Thursday, October 20, 2016

Whizz. Bang. Boom.

I've been busy of late. And here's the proof.

First and most importantly a fab 4* review from the lovely Veronica at Wicked Reads (did I mention, she rocks? Thanks x) So chuffed.

Then I was over here at USAToday HEA Blog. Give it a gander. Do!

Then it was all James Bond Daniel Craig Fest adoration at Female First.

Now do you understand why it's been all whizz, bang, boom?

On a serious note - thanks so much to Totally Bound for the fab promo.  And big thanks to Wicked Reads for just being them and giving such excellent independent reviews. Because reviews are the stuff of author dreams. Also huge thanks to Ashantay for the mentoring to help me through my first foray into romantic suspense which was a blast.

And finally, if you like your romance on the sweet and cosy side I hopefully have other news coming about an end of year release and a new year one on the horizon! I like to tease you.Right. Must dash. Laters.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Out - And The Men In My Writing Cave

So Spying With Sir is finally on general release. All say yey!


In other news I have another book coming out right at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more release info. It's a story about a cafe staffed by kilted waiters. Yes...were there only such a place!
But for now I'm in the dark swirling fog of the writing cave. Dreaming about a cruise ship captain. And mostly watching Poldark on repeat. In case you're wondering why, take a wee look at actor Luke Norris as Dr. Dwight Enys. He'd make a very good cruise ship captain doncha think?!? Aye, aye Sir!
Hopefully it too will be complete and coming your way soon. In the meantime go here to Female First to see my daft article about my addiction to all things Bond and Spying With Sir.


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Spying Wth Sir Is Out - Do You Have Yours Yet?

Spying With Sir is out now with Totally Bound. It'll be on general release on 27 September.

Here's a taster to whet your appetite...

Spying With Sir Blurb

Black ops with benefits, spy cop secrets and criminal attraction. An agent finds his kink match on a sizzling Santorini stakeout.

TV news reporter Kate Joseph is assigned to go to Santorini with her hot new boss Dan Draven. But the job’s thorny truths soon emerge—Dan’s an undercover FBI Interpol agent working on his career case. And Kate’s key to infiltrating the perpetrator’s network. Shame the only one who’s been kept in the dark is her.

Kate’s soon embroiled in a world where quick fire bullets rival the rapid fire chemistry and banter she shares with hot top cop hunk Dan. The tension mounts as the body count rises and lives are on the line when the mission develops glaring issues. Doesn’t help that the Interpol team are going more stir crazy with every passing hour.

Will Kate and Dan fight their shockingly revealed kink link? Can Dan risk ignoring his back-off mantras when he’s been burned in the line of duty before? Will they grasp burning attraction on this rocky road to cracking a precarious international crime case? Hot Greek nights and crazy chemistry guaranteed

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fancy Writing A Winter Story? Dive in!

My lovely fellow TB author Delilah Night is creating an amazing anthology of winter stories.

Read about it here in her submissions call.

To quote Delilah -

"Coming Together is a series of charity anthologies. All proceeds from Under the Mistletoe will benefit Project Linus, which provides home-made blankets to children in crisis. Read my post about the call to learn how I became involved with Project Linus and why I care so deeply about the organisation."

Stories should be 7.5k. So if you're looking for a small project, this one is perfect. And all for a wonderful cause.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Delicious New Cover!

Cover, cover on the wall - you're the fairest of them all!

This is the delicious cover for Spying With Sir. Book #2 in the Sassy With Sir Series of rom coms will be out mid August (Totally Bound exclusive) and mid September general release.

I'm just gonna leave this here because it's so pretty!

Thanks Emmy Ellis for a fantastic job.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Writing A Series - Friend Or Foe?

I thought I'd blog quickly about writing my first series. Yes, I did say first. And I'm only two books in. But I'm writing this because it's new and still new and it strikes me there are distinct pluses and negatives.

The Good
1 Yey. You get to meet beloved characters again. How good is that? You get to explore characters who stayed on the periphery yet winked at you beguilingly. Double yey! I say, hold me back.
2 If people liked your other books then they have an added incentive to buy your book natch. Triple yey. And isn’t that just a biggie?
3 It’s a bit like climbing back into a cosy, toasty bed made up with favourite sheets and comforters. You know it felt so good in there and you know before you begin why you love it so much! So pull back those sheets and jump inside! Surely past experience isn’t lying?
The Bad
4 The angst. What if you fail to deliver? What if the characters don’t flow like they did in the last one? What if what if what if? And again what ‘neurotic’ if!
5 The pressure. People liked that book. It got praise! What if they hate this one? What if I make a pig’s dinner next time? This one’s different – eeek, again you’re filled with woe.
6 Can you keep delivering books at this wordage? At this pace? Will you dry up? Aaaagh.
The Ugly
7 Um what if I’m getting sick of them. And what if they whispered tales to me that I just can’t rise to when I need to put fingers on keys?
8 What if I stretch myself as a writer as a result – pushing new limits. Breaking new boundaries. Perish the thought!!! What if a series is the next step in developing. Hush my truth-pushing mouth!
Unfortunately the above, now that I look back on it, seems like a bit of a negatives over positives. But please believe me when I say pish and tush I love a series. I’m new to it but it’s great – like a wonderful vista promising untold adventures. It gives me structure. I find comfort in going back to a world I know and love. I also like nothing better than fleshing out characters who’d dazzled in miniature.
I also love reading series books most of all so I guess I’m a committed fan. Which boosts me in the conviction to try.
So in summary – writing a series brings comfort and familiarity to the writing journey but there’s still no room for complacency – just because you know the characters or location doesn’t mean they’ll be kind, easy to work with or the stay will be pleasant for both parties.
What do you think? #MondayBlogs #amwriting

Monday, May 09, 2016

Release Day - Terror, Trepidation or Trumpet Voluntary - Which?

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So I have a long awaited release day this week. BITNG KNUCKLES! And I'm honestly DISCOMBOBULATED.

Yes I love that word. One minute I'm uber excited. The next I'm wracked with writer's angsty paranoia. What if nobody buys? What if bad reviews flood in like tiny scary babies from a radioactive spider? Can you tell how terrified I am yet? Happy but hyper?

That's the thing about putting all you hard work into something that's out there to be either bought, loved, avoided, hated or worse still - loathed and picked apart at the seams.

But there's also the wonderful things about the writing craft. And it is a craft. With the dropped stitches and holes in the sock to match. Things like having characters come alive in your head that you love and can let live and breathe inside you. Having other people tune into that, how awesome. Meeting other great writers you adore too and feeling the love.
The good days at the keys. The bad period where it just won't come. All of it. Just all of it.

Being a writer may be all about the kindle charts, the product and living up to the last book with your next and feeling the fear. The heartbreak when you get a toe-clunking review. But it's all the above and more.

Writing is what makes my life tick. And if release day is a triumph or a damp squib it won't take away the joy that it brings in all its moments. I'm giving it my best show. So... is that how it is for you too? I'll hold off playing any trumpet yet...