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

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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.

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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.

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Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
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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.

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Tour Schedule

May 6th: Launch
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May 12th:
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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.

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#NewRelease #Giveaway – THE FIRST YEAR by Genevieve Gannon

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Title: The First Year

Author: Genevieve Gannon

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Date: April 24

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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

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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.
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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.
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5 Elements of Steampunk & Why You Should Add it to Your TBR List

1. Beautiful World-Building – Gif – http://gph.is/2cWUDl8

Steampunk is science fiction which takes place in the past. An alternate history where inventions, gadgets, and personal conveniences do not belong, and yet, are there. Often these inventions are powered by steam, hydraulics, clockwork, gyroscopic action, or pretty much anything but gasoline. The author has to create a beautiful Victorian setting where mechanical items exist that shouldn’t in Victorian history.

2. Strong Female Characters – Gif – https://media.giphy.com/media/l0HlzsBr1ItdlhWYE/giphy.gif

It was in the Victorian era that feminism grew by leaps and bounds and the suffrage movement gained major traction. Because of the strong influences of women in the time period in which steampunk has its roots, they tend to take centerstage in the interpretation of this genre. Who doesn’t like a woman who steals the show or takes charge?

3. Action and Adventure – Gif – http://gph.is/1yx3IFz

What would inventive fiction be without an inventive plotline? In Steampunk you will find a bit of drama, a bit of fantasy, a tad of mystery, but generally, you’ll find adventure that expands the horizons of your imagination… often viewed from an airship or mechanical animal.

4. Fun Fashion and Costumes – Gif – http://gph.is/1Q2OnRm

Not many genres can boast an entire theme of Cosplay. People love to dress in steampunk fashions for Comic Cons, book conventions, Halloween, and parties. Even the high fashion world has runway shows dedicated to this style of dressing. Go to Etsy and search “steampunk” you’ll find all sorts of fun things to wear while you read.

5. It’s More Familiar Than You Think

The gifs in this post are all from movies or shows you may have watched: Wild Wild West with Will Smith, Stardust with Claire Danes, the animated film, Howl’s Moving Castle, and episodes of Dr. Who. If you’ve loved any of these shows, you’ve already gotten a taste of Steampunk. Don’t pass up the chance to read a book or watch a movie just because of the clever combination of past and present themes. Give it a try and you may find yourself a new fan of the genre!

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#BookBlitz #Giveaway – FIRST SEMESTER by Sarah Fischer

First Semester
Sarah Fischer
(Elton Hall Chronicles #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Violet Carrington is a freshman at Elton Hall University, but she’s about to get more than just her degree…

Throwing herself into the insanity of college life, Violet makes new friends and even catches the eye of a handsome guy. Everything is as it should be, until one night out she crosses paths with a mysterious, sinfully attractive man. Not only does he manage to ignite a burning desire deep inside her, he also happens to be her new, off-limits college professor.

Professor David Berneli is only visiting Elton Hall, but a lot can happen in a year…

Everyone knows any personal relationship between professor and student is strictly prohibited. But somewhere in between lectures and after school events, Violet manages to dazzle him. She not only challenges David at every turn, but also tempts his every desire. No matter how hard they try to ignore the crackle of sexual tension between them, a few furtive glances quickly turn into clandestine meetings in his office.

By giving in to temptation, Violet and David fall deeper down the rabbit hole…

As the semester ticks on, Violet begins to question not only the whirlwind affair that threatens to consume them both, but David’s desires as well. If he’s not willing to risk everything for her, she’ll have no choice but to leave the comfort of his arms without looking back.

Before any decision can be made, a looming threat comes out of the shadows, putting her and the passionate relationship she has with her professor in danger.

Now Violet must fight for her own life, and for the one she wants to spend it with…

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ELTON HALL UNIVERSITY

Since I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter (I’m still waiting), I created a college for my upcoming novel, Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester.

Elton Hall University is situated in a small town in Pennsylvania, next to a popular suburb. But what makes Elton Hall unique, is that the school is run out of an old castle. Most of the classes are held in the thick stone walls, some in the towers, and some of the bigger lectures are held in the former throne room.

The school has a special horticulture program that helps to maintain the grounds and the flower beds that surround the castle in the spring and summer time. There are giant fields between the castle, the dorms, the apartments, and the cafeteria. Paths, flower pots, gazebos, and gardens are scattered around the grounds. It is the perfect place to grab a blanket and study in the grass during the spring, build a snowman during the winter, or take a romantic walk among the changing leaves.

The school holds about 10,000 students and used to mostly be a suitcase school. Students would party on Thursday and leave for home Friday after class. To keep this from happening, EET was established. EET is the Elton Entertainment Team. In the Fall, they organize the Welcome events and bring a famous comedian to perform. In the Spring, they set up a huge concert. Throughout the year, they host smaller events to encourage club participation and to keep the students out of too much trouble.

As with a lot of old schools, the motto is in Latin. “Cras Sit Vivere” which means “To Learn Is To Live”. The school’s crest has two dragons, a key, a bell, and a rock. The key is a symbol of knowledge, companionship, and dominion. The rook represents strategic thinking and the bell represents someone who isn’t afraid to be heard when times are hard. The dragons protect all of these things to give you the ultimate environment to learn, succeed, and grow. The university’s colors are blue and gold. Blue is considered a color that helps improve anxiety and calmness while gold represents wisdom and wealth. All together, they make up the Elton Hall University crest.

The school has its own police department. The men and women who are patrolling the grounds are official police with real responsibilities and power. They are the people who ensure that the students are safe from any outside threats. But, what happens when the threat is, not only on campus, but one of the men you’re supposed to trust?

For more details about the characters attending and working at Elton Hall University, check out the About Sarah page. There is also a book blurb and an excerpt of one of the steamy scenes to tease you. Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester will be released in the Spring of 2017. Not long to wait!

 

Author Bio:

Sarah Fischer works hard fighting the good fight one background check at a time. But before she got into the business of being nosey, she graduated with a degree in criminal justice and married the calm to her crazy. Then she had a scary health scare and needed heart surgery. While recovering, she finally had the time to write stories filled with passionate romance. Her first book, Elton Hall Chronicles: First Semester was published in April and book two, Second Snowfall, will be out shortly. In her spare time, she manages a review blog called, A Kiss At Midnight Reviews.

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#GuestPost #Giveaway #PreOrder – THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH by Melissa McClone

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The Chocolate Touch by Melissa McClone

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I’m so happy to be here today to tell you about my upcoming release. I haven’t even mentioned this on my own blog yet, since I just received the cover on Tuesday, but I did post it on Facebook. I just couldn’t wait to show it off.

The Chocolate Touch, Book #8 in the twelve book, multi-author series called Love at the Chocolate Shop. I’ve also written books #2 and #5. When I heard the concept romance and chocolate, I was all over this project! If the series is new to you, check out our Facebook page.

My upcoming release tells the story of York Parker, who is the older brother to my heroines in the other two books. He’s fresh out of the air force and spending a month with his sisters before he begins a new career as a computer consultant. The last thing he’s looking for is love, but as most of us romance readers know, that’s when you find it! I had fun creating a heroine who is the opposite of what he wants, but exactly who he needs. She also happens to be an expert about chocolate.

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Chocolate expert Chantelle Cummings arrives in Marietta, Montana with two goals—sign copies of her new book and research a quaint local chocolate shop. When she meets a gorgeous guy passing out chocolate samples, her visit turns sweeter than she ever imagined. The man melts her heart, but her dream of working in France with her family makes her hesitant to pursue a romance.

 Former Air Force captain York Parker has one month before embarking upon a consulting career. He never expected to be selling chocolates, but he’s happy to help his sister and her boss. He also likes spending time with sassy, pretty Chantelle. His new co-worker may have the chocolate touch, but he’d rather taste her decadent kisses… That is, until he learns the real reason she’s in town.

 Will the truth harden his heart, or will love pave the way to a sweet future?

The book is available for preorder at a special $2.99 price at the following retailers:

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If you’d like to know more about me, check out my website at melissamcclone.com.

#BlogTour #GuestPost #Giveaway – PLAYING HOUSE by Laura Chapman

 

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She’s a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.

He’s a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.

With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about are either of them willing to risk it all for love?

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I’m an author, which means I love talking about my book. So. Much. Almost to the point that I’m sure everyone around me gets tired of hearing about that.

I’m also a reader, which means I equally love gushing about the other stories that have captured my attention and imagination. In that spirit, and because I don’t want people to get sick of hearing my gush about my newest book, Playing House, I thought I’d share a few of my latest reads along with my thoughts on them.

Here we go . . .

New Attitude by Kathryn R. Biel

Just released last week, I was honored to beta read this book for Kathryn. Clever and funny, fast-paced and well-told, this was an easy, beta-read for me, because I loved it. Featuring a plus-sized heroine who has to overcome her own self-doubts and personal setbacks to find happiness and a new chance at love, there’s a lot to like in this one.

Link: https://kathrynbiel.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

I’m a fan of Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer, so I naturally had to check out her memoir. Honest and often funny, I learned a thing or two about comedy’s it girl. It also has just enough kissing and telling and name dropping to feed my inner Hollywood gossip queen. (I also admittedly spent half an hour Googling who might be the hocky player she mentions later in the book.)

Link: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Girl-with-the-Lower-Back-Tattoo/Amy-Schumer/9781501139888

To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is my new favorite author to stalk, I mean follow, on social media. She’s prolific, which I find inspiring and motivating (though not motivating enough to stop hitting “next episode” in my current re-watching binge of Mad Men on Netflix). So, I figured I should probably read one of her books. This is the first in the Wedding Belles series, and I’m a fan of books about weddings and wedding planners (go figure). This was a well-written, fast-paced read with plenty of good steam and a strong female lead. I’d definitely check out the rest of the series.

Link: http://laurenlayne.com/to-have-and-to-hold/

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

I don’t have children of my own and my nieces and nephews are past the picture book stage, so it’s been a long time since I have read an illustrated book. This one caught my attention in the days leading up to Galentine’s Day and I couldn’t resist. I’m a big fan of the Notorious RBG, so I went into this story with a lot of hopes, and it delivered. I learned a lot and found new reasons to admire her. Regardless of whether or not you agree with her positions, RBG is a trailblazer who overcame great adversity to reach her current position, which is an empowering and worthy story to pass on.

Link: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/I-Dissent/Debbie-Levy/9781481465595

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

This book is my fight song. Most of my friends have heard me talk about this book ad nausem since I read it a month ago, but it really hit me. As a fellow introverted author who has taken to saying “no” to the things that scare me, I found it relatable. I also found myself laughing out loud more often than I would’ve imagined. Whether or not you’re a fan of Shonda’s TV shows, it’s a great, inspiring read.

Link: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Year-of-Yes/Shonda-Rhimes/9781476777122

My Reads

And to close it out, here’s a list of the books currently at the top of my to-be-read-as-soon-as-I-finish-this-book-launch-and-the-first-draft-of-my-next-manuscript pile:

  • The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentleman by Victoria Alexander (I received an ARC from the author, and I’m excited to read-it-before-you-can-buy-it, something I haven’t really done since my book review days)
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

What are you reading and loving? Please leave a comment—I’m always looking for new stories to add to my list.

 

MeetTheAuthor

5e949-laura2bchapmanLaura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, The Marrying Type, and Playing House. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. She loves talking to readers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also get the latest news from her website, blog, and monthly newsletter.

 

 

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#BlogTour #Giveaway – LEGALLY CHARMING by Lauren Smith

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A workaholic lawyer comes home during a Halloween party and finds a princess sleeping in his bed. Find out what happens next in LEGALLY CHARMING, first in Lauren Smith’s newest #contemporaryromance #newadultromance series, Ever After!

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THE RIGHT DRESS CAN CATCH THE EYE OF PRINCE CHARMING…

 Felicity Hart has one goal: Completing her masters in art. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. She reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween party with her best friend. After sneaking away from the party and falling asleep in an unoccupied room, she wakes to the sexiest pair of eyes she’s ever seen. Eyes that belong to the one man who could turn her well organized world upside down. When he flashes that wicked, panty-melting smile at her the vow to not fall in love seems impossible…

EVERY PRINCE IS LOOKING FOR HIS SLEEPING BEAUTY TO KISS…

 Jared Redmond used to be the ultimate bad boy. But now his legal career is taking off and the partners of his firm are trusting him with high-dollar real estate transactions. Jared’s king-size bed is empty. But when he arrives home on Halloween to find a princess sleeping in his bed – his all work and no play attitude goes out the window. There’s nothing he wants more than to explore the hidden desires of this mysterious beauty and show her just how much of a bad boy he really is by fulfilling her every fantasy.

WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES AND COACHES TURN TO PUMPKINS…

 Underneath the glitter of this fairy tale romance, Felicity and Jared might have found true love. But the mounting pressure of their real lives takes hold again and Jared and Felicity are pulled further and further apart. Can they find their fairy tale ending or will they be left with the dying embers of what could have been?

 Available at:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published

I started my journey into publishing officially back in 2008. I had just started law school and was earning two different Juris Doctorate Degrees (one from a US law school and one from a Canadian law school). Let’s just say I was a glutton for punishment by double classwork and my number of finals each semester. So of course in the midst of this intense school work, I decided to jump into pursuing my publishing career.

I had been writing epic fantasy novels since college but a fellow writing pointed out to me that I should write romance. I was aghast! I’d never even read a romance novel. Cue a montage of me vigorously devouring a dozen romance novels in the next month and realizing my judgment of the genre had been so wrong. So I immediately started to write romance novels, or rather several novellas which were rejected a few times but I learned how to write short and long stories.

By the time 2011 hit, I had to put my writing career on hold to study for the bar exam. I spent 6 agonizing months without touching my writing notebook which about killed me. But once I took the bar, I jumped right back into writing and by early 2012 I had signed my first agent! Before signing with my first agent I had a whopping 87 rejections on my first real manuscript but I didn’t’ give up. I started winning writing contests, joined the Romance Writers of America and for 2 straight years I took 1 or 2 workshops on craft and marketing a month! By the time I signed my agent I was in the middle of really figuring out how to approach writing as a business and not a hobby.

Unfortunately within 4 months, the agent had a mental breakdown and left the business, dropping all of her clients.  I made a very foolish mistake then of signing another agent immediately without doing any research on her even though I had two other offers on the table.

I spent the next 4 years tied down to an agent that didn’t listen to me, and didn’t work hard for me. I had to contract my own books, sell my own books to houses and basically be my own agent all while losing money from each royalty check that went to that previous agent. It was tough. After 15 books I was ready to make a change, so when my agency contract finally expired, I worked in secret to research new agents and found a new set of agents to query. When I finally signed my new one a few months after terminated my previous agent, I felt like Snow White in the forest, with animals dancing around me while I was singing.

I had a rocky hard to get published but I never stopped, never gave up. Even now after 21 books, I’m still pushing myself, learning to hone my craft and figuring out how to be better and better at everything! Writing is a career that evolves constantly and it’s so important to learn how to adapt. Once you’re ready for that, you’ll find the joys of writing are incredible!

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MeetTheAuthor

Lauren_Smith_2014Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

Connect with Lauren: Newsletter | Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon  | Pinterest | Instagram

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#BlogTour #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway – CARDS FROM KHLOE’S FLOWER SHOP by Isabella Louise Anderson

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Title: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop

Author: Isabella Louise Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I won’t lie but this cover drew me in. Once I saw the cover, I HAD to read this book and the story did not disappoint at all! I enjoyed everything about this book. I could relate to each character’s story and didn’t have any issues in the transitions with the narrator. What a delightful read for the Valentine’s weekend! 

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

Synopsis

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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HOW I FIND MY NEXT BOOK TO WRITE

Whew, I think, after publishing a book, but now what? While I have a current WIP in progress, I’m already thinking about what the premise will be for my next book, and sadly, I’m lost for ideas. Since I’ve already written a short romance Christmas story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” in the anthology Merry & Bright, a Palm Beach designing woman in The Right Design, and now Khloe, Gabby, and Connie are featured in my latest release in Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, who are looking for and learning to accept love in their lives.

In each published work, I’m sharing part of myself with the world. For instance, The Right Design was based in Palm Beach because my family’s vacationed in South Florida since I was a kid, so I hold a lot of those memories close to me—even though I’m not a beach person, (and as a strawberry-blond, I’m not a sun person either). With Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, my motivation for it was the fact that I’ve always wanted to own a flower shop, (seriously, how cool would that be?). As for my current WIP (title to be announced at a later date), deep down, I’m a country girl. This book has been one I’ve wanted to write for four years, and I’m beyond thrilled that I’m finally doing it! Being born and raised in Dallas, my family has owned a ranch for over twenty years, which is forty-five minutes away, and I’m beyond proud to call it my “happy place.” Yes, dirt, trees, grass, goats, deer, and cows (as of recently, I’m the own a heifer, Legend, and she’s my love), make me the happiest. I grew up fishing with my dad, (I love those time together where we made lifetime memories), I’ve cut down tree limbs, and I’ve even pet deer that are raised in our pens. There’s something about being in the country that helps define my life—it makes me calmer, happier, and find the meaning of life. I feel more alive when I’m there, so when I’m working on my WIP, it makes me feel just that—alive, and loving what I’m writing. After all, isn’t that the point of being an author? In my opinion, there’s part of us that want to live our character’s life? Well, in this book, I realize that I’m sharing more of my true self in my main character than any other one I’ve ever written. Though I’m just starting this book, I can honestly say that it’s the most real book—one I’ve tried to find on bookshelves, and so I’m proud to say that I’m writing the book I’ve always wanted to read.

That being said, who’s to know what’s next. However, over the past seven months, I’ve come to realize that life can change in (literally) a New York minute, so when my current WIP is published, I’ve decided to see what’s around me, decide what I like reading and/or what I’m interested in (a baseball series, for example—GO TEXAS RANGERS), and just go with it!

So, for the authors who don’t know what’s next, just live life, and I’m guaranteed that something will come to you because I know you’ve got it in you!

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MeetTheAuthor

Author, Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies!

BioPicIsabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

She lives in Dallas with her husband. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

To learn more about Isabella Louise Anderson and her books, click HERE to see her author website!

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February 21 – Caroline Fardig – Guest Post
February 22 – Novel Escapes – Q&
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February 28 – Granny Loves to Read – Review
February 28 – Book Lover in Florida – Review & Guest Post
March 3 – Spunky N Sassy – Guest Post
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#BlogTour #GuestPost – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart

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By author: Larissa Reinhart
Release Date: January 24th, 2017
Genre: Cozy/Humorous Mystery

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#10days #findthewoman #getthejob #doNOTfallinlove

#WannaBeDetective

When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

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15 MINUTES, Maizie Albright Star Detective, by Larissa Reinhart

Georgia: The New La-La Land

When I’m not living in Japan, I live south of Atlanta. My two humorous series, A Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective, both take place in Georgia. Like me, Cherry lives south and west but within commuting distance of Atlanta. Maizie Albright was born in fictional Black Pine, located in my favorite part of Georgia, the North Georgia Mountains.

Although she was born in Georgia and her father remained there (Maizie’s got the stage monster-mother from hell), she grew up around LA as a child actress turned teen star whose star spun out of orbit, crashed, and burned, leaving her with rehab and a reality show. A kind judge believes her celebrity lifestyle was her undoing and forces her to return to Black Pine. And she happily complies so she can begin her new dream as a private investigator. Because she played one on TV and liked it.

Maizie’s not always grounded in reality, but after all, she did grow up in La-la Land.

Unfortunately La-la Land follows Maizie to Black Pine. Which is difficult when you’re not supposed to be celebrity life-styling anymore.

Now why, you might ask, would I do that to a nice town in Georgia? Because that’s what’s happening to many towns in Georgia.

The TV and film industry in Georgia is ranked third worldwide, after California and New York. 245 films and TV shows were shot in Georgia last fiscal year. Turner Studios and Tyler Perry Studios have been famous Atlanta icons for years. But now the famed British company, Pinewood Studios, has built almost twenty sound stages and a back lot in Fayette County, a few miles from my house. Small cities and towns like Senoia, Covington, Griffin, and Grantville regularly host TV and movie sets.

In my town of Peachtree City, I can see the set of Drop Dead Diva behind my favorite diner. As my daughter took the bus to school, she sees zombie heads and was once waved at by Rick from The Walking Dead. On the lake behind my friend’s house, they filmed the newest Spiderman movie. My other friend’s office building (Porsche’s North American Headquarters) became the Avengers’ headquarters in Captain America: Civil War. My husband’s friend got to play a pilot (he’s an actual pilot) in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2. He even got a line. Another neighbor, a fireman, got to play a fireman in Ant Man.

This is becoming typical in my town. Yet, I never got to see Daryl from TWD at the Fresh Market (someone else I know did). Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band fame also lives nearby and does a lot for the community, but it’s not like he hangs out at the Kroger. I’ve seen his car a few times, but Tesla’s tend to stand out.

It’s all very exciting except our regular day-to-day lives never change. Our conversation is occasionally peppered with celebrity sightings or talk of trucks blocking off neighborhoods to film something. We recognize the signs showing the crew where they should park for shoots. But the film world is fairly closeted and separated from real life goings-on.

When I was creating the Maizie Albright series, this world had obviously soaked into my subconscious. At this point, remembering what came first—the characters or the setting—is a bit of a chicken or the egg syndrome. But putting La-La Land in small town Georgia is fun. Like a fish out of water and into a frying pan kind of story.


What readers are saying:

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of The Breakup Doctor series

“Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.”
— Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series

“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: ‘Donuts.’

Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty ‘star detective’ I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new ‘star mystery writer!’”
— Penny Warner, Author of Death of a Chocolate Cheater and The Code Busters Club

“Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!”
— Terri L. Austin, author of the Rose Strickland mysteries and the Null for Hire series.

MeetTheAuthor

Larissa Reinhart

A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.

Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter. If you enjoy her books, please leave a review. She sends you virtual hugs and undying gratitude for your support!

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Feb 12th

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Feb 13th

Ali’s Book Nook – Book Review
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Feb 14th

Judging More than Just the Cover – Author Q&A

Feb 15th

Hello…Chick Lit – Book Excerpt

Feb 16th

Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Excerpt
Jenabooks – Book Review

Feb 17th

Book Lover in Florida – Author Guest Post

Feb 18th

He Said Books Or Me – Author Guest Post

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#BlogTour #NewRelease – CHASING SHADOWS by T.A. Williams

Chasing Shadows by T. A. Williams

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Title: Chasing Shadows

Author: T. A. Williams

Release Date: 16th January 2017

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Canelo

Format: Ebook

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33401178-chasing-shadows

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6GGI1G

 

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Amy had it all – money, brains and beauty. And then the accident happened.

The Present Day: Left blind and without her family, Amy feels she needs to get away. On a trip along the Camino, she is accompanied by the mysterious and troubled Luke. Having been set up to help Amy by a mutual friend, Luke finds he is also running from his past…

 

1314: A Templar Knight, Luc, is also running. He meets the wife of a former comrade, now blinded in a terrifying attack: Aimee. Taking her under his wing, they must journey together through a dangerous world.

 

As they travel through the stunning scenery of Northern Spain, this couple, so very like Luke and Amy, emerge from the shadows of time carrying a treasure of inestimable value.

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T.A. (Trevor) Williams talks about his latest book, Chasing Shadows

   And now for something completely different… Well, not that different, really. Over the past few years I’ve been writing romantic comedies, in particular the What Happens… series, that have proved to be a popular mix of romance, humour, exotic locations and, of course, a big black Labrador. And now I’m turning my hand to a time slip novel set part in the present day and part in the Middle Ages. But is it really so different?

   I’ve always been hooked on history and, for some reason, on medieval history in particular. The hero of one of my early books, The Room on the Second Floor, is a professor of medieval history, obsessed by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. In my last book, What Happens at the Beach, Natalie, the heroine, gets a job working alongside an author researching the Cathars of southern France who were ruthlessly eliminated by the Catholic Church back in the thirteenth century. So, the signs have been there all along. Now I’ve let the history element come to the fore a bit more. But, I would suggest, Chasing Shadows isn’t that different from my other books.

   The heroine, Amy, has had a very rough time and this book sees her on the long, hard road to recovery. In many ways, the same could be said for some of my other books. Take What Happens in the Alps for instance. Annie has lost her husband in a tragic climbing accident and the book tells her tale of trying to make a fresh start. So, the basic premise isn’t that different. The difference is that in Chasing Shadows the modern couple are shadowed by their medieval counterparts, but the problems they face as not that different. All right, in my romantic comedies nobody is being hunted by ruthless soldiers bent on their capture and torture, and nobody has to walk 500 miles through mountainous terrain, but both couples, modern and medieval, share similar mental torment. One thing I have enjoyed while writing Chasing Shadows has been the realisation that people living seven hundred years ago weren’t that different to us. They laughed at the same things, cried at the same things and were afraid of the same things. I really hope that the similarities between modern Amy and her medieval counterpart shine through.

   Apart from the history element, there are a few other differences. First is the fact that, for once, you get to see inside the head of the male protagonist. Traditionally, up to now, the men in my books have been handsome (a lot more handsome than me), intelligent, caring, but an unknown quantity. My heroines and my readers have had to guess what is going on inside their heads. The hero of Chasing Shadows is Luke. You won’t be surprised to hear that he is handsome, intelligent and caring, but you may be surprised to read just what thoughts are going through his head. Amy isn’t the only one who has been dealt a pretty poor hand and both of them, in their own way, are damaged goods.

   The other major difference, and I apologies profusely for this, is the fact that in Chasing Shadows, there is no Labrador. I know, tragic, isn’t it? There’s a brief cameo by a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, but that’s your lot. Partly, this is due to the logistics of the book. The book recounts a journey from France, over the mountains and all the way to Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, and a Lab would have made finding accommodation in luxurious hotels a bit tricky for the modern couple. Also a dog accompanying them would have made the medieval couple’s attempts to escape from the bad guys more difficult. It’s a shame, I know, but I hope the lack of a canine hero won’t spoil the book for you.

   I hope you will enjoy reading Chasing Shadows as much as my other books. I certainly had a lot of fun researching and writing it.

MeetTheAuthor

TAWilliamsMy name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.

I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.

Website: http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TAWilliamsbooks

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

 

 

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Monday 16th January

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Tuesday 17th January

Fiction Fascination

It Takes a Woman

Wednesday 18th January

Annie’s Book Corner

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Thursday 19th January

YA Yeah Yeah

Bound 2 Escape

Friday 20th January

Jess Hearts Books

Whispering Stories

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A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Sunday 22nd January

Big Book Little Book

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Tales of Yesterday

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Tuesday 24th January

Kraftireader

Book Lover in Florida

Wednesday 25th January

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Thursday 26th January

Splashes into Books

Fabulous Book Fiend

Friday 27th January

Crooks on Books

Ali the Dragon Slayer

Saturday 28th January

Portobello Book Blog

What’s Better Than Books

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Rae Reads

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