Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Her Merry Mix-Up

It’s not so much that Amber Curtis gave up on Christmas, but that Christmas gave up on Amber.

After a string of chaotic Christmases, and one awkward break-up Amber is looking for some alone time. Unfortunately, the silly season seems out to get her, and instead of the haven of tranquillity she is hoping for she gets Will Stone.

Her unexpected roommate makes it his mission to prove she’s not the jinx she’s decided she is, and with the help of his family, she just might realise that a merry mix-up can be a good thing after all.

Will had stomped ahead a few paces, as they came to the top of a rather hefty hill. Amber turned to take in the view and catch her breath, only for it to be taken away again by the landscape. It was beautiful, covered in pristine white, a true winter wonderland. The cottage topped the scene off by looking like a Christmas card painting. She scooped up a handful of snow and began shaping it into a decent replica of a softball.

"Hey, slowcoach, are you coming?" She turned to see Will about twenty feet away his hands tucked deeply into his pockets.

By using his footprints, she eased her progress towards him. He was looking over her head at the scenery seemingly unaware of the projectile in her hand. Just as he turned and began walking up the slope again, she sent the snowball on a collision course with the back of his head.

"What the hell?" was all she heard as she quickly rearmed herself.

"You didn't really just hit a six foot three full back in the back of the head with a snowball did you, because that would be very silly." There was a sexy menace to his words and a shiver ran through the length of her body that had nothing to do with the cold.

His slow turn gave her a moment to aim before landing another hit, right in the centre of his face.

The fight was on as he shovelled up snow with his gloved hands and continually missed her, either due to her blinding him with her very accurate throws or just his atrocious snowball making ability. She now had the higher ground having snuck past him whilst he was wiping his face.

"You might be a big mighty rugby player, but I played rounders!" she laughed loudly and turned her back to carry on towards the now visible farmhouse, she just had time to register some people walking towards them, before realising her mistake.

There was a shuffling sound behind her and she turned just in time to glimpse the vast chest—she’d first noticed less than 48 hours ago—far closer than she’d ever expected to see it. He lifted her off the ground and placed her on her back on the freezing snow, in one fluid movement. It showed great strength and speed, unsurprisingly, but also incredible control, she hadn’t felt any impact whatsoever. His legs lay next to hers, but his arms still encircled her, holding his body mere inches away. A triumphant gleam lit his eyes before he began shaking his head vigorously letting the water and snow, she’d pummelled him with, shower down on her.

"Get off." She gasped laughing.

The head shaking stopped, but he didn't move.

"You might have a good aim, but I know how to tackle." His voice held a heat which made her stomach knot and breathing deepen.

Despite knowing she was currently on a bed of snow, Amber would have sworn she was lying on hot coals—fire was surely the only explanation for her temperature spike.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wolf's Heart - Feral Book One Available NOW!

Larissa Lovell is standing in the middle of her own personal idea of hell: A Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention.
When Larissa's best friend sends her on a mission, to get the autograph of Zane Adamson: the sexy star of the paranormal television hit 'Feral', she is far from thrilled. Larissa is a realist, and silly fantasy worlds are not her idea of fun. When she meets Zane however, she decides her fortunes are looking up.  Unfortunately, for Larissa, Zane is harboring secrets that affect both of their lives, past, present and future.
As reality and fantasy collide, will Zane be able to convince Larissa that she has the strength to ensure her own survival as well as protect the existence of the world she turned her back on long ago?

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Returning to the muggle world soon...

You might not believe it, but I have been busy. After some extensive time with a proof-reader the rewrites for Wolf's Heart are complete and Zane and Larissa will be returning to the published world soon. So looking forward to sharing them and the rest of the Feral world with all the muggles again. Also I'm near completion of my Christmas novella and I can't wait to bring Amber and Will to you all. X

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Love on a train

So I hopped on the train last night a couple minutes to spare, it's packed. There's a middle aged couple stood in the doorway the woman is crying the man trying to sooth her, then she hops off and sits on the bench the man stands in the doorway. He rings her, asks her what she's doing. The train door closes and I can hear her sobs on the phone, I swear he starts crying as well telling her he'll see her tomorrow. As the train pulls out he returns to his seat. Their anguish is real, touching and heartbreaking. My thoughts... They're so having an affair!

I could be wrong, but the emotional intensity of their parting was very Romeo and Juliet and when you're in your late 50s/early 60s I doubt many couples are able to keep that kind of intensity up... it would be bloody exhausting for a start!

So while we are discussing love on a train... feel free to check out my free read A Casual Acquaintance X

Monday, 4 May 2015

Thank You Breathless Press

It is with sadness I said goodbye to Breathless Press this week. They took a chance on my first story and I'll forever be grateful to the team there.

I hadn't written for a while, life got in the way,and my focus became centred on my young family. I was beginning to find my way back to writing when Breathless announced their decision. The rights to my work with them have now been returned to me, and I'm looking forward to making some changes (adding some writing and new covers) and getting them back out in the world soon.

I'd like to wish everyone at Breathless Press all the best, in whatever adventures await them next. X M

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A change is a coming...

Things are changing in these here parts. I'll keep you posted as to what's going on, when I know. x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Oh Mr Gandy & What's a Tom bank?!

We just had Comic Relief here in the UK, a sort of telethon that raises money for charities in the UK and abroad. One of the celebrities involved in one of the many comedy sketches was David Gandy. Now I'd heard of David Gandy and had even seen pictures of him, and though I would never have denied that he was very attractive, well he just didn't do it for me.
That is until I saw him on Comic Relief!
Oh My Gandy!
That's for sure. There is a manliness that so many male models seem to lack. I don't do pretty boys, but give me a man with stubble and creases and a set of blue eyes that could drag your soul back from the pits of hell with one wink, and I'm yours for life!

So the reason I bring all this up is, well, guess who my next hero looks like. ;)
His name is Tom Cassidy (well for now, these things sometimes change in the early stages.) and he was originally conceived from a couple of other Toms'.
Tom Ellis from among other things Miranda, and the internet's boyfriend Tom Hiddleston.
(I've also decided that since Marvel has a Chris vault, Britain has a Tom bank, because apart from the previously mentioned there is also Hardy, Mison & Felton, oh my!)

Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts on David Gandy and the Tom bank with you. To finish here is a moment from Red Nose Day 2013. Enjoy. X

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A little word on reading reviews

I DON'T! I learnt very early on, it's not a great idea. As Benny (Minnie Driver) said in Circle of Friends (which I just saw is 20 years old this year... which it can't be because me, Minnie and Chris O'Donnell aren't that old!) "...I may look like a rhinoceros, but I've got quite a thin skin really."

It's true, reading reviews is not conducive to writing. Writers constantly struggle with this idea -
When I start a new story I'm a genius, when the first embers of creativity start dying I'm a fraud, and as much as reading the "nice" reviews may be lovely and helpful, reading the "other" reviews can be devastating. I'm only telling you all this because I just googled my little self-pub, and saw some star ratings. I was quite happy with the results I saw, but it was an itch that was scratched in those fleeting glances, because I know if I look harder I might not like what I see and then I'd never write again. So a word to the wise. Leave well enough alone and just get on with being a genius, because we could use a few more of those in the world right now. X

PS I'm six years younger than both Minnie and Chris, so I'm not that old ;)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

back to school...

So the kids went back to school today. We had a lovely Christmas hols, and they've been somewhat difficult to get over, but it's back to normal now. Well as normal as this household gets anyway. We have three birthdays and a trip to Disneyland Paris to contend with over the next two months, so as always busy, busy. Wish me luck. x

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Life and motivation

Well life got in the way, once again. As it does with young children. On the build up to Christmas doing stuff for them became my priority and finding the motivation to finish my novella did not. ARGHHHH! New year, new motivation... I hope. So today on the first day of this bright and beautiful new year, I won't make a resolution, but I will make a promise to myself to try harder in all areas of my life! I wish you luck in the promises you make to yourself on this New Year's day. X M