Author Interview With Shelley Wilson Plus #Giveaway

I am delighted to welcome Shelley Wilson to Me, My Books and I today to talk about her YA fantasy trilogy, The Guardian Series. You’ll also get the chance to win a signed copy of Book 1 in the series so keep reading…

Shelley Wilson’s love of fantasy began at the tender age of eight when she followed Enid Blyton up The Magic Faraway Tree.

Inspired by Blyton’s make-believe world, Shelley began to create her own stories, weaving tales around faeries, witches, and dragons. Her fantasy books blend a love of the supernatural with strong female protagonists.

Shelley’s non-fiction work is rooted in a passion for helping women to believe in themselves and become strong, motivated individuals. Can you spot the common thread between the two genres?

As well as writing, Shelley is an obsessive reader and book reviewer. She lives in Solihull in the West Midlands, UK, with her three teenage children, a black cat called Luna, and a fat fish. Shelley describes herself as a teetotal, pizza-loving, Facebook addict with a preoccupation with list writing. She would love to live in the Shire but fears that her five-foot-ten-inch height may cause problems.

Find out more:

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Hi Shelley,

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to The Guardian Series?

The Guardian Series is a young adult (YA) fantasy trilogy. It starts off in a small town in the UK and then swiftly moves through various gateways to other realms. Our protagonist, Amber Noble, is swept up in a quest to save her best friend from a demon realm. She meets a host of characters along the way, some good, some bad, some cute! She has always had trouble believing in the supernatural but when it’s trying to kill her and her friends she begins to believe – and fight back.

Landed with a destiny she doesn’t want and powers she can’t control, Amber’s one goal is to reunite her family and return home, but her friends, guides, and the magical characters she meets along her journey have other ideas. She must first save her friends, fight for a faerie queen, and vanquish the biggest evil the realms have ever known. It all comes to an explosive conclusion in book three – but will it be the happy ending Amber is hoping for?

How did you come up with the titles?

The initial story idea came to me when I saw an image in a magazine. The picture was of a spooky headstone in a cemetery with three hooded figures. All of a sudden I had these characters chatting in my head and talking about ‘Guardians’. When I began to plot book one these Guardians were going to be supernatural soldiers who defended the town, of course, once I started writing, the characters took over, and my Guardians became the bad guys who lived beneath the tombs of the old church – Guardians of the Dead.

In book two I introduce dragons to the story, and so Guardians of the Sky had a nice twist to it. As well as the winged saviours who love to breathe fire over any unsuspecting bad guy, I also have my faerie characters. Both the male and female fae are warriors, but only the female have wings and can launch themselves into the air to attack from the skies.

Book three is set in the Lost Lands of the necromancers and the title, therefore, became Guardians of the Lost Lands. The guardians in this book, however, are two-fold, the necromancers and demons who are defending their home, and Amber and her friends who are fighting as guardians of the realms.

I love the atmosphere of the covers. Who designed them and why did you go for those particular designs?

Thank you, I adore the covers and receive so many compliments about them. I can take no credit whatsoever for these particular designs. I work with an incredible publishing partner, Blue Harvest Creative, who produce award-winning covers for authors across the globe. I send over my synopsis and let them work their magic. I have total faith in them. I can’t wait to see what the final cover will be when we launch in November 2016.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

I’m sure many writers’ are invested in meeting their main characters, but for me, I would have to say that I’d love to meet Tom, one of my secondary characters. I love this guy! He developed quite by accident and took to his role with charm and honour. In book one he is kidnapped by the guardian soldiers and so his part is not a big one, which was always the plan, however, he creeps under your skin at the start, and suddenly you find you’re missing him and willing Amber to save Tom in time. He refers to Amber as ‘cutie’, and I could hear him rolling the word over in my mind. He’s like the Xanda to Joss Whedon’s Buffy!

What makes The Guardian Series stand out from the crowd?

The one thing I love about reading YA fantasy novels is the pace. Teenagers don’t have time for waffle, they want to be thrown straight into the thick of the action and swept along on a wave of action and adventure. I’m very fortunate to have three teenagers under my roof who I can ask for advice on scenes and pace.

At just over fifty-thousand words per book, my Guardian Series is full of action, with plenty of twists and turns, and a host of loveable characters, and yet they can be read quickly. I write them short and punchy because that’s the kind of person I am in my day to day life. Always on the go and never leaving myself enough time for recreation, I am drawn to the quick read – so I chose to write the book I was looking for.

Why did you choose to write in this particular genre?

I have been a fan of fantasy, mythology, supernatural, and paranormal for as long as I can remember. I can vividly recall the first time I read the Hobbit and the emotions I felt as I joined in with the quest in my head. Going back even further I relished my time spent up Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree with Moon Face and the gang.

Creating other worlds, crafting strange creatures, and blurring the boundaries of normality fascinates me. The young adult fantasy genre gives me a platform to do all of this.

Which book is your favourite and why?

Out of the three Guardian books, I would have to say the third, Guardians of the Lost Lands, is my favourite. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this series and fell in love with all the characters. I even made myself cry on a couple of occasions! When I was writing book three, I was struggling with my depression and anxiety; this is something I’ve had for many years but due to a recent illness it had pushed its way to the forefront. Instead of letting it beat me, I channelled all my emotion into my writing. Book three goes much darker than the first two books, and Amber comes close to losing the plot – something I could relate to at the time. It was hugely cathartic to write my way through the worst of it, and it pushed the characters to make decisions that they might not have done if the cloak of darkness wasn’t hanging over them.

Sounds exciting! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Oh dear! This is the kind of question that makes me realise I have no life! As well as writing books, I also review them. I’m a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and spend the majority of my spare time with my nose in a book. If I’m not writing or reading then I love spending a few hours with my adult colouring books – it’s a perfect form of meditation for me.

I love going to the cinema or watching films at home with a large bowl of popcorn, and I am fascinated with old buildings and castles, so I’m quite happy wandering round a pile of ruins.

Snow or sun?

Sun, definitely sun!

Breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Can I say all three? I love food! Okay, okay, IF I have to choose, I’ll say dinner – you can’t beat a large deep pan pizza!

Any last words for your readers?

Thank you. It sounds so feeble – two small words – and yet I wish I could shout them from the highest building. If it weren’t for my readers picking up my books and then taking the time to leave me a review on Amazon, or interact on my Facebook page or Twitter, then I wouldn’t keep writing. The comments, giggles, photo swaps and recommendations mean so much. I don’t think a reader who interacts with an author can ever understand just how special they are. So, THANK YOU!

I’d also like to offer my thanks to you, Kate, for allowing me to run riot on your beautiful blog. I hope you and your readers enjoyed learning about my writing journey and books.

Absolutely my pleasure Shelley, thank you for answering my questions. I particularly enjoyed finding out about your favourite book and how your own life experiences affected your writing!

Now check out the books:

Guardians of the Dead (Book 1)

“One girl holds the key to an ancient pact that could destroy the world…

When sixteen-year-old Amber Noble’s dreams begin to weave into her reality, she turns to the mysterious Connor for help. His links to the supernatural world uncover a chilling truth about her hometown and a pact that must be re-paid with blood.

As her father alienates her, and the Guardians take her best friend, her true destiny unfolds, and she begins a quest that will see her past collide with her present.

Drawn deeper into the world of witchcraft and faeries, it is only at the end of her journey that she realises how much she could lose.”

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Guardians of the Sky (Book 2)

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“Can one girl sacrifice herself to save the one she loves…

Following their daring escape from the demon realm, Amber, and her friends become caught up in a war between good and evil. They must join forces with the Queen’s warriors to overthrow a malevolent force that has spread across Avaveil, the land of the Fae.

As her powers grow, Amber is faced with the real possibility that she is a danger to the ones she loves. Her full strength is yet to be tested in a way she can’t comprehend.

Dragons, faeries, and humans stand side-by-side as they are drawn into a cunning battle of magic and surprising revelations. Can Amber survive long enough to see her dreams fulfilled?”

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Guardians of the Lost Lands (Book 3)

Cover coming soon!

“Amber’s final quest could claim her soul, but it’s a journey she must make.

The evil that lurks in the Lost Lands threatens to infest the realms unless Amber, Redka, and Connor can destroy it. But Amber is more concerned about her father’s safety as he is held captive by the wickedness that terrorises them all.

Amber faces isolation and mistrust from her friends as they travel across land and sea to meet their most dangerous foe.

Will she be able to stay true to her destiny as the last Oracle, or will she be tempted by the darkness? The fate of the realms is in her hands.

Amber’s final quest will be her most terrifying yet. This time, it will be deadly.”

Release Date – 11th November 2016

GIVEAWAY

The author has very kindly offered one lucky Me, My Books and I reader the chance to win a signed copy of Guardians of the Dead (Book 1)!

The giveaway will run for 3 weeks until 22 July 2016 and all you have to do to enter is click the link below and follow the instructions…

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(Please note, Me, My Books and I will not be responsible for posting the prize to the winner)

Good luck!

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Author Interview With Elle Field

I am delighted to welcome Elle Field to Me, My Books and I today to talk about her latest release, B-Side, and as always with my interviews a few other things too!

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Elle Field writes romantic comedies, and is the author of the Arielle Lockley series and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to Scotland to study International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Elle now lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She’s a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!

You can read my review of Elle’s Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not here.

Find out more:

Amazon Author Page | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Hi Elle,

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to B-Side?

B-Side is a spin-off book in the Arielle Lockley series, and it’s a lot grittier than the books that are told from Arielle’s perspective. In B-Side it’s Etta telling us how it is – she’s a jazz-singing addict trying to balance her dream of getting a record deal with looking after her godmother, which puts her in a situation she finds impossible and has her reaching for more and more pick-me-ups.

(B-Side sits between Lost (out now) and Found (out August 9th, 2016) in the Arielle Lockley series)

How do you decide on names for your characters?

I have no idea! Usually they just pop into my head, and they always seem to be on the outlandish side, which I find quite fun. In Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not, for example, you’ve got Geli (short for Angelica), Tiggy (Antigone), Theodore, Calvin, Glinda and Jeeves (his surname), to name a few. It’s quite the collection of names!

Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?

All my covers are all illustrated by the same person, a man called Will Duffy. I wanted something eye-catching that stands out – which is why the titles and my name are in bold lettering with the distinctive swirl – but the background and images are always in soft pastel colours that fit the genre perfectly. I always include an element from the story for the image. The cover for B-Side, for example, features a record player and vinyl as music is Etta’s passion.

I’m a big fan of your covers Elle, they’re very pleasing on the eye!

What do you hope readers will learn from B-Side?

That there are two sides to every story, and that you don’t necessarily have to love, or even like a character to enjoy their story. B-Side will give readers not only a tantalising glimpse into how others perceive Arielle, but will also reveal titbits about Felicity and her fascinating life.

Can you give us any clues about what is going to happen in the next book?

Found Arielle Lockley series Elle FieldFound ties up all the loose ends, so you’re going to find out why Piers let Arielle be a kept woman for so long, what’s troubling Ob, and also see if Etta and Arielle manage to put their differences aside… There are two weddings to look forward to – well, two weddings are getting planned; they both might not happen – and also some old characters will make an appearance. I hope readers will love the final – sobs! – Arielle book.

UK readers, you can pre-order Found here and US readers, here.

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of promoting your books?

My favourite part is the book tour. It’s so much fun hanging out with book bloggers, and it’s a real pleasure, too. The worst part is balancing the promotion – telling people about the new book is obviously super important, but it has to be done in a way that you’re not bombarding and boring people. It’s difficult to do when you’re mostly sat at a table writing the next book and don’t actually have any amusing non-book anecdotes to share!

Do you think your writing style has changed since your first book?

Definitely! Nowadays I spend more time on the first draft and less time editing, whereas when I first started out I could bash out a poor first draft quite quickly, and that draft would need a whole lot of rewriting to get it up to scratch.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Books! A world without escaping into different worlds and other people’s lives? It doesn’t bear imagining.

Tea or coffee?

Tea, please! A quite milky English Breakfast tea works for me.

Morning or night?

Night. Though, actually, I’d plump for afternoon over morning and night, if that was an option!

Any last words for your readers?

Thank you so much for adoring Arielle like you do. Since the last book in the series is out in August, I do hope you give my new characters a chance when I release my next book!

Thank you so much for answering my questions Elle, it has been a pleasure having you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed finding out how your writing style has developed!

Now check out the book:

B-Side Arielle Lockley series Elle Field

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 17 May 2016

“What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star.”

“Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems – the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness that she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore).

Keeping an eye on Arielle’s poor business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up… And then another. And then one more.

When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?”

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Goodreads

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Author Interview With Lynne North

I am delighted to welcome Lynne North to Me, My Books and I for the second time!

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I am a children’s author who lives in the north west of England and works as a data analyst for one of the local Health Authorities. I have been a prolific reader all my life, and for many years have spent most of my free time writing. As well as being educated up to degree level, I have completed courses and received diplomas from ‘The Writing School Ltd’ and ‘The Academy of Children’s Writers.’ My aim in life has always been to write, and I have had a sideline of freelance writing for more years than I like to admit to having lived. This has mainly involved published articles in such magazines as ‘Prediction’. I have also completed four children’s novels. ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’ was published by Ghostly Publishing in 2013 and launched at Earl’s Court Book Fair. It is currently available on Kindle on Amazon worldwide. Zac’s Destiny is also available on Kindle. They will both be re-released in paperback shortly by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

I released something completely different on Kindle in 2014, a compilation of 13 macabre Twist in the Tale short stories, titled ‘Unlucky For Some’ and definitely NOT for children! If you enjoy scary, check it out!

A short children’s fantasy, ‘Emily and the Enchanted Wood’ was released by Crimson Cloak Publishing towards the end of 2015.

A very different children’s humorous fantasy, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, was released by Crimson Cloak Publishing on St Patrick’s Day 2016.

I am currently working on a fantasy novel for young adults titled ‘Dimensions’.

Find out more:

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Hello again Lynne,

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to Be Careful What You Wish For?

Finn O’Shea is a leprechaun, a cheerful little chap with a liking for green. Just what you might expect in a leprechaun. You might also expect him to be lucky. Well, no, sorry. He isn’t. Unfortunately, Finn missed out on being blessed by the Good Luck Fairy. Be Careful What You Wish For is a humorous fantasy novel for children of eight years of age and older. Finn is a bored young leprechaun. He lives with his mum and dad in a small village named Duntappin, and goes to the local school there. He spends most of his free time with his best friend Dallan, but craves some excitement in his life. When his great adventure comes along, it isn’t quite as he anticipated and he soon gets far more than he bargained for.

Finn meets many characters from Irish myth and legend during his adventure. The weird and wonderful characters include a fully paid up member of the Banshee Guild, a drunken Cluricaune with a very bad memory, Bog Frogs (but NEVER call them that!), Water Sheerie who are not to be trusted in any way, a food-obsessed Ballybog, a jaunty Pooka who longs to be fearsome, a Merrow who is very long in the tooth and a Dobhar-Chu who proves to be a threat to Finn and his companions! These strange characters will not live up to any expectations, which makes them all the more amusing.
If you want to know more, you will have to read the book!

How did you come up with the title?

Finn longs for something different in his life, some excitement, a break from his safe and boring life. He soon finds the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side. Hence, Be Careful What You Wish For!

Who was your favourite character to write and why?

To be honest I loved all my characters. They all gained a life of their own during the writing, and many deserve to be seen again in another tale. My favourites must be Finn, and his friends Cer and Ber, but maybe just because they figure most prominently in the story, and I was able to build their characters so much that they actually took over what would happen next!

If Be Careful What You Wish For was made into a movie who would you like to play the lead roles?

Oh, so many to choose from. Finn would have to be a good looking black-haired, blue-eyed character. While writing that I immediately saw Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, so if there is a child actor around who looks just like that, could I cast him please?

What makes Be Careful What You Wish For stand out from the crowd?

I think the main reason is that nothing in the story, nor any of the characters, turn out to be anything like you expect. My books always seem to turn expectation on its head, whether I try to write them that way or not! Though ‘Be Careful’ is a humorous children’s fantasy, it is achieving five star reviews on Amazon from adults who say they thoroughly enjoyed reading it. That’s something I love to see! This book seems to be crossing the age barrier, which is a wonderful thing for an author to be told.

Why did you choose to write in this particular genre?

99% of the time I write fantasy, and most of that is humorous fantasy. It is the genre I feel most comfortable with, and believe I write best. It maybe has something to do with my long time hero, Terry Pratchett who introduced me to the wonders of humorous fantasy so many years ago. There will never be another quite like him.

I agree! Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you let them influence your writing?

Yes, and yes! I’m lucky in that most of my reviews tend to be positive, but there have been pointers made about some books with a more negative slant. I read carefully what reviewers have to say, and try to see my books from their perspective. Whether I believe what they say is correct or not, they must have their reasons for saying it. I strive to improve my writing and avoid any potentially contentious issues all the time.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to do research for a book where would it be?

As I write fantasy, travelling to places for research doesn’t have the same necessity. Fantasy worlds are what the author makes them. I would however like to see places where some of the best fantasy films have been made like Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I did travel to Stonehenge for first-hand experience for a YA fantasy I am writing, ‘Dimensions’, where my heroine finds herself in another world after entering the wonderful ancient site. My only disappointment to mar the magic of Stonehenge was that I couldn’t get as near to the circle as I would have liked, or touch the powerful megaliths. Maybe one day?

Laptop, desktop or tablet?

Desktop

Sweet or savoury?

Savoury (but only because I’m diabetic!)

Any last words for your readers?

Many thanks for reading this article. I hope you found at least some of it interesting. If you have any questions I am always happy to answer messages to my website, or on my Facebook page. If you have read any of my books, thank you very much. If you haven’t, do you think I might be worth a try? Thank you for your time and interest…

Thank you so much for answering my questions Lynne, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog again. I particularly enjoyed finding out why you write in this genre!

Now check out the book: 

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Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing

Publication Date: 17 March 2016

“Finn is a bored young leprechaun who lives a quiet life with his family and friends in the sleepy village of Duntappin. He wants something exciting to happen, but never having been blessed by the Good Luck Fairy he soon gets far more than he bargained for. When he least expects his adventure to begin, Finn finds himself a long way from home in dire circumstances. Home begins to seem very appealing all of a sudden. Has he any hope of getting back? This is no fairy tale…

This funny and fast moving story filled by weird and wonderful characters will turn all your expectations on their head, but that’s a good thing, because it makes them all the more amusing.”

Smashwords Kindle | Createspace | Amazon Kindle UK | Amazon Kindle USA | Nook

Print Version:
Amazon UK | Amazon USA | Barnes & Noble Book

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Author Interview With Natalie K Martin

I am delighted to welcome Natalie K Martin to Me, My Books and I today.

In January 2014, Sheffield-born Natalie Martin decided to leave her corporate job in London and experience the world—heading off on travels that would take her as far as Cambodia, North India, Goa and Thailand, and would change her outlook on life for good. Whilst travelling in India, her debut novel, Together Apart, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon charts. Love You Better is her second full-length novel and also became a bestseller upon release.

Natalie’s base is now London, but she is very much a modern-day nomad, never quite knowing where she’ll end up next. A trained yoga instructor and lover of all things French, Natalie is still travelling and indulging in her three loves: writing, yoga and surfing.

Find out more:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon Author Page

Hi Natalie, 

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to Love You Better?

Love You Better follows the life of Effie who, after a painful break-up, finds herself in a whirlwind romance and enjoying a perfect life with her new man, Oliver. But, what starts out as a dream descends into a nightmare as he shows his true, abusive colours. To make matters worse, she also has to deal with her ex who returns from his travels and shows her glimpses of what could have been, as well as the return of her wayward, hippy mum. It’s essentially a story about romantic and family relationships, and letting go of the past.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea of a story tackling domestic violence had been in mind for a long time, especially after watching Killed By My Boyfriend, which was aired on BBC3. I’ve also got friends who have been in abusive relationships before and wanted to write a book which dealt with the subtleties and complexities of subject in a realistic way without making it a caricature.

Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?

I have the BEST cover designer – Najla Qamber. She did the cover for my debut, Together Apart, which I immediately fell in love with so it was natural to use her again. Both covers display inanimate objects placed in a way which hints at the storyline. Love You Better shows Effie and Oliver’s bedroom, along with cufflinks and a charm bracelet, which play important parts in the story.

I love your covers! Who was your favourite character to write and why?

It has to be Smith, Effie’s complicated ex. He was actually the hardest to write and for a long time I couldn’t even figure him out myself! He’s a perfect balance of masculinity and femininity and basically makes me swoon every time I think about him. He’s also a very good friend who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and we all need one of those!

What makes Love You Better stand out from the crowd?

I think its the reality of the situations covered and the multiple aspects of the story that make it different. Yes, it’s about domestic violence but its also about how complex friendships and maternal relationships can be, so there’s something in there for everyone. I wrote it pretty bluntly and nobody comes out unscathed, whether that’s Effie, her mum, Penny, or her best friend, Lou. Everyone has problems in life and the same goes for my characters. It’s also very multicultural, which is really important to me because it reflects real life, especially life in London.

Who are your favourite authors and do you think they have influenced your own writing in any way?

I really love Dorothy Koomson. She doesn’t pull any punches with her storylines and I can devour her books in one sitting. I’m also a huge fan of Joanne Harris and she’s been very influential for me. I love the way she combines all five senses in her writing and it really made me determined to try and go deeper with my descriptions.

Which of your books is your favourite and why?

That’s a hard one! Of my two full length novels, I think it has to be Love You Better because it feels more refined. That being said, it’s a close call between Love You Better and Wanderlust. Wanderlust is a novella but it combines travelling (a huge love of mine) along with romance, which is a pretty perfect combination!

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Lots! I’m a bit of a nomad and writing on the road is hard, especially when it comes to trying to find somewhere quiet, or missing out on socialising with new people. Plus there’s the active missing out of exploring wherever I am whenever I want! There’s also the issue of everyone thinking my books are about them, which I guess is a good thing because it means people can relate to my stories!

Heels or flats?

For wearing? Flats, especially Converse. For collecting and never wearing, heels!

Ha ha, I love this answer (I’m the same)! Early or late?

Early, always!

Any last words for your readers?

Apart from saying thank you to everyone who supports authors full stop, keep reading! And please give feedback. Even if you hate the book, it’s good for us to know what you think and reviews are so important, otherwise we never learn.

Thank you so much for answering my questions Natalie, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I already have Love You Better on my wish list so it was great to learn more about the idea behind the storyline!


Now check out the book:


Publisher: Lake Union Publishing 

Publication Date: 1 October 2015 

After a soul-destroying breakup with her ex, Smith, Effie Abbott has met the man of her dreams. She’s had the whirlwind romance and the fairy-tale wedding to the charming and suave Oliver Barton-Cole, and life seems firmly back on track.
 
Things were never simple between Smith and Effie, so when he forces his way back into her life, Effie knows he’s a complication she doesn’t want or need. After all, she has Oliver, a man who loves her better than Smith ever did.
 
But when cracks in her marriage begin to emerge and Oliver shows flashes of a darker side, Effie has to question just how well she really knows her husband, and whether Smith is back to derail her seemingly perfect marriage or save her from it.”
 
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com 

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Guest Post by Gabrielle Mullarkey | A Tale of Two Sisters

I’m delighted to welcome Gabrielle Mullarkey to Me, My Books and I today with a fab guest post.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gabrielle MullarkeyGabrielle Mullarkey is a freelance journalist and author. She has written over 1,000 short stories for women’s magazines, ranging from Woman’s Own to that’s life! (Australia and UK), alongside writing opinion pieces for magazines. Since gaining her MSc in creative writing for therapeutic purposes in 2014, she works with writing groups for mental health charity Mind, and writes with and for patients at local hospices. For more on Gabrielle, visit www.gabriellemullarkey.co.uk

Praise for Gabrielle Mullarkey:

“Readers love Gabrielle’s fiction for its range – whether atmospheric mood pieces or contemporary slices of life, all revolve around imaginatively twisty plots packed with sassy dialogue, characters you feel you know and ‘I didn’t see that coming!’ moments.” best

GUEST POST

FORGET THE GRAPEVINE, I HEARD IT ON THE 453

Recently, someone asked me along to a pre-lunch writing workshop and launched into elaborate details about where I could park at the venue.

‘That’s OK,’ I said, ‘I’ll take the bus.’

I could tell by their surprise that they didn’t think this was very ‘writerly,’ prompting me to launch into a long, elaborate explanation about how I don’t have access to the car during the day, and so and so forth…

Which got me thinking about the writer in transit.

A big part of me thinks it would be quite ‘writerly’ to zip about in a natty runaround while composing sonnets at traffic lights.

But then, where would I jot down my inspired musings?

A bus or train trip isn’t about woolgathering for me. It’s about what Sigmund Freud called ‘paying attention to absentmindedness’. One minute you’re staring into space while someone else is responsible for watching the lights change, and the next minute, that space contains tiny tadpoles of ideas.

There’s something very restful about letting your mind and gaze wander, filing away images without even realising it – a person on a park bench, a woman pushing a bike uphill, a man crossing the road carrying a tuba…

There are pitfalls, of course. A friend of mine left a notebook of irreplaceable jottings on his local bus. And I can’t see Salman Rushdie or Barbara Taylor Bradford taking the 453 to Deptford bridge and reaching their destination with a fellow passenger’s drool festooning their shoulder.

But where else but public transport would you overhear so many gems? When I heard one woman tell another in scandalised tones, ‘but it’s always shepherd’s pie on a Tuesday!’, my brain duly filed away the remark, and a few months later, I sold a story to a magazine called Shepherd’s Pie Tuesday.

Now that is a very rich dividend indeed.

I doubt I’d be able to woolgather so richly while doing a fair impression of Chevy Chase trying to negotiate a roundabout in National Lampoon’s European Vacation. I’m what you’d call a nervous driver. Last time I reversed our modestly proportioned saloon car out of the driveway, I lost a wing mirror and gained a postman’s bicycle wheel, which didn’t do a whole lot for my nerves (or the postman’s).

That said, a friend did make an interesting point to me the other day – that they couldn’t imagine anything scarier than the blank screen or page waiting for the writer’s opening words.

‘Me too,’ I admitted.

‘So why put yourself through it?’ probed the friend.

I don’t have an answer to that, beyond reckoning that you might as well ask the same of actors who suffer stage fright before every performance, but feel compelled to follow their calling anyway.

Writing is a white-knuckle ride all the way to your destination, but you feel exhilarated when you arrive in one piece.

So for now, I’ll continue to eavesdrop on the 453 or shoehorned onto a Tube train in the rush hour – squashed toes and drool on shoulder being small prices to pay.

So be careful out there – somewhere nearby, a writer is listening!

Thank you for sharing Gabrielle, I love the idea of inspiring a writer without even knowing it!

Now check out Gabrielle’s latest book:

A TALE OF TWO SISTERS

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Bottom line – you don’t steal your sister’s boyfriend

Katie’s sister Flick is a mean girl. Whatever Katie has, Flick wants for herself. And she’ll take it just to prove she can. That’s why she stole Katie’s boyfriend, Steve, then dumped him two weeks later.

Now Katie is with Jack, and Flick is with Dan, so there’s no need for more sibling rivalry … but love and life between sisters is never that simple. If Katie and Dan hadn’t drunk too much that night, and if Flick didn’t make Katie so mad, maybe it would never have happened … if only Katie could remember exactly what had happened…”

A Tale of Two Sisters is a witty, heartwarming tale of romance, jealousy, the family we love, and the family we love to hate.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tale-Two-Sisters-sisters-boyfriend-ebook/dp/B01CBUPHR2/

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Book Spotlight | Thirst: Blood of my Blood by R P Channing

Today I’m back with another fab book in the spotlight:

Book Title - Thirst Blood of my Blood

by R P Channing.

THE BOOK

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~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

  1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)

Or

  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter…

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:

  1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)

Or

  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.

He chooses the latter…

It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he’s always ignored.

Until now.”

EXCERPT

The Puppy Eyes

My life was perfect.

I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were…okay, and my waist…well…also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.

But then there was Jack.

Jack was a problem.

He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?

I think not!

Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.

Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?

I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.

I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.

“Jaaaaaaack!”

Still no answer.

“Jack!”

Jack…materialized.

His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”

His puppy eyes became worse.

His skin was gray and, well, dead.

“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries…

The idea excited me somewhat.

“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”

“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”

“Yes, Miss Kira.”

The dead. There’s just no reasoning.

“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.

“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.

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Book Spotlight | Debt by Rachel Dunning

Today’s spotlight is a sneak peek at Rachel Dunning’s latest standalone novel, Debt which is due to be released on 30 March 2016.

THE BOOK

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The Debt Collector

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister.

So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that’s where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a “favor” when I arrived.

Another debt.

I paid for that one too.

I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.

Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn’t care who gets rolled over in the process.

I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying “I’m sorry.” The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad’s wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.

I drink. I party. I meet guys.

But I wasn’t always like that.

I’ve had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.

She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.

But there’s a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.

Which is when I met the Debt Collector.

It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.

That’s all it was supposed to be.

I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.

And yet…so unbelievably right.”

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

EXCERPT

~Kyla~

I push my head back against the wall, not sure what’s coming, but not fighting it either.

“Who are you?” he repeats.

“I…I don’t know what you mean.”

“I see you at a bar in Texas, then I look for you all over Nashville. And suddenly you’re at my side in a hospital, following me into this warehouse. Who are you?”

“I didn’t follow you into the warehouse. You needed to pick up your truck, and you were stumbling.”

“So?”

“So I wanted to make sure you were OK.”

“And?”

And I want you to take my clothes off and I want us to live happily ever after. “That’s it.”

Logan grins, a deadly look for him with his dimples. “Don’t do that,” I say.

“What?”

“Smile.”

“Why not?”

Because you’re beautiful. “Just don’t.”

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

rachel-dunning-profile-pictureRachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.

A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.

She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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