Today we’re spotlighting The Consequences Collection by Melanie Robertson-King. Read on for an 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.
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.”
“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.
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
Welcome to the café! Today we’re featuring Anneli Purchase’s title, Julia’s Violinist.
And here’s an excerpt…
Excerpt From Julia’s Violinist
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Anneli’s Café Order
And what would Anneli order at our café counter?
Good morning! Today we’re going to spice things up at the café with a new feature: Meet The Author Moment. Today, we’re introducing LLm’s own Caroline James. Welcome Caroline!
[AC]: What do you absolutely need to write?
[CJ]: I have a passion for food and the hospitality industry. When my fingers touch the keyboard and my head clicks into gear on this subject, the words start to flow and I’m off! I met so many fascinating characters in my years as an hotelier and latterly as a consultant and the hotel environment is a hot-bed of characters and gossip. The best piece of advice I ever had was to write what you know, so I work on that basis and adapt incidents and experiences that I’ve come across or been part of. I often think the stories seem far-fetched, but in truth I’ve generally toned them considerably!
[AC]: What inspired you to create the lead characters?
[CJ]: I’ve worked with chefs for many years and had a good insight into the machinations of what makes a so called ‘celebrity chef,’ seen constantly on our TV screens. I also appreciate how hard they work and wanted to weave a story around the industry from a different point of view – backstage and how it might work. The lead male character is loosely based on a chef who had a reckless lifestyle off-stage but was a completely loveable rogue.
[AC]: Was there an alternate ending?
[CJ]: I remember listening to crime writer Ian Rankin talk about his writing and he said that he never knew the ending of his novels until he wrote the last page. I felt like this with So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? It wasn’t until right at the end that I knew for sure what would happen and was then able to write it. So I guess the ending could have had many alternatives.
[AC]: Where were you when the idea for this book came to you?
[CJ]: Stonked off my face at a food festival in Ireland, enjoying Irish hospitality at it’s best! The festival was Kinsale’s Annual Gourmet Food Festival – a truly incredible event and for those that can stay the course, it is three days of total food and drink debauchery. Paradise for me! Wonderful people and fantastic entertainment; sadly the host of the festival, the enigmatic Derek Davies, died earlier this year but the show goes on and will ride successfully into its 40th year in 2016. It was blindingly obvious to me to base a book around this event because it is so colourful and interesting. Some of the plot came from an experience I’d had with a crazy chef in France but again, no one would believe me if I’d kept to the truth!J
[AC]: You’re in a café, like this one, and you go up to the counter. What would you order?
[CJ]: A large Americano, with hot skimmed milk on the side, then I’ll loiter around the glass dome that covers a tray of chocolate brownies and tell myself not to go there, but deciding that life is too short not to, I’ll order two to have with my coffee.
[AC]: What’s up next for you? Anything you can share that’s in the works?
[CJ]: I’m continuing the Coffee, Tea series. My debut book Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me has a strong fan base and I am constantly asked what happens to the main characters, Jo and Hattie. So, Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me is about to be born and we find Jo and Hattie have moved on in years and following life changes for both, go on holiday to Barbados. The book is a romantic comedy – a story about the friendship between two women who have both suffered loss. The story shows that there is hope in middle years, romance can happen and life really does begin again. I loved writing this book and enjoyed the research, especially the pina coladas which were compulsory throughout! Two more books will follow next year: Coffee, Tea, the Boomers & Me and Coffee, Tea, Christmas & Me. Can’t wait – 2016 is going to be busy!
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Anneli Purchase! You can read about Anneli and check out her books HERE.
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Hey, I told you we were mixing thing up this month! We’ve got two move members to share with you. Say hello to Zara Stoneley and Julie Ryan. Read on to learn more about these two new authors!
I live in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When I’m not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in sexy high heels or green wellies, I can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas! I write hot romance and bonkbusters.
My most recent releases, Stable Mates and Country Affairs, are fun romps through the Cheshire countryside and combine some of my greatest loves: horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
You can find out more about me, and all my contact details at www.ZaraStoneley.com.
Zara’s Featured Book:
Julie Ryan was born in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. Not venturing too far from home, she studied French Language and Literature at Hull University, where she also trained as a teacher. Then the wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. This broadening of the mind has had an enormous impact on her writing. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and dippy cat with half a tail.
‘Jenna’s Journey’ is her first novel and is set in Greece, a country to which she has a strong attachment. It was never her intention to write a series but the beautiful location and strong characters wouldn’t leave her alone. As a result, ‘Sophia’s Secret’, a story of love, hatred and revenge was born, closely followed by ‘Pandora’s Prophecy’, a paranormal mystery thriller.
Julie’s Featured Book:
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Things are getting stirred up here at LLm. Nothing gets a group buzzing like new members! Today, I am excited to feature two of them. A big welcome to Rachel Brimble and Jenny Harper! Read on to learn about these two amazing authors!
I live with my fantastic husband, our two young daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. Having always ‘played’ with writing, I didn’t seriously sit down and write toward publication until I became pregnant with my second daughter – then I told myself to get my butt in the chair and get on with it before she grows up and I’m forced to get a real job!
Lots of short stories followed as did lots of rejections! I took a few distance learning courses, joined some online writers groups and basically, learned my craft. Finally deciding short stories weren’t working for me (they are an art form in themselves!), in 2006 I decided to embark on my first novel and voila Searching For Sophie was born! Since then, my other books have followed each year.
And when I’m not writing? You’ll find me with my head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with my family. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.
Rachel’s Featured Book:
I was born in Calcutta, India. My parents were Scots, but I didn’t live in Scotland until I was 18. I started to discover the country for myself when I went to Stirling University. I loved it and have never quite got round to moving south again. What’s not to love about our beautiful countryside?
I eventually settled in Edinburgh and for a while commuted to Glasgow, where I was an editor at William Collins, Publishers. After a decade in publishing, I made a small leap and became editor of a magazine about professional craft workers. This took me into a new career in journalism and writing, mostly non fiction. Novels came later!
I wrote initially under my first married name of Carter and married Robin Harper in 1994. Life took an exciting turn in 1999 when Robin became the first Green to be elected to any UK Parliament. He took up his seat in the Scottish Parliament and held it for 12 years until he retired.
I designed Romance Matters, the magazine of the Romantic Novelists’ Association for seven years, and was instrumental in redesigning their website and bringing in the RNA’s new brand.
Jenny’s Featured Book:
Welcome to these two fabulous authors! Don’t forget to check out some of their fabulous books right here at the café! Enjoy your daily dose of caffeine and fun!
Well, hello again! I am super excited because just twenty-eight days ago we announced a new release, Death Sentence, from Sheryl Browne. Now, we have a second! The Rest Of My Life will be released from Choc Lit on July 10th, 2015. Read on to learn more about Sheryl’s latest…
The Rest Of My Life
“You can’t run away from commitment forever … “
Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…
Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.
And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?
Shortlisted: LOVE STORIES AWARDS
Being Anne’s BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Reviewed the Book’s TOP TEN BOOKS
Excerpt From The Rest Of My Life
About the Author
Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published with Safkhet Publishing.
Sheryl’s new contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer. THE REST OF MY Life comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.
Hello all! Welcome to another Special Feature day here on at the LLm Author’s Café! Today’s post highlights Under The Stars from our fabulous Linn B. Halton!
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 was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.
With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself. She’s 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, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site. Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope.
When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Now Katherine has to learn that 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 Surprise’ 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?
Excerpt From Under The Stars
Don’t you love release days? Today, we’ve got a great one for you. Award-winning author, Sheryl Browne, releases Death Sentence! Read on to learn more about this gripping title!
Death Sentence – He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
Detective Inspector Matthew Adams and Patrick Sullivan, drug dealer, pimp, murderer: two men on opposite sides of the law. A history that goes way back. A bully even in his youth, Sullivan had made it his mission in life to make the goody-two-shoes copper’s life a misery. Now Matthew has made it his mission in life to make sure the pimping scum responsible for prostituting young girls, abusing them, and beating them to death, is locked up for life.
When Matthew’s child becomes a casualty of the war between them, does Matthew want justice? Or does he want retribution? When Patrick’s brother is shot down like a dog in a drug bust gone wrong, Patrick wants payback. He wants Matthew. Or the copper loses his pretty, pregnant wife. As far as Patrick is concerned, it’s quid pro quo.
Death Sentence: an edge-of-your seat story of revenge.
What the reviewers say:
Unyielding! I found myself having to force myself to breathe. (Best Selling Thrillers)
Fast paced. Fabulously written thriller! (Rachel’s Random Reads)
Will totally blow your mind. A powder keg of revenge (Brook Cottage Books)
It’s gritty, graphic and violent – I absolutely loved it (Being Anne)