Author Interview: Francine Beaton

I am so delighted to be able to interview Francine Beaton today who is a phenomenal Author here with me in South Africa, and also a fellow member of ROSA (Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa).

Francine has successfully written over 15 books, available in English and Afrikaans, and is a huge blessing and a source of a wealth of information to us Authors.

Interview:

Q: What inspires you to write your books?

A: Life. Love. People. There is so much sadness in the world, especially now. I hope my books help people to escape that, even for a little while.

Q: Is there any truth in the storyline of any of your books that relates to your own life?

A: Yes, there is always something about me or someone I know in my stories. I will not tell you which story has the most of me, though.

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being an author?

A: The moment I can type The End. I know it is unnecessary, but the feeling of accomplishment I can never explain. It’s probably because I never dreamed of writing a book. What to say fifteen!

The moment you hold the first print copy of a new book in your hand.

When a reader reaches out to you and telling you how much they enjoyed a story. All these moments make writing worthwhile.

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A:  I can answer this question exactly as the previous one. It’s those happy moments that motivates me.

Q: How do you come up with the plots of your books?

A: I’m a pantser. I don’t come up with plots. The characters tell me what to write. I might slap them back in submission now and again, but mostly, my stories are character-driven.

Q: Of all the books you have written, which would you say is the most special to you or your favourite and why?

A: It’s like asking a mother which is her favourite child! It is difficult to choose. Each time I finish a book, I think this is my favourite, then comes the next one and then that’s my favourite. My first published book, Eye on the Ball, will always be one of my favourite books. If I have to choose? I loved writing Taste for Cupcakes, and also Wrecking Ball.

Q: Are there any characters that have felt so real to you that you feel you could keep writing about them?

A: Aren’t they real? When I tell my family a story, my husband and daughter first ask: ‘Is this now real or is it one of your stories?’ Richie in Wrecking Ball, especially, felt real to me. He is a Scot from Glasgow. If you hear Richie’s voice in your head, you’ll hear my husband. Some of Richie’s scenes are things that happened to my husband, and with his permission I could use it in Wrecking Ball.

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: I’d definitely choose Nora Roberts, Marie Force, and Rhoda Baxter. If I may sneak in a fourth one, it might be Sophie Kinsella. I probably be so tongue-tied that I may not talk much, but I guess we will talk about writing, and the same questions you asked me. With Rhoda I would like to chat about writing romantic comedy, as this is the genre I want to pursue. With Marie: Ooh, I am so in awe of her ability to write series and continue to keep them fresh. And Norah: I’d love to know how she writes under different pen names for the different genres. I would like to try that too.

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A:  I only have a copy of Stuart MacBride’s All That’s Dead on my bedside table, gathering dust. I mostly read on my tablet, which is bursting out of its seams with my TBR list, but it feels as if I’ve read nothing other than books about writing and marketing the last few months.

Q: What book is your latest, or releasing soon, and can you tell us a little about it?

A: Currently, I’m releasing mostly in Afrikaans. The latest book is Keuses van Gister, which appeared in English as Choices, the first book in the On the Sidelines series. I’ve just finished a shorter story for ROSA’s sweet anthology called Chances (which will be the second book in the On the Sidelines Series), and hope to release Blood Brothers, the seventh Playing for Glory romance in June or July, if all goes well. Things are hectic at the moment, though, and I’m not sure if I will manage that. I may first finish Second Chances and A Last Chance in the Kick-Off Trilogy first.

Q: What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you or said to you?

A: I think it has been soon after I published my first book when a reader e-mailed me to tell me how much she enjoyed the book. I didn’t have any reviews yet, or didn’t know where to go from there, but that helped to keep my focus. I may not make millions, but those kind and unexpected e-mail, made my day.

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?A: I have a terrible fear of grasshoppers. Can you imagine how it feels for someone with acridophobia to land in a grasshopper plague in the Northern Cape?

We are also featuring one of Francine’s books:

Title: Taste for Cupcakes (A Taste for Love Novella)

Blurb:

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach… hers might be through his kitchen…

Morag MacPherson returns to Scotland with one dream, and that is to open her open cupcake shop. She knows she has to work hard and may have to wait before fulfilling that dream, but she doesn’t mind that. She will not let one obnoxious man, accusing her of things she will never consider, derails her plan.

When Peter Moriarty realises he made a big mistake, he tries his best to rectify it, but Morag is not a feisty red-head for nothing. He has to work hard to gain her trust and friendship. What can he do to win her heart?

Peter has an ace up his sleeve, however. What is that saying again? The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

Hers might be through his kitchen.

About the Author:

Romance author Francine Beaton published her first romance novel—a contemporary sports romance called Eye On The Ball—in April 2018, after she first started writing in July 2016. Francine calls Pretoria home, but she loves travelling to faraway places and considers Scotland her second home. When she’s not reading or writing about love and Happily Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye. During rugby season, you’ll know where to find her. It will either next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. It’s probably not difficult to figure out why her debut novel, Eye on the Ball, and the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme.

Francine’s Social media links:

Newsletter: https://bit.ly/3ao0WKC

Websites: https://www.francinebeaton.com

                www.francinebeatonskrywer.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/francinebeaton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrancineBeatonAuthor

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/BeatonFrancine

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomfrancinebeaton

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Francine-Beaton/e/B07BJH92HR

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/francine-beaton

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beatonfrancine/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrfWDZ8HDx1xMf_elYxFbXA

Website:

https://linktr.ee/francinebeaton

https://bingebooks.com/author/francine-beaton

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COVER REVEAL – Gill Paul’s latest book – THE COLLECTOR’S DAUGHTER

I am so excited to be a part of the COVER REVEAL today for Gill Paul’s latest book, The Collector’s Daughter, which will be published on September 7th in the US & Canada, and September 30th in the UK.

Blurb:

Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, who grew up in Highclere Castle—the real Downton Abbey—and became the first person in modern times to enter the tomb of Ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun.

She is the daughter of the Earl of Carnarvon, brought up to make her society debut and follow it with a prestigious marriage. But popular and pretty Lady Evelyn Herbert has other ideas. First she falls for a man her mother doesn’t approve of, then she accompanies her father to Egypt, leaving behind the world of etiquette and chaperones to work alongside archeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings.

In November 1922 the extraordinary happens when they discover the burial place of Tutankhamun, packed full of gold and inconceivable riches. Eve is the first to crawl inside, the first person to see the treasures in three thousand years. She calls it the “greatest moment” of her life—but soon afterwards a string of tragedies leaves her world a darker, sadder place.

Newspapers claim it is “the curse of Tutankhamun.” Howard Carter says no rational person would entertain such nonsense. Fifty years later, an Egyptian academic comes asking questions about what really happened in the tomb in 1922. And that visit unleashes a new chain of events threatening Eve’s happy life, and making her wonder if there could be some truth behind the stories of an ancient curse.

Get your copy now on Pre-order

• Preorder link for the US: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-collectors-daughter-gill-paul?variant=33011847888930

•Preorder link for the UK: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-collector-s-daughter/9780008453473

• Link to sign up to her newsletter: https://bit.ly/gillpaulnews

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The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh Voted Top Book Cover for 2020

I get so excited when people love my books and also my covers.

As an Author you spend so much time agonizing over these things with the hope that it will be loved and appreciated.

So you can imagine my joy when Fiction_book_reviews voted The Secret Letters as one of their Top 3 book covers for 2020!

A HUGE thank you for loving my book and my cover. I’m very thrilled and extremely appreciative!

Now if you haven’t bought your copy yet I hope you will be getting it soon.

It’s also a fabulous gift for Christmas! Available in Paperback and on Kindle as well as being FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

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Behind the scenes of The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh

INSIDE INFO OF MY LATEST BOOK

In my latest book #TheSecretLetters you will see that the main character named Rachel has two dogs named MAX and SNUGGLES.


Well the dogs in the book are named after these two DOGS, who were my babies named Rocky and Cuddles in real life.

Rocky and Cuddles AKA Max and Snuggles in The Secret Letters

We decided to give Rocky and Cuddles away to another family 2 years ago because they needed a big home with lots of place to run.


They now live on a massive plot of land with a donkey and they are in their element. We’ve even been allowed to go see them. ❤️

Rocky AKA Max in The Secret Letters

But the things I mention about their personalities and the stories about them in the book are all TRUE.

So I hope you love Max and Snuggles as much as I love Rocky and Cuddles 😍❤️😊

Cuddles AKA Snuggles in The Secret Letters
Rocky AKA Max in
The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh

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Day10 : Author Spotlight : Julie Caplin

As you all know by now, I had chosen to share books for 10 days that are by Authors I absolutely love but aren’t given the level of publicity their work deserves.

Today however for my 10th day, I am featuring an Author who is extremely well known and popular, but her book left such a lasting impression on me that I felt it needs a special highlight and mention to all my readers.

DAY10: TEN DAY AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

As READERS, I am asking you to add these to your list of books to read next, and also share the posts, so we can get these Authors the spotlight they deserve.

As AUTHORS I’m asking you to start your own #TenDayAuthorSpotlight so we can be a community that supports each other.

DAY10: My tenth Author Spotlight is of the highly-talented Author Julie Caplin and the book I will be spotlighting is The Secret Cove in Croatia which is now available for sale on Amazon.

The Cover

Why is this book so special to me?

I found this gem when I was traveling from South Africa to Spain on a grueling 23 and a half hour flight that had 3 flight changes in between, so it didn’t allow time to sleep.

I began reading this book and it drew me in so much that before I knew it, I had finished the last page just as my final flight touched down.

It’s beautifully written and true escapism. The descriptions were so realistic that I felt as if I’ve visited Croatia. It’s one I highly recommend and still my all time favorite book of hers.

The Blurb

Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a will-they-won’t-they romance you won’t be able to put down!

When no-nonsense, down-to-earth Maddie Wilcox is offered the chance to work on a luxury yacht for the summer, she can’t say no. Yes she’ll be waiting on the posh guests… But island-hopping around the Adriatic sea will more than make up for it – especially when Nick, her best friend Nina’s brother, is one of them.

Sparks fly when they meet on board and Maddie can’t believe self-entitled jerk Nick is really related to Nina. But in a secret, picture-perfect cove, away from the real world, Maddie and Nick discover they might have more in common than they realise…

This is my second most favorite Julie Caplin book

The Little Paris Patisserie is my second favorite book by Julie Caplin. So much so that I went and baked immediately after reading it.

Julie Caplin’s latest book

So go on and buy a book, or buy a book for a friend as a gift.

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