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#Exclusive Author Interview with Julie Stock #BookPromo #TheBistrobyWatersmeetBridge @wood_beeze48

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Hello Sunshines, I hope everyone is safe and well. I have the huge pleasure to welcome the wonderful Julie Stock, author of feel-good contemporary romances, we are talking about relaxing with a good book, writing and Kit-Kats – you know me, chocolate must be involved 😉 So sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

Frankie: Hi Julie, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Julie: Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog, Frankie.

Frankie: Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Julie: Romantic; Friendly; Passionate; Organised; Hard-working.

Frankie: Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

Julie: My latest release is The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, a feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.

Here’s the blurb:

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills, Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan. 

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

You can up pick up your copy here.

Frankie: When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Julie: My favourite relaxing thing to do is to read. I love reading romance of all kinds, but I enjoy reading other genres too, including women’s fiction and thrillers.

Frankie: If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Julie: This is something I’ve discussed with my husband a lot! It would probably be in France or Spain. We’ve travelled across most of France so it would be hard to pick one place, but we really love Alsace in eastern France (and I set another of my books, The Vineyard in Alsace, there so that would make sense!), and we also love the Vendée/Charente regions of western France. If we were going to live in Spain instead, we loved Valencia when we went there a couple of years ago and would be very happy to settle there.

Frankie: If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Julie: I’d love for any of my books to be made into a film, but I’d really like to see my début novel, From Here to Nashville on the screen. When I wrote it, I imagined my main female character, Rachel, being played by Emma Watson, and my male lead, being played by country music singer, Sam Hunt.

Frankie: When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

Julie: When I wrote my first book, I was definitely a ‘pantser’, writing by the seat of my pants, as writers call it, but over time, I’ve realised that it helps me to plot a little before I start writing so that I don’t get stuck along the way. I really only outline the plot in the loosest way so that there’s room for me to explore where the story might go but it’s very helpful to have that outline to turn to as I write.

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

Julie:

  • Make time for your writing. As someone once said, you can’t edit a blank page. If you can write 300 words a day, you’ll have 10,000 words by the end of a month.
  • Be prepared to accept help. Join an organisation like The Romantic Novelists’ Association or one for your genre. The RNA has a great New Writers’ Scheme and that will help you gain confidence in the early days of your writing career.
  • Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to find your voice as a writer, and to find the path to publishing that suits you. Try not to worry if it doesn’t all happen overnight. Just keep writing and keep improving, and you’ll get there.

Frankie: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Julie: I would have to invite Barbra Streisand because she’s my favourite singer of all! I’d also invite Matthew Goode because he is just gorgeous but also I imagine he’d be a great conversationalist. Finally, I’d invite someone who could make us all laugh, so I think I’d invite Rob Brydon.

Frankie: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Julie. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Julie: I love most foods so this is hard, but I’m partial to cashew nuts, or pitta bread and hummus, if savoury. If something sweet, I love a Kit-Kat!

Frankie: Oooh, yes!! Bread for me in any form and I will never say no to a Kit-Kat 😉 Thank you, Julie!

Julie: Thanks so much again for having me on your blog, Frankie. I loved answering your questions.

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About the Author

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.

If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: NEWSLETTER. As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the; From Here to You series, for free.

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Book Promo

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge

A feel-good contemporary romance, set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon. 

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills, Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan. 

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

Pick up a copy here.

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If you are a Romance and/or Historical author and would like a free Book Promo which will feature on the blog and across Chicks, Rogues and Scandals social media, then do get in touch via the Contact Me page quoting ‘Book Promo’

#Exclusive Author Interview with Kiley Dunbar #BookPromo @KileyDunbar @HeraBooks

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Hello Sunshines! I have the huge pleasure to welcome lovely author; Kiley Dunbar to  Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, in an exclusive interview. We are chatting books, writing, Midget Gems and Sam Heughan…what more could a person want? Plus Kiley will be telling us all about her up and coming new book; Summer at the Highland Coral Beach. So sit back, grab that cuppa and enjoy!

Summer at the Highland Coral Beach by Kiley Dunbar 

Series: The Port Willow Bay Series

Publisher: Hera Books

To be Released: 27 March 2020

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Escape to the Highland Coral Beach – where broken hearts can be healed…

Beatrice Halliday needs a break from life. Booking a trip to the Highlands on a whim, Beatrice hopes learning Gaelic in a beautiful Scottish village might help her heal her grief after losing her baby, her husband and her much loved job in a space of months.

But Port Willow Bay isn’t exactly as the website promised. Instead of learning a new language, she’s booked in to learn the ancient skill of willow weaving, her hotel room is Princess and the Pea themed (with a stack of mattresses for her bed!) and worse still, her tutor is Atholl Fergusson, grumpy landlord of the hotel where Beatrice is staying – and she’s the only one doing the course.

But as Beatrice finds herself falling in love with Port Willow Bay and its people, and as she discovers the kind heart beneath Atholl’s stony exterior, can she really leave?

Escape to the beautiful Scottish Highlands with this utterly romantic, feelgood book; one visit to Port Willow Bay and you’ll want to come back! Fans of Sarah Morgan, Carole Matthews and Holly Martin will be captivated.

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Praise for Kiley Dunbar

‘I would easily give this book hundreds of stars’ Little Miss Book Lover 87

‘this book was just sheer gorgeousness from the first page to the last, and I loved every moment…A really special book, and an author to watch for the future’ Being Anne

‘What an adorable, emotional, and beautiful read!!…This is certainly one of my favourite holiday reads and a book that will stick with me’ Diary of a Book Fiend

‘I just adored this book…This is a perfect book to chase away the winter blues and make you dream of love in the summertime. I cannot recommend it highly enough.’ A Little Book Problem

‘This was one of those books that you smiled reading from the very first page. It is such a feel-good rom-com’ Kelly’s Book Space

‘A heart-warming and uplifting romantic read about
love lost and found, second chances and new beginnings…will leave you with a great big smile on your face.’ Bookish Jotting

‘a glittering feast of love and happiness that I simply couldn’t put down… I urge you all to add this stunning book to your TBR pile immediately.’ Stacy Is Reading

‘a warm, feel good and uplifting read with some unforgettable moments and gorgeous descriptions.’ On My Book Shelf

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Frankie: Hi Kiley, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Kiley: Hi Frankie, thanks so much for having me! I’m so chuffed to be here.

Frankie: Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Kiley: Scottish, romantic, smiles at dogs.

Frankie: Ditto! That could be me, except for the Scottish part 🙂 Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

Kiley: Summer at the Highland Coral Beach is out on 27th March 2020 and it is a book with themes very close to my heart.

The story follows Beatrice Halliday after her whole life falls apart. Her marriage has broken down after she loses her job and goes through the trauma of a miscarriage. This has all occurred months before readers meet her at the start of the book. She doesn’t know how to process her grief and ends up running away to the Scottish Highlands. Port Willow proves to be the perfect place to begin her recovery and rebuilding as she makes new friends and finds a community who need her own special brand of organisational zeal and meddling. Port Willow is a magical place, a little lost in time and with a big dose of kaleyard nostalgia, more akin to the nineteen fifties than the twenty twenties.

I wanted to write a book that dealt with baby loss and the strains it puts on couples (often invisible strain because we’re discouraged from talking about miscarriage), and I wanted to write about some of the different ways of being a mother: mothers to lost babies (Beatrice and Mrs Fergusson), lesbian mums raising a baby conceived with assisted insemination (Angela and Vic) as well as featuring characters who choose not to have children (Kitty and Gene).

The book may deal with difficult themes but there’s lots of fun and laughter too and plenty lightness and romance. I hope you love Beatrice’s matchmaking; sexy, grumpy Atholl Fergusson and his dopey, romantic brother Gene; the romantic date at the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye; the big finale ceilidh; and the towering fairy-tale bed at the Princess and the Pea Inn!

Frankie: When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Kiley: I read a lot to relax. I love Jenny Colgan and Daphne du Maurier. I’m also really into Ruby Lang and Helen Hoang at the moment. And I walk Amos, my Bedlington terrier. He’s always curled up at my feet when I’m writing and is a lovely wee boy!

Frankie: If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Kiley: No question, it’d be Plockton in the Scottish Highlands. It’s the picturesque coastal village which (very loosely) inspired Port Willow in Summer at the Highland Coral Beach. It’s stunning! All palm trees, pretty gardens, Victorian hotels and a lovely sweeping bay, and just along the coast there’s a hidden coral beach with crystal clear turquoise waters to rival the prettiest tropical bay. Oh, I wish I was there now!

Frankie: If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Kiley: I’d definitely pick Sam Heughan (Jamie from Outlander) to play Atholl Fergusson as Sam’s Barbour clothing adverts (Google them, you won’t be disappointed) helped inspire Atholl’s whole aesthetic. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (from Fleabag) would make a brilliant Beatrice with her mix of heartbreak, inner depths of strength and all her daring humour.

Frankie: You have me hooked the moment you said, Outlander 😉 When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

Kiley: I don’t start writing until I have the plot all set out. It often changes as I write, and sometimes again in edits, but I’m definitely a planner in all aspects of my life, not just writing. What I’m saying is, I’m a control freak.

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

Kiley: Join the Romantic Novelists’ Association if you can.

Talk to other writers on Twitter and find your writing family.

Subscribe to lots of book lovers’ blogs and follow bloggers on Twitter to keep you up to date with reading tastes, make new pals and get loads of good book recommendations.

Frankie: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Kiley: I’d have Kim Namjoon from BTS (yes, I’m a 41 year old ARMY), and I’d love to meet Marian Keyes – she’d be brilliant at any dinner party – and Miriam Margolyes because she’s a legend and lots of fun. That would be a pretty interesting dinner party!

Frankie: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Kiley. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Kiley: Midget Gems are my writing snack of choice! Nom! Probably should have said something healthy but seriously, they’re so good!

Frankie: Haha, Midget Gems work for me too, I do love a bag of sweet. 🙂 Thank you!

Kiley: Thanks so much for chatting with me, Frankie! It’s a huge honour to be on your blog, love, Kiley, x

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About the Author

Kiley Dunbar is the author of heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places. JOAN HESSAYON AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVELISTS FINALIST 2019 FOR ONE SUMMER’S NIGHT.

Kiley is Scottish and lives in England with her husband, two kids and Amos the Bedlington Terrier. She writes around her work at a University in the North of England where she lectures in English Literature and creative writing. She is proud to be a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a graduate of their New Writers’ Scheme.
Kiley’s third novel, Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (coming 27th March 2020) The first of the Port Willow Bay series is on Pre-order right now!!

One Summer’s Night was Kiley’s first novel (published by Hera Books) and is on sale now!
Don’t forget there’s also a fabulous audible audiobook narrated by Eilidh Beaton.

Kiley’s cosy, sexy-swoony, very snowy festive romcom Christmas at Frozen Falls is on sale NOW too!

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If you are a Romance and/or Historical author and would like a free Book Promo, which will feature on the blog and across Chicks, Rogues and Scandals social media, then do get in touch via the Contact Me page quoting ‘Book Promo’

#BlogTour | Whitsborough Bay Series by Jessica Redland; Feature, Excerpts and Exclusive Author Interview #WhitsboroughBaySeries #BoldWoodBlogger @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks

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Hello Sunshines!! Have got a mega post for you all today? I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this epic blog tour for the whole; Whitsborough Bay series by Jessica Redland. Not only will I be sharing exclusive excerpts for each of the books, but I also have an exclusive to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals interview with Jessica, where will be chatting all about books, writing and my favourite topic; chocolate. So pull up a seat, grab that cuppa and enjoy.

Frankie: Hi, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Jessica: Thank you so much for having me

Frankie: Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Jessica: Snuggly, imaginative, caring, fun, organised

Frankie: Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

Jessica: Coming Home to Seashell Cottage is the final part in my ‘Welcome to Whitsborough Bay’ series. The series is made up of four books, each centring around one main female protagonist:

Book 1 – Making Wishes at Bay View – This is a prequel to the series, introducing Callie who works in a care home and tends to make very poor relationship choices involving much older men. Her favourite resident, Ruby, thinks Callie would be better off with her grandson, Rhys, but Callie is worried that Rhys might be a figment of Ruby’s imagination. It’s a lovely story of intergenerational relationships and how it’s never too late to give up on a wish for a happy ever after.

Books 2-4 are set chronologically, each one picking up where the last one left off, and they follow three friends – Sarah, Elise and Clare. Each book is a complete story with one of the women as the protagonist but we get to know and find out about the others.

Book 2 – New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms – This is Sarah’s story. After being unexpectedly gifted her auntie’s florist shop, Sarah returns to her hometown of Whitsborough Bay, licking her wounds after a bad relationship. When packing to move, she finds a clairvoyant reading from when she was 18 and everything has come true except one prediction: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. And his name is Steven. Best friend Elise is convinced it’s going to come true but her other best friend, Clare, thinks it’s a load of rubbish. Who’s right?

Book 3 – Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove – We’re focusing on Elise now. Her 12-year marriage has unexpectedly broken down and she’s facing a divorce yet has two weddings to attend as bridesmaid. Not easy! Gary was her one and only relationship so she decides that she needs to get back out there and recently-divorced Daniel may be just what the doctor ordered. Or is he?

Book 4 – Coming Home to Seashell Cottage – The final part of the series is Clare’s story. So much has changed for the three women that the dynamics of the friendship have shifted massively. We find out why Clare is so cool and spiky and why she doesn’t talk about her past. There are lots of secrets and demons to face as Clare discovers that she can run from the past but she can’t hide from it.

Frankie: When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Jessica: I really wish I had an interesting answer but I’m afraid I don’t get any time to relax. I have a full-time day job so I fit writing around that on evenings and weekends. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to write full-time and have a bit more me-time. In rare moments off, I enjoy watching romcoms or reading, and spending time with my family and dog, but these moments are definitely too few!

Frankie: If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Jessica: I’d want it to be somewhere close enough to home that I could visit regularly. Last May, we had a family holiday in Portugal. It’s the first time we’ve been there and we absolutely loved it. The scenery was stunning and the people were so friendly. We’re going back this May because we loved it so much.

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?

Jessica: I would love the whole of the series to be made into a Netflix series! If it was just one book to be made into a film, I’d probably say The Secret to Happiness which is a standalone novel which was released last September. It’s the story of three women – Karen, Alison and Danniella – who need to say goodbye to someone/something but are struggling to do so. When they meet at a bootcamp run by Karen, can the power of friendship give them the strength to do what they’ve been unable to do alone? I would struggle to say who the main characters would be, though. I have a Pinterest board with inspiration for my characters but they’re not necessarily famous people. I struggle with picking celebs because I watch so little TV (back to earlier question about never having time to relax!)

Frankie: When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

Jessica: Pantser. All the time. I know my characters very well and I know where the story is going to end but I let the journey unfold as I write.

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

Jessica:

  1. If you want to write, write. You may not be great at it but you’ll never know unless you try
  2. Learn how to write. Being good at writing in day to day life v writing a book are two very different skills. There’s a lot to learn but there are some amazing self-help books, courses, and qualifications out there to help. I spent ten years learning my craft whilst writing my debut. To be fair, I had a lot of years where I didn’t write anything as I married, had a baby, opened and closed a business and changed job several times during that time, but I never lost sight of that goal and never stopped learning
  3. Take the NaNoWriMo approach of just getting on with it. You can edit it later. You might ditch a lot of it later. But if you don’t get the words down in the first place, you’ll have nothing to edit

Frankie: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Jessica: The famous person answer would be Dawn French, Chris Hemsworth and James Corden.

The non-famous answer would be my good friends Susan, Jackie and Catryn who I hardly ever get to see because we live so far apart.

Frankie: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Jessica! I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Jessica: Chocolate. Nom nom. Specific favourite at the moment are Teasers (Maltesers). Ooh, salivating right now!

Frankie: Oooh, yes!! You are certainly talking my language with Teasers, thank you! xx

Jessica: Thank you so much for your fabulous questions. Jessica xx

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Whitsborough Bay Series

Making Wishes at Bay View: The perfect uplifting novel of love and friendship for 2020 (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 1)

This book was previously published as two novellas – Raving About Rhys and Callie’s Christmas Wish.

Never give up on a wish for a happy ever after…

Callie Derbyshire has it all: her dream job as a carer at Bay View, finally she has found the love of her life. Everything is perfect.

Well, almost.

Ex-partners are insistent on stirring up trouble, and Callie’s favourite resident, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self.

But after discovering the truth about Ruby’s lost love, Callie is determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. After all, it’s never too late to let love in again. Or is it?

A heartwarming and uplifting novel of finding love and friendship in the least expected places from top 10 bestselling author, Jessica Redland.

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New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms: The perfect uplifting page-turner for 2020 (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 2)

Sometimes love can bloom where you least expect it…

For Sarah Peterson, it’s time for change. Coming out of a dead end relationship and having had enough of city life, she just needs to escape and have a fresh start – a new job, a new home and a new lifestyle.

So when her Auntie Kay unexpectedly offers her the opportunity to take over her flower shop, Seaside Blooms, the timing could not be more perfect. She could escape to the beautiful seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, start a new chapter in her life – and learn how to run a business!

But, as she packs up her life in London, she isn’t prepared for the discovery of a clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All of the predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven…

As she prepares for the biggest move of her life, Sarah can’t help but wonder if Seaside Blooms could be a new beginning for love too?

A warm, uplifting novel of love, friendship and destiny from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms is a new, revised and updated edition of a novel previously published as Searching For Steven.

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New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms; Excerpt

Come on, Jason. Ring.’ I frowned at my iPhone as I paced up and down in the lounge, my stiletto heels echoing on the wooden floorboards. ‘Or text. I don’t care which. Just make contact. Please.’

My heart leapt as the phone beeped, but the text was from one of my best friends instead.

From Elise

Happy birthday Sarah! Last year in your twenties so make the most of it. Wish you weren’t so far away so I could give you a birthday hug so sending one by text instead. I’ve hopefully timed your present to arrive today. Hope Jason’s got you a fab gift… proposal maybe? Have a great evening xxxxxxx

I stretched out my arm to admire the sparkly silver bracelet she’d sent.

To Elise

Just got home and your parcel was waiting. Way too generous as usual… but absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much. Not sure where he’s taking me but hopefully it’s somewhere nice this time. I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go! Would be lying if I said a proposal hadn’t crossed my mind. EEEEEEKKKK!!!! You’ll be first to know if he does xxx

My hands shook slightly and I felt a flutter in my stomach as I typed in the words. Could tonight really be the night? Maybe. The timing felt about right and he’d been talking about making plans for the future. We’d been together for two years and two months and had lived together for most of that time. Aside from occasional bouts of thoughtlessness on his part and a tendency to drag me to the gym or on a twenty-mile hike way more often than a person should have to endure in a lifetime, we were very happy together and I assumed that a proposal wouldn’t be too far away.

Another text arrived but it still wasn’t Jason.

From Clare

Sorry for not texting earlier. Dim Daz borrowed my phone then drove to Essex with it. Bloody muppet. Anyway, better late than never… happy birthday you old fart. Can’t believe you want to spend the evening with your eejit flatmate rather than me. Hope it’s not McDonalds this time! Maybe he’ll really treat you & do Pizza Hut?! Keep Saturday night free if you want your card & gift or I’m keeping them xx

She’d added several laughing emojis to the end of the text.

Your Auntie Clare is being very rude, as usual,’ I said to one of our kittens, Kat, who’d appeared to demand a fuss. ‘Flatmate indeed.’ But I couldn’t help smiling. Only Clare could get away with a comment like that.

To Clare

Thanks. Was beginning to think you’d forgotten me! I promise to keep Saturday free for you. Dread to know what sort of abuse I’d get if I don’t. Not sure where MY BOYFRIEND is taking me. Still waiting to hear. McDonalds was a misunderstanding and you know it! Laters xx

From Clare

Misunderstanding my arse! My final guess of the evening… The Griffin

I shook my head. So our two-year anniversary hadn’t gone quite to plan, but it was my fault really. I should have known that saying, ‘I’d love to go out for a meal to celebrate; how about The Kam Po? I could meet you in The Griffin after work,’ was far too vague for Jason. I ended up nursing the same glass of Pinot Grigio for ninety minutes before finally accepting he wasn’t coming. Trudging home, I found him in his gym kit playing on his Xbox. ‘You been working late?’ he asked. ‘You should’ve texted me. I got you a McDonalds on the way home, but it’ll be cold now and there’s nothing else to eat.’ He returned to his game and I went to bed hungry. I kept hoping he’d realise his mistake but he never did and, by then, it felt too late to say anything.

I checked my phone again now. Nothing. It couldn’t happen twice, could it? No. It had been his idea this time. Some of my friends from work had suggested a birthday meal, but Jason had insisted on taking me out himself. I’d gently reminded him a couple of days ago and he’d assured me it was in hand and I wasn’t to quiz him any further or I’d spoil the surprise. He said he’d contact me last minute with a location to meet him so I could enjoy the excitement of speculating about where we were going. This was certainly last minute and excitement wasn’t quite the feeling I’d describe.

It was now after half six. Sod it! I couldn’t do this anymore.

To Jason

This is killing me! Where are you taking me? I’m all ready and awaiting my instructions! Please tell me you haven’t forgotten xx

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Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 3)

When it feels like everything is against you, sometimes you just need a little bit of hope…

Married to her childhood sweetheart for over twelve years, Elise feels like starting a family is the next natural step. However her husband, Gary, has other ideas…

Suddenly single, Elise is completely heartbroken and struggling to start over on her own. But when she’s enlisted to be bridesmaid to her best friend, Sarah, she has to put on a brave face, put her own feelings aside and find a way to get over Gary. Fast.

So when she meets handsome, recently-divorced, Daniel, she thinks he could be just what she needs. But why can’t she shake the feeling that he must be too good to be true?

Will she ever be able to take that leap and trust again?

An uplifting read of love, loss and finding yourself from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

This book was previously published as Getting Over Gary

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Finding hope at Lighthouse Cove; Excerpt

Li! Are you ready yet?’ Gary shouted up the stairs. ‘I thought we were meeting them at seven.’

I glanced towards the digital alarm clock: 18:28. Still twelve minutes till we needed to leave. I took a deep, calming breath then called, ‘Just a few more minutes. We won’t be late. I promise.’

Squirting another mist of hairspray on my loose auburn curls, I blew a few flecks of make-up off my new teal dress, then pulled on a pair of black strappy, sparkly shoes. Grabbing a black pashmina and clutch bag off the bed, I took a quick glance in the full-length mirror on the wall. Not bad. Perhaps a little over-dressed for a meal at The Bombay Palace with my sister and her fiancé, but surely Gary would be impressed with the effort, especially as the dress was his favourite colour on me. Maybe he’d even pay me a compliment. I shook my head at my reflection. I wouldn’t get my hopes up on that one. I’d be lucky if he managed the ultimate cop-out non-compliment of, ‘You look nice.’

I paused at the top of the stairs and gazed down at my husband tapping something into his phone, a deep frown creasing his brow. Even in a mood, he was still irresistible with his dark hair, dark eyes and tall, athletic build.

I’m ready,’ I called, preparing myself to do a little twirl so he could appreciate the tightness of the bodice clinging to all the right places – a daring move for someone who normally wore long skirts and maxi-dresses – but he barely managed a cursory glance as he pocketed his phone.

About time too,’ he said. ‘I’ll get the car started. Can you lock up?’ Without waiting for an answer, he went outside.

I reached for the banister and clung onto it as I took a few deep, shaky breaths and willed myself not to cry. It was fine. Timekeeping stressed him out and, even though we weren’t actually late, he was understandably tired and irritable. He’d been working long hours with the surgery expansion recently and seemed to be permanently on edge. He’d likely skipped lunch again so was bound to relax when we ate.

Would you like me to drive back tonight so you can have a drink?’ I asked as Gary backed his Lexus off the drive. I reached across to give his thigh a gentle stroke but withdrew my hand when I felt him tense under my touch.

I’m fine, thanks. We’ll stick to the rule.’

Okay.’ Gary’s ‘rule’ was that if it’s your family or your friends, you drink and the other drives. I rarely drink so was happy to be the designated driver most of the time, but Gary refused to deviate.

I stared out of the window as he drove along Abbey Drive then guided the car out of the small new-build housing estate where we’d lived for the past six years. Glancing across at his tight jaw as we joined the main road into Whitsborough Bay, he certainly looked like a man who could do with a relaxing drink. Perhaps I’d have one more try at breaking the rule.

Are you sure? You know I’m never bothered about drinking when we’re eating.’

We stopped at the traffic lights, but Gary still didn’t look at me. His hands tightly gripped the steering wheel. ‘I’ve already said I’m fine. She’s your sister so I’m the driver. Can we just drop it, Li? Please?’

Okay. Sorry.’ I turned to look out of the window again, blinking back tears. He’d come round when he saw Jess and Lee. He loved their company, even if he didn’t seem to love mine at the moment.

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Coming Home To Seashell Cottage (Welcome To Whitsborough Bay Book 4)

*Winner of Chill With a Book Book of the Year 2019 Award as Dreaming About Daran*

For Clare O’Connell, home is where the heart aches…

Since the age of sixteen, Clare O’Connell has lived her life by four strict rules:

1. Don’t talk about Ireland

2. Don’t think about Ireland

3. Don’t go to Ireland

4. Don’t let anyone in

And so far, it’s worked well. She’s got a great career, amazing friends, and she’s really happy. The future is all that counts, isn’t it?

However Clare is about to realise that you can run from the past, but you can’t always hide from it…

When her boss insists she travels to Ireland for work, Clare finds herself drawn back to the village of Ballykielty – the home of her family, and the home of her secrets. The one place where vowed never to return to again…

With the door to her past now wide open, the first three rules have gone out of the window. Will Clare stick to rule number four?

Can she be brave and face up to her family and the demons of her past?

An emotional novel of family, friendship and dealing with your past from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.

This book was previously published as Dreamg About Darran.

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Coming Home to Seashell Cottage; Excerpt

Late September

What the hell is that in the fruit bowl?’ I cautiously leaned forward on Ben’s sofa to get a closer look, hoping it wasn’t an enormous spider about to scuttle over me.

Apples, pears, kiwis and bananas,’ Ben said. ‘Don’t tell me that you’ve reached the grand old age of thirty-three and you still can’t identify your basic fruits.’

I raised my eyebrows at him. ‘Ha ha! You’re hilarious. You should be on stage, so you should.’ I reached my hand out towards the object.

Argh!’ yelled Ben as I was about to touch it.

I snatched back my hand, screaming.

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.’ He rolled around on the sofa, laughing hysterically.

You eejit!’ I whacked him with a cushion. ‘You scared the life out of me! Is this what it’s going to be like living with you? Because if it is, I can check into a hotel for the next few months instead. Are you ready to say goodbye to that new kitchen?’

I worked for a company called Prime PR, managing public relations campaigns for large corporates. Having recently been promoted, I needed to relocate from London to Leeds. Ben – or Saint Ben, as I called him – was the brother of my best friend, Sarah, and he lived in Leeds so I’d adopted him as my meal buddy for the past few years every time I visited on business. Meeting up with a friend for some good craic was far more appealing than dining in a hotel restaurant surrounded by suits staring into space, eating meals for one. On my last trip, I’d moaned about the prospect of living in a hotel for a month or two while I found somewhere to rent and, being the saint he was, Ben immediately offered me his spare room. Grand idea. It meant I could pay Ben rent using my allowance for not staying in a hotel, giving him the funds to refit his prehistoric kitchen. Win-win. Of course, he refused to accept payment, but I wore him down eventually.

Ben put his hands up in surrender as I lifted the cushion to whack him again. ‘Sorry. But you’d have done the same if it had been the other way round. You know you would.’

Perhaps.’

Definitely.’

I smiled. He was right. ‘So, what is it, then?’

Ben reached into the fruit bowl, then held out the black object in the palm of his hand.

It’s a chess piece,’ I said, looking at the black king. ‘Why’s there a chess piece in your fruit bowl?’

He shrugged. ‘I came home from work last Tuesday and, quite randomly, it was on the front doorstep.’

With a note?’

No note. Just the king on his own.’

And it’s yours?’

Nope. I don’t play chess.’

Oh. Very random. But do you know what’s even more random? Why the hell it’s in your fruit bowl instead of the bin.’

It seemed like a good place for it.’

But you don’t know where it’s been. It could have been peed on by a dog. Or worse.’

Ben looked at the king thoughtfully. ‘Good point. Just as well it was between the bananas and kiwis, then, wasn’t it? They’ve got skins.’ He leaned forward and put it back.

Ben! Put it in the bin.’

No.’

Ben!

I reached forward but he grabbed me and started tickling me, which he knew was a pet peeve of mine. I squealed, leapt to my feet and darted past him into his kitchen. Thankfully, I was saved from another attack by the arrival of our Indian takeaway.

Get your hands washed before you touch that food,’ I ordered Ben.

He winked at me. ‘I love it when you’re bossy.’

I dug out some plates and we busied ourselves dishing up the food.

Shall we watch a film while we eat?’ Ben asked. ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’s on TV and I’ve never seen it. My mate Pete said it’s really good.’

Is that the one with Jim Caviezel in it?’

I think so. And Guy Pearce.’

Ooh, two hotties. Grand. Count me in.’

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About the Author

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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A Chat With. . .Author Faye Hall #Exclusive #AuthorInterview #AChatWith @FayeHall79

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Hello my lovely readers! Today I have the huge pleasure to welcome historical romance author, the very lovely Faye Hall to the blog for an exclusive chat, we will be talking all about her latest release; Envy and Favour, writing and oodles more, plus I have an exclusive excerpt for you all to devour. Take a sea, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

About The Author

Faye Hall spent her early years listening to stories about the families – including her own – who settled townships in and around her hometown in North Queensland, Australia. The local townspeople, including her own parents, told her stories of corruption and slavery, along with family secrets and forbidden love.

Desperate to remember what she’d been told, along with her already growing love of writing, Faye began to write about the history of her local area. Never could she have imagined the history of her small home town in Australia would become a growing list of published books.

Faye’s passionate stories combine controversial subjects and provocative encounters as her characters struggle to survive the lifestyle in early rural townships throughout Australia. She explores slavery and abortion, drug addiction and murder, as well as forbidden love and passionate affairs of the heart.

When she’s not writing, Faye enjoys sharing a bottle of wine with her husband in their ever-growing garden, and encouraging the varied interests of their combined family of nine children.

Explore the world of Faye Hall, Australian Historical Romance Author at her website.

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Interview

Frankie : Hi Faye, 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?

Faye : Quirky, Tattooed, Mother, Quiet and Introvert.

Frankie : Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

Faye : My latest release is Envy & Favor, and it’s the sixth book in my Sins of the Virtuous series. Even though it’s part of a series though, it can be read as a stand-alone book.

It’s the story of Atol, a chap hard on his luck who wants to move to North Queensland with the woman he loves. When a situation presents itself that he can finally move north, he finalizes his family business and goes to collect Anna, the woman he loves. He finds her gone without a word. Desperate to be reunited with her, he travels to where he’s certain her father has moved them, only to find the man who murdered his father trying to force Anna into marriage.

There are morphine addicts, and stolen orange sapphires and drama that threatens to tear Anna and Atol apart for good.

Frankie : That sounds amazing, it is definitely going on to my towering TBR,

When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Faye : Relax is a foreign word in my house with 5 school age children still at home! That said, I do try to find time to unwind in our garden, or sitting under our pergola sharing a bottle of wine with my hubby.

Frankie : My goodness, you certainly have your hands full, If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Faye : Ireland – my mother’s family comes from there and I just love the country and history there.

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?

Faye : I’d love to see Heart of Stone made into a film because it’s quite gritty and scandalous what with it’s story line involving slavery and forced marriage. I think Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) would be perfect as my hero Ruben and the heroine Bella should be played by Aviva Baumann (NCIS).

Frankie : When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

Faye : I always try to start with some kind of a plan that’s usually handwritten. Then I type that into the computer and wait for the characters to tell me where to take the story from there. I usually don’t know the ending until I write it though.

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

Faye : Have broad shoulders as the writing industry can be quiet cruel at times. Write from your heart so then every word you put down is pure. And love what you do otherwise it will just become a ‘job’ like everything else and the words will lose their appeal.

Frankie : That’s brilliant, thank you! If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Faye : Sherlock Holmes, Dame Judy Dench and Agatha Christie – should prove to be some interesting conversation around the table haha.

Frankie : Now that would be tea party I would love to attend!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Faye, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Faye : I love cheese and onion potato chips!

Frankie : Yay, one of my favourites too, Thank you Faye, it has been so lovely chatting you with today. X

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Exclusive Excerpt

Damn it, Anna,” Atol cursed. Hurrying to mount his horse, he flicked the reins on its rear and sped off after her.

As he closed the distance between them, he knew he was being a fool running after this woman yet again. He needed to stop dropping everything every time she beckoned him. He needed to, but he couldn’t. Anna was everything he could ever want in a woman, and he would follow her to the ends of the earth should she ask him to.

His heart ached as he reminded himself how pointless such a sacrifice would be. Their fathers would never allow any kind of relationship to eventuate between them other than the friendship he had insisted they keep.

It wasn’t just her friendship that he wanted though. He wanted… His fingers brushed against his lips, remembering her soft kiss moments before. It was one of only a few he had been blessed with since they’d moved to Rockhampton, but he treasured them all, fearing this was all

He would ever be able to share with Anna.

Remembering how easily this most recent show of affection had come about, he again began to wonder if he shouldn’t just defy their fathers and confess his true feelings to her. After all, a woman didn’t give a man such affections unless she desired—

Hurry up, Atol,” she yelled to him from up ahead, interrupting his thoughts.

Looking in the direction of her voice, he saw her dismounting and tying her horse up before undressing down to her chemise and drawers. Captivated by the image she made, he slowed his horse to a walk and approached the swimming hole.

He dismounted and tied his horse near Anna’s, then he slipped off his shoes and removed his shirt, throwing it over a branch of a nearby bottlebrush tree. Strolling toward the bank of the creek, he stalled and rolled up the legs of his jeans before entering the cool water.

You took your time getting here,” she chided him in a playful tone. “I was starting to think you’d changed your mind.”

He waded toward her, suddenly forgetting the distance he usually insisted stay between them. “If a beautiful woman asks you to go for a swim, only a fool would refuse.”

Will Father really be mad when he finds out you didn’t finish those papers?” she asked.

He shrugged, no longer caring about where he should be right now. All he cared about was this woman and how she was making him feel. “No doubt he will be furious, but I’m certain he’d be more furious to learn where I am with his daughter right now.”

She held his gaze. “But we’re just swimming. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

He studied her, unsure if she meant what she was saying. “Surely you know there’s nothing so innocent about a man and woman sneaking away to swim. The assumption would be that any man left alone with a woman of your beauty would be unable to control himself.”

Yet you seem to have ample control.” She waded toward him, stopping a breath away. “I’ve invited you to swim with me so many times and never once have you touched me inappropriately.”

His hand cupped her cheek, his thumb brushing her lips. “Even you must know every man has their limits.”

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Book Spotlight

Envy and Favor by Faye Hall

What happens when a resentful man is determined to win the favor of the one you love?

For years Atol Livia has desired only one thing—to move north, far from the corruption of his father’s business, and start a life with the woman he loves. That is if Anna Jenel can look past his poverty and will agree to marry him. When Anna informs him that she gave her heart to him long ago, never once caring about any wealth he might have, he’s elated. But their plans are delayed when Atol’s father is found murdered. Once Atol has finally settled his obligations and is able to leave town, he goes to collect Anna but discovers that she is gone.

Anna doesn’t understand why her father whisked her away in the middle of the night to travel north. When they arrive, she finds a fully operational cattle station, and an associate of her father’s willing to do anything to gain possession of it—even marry her.

When Atol arrives up north, all he can think of is being reunited with Anna. But he soon discovers that the man who murdered his father now has his eyes set on Anna and will do whatever is necessary in order to have her as his wife. This man is determined to gain possession of Anna’s cattle station and the orange sapphires hidden there.

Will Atol and Anna be able to protect each other from a murderer, or will they fall victim to the envy of this man and lose each other forever?

Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence

Genre(s): Historical Romance

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A Chat With….Author Charlotte Brentwood @charbrentwood, #Exclusive #AuthorInterview #AChatWith

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Hello my lovely readers! Today I have the great pleasure to welcome Charlotte Brentwood; author of The Hearts Of Amberley series to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals for an exclusive chat.

About Charlotte

Charlotte developed serious crushes on a series of men from age fifteen: Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth and Brandon. A bookworm and scribbler for as long as she can remember, Charlotte always dreamed of sharing her stories with the world.

Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the web and in marketing. She is a member of the Auckland chapter of RWNZ. 


Now mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.

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Interview

Frankie – Hi, 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?

Charlotte Mother, writer, music-lover, speed-walker, fast-talker

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

CharlotteI would love to travel back to Regency England so I could see what it was really like! Was it as elegant and beautiful as the period dramas would have us believe? What was it like to go to a ball or ride through Hyde Park? And did men really look as handsome as our favourite heroes?

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

CharlotteMy new release (out April 20th) is GLOVED HEART, a sweet regency romance. This is the second book in the “Hearts of Amberley” series but it can be read as a standalone. As a new mother, I poured my heart into writing about Amy Miller, who is coming to terms with having a newborn in less than ideal circumstances. Now afraid of men, can she open her heart to Henry, who has loved her all along?

FrankieWho was your childhood hero?

Charlotte – I think the people I looked up to the most were my parents.

FrankieIf you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Charlotte If GLOVED HEART was made into a film, I would have Toby Stephens play the hero Henry, because he’s a redhead and he looks hot in period clothing! The female lead is harder (and not so fun to spend hours dreaming about on Pinterest). I always think she looks like the lady on the book cover.

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

Charlotte – At the moment, my favourite would be my hero Henry. He is so selfless and giving, and he never gives up on Amy, the heroine. Plus he’s a farmer, so he’s big and strong 

Frankie – Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Charlotte From my imagination! Stories, characters and situations fly into my brain from all kinds of places. It could be when I’m doing some historical research, when I’m watching a movie, or when I overhear a conversation. Quite often ideas come from a mishmash of other things I’ve scene – what would happen if that person had to deal with this other thing?

FrankieWhat three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Charlotte Write what you want to write. Write often. Read widely.

FrankieIf you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Charlotte Jane Austen, Jo March, Anne Shirley

FrankieThank you 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?

Charlotte – Tiramisu – creamy, chocolatey, spongey and coffee-flavour… what’s not to like?

Mmmm, Yummy! Thank you for chatting with me today, Charlotte.

 About the Book

Gloved Heart by Charlotte Brentwood

Can she ever trust again?

Amy Miller is struggling to come to terms with her new life as a mother, while being a reluctant guest in a rigid gentry household. A victim of abuse, she is determined to never trust a man again.

Henry Russell has loved Amy for as long as he can remember, but his family want nothing to do with her. A chance encounter with Amy rekindles a friendship which might save them both.

The discovery of a secret which holds the key to Amy’s past will change them forever, and jeopardise any chance they have for happiness. Can Henry show Amy that true love will give her everything she could ever need?

Note, although this is a ‘sweet’ read, there is some subject matter that may offend sensitive readers, including mention of a rape and very mild violence and coarse language.

Gloved Heart Can be Purchased from Amazon

 

A Chat With….Author; Penny Hampson @penny_hampson #AChatWith #AuthorInterview

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Hello my lovely readers! Today I have the great pleasure to welcome Penny Hampson, author of A Gentleman’s Promise and An Officers Vow to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. We are talking reading, writing and eating brownies, do take a look.

About the Author

Having worked in various sectors before becoming a full time mum, Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion and studied History with the Open University. One B.A. Honours degree and an MPhil later, Penny found her dream role at a leading academic institution, helping academics, publishers, researchers, and others find the images or text they needed in that institution’s extensive special collections. Flash forward nineteen years, and Penny decided to indulge her other main passion, historical fiction; this time not just reading it, but writing it too. Encouraged by friends, family, and professional writers, three years later Penny published her debut novel A Gentleman’s Promise.

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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Author Interview

FrankieHi, 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?

Penny Committed — I like to see things through

Inquisitive — I love research and discovering new things, especially about the past

Grumpy — when there isn’t the time to do everything I want to do

Happy — when I’m with my family, especially my two year-old granddaughter

Oblivious — when I’m lost in my writing, I lose track of time

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

Penny This is difficult, there are so many places and times I’d like to witness. I suppose if pushed I’d opt for attending the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball in Brussels on the 15th June 1815, the eve of the Battle of Quatre Bras and Waterloo. It was attended by Wellington, who knew Bonaparte was marching towards him and that a showdown was imminent. Wellington, with his usual sang-froid, gave no indication to the other attendees that he and his army would be engaging the enemy in a matter of hours. I’d love to be able to whisper in his ear ‘Don’t worry, things will be bad, but your allies will turn up and Napoleon will finally be defeated.’

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

Penny An Officer’s Vow tells the story of two people who discover life doesn’t always play out as expected.

Nate is depressed, thinking his life of action is over, thanks to the wound he sustained at the Battle of Talavera. He’s contemplating ending it all when his path is crossed by runaway heiress Lottie Benham. She needs to stay in hiding until she comes into her inheritance, but achieving that is not as easy as she thought.

They join forces, but matters don’t go according to plan…

An Officer’s Vow is the second book in my Regency-set Gentlemen Series, following the exploits and misadventures of a loosely linked group of friends. Some characters will appear in more than one book, but each story can be read as a standalone

FrankieWho was your childhood hero?

Penny Peter Pan — I always wanted to fly!

FrankieIf you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?

Penny Oooh, I wish! An Officer’s Vow would make a good film, it has intrigue, romance, and lots of interesting locations!

For me, Richard Armitage is Major Nate Crawford and Emma Watson would be a lovely Lottie Benham. The late, great Alan Rickman was the inspiration for my Duke of Wheatley and I always imagine Sean Evans as Francis Heslop.

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

PennyIt has to be the Duke of Wheatley (he appears in both my books). Is he a saint or a sinner? I haven’t made my mind up yet. His character is ambiguous — he’s done bad things, he uses people, but his love for his sister and Francis is very real. I’m building up to giving him his own story, but that will be a long way off!

FrankieWhere does your inspiration for your books come from?

Penny Lots of places. Watching television programmes or films, I’ll catch myself thinking ‘I’d have done it differently’. Snatches of conversation and phrases in the coffee shop, on the bus, or on the train. Visiting stately homes and wondering what life was like for the people who lived there in the past. Sometimes ideas appear spontaneously from nowhere.

FrankieWhat three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

PennyIt’s good to find time to write everyday, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t manage it. I’ve had to accept that I won’t always get the time I need to write, I just write when I can.

Always have a notebook handy — you never know when a brilliant idea will occur!

Get an editor. If you are a self-published author, an editor is essential to point out errors and enable you to compete with traditionally published authors.

FrankieIf you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Penny Samuel Pepys — he could tell some tales about Restoration England, he enjoyed scandal and was not above being rather scandalous himself on the quiet (of course, I’d have to confess that I knew all his secrets). The Duke of Wellington — calm, cool, and collected, but he enjoyed gossip too, and was very popular with the ladies. Queen Elizabeth I — she ruled alone for nearly forty-five years, avoiding marriage at a time when it was universally believed that a female couldn’t manage without male guidance. She’s keep the other two male guests in order!

FrankieThank you 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?

PennyCake, no question. Most types, but chocolate cake for preference (I love a chocolate brownie).

Mmm, yumm! Thank you, Penny for chatting with me today!

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About the Book

An Officer’s Vow

The future looks bleak to Major Nate Crawford. Depressed after being sent home from the Peninsular Campaign as unfit for service, he contemplates ending it all. Then an unexpected opportunity for adventure beckons in the shape of a delightfully intriguing runaway heiress. He will prove his worth as an officer and a gentleman by offering his help. He has a plan…
Lottie Benham is desperate. Her life is in danger and she needs a place of safety until her next birthday. The unexpected proposal from this attractive, but intimidating officer could be the answer to her prayers. Not normally a risk-taker, she decides to gamble all by placing her trust in this charismatic gentleman, who she suspects might be more in need of help than she.
But the best laid plans…
Caught up in conflict, danger, and deception, will Lottie and Nate survive to find the perfect solution to their problems?

Purchase book HERE

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Penny’s book A Gentleman’s Promise is currently on offer at 99p over at Amazon UK, why not grab it it while you can, here’s a little about the book.

A Gentleman’s Promise

Emma has struggled across a Europe devastated by Napoleon to get her brother back home, but when she arrives she finds her family all but destroyed.

She meets a stranger who claims the estate now belongs to him. Who is this man? Emma doesn’t know. What she does know is that it would be madness to fall in love and surrender her freedom…

Richard never wanted the title and estate he’s now inherited. He hadn’t even known of his connection to the family until his solicitor revealed it to him. But when Emma and her brother turn up claiming to be the estate’s rightful heirs, he can’t ignore his suspicions. Nor can he ignore his growing feelings towards Emma. Could she be the woman he’s been searching for?

Independent and strong, Emma never wants to marry. Richard is looking for a docile, obedient wife. Can their quest to catch a killer teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Purchase book at Amazon UK

Release Day Celebration : #Review The Prince’s Cinderella by Andrea Bolter @andrea_bolter and Exclusive Author Interview #ThePrincesCinderella #TrueLove @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

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Hello my lovelies, I have a brilliant post for you all today. I have the very great pleasure to welcome back lovely True Love romance author; Andrea Bolter to Chicks Rogues and Scandals for an exclusive chat about her new book The Prince’s Cinderella – which is released today! And I will be sharing my review of this wonderful book, so grab a cuppa and enjoy.

About Andrea

Andrea Bolter has always been fascinated by matters of the heart. In fact, she’s the one her girlfriends turn to for advice with their love lives. She can’t help but analyze people and imagine what goes on in their brains. A city mouse, she’s the one eavesdropping on you at a café or in the long line for the ladies’ room at a concert.

She grew up scribbling in notebooks with a poem here, a snippet of dialogue there, and an essay in between. Studying both creative and news writing in school, the first words Andrea ever got paid to write were procedure manuals for an insurance company. Not too sexy but, hey, she was off and running! Along the way, she landed as a journalist. After hundreds of articles and a couple of awards, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction, first by publishing short stories.

Even with her soft spot for tales of loves, she credits more than just snooping and romance writing as her influences. She loves travel and music and movies. It might be a romantic comedy she’s seen a hundred times that inspires her forward into a new idea.

Lucky enough to have lived in great cities like New York and San Francisco, Andrea calls her childhood stomping ground of Los Angeles home. She’ll have to write her and her husband’s story into a novel someday. Meeting very young they dated for a few years, then separated for five, but found their way back to each other. Together, they have one marvelous daughter.

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Exclusive Interview

Frankie Hi Andrea, Welcome back to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. It’s lovely having you visit again! Your up and coming book is The Prince’s Cinderella, could you tell us a little about it?

Andrea Marie has had a really tough life. She was left orphaned at age 11, and shuffled from one foster home to another. Love, loyalty and happy endings are not in her frame of reference. But through her own spunk and spirit, she’s employed as an event planner in Cannes on the French Riviera. There she meets handsome and noble Prince Zander, no stranger to tragedy either, who’s main concern is a little cutie not but two feet tall. While Marie and Zander attend one glamorous Cannes event after the next, it turns out they might be able to give each other something they didn’t even know they wanted so desperately.

Frankie I love the exotic settings which feature in your books, is there anywhere in the world you  haven’t set a book, but which you would love to?

Andrea South Korea. My fascination with South Korea stems from my love of all of the great music that comes from there (it’s sometimes called K-Pop but I think that makes it sound trivial). From what I’ve seen as only an armchair traveler, it looks like Seoul is an electrifying hi-tech city while the countryside is pristine and mysterious. Very romantic.

Frankie Your are very well known for your brilliant ‘True Love’ stories with Mills and Boon, what is it about fairytale romances that capture your interest to write them?

Andrea What appeals to me about True Love specifically is that it’s like you’ve put a zoom lens on your camera and you’re zeroing in on the hero and heroine. I tend to not do complex subplots in these fast, contemporary and fun romances. Our attention is straight on our couple’s rocky road to love.

Frankie Your latest book is called The Prince’s Cinderella, where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Andrea My last book The Italian’s Runaway Princess was my first foray into royalty stories. As an American, their world isn’t something that’s part of our culture, and I was intrigued. So I wanted to follow that book with a prince’s tale. With the question of how much does duty direct their lives, and what happens when personal wants conflict with that?

Frankie May I ask, what is in store for your fans in the future?

Andrea I am absolutely in love with the True Love I’m writing now, which should reach readers by the end of the year. It takes place in the New York fashion world and is a “best friend’s little sister becomes love” story. My gorgeous Chinese American hero Jin makes me swoon every day!

Frankie I have heard a lot of writers have little quirky/superstitious habits while writing, such as not writing by a window, or writing in silence. Do you have any quirky writing habits, that you can share with us?

Andrea It does always amaze me when people say they write to music. I adore music but I wouldn’t be able to concentrate! I’m very straightforward. I do my best writing when I’m at my desk, cup of tea nearby, and probably late morning into early afternoon are my most productive hours. Unless it’s crazy deadline time.

Frankie I am a notorious TV series, box set binger, I can watch a full series in one go without thinking about it, what was the last box set you binged on?

Andrea I don’t watch many TV series. As I’ve been sharing, music is my primary entertainment. So I spend an obscene amount of time on YouTube watching concerts, music videos, documentaries, and all of the marvelous vlogs that lots of musicians make of their travels.

Frankie Thank you, Andrea for taking the time to chat with me today, one last question; are you a savoury or sweet food person?

Andrea It’s a pleasure to chat with you, Frankie. Baked goods are my weakness! Moist cake with an equal amount of frosting, fruit pies, scones. Oh goodness!

Thank you again, Andrea! Xx

About The Book

The Prince’s Cinderella (A Trule Love Story)

From event planner to belle of the ball!

Organising a charity gala on the glamorous French Riviera is a dream come true for event planner Marie. And then she realises she’ll be working with single dad – and handsome prince – Zander!

The Prince’s Cinderella can be found at Amazon

This is a lovely, feel-good, heart-warming story that has a real fairy tale feel to it. This is only the second ‘True Love’ story I have read, the first being by Ms Bolter but there is something eternally charming about these stories, that make you believe in being swept away to a completely different – more glamorous – life.

Marie works as an events planner, she has just been given the dream opportunity to work in the beautiful and wealthy town of Cannes as she organises a charity gala for children who are living in foster care or are orphans. As Marie was once one of these very children, she knows how important it is for these galas to happen. She understand for better then the fancy suit wearing CEO’s of the business. She soon learns she will be working closely with the enigmatic and yet at first mysterious Zander – what is it about this guy?

What Marie doesn’t know – at first – is that Zander is actually a Prince, he is one of the most notorious playboys and most desire bachelor in the Riviera. That is until a certain little lady comes into his life, when once the highlight of his day was which party to attend or which bombshell he would take home, now his main concern is whether his kitchen and garden is baby proof. When Zander first meets Marie he is instantly intrigued by her, she has a certain innocent sweetness about her that he finds utterly charming and then there is the fact that she doesn’t know who he is, which he finds such a refreshing change to be treated like a regular man instead of Royalty.

They begin start working together on the gala, both passionate about the charity and how it benefits young people and soon they fall into a whirlwind lifestyle of glamour and events as they become closer and closer, their mutual passion for the cause soon evolves in a passion for each other. I felt that they were both lonely people who want something in their lives that until they found it staying them straight in the face, they don’t quite know what it is what they want, it is so heart-warming to witness these two adorable people find love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s heart-warming and fully of glitz and glam, the story is your typical True Love sweet romance story about two gorgeous and powerful people looking for love, but with an added tender and loving twist that makes your heart melt. The writing is as we would expect from the talented Ms Bolter, it flows with a genuine warmth and passion for the story.

This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Andrea.

The Prince’s Cinderella is out today and can be found at Amazon.