New romance novel from Lisa Hobman

When writer Lisa Hobman left England in 2012 and relocated to Scotland, she instantly knew her growing writing career would be surrounded with boundless inspiration. And it’s paid off with gusto, with Hobman achieving bestseller status on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hobman’s hallmark for feel-good, humanity-rich romance plays out on every page of her new novel, ‘A Summer of New Beginnings’. Meet a travel writer, an assignment to cycle Scotland’s North Coast 500 route – and a series of life-changing discoveries that will set readers on their own course for adventure.

Synopsis: Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe’s most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world’s most glamorous cities… Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job!

So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland’s Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can’t remotely be dressed up as glamping!

But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is…

“This story is incredibly uplifting, and heavily inspired by the beauty and mystery of Scotland,” explains the author, who didn’t start writing until her forties. “I admit I haven’t cycled the North Coast 500 route (yet!!), but every location and setting in the book is included because it’s somewhere my family has visited and fallen in love with. If you love Scotland, or have just dreamed of visiting, this is the book for you.”

Continuing, “It’s also perfect for those of us who love a story that sends the heartstrings tugging and leaves us feeling empowered and positive about the power of love. Read it on the beach, out on your deck or inside on a rainy day – you’ll be singing The Proclaimer’s hit in your head long after you turn the last page!”

‘A Summer of New Beginnings’, from Aria Fiction, is available now:


About the author, in her own words: 

Back in 2014 I had the huge honour of being shortlisted in the Romantic Novelists Association, Romance Novel of the Year – Contemporary Romance Category (RoNA), for my debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic. This book was re-published in 2017 when I signed a four book deal with Aria Fiction. The new title is A Seaside Escape and the new version has been very well received.

I’m a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs who make cameo appearances in some of my books. I love writing and creating new characters and now have the pleasure of writing almost full time.


I am also a singer and have played a number of venues including The Highland Festival as well as appearing in ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ in 1996/7 as Alanis Morissette.

In 2012 my family and I relocated from England to our favourite place in the world, Scotland, and we are now happily ensconced in village life. This stunning country was the inspiration for my writing career and so it’s only right that it features in all of my books.

Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed, although in the past it has centered on poetry and song lyrics; some of which appear in my stories. But to now be a published author is a real dream come true. I have now had two publishing contracts and have fourteen published titles under my belt.

I’ve recently completed my four book contract with UK publisher Aria Fiction – an imprint of award winning Head of Zeus and I have many more books in the pipeline! You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


I have a lifelong condition called Myasthenia Gravis and so I’m proud of what I have achieved while managing the symptoms, and I hope that others with the condition can be inspired to follow their dreams.

What are the top reads this Xmas – find out from the experts?

There’s nothing better on Boxing Day than opening the pages of a fresh book, lovingly given to you by someone for Christmas. But for those of us planning to give the perfect gift of a book to someone else this year, the choice of what to pick can be overwhelming.

To make the selection process a little easier, Foster Grant, the reading specs experts,  have enlisted the help of Jonathan Ruppin and Katie Fforde (pictured), President of the Romantic Novelists Association to help them come up with the ultimate Christmas book list.


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From Jeremy Paxman’s Empire, to The Thread by Victoria Hislop, Foster Grant have covered off the best books for him, her, the kids and those hard to impress friends and family members. Find out in a TV webcast today at 13.30.

Click here to listen to the show and/or post your questions in advance.

Positive Drinking by Kevin Laye

Positive Drinking: Control the Alcohol Before it Controls You

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Over 27% of men and 14% of women drink over the recommended number of weekly units and women’s intake is on the rise. We also know how binge drinking with youngsters has become an epidemic in the UK and that the Government and NHS are constantly looking for ways to reduce our drinking habits.
In a new book by Harley Street therapist Kevin Laye who has worked closely with Paul McKenna, he provides us with the tools to cut down on our drinking. His message is not about not having a drink ever again, but instead to look at drinking in a positive way and enjoy it but be in control.
Most people wonder at some point if their relationship with alcohol is a positive one and feel guilty that “just the one more” often turns into “just four or five.” There is nothing wrong with wanting to enjoy yourself, but if you do worry about drinking too much then you should read this book.
Its full of useful techniques that are easy to follow and with realistic stories of drinking scenarios and how to deal with them.
Costs £7.99 Buy here Positive Drinking: Control the Alcohol Before it Controls You