Friday, 19 April 2019

Temporary Bride by Arabella Sheen - Excerpt 4


Temporary Bride
  
Arabella Sheen



Max Jordan is one of America’s most powerful, leading corporate lawyers. He is also the major stockholder and head of the billion-dollar corporation - Jordan Diamond Empire.
Max must marry soon to keep the business safe and the company secure from a takeover.
Returning to England in search of the only woman he knows and trusts to help him in his moment of need - he tracks Amy down and asks her to marry him.

Amy Denver wants nothing to do with Max Jordan…and she certainly wants nothing to do with his marriage proposal. Five painful years have passed since Max disappeared from her life and a lot has happened to her in between. Amy has a secret she’d rather he didn’t discover…her secret is Jake…their son. Once again Amy finds herself surrendering to Max and his demands as he whisks her and Jake off to Waterfront, his private, secluded home in the Hamptons.


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“You two know each other?” James asked. He was somewhat taken aback.
“Amy and I go way back,” Max explained and he raised an eyebrow suggestively.
Amy felt a blush of embarrassment covering her face and it was there for all to see.
Max was still holding her hand and she knew he could feel her body trembling. She was shaking from head to toe, dreading what was about to come.
Max Jordan wasn’t supposed to be here.
He was supposed to be out of her life. He was supposed to be somewhere on the other side of the world…not here in England.
Feeling fenced in, she began to panic. She had to get away from him. She felt she couldn’t stay there a moment longer.
Amy was about to make a run for it but Max gripped and held her tightly against his side. Now that he’d found her, it seemed he wasn’t letting go.
“What? You two know each other? Amy, you dark horse,” James said. “You could have warned us you knew Max.”
“Oh no, I don’t know Max. I mean…I don’t know Mr Jordan,” Amy spluttered, trying to keep her composure.
She was frantically denying the fact she knew Max. Looking around the room she tried to convince everyone she was telling the truth.
“We were only briefly acquainted,” she explained. “And I never really knew him.”
And then she said something unforgivable. “And I don’t need and I don’t want to know him now.”
She heard a sharp intake of air as Max drew in his breath through clenched teeth.
It seemed she had hit a nerve.
She had gone too far and, although she was dismayed at what she had unthinkingly said, she couldn’t and wouldn’t take the words back.
They were true.
She had never really known the true Max and she didn’t want to get to know him again. She had too much to lose. She was aiming to avoid Max at all costs.
“You always did have a reputation of saying what you thought,” Max said smiling.
“Oh, so now I have a reputation. And what sort of reputation would that be Mr Jordan? A ruined reputation?”
The sarcasm was dripping from her tongue and Max made a face as if she had just wounded him deeply.
What right did he have to look at her like that? She was the injured party. Not him.
She desperately wanted to leave and get away but she couldn’t. With the room full of lawyers waiting for her to start the meeting, there was no chance of an immediate escape.
She was forced to stay.
Max was still holding her against his side and discreetly she started tugging away from him until reluctantly he had to release her. As their contact was broken she felt his energy draining from her.
“Ladies and gentlemen please be seated.” Max was taking command of the meeting. “I believe we’re to have a presentation followed by a discussion,” he said. “If everyone’s here…shall we proceed?”
On shaky legs and with some difficulty, Amy went over to the hologram projector and started operating the high-tech equipment.
She gave the opening speech flawlessly and when her presentation of the facts had ended the senior partners took over. Then they started getting down to the nitty-gritty.
When discussions finished it was unanimously decided Max was the best man to represent both sides of the Atlantic. He was the lawyer who was going to present the case to the English and American judicial systems. He was the man for the job.
With everyone anticipating a long, complicated, legal battle that could take months of court appearances and high powered negotiations, concerns were voiced about the amount of travelling Max would have to do. But Max shrugged off their worries telling them travel wasn’t a problem for him.
As Max began closing the meeting he stood up to address the group.
“Well, that seems to be it,” he told them. “I believe we’ve covered the most urgent points on the agenda and I’d like to say thanks for giving me such a warm welcome to Martin and Campbell earlier. I think I now have some insight into how things work here and where to go if I’m in trouble. And as I’m always in trouble, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of me.”
There was a burst of shared laughter from his audience.
“Officially I’m not one of the team but at some point, I shall probably need one of you to help me with my legal work when I’m in England. I’d like someone who knows the ropes and can organise me. Someone who can do the legwork so to speak.”
At the back of the room, someone mumbled something and a chuckle of agreement came from various staff members.
“Amy has great legs.”
Max had heard what was said and Amy saw his lips curve into a grin of agreement.
Didn’t the man miss anything?
Max was waiting expectantly for someone to volunteer and then he said, “Someone has just kindly suggested Amy and, if there are no objections, I’d like Amy to work with me whilst I’m here.”
“Who wouldn’t want Amy?” It was the same voice and everyone laugh again.
Everyone, that is, except Amy.


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Any names or characters have no existence outside the imagination of the
 author or are used fictitiously and actual events are purely coincidental.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, copied,
stored in a retrieval system known or hereinafter invented, without
 written permission of the publisher.

Copyright © 2013 by – Arabella Sheen
Published by priceplacebooks 
All rights reserved.
ISBN 978-0-9575698-0-5

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Welcome to Contemporary Author - Francine Beaton



I’m delighted to welcome Francine Beaton to my blog. 


Hello Francine,
Like you, I’m a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association and it was through the RNA that I’ve been able to connect with so many wonderful writers. It’s marvellous how everyone shares the experiences - both good and bad - they've faced on their writing journey. I'm looking forward to reading the nuggets of knowledge you're willing to reveal.
Here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: How did you manage to get your first novel published and what did you learn from the experience?
Francine: I only started writing in July 2018. For the next months, I’ve written non-stop. In May 2017 I went to a Romance Masterclass with Sarah Bullen from The Writing Room in Cape Town. Throughout that weekend and the following months, Sarah mentored me until I was ready to approach publishers in September 2017. I sent out 64 submissions, got several rejections but three indie publishers accepted me. I signed with Roane for my first three books. Before book 2 was at the editors, I realised that for me to get print books to South Africa, it would be too costly. I got my rights back and started to self-publish.

Arabella: If you could choose, which would it be: A walk in the woods, a walk along a beach front to dip your toes in the sea, or a day shopping for clothes?
Francine: A walk in the woods, for sure. I love forests. There is something magical about it.

Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Leading from the Front?
Francine: As Leading from the Front is a rugby romance, the third in the Playing for Glory series, I got my inspiration from three rugby captains, Springboks Francois Pienaar and Victor Matfield and All Black Richie McCaw. They are all retired now. I’ve read both Victor and Richie’s biographies.


Arabella: Some authors write at first light, others need a mug of coffee or a glass of wine before putting pen to paper. When writing, are there any “essentials” you need to help the words flow?
Francine: The muse often wakes me up at three in the morning. I then need tea. Lots of tea and peace and quiet.

Arabella: You’re halfway through the work-in-progress, you’ve hit a brick wall, inspiration has gone, and you’re stuck! Urgent action is needed. How do you solve the problem?
Francine: I usually have a few projects on the go so if one character don’t talk to me, another one usually does. If all else fails, I have a couple of techniques. The first is to find another place to write, using a pen and paper and using the five senses. I may go sit in a coffee shop or a pub or in the garden and describe what’s going on around me. Or I’ll write something like describing my favourite recipe, a thunderstorm, etc. Some of those scenes have ended up in my books. Others are still loitering in my computer.

Arabella: The T.V. is on and you’re in control of the remote. Which is it to be: A quiz programme…An afternoon of sport…A family soap…or…A romantic film you’ve always wanted to see but missed when it was shown at the cinema?
Francine: I don’t watch television much but of course I watch rugby on Saturday afternoons. It is a wee problem if hubby wants to watch football and I want to watch rugby, but he is quite nice about it. He is usually in control of the remote. If I do get an opportunity, I’ll watch a romantic film or series like The Mentalist and CSI.

Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Francine: Bed and sometimes, in the afternoons, I will sit outside on the veranda with a glass of wine to relax with my Kindle.


Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you’d like to share?
Francine: I wish. The best advice I got was to keep on writing. Everyone told me that marketing will get easier as you’ve published ten or more books. I’ll soon find out if it is true.

Thank you for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Francine. It was great to learn about your latest release, Leading from the Front, a book that features in your Playing for Glory series. I wonder which path Daniel and Melissa will choose…a career, or love? I also found your tip about finding another place, getting a pen and paper, and writing using the five senses, helpful.
All the best, and happy-ever-after writing…
Arabella Sheen


About Francine Beaton

FRANCINE BEATON is a contemporary romance writer who lives in South Africa with her Scottish husband. She now suffers from empty-nest syndrome as her daughter is now studying in Melbourne.
When she’s not reading or writing about love and Happily Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye.
During rugby season, you’ll either find her next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. It’s probably not difficult to figure out why her debut novel, Eye on the Ball, as well as the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme.
Whenever she gets the opportunity, she loves travelling to faraway places and considers Scotland her second home.
Francine is a member of the Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa (ROSA), the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA).




LEADING FROM THE FRONT (BOOK 3 IN THE PLAYING FOR GLORY SERIES)
Temptation can come in any form.
As long as it wasn’t Melissa Roux. Daniel Cooper had known that since the first moment he’d seen the new physio for the Buffaloes. As captain, he had to set an example and falling head over heels for the feisty blonde with the endless long legs, wasn’t the way to do it.

Melissa knew Daniel was going to be a problem from the first day she walked into Buffaloes Stadium. There was no way she was going to risk her career for an arrogant chauvinist who called her a blonde bimbo. For that, she worked too hard to get her dream job.

Neither had reckoned with the undeniable chemistry between them and the famous Cooper curse. When he couldn’t hide it anymore, Daniel made a simple request which had more repercussions than he expected. In his quest to find the truth, he made another error in judgement, risking not only Melissa’s career but also the loyalty of his team and the Club.

Daniel and Melissa both had to make important decisions: what’s more important? Your career or love?

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Temporary Bride by Arabella Sheen - Excerpt 3


Temporary Bride
  
Arabella Sheen



Max Jordan is one of America’s most powerful, leading corporate lawyers. He is also the major stockholder and head of the billion-dollar corporation - Jordan Diamond Empire.
Max must marry soon to keep the business safe and the company secure from a takeover.
Returning to England in search of the only woman he knows and trusts to help him in his moment of need - he tracks Amy down and asks her to marry him.

Amy Denver wants nothing to do with Max Jordan…and she certainly wants nothing to do with his marriage proposal. Five painful years have passed since Max disappeared from her life and a lot has happened to her in between. Amy has a secret she’d rather he didn’t discover…her secret is Jake…their son. Once again Amy finds herself surrendering to Max and his demands as he whisks her and Jake off to Waterfront, his private, secluded home in the Hamptons.


Excerpt continued...

Without any problems, the limo cut through the city’s heavy morning traffic and when it reached a tall building where Martin and Campbell had their law offices, Max stepped out of the car and was immediately greeted by an entourage of eager people. A welcoming party had been patiently waiting on tenterhooks for his arrival.
A zealous individual willing to please Max gathered the laptop and briefcase from the car and Max was politely steered towards a rank of open lifts which were all being held in anticipation of his arrival.
“We’ve been expecting you, sir. How was your flight?”
“The flight was good thank you…long, but good. Now, perhaps one of you would like to show me around your firm before the meeting. I’d like to get a feel for the place and see how you run your operation.” He was taking control of the situation.
 Max glanced pointedly at the sleek, slim watch on his wrist and everyone took the hint.
They all stepped into the waiting lifts and, with the doors closed securely behind them, they went straight to the fifth floor where Martin and Campbell had their offices.
Max was in London on two accounts - company and personal business.
He was working with the English law firm Martin and Campbell on an international lawsuit involving worldwide diamond embezzling. But the diamond lawsuit wasn’t his only reason for being in London…he was here for more. He wanted to find Amy Denver and take her back to America with him, only Amy didn’t know that…yet.
Jordan Diamond Empire was in trouble and if Max didn’t marry soon to protect the company, he might not have a company to run.
On the sixth floor, Amy was blissfully unaware of Max Jordan’s presence in the building. In the conference room, she was busy laying out files and briefs on the long, wooden, mahogany table and generally preparing for the onslaught of lawyers who were about to descend on her.
Catching a glimpse of herself in the reflective shine of the conference room window, Amy smoothed her hair back into place and straightened her pencil-slim, black skirt over the smooth, slender, sexy curves of her hips.
She was ready to face the barrage of lawyers heading her way.
She knew she looked good and she felt good. Adrenaline was pumping in her veins and she was ready to take on the world.
In the four years, Amy had been with the law firm as a junior lawyer she’d been faultlessly brilliant in her work. She excelled at her job and there was no one with better skills to run and manage the support teams.
It was her ability to organise and cope in any difficult situation that had won the hearts of her colleagues and she was greatly valued by them all.
“Is everything under control Amy?” Peering around the door was Cathy Moore.
Cathy was one of the female partners who had also become a good friend of Amy’s.
“Sure…everything’s fine. Why what’s up?” Amy asked.
“The American’s here. The whole place is buzzing with the news and it seems they’re now heading here to the conference room.” There was an urgency in Cathy’s voice.
Cathy was showing concern for the controlled chaos that seemed to be rampant throughout the building.
“Well that’s good news,” said Amy brightly. “Hopefully we’ll be sticking to our schedule and we’ll have no delays. For once maybe…just maybe, I’ll be able to get away from work on time.”
“You’ll be lucky,” said Cathy letting out a deep sigh. “We’ll probably all have to stay and work overtime. I imagine we’ll be here slogging away until midnight catching up on any decisions they make during the meeting.”
Amy let out a long agonising groan.
“Don’t worry. I’m sure James will let you leave early. But right now I’ve got to go . . . see you later.” With a quick wave, Cathy disappeared from sight.
Amy hadn’t thought about the extra hours she might have to work this evening and she felt uneasy about having to stay on longer than planned.
The full-on meeting was due to take place in ten minutes and anyone of importance had to attend.
Today of all day’s there was no room for error. It was decision day and the partners were going to determine which of them would be working with Max Jordan and take on the Diablo case.
Rumour had it James Martin - the senior partner - was likely to take the job. It was James who had brought the American lawyer in on the case and this new guy was supposed to be an expert in the field of diamonds and corporate law.
From somewhere along the corridor Amy heard a scurry of foot-falls approaching. It was her boss James Martin and his team.
“Good morning Amy,” James said giving her a conspiratorial wink.
She saw he was wearing his blue shirt and tie which meant James was in a good mood and ready for action.
“James, morning…nice to see you,” she said enthusiastically and greeted him with her usual sunny smile.
Four years ago James had sat in on her interview. Throughout the years he had mentored her and encouraged her to work hard. Little by little she had climbed and worked her way up the corporate ladder. She thought of James as the older brother she never had. But James liking what he saw, was continually trying his luck and asked Amy out on numerous occasions. Every time she refused, he took it on the chin and waited…until the next time.
“We’re ready when you are sir,” she said politely.
Everything was in place and ready for the meeting. The white marker board had been cleaned and the new digital hologram projection system was set-up and running.
Nearly everyone had arrived and were ready to take their seats and prepare for the onslaught of questions. They were, however, still waiting for the infamous American lawyer to appear.
Everyone was on tenterhooks expecting his arrival at any minute and even James, who was rarely flustered, seemed on edge.
At that moment, the door to the conference room opened and a tall, forceful figure appeared framed in the doorway.
Amy felt the blood drain from her face.
Gripping the back of a nearby chair for support, she just managed to stop herself from fainting.
Max Jordan - her Max Jordan - was standing in the doorway and Max looked like he owned the place.

Disclaimer, Copyrights and Publishing
Any names or characters have no existence outside the imagination of the
 author or are used fictitiously and actual events are purely coincidental.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, copied,
stored in a retrieval system known or hereinafter invented, without
 written permission of the publisher.

Copyright © 2013 by – Arabella Sheen
Published by priceplacebooks

All rights reserved.
ISBN 978-0-9575698-0-5

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Welcome to Contemporary Author - Rosie Travers


I’m delighted to welcome Rosie Travers to my blog. 


Hello Rosie,
It’s lovely to have you as a guest and I’m eager to discover what someone who writes contemporary commercial women's fiction (with a fair dose of humour) has to share.
Here are a few questions which will hopefully, give your readers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: How did you find your agent or publisher and what are their good points?
Rosie: I found my publisher, Crooked Cat, through researching on social media. The really good thing about Crooked Cat is the wealth of advice and support provided by their community of experienced authors which has been invaluable for a relative newbie like me.

Arabella: Which do you prefer to wear: beach shorts and top, a long evening skirt and blouse, pyjamas and slippers?
Rosie: Definitely beach shorts and a top as that would imply I was on holiday somewhere hot and sunny. I love to travel and was lucky enough to spend three years living in California where it’s almost beach shorts weather all year round! 




Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Your Secret’s Safe With Me?
Rosie: My second novel, Your Secret’s Safe With Me was released in February this year. It’s a romantic suspense but contains a fair dose of humour. The story evolved from a 300 word competition entry for my local writing society. I liked the dynamic I’d created between my two leading characters and decided to continue their story.

Mother and daughter, Pearl and Becca, have a successful professional working partnership but it’s been very much to the detriment of their personal relationship. When Pearl makes a surprise announcement, Becca’s organised life is thrown into chaos. Inspired by my own local landscape I transported Pearl and Becca from their busy lives in London to the south coast of England. This gave rise to a sub-plot involving some dubious activities on the water, placing them both in danger – adding another element to their already fraught relationship. I’m fascinated by the intricacies of family relationships and wanted to explore the idea of secrets and past misdemeanours coming back to haunt my characters, as well as testing their resilience and resolve to the full.

Arabella: We all have a long list of books we keep meaning to read but never have the time for --- which book is a must read for you this summer?
Rosie: The Labyrinth of The Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The Shadow of the Wind is one of my all time favourite books and this, the fourth and final instalment in the series, was my Christmas present from my husband. I hadn’t realised how long it was – 800 pages. That’s something that requires a dedicated amount of reading time so it’s coming on holiday with me this summer.

Arabella: If you could choose, which would it be: A walk in the woods, a walk along a beach front to dip your toes in the sea, or a day shopping for clothes?
Rosie: It goes without saying – the beach. I grew up on the south coast of England and feel a great affinity with the sea. I very much believe in its restorative powers, whether its waves crashing onto the shore on a blustery day to blow away the cobwebs or calm waters on a tranquil sandy beach to relax and unwind. I tend to become quite anxious if I’m away from the coast for too long!



Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Rosie: Generally in bed – sadly for about 10 minutes each night before I fall asleep. I rarely read during the day – unless I’m on holiday and then I will read for hours on end – sheer indulgence.

Arabella: What about your future plans? Any books or series in the making?
Rosie: I’ve just started on a third novel but it’s very much in its infancy. It’s currently a comedy about the search to recover a family heirloom, although as I’m a total pantster, that could all change.

Arabella: What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their writing journey?
Rosie: Join a writing group!  Writing is an isolating occupation but a support network is vital. Only other writers understand the agonies and ecstasies of writing. If you can join a professional body even better - I was lucky enough to join the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme. There is a great writing community out there.


Thank you for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Rosie. Your latest book sounds fascinating and I’m sure your readers can’t wait to discover how mother and daughter, Pearl and Becca’s relationship develops.
And from me personally, congratulations on graduating from the RNA-NWS to becoming a Full Member. Well done!
Best wishes and lots of happy-ever-after writing.

Arabella Sheen



About Rosie Travers
I grew up on the south coast of England and after initially training as a secretary I juggled a career in local government with raising my family.  I moved to Southern California with my husband in 2009 and began a blog about my somewhat surreal life as an ex-pat wife in LA which re-kindled a teenage desire to become a writer. On my return to the UK I took a part-time course in creative writing and following some success in short story competitions, I joined the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers’ Scheme. My debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, a romantic comedy about an elaborate plot to restore a seaside pavilion, was accepted for publication by Crooked Cat Books and officially launched on in August 2018. My second book, Your Secret’s Safe With Me, was published in February 2019.

Twitter  https://twitter.com/RosieTravers @RosieTravers
Instagram: rosietraversauthor



Your Secret’s Safe With Me - Blurb
Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.
Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiance’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.
As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.
But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?


Universal buying link: mybook.to/yoursecretssafewithme


Temporary Bride by Arabella Sheen - Excerpt 4

Temporary Bride    Arabella Sheen Max Jordan  is one of America’s most powerful, leading corporate lawyers. He is also the m...