#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – HER FAMILY’S DEFENDER by Kim Findlay


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Her Family’s Defender
(A Hockey Romance #2)
by Kim Findlay
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He has home advantage…

But she’s got a strong defensive play.

Hockey star Troy Green never gives up. Not on the ice. Not when he battled cancer last year. And not when it comes to his new neighbor, Michelle Robinson. Troy only wants to help the struggling single mom and her sweet kids, but soon he’s falling for her. Is Troy finally ready to trade in his bachelor life and become a family man?

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequinKobo

Other Books in the Series

Crossing the Line
(A Hockey Romance #1)
by Kim Findlay
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Icebreaker or endgame?

Can two devoted athletes make room in their lives for love?

Mike Reimer knows from experience that hockey and relationships don’t mix. And hot-tempered swim coach Bridget O’Reilly couldn’t be more wrong for the widowed pro goalie, aka the Iceman. As the playoffs approach, Mike’s growing feelings for her could melt the hardest heart. But what if being with Bridget means letting down his team…and, worst of all, himself?

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequinKobo

guest-post

Michelle

Michelle is focused on her family. She grew up in a military home, moving around, and enlisted herself, where she met and married another recruit. He came back from deployment suffering from PTSD, and eventually committed suicide.

Michelle has moved her family to Toronto to start fresh, and she has no other priorities right now.

She’s kept herself fit, and can protect herself physically. She has long dark hair, which she normally keeps tied back, but when she’s relaxed she lets it down, literally. Again, I don’t have any specific images in mind, but I’m pleased with the woman on the cover – she fits as Michelle.

 

About the Author

Kim Findlay lives in Toronto, Canada, with her very handsome husband, two strapping sons, and possibly the world’s cutest spaniel. When she can get time away from her accounting business, Kim can be found traveling, sailing, reading, or writing, depending on the season, time of day, and her energy level. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitter

Tour Schedule

April 30th:
Launch
It’s All About the Romance
Locks, Hooks and Books
Hearts & Scribbles
The Power of Words
May 1st:
I Am A Reader
Rockin’ Book Reviews
E-Romance News
Hardcover Feedback
May 2nd:
Book Lover in Florida
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Reading Is My SuperPower
May 3rd:
underneath the covers
Britt Reads Fiction
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Remembrancy
May 4th:
Colorimetry
Nicole’s Book Musings
Heidi Reads…
Thoughts of a Blonde
May 5th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon e-Gift Card and an ebook of Crossing the Line
– Open internationally
– Ends May 9th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

 

Advertisements

#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – THE DOCTOR’S RECOVERY by Cari Lynn Webb


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Doctor’s Recovery
(City by the Bay Stories #1)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

When a doctor and a filmmaker reconnect…

Just who is healing whom?

Two years ago, Dr. Wyatt Reid shared an unforgettable goodbye kiss with Mia Fiore. Now a scuba diving accident brings the daredevil documentary filmmaker into his San Francisco ER. Could this be their shot at a real relationship? But Wyatt, haunted by family tragedy, saves lives, and Mia risks hers every day. Can they find the way to a future on both their terms?

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequinKobo

guest-post

First Kisses Around the World

In my May release, The Doctor’s Recovery, Mia Fiore and Dr. Wyatt Reid shared their first kiss in Africa. Unfortunately, it was also an unspoken good-bye. Unwilling to take a chance on love, Mia chose to pursue her work as a documentary film-maker rather than pursue a relationship with Wyatt. However, a scuba diving accident has brought Mia into Wyatt’s ER in San Francisco. Now, Mia and Wyatt have a second chance to discover if their love story is something real or something better left as a memory.

Mia and Wyatt shared their first kiss at a river under a midnight sky in Africa. First kisses are memorable-whether because they were awkward or unexpected or perfect. Perhaps that first kiss was the start of a fifty-year marriage. Or perhaps that first kiss was just that-a first kiss on the dating road to finding the right one. Either way, there’s something unforgettable in every first kiss.

If you want to make a first kiss even more extraordinary, here are five of the most romantic places around the world to share a kiss:

  1. The Bridge of Sighs ~ this is a 17th century bridge in Venice, Italy. Legend claims that a kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset will bring a couple eternal love. First kiss or a kiss between a long-time married couple, this sounds like the perfect place to share a smooch.
  2. Lovers Point State Marine Reserve ~ this beach park in Pacific Grove, California is popular for both locals and visitors alike. As this romantic spot faces east, it’s the only place on the west coast where you can watch the sun rise over the water. Beautiful place to enjoy a spectacular view of the sunrise and a perfect kiss.
  3. The Eiffel Tower ~ The romantic places to share a kiss in Paris, France are no doubt endless. However, taking the elevator to the third floor of The Eiffel Tower and sharing a kiss with your partner while looking over the City of Love seems like a clear choice.
  4. Fairy Pools ~ The Isle of Skye in Scotland seems like something out of a myth. And the idea that the Fairy Pools with waterfalls and crystal blue waters are there waiting seems like nothing more than a fantasy. Could there be a better place to discover the magic of a first kiss (or even a kiss with your husband of 18 years) then at the Fairy Pools?
  5. Hershey, Pennsylvania ~ Hershey is the hometown of the Hershey Kiss. Chocolate and romance are almost synonymous. Surely in the hometown of chocolate, there will be more than one place to steal a sweet kiss.

And while Mia and Wyatt shared their first kiss in an exotic location, their second kiss was no less romantic and memorable. The setting: a backyard garden beside an outdoor fountain.

In keeping with romantic places to share a kiss, here are some ideas for the best kiss locales a little closer to home:

  • A dock on a lake
  • Sunset on the beach
  • On a nature trail
  • By a camp fire
  • Under a star lit sky
  • Under an umbrella in a rain storm (or for those who prefer to remain dry: after a rainstorm)
  • Beneath a waterfall

Where ever those first kisses happen, some of the most memorable are the most unexpected. Maybe there is something to be said for spontaneity and going with the moment. Where was your most unforgettable kiss? And was it planned or spontaneous?

Happy Reading!

Cari Lynn Webb

 

About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Other Heartwarming Books by the Author

Tour Schedule

April 30th:
Launch
Heidi Reads…
Harlequin Junkie – Spotlight & Exclusive Giveaway
Nicole’s Book Musings
Thoughts of a Blonde
May 1st:
Colorimetry
The Power of Words
Reading Is My SuperPower
May 2nd:
Wishful Endings
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Hardcover Feedback
Hearts & Scribbles
May 3rd:
Book Lover in Florida
Locks, Hooks and Books
It’s All About the Romance
May 4th:
I Am A Reader
Britt Reads Fiction
underneath the covers
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
May 5th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a signed copy of The Charm Offensive, a Two Tone Sterling Silver Diamond Accent Heartbeat Necklace, and some Spring Candy (open to US only)
– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift (open internationally)
– Ends May 9th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

 

#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – BRINGING ROSIE HOME by Loree Lough


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Bringing Rosie Home
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #2)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A kidnapping shattered their family…

Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent’s worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.

Putting up a united front for their child’s sake isn’t as easy as they thought. Grant hasn’t forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever…

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

guest-post

Grant’s Best Days of My Life

4

Picture purchased through iStock.com.

My name is Grant VanMeter, Rosie’s dad, and Rena’s husband. I was pretty hard on her in the months following our girl’s abduction. So hard, in fact, that she found it necessary to put time and space between us. Frankly, I didn’t blame her for leaving. I wish I could have left me!

There are five things on my Best Days of My Life list: The day Rena said “I do,” the morning Rosie was born, when I got the call that said she’d been found, and when Rena agreed to come home, so we could give our sweet girl a stable home life. The fifth? That’s a surprise you’ll find out about at the end of BRINGING ROSIE HOME.

Other Books in the Series

The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

About the Author

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Tour Schedule

January 8th:
Launch
The Power of Words
It’s All About the Romance
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 9th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Becky on Books
Rainy Day Reviews
The Bookworm Chronicles
January 10th:
Janice’s Book Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
Heidi Reads…
Hearts & Scribbles
January 11th:
Leels Loves Books
Book Lover in Florida
Among the Reads
Teatime and Books
January 12th:
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Nicole’s Book Musings
Thoughts of a Blonde
underneath the covers
January 13th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– Two winners will receive a print copy of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (US only)
– Three winners will receive an ebook of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (open internationally)
– Ends January 17th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

 

#BlogPost #Giveaway #GuestPost – SOMETHING TO TREASURE by Virginia McCullough


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

GoodreadsAmazonB&NHarlequiniBooksKoboGooglePlay

guest-post

The Treasures of Two Moon Bay

 What makes Two Moon Bay such a treasure of a small town? It’s got some great people, for sure, but it’s also filled with colorful places that make life good for the people who live there. I had fun revisiting the town with each book. As I wrote the three stories in the series (Something to Treasure is Book 2), the many characters pointed out new sights and events.

Dawn Larsen, a PR consultant and enthusiastic networker, is Jerrod Walter’s guide as he establishes his adventure diving business. Jerrod chose Two Moon Bay in part because it’s on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan and has a marina, a fully stocked marine supply store, and a yacht club that’s a favorite place for parties and gatherings—and it becomes special to Dawn and Jerrod.

1

Within a day or two of moving to Two Moon Bay, Jerrod discovers his new home features much more than its postcard-perfect waterfront. What would any community be without a treasured coffeehouse? Two Moon Bay has the Bean Grinder, which serves mouthwatering muffins, cookies, and scones. Jerrod’s crew, Wyatt and Rob, enjoy “the Grinder,” as locals call it, too, and his little girl, Carrie, soon chooses her own favorite treats.

2

You won’t need to walk too far from the Bean Grinder to pay a visit another Two Moon Bay treasure, the Silver Moon Winery. When you’ve had your tour and tasting, maybe you’ll want to stop for dinner at another town favorite, the Half Moon Café.

Dawn knows the owners of the Book Shelf, Two Moon Bay’s bookstore on Bay Street, which is conveniently located down the street from the ice cream shop. Every year Dawn helps promote a major town event, Stroll & Shop, the annual downtown sidewalk sale that draws locals and tourists alike. In Something to Treasure, the sidewalk sale is especially memorable because a thunderstorm leads to a major crisis.

3

As you wander the streets of Two Moon Bay, you’ll also come across a war memorial in a small park near the library. And it’s just one indication that the citizens of Two Moon Bay are civic minded and honor—and treasure—their people, past and present. (The memorial also is featured in Book 3, Love, Unexpected.)

Of course, a town is only as appealing as the people in it, and you’ll meet quite a few men and women who are as enchanted with Two Moon Bay as I am. Plus, you’ll meet some old friends from Book 1 of the series, Girl in the Spotlight.

So, join Dawn as she introduces Jerrod to his new town and watch them create magic of their own.

— Virginia

Other Books in the Series

Girl in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can’t believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterBookbubAmazonNewsletter

Tour Schedule

January 8th:
Launch
Reading Is My SuperPower
Hearts & Scribbles
January 9th:
Bookworm Lisa
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Book Lover in Florida
January 10th:
Canadian Book Addict
Nicole’s Book Musings
It’s All About the Romance
January 11th:
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
underneath the covers
Locks, Hooks and Books
January 12th:
Among the Reads
Heidi Reads…
Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 13th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1st Prize (open internationally*):
– One $25.00 Amazon gift card
– A deep cranberry red scarf-shawl—so soft your skin will sigh and thank you!
– Inspirational art—a book of 20 pull-out 10” x 12” posters—each is a unique design and ready to frame, put on your fridge, or send to a friend who needs an uplifting message
– Two delicious Equal Exchange organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bars, one almond, one caramel crunch
*If international winner is pulled, a second gift card will be received instead of the shawl, inspirational art, and chocolate bars.

2nd Prize (open internationally):
– One $25.00 Amazon gift card

Ends January 17th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

 

#BlogTour #GuestPost #Excerpt – THE BITCHES OF SUBURBIA by Jane Owen

The Bitches-Kindle-Cover-Blue

Purchase on Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2xV5TDV

Synopsis

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.

Check out the video here  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMKw1f_Y0Bs

guest-post

Oh dear.  Oh dear oh dear oh dear.  I feel like an alcoholic at his first AA meeting.  My name’s Jane, I’m a writer and I don’t blog.  I’ll get my coat.  It’s not something I’m proud of, I know I should, I really do but…but I can’t, I just can’t.  Pull yourself together woman, I hear you say, call yourself a writer?  Then get thee to a blog!

I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who can be pithy and succinct, topical and contentious, funny and endearing in about five hundred words.  I wish I could do it but I’m not a natural writer of short pieces; I’m much more at home with a full-length book. Sitting down to begin a document that will exceed 100,000 words fills me with a deep and abiding joy; sitting down to write 500 words for a blog post brings me out in a cold sweat. 500 words you say? About what? Anything I like? Seriously? Because that last statement just removed any intelligent thought from my brain. It’s hard enough (for me) to write 500 words on a given subject but you want me to choose my own subject? Oh good lord, pass me the gin.

It’s not just blogging – years ago I was asked to contribute a short story for the first every anthology of short stories sold in aid of charity.  The book was called Girls’ Night In, the charity was War Child.  The deadline was set and the word count was to be five thousand.  Five thousand?  Is that all?  By way of research I read some short stories, noted that they all had a beginning, a middle and an end, just like a novel.  I organised my pencils, opened a new file on my computer, made a cup of tea.  This went on for about two weeks and the deadline loomed ever closer.  I was constantly reminded of the words of the wonderful Douglas Adams who once notably said ‘I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.’  Finally, after endless sweating and stressing and tearing of hair, I managed to write something I was happy with and emailed it off with about ten minutes to spare, only to get an out of office automated reply informing me that the person in question would be back in the office a week on Thursday.

When I’m writing a book, it’s like living in two separate worlds:  the real one, and the one in my head and it’s in my head where the ideas ferment and grow.  I’m not sure there’s room for anything else.  When I’m not writing a book, my head is full of candy floss and I have to live with that for a while, let the old characters and voices fade away, leave space for the new ones to arrive.  There’s no room for anything else. 

That said, I have nothing but admiration for bloggers:  they put themselves out there, on the line, on a regular basis.  They share their innermost thoughts, their struggles, their pain and their joy.   They lay it all bare, for real, whereas I’m just a writer of fiction.  I just make stuff up. 

Excerpt

         Hilary sighed and made her way downstairs and into her living room where the view from the window was almost vertigo inducing: Number Ten was set on the steepest part of the hill, squatting truculently in the shadow of Casa de la Luna, and Hilary’s back garden consisted of two small terraces that, once upon a time, may well have a been a garden. Now they were overgrown and full of weeds and their retaining walls were starting to slide down towards the cliff edge, giving the whole thing a rather precarious air. Also on this lower ground floor were Hilary’s kitchen and a dining room, both with windows looking out onto a small concrete patio area, which ran along the back between the house and the patch of grass previously known as a lawn. Despite being south facing, the room seemed dark and cold. The shabby, blue leather three piece sofa and matching armchair covered most of the carpet but unfortunately not all of it. The carpet was a migraine inducing masterpiece of blue and green swirls and it wasn’t just the carpet that could make the unwary visitor slightly nauseous. The ceilings had been heavily Artexed and then scraped into an endlessly repeating fan pattern. The walls were divided horizontally with blue, green and yellow striped paper below and plain yellow above, divided by a floral border just in case you still hadn’t noticed them. Faded blue curtains with a yellow moon motif spattered all over them completed the look. No one in their right mind would have lived with them for more than a week but Hilary’s acute lack of imagination prevented her from redecorating mainly because she had, quite literally, absolutely no idea, not one, as to where or how to start and no idea what to do if she did.  To be fair, this didn’t just apply to the redecorating, this applied to her whole life and whilst other people would have rushed around and started saying things like paint the walls white, pull up the carpet and polish the floorboards, get rid of those ugly curtains, burn the sofa, Hilary just sat there, knocked senseless by the enormity of the task in front of her, completely devoid of any kind of inspiration.

She clumped back up the stairs to her bedroom. Although technically a loft conversion, when she looked out of the front dormer window, she was looking out at street level. The original architect had chosen to put just one dormer window in, looking out to the front of the house. It was an eyebrow dormer and this single eye in the middle of its roof gave the house a slightly sinister look. To be fair, it had been a major factor in endearing the house to Hilary the first time she saw it. As she’d alighted inelegantly from the estate agent’s low slung sports car, it had seemed as if the house was glaring balefully over the kerb and Hilary could identify with that. From inside the eyebrow she could see the houses on the north side of the road, could see that Kelly Cunningham was now in her front garden, planting out some bright pink flowers. Again. Didn’t that woman have anything else to do? Hilary didn’t believe that a medium sized front garden and a few pots on a balcony could possibly require that much attention. She had a sneaking suspicion Kelly Cunningham was not gardening at all, merely spying on her neighbours but she was only half right: Kelly was indeed gardening, like her life depended on it, but while she was ferociously wielding her retro floral trowel, she was also keeping an eye out for the new neighbours.

It’s a shame Hilary and Kelly didn’t become friends, things might have turned out so differently. Of course they could have continued avoiding each other for many years, could have played out the rest of their lives without ever exchanging more than banal pleasantries about the weather but the soon to arrive new neighbours would be like petrol thrown onto the bonfire of their relationship, would cause Kelly to suddenly find her hitherto undiscovered competitive streak and unleash Hilary’s imagination on an unsuspecting street. It was never going to end well.

Hilary looked at her watch and sighed. It was still not even lunchtime and she was bored out of her mind. What was she going to do with the rest of her day? What did the others do?  If only she’d known how boring life in the suburbs could be before she’d paid cash for this stupid house.

MeetTheAuthor

Jane Owen Author PicJane’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.

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/janeowenauthor

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/janeowenauthor/

The Bitches of Suburbia Tour Banner

#BlogTour #Review #GuestPost – SUN SEA AND SEX by Greta Horwood

Sun Sea Sex Cover

Purchase from Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Sun-Sea-Sex-Greta-Horwood/dp/154628026X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1505983174&sr=1-1

Synopsis

Escaping to live on a Caribbean island, Zeeta and her two best friends reflect on their turbulent lives, loves and the decisions that shaped them.

Growing up Zeeta always strove to be the perfect daughter and be everything her parents hoped. Unfortunately, she soon realised that she’d never be good enough, it’s her brother who holds their love. Thankfully, she can always turn to her lifelong friend Sheila —a boy-mad teenager whose love of the opposite sex will follow her into adulthood with a rollercoaster of consequences. Determined to make something of her life Zeeta continues to be a model student and earns a place at cookery college where good qualifications should pave the way to a career and security. But getting the job she wanted proved impossible. However, a chance meeting on her train to work with Peggy —a vibrant and successful career woman— who offers Zeeta an exciting new job in London changes the course of her life forever.

Happily enjoying her new independence, and friendship with Peggy, Zeeta finally feels like life and luck is on her side. And so whilst at a work conference when she unexpectedly meets her childhood friend Martin Zeeta wastes no time throwing herself into a whirlwind romance. And when Martin proposes marriage she doesn’t hesitate but love never did run smoothly and all too soon Zeeta’s bliss leads to disaster and heartbreak. Reeling from events, on the rebound and emotionally unready, Zeeta quickly falls into a second marriage. But her second husband has a dark side one with a depraved sexual appetite. Trapped and afraid it is only with the help and support of her two best friends, Sheila and Peggy, that Zeeta will find the strength to finally emerge free and independent.

A story of life, love and friendship, Sun, Sea and Sex by Greta Horwood is the perfect next read for fans of commercial women’s and romantic fiction.

Review

3 Stars

Short and quick read that touches on some hyper-sensitive topics. I liked how the title was incorporated into the story. There were a few parts that were confusing until you read a little further and then the detailed information is provided.

guest-post

The book was written to help get over a failed relationship.  The man was very much younger than myself.  It was an unlikely friendship to start with.  He had not had a good life, I felt sorry for him and then began to love him like a son.  I wanted to help him.  I gave him money to help.  Later I realised that was not the answer, he need more.  He needed to know he was loved.
Our weekly chats helped, he said he could tell me anything, he knew I would not judge.  So he told me the truth about himself.  I was shocked at first, but realised he had not had the guidance from parents, which most children had.
Then he said he loved me and I said I loved him, then as happens, one thing led to another and it became a sexual relationship.
Then nothing.  He stopped emailing me, we did not meet up again.
His rejection hurt, it took me back to my childhood.
Thinking about that and what I was now going through made me think how much better life is, in books.
I decided to write one.
I have vivid dreams and i used some of these to form the story of my book.
Character’s names were dreamt and then I thought who they could be in my book.
Life I had, gave me inspiration for the book.  I am told life is a source of information and I used my life, well parts of it, in the book.

MeetTheAuthor

Greta Horwood Author PicRetired and living in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire Greta Horwood is the pen name for Patricia Rudkin. An active member of her community, Patricia has worked as the secretary for the Village Hall management committee, arranged village fetes and fundraising events and worked as the caretaker for Great Horwood Village School. Along with her late husband, she also used to run a youth club called Great Horwood Sports and Activities Club. And up until last January she was a weekly contributor to the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser and Great Horwood Village News. Patricia is also Membership Secretary and Welfare Officer for the Blue-Pointed Siamese Cat Club Committee and life member of the Seal Pointed Siamese Cat Club. She fundraises for cat welfare, via eBay for both clubs. Her other interests include Genealogy.

 

Sun Sea Sex Banner

#BlogTour #Giveaway – HAPPILY EVER AFTERS by Rachel Magee

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Happily Ever Afters
Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance
ebook, 286 pages
September 19th 2017 by Clean Reads

Lainey Stratton does not fall in love with strangers she meets on vacation. It simply doesn’t make logical sense. So when Lainey meets Carter Thompson on the first day of her Caribbean vacation, she knows it could never amount to anything more than a crush. At the end of the vacation she will return to Dallas and he will return to D.C., and that will be the end of it. Well, unless he wants to join her at a friend’s destination wedding, which would be considered vacation too, right?

But when an unexpected tragedy sends Lainey’s logical world spiraling out of control, she realizes her vacation crush might be the only one who can help her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. That is, as long as she can get out of the way of her own happiness. And as long as Carter’s past doesn’t catch up with him before she gets a chance.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & Noble

guest-post

Character Interview with Carter

Today we are talking with Carter Thompson, hero of Happily Ever Afters. Hi, Carter!

Hi. No one’s ever called me a hero before. I’m flattered. And searching for my cape.

Tell us about yourself.

Like you said, I’m Carter Thompson. My official title is long, but it means that I’m an economist for the State Department. I’m 34 and I live right here in Washington, D.C.

You’ve lived in Washington D.C. your whole life, right? What do you love about that area?

I sure have. My family has been involved in different aspects of the government for several generations, which I take great pride in. I love the rich heritage of the area coupled with the freshness of new policies that continue to make the world a better place.

Do you have a favorite spot in D.C.?

I find all Smithsonian museums fascinating, but if I had to only visit one it would be the National Air and Space Museum. I take Lainey there in the book when she comes to visit.

We get to hear Lainey’s thoughts when you meet in Puerto Rico, but what was your first impression when you met Lainey on the catamaran?

I think my first thought was ‘yowzah’. *laughs at himself* In all seriousness, Lainey was someone I noticed when I was her TA in college. She walked with confidence and answered questions intelligently. Of course, I noticed how beautiful she was the first day of class, but what made her stand out was her kindness. I intentionally avoided meeting her that semester because of the rule against TA’s dating undergrad students, and then our paths didn’t cross again before I moved back to Washington. But I never forgot her. When I saw her on the boat, it was like finding a lost treasure.

Awww. That’s so sweet. And that was it?

Well, our story gets a little more complicated than that. But yeah. For me, it was always her.

Before you go, tell us one thing about yourself. Something you don’t tell us in the book.

I just got my pilot’s license. It’s something I wanted to do for a long time and decided to go after it after a conversation I had with Lainey when she was visiting my hometown. I’m just starting to plan a trip for Christmas. Someplace fun I can fly to with my new license, and I’m open to suggestions. If anyone has an idea, let me know.

About the Author

Rachel Magee wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterGoogle+

Tour Schedule

September 25th:
Launch
It’s All About the Romance
Adventures Thru Wonderland
Hearts & Scribbles
underneath the covers
September 26th:
Paulette’s Papers
Getting Your Read On
The Bookworm Chronicles
September 27th:
Jorie Loves A Story
Bookworm Lisa
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
A Baker’s Perspective
September 28th:
Book Lover in Florida
Janice’s Book Reviews
Wishful Endings
Zerina Blossom’s Books
September 29th:
Heidi Reads…
Remembrancy
Rockin’ Book Reviews
September 30th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 1 (US residents only)

· Happily Ever Afters coffee mug
· Tea Sampler Pack
· Happily Ever Afters notebook
· Lilly Pulitzer pen
· Chocolates
· ‘Vacations’ picture frame

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 2 (US and International residents))
· $25 Amazon e-gift card

Giveaway ends October 4th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

 

#BlogTour #Giveaway – THE CHARM OFFENSIVE by Cari Lynn Webb


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Charm Offensive
by Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Winning her over means winning everything

Sophie Callahan is PI Brad Harrington’s best lead to tracking down the man he’s been hired to bring to justice: Sophie’s own thieving father. But when Brad arrives at The Pampered Pooch, just behind a litter of stray kittens, the pet-store owner is the big surprise. This scrappy, huge-hearted woman with charm to spare gets to Brad in a way no one has ever been able to before. She spends her life finding—and making—homes for others: abandoned pets, her young niece. He’ll have to tell her why he’s really here. Which means he’ll have to choose between his sail-away dreams and the chance to build a forever home—with her.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequinKobo

guest-post

Book Lover in Florida - golden-gate-bridge

Big City Charm by Cari Lynn Webb

My July release, The Charm Offensive, is set in one of my favorite cities: San Francisco. I loved to visit the city as a child and then after college, I was fortunate to live next to Golden Gate Park for several years. Even today, the city still holds a special place in my heart. I fell in love in the city and seventeen years later, my husband and I still talk about our first date to the Orpheum Theatre followed by a toast at The Fairmont Hotel.

There’s a long-standing debate about small town living versus big city living, tiny houses versus sprawling estates covering acres of land, neighbors or no neighbors. Depending on my mood (or how much teenage drama is coursing through our house), I’ll voice my preference for one over the other. However, Sophie Callahan and Brad Harrington, from The Charm Offensive, would choose a life in the city every time.

So in celebration of the City by the Bay, here are just a few charms of living in San Francisco:

  1. Biking across the Golden Gate bridge and taking the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf.
  2. Artisanal foods and the ability to satisfy any food craving at any time.
  3. The faded lettering etched into the buildings that serve as reminders of a buildings’ long history. (And getting to live in one of those turn of the century Victorian flats with original hardwood floors, intricate molding and having a bedroom in what had once been the parlor or drawing room.)
  4. Street fairs, street performers, street art. Farmer’s markets, food trucks and festivals.
  5. Museums that celebrate the past, present and future of the arts.
  6. AT&T Park, the SF Giant’s baseball stadium, with a view of the Bay from just about every seat.
  7. Grace Cathedral that offers a calm oasis from the bustle of the city and even yoga on Tuesdays in the indoor labyrinth.
  8. The fog that blankets the city and the bay, changing the view daily with its arrival and departure.

There’s so much more to San Francisco than this simple list and now I’m tempted to make some travel plans to visit the city again soon to see what else I haven’t yet discovered in the City by the Bay.

Happy Reading!

About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Tour Schedule

July 2nd: Launch
July 3rd:
It’s All About the Romance
With Love for Books
Brooke Blogs
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
Deal Sharing Aunt
July 5th:
Hearts & Scribbles
A Baker’s Perspective
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Becky on Books
July 6th:
Paulette’s Papers
Thoughts of a Blonde
Mel’s Shelves
Harlie’s Books
July 7th:
Bookworm Lisa
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Christy’s Cozy Corners
July 9th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
Heidi Reads…
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
Book Lover in Florida
July 10th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

 1 winner will receive a Baubelle Expandable, Inspirational Charm Bracelet and signed copy of Make Me a Match (US only)
 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card and ebook of Make Me a Match (open internationally)
– Ends July 14th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

#BlogTour #Giveaway – THE FIREMAN’S SON by Tara Taylor Quinn

Banner - The Fireman's Son
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Fireman’s Son
(Where Secrets Are Safe #11)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Secrets are burning out of control

After she broke his heart in college, Faye Walker is the last person fire chief Reese Bristow ever expected to see again, especially as his new EMT. But that’s not Reese’s only surprise. Faye has an eight-year-old son, Elliott, whose counseling at The Lemonade Stand shelter is her first priority.

It’s nearly impossible to accept that she had a child with another man—and married that man—right after their breakup. Trusting Faye won’t be easy. Especially when she reveals a secret about the boy that might tear them apart for good.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

guest-post

I’ve recently realized that I write a lot of gazebo/outdoor garden scenes in my books. I don’t consciously do so – but I’m not surprised, either. Like the characters who live and breathe within me, and through me, I find that there are times when I need to get out. To be surrounded by nature’s beauty, and be reminded that there are powers stronger than the evil in the world – sources that breed the ability for new life to grow, for fragile things to exist. I am filled with peace when the scent of flowers reaches me, when I inhale them and physically share in their existence, taking their beauty within me.

It’s no wonder, then, that most days, in the course of my work, I head outside to the little garden oasis my husband and I created in our yard. I planted Rose bushes, and stop to smell them every single time I pass anytime one is in bloom. The bougainvillea and lantana were chosen for their vibrant colors and because they bloom all year here in Arizona. The fruit trees are obvious – their bear succulent fruit that we eat. And on it goes…

In The Fireman’s Son, in a particularly difficult scene, Reese can’t take Faye inside. He has to head out to his own little paradise in his backyard. His piece of nature includes the beach and the ocean, but the physical effects to him are the same. It could be that as the author of the book, I took him out there because it was where I’d need to be. One could be a practical thinker and insist that that was the case. One might even be right. I don’t believe it, though. I think that nature is a natural healer, purposely there for all of us to draw upon. I think nature’s ability to calm us, to give us strength and peace, is no mistake. It’s a purposeful part of the overall plan of life. And I think Reese is a pretty smart guy to be willing to avail himself of this great gift! I hope you’ll pick up his story and see what you think.

Want to chat with TTQ and three other Superromance authors? Join the Facebook party HERE!

Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
(Books released as of March 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)

  
  
   

About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Tour Schedule

May 6th: Launch
May 7th:
underneath the covers
deal sharing aunt
May 8th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Brooke Blogs
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
May 9th:
Nicole’s Book Musings
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
May 10th:
Celticlady’s Reviews
Becky on Books
beck valley books
May 11th:
Superromance Facebook Party, 7 PM EDT/4 PM PDT
Kindle and Me
Book Lover in Florida
Harlie’s Books
May 12th:
Harlequin Junkie
May 13th: Grand Finale

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

a Rafflecopter giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

#NewRelease #Giveaway – THE FIRST YEAR by Genevieve Gannon

the first year

Title: The First Year

Author: Genevieve Gannon

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Date: April 24

amazon ibooks  google-plus barnes-noble-pink kobo

Synopsis

The first year of marriage is hard no matter what. Throw in jealous exes, high-pressure careers and two wildly different families, and the degree of difficulty goes up a few more notches. Determined to beat the odds, one couple comes up with a plan to keep their romance alive – but life has other ideas.

Saskia is an up-and-coming jewellery designer, waiting tables at a trendy cafe to keep her fledgling company afloat. Andrew is a corporate lawyer who wants to be known for more than his family’s money. They’re passionate about their work and each other, but with Andy’s job in jeopardy and Saskia’s jewellery label taking off, the pressure is taking its toll.

As life pulls them in different directions, the two of them are forced to decide: Just how important is their marriage? And how hard are they willing to work to protect it?

‘Genevieve Gannon writes with a fresh and funny narrative voice … chick lit at its very, very best’ Tess Woods, author of Love at First Flight

MeetTheAuthor
Genevieve Gannon is an Australian journalist and author. She has worked in newsrooms in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, among others. Most recently she covered crime in Melbourne for Australian Associated Press before moving to Sydney to be a feature writer for The Australian Women’s Weekly. Her favourite books are We Need To Talk About Kevin, Middlesex, Atonement, Prep and One Day. She likes Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and wasabi (not together) and hates mangoes. Her first book, Husband Hunters, was  published in 2014. The First Year is her third novel.
Twitter: @gen_gannon
Instagram: @gen_gannon
 
tour-stops

guest-post

Questions:
 
What is your new novel about?
The First Year is a novel about a newly-in-love couple who got married way too fast. Andy Colbrook is a high-flying lawyer with a snobby family and Saskia Hill is a bolshy ewellery designer whose father has done several stints in jail. On their honeymoon, Andy offers to support Saskia so she can quit her day job at a café and devote herself wholly to her art. But Saskia’s fledgling business is only just recovering from the financial blow it suffered when her ex-fiance cheated on her then ditched her with the bill for the wedding, and she is uncomfortable being reliant on her new husband. Tensions begin to emerge. Things are exacerbated when Andy discovers his law firm is in financial trouble. Despite their best efforts to keep the flame alive their marriage begins to suffer. Then Saskia makes a discovery that blows her world apart. 
 
What inspired the book?
This one came about slowly. When I sat down to write my first two novels, the concepts were fully formed in my head. I rejigged the stories and characters a lot, but when they were finished, they were how I had imagined them from the beginning. With The First Year, I found myself unsure what I wanted to do. I had an idea of following a couple day-by-day through their first year, but I didn’t know what would happen to them over that time. I thought the concept of the first year of marriage being the hardest was a good one to explore in a romantic comedy. So I wrote a few chapters and scene fragments, then I hit a bit of a wall. I knew I wanted Andy to be a corporate type, and Saskia to be an artist, but I didn’t have much more detail than that. Then one day I came across an article about a designer who had made the same discovery Saskia makes in the book. I did a bit of research and it turns out it is a really common problem. I don’t want to spoil the plot
by revealing the big discovery, but once I had that I knew what I wanted Andy and Saskia’s story to be.
 
What makes the main character who they are?
Saskia Hill comes across really brash but she’s actually quite vulnerable. She loves a man, Andrew Colbrook, who wants to support her as she builds her business, but the idea of being reliant on him conflicts with her feminist values. She eventually accepts his offer to back her financially until she is established, but it never sits right with her and
ultimately is the cause of much tension.
One of my favourite lines in the book comes when Saskia receives a letter from her mother-in-law addressed to Mr and Mrs Andrew Colbrook. She has not changed her name and when the letter arrives she asks of Andy, “What am I? Some sort of subsidiary of you?” I feel like this sums her up perfectly.
 
Do you base your characters on real people?
My characters are original creations, but inevitably I find myself incorporating traits of family and friends. Usually it’s just a little thing to give the character a ring of authenticity. When trying to *show* rather than *tell* – something that a lot of writers struggle with – I find it helpful to think about how real people display their emotions – the way their postures change, the tone of their voice, what they do with their hands and eyes. Sometimes I’ll lift a small anecdote (with permission) or give a sly nod to a friend by including a personal joke. But generally I try to ensure the characters are wholly their own people.
 
How long did it take you to write The First Year?
I am often asked this question but this is the first time I’ve ever been able to answer it properly. For about a year, I had a few fragments of this story and a vague concept but didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Then I made the discovery that revealed the plot to me and it was all very fast. It took me about three months to write a three chapter sample, a synopsis and a plot outline. I pitched it to HarperCollins in November, got the go ahead in December and had completed the manuscript by June. It was quite a fast process because I had been thinking about the characters and the supporting players for so long. As is always the case, it needed some major reworking and I relied heavily on my amazing beta-readers. But it basically took one year of procrastination and six months of furious writing.  
 
What is your typical writing routine?
I used to write at night and on weekends but now that I live in Sydney I find myself getting up early and writing before work. I assume that’s because it gets hot and sunny here very early. That being said, I still try to get some writing in after work. And I can be found most weekends in a café somewhere with a pile of manuscript pages and a laptop.
People love to ask writers if they are planners or pantsers. I think I’m a combination of both. I like to have a plot outline before I begin, but sometimes it is very vague and details emerge – and characters are created or killed off – as the writing progresses.
 
Where do you write?
I do a lot of writing at my dining room table – but I far prefer to write in cafes. It’s not always possible, of course. Sometimes you have a burst of creative energy at 2am when all the good cafes are selfishly closed, and realistically it’s just not possible to mainline
lattes for eight hours and a Saturday or Sunday. But my preference is definitely to write in a café. When I was living in Melbourne I would write a lot at Milkwood in East Brunswick (try the white beans on toast) or a Minor Place (more white beans, these come with Dukkah and avocado). Another favourite is a café called True North in Coburg. They have lovely booths that I like to spread out in, and do great sandwiches with heaps of vegetarian options.
 
What book do you wish you had written and why?
This is a complete departure from the type of fiction I write, but I am in awe of We Need To Talk About Kevin. Lionel Shriver creates so much tension and complexity. I adore her prose and the way she uses a million little perfectly phrased observations to make-up the
story.  I love the way she tricks the reader into thinking they know what is happening, only to discover all is not as it seems as the narrative slowly reveals itself.
 
Who are your favourite writers?
This is such a difficult question to answer because there are so many, and I turn to different writers for different things. I love Caitlin Moran for the sheer joy she gives me with her hilarious stories. No less important is the strong feminist message in everything she does. I really admire Curtis Sittenfeld’s skill as a story-teller, and Gillian
Flynn for the ease with which she spins complex narratives, imbuing her characters with light and shade. Jeffrey Eugenides remains an all-time favourite. Whenever I’m asked about my favourite books Middlesex is always at the top, and his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was hauntingly, devastatingly beautiful. Oh, and Michael Chabon for so many reasons, especially inventiveness.
In terms of my own genre – which I consider to be a loose grouping of contemporary chick lit with rom-com tendencies –  I LOVE Lauren Sams who wrote She’s Having Her Baby and Crazy Busy Guilty. I also can’t go past fellow HarperCollins authors Tess Woods and Sunni Overend. The Regulars by Georgia Clark is great fun.
 
Who is your favourite literary character?
I have racked my brain, trying to come up with an answer that isn’t a total cliché, but it is a truth universally acknowledged that Elizabeth Bennett is a sublime literary creation, and has to be my favourite character. She’s clever, sensitive, witty and warm. She loves her sister Jane and her friend Charlotte Lucas, and she’s loyal but not without flaws. She speaks her mind and isn’t intimidated by those who think them better than she is. At a completely different end of the spectrum is Uncle Oswald, a recurring character in the short stories of Roald Dahl. Uncle Oswald is a hilarious, wealthy, horny old man who often finds himself entangled in pseudo-scientific schemes with hilarious outcomes.
 
What are you working on at the moment?
Having just finished a book I’m a bit of a free agent at the moment. I have two ideas that are in the very early stages, so I’m playing with both of them, thinking about the characters and deciding which one to commit to. I have just started a new job as a feature writer so I am finding that at night I’m spending the time I would normally dedicate to fiction thinking about feature ideas. That being said, I want my next venture to be a departure from my usual books. Neither of the concepts I’m currently playing with could be described as romantic comedies. The First Year has parts set in a court room, which came about because I spent the past few years covering courts as a journalist and my two new ideas are also inspired in part by that part of my job.
 
What would you do if you weren’t a writer?
This one is tricky because writing is both my hobby (fiction) and my livelihood (journalism). My other hobby is baking, so perhaps if it all falls in a heap I could retrain as a pastry chef. I have made a few wedding cakes for friends, and I really enjoy playing with flavour ideas and pretty shapes. Strangely, when it comes to savoury meals I’m terrible, but I have mastered cakes.
 
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty which I devoured, barely lifting my eyes to draw breath. Liane dazzles me with her ability to tease and entice. I am also reading Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler. I cheated on Sweet Bitter with Moriarty because I found myself at the airport without a book and knew I couldn’t go wrong with one of Liane’s books.
 
Coffee, wine or something else?
I am completely addicted to coffee. I don’t drink much wine, unless I’m sharing a bottle at a dinner party or something. If I’m at a bar I’ll order sloe gin (rocks and lime), a gin and tonic or a cocktail. Sometimes when it’s really hot I’ll take my laptop to a pub and write while drinking cider and ice. But generally on those days my preference is a
café and an ice coffee.
 
What is your favourite social media platform and why?
I am addicted to social media. I love Instagram and Twitter but for different reasons. In my day job, I work as a journalist, so I love being able to keep an eye on the issues of the day as they unfurl on Twitter. I follow major news outlets, journalists I like and admire, politicians and specialists in my areas of interest. I also follow a few funny accounts to break it up. I like checking-in on Twitter when I take a break from work. Instagram is great for book recommendations, food and bar recommendations, fashion, recipes and just keeping up with what my friends are doing. I recently moved interstate, so it’s great to be able to see what my friends have been up to with a few swipes of my phone.
 
Of all your books, do you have a favourite one?
This is like being asked to choose between your children! I hate to admit it, but I do have a favourite one. My latest novel, The First Year, is my third. I think because I had been through the process twice before it was less daunting and stressful. I had a lot more
confidence and I think it shows in the writing. I also quite like the story. My previous books were what I’d call caper romances. In both, the protagonists hatched hair-brained schemes in order to find love. The First Year is a lot more grounded in reality. The characters’ families and work colleagues play a great role and I feel like they’re more rounded because of it.
Giveaway

$20 Amazon Gift Card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 clp button