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Another Book Baby – A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love

Friday 15 January, 2016 sees the launch of my newest book baby, and though I might be just a tad biased, I think she’s looking rather gorgeous!

There’s a Facebook party with four competitions launching at 9am, noon, 3pm and 7pm on the day, but entries won’t close until midnight (GMT) on the 16 January 2016.

Haven’t had an invite?

Well, click and join in the fun! because there are some rather lovely prizes to be won:

https://www.facebook.com/events/514291305418157/

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ChocLit-logo-WebI’m so proud to see one of my novels sporting the Choc Lit logo and the story that was initially released as Sweet Occasions, has now grown! After being shortlisted in the Festival of Romance awards in 2014, and with an additional 11,000 words, the story goes on beyond the original ending.

A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love: With cupcakes, coffee & karma is all about change. About what it feels like when the dream begins to fall apart. A feel-good romance with heart.

Life isn’t all love and cupcakes …
Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery it seems things can only get better.
The reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, is there for her, she can’t help but feel that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job?
Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop – and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed.
But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there

Meet Katie, the owner of Sweet Occasions bakery. Her partner Steve is a business adviser and then there’s Adam … a guy whose life is in a mess as he struggles to be the perfect single dad. Each has a dream, but what if the dream has to change? How easy is it to cope and adapt when there’s always a reason to act with your head and not your heart?

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What do the reviewers say?

Shona, Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom ~
“Halton has once again given us a book so beautifully written, where emotion is woven between the words in this book, that on more than one occasion I was brought to tears.”

Rachel Gilbey ~ rachelsrandomreads.blogspot.co.uk ~
“A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love was a fabulous way to spend a winters’ evening, and I found myself hooked on what was happening between the pages.”

Grass Monster,  Goodreads ~
“Its very rare a book captivates me from the beginning, and this did just that … it’s one of those that will stay with you for a long time to come.”

Stacey Kym, Goodreads ~
“The ending in ‘A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love’ was really a very wonderful one. It TOTALLY suited the novel and was the best happily-ever-after!” 

Read Chapter 1 and find out for yourself!

Happy 2016, everyone and thank you for your support!

 

http://smarturl.it/LittleSugarLotOfLove

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A chance to spoil YOU ~ Ceri is giving one lucky winner £100/$150!

FCL smlEveryone whose career is also their passion will reach milestones. November 5th – December 3rd, 2015 is one of those special moments for me. In the UK, Falling: Angels Among Us The complete series will be on the shelves in some of the WHSmith rail/airport/outlets for a four-week promotion.

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What better way to celebrate, than for Ceri – the star of Falling – to sprinkle a little ‘festive’ love?

Launching the Rafflecopter #FallingComp

1st prizeone lucky winner can choose a gift of their choice, valued at £100/$150* (International)
2nd prize two lucky winners will each receive one signed paperback of A Cottage in the Country – released 23 Sept 2015 (UK only; non-UK ecopy)
3rd prize six lucky winners will each receive an ebook of their choice from any of my titles (International)

*(gift to be chosen from across the Amazon stores, or full cash prize via Paypal if you prefer to shop locally)

Take part here, or via participating blogs (see links below) – there are lots of different ways to join in the fun and grab your chance to be a winner!

What would YOU choose?

A special something just for YOU?

Or use the CASH to pamper yourself – or  even to help out with those holiday expenses!

*** Click and enter! ***

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*** A month-long competition – enter as many times as you want***

Ceri thinks she sees angels … everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together, and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate, is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that affect some of the people’s lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. When she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She’s alone for a reason; she’s not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri, during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths … but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex …

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RGB-HarperImpulse-3and it could be YOU!

A huge ‘thank you’ to every who has supported me in my writing career so far and my wonderful team at HarperImpulse!

It’s also available to download from Amazon on special promotion for a select period!

Mega thanks to the lovely bloggers who are joining in at various points in the month to share the competition:

http://bookyramblingsofaneuroticmom.blogspot.com/2015/11/giveaway-from-linn-b-halton.html
http://joandisalovebooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/falling-angels-among-us-by-linn-b.html
http://vernadene.blogspot.com/2015/10/falling-angels-among-us-by-linn-b.html
http://tometender.blogspot.com/2015/11/falling-angels-among-us-by-linn-b.html
http://susanhorsnell.com/?p=2717
http://lilianflesher.blogspot.com/2015/10/author-linn-b-halton-is-celebrating.html
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Entrants must be over 18 years of age. A gift (or gifts) to the value of £100/$150 may be chosen by the designated winner from Amazon, OR funds to that value will be transferred into the winner’s PayPal account upon receipt of details.
Proof of entry requirements must be met before the prizes are awarded.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. We hereby release Facebook and Twitter of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 5 workings after the giveaway ends.

 

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My first photo shoot: the things authors talk their husbands into!

PhotogI’m one of those people who don’t enjoy having their photo taken. You won’t find me snapping away for Instagram, although it does hold a fascination for me … I love the idea of moments captured and shared. But I prefer to see other people – not myself!

When I suggested to my husband we take a day trip to one of our favourite places to get some snaps, he was a little surprised. But the lure of the absolutely breathtaking scenery at Caswell Bay, on the south east of the Gower Peninsula in Wales, meant we were soon heading off. We have often walked the coastal path east to Langland Bay, approx one and half miles, and which has truly spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to North Devon.

If you are interested in visiting the area you can find more information here:
http://www.enjoygower.com/beaches/beaches06.cfm.

When I worked on the edits for my first traditionally published book, we were staying in one of the apartments that over-look the bay. The edits arrived literally as we were leaving for a week’s holiday. So I worked in the mornings, and we spent the afternoons and evenings walking, talking, eating and just immersing ourselves in such a wonderfully calming environment. Since then (2010) we’ve been back many times on day trips and it’s a place we can thoroughly recommend for families, couples and avid walkers!

When we arrived that day and I explained that I wanted to do a cover shoot – Lawrence was actually lost for words. Fortunately, it was one of those rather unexpectedly sunny days that are a bonus. There were only a handful of people around at any one time and we didn’t have to wait long to find ourselves alone. Lawrence snapped away and I tried to ‘pose’ with varying – and I might add, often hilariously funny – results. All I wanted was one photo to portray a woman who is suffering a series of terrifying psychic experiences that make her feel isolated, while realising, for the first time, that she is ‘never alone’…

A day to contemplate

Most of my novels have covers chosen for me by my wonderful publishers, but I have several books that I self-published when I first began writing. In those days – it’s six and a half years since I wrote the first word of my debut novel, and four since I became published – I had a steep learning curve still to climb. 2015 was the year in which I wanted to update those ebook and paperback covers to reflect the heart of the stories.

Never Alone coverFor Never Alone, a psychic romance with a twist aimed at making the readers wonder ‘What if?’, I was never able to find a graphic that captured that sense of isolation/loneliness/uncertainty that Holly Atherton felt. Caught up in pleasing friends and family she loved without reservation, her rather privileged life is suddenly turned upside down.  What if your wildest dream was actually your life?

Lawrence took some amazing shots of a model who spent more time laughing, and awkwardly trying to ensure arms and legs were working in coordination, than being photogenic. For me, the shot we eventually chose seems to conjure up that mix of the surreal, the loneliness of something that can’t easily be shared, and the emotional turmoil. After applying a few very clever techniques, it still feels rather strange to be on the cover of one of my own novels – and it’s not something I’d necessarily want to do again – but it’s right for Never Alone. I just hope the readers agree!

It was a day of laughter, filling our lungs with that wonderful sea air, enjoying the coastal walk and spending some quality time together. We had a wonderful lunch at Langland Bay before heading home.  Quite simply, life is about days like that and it’s why this is one cover that will always be very special to me. And with the photo ‘treatment’ no one would really know it was me …  unless they read this, of course …

Grateful thanks to my ‘rock’, Lawrence, for a day I will truly never forget!

Fun on the beach

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Now for the freebies and competitions – my head is spinning!

I canFrom 1 January, 2015 I knew it was going to be a year in which I had to get my head down and just work, work, work … nothing new there, then! Par for the course for this Gemini workaholic and I’m not complaining – busy is good! But more importantly, it was the year of taking my dream to the next level. I knew it was an ambitious plan, but maybe even I didn’t realise quite HOW ambitious!

It’s nearly November and I’m thrilled to report that I can look back with a real sense of satisfaction. But the real message I want to convey is that if you have a dream, just keep going. No matter how buried you feel under deadlines and how much you have to give up to stick to the plan. And age is irrelevant – writing is my third career and to me now it’s more important than anything else I’ve ever achieved before.

L B Halton books 2015

  • May 2015 Endeavour Press published romcom Under The Stars eformat
  • July 2015 Harper Impulse published A Cottage in the Country eformat
  • August 2015 Endeavour Press published romcom Quintessentially Yours eformat
  • September 2015 A Cottage in the Country paperback launch
  • October 2015 Under The Stars paperback launch
  • October 2015 final edits completed for my first Choc Lit book to be published in Jan 2016
  • Oct/Nov stunning new covers for the eformat & paperback versions of Touched by The Light, Never Alone and The Restaurant @ The Mill
  • November 2015 Quintessentially Yours paperback launch
  • November 2015 Harper Impulse Falling: Angels Among Us the complete series – on the shelves in selected WHSmith outlets

So what’s next? Competition time!!!! There are two Goodreads competitions you can enter NOW – both close on 26th Dec 2015 – links below and join me on 4 Nov 2015, here for the Rafflecopter competition to celebrate a very important milestone for me – Falling: Angels Among Us the complete series will be in some of the WHSmiths outlets. To celebrate, the lead character, Ceri, is giving one lucky winner the chance to choose a present (or received cash to shop locally) to the value of £100!   FallingComp

It’s also available to download from Amazon for only 99p/$1.99 for a select period!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Cottage in the Country by Linn B. Halton

A Cottage in the Country

by Linn B. Halton

Giveaway ends December 26, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

 

Under The Stars by Linn B. Halton

 

Under The Stars

 

by Linn B. Halton

 

Giveaway ends December 26, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

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On reflection, I think the perfect word to describe a year of taking my dream to the next level is ‘madness‘ – so why not join in and have some fun? Mega thank you to all my readers, reviewers and bloggers who have helped me spread the word this year. You have inspired me along the way and kept me going!   New signature