Saturday, 31 December 2016

Excerpt: By Any Other Name

Would you like a tease from my latest project, By Any Other Name, a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. There are a few differences, for example the setting has been changed to Paris (I don't know Italy well enough to do it justice) and the characters names have been changed (partly because of the setting change, partly because I already had a character called Juliet in another WIP from before this one became a real thing! 

By Any Other Name is available for preorder now!



She was even more beautiful now, almost like the sun; far too bright and dazzling for his enhanced sight. It was almost impossible for him to believe that she was a vampire too, even in their brief meeting she’d seemed so innocent. She looked as if she was about to speak, and he had to remind himself not to answer, for she wasn’t aware that he was there and the last thing that he wanted to do was scare her.
“Why me?” She looked up at the sky and Romain wished that her eyes were on him instead. “Why did you have to be Romain? Without your name, I could give myself to you. Though for love, I would happily give up my own.”
Romain’s breath caught in his throat and his heart skipped a beat. She’d clearly felt the same way that he had during their brief meeting; like there was something more between them, even if they were from opposing clans. He was unsure about whether or not to speak up when she spoke again and he strained his ears to catch each word.
“It’s only in name that we’re enemies. What is a Montague after all? For it isn’t any physical part of a man, and any other name would work,” she sighed loudly and moved across the balcony, her face now turned away from where Romain was hiding. “What’s in a name? For a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; as would he if he were called a different name.”

“For you, I’d go by any other name,” the words blurted out before he could stop them and Josie startled, turning to look in his direction. Knowing that staying hidden wasn’t in his best interests, Romain made the leap up to the balcony, landing smoothly in front of her. 


While the world was led to believe that the French Nobility finally fell alongside the last Imperial Empire in the Nineteenth Century; there was a second court that survived. This court was filled with the creatures that no one wanted to believe truly existed; vampires. 

Within the borders of Paris, there were two rival vampire clans; the Baronies of Montague and Capulet. For centuries, the two clans have been at war, using the various French Revolutions, and the wars since, as a cover for their own dark purposes. 

The fight between the two clans was so ancient, that neither the Montague heir, nor the Capulet daughter, had any idea about what it was over, and the two star-crossed lovers began their own doomed romance…


NB: While names and the setting have been changed, and vampires have been introduced, By Any Other Name is a faithful retelling of Romeo and Juliet. 

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Friday, 30 December 2016

If You Were Stuck on a Desert Island...What Would You Read? (Part 2)

As many of you may know, I submitted my latest book, What Lies Beneath the Mask, to the Kindle Scout program. While it wasn't chosen, I gained so much from it, including an amazing group of fellow authors who've now pulled together to showcase one another!

So, I asked them all: if you were stranded on a desert island with only one book, what would it be? (Though I banned how-to manuals, omnibuses & complete works!)

Here's what some of them said!

The AdoptionGreg Meritt: The Stand (Uncut), by Stephen King.

Greg Meritt is the youngest of three children. He was born in Everett, Washington, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a restaurant manager, a landscaper, a purchasing agent, and salesman. As a young person in middle school, Greg became hooked on stories after reading Stephen King's "The Stand", and has been reading voraciously ever since.
In 2012, he began writing his own stories and in early 2013, his short story "The Attic" was chosen out of 5,300 entries for inclusion in "The Writer’s Digest Short, Short Story Competition." Greg has written over thirty short stories and a novella. The Adoption is his debut novel. Greg lives in Kent, WA with his lovely wife, three adopted children and a crazy dog. Novel Link: getBook.at/12gm7sm63

ParisJenny O’Brien: That's an impossible question for me to answer so I'm going to have to cheat. I choose a notebook so I could write the books myself. It would mean a pencil and rubber as well though. I read about 300 books a year so not being able to read would be torture.  

Jenny O'Brien was born in Ireland a very long time ago. She's an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a 2016 RoNA judge. She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She's also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings - two of which you'll always find in her scribblings! She lives in Guernsey and, in her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You'll be pleased to note she won't be entering Bake-Off.

Love Lies & ClonesJoynell Schultz: I love, love, love fiction, but I’d take the biggest book of non-fiction nonsense I could find. Like an entire encyclopedia set—or even just one of the books. You can’t get bored with that, right? I mean, whenever I couldn’t think of anything but coconuts, palm trees, and sand, I’d just whip that out and read about something else.
Joynell Schultz spends her days working in a “reliable profession” as a veterinary pharmacist, which pays the bills, but isn’t nearly as exciting as creating alternative worlds writing speculative fiction. While shivering through the long northern Wisconsin winters with her husband, two children, and numerous pets, she enjoys reading, writing, and planning her next vacation. Novel Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXTGIZL

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Kyla Stone: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.

Kyla Stone has been writing fiction since she was a little girl. Beneath the Skin is her debut novel. She writes educational children's books as alter ego Kyla Steinkraus. When she's not writing, Kyla loves reading, drawing, hiking, board games, and eating dark chocolate. She lives with her family and two spoiled cats in Atlanta, GA.




DreamsSteve Vernon: I’d want to be stuck there with a great big book, like maybe In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust – a book that weighs in at about 3031 pages – or over 1200000 words. Why such a big  book? I know that some of you readers are thinking to yourself that I picked me a big old honking doorstop of a novel just to help pass the time – but heck no. It is not time that I am thinking about passing. This is a deserted island, remember? Toilet paper is in short supply.

“If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon.” – Bookgasm

whitRuth White: A book with all blank pages - that is assuming I have something to write with.


I was a coal miner's daughter in the Appalachian mountains. We lived up in a holler, which was so deep the sun didn't hit the bottom 'til eleven a.m. Don't know what a holler is? Same thing as a canyon. Anyway, most of my books for middle grades and young adults were set in that time and place, and were published by big name publishers. Though the pay was good, I began to feel that I was writing the same book over and over again, so I started branching out, so to speak, and experimented with writing about different times and places with an older reading audience in mind. And here I am self-publishing and loving the control I have over everything. By the way I live in Hershey, PA now, but I still can't seem to get up before eleven.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

If You Were Stuck on a Desert Island...What Would You Read (Part 1!)

As many of you may know, I submitted my latest book, What Lies Beneath the Mask, to the Kindle Scout program. While it wasn't chosen, I gained so much from it, including an amazing group of fellow authors who've now pulled together to showcase one another!

So, I asked them all: if you were stranded on a desert island with only one book, what would it be? (Though I banned how-to manuals, omnibuses & complete works!)

Here's what some of them said!

JP Cawood: The Alchemist because it would inspire me to become the sun, the wind, and the sea.  
Love From Mars
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, JP Cawood studied storytelling at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.  She has developed television series & pilots for Syfy Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, History Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, and Pivot/Participant. Now telling stories through books, JP writes science fiction/fantasy because the future is now and imagination is the key that unlocks all great mysteries. As a lifelong student of the mystical unknowns, JP has traveled the world in search of truth, beauty, and goodness. JP has lived in France, Britain, India, and many cities across America. She now resides in Los Angeles.

Website: www.jpcawood.com

Luke Christodoulou: And then there were none. The mother of my genre, an absolute delight!

Death of a BrideLuke Christodoulou is an author, a poet and an English teacher (MA Applied Linguistics - University of Birmingham). He is, also, a coffee-movie-book-Nutella lover. His books have been widely translated and are available in five languages. His first book, THE OLYMPUS KILLER (#1 Bestseller - Thrillers), was released in April, 2014. The book was voted Book Of The Month for May on Goodreads (Psychological Thrillers). The book continued to be a fan favorite on Goodreads and was voted BOTM for June in the group Nothing Better Than Reading. In October, it was BOTM in the group Ebook Miner, proving it was one of the most talked-about thrillers of 2014.The second stand-alone thriller from the series, THE CHURCH MURDERS, was released April, 2015 to widespread critical and fan acclaim. DEATH OF A BRIDE was the third Greek Island Mystery to be released. Released in April, 2016 it followed in the footsteps of its successful predecessors. From its first week in release it hit the number one spot for books set in Greece.MURDER ON DISPLAY came out in 2017 and enriched the series. He is currently working on the fifth book of his planned Greek Island Mysteries book series. He resides in Limassol, Cyprus with his loving wife, his chatty daughter and his crazy newborn son.Hobbies include travelling the Greek Islands discovering new food and possible murder sites for his stories. He, also, enjoys telling people that he ‘kills people for a living’.



Othello

Aaron Frale: Hitchhiker's Guide (because you'll need the towel).

Aaron Frale co-wrote a no-budget comedy flick called Hamlet the Vampire Slayer. His first novel is Playlist of the Ancient Dead. The University of New Mexico gave him a MFA in Dramatic Writing. He also screams and plays guitar for the prog/metal band Spiral. He lives with his wife Felicia, two cats, and a small dog who thinks he's a large dog in Columbia Heights, MN.




Liz HedgecockIt’s probably a cliche, but I’d pick Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Or maybe Our Mutual Friend…choosing is so hard!

A House of MirrorsLiz Hedgecock grew up in London, England, did an English degree, and then took forever to start writing. After several years working in the National Health Service, a corporate writing course rekindled the flame, and various short stories followed. Some even won prizes. Then the stories began to grow longer... Liz now lives in Cheshire with her husband and two sons, and when she’s not writing or child-wrangling you can usually find her reading, running, or sneaking into a museum.
Novel Links: A House of Mirrors: myBook.to/Mirrors, The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes: myBook.to/NotebookSH, A Jar of Thursday: myBook.to/Thursday, The Case of the Snow-White Lady: myBook.to/SnowWhiteLady 


Bill Hiatt: Being a fantasy writer, I’d have to say Merlin’s grimoire or something similar, so I could learn how to open a gateway into another world and escape from the island.
Different 
As far back as he can remember, Bill Hiatt had a love for reading so intense that he eventually ended up owning over eight thousand books--not counting e-books! He has also loved to write for almost that long. As an English teacher, he had little time to write, though he always felt there were stories within him that longed to get out, and he did manage to publish a few books near the end of his teaching career. Now that he is retired from teaching, the stories are even more anxious to get out into the world, and they will not be denied! Novel Links: Living with Your Past Selves: http://viewbook.at/B00987M4CI  Different Lee: http://viewbook.at/differentlee  I think the third was either The Devil Hath the Power: http://viewbook.at/devilhathpower or We Walk in Darkness: http://viewbook.at/wewalk.




WarriorsCarey Lewis: I’m going to steal Dwight Shrute’s answer from The Office – “Physician's Desk Reference... hollowed out, inside-waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket and, in case I get bored, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. No, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Question, did my shoes come off in the plane crash?

Carey Lewis traded a mundane job in Toronto, Canada, in favor of a backpacker life of nomadic travel. He can be spotted with his beautiful fiance somewhere in Southeast Asia, drinking coffee and scribbling furiously into a notepad while cursing his credit card debt and writing about bad guys that are cooler than he'll ever be.


Beyond the ForestKay L Ling: The Bible! Not only would I need God’s help to survive, the Bible is full of fascinating stories.

Kay L. Ling began writing fiction at an early age. In grade school, her stories evidenced a sense of  wonder and love of adventure. In one, mythical creatures lived and traveled inside a rainbow, and in another, a bored sixth-grader turned her teacher into a maroon sofa and then teleported herself to London. As she grew up, Kay never lost her ability to imagine strange and wondrous peoples and places, and now she would like to share her unique fantasy adventures with others. Web link: https://www.facebook.com/KayLLing.author






New Pre-Orders Available!

I'm super excited to announce TWO new Preorders! The Dryad's Pawprint is coming in January, and By Any Other Name is coming in March! The Dryad's Pawprint is a paranormal romance between a panther-shifter and a dryad (a tree-nymph! I didn't realise they had their own name either!) and By Any Other Name is an urban fantasy/paranormal retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and a faithful one at that (as much as it goes against my own tendencies, I couldn't bring myself to change the ending from Shakespeare's!)  

The Dryad's Pawprint

Panther-shifter, Kemnebi Davis, lives a normal life as an accountant until he’s called before the Shifter Council. Unknown to the shifter community, the Council needs help; and the only way for that to happen is for Kem to marry the daughter of one of the Nymph Council. Except there’s one problem; Lia. The woman who has been occupying Kem’s thoughts since a chance meeting a year ago…


Xylia Dentro has a secret. One that she’s managed to keep from her father and sister for nearly a year. But when she encounters the man who started it all, she can’t deny the pull she feels towards him; despite everything that’s standing in their way…

Amazon US - Amazon UK - Goodreads  



By Any Other Name: A Retelling of Romeo & Juliet 

While the world was led to believe that the French Nobility finally fell alongside the last Imperial Empire in the Nineteenth Century; there was a second court that survived. This court was filled with the creatures that no one wanted to believe truly existed; vampires. 

Within the borders of Paris, there were two rival vampire clans; the Baronies of Montague and Capulet. For centuries, the two clans have been at war, using the various French Revolutions, and the wars since, as a cover for their own dark purposes. 

The fight between the two clans was so ancient, that neither the Montague heir, nor the Capulet daughter, had any idea about what it was over, and the two star-crossed lovers began their own doomed romance…


NB: While names and the setting have been changed, and vampires have been introduced, By Any Other Name is a faithful retelling of Romeo and Juliet. 

Amazon US - Amazon UK - Goodreads

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

What Lies Beneath the Mask Paperback Giveaway!

I'm super excited to announce that What Lies Beneath the Mask is currently holding a paperback giveaway on Goodreads!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

What Lies Beneath the Mask by Laura Greenwood

What Lies Beneath the Mask

by Laura Greenwood

Giveaway ends January 30, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Short Story: Christmas Wish

This is a short story that I wrote back in 2014, and as it doesn't have a home (and I'm not sure it ever has!) I thought I'd share it with my blog readers! Enjoy & Merry Christmas!



Three years ago, Evan Davis died. It had been Christmas Eve and he had been at his parents’ house for the celebrations when his heart gave out unexpectedly. Though Evan had been a successful business man, he had never found a woman he could call his own, and still longed to sit beside a roaring fire with the woman he loved on Christmas Eve. That longing meant that he had remained trapped on Earth rather than moving on and had brought him to this moment.

Delilah had bought her home nearly three years ago, from an elderly couple mourning the loss of their eldest son. While many people would have felt uncomfortable living in a house where they knew someone had died, Delilah didn’t mind; especially as she could feel Evan’s presence and knew that he meant no one any harm. For the past six months, his presence around her home had been getting stronger and Delilah had found that she could sense emotions from him. It had first started when her fiancĂ© broke off their engagement and she’d felt him sending her comfort, something that now happened every time she’d been feeling down. His kind and familiar presence was one of the reasons why she’d planned something special for that evening.

Delilah stoked the coals in her open fire before adding another piece of wood to the pile, causing the fire to roar into life and fill the room with an orange glow. The light glinted off the baubles on her Christmas tree and flickered over the rest of the dimly lit room. She smiled, feeling the happiness projected by Evan, but confused by the underlying sadness also coming from him.

Evan looked into the flames and felt the conflicting emotions of contentment of being in front of a fire with a woman he’d grown to love, and the sadness that he’d never be able to hold her in his arms, or even tell her that he loved her. He wasn’t even sure that she knew he was there; despite the fact that whenever he sent her comforting thoughts she did seem to react.

“Why are you sad Evan?” Delilah said aloud, half to herself and half in the hope of getting an answer from the ghostly presence in the room. If Evan had had a body then he would have jumped in shock, not only did she know that he was here but she knew who he was. Not knowing how to answer he attempted to send her a message.

One of my dreams was to spend Christmas Eve in front of a fire with someone I loved. He concentrated all of his effort on sending the message, truly hoping that it would get through to her.

“Why can’t you?” Delilah replied causing an elated feeling to emanate off Evan. She laughed slightly. “You seem surprised I can hear you.”

I am. He thought. Because I can’t hold you like I want to. He replied to her question.

“We can try.” Delilah said. A thrill had gone through her when Evan had implied it was her that he wanted to spend his time with though she couldn’t quite understand why.

How? Evan asked, cocking his head and wondering why he was doing so when she couldn’t see him. Delilah gasped. You can see me? She nodded and Evan smiled.

“That’s the first time though.” Delilah took a step towards him and lifted her hand to his face, only able to touch air. A sad look came over her face and she sighed. “I wish you were here.”

I do too. Evan thought back at her. Why don’t we sit on the sofa? He didn’t know if that was possible for him but he wanted to try, anything to rid her of the sadness that had overcome her. She nodded meekly and sat down on the comfy red sofa in front of the fire. Evan moved to put his arm around her, and though she couldn’t see him she could feel warmth and contentment in the action. Smiling she laid down, Evan laying beside her and before long Delilah drifted off to sleep.

Delilah stretched awake when the sun began to stream through the window, warming her skin. As she did so she felt someone lying beside her on the sofa and turned to see what was happening. There was a man that looked very much like Evan’s ghost had the night before sleepily opening his eyes and she gasped.

“Evan?” She was nervous and excited at the prospect of Evan being alive and with her.

“Delilah?” He asked his voice deep and filled with sleep. It didn’t last long when he realised he had spoke aloud. “I’m real?” He asked, staring at his hands.


“Yes.” Delilah said smiling. He smiled back and laughed before taking her face between his hands and kissing her; finally able to spend Christmas with a woman he loved. He guessed that sometimes Christmas wishes do come true. 

Monday, 19 December 2016

FREE Anthology! Christmas in Love: Flash Fiction

I'm super excited to announce that I've been chosen to participate in Christmas in Love, a Flash Fiction anthology across the genres! I've read some of the other stories, and I must say that I'm in amazing company, and feel very humbled to be chosen! 

My story for Christmas in Love, is a fantasy called The Sugar Plum Fairy's Rescue. It was written especially for this anthology, as something Christmassy, and it was written for my Grandma. She's always loved fairies, and she told me that she needed me to write "something happy" at some point, and how much happier can it get than fairies really! 

All the stories in Christmas in Love count as Flash Fiction, meaning that they are approximately 1000 words. This makes this selection a great quick read, as well as a good way to discover great new authors! 

Oh and did I mention that it's FREE?






From an unexpected twist on a classic Christmas tale and a soldier returning home from war to a pair of girls waiting for an unlikely Christmas wish to come true and a creepy evening in a museum, fill your briefest moments with this collection of 18 flash fiction stories.
Commuting to work? Grabbing a quick coffee? Each story tells a complete tale in but a few short minutes with the added promise of a lifelong introduction to new indie writers.
You never know, you might just find your next favorite author.
Christmas in Love, the third anthology in the Flash Flood series, is a hand-picked selection of master works in romance, science fiction and fantasy themed for Christmas and guaranteed to keep you engaged.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Excerpt: What Lies Beneath the Mask

Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 18 of What Lies Beneath the Mask, a moment of best friend-ness between main character and stage manager Annabelle and costume designer, Hayley.


What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 



“It still surprises me what a convincing woman John Travolta makes.” Hayley said, sipping her pink cocktail and munching on a chocolate brownie, her third of the night.
“You say that every time we watch Hairspray!” I laughed, and it was true, though I did agree with her.
“Do you think Jack would pull it off if we did Hairspray next?” She asked in mock seriousness. I pushed her arm and snorted.
“Nope. He’d be Corny. Now Henry…he’d make a good Edna!” Hayley joined me in fits of laughter as we imagined the ever image conscious Henry dressed in drag and a fat suit.
“What and leave George or Dave to be Link?” She asked through laughing.
“Maybe we’d get David involved just for that.” She had the good grace to look embarrassed. “Things not go well?” I asked, nervous that I’d over stepped a mark.
“No it went great.” She said quickly.
“But…”
“But nothing. I’m just not sure I’m ready for something serious.”
“You’ve been on one date Hayls, who said anything about serious!” It was slightly ironic that our normal roles had been reversed.
“He just seemed to be the kind of guy you’d take home to meet the folks.” She sighed and grabbed another brownie.
“That’s not necessarily a bad thing.” She sighed and I knew it was probably best to change the subject. “I got another note.”
“What?!” She sat bolt upright, almost spilling her drink. “When?”
“Today. I found it on the windscreen of my car.”
“Have you reported it?”
“Of course not! What would I say? Someone is anonymously leaving me notes that seem to be encouraging me?” It wasn’t like we could prove that the notes were as sinister as we thought they were.
“No, I guess not.” She sighed. So much for me trying to change the subject and get everything back to fun.
“Another drink?” She nodded and wordlessly handing me her glass. I topped up both of our drinks from the blender in the kitchen, it was our fourth, the other three having met their demises while we were having one of our girl’s nights…apparently, there is such a thing as too much frozen fruit and rum. 



3 years ago, assistant director and aspiring concept artist Annabelle escaped from an abusive relationship, and now the past is back to haunt her. Feeling drawn to the handsome and charming star of her amateur theatre group’s production of the Phantom of the Opera, Annabelle has to fight her demons if she’s to follow her heart. But is Jack enough to free her from her memories, or has her ex-boyfriend still got her in his grasp?


What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 


Friday, 9 December 2016

About the Cover: What Lies Beneath the Mask

If you haven't seen the amazing cover that the super talented Debbie Cassidy made for me yet then here it is! Plus can check out her facebook page and website to see more awesome covers she's made!

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 

Amazon UK - Amazon US - Goodreads

Even before I first contacted Debbie about doing my cover I had an idea of what I wanted, and I was astounded by not just how well she managed to capture that, but also how far past what I imagined it turned out! Even though it's the cover for one of my books I can't stop looking at it! 

While What Lies Beneath the Mask is a romance story, and is also a loose retelling of The Phantom of the Opera (it started life as a more faithful retelling!) the most important part of the story for me is Annabelle's journey and the way in which she starts to heal after leaving her abusive relationship with Toby. I liked writing Annabelle a lot, she had her weaknesses, not least because at the beginning she tries to push Jack away, but she also has an incredible strength to just keep going. Which was why I knew that she had to be alone on the cover, this story is about her, Jack and the other characters are secondary to that. 

When I saw the stock image that was used (even though the woman in it was originally blonde) I knew it was right. I'd been clear in my head that the expression of the woman was going to be one of the most important things for me, because laughing and smiling just weren't right for the story, and this just stood out. The idea for me was that there was more going on beneath the front that people, and in this case specifically Annabelle, put on for people, and that removing the mask was something that showed true trust on her part. Hence the mask on the cover and in the title. 

I think that's pretty much it! This is just a case of me having a lot of thoughts about these things and wanting to share them all! 

Blurb

3 years ago, assistant director and aspiring concept artist Annabelle escaped from an abusive relationship, and now the past is back to haunt her. Feeling drawn to the handsome and charming star of her amateur theatre group’s production of the Phantom of the Opera, Annabelle has to fight her demons if she’s to follow her heart. But is Jack enough to free her from her memories, or has her ex-boyfriend still got her in his grasp?

Loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera.


What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 


Monday, 5 December 2016

What Lies Beneath the Mask Blog Tour Sign Up!


I'm super excited to announce that What Lies Beneath the Mask is going on tour with Obsessive Pimpettes! You can sign up here!

The tour will include reviews (ARCs provided), promos, interviews and more! It will run between the 12th and the 16th December!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

New Project Announcement

Hi all! This is just me basically announcing that I'm starting my next writing project, a time travel romance called Time Keepers. I'm announcing it simply because NaNo worked so well at getting me motivated, so I'm hoping that actually making an "official" announcement about starting something will motivate me to finish it!

Oddly enough, I never thought I'd ever write anything around time travel, it's a genre that rarely appeals to me. However, this story started rattling around my head about 2 weeks ago and it just won't leave...and so, this me getting it out there! And maybe discovering something new I like to write!

At the moment Time Keepers is going to be a stand alone. But I know what I'm like, so it could end up not being, I won't make any promises! What it will fulfill is my wish that I was actually knowledgeable enough about history to write historical romance...this way I can simply dip in and out, while having modern characters who don't have to conform...it's going to be fun!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Deleted Scene: What Lies Beneath the Mask

This is a discovery even for me! Back in one of my earlier drafts of What Lies Beneath the Mask the prologue looked quite different to the one that I deleted anyway! But I thought it would be interesting to share it with you!

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 






Prologue

The day that John announced that we were participating in a nationwide competition for amateur theatre groups was simultaneously the most exciting and the most devastating day I’d had in a long time. We’d be given a budget so we could actually spend money on decent costumes and staging instead of making do with what we had already, and in exchange, we would be filmed for a TV show that would be aired once the competition was ending. It all sounded great to me until John told us what we’d be performing. The Phantom of the Opera is one of my all-time favourite stories, and I love the West End musical, but there’s only one problem; I can’t sing. I’m not trying to be falsely modest, no one and I do mean no one would want me to sing anywhere near a microphone. So instead I offered my artistic vision to the show. I knew all the songs and I knew exactly how I would stage the show and so I pitched to John, who actually agreed, much to my surprise. Turns out that he doesn’t actually know that much about it: and hasn’t even seen the musical.

Casting was easy, not that I had much say in the matter. My ex, Henry was to be the Phantom and he fit the part well; broad with dark haired and though not unpleasant to look at he wasn’t a stunner. We’d dated for 6 months before he broke it off for reasons completely unknown to me. Despite that things were never weird between us, I’d apparently not been that into him. Meredith got the leading role. She was a complete bitch and hated me for some reason. Though I didn’t like her either I’d never actually done anything bad to her. Then there was Jack. He was new to the group and I certainly wouldn’t mind getting to know him better, I doubt any woman would; tall, blond and clearly in top physical form. I would be perfectly happy with him being my Raoul, a sentiment clearly shared by Meredith who now almost constantly wore a smug look on her face every time he walked into the room.

What Lies Beneath the Mask releases on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January!