#RomancingSeptember Day 30 Wake-Robin Ridge by @MarciaMeara #wwwblogs

It’s the last day of #RomancingSeptember

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Today our guest is Marcia Meara and her book Wake-Robin Ridge

Wake Robin Ridge

Where is your home town?

I live just north of Orlando, in Sanford, Florida.

How long have you been writing romance?

Two years. My first book, a romantic suspense entitled Wake-Robin Ridge, was published in August, 2013. Since then, I’ve published two more novels, and my fourth is coming out in September.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Romantic Suspense. I want lots of danger in the mix, brave people fighting against terrible odds, and prevailing in the end. I do like some Paranormal Romance, too, and I even prefer that my Urban (and regular) Fantasy have a strong love interest going on. The love story will pull me back every time.

Where and when is your book set?

Wake-Robin Ridge is the name of a fictional mountain in the Chimney Rock/Lake Lure/Asheville area of North Carolina. The novel deals with two women who each lived in the same log cabin on the ridge, nearly fifty years apart, so part of the story takes place in the 1960’s, and part takes place in 2012 and 2013.

Introduce us to Sarah Gray.

ME: I’ll let her do that.WRR:     “MY NAME IS Sarah Gray. I’m a thirty-five-year-old library cataloging and research assistant. For the better part of the last decade, I‘ve spent at least forty hours a week in a tiny cubicle, hidden deep within the Leland Walker Historical Library in DeBary, Florida, reading and cataloging old, crumbling manuscripts, diaries, business records, and journals.”ME: She’s bored and restless, and when one load of manuscripts too many comes along, she has an epiphany. SARAH:   “As I sat at my desk on a Friday night, staring at the pile of work I’d been assigned at the last minute, my frustration with my lot in life reached critical mass. I snarled. I ranted. I pouted. I even teared up pitifully, wailing the eternal cry of losers everywhere, “Why meeee?     I made up my mind on the spot. I would do it! I would move to Wake-Robin Ridge.”


And then the truth dawned. I had no strings to speak of. I could leave. And I knew exactly where I could go—the one place I loved more than anywhere in the world. There, I could live a simple life surrounded by the beauty of nature, and the peace and quiet of the deep woods. I could write. I could write all day long, every day, if I wished, with no one to worry about but myself. I could quit marking time at a dead-end job, and live the life I was meant to live.

Who is MacKenzie Cole?

ME: That’s exactly what Sarah Gray wonders when she meets him for the first time, a chance encounter, which occurs when he comes looking for his runaway dog, Rosheen. She checks him out, of course:SARAH:   “Tall, maybe 6’3”, with glossy black hair curling slightly over his ears. Equally dark brows over unusually pale blue eyes, and very fair skin. Overall, he was strikingly good looking, with a sense of quiet strength about him. In his faded jeans and soft blue denim shirt, he looked perfectly at home in these mountains, as though he had been here a long time.”ME: But Mac has his secrets, and he won’t give them up easily. No one knows the reason he keeps to himself on top of his mountain, and even his curiosity about the beautiful woman who just moved into the cabin across the highway won’t make him any easier to talk to. (He does talk to himself and to his Irish wolfhound a lot, though.)MAC:   “Sarah Gray. You are trouble with a capital T. Where did you come from, and why are you over there, all alone in that cabin? Couldn’t you have chosen some other mountain? Why are you here on mine?

Mac wondered why it was people started out so full of promise, and ended up so full of pain. And damn if he was going to let this woman interfere with the quiet life he’d made for himself, no matter how beautiful she was.

Is there a danger is lurking in the mountains?

But of course! When Ruth Carter ran away from her abusive husband, and settled in her little cabin in 1962, she hoped she’d found a safe haven. Of course, taking Lloyd Carter’s prized fire-engine red Chevy Impala, and his secret hoard of cash along with her, pretty much guaranteed he’d never stop looking for her. When he tracks her down, bad, bad things happen, and the horrifying repercussions are still being felt nearly fifty years later, when Sarah Gray moves into the same cabin.

Tell us about the Blue Ridge Mountains as a leisure destination.

Both the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains are part of the Appalachian chain, the oldest mountains on earth, and there is something utterly primeval about them. They are stunningly beautiful in all seasons, with their eroded, rounded domes rolling on as far as the eye can see. Deep forests, crystal clear rivers and streams, and frothing waterfalls lure visitors to them all year long, but autumn in the Blue Ridge is without parallel anywhere else on earth.  A vacation spent in the North Carolina Mountains is sheer perfection, especially for nature lovers. Hiking, kayaking, birding, Chimney Rock Park, historic Asheville, the Biltmore Manor, and loads of history, everywhere you look, all add up to a fantastic time. If I could get my husband out from under the palm trees, I’d be living in a Blue Ridge mountain cabin, myself.

The people who call these mountains home are down to earth, friendly, and proud of their heritage. Long generations of settlers, primarily from Ireland, Scotland, and England have lived in these ancient hills since before the Revolutionary War, and many of their legends and superstitions (often Celtic in origin) are alive and well today.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m currently editing my fourth novel, Finding Hunter, which is Book 2 in my Riverbend series, set here in central Florida. Book 1, Swamp Ghosts, was published in spring of 2014. Finding Hunter is probably the most romantic of my four novels to date, and instead of the deranged serial killer of Swamp Ghosts, it focuses on human tragedy and heartbreak, and how it impacts people in very different ways. Finding Hunter should be available in September, and though it can be read as a standalone, the main characters were introduced in Swamp Ghosts. I personally think readers of either of my series will enjoy the books more, if they’re read in order.I am also putting together my notes and research for my third Wake-Robin Ridge book, Harbinger, which deals with the Celtic legend of the Black Dog, a harbinger of death. In the Appalachians, the Black Dog is known as Ol’ Shuck, and if you see him, it means someone is going to die.

Where can readers find out more about you?


If you live in the Central Florida area, I’m frequently out and about doing Meet the Author events at various local venues, and would love to have you stop by and say hello. Sign up for my newsletter to get my schedule.  The Write Stuff (Writers Helping Writers): http://marciamearawrites.com/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marcia.meara or http://www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writerEmail: mmeara@cfl.rr.com

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

Twitter: @marciameara

Bookin’ It: http://marciameara.wordpress.com/

If you live farther away, look for me on social media here:


Drop me a line, or make a comment on my blogs any time. I love meeting new readers and other writers.

Wake-Robin Ridge Series

Wake-Robin Ridge: http://bit.ly/Wake-RobinRidge

A Boy Named Rabbit (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2): http://bit.ly/ABoyNamedRabbit


Riverbend Series

Swamp Ghosts: http://bit.ly/SwampGhosts

Finding Hunter


Summer Magic: http://bit.ly/SummerMagicPoems

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#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.


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

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#RomancingSeptember Day 28 The Vintage Cinema Club by @janelinfoot #books

Welcome to Day 28 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Jane Linfoot and her book The Vintage Cinema Club

The Vintage Cinema Club

Where is your home town?

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England

How long have you been writing romance?

I began to write romance five years ago.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I enjoy writing rom coms and chicklit

Where is your book set?

The Vintage Cinema Club is set in Derbyshire and France. Cue lots of country scenes, and summer heat.

Tell us what the Vintage Cinema Club is.

The Vintage Cinema Club centres on three friends, Izzy, Luce and Dida who share a wonderful retro shop in an old vintage cinema. We join them at the start of what should be a fabulous summer, as they celebrate the third birthday of their emporium, Vintage at the Cinema. But as fast as they’re popping the champers, everything they’ve worked for is unraveling, and suddenly three women are facing a full on fight to save what they love. And they call themselves The Vintage Cinema Club.

Introduce us to the characters.

My previous books have all focussed on “couple” relationships. With The Vintage Cinema Club I’ve had great fun broadening that view to explore the lives of a group of close friends instead.


Izzy, Luce and Dida, stars of The Vintage Cinema Club, are three very different characters, who run a vintage business together.

When we meet them they have been firm friends for years, and like a lot of friends, circumstances threw them together initially. Izzy and Luce became besties when Izzy came down in the world, left her private school, and landed at the local sixth form. Luce took pity on a traumatised Izzy, who she saw as under privileged, because she was so short of streetwise experience.

They teamed up with Dida at art college, where Luce and Izzy were working towards career qualifications. At the time Dida, as a first time mum, was saving her sanity with an art course. Luce and Dida’s friendship was cemented when they met again at antenatal classes. Like so many mums, their daughters growing up together made their bond strong, despite their different situations. Dida is loaded, and Luce struggles to make ends meet. Luce is a single mum with a tiny flat, whereas Dida is married – albeit to the husband from hell – and lives in a huge house. And Izzy is hooked on being a surrogate mum to her three twenty-something brothers.

Having been friends for so long means they know each other so well they sometimes feel they know what’s best for each other. In friendship there’s a fine line between interference and support, and it was great to explore the dynamics of that for Izzy, Luce and Dida. Sometimes friendly interference leads to big trouble, but the very best friends will always hang around to make good.

In real life people are often drawn to friends who complement their own qualities. Quiet girls hang out with extroverts, wild women will have a sensible friend to keep them grounded. The contrasts between the characters in this book were a great way of shining a spotlight on each of the individual women and their different lives. Izzy’s feisty side is tempered by Luce’s calm, but when it comes to business, Luce wishes she had a share of Izzy’s courage. And what will it take to crack Dida’s hard shell?

There are struggles, there are crises, happy times and heartfelt ones, and these all spark different reactions in each of the characters. And as the women push and pull each other through the book, they inevitably grow and change as a result of their experiences.

Give us a hint about the romance in this book.

All three women are bound together in their struggle to keep the wonderful business that means so much to all of them, but as they move through the book, despite their determination to remain independent, each woman travels on her own romantic journey, and finds her life has changed by the end. And the friends are all there to help, advise and interfere along the way.

What was your favourite part of this book?

I love the different qualities of each of the women in the book. I like writing about strong women, and I especially enjoyed writing about their interaction, as the women both clash and collide, sometimes ganging up on each other, but always working together. Their combined strength is an awesome power. I found the different combinations of three women in the scenes, and the progress of their relationships in pairs, singly, and all together, developed in a fascinating way, as the story played out. Often it felt as if they were acting completely independently, and I was simply the one recording what they did.

Having said that, I also love the way the book ends. I enjoyed writing all the characters, but I especially love Izzy’s story.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m planning my next Derbyshire based romance

Where can readers find out more about you?

Jane Linfoot

Author Page Facebook

Personal Page Facebook Happy to have friends

Twitter @janelinfoot

Pinterest Lots of Vintage Cinema Club character pages on Pinterest

Website: http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk

Buy Links:

HarperImpulse (all buy links)

Amazon UK

Amazon US




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#RomancingSeptember Day 27 The Faerie Tree by @JaneCable #sundayblogshare

Welcome to Day 27 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Jane Cable and her book The Faerie Tree

The Faerie Tree

Where is your home town?
I immediately think of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where I was brought up, but the reality is that I’ve lived near Chichester on the south coast of England for the last twenty years. But as they say: you can take the girl out of Wales but you can’t take Wales out of the girl!

How long have you been writing romance?
I completed my first novel-length romance in 2004. It was great fun to write but completely unpublishable. Nevertheless it was good practice and I kept on writing until I had something I was ready to share. That was The Cheesemaker’s House which reached the final of UK daytime TV favourite The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 and was published in 2013.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

As a writer it’s romantic suspense because plot construction is so challenging. Of course, the heart of any romance is the characters but weaving a mystery around them means they can play out their love story in a really interesting way. And there are so many different sorts of mysteries you can choose; The Cheesemaker’s House is a bit ghostly but The Faerie Tree is far more psychological. As a reader I also love sagas – I find it totally captivating to be able to follow a family, a village or group of friends through the generations. RF Delderfield was master of it and Margaret Graham’s pretty amazing too.
Where is your book set?

The Faerie Tree is mainly set close to the River Hamble in Hampshire on the south coast of England, with a few excursions to Newquay in Cornwall. Hampshire is very close to where I live and I was introduced to the real faerie tree by a friend. It’s such a magical place where children leave gifts and letters for the faeries – and the faeries reply.
Introduce us to Izzie.

Izzie is 43 and has just been widowed. She thinks she’s been strong for her teenage daughter, Claire, and that she’s coping well – but the reality is very different. She is like so many women we recognise; on the outside a polished professional (she teaches at a college) but on the inside a welter of insecurities about being a good mother, a good friend – and basically staying sane without too much help from the wine bottle.
Tell us about her recent meet up with Robin.

The book opens in the city of Winchester just before Christmas when Izzie, distracted by a stressful visit to the probate office to deal with her late husband’s estate, literally walks into a tramp. Almost straight away she realises it’s Robin, a man she was in love with 20 years before, but she isn’t entirely honest with Claire about the true nature of their relationship. Later she realises that she just has to find him again.
What is special about the Faerie Tree?

I believe that faerie trees have a resonance with all of us because in so many early cultures trees were objects of worship and wonder. Celebrating festivals around them and leaving offerings is something buried very deep in our psyche, whatever our beliefs are now. The real faerie tree on the banks of the Hamble is not especially pagan – for most people it’s probably just a piece of fun and the most special thing about it is that someone answers every single letter the children leave. For Robin and Izzie it’s the place their story started and the point where their lives split apart. It’s a human story, not an elven one, and it just had to be told.
Tell us about their relationship when they first met 20 years before.

Robin and Izzie were in their early twenties and Izzie at least was full of hope for the future. She had a dead end job and a dead end boyfriend but she just knew life would get better. Robin was first a business contact, then a friend, and then, one day in the faerie tree woods, she knew he was the man who would change everything. Although still young, Robin had already learnt about the harsh blows life deals out but whatever the obstacles, he still fell for Izzie in a big way. For him the trouble started when he began to wish those obstacles away.
Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

It’s a very exciting time for me because I’ve just been signed by an agent so I’m working on a totally new manuscript which we hope she will be able to sell to a major publisher. Set in beautiful Studland Bay in Dorset it’s the story of a recently separated British woman and an American soldier, both haunted by the tragic events of the run up to D-Day sixty years before. The characters bridge the Atlantic so it’s a real Romancing September story!
Where can readers find out more about you?

Jane Cable

I have a website, www.janecable.com;

a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cheesemakers-House-Other-Stories/245534682166250?ref=hl ;

and I do try to be active on Twitter as well @JaneCable

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#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


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 25 The Lavender House Mob by Annie Crux #Romance

Welcome to Day 25 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Annie Crux and her book The Lavender House Mob

The Lavender House Mob

Where is your home town?

My home town was, a small village in Hampshire, and now is another small village in the New Forest on the edge of the river Test, called Marchwood.

How long have you been writing romance?

I think since 1981, I say think because it’s so long ago! I started with Mills and Boon, all set in hospitals which was where I worked at the time. My medical colleagues were avid readers of my books as they all imagined themselves as the handsome, smouldering hero!

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I think it has to be romantic comedy.

Where is your book set?

This book is set on the edge of the New Forest, in a village where my son lives, but I’ve changed the name.

Introduce us to Louise.

Louise is the kind of woman I like. Self sufficient, copes with whatever life throws at her. Is not sorry for herself, well, most of the time she’s not! Occasionally gets fed up. But is certainly not desperate for a man in her life, and if one turns up he’s got to be fun, good looking, and loves animals and children. If he doesn’t tick all those boxes then she’s not interested!

What is the reason behind turning the house into a B&B?

Necessity is the reason for turning the house into a B&B. As a young mother, with not much money, I took in students. That’s B&B with added hassle!

Who sis Jack? Who shows an interest in him?

Jack is my tall dark handsome stranger with all the right attributes. I had great difficulty in keeping him away from Louise for the whole of the book. I would have fallen into his arms myself, given the opportunity!

Who was your favourite character and why?

Maggie. I like over the top characters. They add the spice to life.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

At the moment I’ve nearly finished a crime novel, under another name. But I’ve also got another Annie Crux romantic comedy nearly finished. Working Title, Sex In The Afternoon.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Annie Crux

I pop up on google and Wikipedia and on Amazon Books as Ann Jennings, Angela Arney, as well as Annie Crux. I know I’m very lazy, and I am trying to do better. I’m having a web page done, to let people know about me.

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#RomancingSeptember Day 24 Chocolate Mousse and Two Spoons by @lorrainejenkin #honno

Welcome to Day 24 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Lorrain Jenkin and her book Chocolate Mousse and Two Spoons

Chocolate Mousse and Two Spoons

Where is your home town?

I’ve moved around a bit, but I always consider Lyme Regis in Dorset to be where I had my formative years. I’ve just returned from a visit there to see my parents and think that maybe I didn’t realise how lucky I was to grow up in such a beautiful place – but then, who does at eighteen years old? I now live in a village in Mid Wales which I also love – and this time I DO appreciate the view of the mountains through my windows every day.
How long have you been writing romance?
I started getting the itch to write “properly” in about 2003 when I decided that I was going to write a book, rather than just enjoy scribbling. I hadn’t particularly decided upon romance as a genre, I just started writing and was quite surprised at what came out!
What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
My tastes have changed over the years. When the children were young, my brain could only cope with the lightest fluffiest of romances, things that could be enjoyed whilst reading only three pages each week. However, as my brain has re-emerged (to a degree) I’m back into things that require a bit more concentration. I’ve just finished Jane Eyre and am now working my way – for obvious scything reasons – through the Poldark series.
Where is your book set?
Chocolate Mousse and Two Spoons is set between Lyme Regis and a fictional Mid Wales town – talk about writing about what you know… I did that simply because I can picture the towns in great detail and also I know the people – and they are different between the two places. Lots of people have said to me that they got a real feel for the locations within the book, so I hope I did the two areas justice.
Introduce us to Lettie.
I love Lettie – she’s got a bit of me in her, only better. She waitresses in the restaurant I used to work in, and lives in a house that I used to walk past every day. I like the fact that she makes mistakes like the rest of us, but she keeps battling in and isn’t afraid to have a few adventures along the way…
What do her housemates suggest she does?
When we meet Lettie, she is just breaking up with a rather nasty boyfriend, and her housemates persuade her to put an advert in the Lonely Hearts classifieds and – amazingly in hindsight – she does! The book was written in the days before social media had taken its grip; it all seems rather quaint now.
Tell us about Doug.
Ah, Dougie… I have lost count of the number of women who have asked me whether Doug is based on an actual man, and if so, do I have his phone number. I’ve mostly lived in the countryside and so Doug is the archetypical country-girl’s hero: tall, dark, handsome and with his own chainsaw. He’s been a bit burned in life and so is a little out of practice where the ladies are concerned, but he’s in the pub one night and the bar-chick flies a newspaper at him and tells him to apply to a certain classified advert – and the rest is down to fate! It’s also just dawned on me that I now have the same dog as Doug – spooky, eh?
Your book has plenty of fun characters. Which is your favourite and why?
I usually say it’s Skinny Twat simply because I am so proud of the name. Actually, it’s Big Eve. The character is based on a woman I served once when working in a sea-front chippy. She was quite large and had a thin pink vest on with no bra. Her hair was greasy and parted down the middle, and she eventually bought large chips and a battered jumbo sausage. I watched her walk up the hill, scoffing her chips as she went. Suddenly her sausage fell out of her wrapper and rolled down the gutter. I watched in delight as she ran after it, scooped it up, brushed a few fag ends off and carried on eating. I was also pleased that I could lip-read what she said! Big Eve is kinder and nicer than this woman was, but it’s her I had in mind when I was writing.
Tell us what you’re working on at the moment.
I actually have two books on the go at the moment and dip between them depending on which storyline is inspiring me most at the time. I also have a third sitting in a publisher’s office, having done two rewrites, waiting for that magical Yes (or possibly, but less magical No). I have a bit of a quandary at the moment in that when I wrote Chocolate Mousse, I was in my early thirties and it felt fine to be writing about thirty-somethings having fun and going to the pub. But now I’m mid-forties, I’m wondering if I should actually be writing something different – maybe something concerning ironing piles and the problems with grout. It’s no wonder I’m struggling…
Where can readers find out more about you?
Lorraine Jenkin
I would like to say between the covers of Hello magazine, but I can’t. The next best place is probably my blog – www.lorrainejenkin.blogspot.co.uk . I also tweet on @lorrainejenkin, and I’m always please to get contacted on Facebook.
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#RomancingSeptember Day 23 Two Times Twenty by @BethanDarwin #wwwblogs @honno

Welcome to Day 23 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Bethan Darwin and her book Two Times Twenty

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Where is your home town?

My home town is Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valleys, Wales.  I now live in Wenvoe a village in the Vale of Glamorgan, just outside Cardiff and close to Barry.

How long have you been writing romance?

Since 2004

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I had to google that to understand what the sub-genres were! I like Inspirational romance, novels with a love story but also other non-romantic relationship stories, ideally with historical, political or modern day context so you learn something as well.

Where is your book set?

I’ve called it Stonebridge but it is set in Cowbridge, a market town in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Tell us about Anna

Everyone knows someone like Anna – a single working Mum, struggling to make ends meet, trying to keep her children happy and consequently with not much time for herself but who still manages to be fun with the help of her friends and family.

Do Anna’s birthday party plans change?

The party itself doesn’t change that much although her highflying City lawyer friend does add some extra sparkle to it by being generous. It’s the people attending that make the plans change most.

Tell us about Mack?  

Mack is a good-looking bloke who has always had his pick of women. Essentially he’s decent but a bit selfish and irresponsible.

What does Annie learn about herself from the whole party experience?  

That girlfriends are as important in life as romantic relationships and that romance is never dead.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

A book based partly in present day Penarth, a seaside Victorian town involving a couple of lawyers and their four children and an interweaving story about a young man from the Rhondda emigrating to Toronto in 1927, after the collapse of the General Strike.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Bethan Darwin

My Amazon author page, my law firm’s website ThompsonDarwin.com and on Twitter @BethanDarwin

THICKER THAN WATER is the new novel from the author of Back Home and Two Times Twenty – a split time narrative set in contemporary Cardiff and 20th century Canada.

Gareth has a busy and fulfilling family life at home in Penarth and a challenging job as a lawyer in Cardiff Bay… Then a deal comes along which could be the biggest yet – the chance to act for a Canadian company wanting to begin production of their upmarket shirts in the Valleys. But closing the deal means working with the intriguing and forceful CEO Catherine Taylor – and reassessing how he lives his life and to what end… Decades before, the men of the Valleys crossed the Atlantic in the opposite direction to find work. One of these men was Gareth’s Uncle Idris and his story of love and loss stretches out across the decades to catch Gareth in its grasp just when he faces the most difficult decisions of his life.

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#RomancingSeptember Day 22 Here Are Lovers by Hilda Vaughan @honno

Welcome to Day 22 of #RomancingSeptember

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Today our guest is Diana Wallace who has re-published this book as a Classic Welsh Woman’s book in conjunction with HonnoPress

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Can you tell us where Hilda would have called her hometown?

Hilda Vaughan was born and brought up in Builth Wells in Breconshire in Wales. She moved to London in her early twenties and married Charles Morgan, a drama critic and novelist. He encouraged her writing but his job meant that they had to live in London. Vaughan used to go back to Wales to write when she could.

Did she always write romance?

No, her novels are very varied. But they are very often about the problems of marriage and love between men and women. Iron and Gold, published in 1942, is a retelling of the old Welsh legend of the fairy bride of Llyn y Fan Fach who marries a mortal man for love. She tells him that she can stay with him only so long as he never strikes her three times with iron but, of course, being mortal he fails the test.

When did this book become a Welsh Women’s classic?

It was first published in 1926 but fell out of print. It was re-published in Honno’s Welsh Women’s Classics series in 2012, Honno’s 25th anniversary year. Here Are Lovers was the twentieth publication in the Welsh Women’s Classics that brings out-of-print books in English by women writers from Wales to a new generation of readers.


Where and when is the book set?

The book is set in Llangantyn, which is the name Vaughan uses for her fictionalised version of Builth Wells. But it’s set in the Victorian period in 1866, the very turbulent year of the Second Reform Act which extended the franchise to working men. One of the climaxes of the novel is the local election where there’s a riot.

Introduce us to Laetitia.

Laetitia Wingfield is the beautiful and bookish daughter of the local squire. Her mother is dead and she’s been partly brought up by her aunt in Italy so she has a head full of poetry and romantic ideals. Then she comes back to Llangantyn where she’s expected to live the life of a decorous Victorian young lady and she finds it terribly boring and frustrating.

Tell us about her romance.

On a mad-cap late-night ride Laetitia gets lost on the mountain in the mist and is rescued by Gronwy Griffith. The impoverished son of one of her father’s tenants, he’s a would-be scholar who dreams of a life of literature and poetry so he idealises her as a kind of Helen of Troy figure. Laetitia wants to be his patron so she lends him her father’s books and tries to encourage him.

What restrictions were there on romance in this period?

The class gulf between Laetitia and Gronwy makes any relationship between them impossible in their society. Her family in particular are horrified by her contact with him. But their story is paralleled by the love-story of Gronwy’s brother Peter and a local farmer’s daughter Elizabeth. Through them, Vaughan gives us a really interesting picture of the Welsh custom of ‘bundling’ or ‘night-courting’ where the young couple court in bed but fully clothed to satisfy the proprieties.

What else influenced the behaviour of these characters?

Vaughan’s actually fascinated by the ways in which people can be both educated and led astray by their reading. Both Laetitia and Gronwy have internalised over-idealised dreams from books which make them dangerously susceptible to romance and to each other. Like Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Here are Lovers is a kind of ironised anti-romance but with a different ending.

Tell us about other books written by Hilda.

One of her best books is undoubtedly The Soldier and the Gentlewoman (1932) which is a brilliantly bleak and Gothic examination of a marriage which goes wrong. When the soldier, Dick Einon-Thomas, returns from the first world war he inherits an estate in Wales belonging to a cousin who has been killed. Gwenllian Einon-Thomas is the cousin’s unmarried daughter who has been running the estate but can’t inherit it because she’s a woman. She and Dick marry and things unravel from there…

Where can readers find out more about Welsh Women’s classic books?

Diana Wallace - Editor of Here Are Lovers

Diana Wallace – Editor of Here Are Lovers


On the Honno website: http://www.honno.co.uk/

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#RomancingSeptember Day 21 The Burning by @del_connor

Welcome to Day 21 of #RomancingSeptember

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Today our guest is Della Connor and her book The Burning

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The Burning – D.E.L. Connor

Where is your home town?

I live in Lufkin, Texas, affectionately known as being “behind the pine curtain.” This area of Texas has huge towering pine trees, gets lots of rain, and an occasional hurricane! Remind me again why I live here! Ha Ha. Really, it is a quiet, picturesque town with some of the best people you would ever like to meet. I was raised in Eastern Montana where the cattle outnumber the people!

How long have you been writing romance?

I started writing romance about two years ago. I have loved romance stories for many years. My grandmother read Harlequin romance books and when she was done, she gave them to me by the sack full. My mother was appalled and called them trashy, smutty books! I was a teenager then and excited at the prospect of reading a trashy book. I quickly learned that Harlequin romances were the least trashy of all, but I never told my mother that!

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

My favourite sub-genre of romance would be young adult or new adult. I like the innocence of first love and everything that goes with it. First love is felt so acutely and passionately, and remembered forever.

Tell us about your Spirit Warriors series

Spirit Warriors is a YA fantasy series about five friends, who by no coincidence, are brought together to fight an evil spirit who has plagued a Native American tribe for centuries. Emme, who narrates the story, has a battle within her heart. Will it be Charlie, her first forbidden love, or Jack, who sets her blood on fire? It’s a story of the power of friendship, and love, even in the midst of loss.

What special talents do the teenagers in this book have?

Cool ones! They can shift their spirits into their chosen animals. Charlie into Hercules the Grizzly bear, Emme into Eros the osprey, Bets into Electra the mountain lion, Ollie into Zephyr the coyote, and Lilly into Arion, the wild mustang horse.

Who or what are they fighting?

They are fighting the machayiwiw. He is an evil spirit that has plagued Charlie’s tribe for centuries, exacting revenge for something that happened hundreds of years ago.

The romance is a sweet love triangle tell us about the characters involved.

Emme, the narrator, grew up with Charlie. He is her protector, having left his tribe at a young age to be with her. Charlie is her first love, but the Spirit Warriors who guide Charlie have told him in no uncertain terms that Emme is not his true love. So, is it Jack? He is Charlie’s best friend, who moved back to the family ranch from Australia. Emme feels protected and loved with Charlie, but she can’t deny the spark of fire between her and Jack. Book 3, The Burning finally answers the question! Teaser alert! Book 4, The Lamenting has a huge wedding in it!

Are there any other romantic attachments running through your series?

The other friends, Ollie and Bets also have love interests. Ollie comes out to his friends about his sexual orientation and he has a boyfriend, Raymond. In The Burning, they work to stay together as high school ends and college looms. Bets has a boyfriend, Joe, who none of the other friends like. In fact, Emme, threatens to kill him if he ever hurts Bets!

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Too many things! Book 4 in the Spirit Warrior Series, The Lamenting is in editing, and I have started on the final book, The Ensouling. I am writing a couple of romance stories that I am working on when I get creative burn out! They probably won’t be out until I finish the Spirit Warriors series.

Where can readers find out more about you?

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