Thursday, 24 April 2014

Nikki Moore's Blog Hit! New Release - Crazy, Undercover, Love







The day has finally arrived!! Nikki Moore's debut novel with HarperImpulse - Crazy, Undercover, Love - is released as an ebook today, 24th April 2014.



If you like pacy, sexy romance and fancy a long weekend in Barcelona with a smoking hot guy this one's for you!  Want to know more...?




When uber-feisty career girl Charley Caswell-Wright takes on the assignment as PA to the gorgeous Alex Demetrio, CEO of Demetrio International, she's there under entirely false pretences; to get her life back on track. Having lost the job she worked so hard to earn, she’s determined not to give it up so easily, especially when she didn’t deserve to lose it in the first place.

Mr Dreamy CEO is her only chance of clawing back her career – and her reputation. So she has to keep things strictly professional… boy, is she in trouble!




To buy Crazy, Undercover Love as an ebook:- 


Amazon
http://amzn.to./1gdpOxb


Google Play


iTunes


Kobo


Sainsbury's



Or to buy it as a paperback on pre-order, released on 26th June:-





What people are saying about Nikki's other stories...



The Love Letter and A Day in the Life... HarperImpulse short story collection Be My Valentine, with Teresa F Morgan and Brigid Coady, attracting 4 and 5 star reviews.



'I loved all 5 stories and will look out for more books by each author.'

CometBabesBooks, Amazon


'Whilst I enjoyed all of the stories, I particularly liked Nikki Moore's … her voice as an author really resonated with me and I can't wait to read more of her work.'

Kate Beeden, Goodreads


Nikki's short story A Night to Remember in the Mills & Boon/Romantic Novelists Association anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply which has also attracted 4 and 5 star reviews.


'My favourite story was A Night To Remember. I think what drew me to this … was its resonance with real life. I'm not going to spoil the story but I could feel the emotions spilling out of the page - it was beautiful.'

Beckie, www.beckiesbookmix.blogspot.co.uk


'A Night to Remember - Beautiful, devastatingly so.'

Cheryl M-M, Goodreads & http://mmcheryl.wordpress.com/
 



Nikki Moore lives in beautiful Dorset and writes short stories and sexy, pacy romances. A finalist in several writing competitions including Novelicious Undiscovered 2012, she graduated from the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers' Scheme after four years and and has contributed to their magazine Romance Matters. She has far too much fun attending the annual RNA conference and has previously chaired a panel and taken part in a workshop at the Festival of Romance.


She blogs about some of her favourite things – Writing, Work and Wine – at www.nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com and believes in supporting other writers as part of a friendly, talented and diverse community.


You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMooreAuthor or on Twitter @NikkiMoore_Auth and she invites you to pop in for chats about love, life, reading or writing!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Meet the Author - Samantha Birch



I'm really excited to have the gorgeous Samantha Birch stop by my blog today! And if you're getting married/thinking about getting married/know someone who's getting married... if weddings feature anywhere in your world right now, then you might just be interested in Samantha's new book - The High Street Bride's Guide - which is released through HarperImpulse tomorrow, April 24th! 

And you can find out more about the book, and a little bit more about Samantha, too, by checking out her brilliant Meet the Author interview! 

The floor's yours, Samantha!



 Author Bio


So far I’m the author of one book: The High-Street Bride’s Guide. I’ve written about dresses, bridesmaids and cake toppers for Brides and You & Your Wedding, and regularly contribute to the likes of GLAMOUR and Love Baking – often while eating cake in my pyjamas. I live with my husband in a chaotically untidy flat in Letchworth, which I pretend is an artfully unkempt writer’s loft in St. Albans.



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When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to write books, ever since I was little. My mum says I picked up a pen when I was three, wrote my name backwards – I was 2am for a while – and I haven’t stopped since!



Was it always your intention to find an agent/publisher, or did you ever think about, or indeed go down, the self-publishing route?

I self-published The High-Street Bride’s Guide on Amazon before I ever sent it in to HarperCollins, because I wanted to get it out there as soon as possible – I only started writing it last January and I knew from working at You & Your Wedding magazine that November to Valentine’s Day is peak proposal time every year. It turned out marketing a book on your own is really hard – even with my contacts at Y&YW and Brides – and I needed a proper publisher behind me to stop the book getting lost in the ether.


What was the inspiration for your current book?

The High-Street Bride’s Guide was inspired by mine and my now-husband’s struggle to plan and pay for our wedding, which finally happened last November (hooray!). We were engaged for four years while we saved up, during which time I spent a year working in-house at You & Your Wedding and then went freelance for them and Brides, so between work and our own wedding research I became a bit of a wedding expert. I realised there are ways to save on your big day that not a lot of people talk about, and I wanted to get those strategies out there so other couples don’t have to wait as long as we did to get married.



Do you listen to music while you write, or are you someone who needs complete silence to work?

I really wish I could listen to music while I work, but I find the lyrics mess with the sentences forming in my head. I can listen to instrumental stuff like movie soundtracks sometimes, but mostly I’m better off in total silence. That’s why I end up shutting myself away in our spare room for eight hours a day!


Do you have a designated “work space”, and if so, can you describe it?

Yes, it’s our spare room, though I do work from a laptop so sometimes I migrate to the living room or the bedroom for a change of scene. To be honest, our spare room is a bit chaotic – there’s a bookcase (essential!), two desks from when my husband and I tried to work in the same room (he taps… and hums… and talks out loud…), the spare bed which has a totally bargainous memory-foam mattress on it that we got from Pound Stretcher and that’s actually more comfortable than our own bed, a printer, a chest of drawers and lots and lots of paperwork.


Do you get nervous reading reviews of your books?

Absolutely! I get so nervous just letting people I love read excerpts of my writing I can’t stay in the same room as them – I make a lot of noise making them a coffee so I can’t hear whether they’re laughing or not, and then I go and hide in the bedroom or the bathroom until they’re finished! So you can imagine reading reviews by strangers who have no reason to be gentle with me requires a very sugary cup of tea and my husband being not too far away!


Is there a particular time of the day in which you prefer to write?

Mornings, hands down. If I get distracted by emails and Twitter and Facebook first thing I can pretty much kiss goodbye to inspiration for the rest of the day. I’ve occasionally had an epiphany in the afternoon, but they’re really rare, so even though I’m naturally a night owl, I’m better off forcing myself to get up to early to write.


Paperback or ebooks – do you have a preference?

I know I shouldn’t say this when my book is an eBook, but I love the feel of a good paperback. I’ve always dreamed of having a book out in print, and seeing it in WHSmith or stumbling across it in an independent bookshop… As much as I like the idea of carrying your whole library with you on your Kindle, which makes sense because it’s thinner and lighter and very probably easier to read from than a real book – honestly, there are so many eBooks on my reading list I’ll probably have to succumb to one at some point soon! – I’ll always feel like nothing beats the smell of a new paperback, and I think a really good read is worth all the wriggling around to stay comfy!


Do you plan your stories before you start writing them, or do you just “wing” it?

I planned The High-Street Bride’s Guide because it’s non-fiction, but when I’m writing fiction I get bored if I’ve planned every detail out, so I just have a character or a single scene in my head and if I really love writing it and reading it back I wing it from there. It can be scary, not knowing where the story is going, and frustrating sometimes when you have to backtrack, but that’s what makes it so exciting and rewarding when you do make some headway.



Can you tell us anything about any future projects you’re working on?

Ooh, yes! I’m really excited about my next book, even though it’s a total departure from The High-Street Bride’s Guide. It’s a fictional novel, a steampunk fantasy (I admit it: I’m a nerd!) that I’m almost 20,000 words through now. I’m loving the challenge, getting to know the characters, writing my first battle scenes, the epic scope of the story… And so far everyone I’ve dared to let read it has enjoyed it, which is really spurring me on to write more!




You’ve just won a few million on the lottery, what’s the first thing you do?

Buy a house. With an attic conversion. And make it into my dream writer’s room. I’d have pictures by some of my favourite artists on the walls – one by Peter Weevers from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, some steampunk stuff by Brian Kesinger from Walking Your Octopus – I’d put up framed prints of some of the articles I’ve written that I’m proud of, like the first one I ever did for GLAMOUR (I’ve been reading it since I was seventeen), and I’d have a pretty white vintage desk and matching reading armchair, a bookcase filled with all my favourite books and a skylight so I can get a breath of fresh air and a new perspective every now and again. Ahhh




Favourite sitcom, past or present.

It’s a tie between New Girl and The Big Bang Theory. I love how relatable the characters in New Girl are – that they’re not all 2D and they’re not perfect but you still love them – as well as the relationship between Nick and Jess, which feels so honest and real and includes, in season two, possibly the best on-screen kiss I’ve ever seen! The Big Bang Theory appeals to the massive nerd in me – I love a bit of science and I always buy New Scientist for long train journeys. Plus it just has one of the best laughs-per-scene ratios of anything I’ve ever watched!


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The High Street Bride's Guide

Brides-to-be, this one’s for you!

You can say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it).

You can style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn’t hire an A-list planner.
And you can sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest.

Samantha Birch has written for GLAMOUR, Brides, You & Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride. She knows a thing or two about planning a wedding on a budget, how much you can expect to pay for everything and where to go to get it for less. And she's put it all down here.


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Samantha, thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant Meet the Author interview! And you're another Big Bang Theory fan! 

Wishing you loads of success with the release of The High Street Bride's Guide! Anyone out there plannign a wedding... what are you waiting for? Go get your copy here NOW! 


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Meet the Author - Sun Chara


It's that time of the week when another fabulous author stops by my blog to tell us a little bit about themselves, and their books. And today I've been joined by the wonderful Sun Chara

I'll let the lady herself take it from here...





Author Bio

Sun Chara, a multi-published, JABBIC winner Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella, keys sexy, hip 'n fun contemporary romance, high adventure historical romance, and any genre that knocks at her imagination. Globetrotting for lore while keeping tabs on Hollywood leads...she loves the challenge of creating stories for book and screen. Designer frappuccinos with whipping cream and sprinkles on top make everyday a celebration! - See more at:
 




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What made you want to write romance?

It makes the world go round!



What was the inspiration for your current book?

The Bachelor TV show, and The Ugly Duckling (turned swan) fairytale.



Are there any authors out there who have inspired you? And if so, who?

Anne Mather, Violet Winspear, Rachel Lindsay, Janet Dailey, Jane Porter; Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sidney Sheldon, Jude Deveraux.



Do you listen to music while you write, or are you someone who needs complete silence to work?

Prefer quiet time.



Do you get nervous reading reviews of your books?

Nope. Everyone’s going to have an opinion…it’s like a see-saw trying to keep up with them, so prefer to focus on next project!  Of course, it’s always nice to get raving reviews of book/s!  (wink)



Is there a particular time of the day in which you prefer to write?

I can write anytime, anyplace…but I think my best time is mid afternoon (11 a.m – 3:00 p.m.) or late at night when everyone’s asleep.



Do you plan your stories before you start writing them, or do you just “wing” it? 

Definitely ‘Wing it’!  I kinda like to have the characters take the lead…otherwise they get very unruly…this way they get unruly on their terms. 



How did it feel the first time you saw your name on the cover of that book you’d written? 

Soooo exciting!!!



What advice would you give to anyone just starting out on their writing journey?

Just do it! Write that first draft so you have something to work with, then finish it so it sparkles, send it out…and start on your next project.



Can you tell us anything about any future projects you’re working on?

The Price of Passion, and The Italian’s Runaway Principessa sexy, hip ’n fun contemporary romances for fabulous Harper Impulse. J  Just finished editing Gamblin’ Lady, a western historical romance out this Spring from wonderful BPG. Then, back to finishing two regency era historicals, The Duke’s Marriage Conquest, and To Marry a Rogue, in time for Christmas.  Soon after, onto another whirlwind HI contemporary romance… Loving this!



Social media – friend or foe?

Friend but finicky…still trying to master it.



What do you like to do to relax?

Sleep, watch movies, lunch with a friend, walk along the beach…dance!



What makes you laugh?

Funny people, funny things…good, clean jokes!



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Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella


Blurb:


Will their wedding night be a one-night stand or a merger for keeps?


Global real estate mogul, Cade Sloan should've listened to his own advice: trust no one, and never a woman…especially not his 24 hour bride gone AWOL with his millions. Nina, mousy secretary turned sexy vixen, will repay every penny with interest…


When Cade gears up for a takeover, there's sweet hell to pay. Nina owes her husband a wedding night and he’s hell bent on collecting… his way, his time, his pleasure.




All Wrapped Up in You
 
Blurb:
 
The fairytale busted! Their marriage hangs in the balance, but on this wind battered Christmas Eve, a miracle is born… 
















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Thank you so much for a brilliant Meet the Author, Sun! You certainly seem to have a lot of projects on the go this year, and I wish you loads of luck with all of them! It really was lovely having you stop by my blog today!


And you can find out more about Sun, and her books, by checking out the links below! 



Links:


Website link: 


                       
                      
https://www.twitter.com/sunchara3         @sunchara3

Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella
Amazon UK http://tinyurl.com/mwrc5t5

All Wrapped Up in You 



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Meet the Author - Lori Connelly


Want to meet another fabulous author? I've been joined by Lori Connelly today, another of my wonderful fellow Harper Impulse authors. 

Read on to find out more about Lori, her books, and just what TV shows she likes to watch... and I just happen to be a HUGE fan of one of those shows...


Author bio:

I was born and still live in Oregon. Despite being a good student, my teachers complained about my tendency to daydream. The tales dancing through my imagination were frequently far more entertaining than real life. As far back as I can remember I made up stories, to calm my sister after a nightmare, entertain myself in boring classes and write in countless notebooks, many never again to see the light of day. I earned a BS from Eastern Oregon State College and married my best friend almost twenty years ago. I’ve three brilliant, handsome sons, one amazing daughter-in-law, a beautiful granddaughter and two spoiled dogs. When not writing I love to read, hike, camp, rock hound, and take long walks with my husband just after it rains.


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When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?  

As far back as I can remember I’ve made up stories to entertain myself to the point that my teachers complained about my constant daydreaming.  When we were little, my sister had nightmares, and I’d spin tales to comfort her.  And then I became a teenager.  I filled notebooks with angst, bad poetry and stories.  I’ve dreamed of becoming a published author since high school but I struggled with doubt and some life challenges for years before I felt ready to pursue it.  I started writing with the intent of publication in 2006.

What was the inspiration for your current book?  

I like exploring what if’s to existing relationships.  I’ve known couples who survived a trauma, and then most fell apart afterwards.  Few of the pairs worked through the aftermath and had a stronger bond.  In The Lawman of Silver Creek, I wanted to show a glimpse into the lives of a couple who love each other but a traumatic event has put their relationship in jeopardy.  


Do you listen to music while you write, or are you someone who needs complete silence to work?    

For me, a mother, silence usually means something is wrong so I find it a distraction.  I love music.  While I writing I listen to the latest hits music channel.  During the process of a work in progress I will start to associate at least a couple of songs with the story I’m writing and then I will listen to them repeatedly until I finish.  
 
Do you get nervous reading reviews of your books?  

I’m always nervous reading other people’s opinions of my work.  I want everyone to enjoy the stories as much as I do. 

Is there a particular time of the day in which you prefer to write?   

I write whenever I can grab a moment but, I love writing late at night sometimes into the early morning hours. 


Do you plan your stories before you start writing them, or do you just “wing” it?  

I make scene / sequel note cards as rough outline and then I open a single document and ‘wing’ the first draft.  


How did it feel the first time you saw your name on the cover of that book you’d written?   

I wanted to jump up and down and squeal as if I was a small child on Christmas morning.  Wait.  I think I did.  Honestly, seeing my name on my covers still excites me. 

What advice would you give to anyone just starting out on their writing journey?  

Remember if one person can do it, another can.  Never give up.  Read.  Write.  Write more.  And then write more. 
  
You’ve just won a few million on the lottery, what’s the first thing you do?    

Alas, I would do the most boring of things, pay bills.  Three neurosurgeries for my pituitary adenoma took a toll.   After I was responsible though I’d buy some acres in the country, have my very own Hobbit Hole House built and buy a miniature highland cow. 

What do you like to do to relax?  

Read, walk in the woods, go rock hounding, write random ideas for new stories, look at pictures of granddaughter and think of when I can hold her again.

Favourite TV character, past or present.   

Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly – can’t help but love a space cowboy.  

Favourite TV show, past or present.   

Firefly – past  Castle – present  Nathan Fillion. I also LOVE the Big Bang Theory.

Five words that describe you.  

Dreamer, Sensitive, Shy, Curious, Imaginative.


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The Lawman of Silver Creek - blurb:


 As sheriff of Silver Creek County, Matthew Marson’s job is to look after his town. But when he fails to protect the most important person in his life, Claire, from an attack, Matt feels as though he will never be able to forgive himself.

Her husband-to-be’s newly found overprotectiveness drives the headstrong Claire from his arms. She can’t see a future with a man who won’t allow her to follow her dreams.
 
In a small town where everybody knows your name and your business, it’s impossible for the pair to stay apart, especially as Claire finds that she can’t completely turn her back on the lawman that she loves.



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My links:  

Harper Impulse  Website   My Blog   Facebook Twitter   Pinterest   Goodreads   Wattpad  Written Fireside   Google Plus   Amazon Author Page

 
The Lawman of Silver Creek :     

All Romance ebooks   Amazon
   
Barnes & Noble    Itunes   Kobo

 
The Outlaw of Cedar Ridge:   

Amazon  Kobo  Barnes & Noble  All Romance ebooks  Itunes


Lori is also co-author of Loving Winter Nights, Love Romance (free ebook)

A Witch by Chance (free pdf book, downloadable from my website or blog)


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Thank you so much for taking part in Meet the Author, Lori. It was lovely to have you stop by my blog! And it's always good to meet another fan of the Big Bang Theory!

Wishing you loads of luck with all your future projects!