99p deal for one more day!

Hi everyone. I thought I’d post to let you know that the first book in my new series is just 99p for one more day.  I have had a great time at a book group author takeover today and made some posts for the group, which I hope they enjoyed. It’s always such  fun to chat with the members of book groups.  I wrote posts with captions about certain parts of the story and it brought memories back of writing these characters.

The little cupcake shop by the sea, is about Fern. She runs a beautiful cupcake shop and has a rather unusual boyfriend, but after meeting some long lost family, she realises that perhaps there is more to life than waiting at the end of a phone for someone who cares more about himself than about the person he’s dating.

When Fern finally takes a leap of faith and buys her new cupcake shop, it comes with a sitting tenant and a flourishing surf shop next door. The problem is that the owner of the surf shop, handsome local man, Jessie, also wanted to buy the property and Jessie feels that Fern has swept the opportunity out from under is feet and has somehow been underhand.

Book 1, The little ice cream shop by the sea, is in an Amazon Kindle Deal for September, which means the price switches back to £2.99 on the 1st October.  Book 2, The little cupcake shop by the sea,  is available now.

Grab your copy here: 

Universal book buy link: The little ice cream shop by the sea: viewbook.at/IceCreamShopByTheSea

Universal book buy link: The little cupcake shop by the sea: viewbook.at/LittleCupcakeShopBySea

Writing Buddies. Fête Café. Chelmsford.

Happy September everyone. This month I’ll be running my second writing buddy session with fellow author, Christine Penhall, at Fête Café in Chelmsford, Essex. U.K. After a brief introduction, we have a 30 minute writing sprint, then a coffee/cake/water break with pre-ordered refreshments from the café downstairs. This is followed by a further 30 minute writing sprint and 20 minutes to chat about your work or talk to other authors and make connections.

There are only ten spaces remaining for this event. 

It doesn’t matter if you are a new or established writer, it’s just a fun way to write in a relaxed environment. The aim is to bring likeminded people together, to write, support and share creative ideas.


It was great fun last time, with lots of words being put onto paper, or computer and contacts being made. If you are in the area and would like to join us, then the session is free to attend, you just need to book a space via the café website and this link: https://www.exploretock.com/fetegraysyard/event/356097/free-writing-buddy-meet-up

Treat yourself to a copy of, The little ice cream shop by the sea, for just 99p this month as part of a Kindle Deal! 

Book two in the series, out soon. 

Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny.

Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today, Lizzie. I am delighted to have a chance to tell you and your readers about Hunter’s Chase, the first novel in my series of The DI Hunter Wilson Thrillers.

I have been writing and telling stories all my life. When I was a child, I was inspired to make up stories for my little sister after our Mum put the light out and told us to go to sleep. Later, I wrote documents, contracts, and courses as part of my job, but my time was well accounted for, so I did not create any fiction.

However, I took early retirement when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and there were times when I suffered severe side effects from my treatment. I could not go out, spend time with friends or indulge in many of my favourite hobbies, but watching daytime television got very old very fast, so I turned to reading. It was the only thing I had the energy to do and could do safely.

I read voraciously, as I always have. I particularly enjoy reading crime fiction and thrillers. I indulged this interest with many novels including those by Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, Linwood Barclay and Kathy Reichs.

After a while, I began to feel a little better and decided to start reviewing the books I read in a blog www.bookreviewstoday.info I enjoyed doing that. Then, as I began to feel better still, I got restless, but was not still well enough to do very much and I complained to my long-suffering husband about getting bored. It was then he challenged me: ‘If you know so much about what makes a good book, why don’t you write one?’ I did laugh. However, with the challenge set, the inspiration given, and I have been writing police procedural crime thrillers set in Scotland ever since.

In fact, I have just moved publishers to the stable of Spellbound Books. They will publish the first book in the series The DI Hunter Wilson Thrillers on 20. August.2022. The main character is Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson in Hunter’s Chase. My new series, The Jane Renwick Thrillers and four new books in a multibook deal will published by SpellBound Books in the months ahead. I am very excited to have made the move.

Although Hunter’s Chase, is the first book in a series, it can be read completely independently as a standalone.

I particularly enjoyed writing Hunter’s Chase it marked the end of a period of particularly poor health and so hope that readers will enjoy it too. The next novel in this series, Hunter’s Revenge, will be published by SpellBound Books in November. I’ll let you know more about that in due course!

Author Biography

It is with great delight that Val Penny has accepted a ten-book deal with Spellbound Books.

Val Penny has an Llb degree from the University of Edinburgh and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer but has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store.

Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and novels.

Val is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and their cat.

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Publication day. My Perfect Ex. A summer romance!

Hello everyone. Today is the publication day of my latest book, My Perfect Ex. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating and also share news of my new release with your family and friends. Many thanks for your support in advance. x

This book is about losing a really good relationship, through outside influence and self-doubt. I  hope you enjoy the story and the ebook is just 99p/99c for a limited time, to celebrate the launch. You can read the novel for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Grab your copy here.

I’m also running a #GIVEAWAY as an extra celebration, so you can enter into the competition to win a signed paperback copy of MY PERFECT EX and a beautiful canvas tote book bag! Click here to enter: https://mailchi.mp/8d6b675836b7/myperfectex

Book blurb:

Poppy Marlowe, a mental health advocate, moves into Cherry Blossom Lane to escape her past and build a future with her gorgeous, but troublesome, boyfriend, Dylan.

Dylan lives in the house across the street. But his reputation as a heartbreaker is legendary and Poppy reluctantly decides that she must walk away to protect her heart.

Poppy’s friends think she is perfect for go-getter Jared, who’s ready to step into Dylan’s shoes and whisk her into his glamorous world.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than Poppy imagined. Can she let go of her past and allow herself to fall in love with the same man again, or should she step into the limelight and walk towards a life with someone new?

Will love find a way to bring them together, or are they destined to go their separate ways?

My Perfect Ex.

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine. It’s been so hot in my writing studio but I have views across a field at that is full of Butterflies at the moment, so it’s beautiful to watch. Luckily there is a big floor fan by my desk, so I can enjoy the views and stay cool. My writing buddy Pepper enjoyed a play in the mud after I’d watered the grass yesterday and ended up looking like a mud monster!

After what feels like such a long time, I finally have another book releasing on Monday. The book is called My Perfect Ex and I’m excited to share the blurb and links with you. It’s available for pre-order for a few days.


Join bestseller Lizzie Chantree for a wonderfully romantic, feel-good summer read.

Poppy Marlowe, a mental health advocate, moves into Cherry Blossom Lane to escape her past and build a future with her gorgeous, but troublesome, boyfriend, Dylan.

Dylan lives in the house across the street. But his reputation as a heartbreaker is legendary and Poppy reluctantly decides that she must walk away to protect her heart.

Poppy’s friends think she is perfect for go-getter Jared, who’s ready to step into Dylan’s shoes and whisk her into his glamorous world.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than Poppy imagined. Can she let go of her past and allow herself to fall in love with the same man again, or should she step into the limelight and walk towards a life with someone new?

Can love find a way to bring them back together, or are they destined to go their separate ways?

Pre-order your copy here!   viewbook.at/MyPerfectEx

Writing buddies.

Hello everyone. I’m excited to have been invited on to Chelmsford Community Radio this evening, with the lovely Christine Penhall to chat about the FREE writing buddy session we are running at Fete café in Chelmsford on the 5th July.  It’s always fun to try something different and we are hoping to encourage local writers to meet up, get writing and enjoy some coffee! 

Fete Cafe. Chelmsford. Lizzie Chantree

I’ve finished organising my seminar for The Essex Book Festival on the 11th June and hope any writers who attend will find it useful. I’ll be talking about how to make the most out of categories and keywords, how to use stacked promotions in the run up and the time after launch, and how my books got into the bestseller lists even when I was an unknown author and publishing my first book.

I’m currently writing book twelve, which is the first sequel I’ve ever written. I’m finding it a bit daunting, but also great fun. The characters are making me laugh and I can’t wait to decide on a publication date. The book is the sequel to, The little ice cream shop by the sea.

Platinum Jubilee photo. Lizzie Chantree

We had neighbours round for a Jubilee celebration at the weekend, so that was a good way to relax and enjoy being part of the local community. It was brilliant to see photos of the parties that people were having all across the country. We were lucky enough to sample the famous Jubilee pudding, as my neighbour followed the recipe and brought it round. It was delicious!

Jubilee pudding. Lizzie Chantree

Wishing you all an amazing week and I hope that it’s productive and full of books and sunshine. From Lizzie.  x

Girl power!

Hi everyone.  How are you all? I spent yesterday with my daughter and we built my new outdoor writing space at home. It was almost as expensive to have built as it was to buy it, so we decided that we could do it ourselves! Lol:)

We spent six hours making the gazebo, which arrived in what seemed like a thousand different pieces. The sense of achievement when it was built, was immense. I haven’t laughed so much for ages and even the dog kept bringing the ball because we were laughing and she thought this meant playtime. We were so determined not to let it beat us, but we did put one roof and two side panels on back to front at one time. We were not amused at that point.

I now have a beautiful place to sit and read or write when i’m at home, regardless of the rain. We keep walking outside to look at it, because we’ve never built anything ourselves before. Who knew that spending six hours outside in the rain, building a place to sit and contemplate, would be so challenging but full of fun? Not me!

I’m now back at my desk and preparing to host a seminar about book launches and book marketing, at Chelmsford library on the 11th June. Hopefully the sun will come out later and I can spend the late afternoon with a glass of wine and a view of the garden from my gazebo.

Have a beautiful week.  From Lizzie. x

Writing Wednesday

Hello everyone. I hope you’re all well. This week I’ve been trying to work out how to use Facebook more efficiently and install the correct coding for my website to connect the two. It’s taken me weeks to finally understand what I needed to do, and then it literally took me about 5 seconds to add the code! It’s weird how you can look at something for so long and not understand it, then the fog clears, and it suddenly makes sense. Doh! Before that it was complete gobbledygook.

I was invited to be one of the hosts on Litopia‘s Pop-Up-Submissions recently, and they have kindly invited me back. I’m also running a seminar on the 11th June for The Essex Book Festival and Essex Libraries about how I set up my book launches in the run up to publication and also about how my books became bestsellers. I will be talking about promo stacking, networking, pricing, publication dates, reviews and more. If you are in the area, the tickets are available here: Seminar link

Other exciting news is that I’m woking alongside fellow romance author, Christine Penhall, to bring some writing buddy sessions and workshops to Chelmsford, Essex.

We have decided to start by hosting a writing buddy session at the gorgeous, Fete Café, on the 5th July, 10.30am -12.30pm. It will be free to attend, but is capped at 25 places. The venue has a really relaxed atmosphere, and if those attending already have a book out and are willing to donate a copy, then the owner of the café is happy to add your book to the event space bookshelves (attendees only). This means it will be seen by other customers of the venue!
You do not have to have written anything before to attend. It’s a fun way to get words onto paper and support each other.
The writing buddy session will be a 30 min writing sprint (no word count goals or pressure), a 20 minute coffee and pastry break (you are welcome to buy a coffee and pastry at the ground floor bar area), another 30 minute writing sprint and then a 30 minute chance to network with other writers at the end.
Book your space here: You must have a space booked to be able to attend. Please only book if you will be there on the day, so everyone who wants to has a chance to join in. We will be hosting these sessions every couple of months. To book your space, just email hello@fetegraysyard.co.uk https://fetegraysyard.co.uk

Have an amazing week everyone! From Lizzie. x

Cupcakes, Ice Cream and Romance.

Hi everyone. How are you all? I’ve been working on getting two new books ready. The New Girl On Cherry Blossom Lane, will be out in the next month or two and my newsletter subscribers will be the first to see the cover. It will be in their email inboxes in the next week.  The other book is the sequel to my international bestseller, The Little Ice Cream Shop By The Sea. I’m so excited to revisit those sandy shores and it’s given me an excuse to sample some delicious cupcakes and ice cream. Not that I need much persuading! It’s also given me the chance to walk by the sea, sit and reflect for a while and to waggle my toes in the fresh sea air. It was a bit too chilly to take my boots off, so I wriggled my toes in my boots, but the sentiment was there. Lol!


I thought I’d share some pictures of the beach to make you smile today. Where do you feel the most creative? The sea often inspires story ideas for me.

Have an amazing rest of the week and don’t forget to pop by my book group for writing support or my Instagram page for bookish inspiration.




Happy Tuesday everyone! I run seminars and have written a book about book marketing and often talk about networking and the fact that it’s great way to discover like minded creatives to promote our work with. Each month, I meet fellow romance author, Christine Penhall and we spend a few hours chatting about our latest projects. We also swap contacts we have made recently and plan future events that we can work on together for our writing. At the moment we are planning a series of seminars about our writing journeys and some magazine articles. We are now also scheduling in writing buddy sessions to make sure we achieve our writing commitments and fill up our creative tanks, just by spending time with a fellow writer. As soon as we are back at our desks, we feel energised to tackle tasks we might be procrastinating about. Chris and I have different approaches to marketing, but we fit beautifully when we are planning something together and I find her a very inspiring lady.


Marketing doesn’t have to be scary or boring and Chris and I always meet for food or coffee and during our time together, we film TikToks for both of our social media feeds, plan a blog post like this one, where we cross promote our work and have a lot of laughs along the way. It is often blowing a gale, or pouring with rain when we meet up, but this doesn’t phase us and we are often found giggling like school children and running around the beach scaring the Seagulls. This is our latest TikTok adventure.


Finding different groups of people to inspire your creativity and share news of your work with, expands your network and you never know when opportunity might arise.  I was telling Chris how I’d taken some business cards into a cafe and added them to the notice board. By the time I left the cafe, three of the four cards had been taken by customers, so I replenished them. I was just showing Chris my cards when the staff member of the cafe we were in came to chat to us, so I asked if I could leave some cards and she put them in a card holder right in front of the till. Needless to say, we will both have cards with us next time. Chris was telling me about some people that she met abroad, who had recommended a screen writing course and we are now going to look into that option from Chris’ contact. Marketing doesn’t have to be big things, it can be lots of little things, done consistently.

If you haven’t popped by yet, check out  Chris’ website and her beautiful books, which are full of sandy beaches and romantic storylines, can be found, here.

Romance books by Lizzie Chantree and Christine Penhall.


I’m also 50 years old today, so I will probably be eating cake while you are reading this! I published my first book at the age of forty and feel very thankful for all of the amazing readers and writers I have met along my writing journey. I’m hoping to have a new romance book ready to publish soon, so watch this space for more fun and mischief from me.

Have a great week everyone! From Lizzie. x