Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Book Well Worth Sampling

Transatlantic Loving
By Rachel Brimble
Chums and regular frequenters of the blog will know I love the eighties. I’m a child of the eighties – day glo is my colour theme of choice. I don’t know much but I do know lots of inane trivia about eighties bands and I have an uncanny knack for getting eighties song release dates on the money. Plus I sported some haircuts in the past that reveal the heinous level of my eighties fashionista credentials!!!
All I will say is trendy - but gruesome.

It's A Flock Of Seagulls - The Pinnacle of 80s Hair
So - if the eighties comes up in a pub quiz – I, my friend, rub my hands with relish and prepare to enjoy myself to the max.
Which is why Transatlantic Loving was right up my Electric Avenue.
When I saw that fellow Wild Rose author Rachel Brimble had written a novella for WRP’s Class of 85 continuity series – I was rather keen to purchase it! I'd read some other of the series titles and enjoyed them. And boy am I glad I bought this one.
It transported me back in an instant. As good as watching an episode of Glee. Not only is this setting a treat - the characters are fantastic. Immediately I wanted to be Lisa’s friend and go out dancing to Chaka Khan with sassy Courtney. Right from the off I was panting for Aaron Hot Sports Coach Taylor. Well ... who wouldn't?
Amid the hell of an eighties reunion dance – two souls collide and sparks crescendo. Aaron Taylor falls for Lisa Cavendish at first sight. The banter is quick and jabby and has you pleading for more. The chemistry sparks off the page. I smiled and giggled aloud a great many times.
Without spoiling it – this is the story of two people from different parts of the globe who have a short space of time to pursue something magical (and hormonally enticing). Instead they have to face their own past wounds as well as a few hurdles to love. And they do so with humour and maturity. The HEA is well worth the wait.

 If you love the eighties – if your heart still hankers for lacey fingerless gloves, Madonna and the thrill of pursuing your inner teen in a ra-ra skirt – then buy this book you won’t regret it. In summary - it’s even more satisfying than a Pat Benatar fix (and that’s mighty fine let me tell ya!)
So Transatlantic Loving is firmly in my cyber keeper shelf. Well done Rachel! I’m off to gel my hair and relive those good times!

Get the book here!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sarah Grimm - A Hot Hunk And A Giveaway!

LASR Nominated Author Sarah Grimm is back today revealing more of her inspirations and secrets.

She's also generously offered to give away a free copy of her LASR Nominated Book Not Without Risk. So here's your chance to snaffle your very own copy! Leave a comment here and you'll be put in the hat - one very lucky reader to be announced later in the week!

Anyway. Back to business - this time Sarah's brought a rather handsome fellow with her ... excuse me I need to introduce myself.

Over to you Sarah:
6. Fave hero inspirations - go on ... who really makes your eyes pop!? Any particular hero inspirations for particular books? What are your ultimate hero qualities?

Right now I’ve got a thing for Joe Manganiello – 6 foot 5 inches of werewolf muscle on HBO’s True Blood.  Here he is:



Honestly, I don’t usually have inspiration for the hero’s in my books. However, I think I’m going to have to base one off Joe. What do you think? LOL

My ultimate hero is: Strong, Sexy (not to be confused with being beautiful or handsome, as a hero doesn’t have to be either to be sexy. Although the heroine thinks he is), Flawed (who wants perfection? How boring. J) and completely devoted to the heroine.


7. Advice for budding writers?

Everyone will have a bit of advice for you. Listen to it, decide how much of it you think works for you and ignore the rest. Seriously. I listened to everything. I changed the way I wrote, I changed my stories to try to fit a certain mold…it was frustrating, exhausting and got me no where. It darn near destroyed my voice. Luckily, I’m learning to ignore all that bad advice and getting my voice back.

Oh, and don’t let anything stand in the way of your dream. Especially your own fear!

8. What are you working on next - ambitions for a couple of years from now?

My next project is a reunion romance I’ve titled MIDNIGHT HEAT. It’s a spin-off of AFTER MIDNIGHT, my contemporary romance with rock singer hero Noah Clark. MIDNIGHT HEAT features Noah’s best friend and bassist, Dominic Price.

9. Your writing community - where and who have helped you on your way?

My biggest supporters are my husband, my mother and my sister. Whenever I’m struggling, I’ll give one of them a call. Sometimes I’ll call them because I’m excited about the way the story’s coming along. It’s during those calls I get the ‘That’s nice, Sarah, so why are you calling me instead of writing?’ That’s my sister and my mother; they’re always reminding me that I should be writing instead of cleaning the house or surfing the internet.

My husband supports me in different way altogether. I guess I’d have to say that the biggest way he supports me is to keep everyone out of my hair when I’m writing and by not complaining when he gets fed drive thru four nights in a row when I’m on deadline or working on edits.

10. Revisions - love em or hate em. What nugget of advice would you give about tackling revisions?

Love ‘em! I love digging into the story and making it stronger.

As authors we become attached to every word in our stories, but they’re not all necessary or even good words. So my advice is: don’t be afraid of the delete button. I just deleted about four paragraphs from my opening scene in After Midnight, during this last round of edits. I did it because of something my editor had said BEFORE she contracted the book, not even something she said during edits. Taking out that hint of the heroine’s past tightened up the opening scene and made it stronger.

So don’t be afraid to delete a few of your words, no matter how attached you are to them. If it’s too painful, you can always paste them into a new document and save them. 



A HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah!. Thanks for coming by and putting up with all the questions. Good luck with that nomination - we're rooting for you!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big Warm Welcome to Sarah Grimm

Today I have a lovely visitor - fellow Wild Rose Press author Sarah Grimm. Sarah's just had her book Not Without Risk nominated for the LASR Best Book of 2010! Yey Sarah! I'm very pleased she's popped over to share some of her secrets!

I've given Sarah ten questions - here's five answers. Hop back here tomorrow and see the rest of Sarah's interview...plus there'll be a download giveaway and some rather appealing eye candy!!!

Take it away Sarah!



1. Tell us about your LASR nominated book - Not Without Risk. What inspired it and how would you sum up your hero?

Sergeant Justin Harrison is on top of his game. He is impulsive, insatiable and invincible. At least he’d always believed so—until an addict with a .38 showed him otherwise. Six agonizing months after the slug collapsed his lung, Justin has managed to return to the one thing he excels at – his job as a San Diego homicide detective. He worked hard to get his body back in shape and nothing is going to stand in his way of proving he is fit for active duty. Especially not a long-legged brunette who just stumbled into his crime scene.

Photographer Paige Conroy spent years hiding from her past. Then one late night telephone call brings it crashing back. An old friend is in town and needs to see her. Speaking on the phone isn’t safe. She needs to meet him. Only four hours later, when she arrives at his hotel room, it is to find him dead. Fighting against the painful onslaught of memories, as well as the horror of being the only witness to murder, the last thing Paige needs is to feel attracted to the dark-eyed Sergeant Harrison.

When the villain sets his sights on Paige, she must turn to Justin for help. Together they learn that some things are worth the risk.

I honestly don’t know what inspired me to write NOT WITHOUT RISK. It was a story that just came to me one day. I guess it would be more accurate to say that the hero, Justin, came to me one day. It’s definitely Justin’s story.

How would I sum up Justin?   He’s a wounded alpha hero. Not a believer in happily-ever-after, he doesn’t have relationships with women, he has sex. So his job is all that he has. It defines him. For thirteen years he’s lived it, breathed it, and been happy. Only recently he’s wondered if it’s enough.

I was thrilled when, just a few weeks ago, I learned NOT WITHOUT RISK was nominated for the Long and Short of It’s BEST BOOK of 2010. LASR called the book “…fast paced, nail biting, page turning, edge of your seat suspense…”

The polls are active beginning Monday, February 14 at http://www.longandshortreviews.com/promo.htm and will continue until Sunday, February 27.

2. When and how did you start writing? Do you have a particular process - nightowl or early bird? Plotter or pantster? Do you like to get down a word count every day?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I have notebooks filled with poems, story ideas, and partial chapters from as far back as age five. Yes, thanks to my older sister, I could read and write by age five. And I did. I read everything I could get my hands on, usually re-writing the story in my head as I went. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered something different depending on the day. I couldn’t make up my mind. Then I picked up my first romance novel. Suddenly I had my answer: “I want to get married, have children and write romances.”

When I got married, I set my writing aside. I focused on my husband and building a family. Then my youngest son was born and the struggle to keep him alive began. By the time we were done, my baby had endured stomach surgery, throat surgery, and a tracheotomy with all the special care that entails. As you can imagine, all the hospital time left me desperate for a distraction, so I took pen to paper, yup, longhand, and wrote my first romance. Not just bits and pieces of a book, but the entire hero and heroine’s journey from ‘Chapter One’ to ‘The End’.

I don’t have a process—I’m a pantser who squeezes in writing time between bookkeeping for my husband’s business, and taxiing my kids around. All hours of the day you’ll find me scribbling in a notebook. Most of my writing is still done longhand, because my characters choose the darnedest times to start talking!
 
3. Tell us your call story - and where were you five years ago with your writing?

My call was actually an email telling me that they wanted to publish my romantic suspense, NOT WITHOUT RISK. It came about five years ago from a publisher called Triskelion. I submitted to them just after they received RWA recognition, and they accepted it. I wasn’t with a big NY publisher, but I didn’t care. I was going to be published.

When Triskelion began having problems, I was one of the authors who saw it coming but was helpless to do anything about it. RISK had just been released, and they’d accepted my second book on proposal. After they folded, I stopped writing for a while. The joy was gone. Thankfully, I’m back to it and having more fun than ever before.

4. Which is your own favourite heroine and why?

Isabeau Montgomery (AFTER MIDNIGHT, which is in edits now): Owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy… She deserves a happy ending and Noah is just the man to share it with her.

5. Fave authors - who inspires you and why?

Some of my favorite authors include Tess Gerritsen, Kay Hooper, & Dianne Emley.  Romantic Suspense and thrillers inspire me the most, even though after the first romantic suspense, my writing tends to be contemporary romance with just a touch of suspense/danger.

Thanks Sarah and sorry to interogate you but it's fun!
More from Sarah tomorrow ...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Possibly My Favourite Tweet Of The Year

Bunny ears & a hot male in a kilt: Judy Jarvie's e-romance 'Nanny Behaving Badly' just begs to be read! http://tinyurl.com/6bfyz...

It reads like a movie voice-over. Thank you Jane Holland. That really made me smile.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Flirty Review And A Week Long Party!

Another review today - thank you Sizzling Hot Book Reviews!

" Flirting with the Fireman reads fast with lots going on to keep one entertained. And I LOVED the cover! I enjoyed this enough to look forward to more from Jarvie."

Do hop over to Marcy's blog today - she's kindly hosting my ramblings about Nanny Behaving Badly. And don't forget to keep checking the Embrace Books blog this week ... lots of interesting launch party snippets to be had.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Foam and Foxy Flirtation

I thought I'd bring out a fresh excerpt from Nanny Behaving Badly today - just to whet your appetites.

And to say thank you for the astonishing kindle chart surprise. Go on - click before you miss it!
Enjoy!


 Lyle strode to the edge of the tub and helped her back out. When he pulled her to his side she was ludicrously covered in white foam and they were inches apart. In stark comparison he was still dry. And so was her mouth when she looked up at the vision of all man poster-perfect body, his well-muscled arms, chest and athletic legs in full view.
Maddie cursed her own impulses when she realised her robe was soaked, hanging open and dripping around her feet. There were suds balls in her hair.
‘You might have warned me you’re into foam parties,’ he said wryly. ‘There are people out there who’d pay good money to watch you.’
‘Shall I call 999?’ she asked meekly.
Lyle laughed and it proved instantly infectious, causing her to giggle along as she stood dripping and covered in slippery foam.
Nice way to impress the boss, Adams!
‘I’m sorry, Lyle,’ she said, knowing the laughter still didn’t detract from the crimson blush at her own crazy behaviour. ‘I’ve done it again, haven’t I? Like I did in the cafĂ©. What is it with me and acting in haste?’
Lyle untied her robe for her. ‘You’d better take that off for starters.’ Him slipping the wet fabric from her shoulders made her gulp and shiver. She watched as he threw the sopping garment away. Became ultra aware of herself standing before him in a swimsuit like an unruly street urchin.
 ‘Is saying sorry enough for you to overlook this incident?’ she asked.
‘No. I want to take the moral high-ground for a bit longer. Make you squirm.’ He scooped up a large foamy wad and split it in two, then put it on her shoulders. The hairs on her body reacted to the slight contact. She wanted more. And that would be a very bad move.
Maddie removed some foam from her hair and blew it back at him. ‘Wise guy, huh?’

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

I'm staring at the computer screen agog -

because Nanny Behaving Badly is in the
Amazon Romance New Releases Top 100!

And I've just bought Nina Harrington's book to celebrate!
* Note - it's okay I downloaded the Embrace releases on Launch Day so I'm allowed!

Speechless! Well done all Embrace authors.

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Embrace Books - All Systems Go!

Today you can go and enjoy the delights of the newly launched Embrace Books.

See my author page and Nanny Behaving Badly here!

There's a bevy of fantastic reads to be had from Red Velvet contemporaries to regencies and the darkly enticing After Dark.

Red Velvet: sexy, sophisticated romance
After Dark: intense, page-scorching romance and erotica
Embrace Regency: daring, unconventional Regency and Georgian romance
Embrace Historicals: bringing the past vividly to life

And - it gets better - there's a week long party on at the Embrace Blog.

WANTED - NANNY BEHAVING BADLY

Take one coffee chain owning ex rally driver, add a woman who fires sexy thoughts and drives him to distraction in lots of confusing ways – and voila! Sizzle, sass and sparks assured.



Who needs chocs and flowers when there's epub pampering gifts to be had!

Hop over to Sarah Grimm's blog today. I'll be talking more about Nanny Behaving Badly.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Today I'm At The Cozy Page!

There's nothing I like better than that cosy feeling - so it's very apt and exciting that I'm over at Amber Leigh Williams's Cozy Page today! Amber's running a month long special feature with romance authors doing Q and As for Valentine's. Great fun!

Big thanks to Amber for letting me drop by.

Today I'm talking about Flirting With The Fireman - in the shoes of heroine Flick Truro. Come on over and find out what makes FLICK TICK.

Tomorrow - is a very special day too. Not only is it Valentine's Day ... but it marks the launch day for Embrace Books and Nanny Behaving Badly will finally be available.

I'll be back tomorrow to celebrate - hope you can join me for fun and frolics! Love is sure to be in the air so why not celebrate with some new digital reading treats!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Men In Skirts - Unbeatable!

Factoid -

What's the most visited, intrigue-inspiring post on this blog?

With a whopping 262 views - it's Men In Kilts Because I'm Worth It!

Ladies, my life's work is done.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Go See Suzanne!

If you can PLEASE pop by Suzanne Jones's blog. I'm visiting and talking about Men In Uniform.

Plus there's a contest running for a calendar featuring buff firemen! Just in case your wall needs some sizzle and a makeover.

A huge thanks to Suzanne for letting me visit. She's my lovely local coffee buddy and writing chinwagger. Much fun is had over coffee and cake.

Spin by ... we'd love to see you! (Sorry I'm posting late - the smallest member of the household now has the virus I had and she just wants cuddles and lots of drinks so not much cyber time to be had!)

Monday, February 07, 2011

Another Review!

Thank you very much to


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Confession

I have a confession to make ... I've been ill. Right at the start of my own blog conga (no fair!) And I missed Nanny Behaving Badly going up on Amazon.

Yes. It's all been happening. We just won't talk about what's been happening to me as it's gruesome.

Anyway I huge huge thank you to the lovely Sarah Grimm for inviting me onto her blog and holding the fort and rallying troops to visit! And I'm so sorry I was absent.

Let's just say I haven't eaten for a while. Let's also say that this particular 'illness' has the power to close hospital wards and I think I picked up mine through the toddler's social network! Joy!

Anyway. You can still catch Sarah's Blog Here and my post about Flirting With The Fireman. In fact Sarah's blog is generally a great place to hang out (especially if you like nice male views!)

I promise I'll be bouncing back by next week! On with the conga!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Blog Conga Has Begun!

If you fancy you can head over to the lovely Rachel Lyndhurst's blog.
I'm wittering on about working in a library when I was in my yoof and never meeting any handsome men there (violins out please!!!)