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Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads. In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her self-published title, Strings Attached was also short-listed for the Best Author Published Read award. Traditionally published by Sapphire Star Publishing and Harper Collins’ digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse, a great story is never far from her fingertips!
She is a contributor to writing blogs, short story anthologies and regularly speaks at writing festivals and events.
Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World’s Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.
A Night Out
Sheryl Browne brings you Fabulous, Funny, Heart-breaking Romantic Comedy! Her novel Recipes for Disaster, commissioned by Safkhet Publishing, was shortlisted for the Innovation in Romantic Fiction Award.
Sheryl’s books are published under the Safkhet Soul. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl grew up in Birmingham, UK, where she studied Art & Design.
She works part-time in her own business and is a mum and a foster mum to disabled dogs.
A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi – moving to France
Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives part of the year in the UK and spends the rest in France. She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.
Emma enjoys writing love stories firmly rooted in social realism. She blogs about the contrasts in life on both sides of the English Channel, which she likes to explore on her tandem whenever weather and fitness coincide.
She defines herself as woman eternally pedalling between Peckham and Pigalle, in search of passion and enduring romance.
Melanie Robertson-King lives in Brockville, Ontario, Canada on the St. Lawrence River. She wrote non-fiction articles before she turned her love for the written word to short stories and novel-length fiction.
Her first book, A Shadow in the Past, was published in 2012. Melanie loves Scotland and all things Scottish.
On one of her trips to her father’s homeland, she met Princess Anne at the orphanage where he was raised.
Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France.
With a focus on women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship. Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, she has heard from readers ages 20 to 83. Her award-winning debut novel, The Bridge Club, was published in 2010. The Promise of Provence will be released in March 2013.
Village Life in the UK
Miriam Wakerly retired in 2008, the day after Gypsies Stop tHere was launched in Waterstones. There was more to say; so No Gypsies Served followed in 2010. Set in the same delightful English village, Shades of Appley Green offers new themes: family, community and love, written with both humour and emotion.
Brought up in Tetbury, Glos, she has lived in Surrey for 35 years. With a BA Degree in English, French, Sociology, Politics, she is author of many published articles and short stories; her novels show a keen understanding of social issues and change. Thought-provoking but easy to read!
The Duchess of Dirt
Passionate about gardening, Leslie loves to share her experiences. As the “Duchess of Dirt“, she writes a regular gardening column in the local newspaper and for other publications, blogs on her website, gives workshops and speaks to gardening groups on numerous gardening topics.
Always up to something, Leslie’s latest project has been the development of her Green Sprouts School Garden Program which she actively coordinates, teaches lessons and gardens with over 1800 children at six local schools…helping them to grow, harvest and prepare food they have produced themselves.
About a Boy
Talli Roland writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women’s fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Talli’s new feature is ‘About A BOY’.
Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories–complete with happy endings. Talli’s novels have been short-listed as Best Romantic Reads at the UK’s Festival of Romance and chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites.
The Film Fatales – all things movie related, so grab the popcorn!
The Film Fatales (all things movie related) :Elizabeth Cassidy’s favorite quote is: “My soul was removed to make room for all this sarcasm.” She has excellent taste in movies and will argue to the death anyone who would dare disagree with her. Here is a sampling of her exquisite taste in actors (and men she has slept with): Daniel Day Lewis, Robert Redford, George Clooney, Javier Bardem, Ryan Gosling, and the man who is waiting in the wings for her: Colin Firth. She’ll get to their movies when she is damn good and ready.
Nicole Dauenhauer is known for her acerbic wit and razor-sharp barbs. Her taste in film ranges from the absurd (Anchorman) and the zany (Young Frankenstein) to stuffy period pieces (A Room with a View) and classic suspense (Rear Window). You may often find yourself in complete disagreement with her reviews, to which she would likely respond: “Who gives a crap?”
Enjoy a hint of tartan in Caledonian Connections
Jenny Harper is a woman of the world – she was born in India, grew up in England and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been a non-fiction editor, a journalist and a businesswoman and has written a children’s novel and several books about Scotland, including a book on traditional crafts and another on food.
She is now writing contemporary women’s fiction with bite. Her ‘Heartlands’ series is set in a fictional town – Hailesbank – in East Lothian. The introduction to each book states: ‘The first mention of The Heartlands was made by Agrippus Centorius in AD77, not long after the Romans began their surge north in the hopes of conquering this savage land. “This is a place of great beauty,’ wrote Agrippus, ‘and its wildness has clutched my heart.” He makes several mentions thereafter of The Heartlands.’ Believe it if you will!
Scotland is a beautiful place to live, Jenny says – that’s why she’s looking forward to sharing some of the things that excite her about it with Loveahappyending lifestyle emagazine readers.
Rachel is ‘Going back in time’ – getting in touch with the past
A self-confessed history geek, Rachel Brimble writes Victorian romance for eKensington as well as contemporary romances and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance.
With shelves creaking with historical biographies and non-fiction, Rachel is delighted to be able to share some of her interesting finds and facts about historical of every era with visitors to Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine. Her passions include everything Georgian, Tudor and, of course, Victorian.
Rachel lives close to the famous city of Bath and spends as much times as possible roaming its beautiful streets and buildings.
Vacation Time with Julie means brushing up on those language skills & more!
Julie Ryan was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University and has a passion for foreign travel. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats, a rescue cat and a dippy cat with half a tail.
Julie is such a bookaholic that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years so she has picked up a few DIY tips along the way.
She is the author of three novels set in Greece, “Jenna’s Journey”, “Sophia’s Secret” and “Pandora’s Prophecy.”
Four Legged and Fabulous – news, reviews and advice on all things animal related …
Zara Stoneley spent the first 10 years of her career as an IT consultant, before following her heart to work with animals and write. For several years she ran a dog grooming business in the day, and wrote short stories and articles for pet magazines in the evenings, and is now a full time author.
Zara has had several erotic romance novels published by Accent Press, and writes contemporary fiction for HarperCollins. Her latest novels, ‘Stable Mates’, and ‘Country Affairs’ are fun romps through the Cheshire countryside and combine some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
Her time is split between a cottage in the Cheshire countryside and an apartment in Barcelona.
Home Help – work/life balance, family life: ask a busy person and that’s JB!
JB Johnston, real name Debbie, is a book blogger, aspiring writer and virtual book tour coordinator. She runs Brook Cottage Books, organising promotional book tours and other services for authors. JB has a mass of experience in promoting author’s work and loves immersing herself in the book world. She’s from Northern Ireland but loves hoping on a plane and attending book events all over the UK! As well as being a book promoter, she has also recently started reviewing products on her new Blog Crazy at The Cottage and blogging about all things writerly and the joys of being a 40 something woman over at The Debbie Diaries. She’s a contributor to other book sites / blogs and recently co-wrote a children’s book, Little Kitty Cat Burglar, for charity.
JB works for a local health Trust but is hoping to turn the book world into her full time career. She’s just waiting for someone to offer her a job! JB is married and has 2 children and 2 step children. She is also a carer for her daughter and has a special interest in opportunities for children with additional needs. She never sleeps!
Oddly observant – Adam’s Rib. Life’s little absurdities
Adam’s Rib (satire) – Irreverent and oddly observant, Adam Hornyak is a self-described train wreck. For reasons unknown, Adam is a human magnet for wildly outrageous situations that only he can communicate in his own unique manner. Since nothing embarrasses Adam, he will happily share personal stories of arrest records, family catastrophes, and an atypical dating life. With no filter between his brain and mouth, Adam will periodically shock his audience by tackling taboo subjects and providing commentary on topics that most people would never dare say aloud. So strap in and brace yourself for a distinctive bit of insanity called Hornyak.
Kids! How best to help your children utilise their IT skills.
Encourage them to think for themselves!
Children and education – Mark Hulkus has worked in a teaching environment for many years. He has been a primary school teacher in a Preparatory Department in a 150 year old boarding school in Wales; he spent several years as a Head of IT. He currently provides a range of IT services in schools, helping them gear up for the recently announced changes in IT requirements. He has three children, is obsessed with the 1980s, and runs a fun design website. He will be helping us to help our children when it comes to school work and IT skills.
You can only live life one day at a time,
so make each day special