The lovely fellow Mills and Boon author Fiona Harper has tagged me to follow on The Next Big Thing blog link with a series of questions about my next book which will be released as a Harlequin Romance from January 2013.
What is the title of your book?
‘When Chocolate is Not Enough.’
How did you come by the idea?/Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I saw an advertisement for a local artisan chocolate company which specialised in chocolate shapes for hen nights and parties of all kinds.
What genre does your book fall under?
Short Contemporary Romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it were a movie?
Daisy – my chocolatier working in London.
Max – the English cocoa farmer with a plantation in St Lucia.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One taste of Daisy Flynn’s delicious confectionery and Max Trevelyan is hooked – this quirky chocolatier is just the person to showcase the cocoa from his plantation and Daisy jumps on the idea – she’s always dreamed of having her own chocolate shop, and with Max’s offer that dream can become a reality!
Will your book be self-published or traditional?
‘When Chocolate is Not Enough’ is published in print and as an e-book by Harlequin. It was also a RIVA title in the UK this spring.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft probably took me about four weeks to write.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Chocolat by Joanne Harris comes to mind, but there are many cooking and baking related contemporary romances. My very first Harlequin novel, ‘Always the Bridesmaid,’ featured a heroine who was a pastry chef in an Austrian bakery.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Location – the book is set in Paris, London, Cornwall and St Lucia. And of course – there is the chocolate. Organic dark chocolate. You can read the opening pages at my website and also on the Amazon Link HERE.
Reviews of the RIVA Edition of this book:
A huge thanks to Julie Bonello at Cataromance for her kind review.
“The next best thing to a box of delicious Belgian chocolates, When Chocolate Is Not Enough… is Nina Harrington’s latest fun, fast-paced and absolutely irresistible page-turner for Mills and Boon Riva!”
“A warm-hearted, uplifting and captivating page-turner that perfectly balances emotional conflict and powerful drama with flirty romance and feel-good charm, When Chocolate Is Not Enough is a terrific tale of unexpected blessings, fresh starts and red-hot temptation that is absolutely impossible to put down!
A zesty-paced read with a heroine you’ll simply love and a hero to die for, When Chocolate Is Not Enough is another keeper by Nina Harrington!”
You can read the full review by popping along to Cataromance HERE.
When Chocolate Is Not Enough. 4 Stars. Romantic Times Magazine
Chocolatier Daisy Flynn wants nothing more than to own her own shop, but that all changes the day she meets Max Treveleyn. He’s a sexy single parent who happens to run an organic cocoa plantation in St.Lucia. To make his plantation a success, he needs a chef to create a winning dessert for a hotel chain in London.
Once Daisy tastes the chocolate, she jumps at the change to enter the contest, knowing that she can win.
Although Max swore off love to concentrate on growing cocoa, he just can’t help falling for the woman who adores chocolate as much as he does.
Harrington’s characters are extremely likeable in this sweet story filled with twists, turns and surprises. This book would make a terrific chick flick.