This week I’m delighted to introduce Mollie Blake. Mollie is responsible for keeping Cheshire Book Connections on track, for which the rest of the group, including myself, are extremely grateful. Mollie writes erotic romance suspense, for adults only. All her books are branded A Cheshire Love Story.
Mollie is a regular mum of one son and wife of one husband. She also has a new love in her life – a Newfoundland puppy called Pepper. As a former finance director, she was a bit of a latecomer to writing, but now she has ventured from analysing figures in her spreadsheets to creating steamy scenes for her characters between the bed sheets.
Her stories are filled with provocative romance and laced with suspense. She loves to wander through Google Earth in search of locations to inspire – from castles in the Channel Islands to high rise flats in London: from the streets of Melbourne to hotels in Kenya. Directionally challenged, you can find her getting lost in most places! However, the heart of her stories rests in Cheshire, England.
With a new passion of walking her Newfoundland, Mollie is also guilty of a love of reading, swimming, fast cars, Prosecco and chocolate. She has been condemned in the kitchen on more than one occasion. As she warned her husband – she kisses better than she cooks.
In November 2015 Mollie was delighted to sign a publishing contract with American publisher, Black Opal Books. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.
So over to Mollie :-
Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
Titanium – Sia. For me it represents having strength & resolve to overcome negativity.
Always look on the bright side of life – Monty Python. When life gets you down this is a good thing to remember.
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac. I just love the thrill of it, not to mention the link with cars.
Hustler – Josef Salvat. I came across this track after I had written Keeping You, & the words resonated so much with my hero, Lawrence Bane. The cover for Hustler is very erotic. I have since gone on to love everything Josef does.
Shep – Elvis Presley. My dad loved Elvis, and had a dog called Shep. Captivates family, childhood memories and pets.
Highlight 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.
My car. A Bentley Continental V8 GT
My piano, which I still play abysmally but I love the challenge of trying to get better.
My MacBook Pro. Mainly used for writing but also connecting on social media.
My wedding and engagement rings.
Pepper, our Newfoundland. A relatively newcomer to our lives, I would not want to be without her.
Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Have a bit more patience and you may make fewer mistakes. But I guess it’s part of our huge learning curve.
Be careful which friends you take along the way. I have lost some and I wish I hadn’t.
Make a plan to visit places in the world. Before you know it they can drift out of your reach.
Be more of a positive parent. I missed that post-natal course because I had to go back to work. I apologise to my son.
Don’t worry that everyone doesn’t like you. I don’t like everyone so we’re quits.
Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
I love superheroes. My favourites are Spiderman and Batman. One of the best things about having a son is I get to watch all the films and cartoons as part of “family” time.
As a challenge for my fortieth year, I passed my motorcycle test and owned a Suzuki SV400. I have never ridden since having my child and I miss it.
For another challenge I cycled the Manchester 100 miles. Twice, but two years apart! It’s on our list to do again.
I love driving and am guilty of singing in the car. If you pass me and I have an odd expression on my face, that’s why. Unless I’ve caught my wheel on the curb and then I’m furious!
I have recently experienced a low period in my life, for no major reason. Never being one to be down very much, this has given me a greater awareness of the cruelty of depression. I was not depressed, but I was not myself and I hated that feeling. The negativity weighed down on me as I believed at the time that I would never be myself again. I was lucky and am in a much better place now. My heart goes out to people who live with the illness and I wish them comfort and peace.
What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?
Travel and see more of the world. We have been States’ side, Canada & Peru, and Africa. Going East this year to Singapore & Borneo. Must visits include China, Australia, Alaska.
Write a best seller 😉 One of my books reached No 29 in erotic thrillers, but that was a while ago.
Play the piano well enough to take the headphones off.
Sail through the Panama Canal
Go to the ballet in Moscow
Thanks so much for taking part Mollie, I love your eclectic music choices. I’m afraid I have to confess to having lost my original wedding ring, but I was forgiven – just! I love your practical take on liking people – maybe that should be good advice for us at any age. Enjoy Singapore and Borneo, I’m sure you’ll love it – if you get the chance to visit Sepilok, take it – you won’t regret it.
He lived in a nightmare. His son brought him daylight. Can this woman be his breaking dawn?
Gabriel Black didn’t give a damn about the world. Until, that is, his seven-year-old son enters his life for the first time. The young boy brings daylight into the darkness of Gabriel’s world. But a single parent needs a distraction. And this single parent has no limits when it comes to getting what he wants…
She’s built a new life for herself on the ruins of the old, but this man can destroy everything she’s worked so hard to gain…
Grace McGuire lives with a dark secret—one that, if revealed, will destroy her new life. Then her world collides with that of forceful Gabriel Black, a multi-millionaire with a secret of his own, a secret Grace is determined to uncover for her sanity and all she holds dear.
Managing Director of her own successful fashion house, Lauren Chandler should have everything going for her. But at twenty-nine, she finds herself single again, and bored. Seeking a new challenge in her life, under the guise of saving her company money, Lauren embarks on a mission to model their latest range of lingerie herself. She just needs a photographer. When Byron Lord makes an unusual proposal, Lauren is adamant he won’t win the contract.
Co-owner of Broadway Studios, Byron Lord is determined to provide job security to his off-beat workforce, and he needs Lauren Chandler’s help to do so. Byron may have underestimated how far Lauren would be prepared to go. He had definitely underestimated how much she would demand of him.
And with an ultimatum of her own, Lauren gets far more than she bargained for.
His past haunts him. Revenge drives him. Can her love save him?
After a chance meeting in a bookshop, young Suzy Harper is engaged by multi-multimillionaire, Lawrence Bane, to work on translating a French document. They embark on an intense relationship, but he is surrounded by mystery and shame as demons from his past threaten to destroy everything he has worked for, including her love for him.
This exciting erotic romantic thriller traces the increasingly intense and tender relationship between the inexperienced Suzy and her wealthy, troubled lover, Lawrence. There are two obsessions in Lawrence’s life—his passion for Suzy and his drive for revenge against the gangland boss who murdered his best friend.
Will Suzy be strong enough to accept Lawrence for the man he is? Will Lawrence trust the woman he loves enough to reveal his darkest secrets to her? Will their love survive the challenges that lie ahead?
Emily Moorcroft is the skeptical bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding. Lauren Chandler is getting married to enigmatic Byron Lord, and Emily is compelled to ask her if she really knows who she’s marrying. Emily’s concerns grow when she suspects the newly weds friendship with the best man is “very close.” Lauren is her best friend! It’s not right that the best man seems to know Lauren better than Emily does. Jealousy rears its head, and painful memories threaten to spoil the day for Emily Moorcroft.
Why does the best man seem to know more than the bridesmaid? And why is the bridesmaid able to tell the best man things she has never told anyone else?
Tranquility “Tee” Hammond is head of a law firm. Having escaped a violent husband, with a son she was really too young to have had, her life revolved around her work. There was little time for anything else and she didn’t need anything else. When she was inclined to treat herself to a little sexual pleasure, she engaged the services of Email Indulgence–an exclusive club–one email for one night of sex with a man she didn’t know and didn’t need to care about again. For her, it was enough. But her life was about to be changed by a friend of Tee’s son at university, Barrington Stone, fifteen years her junior who is determined to woo her into an unconventional affair.
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