Monthly Archives: August 2020

A Romantic Read…..what does that really mean?…..



Step back in time about fifteen years… I would spend my lunch breaks at work lost in a book…that was until a colleague teased me about reading “dirty books”. Lunchtime reading stopped abruptly, and I started to read a newspaper instead. (Actually, the book I was reading at the time was Until I Find You by John Irving- just in case you were curious.)

Return to the present day…. I spent my lunchbreak at my desk reading my Kindle. No one knows what you’re reading with a Kindle. To be honest, half the time I’m not sure of what I am reading as you don’t see the book’s cover or title after you’ve started reading.

However, I’ll confess, the novel I was reading at lunchtime today is utter filth.

It’s someone’s “book baby” though and I’m not about to tear it to shreds as I know and understand only too well the blood, sweat and tears an indie author puts into their work. (There are a few continuity errors and spelling mistakes that I’d love to correct but that’s the indie author coming out in me.)

Like a certain “shady” series, this one got me hooked with its male lead. He’s a complex, messed up character. He’s gorgeous and well inked. He’s a “Bad Boy Rock Star” extraordinaire.

It’s got me thinking.

NO! Not about THAT! (Well, maybe a little……)

It’s got me thinking about my own “rock star” and the quality of my own writing. I’m not searching for compliments here. That’s not where this is going!

Mr Bad Boy Rock Star has had sex, rough sex at that, with just about every female character in the four books. He’s had these “ladies” just about every way you could possibly imagine!

Is this what readers expect from a rock star romance novel?

I checked online and that particular series is badged as “new adult romance.”

New Adult Romance is an emerging sub-genre of romantic fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket. It’s a genre intended to follow on naturally from Young Adult Romance  which tends to explore coming of age romantic encounters, first love and teenage fumblings. All I can say is that these guys must have been fast learners!

I’m 30% of the way through the final book in the series in question and, to be honest, they only reason I’m still reading it is that I’m nosey. I hate giving up on a book once I’ve started it, no matter how bad it is. I need to know if this jerk finally gets his girl back. I’ll not be sorry when it’s done.

Some “book boyfriends” you miss when you reach the last page.  (Caesar Blue from another indie author’s series springs immediately to mind – and he was a ghost!) Despite his hot rock star looks and body and tattoos, I won’t be sparing this guy a second thought once I’m done!

So, back to where this has all left my head about my own book babies….

I turned to Google for some clarification:

“contemporary romance” – the largest sub-genre of romance novels; books that are set in the here and now, give or take a decade or two.

“erotic romance” -no, not erotica- erotic romance- this sub-genre uses the sexual interactions   as an integral part of the relationships between the central characters without detracting from the storyline.

“rock star romance” – one of the small sub-genres that kind of speaks for itself.

So, where does that leave Mr Power?

I like my characters, male and female, to be believable. I do my best to craft tangible relationships between them. My characters have flaws and bad habits (no one is perfect) but they also have integrity (I hope!) Any romantic storyline has to go beyond “hand holding” to maintain any credibility.

I guess where my head is now at is that the Silver Lake series fits the criteria for erotic, contemporary romance along a rock music theme.

And, if its too tame for those readers in the New Adult Romance bracket then I’ll apologise now for being a romantic at heart.


(image sourced via Google – all credits to the owner)

Have you been introduced to Jake and Lori? Want to meet them for free this weekend?



StrongerWithin_Cover3_SmallFileHave you met Jake Power? Lori Hyde? Silver Lake? No!


You’ve some catching up to do before Long Shadows lands early next year.


To start you on the road to becoming a Silver Laker, Stronger Within is free to download this weekend.


Here’s the links: links –

Stronger Within – links  –

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Small and not quite perfectly formed

After months of tender loving care. Daily checks for snails. Water and regular feeding.  Kinds words of encouragement. My sunflower has finally bloomed.

I had high hopes earlier in the summer that this fighter (I lost several to the local snail population) would grow to a great height.

It wasn’t to be.

It’s grown to just over a 1m tall. It’s small for it’s type and it’s a bit raggedy but it has survived and it has flowered. And I love it!!!

Look! Isn’t it pretty?


and it’s met the approval of another local

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And the title of the last book in the Silver Lake series is……

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Patience….more info to follow in due course.

If you’ve missed the first  four books in the series, you’ve time to catch up. Here’s the links: links –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts – links  –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts –



Title reveal coming……

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the title of the final book in the Silver Lake series will be revealed on 13th August 2020

Resilience (an acrostic poem)


Response to the current situation

Expectations blown apart

Shattered plan lie like glass shards on the floor

In denial…….

Light at the end of the tunnel

Inspiration to go on

Eagerly awaiting the daily updates

News flash – no deaths today

Celebration of a step towards normal life

Expectations gradually pieced back together once more





Can I interest you in some weekend reading?……

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Entering the dragon’s lair on his own on Saturday afternoon, while Garrett was working upstairs in the store, felt surreal to Jake. With only six days to go until the album launch, he knew time was running out to pull his solo set together. Still wondering how he’d let himself get talked into this, Jake opened his leather-bound journal and grabbed a pen with the intention of writing out a list of ten songs. A piece of folded paper fell at his feet. Picking it up, he unfolded it. Immediately a lump filled his throat and his eyes filled with tears. He had no idea how long that piece of paper had lain hidden in his lyric book. It had obviously been there for a while. Written across the page was the message “I love you, Daddy. Melody xx” and in one corner she had drawn a bright yellow sun.

The urge to hold his daughter in his arms tore at his heart as he smiled down at the

through a veil of tears.


If you want to read more then check out the Silver Lake series today links –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts – links  –

Stronger Within –

Impossible Depths –

Bonded Souls –

Shattered Hearts –


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Dear Diary……


Do you keep a diary? Do you journal? Is there a difference?

Yes. Yes. And yes.


Let’s wind the clock back…back to Christmas Day 1981. Amongst many other gifts (none of which I can remember now) I was given a 5-year diary. It was white with a picture of a Holly Hobbie style doll on front and had a gold lock. I said that I was going to start keeping a daily diary and immediately got one of those looks from my mother. One of those looks that said, “Here she goes again. She won’t last until the end of the first week in January.”


Several…ok many…5-year diaries later I still keep a daily diary in a 5-year diary. I also still have them all including that first wee white one that I began when I was 11 years old.

And like Oscar Wilde, I never travel without out it.

(Another tradition that started on Boxing Day 1981 is that I write out all the dates/days for the coming year on Boxing Day)


I also journal and, in my mind, apart from physically being to separate things, they serve two separate purposes.

My diary is a short summary of my day. No, I’m not sharing any live examples here.

My journal is an ad hoc rambling outpouring of thoughts and feelings and I’m certainly not sharing those here!

Both are things that I keep intensely private and always have done.


There are pros and cons to keeping both.


Year one in a 5-year diary is easy. You have a blank canvas in front of you. Subsequent years can get more difficult as you naturally re-read the entries above each day from previous years If it’s been a  tough time then that can stir up some dust bunnies of emotion; if it’s been a memorable day for all the right reason then it can stir up the fire flies of bright happy moments.


Journaling is a bit the same for me.


There are no hard and fast rules for doing either. After all, these are your personal thoughts and feelings.

Journaling in my case is more of an exercise in emotional release. I can write out all the things I feel I can’t or won’t say out load. I can vent about my frustrations with life without offending anyone. I can confide my innermost feelings without being judged or patronised.

I’ve filled journals where I’ve used the pages in a random order; I’ve had journals where I’ve started at the front and filled page after page until the notebook is full.

Unlike my diary, I seldom re-read them. I journal to get things out of my system.

Journaling can be an extremely emotional journey. It can be hard if you are admitting to a fear to see it written in black and white on the page in front of you. The very words, previously unspoken, suddenly become very real and are harder to ignore. However, journaling can be a powerful tool to help you process thoughts and to help you to deal with the some of the difficult emotions and situations we experience as humans.

A journal doesn’t criticise so in that aspect alone it can make an ideal confidante.

Bottling feelings up isn’t good for any of us so a diary or a journal can be the perfect conduit to releasing and processing those pent-up feelings. Journaling can be good for us both physically and mentally.


Before starting to write this blog post, I did some research into journaling, looking at the meanings, the benefits, the varying techniques you can use but I quickly abandoned that train of thought. I’m not for a second saying that there isn’t valid information out there to support journaling beginners. I’m just personally not in favour of such a structured approach e.g. bullet journaling. As I do with my creative writing, I prefer to go with the flow.

So, if like many of us, you’re maybe needing to approach life in 2020 a little differently, try journaling. You might surprise yourself.

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