Seven unforgettable romances! Seven hot heroes!

These emotionally satiating, tales of contemporary love stories will brighten your day, warm your heart, and quench your desire for happy ever after. From merry-go-round passion to a beautiful Chilean earthquake survivor, an aristocrat coming to visit or that excruciating puppy love everyone endures – this collection has it all. Unforgettable romances with hunky men who might just live next door… or a French aristocrat visiting for a while!
Fantasy satisfaction – Guaranteed.

Mimi Barbour – NYT & USA Today –  I’m No Angel
Anyone who thinks Angelina’s an angel is very much mistaken, she’s all woman!
Traci Hall – USA Today – Puppy Love by the Sea
Single dad pet store owner meets a vigilant animal control officer and life goes to the dogs!
Patrice Wilton – NYT & USA Today – All Of Me
How far will a mother go to save her young daughter’s life?
Mona Risk – NYT & USA Today – No More Lies
A lie that brings a smile or a truth drawing tears? Had Luc really known his sweet Olivia back then? He wants her back, but he wants the truth, too.
Leanne Banks – NYT & USA Today – Then Came You
Once-bitten, forever-shy, can Cassie open her heart to love again?
Donna Fasano – USA Today – The Merry-Go-Round
Lauren steps off the marriage merry-go-round and her life turns into a three-ring circus.
Mimi Barbour – NYT & USA Today – Snow Pup
A puppy brings Christmas magic to an orphan, a beautiful deputy & a lonely father.

Cover Reveal-Missing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar #mystery #ChandlerCounty #mgtab

Today is the official cover day for my upcoming contribution to the Chandler County World Missing: The Lady Said No!   Description: There’s something for everyone in Chandler County. Chandler …

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Cover Reveal-Missing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar #mystery #ChandlerCounty #mgtab

Today is the official cover day for my upcoming contribution to the Chandler County World Missing: The Lady Said No!   Description: There’s something for everyone in Chandler County. Chandler …

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Hi there,

Let me say from the beginning, Kindle Scout is not to be missed; it can only improve a writer’s skills.  The whole campaign was extremely well organized. Participants are given a web page, which includes the first five chapters of the book, a photo of the cover and one of the writer. I soon learned those two vital words,  ‘Hot and Trending’ would appear each day under the book on the webpage, if it had a sufficient number of nominations from readers. As you know my PC and email system crashed so I could only fully promote in the last week, but at least my book appeared for the whole thirty days.  So the experience has given me a really good appreciation of the value of the campaign.

On submitting my manuscript, I entered a bubble of creativity and nail biting competition. Kindle Scout staff are truly kind, supportive and encouraging to the aspiring competitor. The campaign took over my life for thirty days.During this time, I must say I lived for Kindle Scout, hopes, dreams, disappointment, euphoria all swirled together in this bubble of creativity and hope. Nevertheless, my experience with Kindle Scout was illuminative, disappointing and strengthening, a dissonance I know, but one which was necessary for me, for it could only lead to success.

The tables of statistics provided for each day of the campaign were enlightening. I was amazed to discover what avenues of promotion were best at least for my genre. From one of the listings, I could immediately see what promotional outlets were the most active.  So now I have a clear idea of what promotion companies I will use in future.

I also discovered that although the words Hot and Trending may appear under some of the books many times, it does not mean those books will be accepted. For example, I saw one book had the words appearing almost every day but it did not get through. This clearly showed that a book is accepted for its value and not because it had the most money spent on it in advertising. This is so reassuring for a writer who cannot afford to advertise as often as others. True you have to promote and show your endeavors in making people aware of the book, but you don’t have to despair if you cannot afford the big promotions.

As for non-acceptance, maybe you are a niche writer, or the genre is not popular at the moment.  Maybe you didn’t do enough proof reading, or your book was too badly formatted; whatever, you win on Kindle Scout. My book was not accepted, but I am amazed at its success when I put it on Amazon. I have won some fantastic support.  A major advantage is when you publish your book, the Kindle Scout team will contact every person who nominated your book to tell them you are now on Amazon. Wow what an incredible advantage, you will certainly collect more readers. Your book will have the exposure it needs to grab the attention of a reader. It’s an incredible way of advertising really, it might be negative but it can also reap such rewards, even fans. I did at first think that I would not want people to know my book was not accepted, that readers would think it was not good enough.  But then a friend pointed out the advantage of exposure, so I gritted my teeth and took action. I can say this in all sincerity, within hours of putting my book on Amazon, it raced up the ranks, 10,000 in and 21,000 in With that push, I can now happily promote the book even higher.

So I wish you all the luck in your endeavors, just remember you win either way. So keep writing and keep publishing.


Congratulations! Winners Announced in the First Annual N. N. Light Book Awards! #books

Welcome to the First Annual N. N. Light Book Awards! We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our awards but wanted to thank each author for entrusting us to read and review their book. Gran…

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The Countess Refuses




The promotion by Kindle Scout. .

It is such an exciting, lip biting, heart racing time. Will it – won’t it? Will the book be accepted by Kindle Scout for publishing or will it be returned to me?

Hopes and doubts rise like droplets from a waterfall, sparkling orbs flowing down to the still pool below, stirring still waters into crystal foam. Maybe it is not a popular genre? Maybe it’s not saleable? After all Regency Romance is a sub-genre. Just mulling over thoughts.

Either way, the book is still precious to me. It’s my baby, formed through my love of writing, born from my mind, never an easy birth at the best. But what delight at the finished form, a miracle, to me at least, beautiful and complete. I always wonder how I did it. I frown questioning myself, as I read it. Was that really me? Or was it some spirit taking over my brain, filtering into my mind? Some writers cannot even remember the story they’ve written, characters or names. I guess it is a time of magic, of solitude, with only music to accompany the storm of creation. Hmm I think this is turning into a poem. I do actually love writing poetry, and if it is alright with you dear reader, I would like to put some on here. Also, some more videos and articles of historical, spiritual, metaphysical and Sci Fi interest. Maybe the odd quiz? Please write and tell me what you prefer.

Now it is countdown time, only four more days before the promotion ends. I will write and let you ou know either way. Being an Indie is always an exciting time, writing the book, having it edited, developing a book cover, finding beautiful graphics.

Until we meet again, wish me luck. Please nominate The Countess Refuses. The link is:

The Rainbow after the Storm.



The Countess Refuses

Please nominate. This book is up for a publishing contract with Kindle Scout


So much has happened since my last post. I have overcome the travesty of experiencing everything collapsing around me. As you know, I lost all my contacts, my email system and all my social media links due to my email provider collapsing. Even now it is still fragmented. However, thankfully through the advice of a friend, saved me.  The crash happened the day I launched my book for a publishing contract with Kindle Scout; I had no way of promoting the book; it would disappear into the vaults of the Internet, never to be seen again.  My sole support, my clever husband who works miracles on the PC, also disappeared from the scene of disaster, as he visited the family in Ireland. He wanted to stay, but family comes first, above all else. At the same time, my brilliant IT son was ill with flu. This left me with my frazzled brain, working day and night to try to sort out the myriad jobs on the PC’; save the email system and the book.  I can usually meet disaster with some grit, but give me the pulsing lights of a biosphere on the monitor, and the gory innards of the PC, and I collapse.

One thing I do have is an optimistic attitude that usually carries me through pain and disaster.  But that tiny flame of hope was buried deep this time, so deep it’s flickering light lay buried beneath an overhanging rock in the abyss. Even so, I knew where it was. I may be right down, heartbroken, feeling demolished, yet I know somehow, someway I will myself to survive.

People may murmur, come on it’s only a book. However, any writer will tell you, that book is their heart. It’s not money or fame; it’s flesh and blood pulsing between the lines and spaces of the novel; the words from the blood pulsing through arteries. A true writer does not begin writing to seek glory; their sole aim, is first to write, and then to share their hopes and dreams with another soul. There are usually reasons why people put pen to paper.   Mine were perhaps due to a dark childhood of pain and grief from which grew a grim determination to survive, and to share beauty and peace,  for there was none in my childhood’s dark tunnel of fear. But, enough of Poe’s ruminations, the raven has flown and the night is silent

I spent one evening looking at a blank screen. There was no other way, to save the book, I forced myself to climb down into the abyss. I had to find that tiny candle of hope; I had to pray it was still flickering. It was an arduous task and not without a few groans and tears. Hubby was not there to console me, or even make a cup of tea, or talk into the small hours of the whys and wherefores of crashing systems. I  determined to uncover that tiny candle.  However, it was a journey not without moans and groans, tears and some unrepeatable expletives.

Over a few days working almost day and night, existing on baked potatoes, crisps and the odd glass of wine, I managed to download a  fantastic email system – gmail. But then I had to grapple with linking to social media. I came across horrid words edged with nails, whipping through my flesh, for instance,  ‘ link in with your IOS’, or ‘link to your Android’. What were they? Was an android, a robot?  In desperation, I raced over to Tesco’s and bought a smart phone. Why I don’t know; it was a wild guess it would help, as my Motorola was over fifteen years old, and I only had it to go abroad, and even then didn’t use it.

Once in Tesco’s, I met a knight in shining armour, a shop assistant who was also an IT whizz with phones and social media. He gently explained what all those awful words meant. I could have kissed him, but he was far too young.  Back home, I began making up the links; the word Android no longer terrified me, and the IOS slunk into the background.  I had all I needed now to start promoting the book for Kindle Scout. But as usual, I found everything kept on upgrading and then again, a couple of days later upgrading; something I find so frustrating, as I’d only just got to know the upgrades!!  I was relieved and quite happy to stay with what I had just learnt, but like I said, everything kept on upgrading and new terms appeared that had my head swimming. I began seeing crystal lights – migraine without the pain! Nevertheless, I came, I conquered and began pulling it all together.  One morning, I looked down into the abyss and rescued that flickering flame.

After furious guesses, I managed to do some of the links, and started the promotions, my friends from social media sites contacted me and showered me with love, sympathy, and support.  Everything was teetering on fine.  Some days later, I danced for joy, as I saw the book and cover picture the Kindle Scout banner, alongside three precious words emblazoned in fire,  ‘Hot and Trending’ and there it stays, trending some hours on, some hours off. It’s a delight to keep checking. That’s not to say it will be successful, but it is a joy to see it up there.

Whether or not it is accepted, I am enjoying these last few days of promoting the book, and even had time to take Lily for some glorious walks under a winter sun beaming down on frost laden fields.