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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: The New Romantics 4 (16 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957398506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957398504
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,150,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

If you have a dream - go for it.
Life is not a rehearsal

Lizzie Lamb is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and loves writing romance. Having published two romantic comedies in under a year, established an indie publishing group and a social presence on twitter, Facebook etc she is now concentrating on writing her third novel. For this novel. Lizzie will return to the Highlands and Islands of Wester Ross and she is itching to bring the completed novel to her readers' attention. Lizzie has got ideas for subsequent novels, perhaps exploring the paranormal or introducing a greater degree of suspense in her writing.

MORE ABOUT LIZZIE
With Scottish, Irish, and Brazilian blood in her veins, it's hardly surprising that Lizzie Lamb is a writer. She even wrote extra scenes for the films she watched as a child and acted out in the playground with her friends. She is ashamed to admit that she kept all the good lines for herself. Luckily, she saves them for her readers these days. Lizzie's love of writing went on hold while she pursued a successful teaching career, finishing up as a Deputy Head teacher of a large primary school. Since deciding to leave the profession to realise her dream of becoming a published novelist, Lizzie hasn't looked back. She wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted - which echoes her love of her homeland in every page, not to mention heroes in kilts - and published it. Lizzie loves the quick fire interchange between the hero and heroine - like in old black and white Hollywood movies - and hope this comes over in her writing.
For her second novel: Boot Camp Bride (available now on all amazon sites) she's had enormous fun researching VW camper vans, the Norfolk Marshes and the world of journalism. Not to mention falling in love with a delicious new hero - Rafael Ffinch. She is currently working on her third novel, where she will be returning to her homeland: SCOTLAND.

Jane Little
* Lizzie Lamb's latest, is a perfect follow-up to her brilliant Tall, Dark and Kilted - with added suspense and mystery for good measure. It's that perfect blend of excitement, romance and humor, that she seems to do so effortlessly, but so well. The relationship between Charlee, a trainee intern, and the mysterious but irresistible Rafael Ffinch is cleverly paced, and the twists and turns of the plot keep you guessing and page-turning. Loved the funny, quirky chapter headings, and Lizzie Lamb paints as beguiling a picture of the magical Norfolk marshes,as she did of the Scottish Highlands


* This book reminded me of . . . Romancing the Stone. The writing in this book is equally as good as the script to that film and the characters as likable. I really enjoyed the story line . . . this book is going in my top ten reads. Reviewer Nikki Bywater

Take an up-for-anything reporter. Add a world-weary photo-journalist. Put them together . . . light the blue touch paper and stand well back! Posing as a bride-to-be, Charlee Montague goes undercover at a boot camp for brides in order to photograph supermodel Anastasia Markova. At Charlee's side and posing as her fiancé, is Rafael Ffinch award winning photographer and survivor of a kidnap attempt in Columbia. He's in no mood to cut inexperienced Charlee any slack and has made it plain that once the investigation is over, their partnership - and fake engagement - will be terminated, too. Soon Charlee has more questions than answers. What's the real reason behind Ffinch's interest in the boot camp? How is it connected to his kidnap in Columbia? In setting out to uncover the truth, Charlee puts herself in danger ... As the investigation draws to a close, she wonders if she'll be able to hand back the engagement ring and walk away from Rafa without a backward glance.

* "as the author says in her blurb, '... light the blue touch paper and stand well back!' Some of the pages almost burnt my fingers as I turned them!"
* It's impossible not to love the main characters and to dream you could live their story!
* Keep them coming Ms Lamb
* A roller-coaster ride . . . Highly recommended
* well-woven plot, atmospheric settings, and a strong, brilliantly created secondary cast of characters
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* "The language in this book is snappy and at the same time beautiful. How does Ms. Lamb do it? Thank you for a fun read."


With Scottish, Irish, and Brazilian blood in her veins, it's hardly surprising that Lizzie Lamb is a writer. She even wrote extra scenes for the films she watched as a child and acted out in the playground with her friends. She is shamed to admit that she kept all the good lines for herself. Luckily, she saves them for her readers these days. Lizzie's love of writing went on hold while she pursued a successful teaching career, finishing up as a Deputy Head teacher of a large primary school. Since deciding to leave the profession to realise her dream of becoming a published novelist, Lizzie hasn't looked back. She wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted - which echoes her love of her homeland in every page, not to mention heroes in kilts - and published it. Lizzie loves the quick fire interchange between the hero and heroine - like in old black and white Hollywood movies - and hope this comes over in her writing.
For her second novel: Boot Camp Bride she's had enormous fun researching VW camper vans, the Norfolk Marshes and the world of journalism. Not to mention falling in love with delicious hero - Rafael Ffinch.

From the Inside Flap

Chapter Two
The Devil Wears Primark

Charlee stepped out of the taxi around about eight o'clock and pulled her pashmina around her, warding off the wind that came straight off the Thames. Sharp and cutting, it whistled round her exposed legs and ankles and she wished now that she'd worn a coat. But, she was young and reckless and not even the threat of double pneumonia could dampen her enthusiasm for tonight's event. In fact, learning to suffer the cold without complaint would stand her in good stead when she worked on a serious newspaper and not a celebrity-driven magazine. Slipping into one of her customary daydreams, she imagined herself in Afghanistan where the wind scoured through the Khyber Pass. She'd suffer it all without complaint as she hunkered down in her fatigues, staking out the Taliban with a platoon of soldiers. Ready to report what the living conditions were like for our Heroes out there.
No privation was too great for Charlee Montague, the pundits would say, her dedication to the job is legendary.
Totally wired, Charlee skipped up the marble steps of the art gallery where the event was being held. Christmas was just around the corner and if that meant a groan-inducing stay at her family home, at least she was free from the dungeon of the photo archive. As she waited for Poppy to pay the driver and give him a generous tip, she determined to make the most of this God-given opportunity. Tonight she would make her mark or die in the attempt. Journalism was as much about luck as talent; about being in the right place at the right time and getting the scoop. This could be her chance to mingle with people who would spot her potential and offer her a place on a team of talented young writers. Editors and subs who would give their eye teeth to -
'Charlee, snap out of it. While you're dreaming of winning the Pulitzer Prize - again - I'm freezing my assets off,' Poppy complained, teetering on heels guaranteed to wreak havoc on the natural wood flooring in the art gallery. 'Come on, let's pard-ee, girlfriend.'
The huge glass doors swung and as Charlee crossed the threshold, she gave a little shiver that had nothing to do with the cold. Squaring her shoulders she stepped into the overheated atrium which was filled with the hum of voices and a hundred clashing perfumes.


I must also mention all the readers/writers/friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter who spurred me on to finish Boot Camp Bride by demanding - in the nicest way possible - a date when they could download it off Amazon. See - I've done it!
Next, I need to come clean and admit that I don't speak Russian, Spanish or Portuguese - but I know people who do. So many thanks to RNA member Maureen Stenning who put me in touch with her Russian daughter-in-law Vera Stenning who double-checked everything. And to Penny Brindle (RNA/NWS) who helped with the Russian translation, too. Another RNA member, Sarah Callejo corrected all the Spanish and Suzy Turner (of the Famous Five Plus writers' group) verified my Portuguese. You are the best - thank you!

About the Author

LIZZIE HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE NEW TALENT AWARD AT THE PRESTIGIOUS UK FESTIVAL OF ROMANCE. SHE WAS NOMINATED FOR THE OPENING CHAPTERS OF BOOT CAMP BRIDE.

Lizzie Lamb is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and loves writing romance. Having published two romantic comedies in under a year, established an indie publishing group and a social presence on twitter, Facebook etc she is now concentrating on writing her third novel. For this novel. Lizzie will return to the Highlands and Islands of Wester Ross and she is itching to bring the completed novel to her readers' attention. Lizzie has got ideas for subsequent novels, perhaps exploring the paranormal or introducing a greater degree of suspense in her writing.

For her second novel: Boot Camp Bride she's had enormous fun researching VW camper vans, the Norfolk Marshes and the world of journalism. Not to mention falling in love with delicious hero - Rafael Ffinch. Lizzie is currently working on her third novel which returns to Kinloch Mara where you might recognize some of the characters who walk across its pages. Available December 2014.



Product Description

About the Author

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy headteacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided it was time to leave the chalk face and pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme, honed her craft and wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted. She’s had enormous fun researching men in kilts, falling in love with brooding hero Ruairi Urquhart, and rooting for heroine Fliss Bagshawe - and hopes you will, too. Born in Scotland, Lizzie has always wanted to write a romantic novel set in the Highlands and Islands and with Tall, Dark and Kilted she has done just that. She has a well developed sense of humour and hopes this comes across in her novel. Although much of her time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted she has completed her second novel: Boot Camp Bride and has embarked upon a third. Boot Camp Bride has an element of intrigue and suspense and is set in the atmospheric Norfolk marshes where Lizzie has spent much of her time. Lizzie is a founding member of an indie publishing group: The New Romantics 4. Her fellow New Romantics are June Kearns, Mags Cullingford and Adrienne Vaughan. The New Romantics 4’s watch cry is: all for one and one for all. All four New Romantics will be e-publishing their second novels in November 2013 and have organised 'red carpet events' where they will share their experiences as writers and talk about their novels to readers. Follow The New Romantics 4 on Twitter - @newromantics4

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on 6 Nov 2012
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Tall Dark & kilted is a delighful book, filled with laughed out loud moments. It's a love story and all the characters are engaging. It's also a fun read with the Lairds to very spoilt stepsisters creating mayhem. I loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Garbera on 31 Oct 2012
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Tall, Dark and Kilted is a wonderful debut title from Lizzie Lamb. I enjoyed the fun romance and can't wait to read more from her. I mean who can resist a man in a kilt?? Not me!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shani on 22 April 2013
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Dramatic highland location? Check. Drop-dead gorgeous alpha male? Check. Suitably feisty heroine? Check. Stellar cast of suppporting characters? Okay, its obvious where I'm going with this. If you fancy a bout of total escapism with some serious sexiness thrown in, this book ticks all the boxes. It's fun, it's flirtatious, it gets the pulse racing (hello there window seat scene!!!!) and it's touching too. The characters are gorgeous (with the possible exception of a certain Urquart sister but even she attempts to redeem herself at the end) and you'll fall in love with Ruiari the minute you meet him. As in all good rom-coms, there's misunderstandings, mayhem and mishaps along the way, with Fliss getting increasingly frustrated with the tall, dark and kilted one. You'll be cheering her on from the sidelines, begging Ruiari not to be quite so brooding and for the pair of them to just see sense and realise what everybody else around them can see but are just too damned scared to say - that they are made for each other! A superb debut!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie King on 9 Feb 2014
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This is the first book by Lizzie Lamb that I've read. I loved the fact that it's set in Scotland. The characters and their lives are skillfully interwoven with interesting results. I can't wait to read Lizzie's second novel - Boot Camp Bride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgina on 4 Jan 2014
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I loved this debut by Lizzie Lamb with its delicious hero, Ruairi Urquhart - kilt-wearing Laird of Kinloch Mara - and determined heroine, Fliss Bagshawe. When Fliss loses her job, she jumps at the chance to run a therapy centre, but there's an unexpected catch. However, Fliss has overcome enough heartbreak in her life not to let the prospect of moving to the Scottish Highlands and dealing with Ruairi and his chaotic sisters ruin her chance to prove herself capable of realizing her dreams.

I love a man in a kilt - sigh - especially one like Ruairi. The chemistry between the two of them fizzes and I could go on and tell you more, but I can't wait to go and read Lizzie's second book, Boot Camp Bride!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MARY A ALCOCK on 3 Jan 2014
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If you have ever lived in Scotland or even holidayed there, this book will take you back to all the memories. Smell the heather, hear the heavy Scots accent, sit in a comfy chair and take yourself back. Loved the two main characters, and the people around them. This is an easy read, and total escapism. No complications just a relaxing story that drags you in to the end. Quite sad to finish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 27 Dec 2013
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Perfectly set in the highlands. Ruaridh and Fliss were frustrating at times but the tension and ending were great. Fabulous
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss J Jackson on 15 Dec 2013
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If this book is anything to go by then I'm moving to Scotland to be bowled over by a Scottish Laird!! A lovely read for all those looking for love and hoping they would find it in the most unexpected places. This novel reaches out to the romantic in us all and will have your heart leaping for joy and plummeting back down to earth again with a loud bang!! Kept me entertained throughout with the will they/won't they. You won't be disappointed ladies and men, you could learn a thing or two
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