In between writing books about Royal Weddings, I’ve been popping back to my characters in Trewton Royd to see how they were getting on. I’ve finally finished Belonging and intend to release it next month.
Belonging is about Harriet (those of you who’ve read Snowed In will recognise her as the drunk woman from the corner shop vying for Vinnie’s attention). I wondered why she drank so much. The result was a whole novella about her, poor love. Some of the characters in Snowed In and Pat’s Pantry show up as cameos.
[If you have read Snowed In, if you could take a few minutes to review it, that would be really kind and lovely of you… here’s the link… hint. HINT.]
Here’s the blurb and the lovely cover for Belonging:
She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?
Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.
Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.
As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.
But with attraction comes guilt.
Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?
Belonging is due for release on the 15th of September.
Not Your Prince Charming: a Royal Wedding Romance by Kate Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received an advance copy of this to review (mainly because I begged the author for it). I enjoyed Not Your Cinderella so much that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, the next book.
Eliza is a ‘lesser’ royal. She’s a princess, but relatively far from the throne. She’s tired of being watched all the time and decides to go off and have fun at a party without her security. Unfortunately, she gets grabbed by some kidnappers.
Xavier is a undercover cop. He rescues the English girl, not knowing that she’s a royal. They wash up on a desert island together and have to survive until rescue comes. But it’s not easy to know whether a boat is friendly or just more trouble.
I loved that it was Eliza who knew what to do in order to survive on the island. Xavier doesn’t know who she is until they’re safely back at home, but of course, then it’s hard for him to get to her. The way everyone kept called Xavi the ‘indefeasibly good looking cop’ made me laugh.
Jamie and Clodagh from Not Your Cinderella have largeish cameo roles. Jamie is completely amazing.
I liked that the heroine and hero both had their weaknesses, which they healed in each other.
This is a really fun read.
Buy link US: Not Your Prince Charming: a Royal Wedding Romance (Royal Weddings Book 2)
Buy link UK:Not Your Prince Charming: a Royal Wedding Romance (Royal Weddings Book 2)
A ROYAL WEDDING by m’alter ego Jeevani Charika is zipping up the charts at the moment. It’s #1079 in the overall Kindle chart in the US (which, given how many bazillions of books are on Amazon US, is pretty cool).
AND it’s still a #1 bestseller in Weddings in Amazon UK!
I’m a very happy author!
If you read the book (thank you, thank you, thank you), please leave a review. It makes a huge difference to know what you thought (even if it’s a one-liner).
If you haven’t read it here are the links to find it. It’s 99p/99c on most sites this week.
USA Amazon site link.
And for everywhere else: books2read.com/u/38g8aa
Married to Her Enemy by Jenni Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Having just read a load of regency romances, I thought I’d try something different and read a book with a medieval setting.
Aediva hates Normans (she’s a Saxon). So when big, blonde Norman dude Svend comes crashing into her village, she’s not happy about it. Svend, incidentally, is a Dane and not actually Norman … but to all intents and purposes he is the enemy.
I liked that Aediva is a ‘Saxon wildcat’. Her conversations with Svend are interesting to read.
The medieval setting was really interesting and unusual. I liked that the characters were realistically young too. I really cared for them.
Good characters, great dialogue, interesting setting, lots of fighting with swords… what more could you ask for?
The usual disclaimer applies – I know Jenni Fletcher as we’re both members of the RNA. I took this book out of the library (because libraries are awesome and writers get paid a tiny amount for each book you borrow!). But if you want to buy your own, the links are below.
Buy link US: Married to Her Enemy (Harlequin Historical)
Buy link UK:Married To Her Enemy (Mills & Boon Historical)
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In A Royal Wedding, each chapter starts with a newspaper clipping. Here’s the start of chapter 3. I did a ton of research for this book, so this is actually genuine advice, y’know, in case you should meet a senior royal.
Rules to observe when you meet a member of the Royal family
Don’t be like Kumari Senavaka. Know your royal etiquette
Rule 1. Don’t touch them. Don’t initiate a handshake. If they indicate they want to shake your hand, do so, but then let go!
Rule 2: No selfies. The royals are not allowed to take selfies. You may ask someone else to take a photo, but no standing up close.
Rule 3: Show respect. Gentlemen bow and ladies curtsey to the Queen. Although the younger royals don’t insist on bows and curtseys, you may still want to, especially if you’re meeting Princess Helena because she is the future Queen.
Rule 4: Use proper forms of address. No first names please. The Queen should always be addressed as ‘Your Majesty’ at first and then ma’am. The Princes and princesses should be addressed as ‘Your Highness’ in the first instance and then ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ as appropriate.
Rule 5: When the Queen arrives, stand up.
Buy A Royal Wedding now.
I’ve got some news that I’ve been sitting on for a number of months now. I’m getting a whole new pen name – Jeevani Charika. The main difference between Rhoda and Jeevani is that Jeevani writes about Sri Lakan protagonists.
I wrote a Royal Wedding romance for Bonnier Zaffre. It’s called A Royal Wedding and it’s coming out on the 10th of May … I should have cover(s) to show you really soon.
In the meantime, here’s my new website! I intend to keep blogging etc on this site rather than the new one.
And here’s the link to the announcement in The Bookseller. (The Bookseller! Blimey!)
Christmas at the Little Village School by Jane Lovering
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This arrived on my Kindle yesterday and I read it as fast as I could. Jane Lovering’s books are an auto buy for me.
Lydia teaches at a school in a tiny village, alongside her fellow teacher Jake. She’s prickly and sharp edged, especially when it comes to Jake. Jake is big and kind without being a pushover. They’ve been tasked with organising the school play at short notice. Given the kids, Christmas, plaster of Paris decorations, an old people’s home and a mysterious man called Gareth, things take a turn for the interesting.
There’s a twist. You find out why Lydia is so prickly part way through the book. It’s kinda hard to tell you about it without giving things away, so I won’t. You’ll just have to read it and find out.
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Amazon US buy link for Christmas at the Little Village School
Amazon UK buy link for Christmas at the Little Village School (Choc Lit)
Just when things are starting to feel gloomy (we have frost and gloom, but no actual snow here), up popped two reviews which totally made my week.
Rachel’s Random Reads reviewed Girl In Trouble and gave it 5 stars: http://rachelsrandomreads.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/book-review-girl-in-trouble-by-rhoda.html
The San Francisco Review of Books reviewed Girl At Christmas: http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/12/book-review-girl-at-christmas-by-rhoda.html
So all in all, happy me.
If you want to try a sample of Girl In Trouble – you can get it here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/upswdm2rdu
Or you could sign up to my newsletter and get Girl At Christmas for free!
Have a wonderful day, regardless of whether or not you have snow to play in.
It’s nearly December, so it must be time to break out a Christmas novella or two.
I have two Christmas novellas out this year. Girl At Christmas, which is set in the same world as the other ‘Smart Girls’ series books, and Snowed In, which is set in a fictional town in West Yorkshire. Here they are:
As you can see Milly Johnson and Jane Lovering have nice things to say about them, so you might like them too!
Both novellas have slightly geeky characters and at least one South Asian main character.
You can buy them separately or together in this handy ‘box set’. (Technically, it’s an omnibus edition because it’s not actually in a box … but there aren’t any wheels, so I’m going with box set as a description). You save a quid on the box set compared to getting them separately. Aha, you say. But they’ll be dropping down to 99p soon… except they won’t, because the book promotion sites tend not to take novellas, so it’s not worth the hassle.
Buy Snowed In
Buy Girl At Christmas
Buy the super duper box set
Happy holiday reading!