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Security! @MandyBaggot Launches Her Latest Novel

Welcome to CentreStage!

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Today I’m hosting fellow Loveahappyending Lifestyle author, Mandy Baggot, and her new romantic suspense novel, SECURITY, brought to you by Sapphire Star Publishing!

First of all, huge congratulations to Mandy on the release of her sixth (!!!) novel. Mandy, you rock! Have a fabulous launch and wishing you millions of sales!!

Security.
Lies hurt, but the truth
can get you killed.

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http://www.dreamstime.com/-image15745314Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.

Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned tohttp://www.dreamstime.com/-image22724315 protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?

As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?

Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?

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About Mandy Baggot

Mandy 1Mandy 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 Mandy on her 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.

Giveaway!!
Today, Mandy and I are asking, what makes you feel safe/comfortable/secure?

To get you started, here’s my answer. I feel safe, comfortable and secure when the rain is lashing against the window and I sit in my lounge, with the fire going, candles lit, snuggled up under the duvet on the sofa with my lovely husband and sipping a glass of wine. Perfect scenario; even better if it was a howling snow storm!

YOUR TURN! To be in with a chance to win an e-copy of Security, leave a comment and your email address and let me know what makes you feel secure. Could it be knowing you have that secret stash of chocolate hidden away or perhaps you have a favourite piece of music that wraps you up like a blanket! Get commenting to win! Closing date 30 April 2013.

STOP PRESS! I just had word of another stunning giveaway. Says Mandy: Anyone who posts a review on Amazon until 31 May will be entered into a Rafflecopter draw to win a £25/$40 Amazon gift certificate. 

AWESOME!

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My Romantic Novelists’ Association Party Debut

The life of a romantic novelists appears to be one ongoing party.” Or so a friend commented when I confessed I was off to my winter ‘works do’ in London last Wednesday. (Yes, I mean the Romantic Novelists’ Association Winter Party held at the IMECE in London on 21 November 2012!!)

We have our moments,” I replied. Swallowing thoughts of long hours spent chained to my desk, typing away in my cold office, battling my way through edits and proofs, concepts, first drafts, second drafts, hundred-and-thirteenth drafts and so on. Of course, battling is an overstatement but… you know what I mean!

Anyway, a writer’s life can be lonely and overwhelming so occasions like the RNA Winter Party are merely a just equalizer, a chance to meet friends and let your hair down. Too right!

Here are a few photos of my debut RNA outing!

Glamming up and getting in the mood ~ with Mandy Baggot and Sheryl Browne!

Oh, looking a bit whited-out. Try again (said the photo-taker) and go in the middle, Nicky.

Happy to oblige! (With Anna Bell, Jan Bridgen and Mandy Baggot but having lost Sue Fortin somehow!)

Apparently, authors say ‘Whiskey’, not cheese. See, I learned something!

Meet the crew: Mandy, Sue and Sheryl!

Circle of pain. Whose feet hurt the most? Whose shoes are the worst torture instruments? I reckon mine, but Mandy did go barefoot for longest. Clockwise from 12 o’clock: Sue Fortin, Jan Bridgen, Mandy Baggot, myself and Sheryl Browne.

Ok, ladies, you can take them off now…

Mandy: “Where’s my phone?”
Sheryl: “Where are my keys?”
Mandy: “Are you hungry?”
Nicky (from the sideline): “We are taking a taxi, right?”
Sheryl: “Shall we get some dinner?”
Mandy: “I’m not walking.”
Sheryl: “Is it time go go?”
Mandy: “Where’s my phone?”
(We took a taxi back to the hotel, and we had a lovely snack-cum-dinner in the bar until almost midnight, and no more walking was done!)

The company was excellent. The canapes were delicious. Conversation sparkled. Time flew by. Until next time, my friends!

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered… and I Sang: Rocking the Festival of Romance

What can I say? It was AWESOME. I have a million photos of the amazing Festival of Romance last weekend. Not all of them came out too well owing to some very pink lighting… but here are the highlights. Oh, and in case you haven’t heard/seen: I sang. Yup, my friends, I sang a bit of a favourite rock song to introduce my reading of Sophie’s Turn. And to prove it… there’s videographic evidence!

Friday night:
Romance and Award Gala

Getting ready to party with my room-mate, Sheryl Browne

Carol Wyer, Linn Halton, me and Kim Maya Sutton waiting for our dinner

The Romaniacs!!!

C’mon, shake a leg!

Give it up for Lady B and her amazing award!!

Ole! Photo courtesy of the lovely Sheryl Browne ~ thank you!

Me and my writing buddy, the lovely Sue Fortin! (And yes, those are magic hands!)

The Romance Fair

Loveahappyending.com ~ we’re here, for sure!

Ooooh, and look at our romance shelf! AWESOME!

UK Sapphire Star Publishing Sisters ~ having a fantabulous time!

…and there were random skits, of the Regency persuasion. Fantastic! They kissed!

Delighted to finally meet my Twitter and FB friend, Joanne Phillips….

… as well as fabulous reviewer and blogger friend, Dizzy (aka Carol Wright)…

…and the wonderful Talli Roland!

The Rock Star Party!!

Mandy, Sheryl and I ~ ready to rock!

Hooray! Connecting with outstanding blogger and super-strategic writer, the one and only Morgen Bailey.

Kate Allan, Festival organiser extraordinaire, reading at the Rock Star party

And finally… I couldn’t help myself. I had to sing!

I didn’t know I would burst into song when I picked up the mic at the afternoon reading. Honest! It just… happened.

…and here’s me, doing the same thing again at the Rock Star party at Rock City Art. Oh yeah! Photo courtesy of Linn Halton ~ thank you, sweetie!

Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

Video clip courtesy of Morgen Bailey: thank you for recording, uploading and sharing. You rock!

So here’s to next year: let’s do it again, baby!

Cover Reveal! Mandy Baggot shares the cover for #SECURITY!

Before Bond, meet Regan…Nathan Regan

The new Bond film, Skyfall launches tomorrow – but why wait until then for a military intelligence hottie? Let me introduce you to the lead male in Mandy Baggot’s new romantic thriller, Security, and reveal the eye-catching 007-style book cover!

First of all… here’s Nathan Regan. Hello, handsome!

And here’s the gorgeous book cover… are you ready?

Security

Lies hurt, but the truth can get you killed

Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.

Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?

As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?

Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?

Security is coming from Sapphire Star Publishing on 4 April 2013! If you can’t wait until then to find out more here is the teasing trailer!

Fantastic, Mandy! Where can we find YOU?

Find out more about Mandy’s books at Mandy’s website  or check out her author page with 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.

Cover Reveal Competition!!!!

And to up the fun a bit more, Mandy is offering a great competition right here, right now. 

FIVE paperback copies of Mandy’s novel Strings Attached are up for grabs! All you have to do is collect the Bond films. On each of the websites featuring the Security cover reveal, there  will be Bond film mentioned (NOT Skyfall).

Once you have all the  titles, drop Mandy an email mandybaggot@sapphirestarpublishing.com and you  will go into the draw for one of the books! Easy ~ you have until November 1st! Here are the website  links you need:

Mandy Baggot

Kim Nash

Stephanie Keyes

Melanie Robertson-King

Nicky Wells ~ THUNDERBALL

Sharon Goodwin (Jera’s Jamboree)

Rachel Lyndhurst

Carol (Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog)

Sheryl Browne

Bonnie Trachtenberg

Richard Holmes

Kate (Me, My Books and I)

Sue Fortin (Love Reading, Love Books)

Lindsay Gentles (TTP Book Reviews)

Eve Chong (Eve’s Chicklit Reviews)

Pauline Barclay

A L Jackson

Loveahappyending

Louise Graham

Trashionista

GOOD LUCK, and congrats to Mandy on a fantabulous Cover Reveal Party!!!

Join the Twitter Fun: #SECURITY

Come to the Rock Star Party!

Yes, you read that right: come to the Rock Star Party at the Festival of Romance in Bedford on Saturday, 17th November 2012! 

Why? WHY?

Do you really need to ask? Because I’ll be there, bringing along stories of Sophie and Dan! And copies of Sophie’s Turn which, by then, will have been released by Sapphire Star Publishing–whoop!  And who knows what else will be going on…

Moreover, it’s not just me, oh no! You and I will be in illustrious company as the wonderful Mandy Baggot, Sue Moorcroft and Jane Lovering will be there too, bringing their respective rock star heroes. It’ll be a blast!

Check out the full programme for the entire festival… and don’t forget to buy your tickets.  🙂 Oh, and do let me know that you’re coming so I can plan a proper treat for you! Rock on!!

Hall of Fame Party: Mandy Baggot launches “Taking Charge” with Sapphire Star Publishing

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?

Cole Ryan, hunk and gorgeous male hero 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!

About Mandy Baggot

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?