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Fame and Fortune

14 October 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

New Release - 31st October 2018

I am SUPER excited that the release date for Fame and Fortune is drawing closer! 

Fame and Fortune

This is the third book in the Hamptons series and I am delighted to welcome back a number of favoured characters as well as introducing a few new ones.

What's it all about?

The popular weight loss guru Georgina Fame makes her glittering entrance at the Hambly-Joneses dinner. When she organises a week’s retreat to Cornwall, how will an encounter with the past shake her carefully built confidence?

Having become quite the celebrity, Diana Fortune puts the newly formed Fortunettes through their paces in preparation for the Cotswolds County Majorette of the Year competition. As a case of bullying threatens to unbalance the group, questions are raised when Lily Hambly-Jones is uncovered as the culprit. Could such a caring girl be capable of tormenting her peers?

Newcomer Lucy Whittaker is shocked when her only child Ian suddenly announces that he’s off on an internship. When he goes completely off the radar, Lucy begins to fear that all is not as Ian has led her to believe...

When Tiggy and Harry go into partnership with the Roses’, LC’s Bistro and Wine bar is born. Will their efforts bring a touch of glamour to the Hamptons?

Fame and Fortune

Fame and Fortune – a tale of family conflict, deceit, broken hearts and redemption... Well... this is the Hamptons after all!

How is Daz Rice connected to Fame and Fortune?

When I created the Majorette storyline, I needed a song that the Fortunettes could perform their routine to. Having come across Daz Rice's debut album, Precious Times - and listening to it over and over! - I was immediately drawn to one of these songs. I was thrilled when he gave his permission for me to include him and his music in my story. I played it in the background as I wrote the relevant scenes and it all fitted together perfectly!

Daz Rice Precious Times Album

Daz is a talented musician, singer, songwriter and recording artist. If you haven't listened to any of his music, I urge you to do so. You can find out more about Daz and also purchase a copy of his debut album from his website 

Pre-order your copy today!

The Kindle version of Fame and Fortune is available to pre-order via Amazon now.

The print version will be available from 31st October 2018 via Amazon or direct from me!

In the meantime, you can catch up on all the gossip!

If you haven't yet read the other books in this series, you can buy them here:

Everything Happens For A Reason

The Curious Miss Fortune

That's it for this update. Happy reading and I look forward to catching up with you again soon.

Much love,

Tina-Marie xoxo

 

 

 

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Ghosting – it’s not just scary, it’s a tragedy

22 August 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

Don’t worry – this old bird hasn’t lost her marbles just yet! I’d like to use this blog update to discuss the issue of Ghosting. Maybe it will be as unfamiliar to you as it was to me when I first came across what I now know to be a growing phenomenon. Please take 5 and join me as I discuss the reasons why I have been drawn to this topic as the central theme for my forthcoming release in the Hamptons series.

The Hamptons Book 3 – Fame and Fortune

If you are not familiar with my work, I write contemporary women’s fiction with a twist of tongue-in-cheek humour. My first book, ‘Everything Happens For a Reason’, introduces readers to the adorable Poppy Jackson and follows her tale of love, loss and new beginnings. The second book in this series, ‘The Curious Miss Fortune’ is an entertaining cosy mystery exploring how broken relationships can be turned around in the most unexpected fashion. My forthcoming release ‘Fame and Fortune’ explores the phenomenon of Ghosting, and it’s no laughing matter.

For those of you who are not yet familiar with this term, my trusty friend, Dictionary.com describes Ghosting as:

ghosting

[goh-sting]

noun

1.       Television. The appearance of multiple images, or ghosts, on a television screen.

2.       Informal.

  1. The practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship:

He was a victim of ghosting.

  1. Also called French goodbye, Irish goodbye. The act of leaving a social event or engagement suddenly without saying goodbye:

Ghosting might be the best option if we want to get home before midnight.

3.       Digital Technology. The removal of comments, threads, or other content from a website or online forum without informing the poster, keeping them hidden from the public but still visible to the poster.

Source: Dictionary.com (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ghosting?s=t)

My story focuses on people who have ended all contact with a person without explanation and the research behind this was as shocking as it was heartbreaking. Type the term into a search engine and you will be bombarded with articles aimed at giving advice such as ‘why people ghost’ and ‘how to cope with ghosting’. There are even articles that claim to help you spot clues of a potential ‘ghoster’. I also came across a number of well written articles by psychologists who aim to explain the reasoning behind such behaviour, with some claiming that the ‘ghoster’ ‘could have a borderline personality disorder.’

Whatever the reasoning behind such behaviour is, the trauma on the people left behind can be devastating. It’s not just about one night stands never getting in touch again, or an off/on lover who suddenly finds someone new. I was shocked to discover tales from distraught parents whose children have upped and left without so much as a second glance – families who’ve never shared a cross word – and who are left floundering. It’s no surprise that in many circumstances, being left clueless and fearing the worst, they reach out to the authorities for answers often to be told that their offspring has requested to be left alone.

None of us know what goes on behind closed doors and in such situations respect should be afforded to both sides. However, I was rather taken aback at a comment I came across where the poster expressed their disgust in no uncertain terms that their parents had the audacity to call in the police to help find them.

However, I am certainly not here to judge anyone.

In my new book, whilst we return to the light-heartedness of village life, I also attempt to tackle this serious issue from different perspectives. I only hope that I can do it justice.

Fame and Fortune by Tina-Marie Miller is due for release on 31st October 2018 in Paperback and on Kindle via Amazon and www.tinamariemiller.co.uk

If you have been affected by this issue, there is help and support available. Please contact your healthcare provider who should be able to put you in touch with the relevant organisation.

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The Hamptons - Book 3!

06 July 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

Hello beautiful friends, it's been a while...

It's a pleasure to welcome you to my latest blog update! Where has the time gone? Well, I've been busy chipping away at my next novel - book 3 in the Hamptons series - and thoroughly enjoying myself too!  As well as spending quite a bit of time undertaking research for this new storyline, I've been carefully plotting out my storyboard and working on introducing some new characters. Writing began about a month ago and it's coming along nicely. smiley Here's a lil' teaser for you:

 

 

I have also been working on creating a suitable cover and I'm really pleased with the finish product and am super excited to share this with you all soon - so do keep an eye out for updates!

Audio Books

...are coming! Realistically, I'm aiming for Everything Happens For A Reason to be available towards the end of November 2018 - hopefully in time for the holidays but I will keep you updated as I know many of you are keen to purchase audio copies.

Reviews

It's a real thrill for an author to receive a review for their work - the feedback is truly valuable - so if you've enjoyed a book, please take a moment to write a few words to share your thoughts with the author. If you've enjoyed one of my books and would like to leave a review, or to send me your thoughts, please do contact me. Once my next book is complete, I will spend some time updating my website and intend adding a page of reviews for books that I've enjoyed. I look forward to sharing my recommendations with you.

Don't forget...

You can purchase a signed copy of my novels direct from me here and include a personalised message!

My debut novel, Everything Happens For A Reason perfectly sets the scene for my latest release The Curious Miss Fortune. A fast paced, cosy mystery weaved with romance, intrigue and humour which will keep you guessing right to the end! Both books are also available digitially via Amazon.

That's all for this update. I look forward to catching up with you all again soon. As always, I am so thankful and appreciative of your amazing support.

Enjoy the sunshine and happy reading!

With much love,

Tina-Marie xoxoxox

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The Curious Miss Fortune gets selected!

24 April 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

I'm delighted to welcome you to my lastest blog update. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

There is some exciting news that I am SUPER delighted to share with you all. My latest release, The Curious Miss Fortune has been selected by Caleb and Linda Pirtle as one of the 100 Indie Books You Should Read Before You Die, showcased here: http://bit.ly/2J7V4E4

It is such an honour to have my work recognised in this way, particularly by two esteemed authors and publishers such as these. You can find out more about Caleb and Linda and their fantastic work here: http://bit.ly/2HFeMdB

The Curious Miss Fortune is the perfect mix of drama, romance and mystery to cosy up to. The story centres around The Hampton Players who begin rehearsals for their annual amateur dramatics production, The Curious Incident, only to discover that as the fictional events unfold in the play, they begin to realise such events are also playing out in real life leaving them fearful that a murder is about to take place!

We're also introduced to Diana Fortune whose forgotten past could be her strength when she auditions for the Hampton Players and her son, Aster Maxwell a highly successful maxillofacial surgeon who is hungry for success. Desperate to maximise his specialisation by opening his own private clinic, will he stop at nothing to get what he wants?

And there's so much more... and in celebration of it's success I'm offering you the opportunity to purchase a Kindle copy for just 99p / 99c during 1st - 4th May 2018! That's less than the price of a coffee and a small price to pay for a great read!

Happy reading, let me know what you think.

Much love, Tina-Marie xoxox

 

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The Royal Cornwall Museum's Cornish Fiction Display

01 April 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

I am so thrilled to share with you all that the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro have included both of my books in their Cornish fiction display celebrating local authors. This is an amazing opportunity for visitors and local residents to be able to purchase books by Cornish authors, direct from the museum's gift shop. This particular display will run over the Easter holidays and they have kindly agreed to also include my work in their Summer Reading Showcase too.

The museum is a beautiful attraction that houses a range of amazing and interesting exhibitions. To find out more about what exhibitions are currently showing and where the museum is located, please visit their website:http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/.

What a perfect holiday treat! You can visit and enjoy this wonderful attraction and pick up a holiday read on the way out!

Enjoy!

With much love,

Tina-Marie xoxox

Cornish fiction display 1

 

Cornish fiction display 2

 

Cornish fiction display 3

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Ordering direct from Waterstones!

26 March 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

I am delighted to share with you that both of my books can now be ordered direct through Waterstones!

You can do this through any Waterstones outlet or via their website https://www.waterstones.com/

All you need to do is enter the ISBN number which is as follows:

Everything Happens For A Reason: ISBN 9781999969509
The Curious Miss Fortune: ISBN 9781999969547

Happy reading!

Best wishes,

Tina-Marie xoxox

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Featured Book of the Moment Club selection for Everything Happens For A Reason!

26 March 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

I am absolutely thrilled to learn that my debut novel 'Everything Happens For A Reason' has been selected as Caleb and Linda Pirtle's 'Featured Book of the Moment Club selection.' Thank you so much!

This is a super opportunity to showcase my work through Caleb and Linda's amazing blog. I hope you will take a moment to join me there and also take an opportunity to have a look through some of the many talented authors whose books have also been featured

https://calebandlindapirtle.com/botm/everything-happens-reason-tina-marie-miller/

 

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Local Author Support

26 March 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

Happy Monday Friends!

It was SUPER excting to find myself delivering some copies of my books to the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro on Saturday for inclusion in their Summer Reading Showcase which is being featured after Easter.

I am most thankful for this little acorn which I hope will bring forth more exciting opportunities!

As an indie author, every opportunity to showcase our work is special and I am most grateful to the RCM for supporting a local author.

If you are local or are planning to holiday in this beautiful part of the country, add a visit to the museum to your list. They have some wonderful exhibitions throughout the year and you can find more details of what's on via their website http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/. Remember to swing by the gift shop on your way out too and treat yourself to a good read!

I wish you all a SUPER happy week and thank you from the depths of my heart for your truly amazing support.

Much love,

Tina-Marie xoxox

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Friday Update

25 March 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

Happy Friday everyone!

Another week seems to have flown past!

I've been busy creating the story board for the third book in the Hamptons series which I hope to begin writing in the next week or so. I'm super excited to be adding to the two books I've created so far and can't wait to share the next with you all.

I am pleased to announce that my books can now be ordered direct through any Waterstones outlet. To enable ease of ordering the details are:

Everything Happens For A Reason: ISBN 9781999969509

The Curious Miss Fortune: ISBN 9781999969547

Of course, I very much hope that as orders progress I can tempt Waterstones into stocking their shelves full of them! ;O) Well, we all need to aim high right?

Also this month, my latest release has been selected for entry into the AllAuthor Book Cover competition for March. If you like the cover, I would really appreciate your vote please. Just click the link below and then click the vote button next to my cover, thank you.

http://bit.ly/2pl0DGW

As I mentioned on my last blog I am aiming for all future updates to come via my website blog where I will also be posting video updates from time to time too. This is currently in beta testing and should be available soon so do visit www.tinamariemiller.co.uk to keep updated. Don't forget, you can purchase signed copies of my books direct from me too. 

I will be launching an Author Spotlight feature in the coming months. If you would like an opportunity to showcase your work, please do contact me. I'd love you to take part!

Well that's it for this week. As always, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your amazing support. Have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to catching up with you again soon.

With much love,

Tina-Marie
xoxox

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An introduction to my debut novel, Everything Happens For A Reason

25 March 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

I am delighted to share with you all an introduction to my debut novel, Everything Happens For A Reason via my first vlog!

https://goo.gl/F8BXXh  

Don't forget to click on the SUBSCRIBE button to received notifications of future blog posts.

If you would like to purchase a copy of my debut, please click on the novels tab above where you will be able to purchase a signed copy direct from me. Alternatively, visit Amazon https://goo.gl/CU69pj for print and/or ebook copies.

Both of my novels are FREE to read on #KindleUnlimited.

Please feel free to contact me with any comments you might have.

With my very best wishes,

Tina-Marie xoxox

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February 2018 News Update

25 March 2018 by Tina-Marie Miller

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well.

I can't believe it is March already and I hope that this month will prove to be just as productive as February, if not more so!

I was so thrilled to have my New Release 'The Curious Miss Fortune' featured on the wonderful Caleb and Linda Pirtle's daily review during February. You can join us here: https://goo.gl/BXAzfU. Huge thanks to Caleb and Linda for this amazing opportunity.

Also during February, I was delighted to be featured on Cheryl Holloway's blog where I discuss my new release further: http://www.cherylholloway.net/…/guest...

My website is currently being updated and will feature my own blog and I am looking to introduce an Author Spotlight feature of my own. If you are interested in having you and your latest work featured, please message me.

I have started writing book 3 of the Hamptons series and am really excited about it - I hope you will be too!

If you would like to purchase a copy of either of my novels, you can do this via my website www.tinamariemiller.co.uk or via Amazon https://goo.gl/CU69pj.

I wish you all a wonderful new month and look forward to catching up with you again soon. Thank you so much for your support, I truly value and appreciate it.

Much love,

Tina-Marie xoxox

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