Tuesday, 10 May 2016

JANE LARK - DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER


The moral of The Starting Out Series – Don’t judge a book by its cover- I know it’s clichĂ© but…

I don’t want to write a book that you’ll whizz through and get to the end of and throw aside and say, well that was good, maybe amusing, certainly a pleasant way to spend a day or two absorbed in. Nope, I want you to travel a road through my books on a journey with my characters that will take you up and down, and make you want to sigh, wring their necks sometimes maybe, and cry or laugh occasionally, at the end of the book I want people to set it down and feel wow that was a hell of a ride, a ride you won’t find it easy to forget, and the reviews and messages I get from readers often tell me that my aim works for many people.

So when you begin one of my New Adult books you’ll probably meet my characters and make a judgement, then I’ll spend the rest of the book making you challenge it. In I Found You Rachel is a promiscuous woman, so some readers might have cause to dislike her initially, but when you discover she has Bipolar you begin to understand why she is the way she is, why some days she is down and crying for no apparent reason and sometimes she’s up and full of fun, and why she makes some really bad judgements. My favourite review for that book was a 5* from a reader who said they have Bipolar, which was great because it told me I had Rachel’s character right.

The particular moral of Rachel’s character, though, is to help people see that someone with bipolar can lead a relatively normal life, they aren’t excluded from society, and people around us will suffer with it and we don’t even know unless we’re close to them.

Excerpt
I didn’t say anything. It would cause more trouble. I went into the bathroom and stripped off in there. I let the shower run over my head, and then I cried so my tears merged with the water. Even if she came in she’d never know. Yes, I did love her and Saint, but I wasn’t sure loving her was enough forever.
I’d told myself I could live on a fault line, but how the fuck did I know? I wasn’t coping now. I wasn’t coping.
We were both quiet when we dressed to go out.
When she went into the bathroom to put her make-up on I had a look at the packet of meds. None were missing.
Shit.
I wanted her to make the choice. I didn’t want to police her.
My hands were in the pockets of my leather jacket when we walked along the hall to the elevators. Rach gripped my arm. I wasn’t silent to be mean, I just had too much spinning in my head.
When we got down to Joe’s, Justin and Portia were there already, sitting at the bar, waiting for us.
Hey,” I said weakly. I’m sure Rach and I had carried an atmosphere into the room. If Justin and Portia didn’t feel it then Joe must’ve. He’d known us last year, when I’d come down here to eat just to have a few moments of her company, and to see her smile at me, rather than stay home alone. Those had been the days when I’d been pretending to myself that I could keep Rach in the friend zone. I’d been kidding myself on that score, she and I had had something going from the first moment she’d looked me in the eyes, her gaze suddenly telling me she’d realized she should be wondering who I was and if I was safe.
It didn’t go so well, I take it.” Justin put a hand on my shoulder briefly, in a gesture saying, hi, and expressing empathy. Rach was clinging to my other arm.
Nope.”





Author Bio

Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan', as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America. 

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. 

Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality. 

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.

'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

THE LITTLE WEDDING SHOP BY THE SEA BY JANE LINFOOT

Cupcakes and Confetti (The Little wedding Shop by the Sea Book 1) by Jane Linfoot 

(Each book in the series is a full length, stand alone novel)

Published by Harper Impulse, ebook release date 28th May, 2016 paperback 14th July, 2016



Blurb

Cupcakes and Confetti (The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea Book 1)

A full length, stand alone novel

A pure delight…fabulous, fun and unforgettable’ – Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of ‘The Birthday That Changed Everything’
Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot.
Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’
Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?
This is the first full-length novel in a brand new series set in Cornwall. Look out for the next books in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series,
Sequins & Snowflakes
Bunting & Bouquets
The perfect romance to take on your summer holidays! For fans of Milly Johnson, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond.


Jane Linfoot Author Bio

I’m Jane Linfoot, and I write happy books, with feisty heroines and lots of heart.
I live in a cottage in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For me, writing is cool because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

Jane Linfoot writes happy books, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.
Author Links

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU LAURA E JAMES








What Doesn’t Kill You is the third book in the Chesil Beach series and that did initially concern me that I hadn’t read the first two. But don’t let that put you off there is absolutely no need to read the others to enjoy this novel.

All the characters were 3 dimensional our hero Griff and his wife Evie have already separated before our story begins. Some of the subjects which are tackled such as domestic abuse and self harm will be particular hard hitting to people who have been in similar situations.

Other hard to deal with subjects are dealt with too but there is light and laughter to contrast the dark and powerful.

Griff’s ex decides to show up and cause all sorts of problems to add to the myriad of one already happening in the book. Griff doesn’t understand why Evie is doing so much to help his father Logan .


I don’t want to give spoilers away or other clues but Laura E James tackles everything in the book with a sensitivity that I did appreciate having faced some of the dark themes mentioned in the book myself. If you have never read any of Laura’s previous novels I would give this one a try. It is slow to get going in comparison to some I have read but believe me when I say you will not regret sticking with the story.  
5/5 STARS

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

HOLLY MARTIN COVER REVEAL: THE REVENGE




Here is the gorgeous cover for The Revenge, the new book by Holly Martin. This is the third book in The Sentinel Series and here’s the blurb so you can see what happens next for Eve and her friends.
He was created to be her back up and now he's out to take her place

After the Oraculum orders Eve’s execution, she has to flee her home in the fort as those that have been guarding over her are forced to turn against her. Amongst the chaos, a new Sentinel is named. Adam, Eve’s half-brother.

Adam has spent his life incarcerated by the Oraculum while Eve was allowed to grow up with a family and friends. Now he is hell bent on revenge. He rules over his Guardians and his new kingdom with arrogance and a cold heart, but his one ambition is to make Eve’s life a living hell. Nowhere is safe from him, not even her dreams.

With the threat from the Putarians moving closer, her own Guardians betraying her, the survival of the world hinges in the balance.

Above all else, Adam must be stopped. But when Eve has a prophecy of her and Adam saving the world together, she quickly realizes she needs to work with him not against him.

But can Eve get through to Adam before it’s too late? Or will Adam’s evil heart result in the destruction of all?

Praise for The Sentinel (Book 1 in The Sentinel Series)

It’s a book you HAVE to read, because it’s incredible. An outstanding book that has left me bereft its finished. I wished I’d savoured it for longer. This book was one of those that once you started it was impossible to come away from. It was fast paced, exciting, full of suspense and action that had me gasping in shock at twists I never imagined could happen. It’s a story of courage and adventure. And no matter how dark it gets, there’s always love and hope. – Victoria Loves Books Blog

It's really hard to find the words to describe how amazing this book is.
This is definitely the best debut I've read this year! I just love this book, I want you all to read this book, in fact you all need to read this book! - Love of a Good Book Blog
If you want to pre-order this book so it pops straight onto your kindle on December 1st then pop over here. Its only 99p/99c


And if you haven’t read the first two books in the series yet, then pop over here and get your copy, all three books are 99p/99c at the moment

The Sentinel

The Prophecies




Sunday, 25 October 2015

The beginning of Dreaming of a White Wedding





When i had finally decided that i wanted to write properly instead of doing the odd little thing here and there.  I joined a writing group here in Sheffield but unfortunately after about fifteen weeks it closed due to lack of funding. I was gutted now what did i do? There was a lot to learn about writing that i didn't know and would need to know if i was ever going to be taken seriously.

So when i discovered the Open University did a creative writing course A215, I signed up and in 2009 we had to produce a full chapter of a novel or a short story as our final piece of work. This is when what was called Twin Deception started.

Scarlet and Cressida my characters are based in part on my daughter and two of her friends identical twins. Kell would come home from school and regale us with stories of how they would trick the teachers and swap places.

My daughter Kell, loved to organise trips out or birthday parties so unbeknown to her she had helped form my story.

Within the year the story had been finished, but sat on my computer doing absolutely nothing. I did have a critique partner from across the pond who had read several of my stories and i sent this over. Unfortunately for me i was just told it was good rather than what was wrong with it. So it again sat on my computer until July when I read about the Carina Christmas in July competition I renamed it Christmas magic and sent in the first three chapters and a synopsis.

After the winner had been announced I forgot all about the contest until an email landed in my inbox offering me a contract.

I could not believe that a story i had penned six years before was going to finally see the light of day. I do hope that people will enjoy Dreaming of a White Wedding. I'm still ecstatic over what has happened. Now the hard work starts with revisions. edits and continuing my new work in progress Cookie Magic Bakery.

Love Misty x


Friday, 23 October 2015

DAISY JAMES THE RUNAWAY BRIDE AND A SCRUMPTIOUS RECIPE FOR SWEET BASIL BISCUITS



The Runaway Bridesmaid
By
Daisy James
Rosie Hamilton Character profile
Have you ever wanted to run away from a situation and never look back? I’m sure most of us have been in that situation when the flight or fight instinct kicks in. But would you run away from your sister’s wedding - when you are holding the bridesmaid’s posy?

Well, that’s exactly what Rosie Hamilton does. A fancy wedding in Connecticut which she has single-handedly arranged for her beloved, but spoilt little sister, the fabulous, floaty dresses, the elegant flowers and the spectacular catering - she leaves it all behind. After finding Freya in the linen closet with her wedding date, she slings her bouquet out of the window and storms away in her hired red roadster. Enough was enough!

And whilst Rosie adores the vibrant buzz of Manhattan, its vertiginous glass buildings, its quirky, cosmopolitan residents and its awestruck tourists, she needs to get away from the overwhelming sense of loneliness that had infused her bones. So she ditches her Louboutins for Wellies and flies off to London - well, Devon to be precise - where she holes up in her late Aunt Bernice’s thatched cottage hoping that her heartache seeps away.

Rosie doesn’t know what to do with herself in the tiny hamlet of Brampton where there’s only the village shop and the village fĂȘte for entertainment. She’s uncomfortable with the invasion of privacy masquerading as community spirit and yearns to return to her old life of social indifference. But then she discovers her Aunt’s hand-illustrated recipe journal entitled ‘Bake Yourself Better’. Not only is the diary crammed with beautiful drawings of flowers and herbs from her Devonshire garden, it is also contains recipes to ‘bake yourself better’.

She decides to take her aunt’s advice. The first recipe Rosie tries just has to be …Strawberry Tarts for Broken Hearts’ where her aunt has recorded:    
‘Strawberries are often referred to as the fruit of love. When the strawberries in this recipe are sliced as directed they appear heart-shaped, bursting with sweetness and zinging with a luscious rich red, the colour of love and passion. They are nutrient-rich and packed with healthy antioxidants, especially if grown in your own garden! Some believe they possess healing qualities and can alleviate melancholy. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, darling Rosie, the strawberry plant is part of the rose family.’

And she sets to - to bake, bake, bake until she’s liberally doused in flour and sugar and exhausted from her culinary exploits.

There are many other recipes from her Aunt Bernice’s Bake Yourself Better journal to try out on a wet April afternoon - ‘Fig Delights for Passion-filled Nights’ and ‘Sweet Basil Biscuits for New Love Interests’ - all of which Rosie bakes - with varying degrees of success.

But will Rosie find the solace she craves? Or the love and happiness her aunt has urged her to find?
All will be revealed in The Runaway Bridesmaid!

Here is a taster for your lovely blog readers:

‘Sweet Basil Biscuits for New Love Interests
One of the meanings of the herb basil is love and I know we can all do with an extra sprinkle of that in our lives! It is written in some folklore that a young man who accepts sweet basil from a woman will fall in love with her. I love that story so I had to include this recipe for you, Rosie, especially as I have grown basil in my garden since I bought the Lodge. Be careful who you select as a sampler, darling! We wouldn’t want to tempt the fates, would we?

Ingredients
150g butter, softened
75g caster sugar
75g ground almonds
150g plain flour, sieved
Large bunch of basil

Instructions
Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the ground almonds and mix. Fold in the flour and knead gently. Wash the basil and dry with a paper towel. Remove stalks and chop. Roll the basil into the mixture until it resembles a speckled green sausage 8-10 cm in diameter. Wrap in cling-film and refrigerate for ten minutes whilst you clear up. Cut into biscuits approx. 1 cm think and place on a greased baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden (gas mark 6, 200˚C). Cool on a wire rack.’

I’d love to hear from readers who’ve tried out any of the recipes in The Runaway Bridesmaid - either via Facebook or Twitter or Instagram - and photos would be a bonus!!!
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Thanks ever so much for having me.
Happy Reading Everyone.
Daisy