Month: January 2018

A Chat With… Author Roxie Cooper

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Today I have the great pleasure to welcome Contemporary Romance author; Roxie Cooper to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. So Sit back and lets get to know a little about Roxy…

Roxie was born and bred in Middlesbrough. She’s always had an overactive imagination; she’s that person who listens to your conversations in coffee shops and by the time you leave, she’s created an entire novel out of your life. 

After reading Classics at Newcastle University, she realised she needed a break from studying Latin, Ancient Greek and all that serious stuff, so naturally, she became a dancer in a nightclub (à la Coyote Ugly) for a few years, before going travelling and living in Australia. When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years. She’s got a thing for wearing wigs and weird costumes, clearly.

It was after constantly being told “Oh! You don’t look like a barrister!” that the idea for her debut novel was born. 

Roxie lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East. She’s a bit (lot) obsessed with Prince and spends far too much time watching him on YouTube. Her hobbies include watching musicals, making her hair as big (and blonde) as possible, and wishing she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

She is currently writing her second novel.

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Frankie Hi Roxie, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Roxie Vivacious, Fiery, Organised, Passionate, Over-thinker
Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Roxie I’d definitely go New York on the cusp of the 1950s/1960s.  Oh, the CLOTHES!  I’m a HUGE Mad Men fan – not only for the incredible characters, writing and sexiest man ever (Don Draper) – but that whole era just evokes class, glamour and sexy women.  I love everything about it. I’d wear all the dresses, shoes and underwear and sit, drinking cocktails, draped in beautiful jewellery with fabulous hair in fancy hotels all day.
Frankie Oooh, Yes! I agree it was a very sexy and glamorous time. Can you tell us a little about latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.
Roxie It’s about a girl called Amanda Bentley who comes from a council estate in Teesside.  She’s smart, sassy and doesn’t take any nonsense.  After winning a prestigious pupillage at the best set of Chambers in Newcastle, she’s got one year to prove she’s got what it takes to be offered a tenancy there…but she’s up against her smarmy law school nemesis, Marty Gregg for the top spot.  She also struggles to resist sexy barrister Sid Ryder, who she absolutely cannot go anywhere near if she wants to retain her professional dignity (or potentially risk incurring the wrath of his venomous ex, Clarinda).  But she’s also hiding a very dark secret, which could ruin everything if her colleagues find out about it.  It’s essentially a story about being brave, integrity, fighting the odds and fighting stereotypes.
Frankie That sounds brilliant! Who was your childhood hero?
Roxie I was – and still am – a huge fan of musicals.  I’d watch them constantly as a kid and idolise the women in the films.  I wanted to actually be Maria von Trapp, Truly Scrumptious, Mary Poppins, Sandy Olsson and Baby Houseman.  My ABSOLUTE heroine was Stephanie Zinone from Grease 2 though. She was just THE coolest thing to me!
Frankie If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Roxie So many readers have messaged me to say they’d love to see The Law of Attraction made into film!  It does have some brilliantly rich characters who would light up on the screen.  I’d love to see someone like Blake Lively in the role of Amanda Bentley (I imagined her when I was writing it – not sure how good her Teesside accent is, though).  In my head, Sid Ryder looks like Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost). 
Frankie What a seriously beautiful cast. Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Roxie My favourite character is probably the lead in my next novel.  She’s called Stephanie Carpenter and she’s a beaut!  I absolutely love creating flawed, complex female characters; ones who aren’t perfect, who say and do the wrong stuff, who think things they ‘shouldn’t’ – their lives are messy, complicated and they always feel like the outsider.  These women are my kind of women.  Stephanie is so beautifully complicated in so many ways – you’ll have to wait to meet her to find out why though.
Frankie She sounds like a fantastic character! Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?
Roxie I’m inspired by many things.  A lot of topics and themes in my books are sparked by personal experience. But I particularly enjoy exploring themes of ‘secret emotions’; feeling things when we shouldn’t, and not feeling things when we should (guilt, forbidden love, unrequited love, loyalty, betrayal).
Frankie What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Roxie
  1. Don’t listen to people who say you have to write loads of terrible books before you write a good one.  My debut novel was the first book I ever wrote and the final book isn’t that different to the first draft.  Have faith in your writing. Everyone is different.
  2. DO NOT EDIT AS YOU GO ALONG. You will never finish it. Take enough care with the first draft so that it’s not a complete mess, but don’t dwell over every single sentence.
  3. Never, ever compare yourself to anyone else. If you’ve created a compelling story, people will want to read it.
Frankie Those are brilliant tip’s, Thank you! If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Roxie This makes me laugh because I was asked this very question at my scholarship interview (by a High Court Judge) and I’m going to give you the same answer. (They must have approved because they awarded me £14,000!)
George Michael (because he’s my idol), Prince (because I love him more than life) and Lady Gaga (just too many hearty eyes for her).
Frankie Ooh, I like! That would be some dinner party. Thank you, Roxie for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Roxie Fajitas! I could eat them every single day…YUM!
Frankie Mmm! Yum, Thank you!
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Roxie’s book The Law of Attraction is out now and can be found at Amazon.

A fun and sassy tale full of laugh-out-loud antics from the off. 5 stars’ Heat

Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…

But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.

Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she’s in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she’s worked so hard for.

Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?

Perfects for fans of Legally Blonde, Lindsey Kelk and Joanna Bolouri

Laugh-out-loud funny, dramatic in places, fast-paced and fun, this sparkling novel quite literally had me hooked from the first page. I loved all the legal gossip, the back-stabbing and the richly-developed characters and I was routing for Amanda all the way. I downed this novel like my favourite Prosecco!’Sasha Wagstaff

Well, its a 5* from me. What an unforgettable debut’ Samantha Tonge

Couldn’t resist. Its slick and props funny too.’ Alexandra Brown

The Law of Attraction…made me feel all the feels. Thought it was sassy, sexy and smart’ Anna Bell

It’s a fun, feisty and fabulous read, and I can’t wait to see what Roxie will write next.’ Cressida McLaughlin

The Law of Attraction can be purchased at Amazon.

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Review – To Tame The Wind (Agents of the Crown Prequel & The Donet Trilogy #1) by Regan Walker

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Paris 1782…

AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN

All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell’s schooner, the English privateer decided to take the thing his enemy held most dear…her.

A BATTLE IS JOINED

The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire’s father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.
This is book is the bridge book that connects The Donet Trilogy with The Agents of the Crown Series and for those that haven’t read either this is the book to read, this is where we get to see where the Agents of the Crown story begins, and we get out first glimpse of captivating pirate Jean Donet. I really like how Walker has linked the two series with this one book it is so smart excellently done by one of the most accomplished and talented author’s around. As we have come to expect from Walker To Tame the Wind is luxuriously rich in detail and intrigue, with character’s who you are rooting for and who draw your attention from the moment you lay eye’s on them and as always I was hooked from start to finish.
When we first meet out couple Claire sneaks out of her the convent and into a ball where she meets the most beautiful man she has ever set eyes on – while up a tree of all places – she does fall head over heals for the handsome English Captain with the amber eyes, there and then, whereas he just sees her as a little girl who really should be tucked up in bed with her dolly. Simon goes back to his ship and his life as a privateer, where his life plod’s along nicely and Claire back to her convent home where after the death of her friend it is then she does some serious thinking about her future and makes the decision that she needs to be a nun because she is far too wild for her own good.
“I am not one of your crew to obey your every whim,” she raged. “I am a lady, and I will be treated as such, even by a common sailor like you!” “A lady?” Still steaming, he looked down at her bow-shaped lips, which in his anger tempted him beyond reason. If this was the only way he could dominate the girl he would see to it. He took her lips in a harsh, demanding kiss….
Years later, Privateer Captain and secret agent; Simon Powell has been at logger heads with the notorious pirate; Captain Jean Donet for years. There is a real battle of wills between Simon and Jean they are two giants of the channel both seething hatred at the other and then when Jean has the audacity to commandeer one of Simon’s ships and its crew to pass them on to the Americans – so they can be traded for American prisoners – Simon see’s red and vows that this time he will get his revenge on the Frenchman. When Simon learns that Jean Donet has a daughter hidden away in a convent, he see’s his chance to not only get his revenge on the pirate but also get his ship and men back. He decides to kidnap the daughter and hold her for ransom after all how much trouble can it be to steal away a little girl and hold her on the ship for a few days? As Simon waits for Jean Donet to make the next move in their deadly game, he and Claire are forced to spend a lot more time together – which is a like a storm in a tea cup in more ways than one. They both have volatile and explosive personalities and they are both hugely seductive, it isn’t a case of captive falling head over heals for her captor it is a very mutual thing they both feel very strong about the other the air crackles with pent up frustration and sexual tension when they are in the same room as one another – especially after one of their heated arguments, and I do like it when they are at logger heads especially with Claire as she has a heated fiery personality for a woman who insists she wants to be a nun she is has a temper and she isn’t afraid to show it.
Claire Donet has lived a good portion of her life behind the convent walls since her father left her there when she was a child claiming this would be the best place for her, so she can learn to be a proper lady until it is time for her to wed – what she doesn’t know is that her father isn’t just a member of the French aristocracy, but he is also a notorious pirate and the only reason he left her at the convent is to keep her safe. After the death of a good friend two years before, Claire has decided that she is too wild and that the best place for her is in the convent and she has decided to take orders. Her mind is made up when she finds out that her father has found her a husband, let us just say that Claire is not happy about that piece of news – but one night both hers and her father’s plans are ruined when she is kidnapped right from her bed in the middle of the night by a golden eyed scoundrel.
He looked every inch the fierce bird of prey he appeared that night in Saint-Denis… l’aigle royal, the golden eagle. She could not look away from his manly face and his powerful form. He was magnificent.
 Claire Donet is just as spirited as her pirate father, she is head strong and free willed plus incredibly stubborn and let me say that she has real fire and does not take to kindly to being carted off and used as a pawn in the brutal war between the handsome Englishman and her father. There is no crying and “why me’s” with this young woman, oh, no there is shouting and throwing things plus not to mention giving a certain Captain a good right hook in his handsome face. I really like Claire she acts like the tough cookie but under all that gaelic confidence is still the little girl wanting her father’s approval wanting someone to look after her.  
Simon is a brilliant Captain and a genuinely good man, he has some issues regarding his childhood and that has impacted on his life and the man he has become, it also instilled in him the need to treat his crew with the up most respect. As a Captain he is one hell of a good one, his crew respect him and to me that shows what a great leader he is. He is never happier than when he is on his ship; The Fairwinds, he knows the sea’s like he knows the back of his hand – I would even say he rivals Jean Donet on his skills at sea. I love it when Simon and Jean are battling on the channel it is like clash of the titans. They are both unbelievably enigmatic and captivating individuals who are thrown together not just by their bitter battle, but by Claire, she is stuck in the middle of the two men that mean the most to her in the whole world. On one hand she has her dutiful and protective father, who she has this beautiful bond with – Claire and Jean really do have a very loving father/daughter relationship. On the other hand, she has this new love, the charming Englishman – a man who sends her heart a flutter and who treats her with absolute respect. 
With sudden clarity, Claire understood it all. Her papa did have a ship. And this man, this English captain—her golden one—was her papa’s enemy, on the opposite side of America’s war. How could she find comfort in his arms if that were true?
I think Walker has captured Claire’s inner turmoil – about having the two men whom she loves dearly at war – beautifully. To Tame the Wind is another fabulously enchanting and mind turning story from Ms Walker, it flows seamlessly from one scene to the next and one that I whole heartedly recommend and as with all of books from Agent’s of the Crown and The Donet Trilogy. This can be read as a stand alone or part of both series’, To Tame the Wind does set the reader up nicely to jump from one series to the next as I see this as the bridge between the two it is the perfect place for those that haven’t read Ms Walker’s work yet, this is the place to start.
Highly enjoyable especially for those of us who like highly detailed historicals with a satisfying storyline and flawed but honest character’s.
To Tame the Wind can be purchased at Amazon

Review – Traitors Knot by Cryssa Bazos

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England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace in the year since Parliament executed King Charles I.

Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman.

Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with the dashing Hart.

The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself.

Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.
My goodness me, what a book! This is absolutely superb, it’s fresh and new and exactly how I like my historical romances to be. The Traitor’s Knot is the first book I have read by this author, and it won’t be the last. I haven’t read a story from the English Civil war for years and The Traitor’s Knot and Ms Bazos has just re-awakened my interest in the era. This is one of those books that you hear about and read about and instantly like the look of and as soon as you start reading it, from the first page you are hooked – well this is what happened to me when I read this.
With the English Civil War at an end with the execution of King Charles I, the country is left in an uneasy and somewhat dangerous stalemate as parliament have control of the country. The parliamentarians are bringing in more and more laws that are making regular peoples lives difficult and the secret royalists are refusing to comply with the new order, which is making day to day living very dangerous for everyone.
During the Civil War James Hart was a well-respected and talented member of the cavalry in the royalist’s army he personally aided the Prince of Wales and the future King Charles to get to safety. Now that the parliament are in charge of the country he is now a ostler in a local inn, James is a proud royalist and vows that he will never bow down to that usurper Cromwell. James becomes a highwayman known as the ‘Highwayman of Moothill’ he takes what he can from those supporting parliament and he is putting it away for the day that King Charles II will be restored to the throne.
A smile flitted at the corners of his mouth. “You’re concerned for me.”
“I am not,” she said, crossing her arms. “You are a festering canker.”
“So you mean to heal me, then?” James asked.
“No poultice will draw out that poison.” James smiled wryly.
“I’ll give you that.”
On one of his attack’s as he robs the Reverend Richards – who is a big supporter of the parliamentarian ways and a man that James detests, he meets the spirited and courageous Elizabeth Seton. He is enchanted the moment he sets eyes on her, she is like a drug to him no matter how much he tries he can’t keep away from her.
James is such a great character, he is epitome of charming, he’s got a certain arrogance about him but instead of that being highly irritating he is more like a cheeky lad. He is this handsome, mysterious and seductive man who hides behind so many masks not just the physical one he wears as the highway man, He has been through his personal trials and those have stayed with him and made him the man he is.
Elizabeth Seton is a healer, she has from her mother the old ways but unforunately due to her how the country is now and who she is – she is the proud daughter of a royalist who died in a uprising – Elizabeth isn’t trusted and unable to use those skills that she has honed. After the death of her beloved father – an act which has brought bad tiding on to the Seton name, then when her mother dies of a broken heart Elizabeth realizes that she no longer stay n her child hood home, the only home she has ever known she is stuck in a rut there is no way she is going to go and live with her sister and her parliamentarian brother-in-law so she goes to live with her aunt Isabelle; her mother’s sister. Once there she finds that all isn’t as peaceful as it may seem, there is danger and evil lurking behind every corner.
“Why do you steal from them?” she asked. “You have a decent living, a roof over your head. You don’t appear extravagant in your lifestyle. A wife to support? Children to feed?” James’s brow lifted slightly. “I wouldn’t have asked to call on you if I did. I do have some standards.” Elizabeth felt her cheeks flush…
On her way to her aunt’s her carriage is stopped by none other than a highway man, being a bit of a firebrand Elizabeth can not believe the gall of this man and let us just say she gives him a piece of her mind – something which she does on repeated occasions with anyone who get’s in her way or when she sees an injustice. Apart from fuming over the vagabond nerve she is instantly transfixed by him, something about his arrogant charisma and his icy grey eyes – plus he is only taking from the parliament supporter!
It’s not long into her stay that Elizabeth really comes into her own, she is able to help people with her healing skills – something that she was never able to do back home. But you can see that Elizabeth is restless she hates how her fellow secret royalists are treated and she wants to do more and then in a turn of events she starts harboring and helping fugitives. She risks her very life for these people but also in doing this her and James become closer, she knew right from the beginning who is was – that he was the highwayman that had a bounty on his head. There shared patriotic and rebellious nature bring them closer together and soon a firm and unbreakable bond forms. But can this bond and their love stand against what is yet to come in their lives?
The relationship between Elizabeth and James is as pure as you can get, their personalities are so alike. Elizabeth and James’ love reminds of that part of Wuthering Heights when Cathy admits to Nelly she loves Heathcliffe and that lovely thing she says “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath…. He is my heart….I am Heathcliffe..” that sums up Elizabeth and James to me, they have this special and all encompassing love that takes so many different turns through the story and yet, how they feel for each no matter what they have gone through always is so true. Bazos has done an absolutely stirling job with them, not just as a cute as a button couple but their individual personalities shines through.
James froze. That voice—with its unmistakable soft lilt. The most beautiful sound he had ever heard….
James reached out his hand to touch her, half-afraid that she was a spirit and he lost in a dream. Elizabeth met him halfway. In a heartbeat, James pulled her into his arms and held her fiercely. He squeezed his eyes shut, awash in emotion. Elizabeth burrowed her face into his shoulder and clung to him tightly. “I thought I lost you,” Elizabeth’s voice was muffled in his chest…
The story line is strong and enjoyable, it has many layers of what’s going on and each different segment of the story blends seamlessly with the other’s parts to create this stunning and original story of true love. I found Bazos to be a skilled and intelligent writer who enthuses her work with rich and textured detail, she takes you on a dramatic and heart wrenching tale of finding love and holding on to that love in the midst of true terror and tribulations. I have said I before, but I do love historicals that are rich in historical detailing and this is right up there with some of the best I have read, Bazos takes you on a journey through a time that was full of darkness and danger and amongst that danger you have a beautiful romance between two character’s who are hugely likable and your rooting for them to get their much needed happiness.
I enjoyed the Traitors Knot so much and I cannot recommend it enough and I will certainly be reading more from Cryssa Bazos.
This was an Complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Traitor Knot can be purchased at Amazon.

A Chat With…Author Therese Beharrie

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Today I have the great pleasure welcoming Contemporary Romantic author Therese Beharrie to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, so sit down and let’s get to know a little about Therese…

In 2015, I left a full-time job to pursue my dream of becoming a romance writer. That same year, I entered Harlequin’s ‘So you think you can write’ competition for the second consecutive year. An editor requested my full manuscript, and on 6 May 2016, I got the call Now, I’m one of three South African Mills &Boon/Harlequin writers!

With each romance I write, I hope to take you through the complexities of falling in love. There will be laughter and tears, and happiness and heartbreak, all leading to a guaranteed happily-ever-after!

It’s a dream come true, one I’m happy to share with you. You can read about my writing journey and my love of romance on the Mills & Book SA website and on my blog.

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Frankie Hi Therese, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?

Therese Hi Frankie! Thank you so much for having me! This is a tough question (I try not to think about describing myself if I can!), but I’d have to say ambitious, kind, friendly, supportive, and passionate.

Frankie If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Therese I’m much too boring to answer this question! I love living in contemporary times, probably because the utilities are much better (sorry!).

Frankie No need to apologise, and definitely not boring. Who was your childhood hero?

Therese Roald Dahl!

Frankie What is your favourite time of the year?

Therese Summertime! But with air-conditioning 😊

Frankie Ha,ha! That’s great. Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Therese What a great question! I love Nalini from my February 2018 release, Falling For His Convenient Queen. She’s so determined to prove herself, but at the same time, doesn’t want her past to taint her present. She’s strong and vulnerable; my favourite kind of heroine!

Frankie That sort of heroine is a favourite of mine too, she sounds great. Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?

Therese All around me! Sometimes it’s a real-life event, sometimes it’s a theme or trope that I’d love to explore, sometimes it’s an emotion, and sometimes it’s people (but don’t tell people who know me that!)

Frankie Ha,ha my Los are sealed. What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Therese One, read the genre you want to write in. It’ll help you know what’s popular, what publishers are looking for, and what might be expected from you.

Two, make your writing a priority. It’s easy to make excuses about not having time, but even if it’s for fifteen minutes a day, write!

Three, do your research. Know where you’re interested in submitting to, or whether you’d like to self-publish. Knowledge will help you plan, and planning will help you make better decisions about your writing career.

Frankie What fantastic tops, Thank you. If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Therese Ooh, I’d LOVE to invite Jane from the TV series Jane the Virgin and the actress who plays her, Gina Rodriguez (is that against the rules?), and then I’d invite author Beverly Jenkins because I think the four of us would have amazing (and endless) things to talk about!

 

Frankie That sounds like an very entertaining dinner party. Thank you, Therese for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Therese Chocolate! ALWAYS chocolate! 😊

Mine too! Thank you Therese.

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Therese’s up an coming release; Falling for His Convenient Queen is to be released 28th January and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Conveniently Wed, Royally Bound… 

…until the queen melted the king’s heart 

King Zacchaeus’s plan to marry Princess Nalini was purely to secure the alliance between their kingdoms—but his bride has ulterior motives! Nalini has no intention of settling for anything less than love, and she’ll enjoy every second of challenging the reluctant king to open his heart.

Can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com / Amazon UK

Review – Untried Heart (Heart’s and Halo’s #2) by Nicky Charles and Jan Gordon

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What happens when perfection is too perfect?

Eugenie, a young and untried guardian angel, loves her life in Heaven, yet something is missing. When she is finally assigned her first interactive case, she hopes if it will provide the excitement she craves.

Her client, Benjamin Davis, is certainly interesting enough. Is he the key to her happiness? Or will the unexpected discovery of a relic from her past cause too many complications?

With the guidance of her superior, the Archangel Michael, and additional help from Zeke, an up and coming GA, Eugenie sets out on an adventure that could change her life in ways she never expected.

Untried Heart is the second installment in the Hearts and Halos series by Nicky Charles and Jan Gordon.
This is the first novel I have read by either of these ladies and I have to say I really liked it, it’s so different to anything I have read before and it’s an enchanting tale of finding love when you least expect and being able to move on after life has been rough to you. It’s a great story about second chances.
During the 20’s when Eugenie is a young woman who has her whole life a head of her, she has a terrible accident and dies. Fast forward eighty years and she is a Guardian Angel in training and her first real case where she actually gets to communicate with people instead of just watching is to help Benjamin Davis.
Her Guardian Angel boss; Michael suspects that deep down inside this shy young woman there is some one worth paying attention to, he sees her potential like no one ever has. He gives her the opportunity not just to step up in her GA role but to also for a short period of time actually live and experience life something she has never been able to do. When she was alive she was practically a doormat to her demanding parents and in her death she was just floating from one department to another never knowing her place.
It was obvious he didn’t believe her. Michael was right. Benjamin Davis certainly lacked faith in his fellow man…er…woman. Well, she’d do her best to fix that. As his guardian angel, it was her duty!
I like how Michael gives Eugenie the chance to shine and just be a young woman that she so missed out on when she was alive – even though you suspect he knows more than he is letting on, like how the story will end up as in the end he is ready for the twist of events.  
Ben is a broken man in more ways than one, he has had to endure far more than anyone should have to endure his marriage breaks down and his ex-wife having taken him to the cleaners in the divorce settlement, his so called best friend and business partner leaves him high and dry when he fiddles the books and on top of that his father dies. At this point Ben is financially and emotionally bankrupt, he has taken to drink and not looking after himself the way he should be.
Then at his darkest hour Ben meets the alluring and mind-boggling Eugenie, he doesn’t quite know what to think of her, but he senses that there is something about this young woman that makes him stop and think about his life. In one swoop – a rather clumsy swoop – she manages to help him with his business and makes him seriously consider his life. You can see instantly that as much as he is on guard around her he is also charmed by her, she is a refreshing change from his selfish ex-wife.
As Ben and Eugenie begin to get closer, she soon starts to see him as more than just a case and more as a man in need of a little love and soon her feelings for him grows. It’s so heart-warming seeing them both start to learn about not only each other but about themselves too. Eugenie missed out on so much not just because she died very young but while she was a live she missed out on her younger years and watching as she starts to live is very lovely, especially when you can see her falling in love with him.
“I mean I won’t do it.” She blinked rapidly. “I know the assignment is done, that it’s time to move on but…” A tear spilled down her cheek. “I…” She looked away. “I love him.”
But there is so much standing in their way, not only the usual little things that a couple have to cope with but in this case, there is the fact that she is an angel.
Untired Heart is so fresh and new, it is a story that at first seems a bit too out there but once you begin to read it and get to know Ben and Eugenie as people it is tender, unique and thoughtful take on the romance genre and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nicky Charles and Jan Gordan have created a beautifully written and charming romance about two characters who you genuinely take an interest in and care about, and it is one that I can very much recommend.
An interesting and loving story and a series I’m looking forward to reading more of.
This was a complimentary copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Untried Heart is out now and can be purchased at Amazon.

A Chat With… Author Tabetha Waite

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Today I have the great pleasure of chatting with Historical Romance author, Tabetha Waite. So sit back and let’s get to know a little about Tabetha…

Tabetha grew up in a small town in Missouri with big dreams of being a published author after her fourth grade teacher said she liked reading her stories. She began her journey by putting pen to paper writing anything from fantasy to mystery, but it wasn’t until she started high school that her grandmother introduced her to the classic, Gothic novels. As her love of romance grew to encompass Harlequins, it wasn’t until she read “Midnight Bride” by Kathleen Drymon did she develop a fascination for historical England. After discovering Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, she was hooked!
It wasn’t until 30 years and 63 rejections later that her debut novel, “Why the Earl is After the Girl,” the first book in her Ways of Love series was picked up for publication in July 2016 to critical acclaim, winning the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in Romance. Her second book, “Where the Viscount Met His Match,” released on ebook in June 2017.
When she’s not writing, Tabetha is reading as true bookworms do, checking out any flea market, antique mall, or doll show she comes across, and working as a lunch lady at the local community college. She is a certified PAN member of the RWA, a founding member of the romance novel film company, Passionflix, and a proud supporter of The Ripped Bodice, an all romance bookstore in CA!
You can find her on most any social media site and she encourages any fans of her work to join her mailing list to learn more about upcoming novels or events.
 

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Frankie Hi Tabetha, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today….Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?

Tabetha Romantic, Goofy, Dreamer, Mother & Author

Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Tabetha Definitely Regency England! Since that is my preferred genre there is soooo much I could learn by traveling back in time! I would take so many notes.

Frankie Can you tell us a little about your latest release? This can be your most recent or up-and coming release.

Tabetha I currently have two books to my credit with my latest release coming out this month! It is the third book in my Ways of Love Series called, “When a Duke Pursues a Lady.” The tagline reads – “An innocent woman. A loyal agent to the Crown. A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.” In all my books I like to push the boundaries a bit with adventure, passion and some unsuspecting twists and turns. That’s the beauty of fiction!

Frankie Ooh, that sounds really good, Who was your childhood hero?

Tabetha Since I wasn’t introduced to some of my favourite writers until I was a young adult, I would have to say that my childhood hero was probably Beatrix Potter. I loved the Peter Rabbit stories. Not only was she a great author, but she was a talented artist!

Frankie How fabulous, she as an incredible lay, if you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?

Tabetha In all honesty, I don’t really have any certain actor/actress in mind for my books when I start out. They develop along the way in regards to characteristics and personality. Even then, it may not be someone very famous that I find who suits the image in my mind. For now I’m just trying to focus on trying to become a bestseller. However, I did win the BIBA for romance in 2017 for my debut novel, as well as made a respected bloggers Top 20 list of 2017, so that was certainly something to celebrate!

Frankie Congratulations! Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Tabetha I love all my characters. After spending so much time with them on my laptop, they become special, if not stubborn at times! I did like Big B. He was a side character introduced in Book one, “Why the Earl is After the Girl” and has been mentioned in Books two and three. He was also my teenager daughter’s favourite.

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Tabetha Inspiration could strike me for no reason and at no particular time. But for my debut novel, I was inspired by a computer crash! I had several unfinished M/S that I had started and intended to return to that were effectively wiped clean. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a backup, so I had to start from scratch. It was disheartening to know that so much time and effort had been put into these stories and they were just – gone. In spite of this, I got to thinking, how would a heroine feel to know she’s lost everything? Thus, Athena Hawthorne was born.

Frankie Oh, no! Thanks is the worst, What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Tabetha 1) DON’T GIVE UP! It took me 30 years of holding up a dream and 63 rejections before I was published. I’ll always be grateful to Etopia Press for giving a “newbie” a chance.

2) DON’T TAKE CRITICISM TO HEART! The advice you get along your writing journey is a tool meant to help you grow as an author. Sure, not every book is someone’s ‘cup of tea,’ but just remember why you started writing in the first place. It was for the love of it. Don’t let someone steal that joy. Continue to plug on, even if you don’t always feel like it.

3) PUBLISHING IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP! Just because you FINALLY got your foot in the door, whether it is with one of the Big 5 publishing houses, a smaller press, or self-published, that is only the beginning. It takes time and dedication to pursue a career in writing. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, people write for years and barely get any recognition. It’s a tough market and competition is fierce! The point is not to get discouraged. There are billions of people on this planet and books enough for everyone. Personally, I have a huge TBR pile and it continues to grow. Does that mean I’ll stop buying books? Of course not! Reading is a form of entertainment just the same as music, movies, or theatre. People are always on the lookout for new authors to add to their list of long-time favorites. Keep that chin up!

Frankie Wow, this are amazing tips, thank you for sharing. If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Tabetha Jane Austen! I would love to hear what advice she could give.
Queen Victoria. I love any monarch, but she really seemed like an interesting lady!
Ludwig van Beethoven. I bet his Moonlight Sonata would be haunting live!

Frankie Thank you, Tabetha for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Tabetha That would have to be cookie dough and ice cream! Put together, it’s my downfall!

Mmmm! That sounds so good, Thank you!

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Tabetha’s latest book When a Duke Pursues a Lady is out now and can be found at Amazon.

An innocent woman. A loyal agent to the Crown. A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.

After three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage, Lyra Coventry has been arrested for the murder of her husband, the Earl of Weston. Although she’s innocent of the crime, she has no one to turn to for help, until Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, comes forward to offer his aid. The handsome duke takes her into his custody, saving her from a jail cell. But Lyra doesn’t suspect Alister’s ulterior motive—to prove her guilty of treason—as she slowly loses her heart to a man who is far more than he seems…

Alister Ayles leads a secret life. To the ton, he is a dullard, the subject of ridicule. But as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he’s discovered a higher purpose by protecting his country. Now he’s faced with his toughest investigation to date, uncovering a plot against the Crown…and discovering whether or not Lyra, the woman he let slip through his fingers years ago, is a traitor. Nothing is as it seems, and as the plot unravels, the dangers to them increase. He struggles to keep his feelings for her contained, but when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?

When a Duke Pursues a Lady can be purchased at Amazon.

A Chat With… Author Rachel Dove

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I have the very great pleasure of welcoming contemporary romance author Rachel Dove to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. Sit back and Lets get to know a bit about Rachel…

“I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses. In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists. 

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.  In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. 

I am the winner of the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award in 2016. 
My next book, The Long Walk Back, is out in January 2018 and I am currently writing the last book in the Westfield series. I am also a post 16 teacher and am undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University. ”

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Frankie Hi Rachel, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?

Rachel Driven, loyal, happy, passionate, fretful

Frankie If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Rachel I love the sweeping old days, the Gaskell North and South days, but I would not fare well there, as I am a big mouthed feminist! I don’t fit the role of woman as it was in those days, so I would have been in big trouble, but I love reading about all the women who ruffled feathers in books set in those days.

Frankie Who was your childhood hero?

Rachel Roald Dahl. He still is, really.

Frankie What is your favourite time of the year?

Rachel Summer. I love the sun, laying out in it reading a book and drinking wine, no central heating, bad weather. Everyone is happier. Plus I love the beach – I wish I lived by the coast. One day.

Frankie Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Rachel My favourite character has to be Rory, from my newest book Nice Guys Finish Lonely. He is just so vulnerable, and was great fun to write. He felt very real to me.

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Rachel All kinds of places. I get inspiration from reading about people and their lives in newspapers, magazines etc, from overhearing people in coffee shops. Sometimes locations or objects inspire me, and then I research things. Often the characters are formed first in my head.

Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Rachel First of all, learn about writing – join a group, get the Writers and Artists Yearbook, study the bookshelves in your local bookstores.
Secondly – write and read. Loads. Keep writing and reading, keep working on what you want to write. Read for pleasure and read every genre you fancy. Challenge yourself, and don’t worry if it’s not Booker material. 50 Shades or Tolstoy, it’s all reading.
Thirdly – enter competitions! Enter anything you can that speaks to what you want to write. Don’t be afraid – enter it and then enter some more. Make sure you follow the instructions and do the best entry you can. Competitions are excellent practice if nothing else.

Frankie Those are fabulous tips, Thank you. If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Rachel Roald Dahl, Emily Bronte and Tom Hanks.

  

Frankie Definetly my kind of dinner guests, Thank you, Rachel for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Rachel coconut mushrooms. My favourite.

Oh, I love those! 😍 Thank you so much.

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Rachel’s next book; The Long Walk Back is released on 11th January.

Does everyone deserve a second chance?

As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.

Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different from how he planned?

The Long Walk Back can be pre-ordered at Amazon.