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The Uncompromising Lord Flint

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Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!

Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

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Something a bit different on my blog today, a Q&A session with author of “The Uncompromising Lord Flint”

Q1: What inspired you to write The Uncompromising Lord Flint?

The cool, calm, collected and unflappable hero, Flint, appeared in two previous books as a side character. When it came to writing his story, I wanted to see exactly how cool and unflappable he really was. That’s why I gave him Jessamine. From the opening line to the final sentence, she drives him mad and challenges him more than anyone has ever challenged him before. And I also love and enemies to lovers story. It’s my absolute favourite trope.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

From the outset, Lord Peter Flint looked exactly like Tom Hiddleston in my head. Tall, blonde and suave. Jessamine would be played by Jenna Coleman, who plays Queen Victoria in Victoria- petite, dark-haired, English-rose pretty.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

Quite a few, as all writers do. I wrote my first book in the late 90s, and after being rejected, didn’t write another till 2014! The second book, I sent to around forty publishers and agents. I got six straight don’t call us, we’ll call you rejections. The rest never even bothered contacting me. That also knocked my confidence but I didn’t give up this time. I kept writing. In fact I wrote another three books which I never sent off to anyone and to this day have never been read by anyone but me. Then, in the summer of 2015, I started writing That Despicable Rogue and it felt different somehow. I sent it to only one publisher and they bought it! Fourteen books later and I am still with that same publisher.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

Badly. I took the rejection personally and allowed it to doubt myself enough to give up writing for a decade!

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

Nora Roberts- definitely. She is an inspiration. Prolific and not afraid to try new things or write in other genres. I love everything from her romances to her crime thrillers.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

I keep to office hours because I’m a full time writer and because I’m an early bird by nature. I get the most work done between 8am and 2pm. But I also need to take regular breaks, so I’ll write for 2 hours, then take my dog Trevor for a walk, write for two more, then have lunch. I find those bursts of creativity are the best way for me to structure my day. I find the walking helps me to figure out where to go next because I am not a plotter. I see the story in my head like a film and write it as it appears. When the film slows or stops, I know its time for some fresh air and a change of scenery. I never write in the evenings and rarely at weekends because I think it’s important to recharge the batteries and a bit of distance from the story each weekend gets the juices flowing so I hit the ground running each Monday.

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t take criticism- constructive or otherwise- personally. If it’s constructive, it will only make your stories better, if its mean, ignore it.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Learn to take criticism, act on it and keep plodding onwards. Easy reading is hard writing. It takes dedication and a lot of work to see your story on the shelves- but when you do, it’s the best feeling in the world.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Probably still teaching teenagers history in my own quirky way

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I am a history teacher by trade. I did my degree in history and even wrote a couple of history text books which are still used in British Secondary Schools.

Thank you Virgina x

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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A captivating story of love, mystery and hope

Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?

1973: Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…

  1. Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.

As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?

Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.

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Q1) What inspired you to write Island of Secrets?

I remember vividly when the idea for this book came to me. My husband and I were out in our boat on the Broadwater on the Gold Coast in Australia. It was one of those magnificent boating days—calm, sultry and cloudless. Having just completed Retribution, I’d been waiting on the inspiration for my next book. Nothing yet had beamed in. As someone who is willing to wait for inspiration rather than forcing my creativity, I was enjoying a couple weeks off from my writing schedule.

While we were relaxing on the Broadwater and lapping up the beautiful weather, an old Huon pine cruiser drove past us. Like a bolt out of the blue, Island of Secrets landed in my consciousness. The story arrived well-formed, with characters I immediately visualized.

I’d visited Hawaii a couple of years earlier, and Maui, with its volcanic geography, lush vegetation and captivating sea life lived up to its name of the Magic Isle. It was the ideal location for Island of Secrets.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

To be honest, this is the only story I’ve written so far where casting is still hazy. I’d like to leave the casting to the readers on this one.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I was fortunate to get a publishing contract for my first book fairly quickly. I had a few rejections, but I don’t keep count

Q4 How did you deal with them when you started out?

The same as I do now. I don’t take them personally. I just keep going.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write? 

Agatha Christie

Q6: What are your writing routines? 

I try to write everyday and most times I succeed. It’s all about practice, patience and perseverance…as is all life 🙂

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t be in a rush to publish.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write.

Just do it!

Q9: If you weren’t writhing what would you be doing? 

I’d still be running my major business and relaxing in my spare time, instead of writing.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I was a dancer, choreographer and director in the first third of my career.

Thank you Diane X

Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.

Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.

When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.

Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.

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Tony is a handsome young boxer forced into a life of crime after suffering a vicious blow in the ring.

Seduced by the glitz and glamour of London and mentored by charismatic gang lord Don March he rises rapidly up the crime ladder until he spies an opportunity to start a semi-legit Natural Highs business.

Bankrolled by an eccentric British dandy and accompanied by a cast of starry misfits including a 3ft tall blue-haired money man, an Etonian drug mule, two dominatrix debt collectors, a dodgy lawyer and a host of demi-celebs, Tony carves out a roll for himself in a city where money creates its’ own morality.

All seems to be going well until in the shadows, a Bollywood mobster threatens to derail their plans.

Chaos ensues, of course it does – wonderful, beautiful, visceral chaos.

The deft wit of Hammett meets the vivid poetics of Chandler: Crack Apple and Pop is slick smart and razor sharp. A gritty and sometimes metafictive slice of London noir.

A city of artful dodgers, yardie gangsters, kinky aristos, cocaine dusted starlets and social thrill seekers where everyone’s hustling and everyone’s getting high.

Whether it’s law, finance, the music biz, or the boxing ring: money is king. And only the ones prepared to risk everything will survive…

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Excited by the sound of this novel I contacted Saira and asked her some burning questions:

 

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Q1) What inspired you to write Crack Apple and Pop?

The comic strip criminality of London’s drug culture proved irresistible. There is a cartoonish quality to crime in its motley mix of social misfits, its dandies, and thugs, its exaggerated characters and crackpot schemes that I wanted to draw out in my fiction, so I added a bit of comic dash and caricature to what was already a wild scene. And aside from the comic absurdities you find there I wanted to address the raging racial ,and class conflict that slices through British society. Interestingly, the thread that binds all these communities together was the rampant use of drugs; cocaine was a democratizing feature of the club and tabloid culture that dominated London life, it permeated every sector of British society, and I wanted to explore that.

Q2) Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv/film?

Freddie Highmore would be excellent as Richard, the sleazy -coked up Cristal popping lawyer / fixer. Peter Dinklage as Bernie, the blue Mohawked Mensa Genius /four flushing bookkeeper and Michael B Jordan, the charismatic, promising young boxer forced into a life of crime.

Q3) How many rejections did you get before a publishing deal?

I didn’t keep count but over 20, probably close to 30 at least.

Q4) Which authors inspired you to write?

When I was a child I used to enjoy escaping into far off worlds through fairy tales. Riquet a la Houppe (Riquet with the Tuft) was a story that stuck with me, a French fairy tale about a Prince who bestows wisdom on a beautiful but dim-witted princess. Later, I discovered Charles Dickens and was inspired by his ability to create stories that ultimately led to social and political reform. Music, poetry art and movies have all been integral in inspiring me to write. From Baudelaire to James Brown via Basquiat.

Q5) What are your writing routines?

The three W’s: Whatever, whenever, wherever. I write what I can, where I can, whenever I can.

Q6) If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Possibly a nerdy, big mouthed slow- talking, shoe -gazing rapper.

Q7) Tell me Something About Yourself Your Readers Might Not Know?

I once appeared at my school assembly in a lime green two-piece bikini and flip flops. It was the middle of winter. I was aged about seven or eight years old. I had smuggled my beachwear into school because I didn’t like wearing the starchy school uniform, and I had only recently arrived in England after living in Africa.  I genuinely believed if I wore the swimsuit I would get to go back to the beach.  I remember feeling incredibly free as well as hugely relieved when I removed my school tie. Suffice to say, my stiff-suited headmistress did not share my enthusiasm, and I was severely reprimanded.

Thank you Saira, X

Saira Viola is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and song lyricist. From her early poetic experimentation with language, image and sound (a technique she has dubbed sonic scatterscript) to her novelistic ventures into the dark, absurd world of contemporary crime fiction, Viola’s work pulses with iconoclastic brio that mischievously blasts the golden calves of our times. Literary Heavyweight Benjamin Zephaniah, has praised her ‘twisted beautiful imagination,’ and polymathic genius, Heathcote Williams (RIP) her ‘hypnotic explosive’, writing style. Twice Nominated for Best of The Net 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee 2017 Rascal Magazine. Viola’s poetry collection Flowers of War debuted at the New York Poetry Festival and published by UB Press. Novels Jukebox (Fahrenheit Press) Crack Apple and Pop (Fahrenheit Press) Viola is a regular contributor to counterculture magazines Gonzo Today and International Times.

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“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

About the Author

The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.

Interview with Nastya Petrov, co-author of The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

What kind of impact do you think The Bespokist Society Guide has had?

I can honestly say I was completely unprepared for the book’s success. For years London had no bespoke guide book so Bespokists are now feeling incredibly energised. Last week we even sold a book on Amazon.

As a native of Russia what made you fall in love with London?

As everyone knows, my father was Josef Stalin’s favourite spoonmaker so we travelled an awful lot when I was young. But only in London did I truly feel the magic of a world city. I’m not sure if it was the sights and sounds of Brentford High Street or the sheer glamour of Elephant and Castle but I was hooked for life.

What’s your favourite place featured in The Bespokist Society Guide?

Oh my god I adore everywhere that we’ve covered but the place I feel most at home is the Nina Saviceu Gallery in Knightsbridge. As a proud, sassy left handed woman I am completely in tune with Nina’s creative values and always feel genuinely inspired by the space she has curated.

I am also in love with the artisan egg cups at Squish and Norm in Balham. A little birdie tells me they’re going to be doing a huge rollout of egg cup superstores all over London and my friends and I are beyond excited!

Where would you recommend a tourist to have a great meal in London?

There’s nothing I despise more than pretentious food which is why I feel so at home at Aurora Borealis in Holland Park. Everyone I take ends up swearing by the ice-smoked walrus which tastes like a weird combination of anchovy, chicken and rodent. It’s worth every penny of its admittedly rather hefty price tag.

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