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#Review | The House That Alice Built by Chris Penhall #TheHouseThatAliceBuilt @ChrisPenhall @RubyFiction @ChocLituk

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Hello, my lovely readers! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the heart-warming; The House That Alice Built, which is the debut novel by Chris Penhall, so grab a cuppa and enjoy.

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Home is where the heart is …

Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating.

But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents.

But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home

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What a wonderful debut from an author who I am sure is going to have a long and fruitful career full of more glorious words, which I am looking forward to reading more of. This is a very real and uplifting story about a sensible but very relatable woman, this is one of those books that no matter who you are or where you are in your life, you will feel a real kinship to it, Alice could be you, a friend or a family member her story is one that is pretty normal and that anyone could find themselves in her shoes. The thing I really took away from this book was that no matter what we do in life, make some time to just have fun and see where it leads you, that is such a great message.

Alice is the girl next door, she is the sensible one, she is the work-a-holic who has finally settled down, she doesn’t take chances she just goes about her day to day London life. Her best friend Kathy, who currently is living life in splendid colour over in Portugal has been pestering Alice to go over and have some fun, but Alice I would say she has found herself stuck in her ways, she has out all of her energy in this beautiful home her and her dim-wit of a boyfriend bought for themselves. On the outside Alive has everything, good job, handsome boyfriend a beautiful home, what more could a woman want?

Well, as we all know you can never judge a book by its cover and there is always far more going on inside the pages of a persons life, Alice’s life is anything but perfect, her job may not be all that jazz, her boyfriend is actually an ex-boyfriend who has buggered off on jolly holiday around the world – but at least she has her house.

It wouldn’t be a story without a bit of an upheaval would it, and Alice certainly has one hell of a shock in store for her that turns her life upside down, so she does what her friend has been urging her to do, she goes to Portugal and it is while there we see the real Alice emerge from this tightly wrapped up prim and proper woman, this Alice is fun, adventurous and brave.

What I really loved about this is that from those first few pages I got an instant impression of the characters, Alice is a sweetheart, I really related to her, I so wanted her to be happy, you get a sense that beneath that sensible exterior there is another woman waiting to break free – which we see burst forth once she reaches Portugal. Her friend Kathy is a hoot, she came across as a bit dippy-hippy, but this woman has a really good heart and Adam, well from the first few pages I instantly disliked him, he came across as an ignorant, pompous and way too self-centred little boy than a man for my liking – which foes to show the quality of Chris Penhall’s excellent writing, she can make you fall in love as well as leave you reeling all within a few pages, it is a piece of brilliant writing.

Overall this is a heart-warming story all about finding the courage to face adversity, about finding your own peace and pulling yourself back together in order to move forward, if that means running away to be able to go forward then so be it. The whole story is fresh and fun, the plot is a simple one but what takes this from the ordinary to the excellent is the warmth in Alice’s character the beauty of the setting and the overpowering feeling of just being able to enjoy yourself. I really loved this, I liked the journey we are taken on as Alice finds her feet.

This is a great weekend/holiday book and one I definitely recommend having a read.

This was a complimentary copy via the publisher which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Liz. X

The House That Alice Built is available now.

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#Review The Bad Sister by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 #TheBadSister @Deep_Desires

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Hello my lovely readers! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of one of the steamiest, sexiest books I have read this year; The Bad Sister by Rachael Stewart. So hold on to your knickers as I tell you a wee bit about this hot book.

TEN YEARS AGO, SHE RIPPED HIS HEART OUT… BUT NOW SHE’S BACK AND SHE NEEDS HIM.

When movie star Carrie Evans begs her ordinary twin sister to switch lives with her for three weeks, all Carrie can think about is escaping the trappings of Hollywood. But returning to England throws her into the path of old flame Dan Stevenson, the boy she left behind—without telling him why. And Dan’s no longer the soft, dependable guy, quick to do her bidding. He’s hot, sexy and dangerous…everything her career-savvy self should run away from.

But she can’t.

When Carrie walked out of Dan’s life without a backward glance, she broke his heart. Now, she’s back begging him to help save her sister’s business. The fire is still there: he wants her, and she wants him. But forgiveness? Never. He’s not the boy he once was. He’s a man in control, used to getting what he wants, and he’ll help her, as well as do a whole lot more.

But can their hearts survive a second time around…especially when the truth of the past comes out?

Phew!!! My goodness me, Rachael Stewart what are you doing to me? What a scorcher, seriously I need a cold shower after that. Honestly, while your reading I can guarantee that your pulse will race, your temperature with sore and your underwear will start to feel ridiculously uncomfortable – in fact, I would say read this in bed while wearing your birthday suit. 😉

This is the second book in this mini series and I hate to say it, but I haven’t read the first book; The Good Sister, that didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of this though, it just makes me want to read it all the more. As I hadn’t read the first – and I know a few reviewers did go into this book slightly biased and against the heroine; Carrie. – I came into this story with completely fresh eyes, as I hadn’t read the first book I didn’t know all about Carrie being the ‘bad’ sister, or why she was even labeled as such – which I think was a good thing as I saw the real woman, the character’ that Ms Stewart wanted readers to see. I saw her as a determined, resilient, intelligent, brave young women who has fought for everything she has ever wanted, and unfortunately that did mean sacrificing so much. She does come across as cold at times, but there are reasons for that, there are reasons for every move she has ever done. I really like how Carrie has been portrayed, I like her depth, her kindness, her real heart and her vulnerability that she tries so hard to hide. She is a multilayered characters that can really stir the emotions of the reader and that writing is a real skill.

The story open’s ten years earlier when Carrie choses to follow her father to LA to chase her much wanted dream of becoming an actress, but her choice to follow her dream comes at a cost. That cost is breaking three people’s hearts; the man who loves her Dan, her twin sister who loves Dan; Isla, and finally her own. Even though most think she hasn’t got a heart to break!

Now she’s back and she needs the help of the very man she abandoned all those years ago, the very man who hates her and who still loves her – very deep down! She wants to put things right, she has come back to rescue her sister Isla’s buissiness from ruin and she knows that there really is only one man who can help her do that, she just needs to avoid the daggers that are shooting at her from her frosted eyes. She thinks that she can just walk in and the Dan from her past will still be there to help her, what she doesn’t count on is that the Dan she knew and secretly loved isn’t the mighty, rough, tattooed, brutish sex god that is now standing in front of her. And let me tell you, this man isn’t the placid little boy she left behind he has really grown – in far more ways than one – he is now a man who is in full control of his life, he never takes no for an answer, he knows what he wants and he stops at nothing to get it. He agree’s to help her, under one condition – a condition that will shatter both their cold masks to show their real self’s beneath.

There are many, many descriptive words I can use for this book; sexy-as-hell, hot, steamy, seductive, raunchy, knickers melting, but there is so much more than just sex about this story. There is a real emotional pull to it, that will get under the readers skin grab your heart and not let go.

I am really picky about which erotic romances I read, over the years I had read many and most have been so bad that they did turned me off this genre slightly. Now I only read one or two authors in this genre and Rachael Stewart is definitely one of them, I was hooked with her work when I read her charity anthology; Filth but there is something very special about The Bad Sister, its out of this world good. The story and writing just flows seamlessly from one scene to the next, Dan and Carrie are brilliantly developed. Ms Stewart has a great talent at taking the reader on a highly emotional journey that is full of heart and lust.

Overall, this is an astoundingly good romance, sinfully captivating and highly seductive – and that’s just Dan!! Oh, my, oh, my!!! Racheal Stewart you made my weekend with this read, not only is it a truly wonderful book but Dan to me looked just like Tom Hardy….Swoon!!! Sex on legs tattooed, big and burly, a bit rough around the edge, kind-hearted, gorgeous…I could go on, but I’d rather just sit here salivating over luscious Dan 😉

Electrifying!

This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Rachael.

The Bad Sister can be purchased from Amazon.

#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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Valentines Special; Best Romantic Couples From Book And Film.

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Hello my lovelies and a belated Happy Valentines Day, Yes I know I am a day late – as per usual. But one thing led to another and before I knew it my well laid out plan to do a full day of Valentines Theme post’s ended up being just the one – which took me so long to write.

Note to self; when writing a post where I need to do a wee bit of research, do it the day before!

I did promise a whole bunch of Romantic/Valentine posts and I am not one to go back on my word, so here is the second Valentines post. I am going to be sharing my favourite romantic couples from both books and film/tv, to start off lets have a look at a few of my favouite romantic couples from books.

Heathcliffe & Cathy 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jack & Robert

The Captain and The Cavalry Trooper (Captivating Captains #1) by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Jean & Joanna 

Echo In The Wind (Donet Trilogy #2) by Regan Walker

Jamie & Cassie

A Warriner To Rescue her (Wild Warriners #2) by Virginia Heath

Drake & Emily

My Ruthless Prince (The Inferno Club #4) by Gaelen Foley

Aelfhild & Guy

Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

Helen & Rhys

Marrying Winterbourne (The Ravenels #2 ) by Lisa Kleypas

Silence & Mickey

Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Aren’t they brilliant? Even though, there are hundreds more that I could have added, these are a few of my all out favourite romances. And here is a collection of my favourite romances from TV and Film.

Jack & Melanie

One Fine Day

Anna & Declan

Leap Year

John & Margaret 

North and South

Claire & Jamie

Outlander

Evie & Rick

The Mummy

Helena & Alejandro

Mask of Zorro

Cecelia & Robbie

Atonement

As with the book’s, there are so many couples that I adore from TV and Films, but I just don’t have the time or room on the post. I would love to hear about your favourite romance, is it from a book or from TV?

Cadenza by Stella Riley (@RileyStella) #BlogTour #Historical #Saga #RockliffeSeries #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #HFVBTBlogTours #Giveaway via @hfvbt

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I have the great pleasure to be hosting Stella Riley’s Blog Tour for her latest novel, Cadenza.

I haven’t read any of Ms Riley’s books yet, but I have heard so many great things about her work . You can read all about her new book; Cadenza below, plus there is a chance to enter our giveaway! Are you ready to meet the Rockliffes?

Cadenza by Stella Riley

Publication Date: November 22, 2018
eBook; 380 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

The performance finished in a flourish of technical brilliance and the young man rose from the harpsichord to a storm of applause.

Julian Langham was poised on the brink of a dazzling career when the lawyers lured him into making a catastrophic mistake. Now, instead of the concert platform, he has a title he doesn’t want, an estate verging on bankruptcy … and bewildering responsibilities for which he is totally unfitted.

And yet the wreckage of Julian’s life is not a completely ill wind. For Tom, Rob and Ellie it brings something that is almost a miracle … if they dare believe in it.

Meanwhile, first-cousins Arabella Brandon and Elizabeth Marsden embark on a daring escapade which will provide each of them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The adventure will last only a few weeks, after which everything will be the way it was before. Or so they think. What neither of them expects is for it to change a number of lives … most notably, their own.

And there is an additional complication of which they are wholly unaware.

The famed omniscience of the Duke of Rockliffe.

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About the Author

Readers’ Favorite award-winning author and B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree Stella Riley trained as a teacher in London and now lives in Kent. She enjoys Amateur Dramatics, dancing, reading and travel. She is fascinated by the English Civil Wars and has written six books set in that period. She loves the extravagant fashions of the mid-Georgian period, likes men with long hair and her current passion is for Baroque harpsichord music.

The first 5 books of the Rockliffe series (recommended in The Times newspaper!) are also available in audio, narrated by Alex Wyndham. And Rockliffe Book Six – CADENZA – is currently available for pre-order and will be released on November 22nd.

Visit Stella at http://stellarileybooks.co.uk for all the latest information on her books and her ‘Who’s Who’ and Extras pages. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Make sure you keep following this great blog tour as there are some great blog stops.

Thursday, November 22
Feature at Passages to the Past
Friday, November 23
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, November 24
Feature at The Book Junkie Reads
Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book

Sunday, November 25
Excerpt at Old Timey Books

Monday, November 26
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, November 27
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

Thursday, November 29
Excerpt at Among the Reads

Monday, December 3
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, December 17
Review at Coffee and Ink

Tuesday, December 18
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, December 19
Interview at Passages to the Past

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Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away eBooks from Stella Riley’s Rockliffe series – The Parfit Knight, The Mésalliance, The Player, The Wicked Cousin, or Hazard! 5 eBooks are up for grabs!

To enter, click on the ‘Cadenza’ link below to be taken to the gleam form.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 19th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Cadenza

A Chat With….Author Jennie Fletcher

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I have the great pleasure of welcoming Historical Romance author and RoNA award nominated Jenni Fletcher to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, so take a seat and let’s get to know a little about Jenni…

Jenni Fletcher was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes Medieval, Roman and Victorian romance novels.
She studied English at Cambridge University before doing an MA on Women and Literature in English and a PhD on Victorian & Edwardian literature at Hull University. After realising that she was better at writing than teaching, she worked in a number of administrative jobs whilst trying to finish her first book, which was rejected. Thinking there must have been some mistake, she then wrote another, which was fortunately accepted by Harlequin Mills&Boon.
She spends a large part of her day obsessing about things like the Oxford Comma and whether she uses exclamation marks too often (she does!) whilst getting distracted by Twitter. The rest of the time she drinks too much caffeine, eats too much chocolate, and tries not to drop crumbs into her keyboard.
When not writing, obsessing or cleaning up after her children, she likes mountain biking, hiking and watching period dramas (her husband joins her for two of those). She knows nothing about sport or crime fiction, but can talk with authority on Minecraft, Star Trek (mainly Next Generation) and the Lord of the Rings.
Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite Brontë is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe that’s just because she’s Northern.

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Frankie Hi Jenni, 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?

Jenni Technologically incompetent caffeine/chocolate addict.

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

Jenni I used to think the Wild West, but then I watched Westworld, so now I’d probably say the height of the Victorian era. I’d wear the biggest crinoline I could find and go to the Great Exhibition. Then I’d have Afternoon Tea (the greatest of all Victorian inventions).

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

Jenni My next book is called ‘Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride’ and is set in a faux-Medieval castle on the Yorkshire Moors above Whitby. It’s the second in my Victorian series and I wanted it to have a different feel to the first so I’ve gone a bit gothic. My heroine has spent her whole life being oppressed by her father and my hero is a reformed womaniser who’s just been invalided out of the Fusiliers. I don’t want to say too much, except that there’s a slow-speed horse and cart chase over the snowy Moors…

Frankie Now this sounds like my cup of tea, Yorkshire, Military heroes and Victorian, perfect! Who was your childhood hero?

Jenni Jane Russell. I used to pretend to be her character (Mike) in ‘Son of Paleface’. She was a cattle-rustler/saloon singer and I thought she was fabulous. Then I wanted to be Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Apparently I like dark, sultry brunettes.

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?

Jenni My next book, which should hopefully be out later this year. I don’t have a title for it yet, but it’s set on Hadrian’s Wall in 197AD and there are some action scenes I’d like to see onscreen. My heroine would be played by Eleanor Tomlinson from Poldark and my hero would be Channing Tatum (looking exactly the way he does in The Eagle).

Frankie Oh, my!! 😉 Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Jenni Aediva from ‘Married to her Enemy’, just because she was my first heroine. Also she’s brave and feisty and fiercely protective of her family.

Frankie Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?

Jenni Sometimes from visiting castles (one of my favourite hobbies), sometimes from reading history books (‘Besieged and Betrothed’ came out of my interest in Stephen and Matilda) and sometimes just randomly. I’m working on a Regency that was inspired by a biscuit!

Frankie Ha,ha,ha! A biscuit? Intriguing, What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Jenni Read lots, don’t compare yourself to anyone else (easier said than done) and remember that we all get writer’s block sometimes.

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

Jenni Two of my favourite Medieval women, Empress Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine, just to see who was the biggest diva, and Dr Janina Ramirez. I met her at a book festival last autumn and she was lovely. She gave me a hug! She’s also incredibly smart – with fabulous taste in shoes – so a great role model for women all round.

(left to right: Matilda, Eleanor & Janina)

Frankie Ooh, I like, strong women putting the world to rights! 😉 Thank you, Jenni 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?

Jenni Rocky road. That way I get chocolate AND marshmallows! Thanks for having me. X

Oh, Yummy! Thank you Jenni.

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Jenni’s up and coming release; Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride is to be released on 22nd March.

‘Marry me…

…And you’ll have your freedom.’

Her father’s will dictates that Violet Harper must wed or be disinherited—but she’d rather face the wilderness of the wintry Yorkshire moors than be bound to cynical, damaged soldier Lance Amberton. Lance promises a marriage of convenience that will grant Violet her independence. In exchange she must put her faith in Lance, and see beyond his gruff exterior to the man beneath…

Due for release 22nd March can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

A Chat With… Author Tabetha Waite

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

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

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

Tabetha Romantic, Goofy, Dreamer, Mother & Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mmmm! That sounds so good, Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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