Saturday, 27 October 2012

And the winner is ...

ANN Q!

Ann's answer to how often Ricardo, my delicious new Spaniard, exercises and where and how he does it was:

He must do at least 200 to get abs like that. He most likely has a girl on his lap at the same time ... 
With the girl in mind, he would be in his own private glass roofed gym in his penthouse. 

It paints quite a picture, Ann, I love it!

Hobbit the kitten enjoyed picking a winner too.Cardboard boxes and scrunched up bits of paper are such fun.  Irresistible in fact ...



And this particular competition entry is simply delicious.


He did go completely crazy with it!

So congratulations to Ann and could you contact me with your email address? I can't seem to get through on the one you left in the comments.:0)

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Cover reveal – Mandy Baggot : Security


Cover reveal – Mandy Baggot : Security

Before Bond, meet Regan...Nathan Regan

The new Bond film, Skyfall launches tomorrow - but why wait until then for a military intelligence hottie? Let me introduce you to the lead male in Mandy Baggot’s new romantic thriller, Security and reveal the eye-catching 007-style book cover!


Lies hurt, but the truth can get you killed

Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.

Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?

As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?

Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?

Security is coming from Sapphire Star Publishing on 4 April 2013! If you can’t wait until then to find out more here is the link to the teasing trailer!

Find out more about Mandy’s books at www.mandybaggot.webs.com or check out her author page with Sapphire Star Publishing http://www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/mandybaggot

ALSO Collect the Bond film titles and WIN a signed paperback copy of Strings Attached!

FIVE paperback copies of Mandy's novel Strings Attached are up for grabs! All you have to do is collect the Bond films. On each of the websites featuring the Security cover reveal there will be Bond film mentioned (NOT Skyfall). Once you have all the titles, drop Mandy an email mandybaggot@sapphirestarpublishing.com and you will go into the draw for one of the books! Easy! Here are the website links you need! 

Sharon Goodwin (Jera's Jamboree) http://jerasjamboree.wordpress.com/
Rachel Lyndhurst On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Carol (Dizzy C's Little Book Blog)http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Kate (Me, My Books and I) http://memybooksandi.wordpress.com/
Sue Fortin (Love Reading, Love Books) http://lovereadinglovebooks.wordpress.com/
Lindsay Gentles (TTP Book Reviews) http://www.turningthepages.ca/
Eve Chong (Eve's Chicklit Reviews) http://www.chicklitevexx.blogspot.co.uk/


Friday, 19 October 2012

Spanish Billionaire giveaway competition!

It's Friday, so let's have a bit of fun. I'd really love for one of my gorgeous blog followers to win a free eBook copy of The Spanish Billionaire's Hired Bride.



Here's how we'll do it: Ricardo, my new Spanish Billionaire hero is fairly well toned, agreed? And he's not shy about getting his kit off either. So, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me how many abdominal exercises he does every day and where he does it. Easy! 

There's no correct answer, but the longer your answers are the bigger the bits of paper will be that get scrunched up and tipped out of a bin for my new kitten to attack. Be as creative and detailed as you like. The first crackly paper ball in his mouth will be the winner.

I'll run the competition for a whole week, ending on Friday 26th October - so you can have more than one go if you like and I'll announce the winner on Saturday 27th October.  



Oh, and I'd better introduce you to my new male beast. Meet Hobbit ...


Grrrrrr!!!! 


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Spanish Billionaire's Hired Bride is here!


That's right, you're not seeing things - this is my second eBook release in under a week. So I'm not a pretty sight right now and neither is the house, but Ricardo Almanza certainly is ...

He bought her with cold, hard cash, but can she stop him from stealing her heart?

Blackmailed to marry against his will, Ricardo Almanza needs a wife before he’s thirty, and time is running out. A notorious playboy, marriage is the last thing he wants, but his stepmother’s sexy, debt-ridden personal assistant is the perfect solution. He makes her a business deal she can’t refuse—one million euros for three months as his wife. He might even enjoy being married to her … if she doesn’t kick the crap out of him again.

Helen Marshall can’t believe she’s considering Almanza’s outrageous proposal, but she must help clear her parents’ debts or they face financial ruin. The small print on the marriage contract changes to read three months as his wife in every way—including in the bedroom. Has she gotten in too deep, or will she need a new contract addendum, extending their marriage forever?


It gets hotter than Ibiza in August in this one, readers, so you have been warned!

Available now wherever eBooks are sold including amazon.co.uk , amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Devil to Pay is released!

Yep, that's right folks, The Devil to Pay is now live.


Official blurb

Rianna Peters is used to struggle. To support her family, she works as both accountant for the town quarry and clerk at the local grocery. Trapped in the small Welsh town, she wonders if love has passed her by. Then a disastrous encounter with a handsome Italian and a packet of washing powder fires her fantasies. However, her dream man has come to close the town’s major employer, the money-losing quarry.

Mining CEO Daniel Bracchi is stunned to discover the clumsy but attractive store clerk in the quarry office. Although he’s against mixing business with pleasure, the feisty Rianna intrigues him. Despite his feelings, his no-strings romantic approach and the town’s potential destruction stand between them.  

From green South Wales to glittering Portofino, they fight their attraction as Rianna’s small town grit clashes with Daniel’s privileged attitude. Between them lie secrets, a community’s survival, and their own bruised hearts. Are the stakes too high for even love to overcome?

The seed of an idea for The Devil to Pay was sown in a supermarket. After putting my accountancy career on hold and spending a decade as a stay at home mum, I took the plunge and applied for a weekend job to rebuild my confidence. I did Rianna’s shelf-stacking job for twelve hours a week for two years. The small monthly wage paid for everything related to my dream of becoming an author and the inspiration flowed. The opening scene of The Devil to Pay is a direct result of this time. I never dropped washing powder everywhere, but there was fabric conditioner, very smelly antiseptic and a large quantity of pasta sauce …

Available as an eBook from: Amazon.co.uk , Amazon.com and The Wild Rose Press

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Phillipa Ashley asks: Is your hero for you – or your heroine?

I'm thrilled to welcome award winning author, Phillipa Ashley to my blog today to share her thoughts on romance heroes.

Is your hero for you – or your heroine?
 At a recent talk, Sue Moorcroft asked a room full of romance writers a very interesting question:
‘Are your heroes written for you or for yourself?’

My hand shot up instantly: for me, of course. Isn’t everyone the same?
Er, by the silence in the room, it seems not.

One category writer was incredulous: her heroes are for her heroine alone. “I’m happy for her and him bu he always belongs to her.”
Gulp.

Then I was worried because I end up falling a little for all of my men, despite being very happily married to the same fabulous man for the past 25 years.

But then the same writer said: ‘Oh don't be.  I know a very successful writer who confessed that she writes every book with the same hero who she’s fallen in love with. She even uses the same name and only changes it at the end.  His motivations and actions are different but in her mind, he’s hers and always will be.’
Well, I don’t exactly do that, I’m more of tart in that I’ve been faithful to a host of different men ove the course of 8 books - but it’s an interesting concept.

Perhaps, in a way, our heroes can only ever be variations on a theme. They have to be men we could fall in love with – by the end of the story at least, and as we know what makes a man a real hero in our own minds, that character can’t really deviate too far from our ideal.
He may look different, act differently, but fundamentally, he will  take the course of action that we as his creator, think is the right one.



Phillipa's latest book, Miranda’s Mount, was published as an E-book on October 4thby Piatkus Entice and is a sexy, funny contemporary romance set in Cornwall.



When Miranda finds herself fighting for her home, her job and her heart, sleeping with the enemy may not be the best tactic…
With no family of her own, Miranda Marshall has developed a healthy respect – some would say obsession – with other people’s histories. As property manager of a spectacular island castle in Cornwall, she’s made St Merryn’s Mount one of the UK’s most popular heritage attractions. While she may have the castle running like clockwork, Miranda hasn’t bargained on its sexy owner returning to claim his birthright. Dark, handsome and with a rakish reputation, Jago St Merryn not only looks like a pirate but is intent on flogging the Mount to a soulless leisure corporation. Miranda faces the battle of her life as she tries to persuade him to face up to his past and continue the St Merryn dynasty. But Jago has his own reasons for jumping ship and when he throws down the gauntlet to Miranda, she’s forced to delve into painful memories she’d much rather keep hidden…

You can grab your copy at Amazon.com and amazon.co.uk right now!

Phillipa loves to hear from readers and you can find out more about her at her website or maybe say hello on Twitter -  @phillipaashley .


Sunday, 7 October 2012

Dark Sun Rising and giveaway with BL Bonita!

Please welcome the lovely BL Bonita and enter her contest for a chance to win a free download of the  utterly fabulous Dark Sun Rising.

Thank you for having me here today, Rachel. Even though our journey with Embrace Books was short, I consider myself lucky to have you as a friend because of it!

For those of you intrigued and maybe a little inspired by the Wild West, I have a treat for you today. Somebody is going to win a download of Dark Sun Rising! If forbidden love in the old west is up your alley, be sure to enter the contest!

 Picture it…a lawless town surrounded by the gorgeous Sierra Nevada Mountains, where a beautiful and spirited woman works hard to keep her emporium business afloat. Not only does her competition threaten her livelihood, they threaten her very life when she saves a handsome buffalo soldier. Dark Sun Rising is an emotionally gripping story with a controversial look into the life of a black man who earned his freedom, and fell in love with a white woman. The story of Charlotte and Avery is timeless, for no matter how hard they struggled in the face of racism and jealousy, in the end, they had each other.

Dark Sun Rising is the first of many forbidden love stories I’m working on. Interracial love in those times not only caused a stir, it put lives at risk. And what is a love story without risk, right?


From tall, handsome and brooding gunslingers to the simplicity of life back then, the old west has always inspired me. I would’ve been one of the few women who’d dare to wear breeches and carry a peacemaker. I would’ve drunk whiskey with the likes of the rowdiest men and entertained my fellow ruffians with a tune on the saloon piano. You would not find me mending clothes or sipping tea with the ladies! And being in an interracial relationship myself, you can bet your breeches I’d be causing a stir in the Wild West! *g*

Praise for Dark Sun Rising:

"Readers who thrive on stories of empowered women and sexy, brooding men will savor this historical tale of interracial love." Publishers Weekly

“This read is for those who like their love stories both explicit and explosive, with a mix of strong women and sexy men!” Library Journal


Dark Sun Rising

His sin is the color of his skin. Her love is his salvation…and the greatest danger.

Life in a mountain town is hard for gently raised Charlotte Phillips, who has come to Hatchet Creek to help run her cousin’s emporium. When her cousin suddenly dies, she learns just how rough-and-tumble is the life of a business owner—especially when she steps in to stop the brutal whipping of a local colored man.

Avery Samms made the mistake of rejecting the advances of a married white woman, and he pays with the flesh on his back. With no doctor in town, he’s sure a slow agonizing death is his fate. Until a beautiful angel shocks everyone—especially Avery—by taking him home. Her heart may be in the right place, but now her business, even her very life, is in danger.

As Avery recovers, their connection grows stronger every day. There’s passion in her eyes, and purity in her heart that heals soul-deep wounds no one can see. One moment of irresistible desire bonds them in forbidden love.

Even as they plan to escape to a far-off haven, jealousy and revenge threaten to rip their world apart. Under a savage western sun, they must fight for their love…and their very lives.

To find out more about BL and her books, you can find her online here: http://www.bl-bonita.com

So tell me, would you be in the saloon causing a ruckus with me, or sipping tea with the ladies? Enter the contest by commenting below! This is a quick draw contest! Entry deadline is Oct. 8 at midnight EST. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment. Good luck!
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Mini Tour Destinations
Don’t be shy. Stop by and say hello. I’m giving away a download of Dark Sun Rising at each stop!

Oct. 2: Savannah Chase http://savannahchase.com/blog/
Oct. 4: Romance Junkies http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/
Oct. 7: Rachel Lyndhurst http://www.rachellyndhurst.com/
Oct. 10: Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/