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Guest Post & Giveaway by Rosa Temple

Relax, Read and Comment

First I’d like to say congratulations, Aimee, and what a fabulous way to celebrate your Blogiversary! A lot of hard work must have gone into organising it all. I hope this means you can put your feet up in May – but I’m pretty sure you’ll be working away and continuing all the great content here on Hello … Chick Lit.

Which brings me nicely on to the subject of content. As writers and bloggers we are always being told that the only way to engage readers is to give them exciting, stimulating, interesting and thought provoking content to read. Easy, right? Wrong. Yes, we are creative people but sometimes ideas aren’t always flowing with abundance from our bright and wonderful minds 🙂

As I sat and contemplated what to write about here, given such a wonderful opportunity as this, I began by making a list of subject headings. In the end I realised I was writing my shopping list as it read something like:

1. Talk about my book
2. Talk about authors who inspire me
3. How I became a writer
4. Half a dozen eggs
5. Bottle of Shiraz
6. Book an underarm wax

So … yes, I was out of ideas. Then I had a light bulb moment! How about asking the readers what they want to read?!

We authors and bloggers live in a lonely space; we write blog posts, articles and stories for you, the reader, and the only way we know if you like what we write is through your feedback. When you comment on our blogs we do a merry dance, a one handed back flip, a double somersault – and sometimes all three! We need your comments and feedback. Which is why I have beta readers reading my books before they go to publication.

I’d love for you to get involved by commenting on the new book I’m working on. What I’m hoping for, are you immediate reactions to the opening lines of my next novel and tell me:

Would you want to read further? And, if so, could you tell me why? (Special bonus point if you can guess when this book is likely to come out).

Here goes:

If you’re wondering what I’m doing, sitting in a graveyard at five minutes to midnight on Christmas Eve, it’s because I lost something. Well, not something, someone; my reason for living, my heart, my soulmate, if you prefer the term. In five minutes I’ll know for sure if I’ve truly lost him. I asked him to join me for midnight mass with my family and everyone else is nice and warm inside the church. My family are hoping Charlie will come but they don’t know he hasn’t returned any of my calls, so I’m not expecting a miracle.

This has to be one of the darkest and most eerie nights of all. It’s cold, it’s icy and I can just about make out puffs of vapour from every exhale, as I sit here brimming with an apology that may never be heard.

Honestly, it took a whole year of knowing Charlie to finally understand what it is to love someone completely and to be loved the very same way in return. And it took me exactly one month to lose it all.

So now it’s over to you. Drop by the comment box, let me know what you think and good luck to everyone entering my Giveaway to win and e-book copy of my latest novel, Natalie’s Getting Married.


Win 1 of 5 eBook copies of Natalie’s Getting Married
(to read my review of this book click the cover)


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About the Author:


Rosa Temple


Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedy and chick lit novellas, short stories and books because of her passion for what she calls the ‘early chick lit films’, like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She honed her skills as a ghostwriter, gaining experience writing romance novellas and book series, with sweet themes as well as steamy novels for adult readers.

She now specialises in contemporary romance but prefers to write chick-lit and romantic comedies.

So far, Rosa has published romantic comedy novella, Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the full length novel, Natalie’s Getting Married.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She reads a wide range of Women’s Fiction and all its sub genres. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and storylines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.

Her blog is called Rosa Temple Writes and you can follow her @RosaT_Author

Find her here:


About her Books:
(click the cover to check them out on Amazon)

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