I have a whole shelf of Kate Hardy's books. Romantic, emotional, she can always touch the heart strings and make you cry. She's a hugging friend, one I'm always thrilled to see at a conference, or author lunch.
And she's another of those authors who has won the RNA Romance Prize. There are only six in the shortlist each year, so it is a very special peer group award.
She'll tell you herself about her latest book: -
The idea for ITALIAN DOCTOR, NO STRINGS ATTACHED came to me when we visited Capri and took the chairlift up to Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. It was like standing on the edge of the world, and I thought, what a fantastic place to propose to someone... but who and why and when?
(The answers came a bit later on when a friend told me about a very interesting medical condition, knowing the kind of things that make lightbulbs happen in my head!) ]
I'm thrilled to give away a copy of Italian Doctor, No Strings attached as soon as my author copies come through (any day now).
To be in with a chance to win Kate's book, just tell her the most romantic place you can think of for a marriage proposal.
Great question, Kate!
And no, Kate, I don't think anyone will be surprised that you'd volunteer to bring Antonio Banderas to the party!
Phillipa is another of those authors I met online when she was striving to make the break through into publication. And for those of you who think it's impossible, believe me, I have seen dozens of new authors publishing a pile of books in the twenty years since I made my own break though.
Phillipa was published by Little Black Books - more than that, her first book, Decent Exposure, was made into a movie, 12 Men of Christmas. And it doesn't get much better than that!
More cover envy!
So, what kind of man will bring you out in a fever? Is it going to be Antonio? Or George Clooney? Daniel? Do you like a man built, or sensitive? (Not saying we can't have both!) Who would you choose as your co-star in a rom-com?
Last but a very long way from least, is Jan Jones
"An Ordinary Gift" starts in Woman's Weekly in the UK next week; a contemporary story about a young woman whose move to Ely awakens an ancient talent should be in the shops from 28 July - but she is a master at arranging the most wonderful conferences for the Romantic Novelists' Association. We all love her to bits.
I adored her first book STAGE BY STAGE, set in the world of am-dram and with a hero to absolutely die for.
She suggests that the hero is a cross between Orlando Bloom and Robert Redford. Tricky, but I think this photograph of Orlando does the job!
And we're back to heroes again - what kind of clothes maketh the man for you?
A superfine coat and perfect folded cravat? Cowboy jeans and hat? A pin-striped suit, or just a pair of shorts? And what turns you off? Romantic authors everywhere want to know!