Happy #YorkshireDay – we love PASSIONATE ROMANCE with our Proper Brew pic.twitter.com/qSQ4A54mZU #tea #books

Emma Calin loves Yorkshire Tea with her romance novelWell, did you know that the 1st of August is Yorkshire Day?

To celebrate, I’m sharing my ‘Yorkshire Tea’ stickers and a ‘proper brew’ with my wonderful daughter, who is also the leg-model for my latest romance novel  ‘PASSION PATROL 2‘.

It’s a steamy suspense romance with a touch of humour and features HOT cops, HOT crime, HOT romance and… HOT TEA…?!? As anyone who has read it will tell you, my heroine Shannon is as mad about tea as I am.

Let me assure you –  it’s far more stimulating and satisfying than all that old GREY stuff!

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Get some RED hot passion with your (Yorkshire) Tea today – find it here:

 http://www.smarturl.it/PP2

Just £1.99 in UK or $2.99 in USA – FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

“Moved out from the city after one-too-many maverick missions, Shannon discovers there’s more going on in the sleepy country village of Fleetworth Green than meets the eye. The son of a local aristocrat arouses suspicion of drug crime activity… but his widower father arouses more animal instincts!

‘Passion Patrol 2’ is the second in my series of crime-romance novels and features sassy London female cop Shannon, who solve crimes, locks up the baddies and ALWAYS gets her man.  Reviewers say it’s a bit like ‘Hot Fuzz’ meets ’50 shades’…

Finally, here’s me with my tea, at the home of the irresistible Spencer, Earl of Bloxington…

Get your copy of ‘Passion Patrol 2’ here: http://www.smarturl.it/PP2, available in digital and print formats (Listed with title ‘Shannon’s Law’ in printed paperback editions).

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Review copies for ‘Passion Patrol 1’ ebook are currently on offer FREE for a limited time only, to lovely folk who sign up to my VIP Reader List.

Cheers Yorkshire Tea for a ‘Proper Brew’!

 

Emma Thinx:  Tea bags and Crime Romance – it’s an inside job.

First in Passion Patrol Series – #FREE – hot #summer #romance http://www.smarturl.it/PP1 pic.twitter.com/j0bhMPohne

PP series adGood news for anyone looking for a hot steamy holiday read this summer: the digital edition of the first in my Passion Patrol Series is FREE on Amazon from the 23rd to the 25th July.

http://www.smarturl.it/PP1

A Kindle #1 romance-suspense best-seller, with over 50,000 copies downloaded and over 150 stars (average 4.1) in the USA and UK.  It’s time to get hold of your copy.

A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. A honed and fit target suspect: sexy international sports star and billionaire playboy boxer, Freddie La Salle.

The first story in the Passion Patrol Series, introducing sassy female sleuths, romantic adventures and thrilling mysteries.

Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional turmoil as she fights to keep her professional cool in her latest assignment. The action flies from London to Paris, to California and New York – but just who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents?

A high stakes gambling syndicate is pulling the strings. A boxing referee is dead in a river and millions of dollars are placed on Freddie’s next fight. Anna has to decide what really motivates the art loving prize-bull boxer Freddie La Salle.

Can she fake it? Can she nail the gangsters before her cover is blown? What will happen when the charismatic suspect she is tracking turns on his charm and seduces her? Will passion take control as she falls in love with him?

The story of a tense and erotic forbidden affair. Can a relationship survive when it is founded on deceit? Can she prove her lover is innocent? When her bosses let her down, vigilante justice is her only option. Will she escape with her life and her man?

The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that knockout punch.

Grab your FREE copy here:

http://www.smarturl.it/PP1

THE REST OF MY LIFE by @SherylBrowne – great #summerreading

Today I’m hosting the wonderful Sheryl Browne and her brand new new book “The Rest of My Life”.  I’m saving this one for my holidays as I know Sheryl always delivers a great story packed full of passion and not without a few laughs…

The Rest of My Life – When is it time to stop running?

Recommended to Choc Lit by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer my contemporary romance novel, The Rest of My Life, is here!!

Fun, sassy and a tad naughty in places …
Are we tempted?
Just a little bit?

Tweet - butterflys wings

The Rest of My Life

You can’t run away from commitment forever …

Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…

Adam

Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.

And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?

Fancy a peek at the video?

https://youtu.be/7p319itbVKg

Find the book here:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Choc Lit

Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, bestselling author Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published.

Sheryl’s new contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer.

THE REST OF MY Life comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

Author Links

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Romance in the world of #F1 – RACING HEART – by @JMoonbridge pic.twitter.com/R4MA0645dr

June MoonbridgeToday I’m featuring the newly-launched fantastic debut novel by June Moonbridge, a romance called ‘Racing Heart’. You can find it on Amazon Worldwide here: http://smarturl.it/RacingHeart

The author, June Moonbridge,  lives in Slovenia but as her enigmatic bio says, she was born elsewhere and has lived and worked all over Europe. With two young children of her own she is well placed to imagine the anguish of the main character in her book – the mother of a kidnapped child.  Her career has also taken her into industries and lifestyles which no doubt carry heat and passion into the story. Her experiences in the automotive field have fuelled her insights into F1 racing to make this novel push to the limits. And hey! As the girls storm the world of football who says motor racing is only for the boys? From what I’ve seen there’s hardly any map reading or reverse parking.

Blurb:

Racing_Heart 2At age twenty-five Desiree Hart has experienced almost too much.

Taking drastic measures and changing everything in her life; her identity, her hometown and the country of residence, she hopes her new life will help her find her kidnapped son. Desiree is determined that nothing will prevent her achieving her goal. Not even love which has led her to skate on thin ice in the past once too many times.

One spring evening she meets the golden boy of F1 racing, Lorcan Shore and finds herself falling for him. Struggling to suppress that feeling, she realises he might help her get closer to the child she has started to believe is undoubtedly  her long lost son.

But nothing goes according to plan,even those she believes are so well conceived. Everything goes wrong. Her identity is revealed by the press, Lorcan experiences an unexpected racing accident and she finds out that the trail of hope leads her to another dead end. In despair she does, what she does best; she runs away.

Set against the glamorous backdrops of Monaco, Paris and Nice, ‘Racing Heart‘ mixes romance and mystery as Desiree struggles to come to terms with her past and learns how to accept love into her life once again.

Racing Heart‘ is available in digital format for Kindle and Kindle e-reader Apps on Amazon worldwide

http://smarturl.it/RacingHeart

Find June Moonbridge:

Twitter: @JMoonbridge,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge
Website: http://www.junemoonbridge.com/

 

Going For Gold

Bradley Wiggins on the blocks before the bell in his record breaking hour cycle ride

21st Century knight in Art Deco helmet

It’s not long now you know. The full unedited padded crotch Lycra fest of the Tour de France begins on July 4th in Utrecht. These guys are my absolute heroes. They battle in the spirit of ancient knights on the slopes of mountains. They leave their skin skidded on the pitiless tarmac and gravel of 60 mph descents. The sprinters pound in stampedes of branded head-down buffaloes never forgetting to point out the logo of the guys who bought their shirt as they cross the line. Yes – it’s all a big show biz commerce orgy but what the hell? The pain  is real. The scars and bruises weep and sting through the nights in stark shared hotel rooms. Keep up or fail. There are no hiding places. Racing cyclists are the modern day ballet dancers in a Degas masterpiece.

Exhausted dancers behind the scenes in a Degas painting

The stretch and the groan – the muscular truth of poetry

I’ve begun my own preparation. I’ve got out my indoor turbo trainer and studied all the TV schedules. I know, I know I’m a glamorous perfumed lady Eroticon of the purple passion but you can’t beat a spinning session with Mike Michels to bring out the cadence kitten in a woman. Let me tell you now that Passion Patrol 3 will feature a sweating woman in a spinning class. Dudes – if you want authenticity, you gotta grind it to find it. Well, at least you’ve gotta get out of breath a bit.

Poster for the Art Deco film Rocketeer

Inspiration for cyclists

My other preparation was to head for the Olympic Park in London to be in the presence of a real royal knight of the realm. I was there at the moment when Sir Bradley Wiggins broke the record for how far a man could cycle in one hour. I was in the Mexican wave and shouting “Wiggo”. Even the weight of his gold hat and shoes didn’t hold him back. I must confess that as I saw him hurtling around the track my mind flashed to the 1991 film “The Rocketeer”. Man, there’s no bizness like fizz bizness.

And today sees the first stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain cycle race. The first running of this event was a great success last year. This year we may well see a British winner in the shape of Lizzie Armitstead. If you’re reading this in the UK or can get ITV4 don’t miss the evening highlight show. And then you can switch to BBC 3 to see the England women’s football team play Columbia. All you’ll need then is a few cans of beer and a domestic Adonis to fix you a sandwich. Seriously though, I think the guys are starting to sit up and notice.

Last year I produced an audio book by Les Woodland all about the Tour de France. It was a real labour of love. If you wanna wise up – it’s all in here. To mark this year’s gruelling tour I’m giving away three free audio versions of the book:

CLICK HERE to enter.

Emma Thinx: Alchemy validated. It takes a lot of steel to get a piece of gold.

Royal Diet – Let them eat cakes! pic.twitter.com/IZHc6rHmx8

I do not struggle with my weight. My weight struggles with me and owing to its superior artillery of temptation, I don’t resist.  Until now! 

I have joined the underground resistance. I’m working by sabotage and secrecy – so much so that I’ve not even told myself I’m dieting. In that way if I’m captured and tortured by the Guessmyweightstapo with a chocolate eclair I will not give myself away. I’ll just eat it so as not to betray my secret plan.

So, I’m on a pleasure based diet. This means long country walks, poetic contemplation and writing ‘Passion Patrol 3′ in my head.


Oh Cinders – I shall go to the ball at the Hall when I can get into my dress


Today my route took me to the grounds of Broadlands House in Hampshire England.  This is the stately home of Lord Romsey who inherited when Lord Mountbatten (cousin of the Queen and uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh) was assassinated during the Irish troubles. Prince Charles went to the scene a few days ago. I’m not a royalist groupie but I like the guy. He’s been in trouble for writing to ministers about providing better kit for the poor old squaddies who fight for us. Well – Good on ya mate. If they don’t like it ride down to parliament and close’em down.

My path to bodily perfection and infinity

My new royal protection squad heroine was feeling the surge and pulse of life in her inner core longing for release as she took in the view through my eyes this afternoon. Well – maybe it was me rumbling…..but I’m pretty sure the earth moved.

‘The Sane Max’ – Passion Patrol 3  – coming soon to an e-reader near you. 


So here I am on my long and winding road to health and fitness.  Have you ever been on a secret diet? What tips would you share to keep me on track?






Emma Thinx: The straight and narrow only works if the Earth is flat

Black Beauty Has A Beady Eye On The World pic.twitter.com/2lWfIdXcUI #birds

Who’s a pretty boy then?

In our house we’re celebrating the recovery of a favorite ‘pet’ – a wise old crow who’s been coming to our garden for years. Just as the dog in “Alf The Workshop Dog” is a real mutt, ‘The Crow of the World’ from the same story is also based on my real-life bird friend. We call him ‘Hook Beak’ – for reasons you can guess from his photo.

He’s the cleverest and bravest of the crows, always first to come down when we throw out food. He swaggers up, looks right in at the window with his beady eyes and squarks at us when he’s hungry. If food is too dry – he takes it to a bowl of water and sits for a few minutes whilst it soaks and softens. If there’s any left over, he hides it for later – digging little holes in the grass and covering with leaves or moss.

Recently he showed up with a wounded leg, hardly able to walk. The other crows were pecking at him, keeping him away from food. He became increasingly bedraggled and we were worried he wouldn’t survive, especially with the constant bullying. We knew he was braver and more confident than most of his oppressors. We guessed he would approach closer than the others if we stayed in the garden to frighten them away. We made up some pasta (his favorite!) mixed with tinned dog meat. Sure enough he flapped down to feed while we stood guard. The bullies just squawked and postured at a distance. His courage and intelligence got him his three meals a day in peace.  This weekend he’s looking glossy and sleek. His limp has more or less gone and he can once more hold his own in the pecking order. He’s also very busy delivering food to a nest in a nearby oak tree – we think he may soon be teaching a young apprentice all his tricks!

The Great Crow Of The World is a major character in my kid’s book Alf The Workshop Dog which  has been doing great and has reached #1 Bestseller in Time Travel, Pets, and Chapter Books in USA, UK and Canada.  To celebrate, the second book in the series Isabella’s Pink Bicycle is going free 12-13-14 May. Come along and meet another animal – that cool pole cat for a tight spot – Frankie Ferret.  Who needs a Fairy Godmother when you’ve got a Ferret Godfather?

http://www.smarturl.it/IsabellaPink

Emma Thinx: You can’t bully your way to courage.







The Wind Weeps by @Anneli33 pic.twitter.com/d2V5UDsn3A smarturl.it/WindWeeps #Canadian #suspense

Look inside

I’m using my blog today to proclaim the new cover for an excellent novel The Wind Weeps by Anneli Purchase. I reviewed this story when it was first published. It is a dramatic read with a sexually sophisticated ambiance. To my eyes, the repackage is fantastic.

A novel as emotionally charged as this one needs a cover to reflect its contrasts and nuances. When fear and desperation threaten to sweep aside all gentleness and consideration the cover has a job of work to do. The new design conveys every element of this beautifully written story and for sure proclaims its worth.

The brutal truth of Nature displays itself along the lonely coast as much as it does through the lives of handsome men and beautiful women. Set in the commercial  fishing world of British Columbia, the depth of the story offers a range of choice for a cover. Anneli’s designer, Anita B. Carroll of http://race-point.com created a design that embodies the passion and emotion that simmer even within the cruel unforgiving sea.

Remember the terror Julia Roberts felt in the movie Sleeping with the Enemy? That’s the kind of terror Andrea feels about her husband, Robert. But, in her case it isn’t so easy to escape him. He has taken her to live in a remote cabin on the coast, cut off from all communication.

Andrea once loved orchids, but Robert has transmuted them into a symbol of his control over her. The orchid on the cover seems to be weeping. The blood red sky, the bleak churning sea add their abstract shadows. And yet Andrea is determined to survive and get back to the man she wishes she had married, the one who has never stopped loving her.

For more than just a romance, why not click on the link to download The Wind Weeps. You won’t sleep until you finish it….


For those with e-readers other than Kindle, go to Smashwords.com

My Review of The Wind Weeps:

FIVE STARS: A really good story! We don’t always make the right choices. We always think we can change people but human nature is very complex. Set in an unforgiving landscape of fittest survival, the human is a fragile and troubled creature. This is a book where the writer clearly knows that small mistakes can hook you in the mouth like a salmon on a merciless steel line. The water is cold for any warm blooded stranger who falls in the struggle. Yet this is the true life for these characters on the fishing grounds of the North. No ice can freeze the heat of desire and no innocence of springtime can un-cry the tears of youthful regret. Set in an awesome savage beauty, the human spirit goes on through real and imagined kisses and wine to find a wider perspective. We are free because love imprisons us. I adored this book for its exploration of this dilemma set in the real lives of real folk. No highfalutin literati posturing but a hand on the winch, a knife in the hand and a pulse in the flesh mix in this story. The style is straightforward without gratuitous flourishes – a bit like ice and a loving kiss. A sexually sophisticated and tension packed story. A good good read!

AUTHOR BIO

Anneli Purchase is an author and freelance copy-editor. She writes for the Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine, which she also helps to edit. Anneli lives on her little acre of paradise on Vancouver Island with her husband and two spaniels. She has published three novels and is working on her fourth.

The Ship That Died of Shame. pic.twitter.com/sb6Uq0fBOw Fly Tipping Horrors in the UK

Disgusting criminals ahoy

What beauty there is in the Springtime. Who could be blind to its joy? Who cannot know in their own heart the joy this beauty brings to others be they rich or poor? Who would SHIT in the face of innocence and loveliness? Who would SHIT in the face of our communities?

Fly tippers – that’s who! These creatures are a curse in both urban and rural areas. Generally they are “contractors” who offer to clear rubbish. Instead of registering their business and joining in the community need for recycling, they dump the trash anywhere. Needless to say these barbarians avoid legitimate disposal fees although they charge their clients for them. Nowhere is safe. They are utter low-lifes with no care for their fellow man.

Close to the church of St Margaret’s church in Wellow, a small Hampshire village (famous as the burial place of Florence Nightingale) I chanced upon a rare outrage of fly tipping. It’s not often you wander along a country lane and find yourself confronted with a speedboat. Yes – a speedboat filled with bags of rubbish. Nearby there is a fridge and some other debris from a previous incident. Someone must be able to recognise this boat.

 Shipping lane



Being a writer I do get the chance to express my own views through characters. In Passion Patrol 2 WPC Shannon Aguerri confronts a band of fly tippers. Things turn ugly and there is violence. In researching the book I spoke to officers who had dealt with this kind of incident in real life. The fiction in the book is no exaggeration. 

I know this is just a futile rant and I doubt fly-tippers read my blog. Let me know your thoughts and maybe you will recognise this boat. If you do let me know and this passion patrol girl will get on the case.

Emma Thinx: You can’t fly-tip your conscience.

A Spring Postcard From Exbury Gardens: Breathtaking Beauty pic.twitter.com/1tODNEQdUJ @exburygardens

Lucky I had a camera because when I got home I couldn’t believe what I’d seen
The house – a noble perspective of lawn

Exbury Gardens is a visitor attraction set in the New Forest of Hampshire UK. The grounds run down to the Beaulieu RiverWild ponies wander the roads as you approach. The Isle of Wight and the Solent are visible as you wander along the river path. I had the fortune to go there yesterday. It’s a job to write about the place without sounding like an OTT tourist brochureIt is just SO beautiful that really you just have to see the photos. The beauty has a quality of unreality which I suppose is to be expected in a created garden.  I wish I knew more about plants. Certainly there are 

From the dressing room palette of Madame Butterfly

azaleas and rhododendrons. I also spotted some king cups which have always been a favourite with me. They seem to cry out the joy of the sun and lush meadow land with their open faces. I had not seen any for years and suddenly I spotted them. My mind raced back decades to a John Clare poem.   

Green lush and beaming out vibrant joy

A Bank Holiday weekend lies ahead. If you get the chance give yourself a real overdose of beauty and get down to Exbury. Be sure to take your camera. My final shot is a close up of a Rhododendron. To me it represents an abstraction beyond reality. Maybe this is the way we are supposed to see things – as if everything is something more than itself. I guess this is what great gardeners seek to achieve – a transcendence beyond the truth of itself – a fiction of beauty – like a once dreamed kiss that suddenly is on your living lips.

Maybe dancers, maybe a melody – always beyond this world.

PS. Keep an eye out for Her Majesty. Seemingly she’s a fan

Emma thinx:  We tolerate beliefs because no one knows the truth.