Today I am happy to introduce you to such a lovely lady and talented author, Arabella Sheen. I met Arabella through the Romantic Novelists’ Association and it has been a pleasure to learn more about her work. Today she will be sharing the news about her latest sweet Regency release…Westbury.
Chit-Chat from Arabella Sheen…
Lizzie has asked me to tell her readers a little bit about me…so here goes.
Before, in a previous life, I left school with a few GCSE’s and trained as a nurse. Having qualified as a General Nurse, I then specialized in theatre nursing and moved to Holland in the Netherlands, where, for nearly twenty years, I lived, worked and breathed hospitals. I loved it. The work, the people, the place…everything. It was a brilliant life experience and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. The challenge of solving health problems whilst helping sick people at the same time was amazing. Although hard work, nursing is a rewarding job and one that I would recommend to anyone. Sadly, due to personal health reasons and the need for family support, I returned to England and my career track changed completely.
By day, I’m now employed as a chef in a busy international hotel and by night, I’m pounding the keys on the laptop, working on my latest work-in-progress.
Writing has always held a fascination for me. I have drawers, shelves, cupboards, and bookcases, all filled and covered with books. Anywhere and everywhere a book can be stored, you’ll find one. And it was simply a step from the longing to read romance novels, that the urge to write books evolved. The creation of stories has always captivated me.
I was fortunate enough to have been born and raised in Clifton, Bristol, England, (where I now live), and grew up surrounded by beautiful classical Georgian architecture. The romance of the Regency era has always held me spellbound and my imagination runs riot whenever I think about what could have happened behind some of the doors and in some of the buildings I walk by on a daily basis.
But, it was while travelling to a RNA Chapter meeting which was being held with fellow authors in Lacock, a historical village in the heart of Wiltshire, England, (where Cranford, Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abby, not to mention Harry Potter, were filmed), that the urge to write Westbury evolved.
BOOK BLURB: Westbury
Can Miss Georgina Morton surrender her independence and accept the Duke’s love?
Miss Georgina Morton, at the age of four-and-twenty, with a modest annual income of four hundred pounds, believes she has no need of a husband and can manage quite nicely without one. Yet within a matter of weeks, she’s betrothed to Giles Glentworth, the Sixth Duke of Westbury, and bound for Regency London.
Set in rural Wiltshire and elegant, fast-paced London…a runaway ward, a shooting at mid-night, and a visit to fashionable Almack’s, are only a few of the adventures Georgina enjoys while falling for the Corinthian charms of the Duke.
The Marquis was a fine figure of a man. Handsome enough, with a crop of thick, raven-black hair swept back from his brow in the style known as a Brutus. His features, although not rugged, were strong and compelling. And his penetrating eyes, by startling contrast, were of a cool steely grey that was mesmerising. But his good looksand manly attractiveness did not sway her from the fact that his gentleman-likebehaviour wasn’t up to scratch or that he was shouting, giving her a dressing down in public.
Flustered and on the point of apologising for her hasty action, Georgina remained silent. When she heard his angry words and the tone of voice in which he spoke, she pointedly ignored his outburst and concentrated solely on straightening her lopsided bonnet. But when his horses moved, restlessly shaking their manes for attention, her bonnet, which had by now fallen from her head and dangled by its ribbons down her back, was completely forgotten.
Drawing near to where the high-perch phaetonstood, and with total disregard for her safety, she’d gone to the front of the carriage, taken the horses’ bridles in her gloved hands, and tried to calm them. Stroking their forelocks, she’d spoken soothing words before fixing a steely glare of disdain upon their owner.
Never before had she been more thankful for all the hours she’d spent in her bedchamber as a young girl, standing in front of the mirror, practising and perfecting the art of delivering the harshest of stares imaginable. Any lesser man than the Marquis would have baulked at herglower, but her unflinching look seemed not to affect him.
Westbury – Ballrooms, Cotillions and Almack’s
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Julie Ryan’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Her spirit enriched, her imagination fired, Julie started a series of mystery romances; thrillers set in the Greek Isles. She has also written a Christmas rom-com and her latest work, Finding Rose, is a contemporary novel with a strong historical element.
A prolific and well-known book review blogger, Julie does her writing and reviewing from rural Gloucestershire, where she lives with her husband, son and rescue cat. She manages to write a book a year although without their help, she would probably write more quickly. She is a book addict and will soon need either a bigger house for her collection or a new husband!
When not writing or reading or eating chocolate, she can be found treading the boards in the local amateur dramatic society – Oh yes she can!
Finding Rose – blurb
When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he, in fact, be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1? Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?
Finding Rose Buy the book here
Today’s Introducing guest is author and fellow member of the Romantic Novelists Association, Emily Royal. I absolutely love the photos she has sent me for this post, especially the first one where she seems to be being kissed by a snake! I was also interested to learn that Emily used to be an airline pilot. Read on to find out more…
Over to Emily:
Emily lives in rural Scotland with her husband and two teenage daughters, together with their menagerie of pets including hamsters, chickens and 12 snakes. Despite popular opinion, her snakes are all friendly and include Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor and Burma, an unimaginatively-named Burmese Python, who loves to come out for cuddles. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, currently serving on the committee, and graduated from their New Writers’ Scheme.
Emily’s debut novel The Sins of the Sire, was published by Tirgearr on 13 March 2019 and is a gritty, dark and sexy historical romance set in the Highlands of Scotland – a tale of vengeance and atonement set during William Wallace’s rebellion against Edward I. It’s the first in her Dark Highland Passions series and she’s currently writing the next book in the series. The Sins of the Sire is available as an e-book and is free on Kindle Unlimited.
Her second published book will be a standalone Medieval Romance, published later in the year by Wild Rose Press. Another dark and sexy historical, the book has themes of Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale.
Emily currently works as an actuary after having indulged in a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot almost 30 years ago when she left university. Her job enables her to travel, so she accumulates air miles as a passenger and uses her time waiting around at airports for drafting. She also has the opportunity to be creative with her job which has enabled her to teach and present lectures at various companies and institutions around the world, including a university in Beijing where the students were very interested to learn about romantic fiction, as well as actuarial science!
Emily is a sucker for a dark story, particularly if it contains a tortured hero, and she cites Gollum as her all-time favourite literary character.
Emily can be found at:
Links for The Sins of the Sire:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N974NW5/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N974NW5/
Today it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to author Victoria Cooke. She is sharing with us how she fell in love with books and writing and where the inspiration for her stories come from.
Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to you, for welcoming me onto your blog.
I’ve been daydreaming for as long as I can remember. My year four teacher once suggested that I should write stories when I grew up and since I’ve always (mostly) done as I was told, here we are. As a child, I loved reading. My mum used to take my sister and me to the library, and I couldn’t get enough of that excited feeling of cracking open a new book. I was the child who hid under the covers with a torch and then imagined I was in a story when my mum confiscated it.
Fast forward a significant number of years and not much changed. My passion for writing began when I used to own a small clothing boutique on the outskirts of Halifax. I had the business for just under a year and it was that summer that was incredibly wet (you know, the one that coincided with Rhianna’s Umbrella song?). Anyway, to cut a long story short, I had a shop full of beautiful summer clothes whilst a torrent of water gushed down the street outside for six whole weeks. Needless to say, things were quiet.
I read. A lot. The more I read, the more my own ideas started to grow and manifest until one day I couldn’t fight the urge any longer, so I took my laptop into the shop. Then I sat and typed.
I’d written about half a novel on the day my laptop was stolen. Being quite into IT at the time, I had backed it up but unfortunately for me, the USB stick was in the laptop bag which the thief also took. I’d put so much into that book that I knew I could never replicate what I’d written. All my notes were on the laptop too so I only had my memory to rely upon and I knew it was too great a task. At that point, I gave up.
By the time my children were born, writing was a distant memory. The brain fog, nappies and feeding schedule had me at full capacity for a few years and it wasn’t until my youngest started pre-school I realised I had the time to do something for me. I had the seed of an idea; technology and our reliance upon it. Then I started thinking about how we’d cope if suddenly our devices were taken away. How would we cope? I have sweats just thinking about it! Anyway, I started playing around with ideas and genres before settling on romantic comedy. That’s how ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ was born.
From there, I’ve used many of my own experiences (usually travel orientated) to write my four other books. I’ve never attempted to re-write the book I lost because in hindsight I don’t know if it had enough mileage in it (certainly not the bits I remember at least). I am however grateful to that book because I think I was a bit naive back then and it probably wouldn’t have got past the slush pile if I’d even fathomed where to send it to. That could have led me to give up. Instead, my takeaway was: ‘I almost wrote a book one and I could do it again with a bit of effort’.
‘They’ do say things happen for a reason.
It Started With A Note
One lost letter. A chance to change her life!
Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.
So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.
Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…
Author Bio :
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in her hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.
Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.
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Happy Valentines day everyone!
Curl up somewhere comfortable and download two internationally bestselling, fun filled, romance reads, for just 99p/99c each today! I hope they make you smile and that you have an amazing day.
Both of the main characters in these books don’t always get things right when it comes to their love lives, and they don’t even really know that they are missing anything. Join in with the stores of Maud and Skye and find out if they find true love and can overcome adversity to finally be happy. You will also find out if Skye, my Nina School Mum, manages to let romance into her life without forgetting she’s a school mum now and breaking someone’s arm for getting too close!
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If you love me, I’m yours:
” If You Love Me, I’m Yours “ by Lizzie Chantree is a tale of Maud an unfulfilled woman with great artistic ability …Dot a woman who struggled to fit into an artistic world that so easily was was conquered by her brother Nate an artist of repute and renown. In this story the characters search for and discover exactly who they are and what it is that they truly want outa life….and in the process find love and their own HEAs! A wonderful read…greatly enjoyed and Highly Recommended.’
Ninja School Mum:
‘Skye has a secret that is only revealed as the book goes on – I liked how her past story was revealed piece by piece, leaving the reader guessing until the end.
There’s much to enjoy in “Ninja School Mum” which isn’t all simply romance. Skye is lonely – and that isn’t helped by being ignored by the other mothers at the school gates; bullying also rears its ugly head; Skye is a loyal friend – as her new friend Thea discovers; and there is romance – with lovely Zack who also has his demons to fight.
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.’
My other books:
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It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to the author of the Pennington’s Department Store series & Harlequin Superromance series, Rachel Brimble.
A Little Something About Me… by Rachel Brimble
I often consider how lucky I am to still be best friends with someone I met when I was just four years old. Lisa lived across the street from me and we became fast friends the moment our parents started letting us play outside…times were different in the late 70s!
Forty years on and we are still friends and also fortunate enough that our husbands have known each other since they were eleven. The four of us have been pretty inseparable since we started double-dating in 1993.
Our favourite thing to do, now our kids are older. is to take an annual trip to Butlins for their 80s weekends. These are the times we let lose and the music makes us feel like teenagers again – I would go as far to say that we might even lose our minds a little!
Dressing up in costume, having fun and remembering what it is like to be young is what the four of us are all about and I love our best friends with all my heart…
Rachel’s latest book will be released February 5thand is available for preorder right now! A Rebel At Pennington’s is book 2 in her Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. Both books can be read stand alone – here are the blurb and buy links:
One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.
1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.
When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.
Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?
Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/d/aMjIi3K
Amazon US: http://a.co/d/dAhCQiZ
Happy New Year’s Eve everyone.
I was lucky enough to receive six marketing books that I’d wished for, for Christmas this year. I’ve begun reading them and will share any insights on my regular Marketing blogs in 2019. I can’t wait to get back to working on my latest romance book, as I have written about 20,000 words and would like to complete it in the near future.
I hope that you all have exciting plans for the New Year and that 2019 brings lots of happiness and success to you all. I can’t wait to discover some new reads and to share them here too. I’ve tried lots of different genres in 2018, but am still drawn to the ones I write in, which are romance and humour.
Wishing you all an amazing and fulfilling New Year.
The saying goes, If you love what you have, you have everything you need.
Introducing Miriam Drori.
Hello, Lizzie and Lizzie’s readers. I’m delighted to be here. Here are a few of the things that distinguish me from other authors. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer; there are reasons for that. I studied Maths at university and worked as a computer programmer and later as a technical writer. I live in Israel, having emigrated from the UK. I suffer from… make that: live with… social anxiety, but nevertheless love giving presentations. I go dancing (folk dancing) three times a week. My books are all different: romance, historical fiction, non-fiction.
- Tribal dancing in India
- Neither Here Nor There
- The Women Friends: Selina
- Social Anxiety Revealed
Blurb for Social Anxiety Revealed
Fear of other people? Most of us feel this occasionally, when giving a presentation or being grilled in a job interview. This is not social anxiety disorder.
Fear of what other people think of you? We have all felt this, too. It is why we dress as we do and generally try to behave in a way that is expected of us. This is not social anxiety disorder either.
But when those fears become so prevalent that they take over your life? When they cause you to hide away, either literally or by not revealing your real self? When you keep quiet in an attempt to avoid those raised eyebrows and the possible thoughts behind them? That is social anxiety disorder.
And it is much more common than you might think. In the mental health table, it comes third – after alcoholism and depression – and yet most people don’t even know it exists.
If you have social anxiety disorder, this book is for you.
Even if you don’t have social anxiety disorder, you might have a friend, a relative or a work colleague who does. You might see it developing in your son, your daughter, or a child you teach. This book is for you, too.
Social Anxiety Revealed is created by people who yearn to ditch all these problems and live their lives to the full.
Neither Here Nor There – http://a-fwd.com/asin=B00L0B6CRI
The Women Friends: Selina – mybook.to/thewomenfriends
Social Anxiety Revealed – myBook.to/socialanxietyrevealed
Social Media Links
Amazon page: Author.to/MiriamDroriAtAmazon.
Today’s guest, Jess B Moore, is not only a great writer, but she’s fun, friendly and full of great ideas. Her books are a joy to read and if you haven’t picked one up yet, give one a try. In my view, you won’t be disappointed! Jess also has a beautiful Instagram page. If you like seeing lots of pretty bookish posts, pop by and check her page out.
Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love. Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and is NOW available. The Worth of a Penny, Jess’ third novel, the sequel to The Guilt of a Sparrow, will be out Spring 2019.