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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Welcome to this weekend's guest author Liz Harris



Welcoming Liz Harris to the blog



Liz Harris was born in London and read Law at Southampton University. After graduating, she moved to California where she led a varied life, trying her hand at everything from cocktail waitressing on Sunset Strip to working as secretary to the CEO of a large Japanese trading company, not to mention a stint as ‘resident starlet’ at MGM. On returning to Britain, Liz completed a degree in English, awarded by The University of London, and then taught for a number of years before developing her writing career.

Her debut novel, THE ROAD BACK, was published by Choc Lit in September 2012, and her rom com, EVIE UNDERCOVER, also published by Choc Lit, is now out on kindle. A BARGAIN STRUCK, set in Wyoming, 1887, is to be published by Choc Lit in September 2013. In addition, she has written several short stories which are to be published in anthologies in 2012 and 2013, and her pocket novel, A DANGEROUS HEART, published by DC Thomson in 2012, will be available in libraries in large print from May 2013.


THE ROAD BACK and EVIE UNDERCOVER have been shortlisted by the Festival of Romance 2012 Awards, THE ROAD BACK for Best Historical Read and EVIE UNDERCOVER for Best Romantic Ebook. The results are yet to be announced.
Find Liz online:

website (and blog): www.lizharrisauthor.com
twitter : @lizharrisauthor



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Hi Liz, 
Welcome to the blog, it's great to see you.
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Firstly, thank you, Tessa, for giving me the chance to introduce enterprising Evie Shaw, the star of Evie Undercover, to your readers. And to introduce them, too, to drop-dead gorgeous Tom Hadleigh, a lawyer with a sense of humour as attractive as his looks.
Tom’s in a desperate plight: he must urgently visit the 14th century house he recently brought in Umbria, Italy, but he can’t speak a word of Italian; his Italian surveyor can’t speak a word of English, and his regular interpreter isn’t available to accompany him.
Enter auburn-haired Evie Shaw, ostensibly an agency temp, in reality the newest reporter on the gossip magazine Pure Dirt. Through the manipulation of her devious editor, Evie, fluent in Italian, is sent to work for Tom as an interpreter.
For Tom, his house will be his sole focus for their week together in Italy. Unfortunately for Tom, Evie has a different focus Рnamely, the expos̩ she must write about Tom or lose her only offer of a magazine job after months of searching.
But the path for the investigative journalist is seldom smooth, and it certainly never is when the subject in hand is as luscious as Tom.




This isn’t the first novel I’ve set in Umbria, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I love the area.  Popular though beautiful Italy is, not many people in Umbria speak English, and anyone buying a house there would have to have help with the language if they didn’t speak it.  And that’s where Evie comes in.
But Tom needing Evie is only the start of the story …
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EVIE UNDERCOVER

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A hotel bedroom in Umbria, Italy  

‘Will you sleep with me?’ Evie Shaw stood on her dishevelled bed, spotlit by a sliver of moonlight that fell from the unshuttered window above her. The man who’d just started to walk out of her bedroom stopped sharply. He turned to face her. ‘Please sleep with me,’ she repeated, wriggling toes that were tipped with scarlet and holding clenched fists in front of her mouth.
             She lowered her head to let her long auburn hair fall across her face. Strands of hair drifted across eyelashes caked with thick black mascara, and stuck there. Damn! That wasn’t meant to happen. She raised a hand and tugged lightly on the wayward strands. A second, more forceful, tug freed the hair. The sharp pain made it easy to work a tremor into her lower lip.
            Leaving the bedroom door wide open, Tom Hadleigh took two or three steps back into the dimly lit room. He pulled the belt of his white towelling robe more tightly around him and cleared his throat.
‘I’m sorry, Evie,’ he began, his voice firm, but edged with embarrassment. ‘Attractive though you are, I don’t sleep with the people who work for me. It’s just not a
good idea - in fact it’s a bloody awful idea and I’m sure you can appreciate that. Though of course I’m flattered you asked me,’ he added quickly.
            She opened her eyes wide, her face a picture of astonishment. She wrinkled her nose questioningly at him, then startled surprise give way to dimpled amusement. Cute, dimpled amusement, she hoped.
            ‘Oh, I don’t mean sleep with me, as in sleep with me. I certainly don’t want to sleep with you like that. God forbid!’ She threw back her head and laughed.
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Evie Undercover is a rom com published by Choc Lit. It’s now available on kindle. 


6 comments:

  1. Many thanks for interviewing me, Tessa. I've loved being a guest on your blog.

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  2. It's been great fun being your guest, Tessa. Thank you for inviting me.

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  3. Hello Liz, thank you for being my guest. :-)

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  4. That's a very intriguing excerpt - can't wait to read this!

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  5. Liz - I agree with Christina. That's a very intriguing start to a novel!

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  6. Many thanks, Henriette and Christina, for your comments. I hope you enjoy reading Evie Undercover as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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