Saturday, May 05, 2012


Long ago and far away, hot on the heels of the Beaumont Brides trilogy, I wrote my first book for Mills and Boon with dual viewpoint.

I didn't talk to my editor about it first, I just found myself starting the book with Tom Brodie, my hero, sitting across the desk from a man he disliked, wishing he was having dinner with the silver-blonde barrister with whom he'd been playing kiss-chase for weeks.

Upstairs, Emerald Carlisle, the man's wayward daughter, was having an equally bad day, but she wasn't taking it lying down.

It's the beginning of a roller-coaster romcom road book inspired by "It Happened One Night", but more akin to a Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn comedy. Smart girl doing whatever it takes to keep one step ahead of equally smart guy.

I had the best fun writing it. I hope you'll have fun reading it. 

Here's a clip of ELOPING WITH EMMY:

‘I’ll expect to hear from you within twenty-four hours that this matter has been settled, Brodie,’ Carlisle said, as he walked with him down the steps. ‘I want no delay.’ 
      Brodie considered whether to mention the possibility that the lovebirds might already have flown, probably to one of those romantic destinations where weddings could be arranged in a matter of days, in which case it was already too late. But as they reached the bottom of the steps he decided against it.
     What clinched it was the sight of Emerald Carlisle, her dress hitched up about her waist, clinging just above head height to an ornate lead drainpipe about twenty feet behind Gerald Carlisle’s back.
     Brodie knew that he should draw his client’s attention to what was happening behind him. Something stopped him. It might have been a pair of large pleading eyes. Or the deliciously long legs wrapped about the drainpipe. Or even, heaven forbid, the glimpse of something white and lacy peeping from beneath her tucked up dress.
     Or maybe it was just simple distaste that any father could conceive of locking up a fully grown woman simply because her idea of what made a good husband did not coincide with his own.
     Whatever it was he decided to take Carlisle at his word. Emerald Carlisle, he had been told, was no concern of his. And when the girl let go of the pipe with one hand and urged him, with an unmistakable gesture that left her swinging in the most perilous fashion above a well-tended rose border, to get her father inside the house, he didn’t hesitate.
     Patting at his jacket pocket he turned and headed back up the steps. ‘I think I left my car keys on your desk, sir.’ The “sir” almost choked him

Eloping With Emmy has now been released as an eBook on Kindle and at Smashwords and you can download it now at a special introductory price.

It'll take a few days for it to work it's way onto the Nook/Sony/iTunes platforms, but it will be there soon.


Lesley Cookman said...

Oh, lovely! Will have to bound upstairs to check if I've already got it, but I'll probably buy it anyway!

Nell Dixon said...

Oh, I loved this story!

Jan Jones said...

This is one of my very, very favourites, Liz :)

Kate Hardy said...

I loved this one, too - and what a super cover you have for it, Liz. Anyone who hasn't read it, just go and buy it because you're in for SUCH a treat. Lovely characters, fantastic witty dialogue, all wrapped up in that Liz Fielding warmth :)

Vince said...

Hi Liz:

Clark, Kate, and an older Spencer Tracy as Gerald Carlisle. I’d love to see that movie.


Writer Pat Newcombe said...

The book sounds wonderful - I may have to download it! I do like the cover too!

Liz Fielding said...

Thanks, everyone, for all the lovely comments.

The best beloved made a brilliant job of the cover, I think.

Vince - Spencer Tracy as gruff old Carlisle; perfect!

Chris Stovell said...

It's sitting on my Kindle too - just started reading it, lovely!