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I popped my signing cherry in Dublin

I wanted to take a few weeks to reflect on the last month because it’s been immense and the main reason? I flew over to Dublin to do my first ever signing as an author at Claddagh Author Event, 2016!!!

First off, I was so nervous that it took a while for everything to sink in. Plus I know that I didn’t go and speak to nearly half of the people I wanted. But  I had a blast. I’d only ever been to signings as a reader. I’ve stalked the authors I loved, collected swag and gone home with a massive smile on my face. This wasn’t that much different, although there was a lot more to organise. Swag, sharpies, how many books to take, tickets, luggage allowance, this was my life leading up to leaving. God, the conversations about carrying banners on the plane LOL! But this was all part of the experience and even though my bundle of nerves had me running around getting ready, I loved every minute of it.

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I still count myself as a newbie author, so a signing was a huge step for me. I had a wonderful author friend who gave me the nudge I needed to go and do it. Charlotte E Hart is a wonderful friend and I’m so pleased that this author world has thrown us together – snogs lovely! We had a blast, and my bestie was with me as well so it was a proper girly weekend.

The signing room was amazing, although a little intimidating to start with, but once my banner was up and my table decorated, I could relax a little. The first signature I squiggled was a little shaky, but then I got into flow. Have I mentioned how much I love metallic sharpies?

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As well as meeting new readers and bloggers, I got to meet a few authors that I’ve been waiting to say hi to for a while. Amelia J Hunter and Grace Harper. And some authors and bloggers that I’ve been fortunate to meet in the past. The wonderful C.J. Fallowfield and the lovely girls from Orchard Book Club and Hourglass Events. It’s so nice to finally meet people that you’ve only ever conversed through social media. That’s one thing that I’ll always be grateful for, the wonderful author/bloggers/readers that I’ve met along the way. Many of who I now count as friends.

My first signing was a fabulous experience and one that I will always remember fondly. It went so quickly and I want to do it all over again. Lucky for me, I have two future signings to look forward to…

White Rose Author Event, York, 13th May 2017

Hourglass Events, Leeds, 3rd March 2018

I’ll need more swag ideas, giveaways and competitions leading up to these, but for now, I’m going to get back to the writing!

Why my book covers are so important to me

Every author loves their book covers. It’s the graphical representation of the story they have poured their soul into. The cover can often sum up both the author and the story; they can be tempting, exciting, beautiful and stunning. Covers can attract readers or put them off. But for me, my covers are a personal triumph.

If you know my writing journey, you’ll know that I never intended to publish. Then, when I finally thought I might self-publish, I knew that I’d want to work on the covers myself. So that is what I did.51dyujQsApL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_

I know in my genre the image of rippling abs or a passionate embrace is more expected, but that’s not what I wanted on mine. In More and Forever More, Sebastian sends messages to Izzy through flowers. The language of Flowers by Mandy Kirkby was a gift from a friend many years ago and sits on my shelf for me to refer to now and then. I used this for the research in the story as I wanted Seb to say very particular things in the flowers he sent. And the flowers on the covers are the exact flowers he sends to Izzy in the book. (I’m not going to give away any spoilers!)IMG_6796

I went to my local florist, spoke to her about what I needed, the specifics, what was in season. I had to do a few tweaks as to what I originally wanted, but we got there. I went to collect the flowers a few days later and took them home to photograph. The flowers were beautiful and I enlisted the help of my friend Vic to support me in setting up the photos in my little office.

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The added bonus, and personal touch on the cover of Forever More, is that the flowers are resting on my wedding dress. I loved my dress and thought it was the prettiest dress in the world. Now, it’s on the front cover, of one of the books that I wrote. *Grins widely as I type this.*

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I had only intended to write these two stories, much to my publisher’s horror. But, she had faith in me, and my third book in the series will be having its cover revealed next month. My design skills got me though my first two books, but I’m glad to hand over that job to a much more talented lady (L J) this time around, and she’s done a fantastic job.

Forever More goes on Tour

Forever More, the second book in The Evermore series is going on tour, thanks to the lovely Wendy and Claire at Bare Naked Words.

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The following wonderful blogs will be posting a review of Forever More (there might be some reviews of More as well!). My heartfelt thanks to all of the blogs who have agreed to read and review.

During the tour, I’ll be running a giveaway as well. I’d love it if you could stop in and share the love.

Monday 21st March

Ashley Book Blog 

Bound by books book review

A Sky Full of Stars Blog

Through The Eyes Of A Book Goddess

Reading Keeps Me Sane

Tuesday 22nd March

Two Feisty Angels and a Devil

Wednesday 23rd March

The Smut-Brarians

Thursday 24th March

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

Bookworm Betties

Friday 25th March

Reading in Sarah’s Corner

Scandalous book blog

LucyLicious Reads

Jessica Cassidy

United Indie Book Blog

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog

Sexy Bibliophiles

Books are my friends, come see why

2 girls who love books

TaSTy Wordgasms

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Books, squiggles and friends at #LeedsAuthorEvent2016

This time last year, I attended my first ever book signing in Peterborough. It was fantastic and despite the long car ride home I was buzzing from the experience.

One year later and the wonderful girls at Hourglass Events did it again, this time in Leeds. #LeedsAuthorEvent2016 was an EPIC weekend, and I wasn’t even signing. I knew after Peterborough that I wanted to go back and meet the authors I had met, cement the friendships that had blossomed on social media and support my fellow writers and #PYB Wordy Warriors.

People have asked me ‘what was Leeds like’ and it as easy as it is difficult to try and explain the weekend to those who weren’t there. I felt like I found my extended family. These friends I’ve been talking with on facebook and twitter, supporting book releases and other more general life events are now real people that I’ve hugged and celebrated with. And in turn, they have been supporting me. To meet and hug them, some for the first time, was such a joyous occasion.

Plus THE BOOKS!! I pre-ordered a fair few of these babies and I did have to make a pit-stop at my room before my arm fell off. And I still went back for more. A special part of the day was getting all of my fellow #PYB Wordy Warriors to sign Framed, the anthology that was put together to raise money for Cancer Research. Only the authors have been able to order the paperback and my signed copy is now a cherished possession of mine.IMG_5409

I now have a rather happy book shelf with LOTS of signed books (some of those will be offered as Giveaways soon… keep watching!)

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A few special mentions from me…

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Leanne – I need to hug you some more! Thank you for all of your support and I’m so glad that we’ve finally met.
Heather – You finally have your man. I’m sure it won’t be long before you’re demanding the next one!
Charlotte – You’re wonderful.
Lisa – Thank you for bringing me into the #PYB world. It was so lovely to meet you. Your gifts were perfect.
Cameron – The mask, the dancing… you certainly know how to party. Here’s to the next one.
Wendy and Claire – Where would I be without you two. You’re new glittery bags were amazing!
David – You were smiling the entire time. I hope the trip was worth it. Here’s hoping for the next one.
Victoria – You are so sweet. But you made me cry. Lets not do that part again, ok??!
Rebecca – I have Benny. Enough said.
Jo and Rachel – Thank you for devoting your hours in making this such an amazing event. I can’t wait for the next one.

#LeedsAuthorEvent2016 will be a special memory for me for so many reasons and I can’t wait until the next event.

For more pictures of what went on, check out Hourglass Events website.

My collection of book boyfriends

We all have them, those books that you get so wrapped up in you want to jump into the pages with the characters.

I love books, and have often lost a full day just sitting with my kindle. Some of the books have characters you simply can’t forget, and I’m not ashamed to say that the ones that seem to hold in my memory are the men!

So here are some of my top book boyfriends and who I’ve imagined them to be!

Jesse Ward from This Man (Jodi Ellen Malpas)
Jesse is a force to be reckoned with in this series and he’s one hell of an alpha. Jessie seems to be the perfect fit for Mr Ward. Jessie Pavelka

Jessie Pavelka (Source)

Lucien Knight from Knight and Play (Kitty French)
This story had me from the moment that Sophie sealed her application with a kiss! Lucien swept me off my feet and Alexander Skasguard is the man to play the part of Kitty’s Viking sex god.f1688f97a7ffb4e5f5f6cbf70b0324ee

Alexander Skarsgard (Source)

Rhage / Hollywood from the Black Dagger Brotherhood (J.R.Ward)
This series has a whole host of potential book boyfriends, but Rhage is my favourite. He’s a big softie under all that muscle, brute strength, not to mention his ‘beast’ side. I’d happily supply him with Tootsie Pops!! There isn’t anyone else I picture when I read Rhage. Thor.

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Chris Hemsworth (Source)

Griffin Fiske – The Original Sinners (Tiffany Reisz)
Boy oh boy! This series is one of my favourites and I love Griffin. He’s sexy, dominant but the way he takes care of Michael… Put some tattoos and a kilt on Nick and there you have him! Griffin in all of his gorgeous glory!
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Nick Bateman (Source)

Simon Weston – Masters and Mercenaries (Lexi Blake)
Now, again, this series has some top contenders for who to could hit my book boyfriend list. I love Big Tag, but I’m just not up for fighting Charlotte for him! So the next Dom for me is Simon Weston. Dreamy, loyal, protective and patient. He’s British and never without a suit. *Sigh*!
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Philip Winchester (Source)

Master Z – Master of the Shadowlands (Cherise Sinclair)
This is a wonderful series, but it wouldn’t be the same without Master Z. You can’t help but swoon at his superior alpha and dominant nature and downright wonderfulness! Mr Gandy would play him soooo well.
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David Gandy (Source)

Sebastian York and Lucas Clark – The Evermore Series (Rachel De Lune)

I’m biased! But hey. Seb has been in my life for a good few years now but he was cast pretty early on. Seb has amazing eyes—an aquamarine that can be blue, clear or green. It’s the stone on my wedding band so is a special significance to me. Seb

Ian Somerhalder (Source)

Seb is my first hero I’ve written and so will always hold a place in my heart. He’s the good Dom. The considerate Dom who will worship you as much as he’ll make you scream his name.
Lucas, or Luke, is my new alpha and he’s a little rougher than Seb. A little more Dominant. You’ll get to meet him in the third book of my series. And yes, I have cast him.
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Jake Gyllenhaal (Source)

 

 

Music and words

Music and words

So who is listening to Adele’s new album at the moment? I had to listen to each of the songs a couple of times before I fell in love with the album. It’s now on repeat when i’m sat at my desk working (not writing!). Listening to her lyrics got me thinking about the songs I had in mind for More. I put this collection together a while ago and shared it with Peggy from Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog.

When I’m writing, I’m completely obsessed with the story and my characters. I fall into little day dreams about a scene or a new plot line. And when I’m listening to the radio, I’m listening out for words and songs that resonate with the story I’m crafting.

These are some of the songs that I’ve collected that for me, tell the story of More.

I’m a huge fan of Sam Smith. His music will feature through all of my books. The words always resonate with me and some of his words make me think of my characters.

Here is the first of Sam’s songs that feature on my soundtrack for More.

Make It To Me, Sam Smith

This next track I fell in love with as soon as I heard it. Again, the lyrics seemed to be echoing just what Izzy was going through and it’s been stuck on my own little playlist.

Wicked Games, Parra for Curva

This is a bit more of an upbeat song, although I think it captures the desperation that Izzy feels at times.

Poison, Rita Ora

More is an emotional love story and the heart of it, the pain that love can cause. Paloma Faith has a wonderful voice and this song has been on repeat for much of the editing process of More.

Only Love Can Hurt Like This, Paloma Faith

The second Sam Smith track…

I heard this first with the hype around the new Bond film, it hasn’t been off the radio. I listened and fell in love with the words and the song. There is some debate though, if this is the song for Izzy or for Seb.

I’d love to know what you think.

Writing’s on the Wall, Sam Smith.

 

Exclusive teaser for The Aftermath by R.J. Prescott

It’s #TeaserTuesday, and the lovely R.J. Prescott  has given me this new and exclusive teaser to share with everyone. Isn’t it gorgeous! Once I put my tongue back in my mouth, I got chills from the quote. Looking forward to reading more of R.J’s words.

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Preorder Link:
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B010PIF9AW

Releases 15th December 2015

When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.

Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realizes that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after.

He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.

More ‘visually stimulating’ teasers for both The Aftermath and The Hurricane are on R.J. Prescott’s Facebook page…

If you’re new to R.J. Prescott, you have time to catch up on her USA Today Bestselling smash, The Hurricane, where we meet O’Connell and Emily.

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hurricane-R-J-Prescott-ebook/dp/B010MI6DXM
US – http://www.amazon.com/The-Hurricane-R-J-Prescott-ebook/dp/B010MI6DXM

 

Meet Charlotte E Hart and Mr White

One thing that has struck me since stepping into the world of writing, is how supportive other authors are. Charlotte is one of those authors who champions others and I’m very pleased to call a friend. I got to ask her some fun questions a few weeks ago, to celebrate the imminent release of her latest book, Absorbing White.

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Firstly, a few questions to get to know Charlotte…

Favourite book?

CEH: Oh Lordy. I’ve been asked this question so many times and the simple answer is I haven’t got one, currently. There are far too many. However, if I was to name something that inspired me, or made me really believe in reading and the virtues of it, it would be The Silver Brumby Series by Elyne Mitchell. They were the first real books I chose and read all on my own when I was a child, and I still love them today.

Favourite drink?

CEH: Gin. Oh, do you mean every day? Coffee, I meant coffee. As if I’d drink Gin daily *winks

Your perfect weekend getaway?

CEH: I love city breaks. I’m not a huge fan of idling anywhere unless it involves a bustling street and coffee. If I could get to New York every weekend I would. There’s nothing quite like noise to make my brain a little clearer.

The White Trilogy books to-date have been dark and sexy with a lot going on. Way past the average boy meets girl, boy seduces girl, erotic tale. Did you plan the full story when you started writing or did it develop as you wrote?

CEH: No, no clue at all. It just came to some degree. I did know it would be complex because Mr White is anything but easy, and I wanted to write something people would have to get involved in, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so deep I suppose. I guess my love of Agatha Christie and Dan Brown crept in on me and made me write something other than just an erotic novel.

I get the feeling we haven’t seen all of Mr White’s dark side yet! What have you got in store for book 3, Absorbing White?

CEH: He really is a pain in the, well, you know…. His complexities make him a difficult man to love, and his past makes it even more difficult for Beth to accept him. But, in reality, he’s not been a very nice man, has he? And I can promise you he continues to not be very nice, depending on your point of view. The main issue is his constant pull back to the dark, the place he feels no moral restriction, his comfort zone really. His colours are all out there already, it just all depends on who steers his conscience most, and what positons he’s put in to challenge that conscience. After all, it’s the situations that determine what our behaviour needs to be, isn’t it? And as you said, his dark side is always there waiting for use.

What’s been your biggest influence when writing Beth and Alex?

CEH: Past experiences. Both characters hold an element of me inside them to some degree, the light and the dark so to speak. Their journey together comes from two completely differing standpoints, and as they try to find their way towards each other I feel myself writing past experiences into them, the hurdles, the give and take, the acceptance of another opinion. I think we all find something of ourselves in a character, that’s how they find us.

Who’s POV is easier to write? I know that Alex is often ‘talking to you’ but what about Beth or Conner?

CEH: Conner, who couldn’t write Conner? He’s an utter gent isn’t he? A sweety in bad boy clothing. He’s easy to write because he’s the decent one, the honest, reliable big brother type. Beth comes reasonably easy too, she’s such a strong girl and getting stronger by the day. I love that she constantly wants to prove that Alex is decent under all that exterior, that he is worthy of being loved. And I always look forward to Mr Van Der Braacks scenes, he’s where all the naughtiness flows from. I simply can’t help myself with him. However, if I’m really honest, it’s Alex I love writing. He flows out of me and pours onto the page. All his deviances, his nastiness, his inner loathing, it all manifests itself somehow and keeps me from falling into sappy happy ever afters. Which I generally don’t enjoy too much. Not that I’m saying anything there!

Alex isn’t your typical fantasy hero boyfriend. He’s a very very bad boy. What is it about the bad boy persona that holds so much appeal for us?

CEH: You want a dull man? Or woman for that matter?

We all want something that’s a little bit off the leash really, don’t we? It’s in our human nature to move on, find the stronger, braver, bigger boy, and accept the animal inside him. Perhaps challenge ourselves with the unattainable and relish our self-importance when we get them. The problem is that in this world we live in we have now overridden that natural human instinct to seek that which is strongest, we simply no longer need too. We have become happy to relax in the confines of suburban bliss and tolerate the inadequacies of our partners because we no longer hunt, fish, or maybe even kill to survive. We have adapted, evolved.

Unfortunately with this evolution of human behaviour comes drudgery and boredom, possibly even compliancy, and definitely the thought “Is this it?”.

Harsh, isn’t it? But mostly true, I think.

Books, and the fantasies within them, give us a chance to disregard reality. They give us an opportunity to believe we could have that very bad man and tame them to some degree without care to the consequence of our morals or hearts. That there’s a place where going back to our base instincts, and revelling in them, is okay, it’s safe, and the truth is it won’t damage our real life that way, will it?

Lessons to learn, it think.

What has been your favourite scene in the first two books? Either to write or to read?

CEH: Oh wow. Can I say all of it? Probably not. Ermm…

I adored writing the business lunch in Seeing White where Beth meets him for the first time, the outcome of that meeting was so typically Beth and it really made me giggle. The time at the club where Belle and Beth get drunk and try their hand at pole dancing had me crying with laughter in Feeling White, of course I then ruined it with something horrible, but then that’s me, sorry. I also loved writing the highly violent scene in Feeling White where Alex goes back to his old lifestyle for her. I can’t say anything else without giving that away, but writing that scene actually felt like I was there with him, like I could smell it and touch the ground beneath his feet, rub my hands in the soil and feel the lack of emotion involved in such a thing. It made me feel very close to actually being him.

And of course the sex, all of the sex, I love writing their differing POV’s during those scenes.

The trilogy is nearly complete with Absorbing White releasing soon. Will this tie up all of those sub-plots you’ve been building over the last instalments?

CEH: Ermm…. You’ve asked me this before. (I have! I may have quizzed her on the plot as well!)

From the moment I realised this was going to be a trilogy I always intended to tie up all sub plots. And for a while I stayed true to that. However there are parts of the three books that contain certain elements of the secondary characters lives, certain things that I simply can’t tie up in these three books. So I suppose I’ll have to write more books about those characters and what the future, and past, holds/held for them.

As far as the main plots go, yes, I will defiantly tie those in together and leave most questions answered. I’d hate to make it that easy though, so you never know what I might drop in at the last minute, or rather what he might drop in.

I truly believe that when you write such complex characters and lives you can’t just close the door on them, it’s unfair, and quite a disturbing thought really. I also doubt Mr White will ever stop talking to me regardless of how loud Mr Van Der Braack shouts, and I’d hate him too to be honest, I have too much love for him to let him go any time soon.

Any sneaky bits of Absorbing White you want to share?

CEH: Nope. Sorry, not sorry. Good job you’re one of my harlots, isn’t it? *winks.

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I’m currently offering Seeing and Feeling White up for grabs in my November Giveaway. Enter here. Or if you don’t want to risk it, get your hands on them today…

Seeing White – Amazon.co.uk   |   Amazon.com

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Feeling White – Amazon.co.uk   |   Amazon.com

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Absorbing White –   Amazon.co.uk   |   Amazon.com

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Connect with Charlotte

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CharlotteEHart.author/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/CEHlullaby/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CharlotteEHart1

More – Love for the blogs

It’s been a crazy month and I can’t believe that my little book More – The Evermore Series, book 1 has been out in the big wide world for a month.

It’s all been about the blogs for the last few weeks. As a newbie author, having the support of a blog is huge. I was lucky to be Fostered by Reading Keeps me Sane last week. Peggy does an amazing job at reviewing and spotlighting authors. We had a great time and I made some new friends! Go show her some love and find your next read.

Next week, More will be going on tour with the help of the lovely ladies at Bare Naked Words.

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I will be stopping off and saying hi at a host of blogs and facebook pages, but I’ll be sending some special hugs to the following blogs, who will be reviewing More as part of the tour.

4th November – Ramblings From The Sheets and Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
5th November – Bare Naked Words and Book Word Betties
6th November – 2 Girls Who Love Books, Tasty Wordgasms and The Power of Three Readers

IMG_5031There is a More inspired rafflecopter giveaway where you can be in for a chance to win either a moleskin notebook, a silver anklet or a £10/$10 Amazon gift card.

Make sure you stop in to enter when the competition opens on Monday!

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Framed – Donate for your copy now!

I am a #PYB Wordy Warrior and I can’t be more proud of what we are all doing to raise money for Cancer Research. It’s so sad that the C word has touched so many of us. I’m hoping that this book can shine some wordy magic on this deserving cause. I’d like to thank every one of my fellow warriors for creating something so special from such an ugly start – Cancer.

Framed is a book put together by Protect Your Breasts in order to raise money for Cancer Research, but rather than put the book on sale, it’s being given as a thank you gift for donations made through their Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/PYB-Cancer

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Framed is a collection of twenty eight stories, one thousand words in length, each written by one of twenty eight writers, collectively known as the #PYB Wordy Warriors.

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All the tales in this anthology are inspired by this picture.  Every story is different, every writer’s way with words unique, but they stand united for the cause. Fear, love, pain and freedom; you’ll find it all in this book, on a heart-breaking and uplifting journey through beautiful prose.

The team of Wordy Warriors and the team at #PYB want to say a huge thank you for all your support and we hope you enjoy this collection.

You can get the full list of #PYB Wordy Warriors and more details about this project here http://bit.ly/1j8BLNA

Here’s how you can help this cause and get your hands on this book step-by-step

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Protect Your Breasts is a non-profit campaign ran by Lisa Fulham and V to raise awareness for the importance of self examination for the signs of Breast Cancer.

You can follow and support #PYB in the following places

Twitter https://twitter.com/PYB_cancer

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ProtectYourBreasts?fref=ts

Blog https://protectyourbreasts.wordpress.com/

Together let’s make C stand for Clear, not Cancer