Monday, September 7, 2015

FROM ONE NIGHT TO WIFE - The New Read from Rachael Thomas

MBB is happy to welcome Rachael Thomas today. Rachael Thomas writes emotional and compelling romances which keep the reader engaged until the last page is turned. Rachael very kindly agreed to answer my questions and the result is a very readable interview indeed....


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Rachael do you write when the muse strikes, or do you keep to a disciplined regime and write daily?
I’ve always fitted my writing in around the daily life of the farm and now that I’m published, nothing has changed. I don’t wait for the muse to strike; instead I sit at my computer and go in search of it. Sometimes it resists, so I resort to good old-fashioned pencil and paper until I’ve found it again. When I’m writing a book, I set myself a daily word count target and my own deadline. It works most of the time!

What's your best piece of advice for a new writer?
To never give up on your dreams, always believe in yourself as a writer and write something every day – even if it’s only a few sentences.

Please give us a tweet-sized summary of the plot of your latest book.
Forced together by the consequences of one night Nikos and Serena overcome past hurt and find their HEA.

What inspired you to write it?
 I actually was lucky enough to go to one of the Greek Islands a few years ago and loved it so much I knew I had to set a story against the backdrop of the beautiful island of Santorini and the allure of Athens. I had to wait a while before my Greek hero showed up and when he did, he didn’t disappoint. Serena, more than a match for Nikos, completed the picture.

What's next on your agenda?
I have just finished writing a book and it is with my editor now, so I’m about to start planning my next book. A time when my desk becomes covered in scribbled notes and the possibilities are endless.


A souvenir from her Greek affair! 

Three months ago, journalist Serena James had her heart broken by a man she'll never forget, especially not the fury in his eyes the night they parted. Now she's back in Santorini to tell him that their summer fling had unexpected repercussions…

Mogul Nikos Petrakis is on the verge of a deal that will make him even more powerful. He doesn't need any distraction—especially not a sexy redhead whose curves beg to be touched! But now that she's carrying his heir, Nikos is forced to make a decision.

It's time to make Serena his wife!

When one night…leads to pregnancy!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan

Today,MBB welcomes back talented author Margaret McMullan, who has released a book featuring stories of the destruction wrought in her part of  the world by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. That was a life-changing experience which neither Margaret nor the members of  her community will ever forget. This book is a distillation of the experiences of Margaret McMullan and her friends and family. It's also a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the small coastal town of Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA.


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In Margaret's own words......

Shortly after the storm hit, my husband and I drove down from Evansville, Indiana to Pass Christian, Mississippi.We saw aerial footage of the town and we could see that the roof on my parents’ house was mostly intact – that’s all we could see. We brought water and a lot of supplies to donate. There was a gas shortage then, and limited cell phone coverage. The closer we came to the town, the more it became like a war zone. The National Guard was there to keep people away, but we got through, thanks to a relative.

The night before we left, my mother told us to forget about everything else -- all she really wanted was the painting of her mother, which had been smuggled out of Vienna during WWII. We had house keys but there were no doors. When we got there, the house was gutted – the storm surge had essentially ripped through the house.

We put on rubber gloves and spent the day sifting through the debris, dragging out any salvageable pieces of furniture. The water had shoved through the closed shutters, plowed up under the foundation and tore open the back walls, bashing around the furniture, sinks, toilets, stoves, washers, driers.

We never did find the painting.

Elizabeth Bishop wrote a wonderful villanelle called “One Art.” She wrote about losing small items like keys and an hour badly spent, then she progresses to the greater losses -- her mother’s watch, a house, cities, rivers, a continent, and finally, a loved one. “The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” she starts. “So many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.” I thought of that poem a lot.


On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed 95% of the small coastal town of Pass Christian, Mississippi. With a 28-foot storm surge, the highest recorded in U.S. history, 55-foot waves, and winds reaching 120 mph, the town was wiped off the map—temporarily.
Award-winning author Margaret McMullan saw the destruction firsthand. Her family’s historic Gulf Coast home—her father’s beloved southern jewel—was one of the houses in Pass Christian devastated by Katrina. Despite the chaos immediately following the storm, McMullan’s family was among the first to rebuild and donated to the Red Cross, the Pass Christian fire station, and the Pass Christian library.

During this time, McMullan witnessed small acts of heroism that inspired her to write about the community and its people, and how tragedy shapes our character. In 2010, she was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship to complete the project.

Born in part out of her family’s deep connection to the community, Aftermath Lounge: A Novel in Stories (April 2015, Calypso Editions) releases at the 10-year anniversary of Katrina and comprises fictional vignettes about the people of Pass Christian in the storm’s wake. The stories are connected by a setting near to the author’s heart—the McMullans’ home, which was originally constructed in 1845 and restored by her father numerous times over the years.

Aftermath Lounge is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast and resurrects the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs. It is a riveting mosaic that feeds our desire to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LAUNCH DAY of THE LOVE SHACK - a great new release from Tina K Burton

Today, MBB welcomes Tina K Burton back, with her brand new release, The Love Shack, a piece of contemporary women's fiction which is a really good read. She writes short stories, articles, novels, and even the occasional haiku. Both her novels, Chapters of Life, and, The Love Shack, are published by Crooked Cat Publishing, and she's working on her third, a story about a girl who dies suddenly, and finds herself back in the thirties.When she's not writing, Tina spends her time crafting, relaxing with friends, and taking her rescued greyhound for walks across the beautiful moorland in Devon, where she lives with her family.

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Tina, what inspires your writing?
All sorts of things. Nature and the countryside around me, people - I love watching people and eavesdropping on conversations - snippets of things I see on the TV, anything and everything really.

How did you get the idea for this novel?
My daughter mentioned something about dating agencies, and I don't know where it came from, but the main character's name came to me - Daisy Dorson - and this whole scenario set around a dating agency then evolved from that. 

Did you face any obstacles in the creation of the novel?
If so, it would be great if you could share how you managed to overcome those obstacles!!! 
No, this one was easy and a real joy to write. The only problem I have is lack of discipline. I wish I could keep proper office hours when I write, but I don't work like that. I can sit down to write at 8am and still be there at 7pm, having not even stopped to eat. I'll do that for two weeks solid, but then go for a month without writing a thing. It's not a good way to work, but I can only write when I'm in the right frame of mind. So when I am, I make the most of it.

Please sum up the plot of THE LOVE SHACK in a Tweet-sized sentence (140 characters only!)
Daisy Dorson stomps into The Love Shack dating agency to complain about how useless they are, and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

What's next on the agenda? Is there another novel in the foreseeable future?
Yes. I'm currently writing a novel set in the thirties. It's about a young girl who dies suddenly - she suffers with a phenomenon called Sudden Death Transition (it's not real, I made it up) - and she finds herself back in 1932. Her great aunt Clarissa looks after her. It's a fun story, but with an underlying sadness.


Welcome to The Love Shack! 

When Daisy Dorson stomps into The Love Shack dating agency to complain 
about how useless they are, she ends up getting much more than she bargained for. 

An unexpected offer, the people she meets along the way, and the course of events that follow, turn her life upside down. 

The Love Shack – a fun, feel-good read, with quirky characters, and plenty of romance... 

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Here's the link for the Facebook Launch Party event for The Love Shack.  Celebrate the launch with Tina K Burton and her friends as THE LOVE SHACK goes live on Amazon.  See you there!

BTW: The ebook's now on release at an Amazon near you and available at an early bird price! Go grab your copy now!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Eliza Redgold, author of 'Naked"

This blog post comes to us from Eliza Redgold, author, academic and unashamed romantic. Her new novel Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva is released by St Martin’s Press on Bastille Day (July 14 2015).

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What inspires you to write?

I’m a character driven writer. I was inspired by the heroine of my story and went on a wild ride telling her tale!

The legend goes that Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. You may have seen her portrait, even if adorning a box of Belgian chocolates. She begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay.

Lady Godiva (or chocolate!) must have been in the back of my mind when I was doing some research on the word lady in my academic life. Over time, the word has had a bad rap, but it made a 21st century comeback. With my academic hat on, as Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd, I wrote an opinion piece about the word lady making a comeback for The Age newspaper (I loved the graphic they created for this article) and in Women and Language journal I explored why the lady’s back and what her future may be.

Following the lady then led me in all kinds of wonderful directions. The legend of Lady Godiva grabbed me and didn’t let go until I had written a version of Godiva’s story, from her point of view, with a twist in the tale.

Tell us about your writing process.

Music is one of my main ‘muses’ (excuse the pun!)

I was listening to these ‘ladylike’ songs a lot before Lady Godiva’s story came to mind:

Lady Marmalade (the version from Moulin Rouge with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Pink and Mya)
Lady (a ballad by Lionel Richie sung by country troubadour Kenny Rogers)
The Lady is a Tramp (who can resist this duet by the incomparable first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra? Or try Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s fab version!)

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?

I sure do! It’s embarrassing to say ‘I hear voices’ but I’m one of those writers who hear dialogue very clearly. It happens especially when I’m trying to sleep. I get funny looks on airplanes when I’m scribbling notes in the dark!

I also got a strong sense of Leofric’s point of view listening to the song Wild Horses
It’s so evocative.

I read Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf aloud too, to get a sense of story-telling rhythm for the book.

What advice would you give other writers?

Listen to the muse!

What is your favourite genre to read? Is it different to what you write?

I love historical fiction. It has always been my favourite.

I am also a fan of romance. Romance has been called ‘the first form of feminism’ and I’m proud to write in that genre.

Tell us about your book...

We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.

ELIZA REDGOLD is an author, academic and unashamed romantic. She writes historical fiction (St Martin’s Press) and romance (Harlequin).

“NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva” will be released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York in July 2015. Her ‘Romance your Senses’ series of contemporary romances are published by Harlequin (MIRA) Australia and Escape Publishing. They include Black Diamonds, Hide and Seek and Wild Flower (2015 release). Eliza is also contracted to Harlequin Historical (London) for two upcoming Victorian historical romances. Look out for them! She is represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates US.

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. English folklore has it that if you help a fairy, you will be rewarded with red gold. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. As a non-fiction author she is co-author of Body Talk: a Power Guide for Girls and Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia.

By day a mild-mannered university lecturer with a PhD, by night she is a wild-mannered writer of historical fiction and romances. “Writing makes me braver. It has inspired adventures (and misadventures!) in travel, nature, art, literature and even gastronomy. I hope my books will inspire you too! They’re for people who love a good story, but want to discover new things. They also feature adventurous heroines who are prepared to take risks in life and love. Though in life and in love, of course, things never go quite as planned …”

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NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva
We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry,Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.
covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

DEAD MEN PLAY THE GAME - Jacqui Jacoby Returns, Paranormally!

MBB extends a warm welcome to Jacqui Jacoby today. She visited here when she released her last book, an unashamed thriller, WITH A VENGEANCE. Now she's back in a paranormal incarnation, with her vampire story, DEAD MEN PLAY THE GAME. Genre crossing is not easy to do, but with her honest-to-goodness writing style and her storytelling flair, whatever genre Jacqui Jacoby happens to write has to be worth reading.  MBB was a victim to a north Indian power cut today, so I hope Jacqui Jacoby will forgive me for posting this stop on her blog tour rather later than I should have done......


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Can you share a short bio? 
I’m older than I thought I would be when I got that one story idea that would make me feel as if it changed things. THE DEAD MEN did that for me. I had written other books I thought were well done, but there was this feeling with DEAD MEN that made me feel as if I'd found something real important.  In addition, I’ve been married a thirty-two years, have three grown kids and yes, I still get carded.  I think life is pretty damn sweet and as long as I can type, it stays that way.
What inspires your writing? 
I don’t think I’ve ever been “inspired” to write.  Writing is what I do, I always have, even when I never wrote the stories down.  I have these characters who move into my head like they are taking the house next door and they talk to me, give me directions and ideas on where they want to go.  Plots seem to come from that and it all moves forward.
What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult?  Because they must have been, sometimes...... 
Strangely, with this series, I had very little trouble.  The characters were waiting to be found and once I met them, they took over.  Except for some personal situations that cramped into my work, the writing of THE DEAD MEN SERIES was fairly pain-free.In other books, what kept me going was knowing the second I stopped writing, the story would never be told and these characters deserved to live. I had to finish what I started or the book sat as an abandoned file on a hard drive.
 Please sum up your plot in a tweet-sized sentence. 
 Five best friends standing together as each finds love and faces an adversary.  And the five happen to be vampires.
Future plans?
 I would definitely say my plate is full for a little while.  THE DEAD MEN SERIES contains four books, two of which are done (one of those released, one in production) and two that are at about the half way point.  I’m working with the same characters so they make it pretty easy, but it is still work. In addition, I have two other books to come out in the next year and a half, MAGIC MAN and THE FOURTH SWORD.  Both of those are in the final editing stage.  So, I have a reason to hit my desk every day and reason to brew the tea and pet the cats who sleep beside me while I work.


For a hundred years, Ian Stuart has fought the monster controlling his life. Living as a human among humans, he wants to fill the void that has followed him from one empty, lonely relationship to another. Ashley Barrow is working the worst murder case in Davenport, Oregon's history. She needs a drink to forget the detailed images in her mind. When she walks into Ian's pub, Ian knows their lives are about to change, if only for a short while. Vampire and human, their relationships can only last so long. But an enemy from Ian's past has his own agenda about their future. His sadistic revenge changes Ashley forever, leaving Ian and his long time friends – Travis, Jason, Quinn and Evan - desperate to ease her into her new life and find a way to defeat their enemy.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Indranil Banerjie with AGE OF ANXIETY

Today, MBB is delighted to welcome debut novelist Indranil Banerjie to talk about his novel, AGE OF ANXIETY, set in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), back in the sixties and seventies.  It's an absorbing read which absolutely draws the reader in. I can guarantee that, having read the book.

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What inspired you to write this novel?
I always wanted to write about the difficult decades of the Sixties and Seventies in India, and about the passing of an age. What better way to tell it than through the eyes of a young lad growing up in that sad and wonderful milieu.

How long did the process of writing the book take?
Took me four long years! Never thought I would finish it one day. But then suddenly one night, the last lines were in place.

Did you plot the novel or did it take its own course?
It took its own course because it followed the life of a person growing up in a bewildering world of great contrast and differences.

Did your character ever do something which surprised even you?
Never thought he would grow up and let me get on with me life.

Is there another novel in your future?
Yes, a fast working adventure this time and hopefully it will be done in quick time.


India has been Independent for just about two decades when a young Bengali boy, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, takes his place within the portals of an ancient school that continues to glorify its colonial past. 
India is changing and the city that was once the proud capital of a vast Colonial empire is in rapid decline but the school holds out, white and resplendent amidst the surrounding gloom and depredation. 
Sarat Chandra, cut off from his familiar world, is thrown together with a bunch of boys who hail from diverse backgrounds - Marwaris, Anglo-Indians, Armenians and Muslims. Within the school’s portals he must adapt and conform to its ancient traditions. He finds a new name, makes friends and discovers the first flush of romance but struggles to come to terms with his family’s precarious financial situation, which fuels his inherent anxiety. 
Much like Sarat Chandra, the city too is grappling to come of age. Mired in post-Independence politics and economic decline, anxiety and gloom has spread through the populace jostling for space in an increasingly crowded and unrelenting city. The elite have taken over the mansions left behind by the colonialists while the poor throng the pavements and empty spaces. 
Will Sarat Chandra find his place in the city or is he forever doomed to be the outsider, the ‘mofussil’ boy with an identity crisis? 
This is a story about a generation numbed by the anxiety of the Sixties and the Seventies, about music dying in the bars, entire populations quietly fleeing the city and yesteryear's generation fortifying themselves within anachronistic colonial institutions to hold out against the assaults of change. 

REVIEW by Maria Perry Mohan

A coming of age story which I read with great pleasure. I'm not someone who particularly enjoys coming of age stories generally, but the author just seemed pull me in.Young Sarat Chandra Chatterjee is a sort of 'everyman' with whom readers can empathise. As he navigates the rocky terrain of life, the reader finds him/herself enthralled by Sarto's adventures, as he brings Calcutta in the sixties, seventies and eighties vividly to life. A compelling story, it will make you laugh at times and cry at times, but will never leave you unmoved. The author's dry sense of humour is also a delight, as is his wonderfully discreet and tactful writing, which doesn't conceal, but at the same time steers clear of vulgarity of any kind. Indranil Banerjie is a gifted writer and I'll be looking out for his work in future. Highly recommended.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Robin Gianna's New Release HER GREEK DOCTOR'S PROPOSAL

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Can you share a short bio? 
I studied journalism, worked in the advertising industry, then eventually stayed home with my three children for a few years. I had a mid-life epiphany that I wanted to write romance fiction, and it was a longer and harder journey than I expected :-)  Now when I'm not juggling family with writing, I enjoy playing piano, cooking, and gardening. Wish I could count housework as a hobby, but I'm not so enthused about that

What inspires your writing?
Lots of things inspire me, often unexpectedly. An article in a newspaper, or a snippet of overheard conversation will get an idea going in my brain. Also locations - if I'm blessed to visit an amazing place, I often imagine setting a story there, and what that story might be. Or something fascinating to me - I based one book on clinical trials an interventional cardiologist friend of ours is conducting in foreign countries.  Just never know when that next idea is going to strike, and I make notes and stick them in a drawer.  Sometimes I base my next book on the latest inspiration, but other times it will sit there for a long time just waiting to get out in story form. :-)

What made you press on with this writing project when things were difficult?  Because they must have been, sometimes. 
All of us experience difficult times, or even just times when life gets hectic. The first thing to get tossed aside is often something that seems dispensable - a hobby, which writing feels like until we get a publishing contract. There was a two year period when I didn't write at all due to parental health issues and general life busyness, but it always lurked in the back of my mind. I still made time to read a lot and study craft books, and finally got back into actually writing. This year, some tough times have hit again, but I now understand it's my job and something that's important to me. Writing while stressed frankly isn't fun, but I feel I've learned things about myself in the process.  Putting some of the emotions I've recently experienced into my characters hopefully will make a book better, and is a way for me to indirectly deal with them.

Please sum up your plot in a tweet-sized sentence.
Laurel is close to finding the treasure she desperately wants, and isn't about to let a hunky Greek doctor distract her!

What are your future plans, as of now, Robin? 
I have a story coming out in November that's part of a continuity of four books, Midwives On-Call at Christmas. I'm working on another continuity, LA Docs!, with other authors which will total eight books. Then I'll have a duet I'm writing with two connected stories. Still figuring out what comes after that.


The question he thought he'd never ask…

Archaeologist Laurel Evans put her career on hold to care for her younger sisters. Now, close to achieving her goals, she won't 
let anything distract her. Laurel has come to Delphi to dig up 
ancient treasures, but she finds a modern day Greek god instead—local doctor Andros Drakoulias!

A devoted single dad, Andros is determined to give his little girl stability. He knows his fling with Laurel can't last, so why is it so hard to imagine a future without her by his side?

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