Weekly Check-in

Hi guys. Welcome to my weekly check-in, where I post what I’ve been up to, whether I’m meeting targets, and what I hope for in the coming week.

This week:

Did I meet my writing target?

Not yet, as I ended up adding in a scene I had no intention of writing. This meant a couple of my characters got sent off on a goose-chase, and now I’m having to transition back into the scene that should have come next, and my brain has stalled out a little. However, I AM around 2/3 through my weekly word count, so I’m feeling positive about meeting my goals by week’s end–and if I do, Cornered will have passed the 20k mark, so what better reason to get my act together?

Also, this week, I spotted a lovely ‘Sean Holloway’ lookalikie on Pinterest. Check him out:

Nice, right?

Okay, moving on …

Did I meet the targets in my editing work?

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

What am I looking forward to next week?

Well. This week I was supposed to be more focussed after Mr B’s week off work, but what I hadn’t factored in was new distractions. Because Boop was out of school for the week. And The Boy’s gf came and stayed a few nights. And, and, and. Okay, enough of the excuses, BUT I am 100% looking forward to having my daytimes to myself again next week. For realz. As well as a new editing job I’m expecting, and getting Danny to the fun stuff in Cornered, and I might even go hunting for a new office chair and desk.

What did everyone else get up to this week? Did you reach your goals?

Join me again next week to see how I got on. ;)

A Delicious Recipe and a New Book from Marie Ferrarella: #CarryingHisSecret #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop to celebrate the new release of CARRYING HIS SECRET by Marie Ferrarella.

Not only do I have a guest post from Ms Ferrarella herself, in the form of a delicious recipe, I also have a GIVEAWAY to share with you guys.

Check it all out.

Praise for Marie Ferrarella

“The characters are fascinating and will leave readers eager to hear their stories.” –RT Book Reviews

 “The writing is fantastic and keeps the reader engaged throughout the entire story.”–Harlequin Junkie

“She has a genuine knack for keeping the reader interested and involved in the characters and their emotional feelings.”–Fresh Fiction


The 250th Book by USA Today Bestselling Author

Marie Ferrarella

 When Elizabeth Shelton finds her boss murdered, her life is thrown into turmoil. But nothing shocks her more than learning she’s pregnant by the victim’s son. She kept her attraction to mogul Whit Adair hidden for years before their one-night tryst—and now she must keep another secret. 

When the killer targets her next, Whit goes from her one-time lover to her full-time bodyguard. Taking her to his ranch for safekeeping, Whit discovers the truth about the baby. He offers his protection, but Elizabeth wants more—his love. For his child and its mother, he’ll do anything—even take down a murderer.


Bon Appétit and a Book with Marie Ferrarella

author of


Marizpan Cake

So far, I have never met anyone who passed up a slice—or 4.”

-Marie Ferrarella


1 (18.25 ounce) package moist white (or yellow) cake mix

1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¾ cup of vegetable oil

¾ cup of Amaretto

4 eggs

½ cup of almond slivers

1 tube of almond paste (marzipan)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10 inch bundt pan with Pam (with flour)

2. Cut almond paste into approximately 14 slices, then put into blender (or something that resembles a coffee bean grinder) (Ninja puts out a small one that is fantastic). Object is to break up the slices into tiny pieces to distribute the flavor throughout the cake.

3. In medium bowl combine all the above ingredients then beat with an electric mixer for 5 minutes.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes (insert knife in center, cake is done when knife comes out clean) Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert and remove cake from pan (with luck!). Let cake cool completely, then drizzle with powder sugar.

5. Enjoy.


I don’t know about you guys, but I think that sounds delicious.

And now for the Giveaway!

To win yourself a print copy of Marie Ferrarella’s CARRYING HIS SECRET, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions–right after you’ve left a comment letting us know all about your own favourite recipe.

Giveaway is US only (sorry, folks).

Good luck, guys, and thanks for stopping by.



About the author:

Prolific romance author MARIE FERRARELLA swears she was born writing, “which must have made the delivery especially hard for my mother.”

From an early age, Marie’s parents would find her watching television or tucked away in some private place, writing at a furious pace. “Initially, I began writing myself into my favorite shows. I was a detective on 77 Sunset Strip, the missing Cartwright sibling they never talked about on Bonanza, and the Girl from U.N.C.L.E. before there was a Girl from U.N.C.L.E., not to mention an active participant in the serialized stories on The Mickey Mouse Club.

Born in West Germany of Polish parents, she came to America when she was four years of age. For an entire year, Marie and her family explored the eastern half of the country before finally settling in New York. It was there that she was to meet the man she would marry, truly her first love. Marie was only 14 when she first laid eyes on her future husband, Charles Ferrarella.

Enticed Is Coming … #CoverReveal

In exactly 66 days, readers will see Ethan Holloway as they’ve never seen him before …

It’s true!

Due to popular demand, Ethan Holloway has finally got his very own short story.
And it’s hot!
Like, hot hot.
And because Ethan’s story is hot hot, it stands to reason that his cover needs to be hot, too.

So … are you ready to see?

Good. Look below. ;)


And here’s his blurb:
Happy Birthday to Ethan.

Or is it?

Gifts aside, Ethan’s morning hasn’t been anything to write home about. Sure, life is good, the pack is staying out of trouble, he finally has a mate who boils his blood … in a good way.

Except Shelley hasn’t called. Hasn’t come by. Didn’t even bother to join her son and his girlfriend for Ethan’s annual I’m-a-year-older breakfast.

What Ethan doesn’t know is that Shelley has plans. Plans that have been in progress for weeks. Ones that Ethan will never see coming, and that she’s banked on him not knowing a thing about.

She can only hope her secrecy doesn’t force his inner wolf to the surface—at least, not too early.


And now you really want a copy, right?

Well, fear not, because
1) It’s coming. Trust me, Ethan’s deeeeeeefinitely coming.2) There will be some early ARCs available, so remember to watch my Facebook Page or Twitter feed, or my Tsu Page, or even sign up for the J.A. Belfield Newsletters (link in sidebar) for a chance at a pre-release peek.

April 16th 2015–mark your calendars, guys & gals.
In the meantime, you can add it to your Goodreads by clicking HERE!

Cheers for stopping by. ☺♥

Winner Announced #Instinct #Giveaway

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to this, but I’ve finally drawn the winner for the Instinct re-release Giveaway.

And the winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card + an ecopy of Eternal is ….


Congratulations, Tina.

Please email me at j.a.belfield72 @ gmail . com (no spaces), and let me know your email address for Amazon, as well as which format you’d prefer your ebook prize in (mobi. for Kindle, or epub for other readers).

Thanks so much for taking part.

Weekly Check-in

Howdy, and welcome to my weekly check-in. Before you read on, I’ll warn you: It’s not impressive. I’ll blame it on Mr B being home and wanting my attention for my anniversary celebrations.

This week:

Did I meet my writing target?

Um … can we just skim over this bit. In my defence, I was already WAY ahead, so I could actually afford to take some days off.

I did, however, have a poem a knocked up in celebration of my twenty years with Mr B. Check it out:

And places like the Peak District are a big reason I didn’t meet my goals, too. Ever been to Ladybower Reservoir? You should. It’s pretty.


We took the pooch with us, too:

Okay, moving on …

Did I meet the targets in my editing work?

Yep, these I’m on track with. Despite setting my writing aside to spend time with The Man, I did get enough hours in front of my laptop to make sure I met these goals. After all, I have the deadlines of other people to meet when it comes to this element of my work, and those can’t be messed with. Not if I want to get paid. ;)

Okay, then, what am I looking forward to next week?

I have Boop home from school next week, but luckily she’s a fairly quiet home buddy. Whilst she’ll likely ask me to have the occasional film day with her, she’ll mostly prefer to interact with her friends than with her mum–yep, she’s reached that age.

As far as my own stuff goes, I hope to wrap up my editing job, as well as give Danny an invitation–or one he coerces his way into–that lands him in a bit of trouble, as well as lead in to sticking him in even deeper do-do.

AND …. *drum roll* I also, FINALLY, get to share the Enticed cover on MONDAY, which is Ethan’s short saucy tale, so I’m reeeeaaaaally looking forward to that. Hopefully, you’ll come back and join me for it.

What did everyone else get up to this week? Did you reach your goals?

Come back again next week to see how I got on. ;)

Writing for the love of it


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