Wednesday 22 October 2014

COVER REVEAL... Christmas Is Cancelled

I didn't think I could love the new cover for Christmas is Cancelled more than the original one but I am delighted to have been proved wrong...I mean, look... it's SPARKLY!!
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This new and improved Christmas is Cancelled will be released on December 1st and should be up for pre-order soon.

The web page for Christmas is Cancelled is currently caught in the awkward limbo between old version and new, but I will be updating the page as soon as the new details and links become available so keep your eyes peeled.

As the first story I ever wrote, this one will always have a special place in my heart so I am thrilled that I got the chance to update it, making the story even stronger, and I hope you love it too.

Saturday 18 October 2014

Competition Time with... Amelia Thorne

Beneath the Moon and the Starsby Amelia Thorne is out now.

Home, sweet home…
Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…


To celebrate the launch Amelia has a fab prize bundle to giveaway.  You could win these gorgeous hand carved wooden necklaces, a £15 iTunes voucher and a £50 theatre ticket voucher.

All you have to do is copy one of the pre-prepared tweets below, tweet it and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win this prize bundle. The more you tweet, the more times you’ll be entered.

You can even make up your own tweet about the book, just as long as it has the book link to amazon, ( the hashtag #BeneathTheMoon and Amelia’s Twitter name @Amelia_Writes in the tweet you’ll be entered into the draw.

The competition will run until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 26th October and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 28th October so plenty of time for tweeting. Every time you tweet, you’ll be entered into the draw.

The Tweets...

Beneath The Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes is out now, a gorgeous story of love, friendship and secrets
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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has it all; beautiful men,a feisty heroine and a gorgeous lovestory
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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has it all; 3 gorgeous men,2 adorable dogs, 1 beautiful love story
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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes is a gorgeous story of love, secrets and misguided revenge
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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has secrets, revenge, a diamond thief & a beautiful love story
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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has 3 gorgeous men, 2 weddings and a whole heap load of secrets

Good luck!!

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Rebecca Raisin Cordially Invites You...

Released Today!

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?


Chapter One
Ten days

Monday 13 October 2014

Twenty Questions with... Kathleen McGurl

I am delighted to welcome fellow Carina UK author Kathleen McGurl onto my blog today, author of The Emerald Comb, released a couple of weeks ago.

Grab a brew and make yourself comfortable for a round of twenty questions that features John O'Groats, Orinoco (yes, the Womble), and wise words from Joe Konrath.

ACT ONE – all about you…

Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, with her husband, sons and cats. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present., and enjoys exploring these links in her novels. 

When not writing or working at her full-time job in IT, she likes to go out running or sea-swimming, both of which she does rather slowly. She is definitely quicker at writing.

You can find out more at her website,, or follow her on Twitter @KathMcGurl.

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into?

I was always going to be a writer, when I had the time! From a young age it was something I aspired to. During  my first maternity leave, before my son was born I started a novel. Then the baby came along, he wasn’t a sleeper and I found I hadn’t the time to write. Also, this was back in the mid-nineties and we had no computer. I’ve since found that I need to type a first draft for best results! It was about 10 years ago that I finally, properly started writing and since then I have not looked back.

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

Style-wise, I think I have two ‘voices’. There’s one I use on my womagwriter blog which is chatty and friendly, and worked well for my two ‘how to write’ books. Then there’s the voice I use for novel writing. 

Writing rituals – no. I have none. I just sit down on the sofa when I have time, and get on with it, trying not to be too distracted by social media!

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing?

I think writers are influenced to some extent by everything they read, and I have always read a wide and varied selection of books. I love timeslip or dual timeline novels, and those by Kate Morton and Katherine Webb are my favourites, so I guess I’ve been more influenced by those two authors than anyone else.

4) Is there one piece of writing (or life?) advice that has stuck with you, or that you would like to share?

Yes. I think it was on Joe Konrath’s blog that I came across the quote -  There’s a word for a writer who never gives up: Published. 

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know?

Ooh! Right then, here goes:

1 – I once cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End, carrying camping gear on my bike panniers. It took 3 weeks and it rained every day.

2 – I love sewing and craft skills, and have reupholstered nearly every item of furniture in my house and my mum’s flat. I gave up doing upholstery when I began writing. Now the sofas are wearing out again – maybe I’ll need to go back to it!

3 – I have a full set of Womble pencil top figures, collected when I was 10. My favourite is Orinoco.

6) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

1 – My Kindle. Love it to bits.

2 – Moisturiser. Though it’s more of an essential than a luxury.

3 – My fit-flops. World’s most comfortable footwear.

4 – My laptop. Current one is a hand-me-down from my son. You know your kids have grown up when they start passing their electronics on to you rather than the other way round.

5 – My leather jacket. After coveting one for 25 years I finally bought it earlier this year and now I don’t understand how I managed without it.

ACT TWO – all about your new release…

Some secrets are best left buried...
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?

7) Congratulations on your recent release of The Emerald Comb, what was your inspiration for writing Katie's story?

I’d researched my own family tree, and wrote a novella based on it (self-published as Mr Cavell’s Diamond). Then I started thinking, what if you dug up more than you bargained for? What if you discovered skeleton’s in your family history closet? And so The Emerald Comb was born.

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

The historical section flowed well. The contemporary sections took more work as they had to fit around the historical story. If I get stuck on a scene I tend to leave it and push on with the next one. Chances are when I come back to it I’ll decide I don’t need the difficult scene anyway.

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

Hmm, let me think. I started writing it in March 2012. It was complete by the summer of 2013 and I submitted it to some agents around that time. But it was a year later in June 2014 that I sent it to Carina and was offered a two book deal on the back of it.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?

What a great question! I think this bit, from the prologue, will do nicely:

Read this only after I am dead, after I am buried. Read this and understand why you must never sell Kingsley House. You must live in it until the end of your days, guarding its secrets, as I have.

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about The Emerald Comb, to make us rush out and buy it?

There’s a lot of fascination with family history research. The TV programme Who Do You Think You Are has been very popular. My character Katie thinks she knows her ancestry but has she got it right? Her ancestors had dark secrets which they’ve buried deeply – can Katie ever uncover the truth?

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now? 

I’m working on another timeslip novel – this one is part 1944 and part contemporary, and has a supernatural element.

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…

13) Plotter or pantser?

Plotter. Mostly.

14) Digital books or print books?

Both. Print for keepers, digital for holidays/long journeys/reading in bed.

15) Tea or coffee?

Both! Tea first then coffee, and back to tea in the afternoon.

16) Extrovert or introvert?


17) Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook. Though Twitter’s growing on me.

18) Christmas or birthday? 

Christmas. Definitely. 

19) Morning person or night owl?

Neither – middle of the day for me!

20) Sweet or savoury?

Savoury. Except chocolate, obviously.

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Kath, I wish you every success with your new release.

To discover even more about Kathleen McGurl, and to keep up with her latest projects, you can visit her at:

Website     Facebook     Twitter

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Release date: 22nd September 2014
ISBN: 9781474007504

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Friday 3 October 2014

NEW RELEASE: A Girl Called Malice

After a year in the making, the time has finally come for Alice to make her mark on the world.

I have plumbed the depths of my emotions and spent an obscenely unhealthy amount of time trapped inside the head of one very messed up character and I couldn't be more proud of Alice's story and her eventful journey.

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…


To celebrate the release, I am running a giveaway on Facebook and Twitter; all you have to do is share a photo of you with A Girl Called Malice open on your ereader or tablet. Simple!

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Released: 3rd October 2014
ISBN: 978-1-474-00755-9

Amazon UK ¦ US
Nook UK
Google Books
Blinkbox (Tesco)

More links will be added to the A Girl Called Malice page of my website as they go live.

I hope you love A Girl Called Malice...and much as I do!

Happy reading,
Aurelia x

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