Friday, 27 March 2015

Almost time for the ride to continue...


There are just 4 days to go now until Retribution, book #2 in The Lone Riders MC Series is released. So pull on those leathers, straddle that Harley, and get ready for the ride! Happening March 31st...



Retribution is available to pre-order right now over on Amazon.



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And to celebrate the upcoming release of Retribution, book #1 in the series, Revolution, is on SALE until Monday 30th March for just 99p/$0.99/Euros 0,99! So if you haven't yet met The Lone Riders, and you fancy trying an MC Romance that's a little bit different, you can begin the ride for a bargain price! 


Download your copy of Revolution here...




Thursday, 26 March 2015

NEW RELEASE! 'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl' by Lorraine Wilson


I'm really pleased to welcome the lovely Lorraine Wilson to my 

blog today as we celebrate the release of the latest in her fabulous 

Chalet Girl Series of books - 'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl'. I'll let 

Lorraine herself tell you more... 



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You know how it is, you wait ages for a new Chalet Girl release and then two come along at once...

I wrote ‘Chalet Girl Plays Cupid’ specifically as a freebie giveaway. I wanted something fun to give to my readers as a thank you for all their support. The dedication reads
''For my lovely readers - thank you so much for your support, your friendship...oh, and for buying my books! Without you I'd be nothing x.’
The one part of being published that took me by surprise was how rewarding it would be to connect with readers - online via Facebook and Twitter and by email. When you’re having a bad day a reader telling you how much they’re looking forward to reading your next book can be just the spur you need to keep you writing. There is nothing more satisfying than someone enjoying a story I’ve created.
Hope you enjoy the freebie. 
'Chalet Girl Plays Cupid' is FREE everywhere. Publication date is 5th March 2015. Get your copy here- hyperurl.co/3opy8z
If that wets your appetite there is another Chalet Girl release this month - 'Rebellion of   Chalet Girl’, publication date 26th March 2015, get your copy here - hyperurl.co/gz7je4
To celebrate having two releases this month I’m running a special competition. Enter for a chance to win a Lorraine Wilson Design Shoulder Bag made with novelty magazine cover fabric, a Chalet Girl book bag complete with signed copies of all 4 Chalet Girl Paperbacks!

'Chalet Girl Plays Cupid'
A match made on the slopes…
After a messy break up that’s left her homeless, jobless and single, temporary chalet girl Emily needs a fresh start! So when best friend Holly asks her to help out before the start of the winter season at the exclusive Chalet Repos in Verbier, Emily jumps at the chance. What broken heart can’t be fixed by après ski cocktails?
Verbier seems like the perfect escape, until Emily meets super-sexy and darkly brooding winter athlete Jake. She’s meant to be avoiding men at all costs, but the spark between her and Jake is sizzling! As she finds herself increasingly left alone with Jake, Emily begins to wonder if Cupid has paid a visit to Chalet Repos…!

'Rebellion of a Chalet Girl'
Always the Chalet Girl…
Year round chalet girl Tash doesn’t do attachments—she’s learned the hard way that relationships of any kind never last. But when self-made millionaire and hit TV star Nathaniel Campbell arrives to spend a month at Chalet Repos, she’s tempted to reconsider her no-strings rule…
Tash and Nate may be from different sides of the tracks, but the connection between them is undeniable! And Tash soon realises that one hot night with Nate will never be enough. But can Nate ever think of Tash as more than a fling, especially once the truth about her past comes out?

The Chalet Girls are back! Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, winter playground of the rich and famous, ‘Rebellion of a Chalet Girl’ is the latest addition to the fabulous ‘Chalet Girl’ series.

Find out more about the Chalet Girl Series:
Lorraine Wilson

www.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter



Thanks  for stopping by today, Lorraine! Wishing you loads of success with the Chalet Girls Series!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

My weight loss journey - how easy was that?


It's a non-book-related post today because, quite frankly, I'm just not feeling the writing vibe this afternoon. So, rather than sitting here faffing about on Pinterest, I thought I'd share a little bit about my recent weight loss... Here goes...

For as long as I can remember I've had a battle with my weight. It wasn't so bad when I was younger because I was a child of the 70s, and back then there were no such things as Playstations or laptops or satellite television, so we were usually to be found outside tearing around on our bikes, or pretending to be Charlie's Angels - and I mean the TV show, not the movie!! Yeah. That was our life back then, kids! We even walked to school! Almost unheard of these days, but we also had no such thing as Facebook or mobile phones, so the only chance we got to catch up with our mates before class was to actually talk to them, face-to-face, on the walk to school. 

Anyway, because of this extensive outdoor activity I was never really an overweight child. And we ate some rubbish back then, too, believe me. Once I reached my teens, though, that's when things changed. When diets became a part of my world, and ever since then I have veered from quite overweight to the perfect size 8-10 (4-6 if you're in the US). My weight has been up and down more times than a demented yo-yo! But last year it all kind of came to a head. Both my husband and I knew we'd put on weight - and quite a bit of weight, too - but we'd just used age as an excuse, you know the kind of thing; what's the point in trying to lose weight once you hit 40+? Doesn't your metabolism give up the ghost and nothing shifts anyway? No. That's complete rubbish, and to be quite honest, we were just in denial. 

So, last summer, both my husband and I stood on those neglected bathroom scales, faced the terrifying truth (I was almost 11 stone! My heaviest yet!!), and started to do something about it. And now, almost 9 months later, we've both lost over 3 stone each, look better, feel better, and our eating habits have changed in a way that will make sure we won't put that weight back on in a hurry. And it really was quite easy. How? When, in the past, I have faced every diet I've ever undertaken with a feeling of dread, which was why they never really lasted all that long. Well, for starters, losing the weight as a couple was a HUGE advantage. And secondly, I don't think either of us could have done it without the help of a little app called My Fitness Pal



And what's more, it's a FREE app! (Download it HERE).You fill in your details, set yourself a target weight, a goal, and then all you have to do is enter in ALL the food you eat - and they have a MASSIVE database of food, so anything you put in there is almost guaranteed to appear - and it counts up the calories for you, letting you know how many you have spare as the day goes on, and whether or not you're going over. 



It also lists all the nutritional information of the food you eat, so you can keep an eye on things like your fat, protein and carbohydrate intake, too. OK, it takes up a bit of time, having to enter in everything you eat, but without that I seriously doubt we would have lost the weight. Because it also educated us about food - about the type of things we were eating that we thought were OK for us, when really they were something we should be substituting. Take bread, for example. We always thought bread was OK. And it isn't exactly bad for you, just quite calorific. But I wasn't going to give it up. So we replaced it with Danish bread - half the calories, just as nice, and it makes cracking toast! To be honest, we didn't actually give that much up. We just cut down. Portion sizes had been a real problem, and one of the things that I think had added to our weight gain. So those were cut down. Instead of binge-eating a whole bar of chocolate at the weekend, I ate a couple of squares a night, therefore spreading the calories around. And I did NOT give up alcohol! No one was taking that pleasure away from me. Basically, as long as you log it all into My Fitness Pal, and keep an eye on the calories, you can eat pretty much what you like, within reason, of course. And exercise needs to play a part. We've bought a treadmill, some weights, and we both exercise regularly. And it's helped. We can both see the changes, and feel the benefits. I feel younger, more alert, more confident. Losing the weight has been the best thing we've done.

And, to keep an even closer eye on things, because neither of us really need to lose any more weight, but we don't want to put any back on, either, we've now bought something called a FitBit - a small flexible bracelet that counts your daily steps, the calories you're burning, etc., and then syncs all that information with My Fitness Pal to give you an even more accurate read-out of your daily exercise and calorie intake. 


A FitBit flexible
In terms of a tool that helps you to control your weight, it's an absolute must as far as I'm concerned. Because, this time, I have no intention of re-gaining that weight I've lost. I've reached my ideal weight - just under 8 stone, and back down to a size 8-10 (US 4-6). It's a weight I'm happy with. And I'm staying this size! 


However, if all else fails, I can always call on this man, American fitness expert and TV host Jessie Pavelka, to get me back me back on the straight and narrow. And I'm not sure that'd be a bad thing... ;-)



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

'Retribution' release countdown! Just one week to go...

Yes, there's just one week to go before Retribution, book #2 in The Lone Riders MC Series is released! 



It all kicks off next Tuesday, 31st March, and if you want to join in the release day celebrations, then pop over and bag an invite to the Facebook release day party! There'll be music, mayhem, lots of hot, tattooed men, and also a couple of giveaways, too. Click HERE to check it out! Everyone's welcome!

And don't forget, you can pre-order your copy of Retribution right now over on Amazon!


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So grab your leathers, straddle that Harley, and get ready, because the ride is about to continue...

Friday, 20 March 2015

ON SALE! My cruise-themed romcom Bon Voyage is just 99p/$0.99/Euro 0,99 - for a limited time!

Back in the days when I used to write romance of the more fluffy and flirty variety (and where did those days go, huh?), I published this little cruise-themed romcom - Bon Voyage. And now, because we appear to be (allegedly) heading into summer, I thought I'd re-visit this book, and put it on sale for a limited time, just to get people in the holiday spirit. 

It's lighthearted, full of northern english humour, and a little bit of fun - not to mention based on just a few of the people I met during those cruises I've been lucky enough to take over the years. You think some of these characters are far-fetched? Believe me, they existed... believe me...




Bon Voyage - Blurb

Thirty-something Geordie girl Aimee Anderson has just been dumped by her fiancé, Robbie – on the night of their engagement party. So, in an attempt to get over both the relationship, and the rather embarrassing way in which it ended, Aimee and her best friend Jemma are escaping the North East of England and going on the holiday of a lifetime which, in their case, is a trip around the Mediterranean on a mid-budget cruise liner. And there’s only one thing Aimee’s determined to do on this holiday, and that’s forget about Robbie and have some fun.

Danny Johnson is one-fifth of 90s British boy band Bon Voyage, and they’re about to make a comeback. In the middle of the Mediterranean. On the same cruise as Aimee. And Aimee used to love Bon Voyage. Aimee used to love Danny Johnson…

Back in the day, Danny had been the band’s “bad boy”, and whilst the years haven’t damaged his looks in any way, his post-pop-star life is in a bit of a mess. About to be divorced from Newcastle party princess and Z-list celebrity wannabe, Davina Black, and harbouring a secret from the past about the real reason Bon Voyage split up, Danny just isn’t sure if being back in a boy band is what he really wants. But one thing he does want is some fun. For the next two weeks, at least.

So, when Aimee finally meets the man of her dreams – literally – could they possibly have some fun together? Or is something – or somebody – about to stand in the way of Aimee having a holiday to remember?

Bon Voyage is a light-hearted rom com; a story of boy bands, broken dreams and, of course, a little bit of romance, out on the ocean wave… 




Bon Voyage is currently just 99p/$0.99/Euro 0,99 from Amazon. But only for a limited time!



Thursday, 19 March 2015

It's release day for 'Cocktails in Chelsea' by Nikki Moore!


Cocktails in Chelsea

Released 19th March 2015
#LoveLondon Series; eBook 4 (Short Story)
by Nikki Moore

Read this exciting romance series set in London, which has attracted four and five star reviews and been in the Top 100 Short Story and Holiday charts on Amazon and Kobo.




Made in Chelsea?

Nathan Black is on a mission to prove himself. His family may be upper class and his cousin Matt might be a famous music producer, but he’s going to make it on his own. So as soon as he has enough money set aside, he’s quitting his bar-tending job on the King’s Road and opening up his own cocktail bar. He hasn’t got time for love, and definitely not with the spoilt Chelsea Princesses who flirt with him shamelessly every night. But is there something a bit different about the pretty blonde who’s just walked in?

Bournemouth girl Sofia Gold is reluctantly visiting old childhood friends in London for Easter weekend. Keenly aware she’s not part of their glamorous world, she’s more comfortable riding a surfboard than wearing designer dresses and towering heels… although she’s always had a soft spot for cocktails.
It’s never really bothered Sofia that she’s ‘one of the boys,’ and that her romantic experiences have been amazingly unspectacular, so when she meets gorgeous Nathan, why does she find herself faking an accent and pretending to be a London socialite? It can’t be anything to do with impressing him, can it? After all, she’s only in the capital for a few days…

But one impulsive kiss later, they both find themselves wishing for things they didn’t know they wanted.

Spring in Chelsea – will love blossom?


Advance review, ‘A fun, short read, 4 stars,’ Kim, Goodreads via Netgalley.


Get it from only 49p!

Google Play - http://bit.ly/1zzQ9ir
iTunes books - http://apple.co/1zUxgr5



Praise for the #LoveLondon series...



Valentine’s on Primrose Hill

Uplifting and at the same time thought provoking too. I guarantee you'll be hitting that button on Amazon to order the fourth book in the #LoveLondon series as soon as you've finished this one.’ Dawn, Crooks on Books


New Year at The Ritz

A sweet and flirty short story, I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what Nikki comes up with for the next book in the series.’ Simona Elena, Sky’s Book Corner.


Skating at Somerset House

A warm hearted winter tale that had me engaged from the very beginning. I genuinely cannot wait to read the rest’ LJ Bentley, Amazon

‘Sexy, fun and everything you need in one neat, gorgeous package. This is a winner for me.’ Chicks That Read.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The music behind the Lone Riders MC series - the Spotify playlist


Every book of mine has to have a playlist. I think most people who know me know that by now. And I've already posted a couple of songs that have inspired the Lone Riders books here on this blog over the past few weeks. 

But you can now check out the full playlist, so far, over on Spotify. Click HERE to listen to some of the music behind the Lone Riders MC series. 



And don't forget, 'Retribution' - book #2 in the series - is out on March 31st. You can pre-order it right now over on Amazon!