Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday, Monday

I can't believe it's almost the end of February. This year is scooting by faster than ever. The snowdrops are out in my garden and the tree pollen is stirring so for the next few weeks I'll be taking hayfever meds. Once the cherry blossom is off the trees I'll be fine again but until then I'll be feeling sorry for myself and sneezing my head off.
Writing wise I'm having a fab start to the year with the sale of Easter Holiday and Passionate Harvest - there are two more sales hopefully in the pipeline too to satisfy those of you who've been asking about my remaining two out of print novellas. Radio Gaga is done - finally and is sitting for a while before I do my big read through, adit and polish. I'm working on another short and sweet for my Cornish series and I still have my Jane Austenish project and an idea I want for my next single title. Plus I'd like to write the story of Dominic's brother, Jake from Passionate Harvest.
So many stories in my head and so little time to write!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Guest Blogger - Judy Jarvie

I'm thrilled to be hosting Judy Jarvie - Judy is a former fellow Moonlit author and a good friend. Hopefully we'll be able to meet up again this summer at the RNA's conference. And, now that E-Scape Press have accepted my book - Passionate Harvest - Coming soon! We once again are sharing a publisher - yay!
Even better than that this weekend you can read Judy's fabulous book, Nanny Behaving Badly, completely FREE!
So grab it while you can!

Here's Judy to tell you more about it.
Why you might like it? It’s set in wintertime Edinburgh in a coffee bar where the chemistry's hotter than the beverages. It has a rally driving hero Lyle who’s a delicious dark brooding mocha choc delight. And a nut brittle heroine, Maddie who somehow always manages to get into trouble. A recipe for fun and sparks.

Maddie Adams hopes for a smooth ride in her new temporary coffee shop job so she doesn’t mean to make the worst impression possible with the handsome cafĂ© owner, Lyle Sutherland. His suggestion that she becomes his son’s replacement nanny shocks them both. When attraction and passion are unleashed between boss and sassy super nanny, Lyle’s secrets and a shock pregnancy challenge old wounds.
You can download it free here AMAZON UK or HERE AMAZON>COM
To find out more about Judy and to get her other books why not visit her At her website Look out for her blog site and friend her on facebook!
Happy Reading!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Astraea's Birthday Treat

Astraea are celebrating their first birthday by giving a different book away every day this month. Today it's your chance to grab a free copy of Cue Me In. Go HERE and get your free code! Did I mention it was free?
This is my Bridget Jones meets Scooby Doo kind of story and is a fun spooky tale. Happy Reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Passionate Harvest!

I got some great news yesterday, my short novel, Passionate Harvest has been acquired by E-Scape Press and will be out as an e book in a couple of months time. This one is too smexy for my lovely sweet publisher and I wanted to make sure it went to a good home :)
I wrote the story last summer and the characters just had a mind of their own when it came to their story.
Here's the blurb!
Nursery nurse Lucy Morgan, unexpectedly inherits half a Somerset vineyard with conditions and a co-owner attached.
Unwilling co-owner Dominic LeFevre, doesn't want or need a new business partner, especially one who knows nothing about wine.
With Lucy having left behind her old life, and love in Tenerife, she has twelve months to convince Dominic that she's exactly what both he, and the business, need.

Here's how I pictured my hero - Dominic - there was something about the eyes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Still in the mood for romance?

Meet my guest Sherry Gloag and read about her fabulous new novella - His Chosen Bride
Prince Henri Gasquet is happy to let his father, the king, choose his bride for him until he meets Monica Latimer.
Monica Latimer is not prepared to risk letting any man close enough to learn about her Gift. A gift that normally has men running for the hills when they find out about it.

She lost track of time until the flames caught her attention once more. They flickered from orange to gold, to silver, to white.
A flurry of snowflakes masked the flames and for a second Monica watched the most beautiful, pristine snow-scene she’d ever seen. Her lips curved in longing. How she’d love to get a toboggan and slide down that slope. She knew where it was, and had done just that many times in her childhood, first with her parents and then, in clandestine manner, with her brother. Sneaking an old tin tray from the back of her mother’s walk-in pantry, she’d then grabbed Billy’s hand and they’d rushed out the back gate, heading for the lakeside track that led up into the hills.
Darkness, dense and thick with grief dropped over the scene. Startled and disconcerted by the strength of emotion emanating from the vision Monica shifted to her knees, ready to stand, when a voice, a deep male voice, sharp with fear called out her name.
She knew she’d never heard the voice before, and yet—it was as familiar to her as the image she saw in her mirror each morning.
“Help me, Monica.”
Desperate for more clues, she searched the darkness within the flames until it sputtered and faded. With a curse she jumped up and ran for the phone. With her outstretched hand hovering over it she halted and let her hand drop to her side once more. What could she say? What would the police or rescue team think of her if she called them and told them she’d seen a vision of a man in distress?
They’d laugh in her face and classify her as a lunatic. Well, maybe not. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d contacted them with positive information but something—an instinctive gut reaction told her what she’d seen this time hadn’t happened yet.
His Chosen Bride is available from Amazon B&N, Astraea Press and all other good e-tailers!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Treat 3

Patricia Kiyono's Aegean Intrigue
Someone has been stealing priceless Greek artifacts and it's Alex Leonidis' job to uncover the thief. His prime suspect is beautiful archaeological graduate student, Francie Vasileiou. His plan is to join in an archaeological dig and catch her in the act. All he has to do is keep his mind on his job, and not on the way his lovely suspect warms his heart. He's learned the hard way not to trust fragile-looking women who seem to need his help.

Francie wants to get her PhD and become an archaeologist, like her famous father. The sudden invitation to participate in a dig on the beautiful Greek island of Paros is a wonderful opportunity. She has no time for distractions like Alex, the handsome Project Director. Experience has taught her to stay clear of handsome, charismatic Greek men.

On the shores of the Aegean Sea, Alex and Francie work together, searching for treasures from Greece's past. While pursuing their goals, they discover some of the truths they had believed to be carved in stone may have been flawed.
Available from: Astraea Press Amazon and B&N

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentines Day Treat 2

Minna has a secret. Her father, ex-dragon jockey Wynn Westerfield, will forever hold a grudge against wizards. Because it was a wizard who caused his career-ending accident, Minna struggles to hide her incredible magical powers from him...and from the world.

Evan Valentine has attended a prestigious magical academy on scholarship, although he's managed to conceal that fact from everyone. He's on the fast track to success with his apprenticeship to wizard Thaddeus Bartholomew, and Evan's carefully constructed life doesn't include a certain beautiful girl whose powers rival his own.

Although Minna and Evan don't realize it yet, their destinies have been intertwined for years. When a threat arises, Minna and Evan must travel to another reality to retrieve a dangerous magical artifact. Can Minna and Evan learn to work together, despite their mutual mistrust? Or will their explosive romantic attraction lead to disaster?

Minna & The Valentine is available at:Amazon and B&N as well as other fine online bookstores.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Day treats

Astraea is not only giving away a free book every day this month to celebrate it's birthday but also has some fabulously romantic reads for Valentine's Day like THE KEY TO LOVE – Meg Mims!

Artist Jennette Jacobson clashes with a handsome visitor at a gallery show. He claims that artwork is just “more junk to dust.” Ouch. When she finds a small metal object on the floor, she uses it later in a new collage.

Her world soon crumbles with family problems and a friend’s betrayal. And wouldn’t you know that the same hunky guy claims he lost an important key the night of the show! When Steve Harmon offers to buy Jenn’s work, she refuses to sell. He’ll just trash it to free his precious key... Or is it possible that key will unlock her future happiness?

Available from Astraea Press B&N
and of course Amazon

Treat yourself to a lovely romantic read!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Things I just don't get

Okay, maybe with an impending birthday it's my age but there are an increasing number of things that I just don't 'get'.
One of them was featured in my morning paper today.
Hair extensions - There were these horrendous pictures showing the damaged scalps of various women who had actually ponied up good money to do this to themselves. I mean what is the logic behind it? Think about this...
Hair extensions are human hair - from someone elses head (ugh, shudder) The main supply is from temples in Asia where the hair is sold. This hair is then glued or heat sealed onto your own hair - often using latex based materials (hello Toxins) or fastened with tiny metal clips. The process of putting it in and out damages the hair folicles causing scalp trauma and people develop bald spots from where clumps of hair are tugged out due to the weight of the extensions (Scalp traction)
Bits of someone elses hair shed constantly.
How is any of this attractive? Can imagine a bloke running his hands through his girlfriends hair and it either coming away or ehe's encountering glue, metal, hair spray etc. Romantic? No.
So is it me? Actually, don't answer that, I'm not going to be rushing to my hairdresser for these anytime soon.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Six below freezing

That was definitely what Poppy, my little car, said the temp was this morning as I drove eldest to get her train to college. It makes me so thankful I live in an age of central heating and indoor plumbing.
Exciting news! Astraea press have acquired Easter Holiday - this is my new short and sweet novella set in the fictional town of New Bay, Cornwall. It'll release mid to end March and gives you the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones in the form of Posy and Noah. It's Astraea's birthday too this month - check my sidebar for a link to their blog - they are giving away a different book every day for the whole of February. Perfect if you like delicious clean reads.
There is a wonderful view from my window this morning across the fields, everything is white and stiff with frost and the sky is that translucent blue tinged with pink gold. The little Welsh rough cob ponies look a bit miserable by the side of the pond, all huddled together around the hay bales. I'm trying to get some feeling back in my feet before I venture out again for more groceries. Yet again there is nothing in the house to eat! Teenagers -grr.