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…presenting Author friend, Lizzie Lamb… in all her glorious Scottish-dom…

…every now and then, along comes a Guest Blog Post that doesn’t just ask to be included on here, but batters down the barricades and climbs in regardless… with my dear scribbling pal, Lizzie Lamb’s immersion in full-on Scottish-dom, how else could it be ?… here’s her effervescent offering for yeez to enjoy :

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THE EVER-WINDSWEPT AND INTERESTING, LIZZIE LAMB

I’ve always loved romantic heroes, be they highwaymen, pirates, Regency bucks or men in kilts.

I think the element of ‘costume’ removes the hero from the real world and transports both him and the reader into the realm of fantasy. The costumed hero is, generally, aristocratic – and while he does not have to work to earn his daily crust, he often has emotional scars which only the heroine can heal. And, in the case of men in kilts, there is the additional tease of whether or not they’ve gone ‘commando’, in true Scottish fashion.  So, while I loved the Wicked LadyFrenchman’s Creek and the Scarlet Pimpernel, my favourite books and movies are Scottish-themed.

My interest began as a child in Scotland, reared (courtesy of Saturday morning cinema) on the exploits of highlanders featured in such movies as Rob RoyBonnie Prince CharlieThe Ghost Goes West (one of my favourites) and -sob- Grey Friar’s Bobby.  After the movie (or fil-um, as we pronounced it) the children in my street would re-enact Rob Roy’s leap and subsequent escape through the waterfall, and the scene from Kidnapped, where Davie Balfour is almost murdered by his evil uncle. Our dogs were dragooned into being “Bobby”, loyally guarding his master’s grave on Grey Friar’s kirk. But they never quite ‘got’ what was required of them and were always wandering off, much to our annoyance.

The girls, of course, loved to act out Flora Macdonald helping Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape over the sea to Skye. Much better than having ‘a baby in the back of the wagon’, as seemed to be par for the course in most cowboy films we watched.

In June we visited Scotland, travelling as far as Skye to see the Fairy Pools and Flora MacDonald’s grave, amongst other things I wanted to research/double check before publishing for my forthcoming novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS.

The written word had its place, too; we knew Young Lochinvar off by heart and would declaim:

“He rode all unarm’d, and he rode all alone . . .

He staid not for brake, and he stopp’d not for stone,

He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;

But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,

The bride had consented, the gallant came late.”

I frequently found myself in trouble because I wanted to be Lochinvar, and wouldn’t take my turn as ‘the Fair Ellen.’ Nothing much changed there, then.

Those images and the tales of brave Covenanters and Jacobites stayed with me  as I grew up and read more Scottish themed novels . . . The Jacobite Trilogy by D.K. Broster (falling in love with Ewen Cameron), The Lymond Chronicles (who could resist Francis Crawford?) and, more recently, the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon featuring uber-hero Jamie Fraser. For me, he is the ultimate kilted hero and has it in spades – looks, sense of honour, loyalty, is sex-on-legs and can speak Gaelic. If you’d like to see images of Jamie Fraser, check out this site you’ll see what I mean. I’ll even admit to subscribing to Amazon Prime so I could watch the TV Series: OUTLANDER. For me, a hero wearing a suit, carrying duct tape, rope and plastic ties just doesn’t cut it. Give me an exiled, Jacobite laird every time.

Which brings me full circle to my novels. In Tall, Dark and Kilted my hero is sexy laird Ruairi (Roo-ary) Urquhart who has to fight to safeguard his land and inheritance.

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In Scotch on the Rocks I give you gorgeous, kilt-wearing Brodie – an American with auburn hair, who arrives on Eilean na Sgairbh on the back of a storm wind and turns my heroine’s life upside down.

Look where I am

And if kilts aren’t your ‘thang’ (and why wouldn’t they be?), there’s a crazy parrot called Pershing in the novel who seems to have won over readers’ hearts.

Lizzie’s Links –

 Scotch on the Rocks – a contemporary romance set in the Highlands of Scotland

http://tinyurl.com/SOTR2015

 Tall, Dark and Kilted – Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen – 2012

http://bit.ly/TDKLLamb

 Boot Camp Bride – Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes http://bit.ly/BCBLLamb

 https://www.amazon.com/author/lizzielamb

Romantic novels by LIzzie Lamb

…thanks for this, m’Lady, Lizzie… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…forget the Spice Girls… here’s the Indie Girls… coming to a Waterstones near you…

…great timing! … in consonance with my previous post about ‘Living the Dream,’ into my Guest Blog slot comes the fabulous news that four of our Indie Girls are all appearing together at Waterstones, Kensington… my pals, Lizzie Lamb, Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Mags Cullingford, collectively known as the New Romantics, have secured their date with the bookstore on November 13th… some have conjectured they got it by threatening to go there and sing if they weren’t allowed in… well, I don’t know about that, but their masterpieces (mistresspieces?) speak volumes (pun intended, Mabel… we’re NUTHIN if we’re not inventive on this blog)… rumour has it there will be free cases of champagne to take away in the back of yer car, and sumptuous delicacies to nibble on while yeez marvel at the Fab Four’s autographing skills…don’t just take my WURD for it, here’s what they’re saying :

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New Romantics Press is hosting An ‘Author Showcase?

So what, you ask?

Friends, let us tell you that four indie authors hosting an Author Showcase in a one of Waterstones flagship London bookstores is no mean feat. It has required determination on our part and the belief and open mindedness of Waterstones to ‘take us on’. On top of that, we’ve produced eight quality novels with proven sales records and have demonstrated our ability to deliver a night no one will forget.wstones HSK

This Author Showcase is the culmination of a dream. One which began two summers ago over lunch with Amanda Grange in Lizzie’s garden. Our path to publication is well documented in our blog but on November the thirteenth we will have exceeded what we hoped to accomplish on that bright summer’s day.

  • Written nine books between us
  • Created joint and individual blogs
  • Established a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn  and Pinterest
  • Hosted eight book launches
  • Presented two literary lunches for over twenty five guests
  • Fronted a Valentine’s Day event at Waterstones Market Harborough
  • Been short listed for awards at Lit Festivals
  • Appeared on writer panels telling others our road to publication
  • Created a professionally edited video of us and our achievements
  • All working to write, edit and publish our third/fourth novels in 2014 – 2015

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There have been highs and lows on our journey. More highs than lows, overall, and we have kept moving forward. It’s been hard but rewarding work, but we have never lost sight of our main objective – to write the best novels we can and to share them with our expanding readership.

We see this Author Showcase as the culmination of that work and our dream. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.

 

Seumas here again: …I’m grateful to the effervescent Lizzie Lamb for the heads up on this, a terrific inspiration for all we quill-scrapers…the dreams can come true… see how pleased she looks…

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…and as an extra wee bonus, some links for yeez to click and learn more about the Queenly Quartette :

Hocus Pocus ’14 – a collection of spooky short stories for Hallowe’en

http://tinyurl.com/Hocus-Pocus14

Boot Camp Bride – Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes 

http://t.co/XSXdFBgIts

 Tall, Dark and Kilted –  A contemporary romance set in the highlands of Scotland

http://t.co/eobg1qn11

“when I’m not writing – I’m dreaming”

website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk

Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/cbla48d

twitter: @lizzie_lamb  

…so. Lads and Lassies of Blog Land, yeez can show a bit of support to four of our own by getting yer ar*ses and the rest of yer anatomies down to Waterstones in Kensington on the 13th… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…Author Lizzie Lamb is no meek creature… as her Guest Blog Post here clearly demonstrates… #TBSU…

…enjoy !! …

 

author photo - Lizzie Lamb

It’s Never Too Late to Realise a Dream

 

For me, my dream came true when I took early retirement from teaching after thirty four years at the chalk face and pursued my dream to become a published author. When I retired a colleague gave me a pillow embroidered with: May All Your Dreams Come True and since then I’ve done my best to make it happen.

Last Day of Teaching Career

So far, it’s been a great journey.

I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association as a member of the New Writers’ Scheme. It took me two years to write my first novel (a romantic comedy) and to submit it to the scheme. I received a critique from a published author in my genre, and although I didn’t agree with everything she said, I went away and worked on the manuscript a bit more. After receiving lots of encouragement from other RNA members I felt the manuscript was ready to be submitted to agents. I pinned my hopes on being published by Little Black Dress (Headline) but, sadly, my timing was all wrong as, in the interim, Little Black Dress had stopped taking submissions.

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One of the harsh lessons I’ve learned about the writing world is that changes happen very quickly: submissions close, agents and editors move on, fashions alter. You have to strike while the iron is hot. (excuse the cliché)

I then submitted the completed manuscript to an editor who suggested I lengthen it from 83, 000 words to 110,000 words and develop some of the themes. I did as suggested and Tall, Dark and Kilted (with my love of my homeland written on every page) was born. Again, RNA friends came forward with lots of suggestions what to do next. I will be eternally grateful to Amanda Grange (author of Mr Darcy’s Diary) who suggested that I shouldn’t waste another two years sending out to agents etc. as ‘times were a-changing’. Taking Mandy’s advice I self-published Tall, Dark and Kilted on amazon in November 2012 – and the rest, as they say, is history. In November 2013 I published Boot Camp Bride and my readership continues to grow.

 

cover for Tall, Dark and Kilted

BookCover Boot Camp Bride

Believing there’s strength in numbers (!) I formed a small publishing group: The New Romantics 4 and we published our debut novels in November 2012. I didn’t know how it would all work out but I can seriously say that it’s the best thing I have ever done. Log on to our website: www.newromantics4.com to learn more about us, our journey to publication and our books.

I am currently working on my third rom com, returning to my homeland of Scotland for another encounter with men in kilts, vicious midges and an American who is not all what he seems. There’s no stopping me now.

Were all those years as a teacher and Deputy Head of a large primary school wasted? Not a bit. I’ve carried forward all my organisation skills, determination and expertise and channelled them into my writing. I’ve created a social networking presence, become a tweep and a blogger and – thanks to Amazon – my novels have been downloaded all round the world.

My advice to anyone is: Life is not a rehearsal. If you have a dream go out there and make it a reality

 

Lizzie’s Links

Boot Camp Bride – Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes – November 2013

http://t.co/0WkwlH8bgg

Tall, Dark and Kilted – Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen – 2012

http://t.co/xj2T54mE6j

 

Amazon page: http://tinyurl.com/mpcv6bn

www.facebook.com/LizzieLambwriter

lizzielambwriter@gmail.com

website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk

blog: www.newromantics4.com

Goodreads http://tinyurl.com/cbla48d

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lizzielamb/

twitter: @lizzie_lamb             twitter: @newromantics4

 

…thanks for sharing with us, Lizzie… all the every best for you and the New Romantics… LUV YA!

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