Letter A The April A to Z blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Rosie Amber

Welcome to the first day of this year’s April A-Z blogging challenge.

I’m blogging my way through characters from books I’ve read, then I have some audience participation going on.

 Letter A is for Anne Haddon the heroine of June Kearn’s book An Englishwoman’s Guide To The Cowboy.

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It’s 1867 and 9 people are squashed inside a stagecoach as it beats it’s way across the hot dust of Texas. Inside are English trio Annie Haddon, her cousin Charlotte and Aunt Bea. In true British aristocracy style the ladies are broiling in their layers of clothing, gloves and hats, but it is against strict etiquette to be seen in anything less.

The white man is sweeping across the states of America, bringing it’s railway and forcing the native Indians out. Tensions are high and stages coaches easy targets. When the stagecoach crashes in a typical hold up, Annie if left for…

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A Fresh Page

What a totally stupendous year! How we ever found time to write, I’ll never know! Thanks everyone for all your amazing support.

New Romantics Press

Lizzie, June, Mags and Adrienne ...plotting again!Now the very last of the twinkly lights have been put away and before February crashes headlong into Valentine’s Day and then Easter, here’s a mini wrap up of 2014 for the New Romantics Press and a teeny peak at some of the very exciting plans, for what is going to be our fourth year as one of the literary world’s favourite indie groups! (Over-egged the last bit, slightly, but hey you know what we mean).

Lizzie, June and myself spent much of the start of 2014 promoting our latest novels, Boot Camp Bride(Lizzie Lamb); 20’s Girl and all that Jazz(June Kearns) and A Change of Heart(Adrienne Vaughan). Aided and abetted by Mags, who was busy editing her new one, Twins of a Gazelle.

Where's Mags . . .February 2014 – Lizzie, June and myself hosted a Meet the Author event at Waterstones, Market Harborough, which was a great…

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February editions of Magazines I review books for are now delivered and on-line

Rosie Amber

February 1st and the latest editions of the local magazines I wrote book reviews for have now been delivered locally and are also on-line.

This month’s books featured in Fleet Life are;

After The Evil by Cary Allen Stone

Marlin Darlin’ by Margarette Langstaffe

Deceived by L.A Starkey

Secrets Of The Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

and Dreaming Of Love by Melissa Foster

Go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory and turn to page 6

Fleet Life Feb Twitter

Books featured in the February issue of Elvetham Heath Directory are;

The Parrot Told Me by Rachael Rawlings

Hawk’s Gift by Mary Forbes

Sheer Fear by Geoffrey West

Stories For Feelings  For Children by Hilary Hawkes

Stable Mates by Zara Stonely

Go to http://www.ehd.org.uk, click on the online directory and turn to page 6

Feb EHD Twotter

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A Visit with June Kearns!

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I would like to thank June Kearns for agreeing to do this interview. She is a historical romance writer from the United Kingdom and she  is answering my questions about An Englishwoman’sGuide to the Cowboy which is set in Texas.  I am currently reading her other book 20’s Girl, the Ghost and all that Jazz.

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Here are her answers to my questions:

Why did you choose Texas as the setting for An Englishwoman’s Guide to The Cowboy?

It all started when I was poring over old maps, trying to trace the path of cattle drives from the southern states of the US to the north, after the Civil War.

That’s when I first saw the size and scale of Texas. Wow!

All that open, empty land stretching to the horizon – from ocean in the south to mountains in the north – with every kind of landscape and all sorts of weathers.

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It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot like Christmas . . .

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This extract is from my novel Boot Camp Bride and the action takes place in a skip/dumpster on Christmas Eve. Charlee Montague is on her first stake out with temperamental, brooding photographer, Rafa Ffinch. If she gets it right, he takes her on as his partner for a trial period. Get it wrong, and she’s back to filing, fetching lattes and walking the editor’s dog.

Here’s the blurb . . .

Take an up-for-anything rookie reporter.  Add a world-weary photo-journalist.  Put them together . . . light the blue touch paper and stand well back! Posing as a bride-to-be, Charlee Montague goes undercover at a boot camp for brides in Norfolk to photograph supermodel Anastasia Markova looking less than perfect. At Charlee’s side and posing as her fiancé, is Rafael Ffinch award winning photographer and survivor of a kidnap attempt in Colombia. He’s in no mood to cut inexperienced Charlee…

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Author Event at Waterstones, Kensington, London brings another successful year to a close!

New Romantics Press

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We are happy to ask you to join us in celebrating an exciting and successful year for the New Romantics Press.

Adrienne’s story:

When you think about it, our story might not be amazing, show-stopping or world-breaking …but it is interesting. What started as June’s original concept: “Let’s hold a showcase for our work.” Quickly followed by Amanda Grange’s advice: “Publish independently and then you’ll have something to show.” Add Lizzie’s gritty determination to keep us all on track; my PR background and Mag’s literary connections and I must admit, as my third novel sits patiently in the wings (ready to be launched at the end of this month), I feel a tiny smidgen of pride for what we have achieved. Nine novels, each individually penned, and one anthology of short stories, to which Lizzie and I have contributed … in just two years, is not bad going. 

Add, excellent…

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‘An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy’ by June Kearns – More Than a Romance

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I discovered June Kearns’ books through the lovely Rosie Amber’s blog when I reviewed ‘The 20’s Girl, the Ghost and All That Jazz’ (see my review here). I enjoyed it so much that I had to read ‘An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy’. Hope you enjoy my review and the extract from the book that follows. You can read my interview with June here.

Review

This is a lovely book, thoroughly enjoyable, well written and with a cast of characters that you’ll love and hate!

Annie Haddon is dragged to the American west by her horrible aunt and vile cousin. Bullied and brow beaten, and threatened with marriage to a man she finds revolting, Annie is resigned to a miserable life as she travels by stagecoach  across the hot, dusty plains. But a hold-up sees her rescued by the handsome and dangerous Colt McCall and Annie is led into…

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Mystery Book Tour Day 9 #MysteryNovember The Body on the T by Mike Martin

Rosie Amber

November Mystery Tour

Welcome to Day 9 of The November Mystery Book Tour.

Today our guest is Mike Martin and his book The Body on the T

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Where is your home town?

I was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the very eastern tip of North America. I lived there for most of my early life and then moved to Ottawa, the capital of Canada in my 30’s and have been there ever since.

How long have you been writing?

Like many writers I am also an active reader and have always been so. I had two older sisters who were teachers so they encouraged me to read early and often. They dragged me along to the library every week and I could pick and choose my books. As a result I grew to love reading and admire writers. As soon as I could I started writing, trying very poorly, to imitate my…

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…forget the Spice Girls… here’s the Indie Girls… coming to a Waterstones near you…

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…great timing! … in consonance with my previous post about ‘Living the Dream,’ into my Guest Blog slot comes the fabulous news that four of our Indie Girls are all appearing together at Waterstones, Kensington… my pals, Lizzie Lamb, Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Mags Cullingford, collectively known as the New Romantics, have secured their date with the bookstore on November 13th… some have conjectured they got it by threatening to go there and sing if they weren’t allowed in… well, I don’t know about that, but their masterpieces (mistresspieces?) speak volumes (pun intended, Mabel… we’re NUTHIN if we’re not inventive on this blog)… rumour has it there will be free cases of champagne to take away in the back of yer car, and sumptuous delicacies to nibble on while yeez marvel at the Fab Four’s autographing skills…don’t just take my WURD for it, here’s what they’re…

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New Romantics Press Author Showcase

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An ‘Author Showcase? So what, you ask?

Friends, let us tell you that four indie authors hosting an Author Showcase in a one of Waterstones flagship London bookstores is no mean feat. It has required determination on our part and the belief and open mindedness of store manager Michael Korel to ‘take us on’. On top of that, we’ve produced eight quality novels with proven sales records and have demonstrated our ability to deliver a night no one will forget.

This Author Showcase is the culmination of a dream. One which began two summers ago over lunch with Amanda Grange in Lizzie’s garden. Our path to publication is well documented in our blog but on November the thirteenth we will have exceeded what we hoped to accomplish on that bright summer’s day.

  • poster with live links removed (cropped)Written nine books between us
  • Created joint and individual blogs
  • Established a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter…

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