Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!
Today, it is my tremendous pleasure to welcome you to the Hall of Fame celebration party as Mandy Baggot launches Taking Charge with her publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing. Let’s open the floor to Mandy to introduce herself and her book…
Well, here I am on Nicky’s Hall of Fame! Thank you for having me Nicky! Wow, Taking Charge is my fifth novel and it hardly seems possible. In the four years since my first novel was published, I’ve brought you a hot film star, an ice-skating god, an ex-Army/underwear model/escort/personal trainer, and a delicious rock musician. So what have I served up in Taking Charge?
Well, today I am introducing you to Cole Ryan. He’s handsome, athletic, intelligent and has a great sense of humour. He’s also sensitive, passionate and loyal. But besides having Cole as the hero of the piece, there are also some other equally gorgeous specimens of manhood in the shape of the Portage Panthers ice hockey team. Here are some of the main players! We have:
Mickey! He’s tawny haired, well built and works as a mechanic. He’s easy-going, laid-back and takes life as it comes. He doesn’t really worry about anything. He lives for simple pleasures like beer and discounted pizzas. He has a good, honest heart and he’s a good friend to have. He’s a little bit of a joker and sometimes this makes him seem a bit dumb. He isn’t stupid though, just good-natured and content with his spot in life.
Brad! Brad is the ex-boyfriend of lead female character, Robyn, and although he is the complete opposite to Cole in looks, he is equally gorgeous. He’s tall with short cropped blonde hair and he’s a police officer. He’s athletic in build with biceps like grapefruits, and he’s the character with the ice blue eyes! He likes to help people which is why he’s good at his job; but he does have a temper and can fly off the handle if he’s rubbed up the wrong way.
Henrik! Until Cole joins the team, Henrik is unrivalled as the Portage Panthers’ best player. He’s recently moved to America and works at the local supermarket. His English isn’t the best and he sometimes gets teased by the team when he gets phrases wrong. He’s tall with brown spiky hair and some designer stubble he goes to great lengths to get just right. He’s a real ladies’ man and the crazy one of the team. He does what he wants and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. He loves hot-tubs and no one in Portage knows what nationality he really is!
So, that’s some of the boys! I hope that’s intrigued you enough to find out more!
It certainly has… and that’s why there’s a little more info about Taking Charge below. But meanwhile, Mandy has another treat for us, haven’t you?
I certainly do! OK, the last thing! To give you a flavour of the music of the town I have included a playlist of songs in Taking Charge. And here I am performing one of them for you!
Taking Charge: Is going back Robyn’s only way forward?
American-born Robyn Matthers is going home. With her dad in hospital, his roadhouse in ruins and the ice hockey team slipping down the league, she needs to take charge. But does she have the strength to do it?
Cole Ryan is a hockey player on a personal mission. He’s tall, dark, hot and Robyn’s noticed! But can she trust her feelings – or his? And what will Cole do when he finds out the truth about her?
With an ill father, a trailer trash step-mom and ex-boyfriend Brad desperate for another chance, does Robyn have time to contemplate a relationship? Can she start again? Does she really want to? And can two people really fall in love in three days?
You can buy Taking Charge on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com from today! And don’t forget to join the party on Twitter using hashtag #TCParty–see you there!
Mandy writes strong contemporary romance and characters you’ll fall in love with. Previously self-published, she was signed by US publishing house Sapphire Star Publishing in January 2012. Shortly afterwards she became a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Mandy is a self-confessed Twitter addict who also likes to show off her singing talents on You Tube: check out Lady Gaga! She has auditioned for X Factor, appeared on ITV1s Who Dares Sings and longs to duet with Bryan Adams. She also has a fondness for white wine, mashed potato, country music and World’s Strongest Man.
Mandy lives near Salisbury in Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and two cats called Kravitz and Springsteen.
You can find out more about the launch (including the full blog tour schedule!!!) on Mandy’s website. You can also check out her author page at Sapphire Star Publishing. Mandy is on Facebook and on Twitter (of course!), and she has author pages on amazon.co.uk, amazon.com and Goodreads.
A big congratulations to Mandy on her launch date for Taking Charge. Now what we’d like to know is… have you ever taken charge of an impossible situation?
Thank you so much for having me Nicky! Yee ha! Just getting into the theme of things there! Come along to the #TCparty for beer and BBQ later :))
Yeeeehaaaaaw! Congratulations, Mandy, and I am thrilled that you can visit here today. Wishing you gazillions of sales and best of luck on this fantastic launch day. Count me in for the #TCParty!! xx
Sounds like a really great fun read. Really looking forward to getting stuck into it. x
Hi Kim, so happy to see you here today! Doesn’t it just sound like the most amazing book? I’ve got it on my TBR asap. XX Hope you can join the #TCParty later, too. Take care! Yee haa!
Congrats on your launch day Mandy! Your book sounds like a fun read. I’m currently enjoying Knowing Me, Knowing You.
ahaaaaa! (sorry, couldn’t resist!) Thanks for stopping by, Mel. Can’t wait to read TC myself! X
I want it! Really, I want it! Love it, Mandy! WhoOOOP! 🙂 x
Wow, I heard that all the way over here…and am with you all the way! Thanks for stopping by, Sheryl!!! Join the #TCparty later??
Wowsa! A multi talent! Fabulous voice and the book sounds awesome! Congrats to you. Great and unique post ladies. Love it! And Mandy, please give Cole my number 😉
Ooooh I’ll be he love that! I know of a certain cat who might be of help to the hockey team’s wellbeing. Thanks for your lovely comment, Bonnie!
Well done, Mandy.
Thanks for stopping by, Anneli! See you at the party…
Party time – and nobody does it like Mandy – but Mandy AND Nicky – is the world ready for this? Whoo hoo!
Watch out, here we come! Thank for stopping by Linn, hope to see you at the party! XX
I just listened to your video clip. What talent you have, Mandy! Yee-haw!
isn’t she just brill? 🙂
Mickey was is one of my favourite characters in Taking Charge.
What a fun post.
P.S. Nicky – Liking your new avatar, very glam. x
I can’t WAIT to meet the hockey team! I’ll watch out for Mickey then… Glad you noticed my avatar, and seemed to like it. Watch out for my ‘unveiling’ post tomorrow…. You’re the first to notice, btw!!!
Yay, Mandy! I look forward to reading taking Charge. Your men are yummy and just my type! Can’t wait to dive in!
Hear hear, with you all the way, Nancy–thanks for stopping by. See you at the party!!
I’m all a bit breathless with excitment over this novel! Just downloaded it to my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. Wishing you great success Mandy!
It is all very breathtaking, especially the cover and Mandy’s stellar performance! Thanks for your lovely comment, Janice–happy reading!
Like the singing… good luck with the launch. The novel sounds a wow!
Doesn’t it just? Thanks for joining the party, Harriet! X
Awesome, as always! I just loved this piece and the video. Mandy always makes me smile! Thanks for having her over, Nicky!
Oh, it was my pleasure entirely, she’s a star guest! Thanks for visiting, Steph, it’s lovely to have you at the party! XX