I had a lovely time as Author Jane Risdon’s guest this week. She made me feel very welcome. She asked me a lot about my experience with traditional and self-publishing, and what tips I’d give to writers who shy away from using a multi-cultural line up for the characters.
Check it out here:
Guest author with Jane Risdon
Good morning from a sun kissed London!
Today is set to be the hottest day of the year so far across the UK’s capital, and of course I’m thrilled. I’m not basking in the powerful heat of the Caribbean, but London will do for now. As of 3:00 a.m this morning my next romance novella Havana Heat is complete! I had a burst of creative stamina, which took me through until an ungodly hour writing. But I am on a massive high I finished writing before my deadline. Which means a new earlier release date 12th May 2017 on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple ibooks and many more platforms! Later on tonight, I will crack on with book #2 of #4 of my Romance in Paradise series. I hope to release book #2 shortly after Havana Heat. Your summer romantic, suspenseful and steamy reads are on their way!
In the mean time you can transport yourself to the island of Cuba with some chapter previews by clicking here and here And if you fancy a feel good romance novella set in London around Christmas grab a free download of Not Just For Christmas on Smashwords .com by clicking here.
Have a wonderful Sunday and I hope it’s filled with sunshine, where ever you are in the world. I’ll catch you all next week.
Havana Heat is book one of the Romance in Paradise Series of modern ,steamy, suspenseful and romantic stories, set in exotic locations around the world. In Havana Heat readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romantic heat build between Spaniard Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones. Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa de Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home. Once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins.
When all hell breaks out at Casa de Amour Hotel, and conflict builds over their past, both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away forever asking themselves what could have been. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this modern romance series set in a Caribbean paradise.
I’ve been quiet I know, no writing prompts, short stories or poems blogged. I have been dormant. But never mind me, behind the scene I’ve been tapping away at my keyboard since my return from France. I’m (very) please to share with you the cover for my next romance novella. Book one of a series I’ve been working on called Romance in Paradise . Romance in Paradise is a series of four modern, romantic, suspenseful and steamy stories set in some of the most exotic locations around the world. Book one is Havana Heat, set in Cuba in the Caribbean… writing this book and brainstorming for the others has put me in the mood to sip some rum on a beach somewhere hot, I’m loving the research and writing needed to transport readers into a slice of paradise. A free chapter download will follow shortly, stay tuned to the blog…Your summer romance reads are on their way!
Havana Heat is book one of the Romance in Paradise Series of modern,steamy, suspenseful and romantic stories, set in exotic locations around the world. In Havana Heat readers are transported to the paradise of Cuba’s capital Havana, following the romance and heat build between Spaniard Detective Sebastian Garcia, and London born and bred wedding planner Melinda Jones.Melinda’s path crosses with the handsome and charming Detective at Casa de Amour Hotel as a guest at her client’s exotic location wedding. Both characters are in search of a slice of paradise, away from their own troubled love life back home in London. Once their paths cross the romance and sizzle begins.
When all hell breaks out at Casa de Amour Hotel, and conflict builds over their past both characters are faced with a decision to take a risk and see out their romance, or walk away forever asking themselves what could have been. Romance, thrills and excitement await in book one of this modern romance series set in paradise in the Caribbean.
Release date: 18th May 2017 on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and many more platforms!
Here we go cover number two! Total revamp! It’s white.
Oh! Following my last post on my new direction(s) I am so proud to reveal the new cover for A Stranger in France….. A Total revamp!!
It feels like an age since I sat down to update my author site, I’ve been a busy bee heading in a new direction. Yep! Looks like I’m now what they call a Hybrid author, after I gladly took back ownership of my first two novels I had traditionally published. That’s it they are mine! I have my rights back! And I have republished them. This week…. Why did I walk away from a traditional publisher, well I felt that sadly my work was not what I would have expected in terms of quality I work so so hard. I did a blog on this last year when I pulled one down from sale. I’d be up at night thinking about it. And so I felt that I was happy to have my rights back over my independent work only, and do my own thing. Whether that be submit to another publisher or self publish, I decided nothing wrong with a bit of DIY so I went for the latter.
That does not mean I will never traditionally publish again, hell no! My full manuscript for my third romance book has been requested by another publisher from last year, I’m working on completing it. I am happy to try other publishers. BUT it does mean I’ve learned a hell of a lot also, about me as a writer and if I feel better going it alone as an indie author, hybrid author by the time I’ve finished the book I’ll keep going. I have no regrets walking away, I feel better. Here’s what I’ve learned..
- Don’t accept compromise on quality or your overall vision for your work . You will never truly be proud of your work.
- Chose carefully! Ask questions about processes and procedures, and see if you feel happy with the process your work will undergo. Then make sure that the procedures actually happen.
- Have balls, always if your gut tells you it’s not right, chances are it isn’t and you should listen.Don’t be nervous just be respectful and say how you are feeling.
- It does not matter how you are published! Once you have finished your novel, novella, short story whatever and it is out there in the world, you’re an author baby and a writer and that’s all that matters!
- Self publishing seems to have many benefits, if you understand the process well.I would urge any aspiring author to consider it and not hold out for that book deal, if you have passion go for it! Don’t look back. Put out some of your work and keep chasing the ideal publishing deal.
So that’s it! We’ll see what direction I go in now as a writer but one thing is for sure I’m not going to stop writing! This experience has unleashed something great that I truly don’t think I will ever live to regret. I tread these waters much more wiser! I’ll keep going down this road and see where I end up. It’s about the love of writing.
Afternoon from a gloomy London,
I’m about to let the cat out of the bag as it is now official! Myself and fellow Code Redhead – A Serial Novel author and best selling author Tammy Tate, are working on a project together for release this spring. Spring is just around the corner so stay tuned. We’ll bring to you a page turning romance novel with four great romance stories, set in some of the most exotic parts of the world.
Our heros are handsome, yummy , swoony worthy incredible men! Professionally they are all Detectives whoooooooooo we! And our heroines are strong and modern. The stories themselves are fastpaced, page turning and of course a mixture of suspenseful, steamy and contemporary romance .This is super exciting ! Pulling together a novel with another author, while both sitting on opposite sides of the Atlantic ocean so far has been an amazing experience.
How did this project come about? Well Tammy and I met just last year we both published under the same publisher. As peer support we read each others work knowing nothing about each other before hand. I was a writer from London and she was just a writer from the USA. It turns out not only do we have an appreciation for each others writing style, love to feature strong women and incredible men, we love a well written sex scene ( we’re not really into all that “sweet stuff” as writers personally we like a little fire). When it comes to romance, there must be a little excitement, all this and we also get on really well personality wise. Based on this mutual respect for each other as writers and how our friendship has grown since last year even though we are across a very big ocean, we thought why not work together on a project, and put together four page turning stories for you to enjoy.
Stay tuned, teasers and chapter previews coming your way soon, as we are both busy working on this book as you read this. This spring is going to be big!