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There She Goes – Now Available Only On Wattpad

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I wrote a short story for a charity anthology earlier this year. Each poem or short story was based around a song title, with the majority being based around 90s Britpop. I chose There She Goes by The Las.

I originally wrote this story after watching the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why as some kind of ‘alternative’. I loved the show, especially the way the makers didn’t shy away from showing the horrific things Hannah went through. To me, that was the overall message of the show (and the book it’s based upon). One little thing may seem insignificant, but when it’s coupled together with a handful of other insignificant events and then followed by something extremely traumatic, some people can’t see a way out. Like Hannah, far too many teenagers (and other people) think that suicide is the only way to make their own personal hell go away.

In this story, I wanted to show that yes, there is another way. It may seem just as drastic, but it’s not as permanent.

As mentioned in the author note in the beginning, I’m a mother, and the idea of bullying getting so bad that my child is unable to see a way out scares the life out of me. I’m scared of being like Hannah’s parents, and being too busy to notice something was wrong, or being told everything is ‘fine’ when I do ask.

It’s not easy to be the one person to against the flock, to stand up for someone others have deemed unworthy of positive attention; but it is so important to try and be that person to the best of your ability. Extend a hand of friendship, you may save someone’s life.

As the story was part of a charity anthology that is no longer on sale, I uhmed and ahhed over what to do with it. I decided that I wouldn’t have felt right charging for it and make money on something that was written to help others, so I have decided to post it on Wattpad. I shall be updating weekly with a new chapter.

If you have the time to take a look, the prologue is now live. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Read it for FREE HERE!

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Opinions Needed…

I’ve been thinking. Dangerous I know, but bare with me.

Most of the books I write are romance books; or at least have romance at their core. They span a range of romance subgenres such as contemporary, erotic, and young adult. It’s been making me wonder…

I’m currently writing the first book in a possible 5 book series that has no romance at it’s core. I want to get as many of the series written as I can, so that I can release them fairly close together so there isn’t a long wait between each book.

The problem I’m having, is how I categorise the books.

The rough series synopsis is that it revolves around a boyband who win a televised talent show and their personal and professional lives beyond. Each book will be from the point of view of each band member.

I have no idea how well this series will be received, but it is a series that I really want to write.

Here’s a little snippet from book one which is still being written:

“I honestly thought it was going to be us this time.” Josh spoke quietly, but we all heard him as if he’d shouted. “I’ve never felt so sick in my life.”

Brad put one of his hands, calloused from playing his guitar, on Josh’s shoulder.

“Me too mate, me too.” He spoke just as softly.

Is this series something you would read? I’m honestly interested in your opinion.

F is for…

 

Another day, another letter. Today, F is for…

 

 

Flirting…

Most of the time, flirting happens naturally. We see someone we’re attracted to, and try and get their attention and to get them to like us back. Sometimes, flirting can be quite calculated; a way to get attention transferred from someone else to yourself. But, this is very often noticed and ignored.

I really like writing flirting, particularly the awkward first meeting kind of flirting. In It Started in Texas, Charlotte and Gage bump into each other in a bar – literally. I really had fun writing their interaction. Usually, I worry when I’m writing dialogue that it reads as wooden and bland, but I never had that with this scene. It was flirty and awkward, plus they were seen by Charlotte’s friend which added something extra.

Whereas the flirting between Heidi and Shane was very different in The One That Got Away because of their history. It was more personal and catered to them specifically in trying to turn the other on – especially at the reunion. Both of them were saying things to get a reaction from the other, seeing how far they could go with it. That was fun to write too because it came across as a little naughty and pushing limits of flirting almost into foreplay.

The flirting in Mile High was different again, because it started off as an intense dislike on Tarryn’s side of the ‘relationship’, and it eventuually let to a very different place to anything else I’ve ever written.

Flirting can also be very embarrassing. I’m a voracious people watcher, and once watched a guy trying to flirt with a girl in a pub, and fail dismally.

So, in your comments, I’d love to hear about your flirting disasters!

E is for…

 

Day… I actually think I messed up yesterday, and now I’ve lost count. That sounds just like me. Let’s just get down to business…

 

 

Most people I know (and it’s common in books, films, TV show, etc), wen they have a relationship break up, there’s a lot of animosity between them, and their now, ex. I can understand if infidelity or some form of abuse is involved, that someone would want nothing to do with that ex, but what about those relationships that simply drifted apart?

I’m lucky. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen out with an ex, and am still in contact with some twenty years later, albeit, distant friends via the interwebz.

In books, there’s always that ‘I need to show my ex what s/he is missing’ and I sometime quite enjoy that, but when it’s been overdone, it can be very cliche. Second chance romance are some of my favourite books, and when I was writing The One That Got Away, I loved diving into the dynamics of a couple who already knew each other – sometimes intimately, finding one another again.

The word ‘ex’ doesn’t always need to equate to ‘enemy’, especially if a split isn’t acrimonious. An ex can still be a friend, someone with a shared history, even if you have gone down different paths later in life.

In the comments, I’d love to hear about your relationship with an ex, especially the positive ones.

D is for…

 

Day 4, and I’m still winging it on the day… So, shall we get started?

 

 

Dates… something I haven’t done in years considering myself and my partner have been together sine 2001. Even when we do get a rare night out, just the two of us, it’s not really a date, it’s us being able to be adults and not worry about getting up with the kids the next morning.

Everyone has a story about their best and worst date, especially in books. When I was writing Right Click, Love – which is all about dating, I read a lot of articles about bad first dates. I wanted Louise and Jodie to experience some Gd awful dates in their quest to find their ‘Mr Right’. While I was reading, some of the bad dates I read about made me laugh uncontrollably, while others actually made me sad. Why is it that people feel like they can treat someone they have never met like crap the first time they meet?

Every now and then, I post a short over on Wattpad. I follow a Romance account which often posts contests. I saw one for Valentine’s Day. Well, an ‘un-Valentine’s Day’. My short was about a first date that ended up in A&E (The Emergency Room for my non-UK readers).

Dates in books and movies tend to go from one extreme to the other. They’re either absolutely perfect, or downright terrible, but what about those dates that are a bit… bland? Why do they never get attention? Maybe I’ll write one in a book. Dates can be fun to write. The nerves, the build up, and the expectation are fun, but the date itself can be harder to write. It’s not easy to write and get across the awkwardness that so many people feel when the date is getting started.

So… in the comments tell me about a first date that sticks out in your mind, or any date. It can be good, bad, or meh.

#nano2016 – Day 23. I’m just getting started for the day.

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Day 23 – Forgive me readers for I have been too quiet. It has been a few days since my last update…

I have to admit. Nano2016 is knackering me out. I’m up til 11-12pm writing – which isn’t that late in the grand scheme of things, but it’s more draining staring at a computer than anything else. I have to admit, I’m so glad it’s almost over (just one more week) despite how proud I am of myself for not only sticking it out, but for being on target.

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Today’s word count: 0 I haven’t started writing yet – total for NaNo –37,734

Story word count: 61,880 – However, only 59,580 of those are for Girls and Boys. I finished that yesterday (Day 22) and I started writing an accompanying novella. I’m not spilling much about this book just yet, other than it’s going to be much more emotional than I first realised. If I don’t make you cry, you’re like me. Cold Hearted!

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I’m about to get started for the day (after I make a fresh cup of tea) and I’m only 599 words away from today’s target, so I can take it a bit easy if I want. I’d like to hit at least 2k if possible, to get me ahead again, ready for the weekend.

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I’m hoping to have a few new teasers for you b the end of the day. I just hope you’ve been enjoying them as much as I have!

 

 

 

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If you are writing during Nano… may the odds be ever in your favour and I wish many words fall from your fingertips!

#nano2016 – Day 18. Getting There Slowly.

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Day 16 – I haven’t updated in a while. There’s a couple of excuses I could give, but mostly I’ve been writing until late at night, then I go to bed and crash out. Simple as that. I can’t remember the daily totals for the days I’ve missed, but I do have some handwritten teasers…

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Today’s word count: 851 (so far) – total for NaNo –29,380

Story word count: 53,526 – I do believe I have a problem though. I don’t think I’ll get another 20k out of this story as it feels like it’s winding down. However, I do have an idea brewing for an accompanying novella, so if I do fall short, I’ll make a start on that. Totally counts, right?

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I’m hoping to get a big chunk done tomorrow as the other half is watching football (soccer) and it then working until 10pm. The kids can play to their heart’s content, but traditionally, I don’t do as well on a weekend.

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I have 45 minutes left of the day, so I’d like to get a few more words in if I can. Here’s some more teasers!

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If you are writing during Nano… may the odds be ever in your favour and I wish many words fall from your fingertips!