Saturday, 31 January 2015

Welcome Accent Press author, Alison Rose...

 I am so happy to welcome Alison here today! Alison and I were introduced to one another through the Romantic Novelists Association over five years ago. We hit it off immediately and have been firm friends ever since. Alison has been writing and studying the art for many years and I am thrilled to introduce her debut novel, Off The Record - welcome, lovely lady!!

    1.)       What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?

My first ever job was in the early 1970s as a Saturday girl for a hairdresser.  I was thirteen, and had to shampoo, sweep up, make tea and take out rollers.  I earned the grand total of £1.25 for all day Saturday, and got an extra 50p for working on Fridays after school.  I loved meeting all the lovely ladies who came in, and the feeling of earning money for the first time.

My first ‘proper’ job was as a trainee Legal Executive, working mainly in conveyancing and probate.  I worked in the legal profession for 13 years, right through the property boom of the 1980s.  I loved examining old deeds, tracing the history of a property and the people who owned it.  But generally it was busy and stressful, and people became increasing greedy, looking to make money rather than find a home.  By the time I was made redundant after the property market crashed at the beginning of the 1990s, I was quite relieved!  
    2.)       Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?

I have lots!  But in this election year, I have to say that when someone declares ‘The fact of the matter is…’ I immediately stop listening because they’re probably going to twist the facts to suit their own agenda.  Politicians beware!
    3.)       Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_?

Er… much as I’d like to say timeless elegance, I think it’s more ‘neglectful writer’!  I opt for comfort and so long as I’m clean and tidy, and the house isn’t drowning in dust, I’m content to ignore style in favour of writing time.  

4)       Tell me about your book Off the Record and where you got your inspiration for it?

I spent a year in the US on an exchange programme when I was 18, going to High School, and living with an American family.  I started wondering about the people I met there, and what it would be like for a couple to reunite after a gap of several thousand miles and nearly forty years.  American rock star Johnson and English parish priest Alexandra became the starting point for the story, which was helped along by Alexandra’s daughter Kate, a journalist, and Johnson’s record producing son Paul.


Journalist Kate Armstrong has always known that music icon Johnson Brand’s platinum-selling first album was written about his break-up with her mother, Alexandra. When Kate’s boss sends her out to interview the star himself, her life is turned upside down when her resemblance to Alexandra prompts Johnson to seek out her mother and renew their relationship. 

Kate suddenly has a lot on her plate - coming to terms with Alexandra and Johnson’s rekindling relationship, as well as keeping the two of them out of the public eye, all the while trying to resist the advances of Johnson’s playboy son, Paul. She thinks she has everything under control, until a threatening figure from the band’s past rears its ugly head. 

Will love tear them all apart … again?


    5.)       Who is your role model? Why?

Goodness, I have so many role models!  My mother taught me that you can achieve anything in life if you’re prepared to work for it.  My father taught me to love life and to find time to laugh.  I had a fantastic English teacher called Jane McIntosh who gave me the confidence to keep writing.  I have dear friends who have survived cancer or are living with life-threatening conditions who embrace life with both hands.  And I’m blessed by the friendship of so many wonderful writers, including you, Rachel Brimble!  You and all of my role models have helped me to become the person and the writer I am.  Thank you.    
   6.)       How much of your book is realistic?

The characters and events are purely fictional. I used my experience as an exchange student, but I didn’t have a big romance during my time in the US (I had a boyfriend back in the UK at the time).  However, I did celebrate my 18th birthday at Pizza Joe’s and had to endure the embarrassment of everyone in the place singing Happy Birthday to me.  

My son was a musician, and we’re all great music fans, so I hope that my depiction of a rock tour is fairly authentic. 

I based Alexandra’s parish loosely on Castle Combe in Wiltshire, where we worshipped as a family for many years.  I hasten to add that none of the horrible parishioners are taken from anyone living there!  They are purely made up for the sake of the story.  I got the idea for the fire from an actual fire that happened in the village many years ago.
On the whole, I hope that it is realistic, including Paul’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.
   7.)       What are your ambitions for your writing career?

To keep on writing!  I have a YA time-slip adventure coming out in April, followed by another contemporary romance in July.  I’m currently working on a novel based on my family in 1960s London, and also doing research for my next YA book.  It’s not easy, as I still work full-time for a charity as a legacy officer, but it hasn’t stopped me so far.  I’ll keep on writing until the words dry up, or my fingers fall off, whichever comes first!
   8.)       Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.

Mmm, let’s see…

I once spent the night at Windsor Castle. I was invited to a party by a friend of a friend who lived and worked there.  We danced in a dungeon at the bottom of the Round Tower, drank from a huge silver punch bowl, slept in the servants’ quarters, and no, I didn’t meet the Queen! However, my son’s mother-in-law is now one of the Queen’s Chaplains.  These facts are all the more surprising when I tell you that my background is so humble that both of my grandmothers were born in workhouses. Sorry, that’s three facts, but I think they do fit together, don’t you?

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Welcome Victorian romance author, Gina Danna...

Great & Unfortunate Desires
by Gina Danna



Great & Unfortunate Desires

Victorian England c. 1870

Operating as a British spy, Tristan St.James, the new Marquis of Wrenworth, barely escapes Afghanistan with his life in the spring of 1869. He plans to seek vengeance against the traitor who exposed him and for the agent he’s forced to kill. Returning to England, as a lord, he must marry. Haunted by guilt from the horrors of war, he avoids love at all costs, but finds himself drawn to the only woman who is disinterested in him.

Lady Evelyn Hurstine has waited over two years for the return of her love, a man who left for war in the East. But during that time, she suffered a brutal assault, resulting in a child and fear of any man touching her except for the man she once knew. The pursuit by the marquis scares her but her excuses against his proposal dwindle.

Their marriage strengthens into love until she discovers her husband isn’t the safety she believed but the one who killed the man she once loved. Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, Tristan must prove his love to her before the traitor destroys them both.


“I shall talk to him shortly.”

Evelyn raised her brows, eyeing over his shoulder. “Shortly may be now, my lord.”

Tristan turned. Barreling down the lawn, creating a wake in in his path, Evelyn’s father stormed toward them. Not far behind him was Huntington and his son. Tristan gauged their pace and the distance. He had a few seconds and could hear Evelyn’s foot tapping against the grass. Frankly, he was surprised she hadn’t crossed her arms in anger or left him. With every second, her behavior and decision to stay put only made him more interested in her. Damn! Her dowry and position made her exactly what he needed his English bride to be like, with a ramrod backbone and a defiance of societal rules. As Evelyn’s father got closer, there was only one thing Tristan could think of to ensure she become his. In one swift move, he turned, pulled her close, bent her backward, and pressed his cheek to hers. She gasped.

“Considering the situation, you need me as much as I need you. We are the perfect match,” he whispered, smiling and gesturing as if to kiss her.

They both knew in that moment she became his forever. The compromising position between two single people in a public setting was shocking to the ton.

Tristan heard the grass crunching under the footsteps of the Baron and his party. He didn’t look in their direction but eased back from Evelyn, watching her reaction. Suppressed  fury blazed in her eyes, and her body was rigid.

“Naught, naught, naught,” he murmured. “To slap me would be appropriate but would serve you no purpose.”

Despite the fire in her gaze, she relaxed a little within his arms. “But it would give me satisfaction nevertheless,” she whispered defiantly, although she didn’t move.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gina Danna has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.

Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Welcome romantic suspense author, Ryshia Kennie...

Legacy of Fear
by Ryshia Kennie



Andra Vandersan is an expert code breaker, as fiercely independent and beautiful as she is brilliant. Working at the highest levels of deciphering, she’s always remained at a safe distance from the seamy underworld of Hong Kong’s criminal elite—but that’s about to change. When her next-door neighbor is brutally murdered in a way that suggests the work of the Chinese triads, two things become clear: Andra was the intended target of the hit, and the assassin is going to return.

Max True is a world-class linguist, a colleague of Andra’s who once helped her break a code that would destroy a terrorist cell. When he shows up at Andra’s door with a mysterious message, they realize they may have stumbled on a long-lost women’s language that holds the secret to incredible power—and one that the most vicious men in Hong Kong will stop at nothing to get their hands on.

As Andra and Max work to solve the puzzle of the language, they find themselves in a desperate race against time to escape the mysterious forces who all want the secret of the message—even as they surrender to the forces of an undeniable passion that brings them inexorably and irrevocably together.


“I heard the rumor of a village of women in my early college days. That was a good fifteen years ago.” Jeff strode away from the window. His dark hair gleamed as the early afternoon sun spun bright shards through the copper-gilded blinds. “Until I began my research I thought it was only rumor. Turns out it exists in a remote area in south central China, impossible to get to by commercial means. It isn’t an old village. Throwbacks, I like to call them, the occupants, that is. It consists of women who have no family or who escaped abuse of all sorts. More like a women- run shelter turned village.” His smile was lopsided. “I visited once. I wanted it to be the subject of my thesis.” He sighed. “Unfortunately, it was not to be.”

“Why not?” Max leaned forward.

“In a way they are almost like a triad. Self-contained, in charge of their own future, and willing to go after anyone who stands in their way. The only difference is that unlike a triad they have a leader, Fu.”

“Fu?” Max and Andra exchanged a look.

“No last name. Just that. Rather like Bono or Madonna, and I suppose that maybe she’s a rock star in her own right. But yes, it would have been an incredible thesis, but she was adamant that it not be written.” He turned to the window. He stood silently for a minute with his legs spread and his hands behind his back before turning to face them. “She told me that if I persisted, things would happen in my life that would make me regret ever putting the words to paper.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The Canadian prairies are where Ryshia Kennie makes her home with her husband and one opinionated and slightly geriatric, Irish Terrier.  The winner of her city’s Writing Award in 2011 and a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards, her novels have taken her characters from the depression era prairies in her first book “From the Dust” to the ancient stones of Angkor Wat and to lost languages in her latest book, “Legacy of Fear”.  There’s never a lack of places to set a story as the too long prairie winters occasionally find her with travel journal in hand dreaming of adventure on foreign shores.  While facing off a monitor lizard before breakfast or running through the Kasbah chased by an enraged Water Carrier aren’t normal travel experiences and might never find a place in one of her stories, they do make great travel stories.  Sometimes it’s just the memories of other worlds close or far away: the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, that often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live, in a place that neither - or both, may call home. 

When not dreaming of other stories, Ryshia can be found baking a new batch of dog cookies, reading pretty much anything - although romance is a favourite, and, depending on the season; biking, scouting garage sales, golfing and the occasional beach run before the algae rolls in, and winter is for long walks, and taking those long-thought-about trips.  For more, visit her website at

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Diving into the world of book trailers...

I'm currently writing my fifteenth novel so to say I am only just starting with this writing thing would be an understatement...not to mention all the other novellas and short stories I've written! However, as much as I've learned and tried over the years, it is only this past week or so that I've dipped my toe into the world of book trailers.

Until now, I have never paid someone to create a trailer, nor attempted it myself - just the thought of trying sent me whimpering into a corner. I am a techno-dumbass!

So when an author friend told me I will find making a trailer easy once I got started, I was sceptical to say the least, but try I did. I am thrilled with the results!

Today, I am showcasing my two trailers here in case you missed them on my Twitter & FB pages - hope you enjoy them! Any feedback will be welcomed for next time :D

Trailer for the Templeton Cove Series (Harlequin Superromance)

Trailer for What A Woman Desires - Victorian Romance (eKensington)

Have a great weekend!


Rachel x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Welcome contemporary romance author, Debra Andrews...

Disguised with the Millionaire
by Debra Andrews



She came to the company to find a Killer

Kate Meyers finds herself grief stricken after the news of her brother’s death at a construction site owned by the wealthy Trent Farrington. After speculation of faulty equipment and wrongdoing, the police eventually clear his company. Kate takes it upon herself to find whoever was the hand behind her brother’s demise and lands a job with the Florida Corporation to do her own investigation. When she meets Trent, Kate instantly dislikes and distrusts the strikingly handsome millionaire and thinks he's involved. She can’t wait to get evidence against him. Her greatest pleasure would be to see him pay for what he’s done—behind bars.

Trent Farrington finds himself intrigued by the company’s newest employee, but previous bad experiences with women have taught him to be cautious. However, he is drawn to the alluring beauty, but he’s puzzled that she seems to hate him for some unknown reason. He’s used to women throwing themselves at him, and her attitude shocks him and is refreshing all at the same time.

While Kate searches for the evidence to implicate Trent, she has to work closely with him.  However, the information she uncovers isn’t exactly adding up against him. She dislikes how her traitorous body reacts whenever he is near, although he appears to enjoy her reaction immensely. She vows to leave the company as soon as she collects the evidence, but she soon learns nothing is as it seemed… Whoever is involved might be an outright killer!


“Do you ever take off those glasses, Kate?” Her heartbeat quickened at the huskiness in his voice. His tone did incredible things to her insides.

“At night.” She swallowed to relieve her dry throat. “I take my glasses off at night.”

He ran his hand up her arm, sending tingles through her. “Some night, I’d like to see your eyes, minus the glasses.”

Alarm bells clanged inside Kate. “Impossible. We work together, so anything between us other than a professional engagement is definitely out of bounds.”

“Business be damned. What the hell are you afraid of?”

His gaze dropped to her mouth. Excitement roared through her.

She licked her lips. “I only like working for you, as a part of your staff, Mr. Farrington,” she said nervously.

“Call me Trent—and I don’t believe you really mean that.” He placed his hand on the back of her head and traced lazy circles with his thumb on her ear, then he lowered his lips to hers and kissed her senseless.

Too weak to resist him, she melted into his embrace and lifted her hand to his cheek. His hand rested on her hip. Kate moaned at the sensations from his kiss. He called her back to reality by raising his lips from hers. She gasped.

“That’s how much you like me in a business sense, Kate.”

“But we work together,” she whispered. She ran her tongue over her lips, while taking a step back from him.

“It’s inevitable…”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debra Andrews has loved reading and making up stories since she was a child so it was only natural that she tried her hand at writing. She writes "Glitzy, Sexy, Romances with a Dangerous Twist." When she is not writing, she's enjoying her family and pets. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA Chapter.                                                                        

Her first book in the Dangerous Millionaires Series (All books can be read as standalones and are contemporary romantic-suspense with mystery and humorous elements) is "DANGEROUS PARADISE" which was published in November 2012 and is a 2012 National Readers' Choice Awards Finalist in Romantic Suspense, and The Romance Reviews 5-star, Top Pick.

Her second release in the series is "DISGUISED WITH THE MILLIONAIRE" which was released September 15, 2014.

The third scheduled release in the series is "DANGEROUS WEEKEND WEDDING" (working title), and planned for Early 2015.

Dangerous Paradise
Disguised with the Millionaire
Dangerous Weekend Wedding (working title, not released)


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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Welcome multi-published romance author, Cora Seton...

The Marine’s E-Mail Order Bride
by Cora Seton



If Gunnery Sergeant Zane Hall wants to save his family’s ranch, he’ll need to fix up the buildings, stock the spread with cattle—and find a wife. The first two are easy with the help of his brothers, but getting hitched is proving more difficult. When he meets mountaineer Kenna North through an online ad, she seems like the perfect fit—at least in her e-mails. She wants the same thing he does: a temporary marriage to secure an inheritance. But when Zane meets Kenna, she’s nothing like he expects, and Zane finds himself changing his priorities, fast.

If Storm Willow wants to save her family’s seaside cottage, she’ll have to keep her boss happy—which means taking Kenna’s place and marrying Zane when Kenna is detained out of the country.  As long as Storm acts her part, no one will know that she’s an imposter. But when she falls for the handsome Marine, Storm begins to wonder if holding onto the cottage is worth giving up on love.

Can a fake marriage lead to real happiness? Or is disaster just a heartbeat away?


 “Kenna’s paying me thirty grand.” She waited a beat. Just like she’d thought, the sum silenced her mother.

“For pretending to be her for six weeks?”

“That’s right. She’ll get her inheritance, Zane will get his. They’ll divorce in April with no one the wiser.”

She could almost see the cogs turn in her mother’s brain. “I guess if no one is being hurt by the deception…”

“No one’s going to get hurt.” Even as she said it she knew it for the lie it was. She was going to get hurt—bad. When the time came to split from Zane, she didn’t know what she’d do.

“Well… do what you think is best.”

Storm rolled her eyes at her mother’s attempt to remove herself from any blame. “I will.” She couldn’t keep the edge from her voice. She was doing this to save Cheyenne’s house, after all. Her mother could have sold it at any time and they’d all be far better off than they were right now. Zane wouldn’t think she was Kenna, for one thing.

Of course she’d never have met him, either.

“Keep me posted. And Storm—”


“Don’t fall for this man, whoever he is. Remember it’s a fake, and remember you don’t belong in Montana. We need you back home with us when this is all over.”

“Got it, Mom. ‘Bye.” She hung up, unable to stay on the line any longer. She didn’t want to think about leaving Chance Creek. In six short weeks this would all be over and she’d take a plane back to California, leaving Zane behind forever. Of course Cheyenne wanted her to come home. She was a built in baby-sitter, wage-earner and housekeeper all in one. What about what she wanted, though? When would she ever stop being Cheyenne’s daughter or Kenna’s assistant and start her life as an independent woman? A woman free to marry a man like Zane?

She thought of the balance remaining on the cottage’s mortgage.

Maybe in another twenty years.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel. Visit to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Welcome Harper Impulse author, Zara Stoneley...

 Welcome to my blog, Zara! Looking forward to finding out more about you and your work - let's get started with my interview...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women? 

It’s probably better if we remain a mystery! Okay, sometimes the differences between men and women can drive me round the bend, but everybody is different, aren’t they? I’ve always worked in male dominated jobs (until now) – at school I studied maths and sciences at ‘A’ level, and so was surrounded by boys, then at University I went for Computer Science and was one of four females, and then I worked in IT. I love men, I like working with men – although I’ve never quite got their fascination with gadgets and spreadsheets, just like they probably don’t get a lot of women things!

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time? 

Usually. The books I’m working on at the moment have lots of characters and are quite complex to plan as there are so many different strands to tie in together. I couldn’t cope with another book at the same time! Although at the end of last year I did break off from writing my current book for a while as I was asked to contribute to a Movember charity anthology.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple? 

That’s a tricky one! I like any couple that spark off each other, and can make each other laugh. I used to watch a TV programme called ‘Moonlighting’ years ago (anybody remember it?) – and I loved Maddie and David J

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life? 

Live and let live. I hate the idea that people think they can dictate how somebody else should live their life, and people can be so judgmental and critical – we owe it to ourselves to try and live the life we want, and chase our dreams, even if not everybody else agrees with them. I’m lucky in that my OH is a ‘go for it’ type of guy, if I believe in something then he’ll support me, however batty I might seem!

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day? 

I try to write at least a small amount each day, but I do have other commitments so Monday and Thursday are my main writing days. I do set a goal at the beginning of the week as deadlines soon creep up! I aim for a minimum of 5000 words in a week, but if I know I’ve got a fairly interruption free week I’ll go for 10,000. Some weeks though I spend more time on planning and so the actual word count is much lower – it does really depend on where I’m up to in the book, and what else is going on!

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why? 

At the moment I’m spending more time on Facebook, but I tend to switch between the two – a few months ago I spent far more time on Twitter! Twitter can seem a bit ‘hit and run’ at times, FB can be more chilled and chatty. I’ve just signed up for Tsu, but it’s still a bit of a mystery to me.

7.    What are you working on now? 

Right now I’m putting the finishing touches to the follow up book to Stable Mates. It’s called ‘Country Affairs’ and will be published in May. Lottie’s life gets even more complicated when she’s called on to shoulder her family responsibilities – and an unexpected visitor comes to Tippermere (and he’s very dishy!).

Press Kit
Stable Mates by Zara Stoneley

‘Fans of Fiona Walker will love this book’ - ThatThingSheReads

Welcome to tranquil Tippermere, an idyllic village nestled deep in the Cheshire countryside. Home to lords and ladies, horsemen and farmers, and plenty of secrets and scandals…

Leaving a scumbag ex behind her, Lottie Brinkley has hotfooted it out of Spain and back home to the country in serious need of some flirtatious fun to soothe her aching heart.

Luckily for her she’s spoilt for choice with not one but three eligible bachelors offering a steamy romp in the hay! But faced with the attentions of roguish eventer Rory Steel, the smiling Irish eyes of hunky farrier Mick O’Neal, and mysterious newcomer Tom Strachan, how can she possibly choose?

When billionaire landowner Marcus James drops dead unexpectedly, his WAGish wife Amanda threatens to sell the heart of the village and sets her sights on Tom! It seems things are heating up for little Tippermere… both in and out of the saddle.

What readers are saying …
'A delightful romp peppered with humour, sadness, scandal and steamy sex.'

'...reminded me of Jilly Cooper whose books I grew up with. Stable Mates is up there with Riders and Rivals. If you loved these books then you will love this one'

'...the perfect mix of horsey shenanigans, Cheshire glamour and flirty fun.’

Author Bio
Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!
Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.
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