Love Bleeds Blue in Paris

Paris and Tonnay Charente 097Some part of me is always in Paris. I know she’s a shabby arrogant bitch who would shrug off my impudent fan mail but I just can’t stop writing them. I could tell her she’s just a heap of stones arranged around a muddy river. I could tell her she’s not as French as I am, that her cool gaze was international and more security cordon than cordon bleu. And she would shrug and rain on me, lifting her skirt above the red and grey reflecting cobbles to show a tease of petticoat.

So, for a while I gave up the fan mail. This time I did a whole novel. I know she won’t care.She won’t read it. She’ll sell it secondhand for fifty cents on a Sunday market stall on la rive gauche. I walk in the tear stained footprints of the wasted and decadent greats. I hum along to the metro jazz and long to soften her lips of stone. A woman should not feel this way – but Paris – I love you so so much.

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Don’t tell me she’s male. No – Paris knows more of love than any man! Tell me I’m wrong guys – please.

Emma Thinx: In a language with genders go for the plural. Get the max.

 

 

 

 

 

Ageless Love. Gorgeous Grans.

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Image Published in Dawn, May 1st, 2016

When is love ever wrong? Maybe never. Maybe what I really mean is sex. Well, generally you know when you’ve had sex with someone or even on your own. But LOVE – that poor horse-whipped thoroughbred is far harder to recognise.

In my latest Passion Patrol novel (out soon folks!) there’s my usual sprinkling of indefensibly gratuitous lust. The setting is contemporary France where such matters are often part of the political mix. Even so, some things raise an un-plucked Gallic eyebrow. A few days ago my neighbour and I were discussing the up coming presidential elections in which a front runner is Emmanuel Macron, millionaire banker and ex socialist minister of finance in the Hollande government. In a whisper she told me “His wife is much older – she was his teacher at school. She was thirty eight and he was fifteen.”

Of course nothing happened until he was eighteen but well – it’s all rather lovely isn’t it? Actually it’s all rather stimulating. By the way – she’s a lovely woman. Not sure about him. Readers can expect some up close exploration of this theme. And that’s before we start talking about the leader of the French National Front Marine Le Pen. A lot of men (and women) find her sexy. Who the hell needs politics if we could just have happy sex and a good sexy political  read? Coming soon guys!

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Image courtesy Twitter.

Emma Thinx: Politics – what sexy people know as love and what lovers know as sex.

Having the Last Word. My Secret.

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A heart of stone will never reveal the heart that beats within the stone

Whenever I see a sculptor, a construction site or guys/gals building an airplane or ship I wonder how the hell they’re gonna pull it all together into something that works, looks great or maybe at least something they can sell. Whenever I read curvy twisty tales I wonder how the writer thought it all up and then made it fit. It must be crazy standing on a piece of soil and looking up into an open sky and say “That’s where my skyscraper’s gonna go.”

So, at the first encounter with a new novel I’m too hare-brained to set out a plan like some writers. Once the characters have got a name they kinda resent being pushed around by some  office worker waving a blueprint. No, what I need is a flavor – maybe some little piece of dialogue that may come up on page 174. If it does it often goes out at the purple prose edit stage.

Somewhere in Passion Patrol Four a character is gonna say ” You can’t really really cry while your heart is still broken. The person who knows how to fix it will take your tears as a gift of love.”

There it is: the secret source of my work. That’s ahead of me now like a distant cloud on a sunny day. It’ll kinda move about, collect more woolly  sheep, morph into cauliflower or a stringy mustache;  but – it’s there.

Emma Thinx: Don’t trip on a milestone on the way to the horizon.

Let Them Drink Wine

I guess childbirth kinda gets you ready to release a new book. The original concept was fabulous wanton fun, the development was a bit up and down and the final push is a release followed by sleepless nights.

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I’m the grapeist

The next model in the Passion Patrol series is hunched down in the starting blocks. The serious looking guy in the blazer is raising his gun. I see barriers, medals, bruised shins and failed drug tests ahead. May as well have a glass of wine while I’m waiting.

And wine brings me to the setting of Passion Patrol 3 in God’s own country of the vine – France. The action unfolds in Paris, London and a real life Disney castle in deepest Aquitaine.

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Anyone seen my glass slipper?

Naturellement wine is served and the only choice would be the local vin de Saintonge. For many years this region was humbled by the big hitters of Bordeaux just down the road. Local producers tended to produce wines for the Cognac makers just to the east. However a change of varieties has brought about a renaissance and the modern Cépage en Saintonge range is both a delight and a bargain. You’ll find a 3 litre box in supermarkets for about 9 Euros and a bottle for 2.87 Euros  – that’s 3 US dollars.

I’m no expert on wine. I’d like to tell you it has scents of leather and highlights of vanilla on the palate. For ladies the red Merlot is warm and fluid, as rich as the sun bronzed skin of a lover, as soft as his lips on yours. Swallow and let the warmth and need for more spread shamelessly lower. Goes well with sausage and red meats.

Emma Thinx: The message in the bottle always reads Hope.

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.

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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:

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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?

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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…

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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?

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Find the book here:

Amazon UK

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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.

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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

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Find June Moonbridge:

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