#Exclusive Guest Post : The Truth About Love And Dog’s; The Cover by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK #GuestPost #TheTruthAboutLoveAndDogs
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!
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.
About The Author
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.
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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
John & Margaret
North and South
Claire & Jamie
Evie & Rick
Helena & Alejandro
Mask of Zorro
Cecelia & Robbie
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
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.
Blog Tour Schedule
Make sure you keep following this great blog tour as there are some great blog stops.
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
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 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.
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.