The Journey Continues

Hey, I’ve reached a major milestone! Today marks the 2nd Anniversary of my Indie Publishing journey. Two years ago today I self-published In The Widow’s Bed, fully expecting to sell maybe 100 copies tops. Since then I’ve published 13 ebooks, 5 print editions (several for friends too) designed & redesigned covers and content layout. Hubby and I did a count up today and we reckon I’ve exceeded my expectations by about 2000%.

As you can imagine, the last two years have been pretty full on and I’ve learned a lot. The biggest surprise, a happy one, was discovering readers, wonderful people, liked my wild imaginings. There is nothing better than gaining a new subscriber to my newsletter, receiving a review, or receiving fan mail from a happy reader. It totally makes my day so thank you. I hope you’ll continue reading my stories for many years to come.



Be Swept Away this Valentines Day with a Blog Hop

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Yay, first blog hop of the year and it’s for Valentine’s Day. So glad you could join me and the other authors on the hop for a chance to win some great prizes. Thanks to the hop we get to brag share our thoughts on Valentine’s Day. Or rather, you do if you want to be in the running for an copy of The Distinguished Rogues eBundle. There are two to be won.


The Distinguished Rogues of London have met their match and are about to have their world turned upside down. The Marquess of Ettington better be quick in CHILLS. Lord Daventry has his hands full in BROKEN. But can Lord Carrington become a knight in shining armor in CHARITY? This ebook contains three full length regency romance novels.


To enter the draw, all you need do is answer one simple question.

What do you hope never to get as a Valentine’s Day gift?

To start you off, I’ll share mine.

I hope I never get a vaccum cleaner for Valentines Day. I don’t care how expensive it is, it’s just going to suck. (Get it? Sorry, my sad attempt at humour)

Can’t wait to read yours!

UPDATE: Contest closed. Winners to be notified shortly by email. 🙂


Sunday Six #2 Midnight Bandit

Happy Sunday! Sorry if that’s far too cheerful, but I completed a novel on Saturday and I’m feeling rather ecstatic about that. Thanks to everyone who dropped by last week. Such a great response to this WIP. Since I’m still writing it I hope you’ll enjoy what’s to come as much as me. So, continuing from last week, I’m offering up the next six sentences.

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Jeremy gripped the reins in one hand and gestured his four companions forward until they reached the limit of the trees. At his signal the other riders kicked their mounts forward, aiming directly for the swiftly moving carriage with the intention of halting it as smoothly as possible. They couldn’t risk having their precious cargo thrown about or give the grooms time to get a shot off that could injure one of them. After the trouble he’d gone to in his quest to finally be in the right place at the right time, he couldn’t let this opportunity be lost to carelessness.

He rose up in his stirrups, watching his men with a certain stirring of pride and sting of guilt that he’d turned them into bandits of the night. But to restore the fortunes of a once proud and noble family, they were all prepared to be just a little bit wild.

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Thanks for dropping by and I’ll be visiting your blog shortly!




This won’t hurt a bit


Don’t you just hate it when the dentist knows where you live? Got the reminder card in the mail this week and I just feel sick to my stomach already. Almost a year ago, I spent a good deal of time at my dentist. Needed a filling that didn’t settle as it was supposed to, and then the tooth had to be removed. Pain, pain, pain. And then it got infected and I got really sick. Long story short, it pays to switch dentists if the first one mucks up the job, and find one who isn’t afraid to prescribe antibiotics. Honestly, child birth was less of a trauma compared to my last visit to the dentist. It was so bad that I pretty much checked out of my life for months. Amazingly, you can survive without social media and fair-weather friends after all.

I’m not prepared to go through any of that again. I can’t put it off so I’m taking solace from researching dentistry practices of 200 years ago.

  • teeth were loosened by careful hammering. No matter how many times I say careful, I still shudder because …
  • dentistry was carried out without any means to dull the pain.
  • occasional use of gunpowder and urine were recommended for tooth cleaning
  • fillings were done but there was a type of porcelain tooth filling that could kill the tooth nerve. Picture dead black tooth with bright white filling as the end result.
  • aside from false teeth, a gap could be filled by a tooth transplant (pulling a perfectly healthy tooth from one person to replace the one you just had pulled.)

Oh, gross on the last one …..

That settles it. Now that school has resumed and my current novel is almost complete and soon to be in the hands of my editor, I’d better suck it up and make an appointment. Wish me luck!