12 Nights of Christmas Anthology – coming soon!

Do you love Christmas stories? I do, and when I was asked to be part of this fantastic anthology and help raise money for charity, I jumped at the chance. The 12 Nights of Christmas Anthology releases on October 15th, but is available for pre-order now. It will be on sale for a limited time, so make sure you get your copy! Want to know more about the anthology and the stories inside? Read on…   Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors each bring you a sexy night of romance, fun and a little magic. ‘Tis the season for falling for the right guy! Can a magical fruitcake be the special ingredient for falling in love?

**’Tis the season for giving, too!**

20% of the proceeds will be donated to

the hunger relief organization Feeding America

Check out this sexy and seasonal cover . . .

and then go preorder YOUR copy now!

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December 25: “Scrooge You” by MK Schiller

Christmas is nothing but a reminder of Eva’s tragic past. To make matters worse, her boyfriend invites his entire family over…so she goes into Scrooge mode. When three ghosts visit her, will she be able to remember the joy in her heart and the true meaning of Christmas?

December 26: “Unexpected Daddy” by Gemma Brocato

She let him go to pursue his dreams without telling him she was pregnant. Five years later, he’s back in town and her secret’s out. Can they get over past hurts to seize a future for their small family?

December 27: “The Meant to Be Girl” by Tawdra Kandle

When Ashley Webbar meets Zane Fletcher, it’s insta-lust, but she soon suspects he’s already smitten with someone else. Ashley is so busy matchmaking that she might miss out on her own happily-ever-after…if something doesn’t intervene first. This just might call for a Christmas miracle.

December 28: “For One Night Only” by Carrie Elks

When two strangers are stranded at a rest stop in the middle of Nowheresville—thank you, Mr. Bus Driver—they’re forced to spend the night together. But when morning comes, they both find themselves asking one question. Will they see each other again, or was their connection for one night only?

December 29: “Best Friends for the Night” by Alice Gaines

Every year, Steve has been cheering up his army buddy’s widow with popcorn and zany movies on the anniversary of her husband’s death. Will a little holiday magic make Steve and Hannah more than friends?

December 30: “Entwined” by Kristi Rose

Donovan survived combat, but can he survive being stranded over Christmas with the girl of his dreams? He swore he’d stay away from his best friend’s kid sister years ago, but after a helicopter crash, this sailor knows second chances don’t come around often. Loving Bailey would mean risking not only his friendship but his heart.

December 31: “Rekindled” by Stacy Finz

Branna and Drex are over…or at least they thought they were. But a little time trapped in an enclosed space with a magical fruitcake might just change that.Branna and Drex are over…or at least they thought they were. But a little time trapped in an enclosed space with a magical fruitcake might just change that.

January 1: “New Year’s Negotiation” by Kate Allenton

When Detective Elizabeth Cross’s high school crush and star of her what-ifs shows up at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve ready to take her on a trip down memory lane, she’ll have to decide if this is a second chance at her happily ever after or the start of another broken heart.

January 2: “Playing House” by Kim Golden

Cassie Delk isn’t having the best holiday season. With her ex-husband about to get remarried, she’s not thrilled about still being single. The last thing she expects is for a second chance at love to turn up on her doorstep.

January 3: “Book of Love” by Cd Brennan

Nothing infuriates Melanie more than the one-armed, ex-army hunk who chucks her mail at her book shop door. When Nick delivers a special package at the end of the day, a blizzard strands them together, and the fruitcake delivery sparks magic between them instead. Melanie isn’t sure what she wants to give him—a piece of her mind or all of her heart

January 4: “A Winter Wonderland” by Rebecca Hunter

Coming face to face with Jace after ten years is a reminder of everything Selena left behind when she moved from Delilah’s Cove. It’s even more dangerous when mixed with a little magic.

January 5: “Wild Honey” by Sarah Hegger

Two people who couldn’t be more different. One elevator, a dark and stormy night, and a magical, bourbon-laced fruitcake. What could go right?

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Why I’m Ready For Autumn!

There’s no denying it, here in the UK the temperatures have definitely dipped. My summer dresses are still hanging in the closet, but every time I open the door they stare at me forlornly, knowing that they’ll be passed over for their warmer, cosier cousins. But rather than be sad at the change in seasons, I have to admit it’s put a smile on my face. I love autumn (or fall as you guys call it). It’s one of my  favorite seasons. And in case you need some persuasion, here’s a few reasons why Autumn rocks…

1. Sweater Weather

I love sweaters. I love the way the wool feels against your skin, I love the way that as soon as you pull it over your head it’s like carrying around your own personal body warmer, and I love the way I can eat a few more things *ahem* without having to worry about the extra poundage showing. You can dress them up with a skirt or a pair of smart pants, or down with your favourite jeans. I have a closet full of them and they make me very happy!

2. Hot Chocolate and Log Fires

There’s nothing better than a warm cup of melting chocolate in front of a blazing log fire. Sadly, in 80 degree heat, that thought isn’t so enticing, but as soon as the the air gets cooler, the fire goes on and the chocolate gets hot. It’s like a warm, sweet hug in a mug, and I can’t think of anything better. It beats cold lemonade and strawberries hands down!

3. The Fall TV Schedules

Let’s face it, TV in the summer is rubbish. Old re runs, terrible reality shows, and nothing that is even worth turning the TiVo on for (do people still have TiVo? I’ve no idea!). All we watched this summer was Netflix. But as soon as the children are back at school, it’s as though the TV schedules wake up, and the new season programmes are fabulous. Here in the UK I’m watching The Bodyguard (Gorgeous and yet troubled bodyguard tries to save the Home Secretary) and The Great British Bake Off (a cooking competition – as British as it sounds, but lovely too!). How about you? What’s your favourite new programme?

4. Halloween

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Candy, scary movies, cute costumes and more candy. What’s not to love about Halloween? As soon as the summer’s over, it’s the next thing to look forward to. I can remember when my children were little, we’d spend hours choosing costumes and watching classic films, trying to wait for the day that they could go out and get their buckets filled with sweet goodies. For me, Autumn IS Halloween and Halloween is Autumn. It’s as simple as that.

 

Are you a fan of Autumn? Why not check out my book, By Virtue Fall, which releases next month? It’s a heartwarming love story about a single mother and the guy next door, and I think you’re going to love it!

  

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(this piece was originally posted on the Spice Aisle blog)

Eating in the Dark!

Those of you who follow my Facebook page (and if you don’t – why not? I have giveaways on there and everything!) will know that Mr E arranged for us to eat at Dans Le Noir – a restaurant in London that serves dinner in the total darkness.

It’s a concept I’d heard of before but never really thought about. How hard can it be to eat in total darkness after all? We have four other senses that should help us out on that (plus as a reader I often drink tea or eat chocolate without dragging my eyes away from the page). This should be easy, shouldn’t it?

Yeah, not so much!

On arrival we were asked to put all our belongings in a locker. They operate a strict no-light policy – so no phones, no flashlights, not even watches that have a little push button illumination. And then they asked us to choose our menu. It’s pretty simple, there are only four choices: Vegetarian, Fish, Meat or Chef’s Surprise (meat AND fish). We chose the surprise and a glass of wine. I’d already decided I didn’t like the idea of trying to pour wine from a bottle in the dark.

Then they call you and line you up in a corridor. There were four of us – the Mister and I plus another couple we didn’t know. We had to stand in line and put a hand on the shoulder in front of us, and our server then led us through three sets of curtains into the complete darkness.

From this point on, until the end of the meal, I couldn’t see a thing.

I have no idea if the chefs were fully dressed or not – I couldn’t see! If they weren’t they may have looked a little like this 🙂

The server helps you to get seated. He then tells you that in front of you is a napkin and suggests you use it as a bib; otherwise you’re going to get dirty. Being naturally curious I had a good feel around the table – I found my cutlery, a glass and –of course – a bottle of water. Being even more curious I decided to pour it just to see if I could.

The only way I could do it was by using my fingers. I had to hold them in my glass to make sure it didn’t overflow. Thank goodness I’m a bit of a hygiene freak.

Then they brought out the first course. It took a little while to work out how to get the food onto my fork (scooping rather than stabbing was easier), but when I tasted it I realized it was salmon and something else I couldn’t quite place. The husband and I spent a lot of time trying – and failing – to work out what it was, as did the couple next to us.

That was another interesting thing about the restaurant – you get sat next to complete strangers. Because you’re so close it feels rude not to talk. We enjoyed getting to know them, where they were from, and sharing a laugh as we all tried our best not to spill our food down our fronts.

A little while later the second course came. By the way the wait staff are amazing. A lot of them are either partially sighted or have no sight at all, and yet they never spilled anything, managed to slide our plates in front of us without any problems, and cleared up in the same way. Our server was called Jack and he was fabulous.

So the second course came out and this was a little harder to eat. There were so many different tastes – some kind of steak, maybe a bit of fish, vegetables that tasted maybe like carrots and broccoli. It was so hard to tell what we were eating, but it tasted delicious. The biggest issue was trying to tell if you’d cleared the plate or not. In the end I decided to let my stomach choose when to stop eating. It was mindful eating at its best.

After dessert we were asked if we were ready to go back into the light and find out what we’d been eating. At this point I had no idea how much time had passed. It felt as though the food had come very quickly, but in the complete dark without any cues to the time (such as darkening skies or you know, a watch) it was so hard to tell. It turned out we’d been in there for over an hour and half. I’d thought it was less than an hour. Goes to show I’m not great at guessing time!

Once again we were led out of the restaurant in complete darkness, holding the person in front’s shoulder. It felt strange to come into the light – cue lots of blinking. But within a minute I was completely used to it again.

Over coffee the wait staff showed us photographs and descriptions of what we’d eaten. Lots of ‘oh’s when we realized that it was crab we’d tasted in the first course (how did I not guess that) and another eek when I realized I’d eaten Llama for my main course (I’m so sorry, Llama. I didn’t know. I thought you were cow.)

In all it was an amazing experience. The aim is to give diners an insight for a couple of hours to what it’s like to go through life partially sighted. I was expecting my other senses to improve but they didn’t – whether this was because it was a short time, or whether my other senses are rubbish I’ve no idea. All I know is that it was an amazing experience (and a funny date night) but I’m not sure I’ll be eating in that kind of darkness again.

 

Have you ever eaten in the pitch black? Would you want to? How would you feel if you had to eat things without knowing what they were?

 

Let me know in the comments!

 

Ready for a new book?

It’s less than two months until By Virtue Fall releases – completing the Shakespeare Sister quartet. I’m so excited and yet sad at the same time — I love these sisters and hope you do too.

The Book: BY VIRTUE FALL

Genre: Contemporary (Small Town) Romance

Series: Shakespeare Sisters

Release Date: Oct 11

 

Description

Love blooms when you least expect it . . .

Juliet Shakespeare is done with love. With a growing floristry business and an adorable daughter to raise, life after separating from her husband is complicated enough – the last thing she needs is a man.

But when handsome single father, Ryan Sutherland, arrives in town, everything changes. As much as she tries to distract herself, Juliet can’t help but be drawn to the easy-going Romeo next door and the way he makes her feel.

Photographer Ryan is only back in his hometown for a few months so there’s no point falling for someone he’ll just have to say goodbye to. But he didn’t account for Juliet – the intriguing and beautiful woman next door. And in her, he might just have found everything he ever wanted . . .

*This book is a standalone read as part of the Shakespeare Sisters series.*

 

Pre-order here:

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In the US / Canada it has a special pre-order price of only $2.99 – price will return to $3.99 after publication week – so pre-order now to lock down that price!

 

Spring is the in air today – don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!

Absent in the Spring is live!!

Losing Control never felt so good…

A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself – that is until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish.

Lachlan’s hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance, the Lairdship of Glencarraig, is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother. Glencarraig is the only place where his memories of his family are happy ones and there’s no way he’s going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he’s in trouble.

Despite their efforts to resist, it isn’t long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can’t help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?

 

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‘You’re cold?’ he asked, his voice deep and low.

‘Freezing,’ she told him. ‘Even the radiator’s put its coat on.’

He laughed. ‘What about your fire? Is that not keeping you warm?’

‘What fire?’

His laugh got louder.

‘No, I’m serious, what bloody fire?’ She was indignant. ‘I haven’t got a fire. Have you got a fire?’

‘Yes, I have. A big orange one. It’s as hot as Hades in here.’

‘That’s not fair.’ She wanted to pout. ‘Where’s my fire?’

‘I could build you one up,’ he offered. ‘Are there logs in your room?’

‘There’s not even a fireplace.’ She shook her head, even though he couldn’t see her. ‘How come you get the hot room?’

‘I’m practically the laird. I get all the good stuff.’ His tone was enough to tell her he was teasing. Didn’t stop her from wanting to hit him. And kiss him.

Stop that right now.

She huffed. ‘I’m sending a complaint in tomorrow. Right to the top.’

‘They’ll be quaking in their boots, I bet,’ Lachlan said. ‘Pretty much like you are now.’

‘Shut up.’

‘Ah, you’re full of the one-liners tonight.’

‘It’s hard to think of one-liners when your whole body is succumbing to frostbite. Seriously, what kind of place is this? Why would they put me in this room when you have the fire?’

‘You want to swap?’ His offer sounded genuine. For a moment she imagined climbing into his bed. Would it still smell of him? Would she be able to feel where he’d been lying? Would it still hold his warmth?

‘No,’ she managed. ‘I’m fine.’

‘You’re not fine. You should come in here.’

‘But then you’ll freeze,’ she pointed out. ‘It’s fine, I can take it for one night. And after that all bets are off.’

‘Lucy, just get your butt in here. I’m your client, and that’s an order.’

She hesitated, not sure if she was turned on or appalled by his offer. In the end, good sense won out. ‘Good night, Lachlan. Sleep tight.’ Not waiting for his reply, she ended the call, and for good measure turned her ringer to silent.There was temptation, and then there was temptation. The only way to avoid it was to pretend it didn’t exist.

GIVEAWAY!!

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Is spring here yet?

I’m seriously sick of snow. I never thought I’d be the one to write that. Firstly because where I live it hardly ever snows. And secondly because I LOVE snow. I really do. I love sitting beneath a blanket, with a hot chocolate in one hand and a book in the other, watching the world turn into a Winter Wonderland.

BUT — and it’s an important but — I LIKE IT AT CHRISTMAS TIME. My white stuff has to be festive and timely. If it arrives in March, it’s way too late. Like a wedding guest turning up when the bride and groom are already on their honeymoon!

It’s not supposed to snow in springtime. It’s just not. So let’s talk about the kind of spring where the wet weather slowly morphs into flower-filled sunshine. Where you can fly to the Highlands of Scotland and be frozen, then fly over to Miami and sit on the beach and worry about getting burned.

In short, let’s talk about my next book, Absent in the Spring, where all this happens. It releases on April 26th, and is available to pre-order now!

It’s Lucy and Lachlan’s book, and I hope you love these two as much as I do. They’re both strong, powerful and totally in control… at least until they meet each other. And that’s when the fun begins.

He’s a rich American businessman who’s just inherited a castle in the Scottish Highlands. She’s an Edinburgh lawyer who doesn’t let anything ruffle her.

Here’s the UK Cover:

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Here’s the Synopsis:

Losing control never felt so good . . .

A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself – that is until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish.

Lachlan’s hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance, the Lairdship of Glencarraig, is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother. Glencarraig is the only place where his memories of his family are happy ones and there’s no way he’s going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he’s in trouble.

Despite their efforts to resist, it isn’t long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can’t help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?

If you like the sound of it – you can pre-order ABSENT IN THE SPRING in all these places:

UK BUY LINKS:

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Release Day – A Winter’s Tale

A Winter’s Tale is Live!

Christmas comes but once a year… but true love lasts a lifetime

Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is as bad at interviews as she is talented at making films. She’s given herself until the end of the year to score an internship in LA, otherwise it’ll be back to London with her tail between her legs. Unfortunately the only job offer on the table is as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It’s not exactly the career she’d hoped for, but if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – and love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff, rude and completely impossible. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam realise that although the course of true love never does run smooth, just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters Christmas romance from the bestselling author of Summer’s Lease and Fix You.

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