Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Oh, My Lady Fury! You're Out... In Print!




My Lady Fury is celebrating a happy event. No, not that. In fact, more of that later. No, the happy event is that she is now available in paperback. Or rather, her story is - The Unraveling of Lady Fury. I'm delighted to welcome her 'biographer' - the intrepid historical author Shehanne Moore, who has climbed more mountains than I have eaten Schnitzels (and that's a LOT of mountains!). I'll shut up now and hand over to her. Take it away, Shey!


Do it with your boots on.

 “I don’t know. Ma always said—”

“Ma? What is this, old wives tales now? Next you’ll be telling me that if you’d kept your boots on, or I stood on my hands in the washbasin there, it would be a boy. Ma. Excuse me, I’m getting—”

“She was a midwife—before she was a whore,””

Firstly I want to thank the lovely Antonia for putting up with me again. She’s a sweetheart that way. That’s why I’ve brought along this:



I thought we could just forget about the blog and get into a fight with Incy Black instead, drool instead.

Secondly? Secondly I was going to try to behave. That’s not happening. Right?

Thirdly, I can’t believe it’s just over a year now since Antonia first asked me to come by and guest. I was totally hungover at the time. She told me I had a book out. I thought…really? Then, after reaching for the disprins, I reread her email six times and still didn’t make sense of it.

Anyway, that book is now out in print. Since the heroine needs to conceive an heir and she has rules about it too, fourthly let’s misbehave some more and look at some...




Lady Fury actually has a thing about the hero’s boots ruining her lovely silken damask bedcover. It’s enough to make her consider reviewing her rules on being fully clothed. Had she lived in Dundee, my native city, do you know that’s the advice she would have been given re the boots?

Although she’s not bothered whether it’s a girl or a boy she has, do it with your boots on and a boy results. Of course he arrives wearing these cuties:



How’s this from Hungary? Having sex on the night of a quarter moon also guarantees a boy. Oooh. I wonder what a full moon guarantees there? A were-wolf? Antonia….you would know this.

(I do indeed, but I couldn't possibly divulge. Sworn to secrecy, you see...AvZ) 



Or from Greece? Eating honey guarantees a boy.

Heavens. Does anything guarantee a girl?

This one from nowhere in particular was probably written by a man. Seduce him.

Flint, in a bid to elevate himself to grander accommodation and get Fury to renegotiate that ten rule contract, she slaps on him, starts spouting old wives tales he could have read straight off Google. Things about getting on top to have a boy. And getting particular food to eat. He’s starving nothing more, so he makes things up on the spot. Dare she disbelieve him though? Even though she wants to.


Let’s face it, people can get really nervy about conceiving. It’s a primal thing close to the hearts of most human beings. And they can get desperate enough to try anything.—although Fury is just desperate to get rid of Flint. But it gave me the idea as the book progressed to have a bit of fun. How far would you go? How much would you believe?

And actually some of his old wives' tales, about lying down afterwards are common sense. So obviously the old dearies weren’t as daft as all that!




The Unraveling of Lady Fury

Rule One: There will be no kissing. Rule two: There will be no touching…


Widowed Lady Fury Shelton hasn’t lost everything—yet. As long as she produces the heir to the Beaumont dukedom, she just might be able to keep her position. And her secrets. But when the callously irresistible Captain James “Flint” Blackmoore sails back into her life, Lady Fury panics. She must find a way to protect herself—and her future—from the man she’d rather see rotting in hell than sleeping in her bed. If she must bed him to keep her secrets, so be it. But she doesn’t have to like it. A set of firm rules for the bedroom will ensure that nothing goes awry. Because above all else, she must stop herself from wanting the one thing that Flint can never give her. His heart. 


Ex-privateer Flint Blackmoore has never been good at following the rules. Now, once again embroiled in a situation with the aptly named Lady Fury, he has no idea why he doesn’t simply do the wise thing and walk away. He knows he’s playing with fire, and that getting involved with her again is more dangerous than anything on the high seas. But he can’t understand why she’s so determined to hate him. He isn’t sure if the secret she keeps will make things harder—or easier—for him, but as the battle in the bedroom heats up, he knows at least one thing. Those silly rules of hers will have to go…

Here's an extract from The Unraveling of Lady Fury

She held up a hand. “Before you say another word, as I know you’re going to do, I know how much you dislike me. How much you pretend. Since the feeling is mutual, I think it’s best.”

In some corner of her soul, that wasn’t all that far, she knew this wasn’t the way to proceed and hope she would keep him, with his mile-high pride. But it was astonishing to think he believed he could do all that to her and she would still hold a candle in her heart for him. It didn’t matter he didn’t know all he’d done to her, which was maybe why he thought certain flames still burned.

“What about you getting on top?”

“Oh, I’ve been doing some research into that.”

“And?”

“And do you know—I never would have believed it—but it transpires that lying on my front is as good a way as any to conceive a boy. So long as you don’t stand up.”

Where she got this from she didn’t know. But she thanked heaven for it anyway.

“Are you saying Ma was wrong?”


 “I’m not saying anything. I’m sure she was right, a knowledgeable woman like her. But, as you always used to say to me aboard the Calypso, there’s more than one way of being right.”

Available Now from these online booksellers:

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Check out Shehanne's website here: http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/




Thursday, 17 April 2014

Anonymous - Published Today! And There Are Prizes!




I'm delighted to announce Dani-Lyn Alexander's latest release - a tense, thrilling contemporary romance that will keep you riveted - Anonymous. Believe me, online dating will never seem quite the same again.

The world of writing is strewn with potholes, waiting to trip up the unwary, We all have our foibles and blank spots. We also rely a little too heavily on the wonderful technology that's supposed to make our lives so much easier, right? Er - well, not always.

Here's Dani-Lyn, with an experience I can certainly relate to. Bet you can too. So grab a cup/glass of your favourite beverage, sit back and read on:



The Importance of Proofreading 


Two years ago I sat down with a pile of paper and a pen to write my first book! When I was about half-way through, my husband took me out and bought me a laptop, and my best friend came over and taught me how to use Microsoft Word. I thought it was the greatest thing ever invented! Not only was it much faster to type than to write by hand, it even corrected all of my mistakes. At least that’s what I thought.

I finished my book, all 90,000 words of it (which was down to 55,000 by the time it was published) and sent it off to my beta reader. Renee is the same friend who taught me how to use Microsoft. We’ve been best friends for a very long time, and she knows she can be brutally honest with me. The conversation went like this:

Renee: “If I see one more comma, I’m going to rip my hair out of my head.”
 

Me: “What do you mean?”

Renee: “Did you read through this manuscript?”

Me: “Of course. Is something wrong?”

Renee: “I just counted eleven commas in one sentence!”


Lesson learned: When you read through something, especially something you’ve written, edited and read a million times, you see what you expect to see. My mistake was in hitting the comma key every time I paused to think, without even realizing it. Then when I read back through it, I still paused in the same places so the comma didn’t seem out of place.

When I began working as a proofreader for a small publisher I realized proofreading is MUCH different from reading for enjoyment, or even editing. You are not looking at content, or losing yourself in the story, you are reading each and every word, punctuation mark, every symbol on every page. Often times, especially when using Track Changes for edits, you end up with things like; punctuation on the wrong side of quotation marks, missing punctuation, words written twice, missing words, missing letters… These are the things you MUST look for while doing a final proofread of your manuscript. Spell Check can’t tell the difference between “The girl had rice.” And “The girl had had lice”.

Thanks Dani-Lyn. I too have learned that relying on Spell Check can land you in all sorts of trouble!

Now, for a glimpse of Anonymous:




What happens when an online date is not what it seems?

After Ali's heart is broken, she decides to try Anonymous, a new dating website where you can retain complete anonymity while you search for your soul mate. When she discovers Joe, she thinks she may have at least found a new friend and decides to put her past behind her and move on.

Several death threats and an attempt on her life force her back into contact with her soon-to-be ex, Mark, who is the lead detective on the case. The tension builds between them while Ali struggles to get over Mark, and Mark races to find the maniac who's trying to kill her.

When Ali meets up with her online flame, she finds he's anything but the friend she imagined…

Wow! Here is where you can buy Anonymous today!

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ARe 
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Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
 


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Monday, 7 April 2014

My Writing Process

 Friend and writer, Suz deMello has invited me to talk about my writing process. As I am in a state of transition at present, I have changed some of my methods - and certainly my sub-genre - so, with a little trepidation, here goes:

1. What am I working on? 

I am putting the final touches to a paranormal romance novella called, Freya's Choice. This story has seen a total redraft just recently, as a result of some very helpful feedback from a publisher who has expressed interest. I hope I have followed their guidelines sufficiently but only time will tell.
 

To give you a flavour of the story:


Nothing much happens in Abbey St. Francis, but Freya’s about to change all that…

Betrayed by a former husband, Eve Lawson is scared of her feelings for the gorgeous, hunky farmer, Mark Latimer. All she needs is a little more time, but when the beautiful, enigmatic Freya sweeps into the village, suddenly nothing is as it was. All around her, people are behaving strangely, and when Freya decides she wants Mark, Eve is forced to accept that she’s in love with him and will do anything to win him back – even if it means taking on the most powerful goddess of them all.

 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Possibly in the settings. Seducing Amanda was set in an old English rambling house. Vienna Valentine is set in - well - Vienna. These two are highly erotic stories and, in the case of Seducing Amanda, I don't tie up all the loose ends which was deliberate on my part. I accept, is a tad unusual for its genre. I've been criticised for it - and I've also been praised. I do like to leave the reader to use their imagination a bit. I think people appreciate the chance to decide some things for themselves. 



Having said that, Freya's Choice is more traditional. It doesn't come complete with highly explicit sexual scenes and does tie everything up neatly at the end. Not that I'm telling you what the ending is!

3. Why do I write what I do?
Simple answer here - I enjoy it. And if I enjoy it, I hope others will too. Seems to work!


4. How does my writing process work?
It varies. Practically the whole story of Seducing Amanda came to me in one burst of creativity one afternoon. I wrote the first draft very quickly, then spent time redrafting and editing until I was happy to send it off. Vienna Valentine started with a desire to set a book here. This city is so inspirational. I think there's something in the air!
 
I rarely put pen to paper. Everything, from beginning to end, is accomplished on my computer. I redraft, redraft, redraft, until I'm happy with it.


Freya's Choice began as an idea of using the most famous of Norse goddesses in a contemporary setting in the place you would least expect to find her - a typical English country village, where nothing much has happened in the last fifty years. Her impact means that nothing will ever be quite the same there ever again.

Now I have written - and rewritten - this story, I have put it aside for a month. When I return to it, I will revisit it with fresh eyes. Then I can see if any challenges remain before I rake up the courage to send it back to that lovely publisher.


 

OK, now all I have to do is tag three more authors who will tell you all about their writing processes on their blogs next week:

Ute Carbone


Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award winning author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she spends her days walking, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.

Books and Stories by Ute Carbone:









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Ally Shields

Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, and considers herself a "river rat." The setting and folklore of that area are often incorporated into her urban fantasy series. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009, and Awakening the Fire, the debut novel in her Guardian Witch series, was released by Etopia Press in September 2012. When not writing, reading or spending time with family, she loves to travel in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.
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Crystal Donahue 

Crystal Donahue has been fortunate to live all over the US, including but not limited to Arizona, Hawaii, and Georgia. She currently resides near the Iowa/Illinois border with her tornado obsessed son and their mischievous cat, Brownie. She is a procrastinator of epic proportions, finds humor in almost everything, loves sarcasm and loathes washing dishes.

A 2004 graduate of Western Illinois University, Crystal has held several unique jobs including driving a Zamboni and being a relay operator for the hearing and speech impaired. While working as a claims adjuster she realized life is too short not to do something that makes you happy and returned to school to study nursing. Between work and raising her son she somehow manages to find time to write too, usually to the detriment of her social life. Fortunately her friends and family rock so it isn't much of an issue...yet.
 
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