Where I lurk…

I’m spending less time here, at the moment, so I thought I’d share some other places you can find me 😊

Facebook – this is where I talk about my writing, share articles about books and occasionally some book reviews

Twitter – all manner of random stuff comes out of my fingertips here!

Goodreads – I don’t really use this site as a social media platform, but I do review the books I’ve read

Newsletter (link takes you to the sign-up page) – I guess this is the reason why my blog has taken a backseat. My newsletter comes out once a month, I try to talk about things that both readers and writers will be interested in, and there’s always a small giveaway attached to it. Click here to find out why I give away the things I do.

I don’t plan to give up this blog entirely, but at the moment other things are taking precedence. I’ll probably see you over on your blog too x

 

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Another awesome book from Kyra Lennon – whooooooo!

As I write this, I’m wearing a jumper (I am writing this slightly ahead of time, so we might be back in heatwave territory by now), but I like my jumpers so I’m happy. I’ve been writing a few flash and short stories recently – in fact, one day I wrote, edited and submitted a story, which is very unlike me!

But I’m not here to talk about me, I’m excited to be taking part in yet another release day blitz for the fantastically awesome Kyra Lennon’s forthcoming romantic suspense novel HEAR WHAT YOU WANT.

I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy, and you can read my review right here.

Check out the stunning cover and details below!

TITLE: Hear What You Want (Chaos and Consent Book 1)
AUTHOR: Kyra Lennon
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
PHOTOGRAPHY: Emma Phillips
MODEL: Charlotte Crouch
BLURB: 

 

Ambra
Things I wanted:
A great night out, and to meet my favourite band.
Things I didn’t want:
To wake up the next morning with my underwear beside me on the floor and a large chunk missing from my memory.
Guess which one I got.
Noah
Things I wanted:
To meet a pretty girl at my band’s gig and have some fun.
Things I didn’t want:
To find a photo of me and the pretty girl on social media with people questioning whether or not I raped her.
But here we are. And that one photo?
It changed everything.
**This book contains sensitive topics that some may find upsetting.**
Buy links:

*****

Author bio:

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her. Her first book was released in 2013, and she has gone on to release two successful series’ and a handful of novellas, all falling into the category of Contemporary Romance.

Kyra is also a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or enjoying nights out at comedy shows and live music venues.

Lennon is a proud supporter of several charities. She currently volunteers for her local cat shelter as a fundraiser and social media guru. Kyra has also had stories published in charity anthologies to raise money for Cats Protection, the British Heart Foundation, the Innocence Project, and Clusterbusters.

Stalker links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

 

I’ve finished and just started…

Hello!

Today I’ve watched the FIFA World Cup Final – still feeling a bit gutted England weren’t in it, but excited for the next stage of their development – and completed the first draft/very detailed outline of my next project.

I’d aimed to write the draft, aiming for 20,000 words, in June. But as it stands, it’s 20,001bty words and not quite June anymore. Looking at my progress chart, there were a couple of weeks in the middle where I didn’t write a single thing. I know I got disheartened with the plot, or lack of one, but I didn’t realise it was that long.

In the end, I decided I just needed to write words, to get something on the page, so I could make a proper decision. I’ve actually got a story now, for starters – there were a couple of aha moments as things fell into place, especially as I was trying to fall asleep. But I did it.

It needs about 60k more words, a title and a much clearer structure. But I’ve started.

 

Write with Fey

Hello, dear readers! Today I’m welcoming another guest to share her book with you – this time Chrys Fey, whose new book will help you navigate the world of writing and publishing.

I’m still busy querying my novel, gearing up to write a new one (I’m planning another month-long blitz, so I’ve been jotting down the most random of ideas in preparation), and submitting a couple of short stories to competitions. As you read this, I’m finishing off a new flash fiction with a Sunday deadline!

Phew, that’s a lot of work… Anyway, here’s Chrys’s new book, enjoy!

 

NEW RELEASE & GIVEAWAY!
Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book!
Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication offers an abundance of data in one handy book. From writing your novel to prepping for publication and beyond, you’ll find sparks on every page, including 100 bonus marketing tips. You’ll also discover how to write specific scenes and characters, adding depth to your work.
•        Spark One: Being a Writer
•        Spark Two: Story Essentials
•        Spark Three: A Book’s Stepping Stones
•        Spark Four: How To
•        Spark Five: Character ER
•        Spark Six: Editing
•        Spark Seven: Publishing
•        Spark Eight: Marketing
•        Spark Nine: Writing About
•        Spark Ten: Final Inspiration
With so much information, you’ll take notes, highlight, and flag pages to come back to again and again on your writing journey.
BUY LINKS:
 AUTHOR BIO:
 
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group
and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her
first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes.
 
Chrys Fey’s Links:
GIVEAWAY!
Open to
all from June 4th 2018 – July 6th 2018
Click here to enter or
use the form below.

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Introducing C. Lee McKenzie

Here’s something a little bit different for you today, a middle-grade author! I’ve know C. Lee for a long time through our blogs, so it’s great to have her here today to celebrate the launch of her new book.

If you’ve got kids, check this out. If you know some kids, check it out too. If you don’t know any kids, but love great stories, check it out too 😉 

Take it away, C. Lee…


Hi Annalisa,

It’s great to be here today. Thank you for giving me a chance to talk about this new book.When you offered to lend a hand, you mentioned that your readers weren’t likely to be my audience for this one since it’s written for the middle-grade reader. So I thought I’d tell about the night a bookseller gave a presentation to a group of rather senior citizens and brought picture books along with others for her talk.

She began with a story about an overheard conversation in her bookstore. It was a father telling his daughter to put that picture book away; she was older now and should be reading more advanced books. Then the bookseller, held up a picture book and began to read aloud. I admit, she was a great reader, and I along with the rest of the audience, fell into the story. When she came to almost the end, she said, “Well, you get the idea,” and closed the book. There was a collective “No!” that came from the entire audience. We wanted to hear what happened to that goose!

She’d made her point. If it’s a good story, it will capture and hold your imagination no matter what age it was intended for.

I write primarily in two categories of fiction: Young Adult and Middle Grade. While the booksellers put these on shelves designated for those age groups, my readers are often a lot older. One reviewer who has become a fan of my Young Adult (thank you ever so much) admits to being a sixty-year-old male. He has read and reviewed all of those books. My Middle Grade also has a middle aged audience. They tell me they pick up these little fantasies for a quick, fun escape from their real world. Some read them to be sure they’re okay for their children.

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Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is book three in The Adventures of Pete and Weasel. Alligators Overhead was the first in the series, and The Great Timelock Disaster was the second. Instead of my writing the overview, here’s the short trailer that gives you the idea of what happens to these two adventurers.  


All my books are available online. 
 
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is available at these locations. 
 
AMAZON . B&N . KOBO  . SMASHWORDS . YABC 
Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477

 

Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher

EBook available in all formats 


Thank you again for the time and space on your blog, Annalisa. I loved popping over to your neck of woods for a chat.
 

Stuff, other stuff and nonsense

Greetings!

Hmm… I’ve been sitting here for five minutes wondering what to write next – I blame it on a lack of tea.

I’ve sat back from blogging for most of April because I know a lot of my regular visitors are taking part in the A-Z Challenge, so they really don’t need me clogging up their feeds. I’ve visited a few, and the topics are as interesting and varied as always. I don’t comment for the same reason – these bloggers are probably starting to wilt a bit now.

I’ve not been writing much recently. Without any new ideas, I’ve been playing around with some old short stories, and then abandoning the changes anyway – so there’s very little to report there. My novel is still out on submission to agents – one requested a full, and I’m still waiting to hear back from that before I send anymore out.

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Photo by Geert Pieters on Unsplash

 

There are some changes at work too, and a lot of my focus has been on that. Nothing too major – I have to take on a few exercise classes, when my preference is one-to-one training in the gym, so it’ll definitely take me out of my comfort zone, and I’m not keen on that. I don’t have a writing comfort zone of any kind, so I think I deserve one in my day job. Alas, my boss does not.

Aside from that, April is passing in a blur of birthdays, cake, shopping, sunny days and watching #2 son in his first ‘proper theatre’ play (as opposed to school or community halls – both of which are completely proper and always very well done).

Ollie in Brainstorm 12-14 April 2018
#2 son on the far right,  picture from the Young Company @ The Theatre Royal Plymouth

What takes you out of your comfort zone?

 

 

Spring is springing

digAfter some very cold and snowy weather, today felt properly Spring-like.

This is what a happy dog looks like, once he’s run around and exhausted himself!

The awesome thing about this time of the year is waking up when it’s light, strolling rather than rushing to get through errands, and being able to sit outside the coffee shop with my hot chocolate.

I feel so much more productive – although, alas, not in a writing-new-stuff kind of way, yet. I spent this afternoon designing new business cards, I’m in the middle of a week long interview on Audrina Lane’s Facebook page, and I’m working on my newsletter relaunch (again, but for real, this time!) Click the SIGN UP button on the top right to receive your copy, launching mid-April.

Do you ever feel happy for absolutely no reason? A surge of euphoria that bubbles over until you’re smiling inanely at random people who are walking past? That was me today. I felt like Artoo in that picture, perfectly content, even when paying a bill.

What’s your favourite thing about Spring?