Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TO WIN HER LOVE - MACKENZIE CROWNE

I'm so excited about Mackenzie Crowne's new release, To Win Her Love, hence the blogpost! Last year, Mackenzie asked me to be a beta reader on her WIP. I was so excited she asked me (little old me) for feedback. This is that WIP and I'm thrilled to bits it made it through the publishing process to the global book shelves!

I've known Mackenzie Crowne for about three years now and she is a warm, strong, vibrant woman. These qualities are conveyed in all her books through the relatable characters she pens and the romantic stories she creates. I know when I curl up with this author I'm going to get an engaging, fun read with a definitive splash of sass!

Take a look at To Win Her Love and see for yourself.



Blurb:

To win the game, they’ll have to risk losing their hearts…
When a bizarre child custody stipulation pits popular sports blogger Gracie Gable against football superstar Jake Malone, losing the battle for her twin nieces isn't the only thing Gracie has to worry about. Forced to live for three months under the same roof as the sexy tight end, will she fall prey to his flirtatious pursuit? Or worse, will the skeletons in her closet destroy her chance for the love and family she so desperately wants?

Neglected by his parents as a boy, Jake doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Yet living with Gracie and the twins might be enough to change his mind—and his womanizing ways. But when the press unearths a scandal from Gracie’s past, will he lose the one woman he was ready to open his heart to?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cover Reveal - BASS

In a nightclub called HellFire, things are bound to get hot.
When a girl is gruesomely murdered after a night clubbing at notorious nightspot HellFire, it hits too close to home for the club’s bewitching house DJ, Elizabeth Jones. Already shaken, she must make sure of her priorities when the victim’s sexy ex-boyfriend Kurt starts asking questions.
Kurt Roberts is convinced that someone at HellFire knows something about the murder, and has embarked on a personal crusade to find justice. But Kurt has entered a world not his own – a dangerous, savage world, where drugs and money drive people to violence and extortion. The only beacon of light? Elizabeth Jones, mesmerizing clubbers with her music and Kurt with her looks.
Trusting men doesn’t come easily to Elizabeth, and Kurt isn’t too ready to trust her either. The murder only makes them more hesitant, but they can’t help but be drawn to each other. For the first time in their lives, neither can tell which of their instincts is right.
What secrets did Kurt’s dead girlfriend keep from him? And what doesn’t Elizabeth know about the club she calls home? With their eyes locked on each other, they may not see the danger until it’s too late.
Perfect for fans of Kylie Scott, Shiloh Walker and C.J. Roberts.
Pre-order it now!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

John Larkin - The Pause


I'd like to welcome award winning author, John Larkin to my blog, promoting his new release The Pause. Take a look at what John has to say about his new book, being a writer and why he'd like to walk in women's shoes! 

How long have you been writing for?

I developed a love of writing at high school but then lost it in my late teens. When I was travelling and Europe in my early twenties I started again – just a journal and letters to friends and families. It was my sister who said that she used to read my letters out to friends and work and they used to have everyone in stitches. After my post-adolescent wanderings around Europe were done (in other words I ran out of money), I came home and decided that I wanted to go to uni. The practical thing to do was to do a computing science degree, as I was working as a computer programmer at the time, but I soon got bored out of my brain with this. Always in the back of my mind was the idea that I wanted to be a writer, so I switched degrees to English Literature and started writing my socks off. It all kind of fell into place from there.


What’s the name of your latest release?

My new novel is called The Pause. It is an uplifting novel on teen suicide (and yes; it can be done).


Where did you get the idea for this story?

Not long after The Shadow Girl was published I had a complete mental breakdown. The two events are unrelated; although in many respects I believe writing The Shadow Girl simply postponed my breakdown. Things in my personal life were going to hell in a hand-basket and I think writing gave me a safe place to go. Once I had finished the novel I lost that safe place and my world fell apart. I spent several weeks in psychiatric hospitals and eventually with some amazing care I was able to slowly piece my life back together. The Pause was born from this awful period of my life. I try to live by the philosophy that if something bad happens to me I am going to do something positive in response. It’s a kind of yin-yang thing that I live by. The loss of the life that I loved (my touchstone, my safety net, my everything) and the subsequent mental breakdown was my yin; The Pause became my yang.


Do you imagine a particular person you know or have seen who are in the public eye when creating your main characters?

I’m more of a method writer. I create a character and then, as I’m writing him or her, I become that character.  I don’t dress up like them or anything like that, it’s just that I truly believe (and see them as real people) as I’m writing them to the point that they are real.


Of all the characters in your books which is your favourite and why?

I loved Declan (The Pause) because he needed looking after. Things happened to him that he could not control and (like me) it almost destroyed him. But he needed help (lots of help), external help to piece his life back together, which was true of my own breakdown. I think my all-time favourite character is The Shadow Girl. Although some truly terrible things happen to her, she is never a victim. She has tremendous strength, a positive outlook, and a determination to make her life better. I modeled her partly on the real shadow girl whom I met during a school talk, but I added in the feistiness and zest for life and confidence of my eldest daughter, Chantelle.


When writing, are you a planner or a panster?

A bit of both. I like to plan to some degree but I also leave room for the characters, for creativity to take over and they do take over. When it’s going well the characters and the story takes on a life of its own and all I do is wander along behind sweeping up.



What are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just finished Malala Yousafzai’s memoir. Although I’m fairly well read and informed, it left me completely dumbfounded that such ignorance, such as that shown by the Taliban, still exists in these “enlightened” times. The strength and determination shown by Malala (and her wonderful father) left me awestruck. 


If you could be anyone for a day, who would that be?

I would like to walk in a woman’s shoes for the day (not in a cross-dressing sense of course, though that might be interesting too). I would like to be a Muslim woman and wear the hijab and experience what it is like in Kabul and also in a western city. 


Complete this sentence; I’m indifferent to… home renovation, cooking and reality shows on TV. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Thanks John! 

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I just want to add my two cents worth here and tell you all that I read The Pause in one day!
 Here's my review:

I knew I had to wait for the school holidays to read John Larkin's, The Pause. I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down. I was right. A powerful, uplifting story about teen suicide, Declan, a seventeen year old pauses before he attempts to take his life and the narrative of his future life begins. It is heartwarming and funny - yes funny - with many brilliant lines and ideas highlighting the genius of the premise of the story and the exceptional writing style of this skilled author. If I could give this book six stars I would because it is at a level above the rest. Well done, John Larkin.










Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Writer's Ramblings - LOADED


I'm at the beginning stages of writing my next novel, LOADED and I had a brainwave!

Why don't I document my process and progress on my blog?

I'm figuring some of you might be interested in following my magic and not so magic moments and seeing what really goes into writing a novel. For me, it will be an exercise upon which I can reflect on my work and implement all the things I have learned about writing and story telling in the last three or so years.

I hope you will join me.





First, let me give you a rough rundown of the story


  • Most of the story will be set in the Philippines
  • Emily Bell (my great great great grandmother's name) is my heroine
  • Jack Brown (Brown was my great grandmother's maiden name and Jack is another name for John which is an old family name) is my hero
  • Emily holds some diamonds that she took (you would have taken them too if you knew the what,where and how, I guarantee it.) 
  • Jack tracks her down to get them back and the fun begins!
Now, I'm not going to give too much away, especially at this early stage when I'm still plotting and planning but what I will do is give you an unedited teaser from the very first chapters! 


Only one of her eyes scanned the area the other looked at the wall. She snapped her head back, her breathing pace bordering on hyperventilation. The hasty scour of the room produced strewed images that were still being processed in her overloaded mind. It was a scene she had never witnessed before and probably would never again.
            Another peek and she lingered for longer. She could feel her eyes widen and her gaze deepen. With her eyes fixed on the view before her, her body began to move of its own accord, as if an invisible thread was drawing her forward. The silvery ribbons caressed her as she passed through the archway not even registering their touch. Her sense of sight was hogging all the attention.
            She stopped, having taken three or four baby steps onto the stage, paralysed except for her wide, unblinking eyes absorbing the devastation that lay before her.

Hope you like it.
Catch you next time!





  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rone Award Nomination

Hi all,
My book, Doctors Beyond Borders has been selected to compete for a Rone Award sponsored by InD'Tale Magazine in the States. They recently gave me a great review, which resulted in my selection. If you would like to support me and cast your vote for Doctors Beyond Borders I would be forever grateful. It is under the Contemporary Steamy category and here's the link. 


When you're in, click on Rone Awards on the tool bar and then to voting for week 6 at the bottom of the list and go from there. 

Thanks for your time!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Writer's Ramblings - Would I have made it?

Yep, well if you're a writer, I have no doubt you would have received at least one of these polite letters from a publisher. God, I have! More than I would have liked. Lucky for me though, I did end up receiving a couple of acceptance emails from publishers which made me slump in my chair with relief and got my work published!
Yippee!

This was one of the six rejection letters my father received many, many years ago for his manuscript Dangerous Highway.

It was a time of the typewriter and carbon paper for duplicate or triplicate copies.

It was a time when making a spelling or grammar error was a 'tear your hair out moment' especially if it was your final draft.

It was a time when my father, John Tyler, didn't have the time to write and write and write.  He'd written. He'd written a story and that story wasn't picked up by a publisher. He had a living to make.
He moved on and we emigrated to Australia.

I often think about whether I would have got as far as I have with my books if I had been a writer in the 1970's. The emergence of ebooks, the vast 'at your fingertips' knowledge of the internet and spellcheck have benefitted me and my pursuit to be an author, hugely.

What about you?

What do you think?

Calling authors and anyone else who would like to have a say!

G

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Writer's Ramblings - 'The Love'

Hi bloggers,

'I'd love to write a book one day' you hear people say.
I was one of those people.

Writing a book takes so much more than just a whimsical wish. It takes  a whole lot of perserverence and tenacity with a dash of raw talent. I'm sure many of you have heard the stories of authors like Stephen King's and Nora Robert's submissions being rejected by publishers before fame and fortune, driving them to the point where they could have packed it all in.

But...

They didn't. And aren't we all thankful they grew a thick skin and kept at it?

It's a hard slog being a writer/author, yet it can be immensely satisfiying. To see my name on a book cover and have people chose to read my books was something I always dreamed of and I still have to pinch myself when I gaze at the two of them up on Amazon and iTunes. It's gratifying as well as being bloody awesome!

So, spare a thought for the author who has slaved away at a manuscript for hours and hours not for money or fame but because of a desire to share a tale, fulfill a dream and develop their skills. And authors who are looking for their first break, keep at it. Don't lose sight of your goals. Study the craft because you're only going to get better the more you write. Most of all though,  have fun because at the end of the day it's the love that will keep you going.