Sunday, 20 November 2016

A Beastly Christmas

 I've always loved fairy tales and one of my favourite is Beauty and the Beast. I would re-read it over and over, enjoyed the Disney version and any other film based on it.

Is it any wonder that my short Christmas story was inspired by the tale? But what if the roles were reversed and the male was the kind hearted one, and the female the "beast"?

A short story inspired by Beauty and the Beast, but with a modern twist – role reversal.
Tina needs help with her business paperwork in the run-up to Christmas. When Greg arrives instead of the PA she hired, she’s not happy.
Greg has to go to work for Tina because of staff shortages, he finds her short-tempered and unfriendly.
When he discovers an abandoned puppy, he’s nearly out of a job, but he can’t leave the dog to an uncertain fate.
Can Greg and a puppy work some Christmas magic to transform Tina

Discover this magical tale for yourself:

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At the end of the story you'll also find a sneak peek for my next YA book to be published next year.



Friday, 2 September 2016

Transylvania Thank You

My daughter, Megan, is studying Conservation Biology and Ecology at University. She had the opportunity to go to Transylvania, Romania to help in an on-going study over the summer. This was their brief. This is a four week expedition to the agricultural region of the Tarnava Mare at the base of the Carpathian Mountains. We will be assessing the health and biodiversity of the region - trying to protect one of the richest grassland habitats in Europe. This area supports important populations of large mammals; the European Brown Bear population, in particular, is one of the largest globally.

This is closest she got to the bears which was a bit sad, they reckoned they were about an hour behind them.
Early morning to get the birds

 The benefit to early mornings was the sunrise:
Although if the mist came in that was beautiful too:
 She had an amazing time, got some great experience and learnt lots too, and is going back to uni eager to get on with her learning.
So a huge thank you to everybody who bought things through her fundraising website, bought raffle tickets or who gave her things. A big shout out to James Wilson for paying for a hotel room at the airport and Gerry from who gave her a very generous donation that paid for internal transport and the raft of vaccinations that were needed.
 Thank you all. Marie & Megan.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

One Month On

Hi, everybody. One month since the box set A Breath of Paranormal was released.

From sweet young adult to darker new adult, there's something for everyone in these tales of shapeshifters, witches, elementals, time travel and psychics. Penned by ten award-winning and best-selling authors, this extraordinary boxset will leave you breathless!
I'm delighted to tell you that sales are going well, and we've had some great reviews (many of them 5*) - here are a handful of quotes:
“Read these new books and fall in love with new writers too.”
“A great way to get to know new authors and different books to read.”
“I love paranormal books and this set didn't disappoint. I definitely recommend to readers.”
There is still time to get the set for 99p/99c or less, so head over to these sites:
We hope you enjoy reading them, we can't wait to hear which one is your favourite.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Time to Breathe

I've just finished reading M.J. Rutter's book Time to Breathe. What a great read! The characters were believable and had depth to them, even the minor ones. they made you root for them, laugh with them, or want to punch them - oh wait, is that too violent? - make you dislike them.

Imagine having it all, fame, fortune, a hunky fiancĂ© and on top of that, to be adored by millions. Imagine how it would feel to have it all blow up in your face by way of public humiliation, what would you do? 

Waiting by the car stands Hunter Pearson, the limo driver. As his boss and world famous pop star, Sydney Marx runs towards him, he has no idea what has happened. She tells him she needs to get away and he just drives. 

She pleads with him to take her away from everything just for a few days and eventually he gives in, taking her to his home. A farm in Up-State New York where his daughter, Callie, lives with his parents. Bringing home visitors is new for loner, Hunter, and when that one visitor is a famous pop star, he is surprised by his family's reaction to her. They adore her and accept her into their home. Hunter is not exactly the host of the year and Sydney has more issues than he would care to know about. Will they find a common ground, or will it all end in fireworks?
This is a special weekend for M.J. Rutter because her new book is out.

“I still love you, but more like the way I love my sister.” Those were the words that crushed all of Grace’s hopes and dreams in one foul swoop. Her life was put on hold and after nine months of waiting around, she found out the truth. Kevin was a liar and nothing he had said to her was ever the truth. True love couldn’t be real, because she had never known how it felt to be loved. 
Waiting for her life to change she decided to take a leap into the big unknown, take a new job in London and make that trip to LA without Kevin or his extra baggage. She was not looking for love, but it found her, she was not looking for him, but she found him and bumping into business tycoon, Alec Richards’ breakfast and knocking it across the restaurant floor was one of the best things to happen to her, even if at the time she didn’t know it. 
“Maybe I am your kryptonite.” He smiled slightly, his warm brown eyes seem to dance in the sun. 

“Or I am yours,” I replied. 

Whether she wants to or not, the forces seem to be working in her favour and the holiday she started out alone, soon turns into an adventure of the heart. Discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Alec Richards has woken her beaten and battered heart and brought it back to life. Everything tells her it is too soon, that she could get hurt again, but her heart has a mind of its own… 

After all, if a heart that has been battered and broken is so ready to love again, then I have no choice but to trust it. 

Will the flames flicker out when they return to London, or will the oils that had soothed her, fuel the fire that burned so brightly on the other side of the pond? One thing she knows for sure, Alec Richards has changed her life, whether he is there forever or for a fleeting moment, she will never be the same again. 

A tale of two different worlds, two different lives being burst open and entwining together, Grace is certain that Alec is her happy ever after and that no matter what happens, he owns her heart now, completely. 
To order your copy, go to:

I wish her a very happy release day, and thank you for such an enjoyable read.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Grab the Popcorn


Grab your popcorn, or whatever munchies you fancy because my book trailer is finally finished.


And don't forget, at the moment you can buy Janalya as part of A Breath of Paranormal box set, so you get 10 books for the price of 1.

Happy Reading,


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

At War with the Panthers

So you've probably heard - I have been shouting out about it, a lot - that Janalya is in the box set A Breath of Paranormal. Today I'd like to share an excerpt with you.

Janalya is an air elemental, searching for others of her kind.

Katsuo is Shatara, a shape-shifting panther.

History decrees that they are enemies, but fate seems to be handing them different roles. Both of them have to leave their villages as young adults and through the years they meet several times.

When Janalya finds two teenagers, her problems really start. First, she not only has to find out how to train them, but how to avoid those that seek to do them all harm.

 What is Janalya’s true destiny, and is it more complex than even she knew? And how does Katsuo fit into it?



Kun sat on the edge of the bed, his elbows resting on his knees. His head dropped into his hands; it felt too heavy to lift again. He smelt the mud and sweat ingrained in his skin and wondered if he could smell blood too or if that was just his imagination.

He struggled to his feet and washed his hands in the basin of water. His tunic was shredded where the panther’s claws had slashed at him. Tearing it off, he threw it onto the floor. His skin was littered with scratches, and there was blood coming from a cut across his chest. He bathed the wound, but it wasn’t deep, so he covered it with a dressing and put on some clean clothes.

 He fell back onto the bed. His eyelids were heavy and he was losing consciousness when a cough brought him back.

“You’re wanted.”

Kun groaned and rolled off the bed, stumbling after the messenger.

Men, weary from fighting, were sitting huddled round fires. Some were having their wounds dressed; others were spooning thick stew into their mouths. The aroma of the hot meal made Kun’s stomach rumble. The hunger and fatigue nearly overcame him as a haze descended, and his head began to spin. His steps faltered as he took a deep breath, the blackness abated.

The messenger left him at the leaders’ tent – he took a moment before entering – once he was sure he was steady, he pushed the flap aside.

 Finton greeted him. The fire elemental showed signs of weariness and had a bandage around his arm, for he had been alongside Kun on the battlefield, leading the attack against the Shatara.

“What’s going on?” Kun whispered.

“Possible truce. The panthers halted their attack just after we left the field.”

“After two years of war – why now?” Kun’s exhaustion left instantly.

“See for yourself.” Finton stepped aside so that Kun could see into the middle of the tent.

Seated round the table were Mokosh, the water elemental and Carreen, representing the air elementals. Across from them was Fahd, the leader of the Shatara, the shape-shifting panthers.   One side of his face was scorched, but he was still trying to maintain a superior look. It wasn’t working. He appeared to be in pain, and his eyes were narrowed with anger.

“Let’s get it over with,” he snarled.

Finton and Kun took their seats at the table.

“The terms are simple. You can no longer capture humans or supernaturals and use them as your slaves. They are under our protection, and any such actions will result in a return to war,” Mokosh stated.

There was silence. Everybody was watching Fahd. His mouth twitched, but he said nothing. Then he snatched the quill and signed the document.

“Kun, please sign for the earth elementals.” Carreen passed the scroll after signing her own name.

Kun, Finton and Mokosh added their signatures.

“You have two days to withdraw the Shatara.” Carreen’s clipped tone drew a sneer from Fahd.

Kun had never seen anyone surer of themselves at their surrender. The Shatara must have been decimated for Fahd to have yielded now – not that you would have known it during the last battle; the panthers had been ferocious fighters.  He wondered if this was really the end of the trouble between the elementals and the Shatara.

“Kun, Finton, will you please escort Fahd from the camp.”

Fahd walked between them, his stride relaxed and measured. Out of the corner of his eye Kun saw faces looking out from the tents, watching as they ushered him out. He could feel the tension as their eyes followed Fahd’s footsteps.

Fahd stepped out of the camp and without acknowledging them further, quickened his pace. He was barely out of the perimeter before he shifted. Kun saw him run over to two other panthers who had appeared at the edge of the field. They turned as a group and disappeared into the shadows of the longer grass.

Amazon UK

Amazon Com

Barnes & Noble


Google Play

I hope you liked this sneak peek. To read more, and all the other great stories, go to one of the links whilst it's still at it's launch price of under $1/£1. And if you love them, we would love it if you could right a review or let others know.

Thank you.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

A Breath of Paranormal is Here

Release Day! There is nothing as exciting for an author, and today there are 9 other authors to keep me buzzing.

From sweet young adult to darker new adult, there's something for everyone in these tales of shapeshifters, witches, elementals, time travel and psychics. Penned by ten award-winning and best-selling authors, this extraordinary boxset will leave you breathless!
For a limited time this box set is under £1 / $1. To get your copy follow the links below:

Amazon UK


Barnes & Noble


Google Play

Happy reading and don't forget to let us know what you think, a review would be great.