The return of The Lost One…sort of…

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First of all, I’d like to apologise to all my readers for my long silence this year. I’ve wanted to put up a post for a while, but I’ve been swamped with (bill-paying) work and writing. Fear not though, there’s a lot in the pipelines for this year, so this is a quick catch up for everyone who is interested (thank you to everyone who’s asked about the blog).

As some readers of the Mentalist Series know, I’m hoping to release Keepers (Book Three of The Mentalist Series) this winter and work on that is underway. In addition to that, I’ve written a prequel novella to The Mentalist Series which will hopefully be available by late spring/early summer, so keep an eye out for it. I’ve also signed up to contribute to what looks to be a promising fairy-tale anthology, organised by The Bearded Scribe, which has a summer deadline. This all means I’ve been incredibly busy this year! See why I haven’t blogged much?

Sticking with writing, I recently got acknowledged as a contributor to the amazing literacy charity, Worldreader, which provides free e-readers (loaded with books) to children in developing countries. So thrilled to be listed with the likes of Nnedi Okorafor! Any authors/writers reading this should please consider donating their work to this brilliant cause. There are other great and exciting things happening in the background which I can’t reveal at the moment but, if they come to pass, you’ll be hearing about them here first. Promise!

I’ll end with something fun. A friend posted this on her Facebook page and I was shocked (in a good way) to see I had read 35 of the 100 books – BBC Believes You Only Read 6. I have about five more books on the list in my library at home waiting to be read, so I better get to them. What’s your count?

Book sites I’ll be stalking in 2014

booklikesleafmarksWhere I’ll be hanging out in 2014:

BookLikes – This seems like a pretty cool site. Basically you run a blog via their platform and post book reviews/vlogs/quotes.  A lot like Goodreads and they let me import all my reviews from Goodreads really easily. You can also host giveaways a lot easier than Goodreads (they let you give away ebooks!). Let’s see how this one goes.

Leafmarks – Touted as an alternative to Goodreads. Apparently formed by ex-Goodreads members. I think this might initially be filled with people who are hacked off by all the new policies Goodreads has come up with (censorship in 2014? shocking!) but it might be an interesting place to be. They also let you import Goodreads reviews etc (phew). Seems a bit sparse at the moment. Again, let’s see…

Where you’d have found me lurking pre-2014 (and I guess at the moment too):

Goodreads – Confession time…I am obsessed with this site. Like properly obsessed. I check it like 20 times a day! That’s way more than my Facebook or Twitter account. I’m not yet bothered by all the new policies everyone seems to be complaining about ever since Amazon bought them, but things might change. As of now, I think I need therapy to help me cut down my addiction…help! Continue reading

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A bit early but…Goodbye 2013!

This is my last post for the year. It’s been a busy, busy one and I’m grateful to everyone who has stuck with me through it all. Two books released this year, a blog tour, cover reveal, lots of giveaways, a couple of book cover revamps. And let’s not forget, lots of random posts about the craziness in my head. I hope I’ve succeeded in keeping you all marginally entertained. I thought I should end the year on a high, so here’s the revamped cover for The Other Slipper, which I put out last week. Hope you like it. Merry Christmas everyone and have a fabulous New Year!

The Other Slipper cover

I’ve been exposed by YA Promo Central!

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Yes, I’ve been exposed by YA Promo Central. Don’t worry, it’s nothing sordid or scandalous, just a chance for readers to read an excerpt from Aversion on their website. Please share the link with others on Facebook and Twitter if you can. Thank you!

Introducing – Aiirkey “Happy” Bags

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For a change, you’ll be pleased to hear that I am not plugging one of my books today (gasp) or moaning about one of the many things that bug me (don’t get me started on the thick fog in London today). This post is to introduce my lovely readers to a fabulous new website. A friend of my recently launched her handbag brand – Aiirkey, an exquisite leather range which I think you should all check out. There’s a lovely brand story on the website which explains what the brand is all about. Even if you’re not a handbag person, feel free to pass on the link to others who might like them (you never know who’s still looking for the perfect Christmas present). You also get 10% off your first order (internationally), plus free delivery off all UK orders. One day, when the brand’s up on that huge billboard in Piccadilly Circus, you could look back and say you bought one of the first ever Aiirkey “Happy” bags. You so know it could happen. Go on, you know you want to give it a look…

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway on Book Bird Fiction – Aversion feature

Thanks to Millie of Book Bird Fiction for featuring Aversion as one of her 12 Days of Christmas giveaways. Enter here for a chance to win one of 3 e-copies. Please spread the word and, good luck!

Aversion - Cover reveal

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