Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Rachel Brimble & Giveaway


About Rachel Brimble


I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job!

Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections! I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft. Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born! Since then, my other books have followed each year.

And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live with my husband of 18 years, two teenage daughter and mad chocolate Labrador near the famous Georgian city of Bath in England. I write mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical Press. 

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Holiday is my luxury reading time! As we tend to book a two-week holiday, I usually take 7 or 8 books with me…not kindle. I love my kindle but I have SO many paperbacks on my shelves, this is the time I try to get through a few of them. I usually mix it up with some crime, some romance, some women’s fiction and some historical. I read everything!

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

I love the Welsh mountains so I’d love to spend a sunny day with the sun reflecting off the hills, a good book and a glass of wine. Bliss! My children, husband and dog around me all enjoying themselves.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

When I’m not working, I love to knit and watch far too much TV…preferably with a glass of chilled white wine to hand! For outdoors, I love to go on really long walks through the beautiful English countryside with my family and dog.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Anywhere and everywhere! TV shows and the news are great sources of inspiration as well as historical biographies and events. I have used my personal experience in a few of my books. The most significant being A Man Like Him, my second Harlequin Superromance. The first three chapters of that book are pretty much exactly what happened to me and my family when we were caught up in the 2010 French floods.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Ooh, great question! My all time favorite heroine is Scarlet O’Hara – I love her epic journey, both externally and internally. There are many obstacles thrown in her path and she eventually overcomes them…even if she doesn’t get the happy ending she thought she deserved. I love her tenacity and heart.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I have so many! I love to read in the bath and in bed, in the garden on a sunny day and while walking the dog. Seriously! I am quite known around my local area as ‘the woman who reads while walking her dog’, LOL!

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I have been to many beautiful places but my favorites so far as Rhodes for overseas and North Wales for UK. Both relaxing and scenic, but very different. I’m going to Portugal this year so maybe that will become my new favorite. Can’t wait!

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Sunny for me isn’t all about the setting – if an author wants to write a sunny story, they should concentrate on bringing forward as many positive emotions, events and characters as they can. Throw them together with a few obstacles and then add a happy ending and, for me, you have a sunny story.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I have just sent revisions back to my UK agent for the first part in what I hope will be an Edwardian saga and I am currently writing book 7 in my Templeton Cove series for Harlequin Superromance so, fingers crossed, those two books will be out in 2017.

For this year, my next release is SAVED BY THE FIREFIGHTER, book six for Harlequin (out Nov) – don’t worry, all the books can be read stand-alone so readers can jump in wherever they fancy!

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Reading in the Sun - Interview with Miranda Liasson & Giveaway


About Miranda Liasson


I'm Miranda Liasson, author of lighthearted contemporary romance.

I won the Golden Heart in 2013 for a story that became my first book, This Thing Called Love, which debuted from Montlake Romance in Spring of 2015. Since then, I've written other Mirror Lake books, small town romances heavy on love, family, and the hard choices we all sometimes have to make.

I also write lighthearted contemporary romance for Entangled Indulgence.

I write romance because I love stories about the experience of being human, and love is the universal experience we all share. I also unapologetically love stories that have happy endings and make me laugh. I hope my stories make you laugh a little, too.

P.S. I love to hear from readers!

Thanks so much for checking my books out and hope you enjoy!

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Books by Miranda Liasson

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’ve been writing stories since I was twelve, but I pursued a career in the sciences and took up writing seriously about nine years ago. It took me seven years to become published!

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Life got a lot simpler for me after the Kindle was invented! I used to tuck books everywhere in my suitcase, unable to decide which ones to read! Now I just pile them all in my Kindle, no muss or fuss. I love romances, women’s fiction, literary fiction, books on writing…I read all kinds of genres.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

Sitting on the beach under and umbrella with a book and a cold drink, looking up every once in a while and watching the ocean and all the people having fun.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I love to bike! We have beautiful Metroparks with bike trails here in Ohio and on a sunny Saturday or in the evenings,you’ll often find me there.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I love stories about families and friends, heartwarming but a little bit heartbreaking too. And with humor.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

I would be Louisa Clark from Me Before You so I could meet Sam Claflin! Oh, wait, that’s mixing the book and the movie, isn’t it, lol!

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I often sit outside my kitchen porch door and sneak in a couple pages while dinner’s cooking! And I read in bed almost every night before going to sleep.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I love the South Carolina beaches. The sand is perfect, the beaches are wide, and the marshes are beautiful. And it’s hot and sunny! What’s not to love?

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

 Eh, you know, I love lightheartedness but I feel it needs to be tempered, like life, with more serious matters. I can’t really find the lightheartedness in my books unless my characters also experience some other not-so-good things in life as well.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I am working on a series of Greek brothers who were separated as children and find each other again as adults, who also find their lives and loves in the fictional town of Mirror Lake, Connecticut. The first one is out in December, CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU. I just saw the preliminary cover and it is GORGEOUS. I wish I could show you! It’s a very emotional story, but funny too.

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Reading in the Sun - Interview with Sarah Govett & Giveaway



About Sarah Govett

 
I read law at Trinity College, Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor, I set up my own tutoring agency, Govett Tutors, which specialises in helping children from all backgrounds.

I have also written for children’s television. I have two young children, and live in London with my stand-up comedian husband.
 
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Interview
 
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
 
My name’s Sarah Govett, but you know that already! I’m the author of The Territory that came out last year with Firefly Press. I live in London with my two young girls and stand-up comedian husband. I used to be a lawyer, then a tutor, now a writer. Third time lucky!
 
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
 
My favourite books to read at any time of the year are ideas based sci-fi. The likes of Wyndham, Christopher, Atwood. That sort of thing.
 
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
 
It would involve water and wildlife – maybe a strolling along the river with my husband and girls, next to some sheep, followed by a long picnic (on a picnic rug with properly nice food). And we’d all be wearing white linen.
 
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I love craft – from painting to sewing via a bit of woodwork. I used to design and sell my own t-shirts and once made a pair of leather sleeves that I think are fabulous but my friends are not so sure about!
 
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
 
The Territory is a dystopian thriller that also serves as a critique of Britain’s highly pressurised education system. The inspiration for that came from running a private tutoring agency for the last ten years and seeing first hand how results are as much determined by type of school as natural intelligence and how logical subjects are elevated above more creative ones.
 
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
 
I have just finished the Mistborn trilogy and would love to be Vin (after she develops her powers). Burning metals, mind controlling crowds and leaping over castle walls sounds awesome.
 
7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I have two young children so at the moment the only reading I get done is in bed with one eye already closed. We’re moving house though and the plan is to build a window seat in the new kitchen. One that can fit a curled up person + book. I’ve been dreaming about it for months!

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I love Abruzzo in Italy. Sandwiched between mountains and the sea it is absolutely stunning and not completely tamed.
 
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

I am always drawn to dark stories rather than sunny ones, but like any form of writing, the most important thing to do is actually sit down and type something. A lot of people talk about wanting to be an author, but it takes discipline and commitment to actually produce a book.
 
10. What can we expect from you in the future?

The Territory, Escape (book 2 in The Territory series) is out this October with FireflyPress. I’ve also just finished a completely different YA book, which I’m about to take to publishers so fingers crossed!
 
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Book Review - Beyond Your Touch by Pat Esden & Giveaway


About Pat Esden


Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts.

An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

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Book review


Review by Anniek
 
Annie Freemont lives in Maine together with her family. Her mother has been kidnapped a long time ago. Her kidnapper is a cruel man and she is held captive in another realm. Annie and her family are searching for a magical flute. There aren't many of them in the world. Even those who have a flute that opens the possibility to go across the veil have to find someone who can play its magical music. Annie and Chase find this person when they're exploring a museum. Annie knows that they need this stranger, but she isn't very happy with the attention this girl is giving Chase.

Chase has spent many years in the other realm, living under the cruel thumb of his father. When he was rescued he had to leave family and friends behind. There wasn't enough time for everyone to go through the veil before it closed again. Chase has had many nightmares caused by all the things that have happened. Together with Annie's family he is working on a way to go back and rescue as many people as he can. This of course especially includes Annie's mother. It won't be an easy task and Chase will need to do everything in his power to be at his best. He needs to train, because this will be one of the hardest quests he will ever have to undertake.

Annie and Chase are attracted to each other and they are exploring their new love. Annie is a young woman who is loyal, strong and confident. When searching for the necessities that will enable her to get her mother back Annie is resourceful and she makes smart decisions. Every now and then she gets jealous of the attention that Chase is giving the new girl and these feelings made Annie feel like a real person to me.

Chase is a man who is easy to love. He is strong, handsome and determined to achieve his goals. Chase had to endure a lot in his past and even though these events still haunt him, Chase isn't afraid to face his fears. Chase is dependable and he's always there for the people he loves. When he is laughing and temporarily forgets everything he went through, Chase shows who he could really be. Both Chase and Annie are very strong characters who have a great chemistry together.

Beyond Your Touch is an interesting story with plenty of mysteries. Every chapter begins with a quote, which adds something extra to the story. The quotes can even have hidden messages that tell the reader more about the story as a whole. I loved this extraordinary detail. Beyond Your Touch is a fast-paced story with great adventures. Because of the large number of twists and turns there is never a dull moment.

I do recommend to read the first book of the series before you start the second one. I didn't read the first book and this gave me a little bit of difficulty to fully get into the story in the beginning. Pat Esden explains more than enough throughout the chapters for you to understand the story, but it will be easier and more fun if you know how it all started. Dark Heart is a great series, which will definitely keep the reader's attention. Because of this book I now can't wait to read more books by Pat Esden.

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Book Review - Harmony By Carolyn Parkhurst

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Review by Suze
 
Alexandra has problems dealing with her oldest daughter, Tilly. Tilly is brilliant and socially different. Because of being on the autism spectrum Tilly goes to a special school where things aren't going very well. Tilly is now a teenager and her behavior is out of control sometimes, which means they want Alexandra to start schooling her at home. Alexandra finds someone online who can help. His name is Scott Bean, he's a man with a vision and his methods seem to work. She trusts him blindly, which is why she convinces her husband that Scott's Camp Harmony in New Hampshire is the place for them to start over.
 
Camp Harmony is a special camp with a daring construction. The aim of the camp is to take care of the children with special needs with several families at the same time. Being together with others who are in the same situation should help with their care. There will be attention for the siblings as well and everyone is supposed to thrive. Scott Bean's measurements can be a little bit extreme, but running a camp together might actually be fun. Alexandra thinks she's taken the right decision for both Tilly and her other daughter Iris. Will everything work out the way she planned and will the family finally be happy?
 
Harmony is a gripping story about an original topic and Camp Harmony immediately intrigued me. I loved the setting, a beautiful secluded site in New Hampshire. Carolyn Parkhurst describes the place in a detailed and colorful way and it was easy for me to picture this fantastic environment. I liked that she's chosen Alexandra as a narrator for the chapters about the past and Iris for the present. She has also written a few short chapters from Tilly's point of view, which are unbelievably clever. The voices are all completely different and it isn't difficult to distinguish them. It was interesting to read about the family before and after their arrival at Camp Harmony. The significant change in their lives is a turning point in many ways and I couldn't wait to find out if it would bring everything that was being promised at the start.
 
From the beginning it is clear that something is going to happen. There's an undercurrent of tension, which kept me on the edge of my seat. Carolyn Parkhurst writes about people in a wonderful loving and caring way, while at the same time she slowly lets things unravel. The ending surprised me and I really liked it. The amazing setting, Scott Bean's strict rules and the unexpected behavior of all the children at the camp made the story for me. Tilly's uninhibited behavior and smart remarks often put a smile on my face. She's a force to be reckoned with and I loved her from the start. Tilly is delightfully unpredictable and I loved not being able to know what to expect. Harmony is a compelling multilayered story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fantastic book.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Michelle Somers & Giveaway


About Michelle Somers


Michelle Somers is a bookworm from way back. An ex-Kiwi who now calls Australia home, she's a professional killer and matchmaker, a storyteller and a romantic.

Words are her power and her passion. Her heroes and heroines always get their happy ever after, but she'll put them through one hell of a journey to get there.

Michelle lives in Melbourne, Australia with her real life hero and three little heroes in the making.

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m an ex-Kiwi, now Aussie. A mother of three. A chocoholic. Read-a-holic. Romance-a-holic. Runner. Photographer. Crime show addict. Rom com movie buff. And last, but nowhere near least, a writer. I make people fall in love, kill a character or two along the way, but there’s always a happy ending (my husband’s words, not mine).

I’ve worked in an Austrian ski resort, on a six star cruise ship which just happened to be the biggest twin-hulled vessel ever built and in an English pub. I’ve lived in London for a year, oh, too many years ago. Cleaned Marks and Spencers and grouted bathrooms in a large Marble Arch hotel. I’ve travelled through Europe, South America and parts of the Caribbean, and yet it wasn’t until I moved to Melbourne, Australia that I met my own real life hero.

Danny and I are approaching our sixteenth wedding anniversary this March. With him and my three heroes in the making I am living my own happy ever after.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Anything engaging, enthralling and exciting – can you tell I love alliteration? Lol!

For me, those three e’s mean romance in some form or another. Whether it be contemporary romance, romantic comedy, romantic suspense or something crimish/thrillerish with romantic elements.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

A sparkling pool, brilliant blue sky, a sun lounger, silence, a cosmopolitan cocktail or two, and either a book to read or my laptop to write.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

One of my biggest hobbies – and joys – is my family. I love spending time with the four special men in my life – Danny and my 3 boys, Josh, Nathan and Gabriel. We have fabulous movie nights and game nights most weekends, as well as regularly during school holidays. We’re on a massive Merlin binge at the moment, but we also love Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons. Our favourite choices for game nights are rummy tiles, Uno, Cashflow, Jungle Speed and Shout.

My other hobbies include running (usually as a family), photography and scrapbooking.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Everywhere.

I find everyday life a constant supply of ideas and light-bulb moments. As a writer, my brain seldom switches off. Every moment is an opportunity for new direction and inspiration in either existing or new stories. Whether inspiration comes from a strange combination of groceries in someone’s shopping basket or someone acting suspiciously on the streets or an unusual expression on the face of a passenger in a passing car.

I might hear a noise, catch an aroma, spot a flash of something, and my imagination takes over. It’s one of the things I love about being an author – behind everything I see and hear lies a story. Fabulous when I’m looking for inspiration, unless it’s 2am and my mind is hurtling at full speed instead of allowing me to sleep!

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Wow, this is so hard. Of all the questions, this threw me the most to the point where I found myself thinking and rethinking my answer.

There are so many strong female characters that I could choose here, but funnily enough, the first that comes to mind is Lucy from C.S.Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Apart from this being a favorite childhood story, I’ve always loved Lucy as a character, even before I understood the importance of character arc and growth.

Lucy was such a rounded character, such an inspiration. Her journey toward self-realization was one of strength and courage, and at the end of her story, I saw a young girl realize her true ability, her true worth. She saved a world and its people, became a hero and a queen, without once losing her humility or her humanity.

How could I possibly choose another character to aspire to be?

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

Anywhere warm and comfy with my cat, Emerald, purring by my side.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I don’t really have a favourite holiday destination, as such. We don’t tend to go on many fancy family holidays (much as I love the laze-around-the-pool-with-cocktails-and-a-good-book getaways). When we do go away, we pack up our camper trailer, pile into our car and drive.

Danny and the boys love camping, and I have to admit, now we have the camper trailer, I love it too. The fun and quality family-time makes up for the lack of luxury and lazy-pool-lying. And I still get to take my kindle, my laptop and the odd cocktail ingredients along with us.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Haha! You’re asking an author who features suspense and serial killers in most of her stories.

But seriously, I believe sunny stories are stories that come from the heart.

I’d say, think of the things you love, the things that make you feel good, and put them into your story. Delve into your soul and dig deep into your characters. Find out what makes them unique, what makes them who they are on the page, then challenge them and make them grow. Throw trouble their way, but let them triumph.

And if you’re a romance lover like me, let them win their happy ever after at their journey’s end. A story that hauls the characters through hell before delivering heaven is one that will enthral and enrich your reader’s experience. They’ll turn page after page, unable to stop until the very last word. Only then will they close that book, with satisfaction and a smile, and walk away having made a new friend.

Stories that do all this… well, I reckon they’re the sunniest stories of all.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

Lots!

Chase’s story, Murder Most Unusual, is undergoing its final draft stage. I’m hoping this story will be released late-2016.

Here’s a teaser of what to expect:

Author Stacey Holland lives in a fictitious world where the mortality of her characters is governed by a tap on her keyboard. Homicide detective Chase Durant’s cases are real and gritty, where one wrong move could be your last. When their two worlds collide, and fiction melds with fact, can they fight the attraction raging between them, all-the-while fighting the killer determined to destroy them both?

Exciting, right?

I’m also working on an anthology of psychological thriller short stories, as well as a series of non-fiction ‘how to’ books for authors.

And in terms of big projects, I have a totally new series that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. A kind of Stephanie Plum meets James Bond scenario set in the US. It’s full of suspense and tension, and some weird, wacky and wonderful characters. And more than a few surprises.

I’ll be able to share a lot more once I start writing later this year. What I can tell you is it’s going to be a blast!

Thank you visiting and taking the time to find out more about both me and my writing.

Please stay a little longer and leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

In Murder Most Unusual, my heroine Stacey has a green tree python and a black sphinx cat. She’s pretty wacky, but I’m sure there are wackier pet owners out there. What’s the wackiest animal you’ve ever heard of someone having as a pet? Or maybe you have a wacky pet yourself? I had a friend once who had a worm-farm near his bed and I was so envious. I was eight at the time. Must admit, I no longer have that envy.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check out Lethal in Love, here’s the blurb and an excerpt:

Homicide detective, Jayda Thomasz, never lets her emotions get in the way of a case. So when a serial killer re-emerges after 25 years, the last thing she expects is to catch herself fantasising over the hot, smooth-talking stranger who crosses the path of her investigation.

Reporter Seth Friedin is chasing the story that'll make his career. When he enters the world of swinging for research, he never imagines he'll be distracted by a hard-talking female detective whose kiss plagues his mind long after she's gone.

Past experience has shown Jayda that reporters are ruthless and unscrupulous. But when the murders get personal and danger closes in, will she make a deal with the devil to catch the killer? How far will she and Seth have to go? And do you ever really know who you can trust?

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Book Review & Giveaway - Meant to Be Mine by Lisa Marie Perry


About Lisa Marie Perry
 

Lisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes sizzling, deep fiction featuring flawed heroes brought to their knees by the love of complicated women. She has received high praise from USA Today and has been nominated for an RT Book Reviews literary award. She lives in America's heartland, drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

For laughs, randomness and occasional inappropriateness, visit LMP at www.perrytalebooks.com.
 
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 Meant to Be Mine Synopsis

Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.
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Review by Suze

Sofia wanted to make her own life, which is exactly what she’s done in New York. She was a sick teenager and even though her health is still fragile she wants to experience every good thing that comes her way. When a sad situation, the death of her great-aunt Luz, brings her back to her childhood hometown Eaves she isn’t planning to stay. Her great-aunt had other plans though and made Sofia the sole beneficiary of her will. Sofia now has a sex shop, an apartment, a dog and several solid investments. She leaves her best friend Joss behind in New York and starts over.

Being in Eaves means that Sofia runs into Burke, the guy she used to love with all her heart. There’s still something between them, but Burke doesn’t want to commit to anyone. He’s a changed man and he worked hard to get where he is now. Sofia is still the same special girl he used to love, but that doesn’t mean he will jeopardize his future for her. Burke doesn’t handle feelings very well and he keeps pulling back. He once was Sofia’s whole world, is it wise for her to let him in again while he can easily shatter her fragile heart?

Meant to Be Mine is a fantastic story about love, loss, acceptance and dreams. I immediately loved this book because of Lisa Marie Perry’s fabulous tone of voice. Her writing is honest and sometimes a little crude, which suits the story really well. Sofia’s great-aunt Luz was quite a character and it seems like Sofia is cut from the same cloth. They are strong and independent women and they fight for what they believe in. I loved that spirit and passion and Lisa Marie Perry uses it as a solid basis for a great story. The sex shop is the perfect setting for women who know what they want, it’s a fun place that I loved reading about.

There’s so much tension between Sofia and Burke that it’s always almost too much, which makes their relationship incredibly intriguing. Their interaction is never predictable and Lisa Marie Perry managed to surprise me plenty of times. Her descriptions of their connection are vivid and I could easily picture them together in both the past and the present. It’s obvious they have a magical bond, but it’s one that isn’t easy, which makes fascinating reading. I couldn’t put the book down because of this and read it in one sitting.

Lisa Marie Perry writes about serious topics with respect. She doesn’t sugarcoat things and I liked that truthfulness. Life isn’t easy and she doesn’t spare her main characters. They’ve been through a lot in the past and their futures aren’t filled with happiness alone. I loved that she uses the depth she creates with this direct approach to make the story even more romantic. I think Meant to Be Mine is a brilliant love story and I highly recommend this beautiful novel.
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Reading in the Sun - Interview with Bella Osborne & Giveaway


About Bella Osborne


Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel.

In 2016, her debut novel, 'It Started At Sunset Cottage', was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award.

Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

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Interview

So excited to be part of this summery event, so huge thanks to Suze and Anniek for inviting me to take part in Reading in the Sun.

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in the UK with my husband and daughter and the laziest cat on the planet. Officially I write contemporary women’s fiction but if people ask I tend to say that I write stories about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. When I’m not writing I’m usually eating custard creams and planning my next holiday.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I used to read Chick Lit all the way until I joined a book club a few years ago so now I have a slightly more varied selection including psychological thrillers. I always save the latest Jill Mansell for my holidays as I love her books, then I pick a couple off my TBR pile which are often by author friends that I've been meaning to read for ages. I usually top up my holiday reading list with any books that have been recommended to me or that I've spotted in a bookshop and felt drawn to.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

As soon as I read this question a picture of a Caribbean beach sprang to mind! What could be better than lying on a comfy lounger surrounded by sun bleached sand, the odd swaying palm tree and the gentle rhythm of the sea? Interrupted only by a good book and a cocktail waiter!

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I like to cook when I have a bit of time and try to cook a new recipe from scratch every week much to the chagrin of my husband and daughter who are quite set in their ways and would much prefer junk food.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

The honest answer is that I'm not entirely sure. Characters just tend to appear and then their story unfolds. I guess it's a combination of everything I consciously and subconsciously absorb combined with a touch of imagination.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Hermione Granger - I'm a bit of a girly swat and I have a stubborn streak which means I won't be beaten by things, just like Hermione, and who doesn't want to go to Hogwarts?

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

In bed. Especially on a chilly night when I can get all cosy and snuggle down under the covers to read.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I think for a family holiday you can't beat Florida - guaranteed sunshine and Walt Disney World and Universal on your doorstep creating magical moments and whipping everyone into a frenzy. Disney makes rides so special that you feel that you are entering another world as soon as you join the queue and with themed restaurants, character meet and greets, pin trading and its amazing firework displays you cannot fail to have a great holiday. Just make sure you take time to chill out which is very hard when there are so many fun things to do but if you can add on a few days in the Caribbean to relax then that would be my perfect family holiday.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Think about the places that you love and why you love them. What place means summer to you? What are the things that make that place stand out? Try to pin point what makes it special and highlight that to your reader. You can, of course, write about anywhere but I think it brings something extra to the writing if the author has actually been there and experienced it for themselves. Always grab the chance to go somewhere sunny – it counts as research!

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

My third book Willow Cottage is being released in four parts digitally before coming out as a single paperback in May 2017. The first instalment is available now with part two out on 20th October.

It tells the story of Beth who is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.

When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.

Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…

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Get Back-to-School With Entangled YA Retellings - Q&A & Reviews


Get Back-to-School Ready with this YA Retellings Blog Blast!

Recently, we asked several Entangled TEEN authors of YA Retellings the following question, "What book or story would you like to see updated for the young adult market?", and where possible, we've shared their responses below with you and at the end of this post there's a US only giveaway.
 
 
Gaby Triana's Wake the Hollow - YA Retelling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow":

Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys—who pull at her heart in very different ways—Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.

Gaby's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less:

As a huge fan of haunted house stories, I’d love to see a retelling of the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. First published in 1959, this was and still is, one of the finest examples of psychological terror ever known in the horror genre, and because I love stories that scare you with what’s not there rather than what is, I would love to see this interpreted for a teen audience. Are we caught up in Eleanor’s mind, or is a real poltergeist haunting her? “Whatever walked there, walked alone.” Yeah, definitely this one.
 
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Vivi Barnes, author of Olivia Twisted, which is a YA Retelling of Oliver Twist

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite―break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.

Olivia Decoded:

This isn’t my Jack, who once looked at me like I was his world. The guy who’s occupied the better part of my mind for eight months.

This is Z, criminal hacker with a twisted agenda and an arsenal full of anger.

I’ve spent the past year trying to get my life on track. New school. New friends. New attitude. But old flames die hard, and one look at Jack—the hacker who enlisted me into his life and his hacking ring, stole my heart, and then left me—and every memory, every moment, every feeling comes rushing back. But Jack’s not the only one who’s resurfaced in my life. And if I can’t break through Z’s defenses and reach the old Jack, someone will get hurt…or worse.

Vivi's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less:

I first saw the movie To Kill A Mockingbird when I was a teenager, and I believe it played a large part in opening my eyes to the realities and consequences of racism. Considering the state of the world today, I would love to see the story retold as a young adult novel with a Muslim-American Tom Robinson. I think capturing the attention of young adults through literature is one of the most effective ways we can change the world for the better.

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Cindi Madsen's All the Broken Pieces - YA Retelling of Frankenstein

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Cindi's Answer to What YA Retelling She'd Like to See in 100 Words or Less

Hmm. What retelling would I love to see? I’m a big fan of the classics, and twists on them. I’ll read just about any Pride & Prejudice retelling. Beauty and the Beast is also a favorite. But I’d love to see a modern retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. I think that there could be a lot of possibilities and different ways to go, but I think one with a lot of tension and romance and kissing (my fave), would be amazing! And I just found out Entangled Teen recently acquired a Count of Monte Cristo retelling called STING, by Cindy Wilson! *makes grabby hands*

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Book review
 
 
Review by Suze

When Liv wakes up after a coma she can't remember who she is and what happened to her. There are two people who tell her they're her mother and father, but she doesn't know who they are. After her discharge they move, so Liv can start over with a clean slate. She has no memories, but that doesn't mean she can't make new ones. When she's recovered enough to lead a normal life again she starts high school. At her new school people only know the Liv from after the accident, which helps Liv to get through the days.

Spencer is nice to Liv one day and he's cold the next. He doesn't interact with anyone, but for Liv he makes an exception. He tries to help her to get some basic skills back. He also teaches her things he thinks she ought to know, but doesn't because of her memory loss. He's the only one at school who knows her secret. What he doesn't know though is that Liv has two voices in her head. She also starts to remember things, but has no idea what those memories actually mean. Together with Spencer Liv is trying to make sense of her existence. Who is she and what happened to her on the night of the accident?

All the Broken Pieces is a gripping story. Liv is an interesting main character. She doesn't have any memories and she doesn't know exactly what caused the coma. She knows it was an accident, but that's all the information she has. I was intrigued from the start and couldn't wait to find out more about her. Liv is a sweet girl. She works hard, she's determined to learn and relearn as much as she can and she doesn't give up on the people she loves. She's an extremely likeable main character, which is part of why I loved this story so much. Spencer is a lovely guy, but he has a secret. This made me even more curious. He's generous and he's a real gentleman. He and Liv are a great couple, I really liked them together.

Cindi Madsen managed to surprise me with a story filled with unexpected twists and turns and a fabulous ending. I love the way she builds up the suspense and it made my heart race. The romantic aspect of the story is sweet and I liked the way Cindi Madsen combines it with a compelling mystery. She keeps her readers interested and that is something I enjoyed very much. I liked this book a lot and think it's a fantastic retelling.

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Delwyn Jenkins & Giveaway


About Delwyn Jenkins


I like radical career changes. After serving in the Australian Navy for ten years (and being exceptionally disciplined) I switched to full-time university Arts student (where getting out of bed before 11am proved traumatic). I’ve worked as a teacher, an editor, and now write full time – a career I plan to stick with for as long as anyone wants to read my stories.

I’m an avid reader and movie-goer, an average bellydancer, and a disinterested cook. I live on the beautiful south-east coast of Australia where the changeable weather suits my mercurial nature.

I also write erotic romance as DJ Michaels.

Find out more at

Website: http://www.delwynjenkins.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delwyn-Jenkins-Author-Page/286668014825421
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorDJ
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/delwynjenkins92/

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in a small country town and, while I had a happy and social childhood, I was always a city girl at heart. When I left school I joined the Australian Navy where I served for ten years. After that I went to university and where I studied for a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Literature and History), and after that I studied for a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. I worked as a teacher and freelance editor and I wrote on the side (for years and years!). My first book, Called By Fire, was published in 2011 and I've been writing full-time ever since. I live on a beautiful part of the south-east coast of Australia.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I have an iPad and I'm not afraid to use it! When I go on holiday I take my library with me because I like to be prepared for any reading mood that might strike. During the summer holidays (which coincides with Christmas here in the southern hemisphere) I'll often reread a favourite series - the books that I love, that I can read over and over, and never tire of them.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

I grew up near the mountains, so I think a picnic in the bush surrounded by family would be the ideal sunny day. The smell of eucalyptus trees, the call of kookaburras, and maybe even the burble of a small creek. Heavenly.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I'm mad for storytelling so (apart from books) I do love movies and TV series. I'm very social so love to hang out with my friends and family. I like to knit and crochet in winter (which is right now in Australia). I also teach belly dancing at my local community centre (I'm no expert, but what I lack in technique I made up for with love of the art form).

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I have a rabidly overactive imagination - seriously, my brain never stops (even at three o'clock in the morning when I'm trying to sleep!). Sometimes my stories will begin with a slither of a scene - like a ten second snippet from a movie. At other times (like my Watchtower Series) the stories will come from an idea. Called By Fire came about because I wanted to do a story that reflected the old religions as they are practiced today. A lot of 'law' and rituals in that series are based on rituals that are still practiced today.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Oooh, that's a tough one. I think Eva from the Crossfire Series (by Silvia Day), because I'm madly in love with Gideon Cross.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

My bed! I know it sounds boring, but I love going to bed early and reading until 'what the hell was I thinking' o'clock in the morning.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

Another tough question. If I had to pick just one, Italy would be it. I love the language, the food, the history and the romance. Plus, when men great you with 'Ciao bella' (hello beautiful) as a matter of course, it's hard not to become enamoured.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Write from the heart. Don't worry about what's popular or selling, don't worry about what someone else is writing, and don't try to emulate anyone else. No one else can write your story in your voice, and if you write with love your readers will tap into that and love your books as much as you do.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

At the moment I'm working on an erotic romance with a sci-fi twist. I'm about halfway through so I'll hopefully have some good news to share by the end of the year - stay tuned.

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Four very lucky readers of With Love for Books will win an eBook of Called by Fire by Delwyn Jenkins.

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