Summer of Love – Cocktail hour

Hi everybody, it’s my turn to post a cocktail recipe today and I’m sharing one of my favorites.

Did you know that 99% of romance authors are addicted to diet coke? I’m kidding, but it’s certainly a favourite amongst the members of Romancelandia. Maybe this advert had something to do with it?


I wanted to up my diet coke game during lockdown and so I mixed different cocktails until I found one which worked for me. It’s similar to a Long Island Tea and certainly hits the sport during hot summer evenings on the patio.



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Cola (whatever brand tickles your fancy, I always drink Diet Coke)



Lime juice


Fill two-thirds of a long glass with cola. Add one full measure of tequila (1 and a 1/2 ounces) and one half measure of cointreau.

Add a splash of lime juice to taste and a slice of lemon or lime to decorate.

Take a sip and enjoy the summer sun!


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Whilst we’re here, haaaave you met Hank? He’s the sexy billionaire in my book, The Billionaire & The Princess. Hank isn’t really a cocktail drinker, he’s more likely to gulp down a cold beer after a hard day renovating old houses.

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Check out my book here.

All I have to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start my new job as editor of a brand new society magazine. That’s what I’ve promised myself. New life, new me. No more Mr. Wrong.
So when I meet a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, I’m going to walk away, right? I’m certainly not going to try and join the mile-high club with him.
If it turns out he’s my boss and the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America it doesn’t matter, he won’t remember me in the morning, anyway.
I’m just going to do my job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him.
And, well, if he happens to fall in love with me, I’m just going to say no, right?

Follow Hank and Caitlyn’s adventures in Sag Harbor, along with the Baresi family and all of Hank’s friends from Billionaire Lane in THE BILLIONAIRE & THE PRINCESS, Book 1 in the Sag Harbor series.





Summer of Love – Recipes


I’m so very excited to share a wonderful cheesecake recipe from The Blossom Twins today.

I follow Lucy and Kelly on Twitter and I absolutely love their enthusiasm for life!

Before the recipe, though, here’s a little backstory…

Lemons are our favourite and have been since we were toddlers. We used to sit in our highchairs at the top of Nanna and Grandad’s dining table and suck on them – true story. We have a video where Kelly is happily sucking on a small segment of a lemon while Lucy is reaching over crying, trying to grab it out of her hands before Mum gives her one too!

The bright yellow skin instantly brings a smile to our faces and makes us think of happy memories, like climbing up to the Lemon Trees in our Auntie Rosetta’s garden, on the Amalfi Coast, to find the perfect lemon. We’re telling you, there is nothing quite like picking a lemon and smelling it fresh from the tree. The aroma is magical and definitely beats shop bought lemons.

Last year when we went on our first sister trip to Italy, the Amalfi Coast was practically a sea of yellow. The sun was beaming and there were lemons absolutely everywhere. We loved it! There wasn’t a road or garden that didn’t have a lemon tree standing proud bursting with the sour fruit. We picked some from our Auntie’s garden and spent the rest of the time taking pictures of all the other trees we saw. It was a breath-taking sight to behold.

We have lemons in hot water, with strawberries and a sprinkle of sugar, in cakes and of course in Liquor, which is why we decided to make this cheesecake one beautiful summers day. We hope you enjoy it!

Limoncello Cheesecake


What you need:

2 x 8oz packets of cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2/4 cups of Limoncello

For the base:

250g digestive biscuits
100g melted butter
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp of finely grated lemon zest

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What to do:

Place your digestives in a food processor, or a sealed bag and smash the biscuits with a rolling pin, until nice and fine and pour into a mixing bowl.

Add your melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Combine and place into your baking dish, pressing down so it is lovely and compact. Refrigerate while you make the delicious filling.

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, mix together your cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs until combined.

Add your lemon juice and Limoncello making sure to stir slowly after each addition.

Retrieve your base from the fridge and pour cream cheese mixture on top.

Bake for 40 mins. It should come away from the side and be slightly golden.

Allow to cool, then place it in the fridge for 3 hours before serving so it’s scrumptious and chilled.


Thank you, so much. Limoncello and Italy seem to be a theme this summer, looks like we’re setting a trend!

You can find the Blossom twins here…




And you can buy Lucy’s book (one of three) here…



Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…

Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?

Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.

Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.

With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit! 

Summer of Love – Amelia Kingston

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Hi, Amelia, welcome to my blog.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

I live in Australia, so my “summer”; is actually winter. I’ll be spending it bundled up under some blankets with a glass of wine and a good romance.


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Are you more of a beach person, a tourist destination person or do you prefer to holiday in the countryside?

A little bit of all of it! I’m from California, so loving the beach is in my blood. But I’m also a bit of a nomad and love to see new cities and places. If I’m trying to recharge my batteries, it’s a quiet cabin somewhere in the countryside with just me, the dog and the hubby.

Where is your favorite summer holiday spot?

Hmmm, I’ve traveled a lot but I’d have to say my favorite summer spot is Tuscany. It’s absolutely beautiful with rolling hills and Cyprus trees.


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Let’s go back further in time, did you ever have a summer romance?

I wish! That sounds so romantic. All my relationships seemed to fizzle out at the end of the school year. Guess it wasn’t true love!

My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for summer vacation?

I didn’t go to summer camp, but I was a camp counselor one year. I ended up with a cabin full of 10 year old boys! They were a hoot. And a handful.

That does sound like a handful! Assuming this summer is quieter than that one, what will you be reading?

Everything!!! I’m devouring most of Lauren Landish’s back list right now. Lucy Score and R.S. Gre are some of my favorite funny reads.

Do you have any favorite summer romances?

Is it lame if I say one of my own books?

Oh go on, just this once!

Truce? Hating Elijah Monroe is about surviving the summer moving back home to a small town. It’s quick and light and funny. A perfect read for a day at the beach. But I admit I might be biased.

What about food and drink, do you have a favorite summer dish, or drink?

Sangria. Oh my gosh, sangria over ice with a slice of orange is heaven on a hot summer day! And tacos. Mmmm. Tacos.


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Sounds delicious, how do you make your Sangria?

This is one of my favorite Sangria recipes. But I use rum for sure!

To finish off what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

Embrace the nap. Siestas are what make life worth living.

Thanks Amelia. I’m going to take your advice and go have a lovely nap, in the meantime, you can read on to find out a bit more about Amelia’s latest release…


This is So Happening

Amelia Kingston

Releasing August 4th

Book two in the So Far, So Good series.

A torturously tempting love story.

Jessica “Jessie” Allen is sugary sweet and perpetually perky. Running on an endless supply of enthusiasm, she’s in constant motion. The people pleaser is running herself ragged to make other people happy, anything to avoid having to figure out what would make her happy.
Devin Bennett is her complete opposite, the immovable object to Jessie’s unstoppable force.
Jessie is drawn to him like a valley girl to an outlet mall, but Devin dodges her advances better than a UFC fighter. The tall, dark, tattooed and brooding mechanic hates change and the perky blond co-ed shoving it down his throat. The longer she’s around, the harder it is to keep his hands off her perfect body and his lips away from her sassy mouth.
For the first time in her life Jessie knows what she wants. Devin Bennett. And she’s not above torturing him with temptation to make it happen.

Summer of Love – Cocktail Hour


The wonderful Sara Ohlin is back with another cocktail for your delight and delectation.


Version 3

The Thistle


 1 1/2 oz gin, preferably a dry one (Smalls, Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire all work well.)

3/4 oz St. Germain

1/2 oz simple syrup

1 oz fresh lime juice

3 dashes celery bitters

lime wheel for garnish


  1. Put a coupe glass, or cocktail glass of your choice in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
  2. Add gin, St. Germain, simple syrup, lime juice and celery bitters to cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice above level of liquid and shake.
  4. Remove coupe glass from freezer, run edge of a lime wheel on the rim of glass, then dip in sugar. (optional)
  5. Strain mixture from cocktail shaker into glass.
  6. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy!


Thanks Sara, I look forward to trying this one too!


You can buy Sara’s book, Seducing the Dragonfly, book 2 in the Graciella series here…



Is it too late to win his dragonfly’s heart?

Returning home to the Oregon town of Graciella after twelve years away, international real-estate guru Turner Brockman intends to make amends for having disappeared, then vanish again. He didn’t reckon on meeting a figure from the past he tried to escape—beautiful Lily Moreno, now all grown up and the independent, creative owner of Dragonfly Design & Construction.

Lily never expected to see Turner again and she’s determined to hide the love she’s felt for him since she was a girl, when he crushed her heart and killed her trust in men. Creating and owning the top construction company on the West Coast and being there for her friends and family are Lily’s only desires now. Except…there’s an intense chemistry between her and Turner, one she gives in to, only to harden her heart after every encounter.

Welcomed back into the beauty of Graciella and the family farm with loving, open arms, Turner falls quickly for Lily, but faces his greatest challenge yet—seducing Lily into trusting him completely. Will his intense love, patience and good old-fashioned wooing be enough to capture his dragonfly’s heart?

Summer of Love – Stefania Hartley

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Hi Stefania and welcome to my blog. Thanks for coming along to share all your summer secrets.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

Yes, this summer will be a little peculiar for me too. I usually pop over to Sicily to see my parents before the heat of the summer becomes too much for me, and then I go on a family holiday with my husband and our three teens, but this summer we’ll only do daytrips nearby. I’m actually looking forward to this, because I find family holidays a little tiring and stressful at times.

But I will certainly miss the Romantic Novelists’ Associations’ annual UK conference! I’ll miss meeting fellow romance writers, rubbing shoulders with my favorite authors and making new friends. I’ll probably sound like a nerd, but the conference is the highlight of the summer for me.

Are you a beach person or do you prefer the countryside?

I adore the sea. I’ve grown up on the Sicilian coast and it’s taken me a few years of living inland in England to come to terms with summer without the beach. I also enjoy the countryside and nature in all its forms, but growing up in Sicily has definitely left a mark and given me a special connection and a love for the sea.

Have you ever gone anywhere exciting over the summer?

Yes. My most exciting holiday has been to the US, Lake Michigan, a couple of years ago. Then, of course, there’s Sicily, and other places where I’ve lived and then returned to visit, like Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore.


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My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for the summer holidays?

When I was growing up in Sicily, summer camps weren’t common. Holidays are still usually spent with family, especially with grandparents, and many people have a second home by the sea or have a family member who has one.

But school holidays in Italy last from June to September, so plenty long enough to get bored! So, every summer, I went away on summer camps with the youth group of my parish or with my girl guides and boy scouts’ unit. On one occasion, when I was twelve, I went on a camp organized by the World Wildlife Fund up on the Alps, in the North of Italy. The world of Alpine ibex, marmots and larches was totally new to me. It was fascinating but also a steep learning curve (literally!)

That sounds so amazing. We went marmot hunting once (not literally, just to see if we could spot one!) they are adorable creatures.

So, what’s on your reading list this summer?

I’ve just discovered Talia Hibbert and I’m enjoying very much her Take a Hint, Dani Brown. Next on my TBR pile is my friend Ella Hayes’ latest Mills and Boon, Unlocking the Tycoon’s Heart, and Beth O’Leary The Switch, followed by a hilarious Italian writer called Diego De Silva, which unfortunately hasn’t been translated into English yet.

So, when you were back home in Sicily, did you have a favorite summer food?

Summer in Sicily is really hot and one of my favorite dishes, which I haven’t eaten since leaving Sicily, is the Insalata di Riso rice salad. It’s a cold salad made with Italian rice, pickles, cut-up tomato, tinned tuna and hard-boiled eggs. A picnic’s favorite for those who don’t insist on taking a whole tray of pasta bake to the beach (you’ll be surprised how many people do!)

Here is a recipe in English (but I haven’t tried it yet)


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I’m posting several cocktail recipes; do you have a favorite cocktail to sip by the pool?

Don’t tell anyone, but I have a little secret: I don’t like the taste of alcohol (I don’t think my taste buds have grown up yet), even thought my summer romance, Sun, Stars and Limoncello, has an alcoholic drink featuring even in the title! Of course, I recommend drinking limoncello (a southern Italian lemon liqueur) by the pool while reading Sun, Stars and Limoncello.

That sounds like a great plan!

Finally, what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

I love to give advice! Here are my two cents’ worth: if, like me this summer, you’re not going anywhere, think of all the time you’ll be saving. Holidays away require organizing, planning, packing and unpacking, and endless hours in a car/ferry/airplane/train.

Imagine how many things we can do with all that extra time! I plan to use it to read, watch movies, do exercise, and trying out new things with my daughters. They’ve already bought a henna shampoo and are planning to turn my hair red.  I’m still thinking about that one, though…

That’s great advice, thanks so much Stefania.

You can buy Stefania’s book, Sun, Stars and Limoncello here,


(and scroll down for a giveaway)


Sonia believes that men equal heartache and disaster. Brad has sworn never to love a woman again. It’s a pity they’re so irresistibly attracted to one another.

After her traumatic teenage years, Sonia’s teaching job would be the best thing that has happened to her if it weren’t for Brad Wilson. Her arrogant, standoffish colleague never fails to rub her the wrong way. But when she’s faced with the choice between canceling the school trip to Sicily or accepting his ungraceful help, she swallows her pride and resigns herself to spending an entire week in close quarters with him. Little does she know just how close.

A tragedy from his past still haunts Brad, and he’s sworn never to let his heart be shredded by grief again. Loving another woman is not in the cards. That’s why his petite olive-skinned colleague is so very dangerous.

What could possibly go wrong when their mutual destination is one of the most romantic places in the world?


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Summer of Love – Cocktail Hour


To launch the Summer of Love, the wonderful Sara Ohlin is sharing the first of three delicious cocktails, the Rosé Spritzer.


Rosé Spritzer

Sparkling Rose Spritzer


  1. St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  2. Sparkling Rosé (or alternatively Rosé with soda water, mixed to taste)
  3. Fresh lemons


Fill glass with ice, add ½ ounce St. Germain and the juice from half a lemon. Top with four ounces of sparkling rosé, or however much you like. Stir and enjoy.


Sounds delicious, easy to make and very refreshing for a summer’s day.

You can buy the first in Sara’s Graciella series, Handling the Rancher, here:


What’s a sexy rancher to do when an uptight accountant falls into his lap?

Already reeling at having inherited the family farm on his father’s death, photojournalist Cruz Brockman returns home to the Oregon town of Graciella to receive another blow—accountant Miranda Jenks is there to audit the books because the IRS suspect his late father of tax fraud. To their astonishment, sparks fly between the passionate Cruz and the careerfocused Miranda upon first meeting and the heat rises with every encounter.

Threatened with losing everything his family has worked for, Cruz has no choice but to be completely open with Miranda, something that doesn’t come easily to him, just as focusing on her own needs is foreign to her. She’s put her own desires last all her life, but the longer she spends with Cruz, the more she wants to dive into a passionate affair with him.

An intense, toecurling physical connection is one thing, but exposing their hearts is another. As Miranda finishes her audit and the clock counts down to her leaving, can the reluctant rancher and the shy accountant conquer their fears and fight for their love?


Writing Tips – Negative Emotions

How can we express negative emotions without using…I felt guilty/angry/afraid/stressed?


What does guilt feel like? Heavy? Embarassing? Uncomfortable?

Shoulders drooping, downcast. The heavy burden of undeniable guilt.

Where are they feeling the guilt? Shoulders, gut?

The guilt ate away at me, piece by piece. A hollow shell of my former self.

How do they express rage? Shouting, screaming, hitting, punching?

She left. It was only a matter of time before his mistook her face for a wall. No amount of cheap plaster could fix that.

How does anger make them feel?

Nails digging so deep into my palms they drew blood. I smiled. Never, not in a million fucking years, would I give him the satisfaction.

What are they afraid of?

Clowns. Of course, it had to be clowns. Spiders and snakes I could handle, but greasepaint and squeaky red noses, never. Not today, Krusty, not today.

What are the signs of stress?

Rob clutched his chest, forced out another labored sigh.
“You okay, mate?”
“Yeah, just a bit tired.”
I walked over to his desk, pressed a hand into his shoulder. “Go home, mate. Put your feet up, treat the wife to a takeaway. This can wait until tomorrow.”
He nodded, didn’t even reply. Even the will to argue had been sucked out of him.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day – Coco Thrift

Hi and welcome to the sixth and final romance author interview in the Countdown to Valentine’s Day. today I’ll be talking to Coco Thrift, author of the first in a new series of paranormal novellas, Half Moon Academy: Demon Daze.


Do you think Delta and her suitors would celebrate Valentine’s Day, if so how?

Well, I’ve got about one woman and four hotties since it’s a reverse harem for this series, so buckle up!

Our main woman, Delta, is a scrappy young agent for a supernatural agency that’s meant to protect the world from overall mayhem. If she was in a relationship, she’d demand a cheap buffet restaurant and some nice whiskey on the rocks with plenty of kisses… too bad she’s busy with her job of busting baddies.

Atlas: Our main bad boy, Atlas, is a vampire so he’s way too cool (and undead) to find much joy in Valentine’s Day besides sucking some necks on occasion. He’s not lurking out of windows to watch young maidens sleep… they usually come to him.

Vine: Actually, I think the playboy, Vine, would actually enjoy Valentine’s Day chocolate but never admit it—he’s a demon. They’re so touchy.

Collin: I love this hot nerd. Think Sherlock meets a naughty version of Newt Scamander with a penchant for evil spells that make him wealthy. OK, scene: You’re flipping through a book in the library. He surprises you. He takes a step toward you, tossing that gorgeous head of blond hair over his sweater. He would be the type to whip out some old obscure poetry while smirking, knowing your knees are going weak. I’m very into these smart types.

Alek: Oh, I’m a sucker for a shifter. We have a wolf shifter because I wanted to write a book with all manner of paranormal men I lusted after as a teenager. Is my series essentially a potluck of hot paranormal men, trotting up to offer their supernatural services? Yes. Yes, it is. Alek might howl at the moon and pledge his devotion after Delta’s won him over.

What would be something romantic Delta would do for any of her sexy dudes?

Oooh, the best part about reverse harems is that you get to write so many hot options. We won’t see lovey dovey romance for a while in this series, but there will be cute scenes among the steamy ones. Paranormal romance means expressions of love happen a bit differently. You know, girl meets guy. Guy has fangs. Girl is a witch. Also, there’s three other guys. They have steamy moments and live happily ever after.

Delta would be smart enough to cater her romantic gestures. After all, you can’t invite a vampire out to a lovely Italian dinner because of the garlic. I think her biggest gesture would be to open up because she’s a closed-off person. I love writing complex women.

I never thought about the fact that vampire’s can’t eat Italian food, lol. A little bit about you now, how do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

I like Valentine’s Day as an excuse to eat chocolate and a fine dinner, but I basically like anything as an excuse to eat. For the actual holiday, I don’t think about it too much. It’s cute, but I think there’s so much pressure to have a good time, which I don’t like.

So does this mean you’d consider writing a Valentine’s Day themed book or novella?

Oh, for sure. I have some contemporary WIPs that need some dusting off or I could see myself doing a Valentine’s Day novella for one of my future series. I don’t think it’s a must for a romance writer, but I do think it can be fun.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Chocolate, wine, and dinner. Or eating leftover takeout food for a date at home.

What would your ideal Valentine’s Day date consist of, money no option

I was super extra when it comes to some holidays when I was younger. If I had the time and the money, I’d been known to plan intricate scavenger hunts and the like. I’m more into chill holidays now though, so I’d just opt for a nice dinner and something intellectually fun. If I had my ideal conditions, I’d love to do a full day date. Coffee shop with some brunch, trip to a bookstore, outing to some cute shop or gallery, then following it up with lots of conversation before a lovely restaurant dinner at some cozy hole-in-the-wall place.

A scavenger hunt? That’s awesome. Have you ever done one for anybody?

I did a complete scavenger hunt for my first high school boyfriend. We went to a boarding school and our campus was shared with the local college, so there was a lot of room to leave hints. I arranged about eighteen different clues and he was psyched to do it. I worked so hard on the hunt and I think it took him a few hours to complete. There were math problems, puzzles left with other people, library hints to decode… I told you I was extra. I hand-drew and designed many of the hints.

That sounds pretty romantic, has anybody ever done anything as romantic as that for you?

Ooh, I have a good one. In college, I dated this super sweet guy. At one point, I mentioned that when I was a young girl, I was obsessed with both Pocahontas and cherry coke. I know, I know. Weird combination, but I promise it makes sense in the end. I went on a lot of hikes when I was kid during one summer with my dad’s girlfriend. She used to tell me that Pocahontas ran through our forest and that if I was lucky, one day I could see her. I never caught her, but she did leave me gifts. She would “hide” cherry coke cans for me to find in the forest. I used to get so EXCITED about Pocahontas and her apparent need to caffeinate me.

So, I told this college boyfriend that, and didn’t think much more of it. I got to bed the night before Valentine’s Day and think I heard some weird noises around my front door but chalked it up to my roommate. I walk outside to head to class and what greets me?

A heart made entirely of suspended cherry coke cans hanging from the overhang of my front porch! In each coke can, he hid a chocolate heart. It was so sweet. I was over the moon with it, because I love big gestures. We only dated for about half a year, but I still think back fondly to it! It was so unique!

Thank you Coco, just goes to show that romance isn’t about how much you spend it’s all about the thought that goes into it.

Coco’s first book in her new series is out on Valentine’s Day, here’s a little taster to get you clicking on the link below…


Delta Moore likes spiced rum, her leather jacket, and busting supernatural baddies. As the youngest investigator of the Otherworldly Association, she uses her half-witch powers to get to the bottom of crimes. She kicks butt at her job, but her boss is about to hand over her biggest challenge yet.

Her mission? Infiltrate Half Moon Academy, a renowned supernatural university with some suspicious activities. The headmistress wants Delta to investigate The Four, a group of extremely powerful and drop-dead gorgeous supernatural dudes.

After disastrous first meetings with The Four, Delta realizes this mission might be more dangerous than she imagined. The Four seem intent on luring her into bed…and she’s not sure she can resist the call.

Half Moon Academy is a Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance for 18+ and filled with delicious dialogue, sizzling moments, and fun characters that will leave you wanting more. It includes supernatural types of all kinds: witches, wizards, vampire, werewolves, demons, and more!



Countdown to Valentine’s Day – Guinevere Jordan

Hi, welcome to day five of my Valentine’s Day romance author interviews. Today I’m talking to Guinevere Jordan, author of Coming Home, published in the Wrapped up in Love anthology released late 2019, in aid of breast cancer.

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In your short story, Coming Home, ex-lovers Susie and Simon meet up after a long time apart. Do you think these busy single-parents would find time to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day can be tricky with kids. I think they would celebrate it but not in an over-the-top kind of way. Simon would probably take the day off work so he and Susie could spend some alone time together while the little girls are at school. You know, adult fun without the potential of a little child needing a drink of water, having a nightmare or going to investigate why Aunt Susie is making weird noises.

Which of the two would be the most romantic on the day?

I think it would definitely be Simon doing something romantic for Susie, because she’d just forget what day it is. He could cook her a yummy dinner, and make her his mashed potatoes because he knows they’re her favorite. I think he may enroll the help of Adelie and Ariel to make her a card/choose her a present she will like.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you think your opinion on it influences how you might write about it?

It’s not really a big deal to me. I don’t see the point of showing someone you love that you love them on this one day. That said, it’s always nice to sneak away for dinner together, more doable now we have a teenager who is old enough to babysit. It probably does influence how I write about it. For me, it’s not about expensive gifts, it’s about quality time together and this is a belief I think my characters would have too.

If you haven’t already, would you consider writing a Valentine’s Day themed book or novella?

I started one a couple of years ago, another second chance romance (or sorts, they only ever shared this one kiss). So far, it’s 5k long and I’m still undecided about what to do with it. I thought it was finished for a while but then I started to think of how I could make it longer.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?

No plans yet. If we have enough money we might go out for dinner or lunch together, but in all likelihood, it will just be another day for us! I don’t know, maybe the whole idea of Valentine’s Day is bigger in America and Europe? It doesn’t seem to be a big deal here in New Zealand.

Excluding your partner, who would be your ideal Valentine’s Day date? Where would you take them?

If you asked my wife, she’d say, ‘That’s easy. Richie McCaw, and you’d climb him like a tree!’. He’s the former captain of the national rugby team here in NZ and I kind of have had a crush on him for like 8 years. I’m not so sure I’d take him out for a Valentine’s Day date (all my fantasy boyfriends have girlfriends or wives!)

I love your partner’s turn of phrase.

What is the most romantic gift you have ever given?

Early in our relationship, Mother’s Day was approaching and my wife mentioned she’d never got a Mother’s Day present. So I got her some chocolate, a wooden letter J to remember the baby she lost, a pot of her favorite ice cream, some nice hand cream and some other stuff I can’t remember now (possibly a nice notebook because she loves notebooks). Last year I got her a copy of The Odyssey from 1885.

What is the most romantic gesture somebody has ever done for you/gift someone has given you?

My wife always gets me a little gift to mark my daughter’s birthday (she was born sleeping in 2006).


Thanks Guinevere. If you haven’t already, you should definitely get right onto Amazon and one-click the amazing anthology, Wrapped up in love, full of lots of winter tales to warm you up on cold February nights. Remember all proceeds from the sale of this book go to fighting breast cancer. If ever there was a reason to treat yourself to a little something for Valentine’s Day, this is it!

Coming Home

Coming Home by Guinevere Jordan

Eighteen-year-old Susie left Newcastle-upon-Tyne and her boyfriend behind to follow her dreams in London. Twenty years later, she moves back home to look after her recently orphaned niece and bumps into Simon, who has a daughter the same age. Susie quickly realises she needs to decide if it is a sign from the universe or a chance at closure.


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