Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 20

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Welcome to Day 20 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Susan Buchanan. Catch up with more from Susan 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?

Kilsyth, near Glasgow, although I don’t live there anymore. I live south of the city now.

How long have you been writing romance?

Well, it’s not pure romance, more chick lit, so let’s say 2 years, as my first novel was more drama-based, even though there’s lots of romance in Sign of the Times too.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Chicklit, without question, although I do like those with a bit of a moral to them and I am not a fan of those with Jimmy Choos and where everyone works in PR or Media.

Where does Gill work? 

She has her own recruitment company, based in Glasgow.

What does she do about her lack of a love life?

Initially she ignores it, but her friends keep trying to set her up on blind dates, which are awful. After a terrible date with a pumped-up gym bore, she joins Happy Ever After dating agency, after seeing an ad on a bus billboard.

How many men does she meet? 

5

Tell us a bit about some of the men?

Well, there’s Anton, the Russian research scientist, who is very sensitive to her needs and very thoughtful. There’s Sean, the Irishman who works in music (Gill has a thing for Irish accents). Then Charlie who’s separated and has a little girl. Seeing him in his flying jacket makes Gill think of Tom Cruise in Top Gun. And we’ll keep the others a secret for now!

Gill and her friends take a trip to Spain, who does she meet there?

She meets a man, in the unlikeliest of circumstances, just when she is taking a break from dating (even if it’s only over a long weekend). But it isn’t a romantic meeting, although he does save her.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

When I get time, I’m working on two books, a Christmas book , which unfortunately isn’t likely to be finished in time for this Christmas, and What If, the story of Cameron, a bit of a lad, a serial womanizer who at 45 has an epiphany which will change his life and question his sanity!

Where can readers find out more about you?

Susan Buchanan

Oh, even though I’m a lot busier these days, I am still often to be found on

Twitter susan_buchanan,

occasionally I nip over to Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author ,

and, of course, there’s always my blog – http://www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

Find a copy of The Dating Game here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 14

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Welcome to Day 14 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Our guest today is Jane Godman. Catch up with more from Jane 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 live in Birkenhead, which is on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England. It’s on the opposite side of the River Mersey to Liverpool and the iconic ‘ferry ‘cross the Mersey’ originates here.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I lived in South Africa, and my best friend and I discovered the novels of Kathleen E Woodiwiss when we were thirteen. We used to spend our evenings writing books in the style of ‘The Wolf and the Dove’. I had a big birthday (let’s just say it had a zero at the end) two years ago and my friend gave me an amazing present. She had kept one of the books I wrote when I was fourteen! It’s a medieval romance, written in felt tip pen. I’m very proud of it and it gave me the push I needed to start submitting my work to publishers.

Although I’m very proud of the fact that, my fellow Shivers authors and I were recently described as ‘the reigning Queens of Gothic Romance’ by a reviewer, I also love to write historical romances. I like to think my historical romances are in the style of Georgette Heyer, but rather steamier! My career as a published author began in January 2013 when I had a series of historical romances published with a small company which has now, sadly, gone out of business. When the rights for the books reverted to me in April 2014, I undertook to completely re-write the series. Each book in the series features a smouldering, sexy hero eighteenth century hero. Entitled the Georgian Rebel Series, it currently consists of four books and I am hoping to find them a home with a new publisher soon.

My first Harlequin book, Legacy of Darkness, was published in the January 2014. I now have three Harlequin Shivers titles available, with two others due to be published in the next few months.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I love gothic romance. Crumbling manor houses, gloomy corridors, ghostly apparitions and eerie secrets. Just a few of the reasons why gothic romance has enthralled readers (myself included) for over two centuries!

Gothic romances are all about setting, uncertainty, and an element of creepiness that makes the romance all the sweeter. The hidden story is as important, perhaps more important, than the explicit. Think ghostly shadows rather than chain-saw wielding serial killers. Fingertips of nervous and sensual excitement are trailed down the spine in equal measure. The dark atmosphere is integral to the suspense, and the most frightening elements are often implied rather than stated outright. Our heroines have a tendency to ignore common sense and explore dark houses or stormy cliff-top castles, but they are also brave, loyal, and determined. The gothic heroine will fight for the man she loves, even if she has a sneaking suspicion he may be trying to kill her. Our brooding heroes are misunderstood by everyone, including the heroine at first (see above).

The gothic style allows us an outlet for our darkest imaginings. From the safety of our armchair, we can accompany the gothic heroine as, clad in a clinging white nightdress, with only a single candle to light her way, she climbs the creaking stairs to discover just what those strange noises in the attic actually are. We’ve all seen those scenes in horror films. We’ve all shouted at the screen “Don’t go into the attic!” and shivered with a combination of pleasure and terror when our heroine ignores us.

Tell us about the Gothic period, what does it involve?

Gothic romances can be set in any time period. They can be historical or contemporary. I suppose they could also be set in the future! They are mysteries, usually tinged with horror and the supernatural. Gothics are often set against dark backgrounds such as medieval ruins, mysterious houses or haunted castles. Traditional gothics had a spirited young heroine, peculiar supporting characters, precocious children and darkly handsome men with mysterious pasts. Authors included Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier.

Harlequin Shivers, the ‘new’ Gothics, have elements of the unexplained, but they are not paranormal romances. Generally, the heroine and heroine are human beings who may have paranormal experiences. Shivers have high levels of sensuality, but their strong gothic story line makes them much more than an erotic romance.

So what can readers expect from a Jane Godman Shivers?

A dark, gloomy and atmospheric setting.

A feisty heroine who pushes the boundaries of her time.

A hero you fall in love with…

…And a villain you fall in love with (for very different reasons)

Dark secrets, the past comes back to haunt the present.

Erotic tension that builds alongside the story. The shivers in these stories don’t come just from the supernatural elements!

Who is Divine Dita?

Dita Varga is the heroine in Echoes in the Darkness, the second book in the Jago Legacy series. It is the 1860s and she models for the artists in the Montmartre district of Paris, but she will only let them paint her naked body, never her face. She is so beautiful that the artistic community nickname her ‘The Divine Dita’. But Dita is a girl with secrets…

Why has she gone to Cornwall?

Dita lives with a gorgeous, dissolute artist called Eddie Jago. Everyone thinks they are lovers, but in reality they are just friends. Eddie gets a letter from his family in Cornwall telling him that he must return home because his father, Tynan Jago, the Earl of Athal, is ill. This coincides with news that the man who has been searching for Dita across Europe is on his way to Paris. Dita must leave France quickly. She agrees to go to Cornwall with Eddie and, so that his family are not suspicious about their relationship, they pretend to be engaged.

What frightens her about the Jago’s house?

Athal House is a beautiful mansion, on the top of a Cornish cliff. It has been built on the site of what was once Castle Athal, the Jago family’s legendary ancestral home. The castle burned down on the night of Tynan Jago’s twenty first birthday, which was also his wedding night. His aunt and uncle were both killed in the fire. Tynan supervised the rebuilding himself and even had some of the original castle walls incorporated into his new home.

When Dita arrives at Tenebris—the name the Jago family give to their home—she is immediately struck by the atmosphere of the place. Although it is beautiful, it is brooding and strange things begin to happen to her. Dita sometimes finds herself in corridors that seem to be from another time. She sees a man with golden eyes riding a black stallion along the cliff top and a woman, also with golden eyes, comes to her room and warns her to stay away before vanishing.

Is there something which drives all the house residents mad?

Tenebris means ‘darkness’ and the Jago Legacy is certainly a dark one, but not everyone who lives there is mad. Tynan and his wife Lucy have managed to escape the legacy, and they hope their three children will too. There is definitely something about the place and about the Jagos, however, that makes it wise to avoid them on a dark night! A reviewer recently said that the Addams Family have nothing on this lot (and I do like to think that the Jago Family are sexier than the Addams Family)!

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

As well as making sure my Georgian Rebel Series of books are complete, I’m working on a contemporary romantic suspense series. It’s a new venture for me as I haven’t written any contemporary books before. The content is very dark, however, so that’s definitely nothing new when it comes to Jane Godman stories. I like to think I’m the point at which Jane Austen and Stephen King meet and overlap!

Oh, and I have an idea for a horror novella lurking that I really must get down on paper! As you can probably see, I like to keep busy and I like to write in a variety of genre.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Jane Godman

I love to hear from readers and can be contacted at:

Website: http://www.janegodmanauthor.com/

Twitter: @JaneGodman

Email: janegodman@ymail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Godman-Author/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6923685.Jane_Godman

Find a copy of Echoes Of Darkness here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 13

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Welcome to Day 13 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Della Connor. Catch up with more from Della 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?

A small town in East Texas about 90 miles north of Houston. We call this part of Texas the “Piney-woods”. Right now it is hot and humid, a typical summer in Texas.

2)How long have you been writing romance?

I am a new author so I would have to say a short time! I have read romance novels since I was a teenager and my Grandmother would gift me her paperback Harlequins.

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

I guess since I write young adult, I would have to say young adult or new adult. I like the innocence and forever-ness of first love.

4)Tell are where your book is set.

It is set in present day Montana. I grew up in Montana and the pure beauty and majesty of that state gives you something to write about!

5)Who has been teaching the children about the Native Americans?

In my first book of the series, The Concealing, Archie who is the Native American grandfather of one of the five main characters tells the stories to the characters as they are growing up. He spends a lot of time with the kids and teaches them many things including how to build a tepee and how to do Native American dances. He also teaches them how to fight.

6)What games do the children like to play?

The characters have one game in particular that they play all the time. It is actually a re-enactment of Custer’s Last Stand or The Battle of Little Bighorn. Each of them has an assigned character that they play and of course we all know how the game ends.

7)Who is the dangerous spirit?

The machaywiw is an ancient Native American Medicine Man gone bad, so to speak. He is extremely powerful and has used his supernatural powers to exact revenge on a tribe who denied him the powers of their chief’s daughter.

8) Why does Charlie need to protect Emme?

He is Emme’s protector as he alone knows how valuable she, and her gifts, are to his people and to the future of their tribe. Charlie wants nothing more than to be with Emme for the rest of his life. But first he has to make sure that Emme lives to have the rest of her life – See more about the characters at: http://dellaconnor.com/character-bios/#sthash.mvqf3O1Q.dpuf

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

I am 50,000 words into Book 3 in the series called The Burning. Here’s a teaser: “I don’t know. We didn’t get that far. I suspect she is here now because the time is drawing near to battle the machayiwiw.” I put my head in my hands. “Jack, in all likelihood I will die and possibly the others as well. Don’t you see why it just isn’t fair for me to lead you on? Do you want to spend your life like Golden Flower pining away for the love you lost? Can you imagine how hard it is to be left behind when everything you loved has left? I won’t do that to you. I can’t do that to you.” I stared at my boots. “Emme, I would gladly live what is left of my life alone to have you be mine in everyway possible for even a day or even just an hour. It would be the best hour of my life and the memory of our love could get me through the rest of my life. The thought of you waiting for me, would carry me through all the seasons of my life, until forever.” My eyes filled with tears and my voice cracked. “Oh… Jack.

10)Where can readers find out more about you?

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On my new and improved blog. As you can tell I am proud of it! Come have a look. http://www.dellaconnor.com

Find a copy of Spirit Warriors: The Concealing here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Find out more about Della from Stephanie Hurts blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com

 

 

 

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 12

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Welcome to Day 12 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Adrienne Vaughan. Catch up with more from Adrienne 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’m lucky enough to have two home towns, Leicester where I was born and Dublin where I was brought up.

How long have you been writing romance?

I wrote my first novel over 20 years ago, it might yet see the light of day. The Hollow Heart was published in 2012.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

It has to be Romantic Suspense, I love intrigue and plots with turns and twists.

Tell us about Marianne’s job.

She is a workaholic, campaigning journalist. She believes that a journalist’s job is seeking out the truth and righting wrongs.

What drives Marianne to take a break from work?

Her personal life is in turmoil, her lovely boss is retiring and the ‘corporate suits’ are moving in. She’s discovering that although important, there is more to life than just a career.

Where does she end up running to?

She has an Irish background, so heads off to a remote island off the West Coast called Innishmahon.

Who does she meet again on the island?

The gorgeous, but equally troubled movie actor Ryan O’Gorman, also seeking solace somewhere far away from the bright lights of Hollywood.

What disaster threatens the community?

A terrible storm. As with most natural disasters, it shows people in their true light. Marianne realises there is more to Ryan than floppy black hair and cheekbones to die for.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

The final part of the Heartfelt trilogy, Secrets of the Heart.

Where can readers find out more about you?

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www.adriennevaughan.com or with my colleagues, the New Romantics 4 www.newromantics4.com

On facebook, Adrienne Vaughan, twitter @adrienneauthor

Find a copy of The Hollow Heart from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Find out more about Adrienne from Stephanie Hurts blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com/

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 11

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Welcome to Day 11 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Pamela Beckford. Catch up with more from Pamela 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 and raised in a small town in northeast Indiana. I’m still here but dream of going somewhere much warmer someday.
 
2. How long have you been writing romance?
I’ve only been writing poetry for about 14 months. I have tried other types of poetry, but always find my way back to poems centered around love.
 
3. What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
I don’t really have an answer for this.
 
4. How many poems are in your book?
There are over 90 poems in this collection. They represent over a dozen different poetry forms.
 
5. What poetry styles have you used?  
While I do some free style poems and a smattering of rhyming poems, I really like all the different poetry forms that have been created. I love how it makes me chooses just the perfect word to express the emotion I am trying to convey because I’m limited by just a few syllables. I really like the tanka, dodoitsu, acrostic, oddquain, cinquain, triquain and so many more. I have put a glossary of the poetry forms in the book at the back for the reader’s convenience. Plus, I do label each poem so the reader knows which form it is.
 
6. Will we need a box of tissues to read your book?
Probably not. But I do hear a lot that you may need to take a cold shower or fan yourself after reading them.
 
7. Your book had a gorgeous cover, who designed it?
Thank you. I had the concept in my head, but didn’t have the technical capability of creating what my mind’s eye was seeing. I called upon a friend to photoshop a few images together and then the graphic designer I use in my day job pulled the rest of the cover together. I think she did a fabulous job and I’m really pleased with the cover.
 
8. Tell us about your other book of love poems
Dreams of Love was my first attempt at self-publishing. It was a smaller collection (just about 30 poems) and I have learned so much since then. The poems contained within its covers are filled with angst and unrequited love, but also a love that transcends life. The first book has garnered some awesome reviews and I’m proud of my first book.
 
9. Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
I‘m always writing it seems. I find phrases and words that I write down because they speak to me. Later I go back and think about how to create something from a phrase. I post a new poem many days on my blog, but always have more that I hold back for a new book. I’m not exactly sure of the direction of this new collection yet, but I will decide on that in the next few weeks. I’m hoping to publish my next book before Valentine’s Day 2015.
 
10. Where can readers find out more about you?
Pamela Beckford