Saturday, 30 September 2017

Wide Awake Asleep is on a book tour!


Wide Awake Asleep
on tour! 



I've never used resources like Rachel's Random Resources before (it's usually me on WWBB as the host!), so I'm looking forward to having Wide Awake Asleep pampered and shared around like a bag of Jelly Babies! (Unless they are my Jelly Babies, and then they'd NEVER be shared!)

So, from November 8th I hope to be splayed (the book, not me!) on many book blogger sites, where I will reveal various excerpts from the book, interviews and -- gulp -- a few book reviews where I've gifted copies of Wide Awake Asleep. 


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Wide Awake Asleep
(a time travel, paranormal adventure).

Can you really be on the WRONG path in life?

No one knew she was driving on that stretch of road. No one saw her car leave the highway and crash into a watery ditch. No one heard the car’s windscreen smash or saw the tree branch come through to impale her to her seat. No one heard her screams.
Julie Compton’s life should have come to an end that day, but instead, that moment was the beginning of her new life as she wakes, unharmed, back in 1972 and primed to relive her traumatic childhood all over again.
One flaw. She’s in the body of a stranger.
Journey back to the 70s and 80s England where Julie is forced to jump through the eras, occupying and controlling other people’s bodies she knew as a child. She must work out which destiny path was the wrong one all while wondering if her body, back in 2016, was dying in her car.
With each momentous change, her memories transform and she realises she’s not only changing her future but of those around her. She’s finally ‘living’ but does that mean she must die?









Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A sci-fi Beauty and the Beast! #scifi #beautyandthebeast #alienromance


Imprisoned for brutal crimes against his wardens, Fly was taken from his planet Itor and transported to an uninhabited world alongside other criminals. Full of mutiny, anger and a desire for revenge the transportation was never going to be successful and Fly became the only survivor when the craft crashed.

Then the human ship arrived - and Jenny.

With a malfunctioning spacecraft she was in for a fight for her life, but her problems were only just beginning when her crewmates abandon her on Eden.

Jenny's on her own... or so she thinks.


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‘I’m scared’, Fly had said. He was never scared. He was her hero. Her rugged hero made up from all the romance books she’d read. Big, bold and beautiful—in an alien kind of way.
Jenny's from Earth. Fly's from Itor. By a quirk of fate they met. She tamed him and they fell in love. They live idyllic lives in a protected corner of the world away from the wolf-like people and savage tribes of Neanderthals, and when Jenny discovers she’s pregnant they feel things can’t get any more perfect.

But things are changing outside their little kingdom. The wolf-people are disbanding and someone, or something, appears to be hunting the Neanderthals. Fly makes provisions to protect all that’s dear to him, but then he just doesn’t return home. Jenny knows he’s alive somewhere, but alone with her baby daughter, is she equipped to deal with the new horror that awaits her?

This sequel will have you turning the pages wondering if happy ever afters are possible in this conclusion to Eden.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Trashy novel alert! Last chance to buy for 99cents on Amazon #romcom #chicklit #lol #99c #wwbb

What do the words 'trashy novel' mean to you?

I've always thought the answer was gratuitous sex scenes amongst shallow characters, but others have told me it's an insignificant plot.

I Googled the answer and (palpitations!) it brought up chick lit. Chick lit! Surely not! Other answers are a formulaic book written for scandal or simply a badly-written book. It seems no one really knows the true answer. Maybe it's an easy-reading book that you've enjoyed?

When I brought up this question with a group of writers, a gentleman answered: ‘Any book written by a female.’

Yeah, I know, idiot.

So the question is still out there—what constitutes a trashy novel?

Meanwhile, my own trashy, chick lit novel (with no gratuitous sex scenes or insignificant plot) is only 99c to buy all through March.

Feel free to check it out:
  
A Proper Charlie

 What’s a girl to do when she discovers her boss is a wanted man?

Amazon

She's losing her job.
She's losing her boyfriend.
She can only afford to eat spaghetti hoops on toast.
She's called Charlie... Charlotte, ginger, ginge, Duracell or carrot.
Yet with all these odds against her, she pushes forward to take the lead story on her paper at London Core.

Too bad no one knows.

Too bad she's the office general assistant and not a real journalist. Too bad it's on missing prostitutes and Charlie thinks pretending to be a 'tart with a heart' will get her that story. 

She doesn't just get a story. 


She becomes the starring role!


 Unashamedly trashy!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

For anyone (as long as they aren’t ginger) - A Proper Charlie - #99cents #romcom #novel A lol kind of book!


The funniest sex scene ever!
‘Is it in?’ she asked.
Half price British romantic comedy all through March!
99 cents!
Amazon.com | Amazon.UK


Charlotte (Charlie) Wallis dreams of being a journalist and being part of a family unit. Life hasn’t been easy for her—born to a junkie mother and brought up in a children’s home—she craves a family life, but her current boyfriend has palpitations at the mention of commitment, and Charlie’s beginning to believe she’s going to be the office gofer forever.

Then she hears of a possible Jack the Ripper style story, which has London in its gruesome grip. Bodies aren’t showing up even though prostitutes are going missing at a rate of one a month, and the police are stumped.

Without telling anyone, Charlie dons her best fishnet stockings and hits the streets pretending to be a prostitute in the aid of securing a story to further her career.

But seeing her new boss, Ben Middleton, kerb crawling was the last thing she expected.
Then Ben lets her into his secret, and she not only becomes part of the ‘Jack the Ripper’ story, she finds herself the starring role!

Romcom at its craziest, funniest and British-iest.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Where were all the characters before you became a writer?

Life before characters


Life, ‘as we know it’, before I became a writer was a dark, messed up place. Weird people came to me in my head with lives that demanded to live. They’d talk to me about wanting to be ‘set free’ and I had no clue as to who they were or why they were in my mind.

My imaginary friends drove my mum to despair!

I tried to lead a normal life as I grew up: school, college, work, marriage, kids, work. But then I discovered I could write about these weird people and give them the life they craved.

My first shot at it was awful. OMG awful, in fact. I think it even began ‘It was a dark, stormy night’ to give you an idea of how awful it was. That book won't ever see the light of day! Thank God, I say.

There was another weird person in my head who used to come to me in dreams. He was scary, sexy, dangerous and an enigma until I got to know him. The first night I dreamed about him I woke up with the cliché pounding heart and a sweaty bod. But in the next dream he apologised for being an ugly mother effer, and after that I think I fell in love with him a little.

He became my superman in my thoughts. When my weird people got themselves into scraps he saved them—or tried to. He wasn’t infallible and made mistakes, but I loved him more for his errors. He became Fly and I put him in my first published book called Eden.

My biggest mistake was making him more palatable to look at. In my thoughts his face is scarred—part of his mouth his missing—and his hands are distorted through scar tissue. But readers weren’t able to see through his ugliness and told me so in reviews, so when I wrote the follow up, Hunted, I went back and rewrote Fly in Eden to be more agreeable to look at.

He mocks me for that.

My books have an element of romance, but the overall storyline is loneliness. All my weird people are lonely and want (or need) to be loved. I do my best to please them.

Eden and Hunted are a soft science fiction, A Proper Charlie and Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! are comedy romances, although Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! is a lot darker than most romcoms.

What I read for pleasure is what I like to write: bad verses evil, love conquers all… you know, the usual.

In my latest book, Wide Awake Asleep, it has the theme 'riches verses happiness' and my character needs to choose which she wants when she is repeatedly pinged back in time. Each time she goes back her future, and those around her, changes.

I was inspired to write Wide Awake Asleep by the Life on Mars series with Sam Tyler being sent back to the 70s, although Wide Awake Asleep isn't a crime story or a series, and only my character, Julie, consciousness is sent backwards through time for her to appear inside other people's bodies, it has a similar theme of Julie trying to get back to her present time by correcting her past.

Basically, it's  a time travel novel with twists and turns along the way, and set in the small village of Potterspury (outskirts of Northampton in the Midlands). It's truly British!



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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Like an #alphamale? Check out Eden and its sequel Hunted in this #scifi romance



Imagine yourself stranded. No way of communicating, no shelter. No food. Now imagine that place is another planet. Then you realise you're not alone...

Astronaut Jenny found herself abandoned on Eden after a miscommunication failure with her crew. From 2056 where technology ruled and hard work was left to robots, she was forced to go back to basics and live a pre-historic life.

Unfortunately, a lone alien had crash-landed previously and was already living such a life.

Bad news for Jenny. Good news for him.

Eden begs the simple question:
How far would you go to survive? 

 

Author note:

Eden can be read as a stand alone novel, however, Hunted follows on from Eden so needs to be read after Eden.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Like paranormal, time travelling romance? Wide Awake Asleep ticks all those boxes!


Wide Awake Asleep

available on pre-order!


‘Past events can be changed but one must be careful of how one does it because it’ll impact on the rest of one’s life.’—Dáire Quin, Modify your Destiny if you Must, 2003

No one saw Julie’s car leave the road, no one saw her crash into the watery ditch, no one saw the gnarled tree branch pierce through the window screen and impale her to her seat.
No one heard her screams.
Yet, this was the beginning of Julie’s life.

Julie Compton, is a forty-something woman, striving for success in a male dominated business world. She thinks she’s made it. She thinks she has it all. Trouble is, her destiny has been travelling in the wrong direction and Julie is now forced to relive her life by occupying people’s bodies from her past in a time-travel, paranormal adventure.


For readers who enjoyed books like 'The Time Traveler's Wife' and 'The Lovely Bones'.


  Excerpt from WIDE AWAKE ASLEEP – a paranormal, time travel romance.
 Disorientated, I looked around at my surroundings. I had the strange feeling that I wasn’t here at all. I thought I heard a voice, and I cocked my head, but it was carried away on a gust of wind. The feeling of hands touching my body subsided and I was left in this paradox universe where I was me inside someone else’s body.
I looked down at myself and the first thing I saw was a plaid skirt, and thick tights, which sagged at the knees and ankles.
My heart began to beat in horror. No, no. Please, God, no.
My hands touched the stained cardigan over my large droopy breasts. Up further to my face…
My hands recoiled.
I felt a moustache!
I gasped in horror. I was ‘Auntie’ Iris Grimshaw!
It was bad enough being goofy Sarah Marshall, but now I had a moustache! And a bloody monobrow!
Iris began to walk, and I felt a sharp pain in my hip. I slowed, but the pain persisted. It shot down my left leg every time my foot touched the ground. No wonder the old sod was grouchy.


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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A book that everyone wants to read... #paranormal #astraltravel #newrelease #comingsoon

Available for pre-order!

No one knew she was driving on that stretch of road.
No one saw her car leave the road and crash into a watery ditch.
No one heard the car’s window screen smash as a tree branch pierced through and impaled her to her seat.
No one heard her scream.

But that moment was the beginning of Julie’s life.



Friday, 4 November 2016

If you liked The Butterfly Effect and the time travel series Life on Mars...


Wide Awake Asleep - coming Christmas 2016
Village girl Julie Compton couldn’t wait to leave Potterspury, her mum, boyfriend and best friend when they turned against her and turned her cossetted life upside down and inside out.
Unable to forgive then, she left for London and threw herself into making a name for herself in the perfume industry.
Twenty years later, and with adult hindsight, she can see that she played an active part in her adolescent misery.
But it was too late to rectify things now. Her mum was dying, her boyfriend and best friend had both died. And the village where she grew up had moved-on without her.
It’s strange how things turn out, isn’t it?
‘Time travel may be possible for some,
 but it happens at impractical times and when you least expect.’
Dáire Quin, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, 1999

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The dark side of chick lit #romcom

Have you ever wondered if your dreams are trying to tell you something?
But what if your dreams are so terrifying that you'd rather not know the answer?

Valerie Anthrope's dreams are definitely trying to tell her something that she'd rather not know. And strangely, the dreams are stronger when people get close to her.

The result: she avoids human contact where possible.

But love has an annoying little habit of creeping up when you least expect it.

Dare she step out into the world and live again?



Lex Kendal is a spoilt, rich playboy. His world is fast cars and glamourous women. Women crave his affections--and money. Valerie tells herself she's too vulnerable for Lex's 'love 'em and leave 'em' motto.

But is Valerie going to listen to her heart...
or are her dreams going to become their nightmare?




Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Authors Electric: Another bad book review? Yippee! Guest Post by Lou...

Authors Electric: Another bad book review? Yippee! Guest Post by Louise Wise...:



From indie author Jacqueline Howett to Gothic horror author Anne Rice we’ve all reacted badly to reviews, only most of us do it silently.

It isn’t nice when someone hates something you’ve trawled over for months or even years, but to take offence over another’s perspective is completely the wrong attitude.

If you’ve a book to sell you’re asking strangers to buy your title, remember that, you’re asking them. You’ve no right to demand they like your book, just as you’ve no right to demand they write a good review. They are strangers. They don’t know you. They don’t care about you. They owe you nothing. Readers tell the truth. Readers like to tell other readers about their great finds or warn them not to touch.

For more head to Author Electric

Wide Awake Asleep is on a book tour!

Wide Awake Asleep on tour!   I've never used resources like Rachel's Random Resources before (it's usually me o...