11/09/2018

NEW RELEASE: SUMMER OF SCANDAL BY SYRIE JAMES IS OUT TODAY!


Syrie James is an author and screenwriter who specializes in love stories and romance.  Her novels have received critical acclaim, hit the bestsller list, won awards, and been translated into eighteen languages. 

Her new release, Summer of Scandal,  is out today! It is a passionate Victorian romance, second book in the series Dare to Defy. 

In Summer of ScandalAmerican heiress Madeleine Atherton is a brilliant college graduate who dreams of becoming a published author. Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders, has secrets and ambitions of his own, and this fascinating American does not figure into his plans. As things heat up between them over a Cornish summer that becomes increasingly scandalous, each will be forced to make a difficult choice. Can two dreamers dare to defy convention and find their own happily ever after?

Book Blurb

Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate, determined to become a published author, she wants to marry for love. After receiving a proposal from a future duke, Madeleine flees the London Season for Cornwall to seek her sister's advice, never expecting her decision to be complicated by a dark, handsome earl she's certain she dislikes. 

Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders and future Marquess of Trevelyan, is a dreamer with secrets of his own. His “reputation with the ladies” is a front to disguise the time he devotes to his true passion, his work as an inventor. Although under pressure from his mother and gravely ill father to marry his cousin, Lady Sophie Caswell, Charles cannot find the words to propose. 

FALLING IN LOVE - SPOTLIGHT ON SARIAH WILSON

 

10/09/2018

FALLING IN LOVE - SPOTLIGHT ON AUTHOR BETH LABONTE

STOLEN OBSESSION BLOG TOUR - INTERVIEW WITH MARLENE M. BELL + GIVEAWAY



Interview with author Marlene M. Bell


What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read Stolen Obsession? 

There are many morals in this book. Here are the top three: First, you are stronger than you think you are. Shown by Annalisse’s trials with personal loss and helping those around her. Secondly, keep those around you close to your heart because you never know when they can be taken away. Annalisse experiences a great deal of personal loss. Third, judge people not by what others say about them, but by how they truly are. Give people a chance to redeem any negative qualities that come from hearsay. Annalisse learns this with Alec Zavos, her love interest in Stolen Obsession. The tabloids paint him with a broad womanizer brush, and Annalisse takes her time deciding for herself who Alec is and if he can be trusted.  

How long does it take you to write a book?

Stolen Obsession took 8 years from start to finish due to the learning process. I’m working toward publishing the 2nd book, Spent Identity in 2019. I’m at 70,000 words so far!


Where did the idea for Stolen Obsession come from? What was the inspiration? 

The main character, Annalisse is a lot like me. Through 8 drafts of the story, the focus changed dramatically. The genre moved from Women’s Fiction to Romantic Mystery. I wouldn’t say the story came from one inspiration because of the long learning process. It has naturally morphed into the final version through plot changes and tons of edits.


Describe Stolen Obsession using seven words.

Ancient Curse Collides With Three Jewelry Pieces


What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I write every day, even if it’s a few hundred words. First thing in the morning after the sheep are fed. By 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on a good day. On very good days, I can knock out a single chapter in 4-5 hours of work. 1-2 chapters each week with editing along the way. I’m a constant editor, especially since using the Hemmingway App.


What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When I can, I stop and read other authors to keep the creative juices flowing. Spending time with the lambs in their pastures with a camera along is also worthwhile as a pick-me-up when words clog my mind and are disjointed on the page. If my writing stinks, there’s no sense in staying at the keyboard. It’s nice to have options like photography, drawing, painting and of course, sheep.


What do you think makes a good story?

It’s all about the reader turning pages. Whether I write mystery, suspense or the occasional love scene, it’s important to leave a scene to hang with an important question in the reader’s mind. The goal is to create a page-turner by whatever means possible.



Book Details

Book Title: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction; 284 pages
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: March 20, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: R (Small bit of language and one detailed sex scene)

04/09/2018

PERRY PRETE: "DON'T BE SO FULL OF YOURSELF THAT YOU THINK YOUR WRITING IS A GIFT TO MANKIND"



At the reading group - guest post by Perry Prete 

I was asked to speak at a writers’ group last summer held at one of the local nursing homes. I was expecting a group of retired seniors sitting in recliners sipping tea and eating biscuits. Instead, I was greeted by a nice young group of men and women who looked liked cliché writers from a 1970’s hardcover jacket. One of the men wore a tweed jacket with elbow patches and had a bushy beard. If it wasn’t for the no smoking policy, I suspect he would have had been smoking a pipe as well.

I went around the table and found that not one of them had any works published which I found very odd. They asked a lot of valid and poignant questions until one of them asked if I had been paid for my writing.

I replied that I was paid for every piece of published work and expected to be paid for my time.
 The woman who appeared to the leader of the group was taken aback and said writing was an art and it should be a privilege to have my work out there for people to enjoy.

FALLING IN LOVE - LIES JANE AUSTEN TOLD ME

28/08/2018

BOOKS & MORE BOOKS: TWO NEW TITLES IN THE WHITCOMB SPRINGS SERIES

“Unchained Courage” by MK McClintock

Montana Territory—July 1865

Daniel and Evelyn Whitcomb dreamed of adventure as they made a home in the Rocky Mountains. Four years after Daniel left Montana, he returns from the Civil War a man uncertain of where he belongs. Through courage, honor, and the arrival of an old friend, Daniel finds a way back to the life he once imagined. Join him in “Unchained Courage” for a lesson in the power of hope, faith, and remembrance. 



MK McClintock is an award-winning author devoted to giving her readers books laced with adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery. Her novels and short stories take you from the rugged mountains of Montana to the Victorian British Isles, all with good helpings of daring exploits and endearing love stories. She enjoys a peaceful life in the Rocky Mountains where she is writing her next book.

If you'd like to know when MK's next book will be out, please visit her website at www.mkmcclintock.com, where you can sign up to receive new release updates.




21/08/2018

THREE GREAT BOOKISH FILMS




1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


Where do I start with this movie? I risk going on rambling for hours about how lovely it is! It is just my perfect cup of tea.  

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the adaptation of a book I read back in 2010. If I liked the book,  I loved the movie! And if you enjoy movies about books and reading with a romantic touch,  you can't miss this one. The cast is adorable, the locations are awesome, the story is simple but compelling. A delightful way to spend a couple of hours.

17/08/2018

BOOKS & MORE BOOKS - LUKE BY KIMBERLY LEWIS




Looking for a spicy summer romance? Here's one you will not regret reading.

Luke, an all-new friends-to-lovers standalone in the McKades of Texas series from Kimberly Lewis is available NOW!