How Do Horror Novelists Sleep At Night?

I never intended to traverse the world of domestic violence, be that in a fictional one or in the real world. My character made a passing reference to his sister’s former abusive relationship and now she’d moved on. That was all.  But this sister, her name is Julia, she had a story to tell. And […]

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Why Do I Free Write?

I love to free write.  Honestly, I should do it more often. When my characters won’t “talk” to me, or when perfectly good scenes aren’t making sense, or when I’m just not feeling that novel anymore, I know the worse thing I can do is force it. So I take my notebook and a pen […]

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Novel Excerpt – Behind Closed Doors

While Tainted Love is going through the rigorous editing process prior to publication I am working hard on book 2 of the Valentina Secrets Series. Here’s a sneak preview of what I’m working on at the moment. Behind Closed Doors – Chapter 12   Late Friday night my now official fiancé brought a courier parcel […]

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Sharing the Light with Laughter

I love all the things that are bad for me I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs… I DO COFFEE. It gets me through the work day. I am more than willing to pay for my coffee. Now in the UK, I pay more than £3.50 for my caramel macchiato and at […]

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The Basement – Part Three – Finale

Wednesday I posted Part One of my 3 part short suspense The Basement. And on Friday I posted Part Two.  Today we conclude Andie’s journey.  “I don’t understand what we did” Andie’s eye searched the rugged features of his face. Surely they had to be familiar to her? But as he stood there, hands causally […]

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The Basement – Part Two

Wednesday I posted Part One of my 3 part short suspense The Basement. Today we continue with Andie’s journey.   Their murders permanently stained Andie’s memory like the blood on her white linen slacks. A scream as fresh as the day her parents died snapped Andie back into the present and the cold basement. The […]

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Full Circle by Patti Larsen – Hayle Coven Novels #8

Patti Larsen always puts the first chapter in the back of the last book and when I read Miriam had been arrested by the crooked enforcers of the High Council I’ve been on the edge of my seat for WEEKS waiting for this book!   So let me share with you my pre reading speculations: […]

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The Basement – Part One

   With one hand upon the door, Andie pushed open the entrance. Below her, the basement loomed. Cold and musty.    Echoing inside her mind the click of the light switching off echoed from five years ago. But the light was on. Why is the light on? Who’s been down here? Who’s down here now? […]

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Life begins at …

Today is a huge milestone for me. Its the day many people, especially the ladies who reach this day, (sorry girls but its true) sob into their cereal, eat a ton of chocolate and wash it down with copious amounts of wine.  Today, I turn 30.   And I don’t think I’ve been more excited […]

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Why Can’t You Write A Novel?

I wrote this post a few days after I finished the 1st draft of my 1st ever novel, Life’s A Ball? I’ve written 4 other novels in the last 28 months before my life was taken over by Valentina Secrets in at the beginning of the year. I’ve grown as both a writer and a […]

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