My latest novel – Take Me, I’m Yours –

I hope you’re having a great summer and enjoying these endless days of sunshine. It reached over 35 degrees in SCOTLAND (Motherwell) when I was there this summer researching my next novel. However, I turned my back on the glorious sunshine and spent time in the caravan putting the finishing touches to Take My, I’m Yours. IMG_1975(1)

For some of the time, I was working with my formatter, Sarah Houldcroft of Goldcrest Books almost 600 miles away in Leicestershire. On one occasion I had to travel across north-west Sutherland to find a phone signal in order to finalise the last details with her. Then I was forced to sit in the car park of the Fisheries Dept in Lochinver to check through and upload the final version of the novel.
See how I suffer for my art?

Anyhoo, here’s the blurb  – I hope it’ll tempt you to download a copy of Take Me, I’m Yours, or buy a paperback for yourself or a friend. 

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You’re probably wondering why I have deserted the highlands of Scotland for Lake Michigan. If you download the novel you’ll find the answer in the dedication. In Take Me, I’m Yours the hero Logan MacFarlane quotes Robert Frost, saying that he has ‘promises to keep’. I promised my friend Dee Paulsen that when I left the teaching profession to become a full-time author, I would write a romance set in Wisconsin. Take Me, I’m Yours is that novel.

Many years ago we stayed in Door County, Wisconsin. On our last day, we went to Egg Harbor and Cana Island to explore the lighthouses there. Images of that day stayed with me and when I came to write Take Me, I’m Yours, I had no trouble imagining Aunt Elspeth’s dilapidated house with its ancient lighthouse looming over it.  The story almost wrote itself because I’d spent many years thinking about it and having conversations with the characters in my head.

Here’s how the novel begins . . .

Sip and have fun!

The first reviews are in – Goodreads – and here’s what they say:

  • From the moment that Logan MacFarlane roars into view on his vintage Triumph motorcycle and India Buchanan grabs her monkey wrench to defend herself for their first skirmish, I knew I was going to love this bookjames-kresser-598017-unsplash
  • I fell in love with Scotland reading Lizzie’s books, and now with Wisconsin, too!
  • As usual Lizzie’s characters leapt off the page and I felt as if I knew them; loved some and despaired of others. A very satisfying read.
  •  Be ready for 19 chapters of pure escapism where witty, ironic dialogues mix skilfully with top romance.

If you’d like to read some of Take Me, I’m Yours  click here. TMIY is also free to read for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime subscribers.

mara-ket-504242-unsplashI am proud of this novel and everything I’ve achieved over the last five and a half years as an an indie publisher. I could rest on my laurels but I am burning to start novel number 6, a ‘road-trip’ romance which will take readers from Cornwall of Scotland on the trail of two runaways.

And, of course I have another gorgeous hero waiting in the wings to meet you . . . and a less-than-impressed heroine who will keep him on his toes.

The first stages of my planning sheet for #6

Planning sheet for #6 which I started while in Scotland in June

Finally, from  the 15th – 21st of September, Take Me, I’m Yours will be on tourIMG_1919(1)

footnote: I received an email this morning from Amazon inviting me to enter Take Me, I’m Yours into the Kindle Storyteller Award 2018 judged by Lorraine Kelly and readers. Will I do it? Of course I will – as Del Boy once so famously said: she who dares, wins. It would really increase my chances of being shortlisted if you downloaded a copy and left  a review.

Thank you very much , Lizzie x

 

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Five Photos … with June Kearns

Two down, two to go. So lovely to see June on Sharon’s blog today. Do go over and read the whole interview if you have time.

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I’m super excited today to welcome another member of the New Romantics Press to my blog. Following on from Lizzie Lamb’s lovely post, I’ve invited June Kearns to share her five photos with me, and she has responded magnificently. I’m a huge fan of June’s books – she even managed to convert me into reading about a cowboy, and did it so well that I’ve never forgotten the delicious Colt McCall! Here’s the lovely June to explain why she chose these five photographs.

Thank you so much Sharon, for the chance to take part in this blog. I’ve loved seeing other people’s special photos.

1. First picture is of my Grandad – the one with the laurel leaves round his neck. I think he’d won a bicycle race.

One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather’s knee under a thick blue cloud of pipe tobacco smoke, (home-grown…

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A Chat With…Author Lizzie Lamb

Chicks,Rogues and Scandals

Today I have the great pleasure of having Best selling contemporary romance author Lizzie Lamb visit Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, so take and seat and lets get to know a little about Lizzie…

After teaching my 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, I decided pursue my first love: writing. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of my time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride, I published a third novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS in July 2015. It achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon. I am a founding member of an indie publishing group – New Romantics Press and have held an Author Event at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, London.

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That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan #FridayReads

Another cracking review for Adrienne’s latest novel, this time from fabulous blogger LizAnne Lloyd.

Lost in a good book

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An old house in an estate on the beautiful east coast of Ireland is a perfect setting for romance and mystery.  Mia Flannagan is summoned to Galty House by the sad news of the imminent death of Archie Fitzgerald, a celebrated Hollywood actor who took the place of a father for most of her troubled childhood.  During a rather distant relationship with her mother, stunning actress Fenella Flannagan, Mia was nurtured by Archie’s family and friends, but even they would never reveal the identity of her father.

Leaving the set of a disastrous film where she is in charge of the wardrobe, she is relieved to find Archie is in good form despite being weak and tiring easily.  He maintains a good relationship with his new neighbour, American hotel manager, Ross Power’ but Mia is more interested in a friendship with Pearl, the lonely, neglected niece.  Just as Mia was…

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Five Photos … with Jessie Cahalin

Two of our favourite writers/bloggers – Sharon and Jessie – great photos and great memories.

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Sharing her five photos with us today is Jessie Cahalin. Jessie is best known to many of us in the book world as the creator of the fabulous and quirky book blog, Books in my Handbag, which is well worth a visit! However, she’s also an author in her own right, having published her debut novel,  You Can’t Go it Alone, last year. Here are Jessie’s photographs: 

‘Every day’s a bonus. Promise me, you won’t do anything you don’t want to do,’ said my father, in the last weeks of his life. My father’s advice niggled me for a decade. Knee deep in action plans, I chose to leave the rat race. Briefcase abandoned in the garage, I had the freedom to write and appreciate the simple things in life.
In work, I was always running late like the White Rabbit, in Alice in Wonderland. Now, I acknowledge the start…

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My #Bookreview of #Romance That Summer AT The Seahorse Hotel by @adrienneauthor

Another cracking review for Adrienne’s fabulous new novel . A great read for St Patrick’s weekend and beyond. A keeper.

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That Summer at the Seahorse HotelThat Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel is a romance set in Ireland.

It began with a summer of love for a group of five teenagers; one summer filled with carefree fun, friendship and forbidden love. Years later, world famous actor Archie Fitzgerald is dying, and he requests the return of Mia, the daughter of his best friend Fenella Flanagan, to Galty House, so he may put his life in order before it ends.

Mia has always loved Galty, spending her childhood here with Archie, his sister and the eccentric housekeeper, while her mother worked away. She arrives to find Archie upbeat, spending his money freely and refusing to go down quietly. However, there are undercurrents of tension; too many people want to know what Archie’s will contains.

There is a lot to keep Mia preoccupied:…

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Staying in with Adrienne Vaughan

Cracking blog post featuring Adrienne’s new novel and fabulous blogger, Linda Hill.

Linda's Book Bag

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I’m so excited to welcome Adrienne Vaughan to Linda’s Book Bag today. Adrienne has been an author whose books have been on my radar for some time so I’m thrilled she has agreed to stay in and tell me about one of them.

I’m also really excited that Adrienne has offered blog readers a very special giveaway and you’ll find details at the bottom of this blog post.

If you’re an author who’d also like to stay in with me to tell me about one of your books, please click here for more details.

Staying in with Adrienne Vaughan

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Adrienne. I’m delighted you’re here. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Delighted to be staying in with you Linda, especially as the weather in early March had me housebound and rifling through my bookshelves searching for something to warm me up and dream of…

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Swinging 60s Models

If you like 60’s fashion, you’ll like some of the images in this post. Sadly, my hair was too wavy to grow it in a large straight waterfall as required in those days. But I still look back on those times with great fondness – exciting and full of endless possibilities.

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When I was exploring Moped fashion! a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on this great Youtube film.

If you love all things Sixties, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this fantastic compilation.

Hope you’re having a good day.

You might also enjoy Some 70s dishes that may not have stood the test of time!

and The celebrity cook Fanny Cradock was born On This Day in 1909

Coming Soon: Leefdale by Michael Murray

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#AuthorInterview with Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb @newromantics4 #Romantic #Fiction

Many thanks to Kelly @LoveBooksGroup for featuring me and Girl In the Castle on their fabulous blog. A great way to kickstart my birthday weekend and to remind me how much I love writing romance.

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Today on Love Books Group Blog, I am delighted to have a special author interview feature with Lizzie Lamb. Welcome to the blog Lizzie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful post and photographs with us today.

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After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy headteacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken up publicising her novels she published a third SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS in July 2015. It achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon. Her latest novel Girl in the Castle was published in 2017 and reached #3 in the charts. Lizzie is a founding member of indie…

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