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.
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
Hello all! Today, we’re featuring Made In Nashville, by Mandy Baggot. Read on for more about this great title and a free excerpt!
Hover over the excerpt and scroll to read the text…
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!
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
Welcome to another edition of Meet The Author Moment! Today, we’re featuring Janice Horton.
[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!
This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Patricia Sands
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Good morning! Today we’re featuring our own Bonnie Trachtenberg. Read on to enjoy an excerpt from Bonnie’s novel, Wedlocked.
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.
What inspired Wedlock? The song, “Almost Like Being in Love” by Natalie Cole. Have a listen!
Our very own Linn B. Halton has been tremendously busy. This month we’ve got another special featuring her new release, Quintessentially Yours!
Excerpt From Quintessentially Yours
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.
Excerpt From A Cottage In The Country
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.