Extract: Truly, Madly, Greekly by Mandy Baggot

Get your summer off to a steamy start with Mandy Baggot and her sizzling new read, Truly Madly Greekly.

We’ve got an all inclusive tour chock-a-block with reviews, guest posts and a giveaway, as the book scorches a trail across a variety of blogs! 

What they say: 

Sun, sea and a sexy stranger – a whole lot of fun just got a lot more complicated.
Capable, confident and career-driven, Ellen had her dream job and a marriage proposal from boyfriend Ross. Life was good, her future set. Until it wasn’t and everything fell apart…

Whisked off to the beautiful island of Corfu to plan her sister Lacey’s big, fat, Greek wedding, Ellen is hoping some time out will help clear her head and heal her heart. But letting go of her past is not going to be easy.

With Lacey in full on Bridezilla mode, Ellen is soon distracted from her own problems. And when the all-inclusive treats on offer at hotel Blue Vue include one gorgeous, brooding Adonis – Yan – Ellen finds him difficult to resist.

But Ellen isn’t looking for love or lust, or anything involving too much ouzo…or is she?

Fans of Lucy Diamond, Miranda Dickinson and Lindsey Kelk will want to escape to Corfu with Mandy Baggot this summer.


‘Lady.’ The resonating deep, male voice had her turning around.

Ellen swallowed. The man was right behind her, all six foot of him, dressed in jeans despite the heat of the night and a grey t-shirt that clung to his everything. His visible skin was tanned. Strong-looking brown forearms rested on his hips, a deep V of skin at his neckline caught her eye. He put his hand to one of the cases.

‘No thank you.’ The words hurried out from her lips as she tried to pull the case away from him. She’d read about this. It was the distraction technique. If she took her eyes off him for a second he’d be helping himself to her handbag.

‘Please, I wait for you,’ Yan reattempted. He engaged his hand on the bag again.

This woman was crazy. He’d never had to fight for luggage before. Holidaymakers were usually only too happy to hand over their bags after the flight and the long coach journey. This person was folding her fingers around the handle of the case so his grip on the other end was loosened.

‘I’m fine, thank you. I’m with my sister. She’s just inside,’ she spoke. Having taken ownership of the case, she had now wound her arm around the strap of her handbag. She looked flustered, her long, brown wavy hair falling over her face, her cheeks pink.

‘It is OK. I help with bags,’ Yan repeated. He picked up one of the other pieces of luggage.

‘I’m fine. We’re fine. Me and my sister.’

He paused for a moment, looking at her as he picked up the tension in her tone. She thought he was a thief. That he was about the make off with her belongings and disappear into the night.  He shook his head without realising he was doing it. In one minute she had formed an opinion of him, just like others had done back home.

He kept his voice even, despite the anger building up in his chest.

‘I am Yan from animation team. I show you to your room.’

He picked up the second case and mounted the steps.

‘Ooo a man! See, Ellie, I told you there’d still be a party going on. Corfu never sleeps.’

He looked up, seeing another woman appear from the main entrance of the hotel. She was younger, with bright hair and high shoes. She did not look like the woman grabbing at the cases. She was wearing pink on her lips and pouting at him.

He moved then, striding off left towards the terrace bar. The sooner he got these guests to their suite the sooner he could go to bed. 

Author Bio:

Mandy Baggot is a romantic fiction author. In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her self-published title, Strings Attached was also short-listed for the Best Author Published Read award.

Also in 2012 she signed with American publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, who produced her novels, Taking Charge and romantic suspense, Security.

In June 2013 she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins’ digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse.

She is a regular contributor to writing blogs and on-line magazine, Loveahappyending Lifestyle

In May 2014 Mandy signed with Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World’s Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

She is an advocate for women in business and belongs to the networking group Women on Wednesdays

WIN a £50 Amazon voucher with Truly Madly Greekly and let Mandy Baggot see where you’ve escaped to this summer.

To take part just upload your photo of the cover of Truly Madly Greekly (paperback or e-reader) on Twitter or Facebook adding #TrulyMadlyGreekly. Whether you’ve escaped to a tropical haven with the kids or even your own backyard, Mandy would love to see where you’re reading about Ellen and Yan this summer!

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Giveaway terms and conditions:

Competition runs from 22 May 2015 until 31 August 2015, UK based entries only. One winner will be chosen at random from all the entries. Mandy Baggot and CandleLit Author Services reserve the right to amend and/or cancel the giveaway at any time, without prior notification.

Truly Madly Greekly

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  1. 19th June 2015 / 9:00 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this extract on the tour, Lisa!

    Mandy xx

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