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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: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher 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 (2012), quickly followed a year later by Boot Camp Bride. Lizzie loves the quick fire interchanges between the hero and heroine in the old black and white Hollywood movies, and hopes this love of dialogue comes across in her writing. Although much of her time is taken up publicising Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride, she has published a third novel SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS and started research for number four. Lizzie is a founding member of indie publishing group - New Romantics Press. In November 2014 they held an Author Event at Waterstones High Street, Kensington, London the icing on the cake as far as they are concerned - and a fitting way to celebrate their achievements. As for the years Lizzie spent as a teacher, they haven't quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on the subject of self-publishing.

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. Check out her reviews, they speak for themselves.

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."


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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.





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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 4 Jan. 2015
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TALL DARK AND KILTED
Lizzie Lamb has written a real corker in Tall, Dark and Kilted. All the ingredients for a great book are here; exhilarating plot, wonderful characters, an abundance of humour, all set against the beautiful backdrop of gloriously scenic Scotland. It is a book you can’t put down in a hurry because it is so absorbing and you just have to find out how things turn out for the heroine, feisty Fliss Bagshawe and the difficult, arrogant Laird, Ruairi, who clash spectacularly throughout the novel. It is frequently hilarious with great dialogue, particularly between Fliss and Ruairi. The ‘will they, won’t they?’ debate runs through the book and the reader is kept guessing right until the very end. A thoroughly entertaining read to warm your heart and is to be highly recommended, particular for lovers of romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on 18 Jan. 2015
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Tall Dark and Kilted is a beautifully written story, and has strong main characters in Ruairi Urquhart and Fliss Bagshawe. Ms. Lamb's cast of secondary characters cannot be described as wishy-washy, they are as vibrant and essential to the plot as Fliss and Ruairi.
Who could predict that being arrested in London would lead Fliss to meet the man of her dreams? For Ruairi his step-sisters' latest friend, Fliss, is just another problem to deal with and get rid off as if he didn't have enough trouble on his hands, such as saving his inheritance, without taking on any more. But for both, things don't go as expected and certainly not as planned.
Change is said to fuel progress and Fliss's arrival at Kinlock Mara is a catalyst no one predicted - or did they? It is also said that change is not welcomed by those who let tradition rule - and Ruairi is all for tradition.
The scene setting is amazing and had me longing to go back home. The detail and depth of all the characters takes Tall Dark and Kilted beyond the `also-ran to' a book this reviewer considers a keeper. Add the powerful emotions, the inter-family conflicts and the individual dreams, beliefs and cynicism, plus the humour, between them all, and it makes Tall Dark and Kilted a powerful story that carries the romance between Ruairi and Fliss from start to finish.
For this reviewer, Tall Dark and Kilted is a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roses are Amber on 19 April 2014
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This book is a wonderful modern romance. Fliss is hard working and independent, when a party gets broken up by the police and Fliss needs a good reference from her employer it becomes the last thing she gets, before the sack. Faced with the need to find a new job quickly, she jumps at the chance to manage a Therapy centre in the Scottish Highlands.

Ruairi is the Laird of Kinlock Mara who is forced to keep tight reins on his step sisters and their mother. Isla and Cat lead a wild life spending money from Trust funds with little care for anyone but themselves. Ruairi believes they've brought Fliss with them as a decoy for their overspending and bad behaviour. But Fliss is determined to make a go of the business despite constantly fighting Ruairi and his dis-trust.

Full of hot and cold blasts of tension between the pair, this story is full of romantic Scottish themes; Kilts, bagpipes, scenery, Gaelic whisperings, Clan Urquhart tartans and Strathspey reels. Definitely an enjoyable read.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Bywater on 21 Mar. 2013
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When Fliss Bagshawe loses her job as an holistic therapist after attending a party in Notting Hill that gets out of control, she thinks that her chance of running her own therapy business are over, until she is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to run a therapy centre, five hundred miles away in Scotland. Happy to leave her life behind in Pimlico she heads for the Scottish Highlands.

However after a chance meeting with the handsome but brooding Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart, Fliss finds that her dreams and plans could be over. Ruairi takes his responsibilities as Laird very seriously and thanks to an earlier misunderstanding when they first met Ruairi thinks that Fliss is no more than a scheming opportunist out for all she can get.

Fliss must take on the Laird and his eccentric family to convince them that she is passionate and determined and committed to make the therapy centre a success, before Ruairi puts a stop to her dreams before she can turn them into reality and she finds herself unemployed and back in London; two people from completely different backgrounds. The Laird is set in his ways and stubborn. Will Fliss be able to convince him that she is not what he thinks she is?

With enough sparks to set off fireworks, this is a fabulous romance story from author Lizzie Lamb. A fun and entertaining read from page one, engaging the reader straight away into the story that is written with excellent wit and humour that will make you smile. A cast of lively and thoroughly good fun characters that are so likable that some could have their own spin off stories. I loved everything about this book from the beautiful colour purple of the cover and the catchy title, to the escapism of getting lost in this great book for a few hours. I look forward to reading more books by Lizzie Lamb.
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