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Guest Blog: The Company Of Women by author June Kearns

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A GREAT BLOG POST FROM MY LOVELY FRIEND JUNE. IF YOU WERE BORN ROUND ABOUT 1950, THIS POST WILL HAVE A RESONANCE FOR YOU.

Originally posted on A Woman's Wisdom - The Book Blog For Lovers Of The Written Word:

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One of my first memories is of sitting on my grandfather’s knee under a thick blue cloud of pipe tobacco smoke (aromatic, home-grown and probably illegal now, God bless my infant lungs!) listening to some mystical words on the Home Service. Forties, Cromarty, Tyne and Dogger; easterly, veering south-easterly. Becoming cyclonic. The Shipping Forecast. Faraway places with strange sounding names.

Grandad, who wore a flat cap inside the house and out, was the only male in my life. It was my grandma, my mum and her sisters who circled around me, with their gossip, their whiffs of scent and whispered secrets. Sitting under the kitchen table, hidden by fringing on the chenille cloth, I’d listen to the rise and fall of their voices, the buzz of gossip. Knitting needles clicked, teaspoons clinked. A lot of laughter, some sniffing and tutting.

image1 (2) My Mum and her big sister Nell, early 1920’s. Copyright…

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Romantic Lurve – or 50 Shades of Beige

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A very funny blog post from June Kearns. Lovin’ those big knickers, June.

Originally posted on New Romantics 4:

Miss PiggyRomance, in one form or another, is threaded through all our books at New Romantics Press. Lately, we’ve been discussing how one reader’s sublime is another’s ‘corblimey!’

Apparently, there was no such thing as romantic love until after the 12th century. Until then, knights regarded biffing each other as pretty much its own reward. After that, they needed an explanation for all the biffing, (if they couldn’t think of one, they asked a minstrel to make something up) and sagas of battle moved to tales of courtly love.

Sublime? So, what about the ‘cor blimey!’

E.L. James’s erotic bestseller has sold 100 million copies, and still counting. It’s women who are flocking to see the film.

Vileda MopAllegedly, before the launch, B&Q sent a memo to staff, warning of a possible increase in demand for certain products. These would be from customers recreating their own Fifty Shades experience. What…

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Tall Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb

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Thanks for reminding me about this one, too, Sharon. It seems a long time ago now. But I still love that book.

Originally posted on SHARON BOOTH :

I loved this book! For a start I loved the heroine Fliss who has suffered loss and comes out fighting. Fliss is making her own way in the world and doing quite nicely until her friendship with the spoilt and selfish Urquhart sisters causes a major downturn in her career. Against her better judgement she accepts their attempt to make amends by taking on the job of manageress at their rather irresponsible mother’s new therapy centre. The catch is, the centre is at their ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands, ruled with a rod of iron by their half brother, the fierce Ruairie. This novel is one of those that you can get into immediately and the London scenes with Fliss and Isla and Cat Urquhart are fun and very readable. For me, however, the novel leaps to a whole new level when Fliss arrives in the Highlands. The setting…

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Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

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Thanks for reminding me about this great blog post, Sharon.

Originally posted on SHARON BOOTH :

Sometimes I think Lizzie Lamb writes just for me. All the elements that make up an enjoyable reading experience are there in her novels. Likeable heroine? Tick. Gorgeous hero? Tick. Strong plotline? Tick. Inspiring setting? Tick. Yes, I know that many writers of romantic novels can tick all these boxes, but there’s something extra special in Lizzie’s books. It was there in Tall, Dark and Kilted, her previous novel, and it’s definitely present and correct in Boot Camp Bride.

I found myself wondering what it is about Lizzie’s books that works so beautifully and I realised there are several elements.

Firstly, there is the heroine. I sometimes read romantic novels and feel as if I want to shake the leading lady. Some of them are so blind and stupid, so simpering or aggressive that I often wonder what on earth any hero in his right mind would see in…

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Letter C The April A to Z Blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge

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Thanks again to Rosie for featuring my work on her blog. Number three coming at ya soon, Rosie !!

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

Day 3 of the April A to Z blogging challenge and my theme is book characters, plus some audience participation.

Letter C is for Charlee Montague in Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

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Lizzie Lamb’s characters are so lovable, Charlee became my buddy from the very first line. She was fiery unpredictable and quite honestly a delightful handful. Charlee Montague is an intern at “What’Cha” Magazine, the lowest of the low and given the worst jobs. But she has a passion to make it big and her feisty attitude nearly gets her in to BIG trouble at the book awards when she gives her honest opinion about photographs by high profile author Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch.

Next day instead of being fired she’s given the chance to redeem herself with a story about a young Royal playing away from home. But she has a partner and she must face Ffinch. Her best…

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From a wee blether to a total guddle…

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Very funny !!

Originally posted on Barb Taub:

I’m in a total guddle.

See, I might live in Scotland, but this is what I live here for. I’ve gone along all these years without once knowing that I’m in a total guddle [confused mess] , let alone owning it like Glasgowdragonfly does.

The hotel room was a bit of a guddle after Kate's hen party in Glasgow...The hotel room was a wee guddle after Fiona’s hen party in Glasgow…

Since we moved up here from England just as I was starting to get a handle on the whole separated by a common language thing, I’ve started to document a new vocabulary. Luckily, I have an expert tutor in the form of the receptionist at a nearby medical office. I’m completely smitten because she says och and aye and every noun is modified by wee. When I call, I always have a pencil ready to write down everything she says so I can look up translations when we hang up. Take, for example, today’s conversation:

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Jan Brigden: Winner and Contracted Author!

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Absolutely trilled that my lovely friend Jan Brigen has landed a publishing contract with Choc Lit. Can’tr wait to read her novel.

Originally posted on The Romaniacs:

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 We’ve had a WILD weekend at Romaniac HQ, celebrating the doubleplusgood news that our lovely, wonderful, talented

JAN BRIGDEN

is the WINNER of the Choc Lit and Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star Competition,

with her contemporary romance, As Weekends Go,

and

JAN HAS SIGNED WITH CHOC LIT!

We are besides ourselves with joy and are eating cream buns and chocolate cake with great abandon.

Time for more G&T cup cakes? Time for more G&T cup cakes?

Jan – we wanted to congratulate you on your well-deserved success and we cannot wait to see your debut published.

Many, many congratulations :D

Love,

The Romaniacs xxxxxxx

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The Best Vacation I Took With the Man I Love – September 2014

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My husband (aka Bongo Man) and I have been married a long time. Here’s an Emma Bridgewater loving cup I commissioned to celebrate the fact – I’ll leave you to do the maths.

In 2014 we bought a vintage caravan off EBay and went on a tour of Scotland to research my third novel – SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS (published this spring). In particular I wanted to visit Holy Loch where the USS Proteus had been anchored, servicing nuclear subs in the early sixties. Vital details in my novel, and I wanted to get it right.

We started out at 5am on September 6th, Bongo Man’s birthday. The 350 mile drive to Scotland is a long one, especially if you’re towing a caravan. We finally reached the shores of Loch Lomond later that same day and set up camp. The setting was idyllic and my heart swelled because I was with the man I love and my feet were on Scottish soil, my own country. One I had left when I was eleven years old but which forever remains in my heart.

In fact, it was so inspiring that I got ideas for my next Scottish-themed novel – HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS – while exploring Castle Stalker, Appin and surrounding area. Making the most of the weather we travelled as far north as Oban and Fort William and then headed back down to the west coast. We couldn’t  believe our luck when we rolled up the blinds each morning to find it was still glorious weather.

Castle Stalker, inspiration for my fourth novel - HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS

Castle Stalker, inspiration for my fourth novel – HEART OF THE HIGHLANDS

Next stop Gourock and the ferry over to Dunoon. Or, going DOON THE WATER, as they say in Scotland. We drove along the coast of Holy Loch and visited Hunter’s Quay where some of the most voluble anti-nuclear protests took place in 1961, and the scene in my novel where the heroine’s aunt is hosed off the anchor chain of the Proteus, setting a chain of events in motion. It was there, on the side of Holy Loch that I found my perfect writers’ retreat. in an ideal world, I’d buy the house and spend most of my summers there – just as well we have our caravan as back up.

Romantic evenings, days spent exploring and afternoons writing – the perfect combination when spent with the man I love, my anchor man – Dave. I hate to spoil this idyll but we weren’t alone. Our Hahn’s Macaw, Jasper, came too and seemed to enjoy every minute of his road trip.

It’s simpler to take him along with us as trying to organise a parrot sitter is a nightmare. This summer we plan to spend another couple of weeks touring the west coast of Scotland in June and have our fingers crossed that the weather holds.

Maybe I should have called this post – travels with a parrot. There is a naughty parrot called PERSHING featured in SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS. He’s based on Jasper our Macaw, although infinitely worse behaved !!

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I’ve written in conjunction with the first birthday celebration of Isabella Anderson’s debut novel – THE RIGHT DESIGN

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Isabella Louise Anderson & Lizzie Lamb

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Thanks you to Heather for featuring me and lovely Isabella Anderson on her fabulous blog.

Originally posted on :

Today I have two guests, one from Texas and one from the UK!

I have to admit, my new guest was a new author to me. But after reading the blurb for her book, “The Right Design”, I can’t wait to add her to my list of favorites!

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Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with working on her next book.
She created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies! She loves featuring authors and their books.
Currently, she lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can…

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Happy Birthday – The Right Design

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I’m pleased to welcome fabulous author Isabella Louise Anderson to my blog. Isabella published her debut novel THE RIGHT DESIGN exactly one year ago and U’m looking forward to learning more about her and and her awesome novel. 

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Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing. Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies! She loves featuring authors and their books. She lives in Dallas with her husband and cat. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading. Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

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In the author’s debut novel comes a story about picking up the pieces, letting go of the past, and finding love along the way–even if morals are tested!

 Interior designer Carrie Newman could not have envisioned a more perfect life for herself. She had a great job doing what she loved, wonderful friends, and a close relationship with her sister and brother-in-law. Add in an amazing man who she’d hoped would soon become her husband, and her life was perfect. Until one devastating decision ruins her relationship and changes the course of her life.

 Determined to make a new start, Carrie leaves Texas and heads to Palm Beach to pick up the pieces of her shattered and broken life. The last thing she expects is to find herself attracted to her first client at her new job–Brad Larson, who has proven himself time and time again to be caddish.

 But there’s something beneath the surface of Brad’s arrogant exterior that keeps her craving more of him–something almost sweet that Carrie can’t seem to resist.

 Is Carrie ready to take another chance on romance? And will this new design of her life prove to be the right one?

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