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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)

 

 

Looking back on RT 2015

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I’m back in the UK and it’s grey and miserable. Last week (May 12-17th) I was at the Romance Times convention in Dallas. Quite a change of scenery for me!

Now, it’s not everyday I decide to travel around the world to attend a book convention. Circumstances allowed for it this year and I had an opportunity I couldn’t say no to. And it was fantastic.

What I loved about RT was the workshops and opportunity to sit in and hear from authors, bloggers and experts. It was an educational experience as much as an opportunity to fangirl. I sat in with Mark Coker from Smashwords about future trends and listened to a great author panel on working the tension into writing (while being distracted by Jelly Beans). Then there were more author panels including the likes of J.Kenner, Megan Hart, Christina Lauren and Shayla Black.

My note book is full of tips but more than that, I got to meet and speak to these authors who were all really friendly, fun and approachable.

Then there was the book fair. OMG this was epic! The list of signing authors was huge. This was my chance to meet and talk to authors who I’ve read and adored for years. Did I have to get there early before they opened the doors, yes. Did I have to wait to speak to authors, no more than 10 minutes for one or two.

IMG_4435I knew who I wanted to see and knew which aisle to head for. That was my game plan and I saw everyone I wanted to before it got busy. Tiffany Reisz was the top of my list. She is my all time favourite author. I took several books for her to sign (my treasured possession now) and she was happy to chat and have a photo. This made my trip!

But I saw others as well. Cherise Sinclaire, Lexi Blake, J S Scott, Liliana Hart, Shayla Black, J Kenner,  to name a few. I also found some other great authors happy to chat and share and my TBR list is now over flowing!

Seeing all these authors all under one roof was amazing and something I’m not likely to do anytime soon. Would I have preferred all of my favourite authors in a smaller, more intimate setting? Of course. But that’s not going to happen. Smaller signings are fabulous and I’m looking forward to going to Leeds next year for Orchard Book Clubs second event.

What I’d love to see is the convention and workshop format where authors answer questions and em part knowledge. This, coupled with the smaller signings would be a winning solution for me as a reader!

If you get the chance, I’d say go to a big event – RT is in Las Vegas next year. It’s certainly an experience!

The swag I collected is fantastic and I’ll be giving a lot of it away on my blog over the coming months, including some signed books so sign up to my mailing list for your first chance to enter!

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To read or not to read?

9780778313533_smp.inddI’m sat by the fire, snatching some time to write. After having a lovely, busy Christmas, I’m relishing some quiet time to spend to myself, or rather my writer self!  Time always seems against me, and not just me but the other writers I talk to. Day to day lives seem filled with busyness and there is always something I should be doing.

The time I have to write I hold dear. It’s my time to escape and bring my characters to life. It’s my time. But I often find myself struggling to find it. Half an hour here, a couple of hours on a Saturday night (I know, but i’d rather be writing!) When I look back, no wonder it took over two years to write my first manuscript.

I know I’m not alone in my plight to find time to write. There are scores of authors and indie authors juggling jobs and families and writing careers. A fellow British author, Emma Hart writes full time, but is a mother as well and am constantly astounded at how quickly she can write and turn her books around.

However, there is one thing that no matter how busy I am, how tired I am, I will always be drawn to. Reading! My joy from reading hasn’t always been there. Up until five years ago I rarely read. But now I can often read for hours with the only conversation being ‘I’m just getting to the end of this chapter’ or ‘I just need to finish this bit’.

There are some books and authors that are etched in my memory and I will always consider an influence on me and my writing.

Tiffany Reisz – The Siren is firmly at the top. I read this when I was early in the scribbling of my book and I fell in love with Nora. If you haven’t read it, do it NOW.

Along my journey, I’ve been introduced to some new authors and more recently several which I’m thrilled and lucky to also call me crit partners. They have opened my eyes to a world of writing process which I’m now trying to get to grips with. But I have also be privileged to read their work.

I’d love to have all the time in the world to both read and write. But who does? I’m always weighing up if I should write (yes, I should be!!) or to read. When I do read, I read obsessively and I can’t help being drawn to my kindle and the next story from a favourite author, a section to read from a crit partner or just a book I’ve seen and taken a fancy to. So, although I’m immensely pleased to be writing my series, please forgive me for disappearing from time to time into my reading world!

I will however try and remember something that Patricia A Knight recently told me:

Remember, sometime down the road you are going to be someone’s favourite author. Write for them.

Thank you PAK!

Her Verdantian series was my latest indulgence, four wonderful stories back to back!

Hers to command