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Guest blogger: Lizzie Lamb

newromantics4:

Thrilled to bits with the great job the ARRA have done with the blog I wrote for them. Thank you, ladies.

Originally posted on Australian Romance Readers Association:

Lizzie LambIt’s never too late to realise a dream

My dream came true when I took early retirement from teaching after thirty-four years at the chalk face to become a published author. When I retired a colleague gave me a pillow embroidered with: ‘May All Your Dreams Come True’ and I set out to make it happen.

So far, it’s been a great journey.

I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme and took two years to write my first novel Tall, Dark and Kilted. After receiving lots of encouragement I felt the manuscript was ready to be submitted to agents. RNA friends came forward with lots of suggestions what to do next. I will be eternally grateful to Amanda Grange (author of Mr Darcy’s Diary) who suggested that ‘times were a-changing’ and I should self-publish.

Taking Mandy’s advice I self-published Tall, Dark…

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Nine Essential Elements of Romance Fiction – Catherine LaRoche

newromantics4:

A grea tblog post, better than my conference notes.

Originally posted on The Romaniacs:

NINE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ROMANCE FICTION

Catherine LaRoche

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I spend a lot of time thinking about romance fiction.  My mom reads the books, and I picked up the love of the genre from her when I was a teenager.  She always had a tottering pile of novels beside her bed that I’d rummage through for something to borrow.  Now I write historical romances and, in my day job, I’m a college professor of gender studies and cultural studies.  For the past several years, I’ve included romance fiction in my teaching while I’ve been writing an academic book entitled Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (forthcoming in mid-2015 from Indiana University Press).

My students choose romances from a big box that I bring into class and write responses on them.  We do cut-up exercises with the novels to create alternative storylines.  We write a collaborative online romance with…

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…another wee glimpse of a Celtic past in the Scottish Hebrides… #TBSU…

newromantics4:

A great post to save for my research for Scotch on the Rocks. Thanks, Seumas.

Originally posted on Seumas Gallacher:

…a couple months or so ago, I posted a blog piece about my time as a teenager, employed as a trainee banker in Tobermory, a township with less than a thousand souls, nestled at the edge of the beautiful Tobermory Bay on the Scottish Hebridean Island of Mull…

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…many of yeez have asked for a few more snippets of what it was like living there… and I must confess, when I sit back and think of these days, I yearn for them more and more… folks had time to talk with each other…emb’dy remember what that was like?… the internet and SOSYAL NETWURKIN was a thing of the far-distant future… the stuff of H.G.Wells-type novels… what sticks with me most clearly are the mem’ries of people… every one a character… every one a real personality…. Gaelic music sat at the heart of the informal house ceilidhs, or gatherings at home…

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Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team #RBRT

Originally posted on A Woman's Wisdom:

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Love books?  Get yourself over to Rosie Amber’s blog and join her book review team.

Rosie Amber says:

“I believe that book reviews help sell books. So I’m running a voluntary Book Review Team to help authors reach a wider audience. Any reader can ask to take part as long as they will read the books in a reasonable time frame, (Within a month of getting the book), write a review and post it on at least 2 sites plus send a copy of the review to me to post here on the blog with full recognition going to the reviewer. Posting sites can be reader’s blogs, and places like Goodreads, Amazon (Posting on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and possibly Amazon.ca), Smashwords etc

There is no minimum or maximum number of books.

Authors who have books for reviewers, will offer books in e-format such as e-pub, Mobi, or vouchers for Smashwords, Amazon, or…

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Book Review Challenge – Kerry reviewed Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Today we have a book review from Challenger Kerry. She blogs at http://kerrysreviewsblog.wordpress.com/

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She chose to review “Boot Camp Bride” by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Here is Kerry’s review;

Bootcamp Bride is a real must-have for the beach this summer.

Charlee Montague, a feisty rookie reporter, desperate for her big break, is paired with experienced, and not unattractive, photographer Rafa Fonsecca-Ffinch for an assignment she cannot refuse.

Posing as an engaged couple, Charlee is sent to a bridal bootcamp in the Norfolk marshes to get the gossip on model Anastasia Markova and her husband-to-be, while Rafa gets some juicy snapshots.

Rafa makes it quite clear from the start that the engagement is purely for show and as soon as the assignment is over, so is the “engagement”.

Charlee has more intelligence that she is given credit for and realises early on that there is more…

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Book Review Challenge – Review from E.L. Lindley

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Many thanks to EL Lindley forr writing this review for Boot Camp Bride. I know some people might think that writers are a bit of a precious bunch, but receiving such a positive review really made my day. The writing, editing and reviewing process necessary to produce a well-crafted novel is long and arduous, but if I didn;t enjoy it I wouldn’t be working on #3 right now. A review like this really bucks up a writer and spurs them on. Thanks again to Rosie for organising this review tour and to EL for writing it. You both rock.

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Today’s book review comes form E.L.Lindley.

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She chose to read “Boot Camp Bride” by Lizzie Lamb,

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Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

THE PERFECT WEEKEND READ!

 

Boot Camp Bride is the perfect weekend read, it’s a light hearted, feel good page turner and once I’d started it I couldn’t put it down. The story sees Charlee Montague, an ambitious, feisty young reporter paired with award winning photographer Rafael Ffinch in order to pose as an engaged couple at a boot camp for brides to be. As far as Charlee is concerned the mission is about gaining an expose on a supermodel and her Russian oligarch boyfriend but it soon becomes clear that there is more to the assignment than she knows.

In Boot Camp Bride, Lizzie Lamb has created a wonderful protagonist in Charlee. She is every bit the gutsy, contemporary heroine and I loved her immediately. Charlee is…

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Book Review Challenge Series – The Importance of Book Reviews by Lizzie Lamb

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Our last guest post on the Book review Challenge before we hand over to you the reader is author Lizzie Lamb. Plus authors might like to step around the fence to the book reviewers side and take a look.

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1)     How important are book reviews for an author?

Very important. Not only do they let writers know what their readers (the genuine ones, that is) think, they give readers feedback to see if the book is something they might enjoy and download. Reviews also help to keep a writer’s profile ‘up there’ with Amazon. They ‘ping’ with the SEO machine and make sure that writer doesn’t get forgotten by Amazon’s big publicity machine.

2)     What are the top sites for book reviews?

I must admit that I don’t search these types of sites very often so I really can’t say. Sites like Novelicious and Love Reading, for example…

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Life’s a beach… and then you read!

The New Romantics 4 Buy Last BIte of the Cherry by Margaret Cullingford on Amazon Buy The 20's Girl, the ghost, and all that jazz by June Kearns on Amazon Buy An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns on Amazon Buy A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan on Amazon Buy The Hollow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan on Amazon Buy Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb on Amazon Buy Tall, Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb

Book review Challenge Series – How I write a book review

newromantics4:

A great post which helps readers to leave reviews

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Welcome one and all to our Book review challenge, I just want to thank everyone who is supporting this series it means so much to me. So what have we got for you?

I truly believe that books and book sales are changing as people browse virtual book stores to buy their books. This is where the book review really will help sell a book in a market place full of millions and millions of books. If I had a £1 for every-time someone said to me in the last week “Since I starting writing my book I’ve come to realise how important book reviews are” well, we’d be well on the way down to the nearest bookstore to stock up on books!

So today I’m in the spotlight talking about book reviews and giving you some simple easy tips to start you off book reviewing. I’ll get…

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Welcome to Rosie Amber

Hi,

rosyamberMy name is Rosie Amber, I’m an author, book reviewer and blogger. I live in the county of Hampshire in the UK. Blogging opened up a whole new world to me and I have met some lovely people. I try to publish a blog post every single day because my blog is still quite new and I need to keep readers interested. I began my blog primarily to help promote my own book, but it has become a much bigger part of my life. I’m now able to use my love of reading and my blog to help promote other people books too.

TalkoftheplaygroundMy first published book is called “Talk of the Playground” (Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com)and is a fun tale of the ins and outs of an English village school. I call it my work of love rather than my work of art because it meant so much to me at the time. I learnt a lot about writing and self-publishing and have learnt even more from blogging and reading other writers work. Now I’m working on a big edit of my book because I love evolving as a writer.

I love reading. In the Goodreads 2013 challenge I read 154 books, this year I expect to increase that number. Nearly every book I read gets a review on Goodreads, Amazon and my blog, with links to my Facebook author page, Google+ and Twitter. I also do Guest Author Interviews and take part in book related tours.

In 2013 I was lucky enough to be invited to write a monthly book review page for a local magazine called “Fleet Life”. 5000 copies go out locally and the magazine has an online version too, I usually review 5 books of my choice per month for the magazine. In 2014 I also picked up its sister magazine Elvetham Heath Directory which has 2000 copies and an online version, I do a different set of reviews in each magazine.

I love keeping my blog fresh; in April 2013 I took part in my first April A to Z Challenge and I blogged my way through the alphabet matching book titles to the letters of the alphabet. This year I took part for a second year and again promoted books using all the letters of the alphabet, it is a great way to meet lots of new bloggers from all over the world.

Never one to stand still for long I recently completed a year-long challenge that I set myself on the day I began reading a book called “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly.

Judith challenged herself to do Good Deeds for a whole year and wrote a truly inspirational book about what happened. Judith undertook giant acts of good, my own challenge was to do just 1 Good Deed a day for a year. Every Sunday I updated my readers with my latest deeds. On April 16th 2014 I celebrated completing my challenge and am now carrying on for a second year. Do come and check it out.

My most recent addition to the blog is a page I’m building on resources for writers. It features people who offer editing services, marketing, promotion, book covers, book reviewers etc and I shall be adding more.

 

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