Friday, 30 March 2012

Something for the sunny weekend!

It's been a fabulous sunny week here in the south of England, but if it's not been so good where you are, don't worry, the lovely Annie Seaton has agreed to come and spread some joy while I get interviewed over at Manga Maniac Cafe later today.

Over to you, Annie!

As the autumn chill begins to creep in down here in Australia, I begin to anticipate our annual winter holiday.

Even though we live by the beach, it is wonderful to head north when the cooler weather arrives in July (The first photo I have included is taken a little way from my house and is where I sometimes sit and write—you can see my laptop in the foreground!).

When I am not writing at that little bay, I sit in my writing chair and gaze at the tranquil Pacific Ocean and the stories flow. On the very rare occasion when they are a bit reluctant to be told, I go for a walk on the beach and the muse comes back with a vengeance!

Water is my element and feeds my creative process and so far, each one of my books has boats and islands as the central focus.  My sequel to Holiday Affair is set on an Italian island and I really think a visit may be necessary to walk on that beach! After all, I do have to give you, my dear readers, an accurate representation of the setting! Look forward to Italian Affair.

Every July for the past ten years or so, my husband and I have chartered a bareboat sailing catamaran with two or three other couples, and sailed around the seventy-four islands of the Whitsundays. If you need your batteries recharged and want to take the opportunity of experiencing Mother Nature at her best...this is the trip to take.

Seven days and nights of lazy life basking in the winter tropical sun.  Deserted islands, fantastic snorkelling, great food and wine, and of course the opportunity to laze on the deck and read a book with the sails snapping above.

Each of the descriptive Whitsunday scenes in Holiday Affair was based on a real place and my visit to them. At Butterfly Bay, I stood entranced among thousands of black butterflies.

Each evening, the five crew members and the skipper (my husband) would all vie for the best sunset photo of the day and many of these actual photos can be seen on my face book photo gallery! (annieseaton26)

We would wander along the beaches at the islands where there were resorts and listen to the many different languages of the back packers as they enjoyed the Whitsunday experience.

Of course, romance is always in the air and the romance of Nick and Lissy was inspired as I watched tanned backpackers stroll hand in hand along the beach.

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the Whitsunday Islands with my readers. I would love to give away a copy of Holiday Affair.

Nick and Lissy meet on a romantic cruise in the Whitsunday Islands. Do you know where the Whitsunday Islands are located?

Drop me a line using the contact form on my website ( and the winner will be drawn on the 8th April and will receive a free e-copy of Holiday Affair which is available on  Amazon 

Thanks for sharing a little bit of your wonderful world, Annie. I absolutely love Holiday Affair and I was going to ask you about those butterflies, but now I know!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Spring fever!

I've just clocked the thermometer at 22 degrees here on the sunny Hampshire Riviera - hotter than Melbourne, Australia, so one of my Twitter friends tells me. Phewee!!

And look:

The wild violets are springing up all over the drive;spring is here!!!

The weather's set to stay fine over the weekend if the BBC weather team are to be trusted, so it's going to be a good one. It's kicked off even better for me after reading this fab review of Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire by Desere at Romancing the Book :

This was one of the most enjoyable and delicious Greek books I have read in a long time. I loved the way the author incorporated history and art into the book. Not to mention that there was not one scene that I found too overwritten or in the least boring. I also loved that Andreas's character was the strong, dominating and ruthless kind of hero who falls to his knees at the hands of a very interesting female character.

The passion between the two main characters was so stunningly written and gorgeously blended with the rich history of Greece, better than I have ever seen done in any book featuring a Greek hero.

I also truly liked how the author spiced up the book with some very memorable characters like the luscious Liz and her Australian beau. That I really hope Rachel blesses us with Liz's story.

Now why didn't I think about that? Hmmm, got me thinking now though!

And then Desere awarded it top marks with a 'Rose that Rules All. Magnificent!!! I LOVED it and forever will!' rating.

Roses in springtime ... just perfect. :0)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xxxx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Unscheduled midweek post of utter excitement!

If you're an aspiring author or a published one who is beginning to believe the rumours about romance and publishing being on their last legs, you need to read THIS. Never, ever give up ...

(and yes, I AM doing a happy dance myself. I may even buy myself some silk knickers at this rate.)

Monday, 12 March 2012

Golly, is it Monday already?

Another weekend of wonderful spring weather in the UK this weekend meant lots of fresh air and reading in the garden. Flora and fauna are getting very busy:

According to the newspaper, some parts of the country were hotter than Rhodes!

I need to be in the Balearics this week though, not in body unfortunately, in mind - working hard on Ricardo Almanza, the Spanish billionaire who's after something all his money can't buy ...

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Something for the weekend with Mandy Baggot!

It's been another super-busy week for me and I'm visiting Lisa's World of Books  today, so my fabulous chum Mandy Baggot is Taking Charge!

Thank you for having me on your blog today Rachel, it is an honour!

Now, in case people haven’t heard my fantastic news, I have recently (about a month ago) been signed up by new US fiction publisher Sapphire Star Publishing and they will be bringing you my next novel, Taking Charge, on 3rd May! To whet your appetite for the book here is the blurb and a link to the trailer.

 Is going back Robyn’s only way forward?

American-born Robyn Matthers is going home. With her dad in hospital, his roadhouse in ruins and the ice hockey team slipping down the league, she needs to take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?

Cole Ryan is a hockey player on a personal mission. He’s tall, dark, hot and Robyn’s noticed! But can she trust her feelings - or his? And what will Cole do when he finds out the truth about her?

Robyn returns to Michigan and things aren’t quite the same. Her best friend has grown up and is thinking about marriage and babies, the ice hockey team is no longer the life blood of the community and her father is engaged!

When Robyn’s twin cousins drag up past events that hold painful memories for her, she and Cole are forced together. But are either of them ready to start something new?

With an ill father, a trailer trash almost step-mom and ex-boyfriend Brad desperate for another chance, does Robyn have time to contemplate a relationship? Does she really want one? And is it physically possible for two people to fall in love in just three days?

But as well as doing final edits for Taking Charge and preparing for a month long blog tour (yes really!) I am out most Saturdays touring the South of England at Waterstones stores with my latest book Strings Attached.
If you missed hearing about its launch in November this is a story about hot rock god Quinn Blake and determined caterer and business owner, Georgina Fraser. Expect lots of secrets, dramas, relationship issues, comedy and of course a Mandy Baggot plot twist.

Now, Quinn Blake is very much the Alpha hero while Cole Ryan in Taking Charge has some Alpha traits but is a little more refined. But the rumour I’ve heard amongst the writing and reading fraternity is that the Alpha hero is dying out and what readers want more of is an unconventional hero. So what do you think? Alpha hero – still hot or not? Let me know your thoughts – I know mine and Rachel’s!

 You can find out more about Strings Attached and all Mandy’s other contemporary romance novels at or meet her at a Waterstones store near you and get an author signed copy!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Party time! New Entangled contract signed!

Great news! My third book The Spanish Billionaire's Hired Bride has been contracted by Entangled Publishing. This category romance for the Indulgence line kicks off in sun-baked Ibiza, one of the Spanish Balearic Islands. Here's a glimpse of Ibiza Town to whet your appetite:

I'll let you know when I have a release date, but get your air conditioning serviced; it's going to get hot ...

Monday, 5 March 2012

A crisp and sunny Monday ...

I had a wonderful weekend, didn't do a scrap of writing but did lots of reading and got out of the house for a change. I popped into Fareham centre to visit Mandy Baggot who was signing in Waterstone's and naturally left with three new books. Yes, I know, I know; more books?! It's okay, The Exec ordered us a new bookcase this weekend too!

At the farmers market I bought Meon Valley watercress and a couple of ribeye steaks from Woodlands Jersey Beef who supply Michel Roux at Le Gavroche no less! Yummmmm.

And spring is just about here!

So a trip to the garden centre (with tea and cake) was in order for Sunday. Thus, we now have twelve heritage primrose plants to get planted in our woodland garden under the apple tree. And some ferns. And some other stuff.*Cough*.

But now, suitably refreshed, it's time to get back to work. And Monday mornings are actually quite a treat when you wake up to a 5/5 star review like this:

 "This story left me speechless ... I truly enjoyed this book. Rachel's Greek Billionaire (Andreas) can kidnap me anytime. Hey, I'll go more than just willingly."

You can read all of lovely Evie's review here at In Love with Romance .

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Something for the weekend with Sally Clements

Yes, I know it's a day early but later today I'm visiting over at Lush Book Reviews where I'm talking about how I started writing romance. And then I'm getting my hair done. So I thought I'd spoil you with an equally lush treat:

The Morning After by Sally Clements is FREE on 1st and 2nd March (Thursday and Friday).That's today and tomorrow!!


One photo changes everything…

A mortifying incident in her youth has shaken sense into Cara Byrne. No more bad-boys. No more getting arrested. Instead, hard work and good behaviour has earned her a job teaching at the local Boys Secondary School, and a proposal from a worthy man. So what if he doesn’t exactly light her fire –surely passion is overrated?

When her friend since childhood, Ethan Quinn, storms back into the small Irish village he left to pursue a career as a Hollywood action hero, she’s stunned to discover she’s as susceptible to his lethal charm as every woman in the world. And when a compromising photograph floods the media of them in a clinch, her almost fiancĂ© reveals his true colours, CarEthan starts trending on twitter, and she loses her job, could anyone blame her if she accepts his invitation to hide out at his Malibu beach house?

Ethan loves women, but never lets his girlfriends into his heart. He’s failed at being there in the past, and won’t put his heart on the line for anyone, ever again. But Cara’s a different matter – and when passionate attraction is added to his friendship with the one person he’s always confided in, he’s thrown for a loop. Cara’s lost everything, and like it or not, he’s responsible. There’s no fighting the attraction that blazes between them – but when the month long affair is over, will he ever be able to let her go?

So what are you waiting for? Grab it now while you can!
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