Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Dantonville Legacy - New Covers

This month marks the anniversary of the release of my debut novel, BLOODGIFTED, and the beginning of my urban fantasy, romantic suspense series, The Dantonville Legacy. And, in celebration I decided it was time to update my book covers.
It normally takes about a year to learn whether an initial cover image works or not. Although the original one was beautiful, I felt it didn't representative the story. So I was thrilled when my illustrator, Patti Roberts, came up with a unifying theme that would serve the entire series—all eight to ten books.


I love the way Books 1 and 2—BLOODGIFTED and BLOODPLEDGE—carry the same deep purple shade, which represents the particular lavender colour of the protagonists' eyes. The open door with the streaming light hints at mystery and intrigue, and that's exactly what Dantonville's about.
Even LAURA'S LOCKET, the short story prequel to Bloodgifted, has had a facelift, linking it visually to the rest of the series. I couldn't resist having a pic of the story's anti-hero, Philippe, grace the cover. Some readers have mentioned his resemblance to Westley from The Princess Bride. Well, why not? He was a cutie!
So there we are, the brand new, sparkling Dantonville Legacy book covers.
Let me know what you think …

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Guest Post - Employee of the Month, New Release by Tracey Rogers

Every once in a while I enjoy hosting and helping to promote a fellow writer's work. Today it's contemporary romance author, Tracey Rogers. I've read her books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I'm thrilled to announce her latest release, Employee of the Month.

But I'll let Tracey tell you all about it.

Thank you for hosting me today! Here’s my latest release Employee of the Month.

Blurb
Some rules are made to be broken…

Rule number 1:  No touching
Rule number 2:  No kissing
Rule number 3:  Never, ever, fall in love

 Holly Wilder finds some of those rules pretty difficult to follow during her boss’s visits to present the Employee of the Month award. A relationship between them is prohibited, and even if it wasn’t, Holly has no intention of ever falling in love again. But that doesn’t stop her from craving Max’s touch.

Hotel owner Max Lazzari never expected to break his own rules, especially when they are so important to him. But sexy employee Holly is too hard to resist. Their no-strings, secret arrangement fits in perfectly with his no-commitment plan. A plan to ensure that no woman will ever again have the opportunity to hurt him.

Sizzling nights together mean Holly and Max start looking forward to the monthly visits more and more. Until they are both brought down to earth with a bump—a pregnancy one!

Will rule breaking lead to broken hearts?


Content Warning: contains sensual sex and some strong language

Excerpt
Holly carried a tray holding freshly ground coffee. The plush carpeted corridor absorbed the tension in her legs as she headed to Max Lazzari’s office. Dragging air deep into her lungs, she inhaled the aroma of coffee, allowing it to invigorate her senses.
Must be professional, she reminded her lust-filled brain, though her body’s reactions were refusing to comply.
Balancing the tray on one of her not quite controlled arms, Holly sucked in a breath before knocking on the door.
“Come in.” His deep tone made her tray wobble. She watched with wide eyes as the coffee almost sloshed over the rim of the cup, then watched how the ripples of liquid aftershock mirrored the way her insides felt.
Complete turmoil.
She opened the door and looked at the man with his dark head dipped to the computer screen. “Your coffee, Mr. Lazzari.” The door fell closed behind her. Her brow furrowed when she spotted the full coffee pot plugged into the machine behind him.
His keen green eyes, hooded beneath long lashes, were lifted up at her.
She carried the tray over to set it on the desk. “I believe you wanted to speak to me about an upcoming function. Which function would that be?”
He rose, startling her. Her shaky fingers still gripped the tray, but now her hold whitened her knuckles. The cup rattled.
“This one,” his husky voice said. With a grin he took her chin in his hand and captured her mouth with his. He dropped his hand, bracing both of them on the desk to kiss her more thoroughly, more deeply.
Holly allowed arousal to cascade through her, absorbing the softness and skill of his lips as he teased and swept, offering her the taste she’d been craving. She lifted her hand to thread her fingers through the dark hair at his nape.
God, she’d been waiting for this.
Arching closer, her thighs dug hard into the desk edge. She tilted her head, inviting him deeper. If her darned pencil skirt wasn’t so tight she’d have crawled over the desk by now. She heard a soft groan. Hers.
“Missed me?” Max chuckled as he gave her his now familiar lopsided grin. The one she held in her memory to help her through the weeks.
“I did,” she confirmed, frowning as she mourned the loss of his lips. “There was an extra day in this month.”
She rested her palms over his jaw, covering the dimples in his tanned cheeks. She liked the feel of his smooth, clean shaven skin, the warmth against her needy hands.
“But you broke the rules, Mr. Lazzari. Absolutely no touching at work, remember?”

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Author Bio

Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.
A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave. 

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Inspiring Places Blog Hop - What Inspires Your Creativity?

I've been tagged to take part in an Inspiring Places blog hop by my friend Cate Russell-Cole. It's a fun idea to see what places, images or even moods, inspire us to write.

We all have our favourite places, and mine is the back verandah of my house. In fact, it's a west-facing, enclosed Queenslander which is sunny all day—bliss in winter, but very hot in summer. As long as I keep the windows open and the blinds drawn, the air circulates and I can enjoy sitting there at my desk almost all year round. The light is wonderful, and the fact it faces my backyard makes it the most pleasant room in the house. All I need do is spin my chair around and I have an unhindered view of my garden. That is its best feature.

Compared to some I've seen, my desk is quite humble—a simple glass table I purchased at Officeworks, together with chair and portable wheeled shelving I can move about when needed. As you can see from the pic, it just manages to hold my laptop, the piles of notebooks I've gathered over the years where I scribble my fledgling ideas, plot lines, character genealogies and snippets of dialogue which I don't always use. There's also my trusty and well-used Roget's Thesaurus (which I've had since university), my Oxford Dictionary (is there any other?) and of course, a couple of cork boards where I pin all the essentials—character profiles, covers of my books, and a yearly planner. How else would I be able to remember when I was scheduled for a book blog tour or Facebook event? I plan on getting another table and join them together to double my work space, which probably means I'll add more bits and pieces of paper and add to the clutter. But hey, what's creativity without a mess?
Overseeing all, is my beloved bust of Sherlock Holmes—a gift from my students after our first school excursion to France to visit the battlefields of the First World War. 
Well, there it is—the little space where the Dantonville Legacy series was born.

I'm now passing the baton to my other writer buddies. What's your creative space? What can't you write without? Add the logo, mention who tagged you, and have fun.