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Summer In Manhatten By Katherine Garbera #Author #Interview @katheringarbera @HarperImpulse

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Hello Lovelies,
Today on the blog is author Katherine Garbera with our ‘Real You’ interview. Summer in Manhattan was published by Harper Impulse on the 14/07/2017 on eBook.

Enjoy, Kelly xoxo


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A summer to remember…

When Cici Johnson falls for the charms of American big shot Rich Maguire, their drunken one night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy. Rich wants nothing to do with the baby or Cici, but she’s determined to give their child the love of two parents on her own.

Jason Hooper’s spent his whole life wondering what family really means. In and out of the foster care system, he never gets too close to anyone; just in case they walk away. But then he meets Cici and he feels as if he’s finally home.

For both of them, the summer they share in Manhattan couldn’t be sweeter. If only he’ll let his guard down, Hoop’s own happy-ever-after might not be make-believe anymore…

Real You Interview with Katherine Garbera


USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 90 books since making her first sale to Harlequin Desire.  Katherine is known for her sexy heroes, feisty heroines and sensual stories.  A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.

Describe yourself using three words?

Funny, driven, compassionate.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

The birth of my daughter.  When I brought her home from the hospital I thought I can’t keep doing jobs I hate, what kind of message is that for her? So I started writing and sold my first book three years later.

What time of day do you like to write?  

I prefer to write first thing in the morning before the events of the day clutter my mind.

What is your favourite book and why?

That I’ve read? Some of my favourites are A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle, I read this book for the first time when I was eleven and I liked that there were a lot of kids in the family and that Meg felt like the oddball.  Another favourite is Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman. I read the book when I was in university.  The story itself is powerful a woman coming to terms with her loss of self-identity but as a budding author, I liked the way she used point-of-view as a character tool to show how the protagonist is losing more and more of herself.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

The title was kind of a place holder for my story and started out as Summer At The Candied Apple but we changed it to Summer in Manhattan because we thought it was more concise.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?   No, they aren’t.  

What’s your favourite word? Hmm…I have a lot of them.  I’m tempted to say moist because I know that word irks some people! But really my favourite word is home.

If you were a colour what would it be?   Red.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  I plan the very basics of the story but then just go with the flow.

Who is your favourite Author?  I really have too many to name.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Sir Percy Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel, I just think he’d be fun.
Tonks from Harry Potter and I’d make her change form a million times.
Janie Crawford from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, I think she’d be very interesting to talk to.
Lastly,  Aragorn from Lord Of The Rings, he’s lived so many lifetimes I’m sure he’d have some interesting stories.


What book are you reading at the moment? The Longest Kill by Craig Harrison for research and A Bride, A Barn and A Baby by Nancy Robards Thompson.

Where in the world is your happy place? Wherever my husband and kids are.

If you had one superpower what would it be? A bubble around myself so when I’m in a crowd no one bumps into me.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  Severus Snape.  He deserves love.


Are you working on a new project?   I’m currently working on a sequel to Summer in Manhattan that is set at Christmas. ☺

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?   I will be taking part in the Readers for Life Literacy in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for the #RWA17 Readers for Life autographing on 7/29, 3-5 p.m.!  All proceeds will be donated to local and national literacy organisations

Connect with Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Gabera’s Website

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*Book Birthday* Sunshine After The Rain #GuestPost #Giveaway @daisyjamesbooks @HarperCollins

I am so happy that Love Books Group is part of the celebration for Sunshine After The Rain by Daisy James.

Huge congratulations to a truly beautiful lady, inside and out.

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A summer that changes everything…

Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down.

Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel!

A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…

Daisy James ~ Author Guest Post 

Don’t we all deserve a little sunshine after the rain?

First of all, a huge thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. It’s great to be here.

I’m a real sunshine enthusiast, always have been. Every year I look forward to the one week in the summer holidays when we can ditch the umbrellas and kagoules and escape the grey skies and goosepimple-inducing temperatures. I crave the chance to relax on a sun lounger, cocktail in one hand, a travel autobiography in the other, soaking up the sun’s rays. I think it might be to do with the fact that I’m a summer baby, born at the end of July. Unfortunately, it sometimes doesn’t work out like that, especially if that precious week is taken in the British Isles.

But never fear, a little slice of sunshine can always be found within the pages of a summery beach read. Sunshine After the Rain is set on the gorgeous shores of Corfu, an island soaked in golden sunshine and one of my absolute favourite destinations. They say that travel broadens the mind, but, in my view, that can also be done vicariously through the pages of a novel, or a travel memoir, where someone else has done the hard work and all we have to do is sit back and soak up the imagery the writer has created for us.

We all have dream holiday destinations, some we have been lucky enough to visit, some that are on our bucket list. Here are my top five:

  1. Bali – For me, there is something so exotic about this tiny paradise island in the South China Sea. I’d love to immerse myself in their fascinating cultural traditions, learn about batik-making and wood carving, and perhaps attend one of the Gamelan orchestra performances. And there will be guaranteed sunshine on offer!
  2. Venice – I love everything about Italy, the architecture, the fashion, the cars and, of course, the food. I went to Venice when I was a student and spent the day just wandering around the streets and alleyways just soaking up the atmosphere. We arrived by train and I’ll never forget that first glimpse of the Grand Canal. I would love to go back to explore the city with my family. I don’t think I can expect sunshine, but even in the rain Venice will be beautiful.
  3. Copenhagen – I wanted to include the Danish capital because my husband is part Danish and has been hoping to take a trip to see where his family are from for years. Don’t tell him, but if we are fortunate enough to go, I’m also planning to visit Tivoli Gardens and the Lego factory.
  4. Madeira –  I adore flowers and would love to take a trip to the Botanical Gardens to see the orchids, roses and all the tropical flora this island boasts.
  5. Hawaii – the ultimate dream destination on my bucket list. Surfing the waves on Waikiki beach, maybe visiting a pineapple plantation or attending a lu’au, then sipping a mojito on the terrace outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel whilst drinking in the view of Diamond Head would be the experience to beat all others.

I’d love to hear what sunshine destination is on your dream list. Answers on a postcard…. Or in the comments box below!

Daisy x

Huge thanks to Daisy James for being on the blog today and for the giveaway prize ~ See below.

Don’t forget to order Sunshine After The Rain

If you head over to our Twitter Page today, you can enter to win a £15 Amazon Gift Card, courtesy of Daisy James. Information is on the pinned post. It’s free to enter (UK).



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