#1DayBlogBlitz “Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide” by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko

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Thalidomide: patented in Germany as a non-toxic cure-all for sleeplessness and morning sickness. A wonder drug with no side-effects.

We know differently now.

Today, thalidomide is a byword for tragedy and drug reform – a sign of what happens when things aren’t done ‘the right way’. But when it was released in the 1950s, it was the best thing since penicillin – something that doctors were encouraged to prescribe to all of their patients. Nobody could anticipate what it actually did: induce sleeping, prevent morning sickness, and drastically harm unborn children.

But, whilst thalidomide rampaged and ravaged throughout most of the West, it never reached the United States. It landed on the desk of Dr Frances Kelsey, and there it stayed as she battled hierarchy, patriarchy, and the Establishment in an effort to prove that it was dangerous. Frankie is her story.

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James EssingerAuthor Bios

JAMES ESSINGER is the author of non-fiction books that focus on STEM subjects and personalities, including Charles and Ada (The History Press) and Ada’s Algorithm (Gibson Square), the latter of which has been optioned for a film. He lives in Canterbury.

 

 

Sandra KoutzenkoSANDRA KOUTZENKO is a bilingual writer whose work spans a variety of categories and topics, ranging from French poetry to English non-fiction, focusing on human nature and the conflict between its potential for greatness and its propensity for destruction.

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#BlogTour “The House That Sat Down Trilogy” by Alice May

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Life Lessons at The House That Sat Down!

By Alice May

The homes we build for ourselves are a place of sanctuary, but what happens if we lose them?

One very ordinary family had the misfortune to find out…

Alice May1Five years ago, I stood on my drive and watched two huge cracks work their way up the front and gable walls of my cob cottage. A huge corner section of the house started to lean slowly away from the rest of the property and, within an hour and a half, my husband, my four children and I were homeless. Our insurance company informed us that, even though we had a ‘fully comprehensive’ house insurance policy, we were not covered for the damage to our home. Believe it or not, we moved into a tent in our back garden.

It was a shock to say the very least. However, it was also the beginning of an incredible journey, one that was to teach us a great many things. I will confess, they were not all things I wanted to know, but there was little choice but to jolly well get on with it.

Life was incredibly hard for the subsequent eighteen months, as we fought to rebuild our home and move back in.

Nevertheless, it should be remembered that nothing is ever all  bad and, thankfully, we didn’t lose our senses of humour along with our home. A great many daft things were about to happen in that crazy, new, garden-based lifestyle of ours. There were so many unexpected positives to the situation. During those months, the six of us became much closer together – and not merely due to the fact that we were all crammed into one relatively tiny tent.

Sometime later, I was inspired to write The House That Sat Down Trilogy, a fictional tale that draws on my experience of that stage in my life; the frighteningly sudden homelessness and all that followed.

I wanted to give a glimpse into how ordinary life – which is often challenging enough for most people – can become almost impossible, with just one fundamental element changing, causing a shockwave that ricochets through everything else.

However, The House That Sat Down Trilogy is not a doom- and gloom-laden rant, it is a light and whimsical romp through an extraordinary life event. Told entirely from a mother’s point of view, it is packed with humorous anecdotes about the craziness of family life under extreme pressure. Yet, at the same time, it also covers the devastating emotional price that, ultimately, had to be paid for on-going survival.

We all take our homes for granted, the roof overhead, the security and warmth of being protected from the weather and the outside world. Your home is supposed to be a safe space and, to most people, it is almost unthinkable that it could be lost in the blink of an eye, but, that is what happened to our rather quirky family unit and it certainly triggered some rather interesting consequences.

I hope our story shows that life does go on regardless, and that sometimes disaster can have surprisingly positive results. It’s important to remember to keep calm and carry on! Be brave, be kind and believe.

One step at a time, it is possible overcome a great many things.

Love Alice

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Inspired by a true story, The House That Sat Down Trilogy is a tale of triumph over tragedy. It is an astonishing account of sudden, first-world homelessness in the heart of the New Forest, and the unexpected consequences. Written entirely from a mother’s point of view, following the collapse of her family’s home, it is an uplifting and positive read in spite of the subject matter, with a thread of wry humour throughout. Follow this ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey of survival and self-discovery as she reels from disaster, before picking herself up and coming back stronger and wiser than before.

Packed with humorous observations about what it is like to live in a tent in your garden with your husband and four children after a significant part of your house falls down out of the blue one day, this story takes you from the depths of despair right through to the satisfying heights of success against the odds, with lots of tea and cakes on the way.

Follow this crazy family as they cope with disaster in their own truly unique and rather mad way, and celebrate each small triumph along the way with them.

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If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining, you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden, surrounded by the jumbled-up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting.

Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she?

Certain events, two and a half years ago, led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it every existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it?

Does she really deserve to be whole again?

Book 1 Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down

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Book 2 in The House That Sat Down Trilogy

Let us return to the crumbling cob cottage in the country, and our intrepid heroine and her hilarious family.

They are about to start rebuilding their home and their lives. Of course, nothing is going to go smoothly for them, is it?

In this sequel to ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ we accompany our heroine on her journey as she bravely battles to restore everything that she loves; often against the odds and with a liberal sprinkling of humour, art and home-made cookies along the way.

One this is for sure; it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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Let us return to our favourite cottage in the country once again.

In this final installment from the house that sat down, the family’s incredible journey is drawing to a close, leaving an unexpected bonus in its wake.

The cottage has been rebuilt and the family are moving on, but this tale has an astonishing legacy in store for our heroine, if she can find the courage to reach for it.

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Alice May2About the Author

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet.  We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.

Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing. Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

 

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#PublicationDayPush “Christmas at Ladywell” by Nicola Slade

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A time for spilling secrets…

Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Freya – now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child – has to transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a week away, things don’t go according to plan…

In the past old uncertainties are resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the hares at Ladywell.

Past and present are only a whisper apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell famous, but meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a turkey to cook – and a very special secret of her own that must be told.

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Author Bio Nicola Slade

Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.

She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries and The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, is the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.

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Blog: www.nicolaslade.wordpress.com

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#Review “Finding Ruby” by J.A. Higgins

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5/5 Stars!

I was only a few pages into Finding Ruby when I couldn’t decide if I felt sorry for the protagonist’s situation or if I hated her for allowing herself to be in that situation.

At first glance, Eleanor “Nell” Montague appears ditsy, frazzled and weak as she arrives late to her own grandmother’s funeral.

My sympathy swelled as she rushes back to work, concocting scenarios to account for her time so as not to arouse the ire later of her live-in boyfriend, Gary. He doesn’t need much provocation to lay hands on her.

Nell annoyed me as I read her thoughts on all the punches, smacks and beatings she’d endured because of some transgression Gary believed she’d committed.

Why didn’t she leave? Why didn’t she pick up a baseball bat and swing for the bleachers?

Nell’s life is that of a typical abuse victim. Isolated from friends and coworkers, and with the death of her beloved grandmother, she has no more family.

Her mother died years ago and she assumes her father is also deceased… but she isn’t sure since he abandoned the family when she was a small child.

But there is nothing typical about Nell.

As I learned more about Nell, I didn’t feel she was so much stuck in her situation as she was waiting for something.

I have no idea what—and I don’t believe Nell knew either at that point—but it’s obvious she wishes she was more like her alter-ego, Ruby.

Her father, Will, used to tell her “stories” about the fierce, confident young girl, and Ruby came alive in Nell’s fantasies. Ruby wouldn’t put up with Gary’s crap. Ruby would stand up for herself at work. Ruby would marry a wonderful man and have beautiful children. But it’s all pure fantasy because Ruby disappeared decades ago.

Nell’s wait comes to an abrupt end when she’s handed the keys to a new life… and ghosts of the past.

Fear becomes Nell’s constant companion because she’s afraid she’ll give in and return to Gary simply because he’s all she has left. She loves him but she isn’t in love with him, he’s just the only constant in her life, even if he is a bastard. However her bigger fear is now Ruby, who haunts her days as well as her nights.

Nell sees and hears her and believes she suffered from one too many of Gary’s attacks. But then Emily, another missing young girl, appears to Nell. First, as a captive in a cellar, then standing behind Nell in a crowd.

Maxine, a local nurse and quirky psychic unsure of her own abilities, may be the key to saving Nell’s sanity.

But Nell also wonders if she needs saving from the mysterious Mr. Austin who’s been stalking her since her grandmother’s funeral. He claims to be looking for her father, but Nell is sure his connection runs deeper, she just doesn’t know how deep, or if there’s any truth to the rumors of Will Montague being involved in Ruby’s disappearance.

Nell Montague is not some badass, take-no-prisoners heroine. She’s afraid or anxious during much of this story.

However, as she comes to realize the answers are within her and only she can save herself—and possibly two missing girls—she shows a sense of determination and quiet strength as her past and present collide in the wake of repressed memories and haunting evil.

And I am cheering her own!

Finding Ruby is engaging fiction with spot-on character development, but it’s the plot twists straight out of left field that turn this read into page-turning suspense as you try to figure out who’s alive, who’s dead, who’s innocent, who’s guilty, and who’s just sad.

Issues are resolved by the story’s end but… that ending! Here’s hoping I haven’t seen the last of Nell Montague.

Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense… and a dash of the supernatural will enjoy this solid read. Those with emotional triggers should be aware that while not graphic or gratuitous, there are scenes of domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the story line.

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On Halloween night thirteen year old Ruby disappears in the company of a masked figure. She is never seen again. The only witness is Nell Montague who is just seven years old.

Twenty three years later, Nell is trapped in an abusive relationship and still suffering from vivid nightmares of what she saw. When tragedy strikes she escapes and attempts to put her past behind her. Then thirteen year old Emily disappears.

Haunted by increasingly disturbing visions and helped by a reluctant psychic, Nell must unravel the mystery of what really happened that night because to save Emily she must first find Ruby.  But to do so she will question everything she thought she knew about her own childhood and soon discovers that nightmares don’t always end when you wake up.

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Author Bio

Born and raised at Porton Down in Wiltshire, and currently works for the NHS in Salisbury, J A Higgins has always been fascinated by crime, history and the unexplained.  Finding Ruby is the first in the Nell Montague mystery series which will examine how horrors from the past are still very relevant today.

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Meet Nancy Jardine, author of “The Celtic Fervour Series”

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Today we welcome author Nancy Jardine to Nesie’s Place!Nancy Jardine

Nancy  writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)

A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

Thank you for spending a little time with us here on the blog, Nancy!

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Glasgow (Scotland) but now live in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates?

I’m married and live my husband. We have two daughters, one of whom (D1) lives next door with her husband and two children. D2 lives about a 45 minute drive away, so I don’t see her and her husband so often, or their two dogs. I regularly child mind my grandkids of 5 and 7 when their parents are working, and they pop-in and out a lot between the houses. During school summer holidays there are lots of impromptu ‘sleep-overs’.

When did you first consider yourself or know you were a writer?

My career was primary teaching, though I didn’t consider any writing I did back then as writing – it was mainly just work. With the exception of two local history projects, where I volunteered my summer holiday time (was nicely persuaded LOL) to write non-fiction books about the venues: a locomotive works and a primary school. When I retired from teaching in 2011, I decided those non-fiction books had given me the confidence and some of the skills to write fiction for publication. At first, I had the time to seriously get to work on fiction…and then the grandkids were born, hence the flurry of novels published from 2012-2014 and the slow-down afterwards. But this coming year I have high hopes!

How long did it take you to write your first book?

That’s hard to answer. There was an overlap between the writing and the publishing stages! I wrote an early version of The Beltane Choice, Book 1 of my Celtic Fervour Series, and sent it to The Wild Rose Press, a mainly ebook romance publisher in New York State. They politely declined the manuscript but gave me a couple of pages worth of suggestions to improve it. While I was doing those revisions, I decided to try a contemporary mystery which I wrote in about 4 or 5 months. I sent that off to The Wild Rose Press, they accepted it and published what became Monogamy Twist in 2012. When I finished the changes to The Beltane Choice, I sent the manuscript to Crooked Cat Books (a small independent publisher then based in Edinburgh) and they published the first edition in 2012.

Pantser or Plotter?

For Book 1 of the Celtic Fervour series The Beltane Choice I was definitely an almost total ‘pantser’. However, I learned fairly quickly that, although being a ‘pantser’ is my natural inclination, it pays to do a reasonable amount of plotting to keep on track, especially with timelines, historical events, and with aspects of a mystery that need correct sequencing. Each new novel has got more and more complex in plotting; in the amounts of main characters; and with multiple viewpoints depicted, so I now do more initial plotting. For Topaz Eyes, a contemporary mystery/ thriller my planning sheet covered my extended dining room table and was on piece of blank wall-lining paper. I’d created such a complex family tree (ancestral) that I needed a really big space to ensure that I kept up with my plot developments and timelines, which were crucial in that huge ‘fun-to-write’ novel. My Celtic Fervour Series is similar, with timelines and events that need to be absolutely accurate.

Have you ever taken the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

No. I’m not sure I would work well under that kind of pressure since I tend to need to research further as I write, even though I also do loads beforehand. That’s not to say I’d not try a NaNoWriMo style of ‘getting it all down’ strategy sometime in the future. I can’t write every single day, due to family commitments and life getting in the way, so setting aside that November time doesn’t seem like a possibility. However, I’ve done the April A to Z Blogging Challenge a couple of times where I’ve added a substantial post (average 1500 words) to my blog every day on Ancient Roman Britain/ Roman Scotland topics.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

I’ve been all of those in the last seven years. As mentioned above with two small independent publishers first, contracted with them for two and four years respectively. I was hybrid when I self-published my historical time travel adventure in 2015, and now I’m self-published with Ocelot Press which is a co-operative of self-published authors who assist each other as and when we can.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

Historical adventures and contemporary mysteries are my favourites. I loved writing The Taexali Game, my time travel historical, because that meant using the techniques necessary for contemporary mystery writing, along with the skills used for depicting authentic historical work. That novel was written for a wider audience from early teens through adult so the writing style was also a bit different.

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Historical, though I read all genres of fiction if something grabs my attention. I read a lot of historical non-fiction: some of which is research for my writing, and others just because I love history in general. ‘The King in the North- The Pictish Realms of Fortriu and Ce’ beckons very soon.

What are you reading now?

I just finished The Secret Diaries of Miss Ann Lister because I’d just watched the TV series. I usually would try to read the book first, but that’s not what happened this time. My kindle has a good stock of unread historical novels and some mysteries though I’ve also some paperback novels to catch up with- some crime, the rest historical.

Favorite beverage to read with?

A glass of delicious red wine. At the moment a good Malbec is a favourite.

What is your favorite non-writing, non-reading pastime?

Apart from being with my entertaining grand children, it would be gardening, which I do when the jobs are necessary or if the sun shines. (I’m a wimpish fair-weather gardener and in the north east of Scotland that can be intermittent!)

Where do you get the most writing done?

My writing desk is at my dining room window, where I can break off writing to watch the variety of birds hopping around the various trees and bushes.

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Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?

No. I’d probably neglect them like my poor houseplants! Though, I wrote an Irish Wolfhound – Thor – into my contemporary mystery Monogamy Twist after an overnight stint of looking after my daughter’s two dogs, who were relatively young at the time.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

Not completely addicted. I tend to check Facebook groups a couple of times a day, but I also catch up with politics and the news via the internet. I hardly ever read a paper newspaper now and wouldn’t want to miss my internet news copy! Twitter and all the many other sites I’ve joined are dipped into occasionally during the week, but I’m not prepared to spend all day on visiting them.

What’s the inspiration behind After Whorl: Bran Reborn? Who’s your favorite character?

At the end of Book 1The Beltane Choice an absolutely lovely, strong secondary character – Brennus– gets a raw deal from me. So it was very fitting that he has his own story told in Books 2 & 3 of the series. Brennus’ dire situation after the battle of Whorl (end Book 1) was brilliant for me to launch into much more interaction with the dominating Ancient Romans. As Bran, he doesn’t have it easy but he’s a real survivor at a time when it must have been incredibly difficult to resist the power of Ancient Rome. In a convoluted way Brennus/Bran’s situations also allow me to introduce a main Roman legionary character who plays a strong role as Brennus’ story progresses.

What’s your next project or release?

I’m working on Book 5 Beathan the Brigante which continues the story of the Garrigill clan members. There’s also more of General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola, Commander of the Ancient Roman Armies, but it’s mostly Beathan’s story. (Hint: Beathan is the baby born at the end of Book 1 prophesied to be an important Celtic warrior)

Do you have any advice for new authors?

There are many routes to publication. I’d say try to find what suits you and your lifestyle the best. If you consider that being successful is selling lots of books via the internet (Amazon etc), you have to be prepared to devote a lot of time (and sometimes expense) in promoting your work. Small independent publishers don’t have the cash to push forward all of their authors, and neither do the big traditional ones (as far as I’m told), so being an author isn’t only writing the actual novels.

Thank you so much, Nancy!

Thank you for inviting me to your blog, today!

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After Whorl Bran Reborn (Celtic Fervour Series Book 2)

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Ravaged at the Battle of Whorl, Brennus of Garrigill is irrevocably changed. He embraces a new identity as Bran, vowing to avert Roman domination of Brigantia. Though how, when he and Ineda – his healer’s granddaughter – are forced to labour for the Roman IX Legion? Trading with the usurpers provides opportunities for gathering information, but after they are attacked by a Roman patrol, Ineda cannot be found.

Distraught with her loss, can Bran find a new occupation?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…

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#BlogTour “Silent Money” by G.D. Harper

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Glasgow, 1972. Michael Mitchell is ambitious, talented and determined to succeed. But he learns the hard way that he will never achieve his goals in life – unless he plays by a different set of rules.

He partners with a small-time crook to help the Glasgow underworld launder the proceeds of their crimes. As the operation grows, Michael is forced to become more and more ruthless to protect what he has built.

Shocked by who he has become, he vows to leave the criminal world behind and start a new life. But the past has a way of catching up. Finally, he gambles everything on one last desperate attempt to break free.

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I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.

I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Silent Money.

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#BlogTour “A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall” by Jane Linfoot

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A December to remember…

Christmas in a Cornish castle? Sign Ivy Starforth up! Hired to kit out the holiday rental as the world’s most Instagramable festive dreamland, there’s only one thing standing in the way of her hefty paycheque – the lord of the manor.

Bill Markham could give Scrooge a run for his money but Ivy is firmly #TeamChristmas…even if her handsome host seems to be doing everything he can to sabotage her staging. Maybe she shouldn’t have stumbled in on him starkers in the hot tub?

As the temperature outside cools, things inside the castle heat up. It’s been a long time since Ivy allowed herself to give in to temptation…surely one little kiss under the mistletoe won’t hurt?

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Jane LinfootAuthor Bio

Jane Linfoot is a best-selling author, who lives in a cottage on a Derbyshire hillside with her family and their pets. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.

Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea and wrote her first book by accident. While she loves to write feel good books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her recent standalone novels are all set in and around the (imaginary) seaside village of St Aidan in Cornwall. They are: Ivy’s Cornish Christmas, Edie’s Browne’s Cottage by the Sea, The Little Cornish Kitchen. Her four book Little Wedding Shop series are standalone stories, also set in St Aidan. They are: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop and Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop. They are all published by the Harper Impulse and One More Chapter imprints of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her

Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.

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