A round-up of the books I have read recently, just click on the book or title to go to the Amazon review.
I had a great weekend at the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual conference,this year held in Sheffield.
Mandy Baggot was my co-driver for our road trip
Move over Thelma and Louise, here come Velma and Daphne
It was lovely to meet up with some of the Romaniacs
Fab goody bags awaited us all!
I attended some great presentations
Julie Cohen‘s talk on ‘theme’ being one of them
Sue Moorcroft’s talk on ‘hot’ scenes
Fiona Harper gave a fantastic talk on structure in a novel.
Talks from the publishing industry were very interesting too
A fabulous gala dinner, which involved a lot of laughter and possibly a drop of wine!
But plenty of time to relax and chat
My 6.30 morning strolls with Mandy Baggot took us via the duck pond
It was a fantastic weekend – thank you Sheffield University and the RNA.
With a slight shift in sub-genre from romance to romantic suspense, Mandy Baggot’s books get stronger and stronger. This is probably my favourite one to date.
We meet Autumn Raine, singing superstar and she is not instantly likeable, coming across as spoilt and self-obsessed. However, gradually the walls come down and you get to know the real woman underneath who is both vulnerable and determined at the same time. Underneath the celebrity exterior, there is a genuine likeable person. She’s had a lot of emotional obstacles to overcome and has not always had the best advice. Now she’s up against the biggest challenge yet with her life in danger.
Cue mean and moody, northern bodyguard, Nathan Regan. He doesn’t change his attitude or his mind for anyone, that is until he comes up against Autumn Raine . As if outwitting kidnap plots and extremists isn’t enough for one guy, he also has demons of his own to battle at the same time.
With unexpected twists in the plot, Security, has suspense and tension all the way through, together with some great chemistry and tough romance, this really is my sort of book.
Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.
Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?
As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?
Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?
As part of of the Security launch, Mandy is having a giveaway. Anyone who posts a review on Amazon up until the end of May can enter into the Rafflecopter draw to win a £25/$40 Amazon gift certificate. You will be able to enter via this link:
About the Author
Mandy Baggot brings you award-winning fiction! In 2012 she won the coveted Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her novel Strings Attached was also short listed for Best Author Published Read!.
Mandy writes strong contemporary romance and characters you’ll fall in love with. Previously self-published, she was signed by US
publishing house Sapphire Star Publishing in January 2012. Shortly afterwards she became a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Mandy is a self-confessed Twitter addict who also likes to show off her singing talents on You Tube – check out Lady Gaga! She has auditioned for X Factor, appeared on ITV1s Who Dares Sings and longs to duet with Bryan Adams. She also has a fondness for white wine, mashed potato, country music and World’s Strongest Man.
Mandy lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and two cats called Kravitz and Springsteen.
You can find out more on Mandy’s website
or check out her author page at Sapphire Star Publishing
This visit was arranged by
Having sold her photography studio in the UK, she’s now living the American dream, engaged to Hollywood film star, Nicholas Kaden. Finally her past is behind her and the only way is up – as long as she’s regularly fed takeaway food!
But with a wedding to plan and a whole heap of charity work to organise, she could do without the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart, Jonny Sanders. He’s rich, he’s better looking than she remembers and he reminds her of all those times she’d rather forget.
When a flippant comment made during a hospital visit ends up as headline news, suddenly everything is in turmoil and Freya’s life is in danger!
Could her past be coming back to haunt her?
Who is sending her hate mail?
And where the hell are her ‘Wild Wednesday’ pants?
Having read Excess All Areas earlier in the year, it was nice to catch up with Freya and Nicholas again. I was pleased to see the banter between the two was still there, which made me smile often and laugh out loud several times. It was also great to see that they were still very much in love.
The first half of the book built up a good picture of their relationship and gradually filtered in bits of information that were later significant to the plot. The pace increased as the plot developed and there were plenty of surprises along the way. Some I weren’t expecting at all and one was a complete surprise but an excellent one. The tension increased with every page right up until the end.
A great plot that builds up and really gathers pace with plenty of twists to keep me on the edge of my seat.
Links for Mandy Baggot
Website : http://mandybaggot.webs.com/
Twitter : @MandyBaggot
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/mandy.baggot?fref=ts
Not sure what to download to your e-reader? Well, here are the books that got a 5 star review from me this year, together with a few I would highly recommend (click on the book cover for link to Amazon) …
My 5 Star Reviews of 2012
Never Coming Home
Devils With Wings, Silk Drop
Devils With Wings, Frozen Sun
Shades of Appley Green
The Silent Touch of Shadows
The Wind Weeps
Passenger 13 (a novella)
How Do You Voodoo? (a novella)
Thank you all for your support of my blog this year – much appreciated
Happy new year everyone and happy reading
Cover reveal – Mandy Baggot : Security
*** For Your Eyes Only ***