Guest Post: Celia J Anderson



Sweet Proposal by Celia J Anderson


Books, chocolate and a Jacuzzi: could there be a better combination? Gorgeous Geordie Leo arrives in Clayton-on-the-Bream with a mission to make his mark. When he reveals his ideas for a bespoke bookshop and chocolate-themed cafe, struggling writer Mab can’t resist his plea for help.


However, Leo’s timing is disastrous. Engaged to flighty, super-thin Sophie and knowing that Mab is up to her neck in a mysterious scheme of her own, Leo fights hard to ignore the warm, sensual friendship that is growing between them. When their eclectic mix of family and friends weigh in to help, the dream seems almost possible, but can Leo ignore Mab’s shady past? As they battle with sabotage, jealousy, vindictive neighbours and unpredictable relationships, Mab and Leo find that even chocolate can’t always make miracles happen . . .

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Leo swerved to avoid a dead badger. The A1 was still so quiet that groups of starlings rose in disgruntled crowds as he disturbed their breakfast, and the café where he had once eaten the best bacon sandwich of his life was firmly shuttered.

He gave in to the violent rumblings of his stomach and reached into the glove box, tearing the emergency chocolate bar open with his teeth and chewing until the bitter sweetness melted on his tongue, soothing and sensual. Chocolate and the future – they were closely linked in Leo’s mind. He sighed deeply. It was a pity that Sophie didn’t share his enthusiasm, but he supposed it was hard to get enthusiastic about a chocolate-based dream when all you ate was lettuce. Sophie was only twenty-five after all, ten years younger than Leo, stunningly beautiful and harder to amuse than a teenager on a family holiday. Maybe after they were married she would realise what a brilliant opportunity this move was going to be, and would be ready to leave Newcastle and her weird friends behind.

Stretching his legs, Leo decided that this cab must have been designed for a much smaller man. He yawned, felt his eyelids droop and blinked furiously, thinking of hot baths and strong coffee. He’d had no sleep for almost twenty-four hours. Celebrating was fine, but work would have to come first from now on. It was time for the Chocolate Project. The excitement that had been building up in waves washed over Leo again, and he gave the middle-aged lady driving towards him the full benefit of his flashing grin and dimples. He saw her jaw drop and laughed for the sheer joy of living – at last, Leo was about to make his mark, and no one was going to stop him.


Author Bio:

When she’s not marking children’s work, or writing stories involving pants, Celia spends far too much time on Facebook (Celia Joy Anderson) and does a lot of walking to counteract the cooking, eating and drinking which form another of her hobbies. She blogs as part of the Romaniacs online writers’ group – and tweets as @CeliaAnderson1. Her own website was recently launched thanks to Lucy Felthouse – and she has an author page on Facebook (Celia J Anderson)

Her ultimate dream is to have her children’s books published too. Usually sea-starved in the depths of the Midlands, she can often be found wandering happily around Brighton visiting her two daughters and pretending to collect ideas for her next book.

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Love Romances and More Golden Rose Award

A Killer’s Field has been awarded the Love Romances and More 2012 Golden Rose Award  for Best Romantic Suspense!

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Mini-Blog Tour with A Killer’s Field

A special thank you to Iris from Paranormal Cravings for lining up a book tour for A Killer’s Field and a heartfelt note of gratitude is extended to bloggers who took the time to read and review this novella from Devine Destinies. Thank you!


Reviews Posted from Our Tour Hosts

Review from Pezz Rambles
This short novella is based on the true story of the I-45 murders along a stretch of Texas highway between Houston and Galveston. While the actual murders didn’t take place there, it has been a notorious dumping ground since the early 70’s.
Denny thought it would be a great ‘lover’s retreat’ to go visit the killing fields of Texas. Kristen is not so hot on the idea, but goes anyway. This turns out to be the worst trip of her life. I love the story behind this. I’m the type of person who would jump at the chance to go digging for details on murders, but not on Halloween.

While it’s not a true story, it’s definitely plausible for a copycat. I could see this having been a longer, more drawn out story and full length novel with the great characters and storyline. If you’re looking for a quick read, go pick this book up!

Review from Cozie Corner
Susan pens “A Killer’s Field” in a plot based on the story of the I-45 murders in Texas. Her characters were believable and well developed to the point where I could feel what was happening around them and to them. A nice short, easy read that will get the hair on your arms standing, and I really would have loved to see this in a full length novel. I would recommend this to all horror fans.
I give “A Killer’s Field” a 4 star rating.

Review from Istyria Book Blog

A Killer’s Field is a very well written, well researched and overall good book. I got through it pretty fast because it’s pretty short but that doesn’t make it less good. I really enjoyed it and it was scary at times.

I immediately saw Susan did her research on this one and that’s very good. Especially when you write about a subject like this one. I liked the characters too. I did think Kristen was a bit stupid when she agreed to come with them just to please a boy. So take that as a lesson from this book. Never give in to your boyfriend when he asks you to come somewhere when you don’t want to. Especially if it’s the place where people were killed. Just say no. 

I don’t have a lot to say at the moment about this one. It was pretty short, so it’s a short review too. I recommend this book to people that love horror or thrillers and just want a good short story to read. 


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Release Day for A Killer’s Field

Good Morning, I’m stopping by today to share an excerpt from A Killer’s Field, a new fictional novella motivated by the senseless I-45 Texas killings, most of which remain unsolved today. A few years ago, I became aware of the … Continue reading

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Coming Soon to Devine Destinies



“A deadly event turns participants into victims as a Texas killing field becomes ground zero for a Halloween hunt….” A Killer’s Field, Susan Smith Alvis

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