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New Year NewsA very Happy New Year to you!

2015 was a year of real highs and lows for me, and although it was often rewarding I have to admit I’m sort of pleased to see the back of it. From a writing point of view it was very successful – I released Broken Chords (Love in London #2) to some great reviews, and also saw the digital edition of Fix You go from strength to strength in the UK, reaching a high of #2 in the iBooks charts and #20 in the Amazon charts.

Somehow I even managed to write 2 more books, both of which are awaiting publication dates. Canada Square is #3 in the Love in London series, and tells the story of Amy, a student who interns in a big city partnership, and Callum, her boss. My beta readers think that this could be the best book in the series so far, and I hope that you’ll think the same! Release date for this should be coming soon.

In other news, I’ve started a new secret project, a 4 book series that I hope to update you on soon. I had a lot of fun planning these stories, and can’t wait to unleash them on the world.

From a personal point of view 2015 was challenging. At the end of 2014 my daughter was diagnosed with Scoliosis, and this year we’ve spent a lot of time at hospital appointments with her, culminating in a spinal fusion operation in December. Though she faced many challenges this year, I’m delighted to say she’s recovering in leaps and bounds while keeping a smile on her face, and making sure her school work is done. To say I’m a proud mum would be an understatement.

Fortunately I also had lots of lovely things happen to me in 2015. I attended 3 signings in the UK and managed to meet lots of wonderful readers and bloggers, and also had some success abroad, selling the rights to Fix You to Germany and Italy, with more announcements to come. Coming Down was also translated to Portugese and released in Brazil. Fix You will be released in paperback in the UK on 4th February 2016, and will have a gorgeous new cover. I can’t wait to share it with you!

In 2016 I plan to spend a lot of time writing and also with my now-recovering family. I hope to have at least a couple of new releases to share with you, as well as meet many of you at the signings and events I’ll be attending this year. Remember, if you want to be the first to hear about new releases, make sure you sign up for my newsletter. I often have exclusive sales news and competitions solely for my subscribers there.

In the meantime, I hope that 2016 treats you kindly, and that you managed to grab some rest and recovery during the holiday period.

Lots of love,

Carrie Pink

Release Day – Broken Chords

Title: Broken Chords
Series: Love in London #2
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
Lara knows she should feel lucky. Married to the man of her dreams, with a gorgeous new baby, she should be enjoying her happy-ever-after. But she never expected motherhood to be so difficult, or for her life to change so dramatically.
Alex has it all: hot, tattooed looks, a beautiful wife, and a band that’s finally getting noticed. A lucrative offer of a US tour should be the icing on the cake. But as he leaves the country, distance isn’t the only thing that starts to pull their relationship apart.
With half a world dividing them, Alex and Lara have to battle for a marriage they once took for granted.
Broken Chords is the second story in the Love in London series but can be read completely as a stand-alone.
Though it’s a series, it’s not a serial and there are no cliffhangers, each book features a different couple!

 

“What do you do the rest of the week?”

“I’m a good girl. I go to bed early.”

“Alone?”

My heart sped at that question. It was loaded, obviously, but the way he put it out there so soon seemed genuine.

“Alone with my thoughts.”

“Alone with your thoughts,” he repeated, slowly nodding his head. “You use your right or your left hand for that?”

I coughed out a laugh. Dirty boy. “You seem very interested in my bedroom habits, Mr Cartwright. There are some things a girl likes to keep secret.”

“I bet you use your left hand,” he carried on, as if I hadn’t spoken. His voice lowered, so I had to step forward to hear him.

The next time he spoke I felt his breath tickling at my ear. “I’d pay good money to see you alone with your thoughts.”

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

 

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February Update – Cover Reveals, Signings, Festivals

I can’t believe February is here already! Though I’m sad to see the time passing so quickly, I have to admit I’m looking forward to warmer days and longer evenings.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to update this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. In fact I’ve had my head down, writing and editing, as well as working on a few plans for future releases. So to get things up to speed, I’m going to do a little run down of everything that’s going on in my world!

A New Cover For Fix You

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Fix You has had a makeover for the spring! And as much as I adored the blue snowflakes, I have to admit I was very excited to see the red cover. It’s up on all the usual retailers now, and I’ll be having some promo items created for it!

Romance Festival 2015 – 7th & 8th February

I’m very excited to be part of the virtual Romance Festival this weekend. The festival is taking place over two days. The Saturday is dedicated to aspiring and established romance authors, and the Sunday to fans and readers. As a virtual festival, you can participate from anywhere in the world, so come and hion us, it promises to be a lot of fun.

To register, click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/romance-festival-2015-tickets-15326821937

Broken Chords – Cover Reveal and Release Info

One of the things I’ve been busy working on is my next book. This is the second in the Love in London Series (Coming Down was #1) and is a stand alone story set in the same world. I’ll be revealing the cover on Monday 9th February, and it will be released on 26th February. I absolutely love the characters in this book, and can’t wait to share Alex and Lara with you. In the meantime, be sure to add to your Goodreads ‘to read’ shelf https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24599970-broken-chords

Signing Events

I’ll be signing at three different events in the UK this year, kicking off with The British Book Affair on 18th April in London. The following weekend (25th April) I’ll be at the Tattooed Bad Boy Author event in York (did I tell you that Alex in Broken chords is a sexy, tattooed singer?)

Finally, I’ll be signing at the Second City Author event in Birmingham in July. For more details hop over to my news page!

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to come and see my new cover on 9th February!

Carrie Pink

Weekend Update

IT’S THE WEEKEND!!!

It’s been a busy few weeks, and while I’ve been delighted to share the new releases and cover reveals from my friends with you, I haven’t written any updates on what’s going on with me. It’s very remiss of me, I know. So I shall take this opportunity to update you on a few things that are going on. So let me pour you a coffee and tell you what’s going on with me.

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The Brazilian translation of Fix You has been released in Brazil. I’m delighted with the cover and the teasers the amazing Universo Dos Livros have been releasing, and even more excited to know that people are ordering the book. If you live in Brazil and want to buy a copy you can find it on Amazon and Saraiva

Coming Down

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Is now available to buy from Amazon. It’s also available to read for free for those of you that are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. It’s getting some fantastic reviews, and I’m really pleased with how it’s being received.

 Broken Chords

The follow-up to Coming Down, featuring Lara and Alex, an unconventional couple, is in first round revisions. I’m loving their story, and hope you will too. No release date for this, but as soon as I have more news, I’ll let you know!

 

So that’s it for me. How are you? Let me take these croissants out of the oven and you can tell me all about it.

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Carrie Pink

 

Coming Down New Release, Giveaways and more!

I’m delighted to share my latest release with you. Read on to find out where to buy Coming Down, what it’s about and to enter a super duper giveaway!

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Synopsis
Twenty-eight-year-old Beth Lawrence finally has her life back on track. A job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen. But now that her past seems firmly behind her, an old flame walks back into her life. Bringing back painful memories of a time she’s worked hard to forget, reviving a passion she tried to bury years before.
Niall Joseph is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from success in America. Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he expects to see is the girl who broke his heart nine years earlier. Working closely together allows their old wounds to heal, forging a deeper connection between them. One that slowly starts to burn.
As she becomes tangled up with a neglected child and her drug-addict mother, Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.
Excerpt

“What’s your name?”
“Beth.”
“Are you a student here?”
His question makes me roll my eyes. I’ve been following him and his friends around like a devoted puppy for the best part of my first year. Not that he’s ever noticed. He’s always too busy. Painting. Smoking. Looking beautiful. He’s good at all these things. I know, I’ve studied him like he’s my favourite subject.
“Art History,” I say.
“One of the thinkers.” He gives me a smile. It’s wicked and dirty and makes me want to lick his lips. “Do you paint?”
“No.”
“Shame. Do you model?”
I blush at this one. “No.”
“You should. Come and model for me. I want to paint you.” His words slur but his voice is still seductive and lyrical. Somewhere, far beneath my high, I know he’s spinning me a line.
I bite, nonetheless.
“I’m not pretty enough.”
“Yes you are.”
“Or interesting enough.”
He pulls me closer, his erection digging into my hip. “Yes you are.”
My heart starts to hammer against my chest. This is Niall Joseph holding me. I made Niall Joseph get hard. I don’t think about the drugs or the rain or the fact he’s ignored me all year. I’m too worked up for that.
“I want to kiss you.” He murmurs it softly. Then he presses his lips to my forehead. My skin feels like it’s burning. Hot and fevered. This time, the rain does nothing to cool it down.
“Okay.” I’m almost breathless. He drags his mouth down to my jaw, peppering my skin with kisses.
“You fucking taste like rain, too.”

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A Little Taste of Coming Down…

Coming: September 24, 2014
Synopsis
Twenty-eight-year-old Beth Lawrence finally has her life back on track. A job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen. But now that her past seems firmly behind her, an old flame walks back into her life. Bringing back painful memories of a time she’s worked hard to forget, reviving a passion she tried to bury years before.
Niall Joseph is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from success in America. Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he expects to see is the girl who broke his heart nine years earlier. Working closely together allows their old wounds to heal, forging a deeper connection between them. One that slowly starts to burn.
As she becomes tangled up with a neglected child and her drug-addict mother, Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.
Excerpt

“What’s your name?”
“Beth.”
“Are you a student here?”
His question makes me roll my eyes. I’ve been following him and his friends around like a devoted puppy for the best part of my first year. Not that he’s ever noticed. He’s always too busy. Painting. Smoking. Looking beautiful. He’s good at all these things. I know, I’ve studied him like he’s my favourite subject.
“Art History,” I say.
“One of the thinkers.” He gives me a smile. It’s wicked and dirty and makes me want to lick his lips. “Do you paint?”
“No.”
“Shame. Do you model?”
I blush at this one. “No.”
“You should. Come and model for me. I want to paint you.” His words slur but his voice is still seductive and lyrical. Somewhere, far beneath my high, I know he’s spinning me a line.
I bite, nonetheless.
“I’m not pretty enough.”
“Yes you are.”
“Or interesting enough.”
He pulls me closer, his erection digging into my hip. “Yes you are.”
My heart starts to hammer against my chest. This is Niall Joseph holding me. I made Niall Joseph get hard. I don’t think about the drugs or the rain or the fact he’s ignored me all year. I’m too worked up for that.
“I want to kiss you.” He murmurs it softly. Then he presses his lips to my forehead. My skin feels like it’s burning. Hot and fevered. This time, the rain does nothing to cool it down.
“Okay.” I’m almost breathless. He drags his mouth down to my jaw, peppering my skin with kisses.
“You fucking taste like rain, too.”

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MeetTheAuthor
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.


 

  
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