Author Janice Horton Celebrates

I’m delighted to have author Janice Horton blogging today to celebrate her first blogiversary – over to you, Janice!

Hi,

Just before last Christmas, I was here on Sue’s Love Reading Love Books talking about book promotion and sharing marketing tips with you. At the time, I had just launched my latest ebook ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and was fresh from hosting what had turned out to be a very successful online launch party from my own blog. I do love a party – and it being a virtual one makes it no less fun for me!

Today, Sue has very kindly invited me back to tell you about my latest celebration, which is for my first blogiversary. Yes, it’s exactly one year ago this weekend since I made those first tentative steps into the social networking scene. One whole year since I first blogged, tweeted, and published to Amazon Kindle. That’s a lot to celebrate!

So, I’m announcing an open invitation for you to pop over to my blog at janicehortonwriter.blogspot.com to join in the fun today and over this entire weekend. Being a romantic soul, for those who leave a comment or tweet or share the news about my latest novel being COMPLETELY FREE on Amazon for Kindle today and over this weekend, I’m giving away heart shaped chocolates and candy in a prize draw. It’s my blogiversary gift to you!

So please download your free copy of ‘Reaching for the Stars’ – a novel about a media stalked and disillusioned celebrity chef – and if you already have it on your Kindle then why not recommend it to a friend? But don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog, share and tag me on Facebook, or retweet one of my tweets @JaniceHorton to be in the draw for the yummy heart shaped gifts!

I’ll leave you with Sue’s Love Reading Love Books review for Reaching for the Stars.

Thanks Sue!

“This was the first novel I had read by Janice Horton and having seen rave reviews of her previous novel ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ I was very much looking forward to reading ‘Reaching for the Stars‘.

I was drawn into the story from the first paragraph, no pussy footing around, Finn McDuff was brought to life immediately.  I loved the fact that he wasn’t perfect, that he had a bit of a bad boy reputation but at the same time underneath it all there was a different person to the one the press and public knew.  He had issues, past and present, that he had to overcome and/or resolve.  Not being the perfect hero really made Finn come to life and gave him that extra dimension.

Journalist Raine and her adversary Ross made for a great sparring team and even though Ross was working for a newspaper with few morals, you couldn’t help like him in a pitying sort of way.  Raine was great, sticking to her beliefs of fair representation and believing in McDuff when others doubted him.

Janice has a lovely style of writing, which flows along smoothly and makes for an easy, yet totally satisfying read.”

Janice’s Blogiversary Blog: www.janicehortonwriter.blogspot.com

The Link to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com for you FREE copy of ‘Reaching for the Stars’

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Run Rabbit Run – Kate Johnson

Description

Sophie’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday. Sophie Green’s an ex-spy, or trying to be. You wouldn’t believe the trouble she’s in. An MI5 officer has been shot with her gun, her fingerprints all over his office. And no, she didn’t kill him. But she has gone on the run.

Now Sophie’s desperately seeking whoever’s trying to frame and kill her. She’s being forced to work with the least trustworthy man in Europe, MI5 is following her every move, and she’s had to leave the tall, blond, god of a man she loves behind.

Luke Sharpe works for MI6. Or did, until his girlfriend became a murder suspect. Doing nothing wasn’t an option, so he started investigating. Who cares if it means jeopardising his career? Sophie’s everything he used to say he never wanted. Young, irresponsible, bright and mad. Now she’s just everything – and she has to live. She will live, won’t she?

My Thoughts

I have always been a big fan of the TV series ‘Spooks’, always enjoyed a thriller and a mystery storyline so when ChocLit asked if I would be interested in reviewing Run Rabbit Run, I jumped at the chance.  I hadn’t read any of the previous Sophie Green mysteries but that wasn’t a problem as this book can be read as a stand alone.

If I’m totally honest, much as I wanted to like Sophie, initially I found her incredibly frustrating. She wasn’t the sophisticated, smooth and competent agent I was expecting. However, I did warm to her as the story progressed and was able to get to know her better.  I felt by the end of the novel, I had a much better understanding of her and I liked her a whole lot more than in the beginning. She had a great deal more compassion, understanding and feelings than I gave her credit for. She was a fighter, that was for sure.

Her MI6 agent boyfriend, Luke Sharpe, was lovely and madly in love with Sophie, even if he never planned to be.  He was cool but hot, calm but firey, tough but loving – what more could a girl ask for?

Sophie’s accomplice, the gorgeous Jack, was a bit of a mystery, I was never quite sure if he could be trusted either in the field or playing it.

The plot kept me guessing all the way through and sometimes knowing what Luke knew but aware that Sophie didn’t, made me quite fearful for her safety.

I enjoyed reading Run Rabbit Run – the build up and climax of the plot kept me on my toes all the way through, as did the ultimate outcome of Sophie and Luke’s relationship.

Thank you ChocLit for sending me a review copy.

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An Audience with an Author … Elle Amberley

It was on the cards, a novel based in Paris, inspired by a life-changing experience and a long love story with France.

France and I go back a long way. My parents moved a lot when I was a child and it was one of the many countries we lived in. Even when we didn’t, no summer went by without a long spell somewhere in France.

I speak fluent French, even after many years without uttering a single word of it. I blame all the classic and not so classics I read from an early age. I was at liberty to raid the local libraries and no one batted an eyelid when I borrowed novels which perhaps were not entirely suitable to my young years. But this was France, much more laid back. It never did me any harm.

Life has a habit of throwing you little miracles, you think you’ve survived and seen the worst and then, you know, tragedy strikes. Well, it did to me anyway, at a time when I almost lost my will to live. This is the inspiration behind this book, how a coincidence, a reminder from a past long buried, brought back my “joie de vivre.”

Of course, I was already fighting back, thanks to two little blonde heads but it was a long and painful process. Until I was reminded of who I was by getting in touch with the inner child in me.

What about Natasha? Is she a fighter, or is this one battle too many? Can she keep saying no the handsome French rock star? She tells him it’s impossible. “Impossible is not a French word,” he counters back. Ah, she’d forgotten this old saying.

LOST IN YOUR TIME  (28th March)

Blurb

Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice?

When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…

A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.

But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?

Will she regain her “joie de vivre”? Or will the sparks fizzle out?

Bio

A prolific author, Elle Amberley writes Women’s Fiction, Literary, poetry, short stories and features.

Elle’s particular strength is writing positive stories with a strong theme of being lost and finding yourself again. Although she broaches difficult subjects in her novels, the characters turn out to be fighters, not victims. Every emotion is conveyed and her style has been described as “lyrical” and appeals to a wide age group, which is a rarity.

Having overcome many obstacles in her life, including a very difficult childhood, she chose to reconstruct her life. Rather than writing a memoir like many abuse victims she prefers to marry fiction with some of her own experiences.

Cover blurb, courtesy of Jae De Wylde, author of The Thinking Tank.

Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

Elle’s chatty and engaging style invites us in to share Nat’s thoughts and feelings as she comes to terms with another of life’s twists. Will she choose happiness or duty? Or are they one and the same?

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