Thursday, September 29, 2016

Author Showcase: Michele de Winton

Please join me in welcoming Michele DeWinton to the bloggity today. :-) I'm delighted to have Michele join me since she's just a short hop across the waters from me. We're practically neighbours (if you don't count the several hour flight!). I love New Zealand though I've never visiting Auckland where Michele is. I loved Wellington and was there for work once, and later for a lovely vacation with my Steve. My most memorable moments? Well, Wellington is WAY windier than Chicago, so I think Chicago needs to give up the moniker "Windy City". I also went hiking without a hat on and burned my scalp. That was not fun. But most interesting was watching a Scottish play with Kiwis trying to do a Scottish accent. Have you ever tried listening to a Kiwi do a Scottish accent? It's almost impossible to decipher. My Steve had to translate most of the play for me. Anyhoo, I should stop blathering on and let Michele take the floor ... or rather ... the blog ...

Welcome Michele ...

Real life Happy Ever Afters

A the moment I’m stuck on a tropical island, there’s a handsome man with a fine Scottish accent hiding from his past, and I’m just glad not to be in Texas any more… Okay, so I’m not actually there. And I’m not from Texas. Writing it almost makes it true but not quite, right?

Hi and thanks for having me. I’m Michele, words are my drug and I always kiss and tell. I’m working on a new release for the Entangled Publishing Lovestruck line at the moment: Her Hottie Highlander, and it is all kinds of fun. But as I write another passage about the tropical view out of the window of my character’s lives, I’m caught by how much reality is paralleling my fictional universe at the moment. The best bit is seeing a real life happy after play out in my friend’s life.

Couple holding hands
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A girlfriend of mine has been living the happy ever after that’s so close to my book, I’m starting to wonder if there’s more power in my typing fingers than I thought possible. It’s such a get out, real life story, I felt I had to share. Said friend was recently dumped, brutally, by long term fiancĂ©. They’d been together over a decade, and while she’d always wanted babies and a home, he wanted to tour the world making music. After prompting him for years to get out if he wasn’t into it, and his assurances that no no, her dream was his dream too, turns out it wasn’t and on the eve of their pre-planned holiday, when everyone else was away, he pulled the rug out. Dismay ensued. Heartbreak. Heartache. The dividing of furniture, pets, debt. So far, recipe for conflicted heroine. Cue new hero.

On an online dating site her brother signed her up for, my friend ticked a box on some page somewhere. The man attached to the box then texted, emailed, called. Steamy flirting, an impulse meeting a three hour drive away and a month or so later, he’s buying her a ticket to a remote tropical island so they can celebrate their birthdays together (which fall within a day of each other)! See? How crazy romantic is that? #romancelives #happyeveraftersforeveryone

Couple under umbrella
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They’ve just come back and he’s taken a job up in Auckland so he can be with her, and the best bit, he desperately wants the kids and home she’s wanted for the last ten years. This could still of course all go to custard but it turns out they do have some mutual friends in common (everyone really does know someone who knows someone in New Zealand) and the things they have in common outweigh the things that don’t quite fit.

All I can say is, stranger things happen in books and wish them well. I mean, what sort of romance writer would I be if I didn’t believe there could be a happy ever after from such a crazy romantic story?

Couple standing with sailboat
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So, to you. Does this story make you cringe and suspect he’s a stalker? Or are you swayed by the romance and have your fingers crossed for them that it all works out? Happy ever after everyone!


Caught With The Captain's Daughter by Michele de Winton

Caught with the Captain's Daughter
By: Michele de Winton
Entangled Lovestruck

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Caught with the Captain's Daughter by Michele de Winton

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About the author

Michele de WintonMichele loves sunshine, chardonnay, (preferably together), chocolate, beaches, trees, great vegetarian food, steamy writing and happy endings. She’s been known to be an all-round arty type, dancing and producing theatre around the globe so it's no wonder that her first romance had a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages. 

Being a writer was not was she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up' but then neither was being a dancer. Her poor parents. They thought that when she toddled off to law school they'd bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie. Sometimes her performing past jumps into the dress up box and requires attention. But most of the time she’s content to stay in her PJs. All day. She writes surrounded by the whisper of trees from her home in New Zealand and with only intermittent interruptions from her two young sons and husband. (Okay more like regular interruptions, but dreaming is free.)

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Do not share the ARCs

The source of this blog post is a lot of things I've seen floating around social media which has somewhat disturbed me. It disturbs me because it is a betrayal of trust and it's not right. I do not know if people profit from it, I certainly do not, but I felt I needed to say something about it.

With having a book blog comes receiving Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) of books from various sources to review. I get ARCs in exchange for an honest review which I publish on my blog, and also Amazon and Goodreads. I get those ARCs for free. I do not get paid for reviews. I have never been offered money for reviews, nor have I received money for reviews.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Guest post: Falling for the wrong man by Christina Phillips | New Release: Captive (The Druid Chronicles #2)

I'm excited to have Christina visit the bloggity again. She's decided she likes us and wants to come back. Ain't that grand? :-) I'm also delighted to be hosting Captive as it is given a refresh and is ready to conquer the world again. Conquer! Get it? Roman soldiers and all? Ugh! I suck a puns!

I really should put a lid on it now and let Christina take the floor or the blog rather. :-)

Please give Christina a very warm welcome.

Falling for the wrong man. It happened 2000 years ago too!

Thanks so much for having me back on Deanna’s World to chat about my latest release, Captive, the second book in The Druid Chronicles, set during the Roman invasion of Britain in the first century with sexy warriors and magical Druid heroines.

Now you may be wondering why I picked this unusual time period have I mentioned the hot sexy warriors? :-) Well, apart from the fact my heroes wield very big swords and have biceps that keep me awake at night (purely for research purposes of course), it was more a case of them picking me. And when a tough battle weary warrior demands you tell his story, you don’t say no. I think I might’ve said something like Yes! Yes! Please…

Thursday, September 8, 2016

What Helen Read #5: August 2016

Another month, another bunch of books read. Helen was away on vacation for most of the month of August so she says she didn't read as many books. That said, I think she still did a pretty decent read with 14 books for the month.

Here's what Helen read for the last month.