Monday, 25 September 2017

Friendship, betrayal, and crossing lines... time to take a little look at 'Tainted Love'.


I have a lot of writing hats on at the moment, it's a very busy time. I'm currently working on The Wife Series - a dark domestic drama/psychological thriller I'm writing for HarperImpulse under the pen name ML Roberts.
But I've also been working on another self-published project, which, time permitting, I hope to release before Christmas. And I did mention last week that I'd be releasing a sneaky peek at this new romance - no ordinary romance, remember, it's me writing here - and I'm keeping that promise.
You can now check out the first few (unedited - this isn't finished yet) pages of 'Tainted Love', a story of friendship, betrayal, and crossing lines... see what you think...

Tainted Love Taster


Joss


I love my kitchen. It’s cosy, warm; it’s comforting. Dark wooden floorboards, hand-crafted cupboards, a large round table in the corner next to a huge welsh dresser. I’ve even got a pantry. I always wanted a pantry. My grandmother had a pantry, even though my dad used to say it was nothing more than a glorified cupboard. I like my glorified cupboard. I love my life. It’s a bit like my kitchen, really – cosy. Comforting. Familiar.
“We’re going to be late if we don’t get a move on, Joss. Are you ready?”
Sam comes rushing into the kitchen, his arms full of notebooks, a slightly flustered expression on his face. Sam Coburn. My husband. Ready for work in his tracksuit bottoms and T-shirt.
Sam.
Handsome. Smart. Funny. We’ve been together almost sixteen years now, married for thirteen, and he still makes me laugh. I still love him as much as the first day I met him.
“I’ve been ready since seven 0’clock. It’s you who’s running late.”
He looks at me and shrugs, throws me a half smile as he swipes a slice of toast from my plate, winking as he shoves most of it in his mouth all in one go.
“You’re such a pig sometimes, do you know that?”
“Yeah. But you still find it sexy, right?”
He winks again, but I don’t answer him. I pick up my books, my bag and my phone and I usher him out of the door. He’s right. If we don’t get a move on we are going to be late. And I’ve never been late for school. Not once. Not ever.



Sam


She’s way more organised than I’ll ever be. Joss. Mrs Coburn. History teacher. My wife. Every teenage boy’s secret crush, understandably so. If I was fifteen again I’d make sure I was always hanging around in the corridor, just so I could watch her walk past, man, she has the sexiest arse! Not the reason I married her, of course. Well, not the only reason.
I slam the car door shut, which puts me on the receiving end of one of Joss’s death stares. She’s always telling me not to slam the door like that, but it’s just habit. And I’m not good at breaking habits. Especially the bad ones.
We walk across the yard, weaving in between teenagers loitering in groups, huddled together, heads bent over their mobile phones. Doesn’t anyone talk to each other anymore?
I glance at Joss out the corner of my eye as a group of boys yell something wholly inappropriate at her, even though I’m right there beside her. Her husband. Mr Coburn. Head of the Physical Education department. Science teacher. The man who gets to live out their wet dreams, for real. Horny fuckers. But they mean no harm. To them it’s just banter, and despite its inappropriate content, given their age and Joss’s position, she treats it as just that, flicking them the finger behind her back as she walks past. Which they love, of course, it’s attention. They crave attention, no matter what kind, and that’s exactly what Joss has given them. But she knows how to handle them. She knows how to handle anything. My wife.



Connor


Millers Bridge is very different to the last school I ran. The first one I was ever in charge of. That one was in a fairly run-down area, on the outskirts of south London. The kids were disillusioned; distracted. It was a hopeless place, for the first few months I was there. But I turned it around, with the help of great staff and students who finally realised the whole world wasn’t against them. It was, in fact, just waiting for them to go out there and grab it by the balls.       
My job there, though, is done. An amazing teacher called Gary Banks now runs that school, continuing the legacy I created. And now I’m here, hundreds of miles away in North East England. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to be exact. I’m here, running a school that, basically, ticks along quite nicely. It doesn’t need my help. It doesn’t need me. I need it …



Summer


“Savvi! Savvi, come on, you’re going to be late! Savannah!”
“All right, Jesus! I’m coming.”
I stand at the bottom of the stairs, watching as my soon-to-be-eighteen-year-old daughter comes thundering down them, her white-blonde hair pulled back from her pretty face in a messy ponytail.
“And don’t call me Savannah.”
“That’s what it says on your birth certificate.”
She just throws me a look.
“Savannah is a beautiful name.”
She doesn’t respond. She sits down on the bottom stair, shoving her books into her bag, checking her phone, she rarely puts the thing down.
“You need to get going, Savvi. The bus is due in five minutes.”
“I’m going, I’m going.”
“Have you got money for lunch?”
“Yes.”
She leans in to me, quickly kissing my cheek. And she smiles, squeezing my hand before she runs to the door and leaves without another word. I smile too as I head back into the kitchen. I’ll tidy up in here, then I need to email my editor, make a few calls. And I’m teaching a yoga class this afternoon, I need to prepare for that, too.
My phone ringing jolts me from my to-do list and I pull myself up onto the countertop, crossing my legs underneath myself as I answer it.
“Hey.”
I smile at the sound of his voice. I never know when he’s going to call, we don’t make definite plans. We can’t. But hearing his voice, it always fills me with an inner peace, despite the chaos our relationship would cause if people knew about us.
“Hey back. You at work?”
“I am. Another day at the coal face.”
I laugh quietly, absentmindedly picking at the hem of my skirt. “You make it sound like you hate what you do. And you don’t, I know you don’t.”
“No, I don’t. It has its moments. What are you up to today?”
“Writing. Yoga. And I might head down to amateur dramatics tonight, I haven’t decided yet.”
“I need to see you, Summer.”
I pause, just for a second. “Yeah. I need to see you, too.”
I need to see him more and more as each day goes by, and this wasn’t what we planned. This wasn’t supposed to happen. It should have been over by now, but it isn’t. It isn’t.
I can hear in the background that he isn’t alone now, so I ready myself for the call to end. For him to go back to his life and let me get on with mine.
“I have to go,” he almost whispers down the line, and I don’t even get a chance to reply before he hangs up.
I don’t normally make bad decisions. He’s one I could’ve stopped myself from making, I could have walked away; should have walked away. But I didn’t. And I don’t regret what I did.
I don’t.
Not yet.

© Michelle Betham 2017


'Tainted Love' will be released - fingers crossed - late 2017. 
Watch this space for pre-order details and the cover reveal, which should be coming soon!
And in the meantime, have you started reading The Wife yet? Part One (To Have and to Hold) is out now, and it's still FREE to download from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo and iBooks! What have you got to lose...? πŸ˜‰



Michelle x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Book reviews, and why we authors value them so much.

This is the part of being an author that I have never liked, because I hate begging, but when it comes to book reviews, sometimes it's necessary. 

As an author, especially when it comes to Amazon, reviews really do matter. The more Amazon reviews a book has, the more Amazon will push that book, that's a fact. But, more importantly, reviews give authors/publishers much needed feedback. So when we authors keep banging on about how important reviews are to us, we're not doing that because we think it's what people want to hear, it's true. Reviews are extremely important, which is why I'm on a begging mission right now, asking for reviews of my latest release (writing as M L Roberts) To Have and to Hold (The Wife - Part One).



It's quite frustrating for me, because I have a lot of people who read my books, but not all of them leave reviews, and I really don't like asking people to do that because it can feel like I'm harassing them at times, but this latest release has been published through Harper Impulse, it isn't one of my self-published books, therefore there's more pressure on me as an author to ask readers to leave reviews, which isn't always an easy job. I don't want to pressure people, but just a couple of short sentences, even a few words, that's all that needs to be left on Amazon these days. It can take seconds, and really take the pressure off authors. I've been asked by my editor to try and round up some fresh reviews for To Have and to Hold, so it really is important for me to find some lovely, kind readers who are willing to help with this; family and friends, too, but this is where I, personally, hit a stumbling block. Most of my friends don't have Kindles/eReaders, or they want to wait until the complete eBook/paperback version of the book is released next March. So they aren't even reading To Have and to Hold. And as for family... that's complicated. Needless to say, their support is not forthcoming. Which means I rely on readers/reviewers/bloggers even more. I really do need all of your help. Plus, and this isn't an exaggeration, if my publishers feel that I can't drum up enough response to my books, well, that doesn't look good for my future with them. Or with any publisher/agent. We authors need people behind us, we really can't do it alone. 

The book itself is very short, the first part of a four-part series, it's only around 80 -100 pages long. And right now it's FREE to download from Amazon UK and US, so it isn't going to cost a thing to read and review it. And when I say I'd be grateful for any reviews - no matter how short - I really do mean that. You'd be throwing me a massive lifeline, meaning I'm not being asked constantly to drum up reviews which means, in turn, I'm not constantly begging for them on social media. 



So, go on. Help an author out here. πŸ™‚ If you've already read The Wife - Part One, and you've left a review on Amazon, thank you. ❤️ You're a star. If you've read it, and you can spare a few minutes to nip over to Amazon and leave a review, you're also a star. ❤️ And if you haven't yet read it, but you're going to, when you're done (and preferably if you've liked it!!), could I please beg ask you to think about leaving just a teeny, tiny review on Amazon? Please? You have no idea how grateful I'd be. Thank you, so much! πŸ™


And don't forget, To Have and to Hold (The Wife - Part One) is currently FREE to download from Amazon UK and US!




Once again, thanks for the reviews that have already been left, and thank you in advance for those to come. Fingers crossed!! πŸ˜‰


Michelle x


Friday, 1 September 2017

It's Publication Day for To Have and to Hold (The Wife - Part One) by M L Roberts


Today sees the publication of To Have and to Hold, Part One of The Wife, a brand new four-part psychological thriller series published through Harper Impulse, and written by M L Roberts. Which, if you don't already know by now, is me. My darker alter-ego, if you like. 




The Wife explores the aftermath of a tragic event in the life of Ellie and Michael Travers, and how it affects their once-perfect life together. Want to find out more? Check out the blurb below...

If you can’t stop watching Doctor Foster and The Affair, you won’t be able to put down this chilling new four-part series.




Michael and Ellie are that couple.
The ones who have it all.
Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.
When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven.



The Wife is available to download now, and if you're in the UK it's FREE! So, what have you got to lose? πŸ˜‰

And if you want to check out the first chapter, and try before you buy, you can do so right HERE.


The perfect life. The perfect wife...?

Download Part One of The Wife now and start Ellie's story. Part Two coming November 3rd...






Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Meet The Author + New Book Release from Sharon Booth

Want to know more about author Sharon Booth? She's here on my blog today to take part in 'Meet The Author', so, read on to find out what inspires Sharon, who her ideal dinner guests would be, and what she's currently binge-watching. And also find out more about her brand new book release New Doctor at Chestnut House...



What genre do you write in? And what inspired you to write in that particular genre?

I write contemporary romance—usually with lots of humour thrown in. I call it contemporary romance; others may call it romantic comedy, women's fiction, or even chick lit. I don't mind what label people give it—although I do wonder why women need their own fiction. You don't hear about men's fiction, do you? Anyway, back when I merely dabbled in writing, creating "Chapter One" a multitude of times, but never reaching "Chapter Two", I tried to write sagas of the Catherine Cookson variety. Throughout my twenties and thirties, it was her books I read more than any other. Then I discovered Sue Townsend and Jilly Cooper, and realised I really, really enjoyed a laugh! I'd never read chick lit or romcoms before, but then I watched an excellent documentary series called Reader, I Married Him, which was all about writing romance novels. It really caught my imagination and I went on Amazon and searched for chick lit—not really knowing how else to describe it. I think the first book I bought in that genre was The Birds and the Bees by Milly Johnson. I was hooked. I quickly discovered Carole Matthews, Veronica Henry, Trisha Ashley, and so many others. I knew that this was the sort of book I wanted to write. Romantic but funny, with heroines who could be my best friend, and heroes I fell totally in love with. That's what I've stuck with ever since, although I've recently written a couple of pocket novels for The People's Friend, which are sweeter, gentler romances, and they are now published as part of the Fabrian Books' Feel-Good series.  

What was the inspiration for your current book?

My day job is working in a medical centre. It's a busy GP practice, with around fifteen thousand patients, and the work is non-stop. It can be very stressful, but there are some really funny moments. The things I could tell you—but, of course, I can't! I started to think about building a series around a different sort of GP practice—a small, rural surgery set in a village on the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. I'd already created a surgery in my Kearton Bay series, and mentioned another, larger one—the Castle Street Practice—in Kearton Bay's market town neighbour, Helmston. I thought, what if this new surgery was the branch surgery for Castle Street? I'd mentioned a village called Bramblewick, in A Kiss from a Rose, so I decided to place the surgery there. The story was one I'd initially planned to use as a Kearton Bay story, but it hadn't really worked so had been sitting on my laptop for ages. I reworked it and sent it off to The People's Friend, who published it as a pocket novel. Then I made a few tweaks until it was suitable as a Fabrian Books' Feel-Good Novel. Before I knew it, I had a whole host of characters and realised it would make a good series. I'm really hoping I have time to write a Bramblewick Christmas story this year, too. 

Do you get nervous reading reviews of your books?

Absolutely terrified! When I see I have a new review, my stomach starts churning and I feel really nauseous. That never goes away, and probably never will—although I know that a review, good or bad, is just one person's opinion, and I have to toughen up about them. It's funny, but it's always the negative comment you remember, even if the positive ones far outnumber it. I know that's not just me, though. Writers are a sensitive bunch!

Paperback or ebooks—do you have a preference?

I absolutely love paperbacks. The touch of them, the smell of them, and the look of them. Some of them are so pretty and sparkly! But, truthfully, these days I find it easier to read on my Kindle. It's easier to hold, and it's easier to see. Yes, that does make me feel old! Plus, I love the fact that, if I see a book I really want to read, I can simply click a button and it's there on my device—although, that's not so good for my bank account.

Do you plan your stories before you start writing them, or do you just "wing it"?

I'm definitely a planner. I've tried winging it before and stumbled into a dead end every time. I like to know where I'm going. Having said that, once I get going, the characters tend to lead themselves into surprising situations. They honestly are real people to me, and they know what they want. Rose, in A Kiss from a Rose, was the worst offender. She did something that completely took me by surprise. I had no idea! It changed the entire direction of the book. When I start writing a new novel, I know where the story starts, and I know how it's going to end. I have a few key scenes in mind, but I find that sometimes, the characters like to take a detour, and I usually go with that because it's interesting to see where it leads. When the first draft is written, I leave it a while then read it through and see which themes have developed. I then rewrite to make those themes stronger and pull the whole sprawling mess into some sort of order.

Can you tell us anything about any future projects you're working on?

Right now, I'm working on a Christmas novel, which is the second in my Moorland Heroes series—the first being Resisting Mr Rochester, which came out in June. I'm hoping to fit in a Bramblewick Christmas novel, too, for release in October or November. My plans for next year include the second Skimmerdale novel, featuring my absolutely gorgeous and irresistible Aidan Turner-lookalike sheep farmer hero, Eliot. I'm hoping that will be out in spring. Then, fingers crossed, the fourth and final Kearton Bay novel will be out in the autumn, and maybe another one or two Bramblewick novels. I also have plans for the third Moorland Heroes book but I don't know if I can manage it next year. Something's going to have to give!

Social Media, friend or foe?

Both, I think. Friend, because I get to talk to so many other people I would never otherwise know. It's lovely to think that, when you're sitting there all alone in your office, you're only a click away from a chat. Plus, there's no doubt that social media is the best aid to publicising my books. On the other hand, it's the biggest procrastination tool known to mankind. I can sit down, determined to write, and say to myself, "I'll just check out Facebook first". Three hours later, I still haven't added a word to my work-in-progress! That's not good. I'm really trying to limit social media time, but it's not easy.   

You're having a dinner party. Which 4 people, living or dead, would you invite?

Honestly, if I could invite people who had died I wouldn't be able to limit myself to four! I would love to meet all my ancestors. I've been researching them for years, and I have so many questions. But, if I had to limit them to four, I'd invite my dad and his parents, and my mum's mum, because I really miss them, and I have so much to tell them and so much I wish I'd asked them when I had the chance. If you want me to name "famous" people, I'd probably go for Enid Blyton, Charlotte BrontΓ«, William Shakespeare and Aidan Turner. Enid was probably my best friend when I was a little girl, and if anyone inspired my love of reading it was her. I'll always be grateful to her for that. Charlotte wrote my favourite book, Jane Eyre, and I'd cherish the opportunity to ask her all about her siblings and life. As for Will Shakespeare, there are so many rumours about him. I'd love to talk to him about them and get to know the real William Shakespeare. And Aidan Turner…Well, er, he's Aidan Turner, people! No other reason needed. If I could pick fictional characters, I'd invite Doctor Who's Eleventh Doctor, Jamie Fraser from Outlander, Jane Eyre and Adrian Mole. What a dinner party that would be!

What's the last thing you binge-watched on Netflix/Amazon Prime/other streaming service? 

Stella. I don't know how I missed that first time around, but I decided to give it a try a few weeks ago and was completely hooked. On Netflix, I was persuaded to give Once Upon a Time a try, as my kids kept going on and on about it. I ended up watching the entire six series in a matter of weeks. I absolutely love Rumpelstiltskin, Regina and Hook, and the Charmings are so sweet. Before that it was The Crown—which was excellent—Game of Thrones, the entire first series of Outlander, and every single episode of Being Human. Right now, I'm working my way through old Doctor Whos again, and then I may try Grimm. I rarely watch "normal" TV these days. I've got quite used to being able to watch six series of something, as and when I choose. Having to wait a week for the next episode is so yesterday, darling! 

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New Doctor at Chestnut House - Book Blurb


Fabrian Books' Feel-Good novels are heartwarming romantic stories that leave you believing a happy-ever-after does exist.

Is home a place—or a person? 

Anna's about to leave Bramblewick behind. She's due to marry her childhood sweetheart in a few weeks, and then she'll be heading to Kent and a whole new life.
Connor's a new arrival in Bramblewick. He's bringing with him a whole lot of baggage, and he's doubtful that this small village on the Yorkshire Moors is the ideal place for him and his daughter, Gracie.

It's not easy for Anna, watching Connor move into her family home and take over from her beloved father at the local surgery, but she's determined to help him settle in and adjust to rural life, so that the villagers get the doctor they deserve.

Connor's not convinced. This country practice is very different to what he's used to, and the locals have some strange expectations of their GP. Protective of Gracie and hiding behind self-constructed barriers, Connor struggles to adapt to life in Bramblewick. Can Anna convince him that this is the place where he and Gracie can finally find happiness?
And can she convince herself that leaving Bramblewick is the right move for her?


Author Bio

Sharon wrote her first book when she was still at primary school. It was about a boarding school that specialised in ballet, and, given that she'd never been to boarding school and hadn't a clue about ballet, it's probably a good thing that no copy of this masterpiece survives. She is the author of seven novels, and has also written for The People's Friend. Sharon lives in East Yorkshire, with her husband and their dog. She is one tenth of The Write Romantics, and a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. She has a love/hate relationship with chocolate, is a devoted Whovian, and prone to all-consuming crushes on fictional heroes.

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Monday, 14 August 2017

New genre. New pen-name. New book on the way...


It's been a while since I released a new book, but one is finally imminent! And this is one I've been keeping under wraps since March, but one I'm extremely excited about! Because I'm not only writing in a completely new genre, I'm also writing under a different name.

The Wife is a chilling, compelling and emotional psychological thriller written by me under the name of M L Roberts, and will be published through HarperImpulse, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Check out the blurb below... 


For fans of TV shows Doctor Foster and The Affair. A chilling new four-part series...

Michael and Ellie are that couple.
The ones who have it all.
Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.
When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven...



The story will be released in four parts:-

To Have and to Hold  -  Released September 1st
For Better, For Worse -  Released November 3rd
In Sickness and in Health  -  Released January 5th, 2018
Till Death Do Us Part  -  Released March 2nd, 2018

All four parts are available to pre-order right now!

For me, being given the chance to write a different genre under a different name, it was a challenge I couldn't wait to take up! Although, I've got some tough competition out there. There are some amazing authors writing some incredible books in the psychological/crime fiction genre. But I'm proud of The Wife. I think it's an amazing story, suited very much to my preference of leaning towards the darker side of things; emotional to the end. And full of twists you just might not see coming...

I do feel that I have to point out, though, that each of the four books is not an entire book. What you're getting are parts of the story, told in four installments, each one about 25,000/30,000 words long - the length of an average novella. Between 80-100 pages. Both a paperback and ebook version of the book in its entirety will be released on March 2nd, 2018, for those who would rather wait and read it all in one go, because I know there are quite a few readers/blogger/reviewers who are very anti this type of book series. And I'm aware that my publishers are taking a risk by trying it with this genre, as it's never been done before, but, the way I'm tackling it is as though I'm writing a four-part TV series. I think of each installment of the book as though it were an episode of a show. If you watch any TV series, and an episode ends on a cliffhanger - if a series finale ends on a cliffhanger, meaning that you have to wait months, possibly a year until you find out the outcome - do you suddenly think, no, sorry, I'm not watching it any more because it ended like that and now I have to wait ages for the next episode? I'm sure you don't. If you really want to find out how the story moves along, and finally ends, you stick with it, no matter how long you have to wait. We finished season 4 of Bates Motel last night and now have to wait until season 5 appears on Netflix, and yes, I'm impatient because I want it now, but I'm also just looking forward to watching season 5, whenever it might land on my TV!

So, although I'm a little bit nervous about this new series of books, and how readers/reviewers/bloggers will receive them, I'm also really, really excited for people to start Ellie's story, and begin her chilling, emotional journey alongside her...




To Have and to Hold (The Wife - Part One) is available to pre-order now for only 99p/99c!
It's also available to request from Netgalley!




You can keep up with all the news on my alter-ego, and The Wife Series by following M L Roberts on Twitter at @AuthorMLRoberts

Or click on M L Roberts to LIKE their new Facebook Author Page.

You can also keep up with all of M L Roberts' book news by following their Amazon Author Page:-

AmazonUK
AmazonUS


Hopefully some exciting new times ahead. Have a lovely day, and speak to you all soon!

Michelle x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Guest Post - Rachel Dove talks about her new release The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

Today I am so, so excited to have the fabulous Rachel Dove on my blog talking about her latest release The Flower Shop on Foxley Street, which is out now!

I'll let Rachel herself tell you more about it...


Thanks for having me Michelle!

I am delighted that book 2 in the Westfield series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is published today, 26th July by HQ Digital. This book is the second in the Westfield series, which began with the competition winning entry The Chic Boutique on Baker Street. I have written 3 books since that one, and had a heck of a time being a full time author!

I signed with HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins, in December 2016 and have been hard at work ever since. I have a standalone romance coming out in September with them too, which I am tight lipped about at present. I am extremely nervous about the September book, as it is very different to my other works, but I do love the story. I feel as though the characters came to me, demanding that their story be told.

The Flower Shop on Foxley Street was a pleasure to write. I love the village of Westfield and all the characters, so writing the book was like chatting to an old friend, and it was amazing bringing Agatha and others to life again.

I really hope you like Lily Rose Baxter, and expect to hear more from Westfield in 2018!




BLURB

A new love could be about to bloom for Lily in this bright, warm women’s fiction title that fans of Holly Hepburn and Cathy Bramley will love.

Lily Rose Baxter loves her little flower shop on Foxley Street and the freedom and independence from her family that it represents.

Lily still can't shake the feeling though, that something is missing from her life, but when mysterious stranger Will Singer comes into her shop looking for the perfect bouquet of roses, all that could be about to change.





AUTHOR BIO


I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses. 

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback. 





You can contact Rachel, and find out more about her and her books, here:- 




And The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is available to download now! Have you got your copy yet...? Just click on the link below...


Thank you so much for stopping by today, Rachel. Wishing you loads of success with The Flower Shop on Foxley Street!



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Guest Post - Author JJ Toner talks WW2 Fiction


Today sees the release of the movie 'Dunkirk', and to coincide with that, I'm really pleased to have author JJ Toner on my blog to talk about the kind of stories WW2 has inspired, and to tell us all about a World War II fiction promotion... 


WORLD WAR II FICTION


Announcing a promotion of World War II fiction to coincide with the release of the movie ‘Dunkirk’ on July 21. The promotion will include 50+ eBooks, many at reduced prices, all from up-and-coming WW2 novelists, in addition to a giveaway of paperback editions. To check out the WW2 fiction promotion,



World War II has provided a rich breeding ground for fiction over the years. Pretty much from the end of the conflict, fiction writers have used the War as the background to their novels, with household names like Ken Follett, Jack Higgins, Alistair MacLean, Hans Hellmut Kirst and Hans Fallada leading the way. When I was a boy, I remember reading ‘penny’ comics set during WW2. Who remembers those?

What could be better for ratcheting up tension in a thriller than the cut and thrust of an aerial dogfight, the claustrophobic conditions inside a lumbering bomber or the oven of a tank in the desert of North Africa. What could be more thrilling than running a resistance cell, or an escape line for downed pilots, in Occupied France, under the noses of the Gestapo. Or we have escaping prisoners of war, the German resistance groups, the threat of German super-weapons, daring commando raids, SOE and OSS spying operations, and all set against the backdrop of the Nazis oppression of their own people, the concentration camps, the ghettos, and, of course, the Holocaust.

The period is an ideal setting for a romance, too. Imagine the bittersweet feeling of meeting the partner of your dreams days or hours before they ship out to one of the major theatres of war, or fly on a dangerous mission over enemy territory.   
In addition, we have variations on the WW2 theme, like time travel stories that transport people from today back into the maelstrom of the 1940s, and alternative histories of the period. Truly, a rich hunting ground for the novelist.

The ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk, also known as Operation Dynamo, represents one of the most dramatic episodes of the War. Shortly before that, we had Operation Pike (featured in my own book, The Serpent’s Egg) and the Germans’ incursion into Belgium and Holland and the capitulation of France. After Dunkirk we had the Battle of Britain, and many other drama-filled events and incidents, leading up to Operation Barbarossa, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and culminating in Operation Overlord, the D-day landings in June 1944, the defeat of the Third Reich and the liberation of the concentration camps.

Take a look at the books on offer in the ‘Dunkirk’ promotion and take your pick. Rarely have so many WW2 authors come together in one place.



JJ Toner writes WW2 and contemporary thrillers, all of which you can check out HERE.