February 2014 archive

#ChickLitLove – The Heroes

Today in the #ChickLitLove Valentine’s tour, we’re interviewing our favourite heroes from our books.  I thought I’d catch up with Jimmy Mack from Desperately Seeking Heaven and ask him a few pertinent questions.

Celebrity you’ve been told you look like:  Well, I quite often get, “Hey you look a lot like Jimmy Mack”.  That always makes me smile.

Naughty food you like to indulge in:  A greasy bacon sandwich.  Only at weekends, of course.  The camera adds pounds so I need to be careful with what I eat.

What you wear to bed:   Ha, nothing.  Why?  What do you wear?

Favorite body part of the opposite sex:  Really? Are you serious?  I don’t honestly look at women as a collection of body parts 😉 Although a nice smile will get me every time.

How many people you’ve said “I love you” to:  Only the one and that came a bit later than I would have liked, I’m afraid. I met Alice Fletcher after the accident, and it would seem that was the reason our paths crossed.  She was meant to be ‘the one.’  I was just pleased I got the chance to tell her.  Even if it was a bit too late. Yeah, I’m still coming to terms with that.

Relationship deal-breaker:  A lot of women have done kiss-and-tells on me in the press so dishonesty and betrayal are were a complete deal-breaker for me.

Your first kiss – How old were you? Did you instigate it?:  It was at the school disco and I must have been about 9.  The girl’s name was Chloe.  And no I didn’t instigate it.  It was a very pleasant surprise though.

Do you have any tattoos or piercings? If so, describe:  Nope.

Favorite alcoholic drink:  Champagne, probably.  Or a Vodka and tonic.

Describe your dream girl:  Her name’s Alice Fletcher.  She’s incredibly kind and honest, her transparency is palpable, and she’s just a really sweet girl.  The first time I looked into her brown sparkling eyes, I was smitten.  She has a really killer smile too.

 

If you’d like to learn more about Jimmy and Alice’s story, you can do here.  Desperately Seeking Heaven is only 0.99p at the moment in the Amazon Valentine’s promotion!

Sharing the #ChickLitLove

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the #ChickLitLove Valentine  promotion!  Follow the #ChickLitLove hashtags on twitter to find excerpts from some fabulous chick-lit novels!  Who knows, you might discover some favourite new authors.

Below I’ll be sharing another extract from ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,’ but firstly some news on my debut novel, ‘Desperately Seeking Heaven.’  I’m very excited that it’s been selected for the Amazon Valentine’s promotion and is on sale for a limited time for 0.99p!!  I have a real soft spot for this story and it’s gorgeous hero, Jimmy Mack.  If you like romantic comedies or chick-lit with a twist, then why not try Desperately Seeking Heaven while it’s on offer.

Desperately Seeking Heaven

 

And my latest release, ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off’ is still available at the bargain price of £0.59p/$0.99!  Not sure how long these prices will be valid for so again, grab a copy while you can! 🙂  You can buy it here

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Okay, here’s an excerpt from Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off.  Anna, confused and hurt by what she’s uncovered in her best friend’s diary, has run away from home, and has just met a strange and intriguing man in the local pub:-

Excerpt 

He wasn’t my type at all, but his overwhelming physical presence was completely compelling.   Underneath his tight black T-shirt were muscles that were literally bulging at the seams to escape.  Muscles that took a hell of a lot of hours in the gym to maintain, I didn’t doubt.  His hair was dark, but cropped close to his head to match the swathe of stubble around his jaw.  An elaborate tattoo of something I couldn’t quite work out travelled the length of his left arm. A whiff of something not entirely disagreeable reached my nose.

‘You alone?’  he asked.

‘Yes,’ I said, immediately regretting my answer.  No, I’m waiting for my black-belt karate expert boyfriend would have been a much better response in the circumstances.

‘Great,’ he said with a smile, landing his pint of beer on the table.  ‘What’s your name?’

‘My name?’  It wasn’t a difficult question, but at that particular moment coming from this particular man it completely foxed me.  I laughed.

‘Oh, my name?  Yes, it’s, um, Persephone.’   Honestly, I don’t know where that came from at all.  It just tripped off my tongue before my brain had even had chance to catch up.  Oh God.  What to do? I thought about saying, Oops, sorry, silly me, that’s not really my name at all, my name’s Anna, but for the sake of preserving some kind of illusion of sanity, I just let it loose right out there.

‘Persephone?  Wow, that’s pretty exotic.  What’s that, Greek or something?’

‘Yes, Greek,’ I said, nodding madly, looking frantically around the room for some means of escape.  ‘Although I’m not Greek, but I was conceived on a Greek island so that’s why my parents decided on it.’  It really was true, the more you lied the easier it became.

‘That’s sweet.  And what does it mean, then?’

Shit.  What the heck did he mean what does it mean?  How the hell should I know?  It was my name, wasn’t it?  Wasn’t that enough?  Although I supposed I ought to know what it meant.

‘It means exotic flower,’ I said in a blinding moment of inspiration.  Weren’t all Greek names exotic flowers?

‘Really?’  He had dark brown expressive eyes that shone with something I couldn’t quite decipher.  ‘Well, that’s pretty cool.  You suit your name.’  He laughed gently, his gaze flitting around my face in a way that did funny things to my insides.  ‘You are definitely an exotic flower.’

Phew.  Crisis averted. I dropped my gaze, fiddling with the stem of my glass.  I felt my skin prickle with embarrassment.  This man was clearly being kind.  I was hardly an exotic flower today, more a wilting wallflower.

‘What’s your name?’ I asked, retrieving my basic communication skills.  I looked back up into those eyes that were still watching me closely.

‘Dave.’

‘Ah!’ I nodded. ‘Nice.’  It kind of spoilt the moment.  Dave and Persephone didn’t sound like a match made in heaven to me, but it didn’t matter.  Dave seemed like a good sort and I felt certain he would be perfect company for an evening spent watching the band who had been churning out some pretty decent tunes for the last half-hour and were now taking a well-earned break.  ‘Can I get you another drink, Persephone?  Something stronger, perhaps?’ he asked, eyeing my orange juice.

 

 

 

Talking to Anna from Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

Today on the #WeLoveRomance blog tour I was supposed to be interviewing Anna from Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off, but she’s going through a really difficult time at the moment and sadly she didn’t feel up to talking to me today so she’s had to call off.  She did manage though a few snatched words with Kirsty from The Love Of A Good Book blog the other day when she asked her one particularly apt question in the run up to Valentine’s Day:  Who does your heart belong to?

Who does my heart belong to?  Oh god, what a question!  If you’d asked me a few days ago then there could only have been one answer to that one.  My fiancé, Ed, of course!  He’s my soul-mate, the love of my life, the man I intended to marry and have lots of lovely children with.  My whole future was mapped out like a Cath Kidston photo collage, full of impossibly cheerful moments in a perpetually sunny, floral vista.  Only now… only now, well I can hardly bear to tell you what’s happened…

I was at home on Monday morning confirming some last minute arrangements for the wedding, when I stumbled across Sophie’s diary (she’s my flatmate and supposed best friend!).  Okay, okay, I know!!  But in my defence I was looking for my earrings and there it was on her bedside cabinet.  I didn’t even know she kept a diary for goodness sake!  Well, once I started reading I couldn’t stop, I could honestly not believe my eyes. I knew there must have been a man behind her recent moodiness but I had no idea it would be my man!  I just couldn’t believe it.  There’s still a small part of me that won’t believe it.

I just had to get away.  Ben, bless his heart, took me to his place and I stayed there overnight.  He said I could stay for a few days but after the incident in his bedroom with him pointing a shotgun at my naked body (that’s another story entirely) I felt I’d outstayed my welcome.  I got on the first train out of there and ended up here in Hollisea.  I’ve checked myself into the 5* grand hotel in a room overlooking the sea, but honestly my heart is breaking.  How could Ed and Sophie do this to me just a few days before our wedding?

I found myself in a local pub last night and I met this bloke who was really sweet and later we went for a walk along the beach and yes, we snogged!!!  I can only put it down to my delicate state of mind.  I even agreed to see him again tonight, but honestly I don’t know the first thing about him.  He could be a serial killer for all I know.  Aargh.

I know I should go straight home and sort out the humungous mess that is my life, but I’m not sure I can face it.  Ed is the love of my life, but now I don’t know what to do.  Should I go home and hear his side of the story, the lying two-faced toe-rag, or should I just ‘Call the Whole Thing Off?’

Okay, well thanks for popping in Anna, and I really hope you can work things out one way or the other!

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off is only £0.59p on Amazon UK at the moment for a limited time only  so if you’d like to find out what happens to Anna, you can pick up your copy here:

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off 

And remember to enter the fab giveaway to win a selection of amazing romantic e-books here:

Ebook giveaway : http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ea3b9015/

And finally for your chance to win some lovely Valentine’s goodies you can do that here:-

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Talking Romance …

Today on the #WeLoveRomance blog tour we’re talking about our favourite romances in books, films and TV shows.  Here’s mine:

Film – This is such an easy one for me.  When Harry Met Sally is my all-time favourite film.  It tackles that age old dilemma of whether men and women can ever really be just friends or does the thorny issue of sex always raise its head.  It’s such a feel-good, funny film with a great cast and Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan spark off each other wonderfully.  My favourite line from the film comes from Sally when she learns her ex is getting married: 

She’s supposed to be his transitional person, she’s not supposed to be the ONE.”

TV Show – Truly, Madly, Deeply  –  I can remember watching this on telly and being blown away by the storyline.  Nina is struggling to come to terms with the death of her boyfriend Jamie and when she reaches rock bottom he reappears in her life as a ghost.  This brings a lot of funny, emotional and deeply touching moments.  (Must admit I’m partial to a ghost in stories – see my first novel Desperately Seeking Heaven!)  Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman are fantastic in the lead roles.  A wonderful film, although you’ll need a big box of tissues.

Book – Love Story by Erich Segal  – I can’t remember the number of times I read this as a teenager, but I do remember sobbing all the way through each time.  It was such a beautifully written, simple read, but heart-breaking at the same time.  Oh my goodness, I’m welling up just thinking about it.  Of course, the book is inextricably linked in my mind with the film and the fabulous performances from Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw.  Definitely a man-size box of tissues needed if you’re thinking of reading this one!

So they’re my favourite romances.  You can follow the links below to find out what books and films leave the other #WeLoveRomance authors feeling all romantic!

But what about you, what would make your list of favourite romances?

A Sneak Peek from Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

The #WeLoveRomance blog tour continues today with some fabulous excerpts from the books of the participating authors.

And if you fancy winning an ecopy of each of the books then you can do so at the bottom of this post.  It’s a fantastic prize.  Go on, you know you want to!

And if you haven’t already entered my giveaway for some lovely Valentine’s goodies you can do that too by clicking on the link at the bottom of the previous post.

Okay, so here’s an excerpt from my latest novel, ‘Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off’.  I really hope you enjoy it.

Excerpt

He wasn’t my type at all, but his overwhelming physical presence was completely compelling.   Underneath his tight black T-shirt were muscles that were literally bulging at the seams to escape.  Muscles that took a hell of a lot of hours in the gym to maintain, I didn’t doubt.  His hair was dark, but cropped close to his head to match the swathe of stubble around his jaw.  An elaborate tattoo of something I couldn’t quite work out travelled the length of his left arm. A whiff of something not entirely disagreeable reached my nose.

‘You alone?’  he asked.

‘Yes,’ I said, immediately regretting my answer.  No, I’m waiting for my black-belt karate expert boyfriend would have been a much better response in the circumstances.

‘Great,’ he said with a smile, landing his pint of beer on the table.  ‘What’s your name?’

‘My name?’  It wasn’t a difficult question, but at that particular moment coming from this particular man it completely foxed me.  I laughed.

‘Oh, my name?  Yes, it’s, um, Persephone.’   Honestly, I don’t know where that came from at all.  It just tripped off my tongue before my brain had even had chance to catch up.  Oh God.  What to do? I thought about saying, Oops, sorry, silly me, that’s not really my name at all, my name’s Anna, but for the sake of preserving some kind of illusion of sanity, I just let it loose right out there.

‘Persephone?  Wow, that’s pretty exotic.  What’s that, Greek or something?’

‘Yes, Greek,’ I said, nodding madly, looking frantically around the room for some means of escape.  ‘Although I’m not Greek, but I was conceived on a Greek island so that’s why my parents decided on it.’  It really was true, the more you lied the easier it became.

‘That’s sweet.  And what does it mean, then?’

Shit.  What the heck did he mean what does it mean?  How the hell should I know?  It was my name, wasn’t it?  Wasn’t that enough?  Although I supposed I ought to know what it meant.

‘It means exotic flower,’ I said in a blinding moment of inspiration.  Weren’t all Greek names exotic flowers?

‘Really?’  He had dark brown expressive eyes that shone with something I couldn’t quite decipher.  ‘Well, that’s pretty cool.  You suit your name.’  He laughed gently, his gaze flitting around my face in a way that did funny things to my insides.  ‘You are definitely an exotic flower.’

Phew.  Crisis averted. I dropped my gaze, fiddling with the stem of my glass.  I felt my skin prickle with embarrassment.  This man was clearly being kind.  I was hardly an exotic flower today, more a wilting wallflower.

‘What’s your name?’ I asked, retrieving my basic communication skills.  I looked back up into those eyes that were still watching me closely.

‘Dave.’

‘Ah!’ I nodded. ‘Nice.’  It kind of spoilt the moment.  Dave and Persephone didn’t sound like a match made in heaven to me, but it didn’t matter.  Dave seemed like a good sort and I felt certain he would be perfect company for an evening spent watching the band who had been churning out some pretty decent tunes for the last half-hour and were now taking a well-earned break.  ‘Can I get you another drink, Persephone?  Something stronger, perhaps?’ he asked, eyeing my orange juice.

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You can enter the giveaway to win an ecopy of each of the books here:-

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We Love Romance!

I’m always pleased to see the back of January, it’s not my favourite month by a long chalk, but more so this year because February brings the exciting #WeLoveRomance blogging event!

I’m delighted to be part of this event which is running from today until Valentine’s Day.  There are a fantastic group of romance writers involved who are going to be talking about all things, yes you guessed it, romantic.  Below is a list of the writers and links to their blogs.  Do check out their sites as there are lots of exciting giveaways you can enter.  In the next couple of weeks there will also be exclusive excerpts from the books, character interviews and posts on our favourite romantic books and films.

Over on Michelle Scott’s blog there is also a giveaway to win an e-copy of all the books involved.  That’ll be your reading sorted for the next month at least!

And I’ve put together my own Valentine’s inspired giveaway which consists of a book of beautifully illustrated Classic Love Poems, a copy of the short story anthology ‘Sexy Shorts for Lovers’ which includes stories from writers such as Carole Matthews, Christina Jones and yours truly, amongst others.  And finally there’s a lovely clay scented heart that will  bring the lovely aromas of oranges and cinnamon to your home.  For your chance to win, please enter here:

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And if that isn’t enough romance for you, then why not read my sweet Valentine’s Day short story, Roses are Red, here