Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cover Reveal: Maid in England by Brenda St John Brown

Title: Maid in England
Series: The I Do Crew #1
Author: Brenda St John Brown
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Frauke Spanuth, Croco Designs
Release Date: February 5, 2019


TO: The guy who dumped me
FROM: The woman hired to advance your career
RE: I am 150,000% over you.


I’m on the 11:14 train out of London, so I’ll be there by 3:00. To make this as painless as possible, I thought it would help to establish key ground rules:

  1. No rehashing our past relationship. Yes, we were engaged, but it’s been twelve years and I’m over you.
  2. I’m very good at my job and that job is to help you shed the “reclusive” part of the whole “reclusive rock star” vibe you’ve got going on. Brace yourself.
  3. My plan is to have this wrapped up by Friday, so save your smoldering looks until I’m gone, please. (I assume you still smolder?) I’m immune now. See item #1.

I’ll see you in a few hours.

P.S. My cousin is getting married at the beginning of August. Guess who’s a bridesmaid? Funny, huh? Almost as funny as the fiancĂ©e you dumped because you thought she was married to her job now saving yours. Have I mentioned I’m totally, completely 150,000% over you?

Author Bio

Brenda is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. She’s lived in the UK long enough to gain dual citizenship, but still doesn’t understand Celsius. However, she has learned the appropriate use of the word “pants”. And how to order a proper bacon bap/barm/buttie. Because, well, bacon.

Brenda writes contemporary romance to make you giggle and swoon. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking, running and reading. In theory, she also enjoys cooking, but it’s more that she enjoys eating and, try as she might, she can’t live on Doritos alone.

For more information or to connect with Brenda visit

Author Links

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Celebrating a Book Birthday: ONLY YOU

Today is release day for my new contemporary romance ONLY YOU!

I'm so excited Ivy and Hugh's story is finally out in the world. I had so much fun writing this sweet, funny, sexy book, and I sincerely hope people will enjoy reading it.

Ivy's new boss is sexy, Scottish…and comes with an expiration date. When Ivy reluctantly takes a new part-time job, it’s a means to an end. Doing this favor for her pain-in-the-neck roommate means Ivy can have her apartment to herself again much sooner. The last thing she expects is Hugh—the hot Scot who just happens to be her new boss—asking her out on a date. And then another. And another. Something about Hugh makes Ivy want to let her guard down and open up, which would be perfect if he wasn't returning to Scotland in a matter of weeks. But maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe Ivy can learn to live in the moment and have a little fun, even if it means setting herself up for heartache later. ONLY YOU is a standalone contemporary romance about taking chances, unexpected friendships, and holding on to the things—and people—that matter most.

Add ONLY YOU to your TBR on GoodReads

Since this book has a strong emphasis on friendship, I thought it was only fitting to dedicate it to friends; my very best friend, my mum; my soul sister, Krista; and my bookstagram friends. I'm so lucky to have so much support and encouragement from so many amazing people.

Ready to fall for the hot Scot? ONLY YOU is available now on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Nook for just $2.99


Friday, November 9, 2018

HoHoHo Readathon: Challenge & Giveaway + TBR & Recommendations

Today kicks off the sixth annual Ho Ho Ho Readathon, hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer! I think I've participated all but two of the years, and I always enjoy meeting new people, reading wintry/holiday books, participating in the fun challenges, and getting into the Christmas spirit. This year I'm extra excited because I'm hosting a challenge!

Keep scrolling for the challenge, my readathon TBR, and some book recommendations.

My challenge for the readathon is Movie Madness. The only thing I love as much as Christmas books are Christmas movies. I just got into Hallmark movies last Christmas, and this year there's a Canadian channel that will be airing all of them, so I'm ridiculously excited. I'm going to watch as many as I can!

This challenge isn't about those, though, it's about well-known Christmas movies. I'll give you hints for six movies, and for each movie you know, enter the title in the Rafflecopter. I want to make this easy and fun, so if you're really stumped, I'll give a spoiler for each, but hopefully none of you will need it! There are three family-friendly movies and three romcoms because romcoms are my jam!

Movie #1
-A '90s classic starring an actor from a popular '90s sitcom
-Set mostly at the North Pole
-"Seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing."
-The first of a series of three movies 

Stumped? Find the movie here

Movie #2
-A romcom starring two famous actresses and two famous actors
-An inter-continental house swap
-A Hanukkah party and Christmas fettucine
-"Iris: if you were a melody. I used only the good notes."

Stumped? Find the movie here

Movie #3
-Another '90s classic, featuring a little boy and the 'Wet Bandits' in New York City
-"Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal." 
-Basically a how-to manual for how to fight off burglars/escaped convicts
-The second of two movies...well, technically there are five of them, but I refuse to watch beyond 1 & 2

Stumped? Find the movie here 

Movie #4 
-A romcom featuring at least half the actors in Britain
-"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
-An iconic scene where a man tells his best friend's wife he's in love with her via giant flashcards
-A nativity play that for some reason includes not one but two lobsters

Stumped? Find the movie here
Movie #5
-A hilarious movie for the whole family about a man who doesn't quite fit in at the North Pole and heads to NYC to discover his true identity
-The main character lives on a diet of the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup
-"Santa! Oh my god! Santa's coming! I know him! I know him!"
-"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

Stumped? Find the movie here

Movie #6
-Technically not a Christmas movie but some of my favourite scenes are set at Christmas, and even though I watch it several times a year, I have to watch it around Christmas.
-Turkey curry buffet and a man in a hideous reindeer jumper 
-"But the thing is, what I'm tying to say, very inarticulately, is that, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you. Very much. Just as you are."
-An epic kissing scene in the snow with the main female character in little more than her knickers

Stumped? Find the movie here 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out the other challenge hosts for more challenges and giveaways!

Time for a little shameless self-promo! I love reading Christmas books, and I also love writing them. In fact, I have three Christmasy books, with the latest coming out next Tuesday, November 13th.

Mistletoe Kiss is just 99 cents and it's also currently available in Kindle Unlimited. It's a super sweet fairytale type romance. Think Hallmark movie - the kind that's wonderfully cheesy and heartwarming and leaves you feeling good and smiling
Amazon US || Amazon Canada

Speaking of Hallmark movies, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is my other sweet romance, and it's available for $2.99 and also in Kindle Unlimited.
Amazon US || Amazon Canada

Only You is still sweet, but definitely not Hallmark sweet. This one is sexy and steamy with a slow-burn romance featuring a hot Scot. It also has an emphasis on friendship, self-discovery, and following your dreams. Don't let the non-wintry cover fool you - the book is set around Christmastime, and an amusement park called Santa's Village plays a key role in the story. I love this book so much and I can't wait for people to meet Ivy and Hugh. Only You hits virtual bookshelves next Tuesday and can be pre-ordered now for just $2.99 on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Nook. If you read Only You during the readathon, let me know and I'll send you some swag (postcard and mini bookmarks)! I'm happy to mail worldwide, just leave me a comment or hit me up on Twitter @sweetmarie83!

If you're looking to fill out your TBR for the readathon or the rest of winter, these are a few books I've read and loved in the last year.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed my challenge, and I hope you read some fantastic books during the readathon!

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