Lynda1It is a huge pleasure to be part of the launch for Lynda Renham’s latest novel, The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties, released today by Raucous Publishing. For my part in today’s celebrations,  I am offering a copy of my own novel, Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines. You will find details below.

I fell in love with Lynda’s books after seeing a copy of Croissants and Jam and coveting the front cover. I purchased a copy and have been a fan ever since, along with many others.

For those of you who have not heard of Lynda, listen up…she’s unconventional, quirky, and very funny. She has been writing for some time (since she was nine years old) but is now well-known for her fabulous romantic comedies.

I grabbed her today while she was scurrying about at her launch party and managed to have a quick chat and a reminisce over a glass of Chianti. One of her responses is the answer to this question: ‘What Facebook game did  the characters in ‘Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines play? If you spot it, email it and the book title to skirts@raucouspublishing.co.uk with your name and address, and your name will go in a hat. The winner will be drawn at 10pm.’

Lynda, many congratulations on your latest book. It looks a superb read. Thank you for taking time out to be here. You clearly have an excellent sense of humour as we know from your writing. Are you a Monty Python and the Holy Grail or Carry On Matron! sort of person?

No contest. It has to be Monty Python every time.

If you compiled a list of your favourite comedy shows what would be at the top of your list?

Miranda Hart, of course, who else?

Imagine I invited you to my games room where I keep all my childhood toys, which would you choose? Skipping rope or marbles?

Skipping? You must be joking, that sounds energetic. I guess it has to be marbles.

Mousetrap or Scrabble?

Scrabble as I love words.

I was asked this question in a radio interview last week. No thinking allowed. Bodie or Doyle?

Ooh, such hard questions. Doyle, I think. 

Ah, I preferred Bodie. It was tough though to choose between them. What was the first record you ever purchased? (Mine was ‘Snoopy versus the Red Baron’!)

I think it was The Beatles, ‘Love me do.’ No can’t have been. I’m not that old.

Please tell us one of your favourite short jokes?

I asked my wife to let me know next time she has an orgasm but she said that she doesn’t like to call me at work.

What one crazy thing would you like to do before you are too old to do it?

Be a contestant on ‘Strictly come dancing.’ I’ll probably end up dancing with Bruce Forsyth the rate I’m going.

Maybe they could invent a Strictly with Zimmers for those of us who are running out of time. Onto some more serious answers now please for the many writers that read this blog. What advice would you give to a writer just starting out?

Check, double check, and triple check your work and always value a good editor. An editor is worth their weight in gold. Always be open to constructive criticism.

Why did you decide to write?

Because I couldn’t not write, it’s a part of me.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block and if so what did you do to combat it?

I have but I took the advice from another writer who I very much admire who said just keep on writing no matter how bad it seems. She was quite right, out of that there crap can always be found some gold dust.

Could you please put a few brief words about you – something that doesn’t show up on your website. Surprise us!

I used to have a terrible stammer when younger. So if anyone thinks I am mocking stammering in the new book. I, of all people know what it is like and you have to laugh at everything.

Thank you Lynda. I wish you every success on your launch. I am sure you have another best-seller on your hands.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I have enjoyed it.

You can discover more about this wonderful author by checking out her website and of course she is on Facebook and Twitter.

The Valentine Present and other Diabolical Liberties


On arriving home after a friend’s posh wedding, launderette worker Harriet, finds her life irrevocably changed when she discovers her flat ransacked and her boyfriend missing. In a matter of hours she is harassed by East End gangsters and upper crust aristocrats. Accepting an offer she can’t refuse, Harriet, against her better judgement becomes the fiancée of the wealthy Hamilton Lancaster, with dire consequences. What she had not bargained on was meeting Doctor Brice Edmunds. The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties is Lynda Renham’s funniest novel so far. A cocktail of misunderstandings, three unlikely gangsters, a monkey and a demented cat make this novel a hysterical read. Follow Harriet’s adventure where every attempt to get out of trouble puts her deeper in it.

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