Boot Camp Bride – Book Birthday Blitz and Giveaway

Boot Camp Bride is about to celebrate its birthday and, before lockdown, I re-visited Norfolk and the sites which inspired the novel. I’d love to share them and take this opportunity to remind you of what a great romcom Boot Camp Bride is. Of all my novels I think that Boot Camp Bride is the one which would most easily translate onto the silver screen. To find out if you agree, I’m making Boot Camp Bride FREE to download over the weekend – so let your fingers do the walking and follow Charlie and Rafa’s adventures on the Norfolk Marshes. 

my bookshelf – making room for #6

There’s also a chance to win a signed paperback copy (UK only) – details at the end of this blog. Join in the fun and you could be a winner.

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Blurb? I’ll allow one of my reviews to do the talking for me –

“Charlee is forced to attend a boot camp to get a scoop for the magazine she works for. I adored the situation set up for this story – such fun! The author is very clever at painting her characters and adding poignant brushstrokes of humour and vulnerability. Oh my, Charlee’s anecdotes will chase away the winter blues! Charlee guided me through her adventure, and I could not stop laughing. How does Lizzie Lamb manage to combine humour, adventure and romance? Charlee was feisty, fun, intelligent and clumsy – perfect. Undeterred by the alpha male, she managed to fight him with wit and stubbornness. Lizzie Lamb’s characters and style of writing sparkle in Boot Camp Bride. This romantic comedy is classic gold: it is the equivalent of comfort food and a good night out with friends.” 

As the tagline says – meet Charlee Montague – your new best friendThis is how I imagined her and delicious alpha hero, Raphael Fonseca Ffinch (aka Rafa)  . . .

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Awfully flat, Norfolk?

Noel Coward famously quipped: awfully flat, Norfolk. That’s what I thought the first couple of times I visited Thornham where the novel is set. But I soon learned to appreciate the beauty of the this beautiful landscape. Here’s what Charlee thinks as she looks out across the marshes for the first time, Rafa at her side.  

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The windmills at Skegness seen across the marshes from Thornham

Now she was out of the wind and the sun had come out, the marshes didn’t look so grim after all. There was a stripped back beauty to them, she could see that, and the flocks of birds heading for the feeding grounds down by the shoreline ensured the view was ever changing. And she had to admit, just sitting there, eyes closed, face soaking up the weak January sun, was the perfect antidote to the last couple of manic weeks. When she glanced at Ffinch he was scanning the marshes through his binoculars, his cup of hot chocolate untouched on the bench beside him. Why did she get the impression it wasn’t the birds he was watching so intently? ‘What’s out there?’ Charlee asked, slipping on her sunglasses against the almost overwhelming expanse of bright blue sky that filled three quarters of the landscape. ‘The Wash. And over there you can see the wind turbines on the shoreline at Skegness.’ Charlee followed his pointing finger and squinted at the distant shore where almost a hundred huge turbines were turning like quiet ghosts.

the lifeboat inn
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Boot Camp Bride is set in Thornham, near Hunstanton. The Lifeboat Inn, an alleged haunt of smugglers, doubles for The Ship in the novel. This is where Rafa and Charlee  spend their first night together – strictly business, natch – very much aware of a growing physical attraction.  

“Charlee and Ffinch climbed the stairs to their respective bedrooms. Charlee was rather unsteady, a combination of vertiginous heels and the quantity of wine she’d consumed. She pulled a face and groaned, thinking of the hangover she would wake up with and the windswept salt marshes dashing ice-cold rain and sleet into her face. Ffinch walked up the stairs behind her, his hand resting lightly on her waist as if keeping a loving eye on her, whereas in reality he was holding her upright. Bidding the other guests goodnight, he whispered in her ear. ‘Smile, for goodness sake. You look as if you’re going to your doom, not a night of passion in The Ship’s best room. Stay in role.’ ‘I’m concentrating on my balance, if you must know, and,’ Charlee whipped round as his words sank in, almost falling backwards into his arms. ‘A night of passion, now hold it right there, mate. It’d take more than two glasses of champagne -’ ‘Half a bottle of Rioja, a sticky with your pudding and cognac with coffee – to do what? Make the thought of sleeping with me more palatable?’ Although he kept a straight face, Charlee detected banked down humour there.”

My friend Joan and I sitting in the hall of The Lifeboat Inn on MY birthday. It was while staying at her and husband Roger’s place in Thornham that the idea of Boot Camp Bride came to me. 

It was easy to imagine Thornham Manor as the phoney Boot Camp for Brides – the front for drug smuggling on the marshes. At high tide it would be easy to land contraband on the nearby quay without arousing suspicion. 
You can read an extract HERE

Boot Camp Bride is also available as a paperback and would make an ideal present for someone who enjoys reading romance laced with humour and quick fire dialogue. Oh, and there’s a classic VW Camper Van featured in it, too. What’s not to like?

If you’d like to enter Boot Camp Bride’s Birthday Competition and win a signed paperback , all you have to do it FOLLOW my blog and/or share this post on any of the links below. Take a screenshot and send it to me via email. The winner will be notified once the competition has ended. 

And, finally – If you’d like to read more  download  a copy of Boot Camp Bride while it’s FREE (Friday 2nd October to Wednesday 7th). If you enjoy Boot Camp please consisted leaving a review. It’s one of the best things a reader can do to help a writer . . . apart from downloading more of their novels, obvs. 

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published five books since 2012 and am currently writing #6 - check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb

Posted on October 2, 2020, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Happy Book Birthday to Boot Camp Bride! I’m pretty sure it’s either on my Kindle Fire or Kindle app on my iPad waiting patiently for its turn.

    Norfolk is flat for sure. My husband had family in Hunstanton so we both know that area quite well. I’m glad you got back there before lockdown.

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  2. Hi Melanie, Boot Camp was my second novel before I settled on writing Scottish themed romance. I really enjoyed writing it. I hope it works it’s way to the top of your TBR pile one day soon. Number six is scheduled to be published in October but the pandemic had slowed every down.

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  3. I really enjoyed this when it first came out, Lizzie – loved the hero in particular!

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  4. Thank you, Rosemary. I enjoyed creating the hero, Ffinch. Although he had Brazilian blood I couldn’t resist giving him Scottish ancestry, too. I hope your writing is going well in the current climate.

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  5. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    Don’t miss your chance to read my new blog post and to download a copy of Boot Camp Bride for FREE. It’s the first time it’s been offered as a freebie so make the most of it. The offer ends on Wednesday. I’m currently reading through the PDF of my next novel and hope to publish in October . . .

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  6. Oh I loved Boot Camp Bride! Then again, I’ve loved all your books 🙂 Happy Book Birthday, Lizzie Xx

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  7. Happy Birthday to Boot Camp Bride. I loved the feisty heroine and fun plot – very entertaining. I have shared the FREE download on my page.

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    • Thanks Jessie, I hope you liked the photo of Boot Camp Bride poking out of my pink ‘Radley’ handbag which you featured on your fabulous blog –

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  8. Michele Turner

    Happy book Birthday Lizzie, thoroughly enjoyed this book, and loved all your books since. Keep writing. Thank you xx

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  9. Joan Davies-Bushby

    Love Boot Camp Bride! The setting is in one of my favourite places, full of very happy memories. Lovely to see so many photos of times gone by. Time to read Boot Camp Bride again. Xx

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  10. Morning Joan, Norfolk has been in my mind since I wrote this post. Once the pandemic’s over we need to book a cottage and visit some of our favourite haunts and relive our best memories.

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  11. Oh happy book birthday! Rafa is definitely a favourite of mine among your male heroes. Beautiful photos, a usual xxx

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    • Thank you, Isabella, one of the best things about writing is inventing new heroes. I know you’ve beta read my new one So no surprises there!!

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  12. Oh, I just loved this – the only one of Lizzie’s fabulous romances not set in Scotland! A really great setting though, (and clearly one that Lizzie knows really well).
    A really super read and blast from the past!!

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    • Thanks June, I remember all my books very fondly. Looking forward to hearing from anyone who downloads a free copy. Equally, looking fwd to when your one comes out x

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  13. A very happy book birthday to Boot Camp Bride – I love ALL your books Lizzie, but I have to say Norfolk (one of our favourite places) and a rookie journo – as in Charlee – have a very special place in my heart! Beautifully written and a glorious romp through this fabulous landscape, five stars all the way!

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  14. Reblogged this on Adrienne Vaughan and commented:
    A very happy book birthday to Boot Camp Bride – I love ALL your books Lizzie, but I have to say Norfolk (one of our favourite places) and a rookie journo – as in Charlee – have a very special place in my heart! Beautifully written and a glorious romp through this fabulous landscape, five stars all the way!

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    • Thanks for joining in with the fun, Adrienne. I know that you love Norfolk as much as I do. Would be great to be sitting down to a glass of fizz in The Lifeboat – a girl can dream, can’t she?

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  15. Too right Lizzie … it will happen! A wonderful treat after a good stomp on the beach, whatever the weather. Bliss.

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