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Breaking News – Adrienne shortlisted for award at Festival of Romantic Fiction

Originally posted on New Romantics 4:

Adrienne Vaughan

The New Romantics 4 are delighted to announce that Adrienne Vaughan’s 5 star novel  A Change of Heart has been shortlisted in the Romance Reader Awards at the Festival of Romantic Fiction.

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As Sarah Taylor, awards organiser, says: “With the highest number of entries the awards have had in their four year history, the standard this year was exceptionally high with many highly rated novels not making the shortlists. The breath and depth of quality writing in romantic fiction should be celebrated and that’s what these awards are all about.”.You can read the complete lists for all categories here but this is the line up for Adrienne’s category:

Best Author Published

A Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

Mary Bennet by Kate Allan

Sweet Occasions by Linn B Halton

Drumbeats by Julia Ibbotson

Fairlights by Jan Jones

Christmas Yves by Nicola May

 

The award ceremony is at…

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Romancing September Across the World – Day 4 – Lizzie Lamb

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Thanks to Stephanie Hurt for hosting me on her blog as part of Romancing September across the world.

Originally posted on Stephanie Hurt - Author/Accountant/Children's Minister:

Welcome to Day 4 of the 2nd Annual Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. I’ve teamed up with Rosie Amber again this year. We’re promoting 30 awesome romance authors in 30 days. Help us out by cross promoting when you can and check out these authors.

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.

Today my guest author is Lizzie Lamb and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about her and her book Boot Camp Bride.

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  • What inspired you to write this book?

I spend a great deal of time in north-west Norfolk and one day when I was sitting a bench overlooking the marshes the whole story unfolded before me. The heroine, Charlee, had been in my head for ages, begging me…

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 4

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Many thanks to Rosie Amber for this great shout out.

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Welcome to Day 4 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Lizzie Lamb. Catch up with more from Lizzie in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

Where is your home town? 

Leicester in the United Kingdom

How long have you been writing romance? 

I’ve been writing romance ever since I can remember. I first started submitting manuscripts to publishers in the late 80’s – starting, as we all did, with Mills and Boone and then progressing onto Little Black Dress. I landed an agent in 1990 (Dot Lumley) but due to pressure of work (I was a primary school deputy head teacher at the time) I had to temporarily abandon my fledgling writing career and concentrate on the day job. After taking early retirement from teaching in 2008 I was able to return to…

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NR4 Summer Celebration

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Watch our great promotional video

Originally posted on New Romantics 4:

September already! How the summer has flown by.  To celebrate the start of the new “school year”, we’ve made a short video about us and our writing – we hope you enjoy it.  And if you have a look below the “Loose Women,” you’ll find a few words from each of us about where we are with our projects.

 

~Lizzie Lamb

Two years ago I uploaded Tall, Dark and Kilted on Create Space and tentatively pressed the ‘GO’ button. That kick-started my adventure as an indie author and it’s been a whirlwind ride. I now have two books available on amazon, a raft of reviews, thriving social networking presence and a growing number of readers. It’s been hard work but I’ve done it and I’m proud to have travelled the road with my fellow New Romantics: June, Adrienne and Mags. What does the future hold for me? Hopefully…

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SUMMER READING – take me with you to the beach . . .

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It doesn’t seem possible that two years have passed since I, and the other members of the New Romantics 4, decided to stop tweaking and editing our novels and publish them on amazon. Its been a whirlwind but worth it. So, here we are, published authors and working hard on our third novels and with a poster to prove it. We have a social media presence on FacebookTwitter and WordPress. launched our books in Waterstones and produced a video which will appear on YouTube and our blog in September. Added to that we have the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve done it ourselves – with a little help from our many, talented writer friends and supportive readers.

Thank you for buying our novels and for writing us a review on amazon or Goodreads

Other fledgling (and not so fledgling!) authors have asked me what my path to publication has been and how I became a published indie author from a standing start. I’ve covered that subject on the New Romantics 4’s blog and other sites and won’t go over it again on this page. To put it simply, once I’d broken free of the treadmill of honing a synopsis to perfection, endlessly polishing the first three chapters of my novel and sweating over the dreaded submission letter to agents, I freed myself to write the novel which had been clamouring in my head for a number of years. The one which I, as a reader, would like to read and which I – as an author –  felt compelled to write.

That’s how (after a few incarnations) Tall, Dark and Kilted was born.

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When writing Tall, Dark and Kilted I was able to transport myself to Scotland, meet a gorgeous, sexy laird Ruairi Urquhart and fall in love all over again. Luckily, it seems that the many readers who’ve made the journey with me feel the same. My hero is the starting place for my novels and if I don’t get him exactly right then the novel doesn’t take off. So, although I fell in love with Ruairi (seriously!) and adored my heroine brave, feisty Fliss, I had to move on and create a new set of characters for BOOT CAMP BRIDE. Believe me, it wasn’t easy to leave Tall Dark and Kilted and the gorgeous laird of Kinlochmara behind. But I managed it!

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Thornham Beach at low tide

From the highlands of Scotland to the marshes of Norfolk – quite a contrast, you say? But the hero I created, Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch, is anything but flat or dull. He’s survived a kidnap attempt in the rain forests of Columbia and thinks life has thrown him every curve ball possible. But he’s WRONG. He meets boisterous, opinionated Charlee Montague, they go on an undercover mission together and their lives change – for the better. Do they find true love and have a happy ending in this novel? You betcha.

An added advantage in writing this novel is that I get to travel with Rafa and Charlee in their vintage VW Camper van. I’d quite like one myself if I had £25,000 to spare!

Better get writing that third novel, then, Lizzie.

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I am currently 60,000 words into my next romantic comedy, but I’m going to tease you and not reveal the title – just yet. Suffice to say that in #3 you’ll be travelling with me to the west coast of Scotland  where you’ll meet my new hero – BRODIE – an American who’s travelled to Cormorant Island to seek out his Celtic roots. But he is not all that he seems. Intrigued? So is my new heroine Ishabel Stuart who finds herself attracted to him but can’t quite bring herself to trust him.  Honestly, the hoops we make our poor characters jump through!

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So, keep an eye out for the new title in 2015 and find out what Brodie is up to!

For now, have a great summer holiday and thank you for all your support, emails and continued interest in what I’m up to. And – if you do go to the beach, take one of my novels with you on a kindle or as a paperback and don’t spill the suntan lotion all over it. And, if you haven’t got a holiday planned, download one of my novels and travel to the highlands of Scotland or the Norfolk marshes with my characters. As for myself, I’m off to spend two weeks in splendid isolation on the Isle of Wight in order to get the first draft of  #3 finished. See you in September. 

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What book have you read multiple times? Features “The Dud Avocado” by Elaine Dundy

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

So a while a go I posed the question “What book have you read multiple times?” Here is the post http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5zp

Author June Kearns has read The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

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So why has June read it multiple times? She says,

Why do I love The Dud Avocado, by Elaine Dundy so much? I’ve read it time and time again since I was 16, and still find it very, very funny.
I just love American Sally Jay Gorce, with her pink hair and failed outfits, and the helter-skelter ride she takes us on, through Paris of the 1950s. She’s witty and charming and self-deprecating and her voice is so real, you feel as if you’re eavesdropping on a screwball comedy.
Someone said that Sally Jay blazed a trail for all those Carrie Bradshaws. Yes! I think she did!
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Guest blogger: Lizzie Lamb

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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

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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…

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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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