Jera’s Jamboree review : Dancing in the Rain by Amanda James

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Print Length: 301 pages

Publisher: Choc Lit Lite (5 Mar 2014)

ASIN: B00IU0TGDO

 

What if the responsibility for preventing a major disaster lay with you?
Jacob Weston has felt like he doesn’t belong for as long as he can remember and the strangely vivid dreams he experiences only serve to make him feel more alone …
But when his job in research science takes him thousands of miles away from what he thought of as home, Jacob finds the mystery of his past begin to unravel. A trip to the breathtaking Monument Valley and an extraordinary encounter with a Navajo guide seem to hold the key to who Jacob really is.
After meeting the beautiful Rosenya Neboyia, Jacob feels he may have found what he’d been searching for. But with this meeting is the discovery that his dreams come with a responsibility, and that responsibility is bigger and scarier than he could have ever imagined …

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In April 1977 we find out how Jacob came to be in the care of Aggie and Ernest Weston.  After 4 stillbirths and at the age of 44, Aggie sees her act as a rescue.

We pick up with Jacob’s life in his mid-thirties.  He’s feeling dissatisfied with life and has a sense of foreboding.

Josiah’s visions of being guided to fight to contribute to the future of the Navajo nation take us back to 1940.

Narrated in alternating chapters in present day with Jacob and in the past with Josiah, we find out the task Jacob needs to undertake to prevent the major disaster.

The company that Jacob and best friend/colleague Greg works for, moves them to the US to work on a project.  Jacob’s gut feelings about the company building and Zak (who is leading the project) prove to be very accurate.  The team they’re working with provide plenty of conflict and hidden agendas. Jacob and Greg have a true friendship that shows when they’re living together in the US (who cooks and who cleans! and being able to express their grumpiness) and putting the other first when it really matters.  Greg is a fabulous character and deserves to find his own HEA.

I loved the mysticism (and the history) linked with the Navajo people and how the visions motivate Jacob, moving him in directions he would never have chosen for himself.  Got to love a hero who listens to his intuition and instincts 🙂

Meeting new people in Monument Valley and the link they have with Jacob added even more depth to the plot and with Rosenya being one of those people, alongside the attraction is more conflict.  It was fabulous to see Jacob becoming engaged with his emotions instead of shutting himself off.

The suspense leading up to the climax is really well-paced.  I felt myself tensing as the time ticked past and couldn’t see a way out hoping that no-one was going to die …

The ending was perfect.  So fitting with the spirituality of the plot.

Dancing in the Rain is such an apt title!  With the history/culture, romance, spirit and suspense, I recommend Dancing in the Rain to romance readers who are looking to be entertained and wanting a story that is  just that little bit different.

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I would like to thank the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

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Jera’s Jamboree : Guest Author Celia Kennedy ~ How Charlotte’s Restrained came to be…

JJ is delighted to be welcoming Celia Kennedy today

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Celia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American military base. Her parents’ penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.

The imagined world has always fascinated Celia. She has studied Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, and pretty much every other subject matter. Like her childhood, it was the ride that was the most entertaining, arrival at a degree, not anywhere as important.

Mark Twain said, “Write what you know.” When combining this concept with her unusual life experiences (working at a nuclear submarine base when Chernobyl blew, testing software Bill Gates kept close tabs on, travelling extensively while quite broke, or falling in love with her boyfriend’s close friend) thinking of what to write about isn’t challenging; there just needs to be more hours in the day.

Celia published Charlottes Restrained in December of 2012 and Venus Rising in August of 2013. Look for Kathleen’s Undressed, a companion novel to Charlottes Restrained, to be published in 2014.

Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.

website – www.celiakennedy.weebly.com

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965584.Celia_Kennedy

 Twitter – https://twitter.com/KennedyCelia

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How Charlotte’s Restrained came to be…

Late in the summer of 2008 my husband and I were watching an episode of Inside the Actors Studio. Host James Lipton was interviewing Clint Eastwood. This multi-talented man fascinated us. After the interview was over, we chatted about how amazing it would be to invite him over for dinner and get to know him. The obvious problem: how to contact Clint Eastwood? Next obvious problem: if we could call him on the phone, what would compel him to want to have dinner with complete strangers? Sidestepping these crucial issues, it didn’t take long for the plan to evolve. It also didn’t take long to realize that it would be preferable to go to his house for dinner. After all, he lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and likely had a better cook than me.

At the same time, I spent the first week my kids were back in school perfecting my domestic goddess-ness and realized I was as good at it as I wanted to get. There was something else I wanted to do more – write. I fired up my laptop and started writing. I didn’t have a strategy, hadn’t jotted down an outline or done any research. I also had zero contacts and resources. All I had was plain old-fashion gumption. Honest to Betsy, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t write a book.

It was also completely obvious to me to borrow from reality and write a book about encountering a long admired celebrity. Mirroring real life, there would have to be plenty of twists and turns. However, in the fantasy world, we can make incredible things happen. I needed people, loads of interesting and entertaining people who could make such a feat happen!

Let’s face it, we want it all. We want romance. We want to be a part of a group of friends who grew up and grow old together. We want to travel. We want to eat good food and drink great wine. We want to wear fabulous clothes! So, how to get it all in one book?

Charlotte, her BFF’s, a celebrity, and a handsome Irishman!

I like to think of myself as mostly normal, so I feel comfortable representing all women, when I say that we know we’ve found a real friend when we don’t worry about the state of our house when they stop by. We are really good friends if we’ll change our clothes in front of each other. We know we are Besties if when we really mess up, the other person may be really angry, but needs our own special brand of crazy in order to feel like life is do-able. Oh! And the most important factor: laughter. All of us want someone we can belly laugh with.

Charlotte, Hillary, Tiziana, Kathleen and Marian are such a village. These five women have history, have bled for each other, talked each other in and out of bad and good situations. Let each other be real. Fortunately for us these vivacious women are scattered around the globe, giving us the opportunity to travel to exciting places, where they meet up, drink up, and get into a little trouble.

We also have Des Bannerman, the King of Romantic Comedies in Charlotte’s Restrained. Des Bannerman is my vision of a mega star. A decade into his career he is riding the wave of major-motion picture success. He’s the go to man for chick flicks. Des Bannerman started out with a really big dream, but has become a little jaded by all the glitz and glory, and lives a life surrounded by people he trusts, but doesn’t really get to meet new people, because how does he meet them and who can he trust?

Pivotal to the story, is Liam Molloy, the Irishman who steals Charlotte’s heart. Liam has many things going for him; he’s gorgeous (of course), he’s the source of envy (providing many opportunities for the ladies to banter about men and “love”), and he has a great sense of humor. To be honest, I borrowed from reality again, the banter between Charlotte and Liam is much like mine and my husbands.

What makes a compelling story?

Beneath it all, I believe that we thrive when we know we are a part of a village. No one person can give us everything we need, BUT when we have a village we have everything! Friends, lovers, pets, children, frenemies, co-workers, all provide us with opportunities to grow and love. The most successful tales take place in the village concept.

To make the village happen in Charlotte’s Restrained, we are blessed with the opportunity to travel to London, Rome, New York, Dublin, and Saint Tropez. Amongst the many benefits of all this travel is that we get to see and feel the tempo of life in different parts of the world – we eat and drink foods that may be new and unique, we walk down streets ladened with history and float on oceans that are azure blue.

Me!

I love getting to know authors, most of those that I’ve reached out have been amazingly accessible and supportive. You can learn as much about me as you can stomach at www.celiakennedy.weebly.com or on Twitter (@KennedyCelia), Facebook (Celia Kennedy, Author). On my website there are links to my blog WomanReinventsSelf. That’s where you read the good, the bad and the ugly!

If you look for me on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/celiakennedy) you will find boards that I have created for Charlotte’s Restrained, Venus Rising, and my current work-in-progress, Kathleen’s Undressed (a sequel to Charlotte’s Restrained).

It’s great where an idea/inspiration can take the imagination Celia 🙂

Wishing you success with all your writing projects.

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Jera’s Jamboree : A Debut is a Very Special Thing ~ Kathryn Freeman Guest Post plus #giveaway

JJ is delighted to welcome Kathryn.

Kathryn is sharing with us her feelings about her debut paperback.

Keep reading after the guest post to enter the giveaway!

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Kathryn was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctors’ handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero …

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.

Kathryn’s novels include: Too Charming and Do Opposites Attract?

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk

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Firstly, a big thank you for kindly having me on your blog to discuss my debut paperback, Do Opposites Attract?

A debut book is a very special thing. Now I know why sportsmen are moved to kiss the trophy they win. When I opened a parcel from Choc Lit to find a copy of Do Opposites Attract?, I instinctively went to kiss it. I might not have won a championship, but there was plenty of sweat behind that final book – and buckets of pride on my achievement.

I couldn’t have been more delighted when I saw the cover for the very first time (a huge thank you to the talented Berni Stevens who designs covers for Choc Lit).

My first thought was – it’s pink. I’m a total sucker for all things pink. The walls of my study are pink, my handbag is pink, ninety percent of my wardrobe is pink. Maybe it’s because I live in a male dominated household – or maybe it’s because pink is such a vibrant, happy, romantic colour.

Coming down from my pink high, I took in the fabulous contrast of elegant stilettos and pearls next to clumpy workman boots and a stethoscope. That’s it, I remember thinking. She’s caught the very essence of the book.

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Do Opposites Attract? features Mitch McBride and Brianna Worthington – two people from totally different backgrounds who meet in the harsh and emotionally charged environment of a refugee camp. They couldn’t be more opposite. Think tough versus genteel, rough compared to elegant, gruff and distant as opposed to warm and friendly. Mitch McBride grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but now works as a doctor for a medical charity. It’s a place where his background doesn’t matter – until the patron’s daughter comes to visit, that is. Brianna Worthington with her class, her wealth and her supreme self-confidence, rubs at an unhealed wound. She’s a sharp reminder of the bleakness of his own roots. He’ll do as he’s promised, show her what the charity does, but he’s going to keep his distance. No matter how beautiful she is.

What he doesn’t reckon on though, is Brianna’s determination to get what she wants. Surprisingly, she finds herself wanting Mitch. First she has to prove to him, and herself, that she isn’t a spoilt little rich girl but a strong woman with compassion and purpose. Of course it would help if she didn’t feel so totally out of her depth in the refugee camp. And if for once, just once, she could do something useful instead of getting in the way.

Do Opposites Attract? Well, they do in this story. But will the attraction last? Sorry, I’m not telling 🙂

Thank you so much for having me. If you want to find out more about the story, it’s available on Amazon.

 Wishing you success with Do Opposites Attract? Kathryn and all your writing projects.

DOA_front smallThere’s no such thing as a class divide – until you’re on separate sides.

Brianna Worthington has beauty, privilege and a very healthy trust fund. The only hardship she’s ever witnessed has been on the television. Yet when she’s invited to see how her mother’s charity, Medic SOS, is dealing with the aftermath of a tornado in South America, even Brianna is surprised when she accepts.

Mitch McBride, Chief Medical Officer, doesn’t need the patron’s daughter disrupting his work. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks and has led life on the edge, but he’s not about to risk losing his job for a pretty face.

Poles apart, dynamite together, but can Brianna and Mitch ever bridge the gap separating them?

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Jera’s Jamboree review : The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland

no kids clubFormat: Kindle Edition

File Size: 3632 KB

Print Length: 253 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477822925

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (3 Jun 2014)

ASIN: B00H8AP1VI

At almost forty, Clare Donoghue is living child-free and loving it.

Then her boyfriend says he wants kids, breaking off their promising relationship. And it’s not just boyfriends: one by one, her formerly carefree friends are swallowed up in a nonstop cycle of play dates and baby groups. So Clare decides it’s time for people who don’t have children to band together. And so the No-Kids Club is born.

As the group comes together—Anna, who’s seeking something to jumpstart a stale marriage, and Poppy, desperate for a family but unable to conceive—Clare’s hoping to make the most of the childless life with her new friends.

Will the No-Kids Club be Clare’s route to happiness, or will the single life lose its sparkle?

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It’s clear how Clare feels about having children from the intimate scene with boyfriend Edward – and with best friend Ellie 7 ½ months pregnant and attending all types of clubs for pregnant mums, the idea of the No-Kids Club takes shape at Ellie’s baby shower.  She is determined to meet people without children in their lives.

Anna and Poppy are the first women to attend the meet up and for very different reasons.

Talli Roland’s writing always just flows so it was easy to become involved in our three women’s lives.  Clare thinking she knows what she wants, Anna losing herself in her relationship and Poppy obsessed to such a degree that she can’t feel/see anything else.

I have to admit squirming while Clare was on live TV talking about how she feels not wanting children … dressed from wardrobe in clothes that just weren’t her and giving the wrong idea to the viewing public.  It did give the No-Kids Club a high profile though!

I’ve enjoyed getting caught up in the character’s lives with the drama and conflict – wanting to shake Michael because he just might lose everything he takes for granted, tell Nicholas to own up, shout at Poppy that she’s going to lose everything with her lies and give Clare a hug while saying she is missing a vital link in how she feels.

The No-Kids Club tackles the subject of fertility/infertility and societal expectations brilliantly.  Talli Roland shows us those tangles of emotions and misunderstandings through our characters with such realism and sensitivity.

Another great Talli Roland novel and I recommend for all romance readers.

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I would like to thank the author for pre-approval via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Jera’s Jamboree : Writing about best friends ~ Angeline Bishop ~ SOUTH BEACH

Today, JJ is delighted to be welcoming Angeline to the blog.  Angeline is sharing her thoughts on friendship.

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Angeline Bishop writes contemporary romance fiction and has a growing fan base.  Angeline’s novels are thought-provoking, refreshingly entertaining, fast paced, and with a strong romantic elements. She was born in Washington, D. C., but lived most of her life in New Jersey and considers the ‘Garden State’ her home. Her childhood passion for writing led to a degree in English Literature and a membership in Romance Writers of America.

Aside from writing her own novels and blogging, Angeline is the Vice President of the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America and enjoys helping authors strengthen their craft.  She co-hosts the AMB Talk Radio podcasts each Fall with her pop-culture loving, college-aged daughter. And she’s the founder of the AMB Ovation Awards (The Angie) which provides honor and recognition of authors’ outstanding achievements in the multicultural romance literary profession.

South Beach, the second novel in the Sheridan Series, will soon be following by Wild West and Big East. Angeline also looks forward to launching the Jacmuir Series, a multicultural New Adult series inspired by her college-reader fan base.

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Writing About Best Friends: The Power of Sisterhood By Choice

I have a confession; I’m very selective when I make a shift from acquaintance to friend with new people. Past circumstances taught me a true friendship requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, honesty, and reciprocity so I select the members of my inner circle guardedly. As an author and blogger in the Facebook age, I’ve noticed how people blur the distinctions between acquaintances and friends repeatedly. That’s why I used the platform of my second novel, SOUTH BEACH, to remind women of the definition of friendship and how to cherish their women friends.

As women move away from marriages in their early twenties and begin to work hard in their careers, you may have noticed best friends are playing a strong role that rests somewhere between constant companion and therapist. Now, an acquaintance may know surface things about you due to their regular interactions, like your colleagues at work or your neighbor next door but real friends know essence of you.  Your values coincide with theirs and they won’t hesitate to stand beside you when others walk away. They know what upsets in public and how you hide behind a mask of indifference until you can shed your tears in private.

Today’s reality shows want to make the public believe women can’t be authentic friends to each other, that sisterly bonds have been dismissed for the quest of wealth and notoriety.  What a poor message to send to our young girls. It’s not true! That’s why my novel SOUTH BEACH highlights the intimate bond between close friends.

When we were younger, back in grade school, we seem to have no shortage of people we called our “best friends.” As we mature, however, the selection process of our friendships changed. Our best friends become the people that are accepting of our flaws and don’t expect perfection. If you’re having a bad day, such a friend would ask if they can help or leave you alone for a day or two if that’s what you need.

They are also loyal. Loyalty is a rare commodity but it’s an absolute requirement in true and abiding friendships. One key to being loyal is keeping a tight rein on our tongues. If we’re loyal, we won’t tear a friend down behind her back or share her personal story without her permission. As positive women, we strive to build someone up, not tear someone down.

Now on the flip side, women friends can have heated disagreements but they work hard to give each other the benefit of the doubt and understanding of each other’s mood swings. Best friends will applaud your major triumphs and join you on your couch when you feel like shutting out the world.  And they never care when you cry your eyes out during a chick flick because they are busy crying right beside you.

I love to write about female friendships but I keep three key points in mind to make them relatable and realistic:

Best Friends Should Have Shared History and Common Interests. Nothing ties people together better than having gone through the same difficult experience and to have a few shared interests. For the ladies in SOUTH BEACH, they were roommates at the same college, have had difficulties with men, and love have chick flicks marathons.

Best Friends Are a Good Influence and Committed to Each Other’s Happiness. A true friend is willing to put your happiness before the friendship but they won’t refrain from telling you something you don’t want to hear because it may ever fracture the friendship. (Example: The way Marina confronts Sofìa in SOUTH BEACH.) A best friend also won’t ask you to compromise your principles in the name of your friendship or anything else. Ever.

Best Friends Are Thoughtful and Reliable. Being able to see someone else’s needs and doing what you can to fulfill those needs helps to bond people quickly. And to know you can call on a friend to bail you out of a jam 24/7, will make you feel secure and increases your confidence in your bond.

Authors have a great platform to change the way people recognize the distinctions between acquaintances and friends. We may write drama between best friends but if we let the readers get a closer look at the depths of friendship so all of our lives can be enriched.

A  reminder of the power of the pen Angeline!  Thank you for sharing today.

SouthBeach_4webLgIn SOUTH BEACH, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back.

When her vacation becomes a media circus that draws Malcolm back into her life and her handsome Psyche marketing colleague, Gray Ryley, arrives on the scene to tame her antics, Laila is determined make the men play by her rules. Gray finds himself torn between anguish and ecstasy when another Lalia-sitting assignment is placed in his hands; he’s asked to hinder Malcolm’s advances and subdue the paparazzi, while wrestling with his smouldering desire to get Laila in his bed.

Will this assignment cause him to disclose feelings that may sever their friendship and jeopardize his career?

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South Beach is touring with Fiction Addiction!

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Jera’s Jamboree : Review Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen

Someone elses weddingPaperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Black Swan (22 May 2014)

ISBN-10: 0552779326

ISBN-13: 978-0552779326

Format: Kindle Edition

ASIN: B00CJEG0J0

 

Mr & Mrs Max Irving request the company of:

Mrs Fran Friedman, mourning her empty nest, the galloping years and a disastrous haircut.

Mr Saul Friedman, runner of marathons, and increasingly distant husband.

The two Misses Friedman, Pip and Katy, one pining over the man she can’t have, the other trying to shake off the man she no longer wants.

At the marriage of their son James, forbidden object of troubling desire. For thirty-six hours of secrets and lies, painted-on-smiles and potential ruin. And drinks, plenty of drinks.

There’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past. As Fran negotiates her way from Saturday morning to Sunday evening she is forced to confront things she’s long thought buried, and to make decisions about the future that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

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From the moment that Fran wakes alone in the hotel room to that final page, we’re taken through those hours, from 8am Saturday to 7pm Sunday with the undertow of emotions colouring interactions.

With Saul and Fran appearing to be opposites, I wondered what had first attracted them to each other.  Saul is pedantic and routine led whereas Fran seems to just flow.  When we understand Fran more from her experiences as a child and then teen, it’s obvious the pull Saul had for her.

There is one thing that obsesses Fran and the real reason why is cleverly concealed from the reader.  The emotions between two of the characters felt illicit and not quite right – this made me feel uneasy as I couldn’t work out what the undertow was about.  I love it when I can’t work it out!  When we find out it makes perfect sense to have tangled emotions…

The backstory is shared by Fran reflecting at key points in the story and one specific scene was heart breaking.  I cried so much I had to put my Kindle down …

I always think that a 1st person narrative works really well for intimacy and looking below the surface.  Fran is a master at observations, reading body language and connotations.  I always enjoy a story that exposes underlying thoughts and lays those emotions bare.  I found it really easy to identify with Fran and so thought she was a fabulous main character.

Here’s an example of Fran’s observation:

“She’s gone back to the bright, social voice I remember from yesterday’s reception, painting it on top of her real voice like varnish.”

I love Tamar Cohen’s writing style too 🙂

Fran, husband Saul and daughters Pip and Katy circle around each other with their secrets and hurts set amongst the backdrop of a British wedding (uncomfortable clothes and shoes, over-drinking, overeating and over-reacting).

Someone Else’s Wedding is an interesting and intriguing story, with past events coming to light and past emotions laid bare for healing to take place.

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I would like to thank the publishers for approving my request to review via Netgalley.

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Jera’s Jamboree : Author Interview with Michelle Read ~ Long Lost

JJ is welcoming local author Michelle Read to the blog today.  

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Michelle grew up in a small town in South Wales but moved to Dorset in her early teens, and is where she has lived for the past 22 years. In her spare time she enjoys visiting stately homes, castles, museums, archaeology sites, food festivals, reading copious amounts of books, and chatting on Facebook and Twitter. She works as a full time administrator but still manages to fit researching and writing novels around her busy day.

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Hi Michelle, welcome to JJ!

What was the idea/inspiration for Long Lost?

I was researching my family tree when the idea of time travel to the nineteenth century came to me. Reading and finding out about my ancestors really inspired me. I also became interested in everything to do with Jane Austen and fell in love with her world. I also love Pride and Prejudice and wanted to write my own love story based on that concept.

If you could choose to be one of your characters in your novel, which would you be? and why?

I would love to be my main character, Emily, because I’d love to go back in time. I love British history so I’d love to be able to witness it all first hand. I’d also love to meet a real gentleman as they seem few and far between these days!

Did you do any research for Long Lost?  What resources did you use? 

I love history anyway so doing research for my book was no chore. I visited many stately homes and museums. As I live in Dorset, on the border of Hampshire, I’m surrounded by nature and the countryside, so I often wander through the countryside to immerse myself in nineteenth century England. I also visited Jane Austen’s house and tomb for inspiration. I bought so many books on the nineteenth century and did lots of online research.

What inspired you to write?

My first book, Long Lost, was the first thing I wrote, other than silly plays when I was a child. I first started writing to banish feelings of melancholy but I soon caught the writing bug which developed into something more than a hobby. It became my passion, my reason for being.

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I usually have a vague idea of the plot but the story usually develops as I’m going along. Sometimes what I had planned for the story in the beginning will turn out very differently by the end. I don’t write in sequence either, I prefer to wait for the story to come to me, no matter what order that is. Sometimes it could be the middle and end that gets written first and beginning can be the last.

Long Lost is part of a trilogy.  What is in the future?

Long Lost is the first part of The Centuries of Love Trilogy. I am currently editing part two, which is called Long Last, while part three, Long Love, has been written and waiting patiently for its edit. I explore more of the nineteenth century whilst adding more characters and twists to the story.

What has been the best part of your writing journey so far?

I love losing myself in a fantasy, forgetting all my troubles and immersing myself in a make believe world with the possibilities of them coming true.

What has been the worst part of your writing journey so far?

Imposing self-inflicted deadlines is what I hate the most. But if I don’t set them then my book will never get anywhere. I prefer to go with the flow and not be rushed as I’m quite a laid back person, but eventually there comes a time when I really need to knuckle down.

Which authors have influenced your writing?

I’m not sure if my writing is influenced by any one person as I have so many favourite authors, though I doubt my writing style is anything like theirs. Marian Keyes, Freya North, Lisa Jewell and Jane Green have always been my staple book diet over the years.

Finally Michelle, what tips do you have for other aspiring writers?

Enjoy the process. Don’t get too bogged down with rules, grammar etc, it will all come together at the end as you learn your way through writing your novel. Listen to your heart and not other peoples’ opinions; you know what’s best for you and your writing.

Thank you for being my guest today 🙂

Wishing you success with all your writing projects Michelle.

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Emily Case is a lonely woman. No family, few friends, job she hates and is single. Life is one long struggle for her.

Then one morning she wakes up two hundred years in the past and her whole world is turned upside down, as she is faced with a new era she knows nothing about. However, she soon finds that she likes her new lifestyle, and the people in it.

On meeting William Chester, owner of The Westfield estate, she quickly falls for him, until she is threatened by a rival for his affections.

But when she realises this life is all she’s ever wanted she is torn away from it and back to her life two hundred years into the future.

Not willing to accept that the twenty-first-century is where her destiny lies she endeavours to seek out the truth of the life she led in the nineteenth-century.

What will she discover on her journey? Was it reality or all just a dream?

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Jera’s Jamboree review : Learning to Love by Sheryl Browne

Learning to LoveFormat: Kindle Edition

File Size: 606 KB

Print Length: 296 pages

Publisher: Safkhet Soul (18 July 2013)

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Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village – where no one knows him, ergo there’s no fuel for neighbourhood gossip – to start afresh with his ten year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and David doesn’t know how to reach him.

Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancé can’t fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? Because her plates are skew-whiff and her balls are dropping off all over the place, Andrea points out. She needs to make changes. Still her fiancé, who has a hidden agenda, is dead-set against it.

When Andrea’s house burns mysteriously to the ground and Andrea and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, however, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him – the woman carrying his baby.

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We’re introduced to David and son Jake on their first night together.  Their relationship needs re-building and he realises he doesn’t know his son at all.  This is a fresh start for them.

Andrea lives opposite and we’re introduced to her chaotic family life as she is arguing with fiancée Jonathan.  They arrange to meet that night but Andrea is left waiting as he doesn’t arrive.  Approaching home she realises it’s her house on fire and is gripped with utter terror and panic.  This is so vivid I felt the despair and could almost smell the smoke!  With no sign of Jonathan, David steps up and offers his home as a sanctuary.

I love it when a character changes from that first impression.  It didn’t take me too long to start to change my mind about Jonathan … Sheryl Browne plants that seed of doubt.  The more I got to know Jonathan, the more I was sure about my suspicions.

The teenagers were brilliantly portrayed with their angst and their slang language.  It was great to see the positive effect the families had on each other after David took Andrea and her brood in. I particularly loved how Ryan affected Jake and how that impacted on his relationship with his dad.

The confrontation itself was very tense (it’s not a romantic confrontation).  I wasn’t sure which way things were going to go.  I loved that I wasn’t sure of the outcome!  As my heart was pounding I was thinking … would there be a death?  Would there be more hearbreak?

Grief and the emptiness of loss is explored sensitively and with realism both for GP David and his son Jake but also with Andrea’s friend Sally.  I really felt their emotions and could understand why they chose the actions they did.

The romance also brought a conflict of emotions. The children’s well-being was put first and I loved these characters for doing this.

Learning to Love is fast paced and engaging.  Not only does the romance sizzle but we see family life in all its shades of grey sprinkled with humour and sadness … and there is an element of suspense and fear.  What a combination!

3 owl rating

I would like to thank the author for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.

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Jera’s Jamboree : Blog tour A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill’s A Gift to Remember is publishing in paperback on 3rd July (Simon & Schuster UK)!

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Here’s my review from last year.

JJ is joining in the celebrations by sharing a chapter extract today.

Click here to read Chapter Two.

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Find out more about Melissa Hill on her website.  Melissa tweets @melissahillbks and you can find her on Facebook.

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Jera’s Jamboree : New Author Project ~ Hit Lit Pro Launch Tour

JJ is delighted to be taking part

Meet Rachel Brimble

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If you enjoy reading a whole range of romance sub-genres,
then meet

Rachel

 

An author with a range of novels and novellas

from romantic suspense through to wonderful Victorian romance stories

 

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Hit Lit Pro is proud to be supporting and promoting ten fabulous authors whose novels are creating quite a stir! Throughout the next year we will be bringing you all the latest information and news about their books.

What does Rachel write about? Rachel has written a range of novels and novellas across the romance sub-genres, but is currently writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for US publisher, eKensington.

Me & Max - May 2014“I started writing with a view to publication back in 2005 when my youngest daughter started school full-time. I had always wanted to be a writer and as I had the opportunity to be a stay at home mum, this was a ‘now or never’ moment.

I started writing short stories and when I had some success in magazines and online, I started on my lifelong dream of being a published novelist.

The Wild Rose Press published my first novel, Searching For Sophie, in 2007. After that, I had at least one novel or novella published each year by various small presses. In 2010, I pitched a romantic suspense novel to a Mira editor at the RNA conference. She asked for the full manuscript, which was ultimately rejected. However, she said I have a strong global voice and should stick with the US market.

I took her advice and secured a US agent in 2011 and to date I have had five books contracted with Harlequin Superromance and four with eKensington. To say I am happy with my career so far is the understatement of the year. smiley

When I’m not working (which is hardly ever!), I like to read across the genres with a particular passion for novels and biographies on the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties. Second to reading, I love to knit and take long walks through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and villages with my husband of sixteen years, our two teenage daughters and beloved ten-year-old black Lab, Max.

Many readers and aspiring writers ask published novelists where they get their ideas from. For me, ideas come from TV, (whether news items or programmes), my own life and issues I feel passionate about. I almost always have a message I want to put across in my stories. My readers have told me that trust is a recurring theme in my books.

For my second Harlequin novel, A Man Like Him, I used my real-life and terrifying experience of being caught up in the 2010 French floods when my family and I were rescued by helicopter from a hotel roof. The opening three chapters are an almost hour-by-hour account of what happened over those awful twelve hours.

As for my other novels, they are a blend of my imagination, my dreams and wishes and an outlet for my feelings and passions. I can happily say there is a part of me in all my characters, male or female, primary or secondary. It is very hard for a writer to create a character that has nothing of themselves in their make up…or maybe that’s just me!

I hope I continue to be offered contracts and can do what I love for the rest of my life—for me, writing is a compulsion and necessity. If I don’t write for more than a couple of days, I turn into a monster…just ask my long-suffering husband and kids!”

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