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

Lifes a beach poster FINAL

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

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

newromantics4:

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
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