Exclusive Guest Post by Author Maria Murnane

Today I am beyond excited to share an exclusive guest post with you written by author Maria Murnane. In case you missed my posts from earlier this week I shared my review on her novels Wait for the Rain and Bridges. Read on for a little Behind The Scenes insight on how the novels came to life.

How one particular friendship helped Bridges come to life!

Bridges is a story about how friendship can overcome differences of all kinds. In my own life, friendship helped me overcome the fear that my success as an author had come to an end. I make a living off my novels but am far from wealthy, so after I finished Wait for the Rain, which I absolutely loved writing, I put a lot of pressure on myself to begin another book right away. That proved to be a terrible decision, because I didn’t have a good idea for an interesting plot. As a result I ended up spending more than a year working­­ on­­––forcing, actually––a lackluster story that was going nowhere. In the process I not only lost my joy for writing, but my confidence. When I finally decided to pull the plug on the book, I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me to write another one.

Fast-forward a few months, and during a visit to see my parents back to California I met up with my dear friend Annie, who may be the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. A devoted fan of my books—as well as the inspiration for the globe-trotting, ultra successful saleswoman Skylar character in both Wait for the Rain and Bridges—Annie convinced me to get back on the horse, and over dinner we put our heads together and came up with the idea for Bridges. It was a bare bones outline, but it got me motivated to try again.

As soon I returned to Brooklyn, I sat down and started writing. For months I wrote and wrote, and when I finished the first draft I emailed it to Annie to see what she thought.

The very next day I got this email from her:

OMG!!!  Maria…it is 5:54am here in the Canary Islands and I stayed up all night reading your book!!!  I was going to just start it by reading a couple of chapters and fall asleep (on my iPhone…not even my iPad) and ended up reading there entire thing on my phone!  I was pretty much crying or had tears in my eyes the whole book (in a good way!) so I had to expand the text on my phone a bunch of times to read through the water works!

I absolutely LOVE it!  You are an amazing writer (as I already knew) but I agree with you that this one is very special.  You really got to the bottom of these characters and I am with you…I want to be friends with them too!

I never would have been able to write Bridges without Annie’s help and support, and I can only hope those who read it enjoy it a fraction as much as she did. Here’s to the power of female friendship!

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Exclusive Author Guest Post – Melissa Baldwin

Today I’m excited to share an exclusive guest post written by author Melissa Baldwin. She has a new book releasing today called See You Later Broadway. Here’s the link to my review of the first book in the series See You Soon Broadway, in case you missed last week’s review post.

Distractions? What distractions? By Melissa Baldwin

I truly consider myself a master of multi-tasking. I’m proud to say I can fold laundry, put away groceries, get my daughter a snack and text all at the same time. So why couldn’t I do many different tasks and write at the same time?

Because even a master multi-tasker gets distracted!

No judging, as I will now reveal my FIVE Biggest Distractions that keep me from Writing…Drum Roll…

  1. The love of my life- my amazing, supportive husband. Of course I want to spend every second I can with him. 🙂 I try to save much of my writing for after he goes to bed. Thankfully he’s an early to bed, early to rise kind of guy.
  2. TV- I really don’t watch that much TV other than a few of my favorite shows (um, addictions?) The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars, General Hospital, and 90210 re-runs. This is where the no judging comes in. It’s a good thing the Bachelor is only on once a year- I’m completely useless on Monday nights.
  3. Social Media- This is an obvious distraction because lets face it, who isn’t distracted by this? I’ve already checked Facebook three times while writing this post.
  4. My sweet little girl- There are many times that I want to sit down and write or an idea for my book pops into my head, but my daughter asks me to play with her or watch her do something. I have come to realize that as a mother of an only child, she’s my most important distraction so I jot down my idea, save it for later and give her my undivided attention.
  5. Working out, cleaning my house, talking to friends, answering emails—the list goes on. As a busy mother and wife there will always be distractions.

So, I guess I have more the five? Most of us women feel like we have to be the best or do everything. I have learned that it’s okay if everything isn’t perfect and that life doesn’t always go as planned. After a full day of errands, chores and family time I’m thankful for the time I have to write and bring ideas to life…as long as there are no good TV shows on of course. 🙂

 

 

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Guest Post – 5 Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep during Pregnancy

Today I’m sharing a guest post written by a fellow social media influencer and I’m excited because this is the first time I’m sharing a post about health and wellness. I’ve always envisioned my blog to be a lifestyle blog that encompasses a variety of topics that affect myself and those around me and there’s nothing more important than one’s well-being. Many of the following tips can be helpful for anyone looking to feel better and get better sleep, not just for that gals that are pregnant.

5 Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep during Pregnancy

Guest Post by Sundus Munir

Sleeping difficulties are not all that uncommon during pregnancy, as it can be challenging to find that proper position that allows you to drift off into dreamland. There are also hormonal fluctuations to consider, as well as the usual anxiety and depression. As your bladder becomes increasingly cramped, you may also have to get up several times during the night to empty it.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to enhance your ability to get a good night’s sleep during your pregnancy, so be sure to read on and learn more. After all, few things are more important during this period than getting the proper amount of rest.

1. Get Into the Correct Position

Once your pregnancy has passed the 20 week mark and finding the proper position becomes even more important, you will want to avoid lying flat on your back at all costs. Sleeping on your left side allows the blood to flow to the fetus more easily and enhances the health of your kidneys and uterus. If you have problem getting the perfect position, consider using a U shaped pregnancy pillow that will support your body during pregnancy.

2. Don’t Skimp on Fluids

While some women will cut down on the amount of fluids that they are taking in throughout the day in hopes of avoiding repeated trips to the bathroom during the night, it is best to consume plenty of fluids during the day time and cut back as you get closer to bedtime to enhance your chances of being able to sleep through the night with minimal distraction.

3. Remain Active

The prospect of remaining active during a pregnancy may seem counter intuitive, but by exercising on a regular basis, you are able to steer clear of the issues that are caused by a lack of circulation. This helps to cut back on the occurrence of nighttime cramping in the legs and by exercising during the early part of the day, you can release all of the adrenaline that serves to keep you awake once bedtime has arrived.

4. Cut Down on Stress and Anxiety

Exercising is a great way to start cutting down on your levels of stress and anxiety, as it releases powerful endorphins that promote happier thoughts. When you allow stress and anxiety to build for too long, this will alter your sleeping patterns in an undesirable manner. If you are having problems that keep you from being able to fall asleep at night due to the worries that they are causing, don’t be afraid to contact a professional who can listen and provide you with assistance.

5. Establish a Routine

If you are altering your bedtime every night, you are not giving your body a chance to settle into a comfortable routine. Establishing a soothing routine works wonders, whether it is reading a relaxing book, drinking a cup of non-caffeinated tea or receiving a shoulder massage from your partner.

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About the Writer – Sundus Munir

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Exclusive Author Guest Post – Mary Castillo

Today I’m excited to share an exclusive guest post written by author Mary Castillo. Thank you to CLP Tours for letting me participate in the blog tour celebrating Mary’s new novel Lost in the Light!

How to Listen to an Audiobook by Mary Castillo

I thought audiobooks were for people who wanted something to keep from getting bored on long road trips.

But then Audible began a TV campaign of commercials featuring a woman ironing while listening to a romance, or a guy vacuuming to a Raymond Chandler-esque noir mystery.

When I signed up for the free trial, I was fully converted. I filled up my Wish List like I didn’t have books to write, a child to raise and a husband to kiss at night. I looked forward to traffic jams so I could get more listening time with my favorite meditation guru, davidji. While my boys battled the Imperial troops in Star Wars Battlefront, I dropped into Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell Mystery series. Heck, I even kept up with the laundry so I could follow alongside Eve and Roarke in J.D. Robb’s In Death series!

While I love having a closet full of folded towels, here are other fun ways I recommend enjoying audiobooks:

Coloring – I haven’t tried this myself, but I’ve heard other audiophiles rave about the meditative quality of adult coloring books.

Long walks: I recommend paved, well-lit streets especially if the book is good! Also, look both ways if you must cross the street. On second thought, maybe a tread mill is the safest option.

Knitting or crochet: My favorite activity is to work on simple, repetitive patterns like blankets or simple scarves. Lace work and short rows can get tricky and if you get engrossed in the story, you’ll have some TINK-ing to do. (Knitting spelled backwards means having to undo your work to fix mistakes!)

What do you like to do while listening to your favorite audiobooks?

Here are some other titles I recently enjoyed:

Once Upon a Grind: The Coffeehouse Mysteries, Book 14 by Cleo Coyle

Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life by Dr. Christiane Northrup

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley

Favorite audiobook activities collage from above from top left clockwise: Back Bay Newport Beach trail, my latest knitting project, recent road trip to Carmel where Girl in the Mist (next audiobook title) is set and of course, the beach!

About the Author – Mary Castillo

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author

Author Bio:

Mary Castillo is an Amazon bestselling author and audiobook narrator. She writes chilling paranormal mysteries and sexy, heartwarming romantic comedies, all with compelling characters that keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime! Her debut, Hot Tamara was selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as a Red Hot Read and Latina magazine called Mary “an author to look out for” and selected In Between Men and Names I Call My Sister for the Top 10 Summers Reads in July 2009. Lost in the Light was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal Mystery.

Mary grew up in a haunted house in National City, CA. She cries every time she sees the movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Casablanca, and may have developed a mild addiction to listening to audiobooks while she knits.

Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo

 

Book Blurb: One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again.

Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler’s pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she’s not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity.

Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn’t sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

Her wisecracking Grammy Cena has waited too long for her independent granddaughter to return home. She hires a a kooky psychic to banish the ghost and a handsome contractor with whom Dori has an unhappy past.

With a promise to Vicente, Dori may solve a forgotten Prohibition era murder. Or she may exhume secrets someone died to protect.

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Now Available in Audio (How appropriate, given the theme of Mary’s guest post!)

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Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!

March 13 – Rebekah Martin Writes –  Excerpt

March 13 – A Southern Girls Bookshelf – Excerpt

March 14 – A Novel Thought With Jess – Guest Post & Excerpt

March 14 – T’s Stuff – Review & Excerpt
March 14 – Rebekah Martin Writes – Q&A

March 15 – Living Life With Joy – Guest Post

March 15 – Books, Dreams, Life – Excerpt
March 15 – Rebekah Martin Writes – Guest post

March 16 – Leigh Anderson Romance – Guest Post
March 16 – Rebekah Martin Writes – Review

March 17 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt

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Exclusive Author Guest Post & Giveaway by Clare Chase

Today I’m excited to participate in a blog tour for author Clare Chase in celebration of her novel A Stranger’s House being published in paperback last week. In keeping with the fact that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, the author has graciously written a Valentine’s Day themed guest post exclusively for my readers!! Scroll on to learn about her novel and read Clare’s fabulous post.

A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase

a-strangers-house-clare-chasePublished: Hardcover – February 2016, Paperback – February 2017

Publisher: Choc Lit

Book Blurb:

What if you were powerless to protect the person you cared about most?

When Ruby finds out that her partner has done the unforgivable, she has no option but to move out of their home. With nowhere else to go, a job house-sitting in Cambridge seems like the perfect solution.

But it’s soon clear the absent owner hurts everyone he gets close to, and Ruby’s faced with the fallout. As violent repercussions unfold, her instinct is to investigate: it’s a matter of self-preservation. And besides, she’s curious…

But Ruby’s new boss, Nate Bastable, has his eye on her and seems determined to put a stop to her sleuthing. Is he simply worried for the welfare of a member of staff, or is there something altogether more complicated – and potentially dangerous – at play?

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Guest Post written by Clare Chase

Valentine’s Day in Cambridge, UK

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Arielle. It’s great to be here.

Although my books all have a romantic thread running through them, they’re mystery fiction and so I often blog about the crime element. Given that, it makes a lovely change to be asked to write a post about Valentine’s Day!

I should say that I’m at the stage where I know who my valentine’s cards and presents come from – despite the fact that my husband and I still sign our messages with a question mark for tradition’s sake. Apparently this habit of sending cards anonymously took off when the price of postage went down with the introduction of the stamp in 1840. Not having to hand deliver cards made it easier for shy, would-be lovers who wanted to hide their identity.

Although there’s certainly something fun about sending and receiving anonymous cards (and I’m not going to turn my nose up at champagne and chocolates either!), I sometimes feel it’s the more unplanned and less deliberately romantic situations that make for the most memorable occasions – especially in a relationship that’s just starting out. In my book A Stranger’s House, a lot of the sexual tension develops over cooking: two people who don’t know each other well, collaborating on making a sumptuous meal, accidentally brushing against each other and catching each other’s eyes. The wine flows freely, and my lead characters start to find out more about each other.  The spark’s there, and it builds.

A Stranger’s House is set in the UK, in the ancient university city of Cambridge and, on Valentine’s Day, there are certain treats you can enjoy that are specific to this location. The river Cam, that flows through the city is scenic, weaving its way between college buildings that date back hundreds of years. Hiring a punt is the accepted way of making the journey. For anyone who hasn’t come across this weird method of transport before, a punt is a long, flat boat that’s square at both ends, and the punter stands on a board at the back, ready to propel the craft with a long pole. What could be more romantic? You can take a bottle of wine and a picnic, if it’s warm enough, or a hip flask of brandy if not!

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But there are a few things to be wary of. The poles are either aluminium or the more traditional (and heavy) wood. If you get a wooden pole, making your way along the river and back again by shoving it against the river bed is quite hard work! What’s more, the base of the river is pretty muddy in places. It’s not uncommon to shove your pole down and find you can’t drag it up again. Meanwhile the board I mentioned that the punter stands on is outside the body of the boat, and it’s slippery if wet! And guess what? Each time you drag your pole out of the river, the board gets covered in water. (Or at least, it does when I do it. I’ve always been hopeless at punting.) If your pole does get stuck, the all-important thing is to let go. It’s hard to look like a romantic idol if your punt moves out from under you and you’re stuck clinging to your pole, sliding inexorably down towards the river! Thankfully, the punt hire people provide you with a (rather weedy) paddle, so if needs be you can eventually rescue your pole. More often than not, some kind person who’s still fully in control of their craft will nip over and get it for you. Other people seem to make the whole process look effortless…

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The punt companies know all about the pitfalls, and that’s why – for a hundred pounds or so – you can book a Valentine’s punt tour instead. With these you get to sit back and relax whilst a chauffeur takes strain – at the same time as giving you a running commentary about the colleges you pass on your journey. There are also blankets, hot water bottles and a red rose for your guest. And if you go after dark you even get Chinese lanterns. I can sort of see the appeal. It’s less private, but when it comes down to it, it’s hard to have a cuddle when one of you is in charge of an unwieldy river craft and the other’s clenching their teeth and wondering how hard it would be to swim in their clothes. That said, when I went punting with my husband (then fiancé) on an unseasonably warm February 14th, he did the punting, and I seem to remember it was a solidly good experience.

Whatever you do to celebrate your Valentine’s Day, I do hope you have a wonderful time!

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Enter for the chance to win an eBook or paperback copy of A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. To enter simply email info@choc-lit.com with your details and the subject heading Living Life with Joy competition. Good luck!

About the Author – Clare Chase

Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries set in London and Cambridge. She fell in love with the capital as a student, living in the rather cushy surroundings of Hampstead in what was then a campus college of London University.

After graduating in English Literature, she moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

She lives with her husband and teenage children, and currently works at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Guest Post by Julie Archer – The Importance of the Writer’s Retreat

Today I’m excited to tell you about a new novel called Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayal by Julie Archer and share a fabulous  exclusive guest post by the author herself! Thank you to Hello Chick-Lit for letting me be part of the book tour fun!

The Importance of the Writer’s Retreat

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By author Julie Archer

If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to go on a writer’s retreat, I have three words for you: JUST DO IT!

I was fortunate enough to stumble across Urban Writers’ Residential Retreats in Devon (prior to moving there – that didn’t influence my decision though!) a couple of years ago. I’ve now been five times (only a few more visits and I will then have stayed in all the rooms in the house!). The house itself is country-style and relaxed, homely and cosy. There are also farm animals and bunnies for company! Plus plenty of lovely views and rolling hills for inspiration.

It’s a beautifully unstructured retreat where you join in as much or as little as you want to. When I researched retreats, I read horror stories about timetabled writing workshops and, even worse, sitting down each evening to read out loud to the group what you have been working on. Those things don’t work for me. This retreat is not about learning how to write, but gives you the opportunity to settle down and focus for an extended length of time. You can escape from your normal day to day routine where you have to put the washing on or sort out the cat’s litter tray.

Put simply, you get quiet time and space to write. Or read. Or take a bath. Or nap. Yes, the afternoon nap is a hugely underrated part of the whole experience. And no-one judges you if you wear pyjamas for the entire day.

And there’s food…oh, the food! Someone cooks you lunch and dinner. And cake. Every day. Which means you can just focus on the writing.

Then there are other writers. Everyone is at a slightly different stage of their writing journey. Some fully formed, fully published authors with deadlines. Several self-published authors with new ideas. Others who are working on non-fiction books. And those who just want to come and explore the creativity they think they have. Being around half a dozen other writers for several days means getting inspiration and support. If you’re having a bad time, you can talk it through. Or have word races to get the creative juices flowing. Or sit around the dinner table and discuss some of the most random topics (most totally unsuitable to put in a post like this!) to get your brain thinking about what you could write.

I’ve made some really good friends through the retreats. And you’ll often find yourself on the same retreat again, even without planning! If you’ve been once, you tend to find yourself boomeranging back again in a few months’ time. Particularly if you’ve got a deadline to meet or something specific you want to write.

While retreat-ing may not work for everyone, it certainly worked for me in getting Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals into the outside world. I’m hoping it will have the same effect for Book 2!

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Cocktails, Rock Tales & Betrayals by author Julie Archer


Book Tour Dates: November 27th – December 6th, 2016

Published: September 29, 2016

cocktails-cover-3d-rgb-1Blurb:

A bar, a band and a Thorne between two roses…

Caro and Nate are perfect for each other. Trouble is, Nate is really Alik Thorne lead singer of the Next Big Thing in rock music and his girlfriend, Edie, isn’t really prepared to share him…

Caro Flynn leaves behind the sultry nights of Mallorca to open her own bar back home. Romance wasn’t high on her list of priorities, but a last minute fling makes her think again…

Edie Spencer-Newman always gets what she wants. But when she sets her sights on something a little too close to home, she’s about to stir up a whole heap of trouble…

When the consequences of a tragic accident cause relationships to crumble, will anyone find a happy ending?

Book Links: Amazon US | AmazonUK | Goodreads

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About the Author – Julie Archer

Author Links: Goodreads  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

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Julie Archer grew up in Hampshire and lived in Reading before moving to the beautiful riverside town of Dartmouth in Devon. She still feels like she’s on holiday.

Julie trained as a journalist, then went into teaching (kept meeting the sixth form students in the pub, awkward!). After that she ‘fell’ into recruitment, spending more years there than she cares to mention, where the most creative thing she did was to create a sexy top line for job adverts! Since moving to Devon, she set up her own business offering virtual administration and recruitment services, worked for an accommodation company and is currently moonlighting in the local bookshop…

Also, COYS, Cats, Metal. Underneath this preppy exterior beats the heart of a rock chick.

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Visit all the stops on the Tour:

November 27th

Blog on the Run – Promo Post
My Comfy Reading Corner – Book Review
He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post

November 28th

Steamy Book Momma – Book Excerpt
Judging More Than Just The Cover – Author Q&A

November 29th

Rachel Brimble Romance – Author Q&A
Living Life With Joy – Author Guest Post

November 30th

Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt

December 1st

Chick Lit Central – Author Guest Post

December 2nd

Authors & Readers Book Corner – Book Excerpt

December 3rd

Hello…Chick Lit – Book Excerpt

December 4th

Novel Gossip – Book Promo/Excerpt

December 5th

Rae Reads – Book Excerpt

December 6th

Grass Monster – Amazon Book Review

Tour arranged by: HCL Author Services & Book Tours

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Guest Post – Nikki LeClair

Today I’m excited to tell you about a new novel that’s been released by the lovely miss Nikki LeClair, called Locking Up Santa. Not only am I going to tell you all about her new novel, but I’m also sharing an exclusive guest post written by the author herself in honor of her blog tour arranged by Hello Chick Lit. Nikki’s guest post is titled Why a Beauty Company? and it’s a must read!!

Locking Up Santa by Nikki LeClair


Book Tour Dates: November 8th – 15th, 2016

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It’s the Christmas season, and seven months since Phoebe Mercer’s life dramatically changed. She went from being an overworked legal assistant, to a CEO of a popular beauty company. She moved from the bustling big city, to a quaint seaside town. She’s gone from living with a fiancé, to living with a ghost. Yet, it seems she can’t get a grip on her new life, whether it’s getting used to being a public figure, having a Chief Operating Official who hates her, or a ghost who is just too passionate. As if things can’t get any worse, Phoebe’s friend and mentor is arrest for a horrible crime many think they were capable of committing. Except for Phoebe, and her ghost.  As Phoebe races to prove her mentors innocence, and stop the company from sinking, she must deal with a face from her past that throws her in a disarray of emotion, an unwanted visitor, and old friends who seem to have abandoned her.

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Why a Beauty Company?

Thank you SO much for having me on Living With Joy! So grateful to be given a chance to share a bit about myself and my new book, on your wonderful blog.

My name’s Nikki and I am a writer from Canada. I write Cozy Mysteries and Chick Lit’s. My new release is part of my cozy mystery series that centers on an eccentric ghost and her multimillion dollar beauty company, Lavish Looks. Lavish Looks specializes in skin care, hair and body products, which in the series, are well known all over the world for their uplifting scents. Scents like Lavender, Coconut Grove, and Sweet Orange. My inspiration for the company came from two things; my obsession with The Body Shop, mostly their Brazil Nut line, and my sister. She makes her own all natural soaps, and the moment she gave me a sample of her first batch two years ago, I knew exactly what my characters lives would centre around.

Natural and delicious smelling beauty products.

Before the first book was published in the series, I had to ‘research’. I had so much fun when I was researching how a beauty company is run, or how their scents are invented. Not only did I get tons of samples from dozens of beauty companies, like the Body Shop and L’occitane En Provence, but I was able to score some behind the scenes videos on how they run their factories and headquarters! I was introduced to the way they test their products and market them. I was surprised to discover how so much ‘power marketing’ by these companies is now relied on whether famous beauty bloggers around the world give it a ‘pass!’ or ‘fail!’, but should I have been? It is the power of social media after all.

I’ve always been a fan of sweet scents, and delicate beauty products. Hair masks, face masks, homemade bars of soap… I think they are the perfect way to pamper yourself after a stressful day, and I think they are fantastic gifts to give friends and family. I absolutely love how our world is changing and how more people are getting cautious about what they put on their skin. It’s making a great difference in how these companies create their products.

Edie Edwards, the fun-loving ghost in the series is beyond proud of her company Lavish Looks. And she makes sure her human companion, Phoebe Mercer, knows it. Even beyond the grave Edie is still there to guide Phoebe into making the right choices with the products and company. Locking Up Santa takes the two of them through a situation that would be a nightmare for any beauty company; a failing scent. A scent they spent thousands and thousands of dollars on, that comes out smelling like a rip off of Mr.Clean with extra bleach. Toss this in with a series of scary break and enters in their gorgeous hometown, and you have a rather dramatic Christmas novel! Though it was fun to write, it was also torture for someone who loves hair masks and lotions.

I’m curious; do you have any favorite beauty products? What are they?

Comment below and let us know.

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About the Author – Nikki LeClair

Author Links: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

Author Bio:

profileNikki LeClair lives in Canada with her loving husband and their two rambunctious children. When she isn’t ordering her children to behave or begging her Border Terrier to listen to her, she sits behind her lap-top plotting out the next adventure of her new characters. She’s a fan of a good glass of Pinot Noir, and can’t live without her favorite Tea blends.

She enjoys hearing from readers and fans of her work. You can find her on twitter at @NikkiL_Books, and on her Facebook Fanpage Nikki LeClair

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Visit all the Tour Stops:

November 8th

lifeisawalkingshadow – Book Review
Novelgossip  – Excerpt/Promo Post

November 9th

Living Life With Joy – Guest Post/Promo
Grass Monster – Amazon Book Review
Judging More Than Just The Cover – Author Q&A

November 10th

Jena Books – Book Review
Hello…Chick Lit – Book Excerpt/Promo Post

November 11th

He Said Books or Me – Guest Post/Promo
Steamy Book Momma – Promo Post
Splashes Into Books – Book Review/Excerpt

November 12th

Reading Is My SuperPower – Book Review

November 13th

Reading To Unwind – Book Review/Promo

November 14th

BookLoverWorm – Book Review
Book Lover in Florida – Book Review/Promo

November 15th

Whispering Stories – Book Review/Excerpt

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Arielle Joy

 

 

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