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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

 

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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?

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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?

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#Exclusive #CoverReveal : The Dukes Regret (The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy #3) by Catherine Kullman @CkullmannAuthor #TheDukesRegret #TheDuchessOfGracechurchTrilogy

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Hi my lovelies, I am excited to be sharing the very first and exclusive look at Catherine Kullmann’s up and coming book; The Duke’s Regret, which is book three in the The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy and I have to tell you that this cover is so beautiful as soon as I saw it, I was wide eyed as it is so distinctive and classic. But, you don’t want to just take my word for it, you want to actually see it. So, here it is…

The Duke’s Regret (The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy #3) by Catherine Kullmann

Genre: Historical Romance/Historical Fiction

Publisher: Willow Books

Format: Ebook/Paperback

A chance meeting with a bereaved father makes Jeffrey, Duke of Gracechurch realise how hollow his own marriage and family life are. Persuaded to marry at a young age, he and his Duchess, Flora, live largely separate lives. Now he is determined to make amends to his wife and children and forge new relationships with them.

But Flora is appalled by his suggestion. Her thoughts already turn to the future, when the children will have gone their own ways. She knows divorce is out of the question, as it would mean social ruin, but an amicable separation might be possible and perhaps even a discreet liaison once pregnancy is no longer a risk.

Can Jeffrey convince his wife of his sincerity and break down the barriers between them? Flora must decide if she will hazard her heart and her hard-won tranquillity when the prize is unforeseen happiness.

I was born and educated in Dublin. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, I moved to Germany where I lived for twenty-five years before returning to Ireland. I have worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector.

I have a keen sense of history and of connection with the past which so often determines the present. I am fascinated by people. I love a good story, especially when characters come to life in a book.

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The Duchess Of Gracechurch Trilogy

Set in Regency England from 1803 to 1816, The Duchess of Gracechurch Trilogy celebrates friendship, family and love.

Wed before she was seventeen in a made match to a duke’s heir, heiress Flora Hassard quickly learns that her new husband has very little interest in getting to know his new wife. Supported by her mother-in-law, she creates a happy home for herself and her children while ‘donning the Duchess’ in a society where she uses her position and influence in the ton to befriend young wives “whose husbands are, well, distant, shall we say? They are safe in that circle, or as safe as they want to be. The older women keep an eye out for the younger ones, warn them of the worst rakes, that sort of thing; keep them out of harm’s way” (Perception & Illusion). Flora is content, but her contentment has come at a high price—she has had to turn her back on love.

Books One, The Murmur of Masks and Two, Perception & Illusion tell the stories of two of the brides Flora befriends while in Book Three Flora herself takes the lead.

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About The Author

I have always enjoyed writing, I love the fall of words, the shaping of an expressive phrase, the satisfaction when a sentence conveys my meaning exactly. I enjoy plotting and revel in the challenge of evoking a historic era for characters who behave authentically in their period while making their actions and decisions plausible and sympathetic to a modern reader. In addition, I am fanatical about language, especially using the right language as it would have been used during the period about which I am writing. But rewarding as all this craft is, there is nothing to match the moment when a book takes flight, when your characters suddenly determine the route of their journey.

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#Exclusive Guest Post : The Truth About Love And Dog’s; The Cover by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK #GuestPost #TheTruthAboutLoveAndDogs

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Hello my lovelies, Today I have a brilliant guest post for you to feast your eyes over, from the utterly charming Michele Gorman aka; Lilly Bartlett. Lilly is here chatting all about her new book; The Truth About Love and Dogs and the difference in US and UK covers. So, I will hand you over to Lilly…

The Cover by Lilly Bartlett.

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it.

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”

So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs.

What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US.

For the US cover – the basket of pups – we wanted something fun and eye-catching that conveys the book’s tone rather than the story exactly. Publishers go for the look and feel more than an image that literally tells you what the story is about (that’s the job of the title and the description). There are pugs in the book, by the way!

The UK cover might have a very different look, but its tone is the same. There, we wanted to project a cover the reader can fall into, with intriguing groupings of people that provoke curiosity.

I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the US readers mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better?

Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!

Happy reading!

Lilly xo

About The Book 

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

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About The Author

Michele Gorman Author
Michele Gorman/ Lilly Bartlett

Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

If you want to connect with me on Facebook or through my newsletter then you can get involved in my next cover choices!

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Exclusive Cover Reveal : Death Comes To Dartmoor (A Merriweather & Royston Mystery #2) by Vivian Conroy @VivWrites #DeathComesToDartmoor #AMerriweatherandRoystonMystery

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Hello my lovelies, have I got a treat for you all today! I am so excited to be sharing the very first and exclusive look at the cover of Vivian Conroy’s up and coming book; Death Comes To Dartmoor which is book two in the amazing Merriweather and Royston Mystery Series. I have been so looking forward to this book, I have to say that this cover is absolutely beautiful, it is really amazing! It has such an atmospheric feel about that will really grab your attention, when I first saw this cover I thought; How stunning is that?! So when I got offered the chance to be apart of Viv’s cover reveal I jumped at the chance, I will say I got a little giddy! So enough about me, you don’t want to hear me babbling on and on all day. Your here to have a look at this amazing cover, well here it is…

Format: Hardback, Ebook

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Cosy Mystery, Historical, Thriller

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

ISBN-13: 978-1643850092

The mist-shrouded moors of Devon proffer a trove of delights for two vacationing zoologists―but also conceal a hoard of dark secrets reaching down to the fathomless depths of the ocean.

Miss Merula Merriweather barely saved her uncle from the gallows after he was wrongly accused of murder―and now, she’s left the bustle of Victorian London to recuperate in the fresh air of Dartmoor with her fellow zoologist, Lord Raven Royston. The trip offers a unique treat, as they’ll be staying with a friend of Raven’s, who owns a collection of rare zoological specimens―including a kraken, a sea monster of myth and legend.

But all is not right in the land of tors, heaths, and mist. Their host’s maid has vanished without a trace, and the townspeople hold him responsible, claiming that his specimens are alive and roam the moors at night, bringing death to anyone who crosses their path. Merula and Raven are skeptical―but the accusations become more ominous when they find several specimen jars empty.

As the two hunt for clues across a desolate and beautiful landscape, a stranger appears bearing a shadowy secret from Merula’s past. Could there be a connection between her family history, the missing girl, and a fearsome monster that could be on the loose? The race is on to find the truth.

Ebook to be released August 19th

Hardback to be released on August 29th

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You can now request to review this glorious book from Netgalley, and I would definitely say go and request it as this book is going to be amazing REQUEST HERE

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A Merriweather and Royston Mystery Series

Perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell mysteries comes the enchanting series debut from Vivian Conroy, The Butterfly Conspiracy.

In late Victorian times, when new inventions cause both excitement and terror, a mysterious death at a zoological lecture brings together two unlikely allies in a quest through London’s upper crust and underbelly to unravel the ingenious murder method and killer behind it.

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About The Author

Vivian Conroy

Having spent many afternoons as a teen on the Nile with Poirot or confronting sinister spinsters in sleepy English towns with Miss Marple, it was only natural Vivian Conroy would start writing mysteries of her own. Atmospheric descriptions, well developed characters and clever plotting made several of her cozy mysteries #1 Amazon US and Canada bestsellers in multiple categories. Her new Victorian mystery series features a female zoologist, allowing Vivian to share her fascination with natural history, a field where in the Victorian age costly deceit, questionable experiments and extraordinary theories offer great inspiration for a mystery writer’s fertile imagination. Besides writing, Vivian enjoys hiking, collecting stationery and trying new desserts, especially if chocolate is involved.

Vivian loves hearing from her readers, why not follow her on Twitter and Goodreads  and get updates on all her work.

Exclusive Cover Reveal : The Ghost Garden (The de Chastelaine Chronicles #1) by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead @MadameGilflurt @e_harkstead #TheGhostGarden #ThedeChastelaineChronicles

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I am so excited to be sharing the very first and exclusive look at Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead’s up and coming book and I have to tell you that this cover is AMAZING!!! Sorry for shouting but it really is, I saw this cover for the first time and I thought; wow! I think anyone who follows me will know how much I admire these two ladies, their books are sooo good – yes, I am having an overly excited fan moment! Which is a tad embarrassing, thank goodness I get to hide behind a computer, I would be a doe-eyed, babbling mess in person. So, when I got asked to be apart of their cover reveal – to say I got excited is an understatement – I literally jumped at the chance. But enough about me squealing like some sort of weird spinning top, this post is all about the cover and by jove this cover is so gorgeous! And I am equally excited about this book and this whole new series, which is going to be fantastic. But, you don’t want to hear me whittling on and one you want to take a peek for yourself, well go on then.

Heat Rating : Sizzling

Format : Ebook

ISBN : 978-1-78686-469-7

Word Count : 82,811

Book Length : Super Novel

Pages : 310

Genre : Historical, Paranormal Romance

Within the tangled vines of a forgotten garden, can a blossoming new love overcome an ancient evil that threatens both the living and the dead?

After losing her brother in the trenches of the Great War, Cecily James is a prisoner of Whitmore Hall, the respected but remote boys’ school where her brutish husband reigns as headmaster. With its forsaken walled garden, a hauntingly tragic past, and midnight footsteps heard from an unoccupied clocktower, Whitmore Hall is a place where the dead are rumored to walk. 

Whitmore Hall is a place filled with mysteries and as a ghost garden emerges from the sun-bleached soil, long-buried secrets cry out to be told. 

When new teacher Raf de Chastelaine blunders into an impromptu seance, Cecily finds an unlikely and eccentric ally. In a world of discipline and respectability, barefoot Raf is unlike any teacher Cecily has ever met. With his tales of the Carpathian mountains and a love of midnight gardening, he shakes Whitmore Hall to its foundations. Could there be more to Raf than meets the eye? And as he and Cecily realise that their feelings run deeper than friendship, dare they dream of a world beyond Whitmore Hall?

As Cecily and Raf team up to unite long-dead lovers and do battle with an ancient evil that has long haunted Whitmore Hall, Cecily finds her chance of happiness threatened by her tyrannical husband. But is the controlling headmaster acting of his own free will, or is he the puppet of a malevolent power from beyond the grave?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence.

General Release Date: 23rd April 2019

Available for Pre-Order from 12th March 2019

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The Ghost Garden book 1 of; The de Chastelaine Chronicles:

Ghosts need laying? Rates negotiable on application.”

In a world where the dead don’t stay dead, phantoms flit across the full moon and Europe staggers from the smoke of the Great War, Raf and Cecily are just your average madly-in-love couple.

Together they enjoy an idyllic life in his cluttered ancestral pile on the wild Yorkshire coast. Filled with ancient texts, arcane artifacts and the occasional ghostly cat, it’s a cosy haven for Raf and Cecily when they aren’t battling the forces of darkness.

He digs gardens, she bakes biscuits. He turns into a bat, she talks to the dead. And sometimes, together, they save the world.

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About The Authors

Eleanor Harkstead

Eleanor Harkstead likes to dash about in nineteenth-century costume, in bonnet or cravat as the mood takes her. She can occasionally be found wandering old graveyards. Eleanor is very fond of chocolate, wine, tweed waistcoats and nice pens. Her large collection of vintage hats would rival Hedda Hopper’s.

Originally from the south-east of England, Eleanor now lives somewhere in the Midlands with a large ginger cat who resembles a Viking.

Catherine Curzon

Catherine Curzon is a royal historian who writes on all matters of 18th century. Her work has been featured on many platforms and Catherine has also spoken at various venues including the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and Dr Johnson’s House.

Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, writes fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London.

She lives in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill.

You can catch up on what the ladies are up to on their new lovely website https://curzonharkstead.co.uk/ and do check out their podcasts, which are brilliantly fun to listen to. One tip though, listen while on your own as I can guarantee you will be giggling away – unless that’s just me? Hmm, come to think of it, it could be just me. 😉

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.

Andrea is jumping-up-and-down-thrilled to be part of the romance community! Say hi via email or social media

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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.