2011—WHAT A YEAR!

Goodness! So much has happened this year, I doubt I’ll even remember half of it to mention—not just in my writing career but in my private life, too. Let’s give it a go, though, and see what I can come up with.

What happened in 2011 in Jab-Land?

–          I received my first ever acceptance for my writing. Yep. Golden Visions Magazine loved my short story enough to want to publish it (they even wanted to pay me, too) … and …

–          On the same day as that, I received my YES! from a publisher. Yep. A well known romance publisher (who I shan’t name as I turned them down after reading the contract) wanted to publish my novella, Instinct—the very same one that will be published this week via J. Taylor Publishing … which leads me to …

–          I signed with J. Taylor Publishing for Darkness & Light. Within weeks, they asked me if I’d be interested in signing with them for Instinct, also. I’ve barely looked back since, and have gone on to sign for Marked (my short in the Into the Unknown anthology), Fated Encounter (my free short I wrote for my readers), and another novella (which I shall be screaming about to you all very shortly).

–          Writing wise, I completed the following: Marked and Fated Encounter as mentioned above. Halloween Hunting, my fun short I wrote in October for Ethan. Eternal—a Sean & Jem prequel novella. And I also spent the entire year working with Ethan Holloway to compose a workable draft of Caged: the third Holloway Pack novel, which I hope will be available in 2013. I’ve also begun writing a short story I hope will be available next winter, as well as the opening for the fourth Holloway Pack novel. And maybe it’s best I not mention all the other ideas I have jotted down that have sprung from the recesses of my head.

–          In July, I became a debut author. I got to hold a copy of MY novel with MY name on the cover! Let me just pause there to express how that made me feel: WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! Get it? I was/still am mega-excited.

–          One Rebecca Hart created a circle on the writing site I use (Scribophile.com) called The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pens and with that circle came one of the greatest support groups I’ve ever been a part of. I love me some Pens Ladies.

–          I also discovered Goodreads and made some new awesome online friends—some I hope to one day meet.

–          Oh, yes! Mustn’t forget Twitter. I finally figured out what it’s all about.

–          And blog hops, too. Who’da thunk I’d be participating in those like a pro?

–          In the summer, Mr B bought me a Kindle and I finally grew to understand the lure of the digital book. It’s been said a thousand times and more: I didn’t think I’d deal with switching the smell of a new paperback for an electronic device. But I did deal, and I now ADORE my Kindle—even more so as I have all of my own titles on there and get to stare at them as often as I like … and …

–          In an almost oxymoronic fashion, my collection of signed books began. At first I won a signed copy of Blood Trinity (Dianna Love/Sherrilyn Kenyon), but I have since been sent (either gifted or won) a signed copy of Aimee Laine’s Little White Lies, a copy of Cutlass & Musket signed by Rebecca Hart who has a story in there, a signed copy of Somnium: Halos 1 by Keri Lake and a copy of Fangtales signed by Kelly Said who has a story in there. I definitely hope to add to this pile throughout 2012.

–          Talking of others’ books, 2011 started the beginning of my name appearing in acknowledgements. It is such an honour for another author to believe I have offered something of use to them with regards to their work. And to see that showcased for the world to see always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and often makes me giggle quite moronically when I think no one else is watching).

–          As for my private life? Dude, I don’t even know where to begin. There have been job losses, bike crashes and bodily damage, my boy’s first date and first girlfriend, illness, dyslexia—all made easier to contend with by the goodness of life, love, friends, celebrations and coastal walks.

Looking at my list, I’ve probably barely touched on everything that happened this past year, but these are all the ones that reverberate loudest. If there are any I’ve missed that you think I shouldn’t have, please feel free to shout (at me).

What about yourselves? What goodness (or trials) has 2011 held for you?

HERE’S TO 2012! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO TOOK THE TIME TO ENTER. A COMMENT HAS BEEN DRAWN AND THE POSTER CONTACTED FOR THEIR PRIZE SO I CAN NOW ANNOUNCE THAT THE WINNER IS …

COMMENT #52: JODI TRUDEL

CONGRATULATIONS TO JODI.

TO EVERYONE ELSE, PLEASE CHECK BACK AS THERE WILL BE MORE GIVEAWAYS HAPPENING IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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Yes, the New Year is almost upon us and to celebrate I’m participating in the New Year Blog Hop Giveaway as run by I’m a Reader Not a Writer and Babs Book Bistro:

So … what goodness do I have for this hoptapular event, you ask?

I am giving away one copy of my about-to-be-released novella: Instinct (A Holloway Pack Prequel):

And … one copy of Into the Unknown, featuring my short story: Marked.

So … do what do YOU need to do to win?

Easy peasy: Simply leave me a comment below (with a contact email).

Off you go, go gooooooooo! And don’t forget to click the hop image above to the complete list of blogs hosting giveaways for more chances to win prizes.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions:

This Blog Hop runs until midnight on January 3rd 2012 and the draw will take place after that date.

Winner will chosen using random.org

I will contact the winner via email provided, and the winner has 72 hours to accept the prize

Winner must also give permission for their email to be passed onto my publisher for delivery of their prize (J.Taylor Publishing will not contact you for any other purpose)

Prizes as stated—no [cash or other] alternatives will be offered

CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH!

I don’t often share my private life with you all so this is a rare moment, but I had such an awesome time on Christmas day I felt compelled to blog about it.

This year, we headed to the west coast of Wales to visit Mrs B Senior (translate: my MiL). Lucky for us, she lives around 15 minutes from the beach—and as Mr B has visited the area (prior to his mum moving there) since he was still in nappies (diapers to the US’ers), he knows most of those nooks and crannies that the tourists never even know exist.

So, Christmas morning, he woke us up early with breakfast in bed (expected of him whenever we visit his mum) and me and the (not so) Mini-Me headed off on one of his magical mystery tours (the other Mini-Me was a little poorly and so stayed behind).

He drove past Military of Defence land, across cattle grids, past old buildings and pretty holiday homes … until we reached Stackpole Quay.

That was a cool enough spot to visit.

Apparently, it wasn’t cool enough for Mr B.

He made us climb slippery steel ladders up the Cliffside and then up some steps … until we reached the fields that give an amazing view of the beach below and the sea.

Then we traipsed across mud (because of torrential rain the day before) and dodged rabbit droppings and almost got blown over by mega gusts of wind … and after around 20 minutes of walking came across another beach.

One that had only 2 other people on it when we arrived. And the view from the top before we ventured down was spectacular.

Anyhoo … we jogged down the ton of steps to the bottom where I found a rather large stick and took to scoring my mark in the sand.

I did consider doing an autograph but worried about the stampede of fans clambering just to see it. O_o

Instead I left the ‘BELFIELD’ calling card trademark … then Mr B insisted I write Merry Christmas. Of course, I probably should have added a little more just to ensure the message made sense but … meh, my arm was aching by that point—especially as the bigger letters were almost 3 times my body length.

Then, I made Mr B and the (not so) Mini-Me run all the way to the top just to take pics.

Wouldn’t you know a load of rambler-looking folk chose that moment to show up and took great interest in the meaningful message that had been left in the sand. *snort*

Annnnnnd … then we all went home and watched Mr B cook dinner. Hehehehehe.

Oh, yes, that’s the MiL’s puss, Lady Jane Grey, who kept me company whilst visiting, hehehe.

So … how was your Christmas day? Do anything interesting?

A MERRY CHRISTMAS GUESS WHO?!

Christmas is but 3 days away (wheeeeeeeeeeeee!) and I wanted to leave you all with something a little fun … a kind of gift … for you to participate in.

Yes, I know last year’s gift ‘One for the ladies‘ is almost unbeatable without writing you all an erotic piece of flash but I didn’t want to go that route.

Instead, to send you all on your merry crimble way, I’ve written a scene for a fun game of GUESS WHO?

Yep, this snippet depicts some of the Holloway Pack … (dare I say it?) before they were famous (ha!).

My challenge to you is this: Guess Who‘s the toddler?

Thick dark hair stands on end, as defiant over laying flat as the boy is over smiling for the camera. His eyes, as dark as rich cocoa yet nowhere near as warm—not in this moment—stare across at the bundle in his mother’s lap.

Her fussing with the soft fleecy blanket reveals a robust baby with hair as dark as the toddler’s and almost as thick. This only seems to determine the grim line of the boy’s mouth further as his pudgy little arms fold over his puffed out chest. Not even the mother finally giving him her attention seems to waver his mood.

“Son.” His father, on the far side of his mother, leans around and beckons him closer. “Come on now. Come and stand by your mother.”

With an impressive scowl, the boy shakes his head.

A hulk of a guy behind the camera barks out a laugh. “Boy’s stubborn as a mule.”

“Wonder where he gets that from,” his mother mutters before she aims a smile at the toddler. “If you come and have your picture taken, Mummy will make you jelly and blancmange.”

The boy’s head tilts, as though he’s considering the barter, whilst the narrowing of his eyes suggests he’s waiting for the catch. Still, he refuses to smile. Refuses to step closer. And his folded arms tighten across his chest.

“Boy,” his father says, his expression firm, “you will come and stand by your mother. That is an order. Do you understand?”

The boy stares back at his father for seconds before he drags his feet across as though wading through a marsh. At his mother’s side, his fingers toy with the hem of her skirt, yet he still refuses to give the lens his full attention.

As the flash blinds the family on the sofa, the boy’s focus is wholly on the baby occupying his mother’s lap—the lap where he should be sitting—and he does not look happy.

So … d’you know who it is yet? Hehehehe.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, ALL! HAVE A GREAT TIME!

MIDWINTER’S EVE BLOG HOP: TRIPLE GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO ENTERED.

I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE TRIPLE E-BOOK GIVEAWAY IS:

COURTNEY WYANT: COMMENT #38

CONGRATULATIONS, COURTNEY. YOUR BOOKS WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY.

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Wheeeeeee! Yes, it’s time again for another bloghop and this time it’s the midwinter’s eve one:

Admittedly, I was a little concerned about this one due to the time of year. Anyone who visits my blog hops often will know I usually like to send out a bar of chocolate for the winner to munch on whilst falling into the world of the Holloway Pack. Alas, the postal service pretty much sucks right about now so no chocolate.

BUT …

Fear not … because I decided to make it up to y’all with a triple E-Book giveaway.

Yes, I am giving away ONE copy of each of the following to ONE lucky winner:

Darkness & Light (A Holloway Pack Story #1)


 Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, Darkness & Light by J.A. Belfielddreams 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?

Into the Unknown (containing my short story, Marked—a delightful story set after Darkness & Light told from the POV of the delectable Sean Holloway):

 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?


And …. *drum roll* a copy of my NOT YET RELEASED novella: Instinct (A Holloway Pack Prequel):

 Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée 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?


So … do you wanna know how to win?

I said: DO YOU WANNA KNOW HOW TO WIN?

Simples: All you gotta do is leave me a comment below (with a contact email) and ‘like’ my FB page.

Off you go, go gooooooooo! And don’t forget to click on the hop image to get to the list of participants for more great giveaways!

Merry Christmas!

Terms & Conditions:

This Blog Hop runs until midnight on December 27th 2011 and the draw will take place after that date.

Winner will chosen using random.org

I will contact the winner via email provided, and the winner has 72 hours to accept the prize

Winner must also give permission for their email to be passed onto my publisher for delivery of their prize (J.Taylor Publishing will not contact you for any other purpose)

Prizes as stated—no [cash or other] alternatives will be offered