#RRBC October-Ween book, blog and trailer block party!

October_Ween.jpg

My winners! Miranda L has won the £20/$20 Amazon voucher and Irma has won a signed copy of my romance book, If you love me, I’m yours! Congratulations. 

Welcome to the #RRBC October-Ween book, blog and trailer block party! There are some incredible prizes to be won each day on the tour, so don’t forget to visit, share and comment on each blog post. Today, as we have a spooky theme, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about my book, Ninja School Mum. My main character, Skye, is trying to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but Skye has a secret past and throughout the book the tension builds, as she feels her past life is catching up on her and someone is following her. She wants to keep her son safe, but is desperate to be able to settle in one place and give him the stability he craves. She is used to leaving at a moment’s notice, but this time she wants to stay. That means beating her demons and obliterating her past.

Reviews for Ninja School Mum:

1.  ‘Lizzie Chantree’s books are like fine wines – they just keep on getting better! As always the main characters fizz and entrance, with underdogs and divas, harassed hunks and devilishly attractive but flawed rogues… The espionage aspect helps the seemingly workaday schoolyard environment along famously with catty cliques and beastly little brats, as well as adorable, yet still edgy kids.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Lizzie’s books yet – treat yourself! She gives Jilly Cooper a run for your money in the racey stakes, coupled with the knowing charm of Jane Austen, in hilarious settings with characters that show contemporary chick-lit romances can hold their own when it comes to ballsy, brash behaviour!’

2.  ‘I thoroughly recommend this novel – that combines lots of humour with the hard-hitting subjects of bullying and loneliness. The characters are memorable and I’d love to have Skye as a friend.’

3.  ‘What a delightful change this book was, I normally read paranormal and fantasy but the title really called to me. I’m so pleased I picked it up as it was so full of secrets and intrigue that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The main two female leads, Skye and Thea are brilliant but certainly not what incredible was expecting, Skye is totally mad! But her son Leo keeps her somewhat grounded

Thea is a little shy and it takes a bit longer to get to know her. Then there’s bruised and disgruntled Zack who is bringing up his daughter on his after his wife left them to go off with a millionaire.

The story was non-stop fun, with lies and revelations and a bit of romance thrown in.
I loved it and couldn’t get enough of it!!! This was my first book by this author, Lizzie Chantree but I certainly hope it won’t be my last! Brilliant writing…. ‘

Buy link: Ninja School Mum.

3 book covers meme by Lizzie Chantree.png

My prize is a signed copy of my book, If you love me, I’m yours, and a £20/$20 Amazon voucher!

To be in with a chance of winning, please share this post on social media, tell your friends to pop by and leave a comment to tell me if you have a skill that not many people know about,  in the comments section below. One winner will be selected by RRBC Book Club and notified of their win by the end of the tour.

Click here for the the daily list of blog hop sites and prizes.



 

Love’s Child.

Welcome to my new feature, which is a book or prize giveaway to one of my wonderful newsletter subscribers. This month I am giving away a £10/$10 Amazon voucher! Each month there will be a new prize giveaway. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to read this blog post, leave a comment about the book featured, which this month is Love’s Child, in the comments section below this post and share on social media (links are at the bottom of this post). At the end of the month, there will be prize winner selected at random, who will be picked from people who have commented (if they are also a subscriber of this site).

loves child meme.png

Today I’m going to tell you about the second book I wrote, Love’s Child. This book has been updated for 2019 and has a shiny new cover! The story is about love, family and friendships and staying together in tough times. It has some feisty characters and was great fun to write. My main character is called David Love. He has had a rough upbringing and wants his pregnant girlfriend Tilly to have the life he didn’t as a child. He runs a club for teenagers to channel aggression into productivity and his life changes dramatically when his club hits the headlines for the amazing work he is doing. This brings new people into the club and they try to discover a secret that David has harboured for a long time. It also puts Tilly in danger and David has to step into a glamorous world full of multi-millionaires, to make sure she and his baby survive.

If you want to check out the Love’s Child book and blurb, or buy a copy, it’s here: Love’s Child.

Books by Lizzie Chantree. Blank background.jpg



Subscriber giveaways.

Rainbow meme by Lizzie Chantree.png

Hello everyone. I’m going to be posting just once a week from now on. It will be on a Monday, as usual, but I will mix it up with author interviews, marketing posts for writers, my own writing news and I am going to be running a competition every month with great prizes for my website subscribers. I will randomly select one subscriber each month and send them the gift as a way of saying thank you for subscribing. Anyone is able to win more than once as it will be a random draw. Good luck everyone! From Lizzie.

Unsupervised meme by Lizzie Chantree.png

Prize giveaway!

Competition time!

IYMLIY meme.png
Guess who’s participating in this promo?!? Me!! Enter to win 20+ Romantic Comedies, including my novel, If you love me, I’m yours, a brand new eReader and books from authors like Piper Rayne, Erica Ridley, Maggie Mae Gallagher, and more – along with ✨✨ FREE ✨✨ reads just for entering. This giveaway ends very soon, so make sure you hurry!
✨ Goodluck!✨

GO HERE TO ENTER: bit.ly/RomCom – July2019

IYLMIY tweet 9



 

Competition time!

It’s competition time!
IYLMIY Covers
I’m very excited to be part of some amazing prize giveaways at the moment. Today it’s the turn of my second Crooked Cat Books novel, If you love me, I’m yours.
Have you read, If you love me, I’m yours? For a limited time, you can enter to win the book, plus 20+ fantastic Romantic Comedies from an amazing collection of authors, AND a brand new eReader – along with a collection of FREE reads just for entering! ✨✨✨✨
Enter the contest by clicking here:  bit.ly/RomCom – July2019
When you’re done, leave a comment below this post to let me know you’ve entered!
Friends and love meme.png



 

A gift for you!

Happy Friday everyone. From around 10am on the 23rd November until the end of the day on the 25th November 2018, you are able to download your own FREE copy of my two latest Bestselling Romance Reads, Ninja School Mum and If you love me, I’m yours. I hope the stories make you smile and that you have an amazing weekend. Happy reading! From Lizzie.

Winter book sale. Lizzie Chantree

 

Universal book buy link: If you love me, I’m yous: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

Universal book buy link: Ninja School Mum: viewbook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

 

The Pretender by Katie Ward.

The Pretender

Introducing Katie Ward:

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to author Katie Ward. Today, Katie has stopped by to tell us about her latest book, The Pretender. Over to Katie… 

Author Bio

Katie Ward always knew she wanted to write for a living. However, she was told by her careers advisor that “it might be more appropriate for you to work in a shop”. When Katie didn’t get the grades she needed to get into college, she negotiated a three month trial. After successfully completing the course she secured a place at her first choice university to study Journalism.

After realising she wanted to be an author, Katie moved to Dublin where she worked her way up from receptionist to Executive Assistant at Merrill Lynch. Katie continued to write in her spare time, submitting her short story into the “Do the Write Thing” competition being run by Irish TV show ‘Seoige and O’Shea’. This story was originally written when Katie was 14 after she was inspired by an article in her favourite teen magazine. Katie was the only non-Irish author selected to have her story published in an anthology of the same name which reached 19 in the Irish Best sellers List. Katie was also shortlisted for a competition judged by MAN Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle which was run by Metro Eireann newspaper.

The Pretender Cover

Book blurb: The Pretender

France 2000: Two babies are born on the same day just two hours apart – but to very different lives. Isabella is a Princess and heir to the French throne, while Sophia is born into a life of poverty and abuse at the hands of her father. At the age of 18, Sophia runs away from home. That same night, Isabella is also fleeing from the burden of her royal life when she finds Sophia slumped at the palace gates. Amazed by how alike they look, Isabella proposes a daring plot – to exchange their lives for one week.
‘The Pretender’ is an emotionally intense and compelling story of friendship, love and the strange power of destiny.

Purchase from Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pretender-Katie-Ward-ebook/dp/B07GDTD2VH/

 

From Katie: 

I remember the moment I realised I wanted to be an author. I was 22 years old and working as a reporter for a local newspaper. I’d always thought I wanted to be a journalist but sitting there, typing away, it hit me…I wanted to be an author.

I quickly came up with the idea for my first novel, as well as deciding to move to New Zealand.

I’d like to say that I had a plan in place but as an eternal optimist they’ve never been mandatory! I’ve always preferred to just go with the flow and see where life takes me. However, no amount of optimism could change the fact that I needed a lot of money to move to New Zealand and I just didn’t have it.

Dejected and defeated I took a trip to Dublin, exploring the city in the sunshine, drinking in the array of bars and meeting new people. We had such a great time my friend was resolute that she was staying in Dublin to live. Every time she told anyone they would turn to me, asking whether I was staying too. My reply was always the same “No way, I’ve got a life to go home for.” Dublin was never on the cards for me. I had my sights set on New Zealand…eventually!

When it came to leave, I left alone with my friend opting to stay behind and move in to a house share.

Returning home, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should go to Dublin. Dismissing it, I held on to the reasons I had to stay. However, every excuse I’d had melted away like ice in the desert.

Should I stay or should I go? I had no money, I had no permanent job and this seemed the worst time to even consider it. But, what did I have to lose?

“Ok, I’ve got an idea” I said to my friend on her brief return home “I’m £30 over my overdraft; I shouldn’t be able to buy anything on this card. Let’s leave this to fate, if I’m destined to go to Dublin then let this airfare go through on this card and if I’m not then let it decline.”

Nervously tapping into the computer, I entered my card details. My friend and I huddled around the computer as I clicked the payment button. A few seconds later, the confirmation flashed upon the screen…I was going to Dublin.

Fact they say is a lot stranger than fiction and if that wasn’t true, I’d have been on the first flight home a week later. But I wasn’t. It turned out to be the best move I ever made. I quickly realised the long and vibrant literary history Dublin has. As I walked down the streets, I was enthused by the knowledge that years before me, the likes of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Bram Stoker had walked these same streets.

It was their treasured homeland where I too developed my writing skills, taking a course at the Dublin Writer’s Centre. My first writing break came in Dublin after I entered a competition on national Irish TV called ‘Do the Write Thing’ run by the RTE day time show ‘Seoige and O’Shea’. My short story selected out of hundreds of entries to be one of 14 authors published in an anthology of the same name. Shortly after this, I was shortlisted for a competition run by national newspaper Metro Eireann and judged by MAN Booker Prize Winner Roddy Doyle.

Seeing my work in print reaffirmed that this really was what I wanted to do. It gave me the confidence to follow my dreams. On the days where it all seemed pointless and never ending, it gave me the hope to carry on and strive to be in the place I am today, preparing to publish my own novel. Perhaps most importantly, it helped me see the value in taking calculated risks and if I hadn’t had that experience I would never have been where I am today. Never could I have even contemplated publishing my own novel but this whole situation helped me realise just what my capabilities truly are. In that way, everything I have is owed to my Irish experience, without it I could never be the writer I am today. That’s why I hold Dublin so close to my heart and why I always will.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KatieWWriter

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KatieWWriter

Website – https://katiewardwriter.com/

GIVEAWAY TIME: 

Giveaway – Win a signed original illustration from Emma Haines (Open Internationally) To enter the prize draw, follow the giveaway link.

Giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c69494134/

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

Don’t forget to visit other stops on this blog tour!

The Pretender Full Tour Banner

Freebie Friday.

My book Ninja School Mum is #free today! If you enjoy #RomCom romance reads, grab your copy as it’ goes back to it’s usual price tomorrow. Ninja School Mum: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

 

Free day meme for NSM.png

 

It’s hard to fit in when you stand out!

Customer reviews: 5 stars!

‘Made me lough out loud. A great romance read with a gorgeous hero and a feisty, strong woman. I hope there will be a sequel.’

‘Really good story. Couldn’t put it down!’

‘This story really caught my imagination and I couldn’t put it down. A romance read with fire in its belly. Didn’t have a clue to the ending, kept me guessing till the end.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Marketing.

Hi everyone. Today’s Monday Marketing and 3 quick tips are about Giveaways. I am currently holding my first #giveaway on Twitter and Facebook for my book Ninja School Mum. The giveaways have only been running for a day or so and I will keep you updated on the progress, but here is what I’ve learnt so far. My book jumped up higher in the bestseller’s lists than it had been for the previous few days. What has also happened is that people downloaded Ninja School Mum when they found out about it after being tagged into the giveaway by friends, as they didn’t want to wait to read it, which is incredible and something I am very thankful for. To view the details of my giveaways click here for Twitter and here for Facebook. Below is the image I used for my Twitter giveaway.

NSM tweets

  1. Pin your giveaway to the top of your Twitter page as your pinned Tweet for the duration of the giveaway.
  2. Ask people to tag their friends in the comments section under the giveaway post. To do this they simply type in their friend’s Twitter/Facebook name, for example, @Lizzie_Chantree/ Lizzie Chantree as a comment. This expands the giveaway reach and is a great way for book lovers to share a read they like the look of, with their friends.
  3. Don’t forget to add a universal link to your book or product at the bottom of the Twitter or Facebook post as well as a clear image. You can create a universal link at places like BookLinker. A universal link is a link that works for all Amazon stores and takes the viewer to the correct site for the country they live in.

 

Goodreads Giveaway

IMG_1600

I’ve just run my first Goodreads Giveaway. I understand that Goodreads might not be running Giveaways anymore in the UK, which is a shame, because for my first try, I had 1,395 entrants to the competition, 571 people added my book to their bookshelf on Goodreads as want to read and I had 4 winners!

This is a fabulous way to discover new readers of my genre and for them to learn more about my work too. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has run a giveaway. Was it successful and what top tips can you share?

Book Link: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

Ninja School Mum is currently on the best sellers list in two categories on Amazon! 

 

Latest review for Ninja School Mum:

5 stars! Lizzie Chantree’s writing will have you hooked

‘Skye and her little boy are such a delight – feisty, brave and ready to “flip the bird” at the rest of the world.

Yet Skye has a secret that is only revealed as the book goes on – I liked how her past story was revealed piece by piece, leaving the reader guessing until the end.
There’s much to enjoy in “Ninja School Mum” which isn’t all simply romance. Skye is lonely – and that isn’t helped by being ignored by the other mothers at the school gates; bullying also rears its ugly head; Skye is a loyal friend – as her new friend Thea discovers; and there is romance – with lovely Zack who also has his demons to fight.

I thoroughly recommend this novel – that combines lots of humour with the hard-hitting subjects of bullying and loneliness. The characters are memorable and I’d love to have Skye as a friend.’