Guest Post: Five Things About Me by Maddie Please

Five Things About Me.

1-      I run writing retreats with my bestie Jane. We started The Place to Write a few years ago and through it have met many delightful writers. They can concentrate on their WIP’s while Jane and I do all the hard work. It’s enormous fun.

2-      I’d love to write film screenplays. I’d love to see one of my stories as a film. (But then wouldn’t every writer?)

3-      The birds in our garden fascinate me, I could watch them for hours. We live in beautiful Devon countryside and I’m always buying feeders and bags of birdseed for them. Finches, woodpeckers, robins, wrens. My particular favourite is the Long-Tailed Tit, which looks like a cartoon. We have dozens so periodically I can shout “Look - tits!” and snigger in a rather juvenile manner.

4-      I love building sandcastles. I mean massive ones with windows and a moat and decorations and ideally little paper flags stuck in the towers. I can spend hours doing them and my husband is just as bad, meanwhile the kids generally slope off looking for food and other entertainment.

5-       I love travelling on planes and big boats. It’s my ambition to fly first class and to have a suite on a transatlantic crossing. I don’t want much do I?

It’s time for Billie Summers to have an adventure … but it might not be exactly what she expected.

Billie Summers has always been quite content in her little cottage in the Cotswolds. Sure, half the house hasn’t been renovated, but what’s the point when it’s only her? Working part-time at her uncle’s bookshop and planning writer retreats with her best friend allows her to pay the bills. What more could anyone want?
That is until Oliver Forest, the bad boy of the book world, turns up to one of her retreats and points out that Billie hasn’t done anything very adventurous. Couple that with her best friend falling head over heels and beginning to drift away from their Friday night wine and dinner plans, Billie is starting to wonder if it isn’t time she took control of her life.
So she starts a list: get fitted (properly) for a bra, fix up rest of house, find a ‘career’ and well, get a tattoo … Her life might just get the makeover it needs, too bad irritating and far-too-attractive for his own good, Oliver keeps showing up …
Because sometimes you need an adventure!


Come a Little Closer by Rachel Abbott Writing Challenge

Imagine how excited I was when an email announcing the new book from Rachel Abbott arrived in my inbox? (FYI, Come a Little Closer is available now!) The email came not only bearing this very exciting news, but also offering the chance to take part in a blog-tour-writing-challenge. The concept is that Rachel Abbott has written the first two paragraphs of the story (in bold) and bloggers are given the opportunity to continue writing and make the story their own.
I had SO much fun doing this and am still a tiny bit awe-struck that I got to almost 'collaborate' with Rachel Abbott (at least in my head...)

Gemma had been afraid of the dark for as long as she could remember. As a child, she had blamed the cold, ancient house they had lived in – its endless corridors had too many closed doors for people to hide behind, too many secrets concealed in the shadows. But now there was no excuse. Her flat was modern, open, with huge windows.
It made no difference, though. Each night of the long winter months as she stood outside the block, she imagined all the doors she would have to pass before she reached her own, wondering if the lights in the hallway would be working, or whether they would flicker and go out, leaving her blind in the inky black void. Alone with her fear.

Perhaps she had always known that this day would come. She took a deep breath and stepped into the silent entrance, her heels tapping out a warning that she was coming on the polished concrete floor of the long corridor.


Book News: Relight my Fire by Joanna Bolouri

As book news goes, my excitement levels got dangerously high when I discovered that one of my all time favourite authors, Joanna Bolouri, is set to release a new book this year.

Relight my Fire is heading to our book shelves and e-readers on 31st May and it sounds fantastic. It's available to pre-order here so go on and treat yourself this Valentine's Day.

Phoebe and Oliver are stuck in a rut.
With a five year old daughter and demanding jobs, it's not hard to see why the spark has gone.
Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they've ever wanted in bed - or out of it.
But with distractions aplenty - such as, why do all her past lovers think now is a good time to make a reappearance? And, she may be wrong, but is Oli keeping something from her? - will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?