Year Without Rickman #MFRWAuthor

Year without Rickman

I’m back for the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge! Each week I will write a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: Shows I binge

What a difference a year makes. People leave a mark. Characters touch you and sometimes never leave. That’s what actor Alan Rickman did for me. He was a great actor and as we’ve just passed the first anniversary of his death I’m finding comfort in what he’s left behind.

I’ve just started another run through his body of work to mark this first anniversary of his death. I first fell for him in Truly, Madly, Deeply. Laughed at him as the Sherrif of Nottingham eating hearts out with a spoon, and loved him always as Professor Severus Snape. Of course, there are so many other roles to love. The legacy he’s left behind his impressive and yet I still wish for more like this:

I feel that way about TV shows too. I have about ten that I binge watch one after another. Here are my favorite three:

–NCIS – I loved that show but once Ziva was written out I just couldn’t continue watching new episodes. I only rewatch from Season 3 to her exit.

–I’m also strangely fascinated by The Fall. It’s a gritty series about a serial killer. The villain is not a nice man and yet I cannot look away. His adversary Stella Gibson, a police detective, is an odd one, extremely good at her job but also a bit of a siren to men. Gillian Anderson is amazing to watch as Stella. Jamie Dornan is utterly creepy in a good looking sort of way.

–Sherlock. I’ve probably banged on about my love of the BBC series many times before. Season 3 has just aired and while I didn’t realize it at the time I was apparently so caught up in it I was shouting at the TV. Sadly it’s supposed to be the last season for years aired, if they ever do another.

Thank heavens for DVD’s or Netflix and Stan for endless reruns.

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New Release: Fool for Love

Its book release day. Yay!!! It’s also my birthday. *sad face* Getting older isn’t really a yay anymore, but with a book release its a great distraction.

Fool for Love

Beverley Oakley and Donna Cummings are helping me celebrate my forty-mumbles birthday this year with these three outstanding new stories for readers to escape to.

Wicked Rogues. Handsome Aristocrats. Destined for love, one and all! 

In His Valentine’s Secret, by Beverley Oakley, Lady Athelton’s St Valentine’s Ball should have been a time for love, not vengeance, as the once carefree Lisette plots the demise of the man she once loved. Will she learn the truth in time?

In Truly, My Love, by Donna Cummings, Lord Benedict and Lady Sommerwood stage a faux romance in order to help him evade two besotted young misses at a Valentine party. But can an affair built on falsehoods possibly turn into true love?

And in A Husband for Mary, by me, Miss Mary Vine kissed a handsome stranger at the Fenwick Masquerade, never imagining the extraordinary attraction could be for the most disgraceful rake in London. A man she knew far too well…

The Fool for Love collection is winging its way toward your ereader now but you can read an excerpt from A HUSBAND FOR MARY on my website. A print edition will be available very soon on Amazon.

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Happy reading and lets all have cake today!

Surviving with Treats #MFRWauthor

I’m back for the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge! Each week I will write a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: How my Family Survives my Writing

Its a pretty good question. I went to the family for in-depth answers.

But first, getting their attention is a must. I grab treat material suitable to each family member and then turn off the internet connection. I wait by the router until they notice a problem and come to investigate.

Youngest son is first to reach me, expressing outrage at our internet provider. He’s a talker so I wait until he pauses for air. I wave freshly made Brownie before his eyes and he’s putty in my hands. When questioned about how he survives my career he smiles cheekily and says he relies on endless treats like this one to make it through each day.

Next to arrive is eldest son, a man of few words. He blinks, actually checks the lifeless router, and gives an eloquent if brief answer: ‘you write, its work. What’s so hard about that.’ I hand him his treat of choice – a can of Coke – and he switches the router back on and goes back to his computer.

Hubby doesn’t normally require bribes to get him talking about my writing, but I flash him just to make sure he’s not thinking of boats again. The man is a fan and the greatest supporter of my work. His first question is: why aren’t you writing?

What can I say, my family is content with what I do. They expect it, and treats. Surviving my writing has become second nature. *grins*

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The Sound of Music and other nonsense #MFRWauthor

badge-blog-challengeI’m participating in the MFRW 52 week blogging challenge during 2017! Each week I will write a post from a set list of topics that with luck will a) get me blogging more often and b) help you get to know me better.

This week’s theme is: A Few of my Favorite Things.

1. TripleM
Have you ever rediscovered an old love you’d forgotten all about? When I was a teenager I used to move my portable radio into the back of the house to listen to a Sydney radio station before school and late at night. Triple M was almost a religious experience for me. Classic Rock, irreverent breakfast DJ’s. In the 20 years since, I wandered away from them due to poor house location for a decent radio signal but no more. Last month I found out they have an iPhone app and its my favorite thing at the moment! I’m in heaven. Classic rock rocks my world once again!
2. Writing themes
I’ve noticed a tendency to write a lot of second chance love stories and if I look over my keeper shelves, I tend to read them a lot too. Its not intentional, its what comes out and what I’m drawn to as a reader. I imagine other people are much the same.
3. Experimental Cookery
When I’m in the kitchen I’m a cook not a chef. I don’t tend to follow recipes to the letter and thankfully no one has died yet (or even barfed). Very few of my successful experiments are written down completely. I should probably get to that one of these days before my memory goes.

Oh, and yes. The Sound of Music is one of my fav movies too!

 

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Hello Sexy New Year: 2017

Hello Sexy New Year!

At least that’s how I’m choosing to think of the future–productive and above all else heavy on the sexy tales!

2016 didn’t exactly go as planned for me. If you are waiting on new series books from me I must apologize for non-delivery. You see, early last year my mother was properly diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease (you cannot force your fossils to see a doctor) and as the year progressed I spent more and more time helping out at their home. It didn’t help that my dad has been slow to accept he’s not the strong, strapping farmer he once was and made me worry my head off about what he was getting up to too.

Last year was great for quality time with my parents and I’ve got solid good-daughter karma going on, but was a very bad year for writing. I had to give up reaching my goals to lower my own stress levels by about mid year. Difficult situations can make thinking happy sexy thoughts pretty much impossible. Since my books tend toward the wicked end of the scale I struggled with switching off and getting into the mood (for writing). Thankfully things seem more settled of late and 2017 is off to a great start. I’m not making resolutions as such, but I’m already deep into writing mode and cranking out words like a demon, or a romance writer fueled by unlimited coffee and a post Christmas sugar high. 🙂

New Year, New Stories: Fool for Love

One good outcome of my short attention span last year was that I managed to write a novella totally unconnected with any of my existing book series. A Husband for Mary was pure fun to write! No deadline, no linking into existing series worlds, and I really needed that freedom. But then once it was written I had to figure out what to do with it. I write to escape and publish my stories so that readers might get away from real life as well.

As luck would have it A Husband for Mary is being published together with two wonderful new tales from Beverley Oakley and Donna Cummings. Here’s the official teaser for the new collection:

Let Love Conquer All!

fool for love small cover

Wicked Rogues. Handsome Aristocrats. Destined for love, one and all! Beverley Oakley, Donna Cummings, and Heather Boyd have teamed up to bring you three utterly romantic love stories to warm your heart!

In His Valentine’s Secret, by Beverley Oakley, Lady Athelton’s St Valentine’s Ball should have been a time for love, not vengeance, as the once carefree Lisette plots the demise of the man she once loved. Will she learn the truth in time?

In Truly, My Love, by Donna Cummings, Lord Benedict and Lady Sommerwood stage a faux romance in order to help him evade two besotted young misses at a Valentine party. But can an affair built on falsehoods possibly turn into true love?

In A Husband for Mary, by Heather Boyd, Miss Mary Vine kissed a handsome stranger at the Fenwick Masquerade, never imagining the extraordinary attraction could be for the most disgraceful rake in London. A man she knew far too well…

READ AN EXCERPT FROM A HUSBAND FOR MARY

Order in Digital and Print (soonish)

Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

The print edition will be either a pre-order or available on release day. Still have the proof the physical copy yet.

2016’s last bit of bad news: All Romance eBooks Closure

Much to my surprise and disappointment, All Romance Ebooks has closed its doors with very little notice. I was not informed directly by ARE of the closure but thanks to the awesomeness of the indie author community, the news got around to me too.  Like every other author affected, I’m owed royalties but don’t expect to be paid out any time soon.

With such short notice, I understand its been a horrible mess for readers to download their books off the site. If you missed out on reclaiming a title of mine please get in touch and send me a screenshot showing the prior purchase. There is nothing worse than losing a good book and I want to help.

That’s all my news for the moment. Hope the New Year is making you smile already.