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The Bachelor Auction

Because we at HarperImpulse believe that readers should have their say in what they want to read, we have a special treat for you this month: we’ve set up our very own Bachelor Auction, and you get to choose which of these hotties gets his very own book.

Each of the three contenders has appeared as a minor character in one of Romy Sommer’s books, and now one of them will get the chance to have his own story told.

There are no prizes, but you get to have your say in the kind of heroes you like to read.

PS: If you want to meet these hunky bachelors in person, make sure you read The Trouble with Mojitos and To Catch a Star!

Bachelor #1: Adam

judeWe first met Adam in The Trouble with Mojitos, where he was the friend who let Rik Waldburg (formerly known as Prince Fredrik) stay in his Caribbean beach house.

Adam has lived a charmed life. Born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, he works in his family’s stock brokerage firm in London – the firm he’ll one day own. He works hard, but he likes to play hard too. Driven to succeed in everything he does, Adam always gets what he wants.

He’s a groomsman at the summer royal wedding  and, as the only single groomsman, he’s taking his duty of seducing the bridesmaids very seriously. But one doesn’t seem to want to be seduced.

Khara might have grown up in a trailer park, but she knows men like Adam – men who’ve had things easy their whole lives. Men like him don’t stick around when the going gets tough. And there is no way she’s falling for his pick-up lines, no matter how good they sound in that sexy British accent.

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Bachelor #2: Stefan

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Ditched at the altar in To Catch a Star by the one woman he thought shared his disdain for sentimental love, Stefan is not in any hurry to find her replacement. With his diplomatic career flying high, the last thing he needs is feminine distraction. So why can he not keep his eyes – or his hands, for that matter – off his new PA?

Anna has had a thing for her new employer ever since she can remember. As long as he was engaged to her former boss (and friend) she was able to keep her feelings under control. Now he’s single and they’re spending way more time together than her heart can handle… but does she really want to settle for being his rebound girl?

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Bachelor #3: Dominic

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Easy come, easy go. That’s always been stunt-coordinator Dom’s attitude to women. And there’s never been a shortage of women willing to have a little fun on those terms. Life is one big party filled with alcohol, women, and adrenaline.

But he’s not twenty (or even thirty) anymore and an old injury is taking its toll. Forced to slow down and re-evaluate his life, Dom needs a fresh challenge.

Enter Nina Alexander: the Rom-Com movie star trying to re-invent herself as a kickass blockbuster heroine. She hires Dom to train her and toughen up her image so she can win the role of a lifetime.

No matter what she says, Nina is a settling down kind of girl. And no matter what he thinks, keeping her at arm’s length isn’t going to be that easy.

It should have been a simple business arrangement; but when is anything simple?

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Which bachelor do you want to read more about? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter!

The Love List gets crafty

Today we have a guest post and craft project from the wonderful Eve Devon, whose new book, The Love List, is released on Thursday. Want to know how to create a beautiful and totally unique pair of shoes? Let Eve guide you!

Love List

Nora King, the heroine in my second book for HarperImpulse is obsessed with shoes. With the right pair on her feet she feels unstoppable.

But what if you’ve been searching for the perfect pair to replace your battered favourites and can’t find them anywhere? What if you have a wedding to attend, or a party to dance at, or, say you have a book being published and need a new pair to mark the occasion?

I have one word for you my lovelies: decoupage!

This is where The Love List becomes The Decoupage List and I show you all how easy it is to whip yourself up the perfect pair of shoes for any occasion. Oh, and watch out for the great giveaway at the end of the article!

The Decoupage List: Materials

  • Shoes!
  • Detergent/Washing-up liquid
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Decoupage Brush
  • Your chosen papers
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape/Artist’s Tape
  • Newspaper

The Decoupage List: Prep

1)      Clean all surfaces of your shoes with detergent/washing-up liquid and leave to dry.

2)      Choose the paper you want to decoupage onto your shoes and tear or cut into pieces. There is a fantastic array of decoupage paper in virtually any pattern and colour palette but you can also use printed paper. I chose…The Love List’s front cover! Being a complete control-freak I cut my paper into exact same-sized pieces but normal people can tear or cut into any size!

Paper for decoupaging

3)      If your shoes have soft uppers you can pad out the toes with newspaper to help hold their shape while you decoupage. Remember to leave room so that you can decoupage over the open edge of the shoe where your foot goes.

4)      Next, take your masking tape/artist’s tape and carefully cover each area you DON’T want to decoupage. This part takes a while but it’s worth it for the neat smooth edge you will get at the line where the upper of the shoe meets the sole.

Taped shoes

That’s the prep over—now for the fun part!

The Decoupage List: Method

1)      Brush decoupage glue onto a small area of the shoe with your decoupage brush.

2)      Next, take a piece of your paper and with the scissors make a tiny snip into each edge. Because you’re covering a 3D image rather than a flat surface, the tiny snips make it easier for you to fold and mold the paper over the contours of the shoe.

3)      Lay your piece of paper onto the glued area on your shoe and then brush some more decoupage glue over the paper to seal it.

Start

4)      Take your next piece of paper, and, after making the snips into each edge, lay it over the glued area and the piece you’ve just put on the shoe at any angle you choose.

5)      When you have the area covered, glue a new area and repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 of the method until you have decoupaged the entire area of the shoe.

half way through

6)       Once finished give the shoe another coat of decoupage glue to varnish it. This will make it fabulously splash-proof/lightly rain-proof. Just think of those festival willies you could decoupage! Allow to dry.

7)      Once the shoe is dry carefully remove the masking tape/artist’s tape.

TA-DAH! One pair of decoupaged shoes.

The Love List shoes

The Love List releases on Thursday (yay!). Find out more about it here: THE LOVE LIST

And find out about me here: WEBSITE /TWITTER  /FACEBOOK GOODREADS

WIN!

To celebrate the release of The Love List on Thursday, HarperImpulse are giving away iTunes vouchers for a free copy of my first HarperImpulse book: Her Best Laid Plans, which features Nora King’s brother ex bad-boy businessman Jared King and his plan-phobic PA Amanda Gray.

The first five readers to leave me a comment about a special pair of shoes they’ve bought will win a copy.

I hope you enjoy The Love List just as much as I enjoyed writing it J

Eve xx

Get ready for THE TEMP!

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Ever been stuck in a job you hated? Ever looked at other people’s lives and wondered ‘If they can do it, why not me?’

Emily Benet’s Wattpad sensation, which has now been read 1,746,111 times, is a brilliantly funny and romantic story about what happens when one young woman gets fed up with temping and goes to follow her dream. Now edited and perfected by Emily and the HarperImpulse team, The Temp will be published as a serial novel from this weekend!

Beginning on 28th September, the book will be publishing in three parts per week for three weeks, with the complete version available on 23rd October, and on Print on Demand on 18th December.

Most importantly, HarperImpulse have put a link to specific discussion pages for each chapter, so you can comment on the story along the way. Click through here to download and join in the experience here!

Amber is twenty-something, out of university with a degree she’s not sure what to do with, temping in order to earn enough money to live in London. One of her favourite life-hacks is to attend modern art Gallery openings for free wine. It is during one of these that she thinks ‘if they can do it, why not me?’, and her meeting with a handsome gallery promoter only cements her ambition to become famous through her art. With the help—and sometimes hindrance—of her friends Farrell, Bibiana, and Egg (short for Egbert), can Amber achieve her dream AND snag handsome Elliott?

We really want to know what you think of the story as it progresses – would you make the same decisions as Amber? Did reading it spark any memories of jobs you loved to loathe? Download the first part and then come join the conversation

Discussion Post – The Temp, Episode 1

So, we’ve just launched the first part of our serial novel, which will publish regularly throughout October. If you haven’t read Episode 1 yet, you can do so right here.

 

102137-0 The Temp ep 1

 

Amber is twenty-something, out of university with a degree she’s not sure what to do with, temping in order to earn enough money to live in London. One of her favourite life-hacks is to attend modern art Gallery openings for free wine. It is during one of these that she thinks ‘if they can do it, why not me?’, and her meeting with a handsome gallery promoter only cements her ambition to become famous through her art. With the help—and sometimes hindrance—of her friends Farrell, Bibiana, and Egg (short for Egbert), can Amber achieve her dream AND snag handsome Elliott?

What did you think of Episode 1? Are things looking good for Elliott and Amber?

 

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