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A Burning Lie – Claire Sheldon

Fellow Ruby Fiction author, Claire Sheldon has written the third in her series in The Lisa Carter Files, A Burning Lie.  Set in her home town of Nottingham, it follows Jen Garner  and her return to street level policing.   Q - tell us about the book A Burning Lie...

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Meet Me on the Buddy Bench – Hannah Pearl

 Tell us about the book Meet me on the Buddy Bench is the story of Sam and Ava. They’ve both had a really tough time and it’s all about how they have to rebuild their lives. It’s not how they expected life to look for either of them, but it’s all about how they can...

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Carrie Elks on being a hybrid author

Essex-based author, Carrie Elks was scouted by a literary agent after she wrote Twilight fan fiction, which led to her very first book being published in Brazil She is now a very successful hybrid author, meaning some of her books are traditionally published and some...

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It’s Only Rock and Roll – Berni Stevens

We all love a bit of rock and roll, so the latest book from the very talented Berni Stevens really hits the mark! I invited her onto the blog to ask a few questions, not only about the book, but also how writing makes her feel. Plus, she shares a few tips for budding...

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Queen of the Desert by Marie Laval

Another fabulous Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction author has a new book out. This time it's Marie Laval, who's family connection to North Africa inspired her to write the book.  So, I've invited her onto my blog to ask her a few pertinent questions about Queen of the Desert...

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It Started with a Wedding – Kirsty Ferry

Tell us about the new book It’s the fifth book in the Schubert the Cat series. Schubert’s a mystical, magical cat with his very own quirks, and his owner Nessa McCreadie, is getting married. Nessa has asked her twin brother Alfie to organise the wedding – with...

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Escape to Little Bluewater Bay by Joanne Boden

I love chatting to other authors, and when it's for their debut with Choc Lit, that's very special. So, welcome Joanne Boden, who's first published novel with Choc Lit is Escape to Little Bluewater Bay!   Hello. I would like to thank Chris for inviting me on her...

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Strictly Christmas Spirit – Helen Buckley

My Spotlight Series is all about fame and love, with characters who are singers, actresses, dancers, sports stars and reality TV performers. The stories can all be read as stand-alones, and you can be sure they’ll have dramatic twists and turns! The Series contains...

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Christmas of New Beginnings – Kirsty Ferry

Christmas is not far away, and there's a little bit of festive sparkle in the air, plus it's the time of year when some fabulous Christmas reads are published.  Kirsty Ferry's new book is called Christmas of New Beginnings and it's a perfect story to get you into the...

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Writing the raunchy times – Lucy Keeling

I have been asked how I write romantic and sexy scenes in my books. In all honesty, I'm still stuck in the From Here to Eternity waves lapping on the shore kind of thing, so I thought I'd ask my friend, Lucy Keeling, who has written three funny, contemporary novels...

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The road to publication: Anni Rose on Recipe for Mr Perfect

I love hearing how authors started writing and went on to get their books on the shelves. We are all different and the number of ways we got to achieve our ambitions to become published writers are as varied as the number of published writers themselves. That means...

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Finding Summer Happiness – spot of gazing at the stars

I do love staring at the sky at night. I have no knowledge of astronomy at all really (although rectifying this is something on the top of my list of things to do, which I haven’t actually done yet…) However, what I can say with complete certainty is that a black sky...

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A Villa in Portofino by Evonne Wareham

I'm completely in love with Italy and have definitely put Evonne Wareham's new novel, A Villa in Portifino on my to be read list. So, I thought I'd invite her onto my blog to give a bit of background to the novel. As she says...it's complicated! Many thanks to Chris...

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Her Nanny’s Secret by Jan Baynham

My fellow Ruby Fiction author, Jan Baynham has a new novel published this week. Her Nanny's Secret is set in Wales and France, and Jan explains how and why she choses her locations  Thank you, Chris, for having me on your blog to talk about my third novel, Her Nanny’s...

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The Talking to my friends about Books Podcast: Rob Jelly

I'm really enjoying arranging chats with my friends about the books they are reading. And I'm also enjoying listening back to them. I now have a long list of new novels to discover which is growing and growing. In this episode of The Talking to my Friends about Books...

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Shh… It’s Our Secret, by Lizzie Chantree

I'm delighted to welcome international best selling author, Lizzie Chantree onto my blog today to celebrate the publication of her new book on May 6th 2021 Over to you Lizzie! Shh… It’s Our Secret, by Lizzie Chantree Thank you for inviting me onto your blog today and...

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The Talking to my friends about Books Podcast: Lizzie Chantree

I love chatting to my friends about what we've been reading and getting recommendations for new books to try In this edition of the Talking to my friends about Books Podcast, myself and author Lizzie Chantree discuss our love for romantic fiction, Marian Keyes and how...

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Magic in the Air – Cascais and New Beginnings

When I wrote my debut novel, The House That Alice Built, I had no intention of embarking on a sequel. That was until I finally sent the book of to my publishers, with all of the edits done, and realised that I didn't want to say goodbye to Alice just yet. So, I had to...

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Evonne Wareham – A Wedding on the Riviera

I love reading novels that make their settings come alive, so I'm really looking forward to Evonne Wareham's new book, A Wedding on the Riviera published on March 22nd. Here she gives as a bit of an insight into what to expect... Thank you for inviting me onto your...

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Claire Sheldon’s debut book – Perfect Lie

Claire Sheldon's debut novel, Perfect Lie,  is published by Ruby Fiction on e-book on 16th June, so I thought it would be nice to catch up with her so she could tell us about her road to publication and what she has coming up next.     Tell us about the book...

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Choc Lit Virtual Festival round up

As part of the Choc Lit Virtual Book Festival recently, I recorded a chat with my BBC Essex friend and colleague, Tony Fisher about books, writing, and about finally getting published. You can hear it here:https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks     I also asked...

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The House That Alice Built photo tour

The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, where I lived many years ago. It made a huge impression on me and some of the locations I use in the book are real, whereas others are a mixture of reality and imagination based on other beautiful places in...

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Audrey Bowling – an artist inspired by the landscape

  The House That Alice Built is set in Cascais in Portugal, and its pretty streets, gorgeous beaches and beautiful setting inspired me to write the novel. Alice herself rediscovers her creative side when she's there, and finds what she sees and feels enables her...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – part 5

To Djema El Fna we went, full of tagine and humous and these delicious cheesy things in pastry. To Djema El Fna which is the square of all squares..the place where all the city life gathers and which has myriad different lives; bustling morning, buzzy afternoon, and...

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A Weekend In Marrakech in 2011 – part 5 – Djema El Fna

To Djema El Fna we went, full of tagine and humous and these delicious cheesy things in pastry. To Djema El Fna which is the square of all squares..the place where all the city life gathers and which has myriad different lives; bustling morning, buzzy afternoon, and...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – Part 4

Into the multi-coloured maze of the souk. Tiny, narrow shops overflowing with gold shoes, blue scarves, silver teapots, amber mirrors, leather bags. Carvings and jewels and lanterns,  fabrics of silk, dresses of cotton,  jasmine and honey and rosemary and thyme...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 – part 3

When I close my eyes and try to remember, all I can see is pink, gold and amber. Deep red rose petals. Cool marble tiles. Hidden spiral staircases. Secret alcoves strewn with luscious bright cushions. Palm trees in the courtyards. Cool blue pools. Tranquilty. ...

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A Weekend in Marrakech in 2011 part 2

So, Marrakech… So, I’m on the back of this motorbike, enjoying my Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck experience but in entirely the wrong city. But it couldn’t have happened anywhere other than Marrakech, when you think about it. Because there’s something about it..something...

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A weekend in Marrakech in 2011

What Christine Did Next…In Marrakech… Posted on January 15, 2012 by chrispenhall I suppose in retrospect I could have got arrested. But actually, all I could think about as I sped through the medina in Marrakech on the back of that motorbike was that I had finally...

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