Friday 12 December 2014

Dream Big and Take a Chance

Life is a funny old game, isn’t it? One day, you sit down and imagine what it would be like to write a book. Or, if you’re honest, several days you’ve imagined writing a book. You wonder whether you’d be any good at it and talk yourself out of a desire you’ve long since kept hidden. It’s a pipe dream, isn’t it, to think of yourself as a writer? No way could you be one. But there have been stories going around in your head for years, and you’ve wondered whether you had the courage to actually sit down and write them. By doing that, though, you’re taking “that step”. The one that means you’re going to give it a shot at being an author. It’s a little frightening. A lot daunting. And so you put it off, placing it on that trusty back burner, that ever-glowing ring of heat that keeps things warm and alive, simmering but never boiling. And anyway, there are plenty of excuses not to move forward. The day job, the bringing up of children, the business of living. Then there comes a time when you can’t ignore your instincts any longer. Why not write? No one has to know. You can scribble in a notebook when everyone else has gone to bed, or tap away on your computer on those rare occasions you’ve got some spare time.
I did that. It felt silly at first—you know, thinking of myself as a writer, almost like I was playing a game, being something that only other people were. I plugged on with my story, though, shoving away insecurities, and once I’d finished I decided that it was time to stop doubting my words and just submit it. Since the day I did that, I’ve been treated as a writer, an honest-to-goodness author—and it felt strange at first (but at the same time awesome). I still sit and smile that I have a new title, that I can say to people when they ask me what I do, that I’m an author.
Will I ever get over that amazing feeling?
I don’t know, but more amazing is that my debut hit the best seller list on my publisher’s site, on All Romance eBooks, and has got some pretty lovely ranking numbers on Amazon.
Another amazing feeling—not just that something I have written has done so well so quickly, but that people have bought my book. I can’t get over the fact that people clicked to buy, that they parted with their money, and they gave me a chance.
Humbling. Thank you so very much.
I’m so grateful to those readers—and happy that I decided to write my Highgate Shifters. I could have ignored that little voice telling me to write about men living on a wolf compound. I could have shut out all those characters that have been inside my head for such a long time. I could have gone to my grave never having told a soul about them. But I didn’t.
I think this post is my way of saying that you should follow your dreams. If that voice nags on for years, if it won’t go away no matter how busy you are, then perhaps it’s trying to tell you to do what you’ve always dreamed of doing. Be it writing, climbing a mountain, changing careers, starting a family—there are so many examples—then it can only be right. Right?
Listen to that voice—and walk proudly towards a new venture. You can do it. You really can.
Much love,


Saturday 18 October 2014

Vann's Victory - Highgate Shifters #2 - Coming Soon!


A Dom in secret—mated to another wolf in secret—is something Vann has always done, but now he has the chance to be open about his whole life.

Vann grew up under the rule of an alpha at Crossways Compound, who controlled every aspect of his pack member’s lives. Used to obeying without question, Vann suddenly finds himself in a position where he can make his own decisions outside his sexual relationship. In the past, his trysts with his subby lover, Kip, have been in secret, snatched moments away from security cameras or listening devices. Now they’ve been welcomed at Highgate, a safe haven, life should work out beautifully.

But there’s something Vann has to do first. He has to return to his childhood compound to right the wrongs that were done there. Along with Kip and members of the Highgate security team, Vann has to play the biggest role of his life so far in order to bring down the alpha at Crossways and rescue some cross-bred cubs. It isn’t going to be easy, going against someone he’s been conditioned to obey, but for the sake of his pack and the safety of the cubs, he’ll do whatever it takes.

Kip is determined to be with Vann every step of the way. Usually, Kip is submissive in all aspects of their life, preferring to bow his head and only speak when he’s given permission. But their return to Crossways changes all that. The danger there is too great for Kip to wait for Vann’s instructions on everything he does. Kip knows that to keep Vann safe he must become more dominant—or die trying.

Jace's Justice - Highgate Shifters #1 - Available 7th November

Finding yourself isn’t always easy—unless your true mate helps you along the way.

Jace has always felt as though he doesn’t belong, that he’s surplus to requirements, alone and destined to stay that way for the rest of his life. His love for Louie, his true mate, is solid and real, but Louie has never shown Jace that they’re mates, has never given any indication that he wants them to be together. Jace is convinced fate has got things wrong in pairing them—until a stranger arrives on pack land, throwing everything into chaos.

Louie has lived his whole life keeping his distance from Jace—and his emotions. He loves the man with a passion, but knowing Jace might be taken away from him at any moment means Louie has kept his mouth shut. Jace was found on the side of the road as a cub by their alpha, Sergeant, and Louie has always known that one day Jace’s true family would come back to claim him. To save Jace having to make a painful decision—leave Louie or join his family—Louie remained in the shadows.

But life has a way of changing things, and with the stranger comes knowledge of some terrible things happening on another wolf compound. Things that the Highgate pack feel compelled to fix. The question is, will Jace and Louie mating also change things, or will they remain the same as they’ve always been, forever circling around their love and never admitting it through fear of being hurt?