Friday, October 17, 2014

Cover Reveal for Madness Or Love by Selina

I'm delighted to be part of the blog tour for Selina Bodur's cover reveal to which I've just read and ARC copy. My review will follow shortly.





BLURB - Victoria is the young woman every girl wants to be—bright, driven, confident, and compassionate. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She never gives up on her dreams. But her personal life is a bit dull. At least, until she met him.
Ian Young is Hollywood's rising star. His impossibly-deep blue eyes are the talk of every magazine. His masculine body and chiseled face are in every girl’s dreams.
Fate brings them together one night in London, and they click perfectly. Against all logic, the strange connection between them deepens.
But will their friendship withstand the distance? Will the ocean between them tear them apart, or will love get in the way?

Keep up to date with this exciting new writer here: 




AUTHOR BIO:
Selina Bodur was born and raised in Bulgaria, but currently she lives in the UK. Over thirty, dark-haired, and a little overweight ordinary woman, that’s her. She was constantly in the search of who she wants to be - learning to play an accordion, singing, and painting. But becoming a writer was always a childhood dream of hers. Even when she was very young her imagination had been running wild. Selina preferred to create worlds instead to live in the real one.  As a teenager she ventured into poetry, and published few of her poems and couple of short stories. She loved to pour her heart out on the pages, covered in tears.  She had to grow up and pushed her writing dream in the deepest and dustiest corner of her mind.

After years spent in searching for the right carrier she ended up 3000 kilometers away from her home country Bulgaria. On the bright side, one thing had been born from the lack of social life, the homesickness, and the many hours spent in front of the computer—she began writing again.

In 2013 she released her debut novella “Fighting the Impossible”, followed by the poetry collection “The Death of the Rose”. “Be With Me” series is her next project, and the first installment “Madness or Love” will be out in October 2014.

 She still dreams of becoming a full time writer.

Friday, August 15, 2014

New Release - Helena's Diary - NY Times novelist Linda Prather.




  
I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Linda Prather's stunning new novel Romantic Suspense novel Helena's Diary. Here's my review:

Writer Gabriella Carson is suffering from the loss of her beloved mother and caught up in romance that is the total opposite to those she writes about in her steamy romance novels. One day a parcel with a letter attached to it arrives from a lawyer in Madrid. Inside the parcel is her mother's diary and a locket.

Intrigued, Gabriella spends night after night reading about her mother's love affair with Armand that she forgets to open the letter which turns out to be a plea to visit Madrid as Armand is on his deathbed. 

Eager to meet up with her mother's ex lover Gabriella drops everything and travels to Spain, only to be welcomed by a less than enthusiastic Antonio, who is Armand's son.

This story has everything, romantic tension, intrigue, drama, and a last wish that will turn Gabriella's world upside down. 

You can purchase the book from Amazon for only 99c.

Amazon UK  Amazon US 


Saturday, June 28, 2014

New release - boxed set of Romantic Suspense by NY Times bestselling authors.

I'm delighted to announce that my novella Past Temptation is part of this amazing Romantic Suspense box set, Crimes Of Passion. 





The other books on offer in the set are:

Body of Evidence - Rachel Grant
Her Sanctuary - Toni Anderson
Love and Smoke - Jennifer Blake
Loose Ends - Terri Reid
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes - Denise Grover Swank

Pick up this fab box set for only 99c for a limited time from the following outlets.

Amazon    KOBO    iBooks  Google  B & N 

Read a couple of features introducing the authors and the books featured in the box set here:

USA Today    and    Kiss and Thrill blog


Thursday, June 5, 2014

New release - Lost Temptation.

I'm pleased to announce the release of the second novella in the Temptation series. On offer for the first few days at only 99c/77p and available from all outlets at the following links.



Chrissy fears she is losing her boyfriend, Kyle, so she formulates a plan to try to get their relationship back on track. 
However, events drastically backfire when a car chase puts both their lives in danger.  

A Romantic Suspense Novella 20,000 words. 


Amazon UK        Amazon US           iBooks       B & N       


KOBO 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review of Dolores Ayotte's Up the "Down" Ladder - Inspirational read.



My review for Dolores Ayotte's Up the "Down" Ladder.



I've had the pleasure of reading Dolores's wonderful work before and jumped at the chance to read and review this book knowing that I would not be disappointed in this woman's excellent prose.

Yes, this book is about depression but I never anticipated it being a dark and uncomfortable read, not with this lady writing it.
To be honest I didn't realise that Dolores I have so many similarities. I too have suffered with depression in the past and have battled hard over the years to find something meaningful that would chase away the darkest of clouds overhanging my head, thankfully my writing has cured me of all my depressive thoughts.

As Dolores states so eloquently throughout the book, you, and you alone, can change your life for the better.

I don't have a faith in God as such but Dolores has it in abundance, however I didn't feel in the least that her book was preaching at me.

Great read with some wonderful tales incorporated for both men and women to identify with.

Thank you, wonderful lady, for a terrific and inspirational read.

Grab your copy of this excellent tale now on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Down-Ladder-Dolores-Ayotte-ebook/dp/B007K8QO28/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

Friday, May 2, 2014

New release- Past Temptation



Introducing the first book in a series of four in the Temptation series. PAST TEMPTATION.


Until now, Nicole’s main focus in life has been running her successful business while raising her daughter, Sammy Jo, single-handedly. Now, Nicole’s ex-boyfriend, Josh has turned up determined to rekindle the relationship he ran out on. 

Before they get the chance to pick up where they left off, Nicole’s personal life is put in mortal danger. 

A novella of 25,000 words.


Limited time only at 99c/77p from these sites.

Amazon US  Amazon UK  B&N  KOBO   iBooks



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lyn Horner drops by to discuss the anthology she's involved in.




Hi, Mel. Thank you for having me back on your wonderful blog. I’d like to tell your fans about Rawhide ’n Roses (A Western Romance Anthology.) This recent release brings together 15 authors, each with a different take on the “Wild West.” Composed of short stories great for reading on a lunch break or at bedtime, most are historical, with a few contemporary romances and one time travel for good measure.

Being a contributor to this collection of short stories has been a real learning experience for me. I thought it would be fun and wouldn’t take much time. Right. The problem is I don’t often write short stories. How was I going to tell a complete story, a romance no less, in two or three thousand words? Most chapters in my novels are longer than that. What had I gotten myself into?

I quickly learned the key is to cut out all the “fluff”. I ended up cutting at least a third of my first draft, a painful process as you know. We authors don’t enjoy dumping sentences, paragraphs, even whole scenes for the sake of brevity, even if it does improve the story. For more of what I learned from this project, check out this recent article: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/ten-tips-for-writing-a-short-story/#comment-24548

Now I’d like to share a snippet from my short story.

The Lawman’s Lady
by Lyn Horner

Blurb:

Marshal Trace Balfour doesn’t care for schoolmarm Matilda Schoenbrun’s straight-laced attitude. However, a few moments alone with the spinster lady makes him realize she isn’t quite what he expected. It also makes him curious. Why doesn’t she like to be called Mattie? Most of all, what would she look like without her specs and with her hair down? 

Excerpt:

“Move aside,” Marshal Trace Balfour ordered, pushing through the noisy throng gathered in the street outside the Golden Slipper Saloon. Their shouts and laughter had drawn him from his office up the block. Among the crowd, he saw the local Methodist preacher, the undertaker and the owner of the mercantile across the dusty street. Several ranch hands, in town on their day off, made most of the racket. 

Trace also noticed the schoolmarm, Matilda Schoenbrun. With her brown hair wound in a tight bun at her nape and wearing a drab calico gown of the same color, she brought to mind a brown jay such as he’d seen as a boy in south Texas. When she spotted him, she threw her shoulders back and narrowed her lips, looking down her bespectacled little nose, setting his teeth on edge.

“Marshal, please put a stop to this!” she demanded in a haughty voice. 

“Ma’am, that’s what I aim to do.” Touching his hat to her, he shouldered aside a pair of cowboys whose laughter and catcalls almost drowned out the shrieks coming from a pair of females rolling in the dirt. Trace recognized them as saloon girls form the Golden Slipper. With red and purple skirts bunched around their knees, they fought viciously, scratching, biting and pulling each other’s hair.

He’d rather face a gang of bank robbers than deal with these snarling wildcats, he thought grimly. Almost tripping over their tangled petticoats, he managed to grab hold of one’s flailing arm and the back of the other’s tightly laced black bodice.

“That’s enough!” he growled, hauling them to their feet. One, a red-haired gal named Nellie, screeched and raked his restraining hand with her sharp nails while the other, a blonde whose name he forgot, slapped his face. Cursing under his breath, he gave both snarling females a hard shake. “I said that’s enough, ladies. Either settle down or spend the night in jail.”

Meet all the Rawhide ‘n Roses authors here: http://rawhidenroses.blogspot.com/ 

Available on these sites: Amazon          Amazon UK          Barnes & Noble


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Dearest Irish, book three in Lyn Horner’s Texas Devlins trilogy, was nominated for a 2014 Reader’s Choice Award by Books and Pals, selected as the Best Review Site by Indies Unlimited. This book is also a Rone Award nominee.

Available in ebook and print: Amazon          Amazon UK          Barnes & Noble

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