Just a short WIPpet

Hi all. How are you doing? (Yes, OK I sound just like Joey from Friends!) Anyway I hope all is well with you. I’m still fighting off this virus – I’m taking a long time to get rid of it. Urgh.

So because I’m tired and not wanting to do too much as I don’t want to be too knackered to do go out tonight, I’m sharing with you nine lines for the month from my WIP, which I’m tentatively calling Teaching Mr Leavis. (Thanks to all of you who commented on my WIPpet a couple of weeks ago with ideas on how I could tweak the title!)

In this scene my MC Rebecca is at her sister Maria’s house and they’re having a heated discussion about who should deal with their parents. I should add that Rebecca grudgingly accepted a life home from Jonathan Leavis the previous evening. That’s all I’m gonna say though…

Rebecca watched as her sister shut the cupboard door with unnecessary force and turned to her. Her brow was furrowed; Rebecca could feel an argument brewing and she wished herself back in Jonathan Leavis’s car – anywhere was better than here.

‘I don’t see why you had to dump them on me, Rebecca,’ Maria said, her face red.

Rebecca sighed and picked at the piece of cake on the plate in front of her. She raised her eyes to her sister. ‘I can’t cope with Mum and Dad descending on me at the moment, Maria,’ she said. ‘School’s just too busy and…’

‘That’s always your excuse, Rebecca, isn’t it?’ Maria interrupted. ‘I mean, come on, it’s been months now.’

And that’s all you’re getting! If you’ve never taken part in WIPpet Wednesday and you think it’s something you’d like to do, all you have to do to join in is post an excerpt on your blog of whatever you’ve been working on writing-wise lately. All we ask is that it relates in some way to the date. Then add your details here. And don’t forget to check out the other WIPpeteers’ offerings as well.

Thank you oh Queen of the Monkeys K. L. Schwengel for hosting us. :)

Workplace Blog Hop

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Last week Charles Yallowitz tagged me in a blog hop. It’s to show a picture and talk about your workplace. Then I get to nominate some other bloggers to do the same. :)

So this is it: the photo on the left is my desk with my pink (yes pink!) laptop where I work. (As well as my pink camera and phone case! Yes all right, I do have a thing for pink – I just like the colour!) And no the desk isn’t always that tidy lol! I’ve had to play around with how I position everything because I was getting an aching back and limbs.

I got myself the most expensive desk chair that Ikea do, as well as a footrest, stand for my laptop and plug-in keyboard. So now I only get a slightly aching back at times! Honestly I would say I have terrible posture – I never seem to get it right at home or at work.

Anyway my desk is at one end of the dining room, facing the window where I can see our lovely trees at the end of our drive. We are in the middle of a city, but it is a leafy one and I love it! So the view from my desk isn’t half bad. :)

I try to write whenever I feel able – I’d like to say I write every day but it just doesn’t happen. I’ve got this lingering virus which isn’t helping at the moment either. Last week I was away for a few days. Hubby, dog and I went down to Cornwall (SW England) for a couple of nights, which was lovely but did mean that I didn’t get any writing done. After that I felt unwell so today is my first writing day for a week!

So that’s me. Here’s the list of bloggers I’m nominating. Apologies if you’ve already done it – I will totally understand if you don’t want to do it again!

Shehanne Moore

Adrian J Smith

Sarah Hart

ReGi McClain

 

Slave Again – A review

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Hi everyone! Hope you’re all OK. I’m still suffering from this virus that won’t go away. :( Anyway enough of that. I’ve got another review to share with you.

It’s a review of a novel by my fellow indie author and WIPpeteer Alana Terry. The novel’s called Slave Again and it’s the followup to her brilliant debut novel The Beloved Daughter.

So without further ado, here’s my review:

I enjoyed Slave Again as much as The Beloved Daughter. Terry writes beautifully and draws you into the story.

Dealing as it does with human trafficking, and unflinching in its descriptions of the physical and emotional torment faced by the young women it depicts, Slave Again has scenes which are brutal at times. But the violence is not gratuitous, just realistic and wonderfully written.

As the reader I felt such sympathy for many of the characters in the story – even those who at times weren’t likeable – as Terry manages to make all of them feel real and human. They’re not black and white; they make mistakes, even do terrible things but I could connect with them and feel their pain.

I would recommend Slave Again to anyone who enjoys a well written, pacy and exciting novel, full of suspense and intrigue.

You can buy Slave Again from Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

I’m still after book reviewers!

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Just a quick post to say I’m still keen to find book reviewers for my latest novel Reunion of the Heart which I released a few weeks ago.  I’m happy to send a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

In case you don’t know anything about it, it’s a romance about a young woman who returns to her school for a reunion.  Here’s the blurb:

After a messy breakup with her boyfriend, Anna is feeling fragile.  So when her best friend Melissa suggests the two of them go to their school reunion, she’s reluctant as Anna’s school days weren’t her happiest.  The evening is going well until she meets the boy who made her school life hell.

But the grown up Will is different and Anna is surprised by the direction her life takes.  The reunion sets in motion a series of events that lead Anna to realise things will never be the same again.

‘Reunion of the Heart’ is a romance that will lead you to ponder whether love can atone for past mistakes.

If you think that it’s something you would like to do then please email me at: elaine (dot) jeremiah (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you!

Book Review: The Protector by Danielle Lenee Davis

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Hi everyone! This is my 200th post on this blog!  Yay for that!!  I can’t believe I’ve written that many posts in the past 18 months or so.  And this blog is still going.  So I’m thankful for that!

Anyway I hope you’re having a lovely weekend and that you’re not as ill as me. :( I’ve been battling a virus for weeks and I just can’t seem to shake it.

But I’m still feeling well enough to share with you all my review of The Protector by my fellow indie author Danielle Lenee Davis. She’s written a really great detective novel, the first in a series. Here’s my review. Enjoy!

When Detective Sydney Valentine begins to investigate the murder of a social worker, little does she know that she herself will become a target for the murderer. Or that her family will be targeted too.

But Detective Valentine refuses to be cowed by the intimidation she faces and begins to work hard to crack the case. It will require nerves of steel – but that is something that she has in spades. Can she solve the mystery and find out who the murderer is before it’s too late?

This was a highly entertaining detective novel, with an engaging, tough and memorable heroine. I liked the way the author portrayed Detective Valentine – she is tough, but in a believable way. I enjoyed the banter she has with her colleague Bernie. The two of them clearly get on well and this relationship was well conveyed.

I liked the contrast between Valentine and her sister Mac, who she goes jogging with. Mac is a whole different kettle of fish – she’s a lot weaker physically than Sydney, but still an interesting character who brings out another side in Sydney, particularly when she encourages Sydney to go dating.

As the novel is written in the first person, we get into the mind of Sydney. The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was when the narrative changed abruptly sometimes from past tense to present tense when we’re hearing Sydney’s thoughts. I thought this was a little jarring.

Overall though, this novel was a gripping story and a great read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel with a good plot.

Do check out Danielle’s blog here.  The Protector is available on Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

An olive branch – WIPpet Wednesday

Olive branchHow are you all this Wednesday? I hope OK. I’m feeling a bit rubbish today but thankfully I don’t have too much to do.

Just a quick mention about Reunion of the Heart – I’m still after people to read it and review it for me. So if you or anyone you know fancy a free copy of Reunion of the Heart in exchange for a fair and honest review, please let me know. Thanks!

OK enough of that and on with today’s WIPpet.  It’s another excerpt from my current WIP and… drum roll please… I’ve thought of a title!  Yay!  I’m thinking of calling it Teaching Him, but I’m not absolutely sure I’m going to keep that title.  I’ve looked it up on Amazon and there are a couple of… ahem… erotic novels with those words in the title.  But anyway let me know what you think, if you think it’s awful/could be better.  I want to know!

This excerpt carries on from the previous two WIPpets which I’ve shared with you.  You can read them here and here.  Last week we left Rebecca and the nasty parent Jonathan Leavis at an impasse.  I’m sharing with nine paragraphs for the ninth month:

Then as she was sitting virtually glaring at him, she was surprised to see his lips twitch.  Rebecca thought she was seeing things; seconds ago he’d clearly been so angry.  He looked as though he were trying to suppress a smile, though why on earth… Thinking quickly she decided to offer him an olive branch.

‘Mr Leavis, take your complaint to Mrs Morsley if you must.  But if it would help I’d be happy to offer Daniel some extra tuition – at no extra cost to you.  If he’d be willing to stay behind at school, say one afternoon a week for up to an hour, I could give him a bit of help.’ Though I’m sure Daniel won’t be thrilled by that idea, she thought grimly.  And I could certainly do without the extra work.  But if it’ll keep Mr Leavis off my back…

‘Yes, all right,’ he replied leaning back in his chair and clasping his hands behind his head, appraising her.  A smile played on his lips; the thunderous look had gone.

Rebecca felt self-conscious all of a sudden, as though she were on display and Audi-Man had paid money just to see her squirm.  Her face hot, she felt the need to fan herself and she reached for her glass of water, taking a sip.  Mr Leavis continued to watch her, a half-smile on his face transforming it into a real human being’s.

‘Good,’ she nodded.  ‘I’ll make the arrangements for tutoring Daniel.  I think we ought to get this underway as soon as possible.’

‘Agreed,’ he replied leaning towards her.  He was so close to her; she could feel his breath gentle on her forehead.  As he looked into her eyes, she saw that his were such a dark brown that in the artificial light of the hall, they reminded her of two obsidian stones. She tried hard not to flinch.  Why was he behaving so erratically, she wondered.  One minute he had in in for her and the next he was being… Well she couldn’t call it charming, but still she was glad he’d stopped glaring at her.

And then he stood up; she stood too and they shook hands.  Mr Leavis’ hand was warm and strong in her own.  He towered over her, an imposing figure.

‘Goodbye, Miss Engleton,’ he said.  ‘I expect we’ll be seeing more of each other.’

‘Goodbye, Mr Leavis,’ she muttered and watched as he strode out of the hall. Rebecca almost fell back into her chair, picked up a piece of paper from the table and fanned her face.

So there you have it.  If you would like to take part in WIPpet Wednesday, all you have to do is post an excerpt on your blog of whatever you’ve been working on writing-wise lately.  All we ask is that it relates in some way to the date.  Then add your name here. Don’t forget to check out all the other WIPpeteers’ contributions.

Thank you K. L. Schwengel for being our lovely hostess. :)

Interview with Elaine Jeremiah (Reunion of the Heart)

Elaine Jeremiah:

Read my interview on P. M. Kester’s blog!

Originally posted on Symphony From The Couch:

rothWelcome to September! I hope everyone is having a wonderful labor day. I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things – blogging and revisions all September long. To kick things off, I’m chatting with independent author Elaine Jeremiah.

1. Give us the Reader’s Digest condensed version of your writer’s journey so far.

I’ve written stories for as long as I can remember but it’s only in the last ten years or so that I’ve been writing novels. I first finished one about five years ago – it’ll never see the light of day however because it’s pretty bad! Then a couple of years ago my husband suggested I self-publish – that thought had never occurred to me because I didn’t know (as he did) that I could publish digitally on Amazon. So about a year ago I published my first novel ‘The Inheritance’ and I’ve…

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