Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Carole Matthews writes a love song...plus a book giveaway

We welcome Carole Matthews back to CLC today. Her latest novel, Million Love Songs, recently published and we thought it would be a great fit in our Romance month. Becky and Melissa A have read and enjoyed many of Carole's novels, so we're glad to introduce you to the fabulous woman behind the writing.

Not only is Carole a writer of romantic comedy, but she is also a drinker of champagne, baker of cakes, and eater of chocolate. She lives in the Costa del Milton Keynes with her dearly beloved, Lovely Kev, in a minimalist home with no carpets, curtains or ornaments. Carole likes walking, dancing, Zumba, movies and watching rubbish telly. You can find Carole at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanks to Sphere, we have one copy of Million Love Songs for a lucky reader!

After splitting up with her cheating ex, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She's single again for the first time in years and she's going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she's looking for is a serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he's charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, and yet Ruby can't help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind and attentive, but he comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

And though Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, is it what she needs to be truly happy?
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

Favorite celebrity couple: 
I’m not big on the celebrity thing, but we have a very inspirational young couple in the UK, Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. Tom is from the band McFly and is a very talented musician and writer of children’s books. Giovanna is a successful novelist. They both work really hard as parents to small children while being very down-to-earth about their success. I follow their social media posts which are always uplifting.

Most romantic gesture that happened to you: 
Lovely Kev went down on one knee and proposed to me in Summer 2017 while we were on a walk by our favourite lake, Buttermere, in the Lake District in England. We’ve had a whirlwind 17-year romance, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it was still very romantic.

Most romantic song: 
Give the title of my latest book, I should perhaps choose "A Million Love Songs" by Take That which is a totally gorgeous song. But I also love "The Man Who Can’t be Moved" by The Script. It makes me cry every time I hear it. My hero, Danny, in The Cake Shop in the Garden and Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights is somewhat inspired by lead singer of the band, Danny O’Donaghue.

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word "romance"? 
Two people in love.

Most memorable Valentine's Day: 
I’m hoping it will be the one that’s coming! At vast expense we’ve booked to have a romantic dinner in the Great Hall at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Studios. Though I have to say it’s usually the little romantic things that make Valentine’s day – a cup of tea in bed, a long walk, a cosy lunch. It’s always lovely to have something to cheer up February.

How did you meet your significant other? 
Lovely Kev was my scuba-diving instructor – something I’ve been able to use for my latest book, Million Love Songs. Lots of excellent comedy material in being underwater in a wetsuit – not so much romance though

Thanks to Carole for visiting with us and to Sphere for the giveaway copy!

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Janine said...

I really shouldn't talk about when I am married again, but he really did do romantic things. Sometimes when I would get off work, he would have a gift waiting for me or one time he handed me the newspaper and asked me to find something to do that weekend and plane tickets were hidden inside. He didn't buy flowers from the grocery store. He knew I loved tropical flowers, so he would order them from Hawaii for no reason most times. My husband now doesn't even recognize the word romance.

Anna loomis Russell said...

Never had romance in a relationship life got in the way

Linda May said...

I met my late Husband thru a dating service & it was the best thing I could have done. He always surprised me with special dinners & my favorite flowers. Sadly after 20 years of marriage I lost him to Kidney Cancer 14 months ago & I miss him terribly & there will never be another one like him again. Thanks for your great generosity.

Melanie Backus said...

On our 25th anniversary, my husband sent me twenty five roses and on a business trip to Hawaii, he arranged for us to have a little red convertible to sport around in.

Kelley B said...

My husband bought me 2 books for Valentines Day one year. We didn't have a lot of money so it was extra special. He put one in the fridge and one in the laundry basket!!!

traveler said...

My husband was never romantic nor did he do special things for me. I always hoped that he would be this way but instead he is a special and true soulmate which I appreciate.

Julie C said...

My husband has always been romantic but sometimes it’s the little things like we say “I Love You” to each other everyday and we’ve been together 27 years

holdenj said...

I wasn't sure at the time, but now that we've been married for a couple decades, I have decided that my first Valentine's gift as a dating couple was perfect. They were two new tires for my car! That says love to me!

diannekc said...

While we were dating my husband surprised me by gettings us plane tickets to Chicago. We ate dinner at O'Hare and flew home that night. He knew I had never been on a plane before, so it was a nice surprise.

dstoutholcomb said...

when we were dating, my husband gave me a heart locket for valentine's day--he had given me a chain for Christmas


susieqlaw said...

Some of the greatest romantic gestures I have experienced involve spending time together. Time is precious, so I have fond memories of spending time usually enjoying a day traveling in the city making memories.

Lesley McIntosh said...

Well I have had surprise parties, red roses for our anniversary , heart shaped chocolates one year and had breakfast in bed.

Mary Preston said...

The little things go a long way with me. Nothing says "I Love You" quite like dirty laundry actually making it to the basket.

Bonnie K. said...

Early in our relationship, my husband-to-be had my name carved from wood for my Christmas gift. For him,that's a romantic gesture. :)

Dianna said...

My husband took my ring in for cleaning and polishing. When he gave it back to me, I was surprised to see a brand new ring with a much bigger diamond!

Milena said...

Flowers and chocolates for birthdays and anniversaries is the most romantic my husbands gets

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Tatum Rangel said...

When my first boyfriend and I met up for our for first date, he held out a red rose for me when I was approaching him. It was the first time a guy had done that for me and I thought it was sweet. :)

Natasha S. said...

My ex-boyfriend had flowers sent multiple times to my work. At the time it was really sweet.