FREEVIEW FRIDAY {INSTINCT}! #FVF

Happy Friday and welcome to another day of snippet sharing. You may remember last week, Sean was out and about with his brother? Well, guess where they were headed …. From my newly released novella Instinct–A Holloway pack Prequel (told from Sean Holloway’s PoV):

I eased down the handle and pushed open the door.

Hair the colour of a raven, eyes the palest of browns, and breasts that would give a man altitude sickness should he climb them graced the female laid out in stark relief upon the bed.

James’s reason for choosing Mary screamed at me. She did not resemble Jem in the slightest.

Mary smiled at my approach, pushing up onto her elbows until her breasts took on a new form with the movement.

The mattress squeaked and dipped as I sat beside her. My nose wrinkled at the odour of men who’d come before me. “How would you like to double your earnings?”

Hmmm, what on earth could Sean have in mind for the female to double her earnings?

I hope you enjoyed this weeks snippet. See you next week for another round of FVF

As I have said before, any and all are welcome to join me in this weekly shenanigan. HOWEVER, if you do so, I URGE you to keep the shared snippets short and sweet. Mine will be a maximum of EIGHT (8) sentences. To help identification of these posts, I shall be hastagging them (for Twitter purposes) as #FVF. Feel free to knick said hashtag for your own Freeview Friday posts.


LUCKY SEVEN! Tagged again …

Okay, so this is a new meme taking over the stratosphere. One that I just ended up tagged in by the lovely Rebecca Hart. And as it looks like fun, I decided to play along.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Go to page 77 of your current ms (Yup, yup … got it)
  2. Go to line 7. (Yup, line 7. No problemo)
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating (as if I’d cheat. Purleese *rolls eyes*)
  4. Tag 7 other victims, …er, authors (Um … as some tend to get a little peeved over this tagging lark, I might actually skip this bit. But I do encourage all who happen to spot this to play. Does that count?)

Moving on:

So … I went to page 77 of my current work. And it didn’t have a page 77. Coz it just ain’t that long yet. So then I went to page 77 of my last completed work … and that didn’t have a page 77 coz it’s only a short story. So then I had a problem. Whether to give you a glimpse of page 77 of Blue Moon (Holloway Pack #2) OR Caged (Holloway Pack #3). Well, after heading into Blue Moon and checking out 7 lines from line 7 of page 77 (ha! try saying that after a few), I decided that’s what you’re getting. So … here you go … from page 77 in my latest draft of Blue Moon:

“Get out of my way.”

I stood my ground. A second tear trailed over my face, which I caught with the palm of my hand.

Josh grabbed my shoulders. A breath of relief shuddered from me—until his hold tightened and he swung me from his path. “I’ve got nothing else to say to you, Jem.” He strode away again.

Uh-oh! Sounds like it ain’t all Paradise in the land of Holloway, eh?

So … sound like something you might enjoy? Blue Moon will be available December 2012, but you can always add it to your Goodreads list in the meantime (do eeeeeeeeet!). ;) And don’t forget to check back on the 9th of April when the Blue Moon cover and blurb will be revealed.

Happy reading, folks!

ONLY TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL …

… You guys get to see what Blue Moon will look like. :)

Book covers. I always look forward to the tick of time toward when I know J Taylor will begin sending me cover ideas. I was no different leading up to my first glimpse of the cover for Blue Moon.

Now … I’ll be honest, when I first saw it, it was kind of an oooooh, aaaaaah, uuuuuum. *tap finger on chin* moment.

It wasn’t that it was bad. It seriously wasn’t.

It wasn’t that the cover didn’t fit with the story. Because it so totally did.

However, something about the cover niggled that I just couldn’t quite put my finger on.

At this point, I guess I should point out that I am a bit of a pain to deal with. I think I was showed around 6 or 7 different styles for the Darkness & Light cover before I stopped moaning, 4 or 5 for Instinct, and whilst Eternal was readily accepted as a whole I had them tweaking what we were working with about 20 times before I quit squinting and declared myself smiley.

As you might guess, I wasn’t really any different with Blue Moon.

Yes, the concept was there 100%. But something bugged me and damn, did I have J Taylor tweaking and playing and messing around until I smiled and told them marvelloso (and they probably heaved a sigh of relief).

But that wasn’t the end of it.

Oh, no!

You see, even once I’ve ‘accepted’ a cover, I then stick said cover as my desktop background for WEEKS!

So I can stare at it every opportunity for WEEKS!

So I can look at it close up, from a distance, and from the side for WEEKS!

Just so I can give myself a chance to be ab-so-lutely certain. Because I would get back to them if I suddenly changed my mind.

Yes, I AM that much of a pain.

So, when I tell you I love my new cover and it fits the story down to a T, you can rest assured that my opinion is in no way based on a whim.

I’m guessing you’d now like to see the latest cover for The Holloway Pack series, eh?

Cool, because I’m more than ready to show it to you guys.

And in two weeks, on April 9th, I shall be doing exactly that with the help of a team of bloggers across the stratosphere. Keep an eye out for sneaky peeks I have lined up through the beginning of April. I really hope you’ll come and join me in the reveal.

FREEVIEW FRIDAY {INSTINCT}! #FVF

Happy Friday and welcome to another day of snippet sharing. Apologies for the lack of snippet last week but hopefully the peek at Eternal’s opening kept you all happy enough for you not to notice, hehehe. Anyway, onward we go …. From my newly released novella Instinct–A Holloway pack Prequel (told from Sean Holloway’s PoV):

Walking amongst the stalls with James brought even more notice than usual. With our looks, so alike, only his neatly secured clothing pegged him as my opposite—his polite mannerisms aside.

Female-wielding fans fluttered like butterfly wings as eyes of all colours tracked our movement.

Whisperings along the lines of, “Mr Holloway senior is quite the catch, you know,” chased us. As usual, James set his good example, dipping his head to all females who called out a greeting in their breathless tones.

“I have found The Goat and Compass allows the most satisfaction of late,” James said, leaning in close.

James never took any of the local females unless they advertised it as their ware, preferring a bed and hygiene over my choice of a backyard or alley. ‘Most satisfaction’ to James could probably be translated to ‘cleanest and willing’. Of course, the detachment they offered held much appeal, also.

The brothers out and about together … they really must look alike to cause such a stir, eh?

I hope you enjoyed this weeks snippet. See you next week for another round of FVF

As I have said before, any and all are welcome to join me in this weekly shenanigan. HOWEVER, if you do so, I URGE you to keep the shared snippets short and sweet. Mine will be a maximum of EIGHT (8) sentences. To help identification of these posts, I shall be hastagging them (for Twitter purposes) as #FVF. Feel free to knick said hashtag for your own Freeview Friday posts.


A-Z of ME!

Seen this dotted about the ‘Net, on people’s blogs and thought I’d make up my own A-Z of Me and share with you all. Here goes. Read on to discover just how weird I am.

Age

Um … the far side of 30? As in the far, far, far side …

Birthday

September 10th.

Car

A Rover 600 that looks like a banger and sounds even worse. What can I say? I’m a struggling author.

Door-to-door salesmen

Dude, sorry if this is your job, but these folk drive me NUTS! They knock the door as though they’re conducting a police raid. Then they smile, say, ‘sorry to bother you but …’ to which your head goes ABORT! ABORT! whilst you mouth says, ‘sorry, not interested’. Yet they still keep on talking like they haven’t heard. More likely, they CHOSE not to hear. Mr B’s most radical deterrent used was years ago when he had a couple of snakes. Answering the door with those around his neck sent the salesmen packing faster than if he’d opened his mouth. Personally, I find rolling my eyes and just closing the door works just as well.

England

It’s a country. It’s my country. Somewhere near the middle of that blobby spot below the north is where you’ll find a place called Birmingham (or Solihull, if we’re being pedantic about the borough I legally live in). But that’s also around about where you’ll find me.

Family/Friends

Mr B & the Mini-Me’s (otherwise known as The Man, The Boy and The Girl). Best friend in real life (as in I actually get to see her in the flesh): the one and only Carla Huxley. Here’s looking at you, sweets.

Goals

WORLD DOMINATION one Holloway Pack story at a time! Okay, a bit dramatic so I’ll narrow it down to my 2012 goals. To: 1) Talk publisher into a contract for Holloway Pack 3. 2) Write Holloway Pack 2.5, which will be a novella. 3) Knock out a couple of shorts. 4) Write my first ever YA novel.

How rude!

Ha! Anyone who has known me for the last 5? 10? years, will have heard this utterance leave my mush. This has got to be my most said, most overused, most versatile (because it has covered so many reactions/emotions) saying of all time.

Introvert?

Oh, yeah. Without a doubt. I leave the extroversy to Mr B. He’s the cheese to my chalk.

Jokes

I wanted to share some of my favourite jokes before I realised most of them would probably be too rude to publish. So I’ll go with my most favourite clean one. This was told to me years ago by a guy called Peter Dyer. As it’s impossible to tell it without accompanying facial expressions, I shall do my best to explain how you can tell it to someone YOU know. Here goes.

Two turtles sitting in a bar.

One turtle says: <stick bottom lip riiiiiiiiight out>Do you find that when it rains your bottom lip gets full of water?

And the other turtle says: <stick top lip riiiiiiiiiiiight out>No.

I shan’t bore you with how me and Pete almost fell over laughing at that. And damn, that was around 12 years ago. Still makes me giggle.

Kiss

My first kiss, that is. Aged 5 (sssshhh, I’m not as wanton as this admittance suggests). School playground. With Hywel Jopling. What? It’s not like we kissed and scarpered. He’s still in touch through social networking.

Lurk

Ah, yes, where you might find me lurking. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest … the usual spots … but my most favourite place to hang out is Goodreads.

Music

I’m not a singular genre listener. My moods take me to all different places. From Nirvana, to Nickleback, to Kings of Leon, to Train, to Adele, to Tom Jones, to Alanis Morisette, to David Gray, to Michael Buble …

Nomminess

Food. I’m pretty useless when it comes to eating. I have toast for breakfast. Forget to eat lunch. Discover I’m starving around 4. Shakily make dinner. Then snack in the evening on all that stuff I shouldn’t. But I love homemade pizza (yes, from scratch), and beef stroganoff, and bacon on toast, and cakes made from Betty Crocker mixes, and chocolate, and anything Mr B makes me except for the time he tried to send me into kidney failure by adding salt to salmon he’d already doused in soy sauce. Took 3 days for my kidneys to recover, I tell ya.

Outdoors

Whilst me and the fam don’t get out as much as we should, we certainly make up for it when we get some away time together. West Wales is a common haunt of ours, due to the MIL living there and putting up with us taking over her house whenever we want. And every time we go, Mr B drags us all out for some fresh air on coastal walks. It’s refreshing on the mind and pretty darn beautiful on the eyes.

Pets

I have 4 cats (1 added since my Bio was written) and 1 dog. Cats: Storm, Fluffy, Daphne, Grey. Dog: Li-lu (named after the bird in Fifth Element). Though I wonder if the 4th cat should be considered half a cat, as a year after birth he’s still only the size of a young dwarf rabbit (if that). He also thinks he’s a dog. He playfights with the dog and rolls around with the dog. A sometimes the cats even sleep with the dog. Though I guess, one could argue that maybe the dog thinks she’s a cat.

Queerness

Lots of queerness happens around me and the family. Our house has been haunted. And The Girl has seen dead people. All I can say is Stratford upon Avon and Pembroke Castle is RIFE will presences invisible to most. My son used to have a Sing & Snore Ernie (from Sesame St) when he was a kid. Laid down, he’d sing a bit of Twinkle Twinkle before getting slower and slower and then all a sudden his chest would rise and fall and the snoring would start. But if you sat him up, he’d loudly declare: I feel great! Except he used to sit up and shout that a lot. Usually of a night. When we were in bed. Those nights, he got wedged in the toy box as punishment. Oh, yeah, and orbs: see those bouncing round the bedroom sometimes, too.

Reading

I read a lot. But here’s some of my favourites: Genres: PNR and urban fantasy, of course—though I do read other stuff for a break. Series’: Georgina Kincaid, Lincoln Rhyme, and BDB. Book characters: Rhevenge (BDB); Tripp Fox (Hide & seek); Seth Mortensen (sp? Georgina Kincaid); Zsadist (BDB); Daemon (Lux series) … Hmmm, they all seem to be men. Weird. Latest authors to surprise or wow me are: Jennifer L. Armentrout and David Wailing.

Supernatural

Which leads me to the natural question of Sam or Dean? Sam … or Dean?

Now this is a toughie. Coz I love Dean. He’s witty, he’s sexy, he’s hot, he has amazing eyes and thighs. And I also love Sam for his vulnerability and cuteness and the hints of his other side in the early days when his eyes turning black signified we were about to see something a little sexy from him. So I’ll just say: Both! Ha!

TV

I don’t watch much television. 1) I don’t have the time. 2) Not much on there interests me and keeps my head out of JABland. But I am currently recording True Blood season 4 and Being Human season 4 (I think I have the seasons right—the latest ones showing in the UK, anyway)

Umbrellas

Damn, I hate these horrid, miscreantic devices. Drive me nuts. I’d rather stick on my cream fleecy hat and get soaking wet. Who on earth invented them? Couldn’t they have come up with something that doesn’t make me look like Mary Poppins on a bender? ‘Nuff said.

Visit

Ah, yes, places I would love to visit. I have to admit, this list is growing and growing, the more awesome people I virtually meet and would love the opportunity to hook up with. But here are my main places: Alaska, North Carolina, Holland, Hereford, Sunderland, Georgia, Prague, Sicily, Italy … probably more than I can remember on the spot to add.

Woods & Werewolves

Love woods. Mr B thinks I might have been a tree hugger in another life. I have lots of photos of … trees.

Love werewolves. Mr thinks I might have been one of those in another life, too. Oddly, though, I don’t seem to have any photographs of those.

X-rated?

Actually, I prefer subtle over x-rated. The stuff that kind of leaves stuff to the imagination or allows you inside the characters head to understand how they’re feeling rather than ‘what’ they’re feeling.

Yellow

Yellow is a pretty prominent colour in the Belfield life. The Girl’s favourite colour is yellow. Mr B’s favourite colour is yellow (his motorbike is yellow). If I wear yellow, Mr B always smiles (not sure why, it makes me look like a washed out banana). We love the song ‘Yellow’.

Zzzzzzz’s

Sleep. Love it. Couldn’t possibly function without it. So I have a pretty set routine of going to bed at a reasonable time every night, climbing into the right side of the bed, falling asleep to scenes from my current Holloway Pack story. Wake up to scenes from my current Holloway Pack story—unless my muse is being bad and goes off on a tangent in search of other stuff to torture me with. And I NEVER sleep in the day.

So … that’s me. See? Not that weird, after all … am I?

ME: AT A TRANSPORT MUSEUM? O_o Who’da thunk it?

Yes, you did read the title right. I went to a transport museum. Don’t ask me how this bizarity happened. I have no idea. It’s not like I care about cars. My own is the rustiest, smelliest vehicle on our local roads.

But happen it did.

AND I had an AWESOME time.

I even took a tonne of pics, I got so excited over some of the vehicles in there—and I thought I’d share some of those with you today.

However, don’t expect me to get any of the vehicle names correct. After all, I’m a woman … who doesn’t really care … about cars—other than when they look cool or pretty.

Here goes, in the order they were taken (I think clicking on any images will allow you to view them bigger):

Um … this is a bikey-looking-contraption … of some sort. <<technical name (honest!)

Another bikey-looking-contraption. Or something like that, anyhoo. ;)

This is a groovy car. An old groovy car. Ha!

Bit of a dodgy shot but here we have a muchero old fire engine truck. :)

A police car. A Triumph police car. You’re impressed by my knowledge, no? What do you mean the biga$$ signs hanging above it gave it away?

A shiny car. Yes, that is the correct title. *nods*

This is Thrust2. Along with his brother posted below, he’s one of the fastest cars on Earth. <<See, I did absorb some stuff (probably because Mr B peed his pants in this section).

And here he is, the ThrustSSC, the other half of the two fastest cars on Earth.

A wooden bike.

A WOODEN bike, people!

I’d never have made it past the first cobblestone on this sucker!

Why yes, that is me looking rather nuttified on a Penny Farthing (just don’t look too closely–dude, I was exhausted)

Hey! Who’s that taking a turn?

Oooooh, it’s Mr B.

*sigh* I do love my Mr B.

Of course, Mr B just had to go check out the motorcycle section. These were two of the earliest models we could find. Thank GOODness they made them better than this before he asked me to play pillion. ;)

What? Oh … no, that one wasn’t in the museum. That’s Mr B’s baby. I just posted it to emphasise the improvement in bikes. :)

A Jaguar. Like the ‘brand new car’ Feeder sing about. ;)

Another Jag. *scratches head* I think, anyhoo.

A yellow car? Might be some kind of Ferrari … maybe?

Meh, who cares? I just know it looked groovy. ;)

Oh, oh, I know this one. ‘Tis a Shelby. :)

Um … *shifty eyes* … I’ll get back to you on this one. ;)

A racing car. A green one. One I’d seriously NOT want to crash in.

Oooh, story behind why I took this pic. Mr B used to have the earlier model of this pushbike. Until he fell. Onto the gearstick that didn’t have a bobblethingy on the end but was literally just a metal stick. You can imagine which part of him almost landed on it, I’m sure. And you can imagine which part of it almost ended up with it inserted into his body, making him look a little like a human lolly pop. Stitches, baby. Magical stitches. A little to the left and the man wouldn’t have had kids. ;)

No idea what it is. But I liked it. :)

Marty, we’re going back to the future. ;)

Ah, yes. The penny saga. So … me, Mr B and the Mini-Me found this coin press machine. After feeding a 1p and a 50p into the slot, we then peered (rather ridiculously) through the front window whilst the machine CRUSHED OUR PENNY AND SPAT IT BACK OUT AT US!

This, ladies and gents, is the result. And we paid 50p for our 1p to be obliterated from any usefulness.

Sometimes I wonder over my own gullibility. :P

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Anyhoo, that’s us. That was our weekend. Did anyone else get up to anything fun?

LUCKY LEPRECHAUN GIVEAWAY HOP!

Do you feel lucky?

Well do ya, punk?

Just as well, because it’s time for the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop.

Huge thanks to I am a Reader Not a Writer, Books Complete Me, and Author Cindy Thomas for hosting this hop. Clicking on the hop image will take you to the linky list. Please be sure to check out the other participating blogs, where there are bound to be some great giveaways.

Okay, as you’re here to see what I have up for grabs, onward we go.

ONE winner will get to choose one E-Copy (Kindle or E-pub) from any of my titles. Alongside your chosen title, the winner will also receive a signed digital copy of the accompanying book cover.

So … what books do you get to choose from, you ask?

Check below:

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.
Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn’t met–at least, not in this lifetime.
Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.
Together, they’ll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.
When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.
Can Jem accept her destiny before it’s too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

DARKNESS & LIGHT: HOLLOWAY PACK #1

OR

Three men never expected love to wreak so much havoc in their lives.
In Marked, Darkness & Light’s Sean Holloway is on a mission—to find the perfect gift for the woman of his dreams. When all conventional choices turn out to be the wrong ones, each failed attempt convinces Sean his self-imposed task is impossible. But in the world of the Holloway Pack, anything is possible if it can be kept a secret.
In Misguided, Little White Lies’s Wyatt Moreland is hot on the trail of a wanted man when a rumor about his fiancée halts his progress. His desire to keep her safe wars with her need to be involved in his work and could derail their entire wedding unless he finds out the truth before she does.
In Tempted, The Glass Man’s Liam Kane made a promise to the fae he loves never to use his power to harm others. When a horrific event angers him, the energy boiling inside seduces him into walking a dark path. He has but one choice: resist his own nature or give up the one he loves.
Will the three men make the right choices? Or will their actions destroy their futures with the women they love?

INTO THE UNKNOWN: (anthology containing:) HOLLOWAY PACK #1.5*

OR

Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entr e of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her.When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?

INSTINCT: A HOLLOWAY PACK PREQUEL: HOLLOWAY PACK #0

To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is complete THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM!

Simples!

Cheers for visiting, playing, and (most importantly) good luck!

*please note, Into the Unknown cover will show my signature only.

T&C:

-          You are more than welcome to comment (I LOVE comments), but entrees must be made through the designated form to be counted

-          Winner will be chosen after midnight of March 22nd 2012

-          Once contacted, winner must respond within 48 hours to accept their prize or a new recipient will be chosen

-          Winner will need to allow permission for me to forward their email to my publisher for delivery of their E-Book prize

-          Prizes are as stated

And please don’t forget that my short story Fated Encounter is still available for FREE download at my publishers website. Simply click on link to be taken to the book’s page, where you’ll find the download links on the right hand side.

WANT A PEEK AT ETERNAL?

Well, do you?

Cool!

Because the time has come for me to share my spanking new novella opening with you …

However, due to the opening containing a scene of a sexual nature, I opted not to post it directly on my blog.

But wait!

You can still get to read it!

Yep, the first 500 words off Eternal: A Holloway Pack Prequel can be found on a super secret page on my website. All you gotta do is click HERE! 

BUT don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think …

… Are you back? Marvellous!

So … sound like something you’d enjoy? Eternal will be available in July 2012.

AND THE LUNAR LOVE HOP WINNER IS …

My word for this hop: awesomeness.

My first try at using Rafflecopter for collecting entries and I had a great response. Not even the fact I directed you all to my website to complete the form because Rafflecopter and free WordPress don’t get along seemed to sway anyone from playing.

So a HUGE thank you to everyone for joining me during this hop.

Okay, onwards. The winner has been magically selected by the mysterious RC-selecting-machiney, and I’m happy to bid

Congratulations to:

Annisa B.

An E-copy of Darkness & Light and Instinct will be with you shortly, as well as the bookmark and postcard.

MANY THANKS!

And for any who didn’t win, don’t be disheartened: I have another giveaway hop schedule to begin on Saturday. So please call back and join me this weekend for the Lucky Leprechaun Hop.

All the best. :)