Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Happy Birthday, Mum

I want to wish my mum a very happy birthday, and tell her how much I love and appreciate her.

Sometimes, I don't know where I'd be without my mum. I know that we live further away now, but she's always at the end of the phone. I know I probably cause her worry, but deep down she knows she made me strong. And I am. Because of her.

I feel really blessed because I have a fantastic relationship with both of my parents who support me in different ways. My dad supports me physically, with the house and garden, but my mum is awesome because she's there for me mentally with her advice and encouragement. And I know I can confide in her about anything. My mum taught me not to take crap - particularly from men. She has certainly provided me with my strong will.

She can drive me a bit bonkers at times - usually when trying to feed my children - her grandsons - with copious amounts of chocolate. And she loves a bargain, to the point of OCD! But I'm sure I drive her nuts at times too.

My mum will not do anything by halves.... and I certainly know where I got the crazy from!

Happy birthday, Mum. Love you so much! I hope that my younger siblings don't wind you up too much on your special day, and you're spoilt rotten. x x x



Sunday, 10 May 2015

Moving On Into May...

Oh My God! There are only two weeks until half term - which means it's only two weeks until I go on holiday!

And I've done nothing to work towards this!

And the weather has turned pants!

With the past couple of weeks being busy with the #HIFortnight I thought I would give a quick update. Soon I will be able to announce the winner from IHeartChickLit  #HIFortnight blog post. A signed copy of One Fine Day will be winging it's way to one lucky reader!

I continue to write book three - when real life chooses not to get in the way. I've had to edit the first few chapters, and re-jig the timeline a bit because after talking to a fireman, I realised the police would need to get involved. He gave me great advice on how to create a fire in a kitchen - for my book obviously! I needed it to be arson. Luckily, a mum I know works for CSI and investigates house fires, so this has all been very useful too. But it meant changing a few things within the timeline. I hope they don't mind, because as I write, if I come across something I'm not sure of, I'm firing over an email with my obscure question to either one of them.

Last week, I also met a fellow romantic novelist who lives locally. She's not published yet, but is submitting her first novel out to agents and publishers. It was lovely to sit in Costa and talk about our books, and characters - the voices inside our heads - and it all be accepted as normal. We have agreed to meet up regularly.

I am coping with my singleton status. Each day does get easier. But when real life goes quiet for me I find myself still missing him, bizarrely enough... I have moments where I'll pause, and wonder what he's doing, feeling, thinking... It still feels odd that he's no longer a part of my life.

However, after feeling so miserable for weeks, I think I've found a ray of sunshine. I'm a tiny bit worried it's all a bit too good to be true at the moment - actually that's an under statement - I'm worried A LOT! I'm not sure how long it will last, but it has kept my focus on me, and having fun. A lot of fun. My anxiety lies in that this ray of sunshine may have come too soon, so I'm trying not to over think things (which is incredibly difficult for me) and take each day as it comes. I am trying to just let fate take it's course, while keeping my heart protected so I'm better prepared next time for the fall. What will be, will be...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

#HIFortnight - Do You Remember? by Mandy Baggot

Recently I finished reading Mandy Baggot's Do You Remember? And so for part of the #HIFortnight I thought I would give Mandy Baggot a HarperImpulse Author Spotlight post.

Do You Remember? - First Love. First Loss. Last chance?


2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron's life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she's an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life's been hard but now it's comfortable. She's settled and content...so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?

Guy's an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.

Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon? Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth?


My short and sweet review - 5 stars! 

What a gem of a read with some lovely twists. :)
I loved the past and present stories of Emma and Guy entwined. This worked really well in my opinion. Easy, enjoyable read.



About:


Mandy Baggot is a romantic fiction author. In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her self-published title, Strings Attached was also short-listed for the Best Author Published Read award.

Also in 2012 she signed with American publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, who produced her novels, Taking Charge and romantic suspense, Security.

In June 2013 she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse.

She is a regular contributor to writing blogs and on-line magazine, Loveahappyending Lifestyle http://www.loveahappyending.com/.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World’s Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

Website: www.mandybaggot.com

Amazon UK: http://ow.ly/sjq4v

Amazon US: http://ow.ly/sjqbM

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mandybaggot

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mandybaggotauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2968625.Mandy_Baggot

Loveahappyending Bookshelf: http://loveahappyending.org/mandy-baggot/



Monday, 4 May 2015

HarperImpulse Author Spotlight - Wendy Lou Jones

Entering the second week of #HIFortnight, today I have Wendy Lou Jones on the HarperImpulse Author Spotlight.

Biography


My name is Wendy Lou Jones. I was born and raised in West Sussex, England and moved to Birmingham to study Medicine at University, where I was lucky enough to meet my husband. We now live in a little village in Herefordshire with our two grubby boys. I discovered a love of writing not long after my youngest son started school. And if you were to ask me what it was that made me make the switch, I’d tell you quite simply, that it started with a dream.

@WendyLouWriter

Website: www.wendyloujones.weebly.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/escapeintolove

Amazon buy link: www.smarturl.it/wendybymyside

Multi-store buy link: www.harperimpulseromance.com/books/by-my-side

By My Side – blurb


Betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, Lena is left empty; trapped under a weight of guilt and loneliness. Then, at her lowest point and when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger comes into her life with a tale of friendship, family, and finding love in the most unexpected of places…

Katy Heath is definitely not thinking of love when she comes across consultant, Adam Elliott, berating some poor patient on the ward one day. In fact it is Dr Peter Florin who quickly has everyone’s hearts aflutter with his easy smiles and practised charm.

Yet Katy comes to realise that there’s more to Adam than his determination to push everyone away and it’s not long before she finds herself longing to reach out to touch the man within, healing the pain of his past.

As Lena is drawn into Katy’s story, she begins to learn – just as Katy does - that the course of true love never did run smooth.



Wendy has a book trailer for her third book... Check it out below!



Friday, 1 May 2015

HarperImpulse Author Spotlight - Caroline Roberts

It's Friday! And today I have HarperImpulse author, Caroline Roberts for #HIfortnight spotlight.

Caroline is one of the new kids on the block with HarperImpulse, with her debut novel “The Torn Up Marriage” out in e-book in March and the paperback due very soon on 7th May! She can’t wait to hold that real copy in her hands and say I DID IT!

Book Blurb “The Torn Up Marriage”:


"The Torn Up Marriage” is a powerful and poignant contemporary novel about love, loss and betrayal, and that key instinct to protect your family. But what happens when you tear that family apart? Kate and Michael are about to find out as they cope with the crushing fallout of his affair, whilst trying to protect their two young daughters.

Set in the historic town of Alnwick, Northumberland, with its stunning backdrop of castles, golden sandy beaches and moorland hills, this story of love and family takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions along with Kate and Michael. Can they find a way back and fight for their battered yet enduring love?

What would you do if it happened to you? Could you betray? Could you ever forgive?

Author Bio:


Family, friends, food, a glass of bubbly and, of course, a good book make me smile. I love writing emotional stories about love, loss, betrayal, and family, that explore how complex and yet beautiful love can be. I also like to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of flirty fun too! I believe in following your dreams, which led me to Harper Impulse (Harper Collins) and a publishing deal (woop!) after many years of writing. Stunning Northumberland is my home – sandy beaches, castles and gorgeous countryside that have inspired my writing.

Look Caroline up on Twitter: @_caroroberts Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarolineRobertsAuthor or on her Blog about her books and her writing journey: www.carolinerobertswriter.blogspot.co.uk

Caroline’s debut novel “The Torn Up Marriage” is published in e-book with HarperImpulse from March 2015, the paperback is about to be released on 7th May! Here’s the Amazon link: http://t.co/uqMDVX57UH







Thursday, 30 April 2015

HarperImpulse Author Spotlight - Angel Nicholas

Today's HarperImpulse author spotlight for #HIFortnight is with Angel Nicholas and her novel, Sweet Deception.

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBD-MOaUkmg


Book Blurb

Ally Thompson's life is perfect. Calm, quiet, some might even say boring. The sole survivor of a tragic accident, she's not the adventurous type--something she's decided to change.

​One roller coaster ride...
​A murder and a detective in disguise shatter Ally's first attempt at "fun." Detective Greg Marsing is everything Ally knows better than to want. The gun-totting scumbags trying to kill her are almost a welcome distraction from her pointless attraction.

Blows her world wide open.
​A contract on Ally has every lowlife for miles gunning for her. Sparks fly while she and her unlikely hero scramble to unravel clues. As the deadly game escalates, Greg has to decide if self-preservation rates higher than a love worth dying for.

Purchase Links!

Amazon US ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Amazon UK ~ Kobo ~ iTunes ~ Google play

Read Chapter One of Sweet Deception here!


Bio

The only girl in the midst of four brothers, Angel Nicholas spent her childhood hiding behind romance novels. No wonder she adores difficult, irresistible heroes. Toss in dry witticisms, a mix of characters you hope never darken your door--alongside a few you'd happily make your BFF. Add a pinch of naughty bits, shake while dancing about in your unmentionables, serve with a wicked grin, and you have an Angel Nicholas romantic suspense.

Now the mother of four energetic children, three sassy kitties and one slobber-flinging Great Dane, writing is her refuge. Excessive caffeine fuels her typing and stiletto heels maintain her sass. When she isn't torturing her characters, Angel can be found in the nearest Starbucks, shoe store, or playing with her darling munchkins and assorted pets.

Find Angel online!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAngelNicholas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_AngelNicholas/
Google+: google.com/+AngelNicholas/
Angel's Website: http://www.angelnicholas.com/

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

HarperImpulse Author Spotlight - Sun Chara


Today, as part of the #HIFortnight, I am spotlighting HarperImpulse author, Sun Chara and her book Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella – a sexy, hip ’n fun contemporary romance.

Take a look at her fabulous book trailer - http://youtu.be/A0OmfoWNCdo

Purchase: Amazon US http://amzn.to/1ud1LL5

Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1sUGsZd

Amazon worldwide & all other e-retailers

*Now available in paperback http://amzn.to/XLsjoy

*Buy direct from publisher harpercollins.co.uk http://bit.ly/Z8QJK6


Book Blurb:

Will their wedding night be a one-night stand or a merger for keeps?

Global real estate mogul, Cade Sloan should've listened to his own advice: trust no one, and never a woman…especially not his 24 hour bride gone AWOL with his millions. Nina, mousy secretary turned sexy vixen, will repay every penny with interest…

When Cade gears up for a takeover, there's sweet hell to pay. Nina owes him a wedding night and he’s hell bent on collecting… his way, his time, his pleasure.

Author Bio:

Sun Chara, a multi-published, JABBIC winner Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella, keys sexy, hip 'n fun contemporary romance, high adventure historical romance, and any genre that knocks at her imagination. Globetrotting for lore while keeping tabs on Hollywood leads...she loves the challenge of creating stories for book and screen. Designer frappuccinos with whipping cream and sprinkles on top make everyday a celebration! - See more at:
http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/authors?title=s#sthash.JoJ6VbfL.dpuf
https://www.facebook.com/suncharaauthorpage

Twitter: @sunchara3














Tuesday, 28 April 2015

HarperImpulse Fortnight Has Begun!

I'm a bit late to the party, but HarperImpulse fortnight started yesterday, and as the clue is in the title, it is running for a fortnight - that's two whole weeks! Lots of bloggers and HarperImpulse authors are getting involved.

You'll find me over on IHeartChickLit this week where I'm giving away a paperback copy of One Fine Day. 

And then I'm on Comet Babe's Books blog the 6th May.

If you're on Twitter, follow the hashtag #HIFortnight

Kate Beeden has been the general organiser of this fortnight, and you can follow her blog Books With Bunny daily.

So if you want to win some awesome books, and read about us fabulous HarperImpulse authors follow #HIFortnight!