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Monday, 23 December 2013

A Christmas Present For You All: A Sneak Preview

Today, because it's Christmas soon, I thought I would share with you a sneak preview of my next novel. I haven't even started to re-draft the book yet as I have been busy working on Elemental Killers 3 but I can't wait to do so! No one has seen this-or any-extract from this book before so you are the first I've shared it with. It is by no means finalised as what I will publish when the book is ready and has gone through no editing, but I thought I'd share it with you all in first draft form as I'm excited about it. I've also had a few questions wanting to know more - I'm not sure it will answer many of them, but it may give you a slight idea of the tone of the book. 

As another Christmas treat, I have reduced the price of Deadly to Love and Deadly to Promise to 99c / 77p over the holiday season on Amazon! The prices will go back up after that so get it while you can and tell your friends.

Anyway, here's the prologue for my new stand-alone novel.

Happy Holidays everyone! I wish you all the best and a happy 2014.


Saturday, 14 December 2013

Writing, Editing and Christmas

The last few weeks I have been busy finishing the first draft of my new novel. On Tuesday I typed the final two chapters of the manuscript which gives me 92,000 words to re-draft and edit now. I'm ecstatic that I managed to keep to my target of a writing a book in a month, however my editing pile is getting bigger as I've been putting it off-not something I should be doing really.

Anyway, for the last few days I have been staring at my paperback copy of Elemental Killers 3 and telling myself I should be starting to re-draft it. It takes me a while to switch from writing mode to editing mode so rather than just suck it up and get on with it I have been doing everything in my power to postpone it. 

Yesterday I made my first ever gingerbread house and then put up the Christmas decorations. We had some problems with the tree falling over so by the time I finished all of that it was too late to edit  - or so I told myself ;)

The day before that I spent the entire time searching for images for my new book's cover and playing around with designs. I think I have created something I'm really happy with and have ordered a paperback for me to re-draft from, but I'm not going to reveal anything until I've finalised everything. I  like being mysterious and making you all wait-mostly because I never know anything first-so it will be a while before you get to see anything. 

I will tell you that I managed to stick to my 'no romance' clause and it has turned out close to what I expected for once. It's going to be aimed at the upper young adult/new adult market due to some strong language and I have tried to fill it with plenty of action. It is a stand-alone book and written in the third person, which was all new to me but I really enjoyed writing about Cora's journey. Her temper, combined with her ability was fun to play with. However, for now that is all you're going to get out of me as I have probably said too much.

Today however, I forced myself to start editing Elemental Killers 3 in the hope I can get one read
through done before my new paperback arrives-a long shot but I work best under pressure. It took me an hour to work up to it but I finally put pencil to paper as you can see from my photo. I think it's going well. ;)

Oh and because I'm in a Christmassy mood, I have decided that Deadly to Love and Deadly to Promise will remain at 99c on Amazon until the new year as a present to you all! If you haven't got them while they're on offer, what are you waiting for? I think they would make great presents too, but I may be slightly biased!

Happy reading,

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Paperback Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway!

I'm going to be giving away another paperback copy of Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) via Goodreads over the coming months. The ebook is still only 99c / 77p for the holiday season so grab it while you can and enter below!

Happy Holidays!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Deadly to Love

by Mia Hoddell

Giveaway ends February 10, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Guest Post ~ Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade

Beneath Manhattan Skies 
Emma Meade

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance (Vampires)
ISBN-13: 978-1492192879

Book Description:

November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.

Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy - And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.

Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?

*Beneath Manhattan Skies is a standalone story, following the character Erin Harris from Under the Desert Moon.

Guest Post

Hi Mia,

Thanks for having me over today to talk about the role of music in my new book, Beneath Manhattan Skies.

Soundtrack to Beneath Manhattan Skies

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Interview with Sara Furlong Burr ~ Author of the Enigma Black Trilogy

Today I am delighted to host an interview with author, Sara Furlong Burr. I was lucky enough to be contacted by Sara about her book, Enigma Black back in January and I was excited when she contacted me about the sequel, Vendetta Nation that came out last month. Sara's books are amazing and I think one of my favourite indie-published series. Enjoy the interview and go and check out her books everyone!
Enigma Black (Enigma Black, #1)~*~

MH: Hi Sara, thank you for agreeing to an interview! Firstly why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?

SB: The pleasure is all mine. I was born and raised in the State of Michigan where I still reside with my husband and two daughters. Writing is just my hobby right now, though I’d like to make it my full-time job one day. For the last twelve years, I’ve worked as a legal assistant, and my writing has unfortunately had to take a back seat to that and life in general at times. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to movies, reading, shopping, camping, and taking road trips.

MH: When and what made you decide to become an author?
SB: I think I’ve always wanted to be writer, even before I was fully aware of it. Writing always came easy to me, and I never had to struggle with what to write for school projects. It was also very therapeutic. Kind of like therapy, except free. But as I grew older, becoming an author seemed more of a dream than a reality, so I just kind of gave up on it. However, over the years stories have crept into my head, begging to be written down. So after much resistance on my part, I finally relented. And I must say, I’m glad I did.

MH: I know the feeling. What do you enjoy most about writing?
SB: Writing provides me with release. It’s a way for me to vent all of my frustrations, hurt feelings, anger, and pain and find resolution and peace in life through the characters I create. Of course, I also enjoy other people reading my work and enjoying/relating to my characters and the words I’ve created.

MH: I agree, I use it to escape the real world as well. Anyway, I’m always interested in how other authors name their characters. How and what do you use to name yours?
SB: There’s really no science I use when it comes to naming my characters. I either give them names I like or names I believe suit their personalities. For example, Blake has always struck me as being the name of a cool, badass type, while the name Victor has always seemed dark and mysterious. When it came to naming the main character in the Enigma Black trilogy, I wanted to find a unique name that others would hear and immediately identify with the trilogy and not ten other novels. The name “Celaine” was born by simply adding a “C” to the beginning of my middle name (which was also my grandmother’s name).

MH: Some characters just name themselves don't they? It's normally the unique ones I struggle with. :)What gave you the idea for Enigma Black and the trilogy? Is anything inspired by real life or people?
SB: I have a fondness for dystopian novels, and also a fondness for strong female characters. When I began writing Enigma Black, I knew the beginning and the end, but nothing in between. The story only came to me as I sat down and began keying it in, and it has evolved into something I hadn’t expected it to become. I would be lying if I said that some of the characters aren’t inspired by some of the people in my life. Snippets of dialogue were taken from actual conversations and some mannerisms that a few of the characters have were inspired from people in my life.

MH: What made you decide to write dystopian and YA novels?
SB: I’ve always been a fan of dark stories where good and evil battle it out in a world that’s crumbling around them. Dystopian novels have a way of bringing out both the good and the bad in people and require a lot of characterization and world building on top of plots that are more involved than just love triangles and paranormal happenings. They’re gritty, bleak, but still usually contain a message of hope that the world will change for the better. They aren’t “And they all lived happily ever after” novels, but are real and more true to the way the world actually works.

MH: I loved Enigma Black and Vendetta Nation however, some of my favourite moments were the darker parts of the book. Does it scare you when you read work back and see what you’ve written (it does when I write darker fiction – I can’t believe some of it came from my head)?

Friday, 29 November 2013

Interview with Andria Buchanan - Author of Everlast

Today I have the author of Everlast, Andria Buchanan, with me for an interview. SHe has some great answers so enjoy!

Quick Fire Questions:
Everlast Cover
Night or day? Night 
Summer or winter? Summer
Cats or dogs? Dogs 
Tea, coffee or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate
Favourite colour? purple
Who’s your book boyfriend? Harry Potter till the bitter end 
What superpower would you have? Superspeed 
What superhero would you be? Elastigirl 
Favourite writing snack? Chocolate 
Pirates or ninjas? Ninjas all the way 
A book that’s made you laugh the most? The Rosie Project 
A book that’s made you cry? The Book of Joe 
Favourite chocolate? Snickers bars

  1. Hi, thank you for agreeing to an interview! Firstly why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?

There is such a thing as not writing? Really? No, seriously when I’m not writing I’ve got two kids, two dogs and an absent minded husband that I have to chase around—which is why I try to stick to writing as much as I can.

  1. When and what made you decide to become an author?

I don’t know if I actually decided. I always sort of tinkered around with writing as a hobby and it was something I wanted to improve at so when someone suggested an editing class to me I jumped at the idea. Then, at the end of the class the editor teaching it offered to buy the book I’d been working on and it all sort of snowballed from there. Now I’m just making it up as I go along.

  1. What do you enjoy most about writing?

Monday, 25 November 2013

Guest Post ~ Heart-Shaped Emblor by Alaina Ewing (Book Tour)

Young Adult Paranormal Romance/ Sci-Fi
Date Published: 10/11/2013

Hidden powers. Otherworldly boyfriends. FORBIDDEN SECRETS.

For Aislinn Moore, attending college at seventeen isn’t a big deal. Not when compared to the difficulties associated with seeing ethereal beings and having prophetic dreams.

As Aislinn learns to surmount the obstacles of her talents, she awakens something inside herself—an ancient memory, long forgotten. She senses there are reasons for her gifts, but remains unable to understand them.

When Alexander Welch enters her life, she learns of the Ewlishash—the hope bringers—and thinks she may have found her answer. Alexander is sexy, sweet, and his talents are like something straight out of a Sci-Fi flick. Aislinn wonders if she may be like him, but the more she tries to fit his mold, the more her instincts scream that her destiny holds something even greater.

Guest Post ~ How to Avoid the Rejection Blues

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Release Day!

It's here! 

Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers 2) has been released finally! 

Get your copies now from Amazon while both Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers 1) and Deadly to Promise are 99c / 77p! This promotional price won't last long.
Buy Now: Amazon |

I hope you enjoy Serena and Kai's second journey!

Happy reading,

About the Book

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

A broken promise is all it takes.

Becoming an E.K isn’t a choice for Serena – it’s a necessity to survive. To destroy the Elementals she has to leave her old life behind. She has to train and follow a strict regime. But with time against her, she has only a few weeks to master the skills Kai spent his whole life perfecting. 

The knowledge passed down from her ancestors is crucial to the Elementals demise and the success of their mission. However, the path they must follow is lined with riddles, each more confusing than the next. It doesn’t matter how close to succeeding they get, it’s never enough. The Elementals are one step ahead at every revelation and that can only mean one thing – the E.Ks have a traitor among them.

For one week only, both Deadly to Love and Deadly to Promise are 99c / 77p!

Buy Now: Amazon |

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Deadly to Promise: Final Update & Teaser

There are only two more days to go until the release of Deadly to Promise! Finally, I have everything done: the ebook is ready, the paperback is formatted, all blitz content has been sent out and as of now, it is now up on Goodreads! 

Add it to your shelf everyone :-)

Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers #2)
And now for the final teaser before the release.
Happy reading,

“Good, now we are starting to get somewhere. Although, you are totally wrong about the Elementals; they are killers and you are blinded into thinking what they want you to see. They have never hurt you because you have aligned yourself with them but they have killed many people and you are helping them.”
She flinched as Jack’s words struck a nerve. “Lies!” she hissed before grabbing Tyler’s wrist, taking him by surprise and dislodging the gun from his grip.
All the other E.Ks raised their weapons, training their barrels on her automatically as Tyler regained his balance.
“Earth now!” she bellowed and the house began to shake as a green woman in a long flowing dress made up of ivy and spirit started to appear in front of us.
On my weakened leg I collapsed to the floor again with a scream.
The E.Ks opened fire but another Elemental took its place within seconds.
“Kai, you have to silence her. It’s like what happened with me!” I shouted over the noise as I clutched at my ankle, which was now bright red and sending sharp flashes of pain through my leg.
“Tyler, silence her,” I heard Jack roar and then everything seemed to slow down. I saw her body, limp and lifeless falling towards the floor. Her arms trailed behind her, bouncing up slightly as they collided against the dirty wooden planks with a thud.
I screamed, covering my face so as not to see what had happened. Please don’t be dead, please don’t be dead, I repeated in my mind despite what she had done to us. Shooting a person was a lot different from murdering an Elemental in my opinion.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Interview with Jade Varden

I'm delighted to host author, Jade Varden on my blog today. She was the first author to ever contact me for a review and I loved her book so much I went out and purchsed the rest of the series. If you have time, go and check out Deck of Lies!


MH: Hi Jade, thank you for agreeing to an interview! Firstly why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?
JV: Thanks so much for having me! When I’m not writing, I like to bake. I spend days in the kitchen before every major holiday.

MH: When and what made you decide to become an author?
JV: It was a decision I made when I was 9, actually. I read a book that really struck me, and by the end of the first chapter I knew that I also wanted to tell stories.

MH: What do you enjoy most about writing?
JV: I’m always amazed by how sometimes it happens away from the page. I’ll just start creating a scene in my head, and I’ll have to run to go write it down.

MH: I’m always interested in how other authors name their characters. How and what do you use to name yours? 
JV: Lots of different methods, actually. I like baby name websites a lot. Sometimes I search for names based on a meaning or on a letter, maybe a country of origin. For some characters I might choose historic names that mean something to me. And when all else fails, I start playing around with an anagram.

MH: What gave you the idea for Deck of Lies and is anything inspired by real life or people? 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Only One More Week.... Cover & Blurb Reveal

There is only a week left until the release of Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers 2)

The last few days I have been frantically filling interviews, top 5s and of course making sure the book is ready. Even though everything is coming together it feels like my to do list is getting longer rather than shorter but at least I can tick these two things off.

So, because there is only a week left, I'm excited to reveal the cover and the blurb for Deadly to Promise. Also, because I'm in a generous mood, here's a teaser as well.

This is my favourite cover in the series so I hope you like it! Feel free to share it as well :)

And remember: Deadly to Love is only 99c / 77p for a limited time only on Amazon!

A broken promise is all it takes.

Becoming an E.K isn’t a choice for Serena – it’s a necessity to survive. To destroy the Elementals she has to leave her old life behind. She has to train and follow a strict regime. But with time against her, she has only a few weeks to master the skills Kai spent his whole life perfecting. 

The knowledge passed down from her ancestors is crucial to the Elementals demise and the success of their mission. However, the path they must follow is lined with riddles, each more confusing than the next. It doesn’t matter how close to succeeding they get, it’s never enough. The Elementals are one step ahead at every revelation and that can only mean one thing – the E.Ks have a traitor among them.


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Interview With Katie Hayoz ~Tour Stop + Excerpt

I'm excited to be hosting a stop of Katie Hayoz's tour for her book Untethered today. Katie has kindly done an interview with me so everyone enjoy her answers!


  1. Hi Katie, thank you for agreeing to an interview! Firstly why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?
Thanks for having me!  I’m an American living in Switzerland – my husband is Swiss and I’ve got two daughters who have dual nationality.  Most people here are super sporty and love skiing, hiking, biking…I’m the one sitting on the side lines or in the café with a book instead.  My favourite activity is reading.  Give me a good book, a bowl of popcorn and a can of Diet Coke and I’m happy. I’m also part of the Geneva Writers’ Group where I help organize writing conferences, master classes, workshops and panels.  

  1. When and what made you decide to become an author?
I don’t exactly know when I decided to be a writer.  To me, writers were much cooler than anyone else.  Powerful, even. My mom was always reading and I loved how enraptured she looked while doing so.  I wanted to have that kind of effect on people.

  1. I agree, writers are cooler :) What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’m a strange freak who loves rewriting.  I hate first drafts and I’m not crazy about polishing.  But I love to wrestle with a piece I’ve started and make it worthwhile.

  1. I’m always interested in how other authors name their characters. How and what do you use to name yours? 
     Ha!  Figuring out character names is almost as bad as figuring out titles for me.  I hate it!  But at least for names I can page through baby name books, go online and use random name generators or just pick something that’s stuck in my head.

  2. I know! Some name themselves and other, well I'm sure they do it deliberately. What gave you the idea for Untethered? Is anything inspired by real life or people?
    Untethered was inspired both by a book and an event.  First, when I was about six, I fell down the basement stairs. Thing is, I didn’t feel the fall – I watched it.  I’d had a split second out-of-body experience.  Then, when I was a teenager I read the book Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan.  It involved out-of-body experience called astral projection.  That’s when I thought I’d like to write my own story about a girl who leaves her body and messes everything up.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Guest post ~ Nissim Levy

Today I have author Nissim Levy who has written a guest post for you all. Enjoy!

Guest Post - Passion for Writing

When I first envisioned writing a book my goal was to communicate my scientific ideas using a non Fiction format. My ideas had not yet evolved into a hybrid of the scientific and spiritual. Writing for me was, at that time, just a means to an end. My scientific ideas were inspired by Quantum Mechanics and other aspects of modern Physics and consequently involved the interaction between mind and matter, thoughts and energy, our inner world and our outer world. However, I considered writing to be simply an inert medium of information transfer. My writing style under this spartan regime did not mirror nor contribute to the message of my writing. My writing style, unlike my ideas, did not involve the interplay between the objective and subjective or between the message and the medium. The message would influence the writing but the writing would not influence nor mirror the message. I envisioned writing a great work of non Fiction that would educate and even enlighten the readers' minds but it would be immaterial whether I communicate my ideas via the written word, mathematical equations or smoke signals.

During the following few years my scientific ideas evolved and matured and this had a marked effect on my writing style and objectives. While I initially championed the non mechanistic ideas of modern physics, I did not extend this philosophy to my writing. After my ideas evolved and matured I now welcomed my writing style into this fold. I accepted long before that the universe was not the mechanistic, clockwork universe imagined by Isaac Newton and his acolytes but now I also yearned for a richer, more interactive and less mechanistic literary style. In Quantum Mechanics the observer influences the observed. There is no external objective reality that can be expressed independently of the observer. Similarly, my writing would now influence the message just as the message dictates the writing. My writing would no longer be expressed in an austere and detached medium.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Free Copies of Deadly to Love

As I stated in a previous post, because I am building up to the release of Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers #2) on the 23rd of November, I am going to be giving away copies of the first book, Deadly to Love for the next 2 weeks, starting today!

So, here's how it's going to work. 

This week I have 50 ebooks available and it is the first people to contact me via email, Facebook or Twitter who will receive a copy. There are no strings attached and no obligation to review, I'm just giving away copies for you all to enjoy!

Rules are as followed:

  • Open to UK and US residents only.
  • You must be able to download Kindle books from Amazon.
  • Because I'm in the UK I'm not able to gift an ebook so I will be sending a gift-card for the exact amount. Please be honest as I'm trusting you to buy Deadly to Love with it as that is what it is for.
  • You can enter everyday of the week but please only do so once per day.
  • Winners will be notified at the end of each day and gift-cards sent out.

If you want a copy of Deadly to Love contact me via the methods stated above :) 
I have 50 free copies to giveaway this week!

Happy reading

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Guest Post ~ For Your Heart by A.L. Davroe (Book Tour)

YA Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/31/2013

Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…

It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.

But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.

Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.

However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.

*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.

Guest Post

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Release Day Announcement

So I have three really exciting announcements to make today!

First of all, the release day for Deadly to Promise (Elemental Killers #2) is set and it's going to be on...

which happens to be a day before my birthday!

Because of this, in the weeks leading up to the release I am going to be giving away a lot of free books, teasers and other cool stuff so make sure to stay tuned as I will be posting updates on here and my social networking sites.

Secondly, as you are all wonderful followers, here's a heads up in advance. I am planning on running daily giveaways for copies of Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) starting on November 11th. There will be a limited number of copies per day and it will be the first group of people who contact me who will be gifted a Kindle copy of the book through Amazon (number will be posted on the first day).

And finally, I'm running a release day blitz to mark the day so I would love it if anyone could sign up to host me on their blog for the day. It doesn't have to be top post and a HTML will be provided. Also, as an incentive, there will be a gift card giveaway for hosts only!


Monday, 4 November 2013

An Interview with J. A. Redmerski - Author of The Edge of Never

Today I am extremely excited to host, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, J. A. Redmerski! After finishing The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always in the last week I couldn't believe I had waited so long to pick them up. Like I have stated before, they were so emotional and one of the rare books that brought tears to my eyes. So, it is a pleasure to welcome J.A Redmerski to my blog with her interview. 

TheEdgeofNever-smallerMH: Hi J.A. it's great to have you here!  Firstly, why don't you tell my readers what you like to do in your free time besides writing?

JA: Other than flea markets, I of course love to read. I also love the outdoors (hiking, camping, biking, etc.) and I also enjoy watching my favorite television series’ (The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Being Human ‐ SyFy)

MH: I love the outdoors too - can't say I'm a fan of camping though (I need my own bed). When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?

JA: I started my first novel around the age of thirteen and never stopped. I’ve been writing something for twenty‐four years, whether novels or world and character building, to poetry and lyrics. Writing has been the one consistent thing throughout my life.

MH: I know how that feels. Is there a place you especially like to write?

JA: Definitely in my bedroom and preferably with my kids in school. I’ve tried writing in café’s and bookstores and even the library, but there are just too many distractions.

MH: Distractions are annoying - especially when starting out for the day. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

JA: I’m impatient. Very impatient. And when it comes to my writing, it’s no different. It’s challenging for me to get through the first 2‐3 chapters of every book I write because I have a bad habit of looking at how much I have left to write. I just want to be done with it already so that my readers can delve right in!

MH: I have the same problem! What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

JA: The last sentence. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love getting into the story, living out my character’s lives and crafting their thoughts and emotions from beginning to end, but there’s nothing like a finished manuscript. It’s a huge accomplishment and I doubt I’ll ever tire of it. 

MH: It's definitely a feeling that's hard to put into words. What do you do when you come down with a case of the infamous ʺwriterʹs blockʺ?

Thursday, 31 October 2013


Hi everyone and Happy Halloween!

I'm excited to say that Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) is now on Authorgraph! Send me a request if you want your ebook signed or if you just want my signature for some reason (you never know, I have had weirder requests before). I have a new toy/site to play around with and now I just need some people to contact me :-)

Use the widget below to request!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Interview With Samantha Chase ~ Book Tour: Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set

Series Info: Contemporary Romance

Wait for Me (#1)
Trust in Me (#2)
Stay with Me (#3)
More of Me (Bonus Novella)

I'm so excited to be hosting a stop on the Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set tour today with an interview from New York Times Best-selling author Samantha Chase. I hope you enjoy reading her answers, I did!

MH: Hi Samantha, thanks for stopping by today. Why don't you tell my readers a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?

SC: When I’m not writing? When is that? Let’s see, I’ve been married for 24 years, have two amazing sons (ages 21 and 13) and writing has been my passion my entire life. I just never thought that I could make a living at it! When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, scrapbooking, reading and I am addicted to Scrabble and computer Solitaire!

MH: I know what you mean, I can't imagine a day I wouldn't read or write! When and what made you decide to become an author?

Writing has been my passion for my entire life. I wrote my first short story in the third grade, read my first Harlequin book in the 7th grade and wrote my first romance (hand written!) in the 9th grade! I always wanted to write but didn’t think that I was talented enough to do it. It wasn’t until I was teaching creative writing to home schoolers that I realized that I had so many stories in me waiting to come out! I was encouraging my students to write, why wasn’t I?

MH: Wow, hand written! I did that once but will never again unless it's notes, all I can say is thank God for technology. Anyway, in the last week I’ve just been searching for the perfect names for my new characters. I always love seeing how other authors create names so how and what do you use to name yours?

Naming characters is always tough because I seem to be drawn to very similar names or I want to use them again in other books. Sometimes a name will just come to me as I am creating a character but primarily, and I know it sounds silly, I use the latest list of the top 100 baby names and go from there.

MH: I couldn't agree more, for some reason I'm drawn to Cs, Ks, and Ss - no idea why. Baby name sites are great too, I use them all the time :) While we're on the subject of characters, which was your favourite to create and why?

In “Catering to the CEO”, the male lead, Adam Lawrence, was my favourite. He was just type of alpha male that was fun to write and had my emotions all over the place. One minute I was sighing and the next minute I wanted to strangle him! Readers seemed to love him, too!

MH: He sounds interesting, I might have to add it to my ever growing tbr pile. If you could cast any actress and actor for your leading characters who would they be?

Ooo…I love this question and yet it stumps me every time because I don’t watch a lot of TV or go to the movies so I’m not up on who is big in Hollywood right now! For my book “Ever After”, I pictured Josh Duhamel and Blake Lively as Ava and Brian. In “A Touch of Heaven” I could imagine Jennifer Lawrence as Regan and Charlie Hunnam or Alex Pettyfer as Sawyer. And I don’t know who I would cast as Lacey in “The Christmas Cottage” but I would LOVE to see Henry Cavill as Ean!

MH: *Sigh* I would definitely go and see all of those with that cast - some of my secret - well not so secret - crushes there! Anyway moving on, do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do when it happens?

Writer’s block is so frustrating because I can sit and agonize all day about a scene or a character or anything and then when I am mentally and physically exhausted and finally crawl into bed, THAT’S when I think the most creatively! I’ve tried just staying up later but it doesn’t work. My brain has to shut down quite a bit before I can actually allow myself to think clearly. Does that make sense?

MH: It makes perfect sense and I have exactly the same problem. I've never had writer's block once writing, it's always in the planning stages for me when I'm trying to figure things out. Speaking of new books, are you working on anything now? If so can you give us any details as to what it’s about, when we can expect it etc?

Right now I am getting ready to release a box set of my Montgomery Brothers trilogy. It will be called “All of Me” and it will include a bonus novella that will be exclusive to the bundle. That is scheduled for release on 10/24 and then after that I have a Christmas novella entitled “The Snowflake Inn” with a tentative release date of 11/19. My goal for 2013 was a book a month and so far I’ve managed to do it so basically there is always something new coming out!

MH: Wow a book a month, that's impressive! What is your process for writing? Do you write notes or just let the words flow?

It’s different with every book. Some ideas come to me and I feel like I have to write that story immediately. I have a notebook with 25 different plot ideas and synopses! It’s crazy. And what’s crazier is that out of the 10 books I’ve released, only one of those came from the notebook! Most of the time the words just flow; every now and again and sit down and do some serious plotting but really, I tend to get an idea, loosely jot down the plot points and basic character descriptions and go from there.

MH: Notebooks are great, I'm always adding new ideas. I wish I could just let the words flow like you but I need a detailed plan to begin with...What’s one of the first things you remember writing?

In the third grade I wrote a short story called “The Homework Machine”. I illustrated it and everything! I don’t remember if it was a class assignment or something that I did for fun but I always remember that story!

MH: I love looking over old work from when I was younger, it makes me smile at how much my interests have changed. Is there a secret to how you became a New York Times best-selling author? Can you reveal what you did?

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Exam Game

I was talking to someone today and they were trying to fit a new word into their vocabulary everyday. This got me thinking back to when I was taking my A-level exams in June and how my friends and I livened up boring and pointless General Studies exams with challenges. I say they were pointless for a few reasons:
1) Very few Universities actually accept it as a qualification so no one cared.
2) We only had one unbearable hour a week to cover every topic under the subject 'general knowledge.'
3) The teacher said during the first lesson "I can guarantee that anything we teach you in this lesson will not come up in the exam."

Basically it is an exam in common sense and general knowledge with some bias towards political and historical subjects. Due to this reason only a handful of student take them seriously. This is where my friends and I started to see how many book quotes, song lyrics and random words we could fit into our essays. We challenged each other, giving every person and obscure word and then the rest was up to them.

My words were aubergine, duck and carrots. I managed to get them into one essay around three times each (thank God for the global warming subject). On top of that I also managed to reference Justin Beiber, Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Jessie J in a separate essay while quoting a few of their lyrics and mention around twelve of the latest novels in my final essay. I was proud of my achievement! ;)

The exam was also a great time to practise my artwork as I spent the last thirty minutes drawing in my answer booklet. Needless to say I feel sorry for whoever marked my paper, but I hope it was a bit more amusing than the normal papers you marked!

I'm not condoning deliberately ruining exams in any way but General Studies was pointless and wasted me precious writing time. After telling you I did all of that though, I still managed to get an A* overall so that proves how simplistic and stupid they were to begin with. I may have not been expanding my vocabulary like the friend I was speaking to but it was definitely a laugh - especially when I re-read my essays.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

HarperImpulse Autumn Fete

Harper Impulse
On Thursday 24th October I was invited down to London for HarperCollins' new romance and digital imprint, HarperImpulse's Autumn Fete. I jumped at the chance when I received the invitation as not only have I read and reviewed a lot of the books they've released (and loved them) but I was excited to finally put names to faces and meet everyone!

The Hereford Gang!
Taken by Kimberley Young
I will admit, I had my doubts about going and did go through a phase of "I'm not doing this anymore" because I couldn't find an outfit. Well, I had but then the company decided to tell me every dress I liked was out of stock after I paid for them. I won't get into the details as it's in the past, but the run around definitely made me consider declining the request.

I'm so glad I didn't though. The event was great! I met loads of lovely bloggers and authors and even though some of them named and shamed me for not having read Divergent or Mortal Instruments yet (I know I can't believe it either), it was a great laugh and couldn't have asked for a better night out! 

Bloggers and Publicists at the event.
Taken by Dasiy H (She also has my book!)
There were even two people from my home city, Hereford which shocked me. For those of you who don't know, Hereford is a tiny city and besides: Cider, crisps, cows and the SAS there isn't really anything here so no one normally knows where I'm talking about when I tell them where I'm from!

I'm hoping they will run another event which I will get an invite too :)

Happy reading,

P.S Amy - I read Divergent on the train home :) You were right it was great and I'll be starting the sequel after I read The City of Bones!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Guest Post ~ Disrupted Worlds

The making of Disrupted Worlds – Anthology of Original Short Stories
Disrupted Worlds is an anthology, I edited and published, of short stories by six independent authors. It is available on Amazon and has its own website website.
Primarily I am a reviewer of ebooks self-published by independent authors and have for the last few months developed a blog to try and spread the word about the excellence that can be found outside of the traditional publishing industry. The rationale then for going into the editing and publishing game was to ask the question “is an anthology of short stories a good vehicle for showcasing the abilities of emerging authors.”
My thinking was this:
The world of self publishing is a paradox. It is now so straight forward for authors to get their words out to the public that it is now rather challenging to get anyone to take any notice. For authors who want to become successful there is a constant battle for attention.
My first focus in reviewing self published eBooks was to highlight the available quality, to contradict the dogma that self published books must be filled with basic errors and be fundamentally flawed, amateurish efforts. This was easy. There is originality and excellence in the self published arena. There are new and exciting authors writing imaginative new works that really should be getting more attention than they are.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Guest Post by Lorraine Wilson Author of Confessions of a Chalet Girl

Today I'm excited to host author, Lorraine Wilson who has kindly written a guest post for me. I may also be meeting her later on today at the HarperImpulse Autumn Fete which I can't wait for but that's another future blog post.

After getting advanced copies of both Confessions and Secrets of a Chalet Girl from HarperImpulse and loving them both I was intrigued about her inspiration behind the story. Here is her guest post on the subject so enjoy! And if you get the chance, go and pick up one of her books, they are perfect winter reads and brilliant romances :)

Guest Post ~ Inspiration
The wedding chapel from Secrets and it 
looks just like I imagined it too!

I love Switzerland, so when I was asked to write a series of Chalet Girl novellas I was a very happy bunny :) Partly because I can now justify all my trips as research but also because in my stories I get to revisit the places I love.

I’ve used a lot of the places I’ve visited in ‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’. I came across a tiny wedding chapel on the ski slopes so with a little bit of artistic license have moved it to Verbier and turned it into a Ski Wedding location.

I’ve also used my favourite hotel in the world – the Mirador Kempinski (further towards Geneva than Verbier, overlooking the lake and French Alps. Watching the sunrise over the snow-capped Alps is a sight you never forget and it’s a fab place to chill.I always keep my eye out for inspiration – walks in pristine white snow, open-air hot tubs, log fires, chalet chic luxury and superfit snowboarders anyone?

It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it :)
‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’ is the follow-up novella to ‘Confessions of a Chalet Girl’. The Chalet Girl series is set in Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous and home to the seasonnaire-set.

More photos can be founnd on Pinterest
Read the first chapter of Secrets of a Chalet Girl for free Here

and buy here

You can also pre-order Revenge of a Chalet Girl here
To keep up to date with Chalet Girl Series news checkout my author page on Facebook 

Thanks for stopping by Lorraine, I can't wait for Revenge of a Chalet Girl to be released!

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