A while ago I introduced one of my favourite characters to the world on my friend Angela's blog, and a lot of people have asked me when they'll get to read more about him. Since I can't imagine Jason's genre-defying novel ever getting picked up by a traditional publisher, I thought it might be fun to give him some space on my blog instead. So here's the first chapter of Jason's story, 'The Crash'. Pop back next week for the next instalment, or follow my blog to make sure you don't miss one. The
clocks had just changed but Jason Jackson-Jones hadn't bothered to switch his watch
or alarm clock. Consequently, he arrived
at work an hour early, as he would continue to do for another week or more. An extra hour in the workday never hurt
he sat down at his desk opposite the dark window, he simultaneously turned on
his computer and switched his phone off divert.
The two movements, one with each hand, were made with the smoothness of
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch party of local author Lynda Stacey's debut novel, House of Secrets. It was a lovely night (with an incredible book-cover cake - I definitely want one of those one day!) and a few days later I had time, while travelling, to start reading House of Secrets. Naturally, once I'd started, I raced through the book in no time, but it's taken me a bit longer to get around to working out how to explain its charm. Here's my attempt...
I love Choc Lit books, and House of Secrets is a great example of what Choc Lit do best: love stories with an added dimension.
At one level, House of Secrets is a classic love triangle: Maddie is fleeing Liam, whose love for her has tipped over into a frightening obsession, when she meets Christopher Lawless, nicknamed Bandit. Maddie is a clever, capable woman whose confidence has temporarily been damaged by an abusive relationship - a famili…
Hello Nancy! It's
lovely to have you visiting again! I interviewed you in 2013 when
Shadow of Greed came out, and you said that it was going to be part
of a five book series. How did it feel, seeing the whole Shadows and
Light series come together?
was such a wonderful feeling, but that doesn’t really express what
seeing all five books in a row did for me. For years, I dreamed of
being an author, like Nora Roberts or Kat Martin. And here I was with
a completed five book series, and in less than two years. It verified
in me that dreams come true. Do
you think you have changed as a writer over the course of the five
books in the series? (And/or) Can you share something you learned
along the way?
is no way I’m the same writer who sent In the Shadow of Greed into
Crimson Romance with
every finger and toe crossed. I think the greatest learning
experience I have had is working through developmental edits with my
amazing editor, Julie Sturgeon. With each book, she pushed me t…