The New Romantics @newromantics4 perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Many thanks to Cathy for this fabulous Valentine’s Day shout out for New Romantics Press’s novels. She thinks they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day (and any other day!). Maybe you will, too.



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If you love reading romance novels

have you met the New Romantics?

In 2012 four writers:

Adrienne Vaughan,
Lizzie Lamb,
Mags Cullingford
and June Kearns

(all members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association)

decided to take destiny into their own hands and found

The New Romantics Press.

I’ve read nearly all the novels published by The New Romantics Press and enjoyed every one.

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Fast forward to 2016 and with ten romantic novels published between them, The New Romantics produced a compilation of samples to introduce their writing to new audiences.

Although I’d read novels by June Kearns and Lizzie Lamb already, I downloaded Take a chance on us and got to know Mags Cullingford and Adrienne Vaughan too.

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Take a Chance on us is a great way to try out each of the writers’ individual styles and get a flavour of the wealth of content…

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#GuestPost: That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel …the journey! By Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor

A cracking blog post by Adrienne which appears on Sharon Booth’s blog. There’s also a giveaway to be won. Get over there, pronto. Thank you.

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Today, I have a special guest post on the blog. One of my favourite authors and all-round-lovely-person Adrienne Vaughan joins us, to tell us some “behind the scenes” stories from when she was writing That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel.  Sadly, she doesn’t mention the time she met Aidan Turner – in the name of research, obviously – so there are no pics of him. Other than that, it’s a great post! 😉 Enjoy. 

My new novel, That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel has taken me on quite a journey and I’ve loved every minute of it!

Adrienne pictured with Dalkey Island in the distance, one of the inspirational settings for her new novel That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

I write longhand in spiral bound notebooks, starting from back to front, you see I’m left-handed and it seems to feel more natural that way. Working from the back…

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A Heads Up and Some Good News

Best Book Launch Party – EVER!

On a cold and miserable February morning, June Kearns, Mags Cullingford and I set out to catch the 11.32 from Leicester to St Pancras. We had our friend Maisie with us and were looking forward to meeting our bestie, Jan Brigden later that day. Why were we there? Why, only to attend the BEST BOOK LAUNCH PARTY – EVER for Adrienne Vaughan’s latest novel, That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel.

‘Seahorse’ is Adrienne’s fourth full length novel but she has also written a book of poems and short stories, and produced two collaborative works. You can find out more about Adrienne, here.

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After lunch at the fabulous Betjeman Arms we sallied forth for some retail therapy, homing in on the new MAC shop where I bought some makeup brushes and WHISTLES where Mags bought a fabulous tunic . An Author has to look glamorous, right? And the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s  annual awards (aka the RoNAS) are just around the corner. Anyhoo, I digress . . . At 4.30pm we rocked up the a private room in the Betjeman Arms where Adrienne was waiting to greet her guests.

As friends, family, and fellow writers gathered, the excellent and attentive staff made sure that no one’s prosecco glass went unfilled. Adrienne, her agent and publisher Lisa Eveleigh and Natalie Keene, Associate Director at AVA PR,  had ensured that the room looked fabulous and books were available to purchase. Many of us had already downloaded Summer at the Seahorse Hotel but were keen to obtain a signed copy for our bookshelves.

Upon arrival, each guest was asked to choose a tarot card from a set proffered by Adrienne. I drew The Emperor and then settled down as Adrienne read extracts from ‘Seahorse’. Click  here  to read the first few chapters of That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel. You will also be able to download a copy here, too. Seahorse Cover Thumbnail

Earlier, Christina Courtenay had drawn THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS from Adrienne’s pack and that was declared as the winning tarot. Her prize was a copy of ‘Seahorse’ and a some chocolate to take home. Readings over, books purchased, we all queued up to congratulate Adrienne, and then had a great time catching up with friends. RNA members in attendance were: June Kearns, Mags Cullingford, Lizzie Lamb, Sue Moorcroft, Jean Fullerton, Cathy Bramley, Pia Fenton and Julie Vince.

All that remained was to gather New Romantics Press together for one last photo before catching the train back to Leicester.


Fabulous blogger Anne Williams who’d written a review of ‘Seahorse’ earlier that week was also in attendance. You can read Anne’s review here. Two other bloggers/book reviewers have also reviewed Adrienne’s novel, Many thanks to Rosie Amber and Jessie Cahalin for their support.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I’ll be spending mine within the pages of ‘Seahorse’, I can smell the briny and hear the waves crashing on the shore from here.

#NewRelease That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor #TuesdayBookBlog

Sp thrilled that Adrienne’s new book is in my sticky hands. Many thanks to Rosie Amber for her fabulous blog post, always honest, always supportive

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Author Adrienne Vaughan joins us today to talk a little about some of the research she did for her latest book.


 That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel

Author: Adrienne Vaughan

Genre: Family drama

One family, one secret – that changes everything forever.

What did you research for this book?

I did masses of research for ‘Seahorse’ and loved it. The initial idea emerged after my father gave me a book ‘Guarding Neutral Ireland – the Coast Watching Service and Military Intelligence 1939 – 1945 by Dr Michael Kennedy.’ He loved history, as do I and the deeper I dug the more fascinated I became with this slice of, I would consider, little known historical fact. I just had to feed it into the story somehow.

Then with my main character being a dresser, I needed to delve further. Luckily a close friend’s daughter is a bona fide wardrobe supervisor and…

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That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel



now available to pre order 

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That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel 

One family, one secret – that changes everything forever


Mia Flanagan has never been told who her father is and aged ten, stopped asking. Haunted by this, she remains a dutiful daughter who would never bring scandal or shame on her beautiful and famously single mother.

So when Archie Fitzgerald, one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, decides to leave Mia his Irish estate, she asks herself – is he her father after all?

That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is a tale of passion, jealousy and betrayal – and the ghost of a secret love that binds this colourful cast yet still threatens, after all these years, to tear each of them apart.

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That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel is a tale of passion, jealousy and betrayal – and the ghost of a secret love that binds this colourful cast yet still threatens, after all these years, to tear each of them apart.

Adrienne with Dalkey island in the distance

The author – Adrienne Vaughan

That Summer at The Seahorse Hotel is now available to pre order as a quality paperback and to read as a kindle download

buying links –  (UK) (US)

Many congratulations, Adrienne, from all at New Romantics Press 

Happy Hogmanay – guest post – author Helen Fairfax

I hope you will all be staying up until past midnight to welcome in the new year. In our house my husband Dave leaves by the front door well before the first stroke of midnight carrying a silver coin, bread, salt, coal, evergreen, and a wee dram, which represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, long-life, and good cheer.  2017-11-02 10.15.57When I was growing up in Scotland it was considered bad form to go to bed before midnight and I still adhere to that. Nowadays, church bells are usually drowned out by fireworks, and the chimes of Big Ben on the television. However, I still view Hogmanay as a time for reflection and contemplation when we raise a glass to absent friends, and then stride forward into the new year with hope and optimism. I’m not a great one for new year resolutions, I’m usually happy to settle for love, good health and the promise of a new novel to promote.

Which brings me neatly to our guest – Helena Fairfax

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Helena writes engaging contemporary romances with sympathetic heroines and heroes she’s secretly in love with. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Exeter Novel Prize, the Global Ebook Awards, the I Heart Indie Awards, and the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme Award. Helena as born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors and walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings. Small wonder she writes romance!

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Like many writers, Helen was inspired by that great author of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart.

Helen writes: “I’ve read and re-read her classic romantic suspense novels ever since first picking up Nine Coaches Waitingas a teenager. It never crossed my mind to have a try at writing in this genre until one day an idea for a story came into my head, and I began wondering ‘what if…?’ I kept thinking about this story on and off, and it wouldn’t leave me alone until I’d written it down.

The story was a classic doppelgänger suspense, with a princess vanished in mysterious circumstances and a heroine who looks enough like her to play her part. Added to that was a handsome and mysterious bodyguard, a housekeeper as creepy as Mrs Danvers, and a dramatic twist that surprised the heroine – and almost ruined everything for her. This is how my novella Palace of Deception came about. I released the story as an ebook and it was published last year by Linford Romance.  I thought Palace of Deception  would be the end of my foray into romantic suspense but Lizzie and Léon – my Scottish heroine and Mediterranean hero – refused to bow out so easily.

Palace at Monaco - image courtesy of Pixabay
Palace at Monaco – image courtesy of Pixaba

Palace of Deception is set in Montverrier – a fictional Mediterranean principality which I based on Monaco. I couldn’t help wondering what would happen to Léon after he travelled with Lizzie to her home in Edinburgh. How would a hot-blooded Mediterranean bodyguard fit in in this dark northern city in a chilly, misty autumn? Would their relationship survive the move? And then what if danger followed them?

Staying with the Romantic Suspense theme, Helena wrote The ScottishDiamond follows the fortunes of Lizzie and Léon in Scotland. Edinburgh has been at the centre of some thrilling and dramatic events in history, from the siege of Edinburgh Castle in the fourteenth century, to the brutal murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ private secretary in her rooms at Holyrood Palace, to the capture and imprisonment of Highland rebels in the Jacobite revolution. This beautiful and unique city lends itself perfectly to mystery and romance…and Lizzie and Léon find danger is stalking them in the streets.

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Helena has now released both novellas together – Palace of Deception and The Scottish Diamond  – in one boxed set, along with a final short story which is set at Hogmanay in Edinburgh. The last story provides the perfect mysterious, dramatic and romantic end to Lizzie and Léon’s year. The boxed set is called A Year of Light and Shadows. Three romantic and gripping stories of danger, suspense and mystery in one anthology.

“Anyone with a romantic heart should enjoy this one. I found it a terrific surprise.” Amazon Five Star Revie

Here is the blurb:

A Year of Light and Shadows covers a year of mystery, suspense and romance in the life of Scottish actress Lizzie Smith and her bodyguard, Léon. When Lizzie is offered the chance to play the role of the Princess of Montverrier, she little realizes her decision to accept will thrust her into a world of intrigue and danger. Alone in the Palace, Lizzie relies on her quiet bodyguard, Léon, to guide her. But who is Léon really protecting? Lizzie…or the Royal Princess? Back home in Scotland Lizzie begins rehearsals for Macbeth – and finds danger stalking her through the streets of Edinburgh. Lizzie turns to her former bodyguard, Léon, for help…and discovers a secret he’d do anything not to reveal.

a message from Helena – Happy Hogmanay! A Year of Light and Shadows ends on New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, with mystery, romance and fireworks. The perfect read!

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A long wynd in Edinburgh leading down to Princes Street Gardens. Very atmospheric

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If you’d like to get in touch with Helena, or find out more about her books, writing, and photos of my settings or the Yorkshire moors where she lives, follow her newsletter.  New subscribers will receive a FREE copy of Palace of Deception – the first book in the collection A Year of Light and Shadows

You can also visit Helena on her website at, or on Facebook, or Twitter

Have a happy, healthy and successful 2018 from all members of New Romantics Press. Or, they say in some parts of Scotland, Lang Mae Yer Lum Reek. Remember to follow our blog and keep up to date with news and updates of our new novels. 

**featured image courtesy of Nicolas Tissot on Unsplash

My favourite books in 2017

Many thanks to Lizanne Lloyd for choosing two of NRP’s novels as her reads of 2017 – awesome.

Lost in a good book


This year, I reviewed 70 books from a variety of genres.  Often, those I like most combine genres such as mystery, romance, history etc.  I’m not going to list 10 or more top books but just 7 in the order I read them during the year.  These are the books I couldn’t put down, in which I became immersed and regretted finishing.

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In April I was thrilled to return to Jan Ruth’s Midnight Sky series, reading the last of the trilogy, Strawberry Sky.  This was an intense story of love and suffering, a family saga featuring a wonderful horse whisperer.  If you are tempted please start with Book 1 Midnight Sky.


The next great book was the beginning of Terry Tyler’s post-apocalypse series.  What makes Tipping Point so convincing are her characters who step out of the page to talk to us.  They have flaws, they make mistakes, they…

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Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb #BookReview #Scotland #Highlands

💥Review #49 for Girl in the Castle, this time via Liz Lloyd. I hope it tempts you to download the novel and that you love it as much as she did.💟

Keep reading and reviewing folks. It really helps a writer, especially Indie writers like New Romantics Press.

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Having discovered when I read Scotch on the Rocks what a talented writer Lizzie Lamb is, I was happy to begin reading about Dr Henriette Bruar, the Girl in the Castle.  Leaving behind a disastrous event at St Guthlac’s University, which has ruined her academic reputation, Henri is travelling to a remote Highland castle to catalogue and value the Laird’s books and begin writing her thesis on the Highland clearances.

But Henri is not welcomed.  Almost abandoned by the side of the loch in the gathering Autumn dusk by Lachlan, a small old retainer who wants no “wee lassie going over” to the castle, it appears that even Alice Dougal, the housekeeper wants her to leave the next day.  But the Laird, Sir Malcolm MacKenzie is hoping she will find valuable books to restore his dwindling funds and Henri is determined to prove her worth.  Unfortunately, she makes a…

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For Outlander fans…Author @Lizzie_Lamb on the atmospheric coast road from Edinburgh to Brora

Many thanks to Helena Fairfax for hosting me on her blog today.

Helena Fairfax

If you’re a fan of Outlander – or if you love Scotland as much as I do – then I have a treat in store today. Scottish author Lizzie Lamb recently undertook the Coast Road 500 trip around Scotland.  Lizzie’s here today with some wonderful photos and description of her travels.

Thanks for dropping in, Lizzie!


North Coast 500

North Coast 500 is the UK’s answer to Route 66 and I am proud to say that we have covered every mile of it – with one exception. More of which later. If you decide to make this journey, you will find these two books and map invaluable. The books make great armchair reading when you’re planning your route and Charles Tait knows his subject well.

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Our adventure started in Jamie’s Italian, Edinburgh where we met up with four friends to celebrate my husband…

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