Release Day – Scarlett Temptation!

Hi all,

Apologies for the lack of posting lately, personal life and then lurghy have rather got in the way. Still, I’m back with good news – I have a new release out day (squee!). Scarlett Temptation is finally here  – annnnnd it’s on a special offer price this weekend only. Goes up to full price on Monday, so if you’re wanting a bargain make sure you grab your copy quick 🙂

 

Blurb

Niko cover 600x900What if the fairy-tales were true – but they got it all wrong?

Everyone Katya thought she could rely on has betrayed her in the end, yet when she finds she has a long-lost niece a tiny traitorous part of her rears up – the part that has always longed for a real family – and before she quite knows how it’s happened she’s flown halfway around the world to meet Natalia. But Natalia lives in a strange place full of secrets. Big bad wolves and red cloaks belong in fairytales, right? The more Kat finds out the more she’s forced to suspend disbelief – and dare to wish she could stay.

Niko has given his whole life to his pack – almost literally when his last fight nearly killed him. Years of being second in command have left him drained and cynical. Once he dared to dream about a mate – and it blew up in his face. So why is he still impossibly drawn to Kat? The attraction may be off the charts, but surely he learnt his lesson last time about letting anyone into his heart.

Two lost and broken people might not be willing to admit they need anyone – but when Kat is thrown into danger, they may not have a choice but to trust each other. Can this temptation lead to anything more?

You can get your hands on a copy here:

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I really hope you enjoy! Take care x

Monday Catch Up – Happy New Year

Hi all,

Happy New Year! Can you believe we’re into 2017? Like I think most people, I was pretty glad happy_new_year_2013_by_ladyowl-d5pwe9cto see the back of 2016 so let’s hope this will be a better year 🙂 What I am grateful for though is the support of my wonderful readers through the year – and I hope you stick around as there’s lots planned for this year!

I’ve just sent my next round edits back for my second wolf book – so hopefully they will be back soon for finals and I can get a release date set. At the moment I’m thinking end of Jan/start of Feb. This one seems to have been getting put back forever, so I’m thrilled to finally see the end in sight.

I also have my novella to get edited – my allergic witch and cursed vampire have been so much fun to write and I can’t wait for you to meet them 🙂

I’m working this week on a release schedule for the year – so won’t give away too much just yet. But let’s just say it will be a busy one and I can’t wait to get going with it.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and New Year – and wish you everything you wish for in the year to come x

Saturday Teaser

Hi all,

Weekend at last – and can you believe it’s out last one before Christmas? Hope you’ll all feeling organised and Christmassy 🙂 I think I’m getting there, waiting on some last bits coming through the post, so fingers crossed nothing’s too late! To keep in the Christmassy spirit, I’m sharing an excerpt from my angel romance, Divine Justice – hope you enjoy.

 

Jeremiah set his teeth as they had to return to the metal box. Why could humans not find a d632891b93e42d44292c7b22f223f958more suitable means of transport? Still, he’d managed to find an excuse to stay close to Holly, for now at least. So far she was perfect, from her petal soft skin to her delicate features, from her kindness to the banked passion he saw behind her eyes. The way she always seemed to care about everyone, even when she had no logical reason to. There had to be something wrong with her, he just wasn’t looking hard enough.

He breathed a sigh of relief when she pulled into the same parking lot where they had met last night. If he had to spend much more time in this death contraption then he might just end up telling the council they could do whatever they wanted to him, it would surely be preferable. Instead, he forced himself to follow Holly’s lead and get out, breathing in thankful gasps of the frosty air. She gave him a brief smile before heading towards the nondescript building that he knew housed the soup kitchen. He strode after her, mentally going over what he knew about it. It was run totally on donations, a woman called Mary being in charge. Holly volunteered here all year round, one of the very few who did, and it looked like the centre was in trouble money-wise.

Background details but nothing that really helped him at the moment. He followed the slight woman in front of him as she pushed open the heavy door and into the rush of warm air and scent of cooking food.

“Holly,” a robust elderly woman came dashing over to her. “I’m so glad you could make it. Peter isn’t coming in and we’re short again.”

angel-cover-7Holly embraced the shorter woman and then stood back and gestured towards Jeremiah. “Mary, this is Jeremiah. He’s offered to help us out a bit today.”

Mary’s face broke into smiles as she warmly shook his hand. “That’s wonderful. It’s so nice to meet you, Jeremiah. You’re a lifesaver today.”

He took her hand, a little uncomfortable with the praise. “Don’t worry about it. Holly was kind enough to help me out, so the least I can do is give something back.”

Mary shot a searching glance at the other woman, and Holly flushed slightly and looked away. Was she embarrassed to be associated with him? Fair enough, he was acting the part of a homeless bum but somehow he hadn’t thought she seemed the type that would matter to. A stab of disappointment pricked him. Stupid, you wanted a sign she wasn’t as perfect as she seems. He pushed the thoughts aside, this was just a job anyway. Nothing more. He flashed Mary a smile.

“So, what do you want me to do?”

If you want to get your copy, you can find it on Amazon here

Or if you want another format on Smashwords here

Have a lovely weekend – take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a fab week. It’s less than 3 weeks to Christmas – eek! I have been so christmas_tree_by_julie1226busy with Christmassy writing tasks that I’ve done nothing for real-life Christmas. I think ass-in-gear is required this week 🙂 I hope you’re all much more organised than I am!

It’s been a good, if ridiculously busy week! My shiny Kindle Fire from Black Friday came, and early as well, so am a happy bunny. My Christmas treat to myself. I managed to squeeze in my first Christmassy reads – it’s officially December so I’m allowed to start my huge list of Christmassy ‘to-read’ books – yay! It was also a good weekend – went to see Placebo on Friday night. 20th anniversary tour with all the classics – took me right back to my teenage years lol.

Apart from that have been working hard on Christmas stories. It may have slightly slipped my mind that I’d promised to send in a Christmassy short story to an Advent Calendar type event, so ended up rather dashing something out at the last min. I think it’s quite a fun wee story though – so hopefully will get to share with you soon. Divine Justice is finally finished (*sighs* I only rewrote the ending about a dozen times!) so final checks and go-over tonight and then can format and get onto Amazon for Thursday. I’m really excited to see what you all think – there’s nothing quite like a release day 🙂

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Have a great week – take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

We’re heading into December this week! Hope you’re all getting organised with your holiday 12321110_1494645387506651_7099576762286536610_nplans (wish I was lol!). It’s all Christmassy here in Edinburgh – the markets are selling, the fair is going, the pretty lights are twinkling away. Of course, I may not see them again as I have much too much work to get done this month to ever venture into the centre again 😉

My Christmas angel story is finally finished – woot! It’s currently with some of my wonderful beta readers, which I will be honest always make me nervous, but I’m aiming for a release date of next Friday 9th December. Of course, that gives me a week and a half to make a cover, retweak a couple of bits that aren’t quite working, do final edits, format, get onto the sites. Sleep is over-rated, right?

wolvesHopefully it will all be done in time, then I can get onto edits for my next one (my wolfie one is finally back so looking at a Jan release now!). I have decided I will give myself a few off over Christmas though – I know, I’m too nice to me! Being self-employed though it’s rare for me to actually take time off, so it will be nice 🙂

 

Hope you’re all having a less stressful week! Take care x

Sunday Teaser – Christmas Angel Romance

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend – and if you’re out shopping then you’ve managed to bag some bargins! I may have given in and treated myself to an Amazon Fire – at that prize it’s almost silly not to, right? 😉 Had a lovely meander round the Christmas markets as well so feeling nice and relaxed and all-set to get work to work lol! Speaking of Christmassy, I’m sharing a wee excerpt from my nw Christmas story, which will be out very soon. I’m still finishing off and editing though, so please excuse any mistakes! Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

 

Jeremiah glared at the glass contraption. Why did these humans insist on having strange mechanical things to do everything for them. No wonder they were slipping into darkness. How were people supposed to concentrate on what was important in life when everything they had and did was designed to save time and cut corners. Still, Holly had wanted coffee, she had in fact seemed extremely set on the idea and he knew this was the weird machine that apparently made it.  

d632891b93e42d44292c7b22f223f958There were a lot of buttons though. He pressed one, then another, then three at once. Not a damn thing. Seriously? Why was it he had seen the conception of the universe, he knew truths that would make the human mind implode with their complexity, yet he couldn’t work some stupid bit of metal and glass. He glanced quickly around for Holly, no sign of her. Okay, then, just a little, tiny, cheat.  

He forced power into the machine. It instantly started to buzz and hum, the water bubbling frantically inside. Too much? How could it be – coffee was hot water with beans in it. Hot was a necessary function. He pushed a bit more and a sharp crack echoed through the kitchen. Okay, maybe that didn’t sound good. 

The crack rapidly expanded all the way down the glass container part and water began creeping out, bringing streams of steam with it. Bah. He waved a hand again and the water disappeared. Fine. Why was he doing this the hard way. Glaring he put a cup on the worktop, waved a hand over it and it filled with a dark liquid. Stupid machines for everything. What was wrong with doing things by hand? 

“Is that a huge crack in my coffee machine?” 

He jumped at Holly’s soft voice behind him, spinning round guiltily. 

“Er, yeah. I just switched it on and it broke. Sorry. I’ll get you a new one. I got your coffee here though.” 

He handed the mug over. She gave him a small smile. “Don’t be silly, it was old anyway – though that’s really a huge crack. You didn’t burn yourself did you?” 

Her voice was laced with concern and he simply shook his head. A low laugh escaped her.  

“It’s probably cracking in sympathy for my poor head.” She wrapped her hands around the mug and took a small sip. Her face crinkled. “And it took the last of the good coffee with it. Could you pass me the cream out of the fridge?” 

christmas_tree_by_jacqchristiaan-d5o6lblHe automatically did so, his mind whirring. He did bad coffee? He was good at everything he tried. Everything. 

“Erm, are you sure it’s that bad. Maybe you’re just still feeling off.” 

She added a large pour of the cream and then gingerly sipped again. “Nope, it’s definitely only one step from bilge-water.” She suddenly paused, those huge eyes fixing on him. “I’m sorry, that was very ungrateful of me. I appreciate you making it, just the damn machine I guess.” 

Jeremiah managed to nod. Bilge-water indeed! He would master this coffee trick just like he mastered everything else he ever came across. 

 

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I’m running a day behind here – this week has been chaotic already, and it’s only Tuesday lol! indexTo all my American friends – I hope you’re managing to get out to vote and good luck with it. I saw a lovely article this morning showing people at the grave of America suffragette Susan B Anthony and placing their ‘I voted’ stickers on the gravestone. I’m aware it’s been a difficult election, such a lot of nastiness and strong feeling on both sides but sometimes an image like this can make us think how important democracy is and how we should never take it for granted. I know a lot of people are disillusioned with both sides – but I do hope you manage to vote anyway and that at the end of the day people will be able to accept the result (whatever it may be) and start to move forward.

Anyway, I feel that’s maybe getting a preachy and that’s the last thing I want to be 🙂 How are those of you doing Nano getting on? Our first week is done – hope you’re on target! I am surprisingly still on track, I’m usually slipping behind by this point, but we shall see how it goes. If I can have book 2 released and book 3 written by the end of the year then I’ll be pretty happy 🙂

14937337_1613969382233268_602095235217030311_nSpeaking of happy (or not in this case lol) I have some traumatised kitties today. I am apparently a horrible monster for daring to take them to the vets (they had an itty, bitty jab and their nails clipped) – they made their displeasure fairly strongly known so I may be covered in plasters today *sighs* I do appreciate the irony of them having their nails cut after they scratched me to shreds. It’s a good job they’re sodding cute 😉

Hope you have a good week. Take care x

Friday Teaser – Paranormal Romance

Hi all,

Well, it’s almost weekend – yay! Hope you have some fun plans – be that fireworks, bonfires, or just a chance to relax. Nano is off to a good start here, I’m actually on schedule for once – we’ll see how long it lasts 😉 New words are always good though. On that note, I thought I would share with you a wee teaser from my Nano novel – which will be the third in my wolves series and is tentatively titled Scarlett Prophecy. If you’ve read my earlier books, this is Sebastian’s story. I just can’t resist trying to redeem a villain lol! Since this is Nano, please bear in the mind this is unedited – hope you enjoy 🙂

 

red and wolfSebastian paced the small, bare cell. Four long strides length-wise, five width-wise. It was reasonably comfortably, God knows he’d been in worse places, but that didn’t take away from the fact that it was a cell. He couldn’t abide being contained. There was a quiet tread of footsteps outside and he forced himself to sit on the hard single bed and school his face into the calm, contained look he was known for. It wouldn’t do to let his captors know they were getting to him. The footsteps passed by though and after a brief pause he resumed the pacing. The cell was plain, thick stone walls, the bed with a light blanket, a metal urinal in the corner and that was about it. Nothing he could use, nothing that could be a possible weapon. A tiny window was set near the roof, he had to stand on the bed to see out the bottom and then there was nothing to see but a wall opposite. If he led on the bed he could look up at the sky through the thick bars – but that was depressing so he would rather pace.

A frown crossed his brow. Captured was an unacceptable state of affairs, and he still wasn’t entirely sure how it had come to this. He had been going to die, had been fully prepared for it. He should have died, it was something he accepted with his lifestyle and God knows he had little enough to live for.

He paused again, his sharp ears picking up the soft tread of footsteps again and this time he instinctively knew – it was her. He sat on the bed again, waiting with an outward patience he didn’t feel. The door swung inwards and he saw the guard first. It was the large blonde one today, his eyes sharply scanning the room and his jaw tightening as he gazed at Sebastian with thinly veiled distaste. Sebastian gazed calmly back, he didn’t give a crap what the man thought about him. If they were in the field he would kill him without a second thought and he had no doubt the man would do the same to him. That was almost as it should be and he shared the man’s distaste of his captivity. Then the man stepped aside and she came in.

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It took all he had to hide his emotions now. Sophie. That was her name, but he knew precious little else about her. Yet it was down to her that he was. All down to her that he wasn’t dead now. The she-wolf monster had been going for him, he had seen the killing intent in her eyes, the aim for the throat and then this woman had stopped her. The wolves had seemed as shocked as him when she’d shouted for them to stop, but they had. He didn’t know why, she seemed to have no particular rank, but they had bowed to her will and so now he was here. Trapped in this cell because now they hadn’t killed him they didn’t seem to know what to do about him. And her, she came every day, without fail. He eyed her, telling himself that it was because one of the first rules of battle was to know your enemy, but really because he just couldn’t seem to help himself.

Better get back to it! Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up – Who’s Doing Nano?

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a fab Halloween, lots of spooks and candy 😉 I managed to get to some fun story-telling sessions, plus it’s an excuse to watch all my favourite Halloween movies. Anyway, we’re back to reality and into November now (eek, no one mention Christmas yet!) and November for a lot of us means Nano. In case you don’t know, Nano stands for National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers, both brand new and established, attempt to write a novel (well, 50,000 words at least) in the month of November. It’s fun, exciting, stressful and a little bit mad!

111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977So, who’s joining in this year? Are you off to a flying start or (like me) still trying to catch up on all the prep things you should have done last week. Please make me feel better and say it’s the latter 🙂 I do have slightly mixed feelings about Nano, for some people it’s a lot of pressure and that mad rush can be stressful, but I do find it useful for a bit of a kickstart and to get back into the habit of writing every day – especially if life has rather been getting in the way lately (and let’s face it, it has a nasty habit of doing that!).

Personally, I think it’s so important to use Nano for what YOU can get out of it. It’s all too easy to look at other people and feel discouraged but it’s not a competition – honest! If you miss some days – so what, you can catch up and sometimes you need a break. If you’re not going to make 50k – so what, if you have more words that you did at the start of the month then it’s still a win. If all your ‘writing buddies’ are speeding along and you feel like you’re lagging behind – so what, we all have different speeds and styles. Who’s to say your 30k might not be twice as good as someone else’s 60k? Take the good things – the motivation, the team spirit, the community support – and use it to help you (and of course, don’t forget to give a bit of that support back again!).

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I also think the main thing – and the thing I see so many enthusiastic Nano-ers seeming to slip up at. At the end of November make sure you DO SOMETHING with all these lovely, shiny new words you have 🙂 I’m winterdusk on the Nano site, so do feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are joining in – and the best of luck with it!

 

Take care x

Wednesday Snippet – Wolf Shifter Romance

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a fun week (and of course, a spooky Halloween-themed one!). I’m very excited as off to see Doctor Strange this afternoon – I do love me some Cumberbatch 😉 Hopefully it will be good, or I’ll only end up seeing it half a dozen times instead of the usual full dozen lol.

In the meantime though… I’m sharing an excerpt from my upcoming release. This is the next in my wolves series and should be coming out next month, so I really hope you’ll all like it!

bfsgraywolf1Katya stood there for a long moment. She should head back to the high street, she really should. She had no business staying here with a man she’d never even met and knew nothing about. But he’d apparently saved her niece’s life. That was what she told herself as she slowly crossed back to the bed. There was a chair by the wall and she carefully pulled it up to the bed, and taking a seat gently reached out to take the man’s hand in hers. What the hell was she doing? Yet there was an odd rightness to it and she didn’t pull her hand back.

She studied his face, calm and relaxed as though he was merely sleeping, yet she had the feeling that when awake calm was not a word that would describe him.

“Where have you gone?” She whispered softly. “And why don’t you want to come back?”

With an odd sense of clarity, she suddenly knew that was the case. He didn’t want to come back from wherever his mind has taken him.

“It can’t be so bad here,” she told him. “You obviously have people who care about you.” To her shock tears stung her eyes. “It’s more than I have.”

The wave of loneliness washed over her. She had grown comfortable in the last few days but this was just a stop gap. Natalia had her own life, and while she might be welcome for a visit then she really had no proper place in it. Soon she would

have to leave, get back to her own task, and she would alone again. The way she always was. Blood was rushing in her ears and her eyes burned with tears. Abruptly the walls seemed to be closing in on her and she frantically tried to get up, tugging her hand back from the heavy weight of the man’s hand on top of it.

cottageTo her shock and horror it wouldn’t release her. Panic ran through her as she tugged harder. A small part of her knew she was being irrational, it was probably an automatic reflex in him that he had gripped on to her, but she was pretty sure a full blown anxiety attack was coming on and she needed to get the hell out of here.

“Let go of me!” She half sobbed, half shouted.

Two things happened almost at once. A wiry man in a white coat appeared in the doorway. Glancing from her tear-streaked face to their clasped hands his face drew into a frown.

“What on earth is going on here?”

Just as she was trying to answer, the grip on her hand increased even more and her attention swung to the man on the bed, who was gazing at her with deep amber eyes.

“Iyana?”

 

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Take care x