Knowing Nichelle by Tinsley Sellers Publication date: August 16th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
(A Beckley's Daughters Romance) #3
(6 Aug. 2019)
She’s just met the man of her dreams…but he’s not who he said he was. Neither is she. Until they get a second chance to make a first impression. Is he a sophisticated big-city lawyer, or an easygoing small-town woodworker? And if she’s not a career-driven high-powered attorney, then who is she? Hiding behind their masks is second nature until circumstances force them to see beneath the surface and realize just how alike—and in love—they really are. He’s only got one rule: no lawyers. She’s a lawyer. Burned by experience, Buck’s got a rule for a reason. After walking away from a lucrative legal position, he found his peace in Beckley. Life on the farm is simple, and his woodworking business is thriving. He’s not interested in trading his work boots for wingtips and rejoining the rat race. So what if she’s the most compelling woman he’s ever met? She’s only got one requirement: no a**holes. He’s an a**hole. After a disastrous encounter in a trendy bar, Nichelle’s convinced that he’s an over-muscled a**hole. She’s got a sleek car, luxurious condo, and elegant designer clothes. Family comes first, and her legal career is on the fastest track. She’s never met a problem she couldn’t solve on her own. So what if he can see beneath her carefully constructed façade? They’re perfect together. They just don’t know it yet. Welcome back to Beckley, Michigan! Autumn is in the air and as the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and the calm lakes reflect the blue skies and red-gold trees for a double-dose of fall color. The people are just as warm, friendly, smart, funny, and real as you remember. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you’re born with. If you like small-town romance, you’ll like Beckley. If you like smart heroines who balance demanding professional careers with a commitment to family, friends, and finding love, then you’ll definitely like it here. If you like strong, sexy, hard-working heroes who have not-so-secret soft spots for kids, dogs, and classic cars, you may find that you never want to leave!
I enjoyed reading this book and was tempted to read the books 1 and 2 in the series, but then realised I already knew their outcomes and some of their trials and tribulations so…
I like the town this is set in, but really agree, a coffee shop is needed – perhaps then they wouldn’t spend their time so much in the tavern and get drunk quite so often!
This book gently took you into the issues with racism in the States and some areas, especially small town living. Miscegenation is a term I really haven’t heard for a very long time, and certainly not when my own cousin married a gorgeous tall girl whose father is very dark indeed and mother is Cypriot. A model to look at and I just wonder how he persuaded her into marriage..
I also suspect the issues with lawyers may not be quite as rabid here in the UK although London may be an exception to some extent.
I liked the writing style – it was clean and easy and yet you allowed you to think about issues without being over the top.
Tinsley Sellers grew up in Chicago, spending her summers with her grandparents in a tiny town a lot like Beckley, Michigan. Life took her to Arizona, Washington, and Idaho before she finally found her home in Arkansas. She is married to an amazing, supportive (and handsome!) man, with whom she has rescued three dogs and two cats. When she’s not writing, she teaches physics and engineering at the local university. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s probably trying new recipes. She enjoys fast cars, loud music, fine whisky, and big books. In no particular order. Author links:
Steal My Heart
contemporary fiction, romance, erotic
(5 Aug. 2019)
When a fantasy turns into a cold reality
Lexanne Harris had a plan down to the last sexy detail. Never did she think her attempt to spice up her love life with her boyfriend would involve her in a burglary with a sexier than sin thief whose emerald eyes and serious between the sheets skills are impossible to forget. As a police detective she is expected to stand on the side of the law and fight for justice. But what happens when the lines of justice blur and what’s wrong becomes way too tempting?
The situation might be challenging but Lexanne is determined to get assigned to the case, recover the jewels and catch the culprit.
The question is: What will she do with her sexy cat burglar when she catches him?
O’Brian, author of Steal My Heart, a
hot, contemporary romance with elements of mystery and suspense
Can you tell your readers
something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What
appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is
Steal My Heart has been percolating in
the back of my mind for years. What might happen when a woman plans to act out
her sex-with-a-cat-burglar fantasy with her new boyfriend? What if her plans were
to go awry in a deliciously naughty way? I never thought I’d be brazen enough
to write this novel, but the boldness of my protagonist drew me in. I’ve always
had a strong first-person voice and decided to showcase that by writing a hot,
fast-paced, contemporary romance with a heroine who knows what she wants, isn’t
afraid to admit it and is willing—at least to herself—to own her mistakes.
How many times have you
been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was
I don’t know how many
times I’ve been rejected, but it’s a lot,
so I choose not to count them. Those rejections taught me to be a better writer
and to have a tough skin. I started
seriously writing in 2011 and joined Romance Writers of America a year
later. That’s where I really learned my
craft and made the contacts I needed to begin submitting. I went from form
rejections, to the occasional encouraging note, to personalized feedback.
Overall the agents and editors who rejected my work were generous in their
comments, and it made at tremendous difference.
I finished four novels over eight
partial and abandoned manuscripts. Steal
My Heart is my fourth completed novel and the first to be published.
Did you need to self-publish
on e-books before a publisher took you up?
Knowing I needed affirmation
that my work was ready for publication, I chose not to self-publish. Each
rejection was the impetus I needed to get better. Entering contests also provided valuable feedback.
I never ruled out self-publishing, but I
didn’t want to put my work out there before it was ready. Once accepted, this
book went through three rounds of edits: developmental, copy-editing and
proofreading. I’m grateful for the expertise of my publisher and editors, who
not only made the story better and me a better writer, but caught mistakes I
missed. One such mistake was assuming the signature of an artist I referenced
was legible. The copywriter of her own initiative looked up the signature and
let me know that my characters wouldn’t be able to read it off a painting. This
required I rewrite the dialogue in that scene for accuracy. So to the writer
considering self-publishing, I’d advise investing in professional editing. I
know my book is much improved because of it.
What do you read when you
are ill in bed?
When I’m ill and don’t
want to think too hard but want immediate gratification and distraction, I go
straight for smart, sassy heroines in pretty dresses. For me, this usually translates into a
What is your favourite
I read primarily romance.
It’s what I want to write, so I immerse myself in all its subgenres:
contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and paranormal. I enjoy its many
heat levels, everything from sweet to hot.
I’ve been known to veer off into science fiction and mystery, but still
crave that happily ever after.
What have you done with the
things you wrote when in school?
I love perusing my college
papers. I was so smart. Sometimes I wonder at the vocabulary I used. I was
quite the literary writer. But the ability to write a superlative essay does
not translate to commercial fiction. I was quite stunned at how difficult it was
to write a romance. Romance writers make it look easy. The easier a story is to
read, the harder it is to write. What
did translate from school was the drive to write well. University classes taught me to work hard and
to work on deadline.
Do you have an unusual
I don’t how
unusual it is, but I love visiting museums. I can get lost, literally, in a
museum for hours. I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum in New York City
and had to leave after three hours. It was heart-breaking. I could’ve spent
I also really
like being on the water. Every time I go on vacation, I find myself on a boat.
I love harbor cruises and ferry rides. And windy days on the water are the
Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.
Penny for Your Thoughts -
Book 1 of the Welcome to Fate's Landing Series
contemporary fiction, romance,
Penny Michaels has a gift. At least that’s what her mother has told her from the time she was a born. With sharp intuition and the ability to see people for who they really are, she is her fortune telling mother's daughter. It’s a gift she didn’t want until she completely turned her back on it.
Forced to return to the sleepy town of Fate’s Landing after ignoring the signs of disaster that always seemed to flash around her marriage, she makes a vow to stop ignoring her abilities. Even if that means never falling in love again.
A.J. Murphy has a lot going for him--great job, gorgeous girlfriend, and a very promising payout if he can convince the people of this nowhere town to get on board with building a resort in their backyard. Everything is going according to plan until he steps foot into the new age shop with the neon psychic sign in the window.
She wants to save him from the heartache she wished she’d avoided. He wants to get in and get out of town and back his regularly scheduled life. What neither of them sees coming is a chance at love that was written in the stars.
The Body in the Mist
DCI Craig Gillard, The Body in the Marsh, The Body on the Shore, Trapped
Crime, Police Procedural
20th May 2019
A brutal murder hints at a terrifying mystery, and this time it’s personal.
A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and – after being dragged along the road – no recognisable face.
Meanwhile, fresh from his last case, DCI Craig Gillard is unexpectedly called away to Devon on family business.
Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.
The past has never been deadlier.
How long do you think about a topic before
deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you
write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this
I do tend to think for quite a long time about a book before setting out to write it. I currently have 3 to 4 novels sketched out to several thousand words, the ideas still circling in my head like airliners waiting to land at Heathrow. I do find that it helps to begin writing some aspects quite quickly. Characters for example do not become real to me until I’ve started writing down their dialogue, and can hear their voice in my head. But plots I can work on for weeks or even months trying to get something genuinely original wriggling in the dark corners of my mind. A lot of my writing is driven by issues that I want to shine a light on. Mirror Mirror for example concentrated on the concept of the instant celebrity, and the costs of that both for the individual and for society.
What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
I am good friends with a retired detective
inspector, and have contacts with a Home Office forensic pathologist, and a
scientist who undertakes DNA analysis. That is a minimum for anyone who is
taking their crime writing seriously. There is a lot, of course, available
online but some things never seem to be reflected, and you need to know people
to know what the issues are. For example when sending off a DNA sample for
analysis, do you choose the basic service which may take a couple of weeks, or
the highly expensive express service, which may need a senior officer’s
budgetary permission? If you want to be realistic about the police you need to
reflect some of their day-to-day concerns: staffing shortages, managerial
competence, and outdated attitudes to diversity, for example.
How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?
The more successful you are, the easier it
is to be taken seriously. As a former journalist I have a forthright way of
approaching organisations. In general I would give the advice to make a brief
phone call first, then follow-up with a detailed email, which also gives your
bona fides, including the name of your publisher and/or agent as well as your
own website address.
How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
Dozens of times. It was a highly
dispiriting experience, but if there’s one thing I should say to budding
authors it is do not take no for an answer. Keep going.
Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
I was very lucky that my first thriller,
while still self published, became the bestselling book in the UK for a couple
of weeks in 2014. There were no marketing costs, no agent to pay, and I kept a
good slice of the proceeds. That was a phenomenal year, and even though I now
have all the apparatus of the professional publishing industry behind me, I
still haven’t managed to replicate that experience. But overall, for me, it’s
been a decent living.
What do you read when you are ill in bed?
I’m almost never ill, and if I was well
enough to read in bed, I’d be well enough to write. I certainly written tens of
thousands of words when hungover, and sometimes they’re unusually creative ones.
What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?
I wish I still had them, particularly some
of the stories I wrote when I was seven or eight. In retrospect it does seem
clear what I was destined to do.
What, in your life, are you most proud of
Two things: Managing to maintain a very
harmonious marriage for more than 20 years and the books I’ve written. Without
the first, I doubt whether I would ever have managed the second.
Do you have an unusual hobby?
Not exactly unusual, but I’m a county standard chess player. While I have occasionally included a plot strand or two about chess, I do know that it should never be mentioned on the cover because it’s the commercial kiss of death.
Author Bio: Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.
The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017.
Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.
Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello
Tuscan Trilogy Book 1
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
11th March 2019
Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in unexpected ways. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Kat French
When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.
But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzy and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.
Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…
First of all, a huge
thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. It’s great to be here to tell
you about my brand-new book Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello.
Can you tell your readers something about
why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about
I love setting my stories in interesting
and exotic places, that way I get to spend the day in some amazing parts of the
world. I loved the research I did for the Paradise Cookery School series – each
morning when I started to write, I’d get to jet off to the Caribbean island of
St Lucia and bask in glorious sunshine, relax on white sandy beaches and dream
of swinging in a hammock under a swaying palm tree. Heaven! Equally, with the
Villa Limoncello series, I get to indulge in all-things Italian, from frothy
cappuccinos to crunchy biscotti, tiramisu to a glass of limoncello. I always make sure I have a fabulous
photograph on my screensaver so I can flick back for inspiration.
How long do you think about a topic before
deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you
write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this
I love the research part of writing so I
spend weeks immersing myself in the characters whose stories I’m going to tell,
and reading up on the setting. For Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello, I did
lots of research on Italian wedding traditions, of local floral arrangements,
and of course, on the local cuisine – I made sure I tried out lots of recipes
too, just to get into the Italian frame of mind, although they didn’t all turn
out perfect! I do have a notebook where I jot down unusual facts I stumble
across, and I also cut out snippets from magazines. I’ve just finished the
Christmas book set at Villa Limoncello, so I’ve had fun testing out some Tuscan
How long does it take to research a topic
before you write? And for this book?
Before I started to write the first book in
my Tuscan trilogy, I spent about a month immersing myself in the places my
characters were going to visit, like Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and the
history of those places. I was also fortunate enough to visit these wonderful
towns and cities with my family which really help to evoke the sights, sounds
and flavours of the place. I also managed to do a piece of research on the
historical importance of lemons to the local area which was the reason I
included the limonaia in Izzie and
What resources do you use? In general and
for the last book that you wrote?
I prefer to set my books in places I’ve
actually been to. It helps me fix the story in my mind when I know about the
places my characters are going to visit, particularly if there are interesting
quirks. Of course, I take lots of photographs to refer back to, I always have a
note book with me to jot down little details, and, in the name of research,
this time I bought a bottle of limoncello so I could make a limoncello
How helpful do you find authority figures
such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good
way to approach them in your experience?
I find it invaluable if there’s an expert
available to check facts with or to give you a personal perspective on what you
are writing about. I have a neighbour who’s Italian and he’s been very generous
with his time, talking me through recipes, traditions, customs, particularly
around Christmas. I’m always very grateful for his time. How do I approach him?
With a bottle of Chainti and a large bag of his favourite biscotti.
What is your favourite genre?
MY favourite genre has to be travel
memoirs. I love stories about people who have ditched their every day life and
taken off for foreign shores to make anew life for themselves and their
families, or who have decided to travel around the world with just a rucksack
and a guide book. I’ve recently read A
Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe, an account of her 12,000 cycle ride around the
world – by herself! I also really enjoyed Tuk
Tuk to the Road by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, a story about Antonia and her
friend Jo driving a pink tuk-tuk from Thailand back to London! Amazing people!
What have you done with the things you wrote
when in school?
I’ve been writing since I was in primary
school, creating my own hand-made book by stapling pages together and trying to
sell them to my relatives. I really wish I had that! I have a full-length novel
which I wrote in my teens in a shoebox on the top of my wardrobe , gathering
dust. I don’t think it will ever see the light of day, but I can’t bear to part
Which of your books are you most proud of?
Gosh, that’s like asking which of my
children am I most proud of! I’ve really enjoyed writing every one of them,
perhaps for different reasons. Some I love for the exotic settings,
particularly The Paradise Cookery School series. Some I love the recipes, like
There’s Something About Cornwall and The Vintage Cupcake Company. And some for
the fabulous characters, like Kirstie in Christmas at the Dancing Duck or
Gabbie in The Summerhouse of Happiness.
Do you have an unusual hobby?
Actually, I do. I play archery. Although I wouldn’t say I’m the best archer in the world I really enjoy being out there on a field with my bow and quiver filled with arrows, trying to hit a gold – a rarity for me!
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.