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Well, June and July and August came and disappeared and I don't have a clue what happened. Okay, I do. I finally settled in my new house. My study is not yet how I would like it to be, but at least I have my own space and computer - and a brand new one at that.

I haven't published since September last year when Taste for Wine was released. I had visions that it was never going to happen again but apart from unpacking boxes, I've published my debut novel, Eye on the Ball in Afrikaans as Jakes se Geheim at the end of June and 'n Kans vir Christopher, the second book (Obstruction) at the end of August. I also have three others up on Amazon for pre-order. 

If you are a reviewer, you can grab your Advance Reader Copy on Booksprout. I only leave 20 copies for review, so if you miss out and you want to read it, please let me know.

Release Date: September 30

Concussion (Playing for Glory, Book 5)

“I’m not good-looking enough. I’m a prop, not the catch on the team. Everyone thinks we’re the dumb guys on the squad. The loosies and the guys in the back get the beautiful women.”

Ryan Foster knew the score. He, therefore, had no expectations when he met trauma doctor, Margaret Blake.

Margaret always made it clear how she felt about rugby, a sport she considered only being favoured by dumb and ignorant hooligans. When she met Ryan, the almost chemical attraction surprised her as she felt towards the large prop with his bushy beard and long hair. One evening in his company convinced Margaret that there was more to Ryan than meets the eye and gave in to temptation. A severe concussion puts Ryan’s rugby career in jeopardy, and with it, his future with Margaret.

Could Margaret convince Ryan (and herself), that they might have a future? And even if they did, would they be able to overcome their pasts to find their own Happy Ever After?

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Release Date: October 18

Taste for Cupcakes (Taste for Love, Book 3)

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach ... hers might be through his kitchen...
Morag MacPherson returns to Scotland with one dream and that is to open her open cupcake shop. She knows she has to work hard and may have to wait a while before she could fulfil that dream, but she doesn’t mind that. She will not let one obnoxious man, accusing her of things she will never consider, derails her plan.
When Peter Moriarty realised he made a big mistake, he tried his best to rectify it, but Morag was not a feisty red-head for nothing. He had to work hard to gain her trust and friendship. What did he have to do to win her heart?
Peter might have an ace up his sleeve, however. What is that saying again? The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Hers might be through his kitchen...

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Release Date: November 15

Concussion (Playing for Glory, Book 5)

As a young and hot-headed twenty-two-year-old, Dan Mackay made a choice he regretted ever since. Even though he knew it was wrong, he was too proud, and admittedly, too embarrassed, to admit it then. When he, at last, came to his senses, it was too late. 

The past has a nasty habit of catching up on you. Returning to South Africa, Dan learned that the choice he made so long ago had more repercussions than even he thought.

Like Dan, Jess knew it was the biggest mistake letting Dan go, even as he was walking out of the door, but she was too proud to stop him. She would’ve wanted him to choose her, or just give her a choice, but when he didn’t, she let him go.

Will Dan be able to make better choices this time to help mend his relationship with Jess?

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What's Next?

I'm finalising Wrecking Ball, Book 6 in the Playing for Glory series which I hope to publish 30 October or somewhere around there. 

After that, it's the turn for the next book in the Blue Mountain series, which might be Out of the Blue or Spark of Blue. I'm not sure yet. That will be released in Afrikaans as Onverwagte Blou or Blouer as Blou at the end of November.

I'm also working on a collaboration with other Southern African authors. We will each write a Summer Christmas Novella, which we hope to release on 12 December. It will also be released in Afrikaans as 'n Somer Kersfees novella. Currently, my working title for my manuscript is Love amongst the Ashes but it won't be the final name. It's supposed to be something Christmas-sy like a Christmas song title. 

For my Afrikaans readers: If you follow me on Booksprout, and you are willing to read reviews on at least Bookbub and Goodreads, and maybe Amazon if you spend more than $50 a year on Amazon, you can become a member of my ARC Team. My Afrikaans books will be exclusive on Booksprout for my ARC team. You can sign up here:

And that is it from me. I now MUST put my ass on the seat and finish Wrecking Ball. My MC is a very obstinate Scot who had been making my life difficult for the last two years. A few weeks ago he finally revealed his real problem and I managed to re-write the book half-way. Then my MS Office crashed on my new computer and gone is the whole re-write! Since then I have been procrastinating as I've been so fed up with him. Hopefully today...

Until next time


Francine Beaton

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