Series: Tippermere

Country Rivals Blog Tour

Posted 27 May 2016 by Emma Poulloura in Blog Tours, Guest Post / 1 Comment

Seven idea for a romantic weekend in Cheshire

You might not actually be able to visit Tippermere, but it’s not hard to find some romance of your own in Cheshire. Here are just a few of the many things you could do…

What could be more romantic than flowers? Luckily you don’t have to be in Chelsea to visit an RHS flower show, there’s one in Tatton Park every July. There’s everything you’d expect – show gardens, Pimm’s, masterclasses and even the BFG this year! I’m lucky enough to be able to walk all the way from my cottage to the show – but if you can’t there is plenty of parking, and a free minibus service from the town entrance.

Take a trip to Tabley in June and go to the Royal Cheshire County Show. You don’t have to be a fan of horses, dogs or farm animals – but it adds to the enjoyment. I love the food and drink tents where you can sample (and buy) delicious ice-cream, pies, fudge, speciality whisky and a whole lot more. I always watch the dog classes and show-jumping, but there are all kinds of furry four-legged animals (and two-legged birds!). You can also look at vintage machinery, wander over to the countryside area and try your hand at archery or watch a falconry display, stroll around the craft stalls and more…

For a really romantic evening, book tickets for an opera, Shakespeare play or musical event at the Garden Theatre at Gawsworth Hall. The Tudor courtyard setting is gorgeous (but the theatre is also covered – a bonus given the UK weather!), and you can take a picnic to enjoy before the show.

Check out gardens that have open days – I have found some stunning country gardens in the area, and the owners often offer cream teas and homemade cake. You might even be able to buy some plants to take home.

Go to the point-to-point – have a bet on the tote, mix with the locals and get up close to the horses. This is a far more casual affair than professional racing and really is a fun afternoon out – you might well need wellies, and dogs are welcome.

Visit The Makers Market in Knutsford – I love this artisan market which is held once a month. There’s cookery demonstrations, food, drink, music and lots of wonderful crafts and plants to buy. It’s got a happy, buzzy vibe about it… then why not stop off for a romantic lunch somewhere in the town?

And last but not least I’d recommend a day (or whole weekend) in Chester – wander along the city walls, shop in The Rows, dress up and go to the races, have lunch at Carluccio’s, afternoon tea at The Chester Grosvenor, sail up the river on a pleasure cruise or hire a rowing boat or pedalo! I’m not suggesting you do all of these – but Chester is an incredibly romantic place with endless possibilities!

Country Rivals Blog TourCountry Rivals by Zara Stoneley
Also by this author: Stable Mates, Country Affairs, A Very Country Christmas
Also in this series: Stable Mates, Country Affairs, A Very Country Christmas
Published by Harper Impulse on May 26th 2016
Pages: 392
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Dashing eventer Rory is ready to button up his breeches and settle down. His gorgeous wife, Lottie, wants a bank balance in the black so she can protect the beautiful family estate for future generations.
But with the wedding business at Tipping House going up in flames, and rumours that it was arson not accident, Lottie begins to wonder who she can trust with her future.

Tranquil Tippermere is under siege as movies moguls and insurance investigators invade the countryside, and as events gather pace rescue plans start to look too good to be true, and intentions may not be as honourable as they seem.

As a moody, but definitely marvellous, polo player enters the fray and squares up to the eventing hero of Tippermere, does Lottie stand to lose her husband as well as her home?

You can buy ‘Country Rivals’ from Amazon or visit Zara’s website to see all buy links.
And you can grab the other Tippermere books (all the books can be read independently) here –

‘Stable Mates’ – ‘Country Affairs’ – ‘A Very Country Christmas’ (FREE!)

About Zara Stoneley

Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!
Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.

 

About Zara Stoneley

Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!
Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.

Emma Poulloura

Country Rivals Cover Reveal

Posted 29 February 2016
Blog Tours, Book News
Country Rivals Cover Reveal

Today we’re revealing the gorgeous cover for COUNTRY RIVALS the third book in ZARA STONELEY’S Tippermere series, which will be released in May 2016. Note from the author – Hi, I’m really excited to be working with Star Crossed Tours for my cover reveal, and thrilled with the new look that HarperCollins have come up with for my Tippermere books. I’ve always loved the covers of the first two books in the series, STABLE MATES and COUNTRY AFFAIRS, but this third one is quite different and extra special. I think […]

Friday In Focus: Zara Stoneley

Posted 5 February 2016
Book News, FIF
Friday In Focus: Zara Stoneley

It’s Friday again and this week I’m excited to be joined by Zara Stonely!!! Loving Lottie When I first started to plan out the Tippermere series, it started with Lottie. She’s the type of girl I’d love to have as a friend – warm-hearted, generous, slightly disorganized, thoughtful and good fun to be around. Because of her impulsive nature, you never quite know what’s going to happen next though. In each book in the series, Lottie has grown stronger, more confident and proved herself capable of handling the problems that […]

A Very Country Christmas

Posted 20 December 2015
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A Very Country Christmas

A short Christmas story of three courses. Love is in the air in Tippermere as Lottie dreams of a white Christmas with no trimmings – other than her hot and hunky eventer, Rory. But things are never quite that simple on the Tipping House Estate. Festive fervour takes over and it isn’t all seasonal peace and goodwill as expectations rise and it soon escalates from cosy dinner for two, to all the trimmings for ten! With missing turkeys, loose horses, troublesome terriers and randy huntsmen, Lottie is hard pushed to […]

Country Affairs

Posted 8 October 2015
Reviews
Country Affairs

‘A great treat for readers who love their books jam-packed with sexy men and horses.’ Bestselling author Fiona Walker Welcome back to Tippermere for the wedding of the year… Scatty but loveable Lottie Brinkley is famous throughout the village for her disorganised personality so when she steps up to plan the perfect wedding the only likely outcome is disaster. When her globetrotting, love cheat of an ex, Todd, literally crashes the wedding on a not-so-noble steed, things definitely look set to take a turn for the scandalous. As rumours of […]

Stable Mates Blog Tour

Posted 12 January 2015
Blog Tours, Reviews
Stable Mates Blog Tour

Welcome to tranquil Tippermere, an idyllic village nestled deep in the Cheshire countryside. Home to lords and ladies, horsemen and farmers, and plenty of secrets and scandals… Leaving a scumbag ex behind her, Lottie Brinkley has hotfooted it out of Spain and back home to the country in serious need of some flirtatious fun to soothe her aching heart. Luckily for her she’s spoilt for choice with not one but three eligible bachelors offering a steamy romp in the hay! But faced with the attentions of roguish eventer Rory Steel, […]