THE BABY & THE BRIDE
by: Laura Barnard
~ Synopsis ~
Sequel to the #1 Amazon Best-Seller, The Debt & the Doormat (available for FREE)
Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.
Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew.
Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it?
And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?
~ Excerpt ~
My phone finally flashes up with Lilly on the way home.
‘Finally, bitch!’ I scream down the phone as soon as I answer it.
‘I know!’ she says. ‘Sorry. Been mad busy. This PA business has taken off like you can’t imagine. It’s fucking non-stop.’
‘I know the feeling.’
I look over at Michael and Izzy and immediately turn away, feeling uncomfortable. She’s stretching his leg on the Limo floor. Completely inappropriate.
‘So what’s the drama?’ she asks. ‘Five voicemails and seven texts. Has someone died?’
‘Nope. It’s far better. Me and Ryan are getting married!’ God, just saying it out loud makes me feel all giddy.
‘No fucking way!’ she screams. ‘You must be a fireball in bed, Pops! How you managed to get someone that deliciously gorgeous to marry you. Jesus, my mind boggles.’
‘Oh thanks,’ I say flatly.
‘You know I’m only joking baby-doll. So tell me, how did he propose?’ She sounds like she’s on the edge of her seat.
‘Oh, well, it was just after Jemima was born. I was holding her and he asked to marry me.’
‘Is there a bad line? Did you not hear me?’
‘No, I heard you, babe. It just sounds like the worst proposal in the world. Proposed to in a hospital with your friends exploded vag still on the floor. Yuk! But hey, what’s the rock like?’
‘Oh…I haven’t got one yet. I assume he’s going to let me pick it.’ I really must ask Ryan about that.
‘You haven’t even got a rock?’ She sounds so disappointed.
‘Well…not yet. Jesus, we only just got engaged!’ I laugh nervously.
‘Ok, babes. I’m sure it was…magical,’ she says un-convincingly.
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~ Author Bio~
My name is Laura Barnard and I am an author from Hertfordshire, UK. My first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013. It is available via Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and many more.
In my spare time I enjoy drinking my body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of my face, drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio…oh and my husband of course! I like wearing yoga clothes and reading fitness magazines while I sit on the sofa and eat chocolate. I’m a real fan of the power nap and of course, READING!
I write not to get rich or famous, but because I LOVE writing. Even if one person tells me they enjoyed my book it makes the midnight typing worth it!
Michael Matthews has been in love with Katherine Moore since the second grade. In Michaels mind there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to keep the two of them apart. The night Michael is set to propose to Katherine the evening is interrupted by an unexpected tragedy that tears the two of them apart for good.
Three years have passed since that fateful night when Katherine, now known as Kate meets Daniel. After an awkward start sparks fly between them. Daniel and Kate fall hard and fast into the most passionate and intense love affair of their lives. In three years a lot can change, Michael knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Katherine and he will do anything to get her back. Asking his best friend Daniel for help is his first step in righting the wrongs he made so many years ago. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that Michaels long lost love Katherine is Daniel’s true love Kate.
While attending the engagement party of a mutual friend, all of their paths collide. How is Kate supposed to choose between the two men that mean the most to her in the world? Kate has to push past her heartache and put some serious thought into what comes next. One wrong choice and not only could she lose them both but Daniel and Michael may never recover their friendship.
caress my lips… it’s intoxicating. Daniel places one hand on the
back of my head, pulling me forward to close the small gap between us
as his perfect lips meet mine for a gentle, yet utterly
heart-stopping kiss. This is the first kiss fairytales are spun from.
My heartbeat is still rapid, my pulse is still racing, and I can’t
for the life of me figure out why I have waited so long to find him.
This man was obviously made just for me. Daniel stops kissing me,
resting his forehead against mine.
I reach up and run my fingers through his hair, and I feel him suck in
his breath as he slowly he moves his lips to mine. Gently kissing me,
he parts my lips with his tongue, making his way into my mouth. When
his tongue caresses mine I feel butterflies in my stomach.What
the hell? The
feeling is exceptional; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt
before. I’m lost in it and to it.
I’m a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I’m also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly turned into a job that I hated I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart… how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I’m California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. Breaking Kate is my first novel and is part of The Acceptance Series.
When her past comes back to haunt her, will the promise of a future be enough to keep her moving forward?
Six years ago a monster broke Ava Monroe’s soul. She was left with nothing but an empty house and no reason to live. In starting a new life in a new city she finds the strength to carry on, but can she ever erase the demons of her past? When an act of fate brings Seth into her life, they’ll attempt to discover the truth about their tainted pasts. But Seth Carter has a secret; one even he doesn’t know exists. Will Ava’s connection with Seth be enough to lift her up, or will it destroy what little she has left?
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I suppose you want to hear about how Emily enjoys long walks on the beach, a nice glass of wine, and wants a man with… Oh wait. This isn’t her dating profile. *Ahem* I will start again.
When Emily isn’t nose deep in her latest and greatest writing adventure or in over her head with her spitfire daughter; you’ll find her emerged in the latest book to catch her eye. She doesn’t judge, she reads it all and hungers for more. She has been declared a Pinterest queen by some, and is one of the few people you’ll ever meet to actually pull off those easy looking recipes; the ones that the rest of us burn. She loves to hear from her readers so feel free to contact her anytime.
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Oh this books sounds like it’s going to be INTENSE! I love intense!
Rhianne Shepard is odd. Well, she thinks she is.
Actually, she’s gifted, she’s beautiful and she’s extraordinary, but she’s lonely. No friends, no family except her mother. Thinking she’s destined to spend the rest of her life hidden in her solitary existence, she thinks that no one knows the REAL Rhianne even exists.
Jamie Travis does. Even though they’ve never spoken. Not once. He wants her to know that he cares, he knows she exists and he wants her to start living.
Circumstances throw them together, and Jamie thinks he finally has his chance to show Rhianne that she really is someone special. But he could never have guessed the battle he faces against the doubts in her mind, put there by a mentally ill mother, an estranged father and a gift that she might never understand.
Does he really have the ability to fight her inner demons, and win? Or is he fighting a losing battle?
Names Danielle Breeze, I’m only twenty-three but some days I feel forty!! I’m a single mum to two beautiful young children (makes finding the time to write challenging to say the least!!). Born and raised in Coventry, England – don’t think I’d ever really have the guts to leave here!! I’m a romantic at heart, love a happy ending and I’ve been known to make up my own endings in my head to other books if I didn’t agree with theirs haha!!
I listen to music CONSTANTLY!! Especially when I’m writing. I spend my days tidying up after my kids, making dinner, taking the kids to the park…nothing interesting!! But I like to spend time with my wonderful friends and family, going to concerts, on holidays, out for drinks 🙂 all the usual things!!
I have always read books, magazines…the back of the shampoo bottle…ANYTHING I could, since I’ve been able to form words!! I wanted to write my own books even when I was just a little girl, scribbling little pieces down on scraps of paper, anything to get my ideas out!! I was as at university when I decided I was going to stop wanting to do it, and actually do it!! I have plenty of different works in the pipeline, so I hope you like my stuff .
Ohhh Myyyyy! My first ever Pre-release/Release Event. I’m soooo flipping excited! I beta-read this book. I like this book 😀
Anyways, I’m incredibly pumped to introduce you all to….
*Drum roll please*
A Need So Insatiable
By Cecilia Robert
A New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Releasing February 28th, 2014
A Need So Insatiable will be on sale for .99 cents the first few days of release!
“You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into that music room.You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.” ~ Rafael Van Rees
Sophie Fisher’s life is on fire. If she’s not ducking around corners or slipping out of windows to escape the debt collectors her father’s death has left knocking on her door, she’s dealing with her rebellious, fifteen-year-old sister, Lilli. And, as if that’s not enough, Rafael Van Rees crashes into her life—literally—bringing with him a past the public has no idea of. Can she unravel his mysteries before he unravels her, or will his presence finally force her to face the demons she’s trying to outrun?
Rafael Van Rees, maestro extraordinaire, prides himself on being in control of his destiny, music and women. As far as he is concerned, his past is a black cloud in the distance–until he meets Sophie, that is, and his world spins out of control in more ways than one. He knows the darkest sins and secrets eventually reveal themselves, but when it comes to Sophie, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her from his past. Even if it kills him.
About the Author
Cecilia Robert writes YA, NA and Adult. My motto: Passion rules. I enjoy writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected of places,and also about people finding their true purpose in life coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it’s urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There’s always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes for the characters to get there.
AUTHOR’S TAKE ON RAFAEL FROM A NEED SO INSATIABLE
By Cecilia Robert
Character look-a-like is Josh Kloss.
Rafael revealed himself to me about two and half years ago while watching Vienna Philharmonic orchestra performing live at New Year’s concert in Vienna. I remember thinking how much the orchestra depends on a conductor and without him everything would fall apart. The idea to write a story with focus on opera formed in my head. These two things acted as inspiration in creating Rafael. But I wanted a flawed, quirky character. Someone whose life hasn’t been easy and has learned from his past, but hasn’t let it drag him down. A character who clutches onto control like a man clinging on a raft to stop from drowning. Rafael was born.
I can sum up Rafael Van Rees in two words: Passionate. Intense. Whether it’s protecting his friends or the woman he loves, or conducting an orchestra. He is an “all-or-nothing” kind of guy.
Rafael has some amazing qualities. To other people, he appears as mysterious, probably arrogant. But beneath this facade he’s very loyal, confident, reliable and witty. He acknowledges he made mistakes in the past, and tries hard to make up for that.
Rafael is tall and well-built. He has dark brown eyes, which appear to be black. He sports a scruffy beard. He has two bullet scars on his shoulder and chest, both a token from his past. He normally dresses in suits whether plain dark or stripped, white button-down shirts and black silk ties. He has a way of owning the look down to ankle dress boots. He also wears the occasional jeans with V-t-shirts.
Unknown fact: When Rafael was twenty-three, he organised an orchestra and spent three months touring different cities in Europe for the sole purpose of creating awareness on Dyslexia and to raise funds for this cause.
AUTHOR’S TAKE ON SOPHIE FROM A NEED SO INSATIABLE
By Cecilia Robert
Character look-a-like is Lucy Hale
What can I say about Sophie? Sophie is a sister and a friend.
She’s courageous and has spunk. When I think about it, Sophie’s character is a combination of personality traits from members of my family and my friends. I also see a small part of myself in her. I can’t really pinpoint which specific trait reminds me of whom. She’s the kind of person I’d like to be friends with.
Sophie is tiny-bodied and curvy. She sports two butterfly tattoos: one on the shoulder and the other on her hip. She has long dark brown hair and hazel eyes, Despite her soft looks, she’s tough, responsible and has gone through a lot in her life.
She is stubborn and responsible. She knows how to handle Rafael and doesn’t let him sway her. She’s has a sense of humor. Sophie is a jeans and boots kind of girl, with the occasional pencil skirt and button-down blouse.
Unknown fact: Right after graduating from Vienna Conservatory as an opera singer, she worked as a delivery girl. She also restored antique furniture and resold them. But her dream lay in opera. In this business competition is high and experience is the key to opening doors to success. She didn’t have a lot of that so she continued to audition for minor roles to gain experience. She has a younger sister, Lilli. Sophie has practically raised Lilli on her own since their father was hardly ever at home. For this reason Sophie refused to take any roles in operas outside Vienna. But her patience finally paid off. She plays the main role of Giselle in Love Unfathomable opera, her first big role.
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