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Summer Reading

Summer

Summer’s hit and there’s nothing better than reading on Brighton beach in the sunshine.  I’ve been filling my days with the following books…

Countryside Perfection

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Is home always where the heart is?

When Ellie spent a summer with her mum on a Wiltshire commune in the 90s it was a bigger disaster than Leo DiCaprio’s trip aboard the Titanic – so fleeing to America seemed a perfect plan.

But now, with her marriage falling apart, running back to her mum seems like the only option for her and her son Josh.

She wasn’t expecting Art, the boy she once had a crush on to still be working at Willow Tree Farm…And still be as hot and bothersome as he was when they were teenagers.
Ellie came to Willow Tree Farm for a fresh start. But is she ready to risk sailing her life – and her heart – into another iceberg?

There’s something about Heidi Rice’s Summer At Willow Tree Farm that warms the heart:  adorable children; beautiful countryside; and that teenage crush that Ellie never quite forgot.  Turns out that Art never forgot her either, and the chemistry between the two of them practically set my kindle aflame.  Funny and utterly charming.

Old School Clinch

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A man like David Falcon – a celebrated writer. traveler and explorer, and good-looking into the bargain! – was almost bound to he plagued by adoring women; and in fact his female admirers made such a nuisance of themselves that at last he had to take some forceful action.

Fortunately there was one girl who disliked him strongly. so he engaged her as his secretary and instructed her also to act as watchdog to keep off any of the others who might track him down to his remote castle in Wales.

It was a move that was destined to defeat itself.

There’s something about properly old school Mills & boon novels that I can’t help but adore.  Rose Burghley’s The Sweet Surrender has my favourite romance novel cover of all time, and the insides match!

Take one feisty heroine, one alpha hero, a Welsh castle and any number of intense embraces, and you’ve got the recipe for a great read!

All About the Scandal

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Between the fall-out from his father’s latest shady business dealings and his wife Charisse’s alcoholism, Evan Murdoch has his hands full. But he should be most concerned about the scandalous affair Charisse is having right under his nose—with his half-brother. Evan’s being pushed to the edge, and no one knows that better than Leila Hawkins…

Leila is back in Chesterton, divorced, penniless, and desperate enough to do anything to save her mother’s home from foreclosure—including turning to Evan, her former best friend. But Evan isn’t interested in friendship. Instead he makes Leila a shockingly indecent proposal.

Meanwhile, Evan’s newlywed sister, Paulette, wants to be the perfect wife. But a blackmailing bad boy ex has reappeared in her life—and he’s threatening to reveal her most painful secret.

The scandals just won’t quit—and for everyone involved, desire, betrayal, and lies are all in a day’s work…

It’s all about secrets, scandals and seduction in Shelly Ellis’ Best Kept Secrets, the first book in the Chesterton Scandal series.  The intertwined narratives that follow the different characters balance the storylines well, and it’s clear that this is an epic saga in the making!

Romantic Getaway

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He’ll help her forget her past, and may just give her a future too!

Immi Marlowe ran away after she was jilted… and on arrival on Isola dei Fiore gorgeous billionaire Matt Stark sweeps her off her feet! On the island’s golden beaches they really connect but, when her past secrets are revealed, what will Matt do to prove they can go the distance?

Kate Hardy’s 75th book for Mills & Boon, The Runaway Bride and the Billionaire, is the third in the Summer at the Villa Rosa quartet.  I love Kate’s books; they’ve got heroes to swoon over and heroines to die for!

The novel’s setting is particularly delightful, and made me yearn for beautiful sandy beaches instead of the pebbles beneath my feet!

Halcyon Days

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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves.

But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

I have a real soft spot for John Allison’s Giant Days comic series.  Following three female friends through their time at university, I’ve laughed and cried and am constantly being taken back to my own university days – now a decade ago!  Where has the time flown?

Perfect for reminiscing about the ‘good ole days’!

Theatrical Exploits

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Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where he’s hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin’s seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?

Trey isn’t looking for a relationship; he’s still recovering from the emotional fallout of an abusive marriage. But Ryan’s laughter draws him in again and again, and he’s not about to say no to fooling around.

As the summer heats up, the paparazzi catch Ryan in increasingly compromising situations. Ryan might be too much drama for a summer fling—and Trey might be just an intermission from Ryan’s Hollywood life. But if they take their cues from Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.

I’ve written about Vanessa North’s Lake Lovelace series before, but none are quite as summery as Summer Stock (the season’s even mentioned in the title!)

The romance is well-developed and Ryan and Trey both deserve happiness, so it’s wonderful when they finally realise that what they truly need in life is each other.

Urban Fantasy Intensity

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Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

I’ve only recently discovered Ilona Andrews and Burn for Me, the first in the Hidden Legacy trilogy, had me hooked immediately.  Cue a magical hero with PTSD, a heroine whose family deserve a book all their own, and a romp of an adventure on which to follow them.

The third book, Wildfire, has only just been released and it is as exciting and as well written as the first two!

Romance Academia

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The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name…

We do it in the dark. Under the sheets. With a penlight. We wear sunglasses and a baseball hat at the bookstore. We have a “special place” where we store them. Let’s face it: Not many folks are willing to publicly admit they love romance novels. Meanwhile, romance continues to be the bestselling fiction genre. Ever. So what’s with all the shame?

Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan–the creators of the wildly popular blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books–have no shame! They look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of romance novels and tackle the hard issues and questions.

With insider advice for writing romances, fun games to discover your inner Viking warrior, and interviews with famous romance authors, Beyond Heaving Bosomsshows that while some romance novels are silly–maybe even tawdry–they can also be intelligent, savvy, feminist, and fabulous, just like their readers!

And now to Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan’s Beyond Heaving Bosoms:  The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels.

Doing research as an academic means that I read a lot of books which are quite full-on.  Wendell and Tan’s book – though still arguably academic – is hysterical.  Expect talk about the heroine’s ‘Magic Hoo Hoo’, the hero’s ‘Wang of Mighty Lovin” and the importance of snark when presented with the best and worst of romance novel covers.

Yes, it is a glorious as it sounds.

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Responding to Reading: Tempting the Deputy

Heidi Rice‘s Tempting the Deputy

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Tough, taciturn and wounded in ways that no one else knows about, Marietta rancher and part-time Deputy Sheriff Logan Tate is a man in total control of his life. Until he catches British photographer Charlotte Foster hitchhiking and ‘insists’ she gets a ride into town in his squad car… 

After her run-in with Deputy Hardass, Charlie Foster is ready to ride her thumb right back out of Marietta the very next day. But that night, a trip to Grey’s Saloon fires up her imagination – and her wild side – when she overhears the town’s first responders panicking over how to come up with the money needed to repair Harry’s House in just 90 days. 

Charlie has an ingenious solution to their problem, that might just require her to photograph twelve smokin’ hot guys naked. And, as luck would have it, also involves getting some much needed payback on Deputy Hardass–who isn’t too enthusiastic about participating in the calendar shoot.

But as he spends more time with Charlie, Logan can’t ignore the chemistry sizzling between them. Can a man who lives by the rules fall in love with a woman who breaks all of his?

So I’m not entirely certain why it’s taken Heidi Rice so long to write a cowboy hero.  As heroes go, they’re usually fairly alpha – without fitting into the overbearing Christian Grey mould – fit as f— and are part of a close-knit community; all traits that I’ve seen in previous Rice heroes…but Logan is her first.

And is he a good one?

The short answer is yes.  He’s a great hero.  He’s kind, a little clueless about his own feelings at times (which I find unbelievably adorable) and has a backstory that makes your heart ache.

How about our heroine?  Charlie Foster’s a British photographer, passing through the adorable town of Marietta, who takes on a photography project to raise some money for a local cause.  Of course, it means she has to see certain male members of the community in various states of undress, but she’s not particularly complaining.  They’re all fairly easy on the eyes, and it’s good exposure for her work.

But the thing I really like about her, is her frankness.  She’s straight talking and there’s a scene where they’re out in the “wild”, with her taking photos of him, when she starts telling him what she wants to do with her.  Aside from it being rather hot (which all the sex scenes are – my eReader almost combusted in my hands!), it’s also something innately honest and open.  And there’s nothing quite as alluring as the frank articulation of desire.

The story itself has great heart.  There’s a moment when Logan comes in the door and smells Charlie cooking a dish his mother used to cook him, and that really resonated with me.  The smell and taste of food is something that can resurrect memories both good and bad, and I love how that simple moment was woven into the narrative.  It encapsulated all that Logan had lost, and all that his life could be.

And the ending made me cry.  This isn’t something that’s unique to this book – Rice is to blame for a large number of tears shed over the years – but it’s something that I appreciate nonetheless.  It’s the kind of catharsis that Aristotle refers to in Poetics that makes me very grateful for the romance novel.

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Guestpost – Kimberly Lang and the Small Town Romance

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After fifteen or so books set in big cosmopolitan cities, it came as a bit of a surprise to some of my readers to find out the new series was set in a small southern town. Honestly, y’all, it was a bit of a surprise to me, too. But it’s been so much fun getting to know the people of Magnolia Beach.

I’ve been asked what attracted me to the small town setting, and after some serious thought I realized it was the same thing that attracted me to reunion and second-chance romances: the history.eal_us_cover

In a reunion romance, our hero and heroine are forced to face parts of their past they’d really hoped they’d get to forget. Whether it’s that unfortunate (but temporary) obsession with Adam Sandler or that strange thing you did to your hair that time, we move on and conveniently forget. Stupid things said and done and bad choices made can be filed away under “Lessons Learned” and we can believe we are no longer that person.

Hook up with your ex (like in The Girl’s Guide to Flirting with Danger and The Million Dollar Question) or even that person you went to school with and haven’t seen since (like in The Downfall of a Good Girl or Grace Felt the Heat), and you’re faced with the person who witnessed those questionable choices and may still see you as the person you were then. In a small town, that’s multiplied: everyone remembers those knee-high moccasins and the time you had to be pulled off the bar and sent home in a taxi. You may be forgiven, but it’s not forgotten, and while you may be an improved version of that younger person, it’s all still you.  It’s baggage you get to carry everywhere, all the time.

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That history, those connections to the past and other people, are catnip for me. I love to explore the way characters handle that history — whether it’s the guy who’s still living his high school football glory days, the reformed wild child who’s moved on, the guy who’s never gotten over his high school crush, or the couple who’s passionate affair fizzled out and they’re okay with it. (Really. Stop asking. They’re just friends.)

Some do it gracefully; some don’t always handle it well. The same goes for the folks around them. But there’s always a story there, waiting to be told.

And that’s what brought me to Magnolia Beach. I hope you come to love the place as much as I do.

The first book in Kimberly’s Magnolia Beach series, Something to Prove, is out now, and she’s just released the One Little Thing novella!

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Kimberly Lang is a USA Today bestselling author and Southern belle with a troublemaking streak. A former ballet dancer and English teacher, she now does yoga and writes the kind of books she always loved to read.

She’s married to her college sweetheart, is mom to the most amazing child on the planet, and shares her office space with a dog named Cupid.

Find out more about Kimberly and her books on her website; and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for regular, nature-filled, updates!

 

 

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Guestpost – Nikki Logan’s Love Affair with Deserts

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In 2014, I was lucky enough to take two big overseas trips from Australia—first to the United Arab Emirates and later also to Canada. K’ching! But when you’re a writer every trip, everywhere, is a research opportunity (and deductible) which makes the expense more palatable.

My UAE stop-over was a functional one, at first, mid-route to Wales. Of all the states on the Arabian peninsula, the collected Emirates are the least conservative (which is not to say they’re not still quite conservative by our standards) and perhaps the most accessible to and tolerant of Westerners. I flew into Dubai but I just had no interest in the glass and chrome spectacle of the world’s most consumptive city; I was more keen to hit some of the natural spots. In the UAE, nature pretty much comes in three flavours – marine, mountain and desert.

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I picked desert.

In July.

What a noob!

Some simplistic context…. Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen make up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula (sand making up the bulk of them), and, years ago, a number of smaller Emirates grouped together politically to form the United Arab Emirates along the southern shores of the Persian Gulf. The whole peninsula was once the floor of a vast ocean, and all that golden desert sand is actually ancient sea sand that has been shifting about on the surface ever since. As our present mini ice-age locked up all the water, the land there lost much of its original green oasis and wildlife and—over millennia—it has baked and blown to its present dry state.

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The temperature gauge on the expensive limo that whisked me out of the city and out into the desert toward Oman read 58 Celsius. Celsius! Off the asphalt it was a little cooler (50C) and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the 6-star resort I stayed at was virtually a ghost town. On the up side, the scorching heat meant I had the resort’s amazing facilities— and the entire desert— practically to myself. But I understood a little better how I had managed to get such an accessible price on such an exclusive resort.

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For the record, desert—most particularly the sort comprising 99% of the UAE—is completely awesome. It is nothing like you imagine. I expected to find it interesting from a wildlife and conservation standpoint, but I had no idea it would seep into my heart like its sands seeped into my luggage. Its colour, the geometry, the light… *sigh*

I sat on the edge of a massive, fenced wildlife reserve in my private Bedouin tent with my private plunge pool, where the wildlife came virtually to my door feeling like it was all for me, and I had the most magical, restorative and inspiring few days of my life.

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I immediately knew that I’d be setting a book there. If not more than one. Out of respect for the culture and the beautiful people I met, I created my own fictional Emirate and history, but the rest of the wildlife experiences I included in my December release ‘Bodyguard…to Bridegroomwere real. I knew it was the sort of place where a woman could go to find herself and maybe find love while she was out there. Because I both found myself and found a new love (for the desert!) while I was there.

I blogged extensively about my experiences at the luxury resort here if you would like to learn more about it, the deserts and wildlife of the UAE  (scroll down to the deserty stuff).

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Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates.  Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves.

Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done.

Find out more about Nikki and her books on her website; and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for regular, nature-filled, updates!

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Guestpost – Louisa George and Christmas Downunder

 

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Oh, I do love Christmas! Being a good Yorkshire lass I learnt to love the snow and freezing gales (;-), and cherish the roaring fires and the dark afternoons when I can curl up with a good Christmas romance and dream a little. I love shopping trips to Oxford Street and warming my hands and insides with hot toddies, buying decorations from Harrods and decorating the tree.

Except…I now live in New Zealand. Where it’s 26 degrees outside, you definitely don’t want to put the oven on, never mind cook a turkey in it for 6 hours. Hot drinks make you sweat even more (and there’s nothing worse than sunscreen running into your eyes while you’re trying to baste the dinner), everyone’s having fun at the beach and it’s light until bedtime.

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My new experiences of Christmas have taken a bit of getting used to, I have to admit. It’s December 1st already and I just don’t feel Christmassy at all- it’s too blinking hot for a start and the radio stations are gearing up for summer hits not Christmas music. I really must get round to writing my cards- although I’ve probably missed the last post for the UK already!

Here, we watch santa parades in our shorts and t-shirts, have barbecues most days and go on camping trips. In fact, Christmas is our summer holidays and most people pack up and head off on holiday for 2-3 weeks; businesses close and the cities are eerily quiet.

One thing that I can still do here, though, is settle down (in the shade, and preferably with a cocktail in hand!) with a good Christmas romance book. I can imagine falling in love in a snow-bound cabin, or singing carols around a tree, all wrapped up in wooly scarves and silly jumpers.

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Yes, the idea of a Christmas romance still tends to cling to the lovely traditions of the Northern Hemisphere. So, a bunch of us ‘Down Under’ authors decided it’d be fun to write some novellas about Christmas in Australasia—and introduce readers to the kind of things we do down here in the holidays.

We had lots of fun planning and brainstorming and we’re delighted to announce that Hot Christmas Nights, A LoveCats Boxset is available to download from today!  There are seven never-before seen stories of heat and love…from authors : USA Today best seller, Rachel Bailey, Michelle Douglas, Helen Lacey, Kandy Shepherd, Stefanie London, Jennifer St George and myself, Louisa George.

Here’s the blurb:

The Hot Christmas Nights (A LoveCats DownUnder box set) contains seven brand new holiday stories from award-winning, best-selling and rising star Australian and New Zealand authors. Whether you want to get caught in a summer storm, find a second chance at love or fall for your best friend—there’s a story here for you.

The stories in this box set range from sweet to sexy, and they’re all emotionally satisfying reads with a happy ever after.

For more information on the individual stories here’s the Amazon UK link: Amazon UK

However you spend your Christmas, I hope it’s happy and peaceful and filled with love, Louisa  xx

Coffee aficionado, wine lover and zumba addict, Louisa George writes award-winning contemporary romance fiction that is fun, flirty and fresh.

Visit her at www.louisageorge.com where you can find out more about her books and sign up to her newsletter. She also hangs out on Facebook, so pop by and say hi!

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Respond to Reading: See Me

This is the first stop on the blog tour for Nicholas Sparks‘ See Me, and I’ve got a signed copy to #GIVEAWAY!  Details are at the end of the review.

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I’m a big fan of catharsis.

There’s something innately satisfying about reading a book or watching a film that wrenches your heart out of your chest, stomps on it a little bit, and then shoves it back in, leaving you with an indelible ache that you can’t quite put into words.

And that’s pretty much how I feel about anything that’s got Nicholas Sparks at its core.

You read Sparks for his ability to capture intense emotional connection, and See Me, his first book in about two years, didn’t disappoint.

At its heart are two characters who are in the middle of starting again. Colin Hancock has a history of violence and is finally at college, studying to be a teacher. He’s stoic and bluntly honest in a way that’s sometimes a little shocking, but I suppose what I like best about Colin is his role as a second chance character.

Second chance characters have made huge mistakes in their past, but have turned (or are in the process of turning) their life around. The flaw that often rears its ugly head with these kind of characters, is how that process of starting again is portrayed; it`s all too easy to have a turning point after which everything falls easily into place. Life is never that simple.

Needless to say, Sparks doesn’t fall into this trap. Colin’s blunt honesty can be attributed to the fact that he has to be honest with himself at all times, as that helps him stay grounded.

He’s also got a support network in his friend Evan, and Evan’s fiancee Lily, but we rarely see his family due to their strained relationship. And most importantly, Colin doesn’t find this easy. He has strategies in place, things he does to keep himself out of trouble, but his instincts are darker than most people’s and that’s captured with sensitivity.

Maria Sanchez, our heroine, has led a pretty sheltered life and so when she asks Colin about his past, and why he’s at college so late, he tells her with some of that blunt honesty. Sparks doesn’t shy away from the fact that there are differences between the main couple; their instincts are quintessentially different, and their backgrounds even more so. But opposites attract and there’s a gentleness to their burgeoning relationship.

All of this is set against the backdrop of suspense and fear. As the narrative unfolds, we find out more and more about why Maria left her previous job and has returned to her hometown, and it soon appears that something or someone may be watching her.

Romance suspense can be hard to get right, and Sparks perfectly balances the love story and the development of Colin and Maria’s feelings for each other with a thriller-esque plot that unfolds at the perfect pace.

There is, of course, a fair amount of heartache and conflict, but I fell in love with these characters, this setting and I’m entirely convinced that this book assays any misconceptions people may have about love stories not being well-written. Utterly gorgeous.

Now, I’m lucky enough to have a signed copy of See Me for a giveaway! So leave a comment about your favourite Nicholas Sparks book, and I will choose one commenter at random on Friday morning.

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Q&A with Jane Linfoot

I’m a fan of everything vintage, so was delighted to get a chance to interview Jane Linfoot about her HarperImpulse novel, The Vintage Cinema Club!

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The Vintage Cinema Club reflects its characters love for everything vintage.  What do you think is so appealing about old-school fashion styles?

I think people love to choose vintage because it guarantees you something individual that no one else has. Retro will often give you classic design and fabulous quality, compared to newer things. It’s also a way of embracing recycling – being green, yet doing it with style. I heard someone say that modern vintage is looking forward through a window of the past. A lot of it is about rediscovering “pretty” too, after a decade of minimalism.

Friendship is at the heart of the novel, with three women working together and fighting to save their business.  Why do you think that female friendships are so prevalent in romance novels?

Female friendships are an important feature  of current romance stories because that reflects the way real women live their lives.

In the past, settling down as half of a romantic couple was the main aspiration for a lot of people, but women today look for much more than that. Today’s women like to get out there, have their careers, and live their lives on their own terms. Female friends are a crucial part of that dynamic. For most people finding “the one” comes a long way down the line, and it’s natural that our “besties” will be around to help us when love happens.

Female friendship is a fascinating area to explore for the writer. Throwing friends into the romance mix adds interest that takes the story to a different level. I think readers enjoy and appreciate that extra depth.

You’ve got three – very different – romance heroines, in The Vintage Cinema Club.  What do you think makes a strong romance heroine

First I have to admit that floppy heroines are my pet hate.

A strong romance heroine will know her own mind, she’ll have her principles and hang on to them, and she’ll never chase the hero. If she does get close it’ll be on her own terms. And she won’t be afraid to stand up to the hero when he’s wrong, and sometimes when he isn’t.

A strong heroine has to be gutsy enough to go on in there and challenge the hero in a way they’ve never been challenged before. Standing up to these guys, surprising them, playing them at their own game or even a different one, and coming out on top is the way my heroines like to play it. If they happen to make the hero fall in love along the way, it’s entirely accidental, because love is usually the last thing on my heroines’ minds.

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Writing from one perspective can be tricky enough, but you manage to balance and capture three different voices!  How did you manage to keep each character separate and not conflate them?

Izzy, Luce and Dida in The Vintage Cinema Club are all very individual characters. As so often happens with my characters, they marched onto the page pretty much fully formed, and immediately began ordering me around. This might be because they’d been bouncing around in my head for ages before I began to write, and I guess they never got mixed up because I knew each character so well.

When I was planning the story it seemed important to bring in characters who were very different rather than similar, which meant they are coming at us from different places, and have a different view on life.

In real life people are often drawn to friends who complement their own qualities. Quiet girls hang out with extroverts, wild women will have a sensible friend to keep them grounded. The contrasts between the characters in this book were a great way of shining a spotlight on each of the individual women and their different lives. Izzy’s feisty side is tempered by Luce’s calm, but when it comes to business, Luce wishes she had a share of Izzy’s courage. And what will it take to crack Dida’s hard shell?

I loved exploring the different qualities of each of the women in the book. I like writing about strong women, and I especially enjoyed writing about their interaction, as the women both clash and collide, sometimes ganging up on each other, but always working together. Their combined strength is an awesome power. I found the different combinations of three women in the scenes, and the progress of their relationships in pairs, singly, and all together, developed in a fascinating way, as the story played out. But I have to admit that a lot of the time it felt as if they were acting completely independently, and I was simply the one recording what they did.

What’s your current project and what will we be seeing from you next?

My writing is influenced a lot by things that happen in my life, and right now country weddings are featuring very large. And I’m still enjoying mixing the romance with the friendship themes.

The Vintage Cinema Club is out now and can be found at HarperImpulse , Amazon UK , Amazon US , iTunes , Sainsburys , Nook and Google play.

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Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and lots of heart.  She lives in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where her family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, they’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For her, writing is cool because she gets to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies.

Jane loves hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When she’s not on Facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, she’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

To find out more about Jane, you can find her on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest , as well as on her website.