Today, 3rd April 2017, is my chance to welcome you all to the #RRBC book and blog block party!
This month, The Rave Reviews Book Club, or RRBC, has decided to throw a book and block party. I hope that by now you have visited other blogs in the party and some of you may have already won prizes! Anyone is eligible to win a prize. You don’t have to be part of the book club to win. To be in with a chance of winning some great prizes, leave a comment on my blog page today (3rd April 2017) and RRBC will select the winners. Winners will be notified on my blog and via email. To see everyones comments today, click on the comment box at the top of this blog page.
My Prizes today:
1st prize: A £10 Amazon voucher.
A WEEK OF TWEET SUPPORT from my Twitter account @Lizzie_Chantree (40.3K followers) You don’t need a Twitter account as I can still promote your products/books/blogs/websites etc. If you don’t have a book to promote, but do have a Twitter account or a business, I can promote your account/business, to hopefully find some new followers or customers.
2 TWITTER ADVERTS for your book or business: Value £20
The first prize winner will also gain a mention on my networking hour #creativebizhour . We have over 17.3M timeline views and 22K RT’s in 1 hour some weeks on #creativebizhour and we trend each week.
Prize 2: A £10 Amazon voucher
A DAY OF TWEET SUPPORT from my Twitter account @Lizzie_Chantree.
Plus 2 TWITTER ADVERTS.
Prize 3: 2 Twitter adverts.
I look forward to introducing you to my work. I’m an author and inventor, so my last blog tour post was about my inventions and how many authors have inspired new product designs in the future.
This time I thought I’d tell you a bit about how I come up with my book ideas. I have been running my own businesses since I was young and now I am writing romance novels that revolve around my passion for new business ideas and the slightly eccentric people, (like me!) who run them.
Today, entrepreneurship is on the rise and there are over 400 million entrepreneurs all around the world. I began my first retail business selling hand made products when I was 18, after working at a design agency for a year. This made me realise I wanted to be my own boss, as customers were enquiring where they could buy products I had been making as a hobby. As my business grew, I designed a mail order catalogue to reach more customers and began to exhibit my work at trade shows across the U.K. During this time I prototyped, patented and brought to retail my first invention, Runaway Spray, to market in major retailers.
My writing career began later in my life, as a sort of personal therapy. My youngest daughter had some health issues when she was little and I wanted to be at home all of the time to be near her. During the first year I wrote Babe Driven. The book revolves around an exciting new business idea, but the woman who owns the company is reclusive and shy. Babe Driven is full of sunshine and sizzling beaches, some irrepressible band members and some people who aren’t who they seem. While writing the book, it felt like I had a new business to run for a while and some interesting workmates whose personalities I needed to unravel. I hid the book for 5 years until my daughters health improved and then self-published, as I read an article about it and the world of publishing fascinated me.
Since then I have written 3 other books, which all have unusual businesses in them and the people who run them are entrepreneurs with issues! Through writing the stories I have hopefully created a different business model for myself and my family. What I have discovered while doing so, is that this is where my passion lies. Writing fills my soul and I can’t wait to start work every day with a new idea or character to unfold. It combines creativity and technology and I have met some of the nicest people on this journey. My daughter proudly tells everyone she was the catalyst for my new career and it shows that something good can shine through the darkness in troubling times.
The businesses in my books:
Babe Driven is about a hot new chauffeur company with stunningly gorgeous drivers. It’s full of company espionage, unconventional girls, frisky band members and sizzling beaches!
Love’s Child revolves around a warehouse centre for delinquent children, run by an ex-boxer who is hiding a secret that can affect the whole of humanity. There is an underlying love story that flows throughout this book and hopefully the conclusion is a bit thought provoking about family life and the relationship between parents and their children.
Finding Gina has an fledgling events business and a cosy coffee shop in the story, which is run by a vain young woman with ‘issues’ called Rachel. Gina is passing through town, but her arrival effects everyone who lives there. There is something a little different about Gina, but she doesn’t start to uncover what that is, until she stops avoiding her past and discovers a possible new future.
Some fun facts about Entrepreneurs:
1 out of every 18 people own their own business.
There are no developed countries in the top 25 most entrepreneurial countries.
A typical entrepreneur:
95% have a degree.
70% are married.
51% were the first in their family to launch a business.
They work on average 66 hours per week.
Introducing my books:
Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise!
Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisk
s her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.
When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singe
r Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.
This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!
Review: 5 stars
Power, deceit and betrayal, all in the name of love!
Jemima Trent is desperate to have a designer baby to keep up with her socialite friends, reconnect with her work-obsessed husband, Lucas, and regain some respect from her domineering father, but the number of women able to conceive each year is in decline and no one seems to know why.
Dr Cole believes that the answer can be found in a warehouse full of delinquent teenagers, where David Love and his beautiful girlfriend Tilly, have been hitting the headlines for turning youngsters’ lives around. Dr Cole’s violent and callous employer will stop at nothing to discover the reason behind their success and why girls at the warehouse are able to fall pregnant.
Jemima finally tries to step out of her father’s shadow, but discovers they are more alike than she could ever imagine. David and Tilly race to protect a secret they have held for years, that could have a bearing on family life for generations to come. An action packed love story, with powerful men and formidable women.
Lies, deceit and betrayal, all in the name of love!
Review: 5 stars
Can a sprinkling of stardust overcome a past full of demons?
Gina had traversed the breadth of the country in her little campervan to try and find everyone on her grandmother’s list, before her father drunk himself into an early grave. She lent down and pulled the battered and worn journal from her bag and opened it to the latest page. The neatly written names were etched onto her heart and she was determined to visit every single one and compensate them in some way. Her family’s debt had to be repaid.
Toby, heir to Bluebell Manor, couldn’t believe his luck when a flame haired beauty arrived at his door. Just when he thought all hope was lost! Looking for somewhere to stay for the night, Gina’s decision to turn left on a country lane, might have greater consequences than she could ever realise.
Lewis read another provincial story about a ‘guardian angel’ who had been helping families across the country and his reporter’s nose began to itch. He was sure that if he could track down the girl they were talking about, he would unearth an even bigger story. He just had to work out how to locate her and then find out what it was that she was running from!
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Book cover designs: Lizzie Chantree
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