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Carmen Reid - Author

About the Author

Carmen Reid was our Guest Editor in February 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

 

Carmen Reid was born and brought up in a chilly and windy corner of Scotland in the depths of the countryside.
 
This may explain her lifelong phobia of cows and abiding interest in cities, department stores, books, the cinema and newspapers.

Her parents still live on the organic farm she grew up on and she goes back regularly to eat the alarmingly healthy home-grown meals which probably turned her into a 6" lass.

She spent four teenage years at a girls' boarding school in Edinburgh (yes, just like the one in Secrets at St Jude's!) where she read her way through the school library. Favourite subjects: English, German, French and Spanish.

After school, she went to study English Literature at University College, London, though her fashion sense will remain "Edinburgh-with-an-edge" forever.

Being a student in London was fantastic - she even paid a few bills with modelling jobs. After uni, she went back to Scotland to work as a local newspaper reporter: a brilliant job for anyone planning a career as an author.

London kept calling and she was soon back working for news agencies then a national tabloid. She has interviewed many famous (and often unwilling) people but was especially dazzled by Hugh Grant (even better looking in real life!), Rupert Everett and Elle Macpherson.

Knowing deep down that she was supposed to be an author not a journo, she left her day job to have a baby and write her first novel. (Hey, and just a few sleepless, penniless years later it was published!)

Although there is a corner of her heart that will always belong to London (and she still knows all the streets like a cabbie) Carmen now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Thomas, her two lovely children, Jimmy the Jack Russell and the (now sadly) two goldfish. She writes full-time and is aiming to have four new books out in 2011.

Fortunately her hobbies include laundry, cooking, cleaning, arguing about whose turn it is to walk the dog, cleaning the fish tank, doing the school run... and so on.

Featured books by Carmen Reid

The Jewels of Manhattan

The Jewels of Manhattan

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Like all crazy plans, it was plotted out on a cocktail napkin. 1. Steal fabulous jewels 2. Sell for millions 3. Live happily ever after   Brilliant and oh so simple...when you're a few Cosmopolitans down. Not quite so easy...if you've never stolen anything before, and you're dating a detective. The three Jewel sisters, Amber, Sapphire and Em, came to New York in search of the perfect life. But do they have to steal their dream? Or can they resist the temptation?

Other books by Carmen Reid

How Was It For You?

How Was It For You?

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2018

Five years of gruelling IVF still haven't brought Pamela and Dave the baby they long for. Their marriage is now so rocky, they need hiking boots and crampons just to negotiate dinner. So they probably shouldn't be moving out of London for office-bound softie Dave to follow his dream of running an organic strawberry farm. Especially as out there in the countryside is devastatingly handsome farmer, Lachlan Murray. While Dave takes up chanting and becomes obsessed with manure, Pamela wonders if she should escape to Lachlan's Land Rover. Although there's Lachlan's wife, Rosie, to consider. Her London friends think she's gone insane, but they don't know just how far Pamela is prepared to go for a baby.

Gucci, Glamour, groe Liebe

Gucci, Glamour, groe Liebe

Author: Carmen Reid Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2016

Ein wunderbares, romantisches und doch tiefsinniges Lesevergnugen der englischen Bestseller-Autorin Carmen Reid!Annie Valentine hat ein gutes Auge fr Mode und viel Geschick beim Verschnern von Schaufenstern und Menschen. Ihr Job als Einkaufsberaterin ist perfekt fr sie. Nur ihr eigenes Leben, das kriegt sie nicht so recht in den Griff, seitdem ihr Mann Roddy vor drei Jahren verstorben ist und sie mit zwei Kindern und jeder Menge Schulden zurckgelassen hat. Doch "e;Nicht verzagen!"e; heit die Devise, denn eine neue Liebe ist schon in Sicht. Annie muss nur noch auf sie aufmerksam werden feelings-Skala (1=wenig, 3=viel): Gefhl: 3, Erotik: 1, Humor: 2"e;Gucci, Glamour, groe Liebe"e; ist ein eBook von feelings*emotional eBooks. Mehr von uns ausgewhlte erotische, romantische, prickelnde, herzbeglckende eBooks findest Du auf unserem Blog: feelings-ebooks.de/. Geniee jede Woche eine neue Geschichte - wir freuen uns auf Dich!

Three in a Bed

Three in a Bed

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2014

Bella is a high-achieving, go-getting management consultant who seems to have it all. She's brilliant at her job, plays just as hard as she works and has a fantastic, sexy relationship with her husband Don. Then, she realises that something's missing from her life and decides to have a child (even though her husband isn't at all keen on the idea), and her ordered world is turned upside-down. Bella's city slicker lifestyle doesn't go too well with morning sickness, swelling body and raging hormones. Suddenly it's all change - she's a sleep-deprived, emotionally-ravaged wreck, close to embarking on an affair with her former boss.

How Not To Shop (Annie Valentine Book 3)

How Not To Shop (Annie Valentine Book 3)

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2014

Her passion is fashion...but she's on a budget! Personal shopper Annie Valentine is about to hit the big time: presenting a glamorous TV makeover series! But too late, Annie discovers this is TV on a shoestring. They're paying her buttons and her budget is zip. Can she make do with Primark when all she wants is Prada?

Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Brussels, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Nicole watches as the Nazis invade Belgium. Determined not to stand by as her country is brought to its knees, Nicole vows to fight back and joins the Belgian Resistance. Under her new alias - Coco - Nicole embarks on a dangerous new life as a spy, where the only question is not if you'll be caught, but when...

Shopping With The Enemy (Annie Valentine Book 6)

Shopping With The Enemy (Annie Valentine Book 6)

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2012

The opponents: mothers vs. daughters The battle scene: a boutique changing room Fashion-guru Annie's well-dressed world is falling apart - first she has lost her legendary sense of style, and now her daughter Lana seems to have become her worst enemy. Even her multi-millionairess friend, Svetlana, is having daughter trouble - she's at war with Elena over their business in New York. A trip to a luxurious Italian spa seems like the perfect way to forget her problems. But celery juice and Pilates can't solve the disasters that are about to strike . . . Will Annie rescue her passion for fashion? And can mothers and daughters ever truly be friends?

The Jewels of Manhattan

The Jewels of Manhattan

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Like all crazy plans, it was plotted out on a cocktail napkin. 1. Steal fabulous jewels 2. Sell for millions 3. Live happily ever after   Brilliant and oh so simple...when you're a few Cosmopolitans down. Not quite so easy...if you've never stolen anything before, and you're dating a detective. The three Jewel sisters, Amber, Sapphire and Em, came to New York in search of the perfect life. But do they have to steal their dream? Or can they resist the temptation?

Styling deluxe

Styling deluxe

Author: Carmen Reid Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2011

Romantischer und humorvoller Lesespa mit Annie Valentine von der englischen Bestseller-Autorin Carmen ReidOutfit gut, alles gut! Das ist Annies Motto. Da kommt ihr das Angebot eines Fernsehsenders, graue Muse in wahre Supermodels zu verwandeln, gerade recht. Und solange sie die Anweisungen befolgt, luft alles glatt. Doch Annie hat ihren eigenen Kopf, was bald nicht nur ihr Chef, sondern auch ihr Herzallerliebster zu spren bekommtfeelings-Skala (1=wenig, 3=viel): Gefhl: 3, Erotik: 1, Humor: 2"e;Styling deluxe"e; ist ein eBook von feelings*emotional eBooks. Mehr von uns ausgewhlte erotische, romantische, prickelnde, herzbeglckende eBooks findest Du auf unserer Facebook-Seite: facebook.de/feelings.ebooks. Geniee jede Woche eine neue Geschichte - wir freuen uns auf Dich!

Secrets at St Jude's: Party Girl

Secrets at St Jude's: Party Girl

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

The pressure's on this term for the Upper Fifths . . . There are new boyfriends and new parents on the scene, as well as the dreaded summer exams. But will the girls still find time for fun, and for each other? You can bet on it! A fantastic series full of romance and friendship - and a hefty dose of chick-lit glamour. Boarding school never looked this good!

Secrets at St Jude's: Rebel Girl

Secrets at St Jude's: Rebel Girl

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2010

At St Jude's School for Girls, four friends are facing very different problems . . . Can Gina still be happy with her boyfriend when there's such an exciting new guy on the scene? How will Amy survive when her rich dad's money disappears? What can tomboy Niffy do to make herself gorgeous? And why is Min spending so much time in the study and missing all the fun? Sounds like all the St Jude's friends need to get in touch with their inner Rebel Girl!

Secrets at St Jude's: Drama Girl

Secrets at St Jude's: Drama Girl

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2010

You'd think that being stuck in a stuffy girls bording school would mean life was dull and dreary, but this term the St Jude's girls are in for some serious drama! Gina can't wait for her mum and friends to make the trip over to visit her from sunny California, but things don't exactly go to plan and she finds herself stuck in the middle of them and her new friends and hunky boyfriend. And things don't get better as the rest of her dorm-mates have their own dramas to deal with . . . Niffy is not happy about her best friend and her brother becoming a couple - yuck! Min wishes she had the confidence to finally kiss her new boyfriend, and poor Amy is starting to do anything to look thin for the school play. Will all the drama be resolved . . .?

Secrets at St Jude's: Jealous Girl

Secrets at St Jude's: Jealous Girl

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Gina is back from spending her summer holidays in LA - and straight into a hectic new term at St Jude's, her stuffy but weirdly fun Scottish boarding school. Her budding romance with Dermot, the boy who works in the local cafe, has been fuelled over the summer by emails and phone calls - but now she's back on Scottish soil, their reunion doesn't seem to be going as planned. Is he really the boy for her? Despite her troubles in love, Gina knows she can count on her dorm buddies to cheer her up. Although Niffy's staying at home to care for her sick mother, she still visits and even invites the Daffodil girls to her stately pile. And Amy and Min are still having troubles of their own. Amy's crush on Jason, the hottest boy at the boys' school up the road, is still going strong - and she has an additional problem of a mini-stalker. And Min's internet romance is hotting up but is she putting herself in danger? The friends know they have to stick together to get through all these terrible teenage times! And how on earth can they concentrate on hockey tournaments and science class when there's all this, plus parties and nights out to organise too...

Secrets at St Jude's: New Girl

Secrets at St Jude's: New Girl

Author: Carmen Reid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

Gina's mother is fed up with her staying out late, spending too much money on clothes and too much time IM-ing her friends. But her solution to sort out her wayward LA IT girl is pretty drastic - she's sending Gina to Scotland to go to the same boarding school she attended. Suddenly taken from a world of malls, mobile phones, en-suite wet-rooms, designer clothes and sophisticated boys, Gina is suddenly forced to find her way through games of hockey, communal meals and showers, horrible public schoolboys and stuffy housemistresses. Will she ever survive? Her dorm buddies might just help - they're a strange bunch but they seem to be good fun ... And there are always the boys from the local school to help keep them entertained.