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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!
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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! ~

 

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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!

 

Natalies Getting Married Cover
Natalie’s Getting Married
By author – Rosa Temple

Blurb:

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.

Buy the Book:

Amazon UK : http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AC6XY72

Amazon US : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AC6XY72

Win the Book:

Rosa is giving away 5 e-copies of Natalie’s Getting Married.
Open to anyone.

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About the Author:

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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…

 

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

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stephen clarke