Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone 😀

Our homegrown pumpkin all carved up. The scar was a mistake, but I think it makes him look pretty bad-ass!

Our homegrown pumpkin all carved up. The scar was a mistake, but I think it makes him look pretty bad-ass!

This isn’t even remotely writing related, but I’m a bit stuck on time today, so I thought why not post something fun for today? So here’s a quiz I found-

Which iconic horror film character should you be this Halloween?

I got Chucky
Just like Chucky, who seems to be a Good Guy doll but is far from benign, you’re not always who you seem to be. You’re nostalgic about your childhood so don your dungarees and start scaring people as the supremely creepy Chucky…

So why not try it out? Maybe post your result in the comments so we can all have a but of fun? 😀

Have a great weekend everyone, I’ll be back on Moday! I hope your Halloween is spooky enough (but not too spooky because I freak out waaaay too easily!).

They Walk Amongst Us

The awesome Shehanne Moore had me over at her blog today 😀

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A very talented author of several books,

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‘No contest, it has to be ghosts.

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The thought of something haunting you, something you can’t see or do anything about, creeps me out big time!

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Posts to Check Out!

Here some of the posts that caught my eye this week!

http://arranbhansal.com/2014/10/06/arran-is-going-to-the-houses-of-parliament/ – Arran has been asked to the Houses of Parliament! So major congrats to him 🙂

http://juliestock.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/a-few-proofreading-tips-to-improve-your-manuscript/ – Some great tips on proof-reading your manuscript!

http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/a-storytelling-secret/ – A cool and important lesson from Chris!

http://mystiparker.com/2014/10/06/support-an-author-support-a-business/ – I could write a whole essay in response this brilliant post. Indie authors and their businesses need support!

http://dkcreaderscorner.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/being-an-indie-author/ – Another amazing post about being an indie author and the awesomeness of the writing community.

http://lmarie7b.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/like-a-movie/ – A great post about fight scenes and cause and effect.

http://thecollegenovelista.com/2014/10/07/how-to-increase-your-writing-speed/ – Increasing your writing speed and sites to help you do that.

http://redclayandroses1.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/is-this-mass-suicide/ – A very good topic about sales and free eBooks, something all indie readers need to think of.

http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/on-second-drafts/ – Brilliant advice on second drafts, this quote, ‘Write Fast, Edit Slow(ly)’ especially caught my attention!

http://chaptertk.com/2014/10/09/why-even-bother-to-read/ – A good question posed in this post!

Hope you have a great Sunday everyone! 🙂

Posts to Check Out!

It’s Sunday! So here are some posts to check out from this week if you haven’t already 🙂 It’s always great finding new blogs to follow and bloggers to friend!

http://lmarie7b.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/supervillain-preparedness-plan/ – Because we all need to know what to do in a super villain crisis! 😀

http://romanceismydayjob.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/working-that-sagging-middle-body-and-scroll/ – Some great tips here about keeping your story strong throughout.

http://winterbayne.com/2014/09/30/september-bites/ – Winter has had another great month!

http://www.erindorpress.com/2014/05/do-your-characters-have-an-attitude/ – An old post, but the link was on Twitter and it had some great advice about writing characters!

http://infinitefreetime.com/2014/09/30/skylights-out-now-who-wants-to-go-to-mars/ – SKYLIGHTS! Is out now, sounds like a brilliant read and definitely going on my TBR list.

http://worddreams.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/iwsg-top-ten-ideas-on-marketing-and-publishing/ – Some great tips in this post about marketing, which I needed right now because I suck at it! 😀

http://eclecticali.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/octoberseason/ – Some great events going on for Eclectic Ali’s ‘The Season’ (which is a great idea!).

http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/lets-scare-up-some-sales/ – Chris is doing a great scary story promotion, so if you have a scary book why not get involved?

http://susanjanejones.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/october-giggle-blog/ – Have a bit of a giggle with Susan’s stories! 😀

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/3-quotes-opinion/ – Seeing as my post went down quite well on Monday, these quotes really made me fist pump (does anyone really do that anymore?) when I saw them!

http://makingthemreaders.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/national-poetry-day/ – A great post about poetry and children for National Poetry Day which was on Thursday in the UK.

http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2014/10/03/the-friday-fiction-win-a-free-paperback-copy-of-both-my-conor-kelly-books/ – Ali has a giveaway going on over at her blog, check it out for the chance to win one of her paperbacks!

http://bound4escape.com/2014/10/03/if-you-read-one-book-a-week/ – An interesting and amazing fact!

*Have a brilliant Sunday everyone and I’ll be back tomorrow! (This is a scheduled post)*

A bit of fun for the weekend!

Lynette Noni had a great quiz on her site!

Which Fantasy World Should You Live In?

I got Gallifrey.

‘You are a very curious individual, who has a thirst for knowledge. You love being in the company of other intellectual and knowledgeable individuals. Easily bored, your mind craves puzzles and ongoing adventures.’

Why not have a bit of fun and find out yours? 😀

http://www.playbuzz.com/louisegriffiths10/which-fantasy-world-should-you-live-in

*Have a great weekend everyone and be back on Monday as usual! (This is a scheduled post).*

False Awakening | Cover Reveal

Stunning cover for Callum’s new book, False Awakening. Sounds like it’s going to another awesome read!

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I am absolutely delighted to be able to officially reveal the cover of my upcoming novel, False Awakening, due for release in mid-October. I’m really happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to share this new story with anyone out there who may be interested.
Without further ado, here is the synopsis:

When teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there, she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together, but unfortunately, her search for answers will merely give rise to further questions. Frayed relationships and haunting revelations soon come into play, leading Abi to discover that some things are best left forgotten.

With a past that is unwilling to let go, her only option is to delve into the depths of her own mind so that she can…

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Posts to Check Out and a BIG thank you!

I just want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has nominated me for blog awards over the entire time I’ve had my blog 🙂

I’m really sorry I haven’t had a chance to participate in them, as much as I want to!

Please don’t think I am dismissing the nominations, because I’m not! I am always really appreciative to be thought of by other bloggers for these awards and it always puts a smile on my face 🙂

So, thank you!

Speaking of other bloggers, why not check out some of these posts?

This was a list I made of some fun posts to check out before I went on vacation.

http://coffeewriterepeat.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/why-i-dont-write-every-day/ – Writing everyday isn’t for everyone, I know I couldn’t do it!

http://winterbayne.com/2014/08/30/the-catalyst/ – Brilliant first act of Winter’s sci-fi short story! Brilliant read, I definitely recommend checking it out 🙂

http://mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/master-of-disguise-a-short-story-featuring-bobby-jones/ – Love being able to find out more about minor characters in books. Mel gives us a glimpse of a character from her newest release, Hands of Evil in this post.

http://callummclaughlin.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/china-doll/ – An incredible poem by the very talented Callum.

http://bumblesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/new-old-books/ – Great post about reading books we loved from our past!

http://topazwinters.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/blog-hop-meet-rosalyn/ – Topaz continued the hop I failed at on Monday 😀 Check out her answer and meet her character, Rosalyn from her upcoming book Frozen Hearts.

http://kaleiyahp.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/omg-100-followers/ – Congrats for 100 followers! But also, this was a brilliant post about doing what you love and not stopping because of doubts and fears! Definitely worth a read, very motivating.

http://permashift.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/bein-an-author-vs-bein-a-writer/ – This post was full of awesome and a great message to all authors!

http://morebooksthanshoes.wordpress.com/ – A great idea for choosing a book from your TBR list (especially as mine is just rowing and growing!).

http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/2014/09/04/uisneach/ – Another brilliant post Ali, I highly recommend checking out her other posts on the mystical places she’s visited!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

The Magic Spark Cover Reveal!

Here it is! The title and cover reveal of my next book, The Magic Spark! 😀

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Blurb:

Successful businesswoman Alex is content with her life in London, and any ideas of romance have been left on the back burner. But when her fairy godmother, FG, waltzes into her office one morning announcing she has come to help Alex rekindle a passion for life and love, she is about to check herself into therapy!

The fairy godmother’s incessant wand-flicking soon lands them in the isolation of the Scottish highlands, where Alex’s next client, Mal Ross, not only stirs her professional interest but her romantic ones too.

Tasked with the enormous challenge of turning a historic castle into a flourishing hotel, the pair must work closely together whilst attempting to avoid the awkward situations the rom-com obsessed fairy godmother keeps forcing them into.

But the path of love is never smooth, no matter how much magic you throw at it.

The Magic Spark is a light, enjoyable read, full of fun and romance.

Excerpt:

Forking over a flowerbed by the castle walls was Alex’s supposed perfect match, his plain grey t-shirt stained with mud and his ripped jeans just as dirty. His face was hidden behind a thick curtain of dark brown hair, layered and falling to the base of his neck.

“That’s him?” Her voice choked.

FG beamed a grin. “Look at him!” She spread her hands out in emphasis, apparently proud of the man she’d found for Alex. He stood up, running his muddied hands through his hair, excitement bubbling within Alex as the hint of a chiseled jaw line shadowed with heavy stubble became visible.

Alex rolled her eyes and folded her arms at FG’s enthusiasm. “He’s lovely, but that’s not the point-”

“Lovely? That’s all you’re going with?” FG cocked an eyebrow and they both turned back to the man who dug his hands into a pile of compost, the muscles of his arms flexing as he did so. When he leant his head back, his face became visible.

Alex wished he hadn’t been so damn handsome, it only made attempting a blasé attitude that much harder.

“He’s very nice.” Alex tightened her lips, but FG kept her brow raised, the expression battering against Alex. “Fine! He’s gorgeous.” It wasn’t a hard admittance to make.

“You got that right.” They both looked at him again, the man thankfully too far away from them to hear the conversation. Her only consolation was that he was the gardener and not the owner, at least he could be avoided.

Alex ripped her focus from the man back towards FG as she pulled her wand out of thin air. The woman flicked the star end towards the gardener and a sudden ray of sunshine burst through the heavy cloud cover and lit the man in a spotlight.

Again FG flicked her wand, but this time directly at the man. A stream of gold glitter smashed against him, but he didn’t seem to notice it. Instead, he blew out a heavy breath as though growing hot under the beam of sun that shone only on him.

He gripped the edge of his shirt and yanked it up to wipe the sweat forming on his brow, revealing a lithe, well-toned body beneath that Alex couldn’t seem to rip her gaze away from.

It took quite a bit of mental strength to finally tear her attention away and avert it to the grass beneath her boots. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” she groaned. “Stop it!” She slapped FG’s hand, the wand now directed at the ground.

The sun disappeared and the man went back to working, instead of posing like a model in a Diet Coke ad.

“Don’t tell me you didn’t enjoy it,” FG said with a sly smile and a wiggle of her brows.

Alex gritted her teeth. “Let’s just find the owner and get this business over with.” She turned away, ignoring FG who was staring at the gardener once again with a dreamy gaze. “Shall we find our rooms?”

“Only if I can take him to mine,” FG replied and Alex rolled her eyes, nudging the woman back to the front of the castle.

I was pretty pleased with how the cover turned out, which once again I did myself, including drawing out the silhouettes!

The Magic Spark is out on Tuesday 30th September!

Hope you enjoyed the preview!

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

Choices, choices…

Photo by Lauren Macdonald on Flickr

Photo by Lauren Macdonald on Flickr

So, my fifth manuscript is finally with the readers, and from the comments so far it sounds like it’s going great 😀

During the couple of weeks my readers have my manuscript, I usually start working on my cover, but also planning out my next book. This is so I’m totally organised and can begin writing as soon as the next month comes around.

The problem is choosing which book to write next.

Starting a new book is always exciting, with the thrill of finding new plots and twists, and figuring out characters to fill the world with! But there’s always a huge amount of nervous anticipation too, because I want to make sure I choose the right one.

It’s probably the same for all authors, but I do write a ton better when I’m really enjoying the story and characters I’m writing. And although I have a load of story ideas, I need make sure I figure out which one suits my current writing mood, and which one will keep me inspired and enthusiastic all the way through.

So, this week will be half working on getting organised on my new release, whilst also sifting through my piles of notes and notepads, trying to find which story is going to grab hold of my interest next.

It’s a tough job, as I already have about 4 which are really getting me inspired!

Starting and choosing a new story is definitely one of my favourite parts of being a writer 😀

How do you pick which story to write next? Do you have a bunch of story ideas to choose from? Is starting a new project one of your favourite things as a writer?

Progress Report:

Status of fifth manuscript: With the readers. Need to do cover/trailer/marketing.

Books read: 2/4

End of September Indie Review: Written and ready.