Thursday, 25 October 2018

What Would Your Characters Wear For A #Halloween Party?

With Halloween just around the corner, and loads of people already throwing Halloween parties, I started thinking about what the characters from my books would dress up as for such occasions. So this post will list the costume ideas I came up with for my characters. Authors, have you thought about what your characters would wear to a fancy dress party? Readers, what do you think your favourite fictional characters would wear for Halloween? Comment below if you have any ideas :)

Ellie (Poison Blood Series): A Marvel Cinematic Universe character, because the girl “sure loves her comic book films”. I think she’d go as Rogue, from X-Men; she’d love the idea of having/stealing all kinds of mutants’ gifts.


Mukti (Soulmates Saga): We saw what costume she donned for Halloween in the second book of this series, but if she had more time, I think she’d wear something cool. I’m thinking, Cleopatra, the Grim Reaper, or maybe the Snow Queen.


Christian (Poison Blood Series): This guy would probably show up in his black leather jacket and when everyone told him off for not coming in costume, he’d say, “Just pretend you can’t see me”, and when asked why, he would explain, “It will be as though I’ve thrown on my cloak of invisibility. See, I’ve come as Harry Potter wearing his invisibility cloak.” No one would be impressed.


Jamie (Soulmates Saga): I think Jamie would refuse to go to a Halloween party, and if he absolutely had to attend, he would just turn up in his usual skinny jeans and T-shirt. Everyone would give him hell for it but he wouldn’t care. So Jamie.


Imran (Love & Alternatives Series): He might cheat a little and throw on one of his sherwanis and try to pass himself off as Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.


Jonathan (Soulmates Saga): Easy. James Bond. After all, he has enough snazzy suits for it. Plus, he’s a huge fan of the franchise.


Aiden (Poison Blood Series): I’m thinking either Sherlock Holmes or Dumbledore.


Shell (Love & Alternatives Series): Shell would take the Halloween aspect really seriously and choose to go as a spooky character, like a ghost (in a sheet with holes for eyes) or a vampire (it would be simple enough, wear lots of black and smudge some blood-red lipstick around the mouth). She might even consider a zombie costume, too.


Amber (Witch’s Blood Series): A stereotypical witch, of course, complete with a pointy hat and a broomstick. And have a little chuckle about it, too.


Maggie (Soulmates Saga): This girl would order her costume from a top costume company. She would go with sexy versions of the usual fancy dress party suspects ~ Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks. You get the picture.


Sebastian (Love & Alternatives Series): Out of all my characters, only Seb would want to go as a “concept”. For example, he might wear a banner saying, “the elf dies” or “the husband was the killer” or “the girl faked her own death”, etc. and tell everyone that he has come as a ‘spoiler’. Imran would find it hilarious.


Have you read any of my books? Would you agree with my costume ideas for the characters you know? Do you have any other costume ideas for them? Let me know in the comments if you think of anything.

Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) click this link to learn more about it:


Like all my other books, it's also available on:
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Book Details
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

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PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance / Sparkling Vampires
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!




Saturday, 20 October 2018

Hi, and thanks for dropping by :)

I'm currently on maternity leave, with little or no time to blog, Tweet or Instagram. At least not on a regular basis, anyway.

So, instead of you landing on a post that's a few weeks (or months) old, I thought I'd use this out of office-type message to point out that your visit to this page can still be worthwhile. Have a look around; I'm sure you'll find something interesting :)

If you'd like to know a little more about me, I've written some articles on my personal experiences and how they've influenced my writing and publishing journey. Check out the 'Confessions of an #IndieAuthor' tab for these posts.

For authors/writers:
I have a group of posts aimed at you, with tips and advice on writing, publishing and marketing. You'll find these under the 'For Authors' tab.

For readers:
I write both contemporary romance and urban fantasy. I have two complete series ready for you to check out, which I will list below. Click on the book titles if you're interested in learning more about my books.

1. Contemporary Romance:
Soulmates Saga





2. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance:
Poison Blood Series

The first two books in this series are free to download from your favourite e-book store!




I also have another contemporary romance novel, If I Say Yes (Love & Alternatives #1), so check that out for FREE:

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Chasing Pavements Book Details:
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction
Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


Poison Blood, Book 1 Details:

Length: 29,000 words
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Vampire Romance / Paranormal Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Sparkly Vampires
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult

Recommended for: Readers that love all things vampires, slayers and witches!


If I Say Yes Book Details:

Length: A 100,000-word contemporary romance novel with added bonus content
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Light Hearted Romance / Modern Day Love Story / Chick-Lit / Contemporary Women’s Fiction / Wedding Fiction
Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Funny
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy novels by Cecilia Ahern, Jojo Moyes, Giovanna Fletcher etc., and books such as the Wedding Pact Series.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Top 5 Favourite #IndieReads

I have read my fair share of independently published books since self-publishing my own books, and although most of my recent reads have been traditionally published works from my brilliant local library, I can still remember which indie reads I enjoyed most. So, I’m listing my top five favourite indie books in this post. I won’t go into ranking them; that would be too difficult and not to mention unfair, as they’re all so different from each other. Now, without further ado, let’s get into it.

One) Amanda Hocking ~ the Trylle Trilogy (Teen/Young Adult Paranormal Romance)

I know Ms. Hocking is now traditionally published, but the Trylle books were originally self-published and they changed indie publishing forever. I adore these books (I have re-read them a bunch of times!) and definitely recommend them to readers of YA/teen fiction.

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Two) I.C. Camilleri ~ The Blake Soul (Contemporary Romance/Romantic suspense)

I’ve read my fair share of indie romance novels (its one of the genres I write in) but this book is one of the few that I can still remember actual scenes from, so that’s saying a lot. If you like your romance with a touch of suspense and the supernatural, check this book out.

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Three) Penelope Fletcher ~ the Rae Wilder Novels (Teen/YA Dystopian Paranormal Romance)

These books were one of the first indie books I’d read, before I published my own books, I think. I was really impressed by Ms. Fletcher’s writing, so rich and detailed, and the various mythical creatures in the books were all equally well-explored and portrayed. It was a good first impression of the indie publishing industry and made me feel glad that I was going to become an indie author myself.

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Four) Liliana Hart ~ Dirty Little Secrets (Crime/Mystery)

This is the first book in the JJ Graves series and I couldn’t put it down. Crime is the genre I’ve read most in my life, but this was the first indie crime novel I’d read and I was blown away by how good it was. Ms. Hart is a superstar indie author and this book makes clear why.

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Five) Robert J. Crane ~ Alone: Girl in the Box, Book 1 (Teen/YA Urban Fantasy)

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and full of action and drama. I loved the characters and the plot was great. I flew through it. And now that I’m talking about it, I feel like re-reading it...

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Worth Mentioning:

Penny Hooper ~ various works on her Wattpad and blog in different genres (Contemporary Romance, Supernatural, Mystery)

I’ve discovered this author’s writing quite recently. Our paths crossed on Twitter when I was promoting my contemporary romance book If I Say Yes during a free promotion I was running and she downloaded and read it, and I already am a fan of her writing style. I haven’t read her debut novel It’s My Mistake yet, but I really want to check it out based on the pieces of writing that I’ve read on her Goodreads blog.

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Natasha Preston ~ Silence (Teen/YA Contemporary Romantic Suspense)

This story was really interesting and kept me reading. I read it a while ago and I can remember quite a lot about it.

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D.S. Murphy ~ various works on Amazon in different genres (Teen/YA Paranormal Romance, Dystopian Fantasy, etc.)

This author writes in several sub-genres within the teen/YA space, and publishes extended previews of his series starters first, before releasing the full length versions of each series starter. I think I’ve read most of his samplers and the ones I liked best are Orpheum and The Scarlet Thread. Mr. Murphy also writes non-fiction to help authors write, publish, and market their books ~ these works are under his Derek Murphy author page.

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For his non-fiction:





Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) click this link to learn more about it:



Like all my other books, it's also available on:
iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 


Book Details
Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon |  iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords





PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance / Sparkling Vampires
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!





Monday, 25 June 2018

Top 5 Fictional Witches of All Time

To celebrate the release of my new witch books, Bloodless and Bloodshed (Witch’s Blood Series), and of Bloodless being free to download across all e-book retailers, I thought I’d write a quick post on my favourite witches from the world of books, TV and film.

Amber from my Poison Blood and Witch’s Blood Series is my favourite fictional witch, of course. But before she came along, there were some pretty good contenders for that title, and in this post, I’m going to share my top five witches of all time.

In no particular order.......

First up, Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (Books by JK Rowling), though I always think of her as a wizard(!). Hermione is not only super talented but she’s also a hard worker with a great work ethic and so endearing with her soft spot for house elves.





Sabrina Spellman from Sabrina The Teenage Witch (American TV series). When this show first aired on TV, I hadn’t heard of the film (of the same name) that it was based on, but my classmates and I went crazy for it. It was funny, cute and who could resist Sabrina’s cheeky and lovable cat, Salem? Her aunts were pretty darn cool, too, and her love interest, Harvey, was everyone’s crush. Aww, those dimples....




Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (American TV series); my favourite TV series ever growing up (and one of my top 3 faves of all time). Willow was just so adorable before she started dabbling in magic, and what a powerful practitioner she became! She’s sweet, quirky and with Buffy and Xander at her side, they were a great set of characters for that time.




The Halliwells from Charmed (American TV series). Apart from the final few seasons, this series was amazing amazing amazing. And another show in my top 3 favourites. Three sisters. Three powerful witches. Romance. Drama. Laughs. This series had it all. Apparently, the show is getting a reboot, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that. No matter how good it’s going to be, Prue, Piper and Phoebe of the original series will be my favourite charmed ones. Oh, and Paige, too (played by the now infamous Rose McGowan).




Sarah, Bonnie, Rochelle & Nancy from The Craft (American movie). I loved this film in my teens and watched it every time it aired on TV. It was so cool and sassy and dark, the acting was amazing, and it had one hell of an ending. A high school teen movie with bite.




Honourable Mentions:

Samantha Stevens from Bewitched (American TV series). Who could forget the domestic witch Samantha and all the trouble she and her mother got into in this hit 70s comedy series?



Mildred Hubble from Worst Witch (Books by Jill Murphy). I’d never read the books but I loved the children’s TV adaptation of it when I was a kid. Millie was cute, a klutz, and downright entertaining. I believe there’s a reboot of it airing on a TV near you....

Mollie and Minerva from Harry Potter. No introduction or explanation needed for these two badass witches. Enough said. Love these ladies. And ooh, Bellatrix Lestrange, even though I hate what she does, I love the character.

So, that’s it. Agree or disagree on any of my choices? Maybe I missed a few? Either way, I hope you enjoyed this quick post.



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