Friday, November 30, 2012

On Fire!

Friiiiiiiiday! Phew, I can barely believe it's here. Hope everyone had a good week.

I have finally put the finishing touches on The Pollyanna Plan! I'll be posting more about it on Monday, but in the meantime, if anyone would like a review copy, please let me know in the comments below or email me: talliroland AT It'd be my pleasure to send one over (it will be electronic).

And as I trot off to find my longed for carrot cake, I'm turning the blog over to Sally Clements, a fellow RNA member and writer extraordinaire.

Take it away, Sally!

The thing I like best about being a romance writer is the camaraderie and support of like-minded souls. I’ve been blessed with a great critique group, The Minxes of Romance, and over the past few years as well as critting each other’s work, we’ve become an international group of great friends. We’ve wanted to write an anthology for a long time –we all have a passion for fire fighters, so an anthology featuring strong, wide-chested heros was definitely something we all wanted to do, and BLAZE is the result!

The stories are all set in the Lake District in England, in Coombethwaite, the lakeside town where passions run deep.

Here’s a bit about it:

BLAZE - 8 scorching tales from The Minxes of Romance.

Romance is in the air for Coombethwaite’s retained firefighters, and none of them will escape its heat unscorched!

Memory’s Flame by Maya Blake

A fiery reunion – when Ellie returns after twelve long years to bury her grandfather, the last person she expects to see is her first love, Jake Spencer. One look, one touch and they know memory's flame is as sizzling as ever!

The Fire Inside by Romy Sommer

Fire fighter Sam Redfern is used to being seen as just one of the boys. Until TV talent scout and celebrity Ryan Morgan shows up in Coombethwaite and starts to make her feel very much like a woman. A woman with needs.

A Smouldering Attraction by Suzanna Ross

Shelley Fox is finished with all things romantic. So is Harrison Reid - until he meets Shelley and realises he might easily be persuaded otherwise.

Locked Into Love by Catherine Coles

Journalist Cassie Parker returns to Coombethwaite with her dream in tatters—the last thing she needs is to rely on her ex for anything but on her second day back she needs hunky fireman Ben Spencer to release her from handcuffs!

Hot, Bothered and Bewitched by Jodie James

All alone on her birthday, Wiccan vet Seraphine conjures up more than she bargained for when she casts a Halloween love spell. Five minutes later a knock on the door heralds the arrival of handsome fireman Isaac Quinn, complete with a stray black cat. Is it just coincidence, or has Mother Nature answered Seraphine's request with lightening speed?

Lighting Love’s Spark by Sally Clements

Primary school teacher Annabel Jackson knows flirting with the parents is a no-no, but when single father Daniel Walker arrives at Coombethwaite Primary in full fire fighter garb clutching an axe, how can she resist?

Worth the Risk by Tara Pammi

Baker Annie Bennett has always stood on the sidelines while life passed her by. And it has brought Annie nothing but loneliness. With the New Year coming in, Annie decides it's time to come back home, risk her heart with the man she's always loved. Will her risk pay off or will Marcus never see her as anything but his best friend?

A Kindling Romance by Lorraine Wilson

Stressed out lawyer Polly Minton felt trapped in her city job and now she's trapped again, this time in a Lake District chimney; hunky fire fighter and local landowner Drew Reynolds has problems of his own but will he be the one to set her free in more ways than one?

Blaze is available now from Amazon UK/US.

For more about the minxes, visit our blog :

Thanks so much for having us, Talli!

Blaze is right, I say! Have a great weekend, everyone. 


  1. Ooh! I got to be the first commenter! Don't think that's EVER happened! Congratulations on The Pollyanna Plan, Talli, and thanks so much for giving the Minx Anthology a shout out!

  2. I just like the word minxes!
    Now, go get your carrot cake, Talli.

  3. Oooh such HOT SIZZLING stuff for Friday!! Luckily it's also very cold so all I need to do is stick my head out of the window to cool down! Yay! LOL!!!

    Enjoy your carrot cake lovely Talli! take care

  4. Thanks Talli, Sally Minx has been great at organising us and we've had lots of fun writing Blaze.
    With eight hot firemen in one package I hope people will have fun reading it too :-)
    Over-excited Minx

  5. Happy carrot cake, Talli. And oh how I remember not being able to tie shoes or get in a comfortable position. Congrats on The Pollyanna Plan. Can't wait to read it.

  6. I am going to buy my copy, but no doubt I will review anyway! :D Congrats on the new release!

  7. Great read Talli.
    Enjoy your carrot cake and week-end.

  8. I love carrot cake too - this is another reason why I like you! :) Thanks for sharing with us. Have a happy weekend!

  9. Congrats on the Pollyanna Plan! Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Would that be carrot cake cup cakes? I've recently discovered them. I'm glad you got your edits done and it's ready to go!

    I like stories set in an area I don't know much about. This anthology sounds like a good read. :-)

  11. You are such a bright spot in the world! Your post is fun and informative...and now I'm craving carrot cake.

  12. What can I say? What a six pack ! Seriously,oh how can I be serious after looking at that book cover. Sounds a great read, I'm off to Amazon.

  13. Sounds like quite a mix, Sally! And we like the Lake District. We've written the area into our own work.

  14. Sounds hot!! LOL, sorry, couldn't resist.

  15. I can see these grabbing the readers, Sally!

    Talli, save some of that carrot cake!

  16. Sounds yummy! (The book and the cake!)

  17. Hi Talli - I would be happy to do a review - but am not a professional reviewer as you know! best of luck with the new book. Carole

  18. Thanks everyone for your comments, Blaze is just the thing for a cold winter's evening read - you can warm your hands on the cover, and there's something for everyone inside...!

  19. Congrats on the Pollyanna Plan Talli! Sally's book sounds like steamy fun!

  20. Hi Talli and Sally - congratulations Talli - if I had a reader I'd be happy to review .. still waiting to buy or get! Hope the carrot cake satisfied your cravings for a short time ... and you can get a top up over the weekend.

    Love the thought of Blaze and it'd be interesting to see the Lake District in a different light ...

    Cheers and very good luck to both books .. Hilary

  21. Yay for you Talli!

    The anthology sounds awesome! Off to pick up a copy :)

  22. Hope now that your blog is in other hands we'll still hear from you.
    Congrats on all you've accomplished.

  23. Hot English guys, yep, I'm sold. ;)

  24. I'm pleased to meet Sally. This book looks like a great collection of steamy stories.

  25. I think romance writers have more readers.

  26. Owww! Fire fighters! This sounds like my type of anthology, Sally.


  27. Hi Sally!

    What hot books and stories! Congratulations on teh releases to all Minxies!

    I have this book on my Kindle and looking eagerly to start!

    Hi Talli!

  28. Hi Talli and Sally. Congrats on publishing your book, Sally. Would love to do a review, but I have a backlog of reviews to do for others.


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