Today it’s my pleasure to host Sleighed: A Christmas Tale which is a #ShortStory by Award-Winning #Author WJ Scott This #NewRelease is #Free today and tomorrow!

Blurb:

Tinsel is the newest apprentice in Santa’s Workshop, but this young elf lands himself in strife on his first day!

He’s sent to care for the reindeer and instead ends up on a magical adventure.

Will the Toy-Inspector allow him back into the Workshop?

A fun Christmas story for younger readers and those young at heart.

Amazon Universal Link http://mybook.to/Sleighed

FREE eBook on Amazon KDP 18-22 January 2021 –download now!

 

From Wendy:

In March 2019, my sister (who lives in Canada), visited me in New Zealand, and we embarked on a memory tour. We revisited places from our childhood, including Queenstown, where our grandmother used to live.

Our great-grandfather had been an engineer on the iconic century-old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, back in the day when it transported stock and supplies across Lake Wakatipu. We enjoyed a delightful sunny cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

During our travels, we set a challenge, to each write a 1500 word story. I chose to write a Children’s Christmas story, based on a writing prompt from my Aspiring Author Series, and that’s how, ‘Sleighed’, came to be created.

Author Bio:

Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.

Wendy writes short stories, fantasy, and children’s novels. Her books have won multiple awards.

One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!

 

Full book list http://www.wendyjscott.com/

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/QGx59ifI3Aw

Connect with Wendy:

Children’s Websites

http://www.authorchildrens.com

http://www.hieroglyph.ws

http://www.tails-wjscott.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenAuthorWJScott

Twitter:

@WendyJayneScott

https://twitter.com/WendyJayneScott/

Pinterest:



Happy new week everyone. I hope you’re all safe and well. I’ve been organising my work space and trying to keep up with publishing deadlines in the last two weeks. I have a contemporary romance book out on the 19th February this year and another launching in May with my new American publisher. It’s exciting to see how different people work. My new publisher has had this book for a while now, so I’m literally hopping around with excitement to see it’s finally getting closer to publication. They have designed a cute cover and it’s ready for the launch.

I’ve also been tidying out my little office and now have photos of all of my book covers, on the walls. This makes it much easier than lugging my big computer downstairs when I host seminars. Now I can stay in my studio and not worry about dropping my computer on the way, as I’m so clumsy! I think I literally trip over my own feet. My studio was a bit messy before and the bookshelves were stuffed with files. Now they have beautiful books on them.

Having the book covers on the walls makes me feel proud when I walk into my office about what I’ve achieved, but also spurs me on to keep writing more books. I think we forget to pat ourselves on the back sometimes and are too ready to put ourselves down, so a visual reminder of things we are proud of, can lift the mood and remind us we can find our way.

Have a brilliant week everyone and why don’t you make your own uplifting mood wall! Let me know how you get on.

 



The Little Ice Cream Shop By The Sea

The Little Ice Cream Shop By The Sea By Lizzie Chantree

How are you all? This week I’m relieved to have completed the first edits of my new book, which is part of a romance series. Now I just need to write book two and three! I’m also working on having the pre-order for my next release, The Little Ice Cream Shop By The Sea, moved forward for a February release. You can pre-order by clicking the cover image above. I’ve also been sent the cover design of Shh… It’s Our Secret, which will be out in May, with my American publisher, which is exciting! I can’t wait to share it with you all.

I hope you are all managing well with the new lockdown rules wherever you are. For us it’s tier four and we can only go outside for an hour to exercise with one person. It’s weird listening to homeschooling whilst trying to concentrate on writing, as my only usual writing buddy is my dog, Pepper.  She sits on my lap or by my feet while I’m writing and is such good company. Do you have a pet who is also a writing or reading buddy? Feel free to post a photo in the comments if you do.

I’m currently taking part in a joint book giveaway with other authors.  Enter for a chance to win 30+ Romantic Suspense novels from your favourite bestselling and award-winning authors via @BookSweeps, plus a brand new Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet! #AmReading #Bookworm #Suspense #Books Competition entry link

Have a wonderful week everyone.

 

A New Chapter

 

Happy New Year everyone! Have you started the year feeling full of energy or procrastination? I had a week off of work and have come back eager to get writing. I battle depression which began when my child was unwell for so many years (she’s fine now), so I have to rest when my mind gets a bit hectic, to keep myself balanced and full of mischief! I think this is also why I write uplifting books – in the hope of bringing some sunshine into other people’s lives too. I have a huge list of work to be done in a short timescale and this does overwhelm me sometimes, so I use social media planners and lists to keep myself focussed, so that I can visually see what needs to be done. I also break tasks down into more manageable jobs and find them quicker to complete.

Adding lists of most to least important, or using colour marker pens to define things, helps me see clearly which tasks need completing straight away and which aren’t so important.

Writing always lifts my energy as it’s a lot of fun and speaking to other creatives regularly online also keeps me full of smiles. In the next few weeks I need to finish first edits of a manuscript, start writing the second novel in the series and update all of my social media, newsletters and blog posts. To make sure this doesn’t overwhelm, I fill each job with as much excitement as I can by being creative and thinking of what might make my audience smile. Luckily I love chatting to readers and writers, I enjoy graphic design and am obsessed by writing, so that helps balance the work flow!

Wishing you all an incredible 2021. Stay safe and well and fill those days with creativity and smiles.

 

Love-Struck Reads

I think we sometimes forget how in love we feel with fictional characters and how they can lift our mood. Mr Darcy from Pride and prejudice is a prime example, but Elizabeth was just as inspiring. We have just gone into teir 4 where I live and I’ve been turning to my ‘to be read’ list to cheer myself up. I’ve jumped into romances, magical reads and detective series and they really do grab your attention and bring you into their world for a while. I’ll always be drawn to romances first, as that’s what I write, but stepping outside of my comfort zone with a new book can be exciting too.

Which fictional characters have you fallen in love with?

Here are a handful of the amazing books that have been featured or reviewed, on my website over the last year or so.

Jane Cable Cass GraftonLorraine Mace.

Lucy Keeling. Gilli Allan. Colette Mccormick

Kirsten Bailey Marian KeyesAlice Castle

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Elaine Roberts

Audrey Davis

Belinda Missen. Top Author Of The Week.

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It’s starting to feel really festive here and what better gift for someone you love, than a brand new book? Today’s Top Author, is Belinda Missen! Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being introduced by a friend two states away.

Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.

Belinda holds a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from Federation TAFE. She’ll finish her degree one day.

Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

This is me with Rose McGowan outside Westminster Abbey in April 2018. My husband and I were sitting in Parliament Square waiting to head into the Abbey for a Shakespeare night and she wandered past. I got far too excited and gushed about her book, but we had a lovely, lovely chat and a photos.

Where do you write?

 I’ve recently moved to a standing desk. I don’t use it as much as I’d like yet (I’m more sitdown writer than the stand up retail worked I used to be), but I’ll get there. It’s also really cool for getting a bit more energy moving through the limbs.

Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

  1. A fruit tree in flower in our backyard. I love that tree and look forward to seeing the hot pink flowers each year (even if we recently cut it down, I know). I’ve planted more in its place, so fingers crossed. 
  2. I love rain. I love the sound of it on our tin roof. I love the smell of it. And i love being in a car on a rainy evening with a good book and even better company. 
  3. I bake – a lot, so recently treated myself to a KitchenAid. Best thing ever and so totally me.

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

 I’m just itching to get back to Paris and London. While I’ve had a really good explore of London (and there’s always more), I’ve barely scratched the surface of Paris. I was hoping to get back there this year but, alas, not meant to be. Maybe in 2022.

Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown.

 Again, cooking is something I do a lot of. This lockdown, I finally perfected a spicy butter chicken. It’s so good we won’t be going out for it again.

Grab a copy of Belinda’s amazing book here: Link to a book: books2read.com/AccidentallyInLoveBM

Free book. Today only!

Treat yourself to a free bestseller today! Snuggle up with a new read and have some ‘you time’.  Could you choose between your best friend and the love of your life? Grab a new romantic comedy read from author, Lizzie Chantree. #RomCom If you love me, I’m yours. Pure romance! https://buff.ly/2PLtBAc 

Reviews:

‘Books like this are the reason I love reading.’

‘Rarely has a book held my heart in its 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.’ 5 stars!

 

‘I was captivated by this story, from start to finish! Ahhh! The ending was beautiful, I was silent screaming for days! The story of these artists, their transformations, and their loves. I will definitely be reading this book again and recommending it to so many! It was all very well written, and I could relate to Maud! Thank you, Lizzie Chantree! I will for surely be checking out more of her stuff!’  5 stars!

Jane Cable. Top Author Of The Week.

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The lovely Jane Cable is my guest and this week’s Top Author! Jane and I help run The Romantic Novelists’ Association, reader and writer book group on Facebook, with some other authors, which is a lot of fun. You can join the group here: Romantic Fiction Book Club.

Jane Cable writes contemporary romance with a twist of mystery and a nod over the shoulder to the past. Having published her first novel, the award-winning The Cheesemaker’s House, independently she is now signed to Sapere Books. Her first two titles for them look back to World War Two; Another You to a tragedy during the D-Day practices in Dorset, and Endless Skies to Polish airman flying from Lincolnshire for Bomber Command.

Although Welsh by birth Jane lives in Cornwall with her husband of twenty-five years. Under normal circumstances they love to travel (the holiday photo is from Orkney, but could just as well have been a US National Park, Burgundy, Iceland, The Maldives…), but have spent most of 2020 walking in their adopted county. According to her phone, since the beginning of the lockdowns Jane has clocked up around 1,200 miles.

Follow Jane on Twitter @JaneCable or find out more about her books at www.janecable.com

Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

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Where do you write?

Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

 

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

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Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown.

Endless Skies:

As archaeologist Rachel excavates a World War Two airfield, could a love story from the past hold a lesson for her as well?

After yet another disastrous love affair Rachel has been forced to leave her long-term position for a temporary role as an Archaeology Lecturer at Lincoln University. Rachel has sworn off men and is determined to spend her time away clearing her head and sorting her life out. But when one of her students begins flirting with her, it seems she could be about to make the same mistakes again.

She distracts herself by taking on some freelance work for local property developer, Jonathan Daubney. He introduces her to an old Second World War RAF base. And from her very first visit something about it gives Rachel chills.

As Rachel makes new friends and delves into local history, she is also forced to confront her own troubled past. Could a wartime love story have any bearing on her own situation? Could this time be different?

http://getbook.at/EndlessSkies

Happy new week everyone. I’ve been feeling a bit low over the last week, trying to meet publishing deadlines and fulfil other commitments. There is a lot of Christmas cheer around, which is wonderful, with fairy lights adorning houses and Christmas carols playing on the radio, but our boiler is broken so our toes are a bit frosty right now. I think i’m missing working with my mum, who I haven’t hugged since March. Even though I work on my own a lot of the time, i’m feeling – as i’m sure is everyone else in the world – the loss of chats over a table with friends. This photo is from two years ago and is Christmas lunch with the lovely Chelmsford Romantic Novelists’ Association  members.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, with news of vaccines and possibilities that we may be able to be together again soon, so i’m trying to shake off the procrastination and find my usual enthusiasm. Writing these words onto paper helps me to focus on what I need to achieve this week. There are lots of exciting things on the horizon, with at least three new fiction books out next year, The little ice cream shop by the sea (out March 2021), Invisible Woman (out July 2021) and the third title will be revealed in the run up to launch day in May.

Romance reads from Lizzie Chantree

Romantic suspense reads from Lizzie Chantree

This week i’m taking part in the Chick Lit blog hop on Wednesday 9th Dec. I have some incredible prizes to give away via my Facebook page, including book themed socks, a beautiful notebook, a copy of bestselling book ‘Seven kinds of people you find in bookshops’ a copy of my own bestselling book, Finding Gina and a simply stunning set of 36 inspirational quote magnetic bookmarks. I’m also being interviewed for a Mumpreneur summit, details of which i’ll post later in the week or early next week.

I really appreciate your support of my writing and blog posts and hope you are all staying safe, well and that you’re managing to avoid procrastination – unlike me today!

If you could wish for one gift under the Christmas tree this year, what would it be?

 

Cass Grafton. Top Author Of The Week.

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I am thrilled to have Cass Grafton here as my Top Author of the week.

An avid bookworm since childhood, Cass Grafton writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.

Cass’s writing career began with historical romance, before moving onto comedic tales of time travel and friendship, co-written with Ada Bright. Since, then she has moved onto uplifting contemporary romance. The Cottage in a Cornish Cove was published in early 2020 and has already received two awards and excellent reviews.

Cass leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.

Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.

Post a photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else.

B&W of me and my sister (I’m on the right) – 1963-ish.

Where do you write?

I write at my desk, but when I’m on holiday, anywhere with a view will do!

Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

1. We miss our cat as they are with relatives in England, so talk to the cats on the balcony opposite all the time!
2. Combining travel with wine, a winning formula.
3. Chatsworth library at Christmas, two more favourites combined.

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

This varies depending on where we live. From Switzerland, it’s always been Lake Como in Italy.

Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown.

I’d forgotten how much I loved doing jigsaws! This is one of many I’ve bought this year, and it’s of Cornwall, a place very close to my heart.

Grab a copy of The Cottage in a Cornish Cove, here!

Author of:
The Cottage in a Cornish Cove – a heart-warming, feel-good romance set in Cornwall
A Quest for Mr Darcy – a mystery/romance inspired by Pride & Prejudice
A Fair Prospect (3 volumes) – an introspective, character-driven trilogy inspired by Pride & Prejudice
Co-Author with Ada Bright of:
The Austen Adventures – uplifting, comedic tales of time travel, love and friendship