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It’s In His Kiss Blog Tour: Fascinating Facts About Lingerie!

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Sephy King, the heroine from It’s In His Kiss, first told me she was a lingerie designer when she appeared in a short scene with her sister in The Love List. Actually it was more of a mumble because it turned out that the otherwise confident Seraphina King wasn’t quite ready to admit to the world that she had all these plans…

Knowing she was about to get her own standalone story, I was a little: um…okay…a lingerie designer, huh? Am I happy about this? And the answer was: you bet! After due consideration I was absolutely certain I could stand researching incredibly beautiful lingerie in exquisite materials for my next book—even if there was a serious danger of developing a desperate need to set up Dior, Prada and Agent Provocateur accounts! (It’s really quite incredible how a few scraps of material can be turned into something you suddenly start to crave).

As a result of all my research, I came across some fascinating facts that I thought I’d share with you all. For instance, did you know that:

The average woman wears six different bra sizes over her lifetime! Six? How many of us are thinking we ought to get re-fitted right now?

Italian women wear red underwear on New Year’s for good luck. After reading this it’s probably not only going to be Italian women wearing red underwear for luck on New Year!

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier, known for designing Madonna’s cone-shaped bras and corsets, popularized underwear as outerwear in the 1980s. And it seems its come full circle, because once again, we’re all wearing underwear as outerwear – or is that just me – because I work from home and it saves getting dressed ;)

International lingerie brand, Triumph, was the first brand in the world to make bras commercially available to women and was the first company to show lingerie on the catwalk. And that catwalk show wasn’t as long ago as you might think – it was London Fashion Week 2011.

And not wanting to leave the men out:

When men’s briefs were invented in 1935, a magazine ad praised the new fangled style of underwear for having “scientific suspension” and “restful buoyancy.” Wow – you’ve got to love the power of language!

King Tut was buried with 145 pairs of underwear. Are you, like me, now wondering why it wasn’t 144, or 146?

Underwear may OR may not be worn underneath a Scottish kilt.  However, tradition states that a bona fide Scotsman goes commando. And I say why mess with tradition ;)

When I first “met” Sephy all she told me about herself was that she was the youngest sibling in the King family and had a daughter called Daisy. She was arty, spirited, unconventional and completely awful at asking anyone for help!

By the time I came to write her story it turned out that the plans she was so reluctant to talk about in The Love List had evolved into setting up a business that would enable her to provide for the most important person in her world – her daughter, Daisy.

Everything rides on Sephy launching Seraphic (her lingerie collection) successfully…what could possibly go wrong? And when something does…will she let herself ask her best friend, Luke Jackson, for help?

 

Blurb: It’s In His Kiss

Who do you turn to when things go wrong?

Your best friend. Obviously.

Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.

Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.

Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.

Until he kisses her…

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It’s In His Kiss is a standalone novel, but if your curiosity is spiked by the other Kings, Sephy’s brother, Jared King’s standalone story is Her Best Laid Plans and Sephy’s sister, Nora King’s standalone story is The Love List

About Eve Devon:

My name’s Eve Devon and I write sexy heroes, sassy heroines and happy ever afters…

I kind of secretly believe it’s not too late for me to train as a professional dancer, MMA expert, or win an Oscar. I know! This is why writing fiction is for me!

Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me a taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals.

When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucket-load, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucket-load, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!

Where you can find me:

WEBSITE                   TWITTER                   FACEBOOK              GOODREADS

 

 

The Cosy Teashop in the Office

We’ve been totally inspired by Caroline Roberts’ fab new novel, THE COSY TEASHOP IN THE CASTLE. Heritage English castles? Afternoon tea? Mary Berry style mastery with a piping bag?! There’s so much to love, and more specifically, we’ve been inspired by Nanna Beryl’s drool-worthy ‘Choffee Cake’!

Ellie, the heroine of the novel, realizes her life-long dream of running her very own teashop, concocting cake after glorious cake. But she has a special place in her heart for a very special recipe, the famous Choffee Cake, which is a delicious and heart-warming nod to her late Nanna’s baking legacy. It’s a coffee-chocolate laden thing of dreams, and we just couldn’t resist having a go ourselves: cue THE COSY TEASHOP IN THE OFFICE!

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Caroline’s editor, Charlotte, whipped up the Choffee over the weekend using the recipe that’s handily in the back of the book. She’s not convinced it’s as good as master baker Ellie’s, but if the near-empty plate is anything to go by – only a couple of hours in – then it’s fair to say it was pretty tasty!

We hope Caroline, and Nanna, have inspired you too. There’s nothing quite like a spot of afternoon tea, so have a go at the Choffee – or anything, we’re not fussy! – and we’d love to see any photos of your attempts. Tweet them to the @HarperImpulse and @W6BookCafe accounts, and we’ll be in sweet, sweet heaven!

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4 Must-Haves for Any Successful Relationship

As Valentine’s Day approaches, some of us are getting ready for a big night out. Others, a quiet night in by the fireplace with a bottle of wine and their partners. And a lot of us are getting ready for a night in alone with hot chocolate and Netflix.

I think about Valentine’s Day as it dauntingly approaches every year. The hype, the expectations, and the disappointment. It makes me think, would this day matter so much to us if we felt like our relationship was completely stable? If we didn’t feel the pressure to make this day ‘perfect’, would we be okay with just a night filled with Doctor Who and the latest women’s fiction novel? If we felt stead-fast and secure in our relationships, would this day even matter?

When it comes to me (and my protagonist, Amalia!) there are some absolutes that I can’t live without to make a relationship work.

1. Trust

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Trust is a big part of life in general. I have had people say in the past that they inherently trust their partner. Meaning they enter a relationship with an innate amount of trust.

That is, until their partners break their trust. But for me, the idea of trust is a privilege, not a right. More importantly, trust is earned. It’s earned when you realize the person you are with wouldn’t lie or manipulate you. Trust is an absolute staple in a relationship.

2. Empathy

This is a tricky word because it can mean different things to different people.

Some of the synonyms for empathy are; compassion, responsiveness, and warmth.

I use a rather firm measure stick when it comes to empathy, being that I am such a highly emotional person. The word ‘Empath’ has even been kicked around when I talk to other people about my emotions.

In a nutshell, I ask myself, “Does this person care that I am sad?”

“Will this person try to understand where I am coming from so we can compromise on this issue?”

“Will this person comfort me if I am sick or hurt?”

3. Boundaries

You should know how far you are willing to go for someone, and how far they are willing to go for you. It should be clear, from the beginning of your relationship, just how much you’re willing to compromise for the happiness of your partner. Furthermore, your partner should respect these boundaries, not constantly try to challenge them if they don’t suit their needs. Don’t let your compromises change who you truly are.

4. Respect

To me, all of the things on this list are givens. They should be expected in a relationship not only when things are going well, but all of the time. Ultimately what it comes down to is respect. If a person respects you, they won’t lie to you. They’ll accept your boundaries, open up to you, and they’ll go out of their way to make you happy, just as you should for them.

Finally, ask yourself this question: Are they putting their wants ahead of your needs? If so, it might be time to re-evaluate.

 

Whether you’re in a new relationship and figuring these things out, a longer relationship, or simply showing yourself some love this Valentine’s Day, we wish you a great one!

 

About Jill Knapp:

12694514_1682237248724289_4274542607470372101_oI’m a native New Yorker who now lives in North Carolina with my two amazing dogs. I was actually inspired to start writing novels from watching television of all things. There were these amazing shows I watched growing up and I thought if I could just create a story that touched people the way that these stories have touched me, I would accomplish my goal.

Apart from my novels, I have been published in magazines, newspapers, and other websites including The Huffington Post and HelloGiggles.

In addition to writing, I hold an M.A in Psychology and taught at the college level for three years.

Click here to see Jill’s books!

Beat the Cold by Adding a Bit of HEAT

It may be the dead of winter, but we’re already counting down to summer. All we want right now – especially with this cold wind today – is to transport ourselves to somewhere better. Somewhere less wintry. Somewhere… well, somewhere warmer.

The good news is that summer books are one of our specialties. We’re all about the sun-soaked holidays and boozy sunset viewings in the arms of a handsome stranger before he…

Oh, sorry. Got away from myself there.

Basically, if you’re looking for a little bit of summer (or just some old-fashioned HEAT) to warm you up this winter, look no further than these sizzling summer reads.

 

The Birthday that Changed Everything

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The Birthday that Changed Everything has everything, and it’s new out today!! It’s got romance, heartbreak, adventure, and self-discovery. It also happens to involve an exotic locale… so buckle down and gorge yourself in this stunning new book from fan fav Debbie Johnson. Get it here!

 

Summer at Castle Stone

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If you love to spend the summer months against the green backdrop of Ireland, then this is the perfect book for you, from Impulse veteran Lynn Marie Hulsman. Purchase here.

 

The Summer We Loved

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This book is heart-wrenchingly good with a delicious summer backdrop. Wendy Lou Jones will be your new favourite as soon as you pick up this excellent read. Purchase here.

 

Picnics in Hyde Park

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The entire #LoveLondon collection is amazing, and we recommend getting it all together here. But if you’re looking for something summery, then this fantastic book will make you long for Hyde Park in the sun. Nikki Moore is absolutely brilliant in this collection. Purchase here.

 

The Trouble with Mojitos

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It does not get more summery than a week as a film location scout in the Caribbean. And not only is the location steamy, but the story is, too. Romy Summer will knock your socks (and maybe a few other things) off with this perfect summer-in-the-middle-of-winter read. Purchase here.

 

Need more heat? Check out these other fab summer titles (click covers to shop):

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And don’t forget to pre-order the Summer Flings collection, coming out in April:

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Pre-order collection here.

New Year’s Resolutions We Can Stand Behind

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  1. Read more books

You saw this one coming. Seriously though, reading is proven to be exponentially better for you than binge-watching Netflix at midnight. I love Jessica Jones as much as the next girl, but falling asleep to the show can actually be detrimental to your REM cycles and eyesight. If you have to have that urban fantasy superhero, try Scorched by Erica Hayes, the sequel for which is called Scarred and is coming out next month.

  1. Have more parties

One thing I learned this past year is that I would rather go out with a big group once a month than be constantly hanging out with friends that I don’t know well enough to really relax around but to whom I am too close to just not hang out with them. So this year I’m resolving to throw a couple of parties so that I can get those hangouts over with all at once, freeing up some me time to, say, read more books.

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  1. Stay in more

This may seem counterintuitive to that last one, but it’s of the same spirit. If you don’t want to go to something and you’re not obligated by responsibility or family ties to do it, then just don’t go. You’ll be happier (and maybe even healthier) for it, and again it frees up some of your time to work on your other resolutions (but mainly reading, because duh).

  1. Explore and adventure

How many of us live in places that we haven’t seen every corner of? The answer is most of us. Even if you’ve lived in the same place your whole life, there are bound to be aspects you haven’t explored. Hop on that dear old world-wide-web and do some digging. If you’re in a big city, this will be easier. If you’re further away from civilisation, maybe decide to take one or two day trips per month. Try getting outside, even in the winter months. It will inject new life into your environment. You could even go really big and explore the planet, going to new places and trying new things. But if that isn’t in the schedule or budget, then let Debbie Johnson do it for you in The Birthday That Changed Everything, coming out later this month.

  1. Make fewer resolutions

A resolution, by definition, is a firm decision to do or not do something. And who likes firm decisions? (Okay, yes, your partner when he asks where you want to go for dinner. And your boss when she asks for budget forecasts. But that’s so different.) When it comes to your personal life, making resolutions inevitably leads to breaking them. And if you’re firm with yourself, this means shame and disappointment, which probably doesn’t align with whatever happier, better version of yourself you envisioned when making the resolutions.

But if you treat New Year’s resolutions as guidelines – as friends influencing your decisions but not controlling your life – then don’t be so firm with yourself when you slip (because statistically you will). Be kind. Take a bubble bath and tell yourself, “That’s alright. There’s always tomorrow.” Because there is, in fact, always tomorrow.

Comment below and tell us your New Year’s resolutions so we can cheer you on!

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