Free chicklit!

Have Your Cake Novella Cover.jpgMy short story, HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, is available for FREE worldwide on Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iTunes, so go and grab yourselves a copy!

Bella Hunt thought the nanny quitting was the worst life got. Until she lost her job, that is. Going from a high-flying fashion PR consultant to a stay-at-home mother of three turns out to be a rather rude awakening, and Bella finds she’s coming up short in a few too many areas. But with a dash of ingenuity, a spoonful of friendship, and a sprinkling of love, Bella manages to not only have her cake, but eat it, too.

~ One of five finalists in a Chick Lit short story contest judged by Marian Keyes, Have Your Cake and Eat It is a novella about family, friendships, and making lemon cake out of lemons. A reader’s delight that will warm the heart and maybe even inspire some cake making. Or some eating, at the very least! ~


Q&A with author Rosa Temple

natalie's getting married coverToday I’m excited to welcome author Rosa Temple to my blog for a chat about her new release, Natalie’s Getting married, her writing routine and dealing with the dreaded writer’s block.

**If you’d like to win one of five ebook copies of Natalie’s Getting Married, Rosa is having  a Rafflecopter giveaway **


1) can you tell us a bit about your book, Natalie’s Getting Married?

It’s a romantic comedy about Natalie Spencer whose mind was so focussed on her career that when she started university she didn’t know what hit her when she fell head over heels for the handsome, Jackson Humphries. Natalie falls in love more than once and has to deal with the ups and downs, the heart-warming and the heartache that goes with falling in (and out of) love. As the title suggests she will go as far as making it down the aisle but she might not have done so with the right man.


2) What inspired you to write this story?

Strangely enough the idea just popped out of nowhere. I wanted to create a realistic and likeable character who was far from perfect. If she was your best friend you’d love her but you’d also get really mad with her too. I think I’d gone through a phase of reading books where I wasn’t convinced by the heroine in the story. Natalie was created from a desire to experiment with a girl whose life wasn’t all champagne and flowers. I also wanted to write something that covers a few years of the heroine’s life, not just a snapshot in time, so the reader actually grows up with her. As well as it being realistic I wanted there to be laughter as well as tears.


3) Do you write full time? What is a typical day like for you?

I do write full time. As well as my own stories I’m a ghost writer and editor. I have to say, though, that I don’t have a typical day. Sometimes I write first thing in the morning, stop to do some yoga, shower, have breakfast and then check my emails. I write in the afternoon then I have to get dinner ready and if I’ve got energy left, I write in the evening too. Oh and I do manage to squeeze in some housework every now and again (boo).

I have taken on fewer ghost writing/editing jobs lately so I can concentrate on my own work. If I’m ghost writing I do a minimum of 2000 words a day. The rest is spent on my own material.


4) How do you deal with writer’s block/boredom?

This is a hard one. Because writing pays my bills, I can’t afford to drift too far from the laptop. I guess the problem comes when ideas for my own books and stories are not as free flowing as the ones I’m paid to do. Nowadays I don’t beat myself up if it happens. Writer’s block used to get me down and I’d sit and devour every sweet snack there was in my cupboard and tell myself I have failed as a writer!

Now, I just tell myself, breathe, take a step back and don’t even think about the story and why you can’t go any further. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I get the momentum back and I’m away. I have to say, though that I’ve got so many story ideas, I’m finding hard to stop writing.


5) Can you tell us a little about how you came to become an author?

In a nutshell, I always loved to write stories, I just never had the nerve to show them to people until I became a ghost writer. I figured that if people paid me to write, I must be some good. I also got so bored with some of the story outlines I was given as a ghost writer that I wanted to get creative and publish what came out of my imagination from a blank canvas.


6) What are the best and worst things about being a writer?

Best thing – the utter freedom of inventing people, places, scenes and conversations that you’d love to see come to life and making it happen. The worst thing is probably the number of books published in my genre. There are so many and I really want to share my work with as many people as I can but I wonder how anyone will ever find my books among the millions 😦


7) What can readers expect from you next?

I’m already working on a Christmas novel and a new novel for next Spring/Summer. In between I’d love to offer some free reads in the way of short stories. If readers want them I’ll try to write them!


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Natalie’s Getting Married
By author – Rosa Temple


Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at university, that all changed.
Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she’s heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.
This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.

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About the Author:

Rosa Temple

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the ‘early chick lit films’, like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie’s Getting Married.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.

To find out more about Rosa and to catch up on all her musings please join her here on Rosa Temple Writes…


Q&A with author Lindsey Paley

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Today I’m excited to welcome author Lindsey Paley to my blog for a Q&A, where she talks about her writing process, gives advice to aspiring authors and discusses the best and worst things about being a novelist.

The first book of Lindsey’s I read was The Wish List Addiction, which I absolutely loved – particularly the lovely descriptions of Northumberland, where I grew up. It was definitely one of those moments when you think, is there anything better than discovering a great author who has written more than one book?




Can you tell us a little bit about how you came to be an author?

First of all thank you so much for having me on your blog. I’ve always doodled stories but started writing a little more seriously about twenty years ago. That first full-length manuscript – written in laborious longhand – is still resting in a shoe box on the top of my wardrobe. I decided to start submitting my work – a very scary decision – three years ago and The Wish List Addiction became my very first published novel. It holds a special place in my heart. Since then I’ve written ten other novels including the Camille Carter series starting with Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes. The first two books in the series are set in the stunning Lake District and the second two are set in the Caribbean. Camille lives in Paris so I’ll have to set the next two there in the City of Light!

Do you write full time – what is your writing routine?
Yes, I do write full time.

I work best in the mornings so that is when I try to get a few words done. I sit at the kitchen table overlooking the garden in the winter months and in the summer I gravitate to the tiny peppermint-and-cream summerhouse (think garden shed) to scribble in my notebook. I wish I could write my novels straight onto the computer but I can’t. I have to write everything in long hand still and transcript in the afternoons – although I try to kid myself and call that the first edit.

The kettle is always boiling as I’m addicted to Earl Grey tea which improves with a chocolate hobnob! My new year’s resolution is to cut down on biscuits which I’ve successfully achieved by replacing them with cupcakes!

I try to stay away from Facebook or Twitter until later in the afternoons but it doesn’t always work out that way!


Where do you get the inspiration from for your books?
From everywhere is the easy answer. Like lots of writers I love lingering over a pot of tea in the local café and eavesdropping on conversations. People are fascinating. One sentence may spark an idea which then rolls away into a fully blown story. For one of my novels, I was inspired by a herb garden at a local National Trust property. Also I love baking so you’ll probably find recipes for a variety of cakes and biscuits and puddings creeping into the storylines. Millie, for instance, in the Camille Carter series is a chef.


What are the best and worst things about being an author?
The absolute best thing is when a reader gets in touch to say how much they enjoyed a particular story. It’s a lovely feeling that all the hard work, early mornings and late nights spent typing at the keyboard have not been in vain and at least someone has spent a few hours enjoying your book.

The worst has to be those rejections letters that most authors have received at some point in their careers from literary agents and publishers. One of my friends has made a poster from all the emails saying ‘thanks but no thanks’ and has framed it and hung it on her bathroom wall. Good for her.

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What are your tips for any aspiring writers out there?
The best advice I had from successfully published authors at my local RNA group was never to give up – to just keep writing and to try and write something every day even if it’s a ‘one word journal’ that sums up your day in, well in one word.


Can you tell us a bit about your latest book, Autumn Skies and Pumpkin Pies, book 4 in the Camilla Carter series?
I loved writing this story. It’s set in St Lucia and I have to admit I probably overdid the research. I read everything I could about the island, the Caribbean food, the weather, the markets. The story takes place in a villa perched high on the hilltop which is home to the Tropical Breeze Cookery School. I hope I’ve managed to evoke a feeling of warmth, of swaying palm trees of golden sandy beaches, of delicious cocktails….ah, I wish I was there now swinging in a hammock plotting my next story in the Camille Carter series!! The next – Book 5 – is Daffodils and Drizzle Cake which, as the title suggests, takes Millie back to the Lake District


What can your readers expect from you next?
Book 6 in the Camille Carter series is in the research stage. The story revolves around a wedding so I’m loving the in-depth research of bridal gowns, five-tiered wedding cakes, personalized confetti (with pictures of the bride and groom printed on!!) and sequined shoes.


Photo of me-jan16About Lindsey
Lindsey Paley grew up in Yorkshire. She relocated to the North East of England where she lives with her husband and young son and as many books as she can cram into the four corners of her spare bedroom.

She began her writing career over twenty years ago but that first novel – ‘Baringer Manor’ – remains in a cardboard box on top of the wardrobe. Her favourite writing place is a peppermint and white summerhouse (shed) also stuffed with books she can’t throw away.

An avid baker, with a willing family and neighbours as tasters, when she is not scrutinising her fellow human beings for ideas for her next novel, she is to be found sprinkling edible glitter on cupcakes and drinking Earl Grey tea.

Lindsey has written ten novels and one companion book for The Wish List Addiction. The first book of her Camille Carter series – Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes set in the stunning English Lake District – was an AmazonUK #1 bestseller in the cosy mystery category. Book 5 is Daffodils and Drizzle Cake and is out at the beginning of April 2016.


Happy release day to Laura Chapman

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Today is release day for Laura Chapman’s new novel, Going for Two. It’s book two in the Queen of the League series, and in honour of its release, Laura was kind enough to share an exclusive fun fact. Not only is Laura an insanely prolific writer, she also has music talent, which makes me actually quite jealous.

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Laura says: In honor of Going for Two’s release, I’m sharing some fun facts about the book and Queen of the League series.

Even though Harper isn’t a high school football coach herself, being in a relationship with one makes the game all the more important to her. Though football is basically football no matter what level you play or watch it at—with a few rule variances here or there—I didn’t want her to be a complete novice to high school football. So I made her someone who used to watch from the sidelines. Though I debated having her be a cheerleader or just an avid spectator, I decided to make her a former marching band member. You attend a lot of games as a band member, and it gives you an up-close view of the action. I know from my own experience playing percussion in the marching band of my own high school!

I hope you will check out the other facts—view a complete listing of locations and dates on my website,—and the series.

Thank you, Isabelle, for featuring Going for Two—and me—today. Enjoy!

About the Book

Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

Find the Book


And from January 20-29 you can get First & Goal, book one in the Queen of the League series, for only 99 cents.


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If you’d like to connect with Laura  – and you should, she’s a hoot – she can be found at the following links:

Twitter: @lmchap
Facebook: laurachapmanbooks
Instagram: @lmchap614

Cocktails at Le Carmen cover reveal

So excited to be able to share the blurb and fantastic cover of my debut novel, Cocktails at Le Carmen.

When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.

A delightful debut that harks back to the early days of Chick Lit when heroines were flawed, funny, and forever battling for love and happiness. With quirky characters and classic comedic charm, Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun from page one.

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A few of my favourite books set in Paris

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Since I’ve been in Paris, I’ve read my fair share of books set in France and in the French capital. And there are many: Jenny Colgan’s The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Robyn Sisman’s Weekend in Paris, Mary Blume’s A French Affair…

The thing I like most about reading books set in a city where I live but didn’t grow up, is that every book has a different view of Paris: from the bourgeois life in Sarah Long’s And What Do You Do? to the working class 19th arrondissement in Catherine Sanderson’s Petite Anglaise.

My top five favourites, in no particular order, are:

sarah long

lindsey kelk

it happened in paris


stephen clarke