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Linked in: uk.linkedin.com/pub/lizzie-lamb/18/194/202/
Lizzie BCB: http://bit.ly/BCBLLamb
Lizzie TDK: http://bit.ly/TDKLLamb
Hocus Pocus 14: myBook.to/HP14
Lizzie on writing Romance
However, I have noticed that many ‘romances’ nowadays feature infidelity, abusive relationships, and single/divorced parent struggling against the odds as their central themes. Novels which hold a mirror up to society and encourage the reader to examine their own lives against its reflection. If those are the kind of novels you like to read then you won’t find those themes within the pages of my books.
I write about the moment when my hero/heroine fall in love and the journey they have taken to get there. I want readers to recapture the buzz, whatever their ages, and remember the magic of that moment in their own lives. I know from feedback I receive via reviews and emails that my readers want that, too. I also enjoy writing about warm, emotion driven sex between my hero and heroine - once their internal/external conflicts have been resolved, naturally! Judging by the reviews I’ve received for Tall, Dark and Kilted (96 in amazon.co.uk/75 in amazon.com) the majority of my readers feel the same way.
I like romances full of sparky dialogue between the hero/heroine - and the funnier, the better. I enjoy placing my heroine in a situation where she has to use native wit, intelligence and resourcefulness to get her out of trouble - without the hero’s help. My second rom com: Boot Camp Bride, I’ve introduced a large element of romantic suspense. Something which my readers have told me they enjoy. Again, it comes with the obligatory happy ending.
I’ve recently published Scotch on the Rocks. It reached #1 best seller in romance>Scottish within two weeks of publication, selling over 1000 downloads during that period.
I had enormous fun writing it and, fortunately, it appears that my readers appreciate that and have come back for a second helping of romance written with sparky dialogue and a feel good factor. One of the things I enjoy most about being an independently published author is that I can tailor my books to meet the expectations of my readership. I want my readers to close my novel with a happy sigh, search the internet for my next book and to keep coming back for more!
Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it the dream of being her own boss. She’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, but there's a catch. The centre lies five hundred miles north in Wester Ross, Scotland. Fliss’s romantic view of the highlands populated by Men in Kilts is shattered when she has an upclose and personal encounter with the Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart. He’s determined to pull the plug on the business, bring his eccentric family to heel and eject undesirables from his estate - starting with Fliss. Facing the dole queue once more Fliss resolves to make sexy, infuriating Ruairi revise his unflattering opinion of her, turn the therapy centre around and sort out his dysfunctional family. Can Fliss tame the Monarch of the Glen and find the happiness she deserves?
Take an up-for-anything rookie reporter. Add a world-weary photo-journalist. Put them together . . . light the blue touch paper and stand well back! Posing as a bride-to-be, Charlee Montague goes undercover at a boot camp for brides in Norfolk to photograph supermodel Anastasia Markova looking less than perfect. At Charlee’s side and posing as her fiancé, is Rafael Ffinch award winning photographer and survivor of a kidnap attempt in Colombia. He’s in no mood to cut inexperienced Charlee any slack and has made it plain that once the investigation is over, their partnership - and fake engagement - will be terminated, too. Soon Charlee has more questions than answers. What's the real reason behind Ffinch's interest in the boot camp? How is it connected to his kidnap in Colombia? In setting out to uncover the truth, Charlee puts herself in danger ... As the investigation draws to a close, she wonders if she’ll be able to hand back the engagement ring and walk away from Rafa without a backward glance.
SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS
Where the men are men and the women are glad of it!
ISHABEL STUART is at the crossroads of her life.
Her wealthy industrialist father has died unexpectedly, leaving her a half-share in a ruined whisky distillery and the task of scattering his ashes on a Munro. After discovering her fiancé playing away from home, she cancels their lavish Christmas wedding at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and heads for the only place she feels safe - Eilean na Sgairbh, a windswept island on Scotland’s west coast -where the cormorants outnumber the inhabitants, ten to one.
When she arrives at her family home - now a bed and breakfast managed by her left-wing, firebrand Aunt Esme, she finds a guest in situ - BRODIE. Issy longs for peace and the chance to lick her wounds, but gorgeous, sexy American, Brodie, turns her world upside down.
In spite of her vow to steer clear of men, she grows to rely on Brodie. However, she suspects him of having an ulterior motive for staying at her aunt’s B&B on remote Cormorant Island. Having been let down twice by the men in her life, will it be third time lucky for Issy? Is it wise to trust a man she knows nothing about - a man who presents her with more questions than answers?
As for Aunt Esme, she has secrets of her own . . .
An anthology of short stories and novellas with a mystical twist, spooky rather than gory. From haunted house to fallen angel, devious spirit to soul stealers there are thirteen (of course!) spine-tinglers to delight the reader. Among the collection you will find award winning authors of bestselling novels, but there are some new voices, too. My story Jumping the Queue is about . . . well, I’ll leave you to read it and find out. I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending now, would I?
Hocus Pocus '14 - a collection of spooky short stories