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Summer afternoon tea and books with Julia

plate of cakes

Summer: chilled prosecco in the sunshine, deep blue seas and BBQs! Welcome to my summer edition. The next newsletter (in September) will have some special great news and an exciting  competition. So look out for it in your inbox.

My new ebook covers from my publisher Endeavour Press are here at the right. What do you think? The paperback editions will remain as at the top (cover artist Berni Stevens at www.bernistevensdesign.com). Which do you prefer?

Today I have lovely author and friend Lizzie Lamb over for tea and cakes to tell us about her new summer read - but first my current news in brief:

For all those for you who keep asking me - yes, I'm busy editing the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (Finding Jess) and it should be out later in the year.

I'm really excited about the Romancing the Word literary festival in Tamworth on Saturday June 11: I've been invited to give a Meet the Author talk and signing with my Drumbeats trilogy and A Shape on the Air (my new Dark Ages time slip romance out later this year) at St George's Chapel, St Editha's, Tamworth at 12.10-1.25 and then a signing at the Library from 1.30. Other authors will be there too, such as Helena Fairfax, Rosie Goodwin and Carol E Wyer & many more!

I'd love to see you there so please make a note of the date. It promises to be a great event with many authors, talks and workshops. Pics will follow!

I've also got a couple of talks at WIs coming up (7.00pm June 13 at Oulton, Staffs, and 7.30 July 12 at Blythe Bridge, Staffs) so I'm looking forward to those.

In July I'm at the RNA Conference in Lancaster Uni, hoping to learn lots and meet writerly friends old and new! I'm sure even more pics to come!

I'd love to see you there so please make a note of the dates and I'll tell you more details later. It promises to be a great event with many authors, talks and workshops.
Enough of the promo ... now I welcome Lizzie Lamb to chat over tea ...

Hi Lizzie, it's lovely to see you again! I'll pour you a cup of Earl Grey and please have a chocolate éclair or a French macaron with me.

Hi Julia, a great array of cakes - how did you know which were my favourites? Just one request, I don’t drink tea  . . . so can you fire up the cappuccino machine? And, yes, I will have sprinkles!

Of course, here you go! OK, so Lizzie, I know you have another super Scottish book out with a gorgeous sexy hero, so do tell me all about it ...

It's called  Scotch on the Rocks and II published it in July 2015. Within two weeks it had reached #1 spot in its genre historical>Scottish, which was very gratifying. I write Scottish themed books because I find that Scotland is known the world over and is on many readers’ bucket list.
Here’s the blurb -
Where the men are men and the women are glad of it!

ISHABEL STUART is at the crossroads of her life.
Her wealthy industrialist father has died unexpectedly, leaving her a half-share in a ruined whisky distillery and the task of scattering his ashes on a Munro.  After discovering her fiancé playing away from home, she cancels their lavish Christmas wedding at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and heads for the only place she feels safe - Eilean na Sgairbh, a windswept island on Scotland’s west coast -where the cormorants outnumber the inhabitants, ten to one.  
When she arrives at her family home - now a bed and breakfast managed by her left-wing, firebrand Aunt Esme, she finds a guest in situ - BRODIE. Issy longs for peace and the chance to lick her wounds, but gorgeous, sexy American, Brodie, turns her world upside down.  
In spite of her vow to steer clear of men, she grows to rely on Brodie.  However, she suspects him of having an ulterior motive for staying at her aunt’s B&B on remote Cormorant Island. Having been let down twice by the men in her life, will it be third time lucky for Issy? Is it wise to trust a man she knows nothing about - a man who presents her with more questions than answers?
As for Aunt Esme, she has secrets of her own . . .

Wow, it sounds like a great summer read. I'd love to know, Lizzie, what inspires you to write?

I love visiting and dreaming about the highlands of Scotland and the people who live there. I was born in Scotland and have very strong roots in the Central Belt, although it is the beautiful highlands and its culture which inspires me. The germ of an idea takes root in my sub conscious and before I know it, I’m talking to the characters in my head and - off we go, all the way to the end of the line when the book is finished. If I run out of inspiration I listen to my RUNRIG CD’s or watch OUTLANDER and it soon comes flooding back.
I'm always fascinated to know about writers' processes. Lizzie, where do you write? Do you have a special “den” or desk or work space?

I do have a ‘proper writing room’ at home which I refer to as my ‘study’. This room was used as a second sitting room when we bought our house and is reached through the conservatory and looks directly onto the garden through its own set of French doors. It’s book-lined, as you would expect, but it also has everything a writer could need – internet connection, iPhone docking system for playing music, three printers, filing cabinets, room for box files etc., its own coffee machine and is centrally heated. It feels like a place where serious writing (and daydreaming) takes place; somewhere where I can switch off the pc at the end of the day but can get straight down to work the next morning because everything will be just as I left it.  It’s very tidy and organised and I love it. My husband knows better than to go in there to borrow post-its, sticky pads or pens, without written permission. Only kidding (but only JUST kidding). I also have a caravan with a designated writing space so that when we got on research trips the writing never stops.
Oooh, that sounds wonderful. Yes I must get a coffee machine in my study! Thinking about the longer term, what would you like to achieve as an author?

My main objective is to go on writing the books I would like to read, and to grow my readership - especially outside of the UK.  If the chance came along to be published by one of the ‘Big Five’ publishing houses: Pan MacMillan, Headline etc I’d certainly give it serious thought. It’s a bit unlikely at the moment, though, as I am not submitting to agents/editor or publishers. I’m quite happy to remain an indie author because of the control I have over price, cover, content etc. of my novels. I’m not sure I would be able to let an editor change my novel to suit her publishing house, as I’d probably end up having to write about cupcakes in a highland tea room. So NOT me!!
I know what you mean, Lizzie. It's so important to be true to yourself as a writer. I'm with you all the way on that one! Well, thank you so much. It’s been lovely to chat over coffee and cakes.

Thanks for having me, Julia, and for introducing me to your lovely subscribers and readers.
Great to see you again, Lizzie. Look forward to seeing you again soon at the  Leicester RNA chapter! Oooh, and I've listed your links below ...

 Scotch on the Rocks – a contemporary romance set in the Highlands of Scotland
Boot Camp Bride - Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes - November 2013
Tall, Dark and Kilted - Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen - 2012 
Hocus Pocus 14 short story anthology
Lizzie’s Links
website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk
Newsletter - http://tinyurl.com/ELNL-2016
Linked in: uk.linkedin.com/pub/lizzie-lamb/18/194/202/
Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/cbla48d
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lizzielamb/
twitter: @lizzie_lamb         
twitter: @newromantics4
2nd blog: www.newromanticspress.com
So, that's all for now. Look forward to catching up with you all in September. And if any of your friends would like to join in, they can just click on the Mailing list button on my website www.juliaibbotsonauthor.com  to receive the e-newsletters too.

Have a wonderful summer!
All the best,


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