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The Letter by Eliza J. Scott Blog Tour with Review, Extract, Q & A with the Author & Giveaway (Win a PB copy of The Lettter – Kitty’s Story, Chocolate and Neom Hand Cream (Open Internationally)

The Letter - Kitty's Story

The Letter – Kitty’s Story

By Eliza J. Scott

 

Synopsis: 

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…
Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…
Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying
tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

Christie’s Review

4.5 STARS

Wow! Where do I begin with this review? There is so much emotion, twists and turns to Kitty’s journey to happiness!!! I’m so glad I got to join her! Plus, she had a Black Labrador in the book. Being a fellow Lab lover with two yellows of my own, I knew I would love this book!!!!

Kitty is such a gentle soul and loyal to a fault, often to the detriment of her own well-being! She has a lovely home, a successful husband, and two beautiful children. When you look behind the closed doors of her home, you will see the secrets she is keeping! She does have a wonderful home and great children, but her husband, Dan, is absolute rubbish…a manipulative brute. She has put up with his awful behavior for far too long, and she has had just about enough!!!!

The title Eliza J. Scott chose was absolutely perfect!!! This is definitely Kitty’s story. Scott goes back and forth in time to give us the story of Kitty and her marriage to Dan. Through those trips back in time, readers get to see just how manipulative Dan really is, always putting his selfish needs before everyone else’s.

I can’t explain how wonderful it was seeing Kitty rediscover who she was and realizing she didn’t need Dan. I found myself fist pumping every time she stood up for herself. I loved seeing her brother, Jimby and friends, Molly and Violet, supporting her as they always had. The book was even better with Ollie, whom had always loved her but always watched her from afar. Now, he is determined to fight for her like he should have when Dan first entered the picture.

I adored all the relationships and friendships within the book. The best part was adding Kitty’s deceased mother’s influence throughout the book. Kitty would always feel as if her mother was still with her in some sense through little things and just when she needed her guidance.  In a sense, she was a character who had a huge impact on Kitty. If you are looking for a book with plenty emotion, second chances, friendship, and love, look no further than this one!!!! 

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 Extract from Chapter 7.

It catches up with criminal barrister Dan, who’s stormed out of his home after an argument with Kitty and headed to chambers. As you can see, he pretty quickly puts her out of his mind once his flirtatious young pupil
makes an appearance…

Dan climbed the wide stairs leading to his private room in chambers, the thick, red runner
soft beneath his feet. He relished this space with its dark oak panelling, leather chairs and
fabrics in thick, muted tweeds. Everything about it exuded masculine elegance, from the
legal prints that shared wall space with hunting prints, to the vast leather-topped partner’s
desk.
He’d earned it through sheer hard work, elbowing his way to the privilege of having a
senior tenant’s room in no time. A dazzling advocate, his reputation attracted much work to
chambers. And it wasn’t unknown for fellow members of the Bar to take a seat in the
public gallery to view his cross-examination of an unwitting defendant in his latest high-
profile case. They would watch, with morbid fascination, as he wormed his way into the
defendant’s mind before savagely tearing them down.
Unfortunately, such viciousness was proving difficult for Dan to shake off with the
removal of his wig and gown in the robing room. Which was why he was still riddled with
it when he returned home.
He walked over to his desk, stroking the worn green leather where he’d spent hours
poring over complicated briefs. Inhaling the scent of beeswax polish that pervaded the air.
Here was where he felt truly at home.
A silver-framed black and white photo caught his eye, and he picked it up. It was of
Kitty and the children, all three of them sat amongst the heather, laughing. Kitty was in the
middle, an arm around each child, with Humphrey — wearing one of his customary grins
— and Ethel at their feet. Dan had taken it in happier times, high up on Great Stangdale
moor above their village. He couldn’t remember when he’d last seen them all looking so
carefree. He quickly flicked away a twinge of unease, before it could take root.
A tapping at his door broke his train of thoughts, ‘Come in.’
Astrid appeared in the doorway, sashayed across to his desk, and all thoughts of his
family were obliterated. He was pleased to see that she was wearing a tight-fitting black
suit with a short skirt. Her crisp, white blouse was buttoned low and struggled to restrain
her generous breasts that jiggled with every step. The outfit was hardly appropriate for the
Bar, and she was the talk of the robing room, but to Dan, she was a welcome distraction.

He savoured the vision as she teetered on her dangerously high heels. ‘Miss Eriksson, how
can I help you?’ he said with a wolfish smile.
‘Well, Mr Fairfax-Bennett.’
‘Dan.’
‘Well, Dan, I’ve prepared all the documents you need for tomorrow’s conference in
Bewley and Travis and I’ve chased the CPS for the forensic report in Davies, so I was
wondering if there’s anything else I could do for you?’ She smiled suggestively as her gaze
fell to Dan’s mouth.
‘Oh, you do, do you?’ His eyes moved from her lips to her chest. ‘Well, I haven’t got
anything to give you at the moment, but I’m going to be working here quite late tonight,
long after everyone else has gone, so if you want to pop back then, I’m sure I’ll have
thought of something.’
Astrid popped her pen back into her mouth, rolled her tongue around the end, then
sucked it gently. ‘Sounds good.’
It certainly does, he thought, watching her arse wiggle as she walked away.

 

Author Bio 

I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

Social Media Links –
Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com
Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1
Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott
Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Q & A with Eliza J. Scott

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS BOOK?
Well, it was quite a long time ago – four and a half years, to be precise! – when
I started to write the first draft of this book (though, I can remember it like it
was yesterday). The day I actually sat down in front of my laptop and decided
to get started with the book, I had a pretty clear idea in my mind of what I
wanted it to be. However, when I started writing, a completely different story
emerged, and I’ve no idea how that happened! Ideas just kept flowing, and I
kept on typing! One thing, however, that didn’t change, was the setting; it was
always going to be beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. Actually, make that two
things; it was always going to feature at least one black Labrador!

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT EACH
CHARACTER?
Ooh, what a fab question! I put an awful lot of thought into the characters for
this book, and I could see them very clearly in my mind’s eye. So, here goes:
KITTY – She’s a really decent person and, despite what she goes through in
the story, she still retains her strong moral values and a well-developed sense
of what’s right and wrong. These are traits she tries to instil into her children,
Lucas and Lily.
OLLIE – He’s my dream man! He’s tall, strong, good-looking and incredibly
kind – the sort that makes you go weak at the knees!
JAMES/JIMBY – I love that he always tries to see the funny side of
everything and likes to make people laugh; he has a happy aura about him.
VIOLET – Her uniqueness and strong sense of identity.
MOLLY – Without doubt, her feistiness
PIP – His laid-back approach to life; he’s the polar-opposite to Molly, his
wife, but they complement each other well, and he loves her to bits.
DAN – Boo! Hiss! He’s my least favourite character! Is there anything
likeable about him? I’m not so sure…
SUB-CHARACTERS – I’ve tried to make these colourful and interesting,
and relevant to the story.
HUMPHREY & ETHEL – THE BLACK LABRADORS – I’m a huge black
Labrador fan and will always write at least one into my books. I love them for
their loyalty, the friendliness and their upbeat nature – Humph and Eth have
these qualities in bucketloads.

DO YOU HAVE A PLAYLIST YOU LISTEN TO WHEN WRITING?
I’m afraid I don’t. I really like peace and quiet so find music a bit distracting.
Sorry, that’s a bit of a boring answer, isn’t it?

ANY FAVOURITE FOOD/DRINKS YOU LIKE WHILE WRITING?
A plentiful supply of Yorkshire tea is a must – strong, just a splash of milk and
no sugar. I’m a huge ginger biscuit fiend, and there’s always a smile on my
face if I have a packet of these to hand. Chocolate helps the process and if I’m
on a health kick, a bowl of mixed nuts.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?
As a small child, pretty much straight after I’d read my first book. I loved that
reading had the power to transport you to another world and I wanted to be
able to do that. So, it was the first thing I ever wanted to be. Of course,
between then and me actually taking it seriously, I’ve wanted to be a whole
variety of things and life, inevitably took over. My plans got pushed further
and further to the back of my mind.

 WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE READS?
My favourite book of all time is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It’s just
breath-taking, and I can still remember the feeling I had after I first read it.
Books by contemporary writers? That’s harder because I like so many and my
taste is quite eclectic, but I’d have to include both novels by Joanna Cannon.
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and There’s Something About Elsie are
definitely classics of the future.
I always enjoy anything by Cathy Bramley; I love the warmth in her writing.
Her last book, Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery, was particularly delicious. And, as
her covers are always absolutely gorgeous, I’ll always buy the paperback
version – they look so pretty on my bookshelf!
Philipa Gregory writes awesome historical novels and The White Queen –
from her The Cousins’ War Series – is just stunning.
In a Manhattan Minute by Helen J Rolfe is a favourite. Helen is an author
whose books I will always buy as you know you’re guaranteed a great read –
she’s also a lovely person and has helped me a lot on my self-pub journey.
My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts was probably my
favourite book of last year. I can’t remember a time when I shed so many tears
(of happiness, laughter, sadness!) while reading a book.

CJ Sansom’s Shardlake series is amazing, and I’ve loved every book. From the
first pages, you’re transported straight back to England in the Tudor times,
which is one of my favourite periods in history. If I had to pick a favourite
book from the series, I’d say it’s Lamentation.
No list would be complete without adding Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.
Unputdownable is the word that springs to mind when I think of this book. It
also started my yearning to visit Carcassonne in France – which features
pretty highly on my wish list.
Phew! That was definitely the hardest question to answer, and I could have
gone on for much longer!

 

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Until Sunrise by Sarah O’Rourke Blog Tour with Review, Author Q & A, Playlist, and Dreamcast

 

 

Until Sunrise by: Sarah O’Rourke

Part of Aurora Rose Reynolds’ Happily Ever Alpha Kindle World

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 3rd, 2018

Cover Design: Sarah O’Rourke

 

Michelle Buchanan wasn’t looking for the perfect man to fill her life.  She’d settle for Mr. Right Now to fill the empty spot in her bed – just someone that could help her with the little problem of her lingering virginity.  But when Luka Templeton invaded her blind date and suddenly begins taking over her every waking thought, she realizes that she is in way too deep with the confident alpha male currently wreaking havoc on her life.

 

Join us on this romantic comedy romp as Chelle and Luka find their way to happily ever after!

                                                                        
Romantic comedy.  Releases on April 3 as part of Aurora Rose Reynold’s Happily Ever After Kindle World.  (And if you’ve read Aurora’s Until series, you’ll know Chelle from Until Ashlyn!)

 

 

 

 

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Cute, sexy romantic comedy!!!

Chelle was a hoot from the very opening scene of the book, waiting on her late blind date in a very nice restaurant. She isn’t looking for Mr. Perfect or forever. She just wants to take care of the lingering issue of her V card. She just wants someone decent and at least someone she has sparks with. Is that too much to ask? She is getting ready to leave when Luka Templeton shows up at her table and turns her world upside down. No, he isn’t her date, he’s the restaurant owner who overheard her comical phone conversation with her best friend. Did I mention….he’s gorgeous? From that moment on life will never be the same for either of them.

Chelle does not believe in HEAs because of her own parents, so she is rather cynical where love is concerned. Thank goodness Luka doesn’t let that attitude deter him. He knew from the moment he saw her that she was going to be his, and he was going to be hers. He has so much patience, and I loved that he would do anything and everything possible to show her how deep his feelings ran for her. The banter between the two is just as addictive as their chemistry. They were perfect for one another.

This is my first Kindle Worlds Novella, and I rather enjoyed it. It is a novella, so it is shorter. However, the author left nothing out. I recommend reading if you love a sweet and sexy read with a heartwarming HEA.

 

 

  1. How did the two of you begin writing together?

 

We met in an online writing group, found out that we were writing similar type stories and plotlines, and soon became fast friends!   After a few months, we started beta reading for each other, and that soon morphed into “Ummmm, just help me out with this one paragraph, ‘kay?”    Needless to say, it grew into much more than just a paragraph or two when we started writing whole stories together. That was over 9 years ago…and wow!  Life has surely changed so much during that time. We call ourselves Crazy One and Crazy Two — for VERY obvious reasons!

 

      2.  Where did the concept for Until Sunrise come from?

 

Until Sunrise is based in the Happily Ever Alpha Kindle World (Aurora Rose Reynolds.)  Our characters were very briefly mentioned in ARR’s book Until Ashlyn. We had the great pleasure of giving a romantic (and funny!) backstory to Michelle and Luke that we hope does justice to ARR’s amazing world!

 

      3. What is your favourite type of book to read?  

 

Romance.  Romance. And MORE Romance!!!

 

      4. Out of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favourite?  

 

Oh, we’re not supposed to have favorites, right?  Well, don’t tell the other little book children, but we are both exceedingly fond of Man of Honor.   Zeke is the ultimate hero that we just love to pieces!

       5. What is your writing process?

 

Our process usually starts with a few glasses of wine and a 4-hour phone call.Crazy One usually  has some wild-ass idea for an off-the-wall story, so we start with 30 minutes of Crazy Two trying to talk Crazy One out of the latest adventure. It seldom works. Then, Crazy Two resigns herself to 4-6 months of writing hell. (FYI: In case you’re wondering, Crazy Two knows the battle has been lost when Crazy One lets out a war cry of “Bitch, let’s do this thing!”)

 

At the beginning, we usually talk and talk and talk about plotlines, settings, characters, etc. before the first word is written. Do NOT underestimate the amount of talking that we do. We then make sure that all of our crazy meds are filled and available at a moment’s notice. Then Crazy One will start writing – and after an inordinate amount of bitching, whining, and complaining, she sends the chapters to Crazy Two for review. Crazy Two then drinks a few bottles of wine, puts on her football helmet, and goes to battle with Crazy One over any changes. This can get bloody.

 

When the book is finished, Crazy Two then edits and rewrites…and sends it back to Crazy One, who has her Momma and the Crazy Crew Street Team read it while simultaneously yelling about the ridiculous and wicked cuts that were made to her precious manuscript. Momma, who obviously was a Grammar Nazi in a previous life, then lectures both Crazies on their lack of knowledge concerning basic English language structure. (Ignore Momma…she’s a little bitter about all those dollars spent on Crazy One’s college education. Hi, Momma!)

 

In the end, Crazy Two prepares the covers (which usually sends Crazy One into hiding because Crazy Two becomes slightly psychotic during design time. It’s not her fault…no one appreciates how much she SUFFERS for her art!)  Then we publish the book and pray. And drink. A lot. There ya go! Does that sound confusing? Imagine how we feel!

 

    6. If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

 

Well, we’ve been blessed to meet so maaaaany of our idols recently. BUT…if we were able to turn back the clock, we’d want to meet Margaret Mitchell…hands down.  In our opinion, that woman wrote the best alpha male ever to grace the pages of a book. We would love to just have 5 tiny, short minutes with her to pick her brain and find out what motivated her to write Gone With the Wind and how she managed to develop such amazing characters!  (And we’re both born and raised in the South…)

    7. Where does your inspiration come from?

 

There’s an old saying that recommends that you “Write what you know.”  We’ve taken that to heart, and most of our books are set in the South (southern United States) and are about Southern belles and their kick-ass alphas.  Since both of us were born and raised in the South, we’re pretty well-versed in how romance works down here, and we often find ourselves including scenes or dialogue that we have heard or actually said!

 

    8. What are your favourite things about signings?  Do you get nervous at them?

 

Oh, Crazy One is our signing guru.  She loves to interact with our current readers and meet new readers!  Signings are also a time for to be fangirls and get to meet the other authors that we love and admire!

 

    9. What inspired you to become writers?

 

We each started for different reasons but ALMOST at the same time.  Crazy One started writing in order to deal with her husband’s military deployment.  Crazy Two began writing in order to relax from work issues.

 

    10. What are your next upcoming releases?  

 

We’re currently working on Copy Cat, which will be a companion story to our paranormal shifter romance Cat Scratch Fever.  Then, we’ll be working on Maggie and Ice’s story (from our Passion in Paradise series.) We’re not quite sure on the title yet, but we do have it narrowed down to two choices! That’s progress for us!

 

 

No Excuses (Your Momma Raised You Better Than That) – Meghan Trainor

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

I Feel a Sin Coming On – Pistol Annies

Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragon

What Lovers Do – Maroon 5

Heart in Your Hand – Plant and Page

Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles

She’s with Me – High Valley

Marry Me – Thomas Rhett

 

 

Michelle Buchanan – a younger Rachel McAdams
Luka Templeton – Joe Manganiello
Ashlyn Mayson – Kate Hudson
Amelia Templeton – Diane Keaton
Ed Templeton  – Tommy Lee Jones
Alan Sandfeldt –  Jack McBrayer

 

Please visit Sarah O’Rourke’s author page here to enter an exclusive giveaway!

 

Sarah O’Rourke is actually TWO besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.

 

Between them, they have four children and twenty-plus years of marriage…one to a retired super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!

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4.5 Star Review · Christie's Reviews · Historical Fiction · Historical Romance · Interview with the Author

Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Bethrothal (Wild Lords & Innocent Ladies) by Lara Temple Blog Tour with Review, Author Interview, & Giveway

Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal

 

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“Women either ran from Lord Ravenscar or ran to him.”

A Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies story

Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can’t even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they’re trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily’s attentions will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely…

Purchase Link: myBook.to/Ravenscar

 

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

4.5 STARS

Very enjoyable, charming historical romance!

 

Alan Rothwell returns to a place he vowed never to return…anywhere near his family. He does have a purpose to buy a property, but there is a problem. The man he was supposed to buy it from passed away. Now, he must deal with his heir. To his surprise, it’s not a man but a beautiful, fiery woman…Lily Wallace. She refuses…something he isn’t used to. Most women either run away from him or towards him. She does neither, standing her ground. These two are on fire…whether lust or hate remains to be seen!

I enjoy books with not only strong males but strong females. Alan and Lily strong, independent, and yes, stubborn, which makes their chemistry electric. She is a woman ahead of her time. She was raised to be independent. Being back in England and with her father’s death, she feels suffocated by the strict rules of English society. She bucks convention, needing some time alone, she retreats to the home she has inherited when Alan shows up. When he falls ill, she offers to take care of them, now they are victims of the society they find stifling. Since they have been unchaperoned, now they are betrothed to one another. Each wants different things, so can a marriage like this survive?

As the two spend more time together, they begin enjoying each other’s company and developing deeper feelings towards one another. Both have trust issues, especially Alan. He had his life ripped out from under him as a child, and he has erected walls around his heart. Maybe Lily is just the woman to break them down….

I haven’t read this series, and I am always happy to find one I like, and I really liked this book. If you like strong, sexy heroes and independent, intelligent women and a sweet, sexy romance, I highly recommend this book.

 

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Author Bio –

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Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, ‘Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,’ will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

Social Media Links –

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laratemple1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laratemple1

Website: www.laratemple.com

Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2mWin9R

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple 7

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

 

 

  • How did you come up with the idea for this book?

 

I loved writing Ravenscar’s story. From the moment he opened his mouth as one of Hunter’s two best friends in Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress, I knew it would be pure joy to write his story. He and my two other Wild Lords made an appearance in a historical romance I wrote about the Peninsular War (featuring a stubborn colonel and a resourceful double agent) and from the moment they stepped onto the stage they demanded their own stories. They are bound together by friendship, tragedy, and their activities to help wounded veterans of the wars.

 

 

  • What was your favourite thing about each character?

 

I love contrasts in characters and both Ravenscar and Lily are a study in contrasts. They are outer confidence and inner loneliness and I love the tension that creates as they try to deal with their own fears and the unsettling effect they have on each other. Ravenscar built a strong fortress on the ruins of his childhood but what I love about him is that he can still see the absurd in life and also be extremely gentle and kind. On the surface Lily is an accomplished and fashionable heiress who can command who and what she wants. But underneath she is the wild and lonely girl who grew up on a tiny island off Brazil, watching and resenting the games played by her needy mother and philandering father. They say differences attract, then Raven and Lily definitely clash but they also instinctively recognize each other and are drawn together precisely because they do. It’s a dance and I loved trying to write it so that I did them justice.

 

 

  • Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

 

I’m as square as Rubik’s cube. I have to have music but anything with lyrics distracts me so I listen to instrumental classical music – mostly early classical and Baroque, the moodier the better. I find all these YouTube videos of ‘melancholy classical music’ or ‘classical music for winter.’ I know it sounds morose but it really helps me dive down my rabbit hole and write.

 

 

  • Any favourite foods/drinks you like while writing?

 

Oh, I wish I didn’t have any – I eat way too much when I write. Even in my other job I work mostly from home and that means my cupboards and refrigerator are all too accessible. I consume gallons of tea and when I hit a writing wall I break through with the power of chocolate, biscuits, and, if I’m being virtuous, toast and butter. I keep trying to use salad power but it doesn’t have quite the same effect on writer’s block.

 

 

  • When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

 

Well, I dictated my first story to my mum when I was four years old so I suppose that counts. It had lots of dinosaurs and skeletons and secret stairways, which makes me wonder just what bedtime stories she was reading to me at that age. I kept writing stories over the years but I never made an effort to become published. I worked in finance and high tech and used writing as an escape and a private pleasure – I wrote what I wanted to read. So the urge has always been there with me, it just to me a while to do something about it.

When my kids were born I started looking for less stressful careers but it still took a stroke of circumstance to make me embrace the choice of becoming a writer. One day my mom drew my attention to Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest and to my absolute amazement I made the top ten and was offered a contract. In two years I will have published five books with them and so I am finally beginning to face the wonderful reality that I am a bona fide writer.

 

 

  • What are some are your favourite reads?

 

I was raised on a heavy diet of Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen, and Georgette Heyer and as a result I’m a complete fan of murder mysteries, historical mysteries, but especially if there is a romantic element involved. I went through all kinds of other reading phases but I still go back to my basics when I need to curl up and sink into a safe and thoroughly engrossing world.

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The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury Blog Tour with Excerpt, Review, & Author Interview

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The Magic of Stars

By Jackie Ladbury

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Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

 

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EXCERPT

 

Un vino bianco per favore,’ she requested, squinting at the bar menu. Sapphire had never heard of most of the drinks on there, but as an afterthought added, ‘E una grappa.’ She had never tried grappa but it sounded a bit like gripe and she certainly had a few of those, so she figured now was as good a time as any to give it a go.

The bartender placed a glass of white wine in front of her and, with a small frown, added a delicate tulip-shaped glass. He filled it with a clear liquid and she smiled her thanks, cradling them both in her hands possessively. She didn’t intend to share – though the odds of her having to were slight.

Lifting the glass of grappa to eye level she inspected it carefully. It was a very small drink and it didn’t smell particularly exciting, but it was icy cold, which was interesting. She inhaled and lifted the drink to her lips. It was now or never. The fumes coming off it were enough to make her giddy and she wished she could hold her nose as she downed it. She threw back her head and swallowed. An involuntary shiver ran through her as she set the glass on the bar with a bit more of a slam than she intended.

The barman watched with interest as he polished glasses with a tea towel. Sapphire gave him a look, daring him to comment, as she moved on to the wine, lifting the glass upwards like a chalice before bringing it to her lips and taking a big gulp. It was sour as hell and she grimaced as the taste buds on her tongue shrivelled in complaint. The grappa was just about the better of two evils but only because it was so cold she could hardly taste it. It crossed her mind that if Sister Mary Angela from the convent had allowed her to taste the chalice wine, she would have sworn off it of her own accord rather than being pressed to take the pledge.

But needs must, she thought, as she ordered another and downed it in one again, thinking that there should be a more pleasant way of obliterating her foolish notions of a future with Rick.

‘Give me another one. Make it a double. No, two doubles.’ Her hand wobbled slightly as she raised two fingers to the bartender. If she was going to go have a pity party she might as well make it a memorable one.

‘Are you a guest here?’ the barman asked, sizing her up as he pushed a small bowl towards her and motioned for her to eat. She nodded and peered into the bowl. The hard, brown squares looked like miniature dog biscuits and, uninterested, she slid her eyes away.

He swapped the bowl for one full of plump green olives, little plastic swords piercing their hearts. She knew how that felt and shook her head, muttering, ‘Poor olives.’

The bartender pushed a menu towards her but shrugged in defeat as he did so – it was obvious she was not here for food.

No, grazie.’ She gave him a small smile to let him know she appreciated the gesture; liquid food was all she needed. She took stock of her surroundings, thankful that the lights were dim and no one cared about a solitary female sitting at the bar, knocking back drinks faster than an alcoholic on death row. The lights flickered dimly around the room and a surreal glow filtered downwards from the ceiling. The bar had a domed glass ceiling Sapphire hadn’t noticed earlier and she tilted her head upwards to get a better view.

‘Lady, hold on, there.’

‘Sorry – sorry!’ She pulled away from the arms of the man who held her in a steely embrace as she wobbled precariously on her stool. ‘I was fascinated by the gorgeous glow from the skylight. I didn’t realise.’

‘What? That the sky was above it?’ His English was faultless, with just a hint of an accent. Unmistakably Italian eyes, dark and stern, fixed on hers, belying his smile.

‘Um …’ She tried to gather her thoughts.

‘You didn’t know this bar is famous for its stained-glass ceiling, did you? The Mapping of the Heavens – all of the constellations are there.’ He cut across her mumbling, his voice clipped and precise.

‘Yes, of course I did. I came here to appreciate the constellations and, err, log them in my book – my stargazing log, ship, book thingy.’ She wrinkled her nose. Was she confusing stargazing with Star Trek?

‘Right. No other reason?’ he asked, the tight non-smile back in place. He looked her up and down, his gaze focusing on her red lips and the silk dress that revealed more cleavage than she would normally show in public.

She bristled at his frank stare.

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

STARS

Fun, enjoyable read! Sapphire travels to Italy to surprise her boyfriend, but the surprise is on her when she discovers him with another woman. So, she leaves, going to another hotel and drowning her sorrows at the bar when she meets Marco. He is somewhat obnoxious, but he gets under her skin. The night turns even more embarrassing when she propositions him. He is a gentleman, not taking advantage of her in her inebriated state. She tells herself she never has to see him again. Oh, how very wrong she is.

Not long after that night, guess who her new boss is? None other than Marco. He wastes no time in giving her a lecture about her professionalism and her private life. He is trying to improve the image of the airline, and according to him, she wasn’t helping it. Now, in addition to her continued humiliation, she is now incensed with him. She gets under his skin too. Their feelings swing between love and hate. They don’t know whether to kiss or hit one another. Their relationship does improve, but they know it’s not a good idea to pursue a romance. He’s her boss, and he’s going through a divorce. Which will rule…their minds or their hearts?

They were both pretty likable characters. Sapphire definitely kept him on his toes. She matured and grew a great deal in the book. In the beginning, she was naïve and let people walk over her, but she didn’t by the end.

I did like Marco even though at times, I thought he could be obnoxious. I think he helped Sapphire grow. It didn’t always appear that he felt that way from Sapphire’s perspective. In fact, both would assume things about each other that weren’t true. That is the beauty of dual POVs. I could clearly see how they felt about one another even if they couldn’t.

I recommend reading if you love characters who banter with each other because these two certainly did. The bonus is the scenery of Italy. You can’t more romantic than that. It’s also a witty, intelligent romance.

 

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About Jackie Ladbury

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Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

I started this book as an experiment for a Mills and Boon Flirty Fiction competition so I automatically thought “Italian billionaire” and I’d been writing romances with an airline theme for some time so it seemed natural to make Sapphire an air-stewardess. I wasn’t sure if I would finish the novel but when it was shortlisted in the competition, I decided I quite liked Marco and his gruff exterior, and Sapphire’s self-deprecating humour so I kept going, although I turned it into a more main-stream novel. Being shortlisted was a great thrill, as you can imagine. Hundreds of people entered the competition and it was a great boost to my flagging confidence.

What was your favourite thing about each character?

I liked Marco’s clipped no-nonsense personality but knew he was going to have to soften up somewhere along the way. Falling in love with the heroine he wanted to hate seemed an ideal way of welcoming him back to the human race. I liked Sapphire’s naivety and trusting personality. Even though she’d had a harsh upbringing and was initially unwilling to believe in love, she was drawn into loving Marco.

Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

I have a pair of ear defenders that an airline engineer gave to me years ago to block out any noise. I like to write in complete silence as my concentration span is as small as a fly’s. I can sometimes be seen wearing my ‘blue’ears’ when husband is watch television and I’m trying to write

Any favourite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Tea all day wine all night – mostly!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I thought I was a bit of a late starter and hadn’t always had the urge to write, but when I met up with an old fried a few months ago, he reminded me that I’d always said I was going to write a book one day.

What are some are your favourite reads?

I’d like to say I have a diverse reading list but It’s more like being a totally random reader when something hits my inbox that I like the look of. if the cover or the blurb or the price grab me, I’ll read it. Am glad that the Internet constantly pesters me with new books as I’ve found some great reads that I would never have tried, otherwise. I have to say that I won’t read a book to the end just because I’ve bought it, or as a matter or principal which I would have done ten years ago. Nowadays if I don’t like a book I have no hesitation in jettisoning it. Life’s too short!

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A Warriner to Tempt Her (The Wild Warriners) by Virginia Heath Blog Tour with Excerpt, Interview with the Author, 5 Star Review, and Giveaway!!!!

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A Warriner To Tempt Her

A shy innocent wary of all men… After a shocking incident, shy Lady Isabella Beaumont is perfectly happy to stay in the background and let her sister get all the attention from handsome suitors! However, working with Dr. Joseph Warriner to help the sick and needy pushes her closer to a man than she’s ever been before. Is this man worth trusting with her deepest of desires…?

Is your book part of a series / standalone? It is part of The Wild Warriners series but can be read as a standalone

Are there any possible trigger warnings that bloggers/readers need to be aware of? I don’t think so. It tackles mental health issues in the 19th century and there is a smallpox epidemic.

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EXTRACT:

She gave him a brief smile and then turned and rapidly went about stripping the bed. ‘I am so sorry about my father’s behaviour yesterday… when you called upon us. I fear he has been listening to gossip.’

‘Pay it no mind.’ He smiled kindly at her. ‘We Warriners are used to it. I blame my grandfather. He treated his tenants abominably and swindled all the local tradesmen. As did his father before him. And then, of course, my own dear papa was a famous drunkard who was too quick with his fists and racked up debts all the way from Lincoln to Nottingham. He also, if the gossips are to be believed, drove his wife to suicide—but then I am told my mother was selfish by nature and did enjoy a bit of drama. Which was probably why she married him in the first place. Whilst those three scoundrels fester in the ground, this generation suffers for their sins. The gossip about the four of us is quite wonderful, too. I suppose you have heard the story about how my oldest brother Jack kidnapped an heiress and compromised her into marriage? Each time I hear it told I swear it has been further embellished. The one about my other brother James is equally scandalous. He seduced the vicar’s daughter into sin and practically dragged her out of her father’s house after beating the man senseless—or so I’ve heard tell. For the record, neither account bears any resemblance to the actual truth, but who cares when the gossip is so delicious. I not surprised your father sent me away—I’m a danger to society. Frankly, I am surprised he has allowed you to continue here, what with me being the devil and all.’

He hid the note of bitterness well beneath a veneer of amusement, but his eyes gave him away. The gossip bothered him and rightly so. Bella now dreaded telling him the truth. ‘Actually…’ Shame made her dip her head and the silence hung for a heartbeat.

‘Ah… I see. I take it he doesn’t know you’re here.’

‘He thinks I am knitting stockings at the ladies’ circle.’

He had turned his back to look out of the window, so Bella had no idea how he felt about her confession. ‘And when he finds out the truth?’

‘I shall cross that bridge when I come to it—if I come to it. My mother is fairly certain he will take her at her word without challenge.’

She watched his shoulders stiffen and a hand scrape across his jawbone, and got the distinct impression he was angry, yet when he turned to face her again his expression was bland. ‘With both his wife and his daughter lying to him, let us pray he remains blissfully in the dark.’ His arms folded across his chest as he pierced her with his gaze. ‘Tell me—why are you here, Lady Isabella? Is this some form of rebellion or a way of getting your own back on your father? An adventure, perhaps?’

The accusation stung. ‘I am not that shallow, Dr Warriner, and I resent the implication.’

‘Fair enough, I shall take you at your word, but there has to be a reason why you are defying him and coming here, despite his express instructions to the contrary, and if I am expected to lie for you, which I presume I am, I should like to know I did so for a good purpose. After all, I dare say I will be the first person your father hunts down when your duplicity is uncovered and I doubt he will be inclined to be reasonable. Not with my reputation.’

She knew lies now would likely only serve to alienate him and Bella needed his compliance to stay. ‘Since I was a little girl I have had an interest in science and medicine in particular. Being here, helping these children, allows me to indulge that interest.’

His dark head tilted to one side as he searched her features for the truth. She tried and failed to hold his stare. ‘What else?’ For the first time he was not the affable and easy-going man she had always seen. This one had a stubborn set to his jaw; an edge of steel in his tone. He was offended and suspicious, the outer layer of calm belying his irritation, yet bizarrely the tight control he held over his emotions made her feel secure in his presence. Even angry, she knew he wouldn’t hurt her and she knew it without having to think it like a mantra.

‘There is nothing else.’ Although her cheeks were already burning with shame at the flimsy explanation.

‘You’re lying.’

‘It’s not a lie!’ At best it was a watered-down version of the truth. A watered-down version which skipped over a great many pertinent and humiliating details.

‘You are prepared to risk your father’s wrath because you have always had an interest in medicine and I am to risk bearing the brunt of it merely to indulge you? I think it is best you go home, my lady. I have no desire to be blamed for luring you into disobeying your father and I do not have time to pander to your indulgence.

He stalked to the door and was almost through it by the time the voice inside called out in panic, ‘Please don’t send me away. My work at this infirmary has been everything to me these past few weeks… I can’t go backwards. Not now.’ Bella wanted to cry and he heard it.

He halted and turned to face her slowly. ‘Backwards?’ His deep blue eyes were watching her intently, reminding her this man was more intelligent than any man she had encountered before, when Bella was used to being the most intelligent person in any room. ‘Backwards from what?’

 

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

5 STARS

A Warriner to Tempt Her is the first book I have read by Virginia Heath, but it definitely won’t be my last. I can’t wait to download the first two books in the series.

Lady Isabella Beaumont is a beautiful, intelligent woman who is more suited to the modern age. However, her spark has dimmed since a man tried to take her innocence. Now, she doesn’t trust men. Handsome Dr. Warriner fascinates her though.

Joe Warriner, like Bella, is a man ahead of his time. He is a doctor who actually cares about his patients, unlike Dr. Bentley, who only cares about the money his patients can give him. Joe nor his family is liked in the town because of his father’s and grandfather’s past actions. People are suspicious of him because of his modern thinking when it comes to medicine, and he will see anyone who needs treatment, whether they can pay him or not. Joe notices Bella, but only for her surly demeanor. He is more entranced by her sister, Clarissa, who is the exact opposite of Bella, at least at first.

As Bella spends time at the foundling hospital, Joe becomes increasingly mesmerized by her beauty and her intelligence. She is different than any other woman he has been in the company of. Bella begins to slowly trust Joe despite her fears. She desperately wants to reclaim the woman she once was, but her fear holds her prisoner. Maybe…just maybe…Joe is the one to set her free. I loved being a bystander and watching a mutual respect, then a friendship, and then a love develop between these two. They definitely were perfectly matched. As Joe accepted her for who she was, she accepted Joe despite his family’s past. She even supported him in his more modern way of practicing medicine!

Not only did I enjoy their romance, but I enjoyed the way medicine and history of the smallpox epidemic was incorporated into the book. Thank God for doctors like Joe Warriner. If you are looking for an intelligent, witty, entertaining historical romance, I highly recommend getting to know Dr. Joe!!!!!

 

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Author Bio

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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Virginia Heath Interview

 

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

The plot idea had been brewing for years really. I used to be a history teacher, and one of the exam modules was the history of medicine through time. I found the whole topic fascinating, especially the during the 18th and 19th centuries when medicine became more scientific, yet many doctors and the general public were hugely resistant to change. Not to mention, technology hadn’t caught up with most of the scientific thinking. This was a time when there were no anaesthetics, no antibiotics and germs had yet to be discovered so the slightest infection could kill. I wanted to write a story encompassing all that. A cutting-edge doctor battling against the ignorance and fears of the majority.

When I began writing my Wild Warriners series about four very different brothers, I decided to make the third brother Joseph Warriner my doctor. A Warriner to Tempt Her is a romance set against the backdrop of the fascinating world of medicine during the Regency. And I really threw some stuff at him. Poor Joe and the equally brilliant heroine Bella have to deal with broken bones, archaic mental health treatments and a deadly epidemic of smallpox as well as overwhelming public opposition before they get their happily ever after. I loved every second of it!

What was your favorite thing about each character?

Joe Warriner has the patience of a saint. He’s a true healer who always wants the best for his patients and doggedly works all hours of the day and night. I’ve read so many books where the hero is flawed, and of course Joe isn’t perfect, but I wanted to write a truly good guy for once. Bella is the broken one, yet so desperate not to be. She’s also has a brilliant scientific mind. She’s courageous, tenacious and, like Joe, intrinsically wired to do good. From the outset it is obvious they were made for each other- if only Bella was terrified of all men and if only Joe wasn’t head over heels in love with her sister…

​ Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

I often get asked this, and I know many writers find inspiration in music, but my odd brain can’t concentrate if there is music playing. I see the story in my head like a film, and like a film I suppose those thoughts come with their own soundtrack. Absolute silence is my preferred playlist. Aside from my Labrador Trevor’s snoring in his dog bed next to my desk. Bizarrely, I quite like that.

Any favorite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Copious cups of proper English tea with milk but no sugar. I don’t think I could survive without it. I don’t tend to snack when I write, which is just as well because I certainly make up for that when I’m not writing!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Early on. The moment I discovered the joy of reading properly at around ten, the urge to write my own stories has run alongside it. In my bio it says that when I was little, I used to make up stories in my head at bedtime- that’s true. I’ve always done that, so I suppose the writing gene was there well before I could even read. In my teaching career, I always created my own resources so their was a partial outlet for my creativity, but history is based on fact not the fanciful stuff in my head. I had been seriously considering writing a fiction book for years, and like most people didn’t think I’d ever be good enough, but it wasn’t until my late forties that I dared to seriously pursue my dream. I’m rather glad I did now.

What are some are your favorite reads?

Where to start? I adore Nora Roberts. Montana Sky is my absolute favourite book, closely followed by Carnal Innocence. Coincidentally, both books have serial killers in them which isn’t my usual go-to read. The Moon’s a Balloon, David Niven’s hilarious autobiography, is a book I have read over and over again. It remains the only book which has ever made me laugh out loud in a packed London Tube- a serious no-no for us repressed and reserved Brits! Obviously I love historical romances. Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons and Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series are all outstanding. I love the Bridget Jones books too. I suppose my own style is a hybrid of all those things as my books tend to be romantic comedies. Bridget Jones in a corset. Despite the smallpox and the other serious challenges in A Warriner to Tempt Her, I still managed to squeeze in some funny. I can’t seem to help myself.

 

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Tall Chimneys: A British Family Saga Spanning 100 Years by Allie Cresswell! Brilliantly Written Must Read!

Tall Chimneys: A British Family Saga Spanning 100 Years

By Allie Cresswell

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Considered a troublesome burden, Evelyn Talbot is banished by her family to their remote country house. Tall Chimneys is hidden in a damp and gloomy hollow. It is outmoded and inconvenient but Evelyn is determined to save it from the fate of so many stately homes at the time – abandonment or demolition.

Occasional echoes of tumult in the wider world reach their sequestered backwater – the strident cries of political extremists, a furore of royal scandal, rumblings of the European war machine. But their isolated spot seems largely untouched. At times life is hard – little more than survival. At times it feels enchanted, almost outside of time itself. The woman and the house shore each other up – until love comes calling, threatening to pull them asunder.

Her desertion will spell its demise, but saving Tall Chimneys could mean sacrificing her hope for happiness, even sacrificing herself.

A century later, a distant relative crosses the globe to find the house of his ancestors. What he finds in the strange depression of the moor could change the course of his life forever.
One woman, one house, one hundred years.

Publication Date: 12th December 2017

 

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The relationship between Evelyn and the revolting estate manager, Sylvester Ratton, provides much of the drama and tension in the story of Tall Chimneys. He is older than her, and much worldlier. He is in a position of power in the house, while she is a newcomer, naïve and there under sufferance. I wanted all these things to come over in their first encounter. At the same time I wanted to show that Evelyn has some spirit – she is not afraid of him. The scenes between Ratton and Evelyn were some of the most enjoyable to write.

An evening with Mr Ratton

So, back to Tall Chimneys I went. I was admitted back into the household, as I had left it, with indifference, given some draughty rooms in the north wing and more or less left to my own devices. I was eighteen years old.

George and Rita were only rarely at Tall Chimneys. To their credit, though, using, I presume, funds from Rita’s wealthy papa, they did initiate a programme of repairs and modernisation to the house; under their benefaction we had improved plumbing and electricity produced by a noisy generator installed in the cellar. We had a telephone but it was very unreliable, the wires strung across the moor and through the trees were very vulnerable. These up-grades, the house, lands and tenant farms were in the hands of George’s agent, Sylvester Ratton, who oversaw their management in George’s absence. Ratton was perhaps ten or twelve years my senior, a man of few personal charms but large ambition; I took an instant dislike to him. He had round, lashless eyes and a small, misshapen blob of a nose. Nothing escaped him, not the least suggestion of an extra bucket of coal in the servants’ hall or the hint of a purloined hare in a ploughman’s pot. He sniffed out and came down hard on any perceived misdeed, reducing housemaids to tears for the smallest misdemeanour and dressing down farm-workers in a voice which carried from the estate office, behind the stables, to the morning room without any tempering of volume or expletive colour. While parsimonious with others, he denied himself nothing, living, while George and his wife were in town, as de facto owner of the house, lording it over the servants and tenant farmers, occupying the second best suite of rooms and wolfing down the choicest of comestibles and the finest wines in the cellar.

The first evening of my residence we dined together, he at the head of the table, me at the foot – a ridiculous and anti-social arrangement which made conversation difficult and made extra work for the servants. It soon became clear that these things were entirely by Mr Ratton’s design. He enjoyed sending the staff scurrying hither and thither, rejecting dishes and then changing his mind about them so they had to be brought in again. He spoke to me as though from a great height as well as a great distance, emphasising my extreme smallness and insignificance.

‘You are lucky,’ he stated, heavily, to me, ‘that your brother and sister in law are prepared to accommodate you here. Many girls in your situation would have been placed elsewhere and expected to make their own way. Perhaps in the end you will think it might have been preferable.’

I told him in a quiet but prideful voice that I felt my good fortune. I would make the best of being allowed to return home.

‘One wonders,’ he mused, swilling wine around a heavily embellished goblet, ‘why they did not accommodate you in town. Perhaps,’ he gave a twisted, almost suggestive grin, ‘they consider the tone there unsuitable. They do entertain some rather… outré guests.’

I made no reply to this observation.

‘The house is sadly depleted since you were last here and George is here but rarely,’ Ratton went on to observe. ‘You will lack for company. You will be lonely. It is hardly suitable. Some might say it is hardly respectable. You ought to have a female companion.’

The idea of the smug, porky individual at the far end of the table posing any kind of threat to my maiden reputation was laughable, but I restrained myself from saying so. It was on the tip of my tongue to suggest that, if he felt the delicacy of my situation so keenly, he ought to move into the agent’s quarters which I knew were provided for him above the estate office. ‘I will use the time to improve myself,’ I said instead. ‘I shall enjoy the outdoors when the weather is fine. When it is not, the library is well-stocked.’

‘Indeed.’ He nodded. ‘No doubt your education has left you lacking in real knowledge. Girls are taught accomplishments, merely. I cannot think your schooling will be much use to you here.’

I felt stung. This accusation was unfair; my schooling had been pretty thorough in arts and humanities although rather coy on the subject of science.

‘While your brother is from home, I run the house very frugally,’ he told me. ‘I told Jones to serve dinner tonight to celebrate your arrival, but after this we will take it separately, in our rooms, unless there is company. You will not find it very convivial.’

I wanted to laugh at Ratton’s idea of a celebratory meal; nothing could have been colder or less hospitable than the atmosphere at table. The prospect of dining alone, even in my rooms, which were dour enough, was a preferable prospect.

‘Of course,’ I agreed. ‘I shall try to incommode your arrangements as little as possible.’

Clearly, having gained his object, Mr Ratton lapsed into silence.

 

CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

****5 STARS****

Brilliantly written family saga! I am somewhat at a loss of words! I was pulled in from the very beginning of Evelyn’s story, and what a story it was….pain, loss, betrayal, secrets, romance, and second chances. It spanned 100 years, and I hung on to every word Evelyn spoke.

Evelyn is the youngest child born unexpectedly to her parents. Throughout her life, she was considered a burden to her family. When her parents died, she was sent to live with an older sister. She was happy there, but when she became an adult, she was sent back to her family estate, Tall Chimneys. She is happy to be back there. She did have fond memories there with the family who lived in the gatehouse, and of spending time with Kenneth, the young handy man. However, when she returns, it’s not like she remembers it. The family is gone as well as Kenneth. This begins her journey to save her home at all costs, possibly costing her own happiness and freedom.

Through the decades, many characters pass through the doors of Tall Chimneys. Some of them are good and bring Evelyn much joy and happiness, and others bring her pain. Evelyn is a very relatable character. She isn’t perfect; she’s human. At times, I felt so sorry for her and her isolation, but she made those choices. Those choices are what made me so frustrated with her. One thing is certain. She had was a strong woman. She endured things I can’t imagine, but she endured it and lived quite a long life. It was amazing to see history unfold through the different decades of time.

What amazed me about this book was that the house itself was a main character in this novel. It had its own personality and pulled me into the story as much as Evelyn did. Its story was just as important as hers because the two were so intertwined and connected. Cresswell’s descriptive writing put me right there. I could see John’s artwork and the beauty of the home. I was sitting at the kitchen table at dinner with the American soldiers who were staying there during World War II, being a part of their discussions. I was there in the gatehouse which was such a source of happiness for Evelyn.

As soon as I thought Evelyn’s story had ended, the author gave us another at the end. It brought everything full circle and made perfect sense. WOW! I loved spending the day with Evelyn and hearing her story. My one regret is having to leave Evelyn and Tall Chimneys behind.

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Author Bio

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Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, one granddaughter and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria, NW England.

Tall Chimneys is the sixth of her novels to be published.

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Website – http://allie-cresswell.com/

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Q & A with Allie Cresswell

 

  1. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Initially I heard a news report about an elderly lady found living in squalor and penury in the servants’ quarters of her once-magnificent stately home, and it got the imaginative juices flowing. Secondly, Downton Abbey came to a conclusion and it left me wanting to know how grand houses like that one survived the years from the 1930s onwards, so I started doing some research and found that many of them didn’t. Lastly it came to me that while large country houses were a dying breed in the years after WW1, the fate of women was on the up, with the vote, matriculation, birth control and a shortage of men all meaning that women could step into roles they had been debarred from before. All these ideas coalesced into Tall Chimneys.

  1. What was your favourite thing about each character?

I liked Evelyn’s grit and resilience as well as her naivety. She has such fortitude. I admired John’s creativity as well as finding him powerfully attractive! I think Kenneth is my favourite character. Without giving too much away, he stepped out of the shadows in a way I hadn’t expected and his silent presence elbowed its way into the plot with a strength which took me by surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed writing Sylvester Ratton, imbuing him with every mean and vicious characteristic I could come up with.

  1. Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

No. I find any kind of background noise very distracting. I like to write in silence. However, when I take a break I find the classic serials and plays on the BBC iPlayer really enjoyable, and I always stop at 2pm for The Archers!

  1. Any favourite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Lots and lots of tea, and the odd plateful of hot buttered crumpets which magically appears at my elbow from time to time.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I must have been about seven. The teacher asked us to write about a family occasion and I chose to write a long, harrowing and entirely fictional account of my grandfather’s funeral. I had never even met him, but I decided he had been a Vicar (which I spelt ‘vice’) and lavished on the details of weeping relatives and the horse-drawn ‘hurst’. I didn’t finish the story during the time allotted and the teacher allowed me to go on with it over the next few days. Mum was confused to be offered condolences when she went to parents’ evening. The teacher had thought she was giving me the opportunity to expiate my grief, whereas in fact (as Mum knew all too well) it was only an excuse to get out of learning my times tables, something I have never achieved. BUT, the thrill of making up stories and writing them down was born and has never left me.

  1. What are your favourite reads?

I love most nineteenth century classics: The Barsetshire books of Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen, Dickens and the Brontes. Writers like RF Delderfield, Howard Spring and Daphne du Maurier are rarely read these days, but they are brilliant story tellers. I recently read North of Here by Laurel Savile, and was blown away. I hope she writes more.

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The Bitches of Suburbia by Jane Owen Blog Tour, Review, Author Interview, & Book Extract Read by Jane Owen!!!

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The Bitches of Suburbia

By Jane Owen

Nothing much ever happened on Horseshoe Lane – why should it? It was, after all, just a normal suburban backwater with the usual cross section of growing families, ageing pensioners, the occasional singleton and a brace of curtain twitchers. The arrival of celebrity couple, Heavenly and Travis, however, changes all that. This glamorous pair bring about a summer of competitive party throwing and ambitious home improvement projects that will have disastrous and completely unforeseen consequences.

Neighbours who’ve got by for years with just the occasional chat over a garden fence about the unseasonable amount of rain or the state of next door’s garden are slowly united by suspicion as a husband goes missing, a much loved cat turns up dead on a doorstep and Enid from Number Seven is found badly injured at the foot of the cliff.

Could one person be responsible for all of this? Could that person be the strange and unlikeable Hilary Jones from Number Nine? There was only going to be one way to find out and it was going to involve a lot of whiskey….

In this her wonderful follow up to ‘The Rock Star Known as Horse’, Owen’s riveting new story finds a murky side to the suburbs, a side where petty jealousies and neighbourly rivalries can escalate out of all control with calamitous results, all intricately observed with her usual dark humour firmly to the fore.

 

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

~4 STARS~

The Bitches of Suburbia is a well-written, easy, oftentimes, funny look at the suburbs. As the synopsis says, nothing really exciting happens on Horseshoe Lane. At least at first glance it doesn’t appear to. However, with the arrival of new neighbors who happen to be famous move in, the secrets that happen behind closed doors start coming out in the open!

There is so much going on within the pages of this book. Each chapter is about a person or family that lives on Horseshoe Lane, so I felt like an insider, like I was someone who knew the inner thoughts of each character. Instead of the characters running together or the plot being confusing, Owen just builds with each chapter until the twist at the end of the book.

If you want a book that is slightly different with quirky characters, I suggest you find yourself a comfortable chair with your favorite drink and meet Hilary, Kelly, Gertrude, Ginny, and the others of Horseshoe Lane. I guarantee you may never look at quiet suburbia in the same way again.

 

About Jane Owen

 

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Jane’s first novel, Camden Girls, was published by Penguin twenty years ago and quickly became an international cult bestseller published in many languages including Japanese, Spanish,German, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch. She’d already spent many years working in the film business working alongside stars such as Christophe Lambert, Andi McDowell, Daryl Hannah and James Remar before switching to the music business and working for bands such as The Who, Robert Plant, ZZTop and many more. Eventually, even that got boring and that’s when she wrote Camden Girls.

After publication, life became interrupted by an unfortunate traffic accident and Jane moved out of London to Sussex and slowly returned to writing. Her novels don’t fit into any specific category and, frustrated by endless rejections along the lines of ‘You write beautifully but we don’t know how to sell this book’ she started self publishing. Rave reviews gave her the confidence to keep going and believe in what she was writing.

She’s still in Sussex, sharing her life with her musician partner, three horses and a dog and divides her day between writing and riding.

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Question & Answer with Jane Owen

  1. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Definitely actually moving to the suburbs.  All the little houses, side by side, and no idea of what was going on inside not to mention how annoyed people got about infractions of the unwritten rules about not leaving your bins out, not parking in someone else’s space, not keeping the front garden neat and tidy.  

  1. What was your favourite thing about each character?

Tough question!  So many characters, and some of them aren’t even that likeable.  I liked Kelly’s attention to detail, Enid’s sarcasm, Gertrude MacKenzie’s front garden, Sable’s relationship with her husband, Heavenly’s way of lighting up a room with her happiness but to be honest, writing about the dark side of the characters was more fun.  

3.​ Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

No, mainly because, and I know this is going to sound awful, but I usually have the tv on when I’m writing.  I love American sit coms.  I’m utterly convinced that all that brilliant comedy writing permeates my work, that some kind of osmosis happens without me even knowing it.

  1. Any favourite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Coffee, more coffee, and occasionally wine.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

There was no lightbulb moment.  I’ve always written things, since school days.  Actually, I wanted to be a rock star but I can’t sing.  It took me years and my first book being published to realise that actually being able to write is as much of a gift, or a talent, as being able to sing.  Once I realised that I had a gift, that not every one found it as easy or as pleasurable as I do to sit down and write a book, then I felt confident enough to say, yes, I’m a writer.

  1. What are some are your favorite reads?

Last Night at Twisted River (John Irving), Down Among the Women (Fay Weldon), Villa Incognito (Tom Robbins) The Spire (William Golding) to name but a few.  This question made me realise I’ve been reading books for over fifty years – that’s a lot of books. If you’d asked me this question when I was a child I probably would have said the Narnia books or the Mary Poppins series.  Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was a favourite as a young woman, but then so was Gone With the Wind.  I do tend to binge read authors.  If I read one book and I like it, I then seek out everything they’ve ever written.  One of my favourite recent reads is The Sellout by Paul Beatty and I’m glad to see there’s more from him that I can get stuck into.

 

 

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Book Extract Read by Jane Owen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziFaCpCLvpI

 

 

 

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Book Tours · Interview with the Author

Trap and Trace by M. Carney Blog Tour + Author Interview

 

 

Trap and Trace
Megan Carney
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Thriller

A sabotaged CIA operation makes Navy Trent a captive. But surviving the kidnapping is just the beginning of her ordeal. The CIA will kill her if she doesn’t stay quiet. The saboteurs will kill her if she does. Navy is forced into a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse where only her wits – and a little bit of luck – can keep her alive.

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Author Bio:

Megan Carney is an author, geek and amateur photographer living in the Twin Cities. She has ten years of experience in the field of computer security. Her previous short story publications include: ‘Flighty Youth’ in the Raritan, ‘Modern Mayhem’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Swing By Close’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Directions’ in the Bell Tower. ‘Swing By Close’ and ‘Directions’ both won first prize in the fiction sections of that issue. The Christian Science Monitor dubbed her self-published photography book, ‘Signs of My Cities’ as having “youthful zest.”

Her non-literary creations include: a robot to clean the bathroom tub, Zim and Gir costumes, No-Dig tomato stakes, StickFriend the bear bag hanger, and a burning coal costume so she could be Katniss for a night.

 

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  1. Do you do a lot of research for your books?

 

I do. I probably research too much, but I think even in fiction getting the details right matter. If I see a show or a book where torture is used and it’s portrayed as an effective solution to a problem I get a little upset. Or if I read something that implies Islam is synonymous with terrorism. Even though stories are fiction, the subconscious is a tricky thing. Readers carry the ideas from books into real life, whether they know it or not.

 

The hardest thing I’ve found is that you can’t fit everything you learn in your novel without making it a text book. The book I’m working right now involves North Korea and I read so many terrible, fascinating things I wish I could share with the world. But I have to choose carefully what I put in so I don’t overwhelm the story with facts.

 

  1. Are any of your characters based on people in your life?

 

Very loosely. Tying a character too closely to a real-life person is distracting for me. I find myself asking “would this person do that?” and I can never answer those questions for sure. Also, I don’t want anyone I know to feel like they found themselves in a character I’ve written. On occasion, I ‘ve used a direct quote from one of my friends but I always run it by them first.

 

  1. Any favorite drinks/food you have while writing?

 

I tend to lose time and forget to eat when I really get caught up. But a good cup of hot chocolate never hurts.

 

  1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

 

Yes, though I gave up the dream for a while. When I picked the idea back up, I had to adjust my expectations. I had this idea that you work to get an agent, and then you get a book contract and then, poof!, magically the rest takes care of itself. I don’t know if the publishing business ever was that way, but it’s certainly not that way now. Even the authors I know who have contracts with publishers aren’t necessarily getting a lot of support from their publishers, unless their books are bestsellers.

 

I don’t know if writing will ever be my day job. I hope so. But I know it’s something I have to do, so I’ll just keep doing it.

 

  1. You have experience in computer security. Did you get a lot of ideas while doing that kind of work?

 

I have more novels in my head than I have time to write. Pretty much every day I see a headline or a some sort of research that gives me a new idea. Just last year I saw this article about how some researchers had discovered glasses with a special pattern on the frame could defeat facial recognition algorithms and trick them into seeing someone entirely different. Not a pattern on the lenses, just on the frame itself. The internet of things also has a lot of potential stories.

 

Devices like Alexa and Google Home are listening all the time. Any device with voice-activated commands is listening all the time. Just recently, there was a case where recordings from Alexa were subpoenaed by investigators on a murder case. I could see a lot of interesting plot twists where voice recordings are abused by an attacker, or used against one. Even some fancy refrigerators have internet-connected features now where someone could potentially display messages, or mess with your grocery list.

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Links by Lisa Becker New Release + Review + Author Interview

NEW RELEASE:

Links by Lisa Becker

 

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In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

 

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I stand but hesitate when I see Tamika’s disapproving look. Fi notices as well. “It’s okay, T. I got this,” she says, motioning for me to follow her back. When we get to her small office, she closes the door and gestures for me to sit on a red vinyl chair, circa 1972. She stands in front of me, leaning against the desk, and crosses her arms in front of her chest. “Spill!”

“Where should I start?”

“At the beginning.” She walks around to her chair behind the desk and pulls out a yellow legal pad.

For the next half hour, I go over my encounter with Garrett, from the moment we bumped into each other and he didn’t recognize me, to the embarrassment of being called ‘Glasses.’

Fi takes notes furiously on her pad and grins, nods, and cringes at all the appropriate times. When I finish, she puts her pen down and asks, “Do you want the ‘best friend experience’ or the ‘brilliant legal mind experience’?”

I can’t help but laugh. “Are they mutually exclusive?”

“They are,” she says nodding.

“Okay. I want the best friend experience.”

She rushes around from behind the desk, wraps her arms around me soothingly. “I’m so sorry, hon. That sounds just awful. Let’s go get margaritas tomorrow and drown our sorrows in tequila and lime wedges.”

“Thanks, Fi. You’re the best.”

“Anytime,” she says, rubbing my back. She pulls away and walks around to the back of her desk. She sits down and puts the legal pad to the side. I can’t help but notice the writing scrawled across it.

“Just for kicks, what would you have said if I had asked for the ‘brilliant legal mind experience’?”

“You sure you want to know?” Her lips pull into a grim line. Honestly, I’m not sure I do want to know, but curiosity gets the better of me.

“Lay it on me,” I say.

“You need to get laid. Not the kind of bland, missionary style sex you had with Alex. You need hot heat, sweating up the sheets, crazy animal sex.”

I bust out laughing. “That’s your brilliant legal advice. Crazy animal sex?”

“Yes. That’s my brilliant legal advice,” she says with complete seriousness. “Listen, hon, it’s been a year since that insecure jerk Keane dumped you. I have no doubt it’s been even longer since you’ve, well, you know.” She wags her eyebrows up and down. “Before that, you only seriously dated Travis the cheater and Alex who, let’s face it, despite being completely gonzo for you, was a cold fish and a bore. It’s time to stop comparing every man to this fantasy of Garrett Stephens and just do it with him to get it out of your system. He asked you out for Saturday night. Go! Enjoy!”

“I don’t compare every man to Garrett,” I snap at her.

“Don’t you?” she asks, looking down at me sternly.   

“I’m offended you even suggested that.” She looks at me, her sharp eyes boring into me, like she can read my every thought and knows I’m full of it. I imagine this is how she bears down on witnesses on the stand. I don’t like being on the receiving end of that look.

“Even if that’s true,” I start and she nods her head, “and I’m not conceding it is.” I point my finger at her. “Even if he did mean to ask me out, there’s no way it’s a good idea. He’s a total player. It would only be one night of fun and I don’t think I could get over that kind of hurt.”

“Then you need to get over it now. Sorry for the tough love, hon, but you need to move past the fantasy of this man and find someone passionate and amazing who is deserving to love you for all of the great things you have to offer including your messed-up childhood and your incredible success today.”

 

 

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YSDD6T/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1500234828&sr=8-2&keywords=lisa+becker

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/links-6

 

christie-review

4-stars

Links by Lisa Becker is the perfect summer read….light and quick. Charlotte has had a crush on Garrett since she was a teenager. She was his tutor, but he never saw her as anything other than his tutor. In fact, he nicknamed her “Glasses” which she wasn’t a fan of. Years have passed, and both Garrett and Charlotte have succeeded. She is a bestselling writer, and he is a golf pro. Garrett runs into her in a restaurant, not recognizing her. He’s blown away when he sees what a beautiful woman she has become. He has a reputation as a player, and he thinks he might be able to add her to his list of conquests. However, he doesn’t realize exactly who he is toying with. Despite her feelings for him, she has no interest in being added to his list of conquests. As the two spend more time together, genuine feelings develop, but can Garrett change his ways for a shot of happiness with Charlotte?

When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. Who hasn’t had that crush on someone from high school? I love second chance romances, and I definitely enjoyed this one. I really admired Charlotte. She has greatly changed in the years since high school and has become a huge success. Yet, she is still vulnerable where Garrett is concerned. But, what I loved most about her was that she didn’t fall all over Garrett, and she didn’t give into him. She kept him on his toes. She deserved more than just being another notch in his bedpost.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Garrett’s in the beginning, but he was just a boy in high school. I liked him much better as an adult, and I especially liked him more when he realized what a treasure Charlotte was. He was definitely not the same person at the end of the book as he was in the beginning. He was much better.

This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Becker, but it definitely won’t be my last. I look forward to reading more from her.

 

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YouTube: https://youtu.be/BSwM4S3l9Pc

 

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lisa becker

Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love StoryDouble Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.

 

Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.

 

As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a rush.” Lisa is now happily married to a man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

 

 

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Website: www.lisabecker.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClickAnOnlineLoveStory

Twitter: @lisawbecker

Instagram: lisawbecker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1486731.Lisa_Becker

 

 

author-interview

Tell us about your newest release.

A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited schoolgirl crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, 15 years after high school.  

Did you have an unrequited crush in high school?

I’m not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life in over, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush today as a confident, successful woman.

 

Can you tell us more about the main character(s)?

Charlotte Windham was a typical ugly duckling in high school — glasses and all. Highly intelligent and immensely talented, she’s become a breakout success with her best-selling novel, The Crossing Guard.  In school, she harbored an unrequited crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob and star athlete who’s gone on to become a professional golfer suffering a possible career-ending injury. The book explores what happens when these two former classmates have a chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant, 15 years after high school. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

Imagine Links would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind.  If he’s not available, let’s just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role.  

 

You have also published other books, can you tell us more about them?

I’m most known for the Click trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click.  The series follows a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles with the entire series unfolding in emails between our heroine, her friends and her hilarious dates. Fraught with BCC’s, FWD’s and inadvertent Reply to All’s, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to “click” with the right man.

What do you have in the works?

I’ve just wrapped up a contemporary romance called Starfish, which examines the unlikely relationship between a regular girl and a touring guitarist in a band. When it comes to romance, you just can’t pass up the idea of falling in love with a rock star.