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Today I'm at FFF!

Yes, the beautiful Cassie Mae has interviewed me over at Falling For Fiction - check it out here ! Thanks for having me Cassie! Hope you all have a great weekend!

CampNaNo Fail, and Mini Blog Tour Update

Hey everyone! It feels like 100 years since I wrote a new post! Just wanted to say that I have been OVERWHELMED with all the support for the Game On Blog Tour!Thank you so much to all of you who have offered to host me. I actually cannot believe how many people have leapt on board! I will be contacting everyone who signed up this week. Enormous thanks to everyone who has already responded to my emails - you guys are amazing! If you are planning to participate, or just want to show some Game On love, I have created a contest for you, which you can read fill details of here . I have to confess that I failed at CampNaNo. Probably shouldn't have tried while editing a book and getting it ready for publication, but I do like a challenge lol. However, I do have 30, 000 words so it doesn't feel like quite so much of a failure. That's 30,000 words more than I had a month ago, so I'm pretty happy. Jesse Shaw's story has been a whole lot of fun to write. I neve

Game On Release Date and Blog Tour Stuff!

Thank you so much for all your help with ideas and offers to help me with my blog tour! I have had a few ideas, and I'm ready to start planning now so...first of all, let me give you the release date! Game On will be available to download on August 6th ! And the blog tour will run from that date for at least a week - maybe two depending on how many people want me lol!  I thought it would be easiest if I placed a sign-up list here, then I can easily contact anyone who wants to be involved. I'm offering interviews, guest posts, guest posts from my characters, a couple of random silly things I'm still working on, and a couple of giveaways! Also, if you take part in the blog tour, you will have the chance to win one of two $10/£10 Amazon gift cards! I will be contacting everyone who wants to be involved this week to work out the details - and if you have any questions/comments/ideas,please leave them in the comments! Thank you in advance! For a synopsis and excerpt of G

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

I have been looking forward to today so much! A while ago, Jaycee DeLorenzo and Victoria Smith hosted the Oh, My Hero bloghop, in which we had to interview the male lead from one of our stories. Today, the girls get their chance to respond! So, I present to you Freya interviewing Leah from Game On! P.S This scene isn't int the book, just a little something I whipped up this morning! "Urgh!" Freya growled as she flung her bag down on the floor and threw herself onto the sofa beside me. She looked thoroughly harassed. Her blonde hair was starting to slip from her intricate up-do, and her face was distinctly lacking the happiness a first date usually brings. "Dare I ask?" "Don't bother. That was the biggest waste of time ever." I didn't press the issue, just reached over and poured her a glass of red wine. There was really no need to delve any further into what had happened with the persistent journalist who'd been as

Blog tour ideas?

Okay peeps, I am BACK! Game On will be definitely, properly, no more editing finished today, and I will be commenting on your posts (I've missed you all!) and replying to comments here just like I did before I got swamped with last minute revisions! In case you can't tell, I am EXCITED! With just a few weeks (ish) until I release Game On, and finally being happy with it, I feel like an enormous weight has lifted off my shoulders. :D So, now I come to you for advice about a blog tour, because I haven't really worked out how to do it yet lol. I have seen loads of others, varying from people posting book covers and a synopsis, to super cool ones like Elana Johnson's Never Surrender tour which got everyone involved. Generally speaking, tours tend to consist of guest posts, interviews, reviews ... and all kinds of other things, so I am going to throw it out there for you to help me decide what to do! I may be ahead of myself here, I don't know how many people wil

5735 Commas

Yup. After thinking I was done editing Game On for the 327th time, I did a comma count and found 5735. Now, I don't know if it's just me, but that sounds like a hell of a lot! I have always had a problem with commas. I know how to use them correctly, but I still overuse them by sticking them into sentences where they don't belong. Sometimes they slip in by mistake, some of them are left over from when I've removed or changed words and forgotten to take the commas out, but mostly it's just because I have a weird tendency to hit the comma key like it's my keyboard version of a security blanket. Please tell me I'm not the only comma whore in the blogosphere! Today will be the last day of me not commenting on blogs. I will be back to normal tomorrow, I hope you understand that, with the endless amount of editing, I just haven't had the time to keep up with everything and I want to make Game On the best it can possibly be before I let it out into the wo

Review of Construct A Couple by Talli Roland

One of my favourite things about the blogging community is meeting super cool writers, and honestly, I don't think writers get much cooler than Talli Roland ! When I first got my Kindle, I was browsing through the Top Sellers lists and a book named Build A Man caught my eye. I downloaded several other books that day, but something about the name Talli Roland stuck in my head. I later realised it was because we both had blog friends in common, and I got kind of star struck lol. After reading Build A Man and following Talli's blog, I realised I was in the presence of awesome, and when I heard that there was a follow up to the book - I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! (Thanks for sending me a copy, Talli!!) So, Construct A Couple follows the journey of Serenity Holland, an American woman living in the UK, and chasing her dream of becoming a top journalist. So far in her life, she hasn't always gone about pursuing that dream in the best ways, but after landing a

Game On Cover Reveal!!

Haha, I can't believe I am typing this post! I actually have a completed book, and a front cover and all I need to do now is get it ready for publishing! My cover was made by one of my best friends, Roberta Leite, who has a super talent for digital drawing. I cannot thank her enough for all the work she put in to it, and for her patience. I am pretty fussy, and I must have driven her insane with all the little tweaks I asked for! :D So ... here it is...   After swapping her small town life to work for a top U.S soccer team, Leah Walker thought she could finally leave the ghosts of her past behind. However, when she meets serial womanizer, Radleigh McCoy, the memories of her old life come swarming back, and she is forced to ask herself whether she has really changed at all.  So ... what do you think? Also, let me know if that synopsis is terrible - it may still need a little work before publishing! I am looking at a tentative release date of July 9

First Fight/First Kiss Part 2

Time for Round 2 of the First Fight, First Kiss blogfest hosted by Danielle and Jackie ! Today, I will be showing you the first kiss scene from my CampNaNo novel! To read the first fight scene - click here . The first post was written from Jesse's POV, but for this one, we we're in Isabelle's. :D Also, don't forget this is still a first draft, so it's a little rough around the edges. ;) ** My heart started to beat faster as he put his hand up to my cheek. It made me feel so safe when he did that. Like he was telling me that there was nowhere else he wanted to be, and that nothing could ever hurt me while he was around. Very slowly, he began to lean in towards me. I so badly wanted him to kiss me, I could practically taste him, but panic surged through me and I pulled away. He froze, his hand still in the air where, just a second before, it had been stroking my cheek. It would have been funny if I hadn’t been so embarrassed for freaking out. “I’m sorry,”

First Fight/First Kiss Blogfest

Yay, it's blogfest time! Many thanks to Danielle and Jackie for hosting! Here are the details: Share your 1 st FIGHT and 1 st KISS scenes in your MS’s or WIP’s. Crack open your current project or dive back into an old one. We want to feel what your characters feel. From the sting of their first fist-to-the-face to the tingling taste of their first kiss. Today is First Fight day, and I wanted to bring you a small excerpt from my NaNo novel which centres around Jesse Shaw, one of the characters from Game On. It's a bit rough, and a bit vague - mainly because I wrote it quickly, Jesse's voice still needs work, and this fight in full would be packed with spoilers, but hopefully it gives enough info to make sense!   Just to clear up a small thing - Georgia is Isabelle's twin sister. :)   ** “Izzy,” I said. “You know the right thing to do.” Isabelle looked down at me with those big brown eyes, and my insides twisted with guilt. Right away, I realised

Never Surrender Blogfest!

The fabulous Elana Johnson is celebrating the release of her latest book, Surrender, by hosting the Never Surrender blogfest ! To participate, all you have to do is blog about a time when you didn't surrender! Easy peasy! I am going to blog about a very dark time in my life - which sort of sucks because this is meant to be a happy tour! However, it was the most challenging thing I've ever been through, so hopefully it is inspiring in some way. Around six years ago, I went through a complex break-up. It led to me quitting my job to take some time for myself, and even though I thought I was okay, the situation spiralled until I became agoraphobic. Leaving the house was NOT an option for me. I'd lost all my confidence, and at the worst point, I couldn't leave my bedroom without having a panic attack. It also happened in the middle of summer, the time when I should have been outside having fun, not hiding away. The road to recovery was slow. The first tentative ste

IWSG: Am I doing it right? And does anyone care?

Happy IWSG Day! This genius idea created by Alex J. Cavanaugh is a place for all of us insecure writers to gather together to talk about our worries, and cheer each other on. Check out the full list of participants here ! Think right now about your favourite writers. How do you feel when you know they have a new book being released? It's usually something like, "HURRY UP, I CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE!" right? And also, think about when one of your super talented blog buddies announces they've got a book coming out soon. That is even more exciting because it's someone you know, someone you may have seen struggling to reach their goal of publication. Someone you've seen go through the rough times, and have finally made it to where they want to be. I can tell you that when Jolene Perry, or Nyrae Dawn announce a book release - I bounce up and down like a crazy person! These two awesome ladies are writers I absolutely adore for their ability to write so natural

Camp NaNo Update, and details

To begin with, I want to say thanks again to Emily for allowing me onto her blog as a blogging mentor! Being interviewed is always fun, and Emily is awesome! So, to Camp NaNo! Four days in and I'm still on track! Well, I will be when I finish today's writing. :D I mentioned a while ago that I was planning to battle boy POV, and I'm doing my best to get through it. However, it is hard, so I decided to turn my NaNo story into dual POV so it will be 50% less difficult! I'm not against cheating to get the work done. :p Just to give you a quick recap on what I'm doing for NaNo: In Game On, I have a young soccer player named Jesse Shaw, and he proved quite popular during the A-Z challenge. So, I decided he needed his own spin-off story! It's set at the end of the soccer season, when Jesse and his best friend go to London. I don't have a proper synopsis yet, but this is my guideline for now Soccer sensation Jesse Shaw literally has the world at his fee