An Emerald Interview with Kathleen McGurl

The Emerald Comb V3 cover smallCan you share the blurb of your book with us?

Certainly! The title is The Emerald Comb, and it’s a timeslip (dual time line) novel.

One afternoon, Katie takes a drive to visit Kingsley House, the family home of her ancestors, the St Clairs. She falls in love the minute she sees it. It may be old and in desperate need of modernisation, but it is her link to the past and, having researched her family tree extensively, she feels a sense of belonging to the crumbling old estate.

When it suddenly comes up for sale, she cannot resist persuading her family to sell up and buy it, never telling them the truth of their connection with it. But soon the past collides with the present, as the house begins to reveal the secrets it has hidden for generations. Does Katie really want to discover what she has come from?

Who is your favourite character and why?

I think I identify most with Katie, and certainly like her the best. But Georgia is sweet and innocent, and I felt most sorry for her as I wrote her part. The most fun to write was Agnes without a doubt. She’s not particularly likeable but from a writers’ point of view, she’s my favourite.

Do you have a particular time you like to write?

It’s more a case of when I can find the time! I have a full time job and lots of other time-commitments so I have to fit writing around everything else. Early evening is good, say from 7pm – 9pm, preferably with a glass of wine to hand. Or mid-afternoon on a rainy weekend.

What are you reading?

At the moment I am reading Summit 8000 by Andrew Lock. He’s Australia’s top mountaineer, and the only Australian to have climbed all the 8000m mountains in the world. I love mountains, and love mountain adventure books, so when my friend (who  happens to be an ex-girlfriend of his!) sent me this for my birthday I couldn’t wait to get straight on to reading it.

Who is your favourite author?

I adore books written in dual time periods (and that’s what The Emerald Comb is as well!) so my favourite authors are those who write this kind of book. Kate Morton and Katherine Webb are the best, in my opinion!

If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

This is hard! I watch so few films and TV I’d have to research actors before I can name any! Except for Colin Firth. He’d have to play Bartholomew, obviously, goes without saying. Perhaps Kate Winslet can play Katie, and Keira Knightley could play Agnes.  Georgia should be played by a young, sweet-faced unknown actress I think.

What’s next for you writing wise?

I’m in the final stages of editing my next Carina book – it’s another timeslip, this time alternating between 1944 and the present day. It’s due to be published early 2015. I’m also writing a short non-fiction book, and playing around with several ideas for the next novel. It’s all go!

Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

There’s no such thing as a typical writing day for me – I have to grab writing time where I can. I do have a terrible habit of needing to check email, Twitter, Facebook, a private writers’ forum, Amazon rankings, Novelrank and KDP sales figures before I can actually get going. I’m really trying to stop myself doing all this but it’s hard!

Where can we find your book?

It’s published as an ebook  in all formats. Here are the links:




Where can we find you?

Usually on the sofa, writing.

Or online

Thanks so much for hosting me here today, Rebecca!


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Kathleen McGurl is a writer of short stories, novels and how-to-write books. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and teen son 2. Teen son 1 is away at university. When not writing she is either working at the day-job (IT for a large retail organisation) or running along the Bournemouth prom, slowly.

She has sold dozens of stories to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Her how-to-write books and a romantic novella are available as ebooks from Amazon and her first full-length novel The Emerald Comb was published by Carina UK on 22nd September 2014.

Bonjour, Jennie Bohnet!

3D-Book-You Had Me at BonjourCan you share the blurb of your book with us?

YOU HAD ME AT BONJOUR is about Jessica’s Shirley Valentine year.

If you’d asked Jessica a year ago, she would have told you that her life was pretty near perfect. But one year – and one very messy divorce – later, she’s not so sure. Which is how she found herself boarding a plane to the south of France, determined to put her past behind her… preferably via some deliciously chilled rosé.

Meeting a new man was never part of the plan. Yet when she meets Nico, her new neighbour’s impossibly sexy nephew, steering clear of romance seems easier said than done. Suddenly, Jessica finds herself right back where she started: with her heart on the line. But now she’s made a new start, perhaps it’s time for Jessica to throw caution to the wind, take a few risks… and learn to regrette rien!

Who is your favourite character and why?

I think Eliosa my older female heroine is my favourite. She’s half French / Italian, slim and elegant and full of that continental ‘je n’sais quois’. I just want to be her in another life!

Do you have a particular time you like to write?

Not really. I’m lucky enough to be a fulltime writer and I do try to keep to office hours but I’m the world’s champion procrastinator.

What are you reading?

I’ve just finished reading The Hidden Cottage by Erica James and I have a huge TBR list on my tablet waiting to be read.

Who is your favourite author?

Oh that’s a difficult one. I don’t really have a favourite but I’ll always buy the latest from Erica James, Jill Mansell, Veronica Henry, Judy Astley, JoJo Moyes.

If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

My dream cast would be: Raoul Bove the Italian actor who was my inspiration for my hero Nino would play the part to perfection. Jessica my heroine would be a part that Maggie Gyllenhaal would be brilliant in I think. Juliette Binoche would be a sexy Eliosa and Simon Baker as Jessica’s ex husband Ben.

What’s next for you writing wise?

At the moment I’m doing the revisions for my next Carina book due out early next year and I have a new one to write by the end of January.

Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

Breakfast with my husband, a few household chores before dealing with e-mails and forcing myself to do some social media stuff – being an introvert I find that side of things very difficult. The only ritual is a large mug of proper coffee after this and then work. Well that’s the theory anyway!

Where can we find your book?

All the usual places e-books places: Amazon, iTunes, Kobo.

Where can we find you?

Amazon author page:

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Twitter: @jenniewriter


Jennifer BohnetI live in France with my husband Richard, one large dog called Philly who we rescued from the Antibes dog shelter and one fat cat known as Little ‘un who simply turned up one day.

In 1999 Richard and I, with our then dog 14 year old Holly in a trailer attached to Richard’s bike, cycled down through western France via the canal paths, arriving in Antibes in July. With the exception of one fleeting visit back to the UK we have lived in France ever since, and recently moved into a small cottage in central Brittany.

I have two grownup children, Emily, a Montessori trained education specialist and Nick, a yacht captain. I still can’t quite believe that between them they have five children making me a grandmother – how selfish is that when I’m simply not old enough for the title. It goes without saying of course that I adore each and everyone of them and wish I saw more of them.

I am currently working on my fifth novel ‘Life’s a Beach’ once again set in the South of France.

‘Millie, opening and running her own beach restaurant in the South of France, is determined to prove her critics – and Seb Groc master-chef extraordinaire – wrong. Of course an English woman can succeed in the highly competitive world of French cuisine – can’t she?’

I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.

An interview with Terri Nixon!

Please welcome Terri Nixon to the blog today!




Can you share the blurb of your book with us?

Driving an ambulance through the mud in Flanders, aristocrat Evie Creswell is a long way from home. At Oaklands Manor all she had been expected to do was to look pretty and make a good marriage. But with the arrival of World War One everything changed…

Evie, to the horror of her family, does not choose a husband from her blue-blooded set; instead she weds artist Will Davies, who works as a butcher’s apprentice. Soon she is struggling nightly to transport the wounded to hospital, avoiding the shells and gas attacks – her privileged home life, and her family’s disappointment at her marriage, a lifetime away.

And while Evie drives an ambulance in Belgium, Will is in the trenches in France. He withdraws from her, the trauma of his experience taking hold. Evie has the courage to deal with her war work, but it breaks her heart to think she is losing Will’s love. Can their marriage survive this terrible war? That is, if they both get out alive…

Who is your favourite character and why?

The story is told in a first-person narrative, and it’s safe to say Evie’s my favourite. She’s from an aristocratic background, but surrounded by the conventions of the age she has an impulsive streak, and often exasperates her family by her friendliness with the staff and her tomboy attitude. Fond of cars and their workings, her talents are well-suited to joining the ambulance corps near the front lines in 1914, and as she leaves her privileged background behind her and throws herself into her new life, we see the fun-loving, practical-joker become a strong, capable young woman – faced with unthinkable choices – and yet, despite everything, she remains true to what she feels is important. I think she has depths even I haven’t plumbed yet!

Do you have a particular time you like to write?

I’m an early-bird whenever possible. If I have a day off (I work full-time) and I get started early enough, I can write all day. But if I have to delay, or put off my start, I find it very hard to clear my thoughts and crack on with it.

What are you reading?

I’m currently re-reading the George RR Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. Getting a lot more out of it this time around, too. Loving it all over again.

Who is your favourite author?

Ouch! This is a really hard question! My two favourites are Diana Gabaldon and Stephen King, I think.  Today, anyway!

 If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

Oh, we can but dream! I think the perfect Evie (physically) would be Helen George, who played Trixie in Call The Midwife. As for Will, he started out with boyish good looks, which hardened over time, so possibly Daniel Radcliffe, or Orlando Bloom might fit the bill. Fun to think about!

What’s next for you writing wise?

I’ve just been given editorial revisions for the third/last in this series, luckily they’re light! I’m also working on my self-published series, The Lynher Mill Chronicles –the third book is due out next June. After that I’ll be going back to an Edwardian ghost story set in Cornwall, that I started a while ago.

 Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

I open all my documents, (book, notes, characters etc) get some toast and coffee … then I open Bejeweled Blitz! It’s a great little game to clear the mind, and usually once I’ve played a couple of rounds I’m ready to start writing.  I don’t usually spend too long going over what I’ve written previously, unless I’d left it mid-scene, which I don’t tend to do. I just fix my mind on what needs to happen next, and get on with it. The rest can be sorted out later!

 Where can we find your book?

Universal link for Amazon:


Where can we find you?




Twitter: @TerriNixon

Let me share a secret…


I’m excited to share with you the details of my next book!

You may be happy to know it’s set in Ashford, Connecticut, so if you’ve read the Gingerbread Café books, you’ll still see some of the characters popping in to the next story. It’s as though they just won’t leave me alone!

This story however is a stand alone. Here is the holding cover until Carina UK work their magic on the real cover!



Secrets… we all have them

Clay’s inheritance of Maple Syrup Farm came at the perfect time. Leaving city life behind he headed for maple-tree surrounded Ashford, Connecticut. Getting the farm in working order again might be back breaking work – but it seems to be the only way for Clay to finally forget about the girl who once broke his heart…

Lucy’s had enough of rules and the stress of planning her life down to the very last detail. Looking for an adventure she stumbles upon Maple Syrup Farm and its gorgeously gruff owner. This could be the perfect place to hide out…!

Is the tranquillity and warmth of Maple Tree Farm is enough to heal even the most battered of hearts? There are very few problems in life that can’t be cheered up by maple syrup!

The new standalone novel from bestselling author of the Gingerbread Cafe trilogy and The Bookshop on the Corner, Rebecca Raisin.

Check out the Pinterest board for some sneak peeks of the characters from Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm.


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Giveaway #1

And to celebrate the launch of Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café we are having a competition to giveaway these gorgeous cookbooks!

I’m sure Lil and CeeCee would approve of our choices!

Click link for giveaway –> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize drawn November 10th and is open worldwide!


Giveaway #2

To continue the party for the Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café launch, we are giving away TWO copies of Christmas at the Gingerbread Café (Gingerbread Café Book 1)!

See where it all began!!

Click link for giveaway –> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize drawn November 1st and is open worldwide!

An interview with Aurelia B Rowl!

I’d like to welcome Carina author Aurelia B. Rowl to the blog today! She’s been super busy with a few projects of late and is here to discuss them with us! She’s also sharing an excerpt of her latest release! I can’t wait to read this book!


  1. Can you share the blurb of your book with us?

Sure, I’d love to! It’s not easy being the Queen Bee. Alice Taylor should know.

You know that girl. The one that the whole school’s social life seems to revolve around. Alice used to be that girl until she decided to quit sixth form college. Suddenly her ‘friends’ aren’t so interested in following her around and her attention-grabbing behaviour is about to get her kicked out of home. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, her world starts spiralling seriously out of control.

Only new friend Zac Newton seems to believe in her. Lifeguard and poolside hottie, Zac is quite literally her lifesaver. But then, he’s never met ‘Malice’, her mean-girl alter ego, and Alice wants to keep it that way. She knows this is her last chance for a fresh start until her sordid past catches up with her at the worst possible moment.

As everything Alice has worked towards comes crashing down around her, she realises that the hardest thing of all is being yourself…

  1. Who is your favourite character and why?

Oh, that’s a tricky question.

There are so many recurring characters within the Popping the Cherry series that it’s impossible to pick just one. I love them all! Alice is such a wonderful character though, to have come through so much adversity already, but I also have a major crush on Zac and I want Nathan to be my best friend.

  1. Do you have a particular time you like to write?

I’m in the fortunate position of being able to write fill-time, or as full time as I can get with two young children, so I write whilst they’re at school and then pick up again in the evening once they’ve gone to bed. I try to take weekends off as ‘family time’ and I tend to do the bare minimum during school holidays to keep everything ticking over.

  1. What are you reading?

These days I tend to be more of a binge reader, particularly in the school holidays. I don’t have a current read at the moment but I have just finished Hard to Forget, a fabulous romantic suspense by Incy Black, and I will be picking up Kidnapping the Brazilian Tycoon by Carmen Falcone next. I am also slowly working through my fellow Carina authors’ titles that I’ve bought and downloaded to my kindle.

  1. Who is your favourite author?

Again, this is another really tricky question since it depends what kind of mood I’m in. Much like my taste in music, I like to read different genres from young adult fantasy, to romance, to crime and all sorts in between. If I had to choose a handful of authors as my favourites—my ‘go to’ authors—then it would be Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Caine, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett and Tana French.

  1. If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?

Ah, what a wonderful dream!

In all honesty, however, I wouldn’t have a clue; I’m not really up on my teen/young actors anymore and don’t tend to watch television. Since the main characters from Popping the Cherry also feature in A Girl Called Malice before all heading into book 3, I’d have my work cut out trying to cast them all.

  1. What’s next for you writing wise?

My next release is a contemporary romance, Christmas is Cancelled, and it will be out on December 1st. Christmas is Cancelled was actually my debut story, originally released December 2012, and it’s the first story I ever completed so I have a major soft spot for it. I am thrilled to have had the chance to go back in and strengthen the story, ready to be relaunched with Carina UK, and I hope to get the sequel out for Christmas 2015.

On the writing front, I am now in the research and plotting phase of book 3 from the Popping the Cherry series. It’s my first attempt at a gay romance story and I just know I’m going to have my work cut out keeping it authentic and not falling into the stereotype trap. Wish me luck!

  1. Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?

My typical writing day starts once I’ve dropped the kids off at school and fed our menagerie of rescue pets – 1 dog and 3 rabbits – then I make the coffee and fire up the laptop at the kitchen table. I do have an office out in the garage but I like being in the main house, unless I’m falling way off deadline or deep in revisions and need to focus without any distractions (i.e. the wi-fi signal doesn’t reach the garage o_O )

On days when I’m struggling over a plot point or having problems connecting key scenes, I will leave the car at school, pop in my earphones, and then walk the two miles home listening to loud music. I live in such a beautiful part of the UK – all rolling hills, trees and greenery – that it never fails to unlock my mind and get my inspiration flowing. Then there’s the two-mile walk back again to collect the kids after school so I’m working off some of my “writer’s ass” at the same time. Win-win!

  1. Where can we find your book?

At this time, all of my books are in digital format and can be found on most major ebook retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble/Nook, iBooks, and Kobo. I’m still dreaming of one day being able to walk into my local independent bookstore or Waterstones and find my books on the shelves as well as on the website. One day…

Ironically, my first book looking set to go to print is For One Night Only; a short story that I wrote more as a dare to see if I could write more ‘spicy’ romance, released under the alternate pen name of Allie A. Burrow. It will be part of a 2014 ‘Flirt’ compilation to be released January 2015 by Breathless Press.

  1. Where can we find you?

Um…more to the point; where can’t you find me? I’m a bit of an internet junkie so am on many—perhaps too many—social network sites. I tend to hang out on Facebook and Twitter the most though, and also Goodreads. I love connecting with readers and fellow writers so it’s a case of the more the merrier (which is a far too subtle hint for: come and befriend or follow me please).

Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project…or five!…and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.

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Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. To find out more about Aurelia, or check out which project she’s working on right now, you can visit her website:


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I pulled the bathroom door to behind me, leaving it ajar, then pressed my cool hand against my burning skin. With my chewing gum still in my bag on the bed, I had to raid the emergency nicotine supplies I kept hidden in a toiletry bag in my bathroom. A poor substitute for the real thing, but I could indulge in as many cigarettes as I wanted once Charlie was tucked up in bed. For now the gum would have to do so I popped two of the white tablets into my mouths and chewed, wincing at the movement. I took out my contacts before jumping under the blistering shower. Five minutes later, I was scrubbed free of makeup—along with all traces of Hayden—and as ready as I’d ever be to brave the world again. Charlie had stayed exactly where I’d left him, only he was now surrounded by sheets of sketch paper: drawings of hills, old cotton mills, and lots of pictures of him. He was so engrossed he didn’t notice me pottering around and getting dressed, so I squatted down beside him to see which drawing had held his attention for so long. Big mistake. ‘I like this one best,’ he said, holding up the pencil sketch of me and Mum. ‘Thanks.’ I wedged my hands behind my knees, trapping them against my calves to stop me from snatching the picture out of his fingers. ‘It’s you and Mummy, isn’t it? When you were little?’ ‘It sure is.’ I’d copied it from a photograph I’d found being used to prop up the wonky leg of our old table. Folded into a small square and badly damaged, it fell apart soon after I’d finished drawing my own copy. ‘Do you have any other sisters? Or brothers?’ he asked. ‘Or is it just Mummy?’ White lies like not knowing any Spanish were one thing but I couldn’t lie to him about the big stuff. Since it wasn’t my place to tell him the truth, it left me stuck in an awkward limbo. I must have made some kind of weird sound because Charlie turned his head to look at me. ‘Are you OK, Aunty Alice?’ ‘Me? Yeah, of course I am!’ ‘But you’re crying?’ I am? ‘No, no, I’m not crying.’ I freed a hand from my behind my knees and wiped my fingertips across my cheek. Sure enough, they came away wet. ‘Oh. I er… I got some shampoo in my eye when I was in the shower. It made my eyes sting, you know what that’s like.’ ‘Does it hurt when you turn your blue eyes off?’ he asked, far too observant. ‘No, not at all.’ ‘Is everything blue when you look through them?’ ‘No. It’s just normal.’ ‘I like you with green ones better.’ ‘So do I,’ I admitted. Unfortunately, Charlie and I were in the minority. The fact he’d already picked up on the two different sides of me and made the connection with the eye colour left me wanting another shower. How much longer did I have before Charlie learned the truth of what I did? ‘Why don’t you keep the green ones switched on then?’ Good question. Too good. ‘I um…’ While I might despise the girl with the blue eyes, she was strong and fearless. She got noticed, unlike the real me. The guys couldn’t get enough of her and no one dared to confront her—except for Virginia and her posse—so she was the perfect front to hide the shy, frightened green-eyed girl behind. Charlie waited, staring up into my eyes. Would he understand that I only behaved that way to protect myself from any more hurt? Would he still love me and stick around or would he too disown me? Without him to keep me grounded, the green-eyed girl would surely be gone for ever.





An Interview with Anabelle Bryant!

Over the coming weeks I have interviews with some of my favourite authors! They each write different genres, so you’ll certainly find some new books to add to your TBR pile! First up we have Anabelle Bryant!


1. What genre do you write?

I write historical romance, Regency, England 1817. Everything about this time period fascinates me, except perhaps the plumbing and lack of solidified chocolate. Otherwise, I’m good. I love the fashion, etiquette, and courting customs associated with aristocracy. Call me when the time machine is ready.

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2. Can you tell us about your latest book?

The final book in my debut trilogy is set to be released in early 2015. If you read To Love A Wicked Scoundrel or Duke of Darkness, you have met the hero of my new novel, Phineas Betcham, Viscount Fenhurst. He is a good-hearted boxer that is accustomed to helping everyone except himself…especially when it comes to the secret he holds locked in his heart.

3. Who is your favourite character and why?

I fall in love with my heroes, so in a way I think that makes me rather fickle, moving from one novel to the other. Right now I have started a new trilogy and the hero has definitely stolen my heart. Looking back, I think Devlin of Duke of Darkness, was my favorite.

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4. Do you plot or just write and see where your characters take you?

I am not a plotter. I have a general idea in my head and am usually inspired by a small detail. Then my novel grows around that initial idea. I let the characters develop their own voices and idiosyncrasies and then write as the scenes come alive through the actions of my characters. They definitely tell me where the story needs to go.

5. When your favourite time to write?

Writing time is scarce. I am a full time educator and too busy for my own good. I grab writing time whenever the opportunity arises, but morning would be my chosen time to write. The ideas are fresh and I’m ready to spend the day with my novel.

6. Which writers inspire you?

I have an assortment of favorites. Some from years ago when I started reading historical romance: Kathleen Woodiwiss, Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey; and other newer favorites like Eloisa James, Sherry Thomas and Loretta Chase.

7. Where can we find you?

Stop by for all my latest news and I love to chat on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. I also have Pinterest boards with my novel inspirations.

8. Where can we find your books?

I am very proud to be with Harlequin Carina and my books can be purchased on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes & Nobles websites.

Here are some links:
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Christmas Wedding At The Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin

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Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe

Christmas Wedding At The Gingerbread Café

by Rebecca Raisin

Published: 15th October 2014

Publisher: Carina


You are invited to the wedding of the year!

Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams – in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives… Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’…

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Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café – Chapter 1 Excerpt & GIVEAWAY!!!


You are invited to the wedding of the year!

Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and, inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams — in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place — for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives… Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairy light, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the church on time — and make this Christmas sparkle after all?

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Meet my character blog hop!

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Alli Sinclair of Luna Tango fame to participate in the Meet my character blog tour! Click on Alli’s name to see her interview.

Today I’ll interview my character, Lil, from Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café which is being released on Wednesday!

What is the name of your character?
Lily-Ella Riley.

Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
She’s fictional.

When and where is the story set?
It’s actually a trilogy, and the books begin Christmas 2013 and end Christmas 2014. They’re set in a real town called Ashford, Connecticut.

What should we know about him/her?
Lily loves to bake. No matter what life throws at her, she’ll always have cooking as a comfort. She’s about to get married to Damon, who is truly one if the nicest men around, but her wedding isn’t going to go exactly as planned…

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
In the third book, Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café, the main conflict is someone is trying to destroy Lil’s wedding before she’s even had a chance to walk down the aisle. This tests her love with Damon, and the café and wedding are thrown in to chaos.

What is the personal goal of the character?
Lil’s main goal is simple. She wants to be happy. She wants children of her own one day, and she wants to continue running her café no matter how hard it is to make money. Her love for Damon and his daughter Charlie is what spurs her on these days, but she’s also got a group of loyal best friends who’d do anything for her.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
It’s published tomorrow! Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread café. And here are the buy links:

Now I am tagging fellow Carina UK authors:
A. L. MICHAEL is a twenty something writer from North London. She has a BA in Literature with Creative Writing, an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship (both from UEA) and is studying for an MsC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. She is not at all dependent on her student discount card.
She is a creative writing workshop facilitator and English tutor, as well as recently being the Writer in Residence at Red Door Studios in Newham, directing a brand new literary festival called Words With Edge. She is currently running workshops in creative wellbeing, and business skills for artists. She enjoys expensive chocolate, cheap wine, and has an alarming penchant for animal puns. Occasionally, she sleeps.
You can also follow on twitter at @ALMichael_ and her Facebook Author Page, as well as on Goodreads.
Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and Lake Tahoe in US would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in ‘Karen’s World’. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!
You can find Karen on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.