Monday, August 13, 2018

New release and Giveaway!

REVENGE OF THE WITCH ( BOOK#3 in The Rise of Orion series)  




                                                       
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I love writing about Ella Masters who was hung as a witch in the 16th century in Wales, and yet as a soul-shifter her story didn't end there. She has several lives, and in nearly every one is betrayed by men. The series is about her quest for enlightenment, and true love, but also about breaking a curse and defeating her enemy.

This past week I opened a new Word file, as I started to write the 4th installment in the series Destiny of the Witch. But, the strangest thing happened. A voice kept saying to me to write about how the story of Ella Masters began...


You see way back in the day when I first had the desire to write a paranormal romance, I knew straight away I wanted to create a character slighty different than the norm. I love vampires, witches, and werewolves, but I wanted Ella Masters to be different. Living in New England the drive to write about a witch captured my imagination, but coming from Wales I wanted to use my roots as a foundation for Ella and stumbled across Gwen Ferch Ellis.

She is the first woman on record that was tried, sentenced and hung as a witch in 1594 in Denbigh, Wales. For several centuries from 14th-18th a mass hysetria and panic gripped society across Europe and the attitude toward witchcraft changed drastically from tolerance to finger-pointing and blaming for every disaster that occurred, until it reached it's pinnacle with the insanity of the witch trails in which thousands were hung or burned as witches.

Gwen was accused of charming and found guilty of murdering a man and causing a child to go mad. By all accounts Gwen was a spinner by trade and a healer known for her salves and natural remedies, but on the heresay of others she was painted as a vengeful woman who used witchcraft to strike out at people. Her awful and sad story resonated with me, and was the inspiration behind creating the fictional character of Ella Masters.

Ella isn't a witch, but a soul-shifter created with the ability for her soul to be reincarnated into another physical body, but the label of The Witch follows her in each lifeSo, as I celebrate the latest release, I am starting to outline the prequel, Becoming the Witch! 

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Over the last couple of months I have been working with musician and singer Chris Phillips who created a song for Revenge of the Witch called The Fall!


Yesterday, I had the chance to listen to the recorded version and I'm telling you, it's amazing. It gives me chills just to think about it. When the final song is ready, I will be posting it everywhere.

Here's a litle bit about Chris...

Chris Phillips has been described by Alan McGee (the man who discovered British rock giants, Oasis) as "one of Wales' greatest songwriters”.

Born and raised in Aberdare, South Wales, Chris has written songs since he first learnt to play the guitar. He has always sighted his influences as Oasis, The Beatles and The Stone Roses and this will become absolutely clear to you when you listen to his music.
He has just released his 3rd album ‘Where Angels Play’ which is available everywhere now.
www.chrisphillipsmusic.org


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I'm off on vacation on Wednesday, so it's "Ciao" for now.  Jen. x

Revenge of the Witch is out now........




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New release in August





Revenge of the Witch will be released on Friday 10th, August, 2018!


Throughout her many lives, soul-shifter Ella Masters has been betrayed by men, and hunted by the Elusti, but that changed the day she met her soul-mate Marcus. However, when Zephra, a witch, predicts the end of days, it brings her maternity leave to an abrupt halt. Working as an agent at Orion, Ella vows to destroy her adversary once and for all.

Temporary leader of the private security firm, Marcus Drayton, has a mission to prevent all-out war. Attempting to forge an alliance between the humans and the supernatural races looks unlikely as the body count continues to sweep over the East Coast, and on the home front. As the stakes increase, lives are forever changed, and a need to confess a dark secret to his wife haunts him.


When Ella unravels a mystery—her world implodes. And when the true identity of the enemy is revealed—she learns revenge is a poison that ruptures the heart and devours the soul.

Will her love for Marcus survive when destiny calls?







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The Rise of Orion series is sold via Amazon and is available at Wicked Good Books in Salem, MA.

Both books 1 & 2 Capturing the Last Welsh Witch and The Witch's Heart are currently available. I will be there on Saturday, 28th July, 2018. I hope if any of you are in the area, you will pop in and say hello.





Next Month...

I will be celebrating my new release with some free giveaways, and jetting off to Italy for a vacation. Pictures will follow! The Vineyards of Allegretti was set in Montepulciano, Tuscany. The link below will take you to the book...perhaps another one will be born when I travel south.


The Vineyards of Allegretti

Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday, February 1, 2018

From Wards to Writing LILY HARLEM






  Well good morning everyone, January is a hard month to get through, let alone get out of bed on those days when the temperatures doesn’t rise above freezing. My solution, HOT STEAMY READS, preferably in bed! I am delighted to introduce my next guest, Lily Harlem. I am in the middle of one of her books, Cold Nights, Hot Bodies, which is sinfully good. I love meeting and chatting with new authors. I love discovering what makes them tick, and how they create their stories. It seems only fair to share Lily and her books with you all.

A quick fact, I used to be a RGN/Midwife working in a large teaching hospital for around 15 years. Working in the health care profession is something Lily and I have in common. It’s another reason for the post today because I love, and admire how women can reinvent themselves, use their life experiences, and create something new and awesome.




Please, give a warm welcome to LILY HARLEM….








From Wards to Writing
Lily Harlem

It’s great to be here today, thank you, Jennifer for inviting me. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an erotic romance author, and I’ve been sitting at my desk overlooking the beautiful Welsh hills, tapping away on my laptop, for ten years now. To be honest it’s not something I ever thought I’d do, and certainly not when I was working in London on a busy trauma ward.

Nursing was all consuming physically and mentally, but I loved it, and I loved the camaraderie of working with a group of females (mainly females anyway). But after nearly twenty years of NHS service a move to Wales, because of my husband’s job, gave me the opportunity to change things around. He was very supportive when I decided to study creative writing and also kind of pleased that I didn’t find another ward to throw my energNightsies into; it meant I was home more (shift work is a bummer) and much less exhausted (I wasn’t asleep the  minute my head touched the pillow, which he highly approved of!). Not only that I loved my course and I soon realised the more I learnt about the craft of writing fiction, the less I knew. There are so many technicalities and reasons why a piece of writing reads well, or a character is believable, and a plot line worthy of a reader suspending their disbelief. It’s a case of mastering the basics, then the rest is endless fun to play with - a truly wonderful thing to become immersed in.

Which is exactly what happened, and soon, and true to my slightly obsessive nature, I was hooked. My next assignment was all I could think of, I was constantly going back to it tweaking and adding bits, then waiting anxiously to get it back from the tutor to read her comments - my creative writing professor was amazing, enthusiastic, whacky, energetic and not afraid to say when something was utter rubbish! I learned so much from her in three years and will always be grateful for her generosity of spirit and search for perfection.



                                      





But still, even at this point, erotic romance wasn’t on my radar. Until, that was, I saw a writing contest at LoveHoney (an online adult shop in the UK). It was a decent amount of prize money so I thought I’d give it a go. I dreamed up a steamy story about the President of the United States and a British female Prime Minister having a saucy rendezvous in the Oval Office (don’t worry this was long before President Trump and Theresa May, because I don’t think I’d have found them very inspiring LOL). To my surprise I won the top prize with my first piece of hot and steamy fiction (which you can read in my collection STORIES FOR WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN ) and was totally thrilled.

From that moment on I’ve always said the erotic romance genre found me, rather than me finding it. Before long I was having short stories accepted for anthologies and at publishers in the UK and USA. The short stories turned into novels, which became series, and I have more than a million published words (I stopped counting after that!).

Writing has become a huge part of my life, and is a full time job now. I do still miss working with a group of nurses, writing can be a lonely job, but I’ve found that my online friends - other authors and readers - have filled the gap. Although often not seen face-to-face, there’s daily chats, fun and support. I can’t imagine not writing now, there’s always a to-do list of ‘things to write’ on my notepad. It seems I’m inspired everywhere I turn and living in such a gentle and pretty part of the world, with a few rescued pets at my side, really helps my muse.

Thank you for having me, and for reading. If you’d like to sample my style, sign up to my NEWSLETTER and get a FREE ebook (18+).



                               


           Lily x

About Lily Harlem

Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of sexy romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride, Evernight, and Stormy Night Publications. Her work regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot, Cold Nights, Hot Bodies, Bite Mark and Shared have been blessed with many 5* reviews – all available on Kindle Unlimited.
Check out Lily’s new reverse harem series – The Challenge – also on KU.
If you love sporty romance don’t miss Hot Ice a seven novel 5* series about those sexy bad boys of the ice all available on Kindle Unlimited and the first book FREE when you sign up to her newsletter. And also check out Formula One themed novel Accelerated Passion and sexy soccer story Scored.
Lily writes MF, MM and mΓ©nage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Bestseller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior and you can grab Part One of her MM series Caught on Camera  for FREE!
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes darker plot lines and suspense under the name Harlem Dae - check out That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel 'every woman should read' and is available in book stores nationwide. The Sexy as Hell Trilogy, a critically acclaimed boxed set, is available on Amazon and KU.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and deliciously sexy. Enjoy!
Visit Lily’s website for more details of her other books or her Amazon Author Page. Subscribe to her newsletter to get a FREE ebook and be the first to hear of new releases, and if you enjoy Facebook hop on over there and say hi!


                                  







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Friday, August 11, 2017

Guest Author Holly J. Gill





I have great pleasure in welcoming my guest author today Holly. J- Gill Holly who is a wife, mum and nana to twins all the way from England. In her spare time she likes to write different genre's erotic and romance novels. Holly has been writing all her life since she can remember, having a wild imagination. When at school she wrote long essays of soft love and got told of by the teacher to make them shorter... like that stopped her writing. Then when Holly was 19 she started writing erotic fiction. Her imagination never lacks ideas, Holly loves all aspects of research to make a good novel. In her spare time she likes being with her family, visiting friends, reading, listening to music, watching movies and travelling the gorgeous British countryside.




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I’m an arrogant, self-righteous Italian guy who only thinks through one thing… I never see the same woman twice – it’s my rule. I throw the most outrageously wicked and sexy parties for my own satisfaction and relish on women like I do my fine dining. I’m a playboy by day and a playboy by night. They call me the Italian Playboy and I love it! Only, all of that changed one night when a dark haired beauty stepped into one of my sex parties. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I had to have her. But no sooner than my eyes had met her naked body, she was gone. I had to find her. And I wouldn’t stop until I did.


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“Okay so you want grand, extreme and flamboyant.
How about I put some ideas together and send them over?”
“Are you not bringing them to me?”
“No”
“Tut, tut,” he said, wagging his finger at me. “Correction, you will bring them to me. I like the personal touch,” he quirked the corner of his mouth and winked.
He walked away like some goddamn prince.
“I think we should call a meeting ASAP.” I called after him.
“Absolutely, tomorrow, but remember,” he said, stood at the other side of the room, “I’m a busy man. I don’t hang around.”
He ambled back towards me. I stood digesting he
information.
“I can make some plans and see what you think.”
“Perfect, by the way cute ass and that blouse does nothing for your tits.”
“I wasn’t aware I asked your opinion.”
“You didn’t, but I bet when you’re wearing the right clothes you look scorching.” He wagged his brow.
The man clearly loved himself.
“Anyway, I need to be leaving. I have to put ideas together, if you could send me your e-mail address I can send ideas to you.”
“Bring your ideas to me. We have already discussed this it will give me a chance to admire you again, we could have a drink,” he cheekily grinned.
“I am simply working here on a project, not here for you to drool over.”
“Shame, I was hoping to try and get in your knickers, if you wear them, but looking at you, I’d say you’re wearing those big unsexy pants."
I choked on my saliva.
“Do you hold no shame?”
“No, not really, I am addicted to pussy. Now, I want you to bring the designs to me, no further ifs or buts…I am the one paying for you and expect,” he in fumed me with his cologne. “Something mind-fucking-blowing. If you catch my drift.”
I agreed.
“Fine, I will put some ideas together and bring them to you tomorrow."
“You’re leaving so soon,” he said, disappointed.
“I am a busy woman, Mr. Valentino. I have another client to see today.”
“I hope he doesn’t stare at your ass and tits."
I shot him a glare, narrowing my eyes.









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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

GUEST AUTHOR Amanda J. Evans


One of my favourite parts of being an author is meeting and chatting with other authors, and I have the greatest pleasure in introducing my next guest Amanda Donnelly all the way from Ireland. One day I plan to visit and I hope Amanda we will get the chance to meet.  





Thanks for having me here Jen. First off, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Amanda Donnelly, but I publish under my maiden name of Amanda J Evans. I turned 40 in July and writing has been my dream forever. I am a wife and mom and I live in a small village in Co. Meath, Ireland.

1.      What made you decide to start writing?
There was no decision made really. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first book, The Little Elf Fairy when I was nine, and even sent it off to Penguin J My first rejection letter too. My life took a dramatic twist in 1990 when I lost my father to suicide and with him went all my dreams and aspirations. Life just didn’t seem to have meaning anymore and I rambled my way through my teenage years writing poetry as a means of coping. I didn’t pursue my dream of being an author and went to work in the local hospital as part of the administration staff where I remained for ten years. During that time, I scribbled down stories and poems at times but this was solely for myself and a means of expressing emotions that would otherwise have remained trapped inside. Things changed after the birth of my daughter and getting internet connection. I discovered that you could write and get paid for it. I didn’t have the confidence to write for myself so I began ghostwriting articles, eBooks, website content for others. It paid and there was no fear of rejection. By the time 2006 came around and my son was born, I was able to quit my day job and become a stay at home mom. I continued to write website content for several companies and still do today. In March 2016, I joined a local writers group and that was the start of major changes for me. Picking up my pen and writing fiction felt like going home and I realized how much I had missed this part of me. I wrote for our weekly prompts and this was my commitment to myself. Fast forward a year later and I had published my first fiction book, Finding Forever, and I was in the finishing stages of my second novel Save Her Soul. They say life begins at forty and for me I think my writing life is just starting too.

2.      Do you belong to any writer groups of organizations?
I belong to several writing groups on Facebook. I was a member of the local writers group where I live, but after securing a publishing deal I found I no longer had the time to commit to this.
3.      Do you have a routine you stick to every day or do you wait for inspiration to strike?
In July 2016, I began the page a day challenge. This is where I committed to writing a page every day for the month. Although I didn’t get to write every day, I did manage to get 31 pages completed during the month. The goal was to complete a number of short stories and I choose one that I had started. It was 1,500 words when I started the challenge and as the days went by and I started writing, it developed and became Finding Forever my first book. In August 2016, I kept to the page a day challenge. Every morning for 10 minutes I picked up my pen and notebook and wrote. Some days I wrote four or five pages, some days just the one, but I stuck with it and still do it to this day. It has been the best thing ever and I no longer end my day chastising myself for not writing.

4.      How do you plot your story?
To be completely honest, I don’t plot. I just pick up my pen and write whatever comes to mind and then continue each day until the story is told. I tried plotting once when I was going to do NaNoWriMo. I spent two weeks plotting out the novel I was going to write and I was thrilled with my progress. When the day to start writing arrived, I picked up my pen and something completely different happened. My MC who I plotted as a female, turned out to be male. I decided to just let the writing flow. I wrote 22,000 words during that month and although the novel has never been finished, I did learn that plotting just doesn’t work for me. I write as if I am watching a movie in my head and I allow the characters to tell me their story. So far it seems to have worked out really well.

5.      Are character names important to you in your novel?
Yes. I like to try and match the names to the character, but I must admit, sometimes coming up with names can be difficult.

6.      Which POV do you prefer to write?
I tend to write in first person POV as it seems to be what is natural for me. I do write in third person POV at times too. In both of my books, Finding Forever and Save Her Soul, I have written in first person POV with alternating chapters for my two main characters and readers have enjoyed this. For the book of children’s spooky short stories that I have been contracted to write, the stories are a mix of first and third person POV’s.
7.      What is the genre you write?
My genre is romance but it tends to cross over into a number of subgenres. Finding Forever is romantic suspense/women’s fiction and Save Her Soul is paranormal/urban fantasy romance. Romance is the main theme that runs through my books along with the premise that good always defeats evil. My books have a happy ever after.

8.      What are the pro’s and con’s of being published traditionally versus being an indie-author?
This one is a little difficult for me to answer as I don’t have the experience of both yet. Being an Indie author gives you complete control over everything, but it is hard, especially marketing. I do have a two-book publishing deal with a children’s publisher in America and they have been fantastic to work with so far. I love that fact that they do the editing and I have been involved in all decisions including the cover design. The first of these books is due for publication later this year and is aimed at 9 – 16 year olds.

9.      How do you balance writing, promoting and attending events to get your books before readers?
Again, this is quite difficult as a new Indie author and I am learning that marketing and promoting is essential. I haven’t attended any events yet. I write in the morning and try to devote an hour to promoting on social media before I begin work each day. It’s a steep learning curve, but I am enjoying the process so far.

10.  How important do you think covers are and how involved in the process are you?
I think covers a super important. They are the first things readers see and if they don’t like it, they won’t pick your book up. In today’s digital market, covers are even more important and they are the first thing potential readers will see. You cover has to stand out whilst still reflecting your genre. I’ve been completely involved in the design of mine and have been lucky to find amazing cover designers who got my stories and created the perfect covers.

11.  Best tips aspiring authors?
If I’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s to have confidence in yourself and learn as much as you can. Get advice from the experts, test all the different marketing possibilities and find what works for you. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t hit the NY Times best sellers list, this isn’t going to happen with your first book. Don’t feel disappointed in lack of sales either, just keep writing the next book. Spend time and money on editing and cover design and don’t publish anything until you are 100% happy with it. Join writing groups and get to know other writers. The Indie community can be amazingly supportive so don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

12.  Aside from writing what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time is usually family time for me. I have a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, as well as my husband, so we like to relax, watch movies, and take our dog for long walks. For me, I love to read and take very long hot baths. This is my down time, and I love reading new books and finding new authors to follow. I also love to eat out and spend some quality time with my husband when we can.

13.  How do you cope with stress, bad reviews or days when nothing seems to work and your question if you should be writing at all?
When this happens, I know I need a time out and that is usually when I call on good friends or family for a catchup and a day out. This helps me get everything back into perspective. If I can’t do that I journal and that helps to clear my mind. I haven’t received a bad review, touch wood I don’t, but I did have an editor who totally tore my books to shreds and hated my main character. She was the only person, the editor that I chose to go with loved the book as did all my beta readers. They wanted more and that is how this book has ended up being a series. I think with negative reviews, you have to remember that your writing won’t be for everyone. There are books from famous authors that I haven’t enjoyed and ones that I have loved. If the review is relevant and honest, I feel everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just try to remind myself, that I am doing what I love and I can’t please everyone.
14.  What is the BEST part about being an author?
Getting to be me. I love nothing more than to pick up my pen and let the words flow onto paper. It makes me feel whole and can instantly transform a bad mood. I love creating characters and stories and sharing them with the world. The best part for me so far has been holding the paperback in my hands and seeing my name on the cover. There have been a few others too, being nominated for a 2017 Summer Indie Book Award and making the list of 98 Best Books of 2017 according to Goodreads users. Finding Forever was voted #93.

15.  How important do you feel reviews are and how to you encourage readers to leave one?
Reviews for Indie authors are so important. The more reviews you have the more sales that follow and the more Amazon will actually promote your book too. It’s hard to get them, but I do add a little note at the end of my books asking readers to consider leaving a review if they have time.
16.   Tell us about your books, where they can be found and ways readers can stay in touch?
I have two books available at the moment. Finding Forever was published on the 31st January 2017, and is a romantic suspense novella. Save Her Soul is my latest novel and this is a paranormal/urban fantasy romance. My books are available on Amazon in eBook and paperback formats.

Finding Forever tells the story of Liz and Charles. The story begins with Liz waking up on the beach in her tattered wedding dress believing that Charles has died in her arms. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book as Liz races to rescue Charles and confront demons from her past. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY9IPZG

Save Her Soul is my latest book releasing on the 1st of August 2017. This is the story of Kate and Drake. I loved writing this book. Kate is strong, feisty, and very stubborn. Reeling from the murder of her sister, she is determined to have her revenge. Little does she realise, that her revenge could end the world. Kate’s soul was cursed almost five hundred years ago and evil resides inside of her. Drake’s mission is to save her soul and bring her back to the light, but he himself has other ideas and wants to let her rage loose. The official description for this book is:

Can Love Survive When Evil Exists?

Almost a year after the brutal murder of her sister, Kate’s world is anything but ordinary. Consumed by the rage in her soul there's nothing she won't do to get her revenge.

Drake’s no ordinary guy. Dead for nearly 500 years, he’s been tasked with saving Kate’s soul but he has a mission of his own: to ensure she gets what she wants so that he can take her soul to hell. He’ll stop at nothing to see her succeed, but their fates are tied and love may stand in his way.

As secrets are revealed, can one cursed soul end it all? Is love strong enough to overcome evil and break the curse that binds them both?


Find out in this new paranormal romance by Amanda J Evans.

Readers can find out more about me on my website: http://www.amandajevans.com