Finding Rebecca Walters

I just have to post this super quick (I’m supposed to be writing, but seem to be wasting time on the internet).  I’ve just stumbled across a picture that looks more like Rebecca Walters that I ever would have thought possible.

I’ve never seen this portrait until tonight, so have in no way used it in inspiration for my writing, but this is exactly how I visualise Josh seeing Bex when he looks at her. Beneath the make-up and the attitude is just fragile vulnerability, light instead of dark.

I will probably get in trouble for not accrediting this beautiful photograph properly so I shall try my hardest. Taken by Paul Apal’kin you can find the original here. I just think it’s beautiful and I hope you do to.

Rebecca Walters - Portrait

 

Anyway, back to the writing otherwise the next book will never get released!

St Agnes and Gone

Hey there everyone!

Okay so this summer didn’t quite pan out the way I was expecting, (this is probably the biggest understatement I will ever make) and due to extreme personal circumstances I didn’t manage to promote Gone as well I would have liked. Sometimes in life it becomes necessary to perform some urgent prioritising and as such I spent the summer putting my family above everything else. 

Now as time slowly ticks on and heals in that funny way it has, I can once again start to turn my attention back to all aspects of my life. Yesterday it became apparent to me that because of all I had going on around the release date of Gone, I never provided any background information about the book itself. For those readers based in the UK who have an inkling of what St Agnes in Cornwall is like you may have been able to visualise it, but for those poor souls unacquainted with the natural beauty Cornwall has to offer I thought I would share some visual cues with you. 

My use of St Agnes as the setting for Gone was not a random choice. St Agnes is one of my favourite places, and in truth I have done the town a small disservice with Bex Walters attitude towards it. Whilst it is a small town, it does have slightly more than one newsagent and one pub which is all that Bex cares to notice about her new home. I hope to make this up in the sequel book which will be released late next year. 

St Agnes is truly beautiful and it holds a special place in my heart as somewhere my sister and I spent time on our girly holidays during our early twenties. The cider in the local pub is outrageously lethal, and you are guaranteed to lose all feeling in your legs after two pints. In fact it is in the pub pictured here that my love affair with Cider began, although I can confirm that a game of pool is practically impossible after too much of the stuff as I found out on that holiday. 

St agnes pub

 

Truro Cathedral as with all great English Cathedrals is stunning. When Bex and Josh sneak in during morning prayer I am very much hiding in one of my favourite past times into my plot. While I am not an zealously religious person, I have always found a huge amount of pleasure in sneaking off for a couple of minutes and sitting on a quiet pew contemplating life in general. Even when I worked in London I would sometimes take a solitary couple of minutes inside Southwark Cathedral and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. I tried to capture this quiet solitude with Bex and Josh sitting in silence in Truro’s beautiful landmark. 

These pictures show  you the Truro that Josh was trying to win Bex over with. 

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And lastly, before I sign off I can’t give you glimpses of Cornwall and not show you the beach on which so much of Gone is set. 

When I started writing Gone I only had the vaguest snapshot in my head of the beach (possibly due to the before mentioned cider), but I determined to write it from my dim memory instead of Google it. I wanted the beach to just be unique to my imagination. Somewhere that only Bex and Josh had been. After I had finished the first draft, second draft and final re-write I decided to Google and see how far off the mark I had been. My memory is not so bad after all, and this picture I have here is almost exactly the image I had in my head when I wrote the beach based scenes. I should add here that I have no idea if driftwood fires are allowed on the sand or if you were brave enough to face the temperatures whether anyone would be able to see you skinny-dip from the beach. That would be for you to find out;)

One thing I do know for sure is that I could certainly do with a little paddle on that beach right now, it looks beautiful and it makes me so pleased that I set my book in such an amazing place.

St Agnes - Beach

 

A.B

 

 

The Deal – cover reveal

Today is the cover reveal for my beautiful friend Z. Elizabeth’s book.
Designed by Laura Beege who also created the cover for Gone and it’s quite stunning. Laura is very talented.
The Deal is releasing the beginning of December for those of you who enjoy a very racy read;)

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Title: The Deal(#1)
Author: Z. Elizabeth
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22839743-the-deal

Synopsis
One feud.
Two families.
One secret.
What happens when you fall for the enemy?

Thanks to their fathers’ feud, Nicole and Craig have been enemies since the moment they were born. But six years ago they fell in love… They just never told each other.

Motivated by their grandparents’ money, they agree to a simple deal: Stay married for a year and unravel the secrets and lies surrounding their fathers. Bound together, they must figure out why the two former best friends have spent the last thirty years ignoring one another and prohibited any contact between Nicole and Craig.

Craig is more than happy to uncover their fathers’ past if it means he gets Nicole for real.
Nicole wants to keep the past exactly where it is and she will fight Craig every step of the way.
With only limited time together, delving into their family history could be the mistake that will break both their hearts.

What happens when secrets and lies are revealed? Can Nicole and Craig live their Happily Ever After after waiting six long years to be together? Or will one secret be enough to break them apart, just like their fathers?

‘I’m doing this for us, Nic’

*THE DEAL is suitable for 17+ due to graphic sex scenes and language*

*This is a STANDALONE novel. Book two is a companion novel.

Z. Elizabeth hopes that her characters end up on your book boyfriend/girlfriend lists and her book ends up on your favourite list, maybe even your bookshelf.
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Ta dah! . . Gone Cover Reveal

Here is is, the beautiful cover for Gone

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Blurb

Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

Release Date

I am very proud to announce that Gone will be releasing in paperback and on e-readers on the 28th July 2014.

And is available for pre-order right now on Apple iBooks and for Nook readers here. As soon as I have the pre-order link for the paperback version I will post is back on here.

Before I go and leave you with a song (of course) I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the people who have supported me with this book. The storyline means a huge amount to me, and as such it was an emotional experience writing it. I just want to say thank you to my Writing Partners – one of whom read this scene by scene as I wrote, and to all the lovely Beta readers who gave me such amazing, confidence inspiring feedback. And more importantly than anything else I have to say a HUGE thank you to Laura Beege for the beautiful cover. I don’t think we could have created a cover more perfectly for Gone if we tried.

And now for a song. This books is very much about young people making terrible mistakes and having things happen to them that are not necessarily their fault. It’s about accepting that, dealing with it and making something of your life despite it. It’s about the passage from youth to adulthood where you get that one unique opportunity to leave the person you were behind you and fight to be the person you want to be. And it’s about not letting the demons and secrets you have on the inside destroy you.

There was only one song for this.

Guest Post – Zoe Pope and The Deal

Hey Everyone (or Hey Y’all – I’ve been watching way too much Nashville!)

I’ve got a special guest post for you today from Zoe Pope, book blogger, turned aspiring writer.

When Zoe and I met about a year ago, it took some badgering and nagging form my part but I soon found out that not only was Zoe an avid reader but she also enjoyed writing as well. After weeks of persuasion I convinced Zoe to send me some of her work and that’s effectively when we became not just author/blogging mates but also Awesome Writing Buddies.

I very rarely write anything without winging it over to Zoe for her input  – sometimes it’s just scenes I’ve written that day but it’s so great to bounce ideas with someone and it has been invaluable to me.  

I’ve been reading The Deal since it’s conception (I was even lucky enough to read the original YA version) and it’s been great being on the inside of the story the whole way through. When this book is released I will be shouting it from the rooftops.

Now The Deal is a VERY VERY sexy read! But more importantly than that Zoe has managed to create characters that you can really care about and a unique storyline that can keep you riveted while you enjoy the steamy scenes;)  

Zoe is sharing an exclusive scene today and if you read it carefully you may just find some characters from my Uni File Series in there . . . 

Over to Zoe. . . 

 

Hi guys.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Zoe and I own the blog The Book Lovers. The past year has been a whirlwind and I am currently writing my own novel. The first draft is almost done and I am now beginning to daunting process of marketing and letting all you lovely people know about my book – THE DEAL.

 It’s an enemies to lovers book with a twist. It’s not all plain sailing but my characters, Nic and Craig, get there in the end. If you go to THIS POST you can read the unofficial synopsis and I have another Teaser posted too. But right now, I have given Anna a scene to share with you lot.

 I have a cover, but i’m thinking of changing it so I have nothing set in stone yet, but I hope when the time comes you will help me reveal it :)

 Of course, this is unedited and subject to change. I chose it because a little hot musician is included….you will know who I am talking about if you have read Anna’s books.

 

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The Deal

 

I saunter into the kitchen, happy that my girls are all together and just a little bit tipsy. I can see that they have already started on the wine that I left out for them and I spot a glass just for me too. I cough as I enter the room, breaking up their conversation and they all squeal when they see me. I start to pose and laugh when they begin to clap and catcall at me, mainly focusing on the boob area. Yes, this dress is rather revealing and I love it. Free shots anyone? I smile warmly and make my way over to Sophie and Tammy, embracing them in a tight hug, rocking them side to side. The guys in the living room mimic us, and I can see them jumping around, hugging each other and putting on girly voices. I just flick them the finger.

 “Oh I have missed you guys.” I say, knowing full well I saw them last night but in university we used to all get ready together, and it seems kind of sad that we did it alone this time. Kelsie passes me my glass of wine across the kitchen counter and I take a sip before rounding it to give her a hug too.  Before we can begin to gossip, a new band called Sound Box starts playing on the radio station. They haven’t been around too long but I do know that the four of us love this band. We shout our excitement and begin to sing along to the sweet, sweet voice that belongs to a fucking gorgeous guy called Benjamin Chambers. Seriously, we are completely obsessed with him and it really makes Rob and Craig jealous as hell that we pawn over this guy.

 “Fucking pussy ass Benjamin Chambers.” I can hear Rob say through the music and Kelsie tells him to shut the fuck up or his calender of Mila Kunis will be torn up. That shuts him up instantly before he knows Kels would actually do that and the guys begin to ridicule him over being whipped. We giggle and dance around the kitchen, wine in hand, hips shaking and singing at the top of our lungs until the song has ended and an Avicii song rings through the television.

 “I love that song so much.” Tammy swoons but we all know its not just the song she loves.

 “I just want to fuck Mr. Chambers if I’m being completely honest! Did you see that photo of him on the beach? With those abs? Jesus Christ, I would lick every single part of him…” Sophie comments and gets her phone out to show us the photo of Ben as her screen saver. I cant help but swoon along with them.  He is definitely my type of guy….he plays guitar, his eyes, oh his blue eyes and the way he loves his girlfriend Lilah, so much, its great to see a guy love that hard and not let fame get to their relationship. I wouldn’t know how to cope, I’d be insanely jealous, but they seem to love one another enough to not get green eyed.

 “Got to say, I agree with you. I’d fuck him seven ways sidewards.” I sigh, a dreamy grin upon my lips as I keep staring at Sophie’s phone, hoping that somehow Ben will magically appear in his board shorts in my kitchen and I can jump upon him and get him to love me. I hear a cough behind us and spin around to see Craig and Rob stood in the kitchen doorway. Craig hasnt seen me dressed up yet but his eyes look ready to fall out of the sockets. The blue of his eyes are becoming darker and I know just what that means. His eyes scroll down my body and back up, focusing on my breasts and Rob has to slap him on the back and tell him to calm down on the bedroom eyes.

 Craig smirks and comes in closer to us, boxing me in the corner of the room with no means to escape. Kelsie moves away knowing full well that Craig wants to show his primal side to me and everyone else in the flat. I curse her internally, thanking her for her help. My back hits the fridge and Craig places his hands either side of my head.

 “So who is this guy you want to fuck seven ways sidewards?” He grunts, electing laughs from the girls. They know just how jealous Craig can get, and he is in full swing right now. I bite my lip, a smile urging to appear and I shrug my shoulders.

 “Just Benjamin Chambers.” I reply. We are in a major eye-holding battle, mine showing my playful side, his showing his mischievous and jealous side. “He’s a right sexy one he is.”

 I love pushing him, letting him know that if we could fuck anyone else, it would be Benjamin Chambers…or Kellan Kyle…or Drake from Demons Wings….okay getting into a tizzy now with all the hot musicians flashing before my eyes. I know our scene has attracted the rest of the group, but I cant see anyone apart from the guy in front of me.

 “Oh he is, is he? I suppose he cant do this can he?” He leans forward and takes my lips in a bruising kiss. I bite back a moan and grip his arms, squeezing the hard and tense muscles, while his hands wind into my hair and he pushes his body flat against mine. Craig dominates the kiss, changing direction when I think I’ve got him down. He goes soft and hard, fast and slow, no in between and right now I feel like we are putting on a show for the others. I have tunnel vision and all I can see and hear is us. Our breathing, our lips locking and moving and just how much I need Craig. When he pulls back, I feel a little light-headed and all he can do is smirk. Yeah, cocky Craig is definitely back tonight. But my answer shoots him down a peg.

 “I think he maybe could.”

Happily Ever After

It’s been so long since I’ve written a post. Life has been ever so slightly on the crazy side, and by that what I really mean is that life has been mental. We all know that the release of The Art of Keeping Faith put a few extra grey hairs on my head and since then I have been knee deep in a massive re-write of Gone.

On Sunday I had a bit of downtime with my daughter and did what mums and little girls do best when they have some time together, we snuggled down and watched a fairy tale. Well I watched it, Lana hid under a pillow so she didn’t have to see any kissing on screen.

Happily Ever Afters, you’ve just got to love them!

As we sat there on Sunday I had this thought that maybe I was doing my nearly seven year old daughter a disservice by letting her believe that princes and princesses meet, fall in love, save each other from falling off of tall buildings, sing to each other, dance and then finally live happily forever after.

NAH!

I grew up on that, and there is still a large part of my heart that believes everyone can have a happily forever. Or if not a forever then at least a happy right now. When I was little my favourite film was Slipper and the Rose. Richard Chamberlain and Gemma Craven playing Cinderella and her Prince Charming. I think it may have been made the year I was born (but don’t quote me on that) and I used to watch it on repeat. Especially the bit at the end when Cinderella rocks up at the wedding of the Prince and the Wrong Girl. . . yes that’s right, he nearly marries the wrong girl! Imagine that!

As I got older I started to see it for what it was, just a dream, a fairy tale. I remember when I was doing my A-Levels and I had a day off sick so I popped the old classic on to keep me amused for a couple of hours. By the time it got to the end and Cinderella was sitting there on her swing completely oblivious to the fact he is going to marry someone else I was a bawling hysterical mess. Life was teaching me something that the fairy tales didn’t cover.

That sucks.

Think about all those movies we grew up watching. Dirty Dancing  – “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Pretty Woman – Richard Gere climbing the fire escape a bunch of roses in his mouth. Never Been Kissed – standing in a stadium waiting for the hot teacher guy to jog onto the pitch and give you a big smooch. . .

Yeah. None of those things ever happen!

 

It makes me think of the new project I am working on. It was an idea that I first had a year or so ago. Again I’d had a movie afternoon with my daughter – I promise we don’t only watch telly together! We’d just got to the end  of Phantom of the Opera, which we both love.  I was already a crying mess, because that bit where Christine goes back to give Phantom his ring nearly kills me every time I watch it. Lana turned to me with the clarity of thought that only a six year old can have and said “Well really Christine should have stayed with Phantom because he loved her first.”

How sweet is that? For a long time the new project was entitled “Loved You First” just from Lana’s words.

I’ve been working away on the manuscript after making my writing buddy Heather a promise that I would write the story for her, but right now I just don’t know how I am going to give them a happily every after.

There’s got to be one though. Everyone deserves a happy ending. I guess the reality of life and the love story I am writing about now, is that it takes some people slighter longer to find it. My eternal optimism tells me that everyone gets one eventually, even if you have to wait a lifetime for it.

 

Here is the song from the movie Lana and I watched at the weekend. Ahhhhhh

 

The Art of Keeping Faith – Update

Well, today something is missing on Amazon that should be on there! That’s right The Art of Keeping Faith.

I’m a bit gutted, as I am sure everyone will understand. I’ve been so desperate to release this book, I am very proud of it and want everyone to read and enjoy the next stage in Lilah and Ben’s life.

Sadly the release of The Art of Keeping Faith is out of my hands and I have just got to keep the faith (see what I did there) in the fact that it will be out in the next few days after this small hiccup.

I’m looking at this situation as some form of karmic payback; I always make life complicated and hard for my characters and now it is happening to me. It’s a challenge but it’s not the end of the world.

This situation which I am going to label “The battle of getting TAoKF on Kindles” is starting to take epic proportions and it reminds me very much of the battle that Lilah and Ben face in the book itself.

So here is a picture and a quote to cheer me up, along with a song that seems particularly app this morning. The story will come home. . . eventually! The Kids and I are completely rocking the new Kaiser Cheifs album in our house and I can guarantee that Lana and I will be singing this very loudly today.

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