Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Muse has Spoken - Redcliffe needs more Murder!

You might have seen a recent post on my Facebook page in which I asked for readers' opinions on the growing sexual tension between my heroine Jessica Stone, and the alpha werewolf Danny Mason in my Redcliffe novels. Jessica is in love with Danny's identical twin brother, the vampire Jack Mason, so she is understandably very confused right now.

Anyway, I digress. My Muse has been very bossy this week, and has had me furiously typing away on the manuscript whenever I found time. I am very excited about our progress with the third book Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) but now I am faced with another dilemma. My books seem to favour rather violent endings, and poor old Jessica is feeling the brunt of it.

So far I have managed to keep the body count to a minimum, killing a few werewolves and one vampire in Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) and Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel). There were plenty of near-death experiences for Jessica, the Mason brothers, and their close friends. But that's not enough apparently. My Muse (who, by the way insists that she be known to all as Suri Sans) is demanding more bloodshed. It means I now have to rewrite the ending of Love Redeems, because the one we have is too soft.

I am just slightly unnerved, but I will do as I am told. It is the way of the writer and her Muse of infinite wisdom...

Monday, 25 June 2012

The Redcliffe Novels - Meet Jessica Stone

I would like you to meet my Redcliffe heroine, Jessica Stone. She would have liked to be here for an interview, but unfortunately she is currently dealing with a few personal issues. Whoever knew a girl's love life could get so complicated? It wasn't something Jessica planned, and she is not too impressed about the whole situation. Here is her brief introduction:

Jessica Marie Stone is 29 years old at the time of writing this. She has recently begun telling her story in the Redcliffe Novels, kindly written by Catherine Green. Jessica owns and runs a bookshop with her best friend, Elizabeth Gormond. Liz recently had a baby with her husband, Rob, so she is out of action for a while. Jessica was going to run the bookshop alone for a few months, but with her current dramas, she needs a little help. She is recruiting an assistant manager to take some of the stress away on a temporary basis, just until Liz is ready to put her daughter into nursery for a few days a week.

Jessica was just your average single woman up until she met Detective Jack Mason. She lived alone in her apartment above the bookshop. She enjoyed socializing in the local pub, the Ship, on Redcliffe promenade. Her other best friend, Simon Bunce, manages the pub on behalf of its owner, Detective Danny Mason. Yep, you guessed it, that's where the complications arose! Danny is Jack's identical twin brother. Jessica met Jack first, fell in love, and then met Danny. Now she is totally confused.

That isn't the half of it. Jack is a vampire. Danny is a werewolf, and alpha for the Redcliffe wolf pack. It turns out that Simon Bunce is his lieutenant, and he hid the secret of his identity to Jessica for almost five years. Needless to say she is a little angry about that. But she has bigger problems. Around the time that she met Jack, she was having crazy dreams about monsters. Then an older woman started visiting her. The woman is Jessica's deceased mother, Lillian.

Jessica's parents died in a car accident when Jessica was six years old. She grew up in foster homes, and got used to being alone and self sufficient. Now her mother has returned, albeit as a ghost, and is helping Jessica come to terms with the truth about the man she loves. Her revelations were not accidental. Jessica Stone is a witch, born of an ancient line, and her mother wants her to embrace her true abilities and make use of her natural powers. Jessica is very uncertain about all of this. Then again, it might help her deal with the vampires and werewolves a little better.

Would you like to know more? Read her novels, Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) and Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel). Jessica is currently continuing her story in the third book, Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), but it seems I just can't type fast enough for her...

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Book Review - Grimm's Fairies by Nukiuk

Here is my review of a non-fiction book about the mythology of the fairies popularized in European folk tales:

I enjoyed the theme of this non-fiction book, and its content was interesting and carefully researched. I can tell that the author is passionate about fairies and fairy stories, and this was evident in the text. The only problem I found was that when I read notes at the end of each chapter taken from the original Grimm stories, I struggled to understand the language. In many cases it seemed to have been directly quoted, with no explanation from this author and no attempt to translate it into contemporary English language. As a result I began to lose interest in some parts of the book, but overall I enjoyed it and I could look beyond these slight imperfections. For an individual who has an interest in fairies, fairy tales, folklore and mythology, this is a must-read book.

If you are interested, you can purchase it on Amazon.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Coffee Time Romance Presents - The Witches of Cornwall

“The Witches of Cornwall” - Join me on Wednesday 27th June for the Coffee Time Romance Chatters e-Loop, 16:00 - 18:00 EST (21:00 - 23:00 GMT)

I will be hosting an e-loop chat with Coffee Time Romance to promote my paranormal romance series 'The Redcliffe Novels.' Join me to learn about the newly released Redcliffe sequel Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), and hear about British bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she discovers her true self and adjusts to life with a vampire and his werewolf brother…I will also offer free online Goddess Oracle card readings during the chat, on behalf of Spirit Sisters.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Love Kills, Love Redeems, the Writer's Muse

Well, my Muse has been on a roll this evening! I had been a little lazy and had not written anything in Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) for almost a week. There was plenty happening in my mind; in fact I'm currently about two chapters ahead of what I have actually written. I just haven't found the time to sit at the computer and write.

Tonight I forced myself to catch up, and I was amazed! My Muse simply took off, my fingers flew over the keys, and before I knew it I had written two more chapters which were totally different to what I had stored in my head. They were far better. I also lost two hours, and now it is very late (or very early, depending on how you look at it) and I simply must retire to bed.

Before I go, I will just share a few more links. Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) is now available for the Kindle on Amazon UK and US. Knock yourselves out! I mean, enjoy...

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) – Official Paperback Launch

It is finally here! After much speculation and lots of updates on the progress of my writing, I can finally announce the release of my second Redcliffe novel, Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel). In this book we catch up with bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she recovers from a horrific werewolf attack. She now knows the truth about her vampire boyfriend and his identical twin werewolf brother. Her human best friend is still oblivious to the supernatural community in the seaside town of Redcliffe in Cornwall, England, and Jessica wants to keep it that way.

Love is dangerous. Love is painful. And in Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), Jessica Stone learns just how far she is prepared to go for the man she loves. Before she met Detective Jack Mason her life was safe, boring and comfortable. Now it is full of danger and excitement, with secrets and revelations at every turn. In a short space of time Jessica learned that she was a witch and is currently speaking to her deceased mother in dreams and visions. Will Jessica accept her fate? Does she embrace her newly discovered heritage, or does she run away from it? And will her pregnant best friend, Elizabeth Gormond, discover the truth about the people she calls her friends?

Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) is available to order in all UK bookshops, and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The eBook versions will be available shortly; updates will follow.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Eagerly Awaiting a New Book Delivery

I can't decide at the moment whether I feel anxious or excited, or both. I am currently waiting for delivery of my new novel, the second book in the Redcliffe adult paranormal romance series, Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel). This story continues where we left off with our heroine Jessica Stone recovering from a horrific werewolf attack that almost killed her. She survived with the help of some vampire blood, but it had some rather unexpected side effects.

In Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), Jessica continues to discover hidden secrets about herself. She has a whole new existence to uncover and embrace, but she struggles to let go of her previously comfortable, human life. Add to that her confusion about her love for the vampire Jack Mason, and his identical twin alpha werewolf Danny, and life isn't easy. And then Jessica is confronted by an enemy she never even contemplated. It is hard to fight an old vampire when she is determined to win back her former lover. Emily Rose is dangerous, powerful, and determined. But then, so is Jessica Stone, perhaps even more so...

Friday, 1 June 2012

Mind, Body and Spirit Event in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK

Spirit Sisters are on the road again! This time we are a little closer to home, and will be at the Best Western Moat House Hotel, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday 10th June. The event runs from 10:00am - 5:00pm and has free entry and free car parking.

I will be offering spiritual guidance with the aid of Tarot and Oracle cards, and I will sell signed copies of my adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels. My sister, Emily Hargreaves, will do holistic therapies. Try her fabulous Shamanic drum sessions which incorporate Reiki healing; they certainly are effective! She will do Swedish Body Massage, Indian head massage, ear candles, reflexology, and will exhibit a range of hand-crafted oils and creams to accompany her treatments.

There will also be a visit from our local Green Man, Mr Jon James! A professional saxophonist and multi-talented musician, Jon will be on hand to play his flute and guitar, and sell copies of his CDs. Jon has composed, performed and produced all of his music, and he offers a varied range of meditations, chanting sounds, and general music for relaxation and well-being.

The Mind, Body and Spirit event is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on your candles, incense and related accessories. You can find gifted and talented readers that use Tarot, Angel cards and crystal balls. There will be an aura photographer on site, various holistic therapists, and paranormal investigators. Throughout the day there will be free talks and workshops.

For more information please see