Cover Reveal – Cirque de la Nuit

Latest update from my current project Cirque de la Nuit – here’s the book cover and blurb. Let me know what you think – everything is a work in progress at this stage! :)


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Quality Time at Your Keyboard

Change Keyboard

Everyone finds it hard to write at some point or another, but getting organised can really help you make the most of the time you get when you can sit down. There are some great tips on this blog post of five things you can do to make better use of your time writing a book:

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Pin of the Week – 16: Time for some inspiration

I just had a flick back through the recent ‘pins of the week’ and it’s been a while since I shared one of my favourites on creativity/inspiration. As I’ve been doing well getting on with writing recently, it seems a good time for a visual kick of inspiration, courtesy of Pinterest… (As you know, you can never have enough Einstein quotes ;) He was pretty smart, you know).


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Persona Synthetics… Did you Google it…?

Did anyone else get mildly freaked out by the Persona Synthetics advert? The first time I saw it, I sat there for a few moments afterwards, wondering whether I was suddenly in a parallel universe, a la iRobot

iRobot image  (This is the advert I’m talking about…)

When it came on again just now, I had to look it up and find out what it was all about… Let’s face it, I don’t trust Siri and Cortana, so a fully-fledged ‘synth’ in the house, putting the kids to bed. urggggh. *full body shudder*

and this article filled in the blanks for me…

i have to agree with them… It’s the best advert I’ve seen for a TV show in a long time and will definitely be giving it a watch. If you want to get a synth of your own to put the kids to bed so that you can watch it, try their website.

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Getting publicity for your book launch

Getting publicity for your book

If you’re looking for tips on how to get publicity for your book launch, or just generate interest in what you’re working on, then why not try some of the suggestions in this blog post?


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Pin of the Week – 15: For the love of books

Dr Seuss I never had Dr Seuss books as a child, perhaps they weren’t as popular in the UK then…? Who knows, but I think if I had come across them in the library, I would have read and loved them.

As it is, I’ve only recently had the chance to read his books – and how good are they? I have to admit, I don’t really like the live-action film versions (Cat in the Hat / The Grinch) – but the cartoons aren’t bad, like The Lorax. 

But, it’s the books themselves that are great – if you enjoy your Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll nonsense rhyming, then Dr Seuss would be right up your street.

And if you’re a little bookworm like me, wouldn’t you like this picture on your wall? :)


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Writing Update – Cirque de la Nuit

I’ve not really posted much about writing the last few months, mainly that’s because I’ve been busy actually writing :) bermuda-triangle

I’m very easily distracted you see and so if I don’t switch off from blogging or social media, when I get chance to sit down with my laptop, my time ends up getting lost in a black hole…or a bermuda triangle, in this case. (If I’m honest, it’s more like a bermuda dodecahedron if you include other time sponges like Game of Thrones box set marathons and reading for enjoyment!)

To bring us up to date, since the end of 2014 I’ve been focused on developing an idea I had for a stand-alone paranormal YA novel – Cirque de la Nuit. I’d originally tried it in 2013, for my NaNoWriMo project, but as you could see from my blog posts back then, I just couldn’t get the word count moving on it at that stage. By the end of last year, I was struggling a little with Outlanders – there are two more books in the series to do after this and it can get quite heavy, thinking two books ahead, when you’re trying to write just one. Anyway, I just got sat down one day and instead of going back to my Outlanders draft, I went into this other draft and started jotting down ideas and dialogue for a scene. Then another followed and another. I opened up iTunes and put my writing playlist together – matching the songs to the scenes as I saw them playing out in my head, like a movie.

As of two seconds ago, I’m currently at 19,731 words – 85 pages – I’m nearly there with the cover design and blurb…so watch this space for a reveal in the near future :) Now I’m off to do some more writing!



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