Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My new project: Endgame Earth

So here it is.  My new book Endgame Earth: Storm's Quest along with my new pseudonym, Scarlet Owen.  As a few of my Harlequin books are a little racy I decided it best to adopt a new pseudonym for my YA book.  The 'Owen" part of the pseudonym is a tribute to Dr Richard Owen, the man who gave us the name dinosaurs.

So guess what my YA book is about????

I love and adore my cover.  Kim Killion made it for me.  It's as if she reached into my head and just put exactly what I wanted on a cover.  I'd found the photo of the model I liked but needed her eyes changed to violet as it's vital for the story.  The background and dinosaurs she created all herself and I'm absolutely delighted with her work.

So why YA?  I wanted to write a story my two young sons could read.  I asked them what they wanted.  Young Indiana Jones, young Lara Croft and dinosaurs.  I can do that I thought.  And so I did.  I love this story, I really do and I hope you'll love it too.  It's free for the next five days on Amazon, so go download and please, please leave me a review!

Here's the blurb:


Two continents.  One with humans.  One with dinosaurs.  Who will win the battle of the planet?
For Lincoln Kreft everything is at stake.  His sister is sick.  On an over-populated planet the only way to get access to healthcare is to become a Trialist – one of 100 people who visit the dinosaur continent each year in search of new resources.  Few return.
Stormchaser Knux doesn’t have a family to care about.  She’s been on her own for the last five years.  But she does have a conscience.  Having her life saved by one of the plesiosaurs living in the nearby loch gives her a new perspective on the propaganda about dinosaurs.  She doesn’t believe they are all ferocious beasts.  But can she prove it?
Staying alive on the dinosaur continent becomes their top priority.

But will dinosaurs really be their biggest threat – particularly when one friend will betray another?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Fiercest Easter Egg Competition in the World Part 3

So, you're all used to me by now.

This years effort was.....

Minions!!!!!   What else??

Sunday, 16 March 2014

When the film is better than the book....

It's been a long, LONG time since I've blogged. But never mind, let's move on.

I want to share a little something I've discovered - that sometimes, just sometimes, the film is better than the book.

Last night I watched a film in bed. One Day with Anne Hathaway. I didn't gave much hope for the film as although the book hit best seller lists everywhere I just found it kind of meurgh.

Emma frustrated me when I read the book - I just wanted her to grow a spine. As for Dexter? He annoyed me beyond words. What a self-centred character.
What I did buy into was the one day a year element of the book, I thought it was good and moved the story forward well.


But Anne Hathaway really nailed the geeky Emma, and Jim Sturges, who is he?  Because he almost made me feel for Dexter.  I loved the interpretation of a book I found quite bland and even had a tear in my eye at one point!

So let's move on to the next on the hit list - The Notebook.  This was
a book that was passed around at my work.  People loved it, people hated it.  Again, I found it kind of meurgh.
I was bored, I didn't connect with the characters.  The final scene in the book was poignant, but that was about it for me.

Then, came the greatness that was the film.  Now, not that I especially like Ryan Gosling.  He's fine.  It was Rachel McAdam and James Garner that blew me away.  I thought they were spectacular.  Rachel was bubbly, vivacious and captivating as Allie.  James Garner played the role with his heart and soul on full display.  I'm going to leave the whole interpretation of the older Allie (Gena Rowlands) out of this completely.  Lots of things about that didn't sit right with me.  But this film was great.  I could watch it again and again and again.

So that's it for me.  There have been hundreds of films that are poor in comparison to the book.  I often watch a film and growl because it doesn't live up to the expectations of the book.

But for me, these two were the opposite.  What do you think?


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cover reveal!

Well, here they are my covers for my two linked books coming out in August.  They are set in the equivalent of the CDC in the US and feature some very gorgeous doctors - male and female.

The first is The Maverick Doctor and Miss Prim. 
Not too sure about the cover since my hero is supposed to look like Sawyer from Lost.  There seems to be a distinct lack of hair going on here.  My heroine spends her whole time in scrubs too, but hey!  Who says no to a pretty dress!

And the second is About that Night...   I'm liking the little African silhouette since that's where the book is set, and the hero and heroine look just about right.

So what's your favourite????

Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Fiercest Easter Egg Competition in the World 2013

Some of you might remember that every year our Sunday School has a decorated Easter Egg competition.  This is a hotly fought contest. 
In past years we've spent a long time making our eggs. It normally takes around a week.  My personal favourite was this one, Finding Nemo.
But we've also made the penguins from Happy Feet.

The rats from Ratatouille.

Then we had the Mr Men, Mr Bump and Mr Tickle.  These were another of my favourites.

Last year was Shrek and Princess Fiona.

And this year, what did we do???................................
Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick!   Yes, I know.  We didn't quite the right colour of pink for Patrick, or the right coloured felt for his trousers.  But sometimes you have to make do with what you have.
What do you think of this years effort?

Friday, 1 March 2013

RNA RoNA Rose Award

Tuesday started early for me. I couldn't sleep - I was far too excited. Then I started to drift off, and dream that the roads to the airport would all be blocked and I would miss my plane. So I just got up and headed off to the airport early.
A flight to London later, a quick dash to Harrods to pick up my sister's birthday present, and a mad dash to check-in to the hotel (the room wasn't ready and I had to get changed in the toilets!). Then I made it to Piccadily in London and the lovely Le Meridian Hotel.
Time for Lunch!
Tessa Shapcott and Dianne Moggy from Harlequin Mills and Boon took myself and the other nominees Fiona Harper, Carol Townend, Heidi Rice and Sarah Mallory out for lunch. It was a beautiful setting, gorgeous food and even better company.

Then it was a stroll (!!!!) down Piccadily to the RAF Club where the awards were being held. I wasn't as well prepared as the others - due to frantic change in a toilet, I had forgot to bring my other shoes and had to walk in my black sequin ones.

The RAF club was crowded, the event very well attended. It was great to see everyone although I still feel as if I hardly got a chance to talk to anyone. My camera also suffered from blurry images.
Richard and Judy were presenting the awards. I really wanted my picture taken with them but failed miserably!
Liz Fenwick managed to capture the actual awards. I'll let you watch it here!  I've posted it at the bottom so you can watch.  I couldn't manage to put it in the middle of the blog!

So, you can see that Sarah Mallory won the award. Bravo Sarah!

After the awards I went for some drinks with Heidi Rice, Abby Green, Susan Stephens, India Grey and Fiona Harper. It was lovely to get a chance to chat, and when I finally got back to my hotel and got to see my room it was much bigger than expected.

London was fabulous and I wish I could do it all again tomorrow. Oh well, there's always next year!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Time to Celebrate!

I'm delighted to say that two of my books have made it on to the shortlist for the Romantic Novelists Association RoNA Rose Award.
West Wing to Maternity Wing and Her Christmas Eve Diamond have made the shortlist with four other books.

Here's the other nominees.
Betrothed to the Barbarian by Carol Townend
Beneath the Major's Scars by Sarah Mallory
The Good, The Bad and the Wild by Heidi Rice
Always the Best Man by Fiona Harper

I'm really over the moon.

First of all, I didn't think I'd made the shortlist.  My friend Kate Hardy made the shortlist last year and at a later date she'd told me she got the call on Christmas Eve.
So, this year, when Christmas Eve came and went, I just assumed I hadn't made it.
Then on 4 January an email pinged into my Inbox.  And I promptly pinged onto the ceiling!
There was screaming.  There was shouting. 
There was Richard and Judy are presenting the Awards!  I get to be in the same room as them!

Yes, I was very happy.  So, my flight and hotel are booked.  My ticket is bought for the awards.

There might even have been the purchase of a new dress...