Sunday, 22 December 2013

I Want to Wish Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone the very best Christmas. I have had so many blessings this past year. I made my dream of being a published author a reality and I have made countless new friends in the bargain. I have been tremendously blessed.
I want to thank everyone I've connected with this year, most especially my very good friend Peggy L Henderson. You've been the best inspiration and friend I could have ever asked for. I have made many other good friends too this year. You've all been wonderful and I feel privileged to know each and every one of you.
I also want to thank every person that has bought, read, and enjoyed my books. You are very dear to me and are the reason I write every day. Thank you all for making 2013 a year I will never forget for all the right reasons.
May the love you feel at this special time of year be with you all the year through. For it truly is kindness and love that makes the world a better place. Merry Christmas!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas Sale Kindle Countdown Continues!

Christmas sale image courtesy of Simon Howden at

Christmas Sale continues on Both The Fairy Tale Match books are now at 34% off. Just $1.99 each. Download your copies today before the normal sale price returns on 19th Dec. I wish you very happy Christmas Reading!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Virtual Ebook Fair - This weekend!

I am really excited to be joining this incredible event this coming weekend. There will be lots of books on sale, giveaways and great excerpts to whet your appetite. So join us for a fantastic weekend. I look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Guest Author - Lori Ramsey

LA Ramsey enjoys writing about her faith in novels from her home with her husband and six children.  Priceless was 19 years in the making.  This is her second novel.  Her first novel is Sunny Beam - The Holy Lion, a Christian romance, available on Amazon. 
Find Lori at:  LA Ramsey, Facebook , Pinterest, and Twitter.

Have you ever wondered if there was any sin that God's grace doesn't cover?  Does a person live who has fallen so deeply in the mire of sin that even God's love and mercy can't reach?  Even when all hope seems lost and you think life is no longer worth living, God's love shines through...somehow...

He works in mysterious ways, even when we make the conscious choice to deny Him.  He wishes for no one to be lost.  No one...

Priceless - Love's True Worth is such a story, a coming of age romance about a young girl faced with almost more than she can handle.  Her life leads her to ill choices that lead her down a dark and unworthy path...until she meets him...until he introduces her to the One who can reach down and save her.  The question remains, will she accept it?  Will she change her ways?

From the back cover...

Of what value is a life?  For some the cost of companionship is a few dollars while to others the cost is a lifetime of commitment to another.  Annequin’s life in Shady Grove begins simply enough, a caricature of the early lives of many young girls who find themselves the victims of circumstance.  Loss and a lack of deep caring in her home eventually drive this beautiful young woman away from her difficult home life to another life that she believes will be her way to happiness.  As far too many in Annequin’s position discover, the road chosen is sometimes paved with pain and disappointment.  With time and the testing of a young heart and soul, the woman from Shady Grove learns the true meaning of love and grace given by others.
Why I Wrote Priceless
I wrote this novel wanting to show that not everyone starts on a pristine path to his or her Christian walk.  Some people may have unfortunate circumstances that leads them down the dark paths of sin and then choose to turn their back on the One who can redeem them.  In Priceless, I show that no matter how dark the night may be, God's light can find a way.
Priceless is available as a digital download on Amazon Kindle, Nook, SmashWords, and soon on Kobo, iTunes, and Sony.  Priceless is available on Amazon as paperback too.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Story Teaser - Shadow of Suspicion

Adoption is an incredible gift that anyone can give to a child who doesn't have a family to look after them for whatever reason. For a child, it can be a huge relief to be away from a situation that was no good for them, but what of the child that was adopted from birth and has no idea who their biological family are and why they were given up. It can leave them with so many questions and the sense that there is something significant missing for them.
This is the situation that faces the heroine for the second book in my Haunted by the Past series. She has the chance to meet her real mother and find out the answers to the questions that have burned for her since she was old enough to understand what being adopted really meant. She travels to Devon to take the opportunity to get to know the woman that gave birth to her, but she's in for a nasty surprise when she gets there!
Of course, there is a lot more to the story than meets the eye, including a mysterious ghostly child that suddenly keeps appearing to the heroine, who finds herself tossed into a life and death situation she didn't expect.
I am really enjoying exploring this concept. The characters are just leaping off the page for me. I will be posting a teaser excerpt in the next two or three weeks, so keep your eyes open!
Happy Reading!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Guest Author - Anastasia V. Pergakis

 Anastasia V. Pergakis lives in Columbus, Georgia, with her husband and son. Anastasia started writing at a very young age with cute poems and funny stories. (You know, those little diddies about the apple tree in the front yard.) She did not start writing novels until the age of sixteen. At the time, romance and mystery were her favorite things and so she sat down to write an epic tale of love and crime. Oh, so she thought! Her first attempt has been shelved, collecting dust until the time is right to unveil the horror and fix the ugly work of “art”. Since then, novels have become almost an obsession. With almost sixteen novels in the works, she definitely has her hands full with an overactive muse.
Along with novels, Anastasia also writes dark or funny poetry, the occasional twisted or humorous short story, scripts, articles, and a few blogs.
As you can see, Anastasia has a great love for writing in all forms and shapes and sizes. Her other passions are reading, reviewing, web design, cover art design, and playing games with her son.


Complete the mission, no matter what…
Captain Derac Vidor protects everything he cherishes with a vow and his sword. After twenty years of service, Derac and his team are betrayed with deadly consequences. Evidence points to someone on the inside.
Treason is only the beginning…
No place is safe when a trifocal conspiracy is uncovered. The team must hold out long enough to discover the truth in a web of deceit, fear, and hatred. Time is running out and their allies can only help so much.
The past holds the key…
Clouded memories and forgotten truths hold the answer to saving the team. Can Derac face the gruesome nightmare in time?
A grudge can only wait for so long…

The blonde in blue floated her way to Rakan and sat down in his lap with a giggle. Jardel got a bouncy brunette to land in his lap. Derac was not paying attention and the other blonde in red planted herself on his knees. His head snapped up to look at her.
"Long journey, Warrior?" she purred.
Derac set his face in a grim line. He put his hands on her waist, picked her up and put her on her feet. "I'm not interested, but thank you for the offer."
She pouted and slowly walked away, swinging her hips. Derac sighed and returned to looking at the ceiling.
"That was not very nice," Vivian pouted from Tyn's lap. "You could have at least talked to her."
Derac growled. "Look, while I'm flattered that she would choose me, I am not in the mood, all right?"
"How can you not be in the mood?" Vivian said. She didn’t hide her offense at his words. "Making love is the best thing in the world." She leaned her head back and laughed. Tyn planted a kiss on her collar bone. She giggled and looked at Derac daring him to prove her wrong.
Derac leaned his elbows on his knees and put on his best charming smile. "Why would I pay a woman to be with me when I could have a warrior elf with the perfect body?" He turned his head and winked at Kie. She played along and winked back at him.
"Oh! How sinfully nice!" Vivian laughed.
Aeli looked at Kie in shock. Derac put his hands behind his head and reclined in the chair again, a smug look on his face. Tyn laughed with Vivian but Jardel and Rakan were too distracted by the girls in their laps to pay attention.
"Well, let me show you to your rooms then," Vivian said with a giggle.
She stood and took Tyn's hand and led him through the silk curtains hanging across the doorway. The group picked up their packs and followed them down the hall lined with doors covered in silk to give the appearance of having no doors at all.
Vivian opened the door to one room and Jardel and his girl fell into it with a laugh. Derac growled under his breath. The room across the hall became occupied by Rakan and his blonde.
At the next door, Vivian turned to Aeli. "I can get a man for you if you like," she smiled.
Aeli smiled. "No thanks. I'm much too tired, and I fear he would be disappointed."
As she closed the door to her room, Derac caught her rolling her eyes. He held back a smirk as they continued down the hall. She opened another door and waved her hand dramatically to both Kie and Derac.
Kie opened her mouth to protest but Derac shoved her into the room. He flashed a grin to Vivian and Tyn and kicked the door shut.
"What are you doing?" Kie whispered in a harsh tone.
He held up his hands to stop her. "I just wanted to get away from that Vivian woman. If you had protested, it would have taken longer that I would have had to deal with her."
Kie crossed her arms over her chest. "That's not the point! The whole team will know we are in the same room - in a brothel!"
"What is the problem with that? We've shared rooms before." He grinned wickedly. "We've even snuggled on the floor of a cave remember?"
Kie huffed and flopped down in the velvet covered chair in the corner. Derac cast his gaze around the room and curled his nose. Silk sheets on the four post bed. Silk on the wall. Shag red carpet and velvet seat cushions.
A knock sounded and Derac swung the door open in a wild fashion.
Tyn’s eyes winkled at the corners with his large grin. "I told Vivian you two would need extra blankets. So you can make an extra bed. There are gowns in the wardrobe if you want."
"Thank you," Derac took them and shut the door again.
"At least Tyn is thinking rationally," Kie muttered. She went over to the wardrobe and swung open the doors. "Gowns? Is he serious?" She pulled out a paper thin cotton shift with no sleeves. The low cut collar and see through material made Kie gasp in shock.
Derac smirked. "I bet it's comfortable."
Kie rolled her eyes and put it back into the wardrobe. She dug around and found a cotton gown not quite so transparent.
"I guess this will have to do. I am sick of sleeping in my uniform."
"Me too but I doubt there are sleeping clothes in there for me."
"Then wear nothing. Maybe then that blonde could have an easier time of getting you in the mood." She titled her head back, the maniacal laugh bubbling from her throat.
“I told you, why pay a woman to be with me when I can have an elf with the perfect body?”
“Oh? You think I’d just bend to your advances, hmm?”
He smirked. “I know you would.”
Three long strides carried him across the room. He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her against him.
“I’ve proved my point. Look at how your breath hitches and your heart beats faster.”
“Th…that’s because you startled me.”
He chuckled deep in his chest.
“Let’s talk about you then,” she said. “How your grip tightens on my waist when I try to pull away and your own heart is thundering in your chest. Or how you can’t stop looking into my eyes whenever we gaze at each other. Or how badly you want to kiss me right now.”
“Do you want me to kiss you?” he said, his voice husky and deep.
She swallowed hard. “Yes,” she whispered.
Derac didn’t hesitate and captured her lips with his. The voice in his head telling him he shouldn’t kiss her was silent. The softness of her mouth drowned out all other thoughts in his head.
Her lips parted in invitation. His tongue traced the lines of her lips before plunging into her mouth. Her vanilla scent filled his nose, and he inhaled it deeply. She rose up on her toes, her body pressing closer to his. His arms tightened around her. Derac’s hand roamed up her back and then gripped the back of her neck.
His mind cleared, the only thoughts were how she molded perfectly to him and the feel of her soft mouth.
Derac nipped at her bottom lip. “See? You can’t resist me,” he murmured.
“Hmm, more like you can’t resist me. I’m the elf with the perfect body, remember?"
“Honestly, I really can’t tell with your uniform on.”
“Is that an order to remove my clothes, Centurio?” she whispered.
A growl rumbled deep in his throat. “Would you defy the order?”
She smiled. “I might.” 


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Quote for the Week!

I love this quote. In every book I write, the romance at the heart of it is true love. I am a great believer in true love and waiting for that special person. When you find them, there can never be another because nobody connects with you and completes you in the same way.
If you haven't found your true love yet, keep searching. It is always worth the wait and it is always worth fighting for! Have a great week.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Quote for the Week

I love this quote. I was lucky enough to be one of those who found her fairy tale prince and married him! Probably one of the reasons why I write a series called the Fairy Tale Match. It's funny, I was planning on writing the second book in the Haunted by the Past series, when Phoenix Rising sprang up in my head and heart strongly. Flo and Lotta (plus some keen readers!) have requested that Rhys have his story told. So, I'm working hard on writing his story right now. I have already designed the cover and it's to die for. I can't wait to share the art work on this new book, but I will restrain myself. I have a long way to go before the story is complete and ready for publishing.
Have a great week everyone. If you haven't found your prince charming yet, don't give up! He'll be there when you least expect it and will be well worth the wait.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Guest Author - Charlene Raddon

Charlene began her writing life at an early age, often penning stories where she cast herself as the heroine. It was after college when she dug out her old college typewriter and started her first novel, which came from a spirited dream she'd had the pervious night.

While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene's western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).

Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene's first paranormal romance.

Divine Gamble is Charlene's latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages contest.

When Charlene isn't writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness.


Deserted by her father at the tender age of seven, Jenna Leigh-Whittington had taught herself to ride, shoot, brawl…and steer clear of the opposite sex. But now, in a lonely Utah canyon, the Pinkerton agent has drawn her gun on a rugged stranger—only to discover that, far from the dangerous outlaw she’d been tracking, he is Branch McCauley, hired gun…and the most irresistible rascal ever to tempt and torment a woman!


If there’s one thing McCauley trusts less than a female, it’s a female who packs a six-gun. But what a woman! Vowing to bring the sensuous hellcat to heel, McCauley has no inkling that their passionate battle of wills has just begun. Taming Jenna will be the most seductive—and satisfying—job he’s ever taken on.


Jenna scowled as she studied the man by the flickering glare of his campfire. He had the right build and appeared close to thirty, Mendoza's age. But something didn't fit.
The Denver police chief had described her quarry as a spoiled aristocrat, too busy wooing Lady Luck and every other female to be much of a train robber, let alone a killer. But the rogue in front of Jenna looked too lean and hard to be spoiled, too wary and aloof to be a ladies' man.
To Jenna he seemed the perfect gunslinger: cold, tough, and ready to spring. Like a big yellow cougar perched on a ledge. Or a rattler, tightly coiled. Either way, his bite would be deadly.
In spite of the cool night breeze, sweat oozed from her pores. She couldn't forget that lightning draw. Why had she come here? How had she expected to take an outlaw Pinkerton's other agents had failed to bring in? No, she refused to think that way. She was every bit as capable as any man to capture Mendoza. She had to believe that, the same way she had to do what she'd set out to do. Only one question remained: Was this Mendoza or not?
"Who are you, mister?"
"Who am I? Hell, who are you? "
Blast! Did no male exist in this empty wilderness who wasn't so taken with himself that he couldn't cooperate for a change?
She took a calming breath. A body could catch more flies with honey than vinegar, old Charley Long Bow used to say. Jenna figured flies might fancy the hairy creature facing her, so she decided to try being friendly. "Listen, I smelled your coffee and hoped you might spare a cup, is all. You can understand me being a mite leery of walking into a stranger's camp without knowing who I'm hooking up with."
Firelight glinted on the man's straight white teeth as his whiskers parted in a cold smile. "Don't recall inviting company, but I'll play your game. Name's Branch McCauley. Now it's your turn."
His smile unnerved her. It held no humor, only a lethal sort of grimness that cannoned her stomach into her throat and made her wish she'd wired William Pinkerton for instructions instead of going off half-cocked this way. "I'm Jim...Jim White," she lied.
"All right, Jim, how about some honesty? You come here looking for me?"
"I'm not looking for anyone named Branch McCauley. If that's who you are, you've nothing to worry about."
The wide, innocent eyes McCauley studied held honesty. He relaxed. "In that glad to pour you some coffee." He reached for the battered graniteware pot. His visitor's next words froze him in a half-stoop: "I'd feel more welcome if you'd set aside your gun first."
Cool as Montana sleet, McCauley straightened, hand poised above his holster. "Reckon you would. Wouldn't do much for my sense of well-being, though."
So much for trying to be friendly, Jenna thought. What now? She clenched her knees together to still their shaking and swallowed the fear knotted in her throat.
"Look." McCauley shifted his weight to one leg. "Why don't you put your gun away and have a sit? Could be I might know something about the hombre you're hunting.
Hombre. Sounded Spanish. Like Mendoza. It must be him. She had to get his gun away from him. Surprise seemed the best means. She squeezed the trigger of the .44 Starr. The bullet kicked dirt onto the man's scuffed boots. He jumped and let out a yelp as though she'd set his feet afire.
"Dammit, kid, going up against me won't get you anything but a six-foot hole in the ground."
"Shut up and toss over your gun or I'll turn them boots into sieves. 'Course, my sights might be a bit off." She raised the muzzle toward his groin.
"You made your point," he growled as he unbuckled his gun belt and tossed it over.
Instead of the fancy weapon she had expected a gunslinger to own, an ordinary, six-gun lay at her feet. No ivory handle or engraved barrel. Only an ordinary .44 Peacemaker, crafted and worn for one reason—to kill. The thought did funny things to her innards.
"All right," she said, getting back to business. "You aren't going to like this, mister, but I don't know any other way to be sure who you are. Drop them trousers to your ankles."
"Do what?"

Book Trailer:



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Check Out my Interviews Online!

I have been lucky enough to be interviewed by two fantastic sites this week. Check out the links below to read the interviews. There is also a new excerpt from my book, Hidden in Shadows, that has never been posted on my blog before.

I feel very honoured to have been hosted by two such wonderful authors and thank them both very much for their time and effort.

Peggy L Henderson:

Rhosandra Simone:

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Great BIG Holiday Book Preview Event

I am really happy to be joining the 2013 Great Big Holiday Book Preview event hosted by Robert Stanek. It is now open and many great authors are posting their books for your enjoyment. There is a lot of talent joining the event and you're sure to find something to suit all tastes.
If you would like to join the event and maybe find some great new Indie Authors, please go to

It's a great event and I'll look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Quote for the Week!

Sorry there has been a week in-between quotes. I was working flat out last weekend with publishing my book etc. Anyway, here is my quote for the week. It's really apt for me right now. I feel like I have achieved so much with my last book. I not only wrote and formatted the book this time, but I also designed and made the cover and I even did my own book trailer. I loved it! Hidden in Shadows has been my creation right down to every little part of it. I can't say how incredible that feels.
If you have a dream, go for making it a reality. Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you can't do it. You can put your mind to achieve anything you want. I did and I couldn't be happier with the results! Have a great week.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Hidden in Shadows Book Trailer

I am really happy to share the book trailer for my latest release. I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hidden in Shadows Now Released onto Amazon Kindle!

I am so happy to announce that my new book, Hidden in Shadows is now available on Amazon Kindle and will be available in print form in the next few days.
This book has been a huge labour of love and a real enjoyment for me to write. I loved my main characters, Jenna and Kyle. It is really hard to leave them! I also fell in love with some of my supporting characters. I truly hope you enjoy reading this book.
It took a lot more time and effort to figure things out with this storyline, as it is my first mystery. Happy Reading!
Here is the synopsis for the story:
When she buys an old Georgian house, Jenna Mansfield thinks it’s the answer to all her prayers. She can start afresh away from her over protective family and the tragedy that led her to a nervous breakdown several years before. Ignoring the house’s reputation for being haunted, Jenna moves to Cornwall with high hopes for her future. The sexy builder she hires to renovate her new home captures her interest, but when strange events start taking place around her and rumours reach her ears, she is left wondering if her builder is harbouring a secret.
Kyle Tanner is furious when the house he wanted to buy and renovate to further his small building firm, slips through his fingers for the second time. He doesn’t expect the new owner to be interested in taking him on for the work, but she surprises him in more ways than one. Deeply attracted to his new employer, Kyle fights hard against the unwanted feelings she stirs in him and then the trouble begins.
Kyle and Jenna find themselves swept up in the mystery that surrounds Millington House and its ghostly residents. The past won’t stay silent and someone with a deadly secret lurks in the shadows. As events unfold, Jenna finds herself the target of a crazed killer. Can they uncover the truth before time runs out or will the past be forever hidden in shadows?

Friday, 25 October 2013

Guest Author - Renee Novelle

Author Bio: Renee' Novelle is preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.
As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.
Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.
In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love - fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal fiction, contemporary women's fiction, chick lit, and new adult.
Though she received her Bachelor's of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She's an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes "no" as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life's problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you meant to be.


Book #1 in the Discovered Series

An investigative journalist gets an unlikely tip from a mysterious informant. Dismissing it as impossible, she disregards the information and drops the story. Until the informant turns up dead, as predicted. 
Plunged into the murky waters of a seedy underground prostitution ring, this psychological thriller provides twist upon dark twist in a story that would ultimately pin the church and several government officials in the largest murder cover-up the city has ever witnessed. 
But is it true, or has the journalist merely been used as a pawn in a greater scheme? And how many people is she willing to sacrifice trying to figure it out?


Impatience took over and Ana couldn’t resist any longer. She turned her head to glance at the alarm clock. 5:03am. Exactly three minutes after the last time she’d checked. Pressing her fingers against her eyes, she released a long, loud sigh.
At that point, it had been over an hour that she’d been lying there, tossing around in her thoughts, urging her body to slip back into sleep. She’d tried to read a book, but hadn’t been able to focus enough to stay in the pages. Watching television hadn’t proven any better of a deterrent either. All that was left was to lay there in her silence – thinking, wondering, planning...willing hers eyes to just get even a little bit sleepy again. But she had no such luck
It frustrated her to the core that Mara and her insinuation of a good story had affected her like that. It’d been years since she’d become so intrigued she’d actually lost sleep over it. Never mind the threat of reassignment looming in the background as well.
Fuck it, Ana thought as she whipped off the sheets from her silk clad body. Might as well make use of the morning. Landing her feet on the floor, she made quick time of pulling her long hair into a braid and splashing some water on her face. Next she pulled on her sweatpants, then headed to the gym to work out her inner thoughts. 
When she arrived at the little facility her building provided, a quick look around confirmed she was the only one there. Just as she’d hoped, and exactly how she liked it to be. Smiling in satisfaction, she flipped on the television that was perched on the wall, and turned up the music on her iPod as loud as she could handle it. The multiple distractions would help her get through the extra mile she was planning to conquer. With chilled water bottle in place, she cranked up the treadmill to a nice brisk pace.
As her breathing picked up speed and her muscles began to warm, Ana’s eye caught a red flash along the bottom of the screen. Breaking News filled the bar, and the too-chipper-for-their-own-good reporters were suddenly getting serious. Since the volume was still muted, Ana couldn’t understand exactly what was going on, only that they were showing the wide stretch of river that ran along the outskirts of the city. She wiped the first beads of sweat from her brow, and used the remote to turn the volume of the television higher while simultaneously adjusting her music.
As the reporters spoke, home-video footage of something floating in the water rolled before her eyes. The camera zoomed in, the frame ever so shaky, and it became clearly apparent that the “something” was a person - face down with long brown hair spread out like a Catholic halo. It appeared another victim had been pulled out of the water; the count was quickly tallying up. A young woman this time, and possibly one who had gone missing the night before.
Ana’s pulse skipped a few beats as they replayed the video over and over. There was something familiar about the long, lean body. Slowing the treadmill to a stop, she ripped the ear buds from her head to give the segment her entire attention. appears at first glance that the victim suffered from a deep cut to the throat, and received multiple stab wounds to the chest...
The beads of accumulated sweat turned cold on Ana’s brow. She immediately reached for her phone and dialed Kylie’s number.
“What the hell, Ana?” Came her friend’s groggy voice.
“Turn your TV on. Channel four. Hurry.” Ana said, eyes transfixed to the screen in front of her. “Recognize that face?”
...It’s thought the victim may be one of the young girls recently reported missing. The screen flashed candids of three possible women. All brunettes. All tall and thin. All roughly the same age. Among them was a photo of Mara, just as Ana had expected there would be.
But the body was too bloated and disfigured to be absolutely certain, and an autopsy would be needed.
... The body will be taken in for processing where officials hope to shed more light on the case in the near future. In the mean time, they’re cautioning residents to avoid....
“Did you see that?” Ana’s voice escaped in more of a demand than a question. “Please tell me I’m seeing things.”
“Oh my god...” Kylie whispered into the receiver, confirming the dread that was building in Ana’s stomach. “Do you really think it’s her?”
“I know for a fact it is.” Ana declared, the pull in her gut getting stronger by the minute. “The autopsy will confirm it.”
“So, what does this mean exactly now?”
“That maybe I should have been listening a little closer when I was talking to Mara.” She said with regret as she swiped her forehead with the back of her hand. “And maybe I should have asked more questions. There’s a story here, I’m sure of it now.”
“What are you going to do?” Kylie’s voice was decidedly more alert now.
Ana shook her head. “I have no idea.”
Though if she were to be truthful with herself in that moment, she’d already made up her mind. Ana flipped off the television, and left the little gym to get started.
For more information, to view pictures, read blog posts and see the upcoming release schedule, please visit the website at

Monday, 21 October 2013

Guest Author - Roshandra Simone

I am really pleased to interview Roshandra Simone as my guest author.

When did you start writing?

Seriously 2008, but i have naturally written all my Life.

 What’s the story behind your latest book?  

Alchemy is about two souls meeting due to a pathway that is similar.  Paths crossing so that something greater can occur that also is about love and karma to ‘meet’.  It is about the transmutation into the Alchemical changes of ‘gold’.  How ‘energies’ in one’s own aura reflects this chemical transformation of the spirit into the divine ethers.  She approaches this for enlightenment her thesis.  He approaches Alchemy for his escape into immortality. 
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

When a ‘reader’ contacts me, when a book sells, when i know someone is actually reading my words and when the reader and i talk about the characters and the story.  I love that sharing.

What are you working on next?

Gothic Gates which i just launched the Short Story for Halloween for this series. 

Who are your favourite authors?

Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Keats, and Louisa May Alcott.  Toilken, R R Martin, Phillip Pullman ( The Golden Compass series) and C.S.Lewis.    I miss read this...i wrote this first LOL...I thought you asked me what are my Favourite book characters i wrote so far....So far in two books.  Novella Alleandrea, his Beloved is my Venus on a Half Shell.  I love this character, her world, mind and how her visions mixed with her feelings and her dreams are leading her to her Beloved.  The other character i just love is Dante’, a contemporary Goth that is Immortal that is in a world of the secret groups globally.  This character as i work with him further is so complex, dark light layered and of course in a Goth work which he has as his business franchise.   

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I love art, theatre, reading other new authors, meditation, walking in nature, listening to classic music or jazz and horseback riding.  I love the Sacred mountains like Mt. Shasta draws me or the quiet forest with rivers or the ocean beach.

How do you approach cover design for your books?

Art and Character drives this.  I find or ‘buy’ an image that speaks to me or inspires me to be a visual doorway into the book story.  Now i do my covers immediately after the inspiration comes to me.  I feel my Book covers then ‘hold the idea’ of the inspiration and i am then ready to fill it with the writing.  I love designing the covers.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in Chicago.  Church, Catholic grade school art was iconic and huge for me.  I also listened to Latin in the mass.  Even my penmenship was influence with a feeling of ‘writing’ and calligraphy.  Most of that really seemed to trigger my gifts of writing, articulation, and the ‘other worlds’.  Spiritual environments that are quiet or nature gave me this influence of the inner connection to the world of writing I would say.  I also day dreamed a lot so that was all part of it as well.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I did a drama play in the backyard of my neighbourhood.  It was actually a young version of Taming of the Shrew.  It turned into a Punch and Judy puppet show.

What is your writing process?

Inspiration comes to me first of an idea or a character.  I then open up my lap top to let whatever that is ‘flow’.  I don’t think when i write and it sort of just comes in as a download.  I also put aside two periods a day for my alone time to follow up on new ideas or further current projects.  Two hours two times a day.  That does not count edit for completion of a book or blogging on it.

What do you read for pleasure?

The classics often, poetry, fairy tale myths with new twists, any kind of love story, mysteries, fan fiction, spiritual fiction/fantasy and historical nonfiction.  I also will get into reading up on a real historical character or spiritual / political leader.  Famous past artists, art periods, architecture and cathedral history also moves me into knowing them along with the complexity of the interchanging relationships of environment with persons.

 How much research goes into your books, and how do you tackle that?

I find myself doing research when i need to place my fictional characters into a location.  I always use real architectural buildings, will look up lay out floor plans for accuracy of my characters moving through a structure and i also look to the history of the period.  I research deeply into a background additional story for the reader.  I feel this makes my stories more ‘real’ and the reader can experience information that is factual.

Tell us a little about your writing style?

My writing style is highly romantic.  People say i write like an author of another time?  I also am writing with a distinct style that seems to trigger visions or energy for the reader.  People say it is very much of a magical feel and enchantment.  I would agree, this is how i feel when i am in my writing flow.  Do you plan and plot your stories, or do you just start writing them?  I never plan or write out a plot.  I allow it to guide me along with a key character.  I have had one character that came in a chapter of a previous book that just took me into ‘his story’.  That is my Book V and the Alleandrea novella.  I truly just let the ‘writing take over me’ with its flow along with how it makes me feel.   I trust that.  So far it has worked perfectly along with my enthusiasm as i ‘write’ i am too on the ride with the story.  I discover it as i flow with it.

 Have you ever had writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

Not really but editing block for sure.  I have had moments where it is a very emotionally draining story; i do have to step away from it to let it sit.  When i am feeling clear, I can be more the ‘observer’ to the process of character. 

Describe a favourite scene in your current novel? 

The Costes Boutique Hotel, where Astin takes Alexia for lunch on a rainy afternoon in Paris.  The hotel is original from the `1600’s in Paris, and it is reportedly a ‘vampire’ hang out with a lot of ghosts, movie media folks now, and very avant-garde clientele.  They go to enjoy lunch; they stay for an afternoon delight.  He orders three dozen assorted shades of red roses for her.  They are extremely spontaneous and playful.  They are exploring ‘trust’ now and a ‘red silk cord’.  She wears it out of the hotel the next day as a belt on her honey beige silk camisole as he smiles at her ingenuity.  I loved writing those three chapters on their intimacy and trust. ( I am not into bondage but this wrote in such a wonderful visual along with a playfulness between them) What is the best comment you ever received from a reader?   One reader told me she loved how i ‘wrote, how i described my characters lives and details.  She added that she loved my books so much it was opening up ‘visions’ for her so much she could feel the weather in the books.  She told me she would be buying ever book i write.  That made my day for an entire week.   The worst or weirdest? Lol, on fan fiction, i got slammed, omg.  She was so upset that i had the character with two females while she wanted him to be with the original one.  I got slammed with her anger, point of view and the way she wanted me to write what the story was.  I smiled a lot after reader how passionately she felt.  LOL   Oh, one other reader on fan fiction, said my synopsis sucked?  I wrote her back to dialogue which turned into a very nasty but interesting interaction.  So far in the book world it is going well on my readers, but in fan fiction i had a few bumps.  All part of learning about who is reading you and why.

What else do you have in store for your readers?

Le Club, a series of 4 Ace Cards that are light dark underworld fantasy love test series.  Including the Oracle’ is part of that.  I also have my original four books that is called, Of Her Journey, that is my leaving my marriage when a vision came to me in Spain.  I put this series then into a fictional character being guided to begin her spiritual journey and from Spain to New Orleans.  I liked this a lot.  I want to publish this too.

 How did you come up with the hero and heroine for your latest book?

I wanted to do a book on Alchemy. For some reason the male character seemed to be pronounced as he was in Paris exploring the secret energy doorways of the past Alchemist Nicolas Flamel from the 1400’s.   It began with a clear vision of his sitting in a dark shadow of the cafe awning as a weather front came in. He sat there observing this female in the evening dash between traffic coming to the shelter of this cafe.  He was hidden in the shadows there quietly observing her.  I realized as i wrote the opening first chapter the stage was set for their mutual paths crossing along with a love romance neither planned for.  Part of the journey along with the mystery of the events they would go through.  

Why are your hero and heroine perfect for each other?

Great question.  First because they are the same but different sides of one gold coin.  She is very much into her visions, her intuitive side while he is mysterious drawn back into his own shadow side as a way he functions with occult areas.  He also was not expecting her to fall into his hands or life.  She is extremely independent as well, but on her quest.  He is sensitive, well mannered, intellectually well educated, she is extremely bright, spontaneous, free-spirited, but grounded.  They are very well suited but different along with learning how to exchange, balance but be who each are, which is whole unto themselves. 

Do you plan several books ahead or do you work on one book at a time? 

I work on a variety of projects while also going into fan fiction at times.  Right now i have three main works in process.  Ideas come to me when i drive too on how to expand the book series.  I let my heart guide me though.  I can only write what inspires me and i feel in love with along with enthusiastic. 

I would like to thank Roshandra for doing this interview with me. Please see below for details of her book and links.

An Adventure Love series of ALCHEMY is about the GOLD that is activated within a person on a path of Enlightenment. The occult pathway was 'his' path to escape his family connections. He was working with Alchemy. She came to Paris to work on research for her PhD thesis on Alchemy as a Pathway of Enlightenment and spiritual growth. This mystery of the old 'Alchemists, Art, Ley Lines, and Secrets guided both of them. The Golden Ring is the first of the series and ALL THAT GLITTERS is not GOLD and all that GLISTENS is the GOLD WITHIN. This Love Story opens a Love story neither expected but that ALCHEMY of their karma brought them together. They both make discoveries from different angles and a romance love story unfolding. Roshandra warmly writing on

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