Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Tea and Primroses - Tess Thompson

About the author...
Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011 she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a best seller.

Like her main character in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella, and their puppy Patches. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

Tess is working on her next novel and regularly blogs about her journey as a mother, author and friend at www.tesswrites.com.

About the book...
Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay. 

Famous novelist Constance Mansfield lived a seemingly straightforward – if private – and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life….but was it?

When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother’s life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something – or someone – else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He’s the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she’s left with, but he’s also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last? 

Can the loss of true love be the making of a life, or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.

My thoughts...
Tess Thompson is a new author to me and one I'll be seeking out again.  This was the second book in a series and I did wonder if not having read the first one would pose a problem, but it didn't.  Tea and Primroses sits well as a stand alone book.

Tess didn't seem to spend endless time re-capping - at least I don't think she did! We were straight into the story of Sutton, recently home from Paris to set up her dream shop and her mother, a reclusive author.  Things start to unravel for Sutton when Constance, her mother is killed whilst riding her bicycle into town.

The contents of her mother's will and letters she had written in the event of her death are the catalyst for everything unravelling in this book and the story is then told a piece at a time in the form of a manuscript Sutton finds hidden in her mothers desk.  Tea and Primroses is really a book within a book.

I forgot that this was supposed to be a mystery book as well as a romance because I was so engrossed with the story - just like Sutton reading her mothers story, I couldn't put the book down, wanting to find out what happened next and why. So it wasn't until near the end that I was jolted back to the mystery and for me the mystery was just an extra piece to the tale -   the icing on the cake - not absolutely necessary but all the same very nice!

This is a story of love, hurt, friendship, loyalty and trust. About relationships and understanding what shapes people  and makes us who we are - family and friends! It was emotional at times, so have a hanky ready and funny at others - a bit like real life really.

Watching Sutton develop and gain confidence as she gained knowledge was just lovely. This book also prodded home how important friends are, the people who know us warts and all and are still there when we need them.

I'd defy anybody to not read this in one sitting, an enjoyable read that has a bit of something for everyone in it -  I'm looking forward to reading more from Tess Thompson in the future.

I gave this book 4/5 stars

Connect with Tess!Her website / Facebook Page / Twitter


Monday, 24 February 2014

Singles Holiday - Elaine Spires

About the book...
Elaine Spires' second novel was Single's Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they’re single! 

Some are looking for romance and some for something more... but they've all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before.  Pretty soon some become great friends, some enemies and some lovers, but it is perhaps their tour leader Eve who has the biggest shock of all. 

Glorious days on the beach, boozy, balmy nights and a pending tropical storm combine in a story to make you laugh and cry with just the right number of twists to keep you turning the pages as you get to know all the members of the group as they, in turn, get to know each other.

About the author...
Elaine Spires is a diverse novelist as well as an award-winning playwright and actress.

Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine's keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.

She wrote her first book What's Eating Me in 2010. It was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor - Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background and Elaine performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. She loved the character of loved Eileen so much that she decided to expand the story into a book.

Her second novel was Singles' Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they're single!

And her third novel Sweet Lady, again set in Antigua, will amaze you with a massive twist which goes to show that nothing is as it seems!

When Elaine is not writing her ideas into her next book or play, she enjoys going to the theatre, visiting the cinema, eating out with her friends and she also loves to read! Elaine spends her time between her homes in Hadleigh, Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).

Author Links...
Learn more about Elaine at her website www.elainespires.co.uk
You can “like” Elaine’s author page on Facebook www.facebook.com/elaine.spires
You can “follow” Elaine on Twitter www.twitter.com/elainespires

An Interview with Elaine Spires...

What’s the best thing about being an author? 
The best thing is the thrill I get writing about the characters that live in my head and bringing them to life for other people to meet, get to know and form an opinion of. 

What’s the worst thing about being an author? 
The worst thing is when someone doesn't appreciate your work. Lee Childs, 

Which authors do you admire and why?
Kathy Reichts, Val McDermid, Peter James, Maeve Binchy, Linwood Barclay. 

Which author would you most like to be and why?
It would have to be Maeve Binchy.  I absolutely love the way she weaves a story. She's the ultimate storyteller and I strive to be half the storyteller she was. 

I hear that Singles’ Holiday has already been adapted into a stage play and a pilot episode for TV series will be filmed later in the year.  Congratulations on those two brilliant achievements.  If you could cast any actress in the role of Eve, who would you choose and why? 
Thank you so much, it is so exciting! I’d have to choose Julie Walters – she could absolutely pull it off, she’s so vivacious.

I believe that you are a writer and actress involved with a production company as well as being an author.  
I'm a director of Melabeau Productions (www.melabeauproductions.co.uk)
Their FB page is Melabeau Prods and Twitter is @ melabeauprods.  There are very exciting times ahead with the stage play of Singles’ Holiday previewing in Brentford in October and our first Christmas panto also taking take place later this year. Cindarella will be showing in Romford.  There will hopefully be lots more to tell too! 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero - Harriet Evans

I was given this book as part of The Quick Reads 2014 promotion.

About the author...
Harriet was born in London in 1974 and grew up on the mean streets of Chiswick, where she went to school. She was a completely undistinguished pupil in every way, except she absolutely loved reading and drama. Her only achievements from the age of 5 to 18 were, a) winning a doodling competition at primary school (of a witch flying in the sky with balloons in her hand), b) I was head chorister of the church choir, which believe me is not something that wins you cool points with anyone you know apart from your granny.

After school she went to Bristol University and did Classical Studies, which she absolutely loved at the end of which she headed straight back down the motorway to London again.

She wanted to get into magazines, but the only place that would employ her was the Lady magazine, which turned out to be one of those awful first jobs where you think your working life will always be like this: she was wholly unequipped for office life, its politics, its mundanity, its tensions. She did, however, learn how one polishes chandeliers and a lot about interesting road signs in Devon.

A couple of months later she was lucky enough to get into publishing, first at Penguin, where she worked for seven years, progressing from secretary to editorial director, publishing mainly women’s fiction. She left in 2003 and went to another publisher, Headline, where she worked until May 2009.

In the meantime, she started writing in the mornings before work, and in 2003 sent the first few pages of her book to an agent under a pseudonym. Eventually, to her great joy, this led to a publishing deal with HarperCollins in the UK and Simon and Schuster in the US, who have now published all five of her novels. FIVE books, that’s crazy!

In 2008 she left her job to write full time. She was extremely happy at Headline, working with authors such as Penny Vincenzi, Emily Barr, and Louise Bagshawe, and coming up with initiatives like re-jacketing Jane Austen’s novels to appeal to a younger female audience. But it became harder to balance the two jobs, and writing won out, and she knows she's very fortunate to be in a position to write full time. 

About the book...

From international favourite and bestseller Harriet Evans, the charming sequel to beloved novel A Hopeless Romantic that asks the question: Do you believe in happy endings?

Laura Foster used to be a hopeless romantic. She was obsessed with meeting her own Prince Charming until she grew up and realized real life doesn’t work like that. Then she met Nick. A romantic hero straight from a fairytale, with a grand country estate and a family tree to match. They’ve been together four years now and Laura knows that what really matters is the two of them, not everything else around them. She can’t imagine ever loving anyone the way she loves Nick.

Now, though, people are openly asking when they’ll hear wedding bells, and Nick is keeping secrets from Laura. She’s starting to feel she might not be ‘good enough’ for his family. Can an ordinary girl like Laura make it work with one of the most eligible men in the country?

My thoughts...
I was given this book as part of the Quick Reads 2014 promotion - I was very happy and excited to be part of this initiative and more than happy to review this wonderful Quick Read.

It wasn't until I had finished reading this book did I realise it was a follow on to a previous book A Hopeless Romantic.  At no point did I think I was missing something - I treated it like it should be as a bite sized story which stood well alone.

Laura lacks confidence and can't quite believe she's hooked Nick so when a series of misunderstandings, his family and a big dollop of non-communication occurs things start to un-ravel resulting in Laura bolting back to London.

Harriet did such a good job writing this novel, I was cursing every other page willing Nick to see what was under his nose and for Laura to stand up for herself. Then, just when you think it's all done and dusted Harriet throws a curve ball - did we get the happy ending after all?  You'll have to read it for yourself to find out.  

I want to say thank you to Quick Reads for sending it to me. It was a lovely, short, story, written in such a way that I was immediately drawn into the novel. This was a  perfect length to give a taster of an author's writing style. I hadn't previously read anything by Harriet Evans but look forward to doing so in the future.  I can see it would also be the perfect length for trying out new genres without being over-faced by a long book that I might not enjoy.

I commented on twitter about how much I enjoyed this book and through the course of a conversation ended up posting this book to Belgium for someone else to enjoy! All in all a job well done Quick Reads.

I gave this book 4/5 stars

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One Night at the Jacaranda - Carol Cooper

About the author...
Carol has written a string of popular health and parenting books, and co-authored the award-winning textbook General Practice at a Glance (2013). Now she's done an about-turn with One Night at the Jacaranda (2013). Set in London, it's a novel on dating, though it also has a heart-rending medical strand which reflects her experience as a doctor. 

Carol works as a family doctor and teaches at Imperial College Medical School. She writes for The Sun newspaper on topics as diverse as meningitis and the dangers of drinking petrol, and she broadcasts on TV and radio.

Carol is president of the Guild of Health Writers and honorary consultant in family medicine to Tamba (Twins and Multiple Births Association). 

Her medical qualifications are from Cambridge University but she believes education is life-long. She has three sons who never fail to inspire her and to fill in the gaps in her training.

For more information about Carol Cooper visit:-
Twitter @DrCarolCooper

About the book...
One man dying of cancer. One struggling journalist. A group of single Londoners. One night that changes everything. 

The trouble with speed dating is that three minutes can last a lifetime, and ever since he was diagnosed, Sanjay doesn’t have a lifetime to waste. 

For one booze and hope-fuelled night, the lives of a group of 30-somethings criss-cross. As well as Sanjay, lawyer Laure, divorced doctor Geoff, beleaguered mother-of-four Karen and traumatised ex-con Dan all face each other across the Jacaranda’s tables in their quest for love, solace or amazing sex. 

Undercover journalist Harriet is after a by-line, not a boyfriend. She’s a struggling freelance with a live-in lover, who unexpectedly has to choose between the comfortable life she knows and a bumpy road that could lead to happiness. 

As Laure, Sanjay, Geoff, Harriet, Karen, Dan and the rest of the bunch discover, it’s not just about finding someone who’s dynamite between the sheets. It’s about finding yourself, and that’s not always where you expect. 

“A gripping story about a group of people searching for love, sex and everything in between. Cooper's ability to depict characters and situations that feel real is superb. Not just a household name as a medic, Cooper clearly has a future as a great fiction writer. At times dark, at times laugh out loud funny, this snapshot of dating in London stays with you long after the final page.” Martel Maxwell, author of Scandalous. 

“It’s sassy and classy in equal measures, and written with real medical knowledge. A must.” Dr Pixie McKenna, media doctor and presenter on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. 

“Contemporary fiction for intelligent grown-ups. The characters are real, the medical details are spot on, and the sex scenes are utterly believable – which doesn’t often happen in novels. There are some dark and difficult issues, but they are dealt with in a sympathetic and readable way. An absolute joy." Christine Webber, author and psychotherapist. 

My thoughts...
I was given an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

The Jacaranda is a bar in London where we're introduced to the characters in this book as they all meet for the first time at a speed dating evening.  Three minutes with a person to chat, form an opinion and next!  

First impressions really do count when you've only three minutes to decide if you'd like to meet up again and everyone is putting on a front - nobody it turns out is quite what they seem and that's what makes this book so enjoyable. We're all guilty I think of only letting people see the bits of us that we want people to see and the characters in this book are no different - all trying to display their best bits and hide the bits they think people wouldn't want to see.

Everyone has a story and Carol exploits this allowing us to eavesdrop chapter by chapter with a different one each time allowing us a clear vision of what they're really like.  This could so easily have been drawn out, slow and a bit tedious as there are six main characters to get to grips with but Carol moves each person along at pace with both sensitivity and humour where appropriate.

My opinions of each of the characters changed as I got to know them and I think every emotion was demonstrated and felt at some point in the book - that's probably what kept the pages turning and this got quicker the more I read.  Sometimes it is good to look beyond first impressions, as although they are important we don't always get to see the real person. The characters, if not all the situations were believable and I did care what happened to each of them in particular Sanjay. I just loved his family too and could clearly visualise his mother trying to feed him up!

This book is not all predictable and lovely but has enough loveliness to make this a perfect Sunday afternoon read. Not too heavy but not all light and frothy either. 

I've always wondered what it'd be like to go speed dating and now I know - or do I?

Friday, 21 February 2014

A Girl Called Summer (Cover Reveal) - Lucy Lord

Pleased to be part of the GGBook Tour

Cover reveal for 'A Girl Called Summer'

About the book...
Island life is just one step away…

A new start…

Bella and Andy have escaped the rat race for the sun-drenched, relaxed lifestyle on the island of Ibiza. But with a run-down house to make habitable and a distractingly gorgeous neighbour, is their island idyll all that it seems?

A holiday adventure…

Tamara Gold has been Hollywood’s most notorious car crash since she was a child star. Now clean and sober, and engaged to Tinseltown’s hottest leading man, it seems like she’s finally conquered her addictions, if not her bratty behaviour. But a summer in Europe with all the hedonistic lures of Ibiza beckons…

A girl called Summer…

Summer Larsson has always known Ibiza as home: a haven of hippies, yoga and healthy eating – and loneliness. But in Bella, she’s found the friend she always needed, and when Bella’s glamorous Hollywood friends come to visit, it looks like she might have found true love as well…
This could be the summer that everything changes…

About the author...
She is that cliche, a journalist-turned-novelist. 
She used to write about terribly important things like hangover cures, and the best beaches in Ibiza, for publications including the Times, Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, Time Out, Marie Claire and Arena. I now write about terribly important things, like - um - hangovers and beaches in Ibiza, for HarperCollins. Only now it's (mostly) fiction. 

She signed a three book deal with HarperCollins at the beginning of 2011, and the first in the trilogy, Revelry, came out last summer. Vanity is out now. A Girl Called Summer is planned for next summer, and there's even a short story prequel, Party Night, to give you a taste of what you're letting yourself in for. Actually, I'd highly recommend Party Night. It's funny.

Apart from reading and writing, she likes lying in hammocks, swimming in the sea, long lunches on beaches, cooking and throwing parties. She has no interest whatsoever in expensive shoes and handbags, and would rather spend her always-fluctuating income on having fun.

She lives with her musician husband in London and life is currently rosy, if always pretty chaotic.

Amazon Link: A Girl Called Summer

Storm in a B Cup - Lindy Dale

About the book...
“It’s my funeral. If I want you to play Bon Jovi as they wheel my body away to be cremated you’ll do it.”
The horrified look on Brendan's face says he'll do anything but. “People will laugh.”
“I want them to. I want a funeral where everyone stands around and remembers the funny things I did, and then they get really pissed."

Sophie Molloy has Breast Cancer. She didn’t think it was cancer to begin with, she thought it was another cyst. She also didn’t think it would be the catalyst for a series of life changing events, none of which involved chemotherapy. Within months of her diagnosis, Sophie loses not only her right breast but her boyfriend of three years, her house and her best friend. Her life spirals from great to bad, then ugly. Nothing can make it better, not even the crazy care packages her mother keeps sending from Melbourne.

To make matters worse, Sophie fears she’s developing a crush on the plastic surgeon that will be reconstructing her breast. Dr. Hanson has the bedside manner of an angel and the looks to match. He’s so caring and compassionate, Sophie begins to believe he cares about her in a most non-doctor-patient kind of way. But he doesn’t, of course. He’s merely her doctor. Or does he?

A fictional tale, based on the author's medical journey with the disease, Storm in a B Cup is a warm-hearted glimpse into the world of a Breast Cancer sufferer that will have you laughing out loud. 

About the author...
Lindy lives on acreage in country Western Australia where she spends her days teaching, writing, walking and looking after orphan lambs. (See Daisy Darling)
She’s a hopeless U2 and Bon Jovi fan - as judged by her collection of tour t-shirts. She’s also rugby union fanatic, coffee and champagne lover, chocoholic, over-exaggerator, trashy TV, music and iPhone addict.
Lindy has been writing in the genre of Chick Lit & Women's Fiction for the past ten years but has also tried her hand at a paranormal romance in the book, Angel’s Bend. Chick Lit remains her main love.

My Thoughts...
I loved the cover and the title was intriguing - so I read the synopsis, chatted on twitter with Lindy the author and liked what I heard so signed myself up to be part of the blog tour.

It was a difficult decision as a close family member of mine died from breast cancer and a friend is now recovering. I did wonder how it would be possible to encompass the very serious subject matter into a light-hearted, chick-lit novel but Lindy did it with panache.

Lindy took us on a journey with Sophie with her family and friends as she faces cancer and her subsequent treatment. It was at times heart wrenching and at other times  hysterical. Her characterisations of Lani a friend and that of her mother and her mothers partner had me guffawing out loud.  It's fair to say I laughed and cried in equal portions throughout this book.  She allowed us to glimpse a world that we all secretly hope never to have to visit. But, she did it in such a way that demonstrated the power of humour, family and friendship.  We don't really know how we, or those around us will cope in a crisis until we're actually faced with it.

Unsurprisingly, Brendan Sophie's partner - an OCD, control freak doesn't cope at all and loses the plot big time whilst the other man in her life Rory her six year old son becomes her rock - mature beyond his years. I loved him so much I could have hugged and squeezed him very other page. It's this characterisation that had me blabbing like an idiot in Costa Coffee one morning before work - not a good look I can tell you.

I don't know how much of this novel is based on Lindy's own experiences but one thing is clear - she took the subject head on and told it in such a way that it was a really positive, uplifting book. If you have friends, humour, love and chocolate anything is possible.

I would highly recommend this book to every woman I know.  Lindy confronted a scary subject head on.  One that we shouldn't avoid and she managed this in a light hearted way with sensitivity yet still managing to get across that it's not just the person with Cancer that has to learn how to cope but everyone around them. 

On a lighter note - I'm going to a quiz on Saturday night and hope none of my friends gets an attack of projectile vomiting - what timing!  A sign of a truly brilliant book when you can  shake with laughter and tears in equal measures.

I for one will be seeking more from Lindy Dale -  so a big thank you.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Waiting for Prince Harry - Aven Ellis

Cover Reveal Blitz

Waiting For Prince Harry—Coming 2014

Publisher Soul Mate
Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.  
The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course.  And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down.  But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.
Or does it?
Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present?  And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...
About the Author...

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency. 

But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published this year.

Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.

Author Links

Connect with me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AvenEllis1
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Check out Connectivity, Aven Ellis’ debut novel:

Overachiever Mary-Kate Grant (who is indeed named after an Olsen Twin) has followed every rule to the letter to pursue her dream of working in TV programming. Ripping a page from the “hard work pays off” playbook, she takes an assistant level job at a Chicago sports network to break into the industry.
MK has no time or desire for a relationship right now—she is totally focused on her career and being independent, unlike the other women in her family.

But MK’s plans are run through the shredder when she finds herself working for William Cumberland, a British media mogul who made his fortune with Connectivity, a social media site. William blows into Chicago just like the winds off Lake Michigan and purchases the group of networks MK works for—and makes her his personal assistant in the process.

Suddenly MK finds her career plans in jeopardy. William makes her question everything she has ever thought and has the uncanny ability to see right through her. And for the first time in her life, MK finds herself not only questioning what she wants for her career but for her personal life as well… 


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Shannon's Law - Emma Calin

"Shannon's Law Pinterest Reveal Pre-Launch Virtual Book Tour".

It gives me great pleasure to be part of Emma Calin's Pinterest Reveal of her new novel Shannon's Law. My post is about the animals that feature in her novel.

Animals from Shannon’s Law
In Shannon's Law, the animal population probably equals that of the humans. Some only receive a   passing glance such as a pair pigeons locked in an endless courtship. A tea-cup pig gets a mention but I was already over length on the book and didn't give it any dialogue. 
There is a Rottweiler guard dog called Lupo. This creature has one function. The poor beast doesn't receive any doggy chocolate treats or get taken to the village pub to be patted. There is a chorus line of cats. This was a subject I approached with extreme care. No cats were harmed in the creation of this product. Like me, Shannon suffers from allergy to cats. As a kid I had constant asthma and a cat. I left home and was cured. These days I start to sneeze and wheeze anywhere near them. 

The whole book has that horsey aristocratic royal family flavour. The Queen has major stables and trainers. In head scarf and wellington boots she always looks at her most relaxed and smiling with horses. A pony called “Thunderbolt” makes a contribution to the plot. A longhorn cow turns up to watch when there is clearly a love clinch in the air. 

Longhorn cattle with ‘Bloxington Manor’ (Avington Park) in the background
A singing bird at the scene of a dead body builds itself into the narrative and Shannon's first encounter with bats and peacocks causes her to wonder if country life is for her after all.

My own attitude to animals is that they are far nicer from a distance. Like Shannon, I am from the streets of London. Also like her I  feel that if my creator had wanted me to ride horses he would have altered the design of my hip joints. In Shannon's Law she faces a horse and has only a childhood ride on a donkey to use as a guide.

“Are they carnivorous?” she asked, realizing the boy didn’t know when she was joking. “Should I jump on its back calling ‘Hi-ho Silver’ and tame it?”

The lad stared at her and shook his head.

About the book...
Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.

As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.  

Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.  

Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. 

All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Amazon are offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version 
(29% off in USA,     12% off in the UK)

You can pre-order the digital version at a pre-launch special price from Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. It will also be available in all digital formats on Smashwords

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Companion Cookbook
In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cookbook with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.

 It’s called  COP’S KITCHEN - Read the love story and taste the romance!

To celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special FREE gift for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post, liking Facebook Pages , etc.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.

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