It’s launch day! I’m really excited to be launching a new book today, called, The woman who felt invisible. A big thank you to everyone who has posted blogs for me, shared on social media, told their friends about it and written reviews after reading an early copy. I really appreciate your support, so much.
A gorgeous romantic story of love and new beginnings. Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Olivia be able to leave her past behind, follow her heart and find lasting happiness? A read full of humour, romance and tear-jerking reality.
The woman who felt invisible: viewbook.at/InvisibleWoman
Have you ever felt invisible?
Working as a stationery supervisor and a sitter to a pair of internet famous, delinquent dogs, wasn’t how former cyber-specialist, Olivia, imagined her life turning out.
Working in a tiny cubicle with a decrepit computer and being overlooked had suited her for a while, but now she’s fed up, lonely and determined to make the world ‘see’ her again.
Old school friend, Darius, wants to fill Olivia’s days with romance, but their love of technology has taken them on very different paths.
Gorgeous undercover policeman Gabe, is steadfast in finding out if Olivia was part of an online scam, but something doesn’t feel right and he suspects someone else was manipulating her life.
Can love blossom from the most deceptive of starts? And can someone who feels lost, find a way to flourish against all odds?
‘It’s just so good! My jaw had hit the ground on several occasions! Great writing!’
‘Boy, it’s good.’
‘The characters are believable and strong, with quirks, irks and flaws, damage and trauma. These make for a good story.
It starts off steady and builds into some powerful and jaw dropping twists and turns. The dynamics shift and change at pace over the second half of the book. I had some laugh out loud moments and many giggles.’
‘I fully enjoyed this book and one more page turned into me reading the last 80 pages until 2am. I definitely recommend Lizzie and her new book. ‘
Born in Dublin, Jenny O’Brien moved to Wales and then Guernsey, where she tries to find time to write in between working as a nurse and ferrying around 3 teenagers.
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
Readers can find out more about Jenny and her books on her blog:
(jennyobrienwriter.wordpress) and she can also be found on
Twitter and Instagram as ‘scribblerjb’.
Facebook (Jenny O’Brien Guernsey Writer)
BURIED LIES BLURB
Hannah Thomas returns home one morning to every mother’s worst nightmare: a missing child and a dead fiancé. When DI Gaby Darin questions her, Hannah insists she can’t think of anyone who’d want to hurt her family – and yet it all feels disturbingly personal.
Mere hours into the investigation, a second body is found. As Gaby and her team dig into the victims’ lives, they hit dead ends at every turn – particularly when it comes to Hannah’s past. What is the grieving woman hiding?
But when Gaby stumbles upon Hannah’s tragic secret, it doesn’t bring her any closer to the truth. Can she connect the dots before the killer strikes again?
BURIED LIES LINK
Congratulations to author, Susan Buchanan, on the launch of her beautiful new book! We are lucky enough to have an excerpt from the novel, here today, as well as some reviews of the book, so enjoy every minute and we wish Susan a fantastic launch week.
‘Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks.’
Thirty-eight-year-old Louisa has a loving husband, three wonderful kids, a faithful dog, a supportive family and a gorgeous house near Glasgow. What more could she want?
Louisa would like, just once, to get to the end of her never-ending to-do list. With her husband Ronnie working offshore, she is demented trying to cope with everything on her own: the after-school clubs, the homework, the appointments … the constant disasters. And if he dismisses her workload one more time, she may well throttle him.
Juggling running her own wedding stationery business with family life is taking its toll, and the only reason Louisa is still sane is because of her best friends and her sisters.
Fed up with only talking to Ronnie about household bills and incompetent tradesmen, when a handsome stranger pays her some attention on her birthday weekend away, she is flattered, but will she give in to temptation? And will she ever get to the end of her to-do list?
A feel-good, heart-warming story of family and friendship. Ideal for fans of Fiona Gibson.
‘This fresh, well-paced story will have you groaning in sympathy as things go from bad to worse.’ Book Escapes BabsW67
Recap – Louisa’s hosting New Year’s Day lunch for her extended family, whilst her husband is away working on his oil rig.
‘So where to next?’ I ask as I crimp the edges of the pastry around the pie dish then use the remaining pieces to make leaves.
‘The Arctic? I thought Mum was a sun-worshipper.’
‘She is, usually, but she watched some documentary about the unexploited Russian Arctic and how it’s renowned for its “abundance” of polar bears–’ I roll my eyes at this ‘–and she’s intent on going now.’
My poor dad. I wonder how much, if any, say he had in this. I know he prefers sailing round the Med. And he last spoke to me about wanting to visit Jura, Mull, Luing and Shuna. He would have preferred a tour of the Hebrides on a luxury ship looking for seals, although I imagine they have seals in Russian waters too.
Dad takes Hugo’s sandwich through to him, and immediately I hear Aria moan that she wants one too. OK, it has been a while since breakfast. They were up far earlier than Genevieve. I pop the pie in the oven and am about to open the fridge to make some more sandwiches when the doorbell goes again. Honestly, Piccadilly Circus must be quieter than here. The clock shows it’s only twelve thirty. No one was meant to be here until one.
I walk into the hall only for Aria to accost me. ‘Mummy, I want a ham sandwich too,’ she whines.
‘In a minute, poppet.’ I disentangle her limbs from mine and get to the door as Hugo shouts, ‘It’s Uncle Rhys. I can see his car. Uncle Rhys, Uncle Rhys!’
I open the door and don’t even get ‘Happy New Year’ out before Hugo jumps up on Rhys and Rhys ruffles his hair and makes a fuss of him, setting his glasses askew as he does so. Hugo feigns indignation whilst Sandra chuckles. I beckon her inside, where Aria emulates her brother and makes a big deal of her aunt’s arrival.
‘Mummy, Aunt Sandra’s earrings have a number one on them.’
‘That’s because today is the first, sweetheart,’ Sandra says. ‘And the first is the same as one.’
‘Sandra, can I take your coat?’ I ask.
She undoes her coat and I see just how huge her stomach is.
‘Wow! I can’t believe how much more pregnant you look than last time.’ I avoid saying ‘bigger’. People can be so sensitive, although it never bothered me when I was pregnant.
Sandra grins. ‘I know. Although I suppose I am seven and a half months pregnant.’
‘Really? Where has the time gone?’
‘That’s what I was saying. There’ll be no peace soon,’ my brother-in-law chips in.
‘Hi, Rhys.’ I grin. Rhys and I have always got on well. He’s like a little brother to me.
‘Hi, sis.’ He leans in to give me a peck and then hugs me. ‘Happy New Year.’
Hi everyone. I’m really excited to have a brand new book launching soon. I’m now running a prize giveaway, which will run for two weeks. I will be holding a separate prize giveaway just for my newsletter subscribers. You are welcome to enter both competitions of you are a subscriber. You can sign up for my newsletter on the front page of this website.
The book is about a 41 year old woman, called Olivia, who is fed up with feeling like she’s invisible to the outside world. She is a cyber specialist who has fallen on hard times and decides to grab her life back from the edge of oblivion and make the world ‘see’ her again. The story is full of intrigue, romance and second chances at love and friendship.
The giveaway starts on the 15/11/21 – 29/11/21
Full terms and conditions of the competition are on the competitions page of this site. To enter just follow me on one of my social media pages and share the competition posts or this blog page, tagging two book loving friends.
I can’t wait to send the prizes to my winners!
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Author page: https://www.viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree
Today’s Top Author is Claire Buss! Clare is a talented author and marketer, who is always offering to help other authors and share her knowledge. If you haven’t read, Write On magazine, yet, look it up. It’s full of brilliant author and writing news. Click this link to find out more.
Claire Buss is an award-winning multi-genre author and poet. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of marketing and administrative roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and expert procrastinator Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 with her debut novel, The Gaia Effect, setting her writing career in motion. Since then, Claire has published seventeen novels and poetry collections and had her short fiction published in six anthologies. The Gaia Effect won the Uncaged Book Reviews Raven Award for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel in 2017 and the first book in her humorous fantasy series, The Rose Thief, won in 2019. Working with Pen to Print, Claire delivers regular Book Surgeries offering marketing help and advice to new and established authors. In 2019 Claire was part of the original team involved in creating and establishing Write On! Magazine and continues to support, work and promote the magazine in her role as Deputy Editor, a different kind of Lois who champions new writers and helps them share their creativity. Claire continues to write passionately and is hopelessly addicted to cake.
You can follow her on Twitter @grashopper2407, Facebook.com/busswriter and visit her website www.clairebuss.co.uk for more information about Claire and her writing. All her books are available in eBook and paperback on Amazon at tinyurl.com/ClaireBussBooks
The Silk Thief, a humorous fantasy novel, Roshaven book 2
Fourteen, heir to the Empire of Roshaven, must find a new name before Theo, Lord of neighbouring Fidelia, brings his schemes to fruition.
Not only has he stolen Roshaven’s trade, but he plans to make Fourteen his own and take her empire in the bargain.
Her protector, Ned Spinks, is plagued with supernatural nightmares whilst his assistant, Jenni the sprite, has lost her magic.
Somehow they must figure out how to thwart Theo’s dastardly plan before it’s too late for his city and her empire.
Universal book link: https://books2read.com/u/49NJMM
NEW BOOK ALERT. So excited by this. Grab your copy today.
Out on 12th November. The Bone Thief, Roshaven book 3 and it’s currently only 99p pre-order today!
The Bone Thief, 99p pre-order link: https://books2read.com/u/3LRkgD
Me signing the Sea Witch Shanty: https://youtu.be/e7mXFjw6zfE
The Spice Ghosts have descended on Roshaven accusing Jenni of stealing their sacred bones and are threatening to destroy the city if they are not returned but Jenni the sprite has no idea what they’re talking about.
With the help of her boss, Chief Thief-Catcher Ned Spinks, Jenni promises to find and return them however the skeletal trail leads them into the dark and dangerous waters of the dread Sea Witch.
Ned is out of his depth and frantically treading water while Jenni must fight to avoid becoming catch of the day.
I can’t wait for you all to meet this week’s top author! Elly Redding writes addictive reads that you simply can’t put down. She is a big part of the writing community and I’m always very excited to find out she has a new novel publishing soon.
Thanks so much, Lizzie, for having me on your blog. Where has this year gone? For me, it’s been busy following up on the publication of my earlier novel, ‘In Too Deep’, while writing the next in my series of second chance romances, ‘Entangled’. Both novels are set against the rolling hills of Devon and the frantic pace of London, and I really hope to have the latest book ready for publication early next year.
In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself, and why I love writing second chance romances.
It all started some years ago now, when I was a teenager and had just finished reading ‘Gone With The Wind’. 1024 pages and no happy ending? I was desperate. Something had to be done. And before I knew it, I’d rewritten those final pages half a dozen times in my head. I was a fledgling author, full of enthusiasm, but lacking in about everything else.
It was only after the birth of my first child that I decided to start writing in earnest. So there I’d be, sitting on a sofa, thinking of all the things I should be doing, while my daughter took a very long time to feed, when it suddenly dawned on me there was one thing I could do, and so I penned (quite literally) ‘The Trials of Barney and the Hopeless Detective.’ I received such lovely rejections, that I began to wonder if there might, just might, one day, be a chance of success.
Winding on a decade or two, whizzing past the time when I had a London agent for my screenplays (so exciting), to the day when I decided I would write a novel for grownups. A story with romance at its heart. After all, isn’t that what makes the world go around? Our boundless capacity to love? Added to the fact that I’ve been hooked on the romantic element of any story since, well, forever, whether it is Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in ‘You’ve got Mail’ or Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Proposal’.
And what could be better than a story that gives our protagonists a second chance to make it work – a second chance romance? ‘True Colours’ was drafted, then redrafted, and then reworked again. I worked with a brilliant editor and was absolutely thrilled when I won The New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. It also gave me the push I needed to get it published.
And then, of course, once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. I’ve always loved suspense stories too. So my second novel, ‘In Too Deep’ adds a touch of mystery as well to the plot, with a legacy of secrets just waiting to be discovered, as Isy sets out to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.
One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love…
It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.
Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.
But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?’
I do hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance to have their dreams come true?
Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award ‘Words for the Wounded’. Her latest novel, ‘In Too Deep’, has received a B.R.A.G Medallion, together with a Chill with Book Reader’s Award.
Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.
Elly is a member of The Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found @ellyredding on Twitter, Elly Redding Author on Facebook and Elly Redding on Instagram.
Her website is http://www.ellyredding.com
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Hi everyone. It’s that time each month when I meet fellow author, Christine Penhall and we go on a book marketing adventure! We take book marketing very seriously, but it also has to involve coffee, food, sometimes dancing and a lot of fun. This month, Chris took me on a scavenger hunt around Chelmsford, which saw us climbing over fences to examine ancient bridges, rushing outside pubs (with information plaques) and looking longingly inside, squeezing into tiny old streets with Chris practically standing on my shoulders to read one sign and finally walking around some breathtaking gardens and discovering a secret boat dock in the middle of town!
We did of course do some work too (after breakfast). We talked about TikTok and the huge ready and writer community there, about running a seminar together about writing romance books and got some great book launch ideas for my upcoming book release, The woman who felt invisible. The book is about a 41 year old woman called Olivia, who is fed up of being ignored by everyone and decides to make the world ‘see’ her again.
Chris is writing a new book and so am I, so we often end up chatting about how we write, where we write and who inspires us. Having a writerly friend to meet up with, chat about books and have some adventures with, is a lot of fun. We both love spontaneity, so every meeting ends up with something different to what we planned. This time we found a rose adorned swing seat that was placed to connect local people on social media, by sharing photos on it with the #. We also found time to visit a beautiful big bookshop and try out some Tiptree jam. Win, win!
When I meet up with my friend and fellow author, Lizzie Chantree we often have an idea of what we want to talk about. What actually happens is that we veer off in all sorts of different directions both verbally and when we are actually physically moving around! Personally, I have come to realise that writing is like that, at least for me, anyway. My characters take on a mind of their own, which means the plots sort of go with them and evolve in ways I don’t expect.
On our most recent catch up we decided to meet in a cafe (or cafes I should say) in Chelmsford, and I suggested we do a sort of Scavenger Hunt which would lead us to various blue plaques in the city centre. That’s because unless you know them well, places like Chelmsford aren’t renowned for their history or their architecture particularly. There are also a lot of cafes which of course is hugely important to myself
So, we started off at one cafe for brunch, an impromptu debut appearance by myself on Tik Tok – Lizzie’s. She also gave me a quick lesson so I’m on it too now. Hurrah! Then we went off on the Scavenge Hunt…you can download it from the Chelmsford City website….without giving too much away, there are more than you would probably expect. Also, our scavenger hunt took in a couple of book shops, and of, course, John Lewis, plus another coffee, and an amble along the river to see a block of flats which has a kind of tiny marina – my lockdown find from my urban ambles around Chelmsford City Centre. These weren’t part of the scavenger hunt per se – just interesting detours, just like our conversations, our walks, our characters and our plots etc etc…
Writing is just like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get….no wait, I’ve heard that before….and it wasn’t about writing. Although it could be. I’ve written three books – 2 set in Portugal, one set in Wales – and I’m writing another one based in Lagos in the Algarve. These are places I know well, and because I’m not in any of them all the time, the experiences I have whilst I’m visiting are very vivid, and the scenery, soundscape and smells very evocative, which makes it easy for me to write about them. However, there is plenty around me here that also feeds into my writing – just because it’s under my nose, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t inspire me. It’s just more subtle. But it’s there.
It’s my pleasure to showcase the work of the wonderful, Georgia Hill today. She has written a really interesting and informative post for us all, about writer’s block. When Georgia is trying to avoid writing, she likes to walk her dogs on the beach, enjoys a pint of cider in her local and is obsessed by Strictly Come Dancing. She’s also a complete museum geek and loves folklore, history, and a really spooky story.
Hi everyone. Huge thanks to Lizzie for having me on!
I was going to blog about the new book, but the publication date has been pushed forward to next spring. I thought, instead, I’d share what a difficult journey this one had to the page. It’s quite possibly the first time I’ve experienced writer’s block and I hope it’s the last!
The last book published was an idea I’d had knocking around for ages. Inspired by a man modelling jumpers in a John Lewis ad (inspiration strikes in the strangest of places) and how it felt standing under three chestnut trees which grew opposite my childhood home. I’ve an appalling memory but can distinctly recall standing beneath these mighty trees, looking up and listening to the wind rustle through. Add in a dash of Doris Day, old movies and gardening, and Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs was born. It’s a Calamity Jane update and for research I re-watched the film. I soon realised modern readers wouldn’t accept how Wild Bill treated Calamity Jane, so I took elements from the film and had great fun referencing them in some plot elements and names. Keen fans will spot them but the book itself developed its own life very quickly. It was a dream to write, it simply fell onto the page, possibly because there’s a lot of me in Janey. I also love writing a villain and this book has a corker!
I wish I could say the same about the book I’ve just finished. But no. Much to the amusement of my Zoom writing pals who have ‘lived’ with me trying to write it, the new book has, quite frankly (and look away if you’re of a delicate constitution) been a complete bugger to write. So much so, the working title is The Buggery Book That Refuses to be Written. It’s set in Berecombe, my favourite fictional seaside town, features characters which have appeared in other Berecombe books and is a romance. It should have been straightforward.
Except it wasn’t.
It’s been one of those books I’ve had to force myself, with gritted teeth, to plonk down in front of the computer and tear the words from my bleeding soul. I’ve no idea why it’s been so difficult to write. I love the idea. I love the characters.
What’s been the problem? Lockdown certainly had an effect. So much empty time. So much worry! Eventually I started writing again. Having a deadline focused the mind and I’ve just sent it off to my editor. But honestly, words grudgingly trickled out, with me wondering if I can do this writing malarkey anymore.
I’m not sure if what I’ve experienced is writer’s block, or whether some books are just trickier to write than others! Either way, the struggle was real. So, what did I do to try to get writing again?
If you’re struggling with writer’s block, try all or some of the above and see if it works. I really hope it does. And, if you have any tips which have helped you break your writer’s block, let me know. Wish me luck with the editing on this one. I hope Buggery has a more acceptable title when it comes out next spring!
Blurb for Janey Trelawney:
Janey’s life becomes more disaster movie than romcom when the ruthless Becca steams in to manage Cheney House. Her job as head gardener in peril and her self-confidence in tatters, Janey must fight back. Finding an ally in Will, who’s more Clark Kent than Superman, it’s up to them to save the day while owner Clare is away having her Shirley Valentine moment. It doesn’t help that everyone is in love with the wrong people!
Georgia Hill writes warm-hearted and up-lifting contemporary and timeslip romances about love, the power and joy in being an eccentric oldie and finding yourself and your community. There’s always a dog. It’s usually a naughty spaniel of which, unfortunately, she has had much experience. Her books are firmly rooted in small seaside towns similar to the one she lives in, and she loves history especially when it insists on rearing up and battering at the present.
As a child she had an invisible friend called Gonky who lived on the third stair from the bottom. As an adult her invisible friends inhabit her head and refuse to leave until she commits them to paper. Readers of her books can escape into a cosy world of words and, no matter what challenges her characters face they will, ultimately, have a happy ending.
Hello everyone. How are you? I’d usually be posting and promoting another author on a Thursday, but last night I decided on the date for my next book launch. It’s the 23rd November 2021. I had a chat with a few friends last night and decided on the date. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants, kind of gal! That now means that I’m frantically trying to find blog hosts, as I haven’t left time to book a blog tour and to plan a launch day.
The weird thing is that I decided last night on the date and had kept one blog post free on a Thursday for the whole year… this one! Which means I’m able to post about it today. Thinking about it though, it would have been smarter to have kept a blog space nearer my actual launch date! Lol:)
Back to my new book. It’s called The woman who felt invisible and is about a 41 year old computer expert who is working in a pen cupboard as the stationery supervisor for an IT company and looking after two internet famous delinquent dogs. Her father has recently passed away and she’s lost her way after being fired from two consecutive jobs. The story is about her grabbing back her self-confidence, jumping headfirst into a new love and finding an exciting best friend, who changes her life forever.