Writing Song of the Day

I haven’t posted a writing song in ages. How slack of me.

This is my inspiration song from the last few days and the tune I’m using to shape my ideas for the book I’m about to start (re-start actually!) I’m heading back to Cornwall for my next storyline.

I don’t think I’ve heard as beautiful a song as this one for a very long time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sticking to a Plan

For the first time in my life I’ve stuck to a plan. As a rule I’m not a fan of plans, they’re confining, restraining and generally a pain in the arse.
The reason I feel this way is because I normally can’t stick to even the vaguest plan, I’m more of a act on a whim kind of person.
However this year I set out with clear plans in place. Guess what? I stuck to one…. hello…. this must surely make me a grown up. I said I was going to do something and I did it. Hurrah! Round of applause please.

I wasn’t going to write for the first half of this year but then on New Years Day I woke up and completely changed my mind (this happens a lot). I started to write that day with a promise I would have a first draft of a new book finished by Valentines Day. I did it. Eighty thousand words, a serious headache, my house falling to bits around me, but I stuck to my plan. I even knew what I was going to write instead of winging it which is my usual style.
Something about the new storyline really fired my imagination. One couple, two relationships, ten years apart. It’s a tale of second chance love. The youthful mistake of making bad choices but then getting a chance to try and fix it later in life.
The whole of last year I kept starting and then restarting a rekindled romance storyline but it just wasn’t there no matter how hard I tried to tease at the edges and pull it together. Then BAM there it was. I think it may have had a lot to do with finally getting a good grasp of my new characters Amber French and Freddy Bale. You will hear much more about them in the coming months.
I’m not going to reveal the title yet or release date, not until my second draft is smoothed out and it’s in the hands of my editor but I did want to shout from the roof tops just how excited I am by it all.

Big yay for sticking to a plan!
Further updates and info coming soon…

Goodbye 2014 and HELLO 2015

It’s time for the New Year round up again! Didn’t that go crazy fast? Anyone else left wondering what happened to most of 2014?
Anyone with super observant detective skills might have noticed that I haven’t been on social media, or on my blog at all since the summer, and this is because 2014 has been a very mixed year for me and I’ve had to take some time out to rest and spend a little bit more time being the real me. By real me, I mean the mother, wife and terrible housewife who has a family to look after.
2014 started with the release of The Art of Keeping Faith in April, and whilst I know Delilah McCannon and her crazy behaviour drives readers crazy, I am still very proud of that book, and of the character. Even up to the release point, and in fact a year ago exactly I was already working on my next novel, Gone, which meant I was effectively editing one manuscript whilst writing another all at the same time. I had some huge decisions to make about whether I wanted to continue with my publisher or go Indie, and the stress of it all was quite intense. I stand by my Indie decision and know it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made so far in my writing career.
Then came the shocker, a few days after Gone released I found out I was pregnant, which I wasn’t expecting at all. My children although young are way passed the nappy and sleepless night stage and my entire world just came to a grinding halt as I tried to work out how to be a mother, wife, terrible housewife, writer and look after a baby all without going crazy.
Sadly the worry was taken out of my hands when the pregnancy ended at nine weeks.
The end of the year has been such a blur for me, and I found it impossible to go on twitter or facebook and act like all was okay, because the truth is I wasn’t okay. I was heartbroken.
Since then we’ve lost another pregnancy, just before Christmas, but this time instead of feeling heartbroken, I’m beginning to realise that some things aren’t meant to be. There aren’t always happy endings and you don’t always get what you want.
This last week I’ve really tried to finish 2014 on a positive note. I’ve decided to end my writing break and have already started working on a new release for 2015 (and it’s so exciting I want to tell everyone about it now, but I’m restraining myself). I’m loving being back in creative mode, and realise just how much I enjoy that part of my life. I love to create stories. It’s a simple fact but true.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not that sorry to say goodbye to 2014. It’s been a very odd year. But, I am so excited for 2015; midnight tonight can’t come quick enough!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support I’ve been given this year. The readers who love Lilah and Ben, or Rebecca and Josh, or any other character I write, make it all worthwhile. The friends I have made mean a lot to me, many who started out as writing / blogging buddies are now true friends and that means so much.
I hope everyone has an amazing 2015 and has all their dreams come true.

Anna.xxx

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.