Thursday, April 7, 2016

Romance author Holly J. Gill Highlight

                            Hello, and thank you, Jennifer,for having me over on your blog.

It is always a pleasure to have a fellow author and Brit appear on my blog, thanks! Tell us a little about yourself...


Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Holly J. Gill an indie author of the adult contemporary romance Innocence, about a young woman who has lost her path in life, having nothing left and scared for her unborn child, until a sweet young man saves the day, only all is not, we presume. I also have an erotic series called Desires, having so far five books out of the series about a sex club. Free your imagination! I am a wife, mum and nana, and love to write in my spare time although since my publisher closed their doors last September my book writing has become a business and find myself discovering a whole new world.

Being a mum of 3, a grandmother and you work? full-time??, how do you find time to write? do you have a structure to how and when you write?
My children are now adults, making me feel old, although I’m only 41. Yes, I’m a Nana to twins, Thea Louise and Jacob Luke who are 14 months old, I love those two little monkeys, being a Nana is special and the love is so different, they always make me smile even if I’m in a foul mood lol. I work in a care home, two days a week that are 12 hours shifts, very tiring though, but means I have more time for family, friends and writing. I try to structure my days so I make the time to dedicate to the characters twittering in my head.

2. How did you start your career in writing? You have loved to write since you were in school I read somewhere, did you start writing short stories, enter competitions or dive right into writing a novel? 

I did start writing short stories as a child. The only time I enjoyed school was when the teacher said essay. I beamed, grabbing my attention immediately, although stipulated to me to reduce my word count, I always thought teachers were meant to encourage? Either way, I’d write a short story then once marked take it home and finish it, it carried on into my adulthood, writing when I could around my small family, this was when the stories turned into novels. I write because I enjoy it, a hobby something to keep my mind occupied.

3. Ideas for stories, where do you get them from and do you write a plot outline for each story? Keep notes on research or character development?

Good question, ideas I have no idea they come from nowhere, I can see an image, hear a tune and that’s it the novel begins. No notes or plots, I write down research such as a place, to make it more accurate but otherwise, the characters take hold and I write what they want me too.

4. How long does it take you to write a story from beginning to end?

Depends on my private and work life, if the characters are talking well, then weeks, my recent novel which is with my new current editor was written in three.

5. Love or hate editing?
This I struggle with, as my problem is stepping away from the characters and becoming a reader. I find it hard and need guidance.

6. You were signed with Secret Cravings Publisher like me, how did you find the transition from being signed to be self-published? 

Scared, worried, daunting, and thankfully due to the wonderful family at SCP I mailed many for advice on what I needed to do to become self-published, they all are brilliant. I still find being an indie author scary, alone and always discovering new things. So much to learn.

7. The future for Indie writers where do you see it going?

Gosh I have no idea, for me I’m just going to keep writing and doing what I love until one day my imagination dries up, but then I have fifty books written in draft I could start re-working on them.

8. Best marketing tip for authors?

Promote, promote, promote.

9. Advice for aspiring writers?

Stalk authors, find out what they do, and ask questions. Do your homework don’t be afraid to ask questions.

10. Do you ever see yourself attempting a different genre than romance?  

Oh yes, I have touched on paranormal and action.

I would love to include a little about both erotic and sweet adult series, if you would like to send me a couple of lines on them and some pictures....

Innocence Series: Adult Contemporary Romance, with sexual tension

The series will come as:
Innocence of Love
Breaking Innocence
Return to Innocence

Blurb for book 1

Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream about— perfect lifestyle, running the family real-estate company back in London. He takes a holiday up north to visit his parents only to find a young pregnant woman attempting to take her life. Wishing to help, Calvin becomes a friend to her, only fears he’s out of his depth. Just when he thinks he can do this his past resurfaces, sending his life crashing.

Kacey is pregnant and her life is out of control with nowhere left to go. She descends on her mum for one last chance for help, only to have the door slammed in her face. At her wits end, she is alone, scared, and helpless until Calvin comes along. He becomes a dear friend giving her kindness, something she thought no longer existed in the world. Only she finds what she’d pushed to the back of her mind through selfish pain is back. Her past with all its mistakes has come back to life!



“What and you’re Mr. Perfect?” she growled.
“No, far from it, but I would not cheat on my girlfriend and certainly not one expecting my baby. I am sure we could have found some way around any difficulties and compromised,” he said, honestly.
“Well, you don’t know anything about me or my life, and I think you should just walk away and forget you even saw me,” she roared.
She turned her head away noticing her staring back down at the river.
His heart skipped beats. He rolled his tongue over his teeth, followed by biting down on his lips, eager to think of something to say.
“I cannot do that. I mean, look at you,” he said desperately. He stepped forward.
“Yeah, pregnant with no-one wanting me, what is there? My baby is better off coming with me,” she said distraught.
Calvin became more worried that she was about to jump. Clearly, the girl was in a bad place.
He watched her release one of her hands from the rail. “No, please, no…don’t do it. Look I can help,” he said panicking. He reacted quickly rushing forward to stretch his hand out to grab her if she went. Only he was feet away from her and had no idea how much weight the rotten wooden bridge would take. His heart beat overtime in his chest. He held his breath, stopping himself close to the embankment before he fell in the river. He feared she was about to jump.
“Please, I can help you,” he had to convince her, what she was thinking or attempting to do was wrong and he could try and help her give her support, tell her anything just to get her of the damn unstable bridge. Calvin had no clue what he was saying or what to say, but what he did know was there was a pregnant vulnerable girl thinking about taking her life.
“I have nothing, no home, no friends, and no money. I slept rough last night,” she screamed. “So don’t fucking tell me what to do. Go home and live happy…I have nothing to be happy about,” she snarled.


Desires series: Erotica, BDSM, kinky romance.

Touching Angel’s Desires
Desires’ Secrets
Embracing Desires
Dan’s Desires

Desires—a place where fantasies are made flesh and dreams become real. From BDSM to being a dog, Desires can provide it with bells on, if that’s your kink.

Stacie Clifford’s only desire is to regain her sexual confidence after her recent escape from an abusive marriage. She joins Desires looking for re-education in the joys of her body. There is only one condition; her contract states emotional attraction between tutor and student is forbidden. Stacie is fine with that; her heart is so battered she has no desire to give it to anyone else.

Then she meets her instructor, Dan. Instantly attracted, at first Stacie thinks it will help to make her sexually comfortable with him. But when she realises she is falling in love, she can’t tear herself away, contract or no. Stacie knows that, no matter how kind and caring Dan appears, he’s just doing his job. Can Stacie overcome her own Desires and walk away?


She looked away from him, staring at the chocolate mousse on the table. She smiled as she imagined covering his cock in it.
“I do actually,” she replied sitting up to look at Dan. “I quite fancy trying out the feast.”
“Oh yes? Do you want to go downstairs?”
“Nope, I want to stay right here.”
She climbed off the bed to get the brown paper bag that contained the items she had bought earlier. One by one she placed the lace handcuffs, blindfold and ticklers on the bed. Dan’s eyes widened as Stacie picked up the lace handcuffs and climbed onto the bed on all fours. She crawled her way up to Dan, her breasts swaying. She grabbed his willing hands and he moved them up above his head to the headboard. Stacie put the cuffs on him and reached to get the blindfold. She tied it tightly round his eyes and sat back. He looked vulnerable and delicate.
Stacie climbed off the bed and admired his helpless body. He was wearing only his trunks, the bulge of his burgeoning excitement evident. She headed over to the table picking up the chocolate mousse, and then climbed back onto the bed, kneeling close to Dan.
Stacie licked her lips, looking at his eager face. She tightened her bottom, feeling her arousal already running wild around her body. Stacie moved closer, pressing her lips against his chest. She held her head up to watch his reaction. He shifted under her, and his lips parted slightly. Stacie moved her body up so her mouth was in line with his. She pressed her soft moist lips against his. Dan responded, kissing her back. She pulled away.
“No,” she told him, with a tsk of disapproval. Stacie wanted full control of everything, including his reactions. He stopped instantly.
Stacie kissed him again, moving her lips around his, caressing them. She tasted his lips, then dipped her tongue into his mouth feeling her body responding with pleasure. Stacie took hold of his bottom lip to bite it lightly, nibbling her way along.



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