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Romancing September Across the World – Day 4 – Michelle Betham

Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 4 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.

Now on to today’s featured author, Michelle Betham.

Here’s the question I asked:

What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?

As far as auhtors are concerned, it’s definitely got to be the likes of Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins – both queens of escapism in my eyes. Reading their books inspired me to create my own brand of escapism, something that, hopefully, can transport the reader to a whole other world. That’s all I ever wanted to do with my writing – give people the chance to escape for a little while. And if I’ve managed that with even just a handful of people, then I’ll be more than happy.

But inspiration comes in all forms, and for me, music is and always has been a huge inspiration for me. I can hear a song, listen to a lyric, and all of a sudden a story will start to form. Music has helped me through many instances of writer’s block, it’s even helped inspire entire books I’ve written. I’m one of those authors who makes playlists for their books, and I have to have music on in the background when I write. I can’t write in silence. So, for me, music is extremely important. It’s definitely a HUGE inspiration for me.

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Here’s a little bit about today’s author:

Michelle Betham is an ex-media technician turned author of hot, edgy, gritty romance, usually involving rock stars, sports stars, and bikers. But not usually all in the same book. Yet. She is both self-published and published through HarperImpulse, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Addicted to binge-watching TV dramas she struggles to think of a life before Netflix, loves rock music, tattoos, spicy food, and Keanu Reeves – a crush that’s lasted over twenty years, and one she blames entirely on ‘Point Break’…

Her dream is to ride a Harley. And visit Las Vegas… And be able to eat any amount of chocolate without putting on weight…

She lives in County Durham, north-east England, with her husband and West Highland Terrier, where she can be found most days drinking tea and making up stories.

I’ve recently set up a website, and that can be found at www.michellebetham.co.uk

There’s my blog – http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

And I can also be found on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleBetham

Twitter – @michellebetham

and

Pinterest – https://uk.pinterest.com/writerchelle/

Todays featured book is “Shirley Valentine Goes to Vegas”. If you haven’t checked out the her book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.

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 Book Description

Shirley Valentine meets Sons of Anarchy in this raunchy, red-hot read! Lana Saunders is on a mission find the ‘new Lana’, the real Lana. After twenty years spent as a prim and proper businessman’s wife, she’s finally swapped beige cotton for black leather, and cardigans for tattoo sleeves! With the ink only just dry on her divorce papers, she’s ready to live it up in Vegas. What she doesn’t expect is to meet wickedly sexy biker, Eddie and is shocked when he asks her out. Not only does he send her sex-starved libido into overdrive, but the connection between them is unlike anything she’s ever experienced. So when Eddies asks her to stay with him in Vegas, the desire to fall into this gorgeous man’s bed and stay there forever is too tempting to ignore! Living with Eddie in Las Vegas is the most fun Lana’s had in years-especially when he shows her that there’s more than one way to ride on a Harley!-but soon she realises she can’t ignore her old life forever, particularly when her ex, Adam shows up determined to win her back! Author Michelle Betham gives Jackie Collins a run for her money in SHIRLEY VALENTINE GOES TO VEGAS, a story about what happens when you realise that life isn’t what you thought it would be…

AmazonUK –  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shirley-Valentine-Vegas-Michelle-Betham-ebook/dp/B01222DBCC/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437489960&sr=1-16

AmazonUS –  http://www.amazon.com/Shirley-Valentine-Vegas-Michelle-Betham-ebook/dp/B01222DBCC/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437489960&sr=1-16

I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another


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Romancing September Across the World – Day 3 – Linda Lee Williams

Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 3 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.

Now on to today’s featured author, Linda Lee Williams.

Here’s the question I asked:

What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?

While I was growing up, I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy.  I was hooked on shows like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits.”  Later, I consumed novels by LaVeryle Spencer, Nora Roberts, and Belva Plain as well as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Jakes.  These authors inspired me in different ways, but they all had one thing in common: The ability to tell a good story and make me suspend my disbelief.  When I started writing in earnest, I strove to develop the same skills.  Even though I still don’t measure up, they helped me set the bar higher.

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Here’s a little bit about today’s author:

Linda Lee Williams writes “contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.”  Her stories revolve around imperfect characters, their families and friends, and a host of life issues.  Currently, she has four published novels and is part of a short-story anthology.

After moving to Denver from Chicago, Linda taught creative writing classes and formed a writers’ group.  An outdoor enthusiast, she enjoys hiking, biking, and birding.  She loves critters of all kinds.  During her journeys she’s called Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado home.  Wherever she roams, she finds inspiration in her surroundings.

Blog: http://indielindy.blogspot.com

Crazy Lady Authors: http://crazyladyauthors.weebly.com/blog

eNovel Authors at Work:  http://enovelauthorsatwork.com/linda-lee-williams/

Todays featured book is “Old Town Nights”. If you haven’t checked out the Linda’s book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.

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 Book Description

When Abby Lawrence shows a house to Ambrose Slater, she’s unable to resist the handsome, sensitive hybrid-vampire, who is a powerful mortal.  As she witnesses the deterioration of his brother’s marriage to a regular woman, Abby must decide if she can embrace the vampire lifestyle or give up the only man she’s ever loved.  Ambrose must choose whether to risk losing Abby’s love or setting her free, even if it kills him…

Can a vampire baker and a spunky realtor make their relationship work?  Or will their quirky families and the odds against them doom their love affair?

Amazon, US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DZ106QO

Amazon, UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Town-Nights-Blood-Company-Book-ebook/dp/B00DZ106QO

I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!


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Romancing September Across the World – Day 2 – Helen Hollick

Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 2 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.

Now on to today’s featured author, Helen Hollick.

Here’s the question I asked:

What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?

Hmm a difficult question to answer. I think I would say ‘the Past’.

I don’t mean individual people – all those famous (or infamous) names we meet in history books, nor do I mean the events of the past –  the battles, the politics, the things those famous people did or did not do… The past is much more than this. For me, for you, for everyone the past is part of us because of the years that have gone by – yesterday, last year, last century and the ones before that. I don’t mean reincarnation or anything spiritual, but each and every one of us is connected to our ancestors who lived there in the past. We are connected to what has been through our grandmother and grandfather’s grandmothers and grandfathers.

One of my historical fiction novels is about the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. I know that my ancestors were alive in that year, I have no idea who they were, where they lived, what they did – whether they were directly involved or not… but I do know that at least two of them, a man and a woman, (or a boy and a girl) were alive then.

How do I know?

Because if they were not I would not be here today. My DNA is connected to their DNA and the past lives on through it, through us.

Helen Hollick

Here’s a little bit about today’s author:

I have always loved reading – and writing. I wrote stories as a young teenager, never believing I would one day be a published author.
I just so love bringing my imagined characters alive – to me they are very, very real – especially my pirate, Jesamiah Acorne!

‘Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, gets her history right and writes consistently readable books!’ (Bernard Cornwell)

My Lost Kingdom Series – I AM THE CHOSEN KING (HAROLD THE KING is the UK title of the same book) and its prequel, The FOREVER QUEEN (A HOLLOW CROWN is the UK title of the same book) tells the story of the twilight years of Anglo Saxon England before the Norman Conquest.
Stripping the Norman propaganda from what we think we know of that most famous date in English history – 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, my novels portray all the honour and dignity that history remembers of its fallen heroes.

I am also co-scriptwriter for the UK movie 1066 which is in development.

Website: www.helenhollick.net

Blog: www.ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HelenHollickAuthor

Twitter: @HelenHollick

Helen’s featured book is “Sea Witch”. If you haven’t checked out the Helen’s book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.

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Sea Witch Book Description

The Time : The Golden Age of Piracy – 1716.

The Place : The Pirate Round – from the South African Coast to the sun drenched Islands of the Caribbean.

Escaping the bullying of his elder half-brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate with only two loves – his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crewmates unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa.

He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh an insignificant girl, or so he assumes – until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer, a midwife – and a white witch. Her name, an anagram of “all that is good.” Tiola and Jesamiah become lovers, but the wealthy Stefan van Overstratten, a Cape Town Dutchman, also wants Tiola as his wife and Jesamiah’s jealous brother, Phillipe Mereno, is determined to seek revenge for resentments of the past, a stolen ship and the insult of being cuckolded in his own home.

When the call of the sea and an opportunity to commandeer a beautiful ship – the Sea Witch – is put in Jesamiah’s path he must make a choice between his life as a pirate or his love for Tiola. He wants both, but Mereno and van Overstratten want him dead.

In trouble, imprisoned in the darkness and stench that is the lowest part of his brother’s ship, can Tiola with her gift of Craft, and the aid of his loyal crew, save him?

Using all her skills Tiola must conjure up a wind to rescue her lover, but first she must brave the darkness of the ocean depths and confront the supernatural being, Tethys, the Spirit of the Sea, an elemental who will stop at nothing to claim Jesamiah Acorne’s soul and bones as a trophy.

buying links (US / UK),

Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Witch-Helen-Hollick/dp/1906236607

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Witch-Helen-Hollick/dp/1906236607

 

 

 links to author social media

Website: www.helenhollick.net

Blog: www.ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HelenHollickAuthor

Twitter: @HelenHollick

I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!


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Romancing September Across the World – Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 1 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.

Now on to today’s featured author, Melissa Foster.

Here’s the question I asked:

What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?

Life is my biggest inspiration. I love taking real life situations and bringing them into my stories, making them relatable and real.

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Here’s a little bit about today’s author:

Melissa’s Bio

Melissa Foster is a New York Times USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website. Never miss a release! Follow Melissa here on Amazon and sign up for her newsletter: www.MelissaFoster.com/Newsletter

SIGN UP for MELISSA’S NEWSLETTER to stay up to date with new releases, giveaways, and events, and connect on social media to chat with me directly

 NEWSLETTER:

http://www.melissafoster.com/newsletter

 FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor

 TWITTER:

https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster

WEBSITE:

http://www.MelissaFoster.com

STREET TEAM:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/melissafosterfans

Melissa’s featured book is “Taken By Love”. If you haven’t checked out the Braden books by Melissa, then I personally suggest it. They’ll pull you in!

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Taken by Love Book Description

TAKEN BY LOVE is a **USA TODAY BESTSELLER** and is the first of six  hot, wealthy, and wickedly naughty Braden cousins, and the newest additions to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Daisy Honey fled Trusty, Colorado, after years of battling rumors sparked by her gorgeous looks and lust-inducing name. Now a physician on the brink of a promising career, she reluctantly returns home when her father is injured in a farming accident. Daisy expects the small-town girls who hurt her in the past to take cheap shots again—but she’s completely unprepared for a run-in with tall, dark, and wickedly sexy Luke Braden, the only man who has ever stood up for her—and the man she’s never forgotten.

Luke Braden is handsome, wealthy, and the best damn gypsy horse breeder in the West. After a restless youth, he’s finally ready to settle down—only connecting with women is nothing like connecting with horses, and he’s never met a woman worth the energy. After an arrest in a neighboring town, Luke’s past comes back to haunt him, and he realizes that his inability to find love runs deeper than he ever imagined.

A chance encounter sweeps Luke and Daisy into a world of passion. For the first time ever, Luke feels a connection, but Daisy’s life in Trusty is anything but permanent, and Luke can’t manage a future until he puts his past to rest.

Buy it now links
KINDLE US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J2AWML4

KINDLE UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J2AWML4

NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taken-by-love-melissa-foster/1119696590?ean=2940149589319 

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/taken-by-love-love-in-bloom-the-bradens-book-seven

GPLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Melissa_Foster_Taken_by_Love_Love_in_Bloom_The_Bra?id=D5CWAwAAQBAJ 

iBOOKS US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/taken-by-love-love-in-bloom/id847669854?mt=11

iBOOKS UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/taken-by-love-love-in-bloom/id847669854?mt=11
SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/437132

Paperback US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/product/1941480004

Paperback UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/product/1941480004

I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!


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One more day until the tour!

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Heads up romance readers! Tomorrow, September 1st is the start of the third annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. Rosie Amber and I will be doing posts for 30 romance authors. Rosie’s will be first in the morning on UK time and mine later on US time. It’s looking to be a great tour this year.

We start tomorrow with Bestselling author Melissa Foster. Here’s the list of great authors that we will be featuring:

30 Authors, 30 Days, 2 locations.

Here is the line-up;

September 1st – Melissa Foster with Taken by Love

September 2nd – Helen Hollick with Sea Witch

September 3rd – Linda Lee Williams with Old Town Nights

September 4th – Michelle Betham with Shirley Valentine goes to Vegas

September 5th – Georgina Troy with A Jersey Dreamboat

September 6th – V. Steele with How My Cowboy Loves Me

September 7th – Pamela Beckford with Love Aflame

September 8th – E.L.Lindley with Blood Money

September 9th – F.J. Thomas with Lost Betrayal

September 10th – Lizzie Lamb with Scotch On The Rocks

September 11th – Adrienne Vaughan with Secrets Of The Heart

September 12th – Monica La Porta with The Lonely Wolf

September 13th – Margaret Cullingford with Twins Of A Gazelle

September 14th – Nicky Wells with 7 Years Bad Sex

September 15th – Felicia Myers with A Fake Engagement, A Real Wedding

September 16th – Zee Monodee with Whisk Me Up

September 17th – Kimberley Wenzler with Both Sides Of Love

September 18th – Daisy Banks with Christmas Carols

September 19th – Joanne Phillips with Cupid’s Way

September 20th – Sonya Loveday & Candace knoebel with Love Always

September 21st – Della Connor with The Burning

September 22nd – Hilda Vaughan with Here Are Lovers

September 23rd – Bethan Darwin with Two Times Twenty

September 24th – Lorraine Jenkin with Chocolate Mousse & Two Spoons

September 25th – Annie Crux with The Lavender House Mob

September 26th – Sam Cheever with Slow Burner

September 27th – Jane Cable with The Faerie Tree

September 28th – Jane Linfoot with The Vintage Cinema Club

September 29th – Olga Miret with I Love Cupcakes

September 30th – Marcia Meara with Wake Robin Ridge

So, mark your calendars and set your timers, it’s going to be a romance filled ride…

As for me, I have exciting news! Chase is now in the hands of my Editor Kaleigh. Yep, I typed over 8000 words Saturday to wrap his story up. He’s on preorder over at Amazon and will be officially released on September 26th!

http://www.amazon.com/Chase-Five-Oaks-Ranch-Book-ebook/dp/B014OQA6V8

Don’t forget to head over to Wattpad to vote on Tuscany! https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/48304085-tuscany

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Emma Rose is now available!

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Good Friday morning! I’m excited to announce that Emma Rose is finally available. It’s been a long and harrowing journey, but she’s out. This was a book that brought about many changes. I’m ready to move forward with the next installment of the Women of Magnolia Hill Saga. It will be out in early 2015.

I hope you’ve checked out the Romancing September tour that Rosie Amber and I have been doing all month. It’s a great way to help support other authors and find lots of new books for your TBR list. Mine has grown so much that I should be good for a long time.

Another exciting thing to put out here is the upcoming western romance series that I’ll start as soon as I get a couple of days rest. Who am I kidding? I’ve already started the new series. It’ll be 5 books and each one is another aspect of the family of 5 Oaks Ranch. They’re full of family drama, humor, love, romance and just down right good clean, exciting fun. I’m so excited about this series. I’ll be posting little snippets as it goes. The covers are all completed, but nope, I’m not going to give anything away just yet, but I will tell you there’s a little something, something at the end of Emma Rose regarding this series.

Oh yeah, before I go back to writing, I have another announcement. Yep I’m full of them today. I have a Christmas romance in the works and it will be part of my Christian Romance series Lean On Him. This will be a very hard book to write, not that it’s not coming to me, but it’s about a hard subject. I’ll tell you more later, but let’s just say it will be a different side of romance from my normal writing. But it’s a subject that’s close to my heart. Ok, that’s enough of that for now.

I hope all of you have a great weekend and don’t forget to pick up a book. Be kind and give the author a review. We love hearing from our fans.

As always, good writing and May God Bless you…