Today’s guest is a wonderful author who writes beautiful romances.
It’s my book launch day! I’m excited to be working with a brand new publisher in America to bring you my latest romance read, Shh… It’s Our Secret.
I am thrilled that the launch day is here and I hope you enjoy Violet and Kai’s story. Violet is a very shy woman who has been dealt some blows by life. Kai walks into the cafe bar that she works in and discovers a long held secret that could change the fate of Violet and all of those around her. She has a choice between staying in the shadows and living with her anxieties, or to step into the sunshine and have the chance to support those she loves financially. To do this means taking a leap of faith and digging deep inside to overcome her greatest fears. I hope you enjoy the story!
There will be Shh… It’s Our Secret launch day prizes to be won in Heidi Swain’s Book Club today, as the amazing ladies there are holding a launch party for me. You can win some of my signed books, a beautiful book journal, a Shh… I’m reading, book plaque, a pretty and practical page holder for paperback books and a reading journal where you can record all of your amazing reads in style. Pop over to the Facebook Group to find out more.
Shh… It’s Our Secret by Lizzie Chantree
Extract: Chapter 1.
Violet had made a terrible mistake. Looking around the buzzing room from her hiding place by the kitchen door, she realised that she should never have shared her secret with the world.
Yes, she loved the fact that this room, the place that had been her world for so long, had turned from a desperate mess into the successful creative hub it was today. And she couldn’t help but raise a smile when she saw Esme and Doris sitting at the bar with Hal, looking so happy and carefree. But resentment still burned in her chest. Why couldn’t she feel that joy herself?
Her shoulders slumped. She was trapped. She couldn’t run away and let these people down. They all depended on her now. They’d relied on her when this place was just a rundown coffee shop and karaoke bar. Now it was a popular music venue, with original breakthrough artists, and she was a big part of its success. It had been her dream to turn the café bar around, but not like this…not at the expense of her own happiness. She tried to brush the selfish thoughts away, but she felt like she’d had a headache for days. She just wanted to hide under the covers in bed and ignore the world outside, but it felt as though there was someone constantly banging on her door and demanding that she wake up.
Esme was perched at the bar on a tall stool and snorted loudly at one of Hal’s jokes, whilst waving her new walking stick at him, almost whacking a woman passing by. She was dressed in a bright yellow top today, and her scarf was swirls of burnt orange. Unlike her old accessories, this was made of silk and draped beautifully across her ample chest.
Hal beamed a wide smile at Esme, and Violet was almost knocked sideways by the glare from his new teeth. She grabbed onto the doorframe for support, hardly believing her eyes. She recalled him proudly telling her that he was getting his broken teeth capped and whitened. She should have called him to see how it had gone, but she hadn’t had a moment. Her phone had been ringing so much that she’d finally thrown it into the bin with such force that there had been a satisfying crack as the screen broke and died.
Hal turned to Esme’s friend, Doris. She was still wearing her favourite stripy jumper, but she now had a beautifully crafted hat perched on her freshly tinted curls and her make-up made her look about ten years younger.
Violet knew they were all enjoying the changes happening in their lives, and she felt a punch of guilt to her stomach that she might be the one to destroy it.
The other people in the bar were a mix of ages and they were all chatting and enjoying the live music. The latest singer was really good, and she hoped that this exposure would help him find a new audience. She wished with all her heart that she could go into the main bar area and join the crowd. She used to enjoy interacting with customers. All she’d ever wanted was to support other singers and to run a place where locals could come together to chase away isolation—and feel like they belonged.
She glanced up and saw Kai standing by the stage. He looked as strong and handsome as ever, but her heart had a wall of ice around it. He spotted her at the same time and his eyes lit up with joy, then he noticed her body language and the fact that she was still hiding, and the smile slipped from his face. He bent and said something to a man standing at the side of the little stage and then headed toward her through the crowds. She knew they had to talk about what had happened, but she felt that her needs had been ignored and she was alone. With no parents to run to and her makeshift family all here in the bar, she wanted to slump on the floor and sleep for a week. A lone tear escaped from her eye and ran down her cheek, but she angrily brushed it away before Kai saw it, and she summoned up enough energy to turn and leave the bar before anyone else saw her and all hell broke loose. She thought back to the start of the year and how repetitive and simple her days had been then, even when she was exhausted. Then she remembered the moment Kai had walked into her life, and how everything had changed.
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An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she’ll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?
February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.
Every February 4 for the next ten years, Olivia has a day full of coincidences and ironies. As men come and go and return to her life, she continues to write, but still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain has turned out to be Hamish MacDougal, now a famous A-lister and Hollywood leading man.
But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the real-life romantic comedy playing out right before her eyes.
“Plot Twist gave my rom-com loving heart everything it could hope for . . . Perfect for anyone who loves love or dreams about meeting George Clooney.”—Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks
Hello everyone. How are you? I’ve been working on my latest book launch and trying to keep up with school runs and household chores. How do you all manage to juggle work and home life?
Over the weekend I found time to fit in some writing, which is unusual. I’m currently working on a sequel to a new series of three books, but readers have asked for a sequel to my most recent publication, The little ice cream shop by the sea, so I would love to manage to do that too at some point. That book was a joy to write and is the first book I’ve based in Essex, in the United Kingdom, which is where I’m from. I love the shoreline here and the pretty little restaurants that are dotted along the beach, so this inspired the location.
I’m trying to catch up on some reading too, as I feel that’s so important for a writer. I’m reading a romance novel by Cathy Bramley and I have just had two paperbacks that I ordered, delivered. One is by the lovely Heidi Swain and the other is by my mum! I’m so proud of my mum for publishing her very first book. It’s called Sherebar and is a novel full of magical realism and adventure. If you love that genre, you can grab a copy HERE.
Sherebar book blurb:
Love throughout time.
Sherebar lived throughout centuries, persecuted by his malevolent brother’s vindictive spirit, who was determined to destroy Sherebar and those he loved. His love, life and grief could offer insight to future generations and protect them from a virus carrying, meteor.
Three siblings, Jenni, Joe, and Val, discover a dark secret through vivid dreams, that needs to be to be uncovered. Their fate and that of humanity, is interwoven with Sherebar’s past, but the choices they must make, could threaten everyone’s future.
Their lives interlink and the race to find a vaccine is overshadowed, by the overwhelming power of love versus hate and finding kindness amongst strangers.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be showcasing the work of my good friend, Chris Penhall, today. Chris and I met for a work meeting this week and it was out first breakfast outside, since lockdown began. We chatted about books, writing and possible future work collaborations. It was so much fun to be able to sit at a table at an outdoor restaurant again. The sea view was beautiful. Chris is a really interesting lady with a varied and creative work history. Her books are full of fun, romance and laughter.
Author of The House That Alice Built and New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun, Chris Penhall won the Choc Lit Search for a Star Competition in 2019 and so fulfilled her childhood dream to become a published writer.
Chris is a lover of Portugal (which is handy as that is where the books are set), social salsa dancing and tap (“enthusiastically” or as one teacher described her attempts at Home Economics in a report a long time ago “Christine tries hard but this is not her best subject”) and reading (obviously). She also loves to travel (a cliché but true), cook (is actually quite good) and sit in cafes (in this she is an expert).
Her third book, set in South Wales, which is where she was born, is set to be released in e-book and audio this spring.
The House That Alice Built, by Chris Penhall
Home is where the heart is …
Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating.
But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents.
But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home.
The House That Alice Built is book one in the Portuguese Paradise series. The sequel, New Beginnings at the Little House in the Sun is also available on all major platforms in e-book and audio
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And you can pre-order the paperback from a variety of outlets including
Hello everyone. This week’s TOP AUTHOR is the lovely Elaine Spires. Elaine is here to tell us all about her book, Singles’ Holiday. Writing it proved such a positive step for her as a writer, as it formed the basis for the Singles Series of six books. It was also the book that got her fired from her job as a singles holiday tour manager! Elaine came to writing late in life. She had written a couple of plays in her early forties but she was in her fifties before she published her first book, What’s Eating Me.
Happy new week everyone. How are you? This week I’ve been working on blog posts for my upcoming book release on the 6th May, for my romance novel, Shh… IT’s Our Secret. This book is about random acts of kindness, the family we choose – not the one we are born with, and pushing down preconceptions and barriers, especially ones we set for ourselves.
The book also has two very zany pensioners called Doris and Esme, who decide that they will become Violet’s unofficial bodyguards, when her secret is discovered and the whole world wants to know who she is.
Over Easter, the chocolate eggs that I’d bought and hidden were discovered by my husband and scoffed before the weekend! I had to find a better hiding place for the second batch. Lol:) My writing studio is due for a big tidy up, so I’ll probably discover chocolate there too, as I hide it in my files sometimes to nibble on while I’m working and then forget it’s there!
I love seeing Daffodils poke their head above ground this time of year and it’s hard not to smile when you see them. I hope this week is fun and creative for you all and that we have some warmer weather soon. From Lizzie.
Today, it’s my pleasure to showcase a launch post for a member of my Facebook Book Group, author Steven Smith. Steven’s book, Chasing Shadows, is out on the 1st April 2021.
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. In school, I loved writing stories. In 2015, I set up a blog to review my then-reading obsession – the Discworld series. Over time the reviews branched out and I added new book-based features.
In late 2019, an idea for a story struck, so I took part in NaNoWriMo to keep me honest. Throughout 2020 that idea eventually became my first novel, Chasing Shadows. In late 2020 I had finally finished revising it, ready for editing and release in early 2021.
I’ve also been hard at work on my second novel, the follow up to Chasing Shadows and trying my hand at a whole host of short stories to boot.
As captain of the airship Arcos, Edison Crow and his childhood partner in crime, Selah, lead their crew in search of a big payday. When it comes to the pursuit of wealth, nothing is out of the question for this band of charming rogues. Smuggling. Theft. Embezzlement. It’s all part of a daring game.
But all is not smooth sailing when you’re a high profile thief with a target on your back. A job gone wrong will thrust Edison, Selah and those aboard the Arcos upon a journey straight to the heart of the shady United Republic of the High Commission in pursuit of the truth.
Troubled by his own personal demons, Edison must navigate dark skies if he hopes to gain answers. Will it be enough to help the infamous Captain Crow clear his and his crew’s names? Or will he end up Chasing Shadows?
This week on my blog, I’m showcasing the work of author, Morton S Gray. Morton writes beautiful books full of sunshine and mystery and they make an exciting addition to any bookshelf. They are complete page turners and the characters jump off of the page and make you want to read more.
From the author:
Morton loves learning new things and these often end up in her books. Crocheting blankets, making her own perfumed soap and weaving have kept her sane during lockdown. She has been tracing her family tree for many years and is fascinated by the new avenues of research opened up by genealogical DNA testing. When she writes fiction, she enjoys the process of solving a mystery that links her characters. Her sixth novel for Choc Lit Publishing, Summer at Lucerne Lodge is published on 20 April 2021. Her books are stand alone titles that can be read in any order, but are linked by her fictional seaside town of Borteen.
Summer at Lucerne Lodge published by Choc Lit on 20 April 2021.
Could a beautiful old house and a handsome stranger hold the key to a life-changing secret?
Rosie Phillips could be forgiven for not being immediately won over by Tanner Bryant. After all, their first meeting involves him knocking a tray of prawn cocktail over her very expensive dress at a charity event in the grounds of Lucerne Lodge.
But little does Rosie know how pivotal that awkward first meeting will be, or how the Lodge will become the unexpected backdrop for a summer spent finding out who she really is, and who she could be …
Choc Lit link for other retailers https://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/summer-at-lucerne-lodge/
Hello everyone. I’m excited today as I’ve decided to add a reader photo page to my website, to showcase photos that people send me of my books, or of themselves with me or my books. I’ve also made some gorgeous book memes with reviews from my lovely readers, by way of a thank you from me to you all, for taking the time to post and share those beautiful reviews.
You can find the review memes on my reader review page, but here are a few examples.
A big thank you to all of the people who have posted reviews of my books and who continue to share news of my new releases and offer me so much support.