Friday, 14 March 2014

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz ...

...I wonder where that Lyndhurst woman is?

Well, I'm still here! It's been a grim winter of rain and wind for a lot of people in the UK and I'm very grateful to be able to say that everyone in the Lyndhurst household didn't get too caught up in it even though we're on the south coast of England. There was a slight 60 foot hitch a the bottom of the garden at one point though:

I've been writing like a mad woman since I last blogged and have doing quite a lot of other things like a mad woman too, but I'll save that information for another day if the men in the white coats don't get me. :0)

Okay, so here's the serious bit:

There will be at least two new books out from me in 2014; Blackmailed by the Billionaire Brewer (Passion Creek series, #3) in May and A Sicilian Engagement in August. So keep an eye out here and on Facebook and Twitter for the hottest news as it breaks. I'm sure I can think up some fun giveaways and stuff as those release dates approach too.

And here's the fun bit:

I try to write books that have an element of fantasy and Hermes bags full of luxury to carry my readers off to another place for a few hours. Away from the rubbish bins, laundry and cat litter of life. But you know, sometimes it's easy to forget what the world is like outside that front door , so I was thrilled to be asked out to dinner recently. Yes, dinner!One that I didn't microwave myself.  Posh frocks, best lippy, high heels and all that. So here are a few snaps of my whirlwind trip to the Savoy in glamorous central London.

Travel was first class...

...and so was the book I was reading!

The taxi dropped me by the entrance, but I didn't have too much time to take pictures as champagne beckoned, but check out that fountain:

The vast lobby was breathtaking, all art deco glamour.

And floral arrangements ...

... everywhere!

Tinkling pianos ...

... and elaborate cocktails.

Powder rooms that put my entire house in the shade
- certainly a lot more clean towels on hand that's for sure!
(I think this lady has had a few too many G&Ts!)

Top class nosh, naturally.
And London flashing past me as I was chauffeured home and turned back in Cinders again.

And finally, a very important Captain of Industry asked me that night if my trip to the Savoy  would inspire a new book. Now there's a thought - I think it just might!

Happy reading in the sunshine everyone! Or snuggled up warm inside with a beverage if it decides to rain/snow/blow again.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

'Tis the season ...

To wish all my friends and readers a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a fabulous new year. 

 See you all in 2014!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Billionaire Bundle: Interview with Nina Croft.

This week my contemporary romance The Spanish Billionaire's Hired bride was re-released as part of Entangled Indulgence's The Billionaire Bundle. The other two books are The Boss and Her Billionaire by Michele De Winton and Blackmailed by the Billionaire by Nina Croft. 

And lovely Nina is here today to answer some probing questions about the hot topic  this week: Billionaires!

Are your heroes always billionaires?
Not always, though all my contemporary romance heroes so far have been billionaires. Luc, the hero of Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire, actually owns his own island off Italy—we’re talking seriously rich here.
But I also write in a number of other romance sub-genres, including paranormal and sci-fi, and the heroes of those stories are usually not billionaires. Or perhaps, it’s rather that the subject of money rarely comes up. But then they do have other attributes…

We all write about billionaires, but just what makes rich men so sexy?
For me it’s a power thing. And while it’s not essential, money often goes hand in hand with success and power.
Of course, I could also mention the champagne and the private jets (Luc whisks Lia off to his island on a private jet while plying her with champagne…) but that would make me sound shallow.

Do you write what you know? (as in how many billionaires are you acquainted with, and can you introduce me to any?)
It’s so sad, but I don’t know a single billionaire—where are they all hiding? For that matter, I don’t even know any millionaires.
But I do have a very active imagination.
Actually, I very rarely write what I know, I love making things up. Some genres lend themselves to that much more than others (with paranormal and sci-fi romance there is no limitation but your imagination) but there’s still a lot of scope in contemporary romance—just explore your fantasies.

So we all love men with money – but what’s the next most important attribute you think a hero should have?
I’m going to have to think about this one, otherwise there’s a good chance I’ll come across as shallow… again (Hey, maybe I am shallow). But shallow or not, for me a hero has to be good-looking, gorgeous, stunning, totally sexy.
I could say they need a sense of humour, or they love animals, or loyalty to their friends and family, and while I’ve written heroes with all of those qualities, they are not essential. Being drool-worthy is.

Do you prefer your billionaires to be self-made men or old money?
Self-made, definitely. I like a hero who maybe has just a bit of a rough side, who’s been around, had to struggle, and maybe not had things easy all their lives—it’s character building. While Luc comes from money on his Italian mother’s side, his father was a small-time crook, and Luc grew up in the seedier parts of London and even spent time in prison.

What are you working on right now, a billionaire or something else?
I’m working on a paranormal romance for Entangled’s Covet line. It’s actually a sequel to a book releasing later this month, Operation Saving Daniel. Daniel actually was a billionaire, but with Bastian, the hero of the second book, I’m not even sure of his financial status. We’ve never actually discussed money. But he lives in a penthouse in London and drives a Ferrari so I suppose he must have quite a lot. On the other hand, he’s a sorcerer, so maybe he just waved his wand and they appeared…

Thanks for talking to us today, Nina, and don't forget the giveaway we've organised to celebrate this release. Enter below to be in with a chance to win Monopoly Millionaire, chocolate coins, a selection of backlist eBooks from all of us and a $10 amazon giftcard (or £ equivalent) ! 
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Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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Monday, 11 November 2013

A bundle of billionaires - Entangled Indulgence omnibus releases today!

Ricardo Almanza is back!

Teamed up with two other mind-blowingly alpha billionaires from Michelle De Winton and Nina Croft, Entangled Publishing presents The Billionaire Bundle.

A convenient triple bill starring The Spanish Billionaire's Hired Bride, The Boss and Her Billionaire and Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire, there's plenty of sunshine, glamour, intrigue and romance to keep you enthralled for some time. And you deserve some total indulgence, don't you? Or maybe someone close to you does. I wonder if the Duchess of Cambridge would like a copy to lie in the bath with while Wills does his bit for a few hours? Catherine, if you would, just drop me a line!

To celebrate, Nina, Michelle and I have arranged for a fun giveaway that should add some November sparkle as well. How do you like the sound of Monopoly Millionaire, chocolate gold coins, a $10 (or GBP equivalent) amazon gift card as well as one  digital back list title from each author?

Just enter below to have a chance of winning and the giveaway ends on November 18th , so get cracking!!

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The Billionaire Bundle eBook will be available just about everywhere, but here are some instant links for you and I'll add the link when it goes live.

Happy reading!

Monday, 14 October 2013

An outback adventure!

Just popping by to shout about my lovely Australian friend, Annie Seaton's, brand new Affair Series novel which is out today! And my quote is on the cover, how about that?!!!

I was thrilled to be able to read this book before release, but it wasn't until I downloaded my own official copy that I realised there's a bush tucker recipe from the story at the back of the book which sounds irresistable. And it looks like I can buy lemon myrtle online, hurrah!

Outback Affair is on sale now at , and just about anywhere that sells eBooks.

It's a wonderful book.

Monday, 23 September 2013

On the back of a bus, not just looking like one ...

Yep, here I am, not attached to a keyboard, but upstairs in the back of an open top vintage bus. Such fun!

I'm over at The Hot Pink Typewriter today sharing some of the things I got up to when I took a week out to recharge my batteries. And how it filled up my ideas box. Hop over and have a peek!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Half way through summer hols and flagging!

I have been a shockingly bad blogger, I know, I know, I know ...

However, we are just about half way through the UK school summer holidays now and I'm still functioning. Sort of. Juggling revisions and jolly day trips, as well as having visitors to stay is proving to be great fun.

And the sun has been shining! Look at this gorgeous cloud formation over the Solent  the other morning.

I'm over at The Hot Pink Typewriter today with a few insights into how I scrape through periods like this, having learned the hard way a few times. I was planning on have the summer off, haha!

Hope you're all having fun!