Monday, June 23, 2014

Catching up with author Dilys J. Carnie.

                                                                  Hi Everyone,
 For a while now, I have wanted to catch up with  my friend and now colleague, Dilys J. Carnie to see what she has been up to in the world of writing. I interviewed her for the first time in 2012 when her first book called Her Passionate Protector was being released.

Wow! Firstly, I cannot believe it has been a year and a half since we did that blog post. 

Since then, Dilys has been writing non-stop. She has written a total of five books, her next one, titled Rejecting His Desire is due out in September and she has a further book called Seduced by His Desire slated for release in 2015.

One very busy and hard working lady.

A little bit about Dilys J. Carnie

My home is on the beautiful island of Anglesey on the west coast of North Wales with my family. I am extremely close to all my family members and enjoy spending time with them. I am the proud mother of two grown up *children* My daughter Emma is a primary school teacher and my son Christopher is part of the family business. Anglesey has been my home since the age of eleven after moving here with my mum and dad and three sisters from Scotland.

Thanks so much for fitting me into your schedule. Please, relax and enjoy some tea, a quick glass of something bubbly and some delicious cakes.

!. How has life changed now that you are a PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
It’s busier, I worked hard before but as a writer there are no holidays, no free time…I’m constantly thinking about a current manuscript or thinking up ideas for a new one.

 2. Is being published everything you imagined or not and why?
It’s nothing like I imagined! The getting published was the easy part. No one tells you about how hard it is to promote yourself. How difficult it is out of the thousands of authors out there getting readers to buy your book instead of theirs. It has been a difficult learning curve, and I’m happy to say that so far I have survived it.

 3. Any advice for new authors entering into the crazy world of publication?
Gosh, I don’t feel anyway near qualified to give out advice. However I do know that it is important to be involved in all social media pages. If you can build a website or a blog this will help promote you and your books. And just keep pushing and writing because the more books you have out there the more chance you have of gaining followers.

 4. Is time management important, and what's your secret?
As a full time worker and writer it is so important to manage your time. I work between 8-12 hours a day in my day job so most times I write at night and the weekend. I aim to try and write four books a year. It’s exhausting, frustrating and it drives me crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way…except off course I would like to give up work and write full time but un-less I win the lottery which I don’t do so never will which means this is how my life will be…crazy!

 5. Who is your favorite character from your books and why?
Each book I write I always fall in love with my hero’s, my favourite is whoever I’m writing at that time!

 6. When you write do you edit as you go along or simply keep writing and then once the book is finish edit?
I draft out my book first then I go back and edit. Once I start to write I don’t want to stop the flow. So its head down and head for the finishing line.

 7. How do you market your book and what problems have you encountered if any?
My publisher holds a blog tour and does some advertising. I have a very good lady called Regina at Heartfelt Promos who does most of my advertising. I circulate my books on varies social media pages. Its trial and error and finding what suits you best.

 8. How do you draw followers to your FB page, and web site?
Word of mouth, joining and liking pages that are associated with whatever I’m writing at the time.

 9. Would you ever self-publish?
Yes! And excitingly enough I will be self-publishing a Christmas book this year with the help of my very good friend Annie.

 10. What is the future for Dilys J. Carnie?
Ah… that’s a ten million dollar question.
More writing off course!
Hopefully my trip that I had to cancel to America will be going ahead soon where I will be meeting my publisher and staying with my best friend.
Who knows what else will come my way. I do know that with every day that passes I am grateful for my health and family and as long as that continues I’m happy!

Thank you for having me, Jennifer It is always my pleasure to talk to you!



A lone woman…a mysterious stranger…and a secret.
When Daisy Wallace meets Micah, a man of mystery, she is bowled over by an instant attraction. A passionate encounter follows, but he's holding back and Daisy doesn't understand why.
 Micah King has been retained by a client to locate the triplet daughters that she gave up for adoption, and he's pretty sure Daisy is the youngest of the girls. He wants to tell Daisy the truth, but before he can he needs to verify that she is indeed the woman he's looking for. He never meant to get involved with her, but she's just so tempting.
 When Daisy finds out the truth will she be able to forgive Micah's lie by omission? After all, he's deceived her from the first moment she laid eyes on him, and she's had her fill of deceitful men. And can she forgive the woman who gave her up thirty years ago? Content Warning: contains adult language and explicit sex


"I like it here…with you…in the kitchen." His words were enunciated slowly as she gripped the edge of the sink, pressing her back into the hardness…it was no good, she couldn't go back any further.

"Uh-huh." Daisy cleared her throat, trying to eradicate the huskiness present every time she'd spoken to him that morning.

Micah's eyes narrowed. "What's wrong, Daisy?"

"Nothing." She licked her lips.

"Yes, there is. Are you regretting last night?"

She swallowed, but her throat was bone dry. "Last night." She sucked in a breath as he stood in front of her and his hands landed on either side of her with a thud, coming to rest on the countertop.

"Have you got a boyfriend?"

She shook her head. "No."

"Keep it that way."

"Pardon me."

"Don't go looking for one…we have unfinished business."

She lifted her hands and pushed at his hard chest, which of course was a complete waste of time. "Now look here, you can't tell me what to do."

"Yes, I can." He kissed her hard, short, and succinct, and the power behind it made her knees tremble.

"No, you can't. If I want to go out and find a man, I will." She spoke defiantly with her chin held high, but it was lost in the fact that her chin only came up to his chest, and she had to strain further to look him in the eye. Her fingers tingled at the heat emanating from him. The smooth cotton of his shirt was soft to the touch, and his heartbeat was strong as the beat echoed against her fingertips.

"I don't think so."

"Excuse me." She pulled her head back and looked at him.

"Don't start thinking that you can bed someone else."

Her cheeks heated as she tried to push him away. "What the hell? You can't tell me who I can go to bed with…you hardly know me, and you most certainly don't have the right."

"After last night…you do want me, and if I hadn't stopped we would have been in that bed together. I would've made you forget whatever it is that has made you lose your confidence. You're one of the sexiest, most beautiful women I've ever met, and when I do what I have to…I'm going to show you exactly how much I really want you."

"That's just arrogant."

His smile was slow and sexy, and she was pretty sure that had he not been holding her up she would've glided to the floor in a stream of unbridled lust. His hardness was pressed against her stomach.

"Arrogant?" He shook his head. "No, that's not justifying the way I feel, but I'm confident you feel the same way."

"You think so, huh?" When she'd offered him a bed last night he'd refused.

He kissed her again, a little slower this time. Their kisses were hotter than a sauna on a cold day. She could hear the baby in the background, but it was as if she was a distant voice.

He parted from her just enough to speak and she watched his lips move. They were sexy, and she had to push herself to listen to what he was saying.

"I have to fly out today. I have a meeting tomorrow I need to be at, but when Amy goes down for her nap, we need to talk. I need to tell you why I'm here."

She frowned as his words penetrated her sex-befuddled mind. "What do you mean why you're here? I thought it was something to do with a golf course?"

"Actually…that was a lie."

"I knew there was something not quite right about that. If a golf course was going to be built I would've known. Jeez, you can't sneeze on this island without everybody knowing before you've even finished." She narrowed her eyes. Something was definitely going on. She pushed him away, catching him off balance.

* * * *

The look of worry that crossed her features made Micah want to kick himself. He hadn't meant to say anything, but damn it all to hell, he didn't seem to have much control over anything when she was around, including speech. He was trained to take all kinds of torture and not say a word, and now he only had to look at her and he was like some dribbling teenager.

"Daisy, I'm–" Before he could get his words out the frantic tone of her voice stopped him.

"You're from them, aren't you?" She leaned over, lifted Amy up from her chair and wrapped her arms around the baby. "You can just go back and tell whoever it is you work for that I don't have it…zilch…zitto, and even if I did, you wouldn't get a dime from me."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Time to celebrate!

Clink! Clink! Can you hear me toasting with my friends and celebrating the fact that I have       signed a three book deal for the Children of Annwn series. Woot! Woot! Amazing feeling to     receive some acknowledgement of what you have achieved, and I'm embracing that feeling     for a while because what comes next is I think MUCH  harder, marketing and selling them. 

So, contracts signed, what comes next, well I have to read through the manuscript and work with a specially assigned editor and bring this baby home.

No  more snippets or teasers until it's ready! Oh, and did I mention I have 2 further books to write, yep have written some vague outlines and will feel happier when I can submerge myself back into the story. I also plan to set up a web-site, so when it's ready I will let you know.  

Oh, also on a sideline, I am going to enter a first page competition for a WIP that I have. I love these and if you have something suitable send along to the link below.


Monday, June 9, 2014

What happens after you submit?

When I started on that long road of writing, my biggest challenge was transferring the words from my head into the computer so that they made sense. I spent the next five years learning how to do it properly, changing the plot, adding characters, sub-plots, strengthen the world building, and learning how to edit, proofread, and go back after often harsh criticism and re-write.

I would hover at book signings, listening to authors talk about their books and how the stories were created and what inspired them as a way to re-inspire myself, even when at times I thought I should give up because I doubted I would ever be good enough.

 However, and I owe this to my mother who has been my greatest supporter and my ever loving husband without whom none of this would be possible, I did not give up and became more determined than ever to reach my goal of PUBLICATION.
After submitting my manuscript recently, I hope over the next few weeks to be able to share some very exciting and heart-stopping news, but before I do, I have taken a pause to consider what that next step really means.
 The next step is terrifying, challenging, and a whole new world of crazy!

For the longest time, I have been head bent and working tirelessly on getting Children of Annwn: The Promise, where it needs to be that I had not truly researched what is involved in the publication process?
          What do publishers actually do?

          Writing for me has always been a great joy, but it has not always been easy and now staring at what comes next, I wish I could simply carry on writing. Now, when you get your book published, there's a whole host of things to consider, like gaining  loyal followers, setting up a web-site, marketing your book, book signings, blog-hops, and finding ways to get your book out before your chosen audience. Am I ready for all of this????

I would like to thank all my followers for staying with me throughout the years and now more than ever, I need your support. Please, click on the links below and spread the word, thank you.