Thursday, 27 August 2020

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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About Arabella Sheen

Arabella Sheen is a British author of contemporary romance and likes nothing more than the challenge of starting a new novel with fresh ideas and inspiring characters.
One of the many things Arabella loves to do is to read. And when she’s not researching or writing about romance, she is either on her allotment sowing and planting with the seasons or she is curled on the sofa with a book, while pandering to the demands of her attention-seeking cat.
Having lived and worked in the Netherlands as a theatre nurse for nearly twenty years, she now lives in the south-west of England with her family.
Arabella hopes her readers have as much pleasure from her romance stories as she has in writing them.

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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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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Welcome to Women's Fiction Author - Vivien Brown

I’m delighted to welcome Vivien Brown to my blog.

Vivien Brown - Author

Hello Viv – I’ve often seen posts you've shared to social media about your family, your books, and your life in general. It's now wonderful to finally have a chance to chit-chat with you, even if it is…only virtually. But before we discover more about your latest release, Be Careful What You Wish For, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

Arabella: When writing a novel are there any key traits, such as virtuously good or shamelessly bad, you like to give your characters?

Viv: I like to make them as realistic as possible, so they need to have flaws, but the readers also have to care about them and be rooting for them. I don’t believe anyone is wholly good or bad, and the important thing is to show why they behave the way they do – because of their childhood experiences, jealousy, provocation, passion, etc. As my books tend to have contemporary domestic/family settings, my characters have to deal with all the problems of modern life and relationships, ranging from infertility and illness to betrayal, abuse or divorce. Falling for or trusting the wrong person is definitely a recurring trait in my fiction! Ruby makes a big mistake when she hooks up with Michael, who abandons her and their baby, in my first Vivien Brown book Lily Alone, and two sisters come to bitterly regret falling in love with the same man in my most recently published novel No Sister of Mine. Prue certainly does it in spectacular style in my upcoming book when she proposes (and is turned down) in front of the whole village, soon discovering that her childhood sweetheart is not quite who he has been pretending to be.


Arabella: A book has a beginning, middle, and an end. When penning your upcoming release, Be Careful What You Wish For, which part did you find the hardest to write and why?

Viv:  Beginnings are easy. I am fired with enthusiasm when I start a book, and tend to launch myself right into the action so the readers can meet the main characters and get a feel for their situation. I also love an intriguing prologue which hints at some disaster to come! I probably re-write that short opening page or two more often and more thoroughly than any other part of the book. It will be the hook to draw readers in, so it has to be exactly right. I usually have a vague ending in mind (although I do tend to change it as I go along) so the aim is to write towards that. I knew this new book would feature two women of very different ages and backgrounds and that the chapters would alternate between them, but I had no idea I would be introducing the intermittent mystery voice of a potential ‘baddie’ until quite a way in, so I had to go back and insert those short chapters, dropping little hints as to who it might be and what their motive was, which was enormous fun. So, for me, and especially for this particular book, writing a good strong middle that forms the bridge between the promise of the opening and a satisfying and believable ending, that keeps things moving along in an interesting way, and that actually makes sense, is by far the hardest part.


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 season?

Viv:  There are so many books on my ever-growing TBR pile. Thank heavens for kindle! Some are from favourite authors, some from intriguing newcomers. I buy them when the blurb or cover appeals to me or when the price drops, and I get quite a few to review via Netgalley, and then I struggle to find time to read them all. I do get very caught up in a good series though, like Jean Fullerton’s Ration Book series or Elaine Everest’s Woolworths books, so I do read those as soon as they are published so I can meet the characters again and catch up with their ongoing stories. The one book I am looking forward to more than any other is Elaine’s A Mother Forever, which will take us back a few decades to see Ruby (the grandmother in The Woolworths stories) as a young woman.



Arabella: A slice of Chocolate Cake, a piece of Fruit, or Burger and Fries?

Viv:  Fruit is ok, but just part of a normal daily diet and not what I would call a treat. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am chocolate obsessed. It’s my favourite can’t-do-without food, and I eat it all the time, every day! But chocolate cake doesn’t hold quite the same thrill as chocolate itself, so lovely though cake is, I will go for the burger and fries as my guilty pleasure, so long as it’s either a McDonalds or Wimpy and has cheese and loads of ketchup included.


Arabella: What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their writing journey?

Viv:  Be patient! It took me a long time to get a publishing contract for a novel. A lot of it is luck, writing the right book at the right time, but mainly it is about getting good at what you do, and that means taking the time to learn your craft, listening to advice, reading as much as you can in the genre you intend to write, and researching to find exactly the right agent or publisher who will love your book as much as you do. I started out with magazine short stories before I took the step of trying longer fiction, but I know many novelists say they can’t imagine telling an entire story in only 1000 words, so it doesn’t work for everyone. But those years taught me so much about studying the market, working with an editor, cutting and editing my own work, and writing to deadlines and guidelines, all really useful to me in my later career,


Arabella: What about your future plans? Any books or series in the making?

Viv:  I am really looking forward to launching this new book in September, straight in at a bargain 99p for the e-book which should help sales. There will then be more stand-alone novels to come, hopefully at least one per year, but I have no plans to write a series. I am however experimenting with re-introducing some characters from earlier books into later ones, sometimes just in minor roles, so readers can catch up with how they are doing. I already did it sneakily in Lily Alone by having my nurse Laura treat an attempted suicide patient who had slipped in from one of my earlier books, Losing Lucy, written when I was still calling myself Vivien Hampshire. I am now halfway through writing a novel that brings back several of the major characters from Lily Alone in a new story set three years later, mainly in Brighton, although Shelling, created as Prue’s home village in Norfolk for Be Careful What You Wish For will make an appearance again too. I have also just written the prologue for the book after that, the idea for which is still at the bubbling-under stage. And in spare moments I have been writing a few more short stories and (for a bit of light-hearted fun) some simple rhyming poems for The People’s Friend.

Thank you for sharing some of your writing secrets with your readers, Viv.  I’ll keep an eye out for the recommendations on your TBR (To Be Read) pile, and when next in a newsagents shop or a superstore, I’ll search for your published poems and short stories between the pages of The People’s Friend.  With no pun intended, best wishes for your latest release, Be Careful What You Wish For




About the Author:   Vivien Brown

Vivien Brown - Author

Originally trained in finance and banking, but more recently working with young children and their families in libraries and children’s centres, Vivien started her writing career, using her then name of Vivien Hampshire, with a 150-word paragraph that won the Mail on Sunday ‘Best Opening to a Novel’ competition in 1993, although the completed book was never published. Since then she has sold more than 140 short stories to UK women’s magazines and 250 articles about working with children to professional nursery and childcare magazines, and has had two novels and a pocket novel published as Vivien Hampshire, along with a non-fiction book on how to ‘crack’ cryptic crosswords.

As Vivien Brown, she has had three women’s contemporary novels, Lily Alone, Five Unforgivable Things and No Sister of Mine published by One More Chapter, all with domestic drama/family relationship themes. Her fourth, Be Careful What You Wish For, comes out on 26 September 2020 in e-book, with the paperback to follow at Christmas.

Vivien lives in Uxbridge, Middlesex with her husband and two cats. She has IVF twin daughters, now grown-up, and two young granddaughters who keep her busy and entertained. She is expecting her first grandson in early December. When not writing she loves reading, watching TV quizzes, hospital and period dramas, and tackling and compiling tricky crosswords, many with personalised clues which clients commission as gifts. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a fellow of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ).


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Two strangers. Two very different lives. A chance to escape…

Veteran stage actress Madi needs to escape from her lonely London life. The showbiz world is wearing thin. Estranged from her only son and still recovering from a traumatic breast cancer operation, she’s started to forget things and has the strongest sense she is being watched…

Prue feels suffocated by her claustrophobic village life, especially when she is humiliated in the most public way. Now Prue is desperate for anonymity whatever the cost.

A life swap seems the perfect escape for both women. But will changing places solve their problems? Or will happiness come at a dangerous price?

RELEASE DATE: 26 September 2020.


Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Welcome to Saga Romance Author - Elaine Roberts

I’m delighted to welcome Elaine Roberts to my blog.

Elaine Roberts - Author

Hello Elaine – I’ve looked forward to hosting you on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat and I’m eager to learn a little bit about you and your writing journey. But before we discover more about your latest release, The West End Girls, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

Elaine:  Thank you for inviting me for a chat, I’m on my third cup of tea so I’m raring to go.

Arabella: We all love the creativity of writing – otherwise we wouldn’t spend hours at a keyboard pounding away in the hope someone will read and enjoy our novels. But what do you like most about our craft?

The editing and proofreading, the author/reader relationship, promotional book signings, or is there something else that has you hooked to the world of books?

Elaine: My first reaction is I love the author/reader relationship; it’s so fulfilling to read and hear the reader’s thoughts on your work. However, before the book is published I enjoy getting the story down on paper without worrying about shaping it into a novel. I write family sagas, which are set in World War One and sometimes no matter how much I plan the story changes. My latest novel, The West End Girls, which came out in June this year is an example of that. The character that started as a love interest became the baddie the more I wrote. I just couldn’t help myself!



Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, The West End Girls?

Elaine: I found out recently that most of the Disney animation films have little salutes to previous films in them and that intrigued me, so I thought why not build my own community but not in an obvious way. My first three book series, The Foyles Bookshop Girls, are based in London’s West End so my characters are making cameo appearances in my latest series but you wouldn’t know unless you have read those books. I love going to London, especially to have a meal, take in a show and wander round the shops, not that I’ve managed to do any of that in the last few months. I think it’s safe to say my inspiration comes from family, friends, general conversations and my research.


Arabella: If you had a choice which would you pick and why?

 1)  Roses

 2)  Daffodils

 3)  Lily of the Valley

 4) Other

 Elaine:  They are all beautiful flowers but I think I would have to choose daffodils. They are one of the first flowers of spring, and in my head they represent hope for the year to come. After a bleak winter the joy of seeing the daffodils in my garden really lifts my spirits.


Arabella: Some authors cannot work without a business planner, others cannot write without an editing app…  Are there any “essentials” you need to help your writing move forward?

Elaine: Conversation, and in the beginning I had my family doing role-play in my front room if I couldn’t get my head around a situation. The laughter helped to take away my stress at not being able to see the situation in my head. My most important piece of technology, with the obvious exception of my laptop, is my Voice Memo’s on my phone. I tend to record most scenes rather than make notes. I discovered quite early on that I’d make a note and then not understand what I was trying to say when I went back to read it. Recording it also gives me context for whatever the issue was. I also record the actual theme of my series and individual books and that keeps me focussed.


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?

Elaine: My late husband was the man of my dreams and he would definitely take me to the theatre, I love a live performance. One of my favourite shows has to be Les Mis√©rables, I have seen it seven times and I still cry at the same point, which is quite ridiculous when I know it’s coming.

Les Misérables

 Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you would like to share to “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?

Elaine: The first thing I’d say is don’t give up, I have several novels that will never see the light of day without an awful lot of editing. Also celebrate, not everyone can write 80,000 – 100,000 words so that’s a real achievement in itself. Learn your craft, attend classes of some sort or do an on-line course to help with the structure that goes with writing. Join organisations that offer critiques for the genre you’re writing in, for example The Romantic Novelist’s Association (RNA), The Society of Woman Writers and Journalists (SWWJ), and The Crime Writers Association (CWA). Many organisations have conferences where they do workshops and talks. The last thing I’d say is try writing different genres until you find the one that really fits you.

Thank you so much for inviting me, I enjoyed our chat and the interesting questions.


Arabella:  It was lovely having you stop by on the blog for a chit-chat and a cuppa, Elaine.  And thank you for sharing some of your writing secrets, especially the tip about using a phone’s Voice Memo. This will definitely have to be explored.

Wishing you all the best for your latest release - The West End Girls




About Elaine Roberts

Elaine Roberts - Author

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way again until she picked it up again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine is very proud of The Foyles Bookshop Girls saga trilogy, which her late husband encouraged her to write. She, and her extended family, live in and around Dartford, Kent and her home is always busy with children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.


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Book Blurb:  The West End Girls



Growing up on a farm in the country, Annie Cradwell has always dreamt of singing on stage. So when she hears her friend Joyce has a room to spare in London, she sets off with best friend Rose for an adventure beyond anything they could have imagined. 

In London, Annie and Rose stumble into jobs at the Lyceum Theatre. Being a dresser to capricious star Kitty Smythe wasn't exactly what Annie had in mind. But then the musical director, Matthew Harris, offers her singing lessons. And Annie starts to wonder – could this be her chance? Or is it all too good to be true? 

With the threat of war in the air, everything is uncertain. Is there a place for hopes and dreams when so much is at stake? 

Annie, Rose and Joyce are three girls with very different dreams – but the same great friendship.


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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Welcome to Romance Author - Jane Lacey-Crane

I’m delighted to welcome Jane Lacey-Crane to the blog.

Jane Lacey-Crane Author

Hello Jane – It was lovely to connect with you through the Romantic Novelists’ Association. It’s always a pleasure to discover authors with new releases and to help share their tidings. But before we discover more about your latest release - The Little Shop on Floral Street – here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: You’ve got an idea for a story but it has yet to take shape. Where do you start? Do you concentrate on the location in the story, or developing the characters personalities, or are there other key points you might consider?

Jane: To be honest most of my story ideas begin with a ‘What if?’ question. For my first book it was ‘What if you discovered that the father you thought abandoned you had actually been in prison? And what if your childhood sweetheart came back into your life and told you he’d never stopped loving you?’ My most recent book, The Little Shop on Floral Street came from the question, ‘What if you were forced to go home and face some hard truths about who you are and where you come from?’

But I do also think location is important. When I knew my second book was going to be a Christmas romance, I knew there was only one possible location for it – New York City! – and the story really grew from the setting.

Arabella: In your latest release, The Little Shop on Floral Street, what is the overall theme or premise, and what made you choose this topic?

Jane: The overriding theme for my newest book is the idea that we are all truly products of our upbringing, and although we might think we move one/grow up/move away, where we’re from is still a key part of who we are. In the book my main character, Grace Watson, is forced home by a family tragedy and she struggles to deal with the fact that she abandoned everything and everyone from her past in an effort to become someone else; someone she doesn’t even recognise anymore. It’s about family and it’s about returning to a place where you are known and can be the authentic version of yourself.  

Arabella: You’re stuck in a lift and it’s a two-hour wait before a pain-free extraction. What emergency rations would you like to be sent down the lift shaft?

Jane: Really strong tea! I drink pints and pints of it during the course of the day. I can’t write without a massive mug of tea to keep me going. It has to be made with tea leaves not a teabag and it has to be made in a teapot, not in a mug! I’m quite fussy about my tea, as you can probably tell. And of course, with all that tea there must be cake or biscuits – any type, I’m not too fussy, just as long as you don’t present me with Bourbon biscuits! It’s probably a controversial opinion but I don’t understand why anyone would choose a Bourbon biscuit.



Arabella: You’ve arranged to meet up with friends and family for an afternoon of fun. Where do you go and what do you do?

Jane: My ideal day would involve a trip to the cinema or the theatre, a stroll around a market, preferably secondhand or vintage, and then finished off with a nice meal. I love Greenwich Market in London. It reminds me of being a university student and rifling through the stalls looking for cheap books and clothes. That’s been the hardest part of lockdown for me – not being able to do the things I enjoy with the people I love the most.

Greenwich Market

Arabella: The moment we are published, a career path is usually envisaged. Do you have any aspirations or ambitions for yourself and any future novels you might write?

Jane: I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t want all of my books to be huge bestsellers that are then adapted for TV or film! I think if most authors are honest, they would admit that they want their work to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. But I was already in my early forties when I got my first publishing deal – it took a long time for it to happen – so I’m pretty grateful and happy to be able to have the chance to get my words out there at all. And if a TV or film producer suddenly decides that my books would make great movies, I’d be more than happy to throw on my screenwriter hat and have a crack at a screenplay or two!!


Thank you for sharing some of your writing secrets with us, Jane. And your ‘What if you…?’ tip is certainly a great starting point and will definitely have to be explored when I begin the next manuscript.

Wishing you all the best for your latest release - The Little Shop on Floral Street



About  The Author:    Jane Lacey–Crane

Jane Lacey-Crane Author

I’ve been writing for as long as I could string a sentence together and I always dreamed of becoming a published author, but it felt like an unachievable dream until I joined the RNA’s New Writer’s Scheme in January 2017. That was the thing that really made me think I could really do it. I’d written the beginning of the story that would grow into ‘Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s’ as an entry for a competition on Good Morning Britain. It never got anywhere but I really thought the story had legs and could go somewhere so I carried on with it. After rewriting it based on my manuscript report from the RNA, I started submitting to publishers who didn’t require you to have an agent. I was over the moon when Aria Fiction offered me a 3- book contract in October 2017!!

The first book, Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s, was set in East London, where I grew up, and featured characters that were inspired by some of the people I knew back then, and for my third and most recent release, The Little Shop on Floral Street, I’ve returned to my roots in London again. The book tells the story of the Watson sisters, Grace, Hope and Faith, and their relationships with each other, and the complicated family dynamics that have played a significant role in where they are in their lives.  

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Book Blurb   The Little Shop on Floral Street

In the wake of tragedy, two sisters have to piece their family back together again...

Grace never thought she'd have to return home to Floral Street. Having spent most of her life building a successful career in London, she's done everything she possibly can to avoid the flower stall that's been in her family for generations. But when tragedy hits, she's got no choice. It's time to face the demons of the past and support her family.

Faith has returned home after years travelling the world. The baby of the family, she always struggled to find her place. She thought that her life would be different after a trip across the globe, but as she settles back into life in her childhood room she has to come to terms with the fact her life isn't quite what she expected. And she has no way of getting out of the rut she finds herself in.

Faith and Grace have never seen eye-to-eye, always clashing, never forgiving. But they might just find a way to understand one another, to fight their way through their grief and come out stronger. By opening up, they'll discover they aren't so different at all. And family will always be there for you.

Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, David Nicholls and Kerry Fisher.


Released 13th August 2020


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