The Best Part of Breaking Up

The Best Part of Breaking Up

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

Monday, 12 December 2011

Motivation Monday

The winner of my book giveaway is Me I Us You.  Please forward me your email address and what ebook reader you use and I'll send you on Hot Shots.

So I finally have some time to go back to the writing cave and I am very excited to be resuming Princey story and the hot Aussie cowboy story.  It will be a good Christmas snuggling up to write lots of lovely romance.

So a 101 Christmas Classics are playing in the back ground, a large mug of tea is steaming and word is open onto a blank page. What's going to happen?  Everything!

I was watching the Inbetweeners movie this morning and this handsome man caught my attention.

He'll just have to get his own story very shortly.  

So it's time to get motivated and crack on with the my two wips so I can get to this delicious man faster ;)

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Book Giveaway

My story has been on general release for a week now (how exciting). Now the real work begins and I need to finish my second story. I can't wait to crawl back into my writing cave in eight days. A five week hiatus from my imagination has been very hard.  

I have a copy of Hot Shots Vol II in which my story 'The Real Deal' features up for grabs today. Simply follow the link to http://www.breathlesspress.com/hot-shots-0, read the excerpt and answer this question in a comment.   What sort of pilot is Jake? 

I will be pulling a winner out of the hat Sunday Dec 11th.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Fast Pass Friday

Shush! Look what I have.  My first cover - which is really cool. Hopefully there will be many more to come. So my story will be released in a fortnights time and I am really excited.  I hope it is successful. 

You should be careful what you wish for - how true those words are. What happens when your dream comes true?  Is it no longer a dream or does it become work (nice work if you can get it!) 

Ultimately you make new goals relating to the dream.  YOU DREAM BIGGER. 

I look forward to the moment I have all the time in the world to devote my life to my dream. At the moment I can't see the wood from the trees because of the work load I am under but it is well to remember that everything has a shelf life.
Joy passes.
Sadness passes.
Work passes.
Leisure passes.
Life passes.
Don't let life pass you by!
And remember love doesn't pass - and as I firmly believe in love a little motto that always cheers me on....

'If it is meant for you it will not pass you by.'

Keep dreaming and living folks.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Feet Dragging Friday

I've been bold and missed a Friday but you'll have to forgive me again for that. I'm procrastinating today - surfing the web and spending a useless hour designing my business card when I should have been doing a million other things.

NaNoWriMo began this week and so far I have written a grand total of 943 words. NaNo tell me I'll be done by May 30th! Oh the shame! It's bound to get worse as my day job workload goes into melt down from Monday.  I must be good and achieve a decent word count this weekend. I love the NaNo experience and would hate to fail.

In my writing cave chapter two of 'princey' is roughly finished and chapter three needs a good clean up which is being but aside in favour of my NaNo offering.

The Best Part of Breaking Up is an Australian offering with a rough and tough cowboy being tamed by a not to shy flying vet.  I've always wanted to write a story set in the outback so the November writing challenge is a good time to test the notion. 

My hero is Rafe McGraw a true Alpha Male who has little time for women playing at a man's job - he will learn!

My heroine is a little out of her depth but she is determined not to let the all important Rafe McGraw know it.


When they get together it will be sensational!

It's a pity I can't use the words in here towards my word count - see there I go again procrastinating - to get me in the mood I 'm listening to a little of this

and this


They have absolutely nothing to do with the Australian Outback but I'm enjoying listening to them anyway.

Perhaps by next Friday I will have reached the NaNo target - anyone want to bet on that?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Frantic Friday

I stand on the precipice of a very hectic and frantic six weeks. I have no idea how I will get it all done.
And in the mist of all this madness I have signed up again for nanowrimo. 

Am I mad? Of course I am. I have hope in myself that I will be able to write two novels at the same time, write 76 college assignments and execute them, complete one art project and promote my short published on November 25th.

I love nanowrimo. I think it is a delicious concept and wonderfully conceived. I enjoyed every crazy, frenetic second of it last year.  They had campwrimo during the summer but I could not take part then. I would really be disappointed if I couldn't manage November.
Check it out http://www.nanowrimo.org/. Better still take part - I assure you, you won't regret it.

I will try. I will try. I will try.

I will be posting my progress here fingers crossed!

LOL

I'm filling out my book details at the moment and composing my dedication - what fun!! One of my crit partners Doris received her cover art for her short this week -
I love it. It is absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure you agree really tempting! Congratulations Doris.  

I can't wait to see the cover art for the Anthology in which my short features.  So exciting.

And to make a frantic Friday more frisky here is an excerpt from my short -

There were whores in Polynesia and streetwalkers in Shanghai who could get you off for a few dollars and a quick fuck on a dirty mattress, and it would be great sex. He could get a hot stiff ride for free in any bar in any port in any land with a coast. But nothing, absolutely nothing could match making love to the most beautiful innocent beauty that lay beside him. She had ruined him for life.


My lastest distraction Mike Vogel staring in Pan Am

And today I bought this man's book -

Yummy


And when it's all too much I like to indulge in a little of this....



So many delicious men....so little time!
Until next week folks...keep dreaming.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Fortune Friday

Okay-Okay it's Saturday, but forgive me, real life got in the way.

So Prince Vichi was not chosen by M&B for their top 21 but that really didn't surprise me. Imbued by his gorgeousness I will motor on with his story in the hope that somewhere out there there will be a home for him.

Chapter Two is all but complete and features some very beautiful and gorgeous settings.

Every prince needs a luxury yacht. It is great fun researching these beautiful creations even if I am dying of envy while doing so.


My story is set in the fictional island of Fazzi though truthfully much of my imagined island is based on Malta. Ignoring the tourism, and all that that entails, Malta is very beautiful. It's cities of Mdina and Valetta have glorious architecture. I have mixed it up a little to include Byzantine features more suited to Venice but in any event Fazzi is ancient, fantastical and exotic.

Imagine this clinging to cliffs surrounded by a clear azure blue sea.

The Palazzo Vichi - a place Luciano has never been allowed to enter but that is about to change.


Fazzi castle I love castles and parapets and machicolations so naturally the castle will feature.  



Narrow streets for clandestine kisses.

I love this little world where Luciano must find his way with a little help from his beautiful Veronia.

And as everyone is so curious about her - this is how I imagine Veroinca looks like.


And while all that is happening - this guy is giving me a little nudge to tell his short.

The life of a romance writer is so hard ;).

Until next time folks - keep dreaming, writing and romancing. xo

Friday, 7 October 2011

Flirty Friday


Indulging in a little online shopping last night I purchased some vintage Sandra Marton books. I have most of her back catalogue stored away in my M&B box along with some of my all time favourite category romances from Abby Green, Natalie Anderson, Jennie Lucas and Sharon Kendrick. So opening up Pandora's box I thought I would share with you some of its rich pickings for a flirty Friday.

Abby Green Ruthless Greek Boss, Secretary Mistress
The opening chapters to this book are some of my all time favourite reads.  Abby's hero is delicious and the scene where he realises that he fancies his secretary is smouldering.

Natalie Anderson Caught on Camera with the CEO
I love everything Natalie Anderson writes but this book is a particular favourite amongst many favourites. A great meet cute is followed by a spectacular kiss and the hero is to die for. Serious sparks fly between the H&H on every page.

Kathleen O'Brien A Forgotten Magic
This book is so poignant. I have always found it a breathtaking read. Packed with emotion, sadness and longing it is a real weepy.

Jennie Lucas The Innocent's Dark Seduction
One of the best 'black moments' that I have ever read features in this book. It cuts through the heart and leaves you breathless. From begining to end this story races along and is punctuated with dark emotions and intense chemistry between the H&H.

Sandra Marton The Sexiest Man Alive
My all time favourite. The book I will never throw away. I love everything about it from the characters to their story. From the first meet cute sparks fly and the H&H go up in flames.
Mary Lyons Hurricane
The first M&B I bought at a school bazaar when I was really too young to have it. As it was my first I have kept it all this time.  It's falling apart and the pages are yellowing but it was the story that sparked the love affair between me and M&B.

Finally my friend Raven McAllan's debut novel Wallsflowers Don't Wilt was released today.  A big congratulations to her for making her dream come through. You can purchase it from www.breathlesspress.com.  


So good night dear people. Tomorrow is an early start to cheer on the boys in green. 
Until next Friday when hopefully we will still be celebrating. ;)

Friday, 30 September 2011

Freedom Friday

Today is my last day of freedom. For the next ten weeks, I will be working full time, attending university full time, publishing my first short story 'The Real Deal' and getting on with all the other facets of my life. Good things come in threes. I don't know about that. It's Murphy's Law, that when you need some peace and quiet, your life takes off, and you just have to hang on for dear life.

This is Jake. Well it's Jake in my head and he is my hero in 'The Real Deal' which will be published by Breathless Press on November 25th as part of their Hot Shots Anthology. I am nervous and apprehensive. I may be a drama queen but I do like working in the shadows, being the woman behind the power, because when I have the power I tend to be a dictator lol!

Getting back to Jake. He walked into my head perfectly formed, prowling for his pretty lady. A very impatient man, he insisted I write his story in five days. Ten thousand words in five days. I have never written anything so quickly. Nor, have I written anything entirely from the hero's pov but there you go he was so vivid in my head that he made sure it was his voice I put down on paper.

Secretly, I love it and him. I worry that I will never have such a connection with one of my characters again. It came so easily to me that it was too good to be true! 

That's the joy of writing though. Somedays it's perfect and other days you hate absolutely everything you've done. Having a great critique group is essential. I'm 'involved' with an incredible group of women. They have been on their own paths to publication this year and I will be blogging more about them and their releases as the months go on.

Without them, I probably wouldn't be this far along on my own path to writing success. I still have a long way to go and very little time to dedicate to it after today.

I will be doing this.

And this.

Wanting some of this.

And dreaming of this.

That's Prince Vichi featuring in my newest story and a favourite (with some debate) amongst some of my crit partners.

If I have only learnt one thing this year from those ladies it's that naked pictures of handsome men can fuel your entire day.  Yummy!

Until next Friday.

xo
Alannah