A community with a big heart.

When I started out, I knew nothing and I really mean that. I wrote my book and read a ‘how-to-self-publish’ guide and bam! My first book was out there. There were several stages in between, I’m sure and I may jot them down at some point. This post isn’t about that though.

So, here I was with my shiny new book and of course I was the first person to do this amazing thing and damn, wasn’t every other author, blogger and reviewer eager to get their mitts on it?

Well no, of course they weren’t.

What I didn’t know when I stumbled into this book world, was that it was a community. They were tight, they knew each other and had been together a lot longer than my five minutes. I’d like to think my assumptions about where I fit were based on naiveté, rather than arrogance. I hope so anyway. You earn your stripes, nothing is a ‘given’. And five years down the line, I’m still learning. I think I always will be.

I have signed at several Book events, in the UK and the States. And hand on heart I can say, the authors I’ve met, the readers, organisers, everyone has always been just bloody lovely.

What I know to be true now though is, this community, of romance writers, indie and traditional, bloggers, reviewers and other trades associated with getting the words out there, which are mostly women are fucking amazing!

And if you take a look through your timeline right now, you will see it, in all its awesome action.

I don’t doubt for a moment there are rivalries and jealousies, this is a business after all but I have found nothing but support and made some great friends amongst the book loving world. This post is about one of those.

This week we lost someone special from this community.

Karen & Me at The White Rose Signing in Newcastle

Karen Frances, leaves behind, a husband, five children and a catalogue of wonderful sexy books. I met her several times and considered her someone I could always drop a line to, ask for help or share a drink with, she was funny, friendly and kind. She will be missed.

Her new book was released last week but she was too poorly to promote.

I’m also sharing this fundraiser. I have donated a signed book and all my ebox collections, but I know times are hard. If you can do nothing more than share this, it is very much appreciated.

Karen Frances Memorial Event

And a Happy New Year!

Hope you all have a great time over the holiday period. It is a time for reflection I guess and as fast as these years seem to be going at my ripe old age I have to say this year has been amazing. I got to meet many wonderful people, stay with readers and friends on my adventure over the Summer and I finished writing another two books! Phew!

Amazing people, wonderful time…memories to last a lifetime <3

Next year…well I’ll keep you posted…

All my love, always.

xdee

Just in case you thought I’d quit…

Hi guys,

I know it’s been an age since I released a book, but please bare in mind I did release 2 full length novels this year. It was just way back in Jan and March…Hmm now why does that look familiar?

Oh yes, because I have my next 2 books set to be released this Jan and March 2018…I know, feast or famine with me!!…but honestly you’ll thank me I held back book 1 until book 2 was also ready to be released…without a long wait that is..trust me 🙂

So mark you TBR’s, add me to Goodreads and keep your peepers pealed…

I’m so sorry I’m neglecting you…

Hey Guys,

In fairness I’m actually trying to get my next books written so I’ve not been completely idle.

Let me give you a little background as to what is currently going on in my fuzzy little head. I’m working on a duet, a sexy Romantic Thriller, titled The Housekeepers Daughter, the first book is done, edited and just waiting a final proof…the second, I am well over half way and hope to finish in the next few weeks. So Beta’s be prepared 🙂 (Book 1 estimated release date Jan 5th)

I am also writing a cute sexy hospital drama that I’m drip feeing you sporadically in my reader group and I know that is tortuous for you but I will be able to focus on that more when I’m finished.

Early next year I will start Wanting More (Wanted 2) …I promise.

I have some new covers for The Choices Trilogy which I will share later this week and I have a few sales lined up from now until Christmas so keep an eye out.

I think that’s about it…Oh other than I have another 7 day Facebook ban.

Take care guys, love you to bits <3 <3 <3

xdee

Tail end…In the Big Apple

Before I give the ending I better fill you in where else my great American adventure has taken me…so after Chicago I went to North California, Santa Rosa and San Fransisco. The Redwoods were eerie and wonderful at the same time, the coast line was stunning and a little like the West country in the UK which is my favourite and San Fran had the largest selection of dildos in size and quantity I’ve ever had the pleasure of…

San Diego was perfect weather and amazing beaches…man I could just people watch all day…hmm

Nashville OMG! That’s all I have to say about that…

Houston and Orlando were hot and humid and I got to chill and catch up on the naps and now I’m in New York which is a lil’ bit like London…I’ve made a list, taken pics and you can pretty much expect to see and learn about my travels in future books in some form or another… #allaboutresearch

And New York

Gonna just say a quick thank and huge you to my hosts/guides…Amanda and Kyle (UP) Patty and Scott (Santa Rosa), Katie and Louie (San Diego) Lynn & Kellee (Nashville) Jane & John (Houston) Maggie (Orlando) ..thank you so much for welcoming me into your homes…I am overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity…hope I can return the favour one day <3 <3 <3 xdee

Sleeping my Way Across America…

Hmm out of the gutter please…this is more an homage to ‘Naptime’ rather than an expose on my travels…I should be so lucky ;).

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I am half way through my 6week adventure traveling across the United States and I’ve had many ‘firsts’: 1st Red Solo cup, 1st Top Golf, 1st Taco Bell, 1st Chicago Pizza, 1st time on a double decker train, 1st…hmm maybe later…and I’ve visited some staggeringly beautiful places and met the best people. But by far the most significant thing I’ve learnt about myself is no matter how far I from my house I may be…having a ‘Nap’ always takes me home.

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My first stop was Charlotte, North Carolina for the Dark & Seductive book signing (which was awesome!).

I then flew up to Cleveland where the nap-attacks hit me hard. It helped I didn’t really want to venture further than my AirBNB apartment since the Uber driver informed me I had selected staying in ‘The Hood’ to start my vacation….of course I did!

My next stop was just perfect for my nap time to fix itself as a permanent and non-negotiable part of my adventure. The Upper Peninsula, Michigan where I stayed in friends cabin. The location was stunning and kind of perfect for me, quiet, inspiring and not so remote that all could think of was the film Cabin in the Woods. 

My next stop was Chicago and not for the first time I wondered this is going far too well for the heroine and I’d cock my ear and listen for the ominous soundtrack to kick in. It didn’t and I bloody loved this city.

My routine is fixed…up early to wander or write- late lunch-home for my nap -up and out for a late evening explore.

Onward next out to the West Coast…

Just a little update…

Hey,

It kind of feels a little narcissistic to just post when I’ve got nothing much to say, I mean I don’t want to waste your time when there’s not much to report but also I don’t always want to be only posting when I have something new to sell…so this is an inbetweenie post.

I am two thirds into a new book which like Never and Disgrace, will very much start as a standalone but also like Wanted, who knows ;). I love that you want more from the stories I tell and as tempting as it is when there’s demand, I have to be absolutely sure I have the ‘right’ story to tell. I am super impressed with authors that are hugely productive and although I don’t think I’m bad, I definitely need the time in my head for the stories, characters, and events to have a play around before they hit the page and even then they will need some time to settle…make sense and whatnot.

So I don’t have a release date…yet, hope I don’t lose you in the meantime <3

If you follow me on FB you will know I’m moving house soon which has pretty much put a halt to anything remotely creative, unless seeing how much you can physically stuff in a box is considered creative that is…no I didn’t think so.

See I told you nothing much to report but I will leave you with a standard author plea …please and thank you <3

xdee

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Magic Formula

Yeah…I really don’t think there is one, sorry. But don’t go just yet, I’m sure I can cobble together some words of wisdom for anyone staring out as an Indy author. Oh wait…I’m still starting out, forget that. You can go and do something much more interesting than read my musings.

Still here? OK, fab 🙂 I’m not a newbie, even if I feel like I am. It’s been two years and I have nine books out, which are all doing rather well, THANK YOU! I understand from chatting with others that there has been a change in the market…a significant change even.

It’s possible. I haven’t been around ling enough to even give a best guess but I don’t buy into the recent doom and gloom of the indy market. Mostly because I wasn’t around for the so-called Golden era so for me it is what it is. You write, you publish and you hope to get enough people to read and enjoy, that they spread the word. I’ve hit the amazon best seller list several times in specific categories I must add (authors will know what this means lol), even so, it’s still frickin’ amazing but mostly my sales curve…is organic…incremental and is a slowly slow-catchy-monkey kind of growth.

“If you write it, they will…ahem 😉 ”

What never fails to impress me though, is the sense of community, readers and authors alike, yes there’s drama llamas but I recently launched my latest book and had some HUGE authors take time out of their day to support me…I was beyond humbled.

Honestly, from the get-go, that has been my experience and I am so grateful it is, because I’m a sensitive flower (with a filthy mind) and a glutton for punishment, for example, as much as I know I shouldn’t…I…on dark days, go to Goodreads and read all the bad reviews on my books…I know, I know,  I shouldn’t especially as Julia Roberts said so astutely in Pretty Woman.

“It’s easier to believe the bad stuff.”

So when I saw this meme, it not only made me laugh but I think I shall print it out and pin it on my wall. Don’t get me wrong low ratings are inevitable and necessary because not everyone reads the same book. I’ve one clicked a book based solely on the 1 star…saying utter pornography haha…

But some are downright mean…and although I never will, I do often want to ask what someone takes away from tearing into something with such venom and vitriol, something that I’m pretty sure was only ever meant to entertain. Not speaking about any of mine in this instance, so no need to get on a warpath for my benefit…nothing good comes from that…No my personal grrr is the ones without comments at all…Really???

Still as my Gran would say…”nowt so queer as folk.”

Oh…I started writing again this week…New book…not just my shopping list 😉

xdee

It’s Alive…well not exactly but it IS live.

What you’ve been waiting for…Wanted is Live!

I’m so proud of this book> I loved writing it…loved getting feedback and even loved how …yeah I can’t put that because it would be a massive spoiler.

If you haven’t clicked…and you probably have because you’re awesome…go click now!

Wanted

Promise you won’t be disappointed <3

xdee

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