Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Introducing...His Lost Bear

So it's safe to say that my brain does not stand still...and this week is no different! On Friday, I'll be starting a Newsletter Serial! 

What's a Newsletter Serial
Each week I'll send a chapter to my Newsletter, no cost to them! Just a free story for them to enjoy. 

What's the book?
His Lost Bear is a completely standalone paranormal romance. BUT if you've read my Paranormal Council books, then you may encounter some cross-over. It's set in the same world, and one of the characters (Vic) is the brother of Kem, the male character from The Dryad's Pawprint. The other main character, Nita, also has links to another character, but I'm keeping quiet about that one for now!

Will it be on sale?
Not yet, but after my Newsletter has seen all of it, it will be on sale, and most likely in Kindle Unlimited, like the rest of my Paranormal Romances. 

Why are you doing this?
Because, while talking to my writing buddies, I came up with this idea of Vic & Nita's story, and the two of them just haven't left me alone!

Do other people do Newsletter Serials?
They do! Check out this selection here (there's even another Paranormal Romance one!) 

Where can I sign up?
Here! And don't forget that you'll also get a free copy of Betrayed too!

What if I miss a week?
I'm going to provide links to previous chapters, and they'll be available to anyone on my mailing list up until it goes up for sale!

Are you planning on doing more?
Possibly! It depends how this one goes, but there may be a fantasy and an urban fantasy one in the future! 

How long will it be?
That's a very good question...I'll let you know!

The only way for Vic to deal with the death of his parents, is to hide away in the woods, doing everything that he can to avoid his responsibilities as the panther alpha. 

For years, Nita believed that her entire family was dead. But hearing a rumour that her cousin is still alive, she sets out to find him. 

A chance encounter in the woods, brings the two shifters together, and something quickly sparks between them. Can they heal each others wounds, or will they live the rest of their lives alone? 

His Lost Bear starts on March 31st 2017, and is a Newsletter Serial.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Release Day: In the Shadows

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Nicole Morgan, Jacquie Biggar, Jocelyn Dex, Leilani Love

Tierney O’Malley, Virginia Hunter, Fionn Jameson, Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Lorelei Moone, Laura Greenwood, Cate Farren, Dylan Keefer

From wolves, and demons, to big cats, alpha males and vampire tales, you’ll be sure to find something you love because there is always something lurking… 

In the Shadows

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This set includes these fantastic stories by your favorite authors:

Night Falls (Racinitine Pack 1) by Nicole Morgan
When Kinzey gets too close to Paul’s secrets, he is faced with making a choice that could not only change his world, but the only life his pack has ever known.

The Guardian (Mended Souls Book 1) by Jacquie Biggar
Can two lost souls stop a crazed madman before he strikes again?

Araya’s Addiction by Jocelyn Dex
When an Incubus wakes up naked, collared, and locked in a cell, he knows thinking with his dick has finally gotten him into trouble.

Kassandra’s Wolf (Book 3 of The Dragon Ruby Series) by Leilani Love
She drugged him. Waking up hard and alone, all Damien could think about was teaching Kassandra the errors of her ways.

Wolf’s Soul by Tierney O’Malley
All he wanted was her sword, but she gave him her heart--whole-souled.

Alix (The Coven’s Grove Chronicles Book 1) by Virginia Hunter
Building friendships isn’t easy...building a coven is even harder. Join Alix in a race for survival and her discovery that love and magic aren’t that far apart.

Asura Night by Fionn Jameson
Monsters exist. But so do demon hunters, and they’re not giving up the fight easily.

When the Clock Strikes (Paranormal Personnel Saga 0.5) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz
Thoughts about Julia had corrupted my mind to the point that I couldn’t function

Alexander’s Blood Bride (Vampires of London Book 1) by Lorelei Moone
Alexander has waited centuries to meet a woman like Cat. The catch: she's a mortal with blood is so tempting that every vampire in London will want to claim her.

The Dryad’s Pawprint (Paranormal Council #1) by Laura Greenwood
He'll give up his happiness to help his people--but can he give up his soulmate?

After Moonlight by Cate Farren
Can two souls survive a world where only werewolves remain?

The Blood Empire: Episode One A Vampire Dark Fantasy Novel
(Prequel to The Blood Rite Saga Book 1) by Dylan Keefer

Master and servant, vampire and human; their lives couldn’t be any different. Their illicit affair could cost them their lives.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Why Paris?

For anyone that's read my retelling of Romeo & Juliet, By Any Other Name, you'll know that I remained faithful to Shakespeare's original. Down to the fact that each chapter is a scene from the play, everything happens at the same point it does in the play, and the ending remains the same (that is, unless you've read the alternative ending! There was a part of me that just couldn't do that to my characters!) 

So you may be wondering why on earth I chose to set this book in Paris and not in Verona. Well the answer is actually super simple...I know Paris. 

I spent six months living (and working) in Paris, and I believe that that gave me a knowledge that I could use in my book. Certainly more so than Verona. I've only spent a total of three days in Italy in my life (though will add another 4 to that when I go to Naples later in the year!) and I just didn't feel that I could do it justice. 

Admittedly, Paris doesn't actually feature too much in the story, much like Verona actually doesn't in Shakespeare's original. But there were a few things I threw in there, just to give it some more character .

The first time that we meet Romain (the Romeo character*) he's on the Pont Des Invalides, and looking out at the Pont d'Alexandre III. Now these are real bridges in Paris, and really are next to each other. More than that, Benoit's (the Benvolio character) opinions on the Pont d'Alexandre III actually mirror my own somewhat. I can see why they liked it at the time, but the gilt statues are a bit much for me! 

I only mention them a couple of times, but one of my main concerns about publishing was the mention of arrondissements. The best translation I have is that they are like neighbourhoods, but to anyone that has lived in Paris, they just are! When I say something is in an arrondissement, then it really does exist there! For me, that was an important part of the story. 

And finally the church! An important part of the story, and the home of Father Lawrence (though I did take artistic license and have him live next door to it! This probably isn't accurate! However, the Eglise Saint-François is a real church, and a small one at that, and really is in the 17th arrondissement. While I haven't been to this one in particular (though I might have passed it, it was fairly close to where I lived!) I did go to a lot like it, and that's what inspired it! 


* My Romeo & Juliet characters (Romain and Josie) couldn't keep their own names because I already have a character in a different book called Juliet. Her book isn't published yet, but is too written to undo it! Plus, once a name takes hold in my head, it just doesn't let go! Other names that were changed were Benvolio (Benoit), Tybolt (Tristan), Mercutio (Marc), Paris (Pierre), Escalus (Etienne) and the Nurse (Adrienne). Minor characters also had some name changes, but some remained the same, included Capulet, Montague and Father Lawrence. 

Sorry, I couldn't go through a whole post about Romeo & Juliet and not include a photo of Juliet's balcony! 

For anyone interested, when I lived in Paris, I lived in the 18th, within walking distance of Montmatre and Sacré Coeur. My favourite photo (which I'm going to try and find in a minute) was of Sacré Coeur in the snow, apparently something that hadn't happened in about 20 years (and I was lucky enough to both see it and take a photo!) I also got to see some Nuns singing in a choir at Sacré Coeur, which was hauntingly beautiful! 

Less exciting, but I worked in the 8th, and often spent my lunch hour on the famous Champs Elysées!