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Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JUNGLE ROCK BY CAROLINE JAMES! 

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As followers of this blog will know, Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. After reading my first book by this Author, I was hooked and have since read each book as soon as I could from when they were available.

Today, we are celebrating a year since publication of Jungle Rock, a brilliant story with characters that I knew and loved. (Perfectly fine to read as a standalone too though). So, with thanks to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources for organising this celebration, and huge thanks to Caroline for being the amazing Author of this book, lets proceed with the celebrations. 

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Description:

Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. 
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away… 

Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

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You can read my review of jungle Rock HERE!

And you can get yourself a copy from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

 

Caroline is not only a super Author, a lovely Lady, she is also a very talented baker. I am honoured today to have Caroline on ChocolatePages with a guest post, and a wonderful recipe. 

I asked Caroline about the recipes she features in her books, and also if she could share one with us. Of course as a Chocolate Lover, I was hoping it would involve chocolate…. 

 

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         Why I Feature Recipes in my Books Plus Recipe.

  • It’s great to be back on Chocolate Pages blog and huge thanks to lovely Amanda for hosting me today.

    My working life has revolved around food. From the early days of waiting table and washing pots to ultimately running my own hospitality businesses, I’ve always had a passionate interest in food and cooking. For many years, I ran a company that represented celebrity chefs, the cooks that you see on TV, and I sourced work for some very talented clients.

    From TV and media work to product endorsement, appearances at festivals and shows to recipe development and research. I had a wonderful time working in an environment that centred around food and I travelled extensively meeting some fascinating folk along the way.

    When I began to write seriously, about five years ago, I found that I naturally leaned towards placing my characters in the hospitality industry and as food became their life, if was fun to add in a recipe or two and readers often write to tell me how much they enjoy trying them out.

    Here is one of my favourite cake recipes and as we are on Chocolate Pages, it must be something seriously delicious with chocolate!

    Happy baking and happy reading, with love, Caroline

    Carolines Death by Chocolate

    This chocolate cake is moist and very fudgy and best of all, easy to make!

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    Ingredients:

    200g dark chocolate

    200g dark brown sugar

    200g caster sugar

    25g cocoa powder

    200g butter

    85g self-raising flour

    85g plain flour

    ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

    3 large eggs

    75ml milk

  • Ganache:

    200g dark chocolate

    284ml double cream

    Method:

    Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 140C/ 160C/ Gas 3.

    Place butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl above a pan of simmering water and melt, stirring gently.

    Mix flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa powder in a large bowl.

    Beat eggs and milk.

    Pour melted chocolate and butter and add egg mixture to the flour until

    thoroughly mixed.

    Spoon cake mix into cake tin and bake for 90 minutes (or until the top

    feels firm).

    Leave the cake to cool then turn out. When cold, slice the cake across into three layers.

    Make the Ganache:

    Lightly whip the cream until it just begins to stiffen. Melt the chocolate as before then combine with the cream mix, working quickly. Spread over cake layers and re-assemble, spreading remainder of ganache over the top and sides of the cake.

    Decorate with chocolate curls or decoration of your choice. Store the cake in a cool environment, in an airtight container, for up to three days.


    Thank you very much Caroline for that delicious sounding recipe, I will certainly be making that some time soon. Plus it does sound very easy to make.

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    Author Bio.

    Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is coming soon…

    To stay in touch or contact Caroline, you can find her here:

    Twitter – @CarolineJames12

    Amazon – Caroline James Author

    Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

    Website – carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

    AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

     

    Purchase Link – HERE!


    And now for the GIVEAWAY!

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    Caroline is offering a very generous £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. (Will you spend it on books?) 

    All you have to do is sign up to Caroline’s mailing list, and then Caroline will announce the lucky winner by email. The competition is open internationally, and not only do you get a chance to win, you will also receive great bookish news from this lovely talented Author. Competition closes on November 30th, so join up now.

    Sign up here to the mailing list.


     

    Thank you Caroline for the delicious sounding recipe, writing wonderful books, and for the generous giveaway. Thank you to Rachel for organising this birthday celebration. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating Jungle Rock’s birthday. 

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Cover Reveal: The Big Event, by Ann John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal: The Big Event, by Ann John-Ligali.

Thank you to Rachel from RachelsRandomResources for inviting me onto this cover reveal for the very brilliant sounding new book by Ann John-Ligali. As I said to Rachel, my tbr is overflowingly huge at the moment, so I am hesitant to accept any new book requests at the moment! But this new book, The Big Event just sounds so good and a book that so many of us bloggers and tweeters will be able to relate to. I’m so looking forward to reading it.

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It will be published on 30th November 2017, and you can pre order it HERE!

But for now, have a look at this amazing cover, and tell me that you can see why I instantly wanted to add it to my toppling tbr. 

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Description:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action. 

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes. 

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

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Does this sound familiar to my bookblogging buddies? It would be fabulous to meet up with friends we speak to here, but there is always the wonder….. what would happen? This fictional book is right up my street, and I can’t wait to see what happens. Isn’t the cover just so glamorous! I love it. 

There is also a trailer for the book, and today you can watch it right here!

About The Author

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeing other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s  fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/@AnneJohnLigali

Twitter/@BooksNAuthorsUK

FACEBOOK      INSTAGRAM

Facebook – BooksNAuthors

www.booksandauthors.co.uk

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Cover Reveal: Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove, by Emily Harvale

Cover Reveal: Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove, by Emily Harvale

So, October and Autumn has arrived and also the start of the festive books. I have started to see a few reviews of the upcoming festive books for 2017, and I already have my eye on a few of them. The new book by Emily Harvale is set to be a real cracker. 

Today, I am delighted to be able to take part in the much awaited cover reveal for Emily Harvale’s new book…. (the title is so festively wonderful, wait until you see the cover!).

CHRISTMAS SECRETS AT SNOWFLAKE COVE. 

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Description:

Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…


Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help. Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.

Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad. With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…? 

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So, you love the title? Tick.

You love the blurb? Tick, You will love this cover. Here it comes……

 

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I think I can confidently say that festive book lovers, will love Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove. 

The book is to be released on 1st November, You can preorder it HERE! via Amazon

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this cover reveal, and to Emily Harvale for the amazing book and cover. Can’t wait to see all the amazing reviews this book is sure to get. If you want to follow the rest of this tour, you can find it using the Twitter hashtag #ChristmasSecrets.

Now for the links you will need to look out for it. 

Be sure to follow:

Emily at @emilyharvale

Rachel at @rararesources

Me, of course! Amanda @ChocolatePages

And you should definitely subscribe to Emily’s website emilyharvale.com  and follow her Amazon page HERE!

 

About Emily Harvale:

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. 

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. 

To catch up with Emily, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com where you can sign up for her Readers’ Club newsletter, join her Readers’ Club Facebook group and/or connect with her on social media.

Facebook.   /    Twitter     /      Instagram     /    Youtube    /    

 

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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Uncategorized

 

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#Blogival 2017. Guest Post from Author of ‘Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents’, Lee Cockburn.

#Blogival 2017. Guest Post from Author of ‘Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents’, Lee Cockburn.

Welcome to my spot on the celebration month of Blogival. If you haven’t heard of Blogival, it is a celebration of all the Clink Street Authors. I participated last year too, and it is a wonderful way to celebrate all the brilliant Authors from this publishing group. Thank you very much to Rachel Gilbey for organising this and getting me involved. Last year during Blogival, I found an Author that I really liked – Lee Cockburn. Ms Cockburn writes very dark thriller stories, and I love them! 

The first book I read by Lee Cockburn was Devils Demise. I have to say it was the darkest most disturbing book I have read in a while. Then I read her next book, Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents. This one was equally dark and equally brilliant. I have wondered what makes an Author choose to write about such dark and unsettling topics, so I was very happy when Ms Cockburn explained it to me. Today I bring you a guest post from this talented Author, whereby she explains to us, why she writes about disturbing topics!

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You can read my review for Lee Cockburn’s first book ‘Devils Demise’ 

HERE!

 

Lee’s latest book Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents was published by Clink Street Publishing on February 21st 2017. There are some bloggers who are writing reviews of her book especially for Blogival, so be sure to check them out too.

 

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You can read my review for Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents 

HERE!

Description:

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving paedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

porcelainPublished February 21st 2017 by Clink Street Publishing

 

I am happy to welcome Ms Cockburn to ChocolatePages where she explains to us why she writes about disturbing topics. It is a question I have wondered about, so thank you and I hand you over to the talented Author of Devils Demise and Porcelain Flesh of Innocents, Lee Cockburn.

Why I write about disturbing topics?

This is actually very hard to answer, as I find myself recoiling a little when I read my own work, just at the level of violence and the graphic detail involved.  I suppose I wasn’t prepared to leave it to the imagination of some people, because that might not stretch far enough to reach, what is the harsh reality of the crimes portrayed in my first two novels.

I actually regret the first chapter of my first novel Devil’s Demise being quite so brutal, taking the advice of a female colleague that it wasn’t brutal enough and that I hadn’t explained what was going on in full detail.  So me being me, I had to prove a point and I think I took it too far, as it makes me uncomfortable reading it, and I wrote it!  However, I always knew she was going to live and the book is about her strength and will to live and her fight against the perpetrator.

The sequel Porcelain Flesh of Innocents is equally harrowing, another uncomfortable read, but again highlighting the crimes that go on on a daily basis against the most vulnerable amongst us, the victim’s silent in their torment, trusting, fearing the threatening lies they are told, to ensure their silence.  However again this is another story of the victims taking back control of their lives, and the consequences of the crimes committed against them and the lasting damage they have to live with.

Book three, the title a secret I’m afraid, I promise to try and bring some happiness to the main characters, although the first chapter is another hard hitting and terrifying start to the book, with graphic scenes and more tragedy to endure (apologies).

I may write brutal and graphic books, but I think I am genuinely a kind, humorous, fun loving decent person and don’t know where the dark side I write about comes from, I presume fear of the topics I have chosen. 

I set out to write an exciting, gripping and slightly scary book, with tension and suspense throughout, and love scenes that don’t end after one line, as this is something that annoys me when I am reading, as a little titillation goes a long way to the enjoyment of a book for me (although I might take this a little too far sometimes too!).

To some people my books will shock, to others they seem to love them, the more graphic and violent the better, and I am well aware that you will never please everyone, although I do try.  The erotic scenes are probably an indulgence on my part, some people say it detracts from the story line, and they may be right, but I think a little personal interaction and passion is an exciting little interlude from the suspense and horror of the actual plot.

One critique given, suggested that officers would never think of lust and desire when they are on a case, I disagree, because if they are on cases all the time, then there would never have time to think about things like that?  The officer’s work is high pressure, full on and you practically live in each other’s pockets day in and day out, and of course there would be attractions and liaisons between colleagues, the nature of the job would lead them to steal away precious moments together, as all they ever seem do is work!.

I digress, I hope this has explained a little why I write what I write, and you will either like it or not, happy reading, and make sure you lock the door.

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Thank you very much Lee for explaining that to us. I am very happy that there is a third book on the way, and I am intrigued as to the title and plot this time. I guess we will have to patiently wait and see. 

Here are the links for Lee’s books and for Lee herself. Take a look at these and remember to check out all the rest of the posts for this summer’s Blogival.

 

Goodreads

Barnes and Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/lee_leecockburn

 

 
 

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Author Interview & Book Trailer, ‘Links’ by Lisa Becker.

Author Interview & Book Trailer, ‘Links’ by Lisa Becker.

Today, I am very happy to introduce Author Lisa Becker onto Chocolatepages. Lisa’s newest book Links was released yesterday (August 1st 2017). Congratulations Lisa, I am sure that Links will be very popular! There is a book trailer for Links, which is brilliant, and to me always makes the books seem more exciting. So, without further ado, I bring you Links by Lisa Becker.

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August 1st 2017 by Desert Breeze Publishing

Links Book Blurb

In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

About Lisa Becker

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Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love StoryDouble Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.

Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.

As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a rush.” Lisa is now happily married to a man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

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You can find Lisa here:

 www.lisabecker.com

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Twitter/@lisawbecker

Instagram: lisawbecker

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I was happy to be able to ask Lisa a few things about her newest book, and about whether or not she had a secret high school crush!! Lisa shares her answers with us here. 

Tell us about your newest release.

A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited schoolgirl crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, 15 years after high school. 

 

Did you have an unrequited crush in high school?

I’m not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life in over, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush today as a confident, successful woman.

Can you tell us more about the main character(s)?

Charlotte Windham was a typical ugly duckling in high school — glasses and all. Highly intelligent and immensely talented, she’s become a breakout success with her best-selling novel, The Crossing Guard.  In school, she harbored an unrequited crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob and star athlete who’s gone on to become a professional golfer suffering a possible career-ending injury. The book explores what happens when these two former classmates have a chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant, 15 years after high school. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?

Imagine Links would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind.  If he’s not available, let’s just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role. 

 

You have also published other books, can you tell us more about them?

I’m most known for the Click trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right ClickThe series follows a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles with the entire series unfolding in emails between our heroine, her friends and her hilarious dates. Fraught with BCC’s, FWD’s and inadvertent Reply to All’s, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to “click” with the right man.

What do you have in the works?

I’ve just wrapped up a contemporary romance called Starfish, which examines the unlikely relationship between a regular girl and a touring guitarist in a band. When it comes to romance, you just can’t pass up the idea of falling in love with a rock star.

How can readers connect with you?

I love hearing from readers, especially when I’ve brought some humor, heart or happiness into their worlds with my writing. You can find me here:

Website: www.lisabecker.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClickAnOnlineLoveStory

Twitter: @lisawbecker

Instagram: lisawbecker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1486731.Lisa_Becker

YouTube: https://youtu.be/BSwM4S3l9Pc

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2017 in Book Spotlights.

 

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Happy Publication Day! Guest Post & Giveaway by Author of ‘Interpretation’ – Dylan Callens.

Happy Publication Day! Guest Post & Giveaway by Author of ‘Interpretation’ – Dylan Callens.

A Very Happy Publication Day to Dylan Callans.

Today ‘Interpretation’ is released and to celebrate, I have a spotlight and a giveaway for the new book. ‘Interpretation’ by Dylan Callens is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.

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August 1st 2017 by Cosmic Teapot Publishing

Interpretation Blurb:

Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. 

Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above. 

Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.

Dylan Callens Bio:

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Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.

If you like the sound of this so far, keep reading. Dylan has given us a short excerpt, and generously offered a paperback copy for international giveaway! So, if you like the sound of the excerpt and the blurb, scroll down to rafflecopter, and wish yourself luck that you will be the lucky winner of ‘Interpretation’. 

GOOD LUCK

Excerpt:

Carl closed his eyes and tried to laugh at himself.  Barely a squeak left his mouth.  What was he thinking, trying to enter this godforsaken wasteland by himself with no supplies?  Still on his back, he dreamed about opening a bottle of Ocean Surge.  Wet bubbles danced against his tongue, bathing his taste buds with refreshing fruit-infusion – small bursts of happiness made his lips sing an ode to joy. 

But forget that fantasy; sulfur-ridden tap water would be just as good.  Carl knew the taste would not equate, but its effect would 

Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.

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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Giveaways

 

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Happy Publication Day! The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics, by Laura Briggs.

Happy Publication Day! The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics, by Laura Briggs.

Well, Laura Briggs has done it again! Today is publication day for ‘The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics’, and what a book it is. I have read it already, lucky me! I was generously given a copy to read before publication day, so watch out for my review of it coming very soon. Today, I am doing a spotlight on the brilliant book just to let you all know, its PUBLISHED TODAY!

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Description:

Quaint Lewis Cove is home to the charming three-story Victorian manor known as the Alice Wilshire Lending Library and its plucky librarian Peg Turner:  the current hostess of the weekly Bronte Book Club, better known as the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ of all ages. Nurse Annette has been too busy working for love; mechanic Tim has missed the boat somewhere in his past; art student Sophie comes off as too unique, while tech geek C.J. has fallen—hopelessly—for the too-cool-to-care Llourdes.

With her vacation plans indefinitely on hold for the summer, Peg has decided to transform the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ into hopeful ones. But while she’s trying to help her fellow readers find romance, she’s avoiding her matchmaker friend Caroline’s latest blind date—only to see her best friend Cam, the ruggedly-cute-but-sometimes-curmudgeonly coffee shop owner fixed up instead. And that’s something Peg isn’t sure she likes.

Questions about love and last chances on her mind, and way too many books piled on her desk, will Peg succeed in finding romantic hope for anyone, including herself?

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Isn’t the cover just beautiful?! The book is as the cover and title suggests, based around books and romance. Its a lovely quick read that is perfect for summer afternoons.  

 

Author Bio:

Laura Briggs is the author of several women’s fiction and chick lit novels, with themes that range from wedding planning to modern Jane Austen. Even though she tends to write stories with a romance theme, as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

Short Extract:

I watched the group file out the library’s front door, Annette adjusting her sweater around her shoulders as Sophy chatted to her about a television version of the book, Tim opening the door for both of them. Llourdes was on the phone with a friend, and C.J. was shuffling off in the dark towards the little place I knew he lived and worked from.  They all went their separate ways once they were beneath Gull Avenue’s streetlamps, most of them having no other plans except to go home to dark and quiet houses.

 Instead of following their example and climbing the stairs to my dark and quiet apartment, I locked the door behind me and walked down the street and across the sidewalk that divided Main Street. The neon lights of Hill o’ Beans window sign glowed brightly, animating a coffee bean tumbling above a sack full of them and the shop name. 

I pushed open the door. The rich smell of coffee and cacao beans warmed the air and tempted the taste buds all at once. Florence + the Machine’s “Third Eye” was playing over the shop’s stereo system, proving that Cam’s barista Mallory was working tonight. Behind the gleaming pastry case stocked with strawberry tarts, mango coconut lime bars, and lemon custard drops, Cam himself was wiping down the counter.

 “One half-fat mocha latte, please,” I said.

 “You sure you trust me to make one?” he asked. “No cutting back on the milk? No substituting inferior beans?”

“You should knock it off now. Mallory will think we’re really having a fight. And if I didn’t come in here, who would defend the music choices that serenade your customers?” 

“I’ve told him before, people love modern and upbeat,” said Mallory, appearing from the shop’s kitchen, her long dark ponytail swinging against her shoulders. “Just today, I had someone ask me to replay the Jack Johnson CD.” 

“Whatever. All I’m saying is, music clutters the atmosphere,” said Cam. “Unless it’s good rock and roll, in which case it fits in everywhere.” 

“Try making that case to the symphony crowd,” I said, accepting my coffee cup from him. “Besides, the friends I was hanging out with tonight would’ve liked this song.” Sophy and Annette would, probably. 

“Who were you hanging out with?” he asked.

 “You know. It’s Friday night. The book club.” I sat down at a table.

 “Oh, those guys.” He wiped an extra-sticky spot on the counter’s surface. “Any new members? Closer to your age, for instance?”

 “Same old crowd,” I answered, shaking my head. “I’m not that much younger than Annette and Tim. Or older than the rest.” Then again, maybe I wasn’t young enough for the college crowd anymore, I reflected. Wasn’t I too young for the forty-something scene, though?

 “I was just asking,” said Cam. “I wasn’t implying anything by it.”

 “I thought maybe you were thinking about joining us,” I said. “Checking out a copy of Jane Eyre or maybe Wuthering Heights.” I took a sip of coffee.

 “You know that’s not exactly my thing,” said Cam. “I’m more of a hands-on project person.”

“We could use some new blood,” I said. “It’s been the same five people forever. Well, six.” I included Llourdes, although she was only coming to the book club to fulfill a community college credit. “Nobody ever invites any friends, or — or anybody else to join.” No one had a ‘significant other’ to add to the mix on Friday nights — and nobody’s coworkers or friends seemed interested in discussing the glorious collective works of the Brontes.

 “If you’re planning to build a bookshelf next meeting, I’ll join you. Otherwise, I’ll be right here, steaming milk and listening to Mallory’s weird CD collection.”

 

five pink starsSo, if you are hooked already, then get downloading and read some more about these Hopeless Romantics. Grab your copy today. 

Amazon.com        AND     Amazon.co.uk

My review will be up next week, but just to give you the heads up….. I loved it! 

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

We all love a freebie or two don’t we, so here are some amazing recommendations that you can download for free this weekend.

First, Nicola May has made ALL 8 of her books free on Amazon!! So prepare for your tbr’s to grow rapidly!

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With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

My Review:

Love Me Tinder Book Review.

Link to buy FREE:

 AMAZON.CO.UK/LOVEMETINDER

AMAZON.COM/LOVE ME TINDER.

 

 

STARFISH

Tired of looking for love Amy Anderson decides that an astrological dating agency is the only way she is going to meet the man of her dreams. Star Fish follows Amy’s hysterical search for her ‘sole mate’ as she dates her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac. So who will finally woo Amy? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or maybe Laurence, the Libran IT whiz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car? Or, how about Capricorn Christopher, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency? You’ll be kept guessing until the very last page!

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/StarFish

Amazon.com/StarFish

 

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At 3.10 pm every weekday, parents gather at Featherstone Primary to collect their children. For a special few, the friendships forged at the school gates will see them through lives filled with drama, secrets and sorrows.

When Yummy Mummy Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she doesn’t expect the consequences to be quite so extreme. Ex Czech au pair Earth Mummy Dana finds happiness in her secret side-line, but really all she longs for is another child. Slummy Mummy Brenda’s wife-beating husband leads her down a path she never thought possible, and Super Mummy Joan has to cope when life deals her a devastating blow. And what of Gay Daddy Gordon? Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

Four very different mothers. One adorable dad. And the intertwining trials and tribulations that a year at the primary school gates brings.

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/TheSchoolGates

Amazon.com/TheSchoolGates

 

 

better together

 

A page-turner… a terrific read’ Susan Sallis “A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters” – Publishing News Past Remembering – Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie’s escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love – particularly with the wife of a friend… Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage – but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/BetterTogether

Amazon.com/BetterTogether

 

letlovewin

Ruby IS BACK and never expected to be starting over…but after a shocking bereavement, she begins to question whether or not she will ever be happy again.
A chance encounter with handsome author Michael Bell throws her fragile heart into turmoil. Plus, a dark family secret and completely unexpected love interest add to her confusion.
Encouraged to face her demons, she volunteers at The Bow Wow Club – (Boyfriends of Widows, Wives of Widowers).
In this charming sequel to Working it Out you will laugh and cry along with a myriad of eccentric characters as Ruby searches for her inner peace. But will she let love win? Or allow her past to continue to haunt her

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/LetLoveWin

Amazon.com/LetLoveWin

 

sw19 club

‘This book will twang your funny bone – and your heartstrings. I totally loved it. Nicola May is a talent to watch!’ Milly Johnson

‘A funny and fast-paced romp … thoroughly enjoyable’ Deborah Hughes, Woman

‘The kind of special book that only comes along once in a while’ Miranda Dickinson

What would you do if you were told you could never have children?

Faced with this news, Gracie Davies is at an all-time low. But with the support of some new Wimbledon friends, an unorthodox therapist, her hippy-chick sister Naomi and Czech call-girl Maya, she sets up The SW19 Club and begins her rocky journey to inner peace and happiness. Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, a fairytale encounter with a Hollywood filmstar and the persistence of her adulterous ex, life is anything but predictable…

My ReviewThe SW19 Club

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/TheSW19Club

Amazon.com/TheSW19Club

 

woking it out

It is January 1957 and Helen’s husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack’s brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen’s father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant’s widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can’t have children so handling her friends’ pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/WorkingItOut

Amazon.com/WorkingItOut

 

christmas-evie

It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

My Review: Christmas Evie Book Review

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/ChristmasEvie

Amazon.com/ChristmasEvie

 

revelation

 

Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/RevelationRoom

Amazon.com/RevelationRoom

 

 

So, there you go!! A lovely weekend treat for all who want to download some brilliant books for free. Let me know which ones you choose and what you think of them. 

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Posted by on June 10, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Giveaways

 

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Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin. – ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’.

Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin. – ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’.

Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin.

Today, I am showing a spotlight on two great sounding books from Author Colin Goodwin. The books are set in the fictional English town of Throttle, where there is scandal, greed and disruption. Colin’s books have already had 5 star reviews, and I’m sure that I will be adding to that list of raving reviews. Here are the details on the two books, and if they sound like your kind of read, you will find the links below. The titles alone appeal to me, ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’!! – mmm, yes often goes through my mind…. 😉 . And ‘When in a Hole, Stop Digging’Good advice!

 

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even 

Published by 2QT Publishing ISBN 978-1-910077-60-3
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Synopsis:

As the cricket season starts, so do the shenanigans…

Life is tranquil in the quintessentially English village of Throttle – until the local cricket team receives a devilish demand.
When industrialist and landowner Sir Alfred Bullock is laid up, his devious son Roland, devises a get-rich-quick scheme. He gives an ultimatum to the cricket club: win a trophy by the end of the season or we take back the ground you play on and sell it for development.
In a desperate attempt to win games and hold on to the pitch, the club enlists the help of a professional whose skills – to the delight of the local ladies – extend far beyond the cricket Field. Roland, together with an unscrupulous estate agent and two dodgy builders, hatches malicious plans to ensure the team loses its games. Meanwhile, village residents whose houses are devalued by being on the perimeter of the pitch take matters into their own hands to ‘fix’ the club’s failure…
Greed, scandal, tragedy and farce ensue as the cricket club fights for survival against increasingly dangerous sabotage…

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When in a Hole, Stop Digging.

Published by 2QT Publishing ISBN 978-1-910077-80-1

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Synopsis:

An ordinary day in a sleepy village deteriorates into chaos. Livid boat owner Albert vows revenge after a humiliating event, and shocked residents of a brand new housing estate mysteriously find fish in the plumbing. A heartless double murderer on the loose and a gun-toting farmer send shivers through the town of Throttle as two amateur sleuths try to make sense of it all. Meanwhile a pair of sixties throwback detectives attempt to piece it all together, but in reality make matters worse. The local free press needs a story fast, but the novice reporters get a shock as they enter a world far beyond their capability. Finally, one resident, pushed to the edge by a marital issue, sinks to a new low. The mayhem continues….

Author bio

Colin Goodwin enjoyed a successful career as a welding and fabrication engineer, working in the aircraft industry and welder training for the oil industry. For the past twenty years he worked in further education, where he also taught stained glass window making.

In the late 80’s he built and fitted out a 40 foot steel narrow-boat, but sold it because it was not fast enough. He maintains an active lifestyle and has completed London marathons and Great North Runs. Both Colin and his wife now prefer to go on long distance cycling holidays. Retired 6 years ago, Colin continues to indulge his creative side by repairing anything mechanical, motorbikes (Harley Davidson, BSA, Royal Enfield), cars (1951 Ford Anglia) and model steam engines.

The books are available through Amazon, all good book shops and from under the counter at The Hardware Store, in Padiham. The last in the trilogy ‘A Likely Story’ is currently nearing completion.

 

Links:

Amazon.com/Don’t Get Mad, Get Even.

Amazon.com/When in a Hole, Stop Digging.

Amazon.co.uk/Don’t Get Mad, Get Even.

Amazon.co.uk/When in a Hole, Stop Digging.

Goodreads.

 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Book Spotlights.

 

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Book Blitz: Mixing it Up, By Tracie Bannister.

Book Blitz: Mixing it Up, By Tracie Bannister.

There have been shouts of glee and excitement that Tracie Bannister has brought out another fabulous new book. I, for one can’t wait to read it. It sounds amazing.

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Mixing it Up, by Tracie Bannister.

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a saute pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamour for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

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Isn’t that the best cover, you can just tell its going to be food, drama and laughter! Brilliant. ♥ ♥ ♥    Tracie is also hosting a fantastic giveaway, see the details below!

RELEASE WEEK GIVEAWAY

Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

This prize pack includes:

Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set

(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)

 Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards

 The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

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Pretty good stuff eh? ! And here is how you could win it all….

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

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I am reading Mixing it Up at the moment and I am loving it, its just my kind of book. Food, fun and comedy. There will be plenty of raving reviews out very soon for Tracie’s book. Mine will be among them. I have read Tracie’s books before and loved them. If you want a fun foodie book, this is the one for you. Tracie has a talent, and it is one for us to enjoy. 

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Author Bio.

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favourite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

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CONNECT WITH TRACIE

Author Newsletter – The Banister Buzz

TracieBanister.Blogspot.com

Facebook/tracie.banister

Instagram/traciebanister

Goodreads.

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

Twitter/traciebanister

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Book Spotlights., Giveaways

 

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