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Book Tag Challenge!

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BOOK TAG

Fellow blogger Carol Cork from Rakes and Rascals has challenged me to do this Book Tag post.

RULES:

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

That’s a tough one as I have so many books gathering dust on my bookshelf, but I think one of the longest resident’s has got to be PS. I Love You by Celia Ahern. I got it about the same time the film came out, I watched the film but as yet I haven’t even opened the book.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current:
The Madam of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon.

Last:
An Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple.

Next:
Hard Hearted Highlander by Julia London.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Oh that is easy! Fifty Shades of Grey, I never even finished it.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

I’m not actually sure! The first one that springs to mind is The Book Thief, again I have seen the film.

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

I don’t tend to think that far ahead, I usually just go with the flow.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Definitely wait! You miss out on so much If you just jump ahead.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I think acknowledgements are really interesting, you get a sense of the authors thoughts at that time of their life.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Oh that is such a hard question! I’m not sure I would like to permanently switch places with a character I’m too much of a home girl. If I could do it for a day, I wouldn’t mind switching with Eden Farraday from His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley. I would love to walk in her shoes, she is smart, adventurous, so much more courageous than your average heroine, who has also caught the eye of my favourite Knight brother, Jack.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

None specific, every book I read sort of cements itself into my life in someway.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I rescued a box full of mixed books from a skip once, my library was closing and they were dumping all the old and damaged books, so I saved them. Does that count?

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes! To my dad, it was for a big birthday for him so I gave him a box set of Mario Puzo books.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

My notebook, I’m always jotting down bits and bobs.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I didn’t go to highschool, so never had to do “required reading”.

14. Used or brand new?

Both.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes! I have read them all.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yes, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, great book but the film is so incredible.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

I don’t usually get effected in that way from a book.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

There is quite a few fellow reviewers/bloggers that I respect hugely, especially Rose Blue and Carol Cork, who are both incredibly honest and wise ladies.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I think the book that spring be to mind is The Night Circus, I don’t usually go for magical themed books with timeslips so when I had this given to me I wasn’t sure. But it is hugely enjoyable, it keeps you gripped.

This was a lot of fun, Thank you for the tag Carol.

I’m tagging:

Nat : Reading Romances

Julie : Bookish Jottings

Rosie : Rosie Amber

Amy : Mills and Boon Book Review and Chat

l look forward to reading your answers, ladies.

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A Chat With…Author Susanna Craig

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I am very pleased to be chatting with Best Selling Author and lovely lady Susanna Craig, so sit back and let’s get to know about more about Susanna…

A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.

Reading Chick: Hi Susanna, 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?

Susanna: Private (or introverted, reserved…choose your synonym. Not “shy,” though!). Smart. Organized. Determined. Sarcastic (for better or worse).

Reading Chick: If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Susanna: The temptation is to say Regency England, because I am curious about what life was really like there and then. Experiencing it would be very different from researching and reading about it. But since I’m also a fan of modern technology, hygiene, medicine, and so on, I’m happy to stay in the 21st century.

Reading Chick: I don’t blame you, Who was your childhood hero?

Susanna: You know, I had to write an essay on this in high school, and I couldn’t do it then, either! I don’t know why this topic is such a challenge for me. I certainly admire many people. As a kid, I looked up to my parents a lot, and now that I’m a parent, I appreciate even more the sacrifices they made and the values they tried to instill in me. I was inspired to become a teacher because of some of the excellent teachers I had. I suppose like every girl in the 1970s, I wanted to grow up to be some combination of Dorothy Hammill and Wonder Woman!

Reading Chick: What an interesting take on my question. What is your favourite time of the year?

Susanna: This is surely influenced by the fact that I’m a professor, but autumn is definitely my favorite season. It’s the real start of the “new year” for me, and I love feeling that everything is fresh and anything is possible for me and my students. I enjoy the changing leaves and the cooler weather, too; I’d much rather be wearing a sweater and boots!

Reading Chick: Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Susanna: Probably Tempest from To Tempt an Heiress, because she was a lot of fun to write. She has so much energy and passion—she doesn’t doubt herself, just charges ahead and does what has to be done. But she might be a little exhausting to hang out with! I also have a real soft spot for Edward, the hero of To Seduce a Stranger; he’s the character who holds the Runaway Desires series together in my mind, and he’s kind, honorable, hard-working…basically all the things we need our real-life heroes to be.

Reading Chick: Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?

Susanna: Mostly, I’m inspired by my reading, especially novels from the period in which my books are set (the later eighteenth century). So far, I’ve managed to sneak in a little Austen reference in each book. But I certainly draw on my own experiences as well; the little girl, Clarissa, in To Kiss a Thief, is modelled after my daughter, and the heroine of my work in progress, The Companion’s Secret, is a novelist. And sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected places. The opening scene of To Kiss a Thief actually was a dream—I jotted down notes as soon as I woke up and then scurried to come up with a story to match.

Reading Chick: What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Susanna: Write a lot. Don’t worry if it’s crap. It’s the only way you’ll get better.
Listen to advice, but trust your gut. It’s your book, after all.
Believe in yourself—if you don’t, no one else will.

Reading Chick: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)

Susanna: Oooh…so much pressure! Would I have to come up with thought-provoking questions to get the conversation started? Would I have to cook??
I would love to meet Jane Austen…if it could be the sharp-tongued, witty Austen who reveals herself in her letters and books. I suspect she’d be reserved in person, though. I’d probably have to invite her sister Cassandra along too and just eavesdrop on the conversation.
Most of all, I’d like to be able to bring my dad back for a day, so he could meet his granddaughter and I could tell him about these books I wrote.

Reading Chick: Awww! That is so lovely! Thank you Susanna 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?

Susanna: Chocolate ice cream!

Oh yummy! Thank you Susanna.

Susanna’s new book To Seduce A Stranger is released on 11th April, Susanna loves hearing from her readers so why check out the links below.

Website

Facebook: @susannacraigauthor

Twitter: @SusannaMCraig

Goodreads

Amazon

 After her much older husband dies—leaving her his fortune—Charlotte Blakemore finds herself at the mercy of her stepson, who vows to contest the will and destroy her life. With nowhere to turn and no one to help her, she embarks on an elaborate ruse—only to find herself stranded on the way to London. . .

More than twenty years in the West Indies have hardened Edward Cary, but not enough to abandon a helpless woman at a roadside inn—especially one as disarmingly beautiful as Charlotte. He takes her with him to the Gloucestershire estate he is determined to restore, though he is suspicious of every word that falls from her distractingly lush lips.

As far as Charlotte knows, Edward is nothing more than a steward, and there’s no reason to reveal his noble birth until he can right his father’s wrongs. Acting as husband and wife will keep people in the village from asking questions that neither Charlotte nor Edward are willing to answer. But the game they’re each determined to play has rules that beg to broken, when the passion between them threatens to uncover the truth—for better or worse. . .

A Chat With…Exclusive Interview with Vanessa Kelly and Giveaway.

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I have the great pleasure of chatting with the USA Best Selling Author and all round lovely lady; Vanessa Kelly today. So take a seat and let’s get to know a little a bit about Vanessa…

Vanessa Kelly is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.”  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.

Vanessa’s previous series, The Renegade Royals, was a national bestseller. She is currently writing a new spin-off series called The Improper Princesses. My Fair Princess, book 1, was named a Goodreads Romance of the Month and is a BookScan bestseller.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband.

Reading Chick : Hi Vanessa, 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?

Vanessa : Hi, Frankie! Thanks for having me on your blog. Okay, this is a surprisingly tough question, but here goes: wife, stepmother, reader, writer, Anglophile.

Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Vanessa : I would choose our current era, because I’m a huge fan of antibiotics and modern hygiene. LOL! But if I could travel back in time without any health or safety consequences (I probably should have included wimp in my five words), I would, of course, love to visit Regency England. I’m also fascinated by imperial Rome and ancient Egypt, so I would probably fire up my good, old-time machine to visit those places, too. The history of those cultures is vibrant and amazing, and I’d really like to get a peek.

Reading Chick : Haha! I love it, Who was your childhood hero?

Vanessa : I loved Peter Pan and also Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Both adventurers who longed to return home.

Reading Chick : Awww! How sweet. What is your favourite time of the year?

Vanessa : I love autumn. The return of crisp, cool weather, and the beautiful colors of the changing season. Plus, that’s when my birthday is. LOL!

Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Vanessa : I think I have to pick both male and female. My favorite female character is Gillian Dryden, the kickass heroine of MY FAIR PRINCESS. She’s a total sweetheart but she’s also pretty tough—and very funny. My favorite male character is Griffin Steele from CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM. He’s a classic, sexy bad boy with a heart of gold. By an odd coincidence, Griffin and Gillian are siblings!

Reading Chick : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?

Vanessa : Lots of places—books, movies, TV shows, and also from history books. I get a lot of ideas from reading the history and literature of the Regency period.

Reading Chick : What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Vanessa : If you’re really serious about writing: read a lot (including craft books), write a lot, and learn to persevere against all odds.

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

Vanessa : I would invite Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bennett, and Mary Stewart, to start. I bet they would all get along exceedingly well, too! Three bright, witty women who knew a lot about life and love.

Reading Chick : That sounds like a great dinner party. Thank you, Vanessa 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?

Vanessa: Chocolate cake. Or chocolate chip pancakes with lots of maple syrup!

Reading Chick : Yummy! Thank you, Vanessa.

If you want to learn more about Vanessa and her work then check out the links below.

Website

Facebook: @vanessakellyauthor

Twitter: @VanessaKellyAut

Goodreads

Amazon

 

 

 

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Giveaway Time!

We have a printed copy of  My Fair Princess, book 1 in The Improper Princesses Series, up for grabs in our giveaway. To be in for a chance to win this amazing prize just leave a comment. That’s it, simple as pie!

The Improper Princesses Book One

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?

Giveaway Terms
The giveaway closes on 5th April a Midnight; GMT and the winner will be announced soon after. Giveaway is open internationally, so everyone is welcome. The winner’s name will be published in a congratulatory winners post.

Giveaway and Exclusive Interview with Best Selling Author Elizabeth Hoyt

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I have been a huge Elizabeth Hoyt fan for many years, and I was over the moon when Elizabeth decided to take part in my A Chat With segment of Chick’s Rogues and Scandals, unfortunately due to schedules over lapping and various work commitments this Interview got pushed back from It’s original posting time slot in 2016. So here it is, my exclusive interview with bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt plus a very special giveaway.

 New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job. Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job. But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel – The raven prince – and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories. Since then Elizabeth has written over twenty books to critical acclaim including three contemporaries under the pen name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the ever faithful Mr. Hoyt.

Reading Chick : Hi Elizabeth, Welcome to Chicks Rogues and Scandals, Thank you for taking the time to a chat with me today. Book ten the Maiden Lane Series, Duke of Sin is incredible; the way you turned Valentine around from the evil, notorious blackmailer to the more human and very likable rake is amazing, my question is; how did you manage to turn around such a character?

Elizabeth : Thank you! I tried to give a lot of background to Val’s story so that the reader can understand why he is the way he is. That, I think, goes a long way to helping make a character more sympathetic.

Reading Chick : I have said in previous reviews on my blog that my favorite character in Maiden Lane is “Charmin” Mickey O’Connor, do you have a favorite character? and if so who?

Elizabeth : Val—just because he was a lot of fun to write. 😉

Reading Chick : I am so pleased that the Ghost of St.Giles is going to make an appearance in your next book; Duke of Pleasure, are we going to be seeing more of the Ghost in future work?

Elizabeth : Well certainly in Duke of Pleasure! But after that book I think I’ll be retiring the Ghost.

Reading Chick : There is such a wide range of characters in your books from the mild-mannered Winter to the Villainous Valentine, which sort’s of character’s do you enjoy writing most?

Elizabeth : I enjoy them all. 😉 Val was actually one of the easiest characters to write—the over-the-top characters often do flow more easily than the subtler ones. But I like writing a wide variety of characters. It keeps me fresh and interested as a writer and hopefully it keeps my readers equally interested.

Reading Chick : The Lords of Chaos, are horrendous! Where did the idea for them come from?

Elizabeth : Current events. There have been several cases lately in the news here and in the UK of pedophiles in positions of power who have banded together to prey on victims. I simply took the old idea of a Hellfire Club and made it several degrees more horrific.

Reading Chick : Lazarus; Lord Caire is such intriguing character and now that we know that Bridget is his half-sister are we going to see how their new relationship grows?

Elizabeth : I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that in the upcoming books, but I hope I can at least do a bonus epilogue on my website. Several readers have said they’d like one. 😉

Reading Chick : One of the things that I love about the Maiden Lane series, is that the lead characters are from all different sides of society, from the highest aristocracy to the most humble servants. My question is how do you decide who is going to make a starring role and who is going to be an interesting extra?

Elizabeth : Usually I’ve decided that a character will be a hero or heroine before I introduce them in the series, but once in a while a character pops up who is so interesting I can’t resist giving them their own book. That’s the case with Alf—she’ll be the heroine of Duke of Pleasure out this November 29th.

Reading Chick : Valentine is such a flamboyant and charismatic character, pairing him up with Bridget was a stroke or pure genius, where did the idea to put these two together come from?

Elizabeth : I try to find characters that will challenge each other. Val is very strong and very sure of himself so he needed an equally strong heroine. But Bridget also had to be morally upright to counter his moral ambiguity—she tests him and everything he thinks he stands for.

Reading Chick : Finally! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to chat with me. I have just one more little question. I see so much more to Bridget’s and Valentine’s story then where Duke of Sin finished, as you have done with the other couples in the series are we going to occasionally get a glimpse of how these two are doing?

Elizabeth : Weeelll I have been thinking about doing a freebie Christmas special soon. 😉

Thank you so much Elizabeth, it’s been a pleasure having you chat with me.

If you want to connect with Elizabeth just follow the links below.

Website

Facebook : @ElizabethHoytBooks

Twitter : @ElizabethHoyt

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This Giveaway is Now Closed!

Chick’s Rogues and Scandals are in participation with Elizabeth’s team and we are giving away a copy of Duke of Pleasure to one, very Lucky winner. To be in for a chance to win just leave a comment. That’s it! Simple 💜

IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

Giveaway terms
Closing date is midnight 21st March, The winner will be chosen at random, Winners name will be posted in a special celebratory post shortly after the closing date. The giveaway is open internationally so everyone is welcome. Good luck!

A Chat With…Author Elisabeth Hobbes

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Today I am so pleased to have Harlequin and Mills and Boon author Elisabeth Hobbes chatting with me, so take a seat and let’s get to know a bit more about Elisabeth.

You can find me hanging around The Unlaced Bookclub on Facebook along with other Harlequin Historical authors. I grew up in York where I spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep me off my feet. Sadly it never happened but I developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. I live in Cheshire with my husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names because the car broke down here in 1999 and I never left.
I love historical fiction and have a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When I’m not writing, I spend a lot of my spare time reading and have become something of a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book! I’m fond of ginger mojitos and Thai hot and sour soup, though not at the same time.

Reading Chick: Hi Elisabeth, 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?

Elisabeth : Hi, it’s lovely to be here. Only five words. Hmm….Mum, teacher, frazzled (owing mainly to the first two), creative, geeky.

Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Elisabeth : Not the Middle Ages, despite writing about the period and being fascinated by it I wouldn’t want to pay it more than a quick visit! I couldn’t cope with the lack of plumbing and hygiene.

The Roaring Twenties and thirties in New York looked like an amazing time to be alive. The clothes, cocktails and music are all wonderful. I’d go hang around the Algonquin and try make friends with Dorothy Parker or pretend I was in a Jeeves and Wooster story.

Reading Chick : Ooh! I like it, Who was your childhood hero?

Elisabeth : Han Solo. He was so cool and I was a real tomboy so spent playtimes running around pretending to be on the Death Star. I first saw Star Wars when I was little, I don’t think I quite understood what I liked about him. Of course when I got a little older… Yum! That’s probably where I developed my love of rogues and heroes with slightly blurred moral codes and a dangerous twinkle. You never quite trusted he would do the right thing.

Reading Chick : Totally agree with about wayward rogues. What is your favourite time of the year?

Elisabeth : I love to be warm so summer (though I’m fond of winter because I love to ski). Teaching means I’m lucky enough to get a few weeks holiday travelling round France or Spain with my family and I love the light nights where I can sit outside with only a couple of layers on rather than bundled up to the eyebrows.

Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Elisabeth : Oooh, difficult, I love all my children! Generally I’m fondest of whoever I have just written so in this case it’s Roger Danby, the roguish brother from The Blacksmith’s Wife who has now got his own story. If I have to choose a previous one I have a bit of a soft spot for Will, the hero of A Wager for the Widow. He’s flirty and cocky (there’s that Han Solo influence) and like me he prefers his oysters cooked to raw.

Reading Chick : Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Elisabeth : Places play a huge part in my ideas. The Blacksmith’s Wife is set in York where I grew up and on the nearby moors that I love to visit, because I wanted to take a city girl and put her in the middle of nowhere. I fell in love with St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and thought it was such a beautiful, isolated place for a character to withdraw from the world so I gave it to Eleanor in A Wager for the Widow. The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge sprang from walking around the Cheshire countryside on a damp, misty day and imagining the execution of a group of unsuccessful rebels and needing to find out who they were. One day I’m going to set a story in Briancon, the lovely Medieval town I stay in when I go skiing.

Reading Chick : What a great answer, What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Elisabeth : Keep notebooks or paper everywhere because you never know when the perfect sentence or line of dialogue might pop into your head and there’s nothing worse than only half remembering it (deciphering my 3am pitch black scribbles is always fun).

Write something every day, even if it is only one sentence because they do build up and you can’t edit nothing.

Join some sort of writing group, whether online or in real life and be prepared to take criticism. Some people are brutal but mostly I’ve found other writers to be a supportive group are really happy to offer suggestions and advice.

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

Elisabeth : There would have to be other authors so I could pick their brains. Terry Pratchett and Jane Austen because they’re two of my all time favourites and I suspect they’d both enjoy talking about how they deal with class and convention. The third would be Tom Hiddleston so I could apologise for the cover of The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge looking nothing like him (not that I don’t like the model I got)!

Reading Chick : Thank you, Elisabeth 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?

Elisabeth : My naughty treat is crisps. I’m a savoury rather than sweet girl (I’m sure many would agree) and I could eat my way through bag after bag if I wasn’t disciplined, especially if I had a glass of wine to hand.

It’s been a pleasure. Thank you for having me.

Thank you for chatting with me, it’s been a pleasure having you visit.

If you want to know more about Elisabeth and her work, then check out the links below.

Website

Twitter : @ElisabethHobbes

Facebook : @ElisabethHobbes

Amazon

Goodreads

A Chat With…Author Lynne Shelby

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Today I have the pleasure of chatting with Lynne Shelby, author of Chick Lit Romance French Kissing and winner of the 2015 Rosie Amber Book Awards. So take a seat and let’s get to know more about Lynne.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, and my ambition was always to be a published author.  I write contemporary romance, because that’s what I like reading the most. In January 2015 I was thrilled to win the Accent Press & Woman Magazine Writing Competition, and my debut novel ‘French Kissing’ is published by Accent Press. I have worked in a variety of day jobs and I have also had a very enjoyable vicarious career as a stage mother, which has given me a love of theatre that inspires much of my writing. I love travelling and I’m also inspired to write by the many wonderful foreign cities that I’ve visited and explored , with a camera and writer’s notebook in hand – Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice, New York, Copenhagen, Berlin and of course Paris, the city which inspired me to write  ‘French Kissing’. I live in north London with my tall, dark handsome husband, my son, two daughters and a lot of books.

Reading Chick : Hi Lynne, 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?

Lynne : Creative, curious, laid-back, book-lover, traveller

Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Lynne : My first choice of when to live would be the present (I like modern comforts !) but I’d like to live temporarily in Roman times as this is a historical era I’m particularly interested in, and have studied. I love exploring Roman ruins, and it would be fascinating to actually experience the way people lived back then. It would also be great for researching a historical novel! I’d want to live in Rome itself, of course!

Reading Chick: That sound’s really cool! Who was your childhood hero?

Lynne : Tarzan – how cool, thought my nine-year-old self, to live in the jungle with your animal friends!

Reading Chick : Haha! What is your favourite time of the year?

Lynne : Definitely summer. There can be few things better than sitting in the garden on a summer evening with a book and a glass of wine.

Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Lynne : My favourite character tends to be the one I’m writing about at the time, so currently my favourite is the heroine of my WIP, Emma, a girl in her late twenties, who made a bad choice ten years ago, and is trying to put it right.

Reading Chick : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from? 

Lynne : Inspiration can come from anything and at any time – very often a few snatches of overheard conversation can inspire a plot. I was inspired to write my debut novel, ‘French Kissing,’ when I was returning from Paris with my family on the Eurostar. A young Frenchman sitting across the aisle spent the whole journey phoning his English friends, telling them that he was coming to London and wondering if they could meet up. Unfortunately none of his friends wanted to see him. This gave me the idea of a plot about a Frenchman coming to England who is very much welcomed by an English girl, and my characters, Alexandre and Anna. My WIP was inspired by my going to a school reunion. Discovering what had happened to the girls I’d known at school sparked off the plot about a girl and a guy who knew each other as teenagers and are re-united when they are older – and hopefully wiser

Reading Chick : How interesting! What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Lynne : If you can, write every day, even if it’s only for ten minutes. That way you keep the flow of your story in your mind, and your word count grows steadily.
Read as much as you can in your own and other genres, and think about what does and doesn’t work in a novel.
Never give up your dream of becoming a published author. I know so many writers who wrote for years before they were published. We have to learn our craft.

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

Lynne : Aphra Behn who is a particular heroine of mine as she was the first woman to earn her living by writing plays back in the 17th century – as well as being a spy. I’d imagine she’d have some amazing stories to tell about her life.
Jo March from ‘Little Women’ – I’m sure we’d have a great discussion about writing.
Jane Austen – I’d like to know what happened after Elizabeth Bennet married Darcy and became mistress of Pemberley.

Reading Chick : Thank you, Lynne 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?

Lynne : Ooh that would be dark chocolate!

Thank you, Lynne for chatting with us today.

If you want to know more about Lynne and her work, then check out the links below.

Website

Facebook: @LynneShelbyWriter

Twitter: @LynneB1

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French Kissing

Anna Mitchel has been writing letters to her French penfriend, Alexandre Tourville, for fifteen years, but hasn’t seen him since an exchange trip when they were at school. When Alex, now a successful photographer, has the opportunity to work in London, Anna offers him a place to stay but is astounded that the small, geeky boy she remembers is now tall, broad-shouldered and gorgeous. He has also just broken up with his long-term girlfriend. Anna’s female friends are soon swooning over Alex’s Gallic charm, and Anna’s boyfriend Nick is becoming extremely jealous of their friendship. Then Alex has to return to Paris to oversee the hanging of his photographs in an exhibition, and invites Anna to accompany him so that he can show her the city he adores…

From London to Paris, sealed with a kiss…

A Chat With…Author Suzan Tisdale

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Today I am very pleased to say that I am chatting with USA Today Best Selling author Suzan Tisdale, so take a seat and let’s get to know a bit about Suzan…

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USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, Suzan Tisdale lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. Her children have all left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard-dwelling groundhogs – all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head.

Reading Chick : Hi Suzan, 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?

Suzan : Cheeky. Smart aleck. Giving. Deep thinker. Patient.

Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, when and where would it be? And Why?

Suzan : Scotland, 14th century, as long as I can take my coffee with me! And my electric fan to help ward off these hot flashes.

Reading Chick : Haha! Who was your childhood hero?

Suzan : I can’t remember! Probably my mother because she was hilariously funny and always made sure we had everything we needed. She was our rock, in an otherwise tumultuous environment. She taught me to try to see the humour in every situation.

Reading Chick : What a lovely answer, Suzan! What your favourite time of the year?

Suzan : Autumn. I love it when the leaves begin to turn, the cooler days, even the rainy days.

Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

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Suzan : That is a tough one. My favourite book, to this day, is Frederick’s Queen. Frederick and Aggie were modelled after my aunt and uncle. I have to tell people that nothing that happened to the fictional character, Aggie, ever happened to the real Aggie! My aunt was raised in a very loving, warm, safe home!

Reading Chick : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?

Suzan : Either divine intervention or insanity. I’m not sure which!

Reading Chick : What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Suzan : You can’t do anything until you write the book. Just write it! Worry about everything else later. Write with fervour, passion, and from your heart. And get a good editor and cover artist.

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

Suzan : Abraham Lincoln, Wee William (one of my favourite characters from my first series) and author Maya Banks.

Reading Chick : 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?

Suzan : Chocolate in any form! I like to pair my chocolate cake with a good whisky. Jameson’s or Gentleman Jack goes quite well with chocolate cake!

Thank you Suzan, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today.

If you want to find out more about Suzan and her work them check out the links below.

Website

Facebook: @SuzaneTisdaleromance

Twitter: @SuzanTisdale

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