Author Archives: Lizzie Lamb
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
It’ always a bit of a sad moment when an author says goodbye to charcaters she’s spent ovr a year getting to know. But the time has come to move on to novel #8 – but just one final shout out for Tor and Halley.
When I started writing Dark, Highland Skies I thought long and hard about the hero: Hector Strachan, known as ‘Tor. I’d already created heroes with typical highlander colouring: dark hair, blue eyes and fair skin that blisters at the first touch of the summer sun. (see Ruairi Urquhart in Tall, Dark and Kilted). Some of my choices were influenced by Jamie Frazer in Outlander – who could resist the combination of auburn hair and blue-grey eyes. Then I thought, no, Tor is going to be more like his Viking ancestors who harried the west coast of Scotland and left their DNA behind: tall, blonde – the image of a young Robert Redford sprang to mind. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she!
It appears that readers and reviewers have fallen for Tor, too. Here’s what they’ve said …
“It’s great to see our military heroes so well understood, with life…
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DARK HIGHLAND SKIES
new Book. New page in the blog
graphic courtesy of Sharon Booth – writer – sharonboothwriter.com
WHAT REVIEWERS HAVE SAID ABOUT DARK HIGHLAND SKIES
I have enjoyed this author’s previous novels but with this one I can’t help feeling that with Dark Highland Skies
she has risen to another level.
I loved the blisteringly hot chemistry between Halley and gorgeous leading man, ex-soldier and hugely charismatic Tor Strachan, who has his own demons to face
Both Halley and Tor have demons to face, and falling in love was never part of the plan for either of them, but the sparks between them are soon flying, and their electricity positively crackles on the page.
It had a mixture of feelings including love, loss, grief, regret, longing, desire, oh the list is long! Full of family dynamics, a past full of regret, shame and secrecy
The Characters, each and every one, were portrayed in a most believable way that…
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Hip Hip Hooray – it’s publication day
Yes, it’s finally arrived – publication day for Dark Highland Skies. read the blog post and hopefully download and enjoy xx
My beta reading team have enjoyed reading Dark Highland Skies and I loved writing it. My husband checked through the final edits before I sent the manuscript to Sarah at Goldcrest Books to have it formatted for Kindle and the cover added.
Cheekily, he gave marks out of ten! But did add how much he’d enjoyed reading it and wondered what I’d be writing next. Good question . . .
So – what is Dark Highland Skies about? Read the blurb and find out more
The starting point for the novel was a visit to Mallaig and the Silver Sands of Morar in 2021. I stood on the beach on a…
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Lizzie and Dave’s Newsletter 2023 – #2 – July to December
Here’s what Dave and I got up to in the second half of 2023. Thrilled to be able to share news of my new novel: Dark Highland Skies with you, too.
Thelma and Louise head for the RNA conference in Telford, Shropshire.
Adrienne and I gave a talk to other RNA members at the conference on how to become a successful indie author. It was one of the hottest summers on record and I just about melted in the heat. It was great to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. However, I was keen to return home to start work on the final edits of DARK HIGHLAND SKIES.
Before leaving for the conference I gave my study a massive clear out and came across my old New Writers’ Scheme badge. I am now a full member of the RNA but the badge served to remind me how far I’ve come since I published my first novel in 2012. At the conference I met up with fellow RNA member and dear friend Jessie Cahalin
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Lizzie and Dave’s Newsletter 2022 – take #1 – January- June
Hi folks. Long time no see. My first blog post of the year and for quite some time as I’ve been focused on finishing my novel. If you’d like to read what I’ve been up to in 2022, follow the link. Please LIKE and leave a comment if you have the energy. Part Two coming soon. Have a great weekend.
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2023 – I wonder what the year has in store !
First of all, let me apologise for not blogging for quite some time. Life and writing novel #7 got in the way but I’m now on top of thing (famous last words). So, I would like to bring you up to date on everything (well, almost) that we did last year. So, grab a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy. Although this is primarily MY BLOG, I wouldn’t have accomplished half of what I have without the love and support of my husband Dave. Here he is wearing the T-shirt I bought him for Christmas and (above) I’m in my favourite velvet dress from Seasalt – where else?
Having survived Christmas and our third dose of the Covid and flu vaccines…
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A Girl. A Ghost. A Castle. A Hot Laird.
I thought it was time to revisit GIRL IN THE CASTLE and to offer it to my readers for 99p to download for one week. I’ll be doing a similar promo for Amazon.com in April. So ….. if you’re looking for a great read, check out the reviews and download a copy. Happy Reading, Lizzie x
I thought I’d revisit GIRL IN THE CASTLE to remind myself how much I loved writing it. While I was over on Amazon I re-read readers’ reviews and thought I would share a couple with you.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin . . .
“She has a unique gift for creating settings and dialogue that capture Scottish colour, language, humour, and beauty, while realistically including the cold, the rain, and the chill of an ancient castle on a remote island. As someone who has not only lived in Scotland, but also in a medieval castle, I think she’s absolutely nailed that one.”
“Oh my goodness! I read this book to myself with a Scottish accent (I’m from Manchester). What a great setting, a castle with its own moat, Henriette is a historian with a doctorate using all her girl power to rebuild her career and reputation following a…
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Summer at the French Café – cover reveal! #SummerAtTheFrenchCafé @AvonBooksUK @BlakeFriedmann
New Romantics Press love this cover reveal. Just right for the 1st of March. White Rabbits, White Rabbits . . . .
It’s cover reveal day!
And isn’t this gorgeously summery?
I love this rendition of Kat walking Angelique around Parc Lemmel, the wonderful place where she works, with everything from a book café to lakes, wild walks to manicured gardens, amusements and rides. I quite expect Noah to leave his station at the kayak slipway and stroll over to greet them.
Here’s the official blurb:
Sparkling sun, strolls in the gorgeous French countryside, that first sip of cool, crisp wine – Summer is Kat’s favourite season. And this year should be no exception…
As soon as Kat Jenson set foot in the idyllic French village of Kirchhoffen, she knew she’d found her home. Now she has a dreamy boyfriend, a delightful dog and the perfect job managing a bustling book café in the vibrant Parc Lemmel.
But when she learns her boyfriend isn’t all he…
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One of my favourite reviews – Harper’s Highland Fling
I’m very happy to share the news that for one week only February 11th – 18th, Harper’s Highland Fling will be available to download for 99p/99c. If you have time, do read this blog post I’ve written to accompany the price change . . . .
Reviews are so important to a writer. I’d love to thank each reader who takes the time to leave one after reading my book. However, as that isn’t possible, I check my reviews to make sure that I haven’t missed one and tick the ‘helpful’ box to let the reviewer know that its been seen and read. Sometimes, I can recognise the reviewer by their pen name, especially if they’ve reviewed one of my other books. However, this one by Souffle Girl has me stumped. Its such a fabulous review that I think it deserves a wider audience.
Sometimes, I ask my readers (via Twitter andInstagram) which of my heroes they like best. Souffle Girl certainly rose to the challenge !
“The hero of her first book, Tall Dark and Kilted, quite won my heart. Ruairi Urquhart, the Laird of Kinloch Mara, was so thoroughly delicious that I swore…
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My Top Reads in 2021 ~ January to June
Great Choices. Nice to see fellow New Romantic Adrienne Vaughan featured there.
This year my reading included familiar favourite authors and exciting new discoveries. I was introduced to Elly Griffiths‘ Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries which combine murder investigation with archaeology as well as humour and bitter sweet relationships. Here is my review for The Crossing Places
I was pleased to find the wartime books written by Lissa Evans. In The Crooked Heart and V for Victory we meet Vee and young Noel, two misfits in a dangerous world set in a tale of pathos and humour.
I was happy to return to some of the authors I could rely on for a good read. I managed to catch up with A Single Threadby Tracy Chevalier and The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris.
I enjoyed reading a second dual time book, set in Europe by Rose Alexander, Out of the MountainsShadow and another tense contemporary drama, Daria’s…
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WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS #WINTERSOLSTICE #WINTER
Great post Alison. I love these markers throughout the year: Solstice, Beltane, Equinox and so on. The connection with the past is to be cherished and remembered. Lizzie xx
There’s something about a cold day in December, the sky growing dark, the fire lit, candles glowing, a glass of red wine and a good book. Christmas is approaching and it’s already the shortest day. I’ve always been fascinated at the old traditions and history of the seasons and festivals, particularly those destroyed by conventional religion. And the Winter Solstice has something really magical about it.
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year – the day that has the shortest periods of daylight. It’s always been a cause for celebration because it means that we’ve reached a turning point – that the days will slowly get longer and we’re on our way to spring (even if it doesn’t feel like it). Our ancestors always knew how to throw a celebration and the winter solstice was a great excuse. There are some fascinating traditions associated with the point…
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