Secrets and scandals, love and lust – when the ‘Cheshire Set’ are up against the ‘Footballer’s Wives’ the only common ground is carnal…
Flirting and fun seem the perfect antidote for Lottie's battered heart, and where better to find them than back in tranquil Tippermere, home of sexy eventer Rory Steel, the smiling Irish eyes of hunky farrier Mick O'Neal, and mysterious newcomer, model Tom Strachan?
But when landowner Marcus James drops dead unexpectedly, and the threat of his waggish wife Amanda selling the heart of the village out from under them looms large, things look like they're about to heat up in and out of the saddle.
With tensions running high, and the champagne flowing as freely as the adrenalin, is it any wonder that love catches more than one of them unawares? Buy links – Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo Foyles Waterstones Sainsbury’s Google Play iTunes Blackwells
Thank you for joining us today, Zara!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? I live in a small town in Cheshire, but spend a lot of weekends out in Barcelona with my other half. So it’s either visiting artisan markets, going long walks, reading or visiting the local pubs in the UK, or, sunning myself on the beach, sampling tapas and wine and people watching – life is busy!
What genres do you write? Most of my books to date have been hot/erotic romance, but my latest is a ‘bonkbuster’! Think Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker, or Victoria Fox or Jackie Collins in riding boots and wellies.
How did you come to write these genres? My first published book was an erotic romance, I was offered a contract after entering a competition. I’ve always devoured ‘bonkbuster’ stories though and so when I was asked if I fancied writing one, I jumped at the chance. I absolutely loved writing Stable Mates, it’s fun, racy, with a few secrets, a bit of scandal and a lot of sexy characters!
How long have you been writing? All my life! My first submission was when I was in my teens, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I seriously sat down and started to write for publication.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books? I’d hate to single one out! All my characters are special in some way or another, I think in Stable Mates if I had to name somebody it would be Elizabeth – she is just so single minded and naughty!
Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write? The honest answer to that is – a combination. I plan, but fully expect to go off at a tangent and have to rethink. As characters develop, situations change – just like in life!
Who are some of your favorite authors? Too many to list – I read all kinds, from Jilly Cooper to Fiona Walker, Jackie Collins, JRR Tolkien, Dick Francis, Stephen King, Helen Fielding….(how much time do you have?!)
Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing? Coffee!
Tell us a little about your current work in progress. I’m currently working on a follow up to Stable Mates. In Country Affairs there’s an unexpected visitor to Tippermere, Pip is torn between two men and Lottie has to make some decisions about the future! Which means that once again life in Tippermere is far from tranquil. Oh, and there’s a wedding (no funeral this time!), or two…
Thank you so much for inviting me over today!
Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!
Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press. Find out more about Zara: Website Twitter Facebook Google+
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When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life...
Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.
Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?
A few thoughts from Andrea!
I'm extremely grateful To Dani-Lyn for having me here and letting me talk about Loveland, which is on sale until the 26th Sept.
Loveland was my first published book and, to any author, the first book always has a special place in your heart. This one certainly does. When I returned to live in the United States after many years in the U.K., I left behind friends and a way of life I had enjoyed for a long time. Change is good but it's also difficult. I readjusted by throwing myself into my writing.
Fascinated with women in history, I became immersed in a biography of the Jerome sisters: Jenny Jerome was Winston Churchill's mother and her sister Clara married Moreton Frewen, who started one of the first ranches on the Powder River. As often happens when doing research, one small item—in this case, that idea of a British aristocrat owning a ranch in Wyoming—veered me off onto a new tangent: the British in the American West. Since I already knew younger sons of the aristocracy were being sent to start plantations in Kenya and South Africa, India and the Caribbean, it certainly made sense to me that they might be sent west to start ranches. And so the seed of Loveland was born—what better story than to mix British aristocracy with the long-term love of my life, the cowboy! I'd been brought up on television westerns, vacationed on ranches throughout the west and love the whole aura of the hard-working cowpuncher. And so Lady Alex and Jesse Makepeace evolved.
It's been hard for me to leave them behind, but authors have to grow and evolve—and hopefully improve. My novella, Dearest Darling, which comes out Oct. 8th from The Wild Rose Press, is also a western historical romance. And perhaps it has some of the same themes as Loveland, although the story is quite different. Best thing for you to do is read them both and compare!
Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?
Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.
But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.
The light was failing and the birds were settling with their evening calls. Somewhere in the pasture a horse nickered. She sensed Jesse was there, watching, but she never turned as he stood at the fence. She heard him climb over and ease up behind her. He took the coiled rope from her in his left hand and slid his right hand over hers on the swing end, almost forcing her backward into his arms.
She thought of paintings and statues she had seen, imagining his naked arms now, how the muscles would form them into long oblique curves, how he probably had soft downy fair hair on his forearms, how his muscle would slightly bulge as he bent his arm. His voice was soft in her ear, and she could feel his breath on her neck like a whispered secret.
“Gentle-like, right to left, right to left to widen the noose, keep your eye on the post—are you watchin’ where we’re goin’?”
He made the throw and pulled in the rope to tighten the noose. Alex stood there, his hand still entwined with hers and, for a moment, she wished they could stand like that forever. Then she took her hand away and faced him. For a second he rested his chin on the top of her head, then straightened again and went to get the noose off the post while coiling in the rope. She looked up at him in the fading light and saw nothing but kindness in his face, simplicity and gentleness that was most inviting. A smile spread across her face as he handed her the coiled rope and sauntered away, turning once to look back at her before he opened the gate. Emptiness filled her like a poisoned vapor seeking every corner of her being, and she stood with the rope in her hand listening to the ring of his spurs as his footsteps retreated.
He strode back out of the barn to the house. A yellow glow shone through the back window, an inviting warmth, and he edged closer with care. The net curtain hardly gave Emily the requisite privacy for a bedtime routine. She sat on the edge of the bed, back to him, in her nightshift, brushing her hair.
He stood enthralled, transfixed as the brush came down the length of her hair, that wheat-straw hair, plowing lines through it as the brush made its way, and then rose to the top once more to start its path again. It was like silk, waves of silk or satin, and he could only imagine what it might be like to touch it so, to feel lengths of it, have it slip through his fingers, have it fall over his face if she lay above him.
About Andrea Downing
Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born, instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK. She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit. Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria filled those years until in 2008 she returned to NYC. She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming. Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 20 ranches throughout the west. Loveland
, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards. Lawless Love
, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards. Dearest Darling
, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, and comes (came?) out Oct. 8th and Dances of the Heart,
another full length novel, comes out in the next few months.
To learn more about Andre
a visit: WEBSITE AND BLOG: http://andreadowning.com
Twitter: @andidowning https://twitter.com/AndiDowning
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Downing/e/B008MQ0NXS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 LOVELAND:
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What Belongs to Her
She's ready to take back what's hers
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
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Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I am happily married with two teenage daughters and live near Bath, England – my first book was published in 2007 and since then I’ve had at least one book a year released. For the last two years, I have written contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance, and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical.
When I’m not writing, I like to socialize with friends and family, read, knit, watch far too much US crime drama and walk the beautiful Wiltshire countryside with my beloved black Lab, Max.
What genres do you write?
See above – right now, I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense and Victorian romance. I plan to write a bigger, darker romantic suspense by the end of the year so watch this space!
How did you come to write these genres?
Mostly because it’s what I love to read – I’d say romantic suspense is my favorite genre, but my fascination with the Victorian era has a lot to answer for too!
Who has most influenced your writing?
My favorite authors who undoubtedly influence my writing are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins and UK Victorian romance writer, Jean Fullerton.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing short stories around 2001 and after a little success in online contests and women’s magazines, I started writing novels. My first was published in 2007 and I haven’t looked back J
Who is your favorite character from one of your books?
Ooh, VERY tough question! I love all my characters…even the villains. If I were forced into a corner, I would say my favorite hero is either Will Samson from The Seduction of Emily or Thomas Ashby in my next Victorian release, What A Woman Desires and my favorite heroines are, Cat Forrester from Finding Justice and Sasha Todd from What Belongs To Her.
Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write?
I’m a bit of a mixture of the two – I start my novels by writing a 2-3 page synopsis including the hero and heroine’s goal, motivation and conflict and then a rough chapter plan. After that, I write the entire first draft without looking back. The hard part comes in the following drafts and reworking the synopsis to incorporate all the changes that have occurred throughout the writing!
Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?
Umm…does Twitter and Facebook count as indulgence? Or is that procrastination?
Tell us a little about your current work in progress.
I am currently nearing the end of book five in my Harlequin Superromance Templeton Cove series – this is Tanya Todd’s story who is Sasha’s sister (the heroine of What Belongs To Her). We never actually see Tanya in Sasha’s story, but she became an intriguing secondary character anyway and I wanted to give her a novel of her own.
Rachel’s latest contemporary novel is book 3 in her Harlequin series – What Belongs To Her
More Books by Rachel Brimble
-- Out now from Harlequin Superromance Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat's world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett—a man from her past—is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he's innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can't let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.Read
The Seduction of Emily
-- Out now from E-Kensington
Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .
Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.
Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.
Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .Read
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What A Woman Desires
- coming in January 2015 from Lyrical Press
From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?
Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.
Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up... BUY: US | UK
About Rachel Brimble
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
The Edge of You
The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication date: September 25th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance Synopsis:He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.
knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much. Jake
doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.
But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?
In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge. Goodreads
Theresa is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in the garlic capital of the world, she spent her childhood exploring the US with her family, including a seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska. Years later she married and finally settled in the suburbs of Ohio, where she currently lives with her husband and three kids, plus a menagerie of animals including a vegetarian cat, freshwater fish and a small flock of domestic ducks.
Travel being her greatest joy, Theresa has visited over a dozen countries. She has walked the trails of Petra and visited the pyramids in the Far East, cruised the Rhine River and toured castles in Europe, and spent snowy afternoons soaking in the natural hot springs of Canada. Her bucket list has recently gotten longer with the goal of weaving unique and diverse romance stories for her readers, who she so adores.
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Risking It All
Title: Risking It All
Author: JM Stewart
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Date published: Sept 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word count: 80, 000
Originally published in a shorter form as Staking His Claim
She’s everything he wants…
For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…
…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose
Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…
JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.
You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website
After a head injury, Jess begins to see things she can’t explain. She starts to wonder if she’s hallucinating, losing her mind completely...or if something far worse might be happening.
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Means of Mercy #1
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.
Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief.
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Terri was kind enough to stop and answer a few questions!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a stay-at-home mom with three little yummies. I love my job, but I also love gardening in what spare time I find. There isn’t much of it, that’s for sure! What genres do you write?
Fantasy and romance, but not combined.
How did you come to write these genres?
They’re my two favorite genres to read, so my mind goes these routes when day dreaming with the voices in my head. Who has most influenced your writing?
Anne Tyler. If she hadn’t encouraged me over a decade ago to write, I never would have considered pursing that dream. How long have you been writing?
I started in 8th grade with Gundi’s Great Adventure, but didn’t do much between that and my late 20s when I met Ms. Tyler.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books?
While I love all my characters, I probably enjoyed Jadon from Eye of the Soul
the best. Arrogant, a lady’s man, handsome as sin yet flawed and sensitive—love him! Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?
I’d love to say Red Cat
and asiago cheese, but my writing is usually done before everyone in the house is up for the day. Probably not the best time to get fuzzy brained! The fact I’m putting words onto paper is honestly indulgence enough.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open. Ms. Rochenski’s Links: Website
/ Goodreads Link for Love’s Sorrow on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21455386-love-s-sorrow