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New cover reveal!

After releasing Disaster in Love last month and totally falling in love with the cover I decided to re-do the cover for Obsession! To celebrate, Obsession is on sale for 99c/99p for a limited time or free with Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t read it yet you can get a copy here myBook.to/ObsessionLizBower

And here it is:

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Jo Waters has the talent to succeed at her job. All she needs is one chance to prove herself to get her dream promotion. And get through a make-or-break client dinner to which she’s been asked—make that ordered—to bring her boyfriend.

The problem? He doesn’t exist. She made him up to quell any suspicion she might be a tiny bit attracted to a hot new guy in the office, which is strictly against company policy.

Luckily for her, Marco, her BFF’s brother (a.k.a. the bane of her existence) agrees to act the part of her adoring significant other, which he does with toe-curling, Oscar-worthy skill. By the time she discovers he omitted a small detail—he’s newly single—the kisses they shared “just for show” have sunk their hooks way under her skin. And she’s spent an unforgettable night in his arms.

But there’s someone else who’s been following Jo’s every move, and his subtle threats are about to take a chilling turn that could force her to make a terrible choice to keep Marco safe…

Warning: Contains light teasing, heavy emotions, an awkward morning after, office drama, and a stalker who likes his fear served raw.

I’d love to know what you think of the new cover!
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Inspiration calling

book-1012275_1280One question most authors get asked is ‘Where do you get your inspiration from?’ The short answer is everywhere and anywhere. Snippets of overheard conversations make great writing prompts. So be careful what you say near an author * insert evil laugh * Magazine articles, books, and the internet make great resources for ideas. Sometimes I even draw inspiration from real life experiences.

Back in 2010, before I tried to write my first book, I spent a lot of time flying between The Middle East and the south of England whilst in the process of moving there permanently. Pack, fly, unpack. Rinse and repeat.

What does this have to do with writing inspiration? Glad you asked. It was on one of these flights back from Saudi Arabia that I got the inspiration for my current work in progress-Disaster in Love.

At this point flying had become like second nature. Buckled up in my seat overlooking the wing I was impatient to set off. But then, as we taxied down the runway movement caught my eye. A panel on the wing was flapping up and down as the plane gathered speed. I grabbed hold of my husband’s arm and in a panicked voice asked him, ‘That’s not supposed to be like that, is it?’

Obviously I survived this incident and lived to tell the tale. Now, fast-forward seven years and this became the inspiration for my latest book. The scene in the book is a little more dramatic than my real life experience and ends with a very different outcome! So you might not realise at the time, but inspiration for writing can be found anywhere.

Disaster in Love is the first book in the Disasters series and releases on 1st August. You can preorder your copy today for only 99c / 99p (before the price increases after release) on Amazon US UK  CA.

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Is he the man of her dreams…or a half-baked fantasy?

Kimberly Hardwick has always taken the bitter with the sweet. As she white-knuckles her way through her disastrous first-ever flight, she figures that if she’s going to die, at least the last face she sees will be the handsome hunk in the neighbouring seat.

Dark-haired “Beck”, with eyes as rich and deep as her favourite baking chocolate, holds her hand until they’re safely on the ground…and then holds her through a night that dreams are made of. But in the morning, she wakes up alone, more convinced than ever that the only dreams worth investing in are her own.

But that takes money, and the only way to earn enough to start her own cake company is to work a dry, bland agency temping job. One in an accounting firm where her new boss, Kyle Robinson, isn’t the only unpleasant surprise.

Even though Kyle’s eyes follow her everywhere, he’s all business…until Kimberly discovers a discrepancy in the books. Leaving her wondering if Kyle is a man she can trust, or if she’s set herself up for a heartbreaking fall.

Warning: Contains a strong woman with a vulnerable heart, a tough man with a tender touch, decadent brownies, and even-more-decadent sex. Preheated oven not necessary…the contents are already hot!

 

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Two books and a road trip

planning-620299_12802017 hasn’t quite gone to plan so far. The book I started writing in January has gone back on my ‘to write’ pile until my characters play nicely again!

In February I started writing a new book with the working title of A Perfect Disaster. I’m almost halfway through the first draft & aim to finish it in a couple of weeks. It’s a story of meeting in unusual circumstances where first impressions aren’t always what they seem.

And a house move was due as I can’t seem to stay in one place longer than a year! This time the house move involved a different country too – Spain. So with the house packed up & Barney on the back seat of the car we took a road trip across Europe to our new home.

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From Lancashire to Folkestone where we spent the night so we could catch the Eurotunnel the next morning. 298 miles.

 

 

 

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Day 2

After half an hour on the Eurotunnel we drove across France to spend the night in a quirky hotel not far from Bordeaux. 562 miles.

 

Day 3 – From France we drove across the border into Spain. Through the beautiful countryside of the Basque region and spent the night just north of Madrid. 399 miles.

 

Day 4 – We drove around the outskirts of Madrid then through the Toledo region where we took an intentional detour onto a more scenic road 😉 Across the  Castilla la Mancha region to finally reach Andalusia. 428 miles.

In total approximately 1,687 miles. A tiring relocation, but the view made it all worthwhile.

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Hello 2017

I think it’s safe to say most people will be glad to see the back of 2016. It was a mixed year for me, but I definitely learned a lot. I became a self-published author! 2016 was a looong year. I had to check that Vision in Love only came out last year because it feels like a lifetime ago.

Last year I wrote my first author interview. Hopefully, I’ll be doing more of that this year. And I learned that I suck at marketing. Oh well, my first goal for 2017! I moved, again, back up to Lancashire this time.

And I published three books:

What’s coming in 2017?

My first book of the year is due for release in five days (excerpt at the end)

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I’ve plotted out a new series set in the Lake District. So far I have three books and a novella planned, but hey who knows what will happen this year.

Last but not least, a big thank you to all my readers in 2016 who made my dream a possibility. I met some wonderful people last year and made some great writing friends. Here’s hoping 2017 is even better!

Excerpt from Chapter One

There comes a time in every girl’s life when she has to take a stand for what she believes in, for the man in her life. I truly believed that, so I couldn’t sit there any longer listening to the lies spewing from Amy’s mouth.

Amy gave women a bad name, fluttering her eyelashes and flashing her cleavage to get what she wanted. Just like she was doing to our boss, Alex, right then.

“No,” I said. I stood so quickly my chair toppled over, ensuring I had everyone’s attention. Thrusting a finger in Amy’s direction, I carried on. “Just … no. Dan’s only been here for a week, so you can’t blame him for why the release date might be missed. You’ll be blaming Toby next just because they started on the same day.”

I grabbed the spreadsheets off the desk and thrust them in Alex’s face. “Every single outstanding issue with this version of software is one that she is supposed to be testing. But she’s been too busy flirting and flashing her cleavage at Dan this week to actually do any work. Instead, she’s been strutting around the office in that belt she wears as an excuse for a skirt—”

“Enough,” Alex shouted.

I shrank back from where he was standing next to me. That was the first time I’d heard Alex shout or lose his air of control.

He grabbed the spreadsheets from my hand. “I’ll go through these and we will discuss”—he twirled a finger in the air—“this when everyone has calmed down.”

I turned to pick up my chair and sank into it. Before I could say anything else to make the situation worse, I pulled my lip beneath my top teeth. I leaned over the desk and let my fringe, along with the longer strands of hair that had fallen loose from my ponytail, fall forward over my face. The only sound in the room was the shuffle of papers before Alex spoke again.

“I don’t think there’s any point continuing with this meeting, so let’s call it a day. I’d like an update from each of you on what you have outstanding and what you need to complete that before the deadline. After today, I think it might be best if you do that by email.”

Alex stalked off behind me and left the meeting room. I quickly gathered together the rest of my files and made my escape, back to the relative safety of my desk. Dumping the files into the tray, I sank into my chair and dropped my head to the desk, the fake wooden veneer cold against my forehead. What was I thinking? I banged my head softly against the desk.

It might be the right thing to do, to take a stand for what I believed in, but the middle of a meeting probably wasn’t the best time to make that stand. Especially not over a man who wasn’t even mine to defend. Wishing that he was mine had nothing to do with my actions. Absolutely nothing.

My computer dinged with an alert. I lifted my head and jabbed a finger against the mouse to wake the screen.

A meeting request. From Alex.

I didn’t need to be Einstein to figure out what the meeting would be about.

I moved the mouse over the accept button. Did I have any other option? It said request, but I was pretty sure that declining would be unacceptable. I clicked and the request disappeared.

Along with my dreams of a promotion.

My gaze flicked to the corner of the screen. Quarter to five. I closed my email and shut down the computer. If I left fifteen minutes early, it was unlikely to make things any worse for me.

As I waited for my computer to shut down, I stood and saw Amy heading my way. My heartbeat picked up; that meeting was more than enough confrontation for one day, but I didn’t think that would stop Amy.

She looked me over as she came to a stop much too close for my liking, and I leaned back from her. Her mouth twisted into a sneer as though I smelled like something unpleasant she had trodden in.

“Yeah, you should leave. If you ever talk shit about me like that in front of Alex again, I swear I will make your life hell. You think you can swan around here like you’re my boss?”

She let out a snort as her gaze dropped to my chest.

“Let’s face it, you’re only jealous. If you actually had cleavage to flash, you wouldn’t be hiding it under that excuse for a shirt even my gran wouldn’t be seen dead in.”

My face flushed because she was right. About me not having cleavage, anyway. Even if I had, I still wouldn’t flash it around the way she did.

Amy was everything I would never be. Long blonde hair with the perfected shampoo advertisement flick of it over her shoulder, legs that went on for miles and boobs men drooled over. She leaned in towards me.

“You walk around the office with your mousy brown hair scraped back in your uptight ponytail, thinking you’re better than everyone else. Trying to suck everyone in with those baby blue eyes as though you’re so bloody innocent. But if you think for one minute that you stand any chance with Dan, then you’re seriously mistaken. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay out of my way.”

She spun on her heel, blonde strands of hair whipping across my cheek as she stalked off to her desk. I slumped against the back of my chair and dragged in a deep breath. She was right. Again. Why would Dan be interested in me? I wasn’t tall and curvy like Amy. It wasn’t like I even had a sparkling personality to fall back on. Most of the time, I was either at a loss for words or rambled incoherently. And while I didn’t believe Amy was a master of conversation or wit, at least she had other attributes which more than made up for that.


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Cover reveal

Obsession – a standalone romantic suspense

When love becomes an obsession how far would you go to protect the ones you love?

Available to preorder now | Releases 10th January 2017!

Amazon: UK  US  CA  AU

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Jo Waters finally has her life back on track. Since her boyfriend cheated on her romantic entanglements aren’t on her priority list. That doesn’t mean she can’t look. Right? Especially when it comes to her sexy new colleague Dan.

But when Dan becomes the scapegoat for something he isn’t responsible for, she ends up in a whole lot of trouble trying to defend him. When confronted by her boss about her uncharacteristic behaviour, Jo panics, and lies. Unfortunately, it’s a lie that sets off an unstoppable chain of events including the need to find a man she can pass off as her boyfriend. And it is the most unlikely of men who her best friend offers as a solution—her brother, Marco. Which would be fine except Marco is annoying and far too full of himself, and has been the bane of her life since high school.

But when her life gets thrown off track again it turns out that Marco is the least of her problems. Someone is making violent threats towards those close to her. And to make matters worse Jo’s boss thinks she is the obvious suspect.

As the threats become increasingly more disturbing and widespread, just how far will Jo have to go to protect the one she loves?


 

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Talking TBR

I’ve seen a few posts recently about TBR piles lists & they got me thinking about mine – I have several!

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So here’s my ‘To Be Read’ books by numbers:

Goodreads – 201

Amazon wish list – 393

Kindle – 370

Book most recently added?

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Book on my TBR the longest?

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Book on my TBR that everyone recommends?

Yes, lots! Most of the recent additions to my TBR are recommendations from other authors or blogs.

I really should make an effort to read the books I’ve already bought but my finger seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to that one-click button 🙂

Is your TBR list out of control? What’s your magic TBR number?


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Book club

Earlier this year I moved back to Lancashire where I was born. In July a friend of a friend asked me to come along to their book club.  They had read Vision in Love that month and liked the idea of discussing it with the author. Well, I wasn’t going to say no!

I’ve considered joining a book club for a while but never got round to it. I was also hesitant when friends complained about reading books they wouldn’t choose. But when they asked me to join their book club in August I thought it might be good for me to read beyond my genre.

August’s book was:

5147jj7gblThe million-copy bestselling phenomenon, Fredrik Backman’s heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project and David Nicholl’s US.

New York Times bestseller

‘Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving’ Daily Mail

‘Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it’ SpectatorBooks of the Year

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

Book club opinions ranged from finding it funny to not being able to finish it. It wasn’t my usual kind of read but it did have its funny moments. If you’re a fan of grumpy old men then this book may be for you.

September’s book is Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas.

Have you read it? If you haven’t you could read it in September with us. I’d love to know what you think of it.

Until then happy reading!

Liz x


 

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National Book Lovers Day

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day. A day for anyone who loves books & reading to celebrate!

Happy Book Lovers Day

Books forms have evolved over the centuries from clay tablets to papyrus. Early books had pages made from parchment or vellum. More recently there has been a shift from hardback & paperback copies to ebooks.

But whatever your preferred book format it seems reading a book is good for you. A new study has found that, on average, people who read lived almost two years longer than non-readers. What better excuse is there to pick up a book?

So relax & spend your national book lovers day with your favourite read.

Or if you’re looking for something new to read, then why not try my romantic fantasy series while it’s on sale!

Only 99c/99p                    FREE                               Only 99c/99p


 

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Available now!

 

Title: Vision in Faith

Author: Liz Bower
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release Date: August 7, 2016
Series: Legends of the North series, Book 3
Cover Designer: Premade Ebook Cover Shop
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Hairstylist, Vicky Hudson, has lived just outside of Altenchester her whole life. Of course she’s heard of the Altenburys, who hasn’t? They rule the village, own most of it, it’s even named after them. Vicky is on the verge of fulfilling her lifelong dream of opening her own salon. The only obstacle may be James Altenbury. According to his mother, he is the one who has the power to stop Vicky’s dream from becoming a reality.

Her own parents are supportive yet deeply traditional but Vicky has different ideals. Ones that she starts to question when she becomes the victim of strange visions of people and places she doesn’t know. What is behind them and where do they come from?

Afraid to admit what is really going on, she is finally forced to take them seriously when James is attacked once again, only this time by the very monster from one of her visions. It is only then she realises he is much more than just an Altenbury.

Will they finally succumb to the evil that has been preying on the Altenbury family for generations, or can they hold off the evil, and together finally stop the attacks?

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“What can I do to help?”
She stared at him as though he’d just asked her to dye his hair green. Putting Teazle down, he took her hand so she couldn’t fiddle with her bracelet. “Vicky?”
“You want to help?”
He kissed her in answer, just a chaste brush of his lips against hers. “Yes. If you want me to. I can put the shelves up, if you’d like?”
She laughed and he frowned, his eyebrows drawing together. “What’s so funny about that?”
She stopped laughing and tried to look serious. “Do you know how to put shelves up?”
She doubted his manliness? James reached for her, gripping her arse as he whispered in her ear. “You weren’t questioning what my hands were capable of yesterday.” He heard her breath hitch and he smiled.
Other Books in the Series
Vision in Love
Legends of the North
(Book 1)
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Vision in Trust
Legends of the North
(Book 2)
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Liz has lived in a lot of places but is originally from Lancashire, England, where most of her books are set.She started her writing career with an online course and is studying for a creative writing degree, so it was probably inevitable that she would write a novel.

When not writing, Liz can be found curled up with a cup of coffee and a book or walking her dog.


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