I’m a big SoA fan, but over here we haven’t got the last few series yet so I’m jonesing BAD. I wanted to give a shout out to Meli Raine, the author behind Finding Allie (it’s a trilogy – books 2 and 3 are also out now). I just reviewed it on Amazon ‘cos I LOVED it. It basically reads like a SoA prequel. Our hero, Chase, who’s heading for a Jax-style destiny with his MC, meets this great girl Allie whose stepdad is into some bad stuff, and it ends up being 50% MC suspense and 50% young love. It just works really well. I think it’s the best crossover MC romance/NA romance I’ve seen because the characters actually feel young and naive (in a good way, not an annoying way). The first book was addictive and now I’m grabbing the other two. Anyway, just wanted to mention it. Click the cover to go to the book on Amazon.
I just wanted to remind people that today is the final day of the giveaway I’ve been running. If you haven’t entered yet, get in now! Up for grabs are:
A Kindle Fire HD7
A Fenbrook Academy t-shirt
3 x $10 Amazon gift cards
The Kindle and Fire are US/Canada only, but the gift cards are open internationally.
Today I’m giving over my blog to Phil Marley, the photographer who shot the cover for Acting Brave. I was so pleased with the way the cover turned out that I asked him to do a piece on how he found Devon Mayson (there’ll be another piece on Harry May, who plays Ryan).
When Helena first asked me to shoot the cover (way back in early 2014) the first thing I did – after reading an outline of Acting Brave and devouring the first two books – was to start looking for a Jasmine. I knew the model would need to have Jasmine’s trademark long red hair but I was also after a very specific look. Jasmine in the books can look both sexy and innocent and, especially in Acting Brave, she goes through some very difficult, painful stuff. It wasn’t an easy part to cast.
By May 2014, I had a shortlist of eleven models. Then I saw a shot of Devon Mayson taken by Kris Karl and I literally threw my shortlist away and emailed Devon immediately. I know that sounds like I’m making it up for dramatic effect, but I’m not. She was that perfect. You can see Kris’s shot on model site PurplePort, here (warning: this shot is safe for work, but other shots on the same site aren’t).
Devon’s been modeling for over five years and, as well as being a Miss England finalist, she’s a country singer and songwriter (check out her Facebook page here and give her some love!)
As soon as I started working with her, I could see she had that stage presence that Jasmine’s meant to have. She could turn on the glitz and glamor and be Jasmine but she could also be the much more vulnerable Emma (that won’t make a lot of sense until you read the book. Just trust me on this one).
Asking models who’ve never met before to do these sorts of shots is always a risk, but Devon and Harry (more on Harry later this week) had great chemistry that really shows in the final shots. The whole day was a lot of fun. Oh, and there’s a scene in the book that Helena wrote in based on something that happened on the shoot. See if you can spot it 🙂
Today, between 12pm and 4pm Eastern Time, Chloe Barlow (author of Three Rivers and all-round sweetie) is taking over Summer’s Book Blog on Facebook for an afternoon of giveaways, Q&As and more. I’m guesting there for an hour (1pm – 2pm) and will be chatting about Fenbrook, giving away swag and drinking too much coffee. Stop by and join us (click the pic above to join!)
About six months ago, a reader named Chloe dropped me an email after reading Dance For Me. We got talking and she mentioned she was working on her debut novel. I wound up mentoring her and eventually beta read her novel, Three Rivers…and now, what feels like years after I first met Chloe, it’s out!
Three Rivers is the story of Althea, a woman who loses everything when her husband is killed. She closes herself off from love, and it takes a man in a million to allow her to love again. That man is Griffen, and you’re going to love him.
Chloe writes about grief much, much better than I could. She delivers moments of laugh-out-loud humor and really touching scenes that’ll have you rooting for the heroine and her friends.
To all my readers who reside on the other side of the pond (actually, all of you – the rest of us can still celebrate too, right?) happy Fourth of July! 🙂
I’ve been waiting to be able to show everyone the final cover for weeks now, and today’s the day. The awesome Anna over at Reading Between the Lines Reviews is hosting my cover reveal (squee!)
Also today I completed the cover for the paperback version, so once that’s all been approved and finalized I’ll post that as well.
Well, that wasn’t quite as traumatic as I’d thought it would be.
This is going to be a blog about writing, cooking, romance (the written kind, not the–well, actually there may be some of that too), Photoshop (admit it, you weren’t expecting that to be next in the list, were you?). If that sounds appealing then feel free to jump in 🙂