Meet The Author Moment With Linn B. Halton / @LinnBHalton / @writebrainedny / #LLm

Good morning! Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment. Today we’re welcoming Linn B. Halton!

The Interview

Linn new left 300dpi[AC] Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?  

[LH]: At the moment, after having four new books launch in seven months, I’m afraid the only reading I do is proof checking! When I do get time to read, then chick lit/women’s contemporary is my favourite genre and as I mix with a lot of exciting new authors, my Kindle is packed with a long to-be-read list!

My all-time favourite ‘truly inspirational’ author would be Sergeanne Golon and the Angelique series – very hard to get hold of copies these days. As a young teen I read and re-read this series, falling in love with the setting, the history and the passionate romance. Very much ‘closed door’, but passionate all the same!

Ian Fleming, Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë – all authors who dominated my reading list as an avid young adult reader. Then Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Cathy Kelly, Candace Bushnell – to name just a few.

[AC]: For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

[LH]: I love my Kindle and it’s like a third arm. BUT if I love, love, love a book, then I buy it in paperback too, as I know I’ll read it again and again.

[AC]: What book(s) are you reading at present?

[LH]: I’m just proofing the paperback for my own Quintessentially Yours – if you can call that ‘reading’ ha! Ha! Seriously, my Kindle TBR list is calling, but reading time for me is in the evening and at the moment I’m using my ‘reading time’ to write. Launching a new book means a busy promotional programme and having launched four – well, you can imagine!! So although my day job is writing, most of that is taken up with the other things associated with being an author and I write into the wee hours, then start again between 6am-9am. Then it’s on the computer and the day flies doing guest posts, social media and emails.

[AC]: Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

[LH]: I have books with four different publishers and that means four different editors. I also have two self-pubbed books that I proofed myself. Going forward I doubt I’ll have time to self-publish anything else, but it is fun to be in charge of the whole process, although I now prefer the input of an editor who can see the story from another perspective! It helps me to grow as a writer.

[AC]: Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

[LH]: No and yes. I tend to edit as I go, writing maybe fifty pages and then going over them until I’m really happy and then moving on until the manuscript is complete. Then I have a spreadsheet of things I tend to say repetitively/my common errors, which I go through in detail. I record the number of times I use key words (favourites that can become annoying to the reader) and I do a word count on these. So I know on average how many times in say 85,000 I’m comfortable using a particular word. If I go over that count, then I tend to do a cutting-out exercise. At that point I then send it to my Kindle for a read-through and to correct errors I’ve missed – typos, or repeat words used too closely together eg ‘before’ might appear three times in a paragraph and I’d amend that. I make those corrections and then put it away for at least 3 months before reading it again with a fresh set of eyes. One more check for typos etc and the war with commas, then it’s ready to send to an editor!

Read on to learn about Linn’s books!

Author: Linn B. Halton
Under The Stars

Under The Stars

For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced. With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She has ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas. Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new agent is determined to raise his profile in America. So, he has to take on the new, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance. The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store? More info →
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A Cottage In The Country

A Cottage In The Country

Can Maddie Brooks become that ‘fifty-and-fabulous’ woman of her dreams? More info →
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Quintessentially Yours

Quintessentially Yours

Is there any truth to last year’s rumours of an affair between the pair? If not, then why is Katherine visiting Mark in secret? Will James be able to resist the advances of his seductive colleague? Will the tangled trio be able to avoid scandal in the stars? More info →
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Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For The Boys is a tribute to the men of Movember. The HitLitPro authors have created nine short stories to celebrate the men in our lives, the effect they have on our hearts, our minds (and our bodies), and the difference they can make to the world around them. All profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated. More info →
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Never Alone

Never Alone

Life is all about the choices we make… More info →
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Touched By the Light

Touched By the Light

Mya finds it hard to believe that she has just died. She clearly remembers being in a lot of pain and a sense of panic going on around her, then nothing but a bright, comforting light and the pain quickly being replaced by a state of calm and tranquillity. But what now? More info →
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Falling, Angels Among Us, The Complete Series

Falling, Angels Among Us, The Complete Series

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Series: Angels Among Us, Book 4
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
This is the complete Angels Among Us Series. It contains bonus chapters taking the series beyond 'The End' of the first three novellas (Falling, Forbidden and Forever). More info →
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The Restaurant @ The Mill

The Restaurant @ The Mill

Age, relationships, and careers – we all appear to be so very different. Yet beneath the exterior facade we show to the world at large, is that really the case? The things we bury deep inside; the worries and fears we are unable to verbalise, and the hand fate takes in our lives. Sometimes we fail to recognise in each other that innermost struggle and yet it exists for all of us. More info →
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Being a Sceptic Is Oh So Easy

Being a Sceptic Is Oh So Easy

This is the true story of my personal journey, where I can now say that I believe in life after death. It began with unusual experiences I had in houses I have lived in or visited, some with over 200 years of history. Then the loss of beloved family members triggered new and unexpected psychic connections. It would also make me take a fresh look at what I had so conveniently filed away as unexplained or imagined, and the jigsaw began to take shape. More info →
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Naughty Or Nice? A HarperImpulse Christmas Anthology

Naughty Or Nice? A HarperImpulse Christmas Anthology

Enjoy this free festive treat from the HarperImpulse authors this Christmas! More info →
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Miriam Wakerly Whispers Secrets In Appley Green / @MiriamWakerly / #LLm

Hello everyone! Today we’re featuring Secrets In Appley Green–A 1960s Village Novel by Miriam Wakerly. Read on to learn more about this title…

Secrets In Appley Green: A 1960s Village Novel

Secrets In Appley Green: A 1960s Village Novel

Three naïve, but very different, Appley Green schoolgirls pledge to stick together for ever, but when one of them gets pregnant, this pushes their promise to the edge. More info →
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They returned to the task, trying to think of neighbours, old friends from Girl Guides, the Church and primary school who had drifted out of touch, finally ending up with a motley list of forty.

‘You know, I think that’s enough,’ said Alison, looking around the house a little doubtfully now, imagining these rooms full of jazzy music, cigarette smoke, people jiving and … whatever else might happen. She supposed her parents wouldn’t mind in the least; after all it was the kind of thing they did often. They were great party-people; in fact on that very evening they would be at the Devonish soirée, although Julian and she were never included in such shenanigans.

‘I could make some invitations if you like,’ suggested Molly. ‘Perhaps do a little drawing on each one.’

‘What sort of drawing?’ asked Nicola, doubtfully. ‘Kittens and daisy-chains tied up in pink ribbon bows?’ Alison was not sure she liked the way Nicola took the mickey out of little Molly. It was decent of her to make the offer, after all.

‘Well, if you like …’

Nicola snorted. ‘I think maybe some bottles, glasses, cigarettes, sausages on sticks might be better …’

‘Oh yes, I see. All right then. I’ll do that. Thanks Nicola.’

The sun came out and they went out into the long garden that extended maybe a hundred yards, where it backed onto woodland and heath. The herbaceous borders, displaying a feast of colour, were initially and keenly planned by her father and now, with barely a square inch of soil showing, were maintained by a gardener, an ex-soldier who had been injured during the war and walked with a limp. The warm air had that summer smell, pollen-dusted bees buzzed in and out of the resplendent bright pink hollyhocks, lupins, foxgloves and delphiniums, while tortoiseshell butterflies fluttered around the spikes of a buddleia bush.

Lying like the three hands of a clock-face, on a tartan rug spread out on the mossy grass beneath a rowan tree, they were squinting up through the delicately splayed out foliage, dappled sunlight flickering across their faces. A distant ice-cream van was playing Greensleeves; they could faintly hear the rhythmic churn of a lawn-mower and a nearby blackbird trilling its heart out. Otherwise, it was peaceful. The house was tucked away along a driveway about half a mile from the village green with just one near neighbour.

Alison then fetched lemon barley drinks and the other two sat up as she handed round a tin of broken biscuits. ‘You know what we said about not having any secrets?’ Nicola and Molly nodded. ‘I think we should get any secrets out now, don’t you? It’s part of the bonding process.’

The other two frowned at her as if she had spoken in a foreign language.

‘Mmm. OK. You mean confessions,’ agreed Nicola, with a wicked smile. ‘Are you a virgin? Alison, you go first.’ She was suppressing a giggle, Alison could see. I didn’t ask you here to be mocked, she felt like saying. She wanted to tell them that was her business and retain an air of mystery, but realised she was hoist by her own petard, a metaphor she had recently come across and seemed pleasingly apt.

‘It depends what you mean by virgin,’ she stalled.

‘I think we all know what ‘virgin’ means!’ cried Nicola, laughing, and Alison wondered if Mrs Brown, who could now be heard clipping her lawn edges in the adjacent garden, had caught that.


Miriam’s Café Order

What would Miriam order in our café? “Latte and Danish pastry with, if possible, raisins, nuts, apricot puree or confectioner’s custard – not that I’m in any way fussy.”


Miriam’s Music

Miriam was inspired by Neil Sedaka.

Meet The Author Moment With Melanie Robertson-King / @RobertsoKing / @JaniceHorton / #LLm

It’s time for another Meet The Author Moment! This month Melanie Robertson King is up! Read on to learn more about her…

The Interview

Melanie Robertson King 2[AC]: Are your stories based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

[MK]: I have to say yes and no. Some of my stories are based on fact or around an actual event, but not from my life or starring any one person I know but an amalgamation of a number of people.

My short story, Always a Home Girl, in my anthology The Consequences Collection is the story of a young girl sent to Canada from the UK during the child migration movement. My father was one of the roughly 100,000 children sent out to Canada. Although, he died when I was young, he never hid that fact like so many of these children did. I used some of his stories and others that I’d heard from descendants of other “Home Children” to come up with my main character, Elizabeth McIntosh.

[AC]: What books have most influenced your life most? 

[MK]: I read such an eclectic range of books, it’s really hard to pinpoint a few that stand out above the others. Influenced my life? If you mean my writing life, I’ve always either spent my time writing or talking about being a writer so I’m going to blame that on the Nancy Drew series of books. I spent a lot of time at the local library growing up and that was one of the series of books I devoured.

[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

[MK]: Hands down, it would be Maggie Jagger from the Ottawa chapter of RWA. She’s been extremely helpful along the way and offers services to newbies like I was at the time.

[AC]: What book are you reading now?

[MK]: This will likely sound daft but I’m reading my own (the sequel to A Shadow in the Past) and summarizing it chapter by chapter so I can write the synopsis. I don’t outline or any of that organized stuff. I more or less fly by the seat of my pants although, I usually start by writing the end of the book. At least that way, I know where I have to end up and it’s an adventure getting there. Subject to the title being changed by my publisher, it’s currently known as Shadows from her Past.

[AC]: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

[MK]: Angela Marsons. I love to read crime set in the UK and her debut novel, Silent Scream did it for me. I’ve bought her second book and have pre-ordered number 3 in the series.

Fabulous! Read on to learn more about Melanie’s books!

Author: Melanie Robertson-King
A Shadow In the Past

A Shadow In the Past

Sarah Shand is a nineteen-year old who finds herself thrust back into the past where she struggles to keep her real identity secret from a society that is put off by her strange comments and ideas, not to mention the forwardness in her speech and actions, More info →
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The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry. More info →
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Tim’s Magic Christmas

Tim’s Magic Christmas

For Tim Frost, Christmas 2011 is a washout. No Santa. No presents. Nothing. His father lost his job when the mill closed and now the family is on the verge of losing their home. A chance encounter with Nick Kringle, a modern-day Santa Claus teaches Tim that the greatest gift you receive is the gift of giving. More info →
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The Secret of Hillcrest House

The Secret of Hillcrest House

Sometimes there's more to a house than bricks and mortar. Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls. Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland. Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel the mystery of the haunting of Hillcrest House? More info →
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Consequences For Melanie Robertson-King / @RobertsoKing / #LLm

Today we’re spotlighting The Consequences Collection by Melanie Robertson-King. Read on for an excerpt!

The Excerpt

Drawn by some inexplicable force, Sylvia went back to the foyer and collected the letter and the mangled envelope. She returned to the kitchen, flipped on the radio and sat down at her small table. Why had she opened it in the first place? She should have just binned it. That’s what she usually did with unsolicited mail. But there was something strangely familiar about it. The addressee information was on a computer printed label so there was no clue there. The sororities from University had crests or emblems to differentiate one from another. She wracked her brain trying to remember what they looked like. It had been over thirty years since she’d attended. Sylvia never belonged to a sorority because she thought the girls who did were snooty and stuck-up.

She’d call her friend, Laurie and tell her about the letter. They’d been friends since childhood, attended the same elementary and secondary schools and even the same University. She could tell her anything, couldn’t she? Sylvia picked up the cordless handset and dialed. “Hi Laurie, how are things?”

“Not bad. Just getting a load of laundry ready to go on the line. You?”

This was her chance to bring up the letter the mailman had shoved through her door. “Fine. I’ll let you go since you’re busy. Call me back, okay?” Sylvia hung up. There was something strange about Laurie’s tone, she thought. Like someone was there or something was wrong. She’d find out later. She knew Laurie would return her call. Rather than put her lifetime friend into a panic, she decided not to mention what she’d got in the mail earlier that morning.

Instead, Sylvia picked the letter up and read it out loud. “I know about that night. I know about your illegal abortion. You might think you were alone that night at the backstreet clinic but you weren’t. I saw you.”

Bloody hell, Sylvia thought. Who could have been there that night? She knew who took her there – it was Marianne’s boyfriend, John. He was the one who got her pregnant in the first place. They’d been at a party. He had fought with his girlfriend, Marianne, and she’d left in tears.

Sylvia recalled the crush she had on John. She stayed with him rather than go after her friend and comfort her, thinking they’d broken up. He didn’t need consoling she remembered. He took her off to the backseat of his car and they had sex. It had been her first time and she hadn’t known what to expect but being fumbled and fondled in the back of a ’57 Chevy wasn’t it.

The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry. More info →
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Melanie’s Café Order

“I don’t go to cafes very often, but there is one close to me (within walking distance) where they make cheesecake that is to die for. You need someone with you to help eat it because it’s so rich! So, it’s a good thing I have willpower and don’t stop every time I walk by.”

Melanie’s Music

“I wouldn’t say that music inspired my writing, but since my novels (so far only one published) are set in Scotland, the influence would come from Scottish Folk music – bands like The Corries, Old Blind Dogs, Runrig etc. I used to write to music, usually sitting in the kitchen where our satellite radio is listening to BBC Radio 1. Unfortunately, BBC Radio 1 is no longer available in that format. Since then, whether I’m reading or writing, I prefer to have things totally quiet.”

Let’s listen to one of the groups Melanie mentioned, Old Blind Dogs.

Meet The Author Moment With Patricia Sands / @patricia_sands / @CarolineJames12 / #LLm

Hello! Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we have the wonderful Patricia Sands with us. Read on for the full interview…

The Interview

150626-432-Edit-sm-CarmenBlike-R3[AC]: What inspired you to write your first book? 

[PS]: I was inspired by the lifelong friendship I’ve shared with the women of my real-life Bridge Club and a crisis that occurred with someone I knew. The latter affected me profoundly and I felt it was an important and current issue to create a dramatic ending to the book.

[AC]: Do you have a specific writing style? 

[PS]: I’m told by friends that I write just like I talk. I know that I write in order to tell a story in very clear terms. I would not call my novels literary fiction.

[AC]: How did you come up with the title?

[PS]: The title for The Bridge Club was a no-brainer. The Promise of Provence title emerged as I got further into the story. I had no idea what the title would be at first. As Katherine’s journey unfolded and her life changed, I began to have some ideas for a title. I narrowed it down to three and then finally knew which one was right.

The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands[AC]: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

[PS]: I write to an older demographic and all of my novels have the underlying theme of positive attitudes toward life and change. The Bridge Club highlights the importance of women’s friendships and how much we bring to each other’s life.

[AC]: How much of the book is realistic?

The Bridge Club is based on actual facts and I would say is 80% true to life. I received signed releases from my friends and they were very forthcoming in reminding me of details from the past. They’ve also been my biggest cheerleaders for all of the novels I’ve published. True friendship!

Patricia’s real-life bridge club sounds wonderful! Keep reading to learn more about her other books and for today’s giveaway!

Author: Patricia Sands
The Bridge Club

The Bridge Club

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Genre: Contemporary
Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life-altering decision. Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values. The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined. More info →
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The Promise of Provence (Love In Provence #1)

The Promise of Provence (Love In Provence #1)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require. Fate has other plans. More info →
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Promises To Keep (Love In Provence #2)

Promises To Keep (Love In Provence #2)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Falling in love with the south of France was no surprise to Katherine. Choosing to walk away from her past and start over was completely unexpected. A new country, a new lover, and the promise of a bright future beginning in mid-life … who knew? More info →
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I Promise You This (Love In Provence #3)

I Promise You This (Love In Provence #3)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as breathtaking as the beaches of Antibes, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves that a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home. More info →
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Strolling Through Provence With Patricia Sands / @patricia_sands / #LLm

Patricia Sands: The French Connection150626-432-Edit-sm-CarmenBlike-R3

Family, writing, and travel, particularly to the south of France, are my passions … okay, and chocolate … and I’m seldom without a camera. I received a Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six and have told stories through photography ever since. It’s a labour of love.

When I’m not somewhere else, the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada, is home. I feel fortunate to spend part of each winter in southeast Florida and in summer you will find me in the south of France researching my next novel. Life is good.

For the most part, I write women’s contemporary fiction with a focus on the years after our families are grown, as I explore the possibilities that may present themselves. I find it satisfying to celebrate the rewarding friendships of women and to examine the challenges life often throws in our paths.

However, with travel a serious passion of mine, I also have written  articles for the fabulous Bonjour Paris website,French Connections and The Good Life France, and two anthologies. Further information may be found on my website. I like to make the settings of my novels important to the story as a whole and my readers have let me know they enjoy that aspect.

Most Fridays, you can find me rhapsodizing about France on my blog in words and photography.

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Author: Patricia Sands
The Bridge Club

The Bridge Club

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Genre: Contemporary
Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life-altering decision. Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values. The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined. More info →
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The Promise of Provence (Love In Provence #1)

The Promise of Provence (Love In Provence #1)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require. Fate has other plans. More info →
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Promises To Keep (Love In Provence #2)

Promises To Keep (Love In Provence #2)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Falling in love with the south of France was no surprise to Katherine. Choosing to walk away from her past and start over was completely unexpected. A new country, a new lover, and the promise of a bright future beginning in mid-life … who knew? More info →
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I Promise You This (Love In Provence #3)

I Promise You This (Love In Provence #3)

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Series: Love In Provence, Book 3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as breathtaking as the beaches of Antibes, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves that a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home. More info →
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Meet The Author Moment With Anneli Purchase / @anneli33 / @SherylBrowne / #LLm

Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we’re featuring author Anneli Purchase. Read on to learn more about Anneli!

The Interview

Anneli[7][AC]: What inspired you to write your first book? 

[AP]: I had enjoyed writing short stories for a long time but when I joined the local writers’ club and saw that so many of the members were writing longer works, I began to think about telling a longer story. My mother had an eventful life and I thought this would be a good starting point. I took her story and fictionalized it. Julia’s Violinist was the result.

[AC]: Do you have a specific writing style? 

[AP]: I try to make my writing sound like an ordinary person talking, telling a story. It needs to be entertaining and colourful without being flowery, and yet with enough detail to make the reader feel as if they are in the scene they are reading about.


[AC]: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

[AP]: Not necessarily a message, but I hope that readers will still be thinking about the book and its characters long after they finish reading.


[AC]: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

[AP]: Very often the events in my novels have their beginnings in something I’ve experienced or seen, but I take care to add a lot of fiction as I build the story around them.

[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

[AP]: I don’t have a writer in mind that I try to emulate. My mother was an excellent storyteller who always kept her listeners spellbound to the end. What I am trying to do is to combine her talent for storytelling with well-crafted language, written correctly in terms of grammar, and in the voice that the story calls for.

The Books
Author: Anneli Purchase
Orion’s Gift

Orion’s Gift

Will fear become their nemesis or will passion and trust surmount the violence and hostility they have endured? The exotic landscape of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, described by an author who has been there, provides the backdrop for this story of romance and treachery. More info →
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Julia’s Violinist

Julia’s Violinist

The lovely Julia has it all—a seemingly perfect life. The aftermath of WWII changes all that. Widowed and homeless, Julia and her two small children become refugees in their own land. As she tries to rebuild her life, Julia is drawn into a love triangle. New flames or old flames—both can burn and destroy. More info →
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The Wind Weeps

The Wind Weeps

The Wind Weeps is a pure Canadian tale of love, betrayal, and triumph, told with gusto, humour, and bold insight. More info →
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Emma Calin Is The Chosen / @EmmaCalin / #LLm

Hello everyone! Today, we’re featuring Emma Calin. Read on for more on her title, The Chosen.

Emma Calin: A woman pedalling between Peckham & Pigalle

Novelist, philosopher, blogger, poet, would be master chef. A woman pedalling between Peckham & Pigalle, in search of passion & enduring romance. Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France.

She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.

Emma currently writes action romance novels and gritty short stories in digital e-book, paperback and audio book formats. She has recently announced a series of illustrated children’s modern-day fairy tales

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The Chosen

The Chosen

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Series: Love In a Hopeless Place, Book 0
Genre: Romance
A woman, a man, a van and a plan. When the luck runs out; the lucky walk away. A short story set in the extremis of everyday. More info →
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Meet The Author Moment With Zara Stoneley / @ZaraStoneley / @LinnBHalton / #LLm

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we’re featuring Zara Stoneley. Read on to learn more about Zara.

The Interview

Zara Stoneley author photo[AC]: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

[ZS]: Full length books, like the Tippermere series I’m writing at the moment, take me around 4 months. I did manage to complete one book in around 6 weeks, but my stories seem to have a lot more pages in them these days!

[AC]: Do you ever get writer’s block?

[ZS]: I certainly get to a stage in (nearly) every story I write where the words don’t flow as easily – sticky middles are not nice! If writing is a hobby then that’s fine, but if it’s your job, your career, on the line then you can’t afford to just stop working when you have deadlines to meet. That’s why I try and think of it as a sticky patch rather than an insurmountable block.

[AC]: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

[ZS]: Keep working is my main tip! A writer has to be a tough boss, once you stop writing and get out of the habit it can get progressively harder each day to get back into it. Writing is a job and you really can’t just lay down tools when the going gets tough.

If a particular aspect of a story is causing problems I’d advise you to skip it and move on to the next chapter, or even further on. My manuscripts are littered with comments in red saying things like ‘come back to this later’, or ‘what happens next?’ (and even more cryptic comments that make no sense to me at all when I revisit them!).

If the problem is bigger then going back to your plan can help – examining the goals, motivations and conflicts of the story as a whole, or of the main character can really focus your mind. If I do this I often get a ‘eureka moment’ when I realise where things have gone wrong, and even a simple tweak can set the ball rolling again. Understanding your characters really is the key factor to being able develop a story.

If all else fails then a change of scene (for you, not the characters) can help – whether it’s a long walk, a gym session or housework it’s surprising what can kick start the little grey cells. Food for a writer (apart from chocolate!) is observing what’s around us, listening, watching, reading; inspiration springs from the most unlikely sources.

[AC]: What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

[ZS]: I’ve written two series now, but I really believe you should only write linked books when the story demands it. There is nothing worse, to my mind, than turning what is essentially one good stand-alone book into a series purely as a marketing ploy.

I am currently part way through my ‘Tippermere’ series (the first being ‘Stable Mates’, the second ‘Country Affairs’, the third due out next Spring – and with a free bonus Christmas novella ‘A Very Country Christmas’, out now). By the time I’d planned the first book it was obvious that the story I wanted to develop was far too big to cover in one novel. The feedback from readers has been amazing, with people really wanting to know what happens next in the lives of the characters – and many getting to know the fictional setting of Tippermere so well they’ve been asking where it is so they can visit (I can understand what they mean – I don’t ever want to leave Tippermere)!

From a writing point of view a series involves a lot more planning, with continuity and timelines needing close attention, but it is well worth the effort. And sometimes the whole story just has to be told!

[AC]: Who is your favorite author and why?

[ZS]: It’s impossible for me to single out just one author. I’ve always read a wide variety of authors spanning different genres and it really does depend what mood I’m in to what I reach for. The wonderful thing about books is that there’s one out there to suit every occasion and stage of your life.

Author: Zara Stoneley
Stable Mates

Stable Mates

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Series: Tippermere, Book 1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
When billionaire landowner Marcus James drops dead unexpectedly, his WAGish wife Amanda threatens to sell the heart of the village and sets her sights on Tom! It seems things are heating up for little Tippermere… both in and out of the saddle. More info →
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Country Affairs

Country Affairs

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Series: Tippermere, Book 2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed… More info →
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A Witch Of A Chance: Written Fireside

A Witch Of A Chance: Written Fireside

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Genre: Paranormal
What do you get when you combine a grimoire, a black cat, and a sexy stranger? Nine romance writers sitting round a virtual campfire have joined together to write a Halloween short story treat. More info →
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A Very Country Christmas

A Very Country Christmas

Love is in the air in Tippermere as Lottie dreams of a white Christmas with no trimmings – other than her hot and hunky eventer, Rory. But things are never quite that simple on the Tipping House Estate. More info →
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Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For The Boys is a tribute to the men of Movember. The HitLitPro authors have created nine short stories to celebrate the men in our lives, the effect they have on our hearts, our minds (and our bodies), and the difference they can make to the world around them. All profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated. More info →
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Naughty Or Nice? A HarperImpulse Christmas Anthology

Naughty Or Nice? A HarperImpulse Christmas Anthology

Enjoy this free festive treat from the HarperImpulse authors this Christmas! More info →
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