Musical Games release
Musical Games is the fourth and final novel in the Kinloch series, and, like Kissing Games, has had an unusual gestation. Sam and Jamie’s story originally featured in Hollywood Games, but when we were going through years of edits, my editor and I decided that they deserved their own book. So I removed some of the extra detail about them getting together from Hollywood Games to put in Musical Games. Musical Games reads perfectly as a standalone, but if you want more context, and some fabulously funny and sexy books, then check out the rest of the Kinloch series first! Originally Sam and Jamie’s story was going to be number…
What Evie is Reading
In this book review blog I’ve got two new authors for you and one of my all time favourites. We’re heading into the world of high end art theft, camping in the wilds of Oregon, and taking a road trip across Australia in ‘The Shaggin Wagon’. These three books are absolutely fabulous romance reads and I hope you love them as much as I do. So, keep your valuables within sight at all times, slap on the sunscreen, and get ready for some glorious grumpy/sunshine!
Christmas Chaos release
Christmas Chaos in the third and final novel in volume one of Evie and Kelly’s Holiday Disasters series. It contains two novellas, set at Christmas time, one following Rory and Zoe from Evie’s Kinloch series, and the other following Tabi and Bax from Kelly’s LaChappelle/Whittier Winery Series. For both of us, it was a wonderful opportunity to revisit some of our favourite characters, introduce them to a new audience, and give their fans a peek into their happy ever after. Christmas Chaos reviews It’s been so fantastic reading the responses to our Holiday Disasters series and the people who love reading more about Rory and Zoe, and Tabi and Bax.…
What are Instagram edits?
If you’ve been scrolling through the bookstaverse on Instagram, you will have invariably come across ‘edits’. These are collages of images that allude to elements, scenes and characters in a story. Usually made by fans, they can also be created by authors, and are a wonderful way to create a mood and add visual context to the book they reference.
As a writer, I’m more concerned with telling a story and taking characters and readers on a journey than I am with monitoring how many times I use certain words. However, once the first draft is set down and the editing process begins, then the spectre of ‘overused words’ rears it’s spectrely head like a spectre from another world entirely habited by spectres…
Favourite Quotes from Highland Games
Highland Games is full of wonderful one liners and fabulous quotes. There isn’t enough room to have all of them here, but I’ve picked out some of my favourites for you to enjoy!
Behind the Scenes in Evie Land – September 2021
Egyptians have the pyramids, Cambodians have Angkor Wat, Americans have the Statue of Liberty, and I have the Smut Hut. September has been about finishing off this marvellous erection in my garden and going into extended labour to birth Highland Games. If you want to read all about this, plus what to do with nineteen thousand words of deleted sex scenes, read on!
Highland Games Cover Reveal and Design Process
Having a cover designed for your books is one of the most exciting parts of the whole publishing journey and this blog takes you through every step, from initial ideas and inspiration to the finished product. Step behind the scenes and check out the cover design process for Highland Games!
What does a book editor do? (And do I need one?)
When you can’t see the wood for the trees, an editor can bring out their chainsaw or clippers, cut out the dead wood, prune your sentences, and give your words room to breathe. Many editors also specialise in certain genres and stages of production.
How to practise self-care as a writer
Never has it been so important to look after every aspect of my life in this current incarnation. I’m going to share some of the strategies that have worked for me and other authors in this blog. Hopefully it will help you, and also serve as a reminder that I need to practice what I preach…