Friday, 30 August 2019

Temporary Bride by Arabella Sheen - EXCERPT 1


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.

    

Chapter 1


Dawn was breaking on the horizon of the London skyline as Max Jordan, head and company director of Jordan Diamond Empire, flew into Heathrow airport in his private jet.
It had been a long, arduous North Atlantic flight but Max had spent his hours in the air lucratively. During the flight, he had been fighting a mid-air battle using his laptop and he had won a diamond laser contract for his company worth billions of dollars. All that remained to be done was for him to fly to Japan and finalise the deal with a face-to-face handshake and a signature on the dotted line.
Looking at Max, no one would guess he hadn’t slept in nearly twenty-four hours. Having had a quick shower on the plane and changed into one of his many handmade suits, he looked as fleshly groomed and as sleek as he had hours earlier when he’d boarded the luxury jet in New York.
Tall, tanned and dynamic, Max could be described as sex on legs.
Ploughing his way through the VIP lounge to the waiting limousine outside, all eyes turned in his direction. Chic, stylishly-beautiful women followed him with desire in their eyes, while waiting businessmen revealed a flash of envy as he passed. But Max was oblivious to all their stares. He was a man on a mission and time was of the essence.
The door to the limousine was being held open in readiness for him and, without ceremony, Max sped passed the onlookers and climbed into the back seat. Pulling away from the airport the chauffeur looked in the driving mirror and asked, “Where to Mr Jordan? Your hotel or the office?”
“Office please,” Max replied. He then proceeded to indulge in a luxury he never normally found time for…he sat back and let himself experience the ride.
The laptop and briefcase he had brought along with him lay unnoticed and forgotten on the seat beside him and, as he sat back looking out of the window watching familiar landmarks go by, he felt a pang of nostalgia for the old times.
After five years of absence from the city, he was once more back in London and vivid memories of happier times came flooding back. It had been a carefree period in his life when he could do exactly as he wished. Now things were different. He had responsibilities.
Max still called the shots and had ultimate power and control of the business, but in some things, his hands were bound and tied.
Often he felt the weight of his obligations heavy on his shoulders, and that was one of the reasons he was here today in London.
He was here to perform a duty…his duty.
He needed a wife and he knew what he had to do.
Max had returned to England to find and marry Amy Denver.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Welcome to Romance Author - Constance Bretes


I’m delighted to welcome Constance Bretes to my blog.


Hello Constance – It was great to connect with you through our publisher, BeachwalkPress, Inc. where a wide range of quality ebooks in a variety of subgenres are offered.
I’m keen to discover what a Contemporary Romance/Romance Suspense Author has to share and I'm sure your readers are too. But before we discover more about your latest release - Midnight Escape - here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: Authors can release books, making them available to readers in various ways…via an agent, or working directly with a traditional publisher, or they can even go the self-publishing route. Which method of publishing do you prefer, and why?
Constance: I work through my publisher, Beachwalk Press, Inc. because this publisher works individually with me on my books so that they are virtually error-free and grammar correct.


Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Midnight Escape?
Constance:  I was watching the show, Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel. In case you don’t know what the show is about. It’s about the commercial crab fishermen who go out to the rough Bering Sea crab fishing. The episode showed a captain whose daughter wanted to take over the business, so he hired her as the greenhorn deckhand and started her at the lowliest job on the boat, taking the fish and baiting the pots. As I thought about the storyline that was forming from this, I kept asking myself how would I get the heroine on the boat. So I came up with a mob hit, and Jax helping her to escape the mob by taking her out on the boat.

Arabella: If the person of your dreams, (husband/wife/partner/or superstar), were to take you out for the night, where would they take you and what would you do?
Constance: A romantic dinner at a 5-star restaurant followed by an evening at a concert to listen to Gordon Lightfoot and a visit backstage with the star for a lovely conversation.


Arabella: Currently, what is your most favourite T.V. programme, and why?
Constance:  I LOVE The Big Bang Theory, and Last Man Standing. The Big Bang Theory is geeky and hilarious. Last Man Standing, well, I just love Tim Allen.  

Arabella: When writing a book or chapter, which do you concentrate on first: plot, character, or setting?
Constance: Plot. Always the plot. The characters and setting are embellishments to add to turn it from a plot to a story.
  
Arabella: How do you research your novels and characters?
Constance:  In the case of Midnight Escape. I spent a lot of time watching the Deadliest Catch, learning the ins and outs of the boat, what all the machines do, what the crew do, what sets the men off while on the job, and stuff like that. I also research the towns in Alaska, the bay area and the passageway to the sea, where dry docks are and why they exist. I also research paralytic shellfish poisoning, something that only happens in the Alaska coastlines. Most of this is done through internet searches, but I do visit my library from time to time to find books on particular subjects. For example, in two of my books, Blue As Sapphires and Elkhorn In The Moonlight, I spent a lot of time researching gold mines. I lived in a small town that had 4 gold mines, and I research the town’s history with gold and the people, population, etc. If at all possible, I will visit the towns in my stories to get a feel for them. Blue As Sapphires was written based on the town of Phillipsburg, Montana, while Elkhorn In The Moonlight was based on Basin, Montana, where I lived.

Arabella: A slice of Chocolate Cake, a piece of Fruit, or Burger and Fries?
Constance: Burger and fries. However, I’m picky about the food. I want it fixed correctly, or according to the way I like it. Especially my French fries.



Arabella: What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their writing journey?
Constance:  Try to take a couple of creative writing classes at your local college, and know your grammar. Grammar was something that I never got the hang of even to this day. Now, it’s like trying to teach an old dog new tricks.
Get with some writers groups or people who write in your genre. Develop relationships with them so you can have an even exchange in ideas, encouragements, and guidance.
Writing is a lonely business. Vary your quiet spaces to write to include ways that help inspire you. I sometimes will go to a restaurant, a bar, a back porch, a lake, a small town, just someplace to help inspire me.
People’s conversations, habits, reactions, etc. inspire me when adding the setting and characters to my books.
In Elkhorn In The Moonlight (released in February 2019) I sat at the small town bar and restaurant and listened to the patrons talk about different stuff. Old miners passing by talking about mining in Butte, Montana before it was forced to close due to federal regulations, something someone found on the internet, like a driver getting pulled over for driving a wooden car on the freeway, music they like to listen to on the jukebox, etc.  Sometimes I take a pad of paper, other times, I make sure my iPhone is charged up and use the note features on the phone.

Constance, it was great having you on the blog and I hope your readers enjoyed learning about your research methods . . . T.V. – T.V. – and yet more T.V. Where would writers and authors be without Discovery Channel, Google, and our local libraries? J
Best wishes and good luck with Midnight Escape.
Arabella
www.arabellasheen.co.uk



About Constance Bretes

Constance started writing contemporary romance and contemporary romance suspense fifteen years ago. She was born and raised in Michigan. After thirty-eight years working for the State of Michigan, she retired. She and her husband moved to Montana and lived in the mountainside of a small town, where the story, Elkhorn In The Moonlight, was based upon. After living there for three years, they moved to Alabama with their three feline furballs who own her and her husband. Her hobbies include basket weaving, reading romance books, and jewellery making as well as writing.

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Book Blurb - Midnight Escape

On the run from the mob, Suzanne discovers that hunky Jax is just the man she needs.

Suzanne Pacheco is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder and helping to put the killer in prison. Her trip across the country brings her to a small town in Alaska. But once again the mob’s hitman has tracked her down. She’s disheartened at the thought of leaving the town she’s developed a real fondness for, but there’s nothing else she can do. Until she finds help in the unlikeliest of places and embarks on an adventure like never before.

Commercial fisherman Jax Devereaux has his hands full fishing for crabs in the formidable Bering Sea, but when Suzanne needs his help, he adds yet another thing to his list of responsibilities. He takes her with him to the one place he thinks she might be safe—the middle of the sea. But there’s danger everywhere. Can he keep Suzanne safe, and will he lose his heart in the process?



Saturday, 24 August 2019

A Merchant's Daughter by Arabella Sheen

Come and discover a little more about my latest release…

A Merchant’s Daughter 
by 
Arabella Sheen


A merchant’s daughter and a destitute nobleman. Can a marriage of convenience solve their problems?

Miss Emma Brentry is happy with life, but she feels the time has come to marry. Her father, a wealthy glass merchant, has expectations of grandchildren, and Emma doesn’t wish to disappoint him. Reluctantly, and somewhat halfheartedly, she begins the search for a husband.
Mr. Aaron Trent, a gentleman of noble birth, returns to England fresh from the Napoleonic war with a scar and limp to prove it. During his absence, his estate, Windhurst Hall, has been pledged by his cousin at the gaming tables. He is now in search of the necessary funds with which to buy back his home.
Traveling to Bath, Emma finds herself stranded on the road and is compelled to stay the night at The Stag and Hounds posting inn. She encounters Aaron, an attentive, handsome stranger, who offers her some much-needed assistance. Instant attraction is felt by both, and as dusk falls, Emma makes Aaron an offer he finds difficult to refuse.
With his pride standing in the way, can Aaron stay true to his principles, or will he, with reckless, passionate abandonment, succumb to Emma’s powers of persuasion?

Content Warning: contains explicit, sensual love scenes


A Merchant's Daughter



Excerpt…
“And what exactly were you doing in Bristol?” he asked.
“Oh, there was plenty to entertain. Of an evening, we were often to be found at the Assembly Rooms on Prince Street, where balls and concerts are given. We went daily for walks on The Downs near Clifton. Clifton is a lovely place to visit, and there is such wonderful architecture to be found there. Some of the buildings are just as magnificent, if not nicer, than the Royal Crescent in Bath. But if you are asking what was my true purpose in going to Bristol…well, I must confess, I had been sent there to find a husband.”
Aaron’s grip on the reins slackened, and the horses’ speed dropped to a steady trot. “A husband?”
“Yes, sir. Actually, unfashionable as it may appear, I’m quite happy without one. I have no need for a man, but my father thinks I ought to have a spouse. He believes I require someone to tame me and bring me to order…and the sooner, the better.”
Upon seeing Aaron’s raised brow and startled reaction at her frank confession, Emma chuckled. It was clear she had surprised him.
Unable to resist the opportunity to shock further, she asked, “Would you care to consider that vacant position? I have become quite reconciled to taking a husband. I believe we could have what is known as a marriage of convenience.”
Over the years, Emma had callously brushed aside many eager suitors. None had interested her. And although content with life the way it was, she realized the time had indeed come to find a husband. The only problem was, her friends had married most of the eligible gentlemen, and she’d now been left with a poor selection to choose from.
“What?” Aaron asked. “Are you jesting? Or are you in all seriousness asking me to consider becoming your husband?”
With a crack of the whip, the horses sprang forward.
“Well, yes…now that you mention it, perhaps if you are available, it would be an excellent notion if we did marry. You see, my father sent me to stay with my sister, Dorothea, in the hope of being rid of me. And although I am older and ought to have found a husband before she did, I have not. Dorothea’s been married to Mr. Marks four years, and Papa was so certain she could find a husband for me amongst their many friends. It was believed she was familiar with the etiquette for matchmaking. But as you might have guessed, I am now returning to Bath unclaimed and unbetrothed.”
To her enjoyment, Aaron smiled and entered into the light-hearted nature of her banter.
“And why do you think no one will have you?” he asked. “You seem such a pleasant person, Miss Brentry. You are well-presented, well-spoken, and if I might add, you are reasonably pleasing to the eye.”
Emma threw back her head and laughed heartily.
“Mr. Trent, I must say I like your honesty. Thank you for not saying my beauty is unsurpassed, as so many men falsely declare. Because if you had, I would not have believed you. Had you professed my loveliness to be beyond compare, or my figure to be complete perfection, I would deem you to be untrustworthy. Men can be such tedious bores when offering false platitudes and faux compliments.”
Emma knew herself to be of average looks and was thankful Aaron wasn’t a toad-eater. She detested untruths, especially when it concerned flattering banalities about her character or appearance. And so far, Aaron had proffered neither of these things.
“Not wishing to bore you, Miss Brentry, I will not try to persuade you otherwise. Instead, I must insist you tell me why your father wishes you to marry so urgently.”
The phaeton turned a sharp corner, and Emma was once again thrown against Aaron’s side as the horses raced on. Undaunted by her closeness, he simply straightened the carriage and continued along the rutted lane until the crossroads was reached and the turn was made for The Stag and Hounds. They had almost arrived at the inn.
“I believe he wishes me to marry so he might have a grandson.”
“Really?”
“So far, Dorothea has only produced girls, and as Papa has no heir to inherit, he is keen for me to give him a successor.”
“His successor? To what?” Aaron asked.
“Why…his vast fortune and colossal enterprise of course.”
Aaron raised a brow with skepticism. “I have obviously been out of the country for far too long. Enlighten me. Is your father so rich and so noted a gentleman that you assume I must know of his wealth and status?”
“His wealth you might have heard of, but Papa is no gentleman—at least not by birth, and certainly not in the eyes of the ton.”
“Is that so?”
“You said I seemed well-presented and well-spoken, but that is due in essence to my education and not a result of my lineage. I attended Miss Witherington’s finishing school for young ladies. I have been told I’m part of an abhorrent breed known as a wealthy merchant’s daughter.”
“I would not have known this to be the case, Miss Brentry. A merchant’s daughter, you say?”
There was a smile on Aaron’s face and laughter was clearly shining in his eyes. He was amused.

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Friday, 23 August 2019

Castell's Passion by Arabella Sheen - EXCERPT 5




Castell’s Passion

Arabella Sheen

A night in his arms, but it comes at a price. Will her heart survive?

Billionaire Marc Castell, owner of the Castell Hotel Group, isn’t looking for love. His jet-set lifestyle means he’s a ‘love them and leave them’ type of guy…that is, until Kate McKenna walks into his life.
Kate is on the warpath. Her underage sister is planning to spend a weekend in Paris with Marc’s nephew, and she’s determined to put a stop to the affair before it begins.
Marc has a plan of his own. He promises to save Kate’s sister from his nephew, but there’s a condition attached. Kate has to travel to Cannes with him and play the part of his girlfriend―including spending the night in his bed. Marc hopes this will solve the problem of the unwanted advances he’s been receiving from his friend’s wife. But whenever Marc takes Kate in his arms his world is turned upside down, and he discovers he wants more from her than a casual weekend fling.
Kate has no time for sexy, powerful playboys. She’s too busy building her career and expanding her catering business. But when she gets to know the man behind the fa├žade, she wonders if she can resist the sensual attraction growing between them. Will she be seduced by his charm and sacrifice everything she believes in for one night of passion in his arms?

Marc has a battle on his hands as he strives to win Kate’s love…and her heart.



Chapter Two - Excerpt 5…

Marc didn’t need Kate to tell him that Nikki wasn’t reachable. He could tell by the defeated look on Kate’s face. It seemed he was right after all. Nikki was with Eduardo...and they were gone.
Marc supposed it would now fall on his shoulders to track them down, but if he was honest with himself he didn’t want to become entangled in something that was none of his business. He had his own affairs to take care of this weekend. He had places to be, people to see, and things to do. He didn’t have time to babysit two young people who had disappeared somewhere for a clandestine destination and were off playing lovebirds.
“You have to stop him. Tell Eduardo to bring Nikki home,” she demanded.
So, Kate was expecting him to instantly solve the problem of the disappearing couple. But he wasn’t being backed into a corner, and he wasn’t being told what to do.
“Why should I do that? I’m not Eduardo’s keeper. He’s old enough to make his own decisions.”
“Eduardo might be old enough to decide what he wants to do, but in many ways Nikki is still a baby. All right, I admit that since the loss of our parents I might be overly protective of her, but it’s so hard to let go of someone you care for. Even though I know at some point I will have to let her move on, I can’t. Not just yet. My sister’s too young to experience the disappointments of adulthood, and she’s never had any real, true experience with men,” she told him anxiously.
“I thought you said she’s almost eighteen.”
“But that doesn’t make her an adult. Just because she looks like a woman doesn’t make her a woman. You men don’t understand, or you don’t want to understand.” Kate let out a frustrated sound of anger. “All men are the same. You’re only out for one thing. And if Eduardo should harm her in any way, I’m warning you now...I’ll make him pay for it.”
“And how will you do that?” Marc asked with disdain, but Kate ignored his cynical question, dismissing it out of hand.
“It’s obvious you’re not going to be of any help to me,” she said, sounding vexed.
“What exactly is it you expect me to do?” he asked.
What happened between Eduardo and Nikki was of no interest to Marc. He didn’t care one way or another if the young couple had flown to France for a brief affair or not. His only concern was that the Castell fortune, and in this particular instance Eduardo’s fortune, remained intact.
“I expect you to stop him. Tell him to leave Nikki alone,” was Kate’s frank reply.
Marc shrugged and raised his hands as if powerless to do anything. It was a typical French gesture.
He was reluctant to listen to Kate’s problems. He simply didn’t want to get involved. Being gallant and helping a stunning, beautiful woman was one thing, but taking on the problems of that woman’s sister was altogether another ball game.
“I can’t. Or rather I won’t try and stop him,” he said with brutal honesty.
Marc had no desire to curb Eduardo’s extracurricular activities, but if he had to, he was willing to put a stop to Nikki’s exploits. He had no idea what her motive was in striking up a friendship with Eduardo, but from his own experience women generally got involved with a Castell for one reason and one reason only—money.
“You have to stop them,” Kate insisted anxiously. “If Nikki and Eduardo leave the country, they will soon be out of reach, and it will be beyond my power to stop the inevitable from happening. You have to do something.”
“I don’t have to do anything.” His reply was candid and to the point.
“Talking to you is like banging my head against a brick wall. It’s obvious you’re a stubborn man. Why won’t you do something?”
Marc always kept his involvement with Eduardo to a strict minimum. Only once, when a gold digger got her claws into his nephew, bleeding him dry of his money and threatening to accept Eduardo’s proposal of marriage, did Marc step in and call a halt to the affair.
Usually he never interfered, so he didn’t know why he was considering doing just that. But thinking about it he decided that perhaps it was because of the way Kate’s beseeching, dusky eyes were looking at him. Seeing Kate’s distress made him want to help.
He had a sudden undeniable urge to protect her from anything that could cause anguish. He wanted to shield her, safeguard her, and save her from any hurt that might come her way.
“If you won’t do anything to help, I’ll have to go to the airport and find her myself.” Kate waited, expecting a response.
When Marc saw her genuine concern and apprehension for her sister he knew he couldn’t stand on the sideline any longer. He decided he would have to step in and take action.
“All right,” he said. “Let’s suppose I’m prepared to do what you ask—what are you willing to do for me in return? What would you sacrifice to get your sister back?”
There was a long silence as Kate digested what he’d said. She then looked at him as if wondering if she’d heard correctly.
“Why are we wasting time talking about what I would sacrifice? Surely it would be best if we both went to the airport and stopped the two runaways from leaving the country before it’s too late.”
“I’m still waiting for your answer. What are you prepared to forfeit to guarantee the safety of your sister?” Marc asked again.
“Anything,” she said innocently. “I’ll do anything. What is it you need me to do?”
“You promise to do anything? Are you sure you mean that?”
Marc wanted to make absolutely certain everything was clear between them. He needed to know Kate was willing to do whatever was necessary to get her sister back.
“Of course I’m sure. I would do anything for Nikki. She’s my sister.” There was a deep conviction in Kate’s voice as she said those words.
“Good. I’ll remind you of this conversation in a few hours’ time, but for now we’d better get moving.” Marc began clearing his desk of some papers and packing his briefcase. “We’ll stop off at your place to collect your passport. Where do you live?”
“Why do I need my passport?” she asked, puzzled. “Won’t we be able to stop them at the airport?”
“You’ll need your passport because if my guess is correct, they’re already on board the plane and on their way to Paris.”
“Ohhh...”
“If we’re going after them—”
“No ifs,” Kate interrupted. “I’m following them even if you’re not. I have to go. You can stay here if you like. In fact, I’d prefer it if you stayed. I can manage on my own.”
Marc suspected Kate would be out of her depth when it came to reining in the two weekend elopers. He thought it best if he stepped in and tackled the situation, as he suspected his voice would carry more weight and effectiveness should there be problems.
He also thought it would be a good opportunity, during the flight, to get to know Kate a little better before presenting her with his proposal. And according to their agreement, and having promised she would do anything he asked, he knew it was a proposal she had no option but to accept. Little did Kate know what Marc had in store for her!
“You’re coming with me to Paris,” he told her, and his tone implied there would be no discussion on the subject.
“But I don’t want to go with you,” she persisted. Her protests fell on deaf ears.
“No buts. That’s the end of it. Now tell me where you live.”
He wasn’t going to back down. He was in business mode, and with an insistent look of determination in his eyes, Kate reluctantly conceded. She gave in.
“Our house is on the other side of London,” she warned as she went over to the sofa to collect the handbag she’d discarded earlier. “We’re in Eltham, which is south of the river. I’ll phone Patty, my assistant, and ask her to collect my passport and bring it to the airport. Which one are we flying from?”
“Heathrow. But it will be quicker if we drive over to your place. You can pack an overnight bag at the same time. Anything you forget we can always buy in Paris.”
Without ceremony he began ushering Kate out of the office, steering the way over toward reception.
“Would you have the car brought around, please, Clair? And would you phone the Anistons in Cannes? Tell them I’m delayed. Say I’ll be joining them sometime this weekend and that I’ll be there as soon as I can get away. You can also warn them I’m bringing someone with me.”
“Yes, sir. Anything else?”
Marc looked pointedly in Kate’s direction as he spoke.
“For some unknown reason the document I was working on hasn’t been completed. It’s on my desk with the other papers. If you could lock them away in the safe that would be great, and I’ll sign them when I get back. You can also tell Cade to cancel the Italian meeting. Put the deal on hold.”
“Yes, sir.” Clair looked at Marc as if amazed that he was leaving the building without having signed the takeover contract.
Marc was a little surprised by it himself. Cade Knightley, the company’s accountant and a good friend of Marc’s, was waiting for the all clear on the Italian takeover bid before going ahead with the deal. Time was of the essence. But it seemed this afternoon Marc had other pressing priorities to take care of.
While Marc was busy issuing instructions to Clair, he could see Kate was impatient to be on their way.
“Miss McKenna and I will be upstairs in my apartment. You can buzz me when the car arrives, and we’ll come down. Oh, and should anyone wish to contact us, we’ll be staying in Paris tonight.”
“Together?” asked Clair discreetly.
“Yes,” Marc said with conviction. “We’ll be together.” And there was no mistaking his hidden meaning.

Castell’s Passion
Copyright © 2016, Arabella Sheen
ISBN: 9781944270384
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Electronic Publication: August 2016
Editor: Pamela Tyner
Cover: Fantasia Frog Designs

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Welcome to Contemporary Author - Sonia Stanizzo


I’m delighted to welcome Sonia Stanizzo to my blog.


 Hello Sonia – It was great to connect with you through our publisher, Beachwalk Press. They offer a wide range of quality ebooks in a variety of subgenres, and I find the team (and fellow Beachwalk authors) really supportive. Publishing a book with them is always an amazing "learning" experience! But before we discover more about your latest release, Trouble in Disguise, 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?
Sonia: I joined Romance Writers of Australia, did online workshops and courses to learn how to write a romance and used what I learned on the story I was writing. Once I thought my manuscript was ready enough to send out in the world, I submitted it and thankfully Beachwalk Press liked it enough to want to publish it.

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?
Sonia: This is a toss-up between the beach and the woods.  Where I live, I have the best of both worlds and love to do both.
  

Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Trouble in Disguise?
Sonia: Trouble in Disguise is book three of my Trouble series. My intention was only to write the one book but the secondary characters put their hand up and said, “I want a story too please.” So then came book two and three.

Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Sonia: I read where ever I feel the most comfortable. But during the day it’s usually on the sofa and then in bed before I go to sleep.

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?
Sonia: I do like to light a candle. I need water and a tea every couple of hours keep me going.


Arabella: You’re halfway through the work-in-progress, you’re about to kill off the hero and there is going to be no happy-ever-after. In other words, you’re stuck! If you had to contact an “author/publisher/editor friend” for guidance, who would it be?
Sonia: I don’t ask anyone for guidance. If something’s not right or working the way I want it to. I’ll take a short break and work it out myself.

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…A romantic film you always wanted to see but missed when it was shown at the cinema?
Sonia: Definitely a romantic film.

Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you’d like to share to “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?
Sonia: I’d probably say, don’t focus too hard on trying to make the first draft perfect. It won’t be but you can always make it better later.

Thank you for being a guest on Arabella's Blog and Chit-Chat, Sonia. It was great to discover some of your writing secrets, such as - a candle! I'll have to try using one when I'm burning the midnight oil and sweating over my edit corrections that our publisher has returned for final approval. :)
Best wishes and good luck with your latest release, Trouble in Disguise. 
Arabella Sheen
www.arabellasheen.co.uk


About Sonia Stanizzo

Sonia Stanizzo is a contemporary romance writer who lives in the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales with her childhood sweetheart/husband and their three children. When she’s not dreaming up stories about couples and their road to finding love, sometimes bumpy but always a lot of fun, she can be found taking pole dancing lessons (purely for the fun and exercise), reading, and writing.

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Blurb: Trouble in Disguise

The greatest risk is disguised in trouble.

Jade Brennan is living with a family curse. If she falls in love, it will end in heartbreak. Because of this, she’s not taking any chances, and she’s learned to protect her heart.

Nate Miller leads a double life. In one, he’s a major rock star with a huge fan base. In order to have a semi-normal life, he wears a disguise when he’s in his rock persona. Nate doesn’t necessarily love the music his band plays, but he followed in his father’s footsteps, vowing to keep his memory alive after he died. In Nate’s other life, he’s an everyday guy temporarily teaching music lessons at the primary school where Jade is a teacher.

When Jade accidentally discovers what Nate’s hiding, she promises to keep his secret. If the truth about his identity was revealed, his career would be ruined.

As they work closely together, sparks fly between them. Because of Jade’s family curse and Nate’s grueling touring schedule, they know a relationship will never work, but a casual fling is perfect. But the more time they spend together, feelings grow stronger and things become more than just casual.

Can they overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of a relationship, or will family curses and obligations keep them apart?

Buy Links:
Beachwalk Press: http://beachwalkpress.com/ 

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