Lizzie’s writing news.

Some Wednesday smiles for you all.

I’ve been writing my first young adult (YA) book this week. I’m just about 3k words into it and am still adding the structure. It’s quite a deep story about how a family cope with a child that has ongoing health problems. My own child has serious contact allergies and although this is completely different from the basis of my story, I can already feel myself becoming emotional about how they all feel and what they do to cope. That said, we need more smiles in the world, so here are a few jokes to brighten your day.

Have a great day everyone.

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So true!

Kirsten Hesketh. Top Author Of The Week.

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It’s my pleasure to showcase the work of author, Kirsten Hesketh, today. Kirsten has a background in advertising and now runs her own consultancy specialising in psychological interviewing and focus groups. Over the past 25 years, she has interviewed the Great British public on everything from Rolos to razors.

Married with a teenage son, daughter and two exceptionally fluffy moggies, Kirsten is also a keen amateur archaeologist and loves to spend her weekends hacking through the mud on a local Roman dig. She is also a staunch supporter of Wycombe Wanderers – especially when they are winning!

You can find Kirsten on Twitter – @Kirsten_Hesketh

You can buy Kirsten’s beautiful book here: Amazon link.

Helen Matthews. Top Author of The Week.

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I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s top author post. I’m joined by Helen Matthews! Helen writes page-turning psychological suspense novels and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her first novel, suspense thriller After Leaving the Village, won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival, and was followed by Lies Behind the Ruin, domestic noir set in France, published by Hashtag Press. Her third novel Façade will be published by Darkstroke in late summer 2020, which is an imprint of Crooked Cat Books.

Born in Cardiff, Helen read English at the University of Liverpool and worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management. She fled corporate life to work freelance while studying for a Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Her stories and flash fiction have been shortlisted and published by Flash 500, 1000K Story, Reflex Press, Artificium and Love Sunday magazine.She is a keen cyclist, covering long distances if there aren’t any hills, sings in a choir and once appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York in a multi-choir performance. She loves spending time in France. Helen is an Ambassador for the charity, Unseen, which works towards a world without slavery and donates her author talk fees, and a percentage of royalties, to the charity.

1. A photo of you that we won’t have seen everywhere else – This is a photo at a book signing in Barton’s indie bookshop, Leatherhead (now sadly closed).
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2. Where do you write – This is where I write when I’m in France.
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3. Use three photos or images to describe your personality – Cycling, singing (this one is in Carnegie Hall, New York) and Rolling Stones concert.
4. Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination – Beautiful Tenby.
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5. Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown – home grown peas.
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Rose McClelland. Top Author Of The Week.

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This week’s amazing top author is Rose McClelland. Rose is a fellow Crooked Cat Books author and she now also writes under their new label, Darkstroke Books. I cannot wait to read Rose’s new novel, as she is such a talented writer.

“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!

Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast. She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.

She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.

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(childhood pic – I’m the one in the frilly blouse!)

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Where do you write? (office – always with a cat!)  –  So cute! 

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Sunny Spain. 

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(Making and marketing my book!)

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Book link:  mybook.to/underyourskin

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Rose McClelland Author

Facebook Author page: https://rebrand.ly/0vujcw4

Facebook Personal page: https://www.facebook.com/rose.mcclelland2

Amazon.  https://rebrand.ly/y01dhpg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1

Blog: http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com/p/home-1.html

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosiegirl2000/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805471.Rose_McClelland

Ritu Bhathal. Top Author Of The Week.

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Today’s guest author is such a great supporter of other writers and she also runs a fabulous blog of her own. Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.

From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her writing, from fiction to poetry. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally encouraged her to continue writing.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems and stories that she writes.

Having studied at Kingston University, to become a teacher, she now deals with classes of children as a side-line to her writing!

Ritu also writes a blog, https://butismileanyway.com, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards, and Best Book Blog in 2019. And her author blog, www.ritubhathal.com, where she writes about her writing journey.

Ritu is happily married and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the fur baby Sonu Singh.

Click the book cover photo below to buy Ritu’s beautiful book, or click this link: https://getbook.at/MarriageUnarranged

 

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Elaine Roberts. Top Author Of The Week.

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My top author of the week this week is an incredible author and a wonderful lady, so I’m really happy to be able to showcase her work here. Elaine Roberts writes popular heartwarming tales of friendship during wartime, for Aria, Head of Zeus. I’m sure that most of you know Elaine’s books already, but here they are:

The Foyles Bookshop Girls 

The Foyles Bookshop Girls At War 

Christmas At The Foyles Bookshop 

The West End Girls 

Elaine had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until circumstances made her re-evaluate her life, and she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. She was thrilled when many more followed and started to believe in herself.

Asa member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, Elaineattends many conferences, workshops, seminars and wonderful parties. Meeting other writers gives her encouragement, finding most face similar problems.

Elaine and her late husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting. Without her wonderful family and supportive friends, she knows the dream would never have been realised.

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Where do you write? 

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Use three photos or images to describe your personality. (What great photos!)

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination. (This looks gorgeous).

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Post a photo of something that you baked, learnt or made during lockdown.

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Amazon Link:                           The West End Girls

Facebook Author Page:        Elaine Roberts Facebook Author Page

Twitter:                                     @RobertsElaine11

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Learning new skills after lockdown.

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Happy Monday everyone. How are you all? I have been thinking about lockdown during the pandemic and some of the new skills I’ve learnt. I love creativity but am not the best cook in the world, so probably should have taken an online cookery course, instead I went on two Amazon ads courses and was asked to join a council run creative learning programme for mentors.

I’ve been really enjoying learning something new, but the Amazon ads course is still a work in progress for me and I have most of the course still to do. It is something I’m determined to master at some point though.

With the creative learning programme, I have been taught new skills about how to mentor small business owners and creatives and have met some incredibly inspiring people. The idea is that the people in our learning set can help other creatives, but also ask each other for advice when we need it.

I’m really enjoying the interaction with the members of my Facebook book group and Facebook friends, some of whom are also doing online learning at the moment. If you have learnt something new lately and can recommend a course you think others might enjoy, add it to the comments below this post. If you have made something delicious, or amazing and you are really proud of it, share a photo of that too! I’d love to see how everyone else has been spending their time during the pandemic. I wrote a networking book for writers during lockdown, so I’m quite excited to organise the launch of that soon too. I need to get on with my latest set of edits first!

Have a great day everyone. From Lizzie.

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Bettina Hunt. Top Author Of The Week.

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I’m excited to be showcasing another amazing author and her work, this week.
Bettina Hunt is a romantic comedy and women’s fiction writer. She lives in Essex with her husband and two young boys. She loves all things beauty related and first dabbled her toe into the writing world with a successful lifestyle blog – BeautySwot.com reviewing beauty products and afternoon tea. Sharing her poems and short stories on a Friday led to the writing of her debut romcom A Tempting Trio. A wedding themed novel followed – Without a Hitch and as the readers demanded to know what happened next, a novella sequel was released.

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Grab a copy of Bettina’s beautiful book today!

The buy link is: Link to book – mybook.to/ATemptingTrio

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Harmony Kent. Book Release.

Happy Monday everyone. This week I’m posting a special post for friend and fellow author, Harmony Kent. Harmony has a new book coming out soon, which is the sequel to Interludes, a book of short stories of erotic fiction. Buy your copy today!

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Over to Harmony:

Thanks so much for having me over at your place today, Lizzie.

Hi everyone. It’s great to be visiting with you all.

While I’m here, I’d like to talk about my latest book, Interludes 2. This is a book of short erotic romance fiction. As with the original Interludes (which you can find HERE), the book contains 10 short stories, with the first tale totalling 1,000 words, the second one totalling 2,000, and so on up to 10,000 words in the final story.

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For each story, I used prompt cards from a great creative tool called Storymatic.  Here’s what the set gave me to work with:

  1. a) deaf person
  2. b) recluse …
  3. c) person in love … conflict = class reunion

A and B relate to the main character. C relates to the secondary character. And the final prompt gives us the conflict.

From the above set of prompts, I came up with REUNION—A contemporary romance in 9000 words.

A school reunion looms. Not wanting to arrive sad and single, Molly talks her long-time friend Paul into going with her. While the music plays, the sparks fly.

Excerpt from Reunion:

She reached the lounge doorway at the same time as Paul. Though they stood just the door-width apart, the distance between them felt as vast as the Atlantic basin. Molly didn’t think she’d ever felt so awkward in her entire life. Paul stood with the tray held high, as if to hide behind it. Molly took a couple of steps backward and motioned for him to precede her into the room.

Varied emotions crowded in, overwhelming her brain. She tried, desperately, to sort through her feelings and thoughts. To understand just what was happening here. A dull headache built behind each temple, and she squeezed the bridge of her nose with her eyes tight shut for a moment. How to proceed? She and Paul stood on a knife-edge, and if either one of them slipped right now, their life-long friendship would sever irrevocably.

Slump-shouldered, she walked slowly into the living room on heavy feet. Paul sat in an armchair, gripping a hot coffee glass as though his life depended upon it. Molly sighed. This whole thing just felt so juvenile. They weren’t silly teenagers, for goodness sake. She bit down on her ire and tried to view this from Paul’s perspective. Somehow, this catastrophe was linked to whatever had happened to him during those lost three years.

I had so much fun writing this one, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little teaser. I’d love to hear what you think via the comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks for stopping by.

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Author Bio

After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her adorable husband, ever-present sense of humour, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

Links

Website: https://harmonykent.co.uk/

Story Empire (co-authored): https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: author.to/HarmonysBooks

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/harmony-kent

Interludes 2 Pre-order Link: mybook.to/Interludes2

 

Interludes 2 Blurb

From author, Harmony Kent, another best-selling collection of short erotic fiction that will tickle more than your taste buds and wet [sic] more than your appetite.

With a range of genres and styles, this book has enough steam for everyone.

WIGGING OUT—contemporary romance in 1000 words. Two strangers. A crowded platform. A collision. And a wig on the floor.

STORM CHASER—ménage à trois in 2000 words. A sabotaged tire. A raging storm. Passion mounts.

MOON-STRUCK—shifter romance in 3000 words. Trapped on a ship orbiting the moon, a horny astronaut falls for a hunky author who has a secret.

THE CLUB—contemporary romance in 4000 words. An invitation and a host, who is so much more than he seems, bring excitement, enticement, and a choice to make.

NUDIST CAMP—contemporary romance in 5000 words. An older woman. A younger man. A gossip discovers their secret tryst. What will happen when it all gets laid bare?

INITIATION—contemporary romance in 6000 words. A pretty daydreamer arrives for her first day at university. A brutal initiation, and a man with an unusual issue, leave her reeling. Strange, the places you find true love.

THE INCOMER—contemporary romance in 7000 words. A divorced beekeeper has spent her whole life in or around her local village. Then a city-slicker architect comes to town. When two worlds collide, a big bang is sure to follow. Can you have a frenemy with benefits?

DOWN AND DIRTY—contemporary romance in 8000 words. On the run from a sadistic ex-husband, Ellie flees to a remote mountain town and takes a job in the mines. Wary of men, she resolves to keep herself aloof, but mother nature has a way of having the last word and will, quite literally, make the earth move if she has to.

REUNION—contemporary romance in 9000 words. A school reunion looms. Not wanting to arrive sad and single, Molly talks her long-time friend Paul into going with her. While the music plays, the sparks fly.

SOUL MATES—supernatural romance in 10,000 words. A bereaved woman seeks solace in remote woodland. All too soon, she discovers that she’s not as alone as she’d expected. And her heart isn’t the only one that needs to mend.

READER ADVISORY: This book contains explicit sex scenes and language hot enough to melt your book. For mature readers only.

E.J. Bauer. Top Author Of The Week.

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This week’s top author of the week is E. J. Bauer. She is a member of my Facebook group and I’m really excited to share her writing and an insight into her writing life, here today.
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Where do you write? 

I write on my deck as often as I can. We live just beneath a large area of rainforest on the south coast of NSW, Australia. This is often the view from my chair.

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Use three photos or images to describe your personality.

Grandmother in silhouette (loving). Making pasta in Italy (joyful) and writing (determined).

Share a photo of your favourite holiday destination.

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I’m going with Europe and then I can include all these! Lisbon, Pisa, Paris and Barcelona!

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In lockdown I made limoncello from scratch!

 

Buy E.J. Bauer’s books here!

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AMAZON UNIVERSAL LINK: smarturl.it/FromGaudiCityGranada