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Book Launch Day: Englishwoman in Scotland

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Book Blurb

Talented artisan baker Lady Titania (Tansy) Nettlebridge is betrothed to be married to Lord Brayely no less. She should be ecstatic. She should be delighted at such a match. She would be if she’d actually met him…
Viscount Hector Brayely, or Tor for short isn’t interested in women. He isn’t interested in men. As a renowned mycologist all he’s interested in is fungi, and one particular fungi at that. So when his mother arranges a bride he’s not really interested. He’s more interested in the new cook at the castle, Miss Tansy Smith…
Set in Oban and The Slate Islands Tansy quickly falls in love with the Inner Hebrides but she wouldn’t marry Tor if he was the last man on Belnahua…

Belnahua is one of the State Islands of the Inner Hebrides. Deserted now it used to be a thriving community of workers and their families until WW1 when all the men left to fight and their families were evacuated to neighbouring islands.

When I considered writing another one in this series I decided to go back a little and write a book to sit between the two already published so Scotland comes after Paris but before Manhattan. Apologies if it’s confusing!

And why Scotland? I loved finding about Stonehaven and wanted to feature Pascal and Sarah in this book too. Oban, well I’ve never been but my husband spent a week there many years ago. Why baking and fungi? I bake all my own bread and my hubby’s degree is in microbiology. So, just like a jigsaw the story took shape in my mind. Nanny Mac loves jigsaw puzzles, but I like puzzles of a different sort.

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That’s the facts but this book is more a voyage of discovery…. Tansy’s voyage of discovery in the dark distant land of Belnahua. The Slate Islands, not well known but very important all the same. We’ve all heard about Balamory but this is no place for sweet children’s stories. I’ve spent many hours scouring the internet for photos of this harsh and tragic place… These photos  were playing in my head when I wrote those words (thanks to the blog owner for posting such amazing photos, which are available to purchase).

As a writer I like to use my imagination but I do use real photos, places and things to inspire me. I could never write pure fantasy.

Tansy’s dress, so like a bridal gown but not. A Jenny Packham design available from Harrods here and her matching cream Manila Blahnik shoes ( shoes that are arguably more important than the frock). That’s them in the centre – aren’t they swashbucklingly delicious? Next time I’m in London I’m going to visit the fourth floor and go a hunting. I have nowhere to wear a dress like that but I’ll find somewhere even if it’s only the school yard!  IMG_2286

And who can forget that Chloe handbag that oh so nearly gave the game away? Yes, I’ve agonised for hours searching for just the right bag for Lady Titania. I’ve even sourced her limited edition Stella McCartney phone case and as for notebooks and pens…. Who says writers don’t have the best time in the world?

Englishwoman in Scotland is available for 99p from here  

Thank you Harrods, I’ll be seeing you shortly…

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2 days to book launch

It’s only two days to go. With working nights, days sort of run into each other and this date has stormed by. While I plan a book launch post I thought I’d include some things about me you won’t know…

I love the sea and am never happier than sitting by the ocean. I’m also a closet gardener, loving nothing more than planting and propagating. I also like tea, but in a proper cup or mug. Friday evenings are a must curled up in my favourite chair with the kids fighting over what to watch. I also admire talent in others whether that be writers or crafters. Animals are my favourite of all and I won’t harm them from wasps to worms and ants. (Yes  I do know they’re not animals). I used to help at the local animal shelter (pre kids) looking after the hedgehogs and oiled seabirds and my ideal would be a small animal sanctuary.

I hate making school lunch boxes with a passion and long for the day they are old enough to do their own. I hate queuing but funnily enough traffic jams aren’t a problem as I seem to get most of my book ideas stuck in a bottleneck. Whilst I love flowers I prefer them in the garden. Once they’re picked I lose interest. Whilst I don’t hate make-up I don’t wear any apart from the odd slick of eye liner if I’m going somewhere other than work, school run or supermarket – a rare event.

Englishwoman in Scotland is on pre-order for the princely sum of 99p here

Book blurb

Talented artisan baker Lady Titania (Tansy) Nettlebridge is betrothed to be married to Lord Brayely no less. She should be ecstatic. She should be delighted at such a match. She would be if she’d actually met him…

Viscount Hector Brayely, or Tor for short isn’t interested in women. He isn’t interested in men. As a renowned mycologist all he’s interested in is fungi, and one particular fungi at that. So when his mother arranges a bride he’s not really interested. He’s more interested in the new cook at the castle, Miss Tansy Smith…

Set in Oban and The Slate Islands Tansy quickly falls in love with the Inner Hebrides but she wouldn’t marry Tor if he was the last man on Belnahua…

 

 

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Cover reveal: The little Purfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees

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I’m delighted to help the lovely Rebecca Raisin with her cover reveal today, especially as it’s such a fab one.

Book blurb

What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

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Cover and Title reveal: Englishwoman in Scotland

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If you follow my blog I’m normally about reviewing  other authors books but today it’s my turn…

Book blurb

Talented artisan baker Lady Titania (Tansy) Nettlebridge is betrothed to be married to Lord Brayely no less. She should be ecstatic. She should be delighted at such a match. She would be if she’d actually met him…

Viscount Hector Brayely, or Tor for short isn’t interested in women. He isn’t interested in men. As a renowned mycologist all he’s interested in is fungi, and one particular fungi at that. So when his mother arranges a bride he’s not really interested. He’s more interested in the new cook at the castle, Miss Tansy Smith…

Set in Oban and The Slate Islands Tansy quickly falls in love with the Inner Hebrides but she wouldn’t marry Tor if he was the last man on Belnahua…

Belnahua is one of the State Islands of the Inner Hebrides. Deserted now it used to be a thriving community of workers and their families until WW1 when all the men left to fight and their families were evacuated to neighbouring islands.

Englishwoman in Scotland is book 3 of my stand alone Englishwoman in series, which will be published towards the end of June. ARC’s are available on request (jennyobrienwrites at yahoo dot co dot uk)

 

To celebrate my cover/title reveal Ideal Girl is free today from Amazon, normally £1.99

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22 year old Nurse Liddy Murphy is meant to be the Ideal Girl, but for whom? Up until now all the men she’s met have let her down. That is until she meets Mitch…
Professor Mitch Merrien is disillusioned. Following the break-up of the latest in a string of relationships he’s in search of yet another tall ice cool blond to fill that place in his bed, if not his heart. That is until he literally falls over short, dark and decidedly feisty Liddy. Working side by side on St Justin’s Head Injury Unit is a dream come true for both of them until the unthinkable happens.
Lost and alone Liddy escapes Ireland to live in France. She escapes her previous life and everything she holds dear. But she can’t escape the memories of her past. She can’t escape her dreams just as she can’t escape him

 

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Indy writer: Mind the Gap

IMG_2223Tomorrow is both cover and title reveal for my next in my Englishwoman in series, which I call a modern historical for want of a term that actually fits my writing style or indeed genre. A modern historical has all the feel of a Regency Romance with Lord such and such and The Dowager Viscount whatever but it’s very much set in modern times.

My inability to write in genre, or to a formula isn’t new. It’s something I’ve struggled with from day one and is (probably ) the reason I’m still a (traditionally published) literary reject. Obviously there may be other reasons but I’ve been told I can write so if it’s not that… However there’s not many writers who would use chlamydia as the central theme for a romance (Girl Descending) or what about cataracts (Unhappy Ever After Girl), or indeed head-injury (Ideal Girl)?

Whilst there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Sheik Greek Geek style of writing I just can’t write them. The nearest I’ve managed to popular fiction is this ‘Englishwoman in’ series and then I only came up with the idea when I was on a pile of drugs when my back finally decided it had had enough of all the years of abuse. So you could say it’s drug induced nonsense, but enjoyable nonsense where I have very much let my imagination run wild.

Its not just my tropes that let me down it’s the way I write because I’m not really writing popular romances at all – I’m writing love stories and there is a difference. A few months ago I examined the top 100 books on Amazon.com and, do you know what I found? Number One was JKR (good for her, I love her books) but, of the 99 others 54 were sex laden erotica. So if you want to get ahead in this game write a saucy piece! In my last book ‘Englishwoman in Manhattan’ I was already 50,000 words in when I realised they hadn’t kissed and that’s what I mean about my writing. It doesn’t fit the expected norm of what a best selling romance book should be, and I’m not just talking erotic here. There’s an old-fashioned flavour to my works where the MC’s are more concerned with what goes on above the neck as opposed to below the waist. But writing is a hobby and I’m writing the kind of book I enjoy reading…

So, if you read a Jenny O’Brien you won’t be getting sex (there’s not much kissing either, although I have made an effort to include more). You won’t be getting Greeks/Sheiks or Geeks and you may just find yourself reading about something you know very little about like er mould. If anyone would like an ARC… 🙂

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