soccer) or even has a mild interest in the sport will find this book a delight. The author shows his passion and in-depth knowledge of British football past and present. The book is interspersed with facts, thoughts, stories and poems which make it an easy read. The author once a West Ham supporter is now a Pompey fan but his passion for football will ring true for any team supporter of British football. I particularly liked the final Christmas wish list of requests to help make football in Britain once again accessible to any fan and return the nation to its former glory amongst other nations of the world. This book deserves to be in the Christmas stocking of all football fans on Christmas morning.

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Phil will be my guest author on the blog tomorrow (16th November) come back and read more about Phil and his writing.
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Total Football by Alan Gibbons

Todays book review has been written by a young reader friend of mine. Alan Gibbons is an English author of children’s books.

Title of the book: Total Football – Some You Win

Author of the book: Alan Gibbons

What happens in the book: Kev and his friends are in a football team called the Rough Diamonds. When he takes over as captain, he pulls the team up from the bottom of the league, and makes them play to win……. Every match. But a boy called “Brain Damage” tries to stop Kev’s future!

What’s good about the book: I like the way the football matches are written, to make the reader more interested in what’s happening in the game. Also the chase scenes makes you feel that you are in the person’s shoes.

What’s bad about the book: At the end the book, they have just finished a quarter final cup match. I wanted to know how well the Rough Diamonds did in the other few rounds.


TGiFriday! We are rolling in to the last Bank holiday weekend for the summer. Football has started and the other members of the household are avidly discussing their fantasy football teams! Plus the performance of the real teams who they all support. Cricket season still remains and they lament the performance of their fantasy cricket men! But Hampshire are through to the T20 final in Cardiff this Saturday. And the Paraolympics is not far away.

This week has been full of all the last-minute pre-school bits and pieces like hair cuts, eye appointments, dentist, name label sewing, new school shoes and final bits of missing uniform. Phew!

GCSE results were down for the first time in several years as questions are asked as to whether examining boards felt under pressure about comments that marking was getting too leniant.

Gone a bit mad in the kindle store downloading books, don’t have time to read them all! Still wading through the classic “Water babies” by Charles Kingsley. I’ll be honest, some of it is like chewing on cardboard! But it’s a classic!! I must be missing something?

There’s a e-mail floating around warning of a mobile phone hoax, where you get a call from an “engineer” who claims to be testing your phone and he asks you to press #90 or#09. DO NOT do this as it gives then access to your sim card and they can use your account to make calls. END the call immediately.