The Dishevelled Duke

A Little Bit Cupid Collection #4

It’s publication day for The Dishevelled Duke, available in ebook from Amazon and Pride.

Will a photographer be swept off his feet by a duke who’s more dishevelled than dashing?

It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s Billy last shift at The Chelsea Bunn. His photography career never took off, so it’s time to leave London, parcel up the leftover heart-shaped cakes and head back home to Hampshire.

Rumpled Charlie and his two mischievous dogs are Billy’s favourite customers, so when Charlie turns up at closing time with a mysterious wrapped gift and the offer of a whirlwind trip on the London Eye, Billy can’t say no. But Charlie is keeping a secret that could turn Billy’s world happily upside down.

As the snow falls over London and the big wheel grinds to a halt, Billy discovers that wishes aren’t just for Christmas.

Excerpt

All the champagne cupcakes had gone. Only a few slices of red velvet cake remained, sharing a plate with the last three heart-shaped cookies. Imogen had said that Billy could take them home with him. What a way to arrive. Ten years in London and Billy would appear on his parents’ doorstep with leftover Valentine’s Day cake and hundreds of unsold photographs.

At least I tried.

For the last time, Billy loaded the café’s dishwasher. In a couple of minutes he would turn the sign to closed for the last time, shut the blinds for the last time and leave The Chelsea Bunn forever. He would lug his case through the crowds, clamber onto a packed train and say goodbye to London.

But he wouldn’t say goodbye to Charlie-who-has-no-surname, who came in five times a week for a cup of tea and a bun for the two wolfhounds that dragged him around like slightly undersized donkeys. Charlie with the peppery hair and laughing eyes and the lines that crinkled around them when he smiled. And he smiled a lot.

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CF White: The District Line

We’re really pleased to welcome CF White back to our blog. Her series The District Line is out soon in audio book. Read on to find out how to get your hands on a code for a free audiobook of Kick Off, the first novel in the series!

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.

My perfect Valentine’s Day would start with a lie in, no disturbances! Followed by tea and breakfast (scrambled eggs, smoked salmon – yum), then a stroll around London with dinner and to end a West End show. And the hope that it wasn’t raining!

Chocolates or roses? Or something else?

Roses. I’m on a diet!

Who’s your dream date for a Valentine’s Day dinner?

I have a huge crush on Taron Edgerton and I have the feeling he’d be quite the romantic. Or at least for my dream date, he would be.

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Aliyah Burke: This Ain’t No Love Story

USA Today bestselling author Aliyah Burke has come to say hello and tell us about her perfect Valentine’s Day. She’s the author of “This Ain’t No Love Story”, part of the A Little Bit Cupid Valentine’s collection. It’s available on Amazon and from Totally Bound.

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.

To be honest, mine is just having my husband home. He spent the majority of our married years deployed so anytime he was home, would be perfect. Typically it would be a dinner at home, quiet. I don’t do a lot of loud, going out, so we were good at home.

If we were at a place where we could go to the mountains, we would have dinner in the back of the truck as the sun set and our dogs with us. We are country people at heart and city living is hard. To me being out in the wilderness with the love of my life, that is perfect.

Chocolates or roses? Or something else?

I prefer real flowers to cut ones, love chocolate but I love books. You want to get on my good side, books. Or sapphires. *grin* Sapphires are always welcome.

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Pelaam: The Moment

Today we welcome Pelaam to the blog, author of The Moment from Pride’s A Little Bit Cupid collection, to tell us about her ideal Valentine’s Day.

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.

Get up late. Have brunch at our favourite beachside restaurant with a glass of buck’s fizz. A leisurely afternoon walking along the beach, playing minigolf, then sitting at a café, people watching. Home to shower and change, then a romantic dinner for two early evening, then relaxing on a rooftop bar. (Bear in mind, I live in New Zealand, so Feb is my summer)

Chocolates or roses? Or something else?

Chocolates are always welcome, but a nice bottle of bubbles (champagne) or a good rosé wine are also favourites.

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Rhoda Baxter: Valentine’s Day

Author Rhoda Baxter popped by the blog to tell us what she likes to do for Valentine’s Day. Buy her latest novella, sweet f/f romance Christmas for Commitmentphobes on Amazon!

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.

I don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day now, but I’d like to think it would involve being given a cup of tea first thing! Obviously, as it’s the Perfect Valentine’s Day, neither of us would have to go to work. We’d probably go have an amble round a National Trust place, with a stop for tea and cake, and then home for a nice meal. That sort of lovely day would mean a whole lot of logistics involving someone looking after the kids and tidying the house, so more realistically, I’d be looking at cinema and Nandos. Not that I’m complaining. I love Nandos.

Chocolates or roses? Or something else?

Chocolates (The answer is always chocolates). I quite like a cheery bunch of daffodils.

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Wendi Zwaduk: Over My Head

Wendi dropped by our blog to tell us about what she gets up to on Valentine’s Day, and about her Valentine’s-themed book, Over My Head.

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.

It’s funny this is the first question. When I started dating my now husband, we were super young and in college. We were also rather penniless, too. Hey, it was college and we put ourselves through college. Back then, we both sort of decided Valentine’s Day was just another day and we should show each other we loved each other all through the year. That said, the big goof (after telling me we weren’t doing much, so I just got him some white chocolate) created a little Valentine getaway in his dorm. Did I mention we were both not exactly rolling in the dough? But it was perfect. It’s my version of the perfect Valentine’s Day. He made dinner and had the room decorated in red and white twinkle lights. We listened to music, danced and…well…you can imagine the rest. He also got me a little ring, not an engagement one, but I’ve still got it and would wear it if I hadn’t worn the band through. So that’s my version of the perfect Valentine’s Day, the one I spent with him. Good thing I’m married to him and get this kind of Valentine’s Day every year – without the dorm room. Lol!

Chocolates or roses? Or something else?

I’m more of a daisy girl. I love chocolate. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about going to our local chocolatier and going a little crazy buying chocolate, but I love when DH buys me daisies.

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Ellen Mint: Special Delivery

Today on the blog, we’re talking to Ellen Mint, author of another story from Pride’s A Little Bit Cupid Collection, Special Delivery.

Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.

Curled up on the couch by my fire/heater because it’s always freezing cold out and snowy. Snuggling while watching a long movie, probably with a dog on my lap because again cold and it’s my duty to provide warmth for her. Then my husband and I can fool around after.

Chocolates or roses? Or something else?

Are the roses enchanted in any way? Do the colors change with every beat of a person’s love-sick heart? Or will a single prick of a thorn turn someone into Rose-Man, not to be confused with Rosé-Man who cries a red-white wine? If not, then the chocolates, especially one with salted caramel.

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