|Posted by Mandy Baggot on October 22, 2014 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
I'm delighted to welcome author, Eve Devon, to In the Sack this week!
My name’s Eve Devon and I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters…
I kind of secretly believe it’s not too late for me to train as a professional dancer, MMA expert, or get asked to be Angelina Jolie’s body-double. I know. This is why writing fiction is for me!
Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me quite the taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals.
When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucketload, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!
Where you can find me:
Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…
Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life! Wi
th all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.
Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.
As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?
I can’t afford designer label but I do like a different bag per season! It’s autumn/winter so I’m fully in love with this leather (rain-proof), holds-everything-I-could-possibly-need, piece of scrumptiousness. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the shorter the person, the larger the handbag. Of course a bag this size needs to be filled in order to look its best and as the season progresses it will get more “vital” things added. Come spring it’ll be bursting at the seams, but what will probably happen is rather than me empty it and stow it away in a wardrobe, it will continue to hold all the stuff I meant to take out and organise when I changed over bags. In our house bags just act as handy extra storage! I always pop on a few embellishments to “fabualise” it, and because why wouldn’t I want to walk down the street jangling?
WHAT'S IN THE SACK?
Cardigan: It’s the UK so we’re always one step away from feeling cold.
Umbrella: see above only insert “rain” for feeling cold.
Pencil Case of fabulousness: containing business cards that I’ve just remembered are out of date, plasters, painkillers, pens, mirror, and fave Nivea lipsalve.
Phone: It’s unusual for me to have two things in matching design (I get a little antsy when things are too matchy-matchy), but I really do love this Victorian/steam-punk/prettiness.
Emergency Toy: for those “out with the niece/nephew and on verge of a tantrum” moments (the kids I should hasten to mention—not me). This one is a rather *cough* brilliant replica fighter-plane in the form of polystyrene glider of awesomeness that I purchased at a railway station café!!!
Notebook for the current book I’m writing: It is beautiful. That is all.
Small notebook: for everything that’s not about the book I’m currently writing.
Kindle: For those “we are sorry to announce the xxx train to xxx is running approximately 47 minutes late” moments.
Book: For if kindle battery dead!
Hall’s Soothers: Pretty sure these are left over from the previous autumn/winter, but hey, if I get hungry…
Bag of ribbon: I’m looking for a particular shape and size for some “blingy-bookmarks” I’m making for someone – so this comes with me to check against what I have.
Fridge-magnet from a Turner exhibition I took Hubby to last winter. Wow. Pretty sure I was supposed to remember I had that and take it out and put it on my fridge!
Thank you so much for joining me in the sack today, Eve!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on October 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Hey everybody! I'm just checking in here to let you know I'm still alive and kicking! I've had one of the worse flu bugs this last week. It really tried to kick my ass and I had to just give in and go with the bed/soup/pills therapy for a while.
But today I can feel the end is in sight and I'm well and truly back at my writing desk! And these are the current guys in my life...
Yes, despite all my promises to myself, I'm currently writing two books at the same time. It does have its complications - for the first time ever I have to have proper notes so I remember all the details - but it has its upsides too. One day I might be feeling more biker than fireman or the other way round. It's definitely keeping me on my toes!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on October 15, 2014 at 2:00 AM||comments (1)|
I'm delighted to have the lovely, Rachel Brimble on my blog today!
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
She's ready to take back what's hers
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
About the book
Sum up your latest book in no more than 30 words!
Love & Intrigue in Templeton Cove – it really is all the fun of the fair…
What was your inspiration for this novel?
Every Easter while growing up, I spent a fabulous two weeks at our local village fair. All the kids would go and hang out, spending their pocket money and having a good time. I wanted to re-create those memories, the people who worked the rides and the general excitement and mystery that surrounds a travelling fair. For me, there are lots of potential stories and characters to play around with – I loved writing What Belongs To Her!
How do you write? Are you a pen and paper person or a laptop lover? Do you write from start to end or merge scenes together as they come to you?
I am a laptop lover! I very rarely use a pen and paper these days – the only time I do is when I am researching for my Victorian novels and come across snippets of information that I may use in another book further down the line. I have an A4 hardback notebook for possible story ideas, characters, situations and historical facts.
If you were in charge of casting who would play your hero in the film adaptation and why would they be the best choice?
I am a very visual writer and begin each book trawling the internet for my hero and heroine – more often than not, the chosen people are actors so answering this question is easy! For What Belongs To Her, I chose Cam Gigandet for John Jordon (hero) and Angie Harmon for Sasha Todd (heroine).
Where do you live and who with? Cats? Children? Hunky firefighter?
I live in a small market town in South West England, a short thirty minute drive from the fabulous city of Bath. I am married to the best man in the world (even I say so myself!) and we have two teenage daughters as well as my son…a black Lab called Max.
Favourite band/singer – have you seen them in concert? Have you waited backstage to leap on them?
I don’t really have a favourite band or singer, I am pretty easy in my listening and prefer the diversity of the radio so I can get a fix of everything! I mainly listen to Heart or Magic. The last concert me and hubby went to was Robbie Williams’ swing concert which was fab
TV – are you a drama lover or a soap devourer? Or does comedy tickle your fancy more?
I am a total drama lover – I watch far too much TV, my biggest vices being US dramas and British period dramas. Particular favourites are Scandal, Rizzoli & Isles, The Good Wife & The Following for the US shows and Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge & The Paradise for the period dramas.
You’re allowed to take THREE items to a desert island – which THREE things could you not live without?
Pic of my family
Pen & paper (or is that two??)
Quick Fire Quiz
In my novel ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ Kate and Joel take part in a relationship contest a bit like ‘Mr & Mrs’. I thought it would be fun if you could answer their quick fire questions and readers of the page can make what they will from your answers! Choose one from the following pairs e.g. savoury or sweet based on your gut reaction to the words. Remember it’s quick fire!
Savoury or Sweet? Savoury
Action or relaxation? Relaxation
Up or down? Up
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Nightclub or wine bar? Wine bar
Ferrari or Porsche? Porsche
Truth or dare? Truth
Gym or bed? Bed
Flower or tree? Flower
Hot or cold? Hot
E-book or paperback? Paperback
Bruce Forsyth or Dick Van Dyke? Dick Van Dyke
Thank you so much for joining me, Rachel!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on October 4, 2014 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
I'm back from another fantastic holiday in Corfu! I really feel this place is a second home and the last three years I've been lucky enough to visit twice a year (I'm very good at finding holiday bargains!). Here's to 2015!
But for now it's back to my computer and onwards and upwards with more stories for you all!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on September 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM||comments (2)|
I'm blogging this morning after eight hours uninterrupted sleep last night. This came after literally no sleep for two nights at the Festival of Romance in Leighton Buzzard. A combination of late night revellers and market stall holders setting up at 4am meant I had to drink twice as much wine to induce coma and get me through. The breakfast certainly helped too!
On the Friday night I was part of Girls Night In with the lovely Jane Lovering, Jill Steeples and Rowan Coleman. We read from our books, we asked each other questions in a Loose Women kind of a way and we took questions from the floor. We also ate cake and drank pink fizz - a necessity at these things. I really enjoyed this informal banter, so much so I revealed rather too much about my five year diary and my need to test fire fighters equipment.
On Saturday, joining the market traders, were several authors selling their books and wares to the public. I opted not to sell this year but the stalls looked lovely and there were sweets and treats to be tempted with!
L-R Liz Fenwick and Brigid Coady
L-R Susie Medwell (Zara Stoneley) and Jane Linfoot
I took part in Meet the Publishers and Pitch Your Novel live. It was an interesting debate about digital, paperback, booksellers and agents. Thirteen or so pitches were heard, all lively and interesting and the publishers and my agent, Kate Nash, gave feedback.
L-R JB Johnston (Brook Cottage Books), Linn B Halton and Tracey Risebrow (Book Thing)
After a pit stop for pork scratchings and a swift wine it was back to the theatre for an hour with award-winning authors.
L-R Carmel Harrington, Katie Fforde, Liz Fenwick, Fiona Harper and Tracy Bloom
I particularly enjoyed Tracy's reading from the wonderfully titled 'I Will Marry George Clooney (by Christmas)'. And we had more fun with George in the pub.
L-R Jane Linfoot, Mandy Baggot, George Clooney and Tracy Bloom
It was lovely to share some fizz with my HarperImpulse editor, Charlotte Ledger too!
The evening brought the awards and some wonderful entertainment in the form of dance, song and a stand-up routine worthy of a Night at the Apollo from Kate Nash.
I also got to go on stage to present an award. This year Carina UK scooped the publisher prize for Innovation in Romantic Fiction.
But at the Festival of Romance, everyone's a winner and we all got stuck into the wine and sushi after the prize-giving.
The only dampner was the curry house turning us away. But when there's a kebab house in town who needs a vindaloo?
I can't wait for next year!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on September 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
Happy Hump Day! Today I'm excited to be hosting the gorgeous Rory from new sexy read, Stables Mates by Zara Stoneley!
What makes Rory Steel the perfect hero?
If there’s such a thing as a man who can laugh you into bed, then it’s Rory. He’s fun, energetic but a bit like one of his terriers, happy to flop at the end of the day and have a cuddle. He’s fit (who wouldn’t be when he’s outside working the horses all day), protective (like his terriers, again!), and up for any challenge… In short, Rory is the perfect hero for you if you who wants a hunk who can easily sweep you off your feet, throw you over his shoulder, and have the stamina to keep you entertained all night – and wake you up smiling.
What would Rory plan for a perfect date?
Rory believes in working hard and playing hard. His ideal date would probably involve an exhilarating ride cross country on the horses, followed by a picnic or barbecue gazing at the stars and sharing food… he’s more of a blanket and finger food man than fine food. Although he does know how to live it up and spend the day in 5 star luxury – and he scrubs up very well if he decides to go ‘posh’!
What is Rory’s favourite TV show and music style?
He’s not really a guy who sits round watching TV (apart from eventing, Horse of the Year show and racing), but he’s not averse to the odd session on the sofa as long as it’s something entertaining enough to keep his attention. He’s more than likely to get distracted half way through by whoever he’s with though. Rory likes to pick his music to fit his mood, so his music collection ranges from Jake Bugg, to King’s of Leon with some heavy rock and beach music in between. Predictable doesn’t come into it!
Buy Stable Mates here!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on September 3, 2014 at 2:00 AM||comments (2)|
What makes Adam the perfect hero?
Adam is Mr. Nice Guy. The problem with nice guys is that they can spend too much time procrastinating. But when they are stirred into action—watch out. Don’t underestimate a guy who is fired up with passion when he’s after the girl of his dreams.
What would Adam plan for a perfect date?
Dinner for two, and Adam would be the chef. As a devoted dad to a nine-year-old, he knows his way around a kitchen. Adam’s idea of a perfect date is a night in with a cosy fire, a bottle of wine and the company of a woman he finds fascinating. But then, he’s not adverse to being a bit of a party animal ...
What is Adam’s favourite TV show and music style?
Adam is into Sam Smith, John Newman and a whole host of oldies. Add in a little Rihanna and a big helping of Coldplay, and there you have it. He’s not big on TV programmes, but enjoys watching films. He admits to having watched the odd chick flick, but won’t say another word on the subject. He tends to spend his spare time online, whenever he’s free. He works in IT and has created several online games; his hobby is programming.
Katie’s relationship has had more than its fair share of problems. After a difficult few years things begin to pick up and Katie finally realises her dream of opening up a bakery. Sweet Occasions specialises in novelty and celebration cakes, plus the most inspiring range of cupcakes anyone could possibly ask for!
Utilising her passion and skill helps to inject happiness back into her life, but it’s short-lived as things begin to fall apart. The reality is that you need to run a business with your heart AND your head. Help is at hand in the shape of her partner, Steve. He has the necessary experience, but does Katie want to tie herself to him financially, as well as personally?
Then one rainy, wintry day a bedraggled customer steps inside the door to order a cake …
Sometimes a turning point centres around one single moment in time: sometimes it takes two Christmases and three birthdays.
Linn's upcoming October 2014 release: http://viewBook.at/FallingAngelsAmongUsSeries
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on August 29, 2014 at 4:45 AM||comments (2)|
Welcome to a BRAND NEW feature on my blog - The Friday Meow!
It's been a long week and this is your chance to vent! What has got your back up this week?
Mine involves the hideous price of school shoes. How come my children's shoes cost so much? £46 and £47! Yes, they are leather and fitted but still, it's a crime! No wonder I have to buy cheap trainers and wellies to compensate.
Also, have you noticed supermarkets are bringing down the price of things but putting less in the packet? Used to get a pack of 10 sausage rolls for £1 now it's 8. Used to get 12 sachets of cat food in a box, now it's 8. Grrrr!
So, have you had lots of stupid sales calls? Bad customer service? Hubby or wife been particularly annoying? Share your moans and groans here and let's all feel better together!
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on August 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (1)|
It's only a couple of weeks until I head off to Leighton Buzzard for this year's Festival of Romance. It's a weekend I always look forward to because it's always full of laughs, great friends and good books!
I'm totally excited that Made in Nashville has been nominated for the Best E-book Award and I will be keeping everything crossed for Jared and Honor! And *coughs* if you haven't read it yet, it's currently on offer at 69p in the UK and $0.99 in the US. Here's the link.
This year at the Festival I'm taking part in a Girls Night In at the Leighton Buzzard Library on Friday 12 September. With me will be the fabulous (and now part of the Autumn Richard and Judy Book Club) Rowan Coleman, award-winning Jane Lovering and Carina author, Jill Steeples.
It promises to be an evening of fun including readings, Q&A and surprises! It should get the Festival off to a great start!
If you haven't got your tickets yet, hop over to the Festival website for all the details.
|Posted by Mandy Baggot on August 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
The school summer holidays are almost over and that means one thing - from 2 September I will be able to get back to being a writer for an uniterrupted six hours a day! As much as I love my girls the long holiday does take me away from work a bit too much for my liking and it makes me itchy!
So, what's been happening in the House of Baggot? Well, trials and tribulations with my website. Having upgraded to a new version of the builder the whole thing went wrong this morning. It's left me with a doubled up logo on every page except the home page and I have to wait for a tech guy to sort it out. Who knows when that will be done so please bear with me.
They've promised me the new version can do all sorts of super things though, so over the next few weeks I intend to see just what I can get it to do. Heroes popping out for real might not be in its remit though! Sorry!
But over the holidays I have done some writing. I've completed a 7,000 word short story for a secret project being announced soon and I've started two novels. Made in Nashville will be getting a sequel! Stand by for Born in Nashville and more Jared and Honor!
The other novel involves a hot fireman but that's all I'm saying for now!