Introducing Lorraine Mace.

It’s a real pleasure to introduce you to a talented writer that I met in Spain recently. I was lucky enough to have lunch with lorraine and some other writer friends and I’m excited to share her work with you today!

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Meet Lorraine:

Thank you so much, Lizzie, for inviting me onto your blog today. I am delighted to be able to tell your readers a little about me. I write what has been labelled crime at its darkest, which means I delve into the very depths of what humans can do to each other. However, the reaction I get most often when I meet readers is shock because (apparently) I look far too sweet and innocent to be able to write such dark material. Huh, tell that to my partner and children!

My novels are based in the UK, but set in a fictional town in the East Midlands, not far from Rutland Water. D.I. Paolo Storey is a decent man whose private life is a shambles, but whose work ethic is incredibly strong. He wants justice for victims and rages against a society that panders more to criminals than those who suffer as a result of their acts.

My books cover difficult topics. They are not for the faint of heart, but every reader, bar one, so far has given me fabulous reviews stating that I have never used violence or sex in a gratuitous manner. The lone dissenting voice (which was a one star beauty) said this: “I really cannot understand the great reviews for this book. It is just full of nasty aggressive people, and gratuitous violence. I read to go into a world of mystery and intrigue and I do not expect to be catapulted into the arena of blow by blow descriptions of utter violence.” Interestingly, it wasn’t a verified purchase, so I leave you to make up your own minds.

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to chat to your readers, Lizzie.

Book links:

Retriever of Souls: http://viewbook.at/Retriever_of_Souls

Children in Chains: http://viewbook.at/Children_in_Chains

Injections of Insanity: http://viewbook.at/Injections_of_Insanity

Bio:

Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week.

When not working on her D.I. Sterling series of crime novels, Lorraine is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing MagazineandWriters’ Forumand is head judge for Writers’ Forummonthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazinehumour column.

Find her at:

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52



 

Free books!

Hello everyone. Happy weekend. My publisher is having a free weekend book extravaganza and two of my ebooks are #Free today and tomorrow. If you enjoy romance reads full of sizzle and smiles, grab your copies today.

Ninja School Mum                                                  If you love me, I’m yours

Customer reviews: 

Ninja School Mum.

‘A cleverly executed story set against the beguiling backdrop of cliquey school mums. Unique characters. I just loved this book.’

‘As always the main characters fizz and entrance, with underdogs and divas, harassed hunks and devilishly attractive but flawed rogues…’

If you love me, I’m yours.

‘Rarely has a book held my heart in it’s hands the way If You Love Me I’m Yours has. An incredibly uplifting romantic story that has had me laughing and crying over and over again.’

‘If you enjoy romantic novels, with enjoyable and relatable characters, you will LOVE this book!’ 5 stars!



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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Monday marketing. 3 quick tips.

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Hello everyone. I run a book group on Facebook, Lizzie’s Book Group, which is full of authors and writers. We chat about what books we like, how our writing targets are going and how to reach more readers. We come across some pretty eclectic chat topics and I have decided to share a few recent ones at the bottom of this post. Feel free to join the book group if you love books and writing. We have almost 500 members now and it’s a lot of fun.

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I am currently in third edits for my new book and am trying to reach writing targets for another manuscript. I sometimes find it hard not to procrastinate too much, but I read a recent article where it said that procrastination is not about being too busy, it is about feeling emotional. If we are feeling that way, we tend to put off what we should be doing. It’s made me sit and think about clearing my work desk, so it’s a pleasurable place to work, getting the everyday jobs done early so that they are out of the way and then doing my favourite thing, which is sitting down to write… with a desk timer so I get those words onto paper!

Have a great week everyone. My first prize draw for my subscribers will be at the start of next month. Exciting times!

Here are 3 quick articles that we have shared in my book group: 

The ultimate author resource list.

19 book marketing strategies.

BookSweeps tips to grow your email audience.

Subscriber giveaways.

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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.

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Dreaming of romance.

I’m about 30k into writing my 8th romantic comedy book and I have to spend a lot of my time dreaming of romantic scenarios and describing gorgeous men. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it! My latest character is in her forties and has had a troubled past, but she’s so feisty that she constantly makes me giggle about what she’s getting up to next.

I don’t know if it is the same for all writers, but my mind is full of the constant chatter of characters and I don’t often know what they are going to do until my pen hits the paper. I have chapter guides and full character descriptions, but I then just sit down and write.

I’ve also been making a few more memes this week and thought I’d share a couple, as I should have been doing a higher word count each day but managed to fit in some procrastination. I’ve just completed a book tour with Rachel’s Random Resources and as usual it was run beautifully and I was lucky enough to find new readers and see amazing reviews. A big thank you to the tour hosts who take time to post, share, read and review books, just for the love of books. You are all incredible and as an author, it’s heart warming to chat to people who are so passionate about writing.

Have a great week everyone.

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BookBub marketing.

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Hello everyone. It was such a weird weekend for me. My daughter was at a festival for the weekend and the hotel had a mix up with the booking so they couldn’t get in, which meant a mad dash across country for me and another one of the mums to be with our children. We managed to get most of them a room for the night, but I ended up sleeping in my car! It was freezing, and not my best idea ever, but everywhere else was sold out due to the huge festival. I finally got in at 2 am this morning, after leaving at midnight the evening before, but it ended up being a hilarious road trip. It gave me ideas for another book! This was us, sleep deprived, but still smiling.

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I haven’t posted a Monday Marketing post for a while as I’ve been busy with some writing projects. I came across this article recently and thought it might be helpful for anyone who is trying to gain more followers on BookBub. BookBub is a wonderful place to promote books and to find a wider audience. If you are an author and haven’t made profile there, it’s worth taking the time to do. I also did a Booksweeps promotion with lots of lovely romantic comedy writers recently and I now have many more newsletter subscribers, which is fabulous! I have sent the winners their books (pictured above this post) and can’t wait to hear what they think of the story.

On a side note (I’m so excited!), after my BookBub feature, my book, If you love me, Im yours, has risen to the number #1 paid bestseller spot in one of it’s categories and is ranked 89 paid overall in Australia, 136 overall in Canada and 882 in the U.K! A big thank you to everyone who downloaded a copy for just 99p/99c. You can still grab a copy today here.

Check out the BookBub article here:

5 bestselling ebooks for under £5!

Happy weekend everyone. I am very excited as I’m running a BookBub promotion this weekend. It’s the first time I’ve tried for a deal with my book, If you love me, I’m yours and I am thrilled that it’s been accepted. For anyone who doesn’t know about BookBub, it’s a book promotion site for authors and it has a huge readership. If they choose your book, then it is sent out to their wide fan base of readers who all love books. Yippee!

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To celebrate my deal, I’ve decided to make all five of my bestselling books £0.99/$0.99 for the weekend only! You can download 5 bestselling ebooks for under £5/$5, or choose any combination you like for 99p/99c each. Please grab a bargain, tell your friends, share this post and enjoy having some giggles with my romantic comedy characters.

Here are some reviews from each book:

 

Babe Driven.

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Review:

‘Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise!

If sexy, well-written holiday romances with sultry, feisty ladies, smouldering Alpha males and writing that has oodles of attitude and flair are your thing, then pop this one in your suitcase/Kindle then lay back with something long and cool close to hand and the time will just fly by in the most entertaining way imaginable.’

Review:

‘Just finished Babe Driven!
I loved it!
I’m sure it would make a great movie/series!
Brilliant strong 💪female characters, which I really enjoy reading about! Add in those gorgeous men and an exotic location, what’s not to love! I was intrigued to see how it was all going to pan out! So much going on at the end too! Caught me out with Nick and Alex!
I’m going to have a little while to think, then of course I’m going to write my reviews and share them. It was a brilliant book to read on such a sunny ☀️day! So enjoyable and addictive! What an amazing idea for a business and story!’

 

If you love me, I’m yours.

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Review:

‘Rarely has a book held my heart in it’s hands the way If You Love Me I’m Yours has. An incredibly uplifting romantic story that has had me laughing and crying over and over again.
The depth given to the characters in this novel is a wonder and leads the reader into the fully immersive world of Maud, her friends and family.
I honestly didn’t think Ninja School Mum, by the same author, could be beaten. Yet this story has layers and depths that make the book completely unputdownable.
If you enjoy romantic novels with enjoyable and relatable characters you will LOVE this book.
I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.
And now I’m going to reread it all over again. Lizzie Chantree is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.’

 

Ninja School Mum.

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

 

‘Such a great romance read. The men are so sexy and the women strong and daring! I couldn’t put this down and can’t wait to read the sequel. If you love books by Katie Fforde or Lisa Jewell, like I do, you will want to read this gripping love story.’

Finding Gina. 

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‘A really great romance read. This book has humour and romance and kept me guessing the whole way through. Lizzie Chantree is fast becoming my new favourite author!
The main character Gina is running from her past, but discovers her future along the way. The other characters are just as interesting and I especially loved reading about Tom, the gorgeous baker who works at the tearoom and Lewis the intrepid reporter. The tearoom’s owner, Rachel is quite mean, but even she grew on me as the story progressed. She is quite a character! This would make a great holiday read and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put the book down until I had read the last page.’

 

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I’ve read the other books written by this author and although they all follow a very different storyline and theme l thought they were really cleverly written so l was eager to read Finding Gina. I wasn’t disappointed! Would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys something lighthearted and enchanting.’

 

Love’s Child.

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‘Loved the book! Lots of fiery, and glamorous characters, but there are some who are dealing with deeper issues. A book packed full of suspense. a riveting ending that made me want to keep reading. It’s a romance novel, and it is about relationships, but it’s also about the love a parent has for their child. Highly recommended.’

‘What a fantastic read. Loved every page of this book. Very talented writer. Can’t wait to read the next book!!!!!!’