Get writing!

Happy new week everyone. Today’s post is about motivation. What motivates you to get up in the morning and then sit at your desk and create your products, or write your books or blog posts? For me it is the feeling of accomplishment when I see a finished manuscript. At present, I am only about 5,000 words into my latest novel, which is the sequel to Ninja School Mum. It’s hard to stay motivated when you still have 75,000 words to write, but the thought of holding that book in my hands when it’s ready, is worth the time it takes to write it.

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After a lengthy and exciting book launch for Ninja School Mum, it has taken me a while to re-energise and get back to my routine of 1,000 words a day if I can, as a minimum. This week, to motivate myself, I have written a ten point list of goals for the week and scheduled writing time into each day. This might sound silly, but writing time is very easily overlooked when the washing needs doing, the school run organising, the dinner prepared and the housework and shopping completed. Actually writing a weekly plan for when I will sit down at my desk without interruption, gives my week structure and makes me push other tasks aside for after my writing time.

I have been known to write 5,000 words in a day, or as few as 50, so I will let you know how my plan works. The main point here, is to stop procrastinating and to get writing!

You can’t edit a blank page.

My 10 point goals for the week: Schedule time for each point.

  1. Write 1,000 words a day of my latest manuscript.
  2. Write a blog post for Monday.
  3. Post in my Facebook group, Lizzie’s Book Group.
  4. Visit 4 other blogs to support them.
  5. Write the questions for my networking hour #CreativeBizHour on Twitter.
  6. Post to my author Facebook page.
  7. Post to my author Instagram page.
  8. Write guest posts for other blogs.
  9. Update Twitter feeds daily.
  10. Cover design for my latest book, out in July.


Meet Catherine Green.

Today I have been chatting to author Catherine Green about her latest book release, from her urban fantasy series The Redcliffe Novels, My Vampire Boyfriend.

Catherine Green

Book blurb:

The witch, her vampire boyfriend, and his identical twin werewolf brother. What could possibly go wrong?

The pretty seaside town of Redcliffe in Cornwall is a popular location for holidaymakers during the summer season. It has good waves for surfing, good pubs for socialising, and a vibrant tourist industry. It is also home to a hidden werewolf pack, and several vampires and witches, who all live within human society, pretending to be just like the rest of us.

Bookshop owner Jessica Stone used to be one of those humans. Then she met Detective Jack Mason and his twin brother, Danny. They took her on a wild adventure that shows no sign of slowing down. Now she is deeply embedded with the vampires and werewolves, and learning the power of their lust, and a magnetic attraction that is just too hard to ignore. She is also learning about her own true heritage, and how to feed her desires and satisfy her powerful animal familiar that resides within.

This anthology contains adult themes, and scenes of a sexual nature.

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Goodreads Giveaway


I’ve just run my first Goodreads Giveaway. I understand that Goodreads might not be running Giveaways anymore in the UK, which is a shame, because for my first try, I had 1,395 entrants to the competition, 571 people added my book to their bookshelf on Goodreads as want to read and I had 4 winners!

This is a fabulous way to discover new readers of my genre and for them to learn more about my work too. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has run a giveaway. Was it successful and what top tips can you share?

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Ninja School Mum is currently on the best sellers list in two categories on Amazon! 


Latest review for Ninja School Mum:

5 stars! Lizzie Chantree’s writing will have you hooked

‘Skye and her little boy are such a delight – feisty, brave and ready to “flip the bird” at the rest of the world.

Yet Skye has a secret that is only revealed as the book goes on – I liked how her past story was revealed piece by piece, leaving the reader guessing until the end.
There’s much to enjoy in “Ninja School Mum” which isn’t all simply romance. Skye is lonely – and that isn’t helped by being ignored by the other mothers at the school gates; bullying also rears its ugly head; Skye is a loyal friend – as her new friend Thea discovers; and there is romance – with lovely Zack who also has his demons to fight.

I thoroughly recommend this novel – that combines lots of humour with the hard-hitting subjects of bullying and loneliness. The characters are memorable and I’d love to have Skye as a friend.’


Looking for a great new read?

Susan Roebuck

COMING SOON! “Forest Dancer” by award winning author Susan Roebuck, will be here in February 2018, published by CrookedCat Books. This novel is set in Portugal in the forests outside Lisbon and as I have pre-ordered a copy, I can’t wait to read it!


From the author:

It’s such a varied country with different cultures and landscapes. In one day you can drive from the north through national parks, ancient stone villages, past rocky mountains and steep hills covered in vineyards, to the more populated Centre with its famous Coimbra University, the walled town of Obidos down to rocking, vibrant and beautiful Lisbon. Cross over the vast Tagus river onto the south bank and travel through the plains of the Alentejo, past fields of wild-flowers, sunflowers, cork and olive groves with villages of white and blue cottages until the well-known, glamorous Algarve appears, its sparkle reflected in the azure sea because that’s as far as you can go on mainland Portugal.

The country is 900 years old, revels in the fact that it is Britain’s oldest ally (thanks to Queen Philippa of Lancaster who married Dom João I in the 14th century), and, in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries created a huge empire overseas thanks to its New World Discoveries. Portuguese is even today one of the most spoken languages in the world (thanks, largely, to Brazil).

Living in such a beautiful place, I decided to write three novels set here.


“Rising Tide” was set in a small (fictional) fishing village on the little-known Alentejo coast.

“Forest Dancer” is my new novel, published by Crooked Cat Books, and is set in the mountains just 20 miles west of Lisbon

“Joseph Barnaby” will be published by Crooked Cat Books in 2018, and is set on the island of Madeira.

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Book blurb : It’s a long way to go to create a new life for yourself.

Classical ballerina, Flora Gatehouse, has no choice but to take a risk. Having failed an important ballet audition in London, she moves to a small cottage in a forest just outside Lisbon, Portugal, her only inheritance following her father’s death.

Soon, Flora is involved in village life, where fate takes a new twist when she becomes attracted to forest ranger, Marco. But they are off to a shaky start.

Can Flora find acceptance in a foreign land, in a magical place that harbours secrets and heartache?


Book Links:

Forest Dancer (paperback and ebook) on Amazon :






Hunter’s Chase.

Today I am welcoming a friend and fellow Crooked Cat author Val Penny to my blog to tell us about her new book, Hunter’s Chase. Over to Val!

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I am pleased to be visiting my friend’s blog today.

            My novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ is a crime thriller that falls squarely within the Tartan Noire genre. The main protagonist is Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson. The story begins when DI Hunter Wilson, who knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city, Edinburgh, Scotland. He needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course.

            Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

            I set ‘Hunter’s Chase in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland because it is a city I know well. I did consider creating an imaginary town for him. However, Edinburgh has everything a writer could need. It is a diverse city with all different kinds of buildings and people. It is small enough that characters can move around it quickly and large enough for it to be credible that anything I want to happen there, could happen.

            Edinburgh is also a beautiful city with a castle, a palace and a cathedral, wealthy homes, horrible slums, fine restaurants, fast food outlets and idiosyncratic pubs. It is home to an Olympic size pool, the National Rugby Team and two famous football teams. What more could I or my characters want?

            I am an American author living in SW Scotland. I have two adult daughters of whom I am justly proud and live with my husband and two cats. I have a Law degree from Edinburgh University and my MSc from Napier University.

            I have had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However I have not yet achieved either of my childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, I have turned my hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. My first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. I am now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.

Hunter's Chase book cover


Grab your copy of this amazing book here:

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The day after launch.

I finally launched my latest book with my first ever Facebook party last night. I had 86 guests and seven prize winners. It was so much fun and the party over ran and lasted three hours!

I ran a competition for readers to post a picture of their copy of Ninja School Mum and had great response and saw some photos I will cherish. Some of the photos are below.

I have now changed my launch page on Facebook to a team networking group for creatives. Join in if you’d like to. We will all be talking about new marketing ideas for our work. There are just under 300 members so far, so it’s a great place to chat about your ideas.

Today I am also very excited to have been invited back to the blog of wonderful author and amazing supporter of others, Jan Hawke. Jan has read and reviewed Ninja School Mum and the review almost made me cry happy tears! Check out Jan’s blog post and review here.

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Ninja Tour.

Today I am visiting the website and blog of wonderful author and super supportive member of #RRBC book club, Karen Ingalls. Pop by and check out Karen’s website, as it’s packed full of bookish news and has details on her own writing and pictures of her beautiful book covers.

It’s my ebook launch day tomorrow, so I’m super excited and can’t wait for Ninja School Mum to finally be available to download. Let me now what you think if you have a copy:)



In the top 100!

For today’s part of my tour, I have been invited onto the blog of author of the Sexy M.F series of books, Lisa Mackay

Lisa has been a big part of my tour, long with my other hosts, and has been visiting each tour stop and posting on social media about Ninja School Mum, for which I am eternally grateful. I can’t wait for her to read my latest book. Ninja School Mum is now raked #33 and is in the top 100 of it’s category alongside books by Tilly Bagshawe and Agatha Christie!  A big thank you to everyone who has bought a paperback or pre-ordered their ebook copy.  Happy reading:)



Paperback book launch!

Last night was my paperback launch and after two weeks of frantic planning, it was totally amazing! Thank you so much to everyone who turned up to support me. It meant so much. I have also been invited on two amazing blogs today, talking about writing a novel with Wendy Scott and writing mascots, with Jan Hawke.

For my paperback launch I set everything up with some amazing helpers and over 75 guests arrived. I did my thank you’s to the venue, florist and the person who made the book cake pops and edible book marks, then played my book trailer. Next I read the first chapter of my book. After that was an author Q&A and then people mingled while I signed so many books! Many people said that after they heard the first chapter, they couldn’t wait to go home and start reading the book. What a compliment! I was dithering wether I should include the book reading due to my being so nervous, but I’m so glad I did.

I had a queue of people to the door waiting for a signed copy of my book and I have never experienced anything like it. I signed books for 30-40 mins solidly and it really is worth the extra effort about decorations and bookmarks, swag bags, as people posted them on Facebook with my book links and some friends have now also bought my book, plus there were lots of smiling faces where people enjoyed discovering the treats inside the swag bags. It really was a night I will always remember and a big thank you to the continued support of my tour team for the ebook launch on the 30th Jan.

Here are some photos of my launch: The first one is a newspaper photo shoot just before the launch began.