Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Show Me How cover reveal!


Get ready to see Anna’s awesome cover for Show Me How!
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One choice can ruin everything…

When a stop at a shady motel puts Brandon Parker face to face with his best friend, Mary, for the first time in over a decade, he almost didn’t believe it. He’d never stopped searching for her, but even a career in law enforcement couldn’t help him find a woman who wanted to stay invisible.

When Mary Benson ran away at eighteen, she did it with good reason. A man was in the hospital because of her, and the people she loved were in danger. She had to leave to keep them safe.
Mary's guilt was her consolation. She’d lived with her decisions and accepted the hand dealt to her. But Brandon was about to shuffle the deck in a way she never expected.

One thing was for sure, he thought she’d be happy to see him… and he’d never been more wrong about anything in his life.


 
 
 
 
Coming May 19th!

 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A new release from Anna Brooks!


 
Guess what’s live from our very own Anna Brooks?
 

 

Sam Monroe is cynical and trusts no one. He lives his life just the way he likes it - no promises and no regrets. All he wants is a willing woman a couple times a week to give him a few moments where there are no painful memories.

Courtney Gallagher is a single mom doing her best at raising her young son. She longs to feel wanted again, to receive the touch of a loving man. Even though her heart is fragile, she has hope there’s someone out there for her and her son.

Courtney rents a place from Sam, and their relationship becomes complicated. Sam is willing to let her in his bed, but not his heart. Courtney feels a pull towards Sam, but learns that trust is definitely something to be earned.

Can she forgive his mistakes? Does he want to be forgiven?

 
 
 
 
Still in black pants and an ugly green polo shirt from work, she doesn’t realize how fucking sexy she is. Her hair falls on her shoulders, and I wonder if it’s as soft as it looks. “I need to leave.”
She says nothing but nods. Her chest heaving with each breath.
“Tell me to leave.”
When she doesn’t answer, I reach out to touch her flowing waves and step closer, losing my battle. “It’s soft. Are there other parts of you just as soft, Courtney?”
I have no control over my body as my hand glides down her shoulder, between her breasts, and down to her stomach. Staring at me with heated eyes, she nods, as my fingers play with the waistband of her pants.
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“Is it really gonna be like this?”
“Like what?” I sit in my chair, back to him, and start twirling pasta.
His arms cage me in from behind and his stubble tickles my cheek. “You acting pissed at me. I told you. I fucking told you that I can't do more. I told you to make me leave, but you didn’t.” He runs his nose behind my ear, and I clench the arms of the chair, forcing myself to stay still. I don’t want him to see how affected I am. “But you didn’t. So we fucked, Courtney. And we could do it again. In fact, I jack off thinking about doing it again. You know where I live if you want a repeat.”


Congratulations, Anna!
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

An Un-cool Crime

One thing we all despise is PLAGIARISM.  For any of you who don’t already know, plagiarism is the duplication of someone else’s work. That means taking another writers work and passing it off as your own. Plagiarism comes in different forms it can be as obvious as actually having the stupidity of taking someone’s writing and copying it word for word into your work, without their permission, or crediting them. Or, there’s another more subtle form that involves taking writing, breaking it down, then rebuilding it by changing the odd word here or there. Maybe restructuring the sentence, but in essence it’s still the fucking same.

As we work together closely, reading each other raw work, we have an intense fear of duplicating each other’s words in some form. Occasionally messages fly between us saying stuff like, “Hey, I just wrote this. I’m not sure if it's similar to something you wrote. Is it?” Invariably the answer is. “No.” We all breathe a sigh of relief and carry on with our writing. The truth is we all have different writing styles so it would be difficult to do. However, it’s usual to worry, especially when you have just written something so beautiful and unique you wonder if you could have written it. You second-guess yourself because someone else must have written it first, right? The first thing that pops into your head is, "One of the girls wrote that."

That is the behavior of honest writers. If we have doubts, we check and double check our work. We all know there’s only so many ways to say, “He walked across the room,” or, “He pulled me in for a kiss.” Shitty examples, but you get the picture. Some stuff will inevitably turn up time and time again in most people's writing, it’s the nature of the beast. We know that too.

But what happens when you come across something so obviously plagiarised it screams at you, “Hey look at me! You’ve seen me before, and you know where?” Or all of a sudden you are reading something and the writing changes for a paragraph, totally out of the author's usual voice. So much so it stares you in the face saying, “Where the hell did I come from?”

That’s not cool. That’s not clever. It’s theft.

People do this sort of thing. Really! We have seen instances of big named authors having whole books plagiarised. I mean OMG, how is that even possible?

I don’t understand it. I can’t get my head around how someone could live with himself or herself for it.

We are writers! We make shit up! We spend hours talking to fictional characters making their world real. We know how to do this. We don’t need to steal other people’s work to make ours better, or just because we are too lazy to imagine the words for ourselves. So if you are that sort of author (term used loosely) then grow a pair and write your own shit.

For the readers out there, the only thing we find as bad as stealing our words, is stealing our work. If it’s for sale, buy it, don’t go and get it free when it’s obviously not a free book. If it were free, it would be listed as such on Amazon, iTunes, etc.


LOL! Sorry. This wasn’t meant to be a rant. I’m still in the middle of writing, so I've not even got anything out in the world, but this subject pisses me off. Can you tell?

I ran this blog post through Grammarly's plagiarism checker. The words highlighted in bold came up as unoriginal text. Guess I need to try harder too! But it gives you an example of day to day sentence structures that will come up over and over and which are hard to avoid.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Story of the Invisible Author...

This is an author fan rave but not quite a book review and mostly just a ramble, and also it’s probably too long, so I apologize in advance.

A long time ago, I was busy browsing Goodreads for my next read. A book took my eye (I forget its name) and I clicked to its page. Then doing something I don’t often do (not until after I’ve read the book at least), I scanned the first few reviews.

Not far down the page, a reviewer had commented that this book reminded them of another book. That piqued my interest, so I searched for the other book mentioned. The blurb of this one hooked me in straight away and I didn’t bother to look at any of the reviews – I tabbed straight to Amazon!

I loved the book! A lot! So naturally, I searched for other books by this author. Yay! There was a second book. I bought it and loved it too!

Maybe you’re a reader like me. When I read a book and love it, when I love the characters, love the setting and wish I didn’t have to leave the story… part of me also decides to love the author. Their words have touched me so much, I want to connect with them in some small way. It doesn’t have to be much, just a point of reference, a snippet of their world. Maybe something telling me how they thought up the story idea. Some tiny personal thing like whether they write during quiet moments at work or at night on the kitchen table. That kind of thing. Sometimes I just want to say a big thank you for giving the world such a terrific book! 

But most of all, I want to know if they have another book in the works and when I can possibly get my hands on it!

Since this author had nothing on her page at Goodreads, nor on Amazon, off I went to Google. Guess what I found? Nothing. No website, no blog, no facebook, not even a twitter account. For all intents and purposes, this author was invisible.

Fast forward two years, and I’d never forgotten about this author. This is kind of a big deal, because I’m the person who instantly forgets people’s names. So let me stop for a moment and tell you why she has stuck in my mind.

By about page three of each book, I’ve started laughing. Out loud. This is a rarity for me. But each of her books has had me laughing those laughs that make my family look at me like I’ve lost my mind. Sometimes I can’t stop laughing. The characters are flawed in such an endearing way I can’t help but love them and be cheering for them. Which sometimes makes me cry as well. And even the minor characters are beautifully drawn. And not that there’s a lot of sex, but the sexual tension – oh hell yes! – burns the page!

But, back to my story. Because a couple of years had gone by, I’d almost lost hope. Then, a few days ago, while I was procrastinating, I had another look, and I got a huge surprise! There, on Amazon, was a new book! It’s been live for about a month and I missed the release!  After being out only a month, the book has already received 43 five-star reviews on Goodreads! 

Obviously there are fans out there, but it seems we’re mostly invisible, too. Which makes me wonder…

How many readers would’ve subscribed to a newsletter and been ready to pre-order or 1-click the new book?


How many readers would be buzzing about the book if they’d seen it on a review blog?

How many readers weren’t as determined as me and gave up?

At the bottom of the author’s Amazon page, are some links to an Amazon forum where she’s mentioned a few times, and this is about all I found in my searches.

One is titled: how can a fan get in touch w. Nicole Christie??

Another is titled: Nicole get a web page already you have fans

 

Which kind of says it all. Nicole Christie may have a multitude of fans, but we have nowhere to go.

 

There are lots of valid reasons why Nicole might not be accessible. I couldn’t even begin to suppose what they are and I’m in no way judging. 


 

Nicole, if you’re out there and read this, I want you to know I’m a huge fan. I adored Violet, and I’d love to read more about Juliet, Johnny and the mysterious Dean! I’m about third of the way through Celeb Crush and I'm in love with Luke and Andi. I literally had to force myself to stop reading and put the book down so I could write this post!

 

But please Nicole, get a website or blog or facebook (or email me!) or anything so I can stalk you better!

 

And other authors who might be wondering if having a social media presence is even worth the hassle? Let me assure you, from a purely (selfish) reader perspective, it is!

 

For anyone interested —  and who wouldn't be, after my rave? — I highly recommend Nicole Christie’s books:

 

CELEB CRUSH - 2015
 

SLOW BURN - 2013

Falling for the Ghost of You - 2012