Tuesday, 26 March 2019

What Shall I Write Today?

I am late posting on the blog this week, and there are a few reasons for it. The main one is that I simply didn’t know what to write. I could very easily try and promote one of my novels or my Redcliffe series, but I’m bored of that. This is my space to be creative, and truthfully, I have lots of ideas for writing. I just need to sit down and get started, rather than distract myself with other duties. So that is what I’m doing today, in between those other duties.

Just as I was trying to decide on a subject for today’s blog post, I opened a drawer and found a couple of very old notebooks. Indeed, I had forgotten about one of them, and the other I had been searching for and couldn’t locate. It was in the same drawer I had already searched, but hidden underneath another notebook, and this one is very battered and well worn. But it is full of ideas. I had this notebook before my children were born, and I would jot down little snippets of writing inspiration to be used in the future. Well, now it’s the future, so maybe I should use them!

Here is a note that confused me: A view over Cardiff from a modern hotel window or the roof of a tall, historic building. It is early morning just before dawn, and the city is quiet, with electric lights reflecting off the river. It is romantic at this time, before the start of a busy working day in the human world. Now, I haven’t visited Cardiff before, but I have visited lots of beautiful places in Wales, and maybe this inspiration came from Manchester and I just changed the city. Who knows? But it is there, and perhaps I will incorporate it into a novel. There are hints of it in my upcoming novel Hunting the Hunted (currently with agents). I wonder what other gems I will find in this battered old notebook? The possibilities are endless!

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Vampire Month: Heart of the Vampire (A Redcliffe Novel)

Have you read Heart of the Vampire yet? Why not?! If you need a little more persuading about why you should read #TheRedcliffeNovels series, check out my feature for Vampire Month over on the Lurking Musings blog. Here’s the link:

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Crisis of Confidence

Demons have crept into my mind during the past few months, whispering that I should give up on my dreams.

“Nobody likes your books,” they taunt, “No-one is buying them. Just give up. Move on. Find a regular job.”

I almost began to listen to them. My subscribers were disappearing, my book sales flatlined, and no matter where I look, I cannot find a way in to the places where I might find help. I’m just one person. I cannot do this alone. I have to be writer, proofreader, editor, publisher, promoter, networker, business planner, and above all else, Mother. All I want to do is write, and have people appreciate and enjoy my books. Is that too much to ask?

 As I was about to give up all hope, finish writing book 6 in #TheRedcliffeNovels series, and then call it quits on my career, something compelled me to check my sales pages online. Amazon Author Central showed me that I had a new 5* review just last month for my first novel, Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel). A new reader discovered my work and enjoyed it enough to leave a positive review. Hopefully she will enjoy the rest of my published novels as well.

And, just like that, all hope was restored. Being an Indie author is a hard slog. There is no get rich quick scheme. If you have business experience and can operate yourself appropriately, then you might make it work. I do not have that. All I have is the skill for creative writing. Everything else I must learn as I go along, or else find people that are willing to help teach and support me. But for now, I have silenced the demons. I will never stop writing. And my dreams will never die.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Paranormal Reader Appreciation Giveaway

In honor of reader appreciation month in March we are going to celebrate the best way we know how ... with books! Check out this hot new giveaway with over 50 paranormal books and be seduced by a new author.

Download your FREE copy of my Redcliffe short story It’s Complicated and discover a whole new world in beautiful Cornwall.  

Sally Frost is a mild-mannered NHS hospital nurse by day (and night). When she is not at her human job, she follows a rather more exotic path as lieutenant for the Redcliffe werewolf pack. Her alpha, Danny Mason, battles to hold his pack together, and he calls upon his lovelorn, reliable right-hand woman to get the job done.

This short story compliments the Redcliffe Novels series that is widely available in bookshops and online.


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