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Night School for Scandal (Xcite Erotic Romance Novels Book 14)

I take an ignorant but enthusiastic interest in all things scientific. I am sure both authors have great futures ahead of them. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. The RNA has been my lifeline throughout my entire writing life. Yes, but writers need to work very hard to make their writing their career. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The whole business of writing is challenging and whenever I start planning a new novel I know I have a new mountain to climb. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Perhaps I will one day! I have a small collection of about a dozen unsuccessful first drafts my cupboard of shame. Maybe one day I will dust some off and see if I can make anything of them, after all.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I just want them to enjoy the story and to like my characters, hopefully identifying with them as they read. Yes, it was about a little white rabbit Pookie, who had wings. I remember my mother taking me to the bookshop in Hereford to buy it. I still have the book somewhere.

But I also laugh inappropriately when sadness tips over into sentimentality. I want to be buried in a wood. Gardening, walking, reading, gossiping. I hate sport and never willingly exert myself. I thought The Imitation Game was a wonderful film and Amadeus is a favourite classic. But if I had to choose just one dinner it would be a traditional English roast. My favourite colour is the purple-blue of English bluebells. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

There is no better job in the world. I graduated way back in , and a few years later managed to get my Masters. I have been married four times — widowed, divorced, marriage annulled as wife had forgotten to get divorced not joking, and now happily married. I have seven children and four grandchildren. I was sitting in my house at the edge of a coconut estate in , and reading some exciting history about Sri Lanka, where I was living and working at that time, when I realized that by introducing a few extra characters, but sticking exactly to the history, I could write a good story about it.

Then I start writing. The trouble is I often leave my original plot, mainly guided by the characters in the book, and my finished novel may change a lot! For historical novels the title is fairly obvious, but for romance novels I may use some slang or an expression.

I just wanted to write a good story. Historical novels have to be really realistic, although historical. I do not write fantasy like ghosts or space travel, although a lot of romance novels are about dreams, wishes and fantasy. Not really, but I often revise a book several times until I am happy with the manuscript, and may even change to story, or the ending. It is based in the Dales in West Yorkshire in England.

A tourist guide stays at a farmhouse in the Dales and falls in love with the lady farmer. There are of course complications, like her former husband, her teenage daughter, and the local gossips! Yes, being English I like to write in English, but many readers like to read in their own dialect! Oh dear there are so many! I like authors who stick with realism, but let their imagination run riot! I do a lot and I have an account with a photo agency, but I have to write the letters and words on the covers. For my historical novels my artist son who lives in Australia helps me a lot.

He was evacuated to the country as a small boy and then was brought up in Berkshire. His family moved to various places, including three years in Singapore from , which had a curious effect on his later life. Mike has spent the vast majority of his working life in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and now lives and works in Vietnam.

Mike became a consultant by accident when a local work colleague in Lagos asked him to visit his upcountry pig farm. The pigs had partially lost the use of their back legs and Mike remembered reading an article, probably in the New Scientist , about the effect of a vitamin deficiency in pigs.

He advised his colleague to feed his pigs on the papaya fruit which grew plentifully around the pig farm, and some vitamin supplements and the pigs recovered. Mike likes to read the history of the various countries in which he is working, and particularly in Asia. He discovered that the Pashto language of Yusufrai Pathans, in the Swat valley in the North West Frontier province in Pakistan, was first translated into English by a medical officer in the British Army in Afghanistan in the late 19 th century, and that in Ceylon the Mahawansa was discovered by a British colonial officer, who was stationed in a provincial town in the early 20 th century.

The Mahawansa contains a great deal of the written history, not just for Sri Lanka, but also for a large part of northern India, and a great deal of mythology from the sub-continent. Mike has lived and worked in Vietnam since , where he lives in a provincial city with his wife, and has constant stream of visitors from the families of their seven adult children. Last year he completed a novel featuring the beautiful wife of the 18 th century Emperor Quang Trung, who is still revered all over Vietnam. A cleaner finds a jacket lying on the floor of a top secret laboratory and then suddenly discovers there is a dead body inside the jacket.

The police investigation is hampered by the secret research being conducted at the laboratory in the Fylde. Mike Lord has lived and worked in Africa and Asia for nearly 50 years. He became a consultant by accident, and has worked in that capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and now Vietnam, principally for major aid donors in the field of development aid, including poverty alleviation and the development of sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged farmer families, who often live in remote areas. The story is set in 5 th Century Sri Lanka — Taprobane as it was then called. A princess from Eritrea becomes the fourth wife of the Raja of Taprobane.

But, nobody had told her of the mysterious death of the former Raja. From her friends she learned of the younger brothers pledge to take revenge on his brother, and raise an army in India, which he eventually did. When the Raja is killed in battle by the avenging younger brother, following the discovery of the body of the old Raja, her life changes and she moves from the rock fortress to Anuradhapura, the former capital. The new First Officer is a very smart, highly qualified and competent lady, who keeps herself to herself until she meets the Captain…. The cruise is essentially a business reorganisation session, but some of the other passengers have other ideas.

Nicky is invited to represent her company at an Embassy Reception, where she meets William who is widowed, but to her suddenly and strangely attractive. Much to her own surprise she allows herself to be undressed and seduced, and is amazed at her own sexual activity, response and even wantonness.

William finds Nicky both attractive and seductive. This novel is a series of five real life experiences in the s, all based in Nigeria. Cora was a dancer in the African ballet; Anna wanted to attend a fancy dress party as a Shawnee Indian squaw; Olivia was a visiting anaesthetist with a group of facial surgeons from London; Elizabeth was a senior officer in the HMCR; and Pujita was a housewife from Mumbai visiting her brother in Kano.

They all have one common purpose and that is enjoyable and explicit sex. Some have little or no previous experience of sex, others seek variation in sexual positions, and one came armed with a copy of the Khama Sutra and had an ulterior motive in her choice of sexual partner. This book is based on a true story in West Africa, not in the steamy coastal area but in the dry semi-desert plains in the north. Ivan learns to speak the local language and finds that the farmer families in the villages good to work with.

He has the support of the project director, Mustapha, and finds his widowed daughter attracted to him. The project has many twists and turns over the twenty year period, but manages to survive through wholesale fraud, corruption and contradictory government legislation, and manages to improve the incomes of the farmer families. I was born in Wyoming and spent the first few years of my life in a lumber camp at 10, feet above sea level. I have a BA in Mass Communications, am a trained spiritual director and now a full-time writer of romance and erotica.

I live in South England with my husband. I feed the birds in my back garden and grow my own veg. I love to travel, love to read, and more than anything else in the world, I love to write a good story. My latest news is a bit of a secret at the moment. You can follow the link to the first installment and read the story as it unfolds for free! When and why did you begin writing? I was a consummate storyteller before I could write.

Then, I drew pictures with Crayons. When did you first consider yourself a writer? What inspired you to write your first book? The first book I wrote, which never got published, was inspired by the idea of journal writing and capturing our lives in our written words to pass on to someone else. It was a magical realism story of a murdered woman whose journals accidentally come into the hands of a reluctant psychic, who finds herself linked with the dead woman in way more ways than just the journals. My first published novel, which is still one of my most popular, The Initiation of Ms Holly , was a modern, erotic retelling of the story of Psyche and Eros, one of my very favorite Greek myths.

Mythology and how it relates to the human psyche has always fascinated me. Do you have a specific writing style? I think I write quite tongue-in-cheek. I have a nasty habit of taking myself too seriously and getting sappy. My way of keeping that part of me out of my writing is to either get very gritty or just not take anything too seriously. My characters are good at laughing at themselves in the worst situations, and I like that about them. Also my stories are both plot and character-driven.

I believe anything worth writing is worth having a strong plot driven by strong, well-developed characters. How did you come up with the title?

Loves Me Loves Me Not

For my latest novel, Interviewing Wade , it was easy enough. Carla Flannery, the female lead, is an ace investigative journalist, who has been thrown into multiple situations with reclusive genius, Wade Crittenden. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I believe there are few things stronger than the love that binds two people together.

That having been said, I think my characters all have to learn to love themselves before they can learn to love someone else. If anything that is even more important. How much of the book is realistic? Wade is probably one of my more realistic stories. Wade has been keeping his secrets since I wrote the first Executive Decision novel three years ago. Wade came into being as mainly the creative force behind the company formed by Ellison Thorne and Beverly Neumann.

He was the genius inventor whose ideas and inventions made the company, Pneuma, Inc prosper. There are three novels in the original Executive Decision Trilogy , and Wade figures more heavily in each of them. Carla comes in as a side-character in the second novel, Identity Crisis , as the reporter who figures out who is stalking famous romance novelist, Tess Delaney. I do think that Carla and Wade are a lot more like me in my nerdy, low-brow tastes for simple pleasures.

What books have most influenced your life most? I suppose I look at Diana Gabaldon as a mentor because not only does she spin a gripping tale, but she is so brave and was so ahead of her time in what she wrote. She never pulls any punches. What book are you reading now? Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? She is another writer who pulls no punches. What are your current projects? I want to give her a chance to tell her story in a series set in modern times.

My writing friends have been invaluable to me — especially Kay Jaybee and Lucy Felthouse, but also the Brit Babes, who have been my partners in naughtiness and my friends through thick and thin. Do you see writing as a career? Though in all honesty, I see it more as a calling, a vocation, than a career. Love Wade and Carla as they are, though I would have loved to have more time with both of them. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Have put the excerpt, links, and blurb of Interviewing Wade at the bottom to use as you choose. Diana Gabaldon, as I said above.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book s?

I do quite a bit of traveling within the UK, but thanks to the Internet and social media, a lot of my promotion is done online. Who designed the covers? Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I was totally surprised at how easy it was to coax Wade to share his story. And, believe me, authors are always at the mercy of their characters.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Write to the end. Too many young writers write and rewrite the first few chapters until they shine, but they never get beyond that because they keep going back and rewriting. Best to get through to the end on a bad draft then go back and make the whole thing shine than never get to the end and never have anything to put out there.

All the way to the end! Quarry the stone, THEN sculpt your masterpiece. We crave feedback, and we love hearing from our readers! My mother had a huge collection of Westerns back when I was a little girl. She read them by they ton. I was in 6 th grade, I think, when I read it. It was a Western romance called Fort Deception. I grow my own veg. I dabble in martial arts, and I love kettle bells! Sad to see season 1 end. After finishing Breaking Bad lighter fare needed. The Executive Decisions Trilogy may be over, but the story continues. Intrepid reporter, Carla Flannery, wants to interview Wade Crittenden, the secretive creative genius behind Pneuma Inc.

But when, against all odds, Wade actually agrees to the interview, Carla suspects ulterior motives. As the situation turns deadly, lives and hearts are on the line, and the interview reveals far more about both than either ever expected. The dining area smelled of Chinese food. Lynn had spread the feast on the coffee table in front of the ratty sofa. For a moment, Carla stood staring at the food, feeling slightly nauseated. When she made no effort, he opened the waxed cardboard containers and surveyed their contents.

Then he ladled up a spoonful of egg flower soup and totally surprised her by bringing it, with a steady hand, to her lips. She opened her mouth, and he carefully spooned it in and watched while she swallowed. He gave a little gasp of surprise when she took the spoon away from him, dipped up a nice fat egg drop and pointed the utensil in his direction. When he stared at her like she had two heads, she laughed softly. Here comes a choo-choo. Either way she took advantage and shoved the spoon home. The thought made her giggle at the last instant, and he barely caught the end of an escaping noodle in time to slurp it off his chin and into his mouth.

Dear Christ, he had no idea whatsoever what he did to her. This time, as she waited open-mouthed for her bite of soup, his hand was far less steady and at least half of it ended up in her cleavage. Then he filled the chopsticks dangerously full of noodles and brought them toward her mouth.

Then he began the slurp and nibble process of cleaning up, with long strokes of his tongue up the sided of her breasts before he blazed a well-nibbled path into the valley where the lacy bronze bra cupped her breasts to form a perfect receptacle for the errant noodles. He nibbled skilfully into the depths and up the wet, rounded sides of each breast, slurping and nipping as he grazed. She gasped and bucked against him as he nipped her hard with his front teeth and then sucked deeply enough to draw the judder of her pulse up through her breast and out onto the swirling tip of his tongue.

She fell back against the arm of the sofa as though she had suddenly become boneless, and he eased her legs apart with the flat of one hand and began to stroke her through her trousers. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes.

For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors. Books two and three, Riding the Ether , and Elemental Fire , are now also available. K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. I love being with people. I find that talking about ideas and projects energizes me. I absolutely love my job and I find it a rush to be out meeting people instead of sitting behind my desk. I studied business in school, and have added two Masters degrees to the wall since university.

I wish they could stay this age forever. As an added bonus, they still love me and want to spend time with me. I sat down to write my first piece of fiction in August I submitted that first novel in October. I suppose I felt like a writer when two friends beta read a partially finished novel, and begged me to finish writing. They wanted to know the rest of the story. I was in the library with my kids. While they were looking for summer reading books, I began flipping through a popular romance novel. I wonder if I could write it down.

I went home, sat down at the computer, and challenged myself to write a story that was in my head. A few hours later, I had 3, words. That segment is now chapter 4 of Passion, Power, and Privilege. I make use of every minute of the day. Just like in method acting, I create in myself the thoughts and feelings of my characters. I immerse myself in their lives, developing each personality, showcasing their unique qualities through actions, dialogue, and sexual behavior.

I begin with a concept, and the story unfolds as I write. In most cases, I can write a full length novel in 13 to 21 days. I love alliteration, and have used it in two titles. I love to write humour into my stories. It gives each character a distinct voice, with a particular way of speaking, and it makes dialogue really engaging.

It depends on the novel. All of my books are about realistic people in current day. In some cases, the characters are loosely based on people that I know in real life. The series name is The Coast. Each book in the series will center around a crime that Detective Xander McKenzie works to solve. While the books are fiction, each crime will be based on a real life crime and investigation. I have an incredibly loyal and engaged following on Twitter and Instagram.

They have been very encouraging, supportive, and they offer great feedback. I have a group of five friends that have been my rock as an author. They read, listen, give advice, and shout my praises to readers. Indulging Her Fantasy is a story completely inspired by a reader who suggested the topic. Honestly, it originated out a personal challenge to myself.

Write a chapter turned into Write another. Can you share a little of your current work with us? This is an excerpt from The Coast. The farther they walked down the pier, the darker it got. Before they reached the end of the structure, he knew they were relying completely on the moonlight to provide any illumination. He suddenly realized, they could barely even hear the music from the tiki. Xander listened quietly as the waves lapping against the posts that sunk below the waterline.

Lexi looked up into the southeastern sky. Jupiter of course has close to 60 moons, but the four largest are rather impressive. They were discovered by Galileo in Ganymede is the largest of the four moons, and is even bigger than the planet Mercury. I remember as a kid standing out on this pier in the dark of night looking at the stars, imagining life beyond this little town. She turned toward the northeastern sky, coming face-to-face with Xander. Xander noticed the bluish green tint of her eyes in the moonlight before slowly turning to where she pointed.

Lexi dropped her hand and stared at him. This visitor had definitely piqued her interest. Tom Clancy is a favorite. So is Malcolm Gladwell.

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Very different writing styles and genres, but I deeply respect each author. I enjoy how Gladwell takes fact and statistics and real life experiences and weaves that into a story. All of my novels that are published by Siren Bookstrand are designed by their in house staff. Harris Channing has done an amazing job on these covers. Publishing and marketing is hard work! It will never be perfect.

You can work with a publisher or editor to get it to perfection. I appreciate my readers so much. I probably read that book a dozen times in grade school. There are so many. It should be something that embodies my character as it applies to work and home. Something about making a difference. I love to cook, especially with local products. I have an extensive vegetable garden that I enjoy taking care of with my kids. Tweet Cara at www. Growing up with learning disabilities and frequently being placed in special needs classes, I was often told that I was either lazy or stupid. I refused to be labeled as stupid so I continued to try harder.

As far as writing goes, I absolutely love stories about the underdog succeeding against all odds, and those are the types of adventures I enjoy writing. Hence the creation of my Altered Creatures book series. My kids have been joining me at my booth so it becomes a great family experience as well.

I struggled my entire life to read and write and I refused to allow it to win. So, to conquer my fears I dedicated myself to writing about 10 years ago. The first draft of the manuscript was awful. It came back from my editors filled with a blood bath of red ink. So, I had a choice to either give up or start over.

You got it, I started over and rewrote the entire first book. It too came back marked up, but not as bad. So I learned from that and did it again. This went on for 20 full rewrites until it not only was a great story, but I had become such a better writer. In fact, I had fallen in love with writing. Each novel since then has improved my skills and motivated me to do better.

Before finishing my first novel I entered a few short-story writing contests. After winning the first one and then the second one, I thought I might be on to something. Soon after those wins, I was asked to join the other authors and help judge future contests. I was honored and suddenly felt like I was part of a group I was always supposed to be in. My love for Fantasy and Science Fiction allowed me to day dream about an adventure which I had never seen before. After decades of waiting for someone to write the story stuck in my brain, it was clear that only I would be publishing these ideas.

My writing is very visual. Most fans tell me that by the time they end one of my books they truly felt they had been right there along with the characters the entire time. After decades of thinking about these stories, I had made an entire encyclopedia of the history of the land, civilizations, creature evolution, and key characters. Since the books are very character-driven, the titles of the books had to be about them, such as Fate of Thorik, Essence of Gluic, and Plea of Avanda. Each book has its own messages without being preachy or shoving it your face, but the overall theme is that you can accomplish anything if you truly believe in yourself.

In general, your fate is in your hands. Now, what are you going to do with it? Take this story out of fantasy adventure and you still have a strong story of people trying to accomplish tasks even though they have different desires and goals. Most people can relate to these types of conflicts. Each character is fictional and yet most are a part of me or someone I know. This helps me keep them real to the reader and true to the story as well as how they interact with each other.

Actually, I love Charles Dickens. He has a masterful writing voice that I relish. Actually, most of my reading the past few years have been reference books on topics like what life really was like in the Renaissance era, and how do people react to stressful situations, as well as history of various civilizations and what caused them to grow and then to fall.

However I struggle to find time to read a good story. What a great first novel from them. This industry is filled with authors open to help each other, such as my friends Fred Weiss, Lyle Ernst, and Kimberly Sigafus. All of which have contributed to helping me on my journey and improving my books. But now is the best time in history to be a writer, thanks to the internet and all of the available resources to write, publish, and market. No, not that I can think of. Each series has its own story line and protagonist, but they all have treads that link them together. Keeping it consistent and fresh.

It drives me crazy when stories change logic or explanations for things throughout a series, so I wrote an entire encyclopedia of how everything works to keep me in line. At times, such as now while I have booths at various Comic Cons. I enjoy that a lot. I have to give credit to my brother for the 3D computer renderings he made for my book covers and all the maps. All of the illustrations for my series have been done by Steve Ott. Figuring out which one to work on. I have so many stories I want to tell and they all flood in my mind at the same time.

There is nothing in my life that has helped me overcome my dyslexia as much as writing. Have a thick skin and be willing to become a student of the business and industry. Listen to advice from those who have already made mistakes on their way to becoming a writer. Push your own plotlines down your own path. With me severe dyslexia I struggled to read an entire novel.

I chose that series because I knew the characters and could visualize them easily while I read the story. Our family helps foster small dogs until we can find them forever-homes. Those commercials just tear me up. Yes, I would like to meet a younger me and convince me to not waste so many years wishing for a better future when what I should have been doing is working on marking that future a reality. I also like to watch shows like Survivor to observe how people interact with each other under various stimuli. Shredded beef burrito smothered with Green Chile.

Ever since I lived in New Mexico, I have loved this dish. Life has been very good to me. You can reach me at www. Wedgeworth and Altered Creatures.

Most of those have links to other locations to find me. Enjoy the adventure, everyone! I live in Essex with my hubby and two guinea pigs. Book five in The Connected Series is releasing this month! While watching the TV adapation of Dracula with Jonathan Rhys Meyers one day, a scene came into my head, it was a man and a woman and they were arguing in the rain. There was so much emotion in that scene I had to know what caused it. I started writing and from that scene, Doubt the first novel in The Connected Series was born.

The first time I received a message from a reader telling me, something I wrote struck a chord with them and that something in my story was exactly how they felt when it happened to them. As a reader, I have books that have helped me through very difficult times in my life, so for my words to help them is an incredible feeling.

That was until one dark December night when I was watching TV and instead of seeing Jessica playing Mina, I saw her with a man in the rain, arguing. I also have folders full of things that never make it into a book — backstory or things that happen after the book finishes. Just because the book has finished, there is no ending to my characters. For all my stories, the title just happens. They are all usually obvious to what the story is about. Throughout the Connected Series , the message is ultimately that love is what keeps people together. I think all my stories are realistic. My stories are all about normal people, they all have situations you any of us can picture being in, I know I certainly can.

However, I try to write from a point of knowledge, I find those stories are the best, if I have even a tiny amount of experience in what my characters are going through I can write better. In some situations, I have no experience, but I can draw on another experience where I may have felt similar feelings and build on those. Yes, I really do. I feel like this is what I was supposed to do. I eat, sleep, breath writing. So I guess that part is challenging. Mr Hobbs creates all my covers.

Pouring your heart and soul into something then handing it over for everyone to have an opinion on. Write for you, write the kind of story you would like to read. I really do appreciate the investment you make in my stories, the time you spend with my characters, the messages you send me.

They mean the world to me. My husband and the tears are always from laughing so much. I really want to give an intelligent answer here, but the silly part of my brain is yelling Nikolaj Coster-Waldau! I adore that man. She did her best, always smiled, loved with all her heart and was kind. I enjoy films that make me feel all warm and fuzzy so a good love story is always welcome.

I left for college in the U. It needs to be scrubbed and presentable though, so lots of revision ahead. I read a lot when I was a child, to escape my surroundings and poverty, and books were free from the public library. Somewhere in my 9 yr old inchoate childish mind, I decided I too wanted to write a book, so I wrote — in the style of Enid Blyton, mind you — a little book about a magical man, very tidy in his person, moustached and all. I even designed the cover — all I remember of that was the yellow ochre colour that for some reason I deemed attractive! I wrote during my teenage years also — -a lot of lurid romances, none readable, very powered by adolescent hormones but romantic comedies are still one of my favourite genres!

Then I stopped writing for a long time — from college onwards, throughout law school, and during the time I was practicing law. I picked it up again when I had my first child. But I love it when writers are able to experiment and put out successfully very different voices and styles.

There are a few — some high-brow and some almost embarrassing to reveal. Off the top of my head:. As you might guess from the anthology I put together, and the title of various stories of mine, food in fiction is a big part of what I write. He calls her Little White Peach, because of the subtle blemish that tinges her cheeks when she smiles, and her skin so fair it is a sheet of silk. A mouth that is a distortion of rearranged teeth, wet lips and a tongue that snakes out. But then she sees Daddy with Uncle Peen — they drink cognac in cut-glass snifters imported from England and sit around reminiscing about their past.

Daddy and Uncle Peen had gone to university together. Finding the right voice for a piece. Extracting narrative and heart out of a story, finding what the character really wants to say. Each story is a challenge. Read widely, read deeply, read anything you can get your hands on. You learn from bad writing as from good, but most importantly, you learn things about yourself. I will answer the favourite foods question — food is big on my agenda!

I spend an inordinate amount of time in my headspace thinking about food! Quinoa in salads is my favourite at the moment — I eat a lot of it. And then my all time favourite — noodles. I wish I could endlessly reinvent myself. There are a few other vocations I wish I could have nine lives to explore — but first, if not a writer, it has to be cheffing.

Cooking is one of my favourite things to do. It does not mean I have any skills in any of these other things — merely that I daydream of other lives, and what those alternate realities might have been. Old enough to drink rum and carouse with Captain Jack himself in Tortuga! As an Army brat, I lived all over the world, including Germany, Japan and back to Germany again as a teenager.

There is something FANtastical about walking along castle ramparts, treading the very ground where the Renaissance took place. I felt the connection even as a young 12 year old standing in Heidelberg Castle. And is her own love for Count Alain an enduring one or has she made a mistake? The real-life story of a shocking elopement and love triangle set against the backdrop of eleventh-century politics. Thea, the elder daughter of King Harold, travels with her brothers and grandmother into exile carrying revenge in her heart. She is married with two children. This second novel by the international bestselling author of Root of the Tudor Rose explores a love that leads to treason.


  • ~ My interviews with many authors.
  • Food for Friends (Delicious).
  • Gran Circo Taddei: e altre storie di Vigàta (La memoria) (Italian Edition).
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Eleanor Cobham has married into the highest ranks of the aristocracy — she is now the Duchess of Gloucester. She and her husband, the Duke Humphrey, set up a court of their own to rival the royal court in London, surrounding themselves with fascinating and influential people.

But Eleanor craves the one thing she lacks: Desperate, Eleanor turns to the one person she believes can help her: Margery Jourdemayne, a woman now remembered as the infamous Witch of Eye. Such help comes at a high price… A tale of medieval politics and passions seen through the eyes of the women who lived through the era. She also had her own TV series and was later a successful director and producer.

Her debut novel Root of the Tudor Rose, chronicling the French and Welsh origins of the Tudors, has been internationally acclaimed. Meanwhile, for ambitious Russians like Alexei Beletsky, the city offers a chance to change their homeland for the better — but Alexei still has to deal with the prejudices of the locals as he marries a Jewish girl, Ruth, and the new couple make enemies both Russian and Jewish.

She has been critically lauded for her series of novels including Hearts of Gold, which was made into a BBC mini-series. A powerful story of betrayal, love, and imagination set against the horrific backdrop of the Second World War. Julia and Suzanne, two Jewish girls from the Netherlands, are rounded up by the Nazis and transported to the ghetto of Theresienstadt. The girls use a precious smuggled notebook to write a story, each contributing to an alternate reality that takes them away from the horrors of their daily lives, but there soon comes a point when reality can no longer be held at bay.

Is there a chance of escaping that fate — and at what cost? His debut novel Call the Swallow was shortlisted for the Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Sunday Independent Novel of the Year, and he has also written several non-fiction titles. He lives in Ireland. The series takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through history: Lies, Damned Lies, and History is the seventh installment of this time-travel adventure.

They tend happen to other people. Grounded until the end of time, can she ever put things right? There are now seven books in the series, with more to follow, which has become bestselling throughout the world. Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, and confront an old enemy intent on destroying them. Max is back for the sixth instalment. New husband, new job, and a new training regime that cannot fail — to go wrong.

Caseley is the year-old daughter of Teuder Bonython, successful shipyard owner and consul for Mexico. Not being conventionally beautiful, Caseley also resigns herself to a life without love. A professional writer for over thirty years, and threetime shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Award, Jane Jackson has had twenty nine books published in nineteen languages. The lifelong friendship of Marta, Carrie and Jane is threatened when charming actor Tom comes back to rake over the past.

Marta, Carrie and Jane have been friends since they were at school. Now one is bringing up her family, another is desperately trying for children of her own, while the third is focused on her career. But when a man from the past reappears, a tsunami of destruction is unleashed. Only by pulling together can the friends rid themselves of this menace. But is Tom too clever at sowing mistrust? Book 5 in the Heartlands series, set in East Lothian, and featuring a much-loved cast of characters. Molly plans to leave Scotland for London to draw a line under her failed marriage. Adam knows that his work, his love — his life — is all off track.

Caitlyn is young, capable and intelligent — but she quit her well-paid job rather than risk whistleblowing. She lives in Edinburgh and loves Scotland and all things Scottish. Running away can be the answer if you run to the right place.

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When Cassie accepts a job as companion to an old lady in a remote Lancashire village, she hopes for a quiet life where she can forget herself, her past and most especially men. The last thing she wants is to be drawn into saving a community that seems determined to take her to its heart — and to resuscitate hers. Frances has lived a reclusive life at Ramblings, a Victorian Gothic mansion, for over thirty years and now Barney is hiding away there, forging a new life after his medical career ended in scandal. For fans of Jill Mansell and Jojo Moyes — a debut that brings light and shade to a compelling story set in a small town that is a character in itself.

She puts her ambitions on hold to support her family, and returns to her idyllic seaside home town, St Nicholas Bay. Jack has his own reasons for heading to the Bay; a young widower desperate to come to terms with his loss, he hopes setting up home there with baby son, Toby, might just enable him to survive the future. Will Nancy and Jack be allowed to embrace the future, or will their histories forever bind them to the past?

The St Nicholas Bay books explore motherhood by conventional and unconventional routes, and are all based by the Kentish seaside. Redemption Song is a captivating, insightful look at what happens when everything goes wrong — and the process of putting the pieces back together again.

Saffron is studying for a promising career in medicine until a horrific accident changes her life for ever. Needing to escape London, she moves to a small coastal town to live with her mother. Saffron feels trapped and suffocated until she meets Joe, another outsider. Despite initial misgivings, they grow closer to each other. Like Saffron, Joe has a complicated past. Can Joe escape his demons for long enough to live a normal life — and can Saffron reveal the truth about what really happened on that fateful night?

Love is the one thing they need most, but will they — can they — risk it? Her fiction has been shortlisted for a number of prizes and has received considerable critical praise. She works in education and lives in Brighton with her family. Widower Henry Drummond is marking time, drifting towards retirement, until he accidentally saves a life.

His daughter Maddie is at a wedding with the love of her life. But he is the groom and she is not the bride. They both decide they need to change their lives, preferably with a soulmate by their sides.

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Soon family crises get in the way. But their quest has taken on a life of its own, with surprising consequences for all concerned. The mother of the groom takes centre stage in this hilarious, irreverent look at wedding-day bliss — or blues. Anna has a grown-up son and a married lover. Sporting new underwear and not much else, she is horrified to open her door one afternoon not to lover Jack but to son Sam and his girlfriend. Anna is soon in the throes of preparations, and wondering whether Jack will ever leave his wife.

Journalist Cassie is getting married to reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia wants to plan the entire wedding. When Cassie is asked to write an advice article for Brides to Be, she jokingly writes about her situation and a co-worker submits it on accident. A fantastic debut novel that takes a refreshing look at family, modern life, and the joyless merits of quinoa.

Unbeknownst to Jools, her rant has been filmed and immediately goes viral, making her a reluctant celebrity overnight. Armed with fish fingers and her limited cooking repertoire, Jools must negotiate the unfamiliar world of celebrity while staying true to her instincts as a mum. She has four children and has had short fiction released in several publications. Souper Mum is her first novel and it came second in the Accent Press and Woman Magazine writing competition.

What would you do if you were told you could never have children? When Gracie Davies is faced with the tragic news that no woman ever wants to hear, followed by the breakdown of her relationship, she is at an all-time low.

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With the help of her unorthodox therapist, Professor Princeton, her hippy chick sister, Naomi, and her prostitute friend Maya, she starts to rebuild her life. Searching for inner peace, she starts up The SW19 Club, a club where women can chat openly about the usually taboo issues of miscarriage, abortion, infertility and IVF.

Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, pursuit by a Hollywood actor and the persistence of her adulterous ex, your heart will be both warmed and wrenched as you join Gracie on her rocky journey to selfdiscovery and happiness. I totally loved it. A vivid, frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant picture of unusual friendships and changing village life. When Posy planned her wedding, she assumed that she would be at the altar, not skulking in the last pew wishing premature death on the bride.

And Lola planned her happily-ever-after for 28 years. When a sudden death makes her homeless and jobless, she must leave the fancy biscuit trade without so much as a custard cream for the journey. With radical rethinks needed, Posy and Lola have to utilise their assets or go under. Then Flynn and Ellis arrive — and things go from the sublime to the ridiculous. As well as writing novels, she contributes short stories and articles to many national magazines and newspapers. She lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband. A warm-hearted, contemporary tale of modern life in a corner of busy London, Another Glass of Champagne reintroduces us to thirtysomethings Amy, Jack, and Kit from runaway success Another Cup of Coffee.

Amy and husband Paul are expecting their first baby. He has a plan — one which could put community hub Pickwicks Coffee Shop out of business, and ruin a number of old friendships. Meanwhile, Kit has problems of her own: Jenny lives in south-west England where she indulges her passions for writing and strong black coffee.

Secrets and lies haunt the characters in this brilliant new romance. Secrets can drag anyone back to earth. Three women, connected by one man: Daniel is father to Seren, husband to Nesta and lover to Frankie. Only the continuation of the family ideal can make things right. And for Frankie, Daniel offers hope of a safe and secure future. Secrets that might even threaten a life. West Africa to Irish parents. She now lives with her three children near Bethlehem in rural West Wales where she runs a successful ceramic business.

Stargazing is her third novel. Roz and Jamie have moved to leafy Suffolk from London in search of a quiet life, until they find the village is embarking on its riotous annual drag competition. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Drew is battle to save his drag club. Anna Mitchel has been writing letters to her French pen friend Alex for fifteen years. Then things are thrown spectacularly off course when the plane crashes on her way back from a luxury holiday.

Callie finds herself stranded on an isolated island with the only other survivor — rough Northerner Paul Mason. She may have survived the crash, but can she survive her previously held convictions being ripped apart by her rescuer? She finds herself working under young, headstrong Rhodri, who has no clue of her real identity. A dizzying, all-consuming affair with famous pianist Nicholas Jackson drew in bookshop owner Rebecca Langley, engulfed her with his passion and dominance, and then spat her out heartbroken and bruised.

Now Rebecca is left trying to move on from the relationship she shared with Nicholas, but just as she starts to clear her head, he reappears in her life determined to win her back. But since as Nicholas has already shown once that the darkness within him is lurking just below the surface, can Rebecca really take that risk again with her heart and body? From the bestselling author of The Darkness Within Him comes the Revealed series - a tale of dark secrets and the forbidden world of desires.

When schoolteacher Allie Shaw takes an impromptu cleaning job to cover for her ill friend, she never expects to wind up snowed in with a devilishly handsome sex God. Allie is drawn in by his mysterious charm, but he is reluctant to act on his developing feelings. Under the circumstances, the two become close, but this enigmatic stranger is determined to keep his distance, and for good reason - is there more to him than meets the eye? Wherever she is based, Alice lives with her ever-suffering but hugely supportive husband, their dog, and a crazy wild cat who keeps the whole household on its toes.

Friends become lovers, taking their relationship to the next level in the most unexpected and sensual of ways, and couples explore their kinkiest fantasies, experimenting with domination, submission, bondage, spanking, threesomes and much more. What does it really cost to give your heart to another man? From vanilla to kinky and every shade in between, these lovers will leave no fantasy unexplored.

Stories magazines, has a wealth of experience in editing erotic fiction. Among the many titles she has worked on for Xcite is the award-winning Lipstick Lovers. Jase is a soldier who falls for a girl at a gig. When he finds out that Charlotte is a writer from London this brave man is terrified.

Jase has spent his life hiding the fact that he cannot read. He contributes regularly to national newspapers and BBC Radio 4. Being a great dad - on and off the pitch. Fatherhood is an underrated skill, but many become accidental role models for the next generation. With personal, family stories from several generations of rugby players and their children, along with tips on how to deal with the stresses and strains of a competitive, strenuous job and family life, this is a rugby book with a difference.

This book is aimed at parents who want to ignite the entrepreneurial spark so often ignored in young children, equipping them with the tools they need to make it in business and life. Based on extensive interviews with young entrepreneurs and their parents, as well as expert advice and analysis from psychologists and business consultants, this book will appeal to readers of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Amy Chua.

He is current editor of Fresh Young Millionaire, a business magazine for young people. Hugh has two children, one of whom is already well on the way to breaking every rule in this book. A book that will tug at the heart strings and make you smile. Does where you have lived help shape who you become? In this unique anthology of memories, famous faces from the worlds of television, music, film and books reveal insightful, sometimes surprising and often funny stories about places from their pasts. Touching on childhood, love, loss and happiness, the deeply personal memories and photographs have never been shared before.

With original contributions from: Away from Me and persuaded over celebrities, many of them A-listers, to contribute to the book. She writes a popular weekly column for Belfast News. She lives in Belfast. Hayley Okines was just like any other teenager: But she had progeria, which meant she aged eight times faster than normal, giving her the body of a year-old. At the age of seventeen, in April , Hayley tragically lost her battle to be the longest survivor of progeria, succumbing to pneumonia in the arms of her mother.

When she finds that a rarely diagnosed but far from rare condition probably lay behind his despair she tries to raise the alarm to save others.