Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Goodreads Winners

My Goodreads Giveaway of Vettori's Damsel in Distress has ended the winners are -

James Coyne
Jeremy Martin
Kirsty Ward
Kristen Rogers
Valerie Mallett

The books are snuggled into their envelopes and will be on their way the minute I can get to the Post Office.

Thanks everyone for signing up and making this such a fun giveaway. Tomorrow is publication day so if you didn't win here's where you click!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Double With Donna

This month sees the eBook release of A Deal at the Altar in the UK.

My SOS: Convenient Husband Required is paired with the debut book of one of my best writing buddies, Donna Alward, Hired By the Cowboy, in this 2-in-1.

Donna has gone on to write the fabulous Jewel Cove series of books and is now a New York Times bestselling author.

Here are the blurbs -

This convenient arrangement could be so much more! Two popular marriage of convenience stories—in one convenient volume!—from New York Times bestselling author Donna Alward and Liz Fielding.

Hired by the Cowboy
Alexis Grayson can look after herself—even if she's alone and pregnant. But gorgeous cowboy Connor Madsen seems determined to take care of her. Since he needs a temporary wife, Alexis decides she can help him. A short-term marriage will solve their difficulties…until this wife-for-hire wants a marriage for real!

SOS: Convenient Husband Required
May Coleridge must marry to inherit her family home and keep her new business afloat. Adam Wavell has turned his life around and is a corporate success story. But when his sister leaves him with her screaming baby, a deal must be done. May will help Adam with his niece if he'll answer her SOS!

Here are the links -

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Rosie Tote Bag

Have you signed up for my newsletter? Next month one of my lovely subscribers will win this fabulous "Rosie" tote bag. It's a really good one, printed on both sides with straps long enough to carry it on your shoulder.

Perfect for trips to the library, roomy enough for a visit to the beach. Or just a little shopping.

There's a sign up link on the sidebar.

And have you downloaded my fun freebie - Rosie's Little Book of Ice Cream?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A walk around Lacock

The village of Lacock has been used in countless television dramas - including Downton Abbey.  Our local romance writers group meet there every couple of months for lunch. When I went there last week I took some photographs and spotted this interesting topiary!

 The bakery...

A very old house...

 The post office...

And this is The George, where we had lunch.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nina Harrington on her writing process...

My Writing Process

Firstly, a big thank you to the lovely and talented Liz Fielding who was kind enough to invite me to chat about my writing process.

So How Does My Writing Process Work?

Um. Now that IS a good question.

Every author is different but I suspect that I am not so different from other romance authors in that it takes time for the best ideas to rattle around inside my brain before they emerge fully formed with a cast list and images of locations and scenes all slotted into place.

Most of the time my romance story ideas come from a situation I have experienced or read about or seen in a movie, and then my mind plays around with characters and their backstories and plays the
 ‘What-If’ game until I have an idea which could work.

For example. In my Harlequin Kiss book, Trouble on her Doorstep, the idea came from popping into a small tea room and cake shop when I was in north London one day. It was small, family run, charming and packed full of a wide range of customers. And there was a huge range of tea which I adore and delicious homemade cakes and scones.

Now I have to confess that I am a total tea addict and have a long standing interest in tea which started on a holiday to India. This research was fun!

So I played the ‘What-if’ game. What if the heroine of this book was a tea importer who has opened a tea room and cake shop in London with her best friend who is the star baker?  What kind of person would she be? What does she want in life -besides the tea of course?

Then we have the most indulgent treat – coming up with the hero who is worthy of my heroine and give him a powerful character arc which his relationship with my lovely tea fanatic will instigate.

The follow up book – The Secret Ingredient – is all about her best friend who is the baker in the tea shop.

Did I mention that I love food and drink and could not last a day without tea?

What happens next when I have the bones of an idea?

I am a scientist and academic by trade and a shameless Geek Extraordinaire. Swot and proud.

So it will come as no surprise to you that I like to use tables and checklists and question sheets to plan my story.

Who are these people? Why are they at the end of their tether when the story starts? How have they come to this place in their lives and what baggage are they carrying because of that?

I have to know how I want the hero and heroine to change over the course of this story as a result of their relationship, so that the emotional story structure makes sense and tracks through in a consistent way.

Some of my heroines have more baggage than Victoria Beckham on a trip to a Paris fashion show but by the end it will work out.

When I submit my proposal to my editor I know the characters and their situation pretty well and what kind of rocks I am going to throw at my hero and heroine to stop them from being together before they can earn their happy ever after.

I made the mistake of showing one of my proposals to an author friend once. She ran away in terror. That is why every author is unique and has their own process.

I think of these outlines and character arc charts as being equivalent to an architect’s plan. They set the foundations and floor plan for the story world and lays out where the walls are going to be. Four walls and a roof.

But every home owner knows that the real fun comes when you get inside and start the real work on making that basic shell of a building into a home.

And the characters DO surprise me and come up with emotional conflicts which move the storyline away from my original plan, but actually make it stronger because I am digger deeper as I work and they start talking to me.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I write contemporary romance with a quirky, witty twist which is heavy on dialogue and banter and light on the sex scenes between characters I care about.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

Because I want to write the kind of books I liked to read.

I want to be entertained and amused and have a positive empowering emotional experience through the pages of a book, or learn new information which will help me to build my career. 

Writing fiction is a privilege and we are all part of a tough economic situation where discretionary spending is tight. Plus, there are so many multimedia ways that we can be entertained these days that choosing to read for pleasure can be a low priority.

If a reader invests her hard earned money for one of my books in any format, fiction or non-fiction, then I want that reader to put down the book/e-Book reader with a smile on her face.

What I’m Working On at the Moment

Right now I am working on something seriously so new and exciting and different that it is scary.

Non-Fiction Guides for Writers.

When I decided to self-publish my own work, I spent a lot of time finding out about the whole process of self-publishing so I could decide whether it was best for me.

Months of reading and research morphed into a series of eBooks which cover a wide range of topics about self-publishing, including my latest release – Your 30 Day Book Launch Plan. I know that many writers feel overwhelmed by everything that they have to do when they decide to self-publish their work, so this is a detailed step-by-step plan with weekly checklists which I know works because I have tested it.

Thank you again Liz for offering me the opportunity to share my writing process! I hope that you found it interesting.

Nina Harrington is the award-winning author of 19 romance novels which have sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide in 23 languages. You can find out more at: http://ninaharrington.com/

Friday, May 15, 2015

Geli meets her destiny...

Vettori's Damsel in Distress is the third in books about the Amery sisters (Elle - Tempted By Trouble; Sorrel - Anything But Vanilla) whose lives were changed forever by the arrival of an ice cream van called Rosie (and the man driving her!)

Geli - who collects stray animals and went to art college - has turned down a full time job in the family business and traveled to Milan to indulge her love of fashion and art and to remind herself that life isn't all about ice cream. Things do not start well.

It's snowing - who knew? There's a stray kitten - nothing changes. She can't find her apartment and  this is Italy, where the love affair with ice cream began. And then she comes face to face with Dante Vettori...

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