Showing posts from January, 2016

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Sounds of Marina Bay

Chuck Wendig's challenge this week was to write a piece of flash fiction inspired by a photo, and the picture I've used is this: I slightly overshot the word count, but since I don't have time to edit it down, here's my 1200 word flash fiction, The Sounds of Marina Bay Marina Bay wasn't pretty, but it was lively.  Jon liked to walk there, especially in the afternoon, when the kids were out of school and groups of them huddled on the steps, drinking, or chased down the sidewalks on skateboards and motor scooters.  Sometimes you had to be quick to dodge the teens on their quirky, not quite legal, vehicles; even the hulking great picnic tables on wheels seemed to have a knack of appearing silently out of nowhere. This particular Thursday afternoon, Jon had ducked out of his PhD research, promising himself he'd make it up later, because hell, you could research when it was dark, but walking the streets

Why I Wrote my First Paranormal Romance

This is the first time I've participated in a paranormal blog hop.  I'm still getting used to the idea of myself as a paranormal writer.  My first three books (Desperate Bid , Perfect Partners and The Santa Next Door ) were all set firmly in the real world. I've written science fiction before (for the now-defunct AlienSkin Magazine, and more recently for the anthology Stories from the World of Tomorrow ), but although the stories were somewhat 'out there', there was an explanation for the strange occurrences.  Or at least an implication that an explanation existed. Buildings ate people because the scientists who engineered the sentient town forgot to consider that imbuing it with a survival instinct might result in more than just self-repairing walls.  A newspaper proprietor was able always to be at the scene of the next big story due to precognitive visions resulting from a (largely unexplained) genetic mutation.  In science fiction, even if we don't know ex

Cover Reveal - Echoes of the Past

Iris Blobel is a new-to-me author, although a quick look at her Amazon page  reveals that I've been missing out for some time, and I look forward to catching up on her romances, set in one of my favourite places - Australia.  Her next book, Echoes of the Past, is due out in February, just a few days before my sweet paranormal romance, Djinn and Tonic.  The cover for Echoes of the Past is now being revealed, and it's every bit as beautiful as Iris' others. So... drum roll please... here it is: Title: ECHOES OF THE PAST Author: Iris Blobel Series: Fermosa Bar Book #1 Publisher: Limitless Publishing Release Date: February 16, 2016 Synopsis: Emily Bradshaw waited over twenty years to see Connor again… When her childhood friend, Connor Walsh, returns home to see his ailing father, Emily is elated to be reunited with the handsome man who moved to London so many years ago. But excitement fades to disappointment when he doesn’t remember her—or their fir

New Year, New Collection

Crimson Romance have really made my New Year's Day!  I've just spotted that the collection of sports romances, 'Perfect Game', featuring my dancing story 'Perfect Partners', is one of this week's top sellers on the Crimson website.  But if sports aren't your thing (and I wouldn't blame you - apart from dancing and skating, they're not really mine), you might prefer this new collection, also featuring 'Perfect Partners'.   Lovers of stage and screen have a treat in store with 'Spotlight on Love'.  Crimson have collected seven love stories starring some of their hottest heroes and most heartfelt heroines, and I'm so excited to see my couple feature alongside some of Crimson's biggest names.  I've already read quite a few of these books, but if any of them are new to you, the whole e-book collection comes at a bargain price so it's well worth a look.  Here are the seven stories, plus my thoughts on them. Forgi