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A Bleak December

A Bleak December

by Hanleigh Bradley

 

Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Series: The Fate Series

Release Date: 1st May 2018

Price: 99c

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Inspirational,

Her Christmas list isn't long. It is the shortest it has ever been. She doesn't want a pretty new pair of shoes or a new dress to wear to her work's New Years Eve bash.

All Ella wants is a Christmas Miracle.

With a sick mum in hospital and a little brother at home, she struggles to maintain order in the chaos that is quickly engulfing her. If she doesn't get her miracle will her entire world fall apart? And if it does, who will help her put it back together again?

He’s my boss. That doesn’t stop me though. It doesn’t stop my mind from picturing him naked standing in my shower, water cascading down over his toned, muscular flesh. No. It doesn’t stop my inappropriate thoughts, and it definitely doesn’t stop me having them at the most inopportune of moments. It’s not like I just think about him when I’m lying in bed late at night. No, I fantasise about him during staff meetings, when he’s being a pain in the arse bossing us all around and when he’s reprimanding me yet again for being late.

Do you want to know the worst bit? It’s not the thoughts. I can deal with my dirty mind; it’s always been that way. Dirty thought after dirty thought, wrapped in a world of dirty thoughts. No. The thoughts are fine; it’s the things that come out of my mouth. The actual words that I apparently have an equal lack of control over. Like right now, the whole room has gone silent in shock because of my stupid, big mouth. As if I just said that. I can feel my cheeks redden with embarrassment and my best work friend is laughing under her breath beside me. The bitch.

Tristen had asked me why I was late. It was a reasonable enough question but why, oh, why couldn’t I give him an equally sensible response??? No. Instead, I only went and gave him the most ridiculous cock and bull story known to man.

“Why are you late?” Tristan Riggens, my boss had asked in that deep, authoritative, yet almost disrespectfully uninterested voice of his. It’s a voice that threatens to destroy you while drawing you in, keeping you walking some imaginary tightrope.

“My dog ate a condom.” Why that sentence made it passed whatever filter I have, I will never know. Sometimes my mouth does unexplainable things, embarrassingly unexplainable. It’s a problem I’ve had since childhood and it shows no sign of improving.

The room goes silent, but he doesn’t react at all. His face remains expressionless except I think I can see humour in his eyes, or at least I hope I do. He’s not exactly easy to read and right now I really have no idea what he thinks. “Well, I hope your dog is okay now.”

“He’s absolutely fine.” I’m probably the colour of the Christmas tree in the corner. I think I might throw up my breakfast from the sheer embarrassment that I now feel.

“Someone should call the RSPCA.” A voice says from somewhere behind me.

“You might want to reconsider where you stash your condoms.” Another of my colleagues laughs.

My best friend, the one who’s supposed to be on my side is in fits of hysteria. In fact, she’s laughing so hard she’s close to choking. I hope she chokes.

“Okay.” Tristen tries to divert their focus from me and my condom eating dog, back to the meeting. “New Year – we’ll be having an office party.”

If he thinks talk of a party might divert their attention from my poor imaginary dog, he is wrong and he clearly doesn’t know his team that well. “How on earth did your dog get a hold of a condom?”

“Did it still have the foil wrapper on?”

“Eww, it wasn’t used, was it?”

I’m shrinking into myself. Massively embarrassed. Eyes on the floor. Cheeks burning hot. Head pounding. Heart palpitating. How the hell will I get out of this one? I have an uncanny knack for getting myself into a bit of a pickle and absolutely no skill at getting myself back out again. “That’s enough – I’ve heard more than enough about condoms and dogs for one day. Back to work.” He’s shaking his head as he dismisses us all before leaving the open offices of our floor of the TRW Advertising building. Walking into his office, he closes the door behind himself. Lucky sod. At least he has a door he can hide behind.

“Fuck.” I say under my breath.

“Only you Ella.” Sadie laughs beside me. “I don’t know how you do it.”

“I just open my mouth…” I sigh.

“You don’t even have a dog!”

“I know.” I’m groaning in mortification. “We should get back to work before Tristen gets all shitty.”

“Or worse,” Sadie whispers, “Delos might come out of her office and have at us.”

“As if – Clara’s too nice for that.”

“To you. She hates me.”

“That’s not true.” I laugh gently. The door to Tristen’s office opens once more, and he pops his head out. “Winthrope. Reed. Do I need to find you something to do?”

“No sir.” Sadie nods her head before turning back towards her cubicle.

I move to follow her, but Tristen is still talking. “Winthrope, in here please.”

“Shit.” I grumble before following him into his office. This is the moment when he finally tells me that enough is enough and I need to start being on time, or worse look for a new job. The new job scenario is probably more likely. My tardiness is my biggest failing. I’m lucky I haven’t already lost this job.

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Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether its reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can't get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. She loves the way your imagination introduces you to a new world when you read a book. It may well be a world completely foreign to the one you live in. That world is brought to life; inspires you to dream, captivates your imagination, entices your senses.


Hanleigh first took to reading as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; when she first swooned over Mr Darcy. She's read more books than she can count and owns more books than some libraries.


Although born in Scotland, she sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn't possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. There is something addictive about being able to mould your words into something that causes the reader to fall into your mind. When you put pen to paper and create a world, it's exhilarating. Every word has meaning. You know every character intimately. You know every secret, every whisper, every smell, every look; as the author you know the world you created and more so than even the most avid of readers you can get lost in your own creation.

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Mariticide

 

Mariticide

The Deliverance Series Book One

by Jo-Anne Joseph

 

Series: The Deliverance Series, Book One

Author: Jo-Anne Joseph

Release Date: 30th April 2018

Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Romance

Price: $3.00

How far would you go to protect your loved ones?
What would be the ultimate sacrifice?
Lie? Fight? Steal? 
Would you kill?

For Alyssa Morgan there was no question.
She would do anything. 
When her ideologies are threatened she has a choice to make. 
But can she destroy the one person she trusted most in the world?

Luke Greene realized from the moment she walked into his office he was in too deep.
He believed in her innocence, even though she refused to admit it. 
Was his obsession with Alyssa just a diversion from his own crumbling life?
He has a choice to make - his profession or uncovering the truth.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2raJxO0

 

Jo-Anne Joseph is an indie contemporary romance author, dreamer, doer, artist with a flair for creating stories about the seemingly impossible and second chance romance. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age and resulted in her debut novel Infinity.

Jo-Anne is a business professional by day and also writes on a volunteer basis for on-line publication Still Standing Magazine and the website Glow in the Woods. Her articles have been republished in several newsletters.

Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg South Africa which provides the inspiration for the settings in her novels, with her husband and son.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

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An Interview With Anna Edwards

  1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

 

I’m relatively new to writing having only started three years ago. My previous life was devoted to Accountancy. Can’t get further extremes. I became a founding member of a roleplaying group on Twitter. The group was based around historical romance in the time of the Musketeers. I started to develop a book based on our storyline and a friend, Charity Hendry read it. She loved what I wrote and encouraged me to think outside the box into contemporary romance and publish. Charity is NYT bestseller, Carrie Ann Ryan’s PA so I’m very lucky to have her assistance.  

 

  1. What is the first book that ever made you cry?

 

I’m quite a hard arse and don’t really cry much at books. I get sad but not really cry. I did cry once when I was roleplaying. One of the characters had to die and it was really emotional writing the scene with my friend who was playing that character. I was finding it hard to type for all the tears falling down my face.

 

  1. How long does it take you to write a book?

It can vary. Surrendered Control, my first book took six months but Divided Control only three. The Touch of Snow, my first paranormal book, only took me three weeks. I still work as an Accountant one day a week and I’m also a mum to an eight and five-year old so writing is something that I still have to fit in around other things. Hopefully that will change one day.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing quirks?

I talk to myself when I write. So much so my husband thinks I’m going mad. I can be cooking dinner and talking to myself but I’m working an idea through in my head and acting the scene out. He does insist that I try to keep the working of a sex scene hidden.

  1. Where do you get your book ideas?

A lot of the ideas just seem to pop into my head (I carry a notebook with me at all times). The Touch of Snow came to me in a dream. I also read a lot and sometimes I see something in a book and my mind twists it around to form a story of my own.

I also feature a lot of travel in my stories. That all comes from personal experience. In Surrendered Control, Amy and James visit India. In 2012, I live there for eighteen months with my husband and very young children. It was a fabulous experience and I’m so excited that I can share it with my readers.

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing or being a mummy or accountant I love to bake and take photos. I make a lot of my children’s birthday cake and love to have fresh cookies available to them.

Photography is a new passion of mine and I hope to use it in my writing as well with cover shoots. I was given an all dancing, all singing camera two Christmases ago. I wanted to learn how to use it properly so I took a couple of courses. I know see life through a lens very differently. Below are a couple of pictures I took with Controlling Darkness in mind.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

They are all really proud of me. My daughter insisted on taking my business cards into show her teachers. She tells them that she is not allowed to read my book until she is eighteen though. So cute.

  1. Do you hear much from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?

I do. I’ve got a few followers now that stop by and say hi when I’m posting. It’s really nice. Everyone is so friendly. The author community really is a kind and helpful one.

At the moment most of my readers are telling me to hurry up and write my next books. Although I don’t like to leave the couple in a cliff-hanger. HEA’s are important. I like to leave something to get the reader thinking and wanting more.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

To me it is believable characters and the way they interact. I have to fall in love with the hero and want him for myself. The heroine has to contain something of myself that I can see. I have to loose myself in the characters so that the book can flow. If I find a book like that I will read it in a day. I won’t be able to put it down. Which at the moment is a problem as I’m finding so many books like that.  

  1. Does writing energise or exhaust you?

Writing energises me. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for a number of years now. I also lack confidence in social situations but writing allows me to become a different person. It gives me a voice that has often been hidden. That doesn’t say that after a mammoth writing session, especially fight or sex scenes I’m not ready to curl up in bed.

  1. What are common traps that new authors fall into?

I think common trap, and one I fell into myself, is believing that to be an author all you need to do is write. There is so much more being successful, it is a lot of hard work especially for an Indie author. You’ve got takeovers, social media interaction, form filing, trying to understand KDP every-time they change it. A how to manual would be great for new authors but to be honest everything changes so fast it would probably be out of date before you’ve read it.

  1. Have you ever got READERS Block?

I have. I had terrible writers block half way through Controlling Darkness. I knew what I needed to get on the paper to tell the story but I just, for the life of me, could not write it. It was just not working. I stepped away for a week from the story and planned a few others. Took time out to read and then came back to it. I read through what I had previously written and then the words just flooded out. It probably helped that I came back to it one evening after a couple of glasses of wine.  

  1. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

Have confidence in your abilities and ignore everything that you were taught in English Literature, contractions are good.

 

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as an author?

The best money I’ve spent is on my graphics. They complete my book and make it look professional. I must admit I’m a snob with covers. If I see one that just doesn’t look good, I won’t even try the book. It could be the best book in the world but the cover and the blurb sell the book to me.

  1. What does literary success look like for you?

Ultimately, I want what everyone else wants and that is bestselling status but that is long term. That is literary success. I have lots of short term goals. My next two are to release a book in a new series which I’ll be doing on the 27th June and then to attend my first convention, which I’ll also be doing in August at the Manchester author event.

  1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is the first in my paranormal romance series called, ‘The Glacial Blood’. It tells the story of Selene Harper and Brayden Dillon. Brayden is a shape shifting snow leopard. He is trying to find in place in the pack and has been told that he needs to mate to become Beta. Selene has no idea who or what she is. All she knows is that when she touches a human she hears their thoughts and when she touches a shape shifter something even worse happens.

  1. Do you sometimes find yourself Googling yourself?

Of course, who doesn’t. I can’t wait to get that blue verified marker on my twitter account as well.

  1. Describe how you felt when you published your first book.

I think I felt numb at first. I know that sounds strange but I was so excited in the lead up to publishing and so busy trying to sort everything out that I didn’t really have time to think about it. I suddenly found myself not pressured. My book was out. I had a copy in my hand. A copy of something that I had written. I was in shock. Now when they release though I’m on a high for days. I don’t check sales. For me this isn’t about sales at this stage. It is about getting my word out to everyone.

  1. What’s coming next?

Next we have lots of exciting things happening.

The Control Series is continuing with Controlling Heritage which is Sophie and Grayson’s story. There are three other books after that to come before January 2018. From that series I have two spin offs planned, unfortunately they are hush hush at the moment so I can’t say much. They are really excitement and feature very sexy males though. I will also be lending one of The Control Series characters to the AFWB anthology. Miss Alexia from Divided Control will get to tell her story in a special Christmas tale.

My paranormal romance series is set for seven books long (at the moment) and I’m hoping to get Emma’s story, ‘Fighting the lies’ out in September or August.

In 2018 I’ve got lots of conventions planned in the UK, Indie Pop up in Bristol, Writers by the River in Kent and Fanssastic in Birmingham. I’m also hoping to travel over to America and maybe attend a convention there, either as an other or a fan.

  1. Do you have a favourite book?

I don’t really have a favourite book I have favourite authors. In Contemporary romance I love Sophie Oak and Cherise Sinclair. In paranormal romance it has to be Donna Grant, I’m just a massive Dragon Kings fan and even though I was her assistant at a convention in March she wouldn’t give me any clues to the storylines conclusion.

 

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