#RomancingSeptember Day 4 Shirley Valentine Goes To Vegas by @michellebetham

Welcome to Day 4 of #RomancingSeptember

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Today our guest is Michelle Betham and her book Shirley Valentine Goes To Vegas

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Where is your home town?

My home town is a place called Whitley Bay, a small seaside town in north-east England, but I’m currently living a few miles away from there in County Durham.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been writing romance for about six years now. Although, it feels like I’ve been doing it a lot longer!

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

It’s got to be action and adventure romance, and rock star romance. I love my romance with a bit of a kick, and that goes for what I read as well as what I write.

Introduce us to Lana Saunders.

Lana Saunders is about to turn forty. Newly-divorced after twenty years of marriage she’s grown tired of being the perfect corporate wife – mainly because she wasn’t very good at it. So she decides to completely change her life, and finally become the woman she’s always wanted to be, after too long trying to be the woman everyone else wanted her to be. Reconnecting with her tattoo artist brother, she gets herself “inked”, changes her hair, her clothes; her attitude. She even ditches her job as a stage manager in a theatre in order to train to become a tattoo artist herself. Lana is someone who’s lived most of her life for others, because it was the easy option. But after realising life was passing her by, she now wants to grab hold of it, live it to the full, and see just where that takes her. For once in her life, Lana Saunders is taking risks…

Why does she choose to go to Las Vegas rather than any other city?

She goes to Vegas with her brother, to attend a tattoo convention. But it’s a place she’s always wanted to visit, and it turns out to be a happy coincidence that she’s there at that particular time.

How would you describe the “Shirley Valentine” effect? What does it do to women?

I think it makes women realise that they don’t always have to “settle” for something that maybe isn’t making them happy anymore. Because that’s what Lana was doing – she was “settling”, until one day she realised she didn’t have to do that. I love the idea of the “Shirley Valentine” effect – this idea that you’re never too old to get out there and find that new life or follow your dreams. You’re never too old to take risks.

Who does Lana meet?

When she’s in Vegas, Lana meets Scotsman Eddie Fletcher. He’s a biker, and with his unkempt hair, beard and tattoos he’s the complete opposite of her businessman ex-husband. But he’s the kind of man Lana’s always secretly dreamed of – handsome in a rough-around-the-edges kind of way. Maybe even a little bit dangerous. And the instant connection between them can’t be denied. He’s exciting, and different, and that’s exactly what she’s looking for.

Tell us the most extreme thing Lana pushes her boundaries to do.

I think it’s when she starts to suspect there might be a slightly darker side to Eddie, yet she still can’t walk away – when she realises how different her new world has become. Taking risks was never something Lana did, in her past life. But she suddenly finds herself being faced with taking more risks than she could ever have imagined.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

At the moment I’m working on a rock star romance I began last year, but I’ve recently dug it out, had a read through, and decided I need to finish it! And I’m also working on another part-finished book involving movie stars, betrayal and hidden secrets – it’s a bit of a bonkbuster, that one! I’m also planning another series of biker romances, after releasing my first three MC romance novels over the past few months. That’s a genre I’m really falling in love with!

Where can readers find out more about you?

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I’ve recently set up a website, and that can be found at www.michellebetham.co.uk

There’s my blog – http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleBetham

Twitter – @michellebetham

Pinterest – https://uk.pinterest.com/writerchelle/

Buy Links:-

AmazonUK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shirley-Valentine-Vegas-Michelle-Betham-ebook/dp/B01222DBCC/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437489960&sr=1-16

AmazonUS – http://www.amazon.com/Shirley-Valentine-Vegas-Michelle-Betham-ebook/dp/B01222DBCC/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437489960&sr=1-16

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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.

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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!

Blog – http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleBetham

Twitter – https://twitter.com/michellebetham @michellebetham

Social Media links:-


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Twitter @michellebetham

‘Striker’ – Buy Links:-

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Barnes and Noble – bit.ly/WJs8dU
Google Play – bit.ly/1rX9JVc
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