Motherhood & Writing! Oh Boy… #writerslife #motherhood #amwriting #kdsuspense

Firstly I love both my jobs as writer and mum. Sometimes it’s a challenge to do both!  Take today for example, and the crazy situation I’m in now… Last night I was up late working on book #3 of my Romance Set In Paradise series.  I fell into bed at the same exact time,  our editor sent back the proof read manuscript of The Suspenseful Collection Volume One . I didn’t see the email as it was the second I was in bed, reading an email from my partner in crime Didi   basically saying ” go to bed what are you doing up?” Argh!! I wish I had stayed up a little later! I could have done one of two things. One set to work on the final book for The Suspenseful Collection Volume One, then send it over to Didi, so she can work on her parts while I slept. Or two send it straight to her, so she can work on it while I slept. Then work on my parts  tonight when the house is quiet. Either one of these options would have allowed us to meet the deadline we both agreed, (today) to have it finalised and uploaded on all platforms this weekend. Then we’re free to enjoy the weekend with our children.

In a lot of ways the seven hour time difference between us works to our advantage, when writing stories. One works while the other sleeps, then she wakes up to something to work on while the other sleeps.

Thursday and Friday I don’t work at the “day job” anymore. I love to have quality time with my three year old son, these early years are important. We also have the whole weekend together as a family when I’m off. It’s all about work  life balance now for me, at this stage of life I’m at as a mum and writer. I’m so glad I’ve reduced my working hours. That said since I went to bed the second the manuscript came back, when I woke up I called my son’s nursery for an extra day today to meet deadlines.  He loves that place! I dropped him off,  then raced home so I can set to work. Today’s goal is to perfect my parts of the manuscript before Didi wakes up, that will be around late afternoon  London time. So she can then juggle her day as mum and writer and meet deadlines too.

Here’s breakfast to set me up to edit, rewrite, and create a bangin’ set of eight suspenseful stories for y’all! A bacon sandwich with a coffee. Mmm my favourite.

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Here’s the last song I heard on the radio, as I drove home from my son’s nursery. I love Outkast what happen to them? I remember buying the album this song is on. Throw back Thursday was yesterday but hey, music always puts me in the mood to write. So I’m throwing it back all the way to 2013 on Friday with Outkast’s song “roses”. The lyrics make me die with laughter!

 

Are you a mum and a writer? Or a carer for someone else and writer? How do you juggle all the demands? Let me know I’d love to hear your stories.

Have a great day all ! I better set to work the clock is ticking. Didi will be up soon.

Lovely 5* Review ! Thank You Reader #newrelease #amreading #romance

I’m glad Lover’s Retreat has made one reader happy. ” A real love story” awww wow thanks.  It’s so nerve racking when a review comes in! As I always say, I write because I need to and so hopefully others will enjoy. Thank you reader glad you enjoyed the review copy.

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on July 20, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
A real love story, one that you can relate to. You fall in love with Yasmin and all of her flaws and you cheer for her happily ever after!
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It’s Release Day! .99p / .99 $ On Amazon+ E-Book Instant Giveaway #amreading #giveaway #romance #newrelease

It’s finally here! To celebrate I have four e-book copies to gift, to the first readers I hear from. Send me a message here if you’d like a gift via Amazon. And yes, like a crazy woman I revamped to cover last moment last night! It should update soon.

Blurb:

Lover’s Retreat is book #2 of the Romance Set in Paradise Series of stand alone modern, steamy, suspenseful and romantic stories. All set in exotic locations around the world.

For thirty seven year old recluse Yasmin O’Neil, life feels like one crisis after another. Her husband left her five years ago, she starts to suspect she’s losing her hearing, and then her mother is diagnosed with cancer. When her mother passes away her fortune changes. Yasmin is fifty thousand pounds richer from her mother’s estate. Yasmin takes her fate into her own hands after years of being a recluse, she rediscovers herself at a spiritual retreat in Sri Lanka south Asia, before she plans to spend the next six months travelling around the world. In Sri Lanka, Yasmin’s path crosses with Michael Thomas, an army soldier on his own path of self discovery. With their luke warm initial encounter the pair don’t hit it off straight away. After some push and pull the two are finally on the same page. Their encounter turns from luke warm to a steamy sizzling hot.

In Lover’s Retreat two very different characters originally on different paths, embrace the need for change and companionship. Set in the back drop of paradise, palm trees and untouched nature of Sri Lanka, these two lonely souls gain more than just self discovery they gain a soul mate.

Flash Sale until  31st July  Just .99p / .99$ on Amazon.

 

 

It’s A Man’s Man’s World… Why I love When Music Inspires Writing. #newrelease #amwriting #music

I ‘m up late tonight doing what us writers do! This song came on Jazz FM radio, here in London just now.  I felt so proud, this song was a writing prompt for Didi and I when we created one of the bonus stories, It’s A Man’s Man’s World, for The Suspenseful Collection Volume One. As soon as the dun dun duuunnnn! Kicked in on the beat, I did a wicked cackle of laughter, smiled and shook my head. When the song finished I headed straight to You Tube, to listen again to his voice.

What a song, what a legend he was… and what a story we have for you :).  Thank you for the inspiration Mr. Brown, your legacy lives on  fifty one whole years after you performed this! You inspired us in 2017.

Let’s go back to 1966 y’all! Give it up for James!

Blurb:

 

Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:

A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.”

30 Minutes Until Release Day, And You Did What?? #writerslife #writersproblems #newrelease

I ‘m a complete nutcase! The evening before release day, I turn my attention to my book cover. My hands took on a mind of their own, and I revamped it!  The last one was the first draft, then I wrote the book and never looked back. I can’t even upload the damn thing, Amazon locked my book for changes, until the official release day. But Here it is!

I love designing stuff and drawing. Clothes, shoes anything goes. One day I’d love to design a whole make-up  and clothing range… as well as book covers.  It’s almost release day!! Well In the UK anyway, it’s  nearly midnight.

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It’s Official, I have my next cover!!

Stay tuned. Great excerpt.

Didi Oviatt

So this happened today! I’m split equally in three ways. Gratitude (thanks Kim!),  excitement, and obssession are all three pulling me in their direction!

I can’t believe I have my next cover!!!

I think this makes it all real (or sureal, take your pick!) Four novels in four years, I’m setting my goals and then killin’ them. You can probably just call me ‘the goal slayer’ from here on out.

Also, on a side note, completely off the subject — I’m about 92% sure that I’m going to get a tattoo on the back of my neck that says ‘Edit Me’… If anyone has any thoughts on that then please share, I’d really love some input, or encouragement. Lol really though, my husband thinks it’s silly so a few votes in my favor might shut him up a little because we all know that I’m going to do what I…

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Daily Writing Prompt: Edible & Flash Fiction. #amreading

Edible

I’ve not done a WordPress writing prompt for a while. Normally I actually do write a personal response to these. Today’s word  is edible and I love food, there’s not actually much I don’t like other than beetroot and celery. For Yasmin and Michael, the pair are broadening their taste buds with some exotic very edible food, over in Sri Lanka….

“Good evening, what can I get for you both?”

Yasmin and Michael glance at the menus both unsure of the many ingredients, and spices on the menu. Michael speaks up first.

“I’ll take the chef’s special whatever you recommend. I feel adventurous tonight.”

He eyes Yasmin as he emphasises the adventurous. Yasmin outright blushes and looks back down at her menu, as quickly as she can. He’s flirting, what the actual fuck!?… I think I like it.

“And for you Ms.?”

“I’ll try the special too.”

“As you wish, some wine for you both?”

“Yes please.” Michael and Yasmin respond in unison.

“Red or white?”

“Red.” They both respond.

The pair look at each other and smile. Their first common ground established, red wine. The waiter glances from one of them to the other, he realises this is a first date of some sort. His own heart warms. He heads back to the shack and turns on some soft Indian music. He returns with a bottle of red wine, and an extra shot of dark rum for them both. Michael and Yasmin gladly take their shots, then thank the waiter for his generosity. As Michael pours two glasses of wine Yasmin opens the conversation.

“So how was the rest of your day, after you left?”

Michael lets out a long breath and looks out at the sea.

“Well, I never got up to much. I found a little place in the other direction from here, drank myself silly on coffee, done some thinking, took a long walk along the beach and done some more thinking. I found a vendor selling day trips to the Kande Viharaya temple.”

Yasmin’s eyes light up at the mention of the temple. She remembers this is one of the reasons that made her book a ticket to the retreat. The day trip to visit the historical place of worship intrigues her.

“Oh wow, I remember reading about that before I left London. I think there’s a day trip planned for all guests sometime this week.”

“Would you like to go?”

“I’d love to Michael.”

Michael gives Yasmin his full attention as he turns slightly toward her. In a nervous faint voice, he questions her further.

“Together … I mean.”

Yasmin’s glass of wine stops midway to her mouth. She turns to Michael.

“Not like a date or anything.” Michael quickly adds, once he realises how what he said came across. Yasmin smiles a bright smile.

“Sure, why not. Let’s do it…. But not like a date or anything.”

The couple chuckle with laughter. The waiter approaches their table with two sweet smelling plates of food. He proudly places a plate down in front of each of them.

“For you madam, and you sir.”

“Smells great, what is it?”

Yasmin asks, as her mouth waters looking down into her plate.

“Curry and rice is our comfort food here in Sri Lanka. This is a simple chicken and dhal curry. The chicken has been marinated in spices and coconut for two days! On the side, here is Kottu Roti, a flat bread with stir fried vegetables, spices and soya sauce.”

“Umm hmm sounds like my kind of food.” Michael chimes in as he unfolds his napkin ready to tuck in.

“Thank you sir, enjoy.”

The waiter refills each of their glasses, then leaves them to enjoy their meal.

Between mouthfuls of food, the pair talk, and get to know each other a little better. As the early evening sky turns to navy blue, Yasmin and Michael polish off their second bottle of red wine then call for their bill.

“Was everything okay? Did you enjoy your meal?”

“Yes, thank you it was delicious.”

Yasmin beams up at the waiter as she reaches for her purse. Michael places a hand on her shoulder as he notices.

“No, Yasmin please this is my treat.”

“It’s fine honestly I don’t mind.”

“Well I do, keep your purse where it is.”

Michael places a Sri Lankan note on the table to pay for their meal, and leave a tip.

“Thank you.”

“No problem. Thanks for a lovely evening.”

The waiter reaches for the note and starts to count out Michael’s change.

“No keep it all the meal was worth every penny.”

“Ah very kind of you sir.”

Michael nods and takes Yasmin’s hand, to help her up from behind the table.

“We’ll see you again soon maybe.”

Yasmin calls after the waiter as he heads back to the shack, he turns and waves to the couple.

Yasmin notices Michael’s still holding her hand, as they walk down toward the shore front. The feeling feels odd to her not because it’s him. It’s the simple fact that she is holding hands with someone, other than her mother. She can’t remember the last time she had male company for an evening, even if it was just platonic company.

If you’d like to read more, you can have three whole chapters free! Click here.

Release date: 20th July 2017 just .99p / .99$ on Amazon until the 31st July. I also have  five  E-book copies to give away see my earlier post.