Moving has one benefit that I really enjoy and that is the chance to meet new people and explore new places. Some of the new people I’ve met in the UK are the New Romantics 4 and they are celebrating summer in a very British style with some Midsummer Madness. I hope you enjoy meeting them as well—Kathy ☺
We’re having a proper Pimms party, well-heeled people, laughing in the gardens of a Georgian house and talking about our latest releases.
First up it’s Lizzie Lamb:
After teaching my 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, I decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue my first love: writing. In 2006, I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme, honed my craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted. Born in Scotland, but with Irish and Brazilian blood in my veins I’ve always wanted to write a novel set in the romantic Highlands and Wester Ross and with Tall, Dark and Kilted I’ve done just that. I’ve had enormous fun researching men in kilts, falling in love with brooding heroes and rooting for feisty heroines. I love the quick fire interchange between the hero and heroine – like in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and hope this comes over in my writing. Although much of my time is taken up with publicizing Tall, Dark and Kilted, I have finished my second novel and am editing it for publication autumn 2013. I am a founding member of an indie publishing group, The New Romantics 4 and our watch cry is: all for one and one for all. Our philosophy is: if you’ve got a dream – go for it. Life is not a rehearsal.
Tall, Dark and Kilted
Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it the dream of being her own boss. She’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, but there’s a catch. The centre lies five hundred miles north in Wester Ross, Scotland. Fliss’s romantic view of the highlands populated by Men in Kilts is shattered when she has an upclose and personal encounter with the Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart. He’s determined to pull the plug on the business, bring his eccentric family to heel and eject undesirables from his estate – starting with Fliss. Facing the dole queue once more Fliss resolves to make sexy, infuriating Ruairi revise his unflattering opinion of her, turn the therapy centre around and sort out his dysfunctional family. Can Fliss tame the Monarch of the Glen and find the happiness she deserves?
Read the first three chapters of Tall, Dark and Kilted on Amazon Kindle and find out.
universal link (paperback and kindle version) http://t.co/jKpB4WMM4F
Next meet June Kearns
June Kearns is a daydreamer, who spends quite a lot of time staring into space and making things up. She writes historical romantic fiction, currently inspired by the 20’s and 30’s – the music, style and fashion of the time.
‘An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy’ was started after a first chapter won a national magazine competition, and finished after far too many hours spent watching cowboy heroes bring order west of the Pecos.
A co-founder of the indie publishing group – The New Romantics 4 –she is also a NWS member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association
A former teacher, June is married, with five children and lives in Leicestershire.
An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy
Texas 1867. After a stagecoach wreck, buttoned-up Victorian spinster, Annie Haddon finds herself thrown into the company of cowboy maverick, Colt McCall – a man who relies on animal instinct for survival, and lives by his own rules.
Can two people from such wildly different backgrounds learn to trust each other?
Annie and McCall find out on their journey across the haunting, mystical landscape of the American West.
Read the first chapter at http://tinyurl.com/l4dtyok
Next meet Adrienne Vaughan:
Adrienne was born in Leicester, a city in the middle of England and brought up in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. She’s been making up stories since she could speak and started writing them down as soon as she could pick up a pen. No surprise she wanted to be a journalist and once she landed a job on a pop music magazine, all she had to do was marry a rock star!
As that didn’t happen today she runs a busy Public Relations consultancy in the UK.
Inspired by Maeve Binchy, she wrote her first novel in the early 80’s and has been writing short stories, poems and ideas for books ever since. Her debut novel The Hollow Heart is set in Ireland, England and New York and the heroine is a feisty, campaigning reporter who falls for an infuriatingly, conceited movie star who hates journalists. He’s gorgeous of course, and lovely too, when you get to know him!
Her next novel, A Change of Heart is the sequel to The Hollow Heart.
She says the New Romantics4 are ‘fairy godmothers’ because dreams can come true!
The Hollow Heart
Marianne Coltrane is a feisty, award-winning journalist who is far from lucky in love. Taking herself to the wilds of the west of Ireland to recuperate, she literally runs into Ryan O’Gorman, the most conceited, infuriating man in the world. He’s an actor who’s just landed the biggest role in movie history and he loathes journalists. One thing they do have in common is they both think their chance of true love has passed them by…but fate has other ideas!
The Hollow Heart
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Lastly meet Margaret Cullingford
As a kid, when not out on my bike having real adventures, I would curl up in an armchair and read a book, lots of books, which sowed the seed, ‘one day I’ll be a writer’. The necessity of earning a living, of falling in love (more than once), and, as a drop-out, catching up with an education, nurturing a family (only one son, but he still needed nurturing), these diversions tended to take priority. I was very young when I struck lucky and landed the job of admin assistant at Leicester University’s new genetics department its reputation attracting scientists from far-away-places like the States. Alec Jeffreys who discovered DNA fingerprinting worked there, and my own job was never boringly routine. I stayed until, as Queen’s Freddie Mercury sang, I felt ‘I want to break free’ so I did, realizing my ambition to write fiction. I joined a Writers’ Workshop – I still belong to one – and the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme through which I met Adrienne, June and Lizzie and we became the New Romantics 4. June says I write grown-up novels for grown-ups. I do tend to write about relationships with issues, and then some, love stories with edge, never more so than in my debut novel, Last Bite of the Cherry. My second, Twins of a Gazelle planned for publication later this year, follows a similar trend.
Last Bite of the Cherry
In affluent Hampstead, London in1969, fourteen-year-old Monica Sommers witnesses yet another violent quarrel between her parents climaxing in her mother attempting to kill her father. In 2000, a psychotherapist by profession and by now Roman Catholic convert and novice apostolic sister, Monica looks to make amends for past mistakes. Based in Northamptonshire, she runs a women’s refuge, and, at the request of Father Malachy O’Brien, agrees to counsel Rosaleen Westlake, the depressed yet indulged wife of a financier. As Rosaleen reveals troubled episodes in her life they echo Monica’s own memories of love’s betrayals. She revisits her tumultuous past, and in so doing confronts her present dilemma. She has fallen in love yet again, this time with Malachy O’Brien, who, although her avowed friend cannot possibly love her in the way she loves him. Or can he?
Read the first three chapters of Last Bite of the Cherry on Amazon Kindle, universal link (paperback and kindle version) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009YFXHT8
Wow, this is shaping up to be one fabulous party. I’ve got my fascinator on and am enjoying my Pimms. Have a virtual drink and tell us what makes a summer party for you? We’ll choose one winner to win an autographed copy of each of the authors books.