Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Congratulations Soraya! If you can e-mail us back with your mailing address, your prize will be on its way!
And come back tomorrow when we roll out the May releases!
Monday, April 28, 2008
And if you haven't picked up April's books yet, perhaps this will convince you:
The Single Dad's Patchwork Family by Claire Baxter: This whole book captivated me from start to finish, the story was prolific with descriptive scenery, so much so that I could almost imagine myself being there with them. Kudos to Ms. Baxter for penning yet another fantastic romantic story where the characters seem like family and the readers’ imagination takes flight into fantasy. (Cataromance, 4.5 stars)
The Bride's Baby by Liz Fielding: "Liz Fielding begins A Bride for All Seasons with The Bride's Baby.This story has everything-sparkling dialogue, multifacetedcharacterizations, sizzling chemistry and a powerful emotional core. A keeper." Romantic Times, 4.5 stars TOP PICK."
Expecting a Miracle by Jackie Braun: "Jackie Braun’s Expecting a Miracle (4.5) is packed with emotion and humor, and all of the characterizations are rich and detailed. A keeper." Romantic Times
Wedding Bells at Wandering Creek Ranch by Patricia Thayer: "If you like romance, fiction and happy endings and want a story about love transforming power into a community, Patricia Thayer's Wedding Bells at Wandering Creek Ranch is a great reading choice!" (Merrimon Book Reviews)
Sweetheart Lost and Found by Shirley Jump: "Four stars: "...Shirley Jump begins The Wedding Planners with Sweetheart Lost and Found (4). It's smart, funny and quite moving at times, and the characters have a lot of depth."
The Loner's Guarded Heart by Michelle Douglas: "...a story of two hearts discovering one another and falling in love as they share more and more of themselves and their vulnerabilities with one another. The Loner's Guarded Heart mixes humor and emotion to bring readers a non-stop great romance read." (Merrimon Book Reviews)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Había vuelto para recuperar el amor que nunca debería haber dejado escapar…
En el momento más duro de su vida, Kane Healey entendió que si se amaba a alguien había que dejarlo libre y decidió enfrentarse al futuro solo.
Liz Fielding: SERCE ZE ZŁOTAMłodzi kochankowie, Fleur i Matt, ukrywają swój romans w tajemnicy, bo ich skłócone rodziny nigdy nie zaaprobowałyby tego związku. Zawierają potajemnie małżeństwo, ale wkrótce się rozstają. Matt pojawia się w życiu Fleur ponownie dopiero po sześciu latach, by walczyć o prawo do opieki nad ich synem...
Quando Lily Kellaway aceitou ser a secretária de Zach Swift esperava deparar-se com um chefe exigente e arrogante… mas Zach era bonito e generoso. Desde o acidente, Lily não quisera trabalhar em escritórios devido à sua memória fraca, mas com Zach tudo era diferente. E então ele pediu-lhe que o acompanhasse numa viagem de negócios!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Where do you find new and fresh ideas?
They pop into my head when I’m least expecting them! Actually, I think they’re already in there – it’s the only explanation for those ideas that you wake up with.
But sometimes they need a little prompting, so I have an Ideas Box filled with newspaper and magazine clippings and other items which some instinct has told me to drop in even though I have no clue why. When I go through the box some of the bits and pieces will trigger ideas for my story and I know that’s why I included them in the first place. I think the subconscious is amazing.
Writers often use photos of celebrities as “casting”. Do you do this, and who has inspired some of your characters?
No, I don’t. When I have an idea for a book, I get a clear image of each main character in my head. In fact, they never look like celebrities. They’re just…themselves.
Once, though, I had a book half-written and was browsing the internet when I came across a photo of my hero. He was the spitting image of the guy I’d pictured, right down to the clothes!
I printed the photo and pinned it up on my board but only because it was weird to think the man I’d imagined did exist in real life. He was a model, I think.
What are your favourite and least favourite parts of writing a novel? Is there a particular section that you struggle with?
I love starting a new story (does every writer say that?). It’s true that there’s nothing more exciting.
I don’t enjoy the middle. I have to struggle through it, a page or two at a time. It’s not so much that the middle sags, more that I do. But once I near the three-quarter mark, all my enthusiasm comes back again.
When you are not writing, what do you do? How do you pamper yourself?
I read. I love reading It’s always been my favourite occupation. I also love to swim and in the warmer months, if I’m not at my computer, you’ll probably find me in the pool. Once I’ve done my laps, I like to float on one of those inflatable recliners with a book (yes, reading again).
Imagine you’re stranded…where are you and who are you with?
Hmm, I was going to say “anywhere with my husband”, but then I got this vivid image of being locked in a book shop - yes, I could imagine this happening because I lose all track of time when I’m book browsing. In this fantasy, I know the staff will be back to unlock the next morning so I’m not too worried, and the best thing is, I have nothing to do but read and read and read.
Who am I with? Well, if there has to be someone else there, it needs to be someone who loves to read too so they won’t disturb me, but they also need to know how to make coffee. I know! My husband.
Finally, Claire, please tell us what’s up and coming for you in the months ahead!
‘The Single Dad’s Patchwork Family’ is out now (April) in the USA and UK, or on-line. Chase, the single dad of the title, has moved to a secluded location to raise his daughter and he plans a simple life. He meets a single mom, Regan, who is not looking for distractions either. They form a special bond which breaks down their isolation then leads to love and a blended family.
Later in the year – December – ‘Pregnant: Father Wanted’ will be released. This one is set in Italy and I had a really good time writing it. It’s the story of Lyssa, an Australian travel writer, and Ric, an Italian soccer player.
Thanks for having me! It’s been fun.
Claire is giving away a signed copy of The Single Dad's Patchwork Family to one lucky blog reader! Send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject line of CLAIRE and we'll draw at the end of the month!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
There are countless reasons why she wouldn’t want to go back there. As for fantasy weddings, well, ever since a high-profile wedding she’d been organising had ended in professional disaster when the bride had eloped at the last minute with one of her assistants, she has been doing her best to avoid them. Or think about the jilted groom, billionaire Tom McFarlane, who’d summoned her to his office to go through her account line by line. These days she has baby clothes rather than wedding gowns on her mind.
She’s going to have to do it this one last time, however. Too many people are relying on her to raise the Pink Ribbon Club profile, put their business under the spotlight. It’s just a pity she hadn’t thought to ask the name of the new owner of Longbourne Court…
For excerpts, background, and details of this four-book mini series, go to http://abrideforallseasons.blogspot.com/ and http://www.lizfielding.com/
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Wedding Bells at Wandering Creek Ranch by Patricia Thayer
P.I. Jack Sullivan, black-eyed and dark-hearted, is at Wandering Creek Ranch on official business—business that doesn't include falling for the striking blonde who tries to throw him off her land.…
Willow Kingsley's ranch in the Hollywood Hills is her sanctuary. She'll fight the gorgeous stranger and protect her own. What she doesn't realize is that Jack's on her side, and when she's in his arms he'll do everything in his power to keep her safe.…
The Bride's Baby by Liz Fielding FIRST BOOK IN A BRIDE FOR ALL SEASONS SERIES
The wedding of the season!
Events manager Sylvie Smith is organizing a glittering fund-raising event: a wedding show in a stately home. She has even been roped into pretending to be a bride…a bride who's five months pregnant!
The bride everyone is talking about!
It should be every girl's dream to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it's not Sylvie's. Longbourne Court was her ancestral home, and she's just discovered that the new owner is Tom McFarlane—her baby's secret father. Now Tom's standing in front of her, looking at her bump.…
Sweetheart Lost and Found by Shirley Jump FIRST BOOK IN THE WEDDING PLANNERS SERIES
As the Wedding Belles' florist, Callie is surrounded by blushing brides. If only she still believed in love. Callie made a mistake many years ago. She let a good man go, and now keeps her heart safe. But what's she going to do now that the good man is back?
Jared Townsend knows he should have fought harder for Callie in the past. Now he's determined to bring her out of her shell and find the beautiful, vivacious woman he once knew. Can he show her how to laugh again, feel again…even love again?
Expecting a Miracle by Jackie Braun
When Lauren Seville unexpectedly finds herself pregnant, it's the end of life as she knows it…and the beginning of everything she's dreamed of.
But when she finds the perfect place for her soon-to-be family of two, she is blindsided by her anything-but-maternal attraction to her sexy new landlord.
From the minute Lauren moves into the cottage on his estate, she arouses Gavin O'Donnell's fiercest protective instincts. And as her delivery date nears, the independent mother-to-be awakens something else in the real-estate tycoon: his yearning to be a daddy.
The Single Dad's Patchwork Family by Claire Baxter
Chase Mattner has come to tranquil, secluded Leo Bay to raise his daughter. In their house by the ocean, he plans a simple life.
Regan Jantz isn't looking for distractions, either. With a tuna farm to run and two young sons to bring up alone, she's got her hands full.
But as single parents, Regan and Chase form a special bond. For so long their lives have been like jigsaws without the final pieces. Could a proposal from this gorgeous single dad make them whole again?
The Loner's Guarded Heart by Michelle Douglas
Josie was touched that her brothers had arranged a holiday for her—she certainly needed one. Only, the location isn't the lively resort she'd expected, but a rustic cabin in a beautiful but isolated Australian idyll.…
Her only neighbor for miles is the taciturn, if incredibly attractive, Kent Black. Following a family tragedy, Kent cut himself off from the world. Josie can't help but be intrigued by this solitary man, and with her bubbly, warm personality, she's determined to pick away at the iron padlock around his heart.