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#bookreview – Perfect Strangers by Erin Knight @AnouskaKnight

51QnbAqcO5LI’ve been meaning to write a review of this wonderful book for a while but I’ve been so busy with edits, that I had to delay. However, Perfect Strangers is a fabulous read and I thoroughly recommend it!

The story follows three strong women and has lots of strands that the author cleverly weaves together. I cared about the main characters and identified with them all in different ways.

Perfect Strangers perfectly portrays our society in this age of social media and it highlights the dangers for children and adults alike. It demonstrates that people can have a dark side, or at least flaws, and there are a few red herrings in the story to make you wonder if you’re right about who’s sinister and who can be trusted.

Erin Knight plays on our fears, especially those we have as parents. Children are children, no matter how grown up they might seem. They still need our protection but who can we trust around them?

The story builds to a heart-pounding crescendo with a gripping party scene where secrets are revealed as tempers fray.

If you’re looking for an addictive page turner, grab a copy of Perfect Strangers today!

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Wedding Season is here!

 

Marry Me

I’m feeling pretty good this afternoon because I’ve just returned edits on my eighth book. It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that I have seven Darcie Boleyn books out there and that soon, in September, there will be another one called Love at the Northern Lights!

What fascinates me about this process is how I’m constantly learning. With every book, I learn something new, and as I write the next one, I try to ensure that I keep what I’ve learnt in mind. My desk is covered in sticky notes with things to remember, even things that might seem obvious, like APPEAL TO THE SENSES – PUT THE READER THERE and EVERY SCENE NEEDS TO MATTER / TO REVEAL SOMETHING ABOUT THE CHARACTER/S. I find it helpful to keep these notes around me because when I’m deep in the story, typing away as the characters evolve, the more obvious things can drift from my mind. Of course, edits help to develop all elements of a story, from the first round that I do myself, to the final proofread, and good editors are essential to make a manuscript shine!

Today, as it’s sunny and wedding season is upon us, I thought I’d return to a novel I had published in May 2016. It’s the story of Annie Thomas, a mother and teacher who is struggling to juggle all aspects of her life. She’s a lot like me, in that she worries about letting people down and she often feels that she’s not doing a good enough job of just about everything. In fact, in that respect, she’s probably like a lot of women.

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Here’s the blurb:

A heartwarming, giggle-inducing romance from Darcie Boleyn, just in time for the wedding season!

 Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

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And here’s an extract where Annie meets her friend’s hunky personal trainer:

I wanted to wear my baggy old joggers but Cassie wouldn’t allow it. She had a slightly larger pair of Lycra running pants and a sports bra and she made me change into them. They almost fit, although I have serious side-boob coming out of the bra’s armpits. Cassie’s only concession was letting me put my t-shirt back on over the bra, so at least half of me is covered up, although I’m really not happy with the way that these trousers cling to my bum and thighs; it’s like wearing a full-body corset and I’m almost afraid to move in case I burst a seam.

However, Cassie forces me out the door and we walk briskly to the local park where Vlad is meeting us. My stomach churns in a mess of fear and apprehension. What if Vlad isn’t happy that Cassie has brought along her neighbour? What if I’m so unfit that I have some sort of attack during the workout that renders me helpless? My children need me. How would they manage if I wasn’t there to care for them and to earn a living? What if I’m as bad at this as I was at PE during my own school days?

Then another thought overpowers the others: Why am I so worried about a stupid workout session? It might actually be fun.

‘Come on, Annie!’ Cassie scolds, taking hold of my arm and leading me through the gates into the pre-spring confines of the park. I notice that the warning sign about letting dogs off their leads hangs at an angle on the fence, so the black silhouette dog looks like it’s doing a circus trick by balancing on its nose. I snigger. No letting your dog do circus tricks in the park or you face a possible fine of up to one thousand pounds. I can’t imagine Dragon managing to get up on his big squishy nose unless he overexerted himself sniffing the ground after Fairy Princess had done a wee.

‘Is that him?’ I ask, swallowing hard against the lump that lodges in my throat when I spy a giant Adonis up ahead. He’s so gorgeous that I swear the sun is actually breaking through the clouds above his head and filtering down upon him to make him glow like some kind of spirit. But this man is no apparition; he is clearly, undeniably, evidently, one hundred percent flesh and bone. So much hard male flesh and muscle.Cassie follows my pointing finger and nods.

‘Oh yes, that is Vlad.’ She quickly pulls a compact out of her cleavage and applies some lipstick. How on earth did she fit the mirror and lipstick in there? She notices me staring in confusion and winks. ‘It’s the implants, honey. They cradle anything, even a big, hard…’ My cheeks flame as she winks again. For a moment, as we approach Vlad, I ponder the sex act she referred to and wonder if it’s possible. Apart from a few high school fumbles, there was only ever Dex and our very tame and infrequent sex life – which confused me at the time but was understandable when he finally came out – and before him, Evan. Sex with Dex was quick and quiet but sex with Evan was so…

I can’t think about it right now. I shouldn’t think about it.

Ever.

Vlad is huge and as we stand before him I have to force my mouth shut. I mean, gaping like an idiot would not go down well. At all. But, just, wow! I take him in from his cropped honey blond hair to his strong square jaw, his tree trunk thick neck to his shoulders the width of a Chevy bonnet, then down his muscular arms which bulge out from a tight black t-shirt.

I only stop staring because someone is saying my name.

I blink.

And again.

‘Annie!’ It’s Cassie.

‘Uh… yeah?’ I lick my lips and drag my attention away from Vlad to meet my friend’s curious gaze.

‘I just introduced you to Vlad. Say hello.’ She gestures at him and as I turn to look at him again and meet his twinkling eyes, my cheeks fill with heat. He holds out a hand the size of a spade and I shake it. His grip is vice-like and I realise that he could snap me like a twig. He reminds me of a Viking as he stands before me, all raw masculinity, bulging biceps and energy. It occurs to me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ogled a man and I quite like it. Standing before him I feel womanly, I feel good, I feel… alive.

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If you fancy reading more about Annie, you can get a copy of the book here.

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#bookreview – New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett – by @KatyLilley @BooksManatee

UnknownAhhhh… what can I say about this gorgeous book?

It made me smile and giggle. It gave me a lump in my throat. It is such a lovely, sweet read, ideal for snuggling on the sofa or stretching out on the lounger by the pool.

The absolutely adorable Bryony Bennett has the chance of a new start and she does what I would love to do; she heads for a beautiful cottage near the sea with her beloved dog, Mop, and her two cute cats – they have the best names ever! Once there, she meets the locals, including a rather gorgeous guy who is also rather grumpy! Let the conflict begin… 😉
You’ll need to read the book for the rest of the story, because I’m not going to give it away, but suffice to say it left me smiling and as satisfied as if I’d just enjoyed a cream tea – with gluten-free scones, of course!

This is the perfect holiday read and you should grab a copy asap, especially if you love warm, funny chicklit with believable characters, a beautiful setting and delicious descriptions of food… and gin!

FIVE GOLDEN STARS FROM ME!

*Thank you to Katy Lilley and Manatee Books for the ARC.*

Delighted to share this wonderful news! @canelo_co @LBAamanda #news #celebrate

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Canelo sign a new standalone novel and a trilogy from bestselling romance author Darcie Boleyn.

Digital publisher Canelo have signed a four-book deal with Amanda Preston at LBA literary agency for World English Language rights to a standalone novel and a trilogy from bestselling romance author Darcie Boleyn.

Since Canelo first published Darcie Boleyn’s novel A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas she has gone on to become a key author on the publisher’s list, building a committed fanbase with her Conwenna Cove Cornish-set novels, the final book of which has just been published. Boleyn has received accolades from peers and readers alike for her heartwarming, humourous and beautifully romantic novels.

To date, Darcie Boleyn’s novels have sold more than 70,000 copies and achieved bestseller status and top 100 chart positions via retailers including Amazon Kindle. Canelo will publish Love at the Northern Lights in autumn 2018 with the new trilogy to be launched in 2019.

Editorial Director Louise Cullen said: Darcie is a key author for Canelo, not only because of her outstanding sales success but because she represents the best of contemporary women’s fiction. Time and again, Darcie delivers novels that lift the heart and allow readers to escape to a beautiful location. We’re thrilled to have a deal for more books via LBA.

Darcie Boleyn said. I am delighted to sign another contract with fabulous publisher Canelo. I thoroughly enjoy working with the Canelo team and look forward to collaborating with them on four new books.

For more information please contact Ellie via ellie@canelo.co.

 

 

 

 

#bookreview – The Map of Us – by @jules_preston_ @harperimpulse

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The Map of Us is a fabulous debut. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it is a debut novel.

 

Jules Preston’s voice is refreshing, funny, warm and engaging. He clearly has a great sense of humour and some of the lines had me laughing out loud. It’s clear that Mr Preston is a keen observer of people and their quirks and this made for fascinating and vivid characters I felt I knew very well by the end of the novel.

The chapters are short and easy to read, so the novel can be read in one sitting or picked up when taking a quick coffee break, although I have to warn you that because they are short and intriguing, I did keep saying ‘One more chapter…’ then finding myself five chapters along.

I foresee a very bright future for this talented author and look forward to his next book.

Publication of FOREVER AT CONWENNA COVE celebratory giveaways… #giveaway #win #foreveratconwennacove

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Today is publication day for Forever at Conwenna Cove. I’m so excited to share this story with you and hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! To celebrate, I’m running giveaways at my Facebook page and on my Twitter timeline, so why not check them out?

At my Facebook page you could win:

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On Twitter  you could win:

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Also, here’s the list of fabulous stops on the Forever at Conwenna Cove blog tour, where you can find out more about me, my writing inspiration and about Conwenna Cove.

 

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Have a wonderful week and good luck!

Love Darcie XXX

 

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#bookreview – Nice Guys Finish Lonely by @WriterDove @BooksManatee

51BVbr9OxfLRachel Dove writes romance from the heart.

 

Nice Guys Finish Lonely is a warm, funny, feel-good read. It would be perfect to read snuggled up in front of a fire or on a sun lounger by the pool.

I became heavily invested in the characters, especially in Rory and Sarah, and I was rooting for them to find happiness right from the outset.

Rachel Dove knows how to capture the reader’s attention and it’s easy to become lost in her writing. This story brought tears to my eyes and also made me laugh out loud because it has some of the best one-liners I’ve ever come across!

Treat yourself to this beautiful, warm, funny and witty romcom from a very talented writer.

Forever at Conwenna Cove #amwriting #authorlife #mentalhealth

In May 2017, Summer at Conwenna Cove was published. This novel was – and is – very important to me for several reasons, the main ones being that I wrote it when I was experiencing a difficult time in my life, and because it was inspired by my own adoption of a greyhound.

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Summer at Conwenna Cove is about overcoming difficulties, about forgiveness and making a new start, about the healing power of nature and animals, about love and loss and friendship. I created the fictional location of Conwenna Cove in Cornwall because it was somewhere I wanted to go, and spending time there as I wrote the series helped me to heal too.

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In October 2017, Christmas at Conwenna Cove released. This was a lovely story to write because I was able to describe Conwenna Cove in the winter and in the snow. Writing festive romances can be magical, even when you’re often writing them in the summer months!

On Monday 23rd April, Forever at Conwenna Cove releases. This novel tells the stories of Nate, the surfer who works at the local coffee shop, and Zoe, the quiet young woman who owns the diner overlooking the harbour. I loved writing their stories, especially developing Nate’s background, because he features quite often in the first two books in the series and deserved his own novel. I have also been moved by the incredible reader responses to the series and hope that this third story has a similar reception.

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As I wrote the final story, then went through edits, I realised how far I’d come, both creatively and personally, since I wrote the first draft of Summer at Conwenna Cove in 2016. Writing, and other creative processes, can be healing because they allow you an outlet, as well as taking your mind off the things that might be worrying you. I would recommend writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, to anyone suffering from conditions such as anxiety and depression. There is no immediate cure for these illnesses, but just taking yourself away from your immediate worries can be so therapeutic. Friend, author and Creative Therapeutic Facilitator A. L. Michael blogs regularly about writing for wellbeing.

I loved writing about Conwenna Cove, spending days, weeks and months with the characters, enjoying the sea breeze on my face, walking the greyhounds through the fields, splashing in the waves and sitting on the clifftop bench just gazing at the beautiful views. I did shed a few tears as I wrote the final lines of the third novel, but I know that my heart will be forever at Conwenna Cove.

The blog tour for Forever at Conwenna Cove starts next week, and there will be giveaways at my Facebook page and on Twitter, so don’t forget to check them out! 🙂

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Here’s where it all began in Summer at Conwenna Cove.

 

 

My Inspirational Granny #IWD2018 #family #love

When my publisher asked me to write about the woman who has inspired me the most, my first thought was How can I choose?

I thought of friends, fellow writers, bloggers, editors and former colleagues, and ended up totally confused. So many women have inspired me over the years that selecting just one is incredibly difficult.

Therefore, I decided to start with my first female role model, the woman I have always aspired to emulate – my granny.

Granny was tiny, not even five foot tall, and weighed less than seven stone, but what she lacked in stature she made up for in personality. She was a primary school teacher who specialised in music and maths, and during her career became a deputy head teacher. She worked hard to become a teacher, never dreaming of being anything else, and because she loved her job so much, she didn’t marry and have children until she was in her late thirties. She had drive and vision and wanted to inspire every child she taught.

I didn’t arrive until she was in her late sixties, and by that time she was retired and had plenty of time to spend with me. Granny read to me and told me stories all the time. She developed my love of fictional worlds and recited the Greek myths and legends by heart. She summarised Shakepeare’s plays and created new stories about Oberon and Titania, Romeo and Juliet. Ours was a constant dialogue about fairies and goblins, love and hate, about why the sky was blue and why knowing the difference between homophones was so important. She also taught me to crochet, to make toffee and how to ignore the housework. On Saturday afternoons, Granny made toasted jam sandwiches that I ate with my bedridden granddad while we watched the horseracing. The times I spent with my granny were magical and filled with learning and love, and I treasure the memories.

Granny was my first female inspiration and to this day, I can still hear her voice and smell her Yardley’s lavender perfume. She was intelligent, funny and talented with a wicked sense of humour. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was strong and independent, brave and compassionate.

When the going got tough, Granny would remind me: Sometimes you have to pin your knickers to your vest and go out and face the world. (This started with an incidence where knicker elastic had actually failed her, but became an analogy.) And with life’s ups and downs, I have learnt that she was right.

I wish she was here to see that I’m a published author and to meet my husband and children. In fact, there are so many things I wish…

However, one way I keep my memories of Granny alive is by making some of my characters a bit like her, for example, Aunt Mary in Summer at Conwenna Cove. It’s my nod to the wonderful little woman who taught me so much. I feel lucky to have known my granny and to have had her in my life.

Love you, Granny, and always will. XXX

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