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.

Strolling Through Provence With Patricia Sands / @patricia_sands / #LLm

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mandy Baggot Is Made In Nashville / @mandybaggot / #LLm

Hello all! Today, we’re featuring Made In Nashville, by Mandy Baggot. Read on for more about this great title and a free excerpt!

Made In Nashville

Made In Nashville

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When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent? More info →
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Honor had smelt the alcohol on him when he’d taken the guitar from her hands. Biker boots on his feet, torn-up jeans with chains hanging from his belt and a black long-sleeved top under a leather jacket. He was at least a week unshaven and wore a baseball cap low down over his face. He didn’t look like he could afford a place to sleep let alone an expensive guitar.She watched him take a pick out of his pocket and then without any hesitation he began to play. Straight away the other guitars hanging on their hooks began to vibrate as Jared let fly. She knew her mouth was hanging open but she couldn’t help it. She’d never heard anyone play like that before. Not on stage and certainly never in the store. He had something special, something unique. It was grungy. It was bluesy. It was some sort of amalgamation of country and metal.

He took the volume down and smiled at her.

‘I couldn’t help hearin’ you singin’ there earlier. And it seemed to me that you were kinda fightin’ with the bridge,’ he started.

The mouth came up and her shutters went down. A cold, icy feeling spread from her boots, up through her body and ended in her shoulders. She flinched. He’d heard her sing. No one heard her sing now unless Countrified 103 played a track on their old school morning country show. Not that she ever heard it. She hadn’t turned on the radio in ten years. The only country music she listened to was piped through the store sound system and now it was as good as white noise.

‘Don’t get me wrong or nothin’. It sounded like a great song. It’s just you stopped right before the bridge and…you stamped your feet a little.’

‘It was nothing.’ She stuttered her words, giving away her apprehension.

‘Well, if it were my song I’d probably go for a long ripped-up guitar solo. But, bein’ as it’s not my song and you sound a little more traditional.’ He took off the electric guitar. ‘How about this?’

He grabbed an acoustic from the rack, put the strap over his body and started to play. Within a few seconds he paused, played again and this time added a line of lyrics.

 

And we couldn’t break through, no we couldn’t break through together

 

His voice had a gruff rock edge to it but the tone was tender. Something in her stirred. He’d just broken into song, in front of her, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. No hesitance, no awkwardness, just a line of music that fitted perfectly. She just looked at him, standing there in his shabby clothes, and waited.

 

I wasn’t enough, you were just too much for ever. So I’m leaving right now and I’m never coming back not ever

 

He was writing her song right in front of her eyes.

 

You need to let me go. It’s time to close the door

 

He strummed out the final chord and grinned.

‘I guess you had other plans for it. But, you know, if you like it you can use it. I won’t ask for any credit on the album.’

She stared at him, not knowing how to react. Who was he? How had he just written such a fantastic middle eight in two minutes? There was only one thing she could say.

‘Do you want the Gretsch?’

Café Munchies

What would Mandy Baggot order at our café counter?

My favourite cafe treat would have to be a bacon sandwich. Thick rashes on white bread with lots of brown sauce! I’m actually going to Nashville for the very first time in April 2016 and I can’t wait to sample pancakes and hot fried chicken!

Café Soundtrack

What music will be playing in the café today as we feature Made In Nashville?

Made in Nashville has it’s own playlist at the front of the book. Two of my all time favourites from it are:-

Sin Wagon by the Dixie Chicks

Kick it in the Sticks – Brantley Gilbert

Meet The Author Moment With Janice Horton / @JaniceHorton / @patricia_sands / #LLm

Welcome to another edition of Meet The Author Moment! Today, we’re featuring Janice Horton.

The Interview

Janice Author BW[AC]: What are you working on at the minute?

[JH]: I’m about to start working on a new novel set in the Caribbean for summer 2016 release. I’ve been doing a bit of research and I’ve been waking up at night with plot inspiration, character insights and narrative. That’s how I know I’m ready to start!

[AC]: What draws you to this genre?

[JH]: I love to read adventure romance novels – and so that’s what I choose to write.

[AC]: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

[JH]: Castaway in the Caribbean is my most recent book and I could easily see Matthew McConaughey as Travis and – I think Kate Hudson as Janey – I loved them together in the movie ‘Fools Gold’.

[AC]: How much research do you do?

[JH]: Lots! I love the research as much as the writing and nowadays there is no limit to the research I will do. For my novel ‘Reaching for the Stars’ which was about a disgruntled celebrity chef, I interviewed celeb chefs in their kitchens and my research resulted in my debut TV appearance and the subject of a ITV news documentary. I shared the research I did in the Caribbean last year for ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’ with my friends and readers on my social networks and the novel became a #1 Kindle Bestseller. If peeps are interested I’ll do the same again this time around as I’m back in the Caribbean right now researching the islands.

[AC]: When did you decide to become a writer?

[JH]: I aspired to be a writer as a child because I was an avid reader for a young age and I thought being a writer and making up imaginary stories must be the best job in the world. I’ve had many other types of jobs over the years before and during the time I became a professional writer – but I was right – it is the best job in the world!

Author: Janice Horton
Castaway In the Carribean

Castaway In the Carribean

In this fast moving romantic adventure about a vacation that turns into a tropical nightmare there’s more fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure. More info →
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Voodoo Romance Collection

Voodoo Romance Collection

By popular demand Janice Horton’s three fun and romantic voodoo romance stories are now available as a bargain price compilation set. More info →
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Reaching For the Stars

Reaching For the Stars

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Love him or hate him, everyone is out looking for Chef McDuff. Who will find him first and whose side will you be on...? More info →
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Bagpipes and Bullshot

Bagpipes and Bullshot

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A contemporary tale told with timeless Scottish romanticism and a knowing sense of humour. Bagpipes and Bullshot twists an everyday love story with a whole cast of village eccentrics into an entertaining play on rural life. More info →
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How Do You Voodoo? (Voodoo Romance #1)

How Do You Voodoo? (Voodoo Romance #1)

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Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy
Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career. More info →
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Voodoo Wedding (Voodoo Romance #2)

Voodoo Wedding (Voodoo Romance #2)

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The voodoo isn't over for Nola! Loved up fashion model Nola and her handsome Haitian fiancé Louis have finally set the date for their wedding. All they need now is a venue and a guest list, but before Nola can have the wedding of her dreams, she has to deal with something old, something new, something borrowed… and something voodoo! More info →
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Voodoo Child (Voodoo Romance #3)

Voodoo Child (Voodoo Romance #3)

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Series: Voodoo Romance, Book 0
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy
Voodoo Child is the third book in the voodoo romance series of novellas by bestselling author Janice Horton. The first book in this series is ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ and the second is ‘Voodoo Wedding’. Each novella is approximately 66 pages or 20,000 words in length. More info →
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How To Party On-line

How To Party On-line

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“Janice has made it her business to get stuck into the whole self-publishing malarkey. Savvy enough to realise it’s not enough to simply write, she’s studied social media marketing until it could be her specialist subject on Mastermind. She can plan a book launch, maximise publicity, keep the momentum going after the first initial flush, and perhaps most of all, she knows how to make the whole thing fun, which is no mean feat”. DG Life Magazine. More info →
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Bonnie Trachtenberg Is Wedlocked / @writebrainedny / #LLm

Good morning! Today we’re featuring our own Bonnie Trachtenberg. Read on to enjoy an excerpt from Bonnie’s novel, Wedlocked.

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I used to think the term “temporary insanity” was just a dubious courtroom plea. I found out the hard way that I was wrong. When you’re fraught with this condition, it’s kind of like meandering in a thick fog—only you’re too bemused to even realize you’re lost. Then, when it finally lifts, you feel you’ve awakened from a horrible nightmare—the kind that makes you relieved you’d never really do anything so stupid. Except you did.

Well, it’s taken almost a year for the enormity of it all to sink in. Looking back, I wish I had just heeded the numerous, glaring signs. Let’s start with the weather. How often did we get a 105-degree day on Long Island? Although never reported by the meteorologists, I now know the reason for this anomaly: the fires of hell were attempting to engulf my picture perfect wedding in a dramatic, raging inferno. Just a subtle reminder that I’d sold my soul and was on borrowed time.

As we were announced into a resplendent ballroom filled with enthusiastic guests, it was as if a UFO had plucked me out of my should-be life, only to plop me down in some sort of bizarre alternate universe. For it had been less than a year earlier that I was this close to seeing my dreams of fame, fortune, and romance come to fruition, when they exploded in my face like a cruel joke.

With Craig’s hand gripping mine, and the Starbright Orchestra’s lead singer channeling Frank Sinatra, the glorious, Gatsby-esque room that had so enchanted me, began spinning even faster than my shell-shocked, post-nuptial brain. What some brides know is that when you find yourself sashaying down the aisle on what’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, things can sometimes turn bafflingly surreal. Sensing something’s terribly amiss, you chalk it up to jitters, refusing to acknowledge a most unpleasant fact: the man standing before you in white tie and tails is far from the soul mate you hoped for.

If I could have seen this truth in real time, I like to think I would have mustered the courage to make a mad bolt from the chapel. But I was thirty-six—trampled, lost, and romantically bankrupt—so the only thing running away that day was the train I was riding, and I kept my seat, although I was destined to wreck.

Incidentally, my theatrical background helped in my resolve to commit matrimonial suicide. As I entered the chapel, my thespian tendencies kicked in like an Ethel Merman-infused survival mechanism, ensuring I’d focus only on my given lines, blocking, and manic desire to please my audience. After all, as Ethel sang, “the show must go on”—and somehow, ironically, I was finally the star. My name is Rebecca Ross; welcome to my wedding day.



Wedlocked

Wedlocked

On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic-stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she's just pledged to love for the rest of her life. More info →
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Bonnie’s Café Order

Bonnie’s favorite café treat? A decaf iced cappuccino. Yum! Here are some instructions on how to make your own cappuccino at home.


Bonnie’s Music

What inspired Wedlock? The song, “Almost Like Being in Love” by Natalie Cole. Have a listen!

Special Feature! We’re Quintessentially Yours! / @LinnBHalton / #LLm

Our very own Linn B. Halton has been tremendously busy. This month we’ve got another special featuring her new release, Quintessentially Yours!

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I was disappointed when Katherine realised I was going to propose and immediately stopped me. She said, ‘Ask me again, after the baby is born. I promise to say yes,’ and we kissed, leaving it at that.Three months after the birth and I know the time still isn’t right. I can’t hold back the sigh that escapes, involuntarily. As I pick Leyla up out of the crib I catch a glimpse of our reflections in the mirror. I look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards: hair all over the place and bags under my eyes. Leyla looks small and very cute. She has no idea about the confusion and upheaval we are going through, or that our biggest fear is doing something wrong. If you ask me, having your first baby is akin to finding yourself behind the steering wheel of a car when you don’t know how to drive. It is true that each day becomes a little easier in some ways. Then something new happens and you feel you are back to square one. I’d only just mastered the wobbling head thing and now she’s getting sturdier, holding her has become a juggling act. It’s as if she’s trying to jump out of my arms, while I’m desperately trying to hold on. Someone should invent some sort of baby harness, like the climbers wear, that you could sling around your shoulder just in case you drop them. Instead of hitting the floor they’d dangle, safely, in mid-air.

“Come on little lady,” I whisper, “milk time.”No. 4 appears in the doorway and watches us for a while. He’s acting very strangely these days and I wonder if it’s a direct result of feeling his place has been usurped. Obviously, he’s had less attention since the new arrival, because we still don’t have a proper routine. He used to call the shots for meal times, but now he has to make a fuss first, and then one of us will stop whatever we’re doing to sort him out. It can’t be easy for him to understand, that’s for sure, but it’s been a period of adjustment for all of us. Not least the decision for Katherine to give up her house and move in with me, but the garden here is perfect for children. The builders have already laid the foundations for the new extension and work begins in earnest next week. As I’m pondering over whether I should take No. 4 for a quick check-up at the vets, Katherine appears in the doorway. She bends to stroke him and he meows, acknowledging her presence.“I hoped you’d sleep for a few hours more, at least.”CK smiles back at me softly, then her eyes rest on Leyla.

“She didn’t cry before her feed,” she mutters. Her eyes are a little bright, tears are forming.“I timed it right, two more minutes and she would have been wailing,” I add, hoping to reassure her. She forgets that she has Leyla most of the time and if we changed places I simply wouldn’t be able to cope. You need superhuman effort just to stay awake, let alone having to constantly try to calm a very fretful baby. CK patiently walks her up and down for hours on end.“Coffee?” Her voice sounds deflated. I nod and she disappears into the kitchen.When Katherine reappears I can tell there’s something on her mind. She sits down in the chair next to the sofa. There’s a tissue in her hand.

“What’s up, CK? Tell me what’s going on.”

“The publishers have rejected my latest manuscript.” She bravely fights back the tears that continue to well up, despite her determination.

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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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Special Feature! Spend Time At A Cottage In The Country / @LinnBHalton / #LLm

Hello everyone! I love special features. Today we a have a new release from Linn B. Halton. Read on to learn more about her latest. Let’s start with an excerpt.

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“Great. I’ve never known a tradesman work Saturdays and Sundays without having to twist their arms. I get the impression he’s not from around here, which was a surprise.”Sarah sips her tea then frowns slightly.

“He isn’t, although he’s looking to settle in the Forest at some point. I don’t think it’s a secret that he’s looking to buy something to do up.”

“Oh. Why didn’t he make an offer on Ash Cottage? I would have thought it would have been a perfect project for him.”

She nods, taking another sip.

“In strictest confidence, he was going to. I had a message on my desk to call him urgently when I arrived back in the office after your viewing. If he’d phoned through on my mobile, as my colleague suggested, he might just have beaten you to it. He wasn’t here when the For Sale sign went up, his mother died unexpectedly and he had to go back home for a couple of weeks to sort out the funeral. A case of unfortunate timing, I’m afraid.”

That’s awkward and sort of confirms my suspicions. I don’t know what to think now about the fact that he’s bending over backwards to help with a renovation that could have been his own.

“He must have felt gutted to come back and find he’d missed out on Ash Cottage. I feel sad knowing that.”

Sarah hastens to reassure me. “He will have been grateful to have a job to keep his mind occupied, no doubt. I don’t know how close he was to his mum, but a death brings out all sorts of emotions – especially at this time of the year. He’s on our mailing list and something else will come up before too long. In his line of work he’ll no doubt hear on the local grapevine if someone’s thinking of selling, so he’ll be one step ahead. It’s a small community here. This case was complicated because of the number of beneficiaries involved. Everything took a little longer than expected to set up.”

“I’m glad I asked. I’d hate to say anything to upset him in any way. His mother’s death must have been tough to deal with. He isn’t the sort of man who finds it easy dealing with emotion, is he?”

I wasn’t expecting Sarah to respond to that, I was simply voicing my thoughts.

“I think he’s lonely, to be honest. I don’t know why as he’s made a few hearts pound among the single females and widows around here. I know Joanna next door is one of his biggest fans. The gossip-mongers are watching his every move.” She laughs, raising her eyebrows at me, knowingly.

I feel the heat rising up from my neck, gulp down the last of my tea and muster up a laugh that sounds suitable dismissive. A cough alerts us to the fact that Lewis Hart is standing in the doorway and the fact that he’s soaking wet might not be the only reason why he looks like thunder.

 

A Cottage In The Country

A Cottage In The Country

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Welcome Rachel Brimble and Jenny Harper! / @RachelBrimble / @harper_jenny

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!

Meet Rachel

picture1I 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:

What Belongs To Her

What Belongs To Her

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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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. More info →
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Meet Jenny

Jenny HarperI 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:

Sand In My Shoes

Sand In My Shoes

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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
A trip to France awakens the past in this heartwarming and tear-jerking short summer read from the author of People We Love. More info →
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