Fix You Chapter 6 Teaser #7minread

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Want to to read an excerpt of Fix You before its release next month? Hop on over to medium.com where a seven minute excerpt of chapter six has been released. And if you enjoy the excerpt, you can find it available for pre-order here:

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Cover Reveal – Fix You

Today I’m delighted to reveal the cover for the UK Release of Fix You, to be published by Corvus Books. The release date is 25th December 2014 (Happy Christmas!) and it is available for pre-order now. Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the fabulous trailer that Corvus have created. 
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synopsis
You’ve found the one, but what if life has other plans?

London, 31st December 1999

At a party to toast the new millennium, Hanna meets Richard. He is a gorgeous, wealthy New Yorker. She is a self-assured, beautiful Londoner with no interest in clean-cut American men. They are from different worlds and have nothing in common… except for their instant – and mutual – attraction to one another.

As the clocks chime midnight it is a new year and the beginning of a wonderful romance.

New York, 12th May 2012

Hanna, the girl who broke Richard’s heart, walks into his Wall Street office – and back into his life – to reveal an explosive secret.

He was sure they were meant to be together forever, but she broke his heart so completely the last time, can he find a way to let her mend the pieces?

Warm, witty and a perfect piece of modern romance, Fix You is a love story to melt your heart.

Release Date 25th December 2014 from Corvus Books

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Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 18th November

Romance Weekly ChatDo you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

If you’ve arrived from Leslie Hachtel’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week we are doing something a little different. As the nights draw in, we’ve decided to share our favorite seasonal recipes with you. So take a look at mine, then follow the links to see what the rest of the Romance Writers’ Weekly team will be cooking. If you’re lucky, you should have enough ideas to keep you going for weeks!

Winter is quite possibly my favorite season. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that the dark nights come early, encouraging me to hibernate inside the house, or whether it’s the lure of Christmas, but either way as soon as the clocks turn back I find myself in a baking frenzy, trying to fill all my cupboards ready for the holiday season. Today I’m going to share a recipe my grandmother taught me, which we traditionally cook on ‘stir up Sunday’ – the last Sunday in November. 

Grandma Elks’ Fabulous Christmas Pud

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For us Brits, Christmas Pudding is the only thing to eat after the Turkey and roast potatoes have been cleared away. It’s a long-lived tradition here, harking back to the middle ages when Plum Puddings were boiled over an open stove. Every family has their own recipe and way of serving it, and here in the Elks household we like to pour brandy over the top then light it before carrying it to the table, to the accompaniment of ‘oohs and aah’s. 
Though rich, my children always ask for extra helpings. Not because they like the taste of it, mind you, but because the pudding contains money (which is wrapped in foil and pushed inside the pudding just before serving), and it’s a game to see who can make the most.
Like many dried-fruit based recipes, this one is best made weeks in advance and left to mature in a cool, dark place (if you visit an English house during Christmas, you’ll be surprised what you can find beneath our beds!). 
Ingredients
  • 500 g mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, cranberries etc)
  • 1/2 grated nutmeg
  • 100 g dates, chopped up
  • 125 g suet
  • zest of 1 orange (I like to squeeze in the juice too)
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 150 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Napoleon brandy
  • 1 handful blanched almonds
  • 1 large egg
  • 150 ml milk
  • brandy to serve
Method
Grease a 1.5 litre pudding basin with some butter. In a mixing bowl, stir all the ingredients together, except the serving brandy. (In our house it’s tradition that every family member has a stir). Put the mixture into the greased bowl and cover with a double layer of aluminium foil or greaseproof paper. Tie a piece of string round the side of the bowl. Place in a large saucepan with water halfway up the sides of the bowl. Bring the water to the boil, put on a tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 3 hours. Check the water regularly to make sure it doesn’t boil dry. Remove from the pan.
Let it go cold, replace the foil and store in a cool, dark place for until Christmas morning.
On Christmas morning, fill a saucepan quite full with boiling water, put it on the heat and, when it comes back to the boil, place a steamer on top of the pan and turn it down to a gentle simmer. Put the Christmas pudding in the steamer, cover and leave to steam away for 2¼ hours.
You’ll need to check the water from time to time and maybe top it up a bit.
To serve, remove the pudding from the steamer and take off the wrapping. Slide a palette knife all round the pudding, then turn it out on to a warmed plate.
Place a suitably sized sprig of holly on top, and carefully push some foil-covered coins inside the pudding, making sure not to break it up.
Now warm a ladleful of brandy over direct heat, and as soon as the brandy is hot ask someone to set light to it. Place the ladle, now gently flaming, on top of the pudding – but don’t pour it over until you reach the table.
And there you have it, one perfectly tasty, rich (in more ways than one) Christmas pudding.

 

And now to read more Romance Weekly Recipes go to Xio Axelrod’s blog and read her answers!

Romance Writers’ Weekly Holiday Giveaway Event

Join the authors of Romance Writers’ Weekly for an amazing day of fun and giveaways, on the 2nd December. The Facebook event will be taking place from noon (EST) right through until the early hours. So pour yourself a glass of something festive, curl up on the sofa and join us.

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Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 4th November

Romance Weekly ChatDo you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

If you’ve arrived from Lanora Mangano’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s challenge comes from Sarah Hegger, whose book, Sweet Bea, is available on Amazon now!

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Tell me about your three favorite book boyfriends…

Where to start? I can’t even narrow it down to three for the past month, let alone my favorite three of all time! Of course there are my go-to men; the Darcys and the Rochesters who never fail to make you fall in love with them, no matter how dog-eared your book is. But then I start thinking about Jamie Fraser and all the other heroes that have captured my heart over the years, and I’m back to square one.

So, rather than choose my three favorite book boyfriends of all time, I’m going to tell you the three UNLIKELIEST book boyfriends I’ve discovered. Those characters who–in spite of their flaws or differences–have reeled me in and made my heart speed over and over again. 


The Drag Queen

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By now, most of my friends are bored with me telling them just how hot Nicholas, the hero of L.H. Cosway’s Painted Faces, is. When the heroine, Freda, first meets him, she finds him attractive, but when he’s dressed as his alter ego, Viv, he takes attractive to a whole other level. I found myself falling in love with him right alongside the heroine.

He isn’t perfect; at first he treats Fred badly, not understanding how his actions make her feel. But Painted Faces is a story of change and redemption, and Nicholas becomes the man / woman he always hoped he could be. Perhaps that’s why I fell so hard for him. As with all L.H. Cosway books, this is a story I could read again and again!

 


The Genetics Professor

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 I read Graeme Simsion’s hilarious Rosie Project earlier this year, and I found Don Tillman gorgeously endearing. A man who approaches romance in the same way he works on a science project, Don believes that finding a wife should be easy. Of course, that’s before he meets Rosie Jarman, a chaotic whirlwind of a heroine who turns his life upside down.

Although on the surface Don seems staid, Graeme Simsion paints him as a man who slowly learns that he has romance inside him, and manages to sweep Rosie (and me) right off her feet!

 

 


The Time Traveler

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There are some books that sweep you up and take you to another world, making you stay up all night and ignore all those chores you should be doing. The Time Traveler’s wife was definitely one of those books for me. I fell in love with Henry De Tamble, the chronologically-impaired hero, who is doomed to skip through time, unable to control where he ends up. The story isn’t for the faint-hearted, but there was something about the doomed romance that grew between Henry and Claire (his wife) that made me fall in love with him, too.

 


 

Wow, that was much harder than I thought it would be! Thank you to Sarah Hegger for giving us all an enjoyable challenge. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to the fabulous J.R. Richardson’s blog and read her answers!

Carrie Pink