Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Written Fireside - Changes - Part 2

I'm involved in another Written Fireside again. 
Below is the link to part one, if you haven't read it yet... and check in each week to read the next parts. 

Part 2 by Teresa Morgan
Part 3 by Lynn Marie Hulsman
Part 4 by Sue Fortin
Part 5 by Zara Stoneley
Part 6 by Aimée Duffy
Part 7 by Mandy Baggot
Part 8 by Linn B Halton
Part 9 by Erin Lawless

Written Fireside - Changes - Part 2

“What are you doing here?” She tried to keep eye contact, but it was hard to concentrate faced with that familiar wall of solid, tanned muscle at touching distance. Thankfully, a towel tied around his waist kept him modest.
He laughed, deep, sending every nerve of hers tingling as if hot butterflies were trapped in her body. Stupid question, she knew exactly what he was going to say.
“I always dress like this, or maybe, Marie, it could be because I’m the life model.”
“Ha ha, very funny.” Did she stay or run? She hadn’t paid yet, but if she bolted, how would that look to Zach? It had been so easy to walk out of Mr Simons’ office. Here, her feet were frozen, wanting answers – unlike the rest of her, which felt on fire.
As if time had slowed, they stared at each other, neither knowing what to say. The older woman organising the class broke their reverie.
“Zach, why don’t you take your place? And young lady, if you go pay, I’ll set up an easel for you.”
“Yes, thank you,” Marie said, shifting awkwardly aside to let Zach pass.
Did she really want to go through with this? Blowing twenty dollars on a life class when she’d just quit her job.
This was about being free, following her impulses... only now another passion of hers was about to bare all in front of her - and room full of people.
Once paid, and stood at her easel, she studied him, relieved he faced away from her.  She couldn’t concentrate as she knew his body, they had discovered each other intimately that summer.
Two years on, he looked even more delicious...
Pencil poised, her eyes narrowed.H Anger swelled inside. She shouldn’t think like this.

Remember he disappeared, and left you distraught, with not even a goodbye.

To be continued... 

Part 3 will be Tuesday April 15th by Lynn Marie Hulsman

About the Authors: 

Teresa F. Morgan -  Website  Facebook  Twitter  
Her books - Plus One is a Lucky Number Co-Author - Be My Valentine     

Lynn Marie Hulsman - Website   Facebook   Twitter   Blog

Sue Fortin - Blog   2nd Blog   Twitter

Zara Stoneley - Website   Facebook   Twitter  Blog  Amazon Author Page

Aimee Duffy - Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

Mandy Baggot - Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

Linn B. Halton -  Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads
Her books - Angels Among Us series:  Falling  Forbidden  Forever

Erin Lawless -  Website  Facebook  Twitter  

Saturday, 5 April 2014

My Blogging Tips...

I decided, as I haven't blogged in over a week, that I would share what I have learnt over my years of blogging.

1) Keep blog posts short. 

Tom Hiddleston! Phwarrrr! 
I know for a fact that if I visit a blog and the post is too long, I won't read it.

2) Always have a picture or a photo. 

It breaks up the text and is a bit like 'white space' on the internet. Easier on the eye... Here's an example --->

And Tom Hiddleston is always going to be easy on the eye, let's face it.

3) Always reply to comments. 

It's just common courtesy.  If you want these readers to leave more comments on more blog posts, then reply to them. They might be asking a question. Blogging is another form of social media and requires networking after all.

4) If you feature on a blog, always reply to comments. 

See above (Point 3). The easiest way to monitor comments on a blog you're featuring on is to actually go in and leave a comment (thanking the host for having you, like you'd thank someone for having you if you'd gone to dinner etc) and tick the 'let me know when someone else comments' box.

5) Presentation is key.

A bit like with point 2, on the internet the eye needs some white space. Short paragraphs, and put a gap between them. I think I learnt this from posting fan-fiction on the internet long ago and so it's stuck. But preview your blog post before publishing - make sure you're happy with it. If a blog post looks too busy, point 1 is taken, and it won't be read.

6) Also use hyper-links. 

It's good to share links of whatever you're talking about. It makes it easier for the reader, and the website/blog you're sharing will be grateful too. i.e. I would like to share that I am over on the Romantic Novelists' Association's blog... Romantic Novelists' Association Blog: Plus One is a Lucky Number for Teresa F Morgan Come say hello to me over there, too! I'm talking about how I was published by Harper Impulse.

See, easy!

7) Always try to leave a question at the end to get your readers to comment... 

I hope you find these tips useful! If I've forgotten anything important, then please leave a comment below. Is there things you hate or love seeing on a blog?

8) Always leave a random hotty picture... 

Okay, that's not essential but it does help ;-) And Henry was getting jealous that I'd posted yet another picture of Tom.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fake Friday with Nikki Moore

Fake Friday is here again with Nikki Moore. Nikki and I feature in a Harper Impulse anthology Be My Valentine. I am delighted to have Nikki on my blog to talk about her debut novel with Harper Impulse, Crazy, Undercover, Love.

Take it away, Nikki!

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes! Pretty much for as long as I can remember … since I could read really. The thought of building worlds and creating characters seemed very cool when I was young and it still does :) If I can make a living from it one day, even better. For now, my colleagues in the day job are stuck with me!

Did you manage to get the first book you wrote published, or is it tucked in a drawer somewhere?

The partial manuscript of the first book I wrote 'Learning How to Fall,' was taken off the slush pile at Mills & Boon and they then requested a full MS, sending a very nice rejection after quite a long wait. Tessa Shapcott, who was a lovely senior editor at the time, encouraged me over the years and I continued writing, knocking on doors until I got the answer I wanted! That book is languishing in a box up in my loft somewhere. Funnily enough I never thought of pulling it out again and trying to do something with it. I think I'm too scared of how bad it might actually be! Lol.

What’s so special about your heroine that makes your hero fall in love with her?

Charley – aka Charlotte Caswell-Wright – is feisty and honest yet professional and driven. She's on a quest to right the wrongs done to her, and that makes her both determined and passionate. Alex admires those traits and finds the candid way she speaks to him refreshing. She makes him feel normal, not isolated, which is how he feels as a mega-wealthy CEO in the public spotlight. Charley also has a natural warmth that he finds attractive, especially compared to some of the women he mixes with in his social group. I think the most special thing about her, for Alex, is that she makes him feel like there might another life out there; that anything is possible if you want it enough and don't mind fighting for it.

Why do you like writing romance?

I love writing about love and sex! It's that simple. I guess I'm a big romantic :)

What do you read while you write, or don’t you?

I read most days and over a wide range of different genres including thrillers, romance and crime/police procedurals. I try not to read anything too similar to my own style if I can help it whilst I'm writing the first draft of a new book. Once I'm at the editing stage I read whatever I want!

What is next on your agenda after publishing your (first) book?

Once I've done the initial promo for Crazy, Undercover, Love I'll be finishing off the first draft of my second full length contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. After that I want to go back and work on a book that's very close to my heart, which has a different feel to it and is probably more women's fiction than specifically romance. I have ideas for three or four more books after that so I'm planning to busy for the next few years :)

Are you nervous about friends reading your book?

Yes and no. Yes, because being published and knowing that people (especially those who know me) are reading my stories makes me feel a bit exposed - like venturing out into the snow with no clothes on! No, because my friends love me and have always been massively supportive of my writing.

Do you love or hate Facebook?

I love the interaction and the concept of it, but hate the amount of time I can get drawn in to spending on it when I should be doing other things … like writing the next book or editing the current one!

Cocktail or shot? If so, what one?

Cocktail please – a Cosmo would be great!

Tea or coffee?

Tea, definitely. A perfect start to the day.

Chocolate or ice cream?

Chocolate. A large Galaxy bar with a glass of white wine. Mmmmm....

Dogs or cats?

Both! Neither! We have two cats and a dog!

Crazy, Undercover, Love – Blurb

Uber-feisty career girl Charley Caswell-Wright travels to Barcelona for a weekend assignment as PA to the gorgeous Alex Demetrio, CEO of Demetrio International.

But she's there under entirely false pretenses: to get her life back on track. Having lost the job she worked so hard to earn, she’s determined not to give it up so easily, especially when she didn’t deserve to lose it in the first place.

Mr Dreamy CEO is her only chance of clawing back her career – and her reputation. So she has to keep things strictly professional… boy, is she in trouble!

About Nikki Moore

Nikki Moore lives in beautiful Dorset and writes short stories and sexy contemporary romances. A finalist in several writing competitions including Novelicious Undiscovered 2012, she graduated from the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers' Scheme after four years and and has contributed to their magazine Romance Matters. She has far too much fun attending the annual RNA conference and has previously chaired a panel and taken part in a workshop at the Festival of Romance.
She blogs about some of her favourite things – Writing, Work and Wine – at www.nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com and believes in supporting other writers as part of a friendly, talented and diverse community.
You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMooreAuthor or on Twitter @NikkiMoore_Auth and she invites you to pop in for chats about love, life, reading or writing!

The first chapter of her book Crazy, Undercover, Love can be read for free in the HI sampler at:

She is also a contributor to the RNA/Mills and Boon Anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply  available to buy at:

Thank you, Nikki, for popping by! Good luck with Crazy, Undercover, Love.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Happy Birthday, Bubba

However much I am happy that my son gets another birthday, it's scary how quick he is growing up. 

He's my youngest, my baby boy. I want him to remain cute and cuddly, and just my baby... 

But today he turns 7. 

He even said himself, "I'm becoming a big boy, Mummy."

He's tidier than his older brother, Ben, yet he still has his (as preschool used to call it) imagination. Kieran is good at telling a tale or two basically.

As a toddler he was Kamikaze Kieran, as he really would just go at things like a bull in a china shop, or Kieran the Destroyer, as he's good at breaking things.

Minehead Feb Half Term 2014
I feel blessed with two wonderful boys. This is coming from someone who, before children, vowed girls would always be much easier. However, seeing my friends' girls, I realise I've got the better deal with two boys. 

I don't care if they're naughty for me, as long as they are good at school and for others (which I think generally they are).
Knight Kieran

For the record (in case you look back at this), your best friends are Lexi, Lily and Ryan. I believe as it stands currently, you're marrying Lexi, and Ryan is marrying Lily. Only the future can tell... 

I will continue to bring up my two 'future husbands' with the hope that my future daughter-in-laws (if they marry) will thank me :) 

Kieran George Morgan, you make us laugh with your silly jokes and clowning around. And you're still my baby boy. I love you, and so does Ben, although he won't admit it. Happy 7th Birthday, little man. x x x 

Best of friends really, when not fighting...  (summer 2013)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Fake Friday With Hannah Emery

Doesn't Fake Friday come around fast? I do feel like I've been neglecting my blog lately. Lots of things have been happening in real life that I'll tell you about one day, but in the meantime, to kick off the Fake Weekend I have Hannah Emery, fellow Harper Impulse author on my blog today. 

About Hannah Emery:

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. I love writing about how fragile the present is and how so much of it depends on chance events that took place years ago. I studied English at the University of Chester, and I now work in a college where I mentor degree students.
The most important things in my life are my family, my friends, books, baking on a Saturday afternoon, getting glammed up to go out for champagne and dinner and having cosy weekends away.
I live in Blackpool with my husband and our little girl.
And on with the questions, starting with my Twitter style question: Describe your heroine in 140 characters. 
Grace Ash is a little bit lost…She’s unique, one of a pair, sensitive, ambitious, dramatic and constantly haunted by the past and the future.
What do you read while you write, or don’t you?
I always read: I couldn’t not.  But I do have to be careful what I read and when I read it, because I find that style is contagious! I love women’s fiction, classics and a bit of YA.
What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
It depends.  If I liked it, I put it on my shelf.  If I loved it, I pass it onto somebody else and make them read it.  If I loved it and it’s special to me, I put it on my shelf and tell other people to buy their own copy.  One of my favourite books is the copy of Sex and the City that I bought in Italy on my honeymoon. 
What is next on your agenda after publishing your (first) book?
At the moment I’m writing another book with similar themes to Secrets in the Shadows: family mysteries, romance and a little bit of magic.
Cocktail or shot? If so, what one?
A cocktail, please!  A champagne cocktail would be even better!
Tea or coffee?
Coffee.  I can’t start the day without it.
Starbucks or Costa?

Both.  One of my favourite things to do is go out for a huge cup coffee and a cake with family or friends.  Easily pleased, I know.  It’s the little things…

Secrets in the Shadows Blurb

In 1920s Blackpool, eleven year old Rose wanders away from her parents and has a unique gift bestowed upon her. This gift will leave a haunting legacy, seeping down through the generations...
Decades later, Louisa has a vision of her mother walking into the sea. This isn’t the first time it happens and it won’t be the last, but what she sees isn’t always what she wants. The rest of her life is spent trying to change the future that haunts her.
In present day Blackpool, Grace is going to be married someday. She knows this because she’s seen it; a vision of a white dress, daisies embroidered on the sleeves, the groom by her side, vowing to love her forever. Except the man in her premonition doesn’t belong to her- he belongs to her twin sister, Elsie.
Haunted by what they know and what they are afraid to find out, all three women must make a choice: in the face of certain destiny should you chase the outcome that’s “meant to be”, or throw away fate and choose your own future?

Thank you, Hannah, for visiting my blog. Good luck with your book - it sounds like a really intriguing tale. Another to add to my to-read pile.