It's always a special day when a book finally leaves the nest and passes into the hands of readers. I know that those of you who are members of the Readers Service clubs in both the US and the UK are way ahead of me here (I get my copies about the same time as you do!), but from today A WEDDING AT LEOPARD TREE LODGE will be available to buy online from Mills & Boon and eHarlequin and also to download.
The eBook revolution has been really good news for Mills & Boon in the UK. The Daily Mail has been reporting - a story picked up by news media everywhere - that there has been a boom in sales fired by young women who adore the books but are intimidated by the sneering attitude so often encountered by the genre. One young women on Twitter was so embarrassed by the attitude of the sales clerk at her book store recently that she now does all her buying online.
Great sales technique, guys. You don't like what I read? Bite me...
But enough with that. Today is for celebrating. And here's the story. Josie Fowler, who first graced the pages of THE BRIDE'S BABY (still available for a free download to your computer or eBook if you missed it at Try Harlequin) is now a partner in SDS Events, although things aren't that great. Everyone still wants Sylvie, but she's on maternity leave and when the celebrity wedding of the year starts to go off the rails and the bride sacks snooty wedding designer, Serafina March, Josie gets her chance.
The world's most famous footballer and his lovely bride have chosen the idyllic Leopard Tree Lodge as the setting for their wedding ceremony. Set beside the Chobe river in Botswana, it is game viewing paradise. And while you're not getting acquainted with the wildlife, there is every luxury to make your vacation special.
All the arrangements have been made. Josie's job is simply to ensure that everything runs without a hitch.
Pause here for hollow laughter.
Hitch number one comes in the shape of Gideon McGrath.
He's the guest occupying the bridal suite and he isn't moving any time soon. Not for want of trying. He doesn't want to be there. His back has other plans.
There's also the difficulty of having more guests than beds due a bust up between the best man and the chief bridesmaid. And then there's the small matter of the... But why am I telling you all this? You don't want me spoiling all the fun. And of course there is an excerpt on my newly updated
Just to add to my whoop-de-do mood, here's what Romantic Times had to say about the book.
A WEDDING AT LEOPARD TREE LODGE (4.5) A gorgeous setting, a sigh-worthy hero and a unique heroine who matches him quip for quip add up to a superb read.
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Oh, and while you're online buying the book, if you haven't already bought it you might want to try Jessica Hart's Oh So Sensible Secretary (written in the first person and just the most perfect romance)
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