Thursday, 21 January 2016

HUNTED, Book 3 in the Marchwood Vampire series, now available to pre-order!

(Marchwood Vampire series #3)

A spellbinding vampire adventure that spans the centuries
from modern-day England and snowy Cappadocia,
to the wilds of ancient Scythia.

Maddy and Alex are running scared.
The Cappadocian vampires are closing in.
But Alex is so busy worrying about them,
he can’t see the terrible threat right under his nose…

Something else is hunting Alexandre. Something ancient and powerful.

Be swept away in this heart-pounding tale of ancient legends,
star-crossed love and nail-biting supernatural adventure.
This is the climatic finale of The Marchwood Vampire Series.
Pre-order now from:

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series) New Cover Reveal!

Today, I'm excited to reveal my brand new cover for
Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series Book 1)
I hope you like it!
As well as this one, new covers for
books 2 and 3 are also being worked on
by Adrijus from Rocking Book Covers.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Win a Kindle Fire with BY MOONLIGHT!

To celebrate the release of  
 a 15-book paranormal box set,
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Friday, 19 September 2014

iBooks Promotion - 6 Book Paranormal Boxed Set - When Darkness Falls

Today, iBooks launched a major worldwide merchandising feature that includes 100 boxed sets, each priced at only 99c. And I'm excited to be part of it!! Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords invited me to take part. And so, together with five of my favourite fantasy/paranormal authors, we put together a boxed set specifically for this incredible month-long iBooks promotion. Here it is...

Six enthralling paranormal novels from six bestselling authors who know how 
to weave a gripping fantasy tale. From brooding vampires, ghosts and witches, 
to fallen angels, shifters and fae. Be enchanted with dark romances 
and sweeping adventures to take you away from the everyday. 
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Available to download now!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Writing tips for aspiring authors

10 things I wish every aspiring author knew

Here are some things I wish I'd known before I started out as an author. I used to think there was this single magic formula for writing, but I don't think there is. It's a combination of grit, hard work and inspiration. Here are my thoughts on what you need to know ...

1. You can’t wait for inspiration to strike. If you want to be an author, you need to have the discipline to sit down and write, even if you ‘don’t feel like it’.

2. Sales don’t come instantly (unless you’re very lucky … or you sold your soul to the devil). You have to work for them.

3. Once you’ve finished writing your first book, that’s when the hard work starts. I’m not really selling it to you am I? Let me try and be a bit more positive in point number 4.

4. There’s nothing quite like the feeling when you’re writing a scene and the characters’ emotions spill over into your own. You can end up laughing or crying with your own creations – that’s a pretty amazing feeling!

5. There is no ‘one way’ to write a book. Everyone has different methods. You can plot methodically, or go with the flow. My way of writing lies somewhere in between the two.

6. When writing a book, there always comes a point (usually around a third of the way in) when it becomes the hardest slog on earth, and you’ll wonder why you started writing it, and the whole thing feels like this giant waste of time. At this point, it’s advisable to have a good cry/punch a wall/ eat a whole jumbo size bar of chocolate/get drunk. Now you’ve got that out of your system, you must push on through the pain barrier and kiss and make up with your masterpiece-of-a-manuscript. After a chapter or two of hard slog, you’ll be back in love with it again.

7. Beta readers are invaluable. I have input from betas during and after the writing process. People who can look at your manuscript with fresh eyes, spot gaping plot holes, tell you your pacing is off, point out that your characters aren’t believable enough etc etc. And no, your mum is not a good choice for a beta reader.

8. Good coffee.

9. Get a thick skin. Once you finish your book, you’ll have all manner of people telling you, you suck. From editors with red pens. To gatekeepers with heart-piercing stock phrases: ‘Thank you for your submission. While we do consider it to have merit, unfortunately we ….’ But possibly the worst and most disheartening moment is your first 1 star review. Or even worse – the pompous 3 star reviewer who tells you that he/she is a writer and would’ve written it like xyz, not like your crazy-ass xyf. Learn and move on. It’s not personal.

10. Don’t always be analysing the sales and marketing and craft aspects of writing a book. Allow yourself to wallow in your scenes and step into your characters’ skins. Have fun with the plots and delight in wicked twists. Yes, writing a book is really hard work, but it’s also a wonderful experience. And there’s nothing quite like that incredible feeling of achievement when you type:

Feel free to leave a comment with your own writing tips/experiences . . .