Reading Habits… Mmmm #reading #books

I love books

I made a visit to a lovely book blogger’s page this evening. I read her random post on her reading habits. Inspired me to keep the post chain going. I love to read, I was (and still am) an avid reader before writer. Here are my habits what are yours?

Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

Not really, I read anywhere. Including public places. Normally when I’m at home I read  in bed or in the living room on the sofa. Curled up with a cup of tea or coffee, sometimes something a stronger. Okay, not sometimes most of the time.

— Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark all the way! I have collected some pretty ones over the years. It annoys me if they slip out or I lose them.

— Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop reading after a chapter / certain number of pages?

Most of the time I aim to finish the chapter. I find it hard to cut off and disconnect. If I’m really tired I may stop part way through, but I always aim for the long haul and finish a chapter.

— Do you eat or drink while read?

All the time! The crumbs on the E-reader is unbelievable.

— Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Ahh, hard one I always have something on in the background, the hard decision is music or TV. If I have the TV on it’s always the news channel I place it on, I have no idea why. If it’s music, something easy going is playing.

— One book at a time or several at once?

Just the one thank you! I give it my full attention.

— Reading at home or everywhere?

*Raises an eyebrow* what do you think?

— Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head… what am I? Five years old?

— Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

No. Never. It’s a sin.

— Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Keeping it new…

— Do you write in your books?

Who? What? … Hell No! Why would you? When I was at university I didn’t even like making notes in my text books.  But reading books? My escapism?..  You’ve lost ya damn mind.

What are your reading habits?

Kim’s Call: Who is Listening? #amreading #betareaders #reading #romance

Beta Readers

This is a re-blog guys I’m getting ready to unleash Lover’s Retreat book #2 of my Romance Set in Paradise series, I’d love a few more Beta Readers Chapter preview on link above more details…. See below!

Afternoon!

I’m putting out a call for Beta Readers. This call is for myself and also a Best Selling Romance author friend of mine. I won’t say who it is!! (Yet). We both would love a few quality, honest and reliable Beta Readers, who would be interested in reading samples or all of our novels/ novellas before they go to publication. You can be an author yourself or just a lover of fiction.

Do you like these genres/themes within stories:

Romance .

Suspense.

Paranormal (not my genre).

Time Travel genre.

Contemporary fiction /romance.

Thriller/ crime (that’s yours truly).

A multi cultural / diverse line up of characters.

Strong, likeable women.

Modern day Romeos for men.

Location based stories all around the world.

Stories that touch on real life issues.

Are you okay with:

My use of British English? If this will annoy you I’m sorry I may not be the author for you. I spell organised with a S! Favourite has a U… got it?

Are you:

Over 18 …..things can get a lil’ steamy in our stories. Both myself and the other author are not really into all that sweet wholesome romance. We write about love and sex in tasteful ways. Our characters do more than hold hands and walk in the park. *Wink

Have English as your first language.

Honest & reliable.

Able to keep things confidential?- This is important.We will send you our work before it’s published…don’t let the cat out the bag!

What does a Beta Reader do?

In a nutshell read and critique, in a constructive way. Offer their views on what’s been placed in front of you good or bad.

If you’re interested in being a Beta Reader for me, and/or the other author contact  me here. Send me a message.  We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you!

Oh we’ll throw in signed paperbacks of every book you Beta Read!

 

 

 

Havana Heat Has Entered A Writing Competition & You Can Read It For Free! #amreading #romance #free

Okay guys, call me crazy. Some of my author friends out there may read this and think, Kim we don’t write for free, what is wrong with you?! Yes, true and I agree. But I saw this as an opportunity that came knocking at my door, I never looked for it it found me. Also I think it’s a cool way to introduce you guys and other readers to my Romance Set in Paradise series… I was contacted personally this week by someone who works for a publisher, a random email  popped up from a lady who works there. Apparently my excerpts and writing I’ve posted online here caught their eye. She encouraged me to enter their writing competition,with a chance to win a publishing deal! I was so taken back, flattered and excited.  How could I say no with so many benefits that out weight the fact that my work is free… well 100 copies of it are free.

Havana Heat is book #1 of the series and while it is still on sale on other platforms, and my rights are all mine still, it’s available to read for free here as part of this writing competition I’ve entered.  Knock yourselves out, the more readers/engagement the better for me and the chances of winning a deal! So go ahead, there are 100 copies to read for free grab one on line while you can, and feel free to spread the word people!

Wish me luck. I better crack on with book #2 for a June release date.

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Blurb:

Havana Heat is book one of the Romance Set in Paradises series of modern,steamy, suspenseful and romantic stories, set in exotic locations around the world. In Havana Heat readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romance and heat build between Spaniard Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones. Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa De Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home. Once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins.

When all hell breaks out at Casa De Amour Hotel, and conflict builds over their past both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away. Forever asking themselves what could have been. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this modern romance series set in paradise.

Grab a free copy here. There’s only 100!

Release Day! Yeah! #newrelease #amreading #romance

Like you did not know already! I’ve banged on about it all week *smiles.* The first book of my Romance Set in Paradise series has arrived. The Smashwords discount is valid until the 14th May, the free four chapter download can be accessed at anytime. Enjoy, thank you for your support.

 

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Book Blurb:

Havana Heat is book one of the Romance Set in Paradise Series of modern, steamy, suspenseful and romantic stories, set in exotic locations around the world. In Havana Heat readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romantic heat build between Spaniard Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones. Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming detective at Casa De Amor Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home.

Once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins.When all hell breaks out at Casa De Amor Hotel, and conflict builds over their past, both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away. Forever asking themselves what could have been. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this modern romance series set in paradise.

Download links:

Amazon

Smashwords

SURPRISE: Free Download Day! 31/10/16 #amreading #romance #romancereaders #free #halloween

Happy Halloween y’all!

May you have a wickedly loving or naughty Halloween. My  surprise gift to you all is a free download of my first book A Stranger in France, for today only. 

Also here is a short story I wrote based on Halloween, you can read part one click here and part two click here. To download a free copy of A Stranger in France click here

Enjoy!

Kim

Book Blurb:

In A Stranger in France readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans between the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast in a gripping romantic story, between two complete strangers with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages.

When career driven and successful thirty- two-year-old London born Kate Brown faces hard times in her marriage, she confides in her best friend Tanya Adams in Marseille southern France. Kate makes a bold move and spends two weeks in Marseille away from her husband in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. An immigrant to France from the Ivory Coast west Africa as a young boy, who turned himself around and built up an empire of wealth as a hustler and money maker, and now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. In a whirlwind of sexy, lustful romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love.

Kate returns to London to a few surprises of her own, and still very much in love with Nicholas as she makes yet another bold life changing move. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out against all the odds in the name of love, across the UK and France.

 

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Fall Into Romance: Blog Hop (14th-21st October) #amreading #romance #bloghop

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Hi guys!

Welcome those who have  stopped by my blog  as part of the blog hop, for Fall Into Romance. Come in, hang up your jacket, grab yourself a drink and mingle on the blog- happy to have you here.

Last month I mentioned I’d be taking part in this blog hop, never done one -first time for everything, so why not do one within my favourite genre. Here is a bit about it:

Fall Into Romance Hop (Oct 14-21)

Event Theme/Blurb

Fall Into Romance! Share the romances that had you falling in love with the genre!Or the ones that keep you smitten! Stop by each blog for new recommendations and giveaways!

 Kim’s Featured Book : Deadly Embrace- Jackie Collins

So what romance books have I fallen in love with? Well I’m going to go way back to the first ever romantic -suspense book I read, this book introduced me to the genre as a reader. I fell in love with the book and genre from this one book, years later I’m now an author within the genre myself- pretty cool!

 I was in my late teens, barely into my twenties when I discovered Jackie Collins. Man, I remember the feeling I had while reading her book Deadly Embrace woooooooo !  Jackie is famous for giving her readers sex, drugs and rock ‘n’roll, even after her passing she is still a notorious author. But I promise you that’s not why I fell in love with it. Far from it, ok maybe  it was part of it 🙂 but the main reason is the way Jackie wrote the book, the cliff hangers, suspense and the story flips between time frames and generations to weave a great thrill of a story with an OMG ending. All this and some romance to boot. Fabulous!

Deadly embrace, is part of a series, and reading this book does not require that you’ve read the first one.  When I read Deadly Embrace I had not, I started right here. You’ll get into it and pick up the story, a sign of a great writer, writing a series that readers can jump into at any point. After Deadly Embrace, I read many of her books. I proudly display them on my book case at home. From that moment on, I was and still am Jackie’s biggest fan. 5 /5 stars for Deadly Embrace. This is one  for those who like strong characters, a fast story and lots of sexy, but classy romance give this a try.  All hail one of  the queens of romantic -suspense, the late GREAT Jackie Collins.

 

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The second book I’d like to say I fell in love with, is my own! I had so much fun writing, researching and creating this romantic suspense story.So far I have five star reviews on Amazon. I’d love to share it with all those passing by on the blog hop. Since it’s fall (or autumn as we say here in the UK), and it was released in fall go ahead and fall in love with A Stranger in France…

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Book Blurb:

In A Stranger in France, readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans between the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast in a gripping romantic story, between two complete strangers with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages. When career driven and successful thirty- two-year-old London-born Kate Brown faces hard times in her marriage, she confides in her best friend Tanya Adams in Marseille southern France. Kate makes a bold move and spends two weeks in Marseille away from her husband in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. An immigrant to France from the Ivory Coast west Africa as a young boy, who turned himself around and built up an empire of wealth as a hustler and money maker, and now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. In a whirlwind of sexy, lustful romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love. Kate returns to London to a few surprises of her own, and still very much in love with Nicholas as she makes yet another bold life changing move. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out against all the odds in the name of love, across the UK and France.

Buy now links

 A bargain at under £3.00 for UK readers and  under $3.00 for international readers

Amazon.com

More hops to go and have a look at on this blog hop below link just click.

 Main event link: http://theherdpresents.blogspot.com/2016/10/fall-into-romance-blog-hop.html