Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Cover Reveal: Be My Valentine

I'm soooo excited to tell you that two of my short stories will be featuring in a Harper Impulse anthology!

I will be snuggled between Nikki Moore and Brigid Coady.

It is available to pre-order now! A bargain at 99p! Valentine gift to yourself, maybe? It launches Thursday 13th February and will mean I'll have TWO books to my name on Amazon.

2014 is having a rocking start! At least I know I'll be getting one Valentine's gift this year...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My Type Of Guy

Friday night I watched "What's Your Number?" with Chris Evans (the American actor, not the British radio DJ with red hair!) and Anna Faris.

Evans as Captain America!
Now, I recommend this film on the nudity of Chris Evans alone! He usually has a towel or something covering his nether regions, but OMG the man is LUSH.

The film is fun actually, a chick-flick romantic comedy, and starts very much like Bridesmaids, the heroine sneaking out of bed to do her make up and brush her hair so she looks pretty when the guy she's in bed with wakes up.

Anyway, I'm not here to talk about the film, I'm here to talk about the blue eyes.

I do tend to love blue eyes and blond haired males... and my heroes in my books will take on this.  Bradley Cooper anyone? ...Daniel Craig, Josh Holloway...

But with my latest addiction of Henry Cavill - The Man of Steel - he certainly doesn't have blond hair.

It's certainly left me torn between Captain America and Superman!

So do I have a type?

I think it has to be the eyes! I prefer blue over brown... It has nothing to do with being Drop Dead Gorgeous and one fit body... I'm looking at only their eyes - honest!

Even in real life, I tend to fancy men with blue eyes...

Do you prefer your heroes to have blue or brown eyes? Or do they just have to be good eyes?

Saturday, 11 January 2014

No Wine For The Whole Of January...

... at least I can still have chocolate. I'd no way be able to give up both!

Leading up to Christmas, and afterwards, I kept hearing the Dryathlon adverts on my favourite radio station. And after the hugest hangover ever on New Year's Day and vowing never to drink again (yeah, right, I love wine too much), I'd decided I would stay off the alcohol in January at least. Let the old Liver recover and all that.

I wasn't going to sign up because then I'd stress about the lack of donations etc. I thought I would just do it on my own for health reasons and see if I have the willpower.

I only 'drink' at weekends. In other words, I allow myself an alcoholic beverage Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. This is when I'm likely to go out too. Sometimes I will drink mid-week if I meet up with a friend, but that's a rare occasion. But at the weekend, even if I'm home, I like a glass of wine whilst vegging in front of the telly.

Well, last night, coming home from work, I was in the mood for that glass of wine. Automatically I'm thinking it's Friday - I'm allowed!

Luckily, I saw that a friend's husband was a Dryathlete, and so I signed myself up pretty sharpish (and donated on his site - as I thought it would look weird donating on my own)!

Anyway, if you'd like to sponsor me, here is my JustGiving page.

Cancer Research is such a good cause. Would my sister have survived Leukaemia without the research? Who knows... but my gratefulness for this charity is unmeasurable.

Over Christmas I also learned of a close friend who's baby boy has a cancerous tumour, so this charity is just so important. Not only the old get sick with Cancer... so do the young.

Please, please, please sponsor me. Or sponsor a closer friend if you know they are also participating. Everyone gets touched with cancer once in their life. I believe some can avoid cancer with lifestyle changes, but people like my sister, and my friend's little boy are sadly the unfortunate unlucky ones.

I get fed up of the 'Cancer' related Facebook posts about 'I bet know one reposts this' etc. etc. I never share them, because it's too close to my family, and they're just bloody SPAM in my opinion.

Instead of sharing one of those stupid posts which WILL NOT help fight cancer, give a couple of pounds to Cancer Research! Do it!

And while on the subject, if you're interested, in 2011 I read Food To Fight Cancer... this is my review. It's a fascinating book and endorses my belief that some cancers can be avoided.

Monday, 6 January 2014

A Reflective Blog Post

This time last year I posted this blog post... "Is That Light At The End Of The Tunnel?" 

I can honestly say, I survived! Yay! I haven't starved - yet! And I am paying my bills. Not only have I come into the light, I think I've found a rainbow too.

I've had my book published - Plus One is a Lucky Number. I didn't know that would happen a year ago... or that I would be smitten with Henry Cavill. (He's definitely going to be hero inspiration for book three).

Sometimes looking back at an old blog post is good news.

Nearly one year in my house, and it really does feel like home. There is still a lot that needs doing to make it mine, but it will come with time. It's not a race, I intend on being here a while. (I might not have any choice in the matter). Luckily, it's in good tasteful decorative order, so I really can take my time about it... and worry about finishing my second book.

Now I'm settled, my writing time is gradually coming back to me... yay! I'm getting back into my old routine.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

First Blog Post of 2014

pic thanks to Henry Cavill FB page
New Year's resolutions should be kept realistic - in marketing terms S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Scaled) - so wanting to marry Henvil Cavill, with him wearing his Superman outfit while I'm donned as Wonder Woman is probably a resolution stretch too far. It's not impossible, but not likely to be probable... but a girl can dream, right?

2013 wasn't a bad year for me. Okay, it sent me my usual ups and downs in life, that we all get, highs and lows, but nothing I couldn't survive, or time didn't heal.

I did start the year moving into a new home, and however much smaller it is to my old house, it is all mine, and it's cosy, and I've never felt more at home in a house than I do in this place. I'm lucky that I have nice neighbours and a fantastic Dad who's helped with the DIY.

Half way through the year I then got 'the call'. And in August I saw my very first book published, Plus One Is A Lucky Number. I don't think anything can quite top that, other than having a baby. But that's a different achievement in itself.

I've never really known what I wanted to do in life, I've ambled along in secretarial, market research and administration before the kids were born, and when I decided I wanted to be a writer, I knew it would be a hard slog to see that book published. To have achieved it and to be apart of one of the biggest publishers in the UK (let alone the world) is just EPIC.

I'm not very good at setting Resolutions. However, I will endeavour to read more (and play CandyCrush less). I will set myself the target of 40 books over on Goodreads again. I didn't achieve it last year, or the year before, (2012 was a turmoil one for me) but it's good to have a goal, as it motivates me to read.

Two, I am under contract to finish a second book. I want to get it edited and over to my editor by the end of January - February latest. This way I can start writing my third book, which I would like to deliver to my editor by the end of the year. Yes, I would like to see two more books out there with Teresa F Morgan on them by the end of 2014.

Three, meet Henry Cavill... okay, okay, that one isn't SMART, I know!

But that's about it. I will try not to get too upset or take it to heart when friends let me down. I need to be less paranoid and more focussed, and appreciate the good friends that I do have. I'll try to remain as fit and healthy as I can (I want to start running again! So intend to get my hip looked at), sticking to my everything in moderation rule.

Whether 2013 was good or bad for you, I hope that 2014 is better. Remember, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and that time is a very good healer. If there is one thing I did learn from last year, it was not to be afraid and to take that step, however risky it may appear. You only live once, so make the most of it. If things in life don't make you happy, then try to change it.

Happy New Year!