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5*Review: Naturally Enchanted – Christy Newton

25582673Paranormal BlurbEzra Ravenhart has lived with the rumors of her family’s witchcraft her whole life. Too bad she doesn’t believe them – she’d conjure up a boyfriend. But the thing called love remains as mysterious as her Grana’s herb shop on their tropical island.

As a struggling journalist, Owen Cooper has to make a name for himself, and a tip that a real-life witch is living on Mango Cove may just lead to the big story he needs. Undercover as a shipwrecked tourist, he worms his way into Ezra’s family – and their secrets.

But how will he handle the fact that Ezra has found the magic answer to his heart when his body belongs in Chicago? And is their love strong enough to survive the evil stalking their every move?

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Naturally EnchantedThis story is a curious mix of fantasy and small town romance. ‘Naturally Enchanted’ is an interesting and original take on the popular supernatural themes, of soul mates and good versus evil.

Set on a tropical island. The atmospheric and vivid, sunny location contrasts beautifully with the story’s darker supernatural elements. Charming witchy magic is subtly introduced, so the later fantasy revelations are easier to accept and visualise

Ezra has attitude and refuses to believe she possesses supernatural traits. Her relationship with her grandma is pivotal to the story and their strong family bond is realistic and heart-warming. Owen is not what he seems to be. Will the ambitious journalist really do anything for his career story, regardless of the collateral damage?

Something more powerful than mere physical attraction draws Ezra and Owen together. Enchantment and passion is inevitable. The love scenes are sensual but avoid the erotic undertones of many fantasy romance stories.

‘Naturally Enchanted’ is an exciting mix of legend, magic and romance, the perfect escape.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Naturally Enchanted by Christy Newton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: The Vintage Cinema Club – Jane Linfoot

image001BLURBMeet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman – or so she thinks…
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
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The Vintage Cinema Club‘The Vintage Cinema Club’ is quintessential women’s fiction. 

Set in the Derbyshire Dales with a lovely interlude in France, the story follows Izzy, Luce and Dida in their quest to save their vintage emporium, housed in an old cinema in Matlock. The setting is intrinsic to this story and speaks of local knowledge. As I know the area well it gives the book an additional enjoyable dimension for me.

There are plenty of interesting snippets about all things vintage and a strong bond between the three friends, as they fight to save the place that has focused and enriched their lives. There is gentle humour and dreamy, passionate romance but everyday life and secrets leave you wondering if it will survive. The story’s pacing is good and the short chapters, like scenes of a play give you insider knowledge of what is happening and how it affects The Vintage Cinema Club members.

I read this story in a day and it is a page turning, feel good read I recommend.

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The Vintage Cinema Club by Jane Linfoot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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The Vintage Cinema Club- Jane Linfoot – Author Interview

image001Today is release day for Jane Linfoot’s  latest book  –

‘The Vintage Cinema Club’

Blurb - FlowerMeet The Vintage Cinema Club….
Izzy is a wow at making unwanted things pretty, but with three brothers and her shabby chic furniture business to run she doesn’t have time to date. Could a fabulous French proposal change her mind?
Single mum Luce’s vintage bridal dresses are exquisite, but there’s no way she’s ever going to wear one or walk down the aisle for that matter. She’s a strictly no romance, one night kind of woman – or so she thinks…
Dida seems to have it all – a chocolate and banana cake recipe to die for, lovely kids (most of the time!) and a great lifestyle. But what good is a fabulous home, when your marriage has more cracks than a pavlova and your husband is having it off with half of Lithuania?
Three retro fabulous friends, in love with all things vintage, run their dream business from the faded grandeur of a rescued cinema. When that dream comes under threat, they’ll do whatever it takes to save it.

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Author Interview3619536It’s lovely to have you on my blog Jane.

How did you become a writer? Was it always a life ambition or something that started as a hobby and then grew?

My first novel was a happy accident, that happened when a friend from writing class asked me to co-write a book with her. Plotting for Beginners came out in 2006, and was a paperback best seller. It was in Waterstones, and Sainsburys, and even had it’s own window display at Heathrow Airport.

Writing chicklit novels happened by accident too, when I got Kate Walker’s book on writing romance novels out of the library. I was meaning to get some exercises for my writers’ group, but I read the whole book, and I was hooked.

I used to work full time, doing up old houses, but after the property crash I suddenly found time to do the writing I’d always dreamed of. I write full time now, and for me writing is one of those things – the more of it I do, the more I want to do.

From reading the blurb; ‘The Vintage Cinema Club’, your next book, seems more women’s fiction than contemporary romance? What’s the story behind the book?

In my previous solo books the focus was always on one couple and their relationship, but this time I’m writing about a group of friends and following their lives over a summer.

The Vintage Cinema Club centres on Izzy, Luce and Dida, who have a fabulous vintage shop in a wonderful old cinema building. When their dream comes under threat they have to fight to save it.
It’s about the tangles of their very different lives and struggles, all bound together by their friendship. Think sassy, funny, warm hearted, happy…with a dash of sour to temper the sweetness.
If you fancy a summer hanging out with friends in country villages, with a great vintage vibe, a taste of France thrown in, and strands of love and heartache woven through, step this way. The only drawback is how much you might miss them when it’s over.

There are THREE main characters in ‘The Vintage Cinema Club’ what’s the inspiration behind them?

Izzy, Luce and Dida are very different characters, with very different lives, working together in their fab retro shop. I like writing about strong women, and I especially enjoyed writing about their interaction with each other. The contrast between the characters was as interesting for me to write as the individuals, because those differences actually shone a brighter spotlight on each of the women.
I love how close friends often know each other almost better than they know themselves. There are times when friendly interference leads to trouble, but the very best friends will always hang around to make good. I’ve really enjoyed writing about and exploring this different kind of relationship.

‘Vintage’ seems to be the contemporary obsession, why do you think this is?

I think people like vintage because it guarantees you something individual, that no one else can have. Retro will often give you classic design and fabulous quality, compared to newer things. It’s also a way of embracing recycling – being green, yet doing it with style. I heard someone say that modern vintage is looking forward through a window of the past. A lot of it is about rediscovering “pretty” too.

Are you a country girl or a town lover?

I like living in the country, because I love the space, and the dog walks, and the woods, and the flowers, and the wildlife. I do enjoy going to get the buzz of the town, and I love having an occasional day in Sheffield, or London.

The writing process fascinates me. Do you have one you can share with us?

I like to have the framework of a book in my head before I begin, and I make a lot of notes about that. Then I start to write. Some people say you should write a first draft without stopping, but for me it works better if I go back and edit, and add to the scenes as I go along. I call it layering up. It takes longer, but by the end the manuscript is almost there. I think this approach only works because I begin with a strong plan, and fill in the gaps.

Where do you like to write, office, living room, cafe or somewhere else?

I’ve always worked in the room between the kitchen and the rest of the house – calling it a dining room makes it sound way more up-market than it is. That way I’m right at the centre of family life, and on hand to sort everyone out as they need me. Noise isn’t a problem, because when I concentrate I’m oblivious, as my family will be able to tell you.

Have you a picture of your writing space?

No, because it’s not pretty.

What’s your favourite social media platform and why?

Twitter is great because it’s such an instant way to spread a short message fast. I also love the weirdness of Twitter, like the time I got followed by a werewolf. I find it easier to make more meaningful connections on Facebook, and I spend a lot of time there.

Have you any tips for new writers?

Writing is a solitary activity, but joining a writing group, either online, or locally, can help a lot. If you find the right group for you, you’ll get tips, support and inspiration. Try to write something every day – and luckily jokey emails to friends do count as writing. And never give up.

What’s next for Jane Linfoot?

Look out for a Christmas book 🙂

Author Bio - FlowerJane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.

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5* Review – Country Affairs (Tippermere #2) – Zara Stoneley

 cover65462-mediumBLURBWelcome back to Tippermere for the wedding of the year…

Scatty but loveable Lottie Brinkley is famous throughout the village for her disorganised personality so when she steps up to plan the perfect wedding the only likely outcome is disaster.

When her globetrotting, love cheat of an ex, Todd, literally crashes the wedding on a not-so-noble steed, things definitely look set to take a turn for the scandalous. As rumours of why he’s back spread through the village quicker than the stable girl can drop her knickers, is Lottie’s future with sexy eventer Rory Steel about to fall at the next fence?

With a wave of unexpected pregnancies, steamy shenanigans in the hay and a farrier with more than shoeing horses on his mind, will Lottie ever be ready to take on the coveted title of Lady of the Manor and restore the Estate to its former glory?

As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed…

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Country AffairsThe opening chapter of ‘Country Affairs’ sets a high standard for the rest of the book to follow but I’m happy to say, the more you read, the better it gets. 

If this is your first visit to Tippermere then the introduction to the cast of characters and the village setting is invaluable. It makes this fun and witty story easy to read as a standalone. If, like me you devoured ‘Stable Mates‘, then this second book in the Tippermere series has all the humour and heat but also shows how the irrepressible Lottie has matured. The only question; has she outgrown sexy Rory?

The characters are a curious mix of realism and caricature and it works well. On the outside they are easily recognisable but each has hidden depths, which makes you want to know their story. The animal characters are a comic delight and will make every reader, who loves dogs and horses, smile.

The simple plot allows the characters to tell the story and keeps you guessing right until the end; who will get the girl? This story would make wonderful television.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Country Affairs by Zara Stoneley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Author Interview: Derek Muk

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This Sunday I’m interviewing paranormal and horror author Derek Muk on my blog.
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How important is writing in your life?

Writing is very important to me. It’s one of my passions, one of my hobbies, a creative outlet where I can escape from the stresses and routine monotony of life. 

You write both horror and paranormal stories; do you have a favourite genre?

I would say my favorite genres to read are horror, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and general fiction. I also read things from other categories as well. But I like to write in the horror, paranormal, and supernatural genres.

What are the inspirations behind your paranormal story ‘The Haunted Academy’?

 The inspiration for “The Haunted Academy” were news articles and stories I came across about how young students, particularly gay, lesbian, and transgender ones, were bullied in school. My story involves a young woman who identifies herself as a lesbian and how she is victimized by school bullies.

The paranormal investigators featured in The Haunted Academy are quirky and interesting. Are they going to appear in any future books?

The paranormal investigators in “The Haunted Academy” are featured in other short stories that I write and will appear in future stories. They are also the main protagonists in my short story collection, The Occult Files of Albert Taylor. More information about that book and my stories can be found at: https://theoccultfilesofalberttaylor.wordpress.com/

Do you have a favourite writing space?

I like to write at cafes and at home.

Do you have a writing process that you can share with us?

I often begin a story with fragments of scenes, characters, and some dialogue. They’re not cohesive in the beginning so I let them brew in my head for a while until they are clearer and until I feel the story is going in a direction that I’m satisfied with. I jot all these ideas down on paper so that if I can’t utilize them from the get go they’ll be saved for some future writing project when the time is right. Sometimes I get ideas for characters by people watching on the subway, at a café, and even from movies and television. I’ll scribble down these ideas in my notebook and flesh them out later.

What sort of books do you like to read?

I would say my favorite genres to read are horror, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and general fiction. I also read things from other categories as well.

What’s your favourite social media platform? Why do you like it?

 My favorite social media platform? Uhmm, I guess that would be Facebook because it allows you to keep in touch with a massive network of people and keeps you up to date with what others are doing. It’s a great networking tool for writers.

What’s next for Derek Muk? Do you have a current work in progress? 

I’m currently working on a novella featuring Albert Taylor and his sidekick, Jan, who are the main characters in “The Haunted Academy”. Stay tuned for more details!

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Professor Albert Taylor and his assistant, Jan, are paranormal investigators. They are hired to investigate spooky, mysterious goings-on at an exclusive all-girls school after a young student is murdered. What they assume will be a routine ghost haunting turns out to be something much more.

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Mystery Thriller BlurbMeet Albert Taylor, an anthropology professor who investigates cases of the supernatural on the side. Welcome to this macabre gallery of horrors that includes such cases as Jack the Ripper, Bigfoot, the Boogeyman, the Spanish Inquisition, ghosts, cults, and more!
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5* Review – Strawberries at Wimbledon – Nikki Moore – Love London #5

STRAWBERRIES_WIMBLEDONBLURBThe one that got away?

Sipping Pimms and eating fresh strawberries at Wimbledon are the perfect start to the British summer for Rayne. Immersed in her career as a journalist in the City, she’s been too busy and distracted to give men – or other outside interests – much of a chance lately. That’s something her friend Lily thinks she should correct, coming up with the perfect ‘sex with an ex’ solution – much to the amusement of the crowd on Centre Court!

When Rayne runs into old flame Adam, former good guy who is now all grown up with a hint of bad boy about him, it’s a tempting thought. But is that such a good idea, when she knows that four years ago, she broke his heart?

Back from travelling the world and settling into running the family business, Adam never expected to see his university girlfriend again. And he definitely didn’t think he would still be angry with her for running away, or that she would still have the same stunning effect on him. But she does, so maybe the perfect way to get her out of his dreams and from under his skin, is to have a hot sex-filled night with her? The only trouble is, one night might not be enough…

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Strawberries at WimbledonGame Set and Match to a lovely romantic story full of sensuality, poignancy and humour. The Wimbledon atmosphere of comeradie and competition provides an iconic setting for a reunion romance between Rayne and Adam. Opposites certainly attract in this love story. Both characters are from different backgrounds but they share emotional baggage from their childhood and their university days that makes an unexpected meeting full of angst and passion. 

Rayne is a strong character who has built on her unique upbringing and used it to achieve the career she wants. Adam is a perfect match for the dedicated journalist but the history between them and words previously left unsaid threaten any future they may have. I loved Lily’s take on their relationship and her interactions with both characters she is a wonderful source of humour and commonsense in this story.
This short story flowed like a novel and the ending was believable.
A lovely summer read.

Strawberries at Wimbledon by Nikki Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Strawberries At Wimbledon – Nikki Moore – Author Interview.

STRAWBERRIES_WIMBLEDONBlurb - FlowerThe one that got away?

Sipping Pimms and eating fresh strawberries at Wimbledon are the perfect start to the British summer for Rayne. Immersed in her career as a journalist in the City, she’s been too busy and distracted to give men – or other outside interests – much of a chance lately. That’s something her friend Lily thinks she should correct, coming up with the perfect ‘sex with an ex’ solution – much to the amusement of the crowd on Centre Court!

When Rayne runs into old flame Adam, former good guy who is now all grown up with a hint of bad boy about him, it’s a tempting thought. But is that such a good idea, when she knows that four years ago, she broke his heart?

Back from travelling the world and settling into running the family business, Adam never expected to see his university girlfriend again. And he definitely didn’t think he would still be angry with her for running away, or that she would still have the same stunning effect on him. But she does, so maybe the perfect way to get her out of his dreams and from under his skin, is to have a hot sex-filled night with her? The only trouble is, one night might not be enough…

First love – can you ever go back?

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Congratulations on your latest release Strawberries at Wimbledon, Nikki. Can you share the highlights of your writing journey with us?

There have been loads of highlights over the last fifteen years, when I first started writing my first novel – both big and small. (Writing took a back seat for eight years in the middle while I pursued a HR qualification and had my son). The moments that stick out in my mind include:

• The first positive report I received about one of my manuscript from a reader on the Romantic Novelists Association ‘New Writers Scheme’ which said the book was of publishable standard.
• Getting an Honorable Mention for the RNA Elizabeth Goudge Trophy in 2010 and the phone call from Katie Fforde (one of my favourite authors, and the judge that year) that followed, congratulating me and telling me to keep writing.
• Being offered my first publishing contract for my short story ‘A Night to Remember’ published in the best selling RNA/ Mills and Boon anthology last February.
• Being offered a four book contract with HarperImpulse (the digital first romance imprint of HarperCollins) in October 2013. Thrilled doesn’t even begin to cover it! 
• The day my debut novel Crazy, Undercover, Love was published (April 2014)
• Being contacted by readers, bloggers and reviewers to say nice things about my stories or ask if I can write an article for them/what I’m writing next/if I’m going to write a sequel.
• Crazy, Undercover, Love being shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award (for new writers).

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be doing something I love so much.

What’s the inspiration behind #LoveLondon, your current series of short stories?

The #LoveLondon series came from me pitching my second full length novel Picnics in Hyde Park (a romance wholly set in London) to my lovely editor Charlotte, and her brilliant idea to write a number of London based short romances leading up to the novel. The idea has evolved a number of times, but we eventually settled on a linked series that would start at Christmas – Skating at Somerset House – with a story to follow roughly once a month to capture key dates or events, with one character in each short related to / friends with one of the main characters, Matt or Zoe, from Picnics. And so New Year at The Ritz, Valentine’s on Primrose Hill, Cocktails in Chelsea and Strawberries at Wimbledon were created to follow my Christmas baby.

Are there specific writers, or other people, who have influenced your writing style?

I read widely over a number of genres – romance, thrillers, crime, horror, non-fiction, mainstream women’s fiction – and I get something different from every one, whether it’s entertainment, education, escapism or inspiration.

I read a lot of Mills and Boons books in my teens and I’m sure that’s had a lot of influence on the fact that I love writing about love and write up the hotter end of the scale (depending on what the story needs e.g. Skating at Somerset House is towards the sweeter end as it’s a cosy Christmas read, whereas Cocktails in Chelsea is hotter because I was aiming for a springtime, flirty read). I also read a lot of Christopher Pike in my teens (American teen / YA horror writer) and when I went back and read a few of the books recently I could see that his ‘voice’ in places had a similarity to mine, even though we write in completely different genres. Cecelia Ahern, Sue Moorcroft (award winning author who happens to be my aunt), Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and JoJo Moyes are female writers I really admire and who I think have influenced my writing style / aspirations.

Your latest release, is the fifth story in the #LoveLondon series, ”Strawberries at Wimbledon’, another iconic London event. How does Wimbledon fit into this tale about first love revisited?

When Charlotte and I were working out titles and themes for the series, we wanted a really summery story and a British event in London we could set it against, so Wimbledon was perfect. Wimbledon is where Adam and Rayne, university sweethearts, run into each other again after nearly five years apart, just after Rayne’s friend Lily has suggested in the middle of Centre Court (much to the crowd’s amusement) that Rayne should ‘have sex with an ex.’

Do you have a tried and tested writing process you can tell us about?

My stories spend a lot of time percolating in my head before I get any words on paper. I think of ideas while I’m washing up, or in the shower, or driving to work and try to jot brief notes down on paper ASAP if it’s practical. I usually do a handwritten spider diagram to set out the main characters, their backgrounds and personalities, the setting and themes too. By the time I start writing I have a very good idea of how the story is going to be structured and will unfold, but apart from that I kind of write into the wind i.e. it’s organic! The characters often do things I wasn’t expecting, but I’ve found that tends to make the story better. If it’s unpredictable it makes it more fun for me, and if I’m having fun I figure my readers are too. I often don’t write in order; I go back and forth and write scenes when they are most vivid in my head. After finishing the first ‘dirty draft,’ I put it away for a few weeks and then go back to it to redraft. I revise each story at least four times and then again after I’ve had my editor’s notes. I am a horrible perfectionist so it always takes me longer than planned to finish a story to the point I’m happy with it.

The final book in the #LoveLondon series is ‘Picnics in Hyde Park’ when is this released and what’s next for you?

It’s due out on 25th June. I can hardly believe it; the last six months have flown by and I’m feeling a bit sad that the initial publication journey for this series is almost over. But of course I’m hoping the series itself will have a long and happy life. As for what’s next, I’m planning on taking a break from writing for a month or two to focus on doing some local media press – I would love to go on the radio – and perhaps organise a few book signings with my two paperbacks. After that I’m going to spend a few months working on a commercial women’s fiction book and may start looking for an agent. Of course, at some point I’m planning to do more with HarperImpulse given how fab they are.

What comes first when you’re crafting a story; setting, characters or plot? Why do you think this is?

With the romances, for me, it’s usually the characters that come first, and the plot grows from them; their personalities, backgrounds, conflicts and dreams. I think it’s that way for me because if I thought of the plot first I’d be afraid I’d then be trying to shoehorn the characters into it, which could make it feel forced. Saying that, for the commercial women’s fiction book I’m working on next, the plot and main character came to me at the same time.

Are you a social media addict or phobe? Do you have a favourite social media platform?

I’m a bit of a social media addict. I love Twitter, and Facebook follows closely behind. In one way that’s great because it means I’m not afraid of using the platforms and can be very visible to my readers; talking and sharing things with them, as well as thanking them regularly (bloggers and reviewers too) and chatting with other authors / aspiring writers in the community. On the other hand it’s not so great because I end up on Twitter far too often when I should be writing!

Where do you do most of your writing? Why is this your favourite place to write?

I do most of my writing either in my front room, which I have as my writing room with my bookcase, laptops, filing cabinet and book covers stuck up on the wall. I like writing in there because it’s very light and airy. Sometimes I write on the sofa or in bed when I want to be comfy and warm (really bad for the neck, back and shoulders though). To be honest I can write pretty much anywhere, as long as I have my laptop and there’s a plug handy!

Thanks for having me on your blog Jane.

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3* Review: Defying The Earl – Annabelle Bryant (Regency Charms series #1)

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Matchmaker Wilhelmina Montgomery helps cupid’s arrow find its mark in the drawing rooms of the Ton, effortlessly pairing even the most unlikely couples for a discreet fee. Perhaps not an appropriate pursuit for a lady…but with an ailing sister to care for, it’s Whimsy’s only hope at securing their future.

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Meanwhile, penniless aristocrat Valerian St. David, Earl of Dashwood is society’s favourite matchbreaker; assisting those who want to escape engagement without being sued for breach of promise. Cynical, yes…but with no intention of falling in love himself, Valerian considers himself ideally suited to the role.

And match!

When Whimsy discovers that Valerian has set out to break the very engagement she has been painstakingly arranging, she refuses to allow this mysterious saboteur have his way. Yet she didn’t expect to find the handsome Earl so distractingly alluring. And suddenly, it seems that the Ton’s last two loneliest hearts are in danger of finding their match…in the most inopportune of places.

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Historical My ReviewDefying the Earl (Regency Charms - Book 1)‘Defying the Earl’ is a light hearted story set in Regency England. Matchmaker versus matchbreaker is an interesting premise. Interwoven into the story is the charm bracelet, the Regency charm. There are plenty of plot twists and connections between the characters but the story does seem a little contrived. The story’s pacing is a little slow in parts and more historical details would give the story greater depth but with well written characters and an ending that ties up all the loose ends; ‘Defying the Earl’ is a gentle introduction to Regency romance.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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5* Review: From Italy With Love – Jules Wake

24912482Blurb - Flower‘To my niece I leave the Ferrari GT250… On the proviso that she takes it across Europe to Maranello within the next three weeks. Only on successful completion of the journey to a prescribed route, will the car be hers…’

Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.

Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.

But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…

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My ReviewFrom Italy With LoveThis is a story about journeys of discovery; a literal one across Europe in a rare classic Ferrari and an emotional one from existence to living. Set mainly in Europe, I did wonder about the title, as Laurie spends the majority of her time in France. However the last few chapters make the title’s significance clear.

The characters in this story are complex and vivid, from Laurie’s recently deceased, Uncle Miles, to her shallow hologram of a mother Celeste. Laurie finds herself on a voyage of discovery and Cam her sexy, commitment phobe companion, chosen by her Uncle, is the perfect man for the job, even though his motivations for being there are sometimes suspect.

Laurie’s experiences in Europe are atmospheric and detailed. The reader sees the sights, tastes the wine and feels the emotion of each discovery with the likeable Laurie.

This is a whimsical, romantic tale but Laurie’s courage and loyalty makes her easy to empathise with. Robert, her live in boyfriend, cleverly symbolises everything about Laurie’s life that is wrong.

The plot is simple, effective and character driven.

‘From Italy With Love’ is a lovely story, perfect for the beach or the back garden.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

From Italy With Love by Jules Wake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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The Dragon Legacy – The Revenge Masquerade – Inspirations For a Series

Inspiration

Dragons, Lakes and Murder Mystery are the main inspirations for ‘The Dragon Legacy’.

The Dragon Legacy Series DSCN0618Dragons are my favourite mystical creatures. They are powerful,intelligent, a source of ancient knowledge and magic.

Lukas Draco, my hero in The Dragon Legacy is the embodiment of all these things. One of the ancient dragons. He exists in two dimensions; our world in his human form, whilst his true dragon survives in a parallel world, living in deep still water until Lukas requires his powers. The dragons are champions of good and fight against evil demons to protect humanity.

DSCN0783The Lake District has always been popular holiday destination for me. A few years ago I visited Lake Ullswater. In the surrounding hills, it’s easy to imagine paranormal creatures hiding in plain sight. This setting inspired me to write the first book.

Murder Mystery at Hallows HouseMy fascination with murder mystery is the final inspiration for this story. I love the drama of these events, the dressing up and adopting a new character. My shy Fleur becomes the street wise business whiz, Megan and manages to ensnare herself a dragon.

The original draft of The Dragon Legacy contains more scenes devoted to the murder mystery event. I intend to rewrite and post these as flash fiction on #wattpad soon.

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THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGE Readers inspired me to write ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ about JasmineJasmine, an independently minded young woman, destined to be guardian witch and Zane, the street wise wolf shifter. It’s great readers wanted to know what happened to these characters after they met them in The Dragon Legacy.

The setting for their adventure is Italy. Lake Garda is somewhere I have holidayed in the past and its beauty and charm stay with me. Venice is a romantic city with historical palazzo and piazza ,which provide the perfect setting for mystical worlds to impact on contemporary society. Its hundreds of canals are the perfect media for dragons and it’s famous for masque balls and masquerade that feature in my story.

Lost love, Reunion and facing one’s destiny are all explored in the story.

The Revenge Masquerade Excerpt 2The story starts one year after Zane leaves. Jasmine is in the Lake District with a new companion and strange mystical dreams.Whilst Zane reaches the final stop on his mission – Venice and is confronted with a new evil. Can he save Larna (Lukas’ the dragon lord’s sister)? Should he contact Lukas and risk the safety of the infant dragon Tarriannah? Has he really seen Jasmine in Venice? There’s lots of fast paced action, mystical occurrences and romantic heat.

The Revenge Masquerade Excerpt 1

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