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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.

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A Chat With… Author Tabetha Waite

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

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

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

Tabetha Romantic, Goofy, Dreamer, Mother & Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mmmm! That sounds so good, Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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

A Chat With…Author Katrina Cudmore

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I have the great pleasure of Welcoming Contemporary Romance author Katrina Cudmore, author of Tempted by her Greek Tycoon to Chicks Rogues and Scandals. So sit back and lets get to know a little about Katrina…

Katrina Cudmore grew up on a farm in the Irish countryside before leaving to study for a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Cork and subsequently a M.Sc. in Human Relations at the London School of Economics. Katrina met her husband in Boston U.S. and worked for several years in the UK before returning to Ireland where she now lives in Cork city with her husband, four busy children and her beloved dog. Katrina writes sweet romances for Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon True Love.

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Frankie Hi, 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?

Katrina Hi Frankie, thank you so much for asking me to participate in this interview. Five words to describe me? I guess, a chatty, introverted, laidback but anxious Gemini!

Frankie Ha,ha! I love that, If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Katrina California in the 1950’s. Think Grease the movie! Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by all of that sunshine, fab music and boundless optimism?

Frankie Ooh! How fabulous, Who was your childhood hero?

Katrina Countess Markievicz, who was an Irish nationalist, suffragette and advocate for the poor in the early part of the twentieth century. She was fearless and outspoken and was jailed on a number of occasions for her role in the fight for Irish independence.

Frankie Ooh, what a wonderful lady, I will have to read up on her. What is your favourite time of the year?

Katrina Without a doubt springtime. My heart lifts when I spot the first daffodil of the year and I welcome the longer days and dawn chorus with open arms.

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

Katrina That’s a really hard question! I think I’d have to say the hero of my latest book, ‘Tempted by Her Greek Tycoon’ Loukas Christou. I love his family values, quiet sense of humour and fundamental kindness. The fact that he’s a six foot four, Greek God helps too!

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Katrina Usually it’s something I observe in either real life or a quote from an interview. For instance, Georgie the heroine in ‘Tempted’ was inspired by a TV programme that followed people trying to make a new life abroad- one participant was building a boutique hotel in Spain which had always been the dream of her father who sadly passed away before he was able to realise that ambition. In my story, Georgie travels to the Greek Island of Talos to realise her own dad’s dream of renovating a property on the sun drenched island.

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

Katrina Persistence – rejections are really tough to take but believe that with each manuscript you submit, you are becoming a better writer.
Read – read the romance writers you love and analyse how they manage to draw you in. Read other genres. Read writing blogs. Listen to writing and creative podcasts. Write for your own enjoyment, find your own authentic voice.

Frankie What wonderful tips, thank you for sharing those, If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Katrina Only three! I’d have to go with Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Sandi Toksvig. I adore all three, for their humour and intelligence.

Frankie What a cool dinner party, Thank 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?

Katrina I love food! Naming one is almost impossible…but if I have to, I’d go with Sherry Trifle with lashings of cream. The ultimate comfort food

Frankie Oh, yes! That sounds amazing! Thank you so much for visiting today, Katrina.

Katrina I’ve had such fun taking part in this interview Frankie, thank you!

Katrina’s lasted release is ‘Tempted by Her Greek Tycoon’

Loukas Christou needs a wife…

For the luxury hotel tycoon, honoring his parents’ memory by acquiring their dream hotel should be simple. But to complete the deal he must be married. Enter temporary PA Georgie Jones, who offers to be his matchmaker!

Georgie never stays anywhere long-term—her mother’s abandonment proved that even the strongest relationships never last. She should be focused on finding Loukas a bride, but resisting the temptation of her Greek tycoon’s kiss is easier said than done!

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New Review – A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love by Madeline Martin

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Senara agrees to work as a lady’s maid at Castle of Park to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She does not expect to have such a wicked mistress any more than she expects to find a handsome laird… or a ghost with a burning need for retribution. Gavin vowed on his father’s death bed to watch over his aunt, and regrets it every day. Especially when her new maid arrives.

The woman is extraordinarily fascinating which stirs his cruel aunt’s ire. Can he protect the woman from his aunt? Even more important, can he keep himself from giving into his longing for the country lass? Theirs is a journey of treacherous pasts, painful loss, hidden longing and vengeance.

Previously released in Once Upon a Haunted Castle and Romantic Legends

This is the first book I have read by Ms Martin, and I have been interested in her work for a while now and I can absolutely say that this will not be the last I will read by her. Her writing is faultless, it’s new and fresh, intelligently written and above all as romantic as you can get. I love the plot of this it’s so different and hugely enjoyable to read.

The story opens with Senara – isn’t that a lovely name? on the road travelling to her new job as a maid in the household of the Laird of Castle of the Park, after some unfortunate events her family aren’t in a position where Senara can keep living with them even though like any parent her’s would never admit to it, but they are struggling financially. So, Senara chose to take on a position as maid she wants to earn enough money to purchase a Knighthood for her brother; Geordie. While making her way there she is attacked by bandit’s who are trying to steal her beloved horse; Norbert. Well Senara is a plucky little thing she is more than ready with her own sword and dirk to look after herself, and she does even after a scorchingly handsome man turns up.

Her hands pressed to her small bosom and she gave a smile which parted her full, pink lips and revealed perfect teeth. “Love is too special to be bought no matter how much wealth ye have.”She shrugged her slender shoulders again. “Besides, it doesna matter.”He frowned. “Why is that?”Her grin turned playful. “Because I’ve no’ anything to my name but Norbert and a sword. They’re worth the weight of my heart, but I know my fortune. No man will marry me for anything but love.”

What she doesn’t realise is that the devilishly attractive man she had met on the road is in fact her new employer. Grant McDuff needs to marry, he needs to produce an heir otherwise his estates and title would revert to the King of England, which for a Scottish Laird is the worst thing that could ever happen. He knows that the best marriage he could have is with the daughter of the other Laird in the area, the McDuff’s and the MacKintosh’s have been at logger heads for so many years and sooner or later it will become all-out war between the two clans, so a marriage agreement would bring the peace. But Grant having been refused on numerous occasions to ask for MacKintosh’s daughter, he is very reluctant to put his self on the line again especially after meeting fiery Senara.

As soon as Senara gets into the castle she knows that there is something about the place that unsettles her, it’s like there is a darkness hanging over the entire castle a big cloud that is threatening rain and the only light that come through the glum and darkness of the castle is the laird himself – who she is entirely too taken with. Then on her very first night she comes face to face with the very thing that had unsettled her so much. She finds out a secret that could not only destroy her life but that of Grant’s too, but due to a twist of fate this secret has no intention’s of staying quiet and makes sure that he makes his presence very well known.

Senara is a romantic through and through she has her heart and mind set on only ever marrying for love, she has seen too many arranged marriages which are full of unhappiness and she doesn’t want that. She want’s a man who will respect her and treat her like an equal, which living during the 1600’s that is a big thing to ask for. I do like Senara she has such a kind heart and firm, intelligent head on her shoulders. What I particularly like about Senara is how she treats people, whether they are stable boys or the Laird himself she is kindness incarnate and this is probably why the mysterious Balthazar is taken with her and shows himself only to her – you need to read it to find out who Balthazar is, let me just say that their mutual respect is a real twist in the tale.

He pressed his mouth to the chill of hers. Her lips parted and the tip of her tongue grazed his. His body went hot with a fire of lust and he returned her kiss with a passion, which left them both trembling with need.

The chemistry between Grant and Senara is pure and honest, there is a real sizzle in the air whenever they are in the same scene, Grant is a fabulous character, he has a heart of pure gold, he is a genuinely good man he treats his staff with absolute respect and the way he immediately trusts and believes Senara is very sweet. Ms Martin has written their first tentative step’s and then their full-blown passion beautifully, it is endearing and atmospheric and just such a great read.

The presence of Balthazar is haunting and yet gives this story an intriguing twist and catches your attention as to what happened to him and why is it that Senara seems to be the one that he reaches out to? I absolutely love this twist, it is so different to what you usually expect from an Historical Romance. I did hugely enjoy A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love is such a great story at love at first sight, and I will definitely be reading more from Ms Martin, I found her work to be fresh, fun and highly recommended.

This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.

A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love can be purchased from Amazon.

From Page To Screen! Can Turning Books To Film Really Ever Work?

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I think, I can safely say that if you read Romance then you most likely watch it too, or is that just me? I love a chick flick there is nothing better than whiling away a Sunday afternoon, watching some light good-hearted Romanic fun. My personal favorites have to be; One Fine Day, You’ve Got Mail and Leap Year. But what about when the film producers decide to take one of our much-loved romantic books and turn them into a film or drama?

When I hear that a book, that I have read and enjoyed is being turned into a film, then I do at first get excited. I find it very interesting to see how the characters that I have come to love will look from the eyes of these directors/producers and all the other people who make up a film production team – Will the characters have that same charisma and charm that I love about them from the book? But then on the other hand I start thinking, that something that is so wonderfully vivid in my head is going to be ruined by these film makers, because obviously a two-hour long film cannot connect with me like the book did, or can it?

Personally speaking they don’t all work for me, once I have read the book I have already got an image of how the hero, moves, sounds and in some cases even smells like – yes, I know that’s weird! I have a vision of the scenery, the atmosphere and so on, that obviously cannot be translated to the screen. So when it comes to watching it on screen I think because I am already biased as to what I already know these books to be like, I’m like – That’s not my hero, he doesn’t look, talk or even move like my hero and I think that does mar what may be a very good film.

True, I have seen some really good book to film/dramas I adored Atonement and The Notebook was so emotional and then there is Sharpe, which is in another league of its own. Then there are those where I have watched the film first and then read the book, and in those cases its been the film that has won over.

For example I watched The Book Thief and since I have tried to read the book by Markus Zusak on many occasions and just can’t get into it as I already know what each character looked like, where the story goes and so on.

But there is a few, a very small few that have bridged the gap of what the “What is best, film or book” debate, these few and quite beautiful pieces of work have resonated with book lovers and movie goers alike. In these rare cases it doesn’t matter if you watch or read them, the story and characters are just so beautiful and thought-provoking. Its that what wins over again and again, not how you absorb the story, but the story its self.

The two that I think falls into this category has to be Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights, for me like a lot of women, there will only ever be one Mr Darcy, true it’s not the book version, but the drama version of Colin firth. I think this one has tested and won that argument over book or film and it does prove that if made right, with the perfect actors then you can take a book and put it on the screen.

Buts that’s just my opinion and I would love to hear other’s views on this. Do you watch the films or dramas of well loved books? And if so, do you think of them?

I have made my own list of my favorite books to screen, your more than welcome to add your views to my little debate.

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


As much as I absolutely adore the black and white original with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, but this one starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche is my favorite.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


No other reason but the fabulously, talented Colin Firth is Mr Darcy.

3. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks


Absolutely beautiful, the acting is spot Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams do a fabulous job with the lead roles.

4. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky


An absolutely beautiful film, I had read the book before I watched this but this is fabulous.

5. Atonement by Ian McEwan


Keira Knightly and James Mcavoy will always be the ill fated lovers to me.

 

From Little Acorns….Exclusive Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway by Virginia Heath

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I am very excited because I have a pretty special post for you all, my friend and awesome Historical Romance author Virginia Heath dropped by Chicks Rogues and Scandals to celebrate her upcoming newest release of “A Warriner to Rescue Her” which is book 2 in the Wild Warriners Series and she brought with her some incredible goodies, an exclusive to Chicks Rogues and Scandals excerpt and an amazing Gift Set that we will be giving away to one very lucky winner. I did want to keep the gift for myself but I promise I will let the prize go to a good home – it is seriously amazing though 😉.

To celebrate the up and coming release of “A Warriner to Rescue Her” we are going to be chatting Beatrix Potter, The Warriners and Acorns?…So to get our little celebration going with an exclusive post from the lady her self; here’s Virginia Heath…

From Little Acorns…

Just over a year ago, my first book came out. Like most debut authors, I found it all exciting yet a strangely daunting process. There was so much to learn and so much to do, and everyone told me that top of that list was to get some reviews because without them my book would fade into obscurity. Eagerly, I sent out my precious book to all and sundry, terrified they would all hate my work but knowing I had to do it or else nobody else would read it, hoping that from little acorns an oak tree would grow.

However, there was a problem. The reviewers weren’t interested. Why would they be? Why would they waste their valuable time on a new, unknown author when they already had a huge To Be Read pile filled with well-established and brilliant authors? It seemed my debut book was doomed and so was I.

That’s when I came across Frankie on Twitter. She had just started up her own blogging site Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. She was new and so was I, so I asked her if she would review That Despicable Rogue and to my delight and utter relief she said yes.

It was my first review, and a very nice one. Thanks to that review, other reviewers picked up my book and gave me a go. Since then, it’s all snowballed and I truly have had the most phenomenal first year. I’m building a name for myself and a solid following of readers. I was even nominated for a RONA award (Romantic Novel of the Year) for my third book The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide- I didn’t win but to have been shortlisted felt like I did. The big sites now regularly review my books, and by and large those reviews have all been excellent. The response to my first ever series- The Wild Warriners- has been awesome and I can already feel it building momentum after the success of the first book A Warriner to Protect Her.

I’m not an oak tree yet, more a sapling, and I will be forever grateful to Frankie for her part in that. That’s why I decided to celebrate the launch of the second Warriner book with a giveaway and excerpt exclusively on Chicks, Rogues and Scandals rather than on my own website. A little thank-you for being the first person to take a chance on me. I hope you all enjoy A Warriner to Rescue Her…

Exclusive Excerpt of A Warriner to Rescue Her.

Their butler crept in stealthily and coughed subtly. Every time Jamie saw him it gave him a start. Six months ago they had not even had a maid—now, thanks to Letty, there was a veritable army running Markham Manor, all transplanted from her opulent mansion in Mayfair.
‘You have a caller, my lady.’
A rarity indeed. Nobody called on the Warriners unless they were baying for blood or demanding immediate payment.
‘A young lady. A Miss Reeves. She is enquiring as to whether Captain Warriner is at home.’
Jamie could feel the beginnings of nerves in the pit of his stomach, warning of further impending humiliation, but tried to appear impassive.
‘Captain Warriner?’ Letty was staring at him with barely contained delight. ‘How very dashing that sounds.’
‘Tell her I am not at home, Chivers.’
‘Tell her no such thing! Have her shown in immediately, Chivers. And arrange for some tea.’ His sister-in-law tossed aside her already forgotten sewing and sat eagerly forward in her chair. ‘Why is a young lady calling for you, Jamie?’
He considered lying, but as the real reason for Miss Reeves’s unwelcome visit was doubtless about to be unveiled there seemed little point. ‘I tried to rescue her from a tree yesterday.’
‘Tried?’
‘Yes. And failed. Miserably.’
Further explanation was prevented by the arrival of his embarrassment. Just as it had yesterday, those red-gold curls refused to be tamed by her hairpins. Several very becoming silky tendrils poked out of her sensible bonnet and framed her pretty face. Her lovely chestnut eyes were wary as they darted between him and Letty.

Politeness dictated he should stand in the presence of a lady, but if he stood she would see more damning evidence of his infirmity and his pride was already bruised and battered quite enough. Letty, of course, sprang to her feet in an instant and gushingly greeted their guest.
‘Miss Reeves! I am delighted to make your acquaintance. I am Letty Warriner- technically the Countess of Markham, although my husband is reticent about using his title. Do take a seat. I hope you will join us for tea?’
It was all a little over the top, in Jamie’s opinion. Yes, a visitor was something of a rarity here, but the way Letty was behaving was a little too effusive. Especially as he was already counting the seconds until Miss Reeves left him in humiliated solitary peace.
‘Tea would be lovely,’ she said, flicking her eyes towards his briefly as she arranged her bottom on a chair. Jamie could still remember the feel of it in his hands. Firm. Rounded. Womanly. Which of course made him think about the incongruous garters again. ‘I came to check on Captain Warriner’s recovery. Because of my own lack of judgement, he was injured yesterday.’

Jamie stared straight ahead, but could feel Letty’s eyes boring into him. ‘Really? Jamie made no mention of an injury. Come to mention it, he also made no mention of the accident which must have led to the injury. All I know is what I have just been told. You were apparently stuck in a tree, Miss Reeves, and my brother-in-law tried and failed to get you down.’
She put unnecessary emphasis on the words brother-in-law, clearly making a point to their guest. A point which made Jamie uncomfortable.
He is single, in case you were wondering, Miss Reeves, and desperately in want of a wife. Try to ignore the fact he is lame, futureless and has the potential to kill if the mood takes him.
Miss Reeves blushed like a beetroot, a beetroot with distracting freckles on her dainty button of a nose, and wore a pained expression. ‘Captain Warriner climbed the apple tree to save me, but I fidgeted too much and the branch snapped. I am afraid we both fell to the ground. The poor captain absorbed the brunt of the impact.’
An understatement. His ribs had damn near snapped in half.
Letty was grinning like an idiot. ‘You fell on top of him? In the orchard?’ And like a nodcock he just happened to be painting the same blasted orchard and things looked so much more beautiful through his stupid eyes.
Miss Reeves nodded. ‘I feel awful about it.’

For his own sake, now was the opportune time to intervene, before Letty started to matchmake in earnest. ‘As you can see, I am in fine fettle, Miss Reeves. You needn’t have troubled yourself by coming all this way to see the evidence for yourself.’ His sister-in-law shot him a pointed glance for his rudeness, but Jamie was unrepentant. The last thing he needed was Letty reading more into his choice of painting than he was comfortable with her knowing. Miss Reeves’s fine eyes swivelled towards his leg, raised as always on a supportive footstool, and he inwardly cringed.

‘But I can see your leg is still injured, Captain Warriner, and that is completely my fault.’
She thought his infirmity was a temporary affliction, and as tempting as it was to go along with the fantasy, his innate sense of futility kicked in. ‘This is Napoleon’s fault, Miss Reeves. Not yours.’
Now, please go away, woman!
‘Napoleon?’
‘Indirectly. It was his guns which fired the musket balls.’
‘Balls!’
Her voice came out a little high-pitched and he simply nodded. He had no intention of telling her how they had had to dig three of the blighters out of his thigh while he was still conscious and he’d very nearly lost the whole leg, as well as his life, to infection afterwards. She blinked rapidly and Jamie could see her imagination filling in the blanks, those long lashes fluttering like butterflies as she did so.
Very pretty.

Somehow that made it worse. Pretty and pity made him feel less of a man than he usually did. However, under the circumstances, it was probably best to divulge the horrible truth and suffer her pity rather than give Letty false hope that this delightful armful of woman might enter into a romance with a dangerous invalid. ‘They left me crippled, Miss Reeves.’ And cripples were not attractive. Especially not to freckle-faced fertility goddesses with positively sinful hair and saucy garters.

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Cassie had no idea how to respond to such a statement. Part of her was sorry he had suffered, another part of her was hugely relieved not to have been the cause of his injury and a bigger part of her kept remembering how very big, solid and manly his body had been sprawled beneath hers. Just thinking about it made her feel all warm and those deliciously sinful sapphire eyes were not helping. Once again those exuberant passions she was trying her hardest to suppress jumped to the fore. Fortunately, the arrival of the tea tray meant she did not have to respond and had a perfectly reasonable excuse for removing her bonnet before she began to perspire from her wayward, wicked thoughts.
‘Do you take sugar, Miss Reeves?’
‘Just one, please, Mrs…er…my lady.’

The pretty blonde woman giggled. ‘To be honest, it confuses me, too. Perhaps we should simply dispense with the formalities. Why don’t you call me Letty?’
‘In that case, please feel free to call me Cassie.’ She risked peeking at Captain Galahad, but he made no move to invite her to call him anything familiar. In fact, he looked quite irritated at her continued presence. His gorgeous eyes were distinctly narrowed, which made her babble. ‘I am new to the area. My father has recently been appointed the vicar of this parish. We live at the vicarage.’ A completely ridiculous clarification only an idiot would make. It would probably be sensible to stop babbling nonsense and wait to be asked a question. Unfortunately, once her nerves got the better of her, Cassie’s mouth had a habit of running away with itself. ‘I couldn’t help noticing you are going to have a baby.’ Was it polite to mention such things?

Whether it was or it wasn’t, her hostess smiled and Cassie watched in wonder as the young woman’s hand automatically went to her protruding stomach lovingly. ‘Yes, indeed. But not until the autumn. I appear to have got very fat very quickly.’ She handed Cassie her tea. ‘Are you engaged to be married, Miss Reeves, or is there an ardent suitor on the cusp of proposing to you in the near future?’
A very sore point.
Cassie’s odd personality, off-putting exuberance, unfortunate freckles combined with her father’s ferocious temperament had all proved to be highly effective deterrents to the male sex. ‘No to both questions, I’m afraid.’
I am doomed to sit on the shelf and gather dust; I only hope it is sturdy enough and wide enough to bear my weight.
‘Well, I am sure it won’t be long before some lucky gentleman snaps you up—you are uncommonly pretty, Miss Reeves. Isn’t that right, Jamie?’

Captain Galahad grunted and appeared very bored. Clearly he disagreed. He was sipping his tea and practically glaring at her over the rim of the ridiculously delicate cup in his large, manly hand. Or perhaps he was glaring at his sister-in-law for asking him such an impertinent question? It was quite difficult to tell.

A Warriner to Rescue Her cam be Pre-ordered at Amazon

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As you would have guessed from the Amazing Excerpt “A Warriner to Rescue Her” follows second brother; war hero Jamie as he tries to get on with his life after being severely wounded in battle. Jamie is an accomplished artist and it is through his art that he really comes into his own. On meeting Cassie, the new vicar’s daughter who like Jamie comes into her own through her stories, they come together to create a book, in a very Beatrix Potter way. Cassie writes the story about talking animals, no less and Jamie creates the glorious pictures and soon through their shared love of this venture they begin to heal each other. Which leads nicely into the next part of our Celebration The lady, who is the inspiration to Cassie and Jamie’s book; Beatrix Potter….

A Lady who Inspired….

Beatrix Potter was a childhood heroine of mine, she inspired children, young girls especially, to go out there and pursue their dreams, just like she did. Beatrix was a kind-hearted, intelligent and wonderful woman who could see the beauty in the most ordinary, everyday things. Her gift for creating these lovable tales is extraordinary but that isn’t all she achieved, her legacy will be her love and respect for the wild and all its creatures.

Beatrix wrote and illustrated 28 children’s books that to this day are loved by children all over the world, they have been translated into over 35 languages.

She was originally from Kensington, London born 28th July 1866 to a Rupert and Helen Potter, but her heart was and always would be in the country; such as Scotland and the Lake District. She was the eldest of two, her little brother Bertram were very close and they shared a love of animals and nature. As Bertram was really the only childhood friend she had while growing up, once he was sent off to school Beatrix was very lonely and it was at these times that her artistic talents and astonishing imagination really took root and started her off down the path she took and why and how she became the inspiring woman she became.

Like all girls growing up during the Victorian era, Beatrix was restricted in her activities, she rarely spent much time with her parents and other than her brother her main source of companionship was various governesses who were brought in to educate young Beatrix, because of her extraordinary talent she was encouraged to pursue her love of art. She created astonishingly accurate drawings of fungi and insects and her beloved pet rabbit Benjamin Bouncer.

Throughout her twenties, after years of observation and studies she developed into a keen and talented naturalist and she wrote her first paper called “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricineae” all about how fungi spores reproduced but was rejected by William Thiselton-Dyer, director of the Royal Botanical Gardens. She refused to give up and carried on with her research and a year later George Massee, a fungi expert who worked at the Kew gardens, agreed to present her paper to the Linnean Society of London as women weren’t allowed to at the time.

Way before becoming the published author we know her to be, Beatrix created illustrated post cards depicting scenes from her favourite stories such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the publisher Hildesheimer & Faulkner. Many more illustrations and verses followed, this cemented her desire to Publish her own stories.

In 1901 after being rejected by many publishers Beatrix decided to print and Publish The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself, she initially printed 250 copies and sent them to friends and family. The book was an instant success and the publishers Frederick Warne & Co., who had previously turned it down, reconsidered and offered to publish as long as Beatrix illustrated in colour. On publishing in October 1902 the book was an instant hit.

But she wasn’t just a one hit wonder she created many more books that were instant successes, she started exploring more creative pursuits, she created her own Peter Rabbit doll and in 1903 she registered it at the patent office making Peter Rabbit the world’s oldest licensed literary character. Beatrix dabbled in other merchandise such as tea sets. Slippers, she invented The Peter Rabbit board game in 1904. She also published Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck painting books.

She met her soul mate in her editor, Norman Warne but unfortunately after a long courtship Norman died of Leukaemia just a month after his proposal of marriage. To recover from his passing Beatrix took to the Lake District, which was her sanctuary a place she could grieve and be herself in peace and it was a place where she spent the majority of the rest of her life.

She loved the area and the people and just the way of life so much she bought fifteen farms and took a very hands on approach to caring for them. She was known to helping with the haymaking, wading through mud to unblock drains or dressed in tweed searching the hills for lost sheep. She was at her utmost happiest when she was tending to her animals.

Beatrix became the first woman elected President of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association in 1943 and in the same year Beatrix sadly passed away, leaving her fifteen farms and over four thousand acres to The National Trust.

For me Beatrix was an astonishing woman, she pushed the boundaries of what women could do in the time and she never gave in. She was a force to be reckoned with and she brought so much joy and happiness into the world, her legacy is of her love of nature and these wonderful stories that are still loved to this day. She had her heart breaks and it was in those times that she showed again and again just how much strength she had.

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Giveaway Closed

Giveaway Time…

I promised at the beginning of the post that we have a doozy of a giveaway and here it is. Virginia has generously put together a Warriner/Beatrix Potter Gift set which includes…

A signed copy of A Warriner to Rescue her.
Virginia Heath Bookmarks.
Beatrix Potter Adult Colouring Book.
•  Horses Adult Colouring Book.
A Pack of Fancy Steadler Norris Colouring Pencils.

So, to be in for a chance of winning this incredible Gift set then all you have to do is tell me : Who is your favourite Beatrix Potter Character? That’s it simple!

Revised Giveaway Entrant Rules : I have had a it pointed out to me that those who don’t have a wordpress account are having difficulties commenting, so I have adjusted how you all can enter – You can either comment below, or you can leave your answer on the original Giveaway Post on the Chick’s Rogues and Scandals Facebook page. Link – HERE

Giveaway T&C’s

The Giveaway is open Internationally. The closing date is Tuesday 27th June at 6pm GMT. The winner will be drawn at random after the closing date and will be notified shortly after. 

Hottie’s of the Week ~ Scottish

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This may be an old Hotties of the Week but its still a good one and in honor of St. Andrews Day, I thourght it was fitting . so sit back and enjoy a little bit of vintage Hotties and Happy St. Andrews Day.

Chicks,Rogues and Scandals

After the success of “Period Drama Hottie’s” last week I thought that I might make it into a regular feature on Chick’s, Rogue’s and Scandal’s, so especially for all my lovely reader’s every week they will be some devastatingly good looking men for us all to drool over. This week we are going Scottish (really who doesn’t like a rugged man in a kilt?). . .Enjoy!!

Rugged Gerard Butler

Handsome Richard Rankin

Talented Paolo Nutini

Dangerous Richard Madden

Cool James MacKenzie

Sexy James McAvoy

Devastating Ewan Macgregor

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