Truly, Madly, Deeply

Truly, Madly, Deeply Release Day!

It’s half term here so, in addition to the epic amounts of writing and editing I appear to have accidentally front loaded the first half of this year with, I also have the daughter at home to entertain. The obvious answer to this is, of course, to call in reinforcements. Or, as they’re known in other families, the grandparents.

Unfortunately Nain and Pops are in Edinburgh this weekend, so that’s where we’re going! The daughter and I will be hopping on a train headed north in just a couple of hours (as soon as I finish packing) and returning in time for school on Monday morning, leaving the husband to fend for himself here in the meantime.

Of course, when I planned this epic adventure for the two of us, I utterly neglected to note that today is release day for the RNA/Mills & Boon Anthology, Truly, Madly, Deeply, which I have a story in! There’s a lot of fun planned around the web today – from a Facebook launch party to giveaways and everyone basically getting very excited about this fab new book we’ve been lucky enough to be involved with. (I’ll be checking in from my travels when I can, but you should really take to twitter and Facebook and find out what’s happening!)

My story, The Fairy-Tale Way, is an idea that had been hanging around my head for a while, in various guises. And, to be honest, I’m still not entirely sure that I’m done with it. It’s about a book hailed as ‘the new bible for the newly single’ that tells you how to date according to the rules of fairy tales, in order to find your Prince Charming.

I’m always fascinated by the idea of dating rules, mostly because, in my experience, love laughs at rules. More than that, it mocks from the sidelines while you try to follow them, then sweeps in and knocks you over from behind. I’m also crazy for fairytales, which is why they show up so often in my stories. Especially the deeper, older, darker ones. The ones that we’ve almost forgotten, they’ve been so cleaned up and prettified.

The Fairy-Tale Way is the last story in the print edition of the book (although since the digital version has an extra ten awesome stories I don’t know where it falls in that one yet) and I hope a magically romantic way to finish the collection. Looking at the names and stories featured in this book, I am honoured and beyond excited to be included in such company. If you’re looking for a present for a romantically minded friend, or just something to brighten up your winter, one short story at a time, I think this book would certainly do the trick.

Welcome to the world, Truly, Madly, Deeply! May you bring much joy and many smiles to all that read you.

Truly, Madly, Deeply

24 specially-selected stories from bestselling authors including Adele Parks, Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews, Miranda Dickinson and many more. From wedding days to special anniversaries, steamy one night encounters to everlasting loves, Truly, Madly, Deeply takes you on an exciting romantic adventure where love really is all you need. Plus, eBook edition includes 10 additional stories!

Buy it here:

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The Kiss Before Christmas

Home for Christmas

I’ve been home for Christmas for thirty six hours, now. In that time I have:

  • Had a manicure that has, miraculously and for the first time ever, lasted the full three days
  • Been on a playdate at the soft play that didn’t even dent the manicure
  • Eaten a ridiculous number of excellent meals
  • Watched the Daughter’s ballet show DVD eight times with a variety of relatives
  • Experienced a particularly epic Boat Sunday
  • Sung a lot
  • Watched my middle brother’s band perform a covers set ranging from My Sharona to Last Christmas to Cupid
  • Refused to drink any form of alcohol that comes in a test tube or mixed with red bull
  • Sadly not refused to drink the wine
  • Been ousted from the spare room and forced to sleep in the tiny and freezing back bedroom at Mum and Dad’s, so slept in extra sweaters and socks
  • Watched my youngest brother’s boyfriend deal manfully with meeting the entire 30 strong family in one sitting, not freak out when we all started singing in public, and then fall asleep on the table in the pub afterwards
  • Attempted last minute Christmas shopping in Chester but ended up spending too long eating lunch so failed to buy anything
  • Been a-visiting friends and family

I am now very, very ready for a nap.

The Kiss Before ChristmasActually, what I’m most looking forward to, after the initial frenzy of festive fun is over, is settling down with a good book and losing myself in someone else’s world for a while, before I get back to reading my own.

Of course, in reality what I’m doing, at 5 in the morning when I wake up freezing, or at midnight when I’m half asleep, or over lunch on the free restaurant wifi, is checking the reviews for my latest release – festive novella, The Kiss Before Christmas, from HarperImpulse.

So here, as a sort of early Christmas present to myself, is a quick round up of some of my favourite review snippets from the last few days:

A great festive romance. My heart melted for the characters and I felt for their situation. Their story was engaging and I couldn’t stop reading!

Sienna, Lost to Books – 5 stars

If you love holiday stories, you’ll enjoy this romance novella, but it’s perfect for devouring any time of the year.

Lucy Felthouse, Blogcritics – 5 stars

A perfect Christmas read.

Rachel Cotterill, Goodreads – 5 stars

The characters were great-I really warmed to Dory in particular.

Books with Bunny, 8.5/10

This is a well crafted, quick enjoyable Christmas read. Well worth a few hours, of your time. I will be keeping my eye out for more from this talented author in 2014.

Claire Robinson, Goodreads – 4 stars

I was in the mood for a light romantic read and The Kiss Before Christmas was just what I was looking for.

Irene, Goodreads – 4 stars

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and review Dory’s story this Christmas. And if you’re looking for a little something to curl up and read this Christmas Eve, I hope you might enjoy this one…

A Cadence Creek Christmas

Guest Post from NY Times Bestselling Author – Donna Alward!

A Cadence Creek ChristmasThanks to Sophie for helping me spread the word about my new release: A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS!

This is book 5 in my Cadence Creek Cowboy series. I’ve had SO much fun writing all the books – the final one releases in February. It was awesome to make it my writing “home” for the past few years, and get a chance to catch up with some of the characters again as I wrote each book.

A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS is almost like a double whammy of awwww factor – you not only get the magic of Christmas in this story but the fairy-tale setting of a Christmas wedding. It really was a joy to write and research – especially all the wedding decorations. It’s my favourite time of year, and red just happens to be my favourite colour!

Here’s the blurb:

It’s Christmas in Donna Alward’s Cadence Creek…

Taylor Shepard has come to Cadence Creek to organize her brother’s Christmas wedding. Organizing such a special event might be a little bit stressful – but she can’t deny she’s swept away by the town’s holiday charm…and by brooding rancher Rhys Bullock. 

Loner Rhys has been burned far too many times in the past. He’s sure he has city girl Taylor all figured out -she’ll be hightailing it straight back to the city in a few days! But as the snow starts to fall, Rhys and Taylor embark on a tentative winter romance. Could Taylor be the Christmas present Rhys never even knew he wanted?

You can snag it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in the US and at Amazon UK and anywhere Mills and Boon books are sold in the UK.

 

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New Releases and Reviews

I’m back at my desk for the first time in over a week, after seven glorious days away in Turkey (full holiday post and photos to follow!) and it’s all going full speed!

First off, I have two new releases: Stranded with the Tycoon  and Summer of Love are now both out as e-books in the UK!

They’ve both been getting some great reviews around the web. Here are some of my favourite snippets…

Stranded with the Tycoon (Mills & Boon Cherish)

Stranded with the Tycoon UK CoverTheir attraction is undeniable, and when they get snowed in together, it’s the perfect setting to have her heart melted and remolded by the very man who could be her soul mate. Romantics will relate to the main characters and take pleasure in Luce’s transformation. With its well thought-out storyline, fans of passionate tales will want to read this one repeatedly.

RT Book Reviews

I very much enjoyed Stranded with the Tycoon. I loved that the lead female was a history buff, and some of the references made me smile. The writing style is easy and engaging, the characters fun and likeable – despite their faults – their back stories worked for me, too. Overall, a very romantic tale which left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I look forward to more from Ms. Pembroke.

Lucy Felthouse, Blogcritics

If you want a book with simmering attraction slowly building between two characters who think they have nothing in common then you might want to read this book.

Jessica Hale, Goodreads

Stranded with the Tycoon is a beautifully written romance novel with a slow build up.The romance was based more on the conversations between the characters and how they thought about each other rather than their mutual attraction and passion.

Harlequin Junkie

Summer of Love (Love from Wales, Book 3)

Summer of Love by Sophie PembrokeA lovely little “local bad girl” makes good story where the prodigal ‘bad boy’ of this little Welsh town returns to make a new start. Pembroke has a way of presenting the characters that gives an instant emotional reaction to the reader: understanding their flaws or disliking their behavior, you will never be bored.

Gaele, the Jeep Diva

I loved Lily, and like Alex wondered why on earth she’s been with Edward so long…and then as things unfolded in the novel I understood where she was coming from.

Jeannie Zelos, Goodreads

Summer Of Love is about expectations, pressure and the ability to be yourself. Lily has to learn to live for herself and not as other people expect her to. Alex has to adapt to his new circumstances and realise his idea of a perfect marriage may not exist.

Zili in the Sky

As if that wasn’t enough excitement to come home to, I also got a sneak peek at the US cover for my next Harlequin Romance, Heiress on the Run! I’ll post the final thing here later in the week, so keep an eye out!

A Lot Can Change In A Year…

Stranded with the Tycoon UK CoverThis time last year, I was nervously preparing for the 2012 Festival of Romance in Bedford. It was my very first major writers event, my first time reading my work in public, my first time showing up and chatting to real authors as if I almost belonged there. The first two e-books in my Love from Wales series had been released from Lyrical Press that summer, and I had some lovely new business cards, but that was about it.

To make it even more nerve-wracking I’d just had an email from Charlotte Ledger, then an editor at Mills and Boon, saying that she wanted to meet with me at the Festival to discuss revisions to the book I had on submission from her. So basically, I was terrified constantly for about a week and a half.

Fast forward to today, this moment, right now.

Right now, I’m making plans for this year’s Festival of Romance, booking tickets and hotels and figuring out where on earth I’m going to park. And I’m every bit as nervous as last year, but for rather different reasons.

This year, I have actual books to take with me. I have new releases to promote, I have a book to finish and get to my editor, I have contracts for another couple after that. Charlotte has moved onto the fantastically inspiring Harper Impulse, but not before she made the call and signed me as a Mills and Boon author. I have a wonderful new editor there in the incredible Pippa Roscoe, who drives me to write deeper, better stories, and lends me DVDs so we can share our almost identical love of TV drama.

And that book? The one I met with Charlotte about, less than a year ago? It was released this autumn as Stranded with the Tycoon.

And I just found out it has been shortlisted in the Best Short Romantic Novel category of the Festival of Romance Readers Awards. 

So, yeah. A little nervous. And also wondering if I need to buy a new dress…

(Check out all the nominees – I’m in very illustrious company!)

Snowbound With The Soldier - UK

Guest Post: Jennifer Faye talks about holidays and traditions

I am super delighted today to have fellow Harlequin Romance author, Jennifer Faye, here to talk about her latest – and very Christmassy – release, Snowbound with the Soldier!

Take it away, Jenn…

Holidays & Traditions 

Snowbound With The Soldier - UK

 

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With summer over and the leaves changing colors and fluttering to the ground, it means that the holiday season isn’t far off. First there’s Halloween…then Thanksgiving…then Christmas. I keep asking myself how that can be when it seems like we just had Christmas…but I guess that was ten months ago. At least that’s what the calendar is telling me. *shakes head*

But on the plus side, it means that the holiday romances are hitting the shelves. And I don’t know about you but for me there is nothing better than a stirring romance wrapped up in the holiday festivities.

When I set about writing SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER, my first ever Christmas romance, I was excited. I was writing what I loved. But then I bumped into my hero, Jason, and he wasn’t bubbly and full of holiday cheer.

So I had to stop and wonder, what if someone hadn’t grown up with holiday traditions such as trimming the tree? Singing Christmas carols? Having a family dinner?

What if something had happened that made the holidays less than festive? My heart went out to Jason. There was a reason he was a Scrooge, but being a military man, he wasn’t forthcoming.

My heroine, Kara, has a hard time imagining someone missing out on the fun and joy of the season. But if she plans to convert Mr. Scrooge, it’s going to take more than some twinkling lights and cutout cookies.

Our family has a bunch of holiday traditions starting with trimming the tree and the house on Black Friday, while I take periodic breaks to check out the online sales. 😉

How about you? What’s one of your holiday traditions?


Maybe this Christmas…?  

Snowbound with the Soldier

It has been seven long years since Kara Jameson last saw Jason Greene. Returning home as a wounded war hero, Jason looks a shell of the man she once knew. Yet her heart still skips a beat as if it was yesterday…. 

Stepping back into civilian life, Jason looks to Kara for help. But there’s too much water under the bridge—not to mention too much lingering attraction. 

But it seems that the mountain weather has other ideas, and when Kara and Jason end up snowbound together they are forced to confront the ghosts of Christmas past.

 


Author Bio

Jennifer FayeJennifer Faye is a two-time RT Book Reviews TOP PICK author. Maybe that’s partly due to the fact that she has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers–you can contact her via her website.

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Get Stranded…

Stranded with the Tycoon CoverToday is the official North America and Australian release day for Stranded with the Tycoon, my first Harlequin Romance novel! It’s available as a paperback and ebook in the States and Canada, and as a paperback 2-in-1 and ebook in Australia.

I’m so excited to have this book out in the world at last. It’s already had a couple of great reviews, but I’m desperate to see what my readers make of it.

It’ll be out in the UK in paperback as a Cherish duo and as an e-book later in the year, although I believe you can order the US paperback easily and reasonably through UK book websites.

So, what’s it about? Well…

Stranded with the TycoonThe man who sees her beauty…

Ben Hampton is the last man in England that workaholic historian Luce would ever choose to be stranded with. Tall, dark and infuriatingly arrogant, he’s also a reminder of her not-so-glorious romantic history—something she’s spent the past few years burying herself in work to forget.

Hotel tycoon Ben knows there’s fire behind Luce’s buttoned-up exterior, and fanning its flames is an irresistible temptation. Luckily, getting snowbound in the countryside gives him the perfect opportunity to tempt out the real Lucinda Myles!

And what are people saying about it?

Stranded with the Tycoon UK CoverRomantic Times:  4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick for September 2013!

With its well thought-out storyline, fans of passionate tales will want to read this one repeatedly.

Harlequin Junkie: 4/5 stars!

Stranded with the Tycoon is a beautifully written romance novel with a slow build up.The romance was based more on the conversations between the characters and how they thought about each other rather than their mutual attraction and passion.

Sweet DuoWant to buy it?

Here’s where to go:

North America:

Australia

UK

Conferences, Contracts and Celebrations

Stranded with the Tycoon Cover

It’s been a busy – but brilliant – week and a half. So busy that I haven’t had a chance to update until now!

The Friday before last, I headed up to Sheffield for the Romantic Novelist’s Association Conference. I was, I’ll admit, a little nervous, it being my first one. But I really needn’t have been. Everyone was lovely, the workshops were brilliant, the cake was delicious, and the icy cold white wine almost made up for the lack of air conditioning. I also got to meet some of my very favourite authors, as well as make some great new friends.

I was already in a good mood on arrival, as I’d just heard that my second novel for Mills & Boon / Harlequin Romance had been officially signed off – and I can share the title! Due out February 2014 (I think!) the new book is called Heiress on the Run. I’m hoping I’ll have a blurb and such to share soon, but I can tell you that I had the best time writing this book. The revisions were kind of brutal, but I’m so much happier with the resulting story that it was worth every minute. I can’t wait for people to read this one!

On the Saturday, I got to have a nice long chat with my wonderful editor, during which I basically detailed every single idea I had for my next few books. Lucky for me, she didn’t get bored and, as a result, I am delighted to announce that I have just signed a new three-book contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon! I’m working on the first book of that contract right now, and already madly in love with the hero, Zeke.

Stranded with the Tycoon UK Cover

But that wasn’t the end of it! A few days ago, the September issue of Romantic Times was released – including their review of Stranded with the Tycoon. I’d been nervously awaiting this day, and actually spent a fair portion of the weekend panicking to my new friends about impending reviews.

Turns out, I needn’t have worried.

Romantic Times gave Stranded with the Tycoon 4 1/2 stars and made it one of their Top Picks for September! 

Here’s a snippet of what they said:

With its well thought-out storyline, fans of passionate tales will want to read this one repeatedly.

I was in a soft play area with the Daughter and friends when I read that. My squeal might have been louder than all the kids put together! And, of course, I had to have cake to celebrate.

If you’d like to read the full review, it’s available on the RT Book Reviews website.

So now I’m back to work, trying to squeeze in precious hours before the school holidays start on Wednesday. Fortunately for me, the most urgent item on my to do list is checking the galleys for Summer of Love. I haven’t re-read Alex and Lily’s story for a while, and there are definitely worse things to do on a sunny July day! I just can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read all these stories, too.

Cover Love for Ben and Luce!

Stranded with the Tycoon Cover

I’ve been so lost in edits for my second novel for Mills & Boon Romance, I almost forgot to post the US cover and blurb for my September release, Stranded with the Tycoon!

Stranded with the Tycoon was the first category romance I ever wrote, and I loved doing it so much I had to write another one immediately after. Ben and Luce were such fun to write, and I loved taking them on their adventure – both emotionally and physically, as they try to make through mid-Wales in a snowstorm.

Out as a Harlequin Romance (paperback and e-book) on September 3rd, it’ll follow as a Mills & Boon Cherish e-book in November, and is also part of a two book anthology along with A Little Holiday Magic by Melissa McClone that releases in the UK around the same time.

Here’s what it’s about:

The man who sees her beauty…

Ben Hampton is the last man in England that workaholic historian Luce would ever choose to be stranded with. Tall, dark and infuriatingly arrogant, he’s also a reminder of her not-so-glorious romantic history—something she’s spent the past few years burying herself in work to forget.

Hotel tycoon Ben knows there’s fire behind Luce’s buttoned-up exterior, and fanning its flames is an irresistible temptation. Luckily, getting snowbound in the countryside gives him the perfect opportunity to tempt out the real Lucinda Myles!

And here’s the full cover:

Stranded with the Tycoon full cover

I love the warm and cosy feel of this cover, although I have to admit, I’m not sure they ever get to be this relaxed and happy in the actual book! Still, the feel of it is exactly right, and I can totally see Ben and Luce in the cover models.

I got a sneak preview of the UK cover the other day, and while it has a very different feel, it also feels just as true to the book. It’s so much fun seeing my little world, my story and my people, translated into actual books that will make their way out into the big wide world!

Not long to wait now…

A new look, and a new book cover!

Summer of Love by Sophie PembrokeThis weekend, the lovely Renee Rocco at Lyrical Press sent over the cover design for the third book in my Love from Wales series, Summer of Love, due out in December.

I’d been somewhat nervously awaiting this one, just because I love the first two covers in the series so much! When I had to fill in my cover art form for Lily and Alex’s story, all I could really think to ask for was: More of the same, please!

And that’s what Renee has given me, and more. I love the wedding theme, and the colour is just perfect.

In fact, I loved it so much, I thought it was time to give the rest of the site a spruce up not just in honour of the new cover, but for the two new books I have coming out this year.

I’ve rejigged the content a bit, added a page for my Harlequin Romance novels, which has a bit more detail about Luce and Ben, the stars of my September release, Stranded with the Tycoon, as well as pre-order links for the book. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve added a bit of colour to the site! Here’s hoping it’ll usher in a bright and sunny summer for us all, any day now…

Of course, if you’re missing the summer sun, you could always go read An A to Z of Love for scenes of seasides, smugglers and other things beginning with S. Warning: does contain seafood.