Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Congratulations to author Kathy Bosman who has recently released her second book , Love Finds a Way - Pauline’s Story, in The Album Book series. Kathy is giving away three copies of her first book in The Album Book series, Looking For Love. Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here:

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Love Finds a Way - Pauline’s Story:
 


Blurb:

When Ella hands over The Album to Pauline, the young food blogger is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime—she’s been chosen as a contestant in The Culinary Dream, a TV cooking competition. Pauline takes The Album with her to Italy where the filming is to take place and meets food photographer, Xaden, the brother of the man who ripped out her heart and put her off relationships for a long time.


To her dismay, she gets eliminated from the competition on the first round. Humiliated and determined not to be pitied by her friends and family, she decides to stay behind in Italy for a holiday as well as blog about her restaurant experiences in the exotic European country.

Xaden won't leave her alone and proves to be a friend in a time of need but when he kisses her, she pushes him away, afraid he’ll hurt her like his brother did. The TV series offers her a job as the editor of the food magazine and she is to work alongside the very man she wishes to avoid. Forced to be with the man she can't resist but whom her instincts tell her she can't trust, Pauline is in for an emotional roller-coaster ride with The Album as her companion and guide.

Excerpt:

Pauline nodded and zipped her bag closed, then lifted her chin. Why had she become a quivering mess? No more time for fear. Time to go get that prize. If she wanted it. Did she really want to live in Italy for a year? Oh, crumbs, what was she thinking when she pressed send on the online application?
Her mother tapped Pauline’s watch.
“Time to go.” She gave her daughter a light kiss on the forehead. “I’m going to miss you, but this is going to be the best year of your life. You’ll see, girl.”
Her mother gave her such an assured nod, some of Pauline’s doubt faded. Not all, though. On jelly legs, she made her way through customs and to hand in her luggage. As she picked up her suitcase, a tingle ran up her arm. The Album lay in the centre, padded with all her clothing. She’d signed her name on it the night before. A sense of strength trickled into her bones. Could The Album actually speak to her? She almost felt it tell her it would be with her and help her. It assured her she’d walk the right way and have success.
Okay, I think I can handle this flight now.
I’m ready. Italy, here I come.

Author Bio:

Kathy lives in South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool and bugs thrive. She writes romance in many forms, most of the time with women who feel deeply, men who care strongly and characters who learn lessons along the way. Every so often, she sprinkles a little magic in her stories. When she’s not writing, she makes sure her kids work hard as they do school at home, tries not to get too distracted by dust bunnies and cooks up a storm to keep the tummies full. When she’s not hectically busy, she loves reading romance and fantasy novels, watching movies, and dabbling in different crafty things, depending on her mood.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Finds-Way-Paulines-Story-ebook/dp/B01BNMW1B4
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/614697
Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/love-finds-a-way-2
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-finds-a-way-kathy-bosman/1123406511?ean=2940152623901


Online Links for Kathy:

Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com/
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenBosman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenLBosman
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5257900.Kathy_Bosman
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/gracewalk17
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kathy-Bosman/e/B007GCQBNK
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxifimh0X62uZLvKkon8tDQ
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Bad Medicine by Caroline Fardig

 
Congratulations to Caroline Fardig, who has released her next novel in the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series.

BAD MEDICINE is the third book in THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series.

Tagline: What do a smokin’ hot detective, an evil chiropractor, and a couple of blind dates from hell have in common? Lizzie has to wrangle them all in the third book of THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series!

Book Description: Lizzie Hart is overjoyed that six whole months have passed without a single murder in the sleepy town of Liberty. It’s also been six months since Blake Morgan heartlessly dumped her, but she’s determined to get over him. She’s slimmed down, ready to party, and injury-free, except for a little nagging pain in her ankle. She’s also very single, but her friends are doing everything in their power to fix that—including setting her up on one disastrous blind date after another. Lizzie’s reprieve is short-lived when an old friend of hers is found dead from an apparent drug overdose. She wants to write it off as bad behavior after having seen the guy cheating on his wife with the new chiropractor in town. However, when she sees that same chiropractor playing doctor with another man who ends up dead, she worries there could be murder afoot. Doing her best to stay on the right side of the law this time, Lizzie decides to go straight to the police with her suspicions. Unfortunately, the only cop available to speak with her is the stern yet hot new detective who has already given her a traffic ticket and a reprimand for public intoxication. Not surprisingly, he brushes her off, leaving her no choice but to begin snooping on her own. Lizzie soon learns she’s going to need help to get to the bottom of this mystery, but her best partner in crime solving, Blake, has turned into her worst enemy. Can Lizzie and Blake find a way to work together to catch the killer…or will they kill each other first?

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About the Author: CAROLINE FARDIG is the author of the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series and the forthcoming DEATH BEFORE DECAF, available November 2015 through Random House. Her eclectic working career included occupations of schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Social Media: Website: www.carolinefardig.com Blog: http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/ Mailing List: http://www.carolinefardig.com/mailing-list/ Twitter: @carolinefardig Facebook: https://www.facebook.com

Caroline tells us a little about her writing process:

Plotting vs. Pantsing

Plotting—systematically planning out one’s entire novel before writing a single word. Pantsing—flying by the seat of one’s pants with no planning involved, allowing the book to take on a life of its own and write itself.

I walk a fine line between plotting and pantsing. I do plan. I have a notebook specifically reserved for each book I write. In there, I make lists of characters (with physical and personality traits), potential red herrings, all of the backstory I need for developing a good motive for murder, and most importantly a day-by-day timeline of events. I honestly could not live without my timeline. Sounds like I’m more of a planner that a pantser, doesn’t it?

On the flip side, I feel like every time I write a scene, it never goes as I’ve envisioned it in my head. I spend a great deal of time daydreaming about scenes I’m going to write but don’t actually go and jot down my thoughts until I’m ready to write the entire scene.

Many times, a particular song I hear on the radio will transport me into my scene, and my brain will play it out like I’m watching a movie. But then, when I go to type the words into my computer, something completely different comes out. Sometimes better than I imagined, and sometimes worse. It’s amazing to me how my characters “decide” how something is going to play out rather than sticking to my precious timeline. In that way, I feel like I’m a pantser, because I often go back and have to change my timeline to match what I’ve written.

Every writer is different. Pantsers write with abandon and passion, following their muse wherever she leads. Plotters keep everything in line and write fluid, easy to understand stories. However, I think you need a little bit of both to write the perfect book. Write with fire and zeal, but make sure to keep yourself on the right track.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Caroline Fardig's new release: That Old Black Magic

THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC is the second book in THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series. It is the sequel to Caroline Fardig’s bestselling debut novel, IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH. Lizzie Hart is back—snooping, lying, and chick-fighting to uncover the truth, hoping not to break any hearts along the way… especially her own. That Old Black Magic… will it put Lizzie under its spell?
Book Description: Lizzie Hart hoped her first day back at work after nearly being killed would be uneventful. No such luck. Before she can finish her morning coffee, Lizzie and her co-workers find a dead body on the rooftop of their office. Media vultures that they are, the Liberty Chronicle employees are psyched to have first-hand news to report. Lizzie, however, is devastated when she realizes that the victim is her ex-boyfriend’s brother. When evidence begins piling up against one of Lizzie’s friends, she reluctantly dons her detective hat once again, determined to find the real killer. She’s not thrilled about chasing another psychopath around, but she’ll do anything for a friend. Lizzie’s love life is rapidly becoming a hot mess, too. Her latest attempt at sleuthing isn’t leaving much time for her budding romance with town hunk Blake Morgan. Add that to the fact she’s hiding a secret so big it could rock the very core of their relationship, it’s no wonder that Lizzie’s in a tizzy. Poor Lizzie ends up juggling a murder investigation, a wacky Wiccan coven, and two men vying for her attention—all while nursing injuries left over from the last time she decided to play Nancy Drew. It’s a good thing she always has a few tricks up her sleeve. Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway About the Author: CAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom. Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline is currently hard at work churning out more novels in the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series. She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat. Social Media: Website: www.carolinefardig.com Blog: http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/ Twitter: @carolinefardig Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caroline-Fardig/496944767049778

Thursday, 31 July 2014

A character interview with Nick Reynolds from THE BLOG AFFAIR



How did you first meet your writer?

We had a rocky first meeting in that she created me as the villain for her first chick lit novel, SEND AND RECEIVE. She and has redeemed me somewhat in her second novel. Our first meeting was a little uncomfortable, to put it lightly.

Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

No, I didn’t… It’s kind of ironic as I am a writer myself. I didn’t ever expect to end up being in a novel as I’m the one usually writing them.

Do you like the way the book ended?

The book ending was very rewarding from my point of view!

What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

She painted me as something of a bad boy at first… but I think I won her around in the end.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a war correspondent/journalist and I also write mystery novels under the pseudonym Victor Veritate.

Did you have a pet as a child? What happened to it? How did you feel about that?

I had a dog called Mischief as a child. The hardest thing about having pets is that you tend to outlive them. It was one of the saddest days of my childhood when my dog died of biliary.

What do you think is your strongest attribute?

I have a very strong work ethic and manage to juggle two careers. But often your strongest attribute is also your weakest attribute. There’s a fine line between working hard and workaholism, and I don’t always get the balance right.

What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret?

I write my novels under a pseudonym as essentially I’m a very private person. I tend to avoid the public spotlight.

At your book signings, you generally dress up in some sort of disguise. You’ve appeared as an eighteenth century Lord, a masked highwayman, and as The Scarlet Pimpernel. Are you a naturally flamboyant person?

When I’m dressed up in some sort of costume, I tend to take on the characteristics of the part I’m playing. I like acting and I’ve studied Speech and Drama. But, as you might know, many actors are actually quite shy; it’s only when they are taking on a role that they become animated. I’m an introvert, but I’m also able to step out of myself and into a certain role—especially if it helps promote my novels. I almost see it as my author persona stepping out ahead of me, and I’m following behind watching, as odd as that might sound…. For a number of years I refused to do any book signings, and I know my fans missed the opportunity to interact with me on some level. When I came up with the idea of appearing in costume at book signings, I decided to do it properly. I’m pretty much an all or nothing person.

The main character of your novels, Jared, has become almost a legend in South African literary circles. He has been called “The African James Bond,” and “Africana Jones.” Do you identify with Jared? Are you like him in any way?

Jared would never dress up in a costume of any kind, so we are not alike in that way. Jared is also the quintessential man’s man, and can be a bit hard-headed sometimes, while I’m more open to persuasion. But the biggest difference between us is that Jared is completely sure of himself and doesn’t regret his actions, while I look back on my life and some of the decisions I’ve made, and wish I’d done things differently. However, there are some similarities between us as well. Jared is pretty daring, and I embrace danger and difficulties in the same reckless manner he does.

In your latest novel, Jared rescues a lady in distress, and it seems he has finally found true love. However, you left this up in the air. Will their romance continue into your next book?

It might well—but you’ll have to read to see. I don’t want to give too much about Jared’s love life away at this point.

If you won’t speak about Jared’s love life, perhaps you won’t mind talking to us about your own?

I’m even more cagey about my love life than I am about Jared’s! What I will say, though, is that during the last few years I’ve had a pretty rough road romantically. I’ve travelled a lot and that causes problems.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to write—ever since I learnt the alphabet. I particularly enjoy the process of writing a novel. From the glimmerings of a story idea, to plotting the outline, to creating interesting characters, to those moments of pure inspiration that can’t really be understood or explained.

So where do you get your inspiration?

Oddly, from writing. There’s an expression “With eating comes appetite,” and in the same way I sincerely believe “With writing comes inspiration….” However, it’s a fascinating process in a lot of ways, and I don’t like to analyse it too much.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Is romance harmless escapism? By Louise Wise

Today I am delighted to welcome fellow writer Louise Wise to my blog. Louise is the author of Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! which is on sale all through spring at only 99c/77p! Over to you now, Louise...




I’m a writer and blogger and I’ve been invited (actually, I bribed her) to write an article for this blog so I can promote my book.

Here it is: Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! It’s a dark romantic ‘Cinderella’ kinda comedy with emotions playing the ugly sisters, an interfering battle axe as the fairy god mother, and a flirty playboy as Prince Charming. Ah, and Cinderella’s a bitch.

OK. So with the promo out of the way. Let’s talk romance, or rather the men that are featured in romance books.

How do you like them? Tall, handsome and tough? Short but strong? Fat but powerful? Balding and masterful? Have you noticed that no matter the age, height or colour of our hero’s skin and hair he HAS to be POWERFUL! Even the wimps (if a wimp is going to be the hero) turn out strong in the end!

So what does that make our men like in real life? Are they all so weedy that we crave Arnold Schwarzenegger-types to throw us over their shoulders? Or Hugh Grant to masterfully talk his way out of a situation just to save our arses? And how much does that impact on our lives?

 A lot, according to an article on KSL.com from psychologist Dr Juli Slattery, apparently: "for many women, these novels really do promote dissatisfaction with their real relationships".

I, and I’m sure I’m not alone, don’t believe that at all. Maybe in our youth we had high expectations but as adults…? Are we so naive that we believe fiction is related to real life so much so that our partners have become inadequate? Do we all have unrealistic sexual expectations?

On the other side of the coin, do these experts have a point? Think about it… as little girls we’re bombarded with Disney featuring dashing men whisking the helpless female away to his castle. We grow up, swap Beauty and the Beast for ‘grown up’ romance and the men are STILL sweeping in to whisk us away.

 But to say that women who read romance can't distinguish between fiction and fact is patronising at best, unprintable at worse.

The reason romance is popular is because it’s pure escapism and the happy ending gives us hope for our own lives, it doesn’t disrupt our poor l’il old minds, so to suggest otherwise is ridiculous. Romantic novels need that element of strong men, or at least weak men-turn-strong to make them just that—romances!

Romance is dangerous? Who'd thunk it.

Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! is on sale all through spring at only 99c/77p!






Excerpt

Suddenly all the wind was taken from my body as something painful smashed into my shoulder and spun me around. The sharp movement made my ankle give way inside my high heels, and I fell, my legs like Bambi’s, onto the grass. A grubby leather football rolled away, and a young man stood staring down at me with horror on his spotty face.

A splutter of laughter, and then the spotty youth began to grin, until he was laughing as well as his friends as they joined him in looking down at me.

‘Dammit, boy!’ yelled a voice. ‘Help her up, then!’

Spotty burst into action, grabbed me by the arm and began to drag me across the park by way of trying to haul me to my feet.

‘You bloody idiot,’ said the voice again. It was breathless, and recognisable. Then, to my shock, firm arms reached beneath mine and hauled me to my feet. Lex took the full weight of my body, and helped me over to a bench. He sat me down, and glanced around at the youths who were hovering uncertainly.

‘Piss off,’ he said, then turned to me. ‘Are you OK?’ I could feel warm breath on the top of my head, but I didn’t want to look up. I felt foolish enough as it was. ‘I’m fine,’ I managed to snap. I straightened away from him. ‘There was no need to make a spectacle of me – or yourself.’ I dragged hair off my hot face, and realised my hands were shaking.

‘I wasn’t aware I was making a spectacle of anyone!’ Lex sounded affronted, and I risked a glance upward. His golden eyes crinkled at the corners. ‘Mind you,’ he chuckled, ‘it was funny when that lad tried to pick you up.’

‘Funny for you, no doubt,’ I said. I began to brush the grass and mud off my arms and skirt. The pain in my shoulder had ebbed away along with my dignity, but my ankle throbbed. I glanced downward. ‘My shoes,’ I said, ‘where’re my shoes?’

Lex stood up. ‘They’re over there,’ he said, and went to fetch them. He knelt, and like the Prince in Cinderella, tried to place them on my feet. But my yelp of pain stopped him. ‘That hurt?’ he said unnecessarily.

‘No,’ I said, ‘I always scream when someone puts shoes on my feet!’

Lex grinned. He lightly touched my other foot. ‘Is that one OK?’ At my nod, he placed the shoe on my good foot. ‘These shoes are deadly. Right, what shall I do with you?’

I glanced at my foot; it was beginning to look swollen. ‘It’ll be all right in a moment,’ I said. ‘I’ll sit here a while and –’ ‘I’ll carry you back.’

‘Oh, no, you won’t!’

‘It’ll be fun,’ he said, and bent over me. I shrank back in alarm but a strong arm slipped beneath my knees, and another went around my back, and I had no option but to cling on or be dropped.

‘If you don’t put me down this instant I’ll…’ I began in his ear, but trailed off as I couldn’t think of what I could do to make him put me down.

‘You’ll what?’ he asked.

‘I – I’ll bite your ear!’ I said at last, and Lex roared.

‘Ah, Miss Anthrope, you are so funny.’ He carried me across the park, and I, with my one free hand clamped against my eyes in embarrassment, could do nothing but allow him. Strangely though, his arms felt familiar. I peeked up at him, and felt a thrill at the closeness of his face. I covered my eyes again.

We were heading towards a monstrous 4x4 black jeep. Lex set me down to take his keys out of his pocket and bleeped open the doors. Then, in one smooth movement, he picked me up again to sit me gently on the passenger seat. Less than a couple of minutes later we were outside my office block.

He lifted me out of the car and I managed to hobble over towards the grubby door of my office block. I stopped at the entrance, and smiled at him through gritted teeth. ‘Thank you, Mr Kendal,’ I said pleasantly enough, but inside I was bristling with indignation. ‘I can manage from here.’

He raised his eyebrows mockingly. ‘I don’t think so, Miss Anthrope,’ he said. As always my surname on his lips seemed like he was taking the piss. ‘How are you going to get over that?’ He pointed at the threshold, and I noticed for the first time several steps up into the doorway. How long had they been there?

Biography

Married, with four children, Louise Wise lives in England. She is a pharmacist technician by day and a writer by night. She was educated in an ordinary state school and left without achieving much in the way of qualifications; you could say she was the result of a crap school. Hungry for knowledge she enrolled in an Adult Education centre and studied English, maths and creative writing. Whereas other young girls asked for makeup and clothes for their birthdays, she asked for encyclopaedias!

Louise Wise used her general love of romantic fiction and interest in astronomy to write her first book. The book received many rejections stating the novel was too original for the current market, until finally, an agent took the book on but subsequently failed to find a publisher for it. Instead of becoming despondent, it made Louise realise that becoming a published writer WAS possible. She turned her back on traditionally publishing, threw herself into the indie world and went on to publish her first chick lit book, A Proper Charlie and then Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love!

 As for the ‘too original’ Eden it has been such a hit that Louise has now followed it up with the sequel, Hunted. So far, they are both selling well.

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Blurb: Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love!

On the surface, Valerie Anthrope was happy with her life. She had her own brokerage with Sunny Oak Insurance and was financially solvent. But once asleep, she was plunged into a world of nightmares that reminded her she was cursed.

And that meant she couldn’t fall in love. Ever.

Lex Kendal was a multi-millionaire. Women flocked to him, preened and flaunted for his attention. But one woman, Valerie, knocked him back. Hard. It dented his pride and Lex set out to convince himself he still ‘had it’ by pursuing her.

Only he found himself being needed in a way he never, ever, expected and, for once in his life, money wasn’t the answer.

Purchase Links: Oh no, I’ve Fallen in love

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review of THE BLOG AFFAIR from Goodreads

"Chick-lit great! The Blog Affair is witty, intelligent, funny, sweet, deep, real and honest. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the heroine, Emma Bradshaw grow from aloof and unlucky-in-love to making a genuine authentic discovery of who she really is. 

She starts writing a blog which is psychologically in depth and contemporary-clever too about the kind of men women out there date. And of course her learning curve is prompted by a sexy secret male commenter to her blog called Sugar Water Man who challenges her at every turn and forces to her look within herself.

The supporting characters, her roommates and friends each have their own uniqueness - Andre was adorable - and added beautifully to the over-all tone of the story. Set in South Africa, Cape Town, the setting had a life of its own. A fun, well-written read about a woman's journey to finding who she really is and ultimately finding love by an author I will definitely want to read again and again."

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/877668538?book_show_action=false&page=1


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Blog Tour for THE BLOG AFFAIR - April 14 - 18

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TOUR SCHEDULE

14 - 18 April - Chick Lit Central Book Shelf
14 April - Gemini Girls - Spotlight
15 April - My Book & My Coffee - Guest Post
16 April - Harlie's Books - Interview
16 April - A Passion For Romance - Spotlight
17 April - Deal Sharing Aunt - Spotlight
17 April - Reviews by Crystal - Character Interview
18 April - Blushing Divas Book Reviews - Spotlight
18 April - Midwest Book Lover - Review/Spotlight