Canada Square – 99c sale plus a giveaway!

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Summer’s coming to an end, but to cheer us all up, I’ve put Canada Square on sale for 99c. It’s never been this cheap, and won’t be at this price again in 2016, so grab it while you can! Sale ends on Friday 24th August, when it will be back to the usual price of $3.99.  

So if you love a forbidden office romance, with a sexy Scottish hero, grab Canada Square today.

Amazon: http://mybook.to/CanadaSquare

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/canada-square/id1090859640?ls=1&mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/canada-square-1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152775969

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carrie_Elks_Canada_Square?id=F82xCwAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB

Summary:

Secrets have a way of coming out…

Amy Cartwright isn’t sure who she’s supposed to be anymore. Her family thinks she’s flighty, her ex believes she’s a walkover (the bastard) and her friends think she’s plain crazy. But there’s a different side to her that nobody sees, nobody but the cool, sexy Scotsman who just happens to be her boss.

Callum Ferguson isn’t looking for excitement; he’s had that and it almost ruined him. He likes things calm and predictable – everything that his new PA turns out not to be. But from the moment she walks through his office door it’s as though the light has come back into his life, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

Fighting against the inevitable, they both try to ignore the attraction, but the flame of desire is too bright. They’re soon drawn into a steamy love affair that they have to hide from everybody, knowing the revelation could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard for, as well as each other.

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Release Day Blitz – Politically Incorrect by Jeanne McDonald.

Today I’m delighted to take part in the release day blitz for my wonderful friend, Jeanne McDonald. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Politically Incorrect, and I loved it. Read on for more information about the book, and your chance to win a signed paperback!

Carrie Pink

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Synopsis

Sex. Lies. Greed. Power. Scandal. Politics. Political strategist, Elizabeth McNeal has been called a lot of things throughout her career—bitch being at the top of the list—but she doesn’t let it get to her. She’s bold, she’s blunt, and she takes orders from no one. This is how she’s survived working in a man’s world. She’s the master of diversion, and her specialty is winning an election—no matter the cost. That is, until she meets her new client, Democratic candidate, Congressman William Baxter. Kind, considerate, insanely handsome, honest, and ten years her junior, he’s a unicorn among politicians. He infuriates her. He challenges her. Most of all, he makes her see past the scandalous world of politics and helps her to discover the heart of the woman inside her. With sparks flying between them and the election rapidly approaching, the last thing either of them need is to be caught in a compromising position. Some lines are meant to be crossed and some rules broken, but for Elizabeth and Liam is it worth the cost of being politically incorrect?

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One of Two Signed Paperbacks of Politically Incorrect by Jeanne McDonald

 

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About the Author

Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love. When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in literature. A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

 

Connect with Jeanne

Website: http://www.jeannemcdonald.com

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Expanding my Horizons

image I’ve spent a lot of time gazing at the horizon this week. It’s a happy side effect of being on holiday: the ability to lie on a beach and just be. Staring at the line where the sea and the sky meet sparks an excitement inside me which seems timeless. I imagine it’s the same excitement that caught the imagination of long ago explorers, ones who looked beyond the lives they had right there and then, and imagined ‘what if…’

The funny thing about horizons is they can both limit you or offer you endless possibilities, depending on your outlook. So many people probably looked at that same line and just accepted that was where the world ended. They didn’t question, didn’t wonder, just went about their day and lived within the limits of the land.

But then there were the dreamers. The brave people who had no idea what was beyond that infinite line, but hoisted up their sails and journeyed to find out anyway. For all they knew there was a cliff drop into nothingness, or a land of monsters that swallowed them whole. In spite of the dangers that lurked just beyond their sight, their need to know outweighed any peril. Their courage outweighed their fear.

And that’s what I try to do every day. In my writing, in my parenting, in my life, I try to push myself beyond the horizon. I try to venture into new lands, knowing that I may stumble and fall. But the endless possibilities draw me still, always so much more exciting than a life that is limited. It is definitely scary, and often perilous, but the rewards are always worth the risk.

So how about you? What things lie beyond your horizons? Are you brave enough to discover them too?

Friday News! – 4 new books to be published from 2017!

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Happy Friday everybody! Today I have some wonderful news that I can’t wait to share with you. For the past year I’ve been working on a super secret project, telling the story of four English sisters who are searching for love in the modern world. Featuring a variety of fabulous locations, The Shakespeare Sister Quartet will be published by Piatkus, with the first book being launched in 2017. Here’s what the fabulous people at Piatkus have to say:

Carrie Elks is the bestselling author of the ‪#‎FixYou‬ and the ‪#‎LoveInLondon‬ series – and now she’s joining us with the Shakespeare Sister quartet – launching in Summer 2017.

“If music is the food of love, then books are definitely the appetizers” – the Shakespeare Sisters series tells the stories of four English sisters: Francesca, Juliet, Lucy and Kitty, each book focusing on one sister and their search for love in the modern world.

If you like Samantha Young or Kirsty Moseley you’re going to love Carrie – and the first in the Love in London series is currently FREE! http://amzn.to/2agB5Hr

Welcome Carrie, we can’t wait to work with you!

I’m looking forward to sharing more details over the coming months, including my very favourite part — the cover reveal. And in the meantime I’ll be having a glass (ahem) or two of bubbly tonight. Hope you can all join me!!

Love,

Carrie Pink

Let’s Talk Vacations! #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from A. S. Fenichel’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week’s we’re talking vacations. 

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I love summer. I love the sun beating down, I love the sound of the gulls overhead, I love the warm ocean lapping at my feet and the feeling of sand between my toes.

Sadly, it’s quite hard to get that experience in Essex, UK. Unless you count Southend — which does have a beach of kinds, not to mention the longest pleasure pier in the world (the best claim to fame ever). But sadly the water there is anything but warm, and I’m more likely to feel rain plastering my hair to my head than the blissful rays of the sun.

Case in point – I was at the seafront in Southend yesterday. Here’s the pic I took. Welcome to the British summer.

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Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK

This is pretty much why I start planning our family vacations in January. Because we need something to look forward to! This year we will be vacationing in Italy, first spending ten days on the banks of Lake Garda. Looks kind of lovely doesn’t it? And a bit of a contrast to the UK.

Aerial view from Scaglieri castle on Lake Garda and town of Sirmione in Italy.

Lake Garda

Our lakeside visit will be followed by a few days exploring Venice. As an author (and loving wife😉 ) the idea of a few days in the city of lovers appeals to me. Especially as we’ll be dragging two reluctant teenagers around with us! Ah the romance…

Beautiful water street - Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Venice

So the big question is will I be writing when on holiday? I guess the truism is that writers never take a vacation, we’re too busy soaking everything up for that. But the good thing is that the whole reason we’re vacationing in Italy this year is because I spent most of January researching the country to write a book, and fell in love with it. Though I can’t tell you much about the book yet, it is a romance (of course) set in a beautiful villa on the banks of Lake Como. George Clooney’s favourite hideout. As soon as I looked into the beauty of the country, the magnificence of the food, and the fact the sun actually shone there in the summer, I was hooked. So while I’m there I’ll be checking everything out, to make sure I’ve described it accurately. I suspect I’ll need to eat a lot of ice creams just to make sure!

How about you? Are you going anywhere nice this year? And by the way, despite my miserable picture, Southend on Sea on a warm day is a wonderful place to visit. So if you have no other plans, jump on a train and come down there. I’ll meet you on the pier with a bag of chips.

Now let’s hop over to Leslie Hachtel’s blog to see what she thinks of vacations. And when you’re done there, don’t forget to check out some of her books!
 Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Photo credits: Depositphotos & authors own.

What’s in your bag? #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop


What's in your bagWelcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from Brenda Margriet’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

Brenda’s asked us all to share what’s in our bags. So with a little trepidation (because it can get scary in there) here goes!

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KINDLE

I never go anywhere without it. I’d even go as far as to say I have a pathological fear of being stranded somewhere without a book. Like so many others I have about 200 unread books on there, just waiting for me to land on that desert island. Maybe one day!

NOTEBOOK & PEN

I’m an old fashioned kind of gal, so if I see some plot or character inspiration while I’m out, I like to be able to jot it down. That notepad is full of ideas and throwaway lines, ones that catch my fancy. And the older I get the more I need to write things down, otherwise I forget them!

LIPGLOSS

Just because!

HAND LOTION

This was given to me by a lovely reader and blogger at a signing event. It has the most delicious smell, and I take it everywhere with me.

BACH FLOWER REMEDY

This is supposed to calm me down when I get too stressed, except when I’m stressed I forget to use it. Doh!

TRAIN TICKETS

I seem to be getting a collection of these. I have to keep the ones I use for work to put into my accounts. The rest, well I guess I’m just a train ticket hoarder!

UMBRELLA

Because I live in the UK!

PURSE / WALLET

It’s a big one, but it fits everything in. Notes, credit cards, receipts, they’re all in there and stuffed to the gills!

 

I was actually surprised to find so little in there. The reason for this is that yesterday I travelled to London for the evening, and had a good clean out before I left. I did come home with half a bottle of wine in there, but luckily for me and you, I took it out as soon as I got home. Otherwise this picture would paint a different story altogether!

Now let’s hop over to S.C. Mitchell’s blog to see what’s in his pockets, because I don’t think he carries a bag!. And when you’re done there, don’t forget to check out some of his books!

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Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Photo credits: Author’s own.

Summer Memories #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

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Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from Leslie Hachtel’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week the authors of Romance Writers’ Weekly are talking about about Summer, and the warm memories that make us feel good all year round.

Ah, Summer memories! The ones where the sun is always shining, my body is always beach ready (whatever the hell that means) and there’s always something delicious cooking on the barbecue.

Um, yeah, sorry, I’m confusing memories with fantasies. My bad.

I should probably caveat this with explaining that here in the UK summer can be as short as one day. And if on that one day you happen to be at work, doing something indoors, or catching up on some sleep, then too bad. Hope you like the rain!

Okay, I’m kidding. Well kind of. But summers here in England really are a hit and miss affair. I only realized how bad we had it when I lived in Virginia, USA for a few years, and got to experience what real summers are like. In my case they were hot, humid and were mostly spent around a pool. Yep, hard times. But the thing that really separated the US summers from our UK ones was consistency. Apart from the rare thunderstorm (which was always over quickly and then the sun came out again) I wouldn’t need to check the weather forecast to see how warm it was going to be the next day. Because it was always going to be hot.

Of course, this had it’s downsides. My hair, for one, didn’t like the humidity. I’d go from sleek straightness to crazy frizz as soon as I stepped outside the door in Virginia. Ponytails became my friend. It was also too hot to do much (I’m laughing at this right now). I tended to go from my air-conditioned house into my air-conditioned garage where I’d get into my air-conditioned car. Then I’d arrive at the air conditioned building, and still manage to work up a sweat in the five or so steps it would take me to get in there.

Apart from days in the pool, we rarely spent a lot of time outside in the Virginia summer. As the sun went down and the air cooled, that’s when the insects would come out. And these guys weren’t run-of-the-mill midges we’re used to in the UK. No, they were the Arnold Schwarzenegger of mosquitos. A few seconds outside in the evening would mean a nighttime of scratching and cursing. Even the strongest insect repellent wasn’t enough to stave off those beasts.

Even so, those were some of the happiest days of my life. My kids were little, and they absolutely adored swimming in the pool. We made a lot of friends at the pool, too, and we’d sit with our legs dangling in the water while the kids splashed around, shooting the breeze (not that there was any breeze) and laughing. We’d all take our lunches there, big freezer boxes filled with sandwiches and sodas, fresh fruit and treats. And at lunchtime we’d sit at the covered tables, trying to stop the kids from running back into the water, so the poor lifeguard could have his break, too.

Then in the evening – in spite of the insects – we discovered the best side effect of the pool was the way the kids would be out like a light by eight, their bodies heavy with the exhaustion that only a day at the pool could give. That’s when my husband and I would sit in our netted lanaii – no mosquitos allowed – and stare out at the fireflies that nestled in the trees, lighting them up like it was Christmas. I think that’s the memory of summer I’ll always carry around with me. And even now – in the cold, English weather – it’s warming me up.

I don’t miss those insects, though!

Now let’s hop over to Kathryn Reynard’s blog to get some more mouthwatering recipes. And don’t forget to check out her book, Sidelined!

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 Until next time,

Carrie Pink