Monday, March 2, 2015

MBB welcomes British author Christina Hollis today.  She's here to talk about her latest release HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET PASSION, which sounds like an intriguing read indeed.  Christina Hollis is an experienced author who hasn't been afraid to experiment with the different genres of romance fiction.  Her latest release is from The Wild Rose Press.

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  1. Can you share a short bio? I was born in Somerset, England and met my husband on a blind date.  I’ve been writing all my life, and became a full-time author when we moved to the Gloucestershire countryside. I produced lots of non-fiction articles for national magazines before turning to fiction. My first full length novel, Knight’s Pawn, was published by Harlequin Mills and Boon’s Masquerade line. During a career break to raise our family, I wrote short stories. Then in 2007 I wrote my first Mills and Boon Modern Romance, The Italian Billionaire’s Virgin. My current release, His Majesty's Secret Passion, is published by The Wild Rose Press. I write contemporary romance starring complex men and independent women–when I’m not cooking, gardening or beekeeping. My books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and I’ve sold nearly three million books worldwide. 
  2. What inspires your writing?The cut and thrust of relationships is a big inspiration for me—the problems of friends becoming lovers, and sparks flying when opposites attract. As well as romantic conflict, I like to capture the countryside in all its moods. I'm lucky to live where there are miles of forest tracks on the  doorstep. Walking in the woods is a great way to kick start my imagination.   
  3. What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult?  Because they must have been, sometimes. I love the characters of Leo and Sara, the hero and heroine of His Majesty's Secret Passion, and wanted to see them get their happy ever after. It’s as simple as that! And you’re right, every author has moments  when they despair. It reminds me of the last twenty minutes of childbirth. There always came a point in the labour room when I said, “That’s it. I can’t do this. I want to give up and go home!” In the same way I couldn’t walk away from that situation, I can never leave a book unfinished—no matter what.
  4. Please sum up your plot in a tweet sized sentence. Here's the plot of His Majesty's Secret Passion in a tweet: When a King on vacation tempts a woman with a broken heart, seduction in the sun leads to danger...
  5. Future plans? My current release, His Majesty's Secret Passion, is the first book in my Princes Of Kharovaseries for The Wild Rose Press. The second book, Her Royal Risk, comes out  in April and I'm putting the finishing touches to the third book, which has the working title of Heart Of A Hostage. Then it's on to the final book in the series. I have characters and plot ready to go, so all I have to do is dream up a title, and start writing. In the meantime, I love to hear from readers. Catch up with me at http://www.christinahollis.blogspot.com, on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ChristinaBooks), Facebook, http://on.fb.me/1Ee1urM, and see a full list of my published books at http://www.christinahollis.com/books.html

HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET PASSION

Leo Gregoryan is determined to be the perfect king. Loyalty to his country means sacrificing his own happiness, but he’ll divert the energy he once poured into his dream of becoming a doctor toward royal duties. All he needs right now is a stress-free vacation–no future queen need apply. Sara Astley escapes to the luxurious Paradise Hotel after she’s dumped by her partner, who then stole the promotion she’d expected. She hides her broken dreams behind a tough exterior. Her stubborn streak makes her a challenge Leo can’t resist. His special brand of hands-on persuasion seduces Sara into enjoying the holiday of a lifetime. Their fling can't hurt either of them–or so they think. Leo's focussed on being the ideal hero. Sara knows what she wants, and that’s independence. Then a revelation tears them apart, meaning things can never be the same between them...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CLAIMED BY THE SHEIKH - New Release by Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas moved to Wales from the Midlands in the UK many years ago.  She married into a farming family and broadened her experiences considerably.  When her children started school, she began to pursue her dream of writing and sought out various courses and new writers' schemes.  She loves escaping, with her characters, into a world of glamour and fantasy where true love always has the last word.

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How do you keep coming up with fresh characters and stories?
New characters and story ideas come from anywhere at any time. More often than not, I’m not in a position to work on them, so I jot them down in my ‘ideas book’ ready to explore another day.
What do you like to read?
I’ve always loved reading romance novels, but I also enjoy historical fiction, especially books set in the Tudor period of English history.
What's your favorite place to read?
Reading in bed, definitely!
What are some of your reading pet peeves?
The overuse of a particular word throughout a book – something I try hard not to do myself!
Do your characters stick with you after you've finished a book and if so, how do you handle it?
Very much so. Whilst writing their story, I get so close to them, so involved with their world, it’s hard to wipe them from my mind once I’ve reached their happy ever after. The best way to deal with that is to meet new characters.
How do you handle writer's block?
I find it helps not to label it writer’s block, but to realise it is happening because I have reached a point in the story where I need to dig deeper, delve more into my characters motivations and past. When I’m at this point, I take a step back from the page or screen and go for a walk, or do anything that enables me to have thinking time.
What motivates you to write your books?
I write because I love the way new characters reveal themselves to me, bringing their stories to life in my mind, so I can do the same for the reader. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.
Tell us a little about your book...
Claimed by the Sheikh, is my second book published by Harlequin Presents and is the story of Kazim and Amber’s arranged marriage which went wrong on their very first night together, forcing Amber to flee. But when Kazim’s country is threatened by turmoil he has no choice but to find his wife, his princess and bring her home.


CLAIMED BY THE SHEIKH

Banished! 

Princess Amber's arranged marriage to Prince Kazim Al-Amed of Barazbin was a dream come true—for her, at least! But then their wedding night went spectacularly wrong, and a furious Kazim banished Amber from his kingdom and his life… 

Hunted! 

Now, with his country in turmoil, Kazim must prove his ability to rule and provide an heir for his people. But to do so he'll need to track down his princess. 

Claimed! 

Amber has always threatened Kazim's tightly held control. Yet if he is to save his nation—and his marriage—he must finally make the ultimate claim…on his wife!



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Claimed by the Sheikh

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Saturday, February 7, 2015


Wrong 
For The Right Reasons
by 
Ritu Lalit


The Blurb

Shyamoli Verma’s timing is wrong. In her late twenties, she finds that her marriage is irrevocably broken. She comes back to her parents with her pre-teen son and an infant daughter, only to find that she is unwelcome. 
Independent and brash, she decides to bring up her children and also get a divorce without any support from friends and family. 
Written with wry self deprecating humour, this is the story of a divorced woman's quest for love and security.

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Meet the Author






Ritu Lalit is a corporate slave turned fiction writer. A voracious reader, she is a gold medalist post graduate in English Literature who spent most of her childhood in remote areas in the northeastern parts of India, lying on grassy hillsides daydreaming and reading books.

She loves spinning tales, but no longer has her captive audience as her children grew up and flew away from the coop. Her three dogs don’t pay much attention. She began writing in the vain hope that the characters she creates will listen to her, even do her bidding.

She has five books out in the market, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI, Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way and Wrong, for the Right Reasons. Her fifth novel, His Father’s Mistress is coming soon.



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Savage Payback - New Release by Seumas Gallacher



Today, MBB welcomes SEUMAS GALLACHER, who escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed 'oldest computer Jurassic on the planet' his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer's need to 'build the platform', and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 18,000 direct contacts.

His first two crime-thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN'S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK blew his mind with more than 75,000 e-link downloads to date. The third in what has become the 'Jack Calder' series, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was launched late 2013.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog less than two years ago, never having heard of a 'blog' prior to that, was voted 'Blogger of the Year 2013' and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his 'Author's Voice', while the blog carries his 'Author's Brand'. And he's LUVVIN IT!

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INTERVIEW

  1. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?          SAVAGE PAYBACK is the third in the Jack Calder crime thriller series. Jack and his colleagues are ex-SAS commando officers, When I worked as a corporate troubleshooter in the Far East, one of my engagements required an armoured car and armed bodyguards 24/7 for three years. The guys who looked after me were trained by a former SAS officer, who became a pal. That was the genesis of the characterisations.. The stories are easy to devise --- just watch the cable news channels and change the names to protect the guilty!  
  2. Did it take you long to write it?      From start to final edit, this one took about a year, as I believe I was continually honing my story-telling skills.
  3. What's your average word count per day?      I don’t put any pressure on attaining word count.. I prefer to ‘sculpt’ the language and content as I go along. I edit and polish daily, which many people say I ‘shouldn’t' do.. I LUV when folks tell me what NOT to do!  
  4. Can you sum up your book in a Tweet-sized sentence?     former SAS officers combat international crime lords using their black ops skills.  
  5. What's your next step?     the fourth book in the series, KILLER CITY, is already Work-in-Progress

SAVAGE PAYBACK


A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sally Clements - Back with a SNOWBOUND SUMMER

MBB welcomes Sally Clements.  She's back with another lovely story for us.  I always enjoy Sally's romances, they have such compulsive storylines and insightful writing.  I took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her latest release and to feature SNOWBOUND SUMMER here. The review will be appearing soon here, so please look out for it.

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Sally, does writing become easier as time goes by?  Or harder? 
In one way, writing becomes easier, because having had a lot of practise, I make less grammatical mistakes. In another way, it is more difficult to come up with interesting ideas to write about!

Tell me how you got the inspiration for your latest book.

My latest book is book 3 of my Logan series - Nick Logan made a fleeting appearance in book one, and has been brewing in my mind for a long time. As Nick is a vet, I wanted to include an animal in the book, and I also wanted to write a story about a best friend's big sister, so when Summer popped into my head, and the idea of being snowbound, it all came together really quickly.

How long did it take you to write?

Snowbound Summer has been my fastest written book to date - I think because I have started to use dictation software as well as just typing - it took around 6 weeks to write and then was off to my editor.

Please give me a Tweet-sized summary (140 characters)

Snowbound with the one woman he can't fall for...


So what's next?
Next is book 4 in the Logan series - Stealing Gold. Stealing Gold is the last Logan brothers' book, featuring Adam Logan, ex husband to country singer Stacey Gold. He's going to steal her back.. After that, I will be writing the last Logan series book, which is Amy Logan's story.



SNOWBOUND SUMMER

Summer in the snow… 
Restaurant owner Summer Costello, reeling from recent failures in her perfect life, is hiding out in her childhood home. When she finds an injured dog outside in a snowstorm, she calls the local vet, who turns out to be her younger brother Declan’s best friend, gorgeous Nick Logan. 
She’s his secret crush–no woman Nick’s dated has matched up to the fantasy of being with Summer, the woman who blazed out of Brookbridge for a new life in London years ago. Now, a dog needs his aid, and despite treacherous conditions he drives out to help. She’ll be there with her boyfriend, and surely his infatuation will have burned itself out? 
Stranded in a snowstorm, Summer sizzles with attraction for the man Nick has become. And when Summer confides her long-term relationship is over, and suggests a clandestine fling, is there any way Nick can resist her, even though she’s the one woman Declan warned him to keep away from? 


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Marie Laval, BACK with A SPELL IN PROVENCE

I adore Marie Laval's historical romances and find it very exciting that she's turned her hand to contemporary romance.  Rest assured, that just like her previous published works, this one will have an elegant French touch, as Marie is a Frenchwoman. I've taken the opportunity to ask her a couple of questions about her latest release, A SPELL IN PROVENCE.

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Thank you very much for welcoming me on your blog today Maria to talk about my first contemporary romance  A SPELL IN PROVENCE which was recently published by Áccent Press.

What made you decide to write contemporary romance, Marie?  I'd always thought your forte  was historical...
I love writing historical romance, but when I got the idea for a contemporary story whilst on a family holiday in the South of France, I just knew I had to write it.  Provence is a wonderful setting for a novel. There are so many quaint hill-top villages and old farmhouses. The skies and the landscapes are beautiful and very atmospheric, not to mention the little coves and the bright blue sea. What particularly inspired me were the fountains. They were everywhere. Some were very grand like in Aix-en-Provence, others ancient and plain, a rough stone basin with just a tap spurting fresh water.

 It is obvious when you travel through Provence that fountains were - and still are - very important for locals. There is even an old Provençal proverb that says that 'water is gold.' One fountain in particular captured my imagination. It was in the little town of Cassis where we had stopped for an impromptu picnic. As soon as I saw it and read its inscription in Latin, I knew I had the basis of a plot. I immediately went to the local 'bureau de tabac' , bought a notebook and started writing. The initial title was The Lady of Bellefontaine,
because this is the name of the farmhouse my heroine Amy buys to start her new life, and her hotel venture.

Did you find it hugely different, writing a different genre?
I do find writing a contemporary romance very different indeed, but I enjoyed just as much as writing a historical. My big problem with a contemporary setting is modern technology. I am completely rubbish with the latest gadgets and know very little about mobile phones, apps, computers and etc..., so I am always afraid to make a mistake!


Did it take you longer to write, or did you find writing contemporary romance quicker?
It was just as fast for me to write A SPELL IN PROVENCE than it was to write my two historicals, but it took me a long time to edit it because I am now working full-time as a teacher and my writing has to take place at night or at weekends. It would be heaven if I could have more time to write, but then I am sure I am not the only writer to think that!

Which is your favourite genre to write in?
I can honestly say that I love both and do not have a preference. Both genres are very different, with the historical requiring a lot more research, but I do enjoy researching settings, plots, historical backgrounds and anecdotes, so it's no hardship to me. At the end of the day, both genres are about love stories which I very much enjoy writing.

Will there be more contemporary romances to come? More historicals?
My new historical romance, DANCING FOR THE DEVIL, should be released some time this year by Áccent Press. I am currently working on a contemporary romance set in Scotland, and I am researching four new projects - all historicals! I only hope I will have enough time to write them all!
 Thank you very much Maria for inviting me today. It was a pleasure talking to you.



A SPELL IN PROVENCE

With few roots in England and having just lost her job, Amy Carter decides to give up on home and start a new life in France, spending her redundancy package turning an overgrown Provençal farmhouse, Bellefontaine, into a successful hotel. Though she has big plans for her new home, none of them involves falling in love – least of all with Fabien Coste, the handsome but arrogant owner of a nearby château.  As romance blossoms, eerie and strange happenings in Bellefontaine hint at a dark mystery of the Provençal countryside which dates back many centuries and holds an entanglement between the ladies of Bellefontaine and the ducs de Coste at its centre. As Amy works to unravel the mystery, she begins to wonder if it may not just be her heart at risk, but her life too. 

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie  Laval studied History and Law at university, before moving to Lancashire in England. There, she worked in a variety of jobs, from PA in a busy university department to teaching French in schools and colleges. Writing, however, was always her passion, and she spends what little free time she has dreaming and making up stories. Her historical romances ANGEL HEART and THE LION'S EMBRACE are published by MuseItUp Publishing. A SPELL IN PROVENCE is her first contemporary romance. It is published by Áccent Press.


Snippet

"He looked down. The light of the rising sun played on his face and made his green eyes seem deep and warm. Time slowed down. The noise from the crowd became muffled and distant, and all she could hear was the crystalline spring water trickling in the old fountain. The spring that ran through the forest between Manoir Coste and Bellefontaine and bound hearts and lives together, or so the spell said … Her heartbeat slowed, or maybe it stopped altogether. It was as if Fabien and she were alone. Desire, fear and another feeling she didn’t recognise overwhelmed her and made her dizzy."




Friday, January 16, 2015

BOOK BLOGGER TURNS AUTHOR - VOICES OLD AND NEW - AN INDIREADS ANTHOLOGY


Today, I'm proud and happy to introduce a book of my own on MBB.  VOICES OLD AND NEW is an anthology of south Asian writing gathered and published by Indireads, a digital publishing company dedicated to south Asian fiction in English and moving it forward and bringing it to the widest possible audience.  Although not native to  this region, I've lived here in southern Asia for twenty years and it is a great honour to have my story included in this collection.  VOICES OLD AND NEW has a number of stories in four different genres - romance, crime, paranormal and drama.  My story, MEETING BY ARRANGEMENT, was the popular pick in the romance category of the Indireads short story competition in 2014.  My thanks are due to
Naheed Hassan and Sabahat Muhammad at Indireads for their vision in bringing this project forward.  Many thanks also to my fellow writers - together, we've made an incredible book, with something for everyone to enjoy.  Congratulations to all involved in the production of this book.


VOICES OLD AND NEW


An anthology of the best short stories, both winners and finalists from Indireads’ 2nd Short Story Competition 2014. 

Indireads’ 2nd Short Story Competition 2014 yielded some extraordinary talent, including Ruchi Singh with Boomerang, Ada Wiam with Within, Komal Singh with How Does It Make You Feel, Roshan Radhakrishnan with The Ballet Lesson, Sid Balachandran with The Message, Dola Basu Singh
with Where Darkness Reigns, Maria Perry Mohan with Meeting by Arrangement and Aniesha Brahma with The Difference. We have compiled the winners, and the very best of the entries into one compelling anthology, highlighting the immense creativity and potential talent that exists in South Asia. 

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