Friday, 30 August 2013

Freebie Friday (3/4): Daisy - Extract

My contemporary romance novel, Daisy, is scheduled to be released very soon. It is currently in the last stages of editing and will be available Autumn 2013. To whet your appetite see below for a short extract from the novel!

Title: Daisy
Author: Katie L Thompson
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Blurb: Daisy Snowdon, thirty five, hasn’t been in a relationship for over five years. All that is about to change. Daisy’s mother dies leaving all her possessions to Daisy, including her diaries which date back to her childhood. Daisy discovers things about her mother’s life that she never knew before. Things that lead Daisy to thinking about her own life.
     Still struggling with a phobia of commitment Daisy starts to experience things she’s never felt before. One night stands and no strings attached flings had never been Daisy’s style, but with a new view on life came a new Daisy. However, the heart wants what the heart wants…


Daisy shrugged. “Do you have a table for us today?”
“Sure do. Bill come out ‘ere so I can show these pretty ladies to a table.”
Bill’s friend took two menus from a box on the bar and led them to a table by the window.
“I’m Marcus, I’ll be serving you today. Please take your time to look at the menu. Would you like to order any drinks or should I fetch the wine menu?”
“Bit early for wine.” Cameron rearranged the salt and pepper pots on the table. “Sprite will be fine for me.”
“Me too.” Daisy took her knife and fork out of a napkin and placed the napkin to one side.
“Back in a jiffy.”
“I’ve got mum’s will. I haven’t looked at it yet. I thought we should do that together.” Cameron produced an envelope from her handbag and put it on the table between them.
They both stared at the envelope, neither one of them wanting to be the one to open it.
“Here you are.” Marcus put two glasses on the table between them.
Daisy sighed, happy for the interruption.
“Are you ready to order? No. Ok. Well, shout when you are.”
Then Marcus left and they were alone again, staring at the envelope in front of them.
“This is stupid,” Daisy announced. “It’s just a bit of paper.” She reached over for the envelope, slid the contents onto the table and scanned through the pages.
“She doesn’t want a funeral,” Cameron said, reading the pages over Daisy’s shoulder.
“It says she’s left her body to medical research.”
“We can’t even give her a proper goodbye.” Cameron’s eyes began to fill with unshed tears.
Daisy racked her brain for something to say. She didn’t want Cameron to be upset. “We could always throw a memorial service.”
“We could do it on her birthday,” Cameron said, already on board with the idea.
“It would give us plenty of time to arrange everything. We have like six weeks ‘til then. We could make it perfect.”
Just then Marcus appeared beside their table again. “I know I said take your time, but it’s beginning to get busy.” 

*** Coming Autumn 2013 ***

Friday, 23 August 2013

Freebie Friday (2/4): Daisy - Extract

My contemporary romance novel, Daisy, is scheduled to be released very soon. It is currently in the last stages of editing and will be available Autumn 2013. To whet your appetite see below for a short extract from the novel!

Title: Daisy
Author: Katie L Thompson
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Blurb: Daisy Snowdon, thirty five, hasn’t been in a relationship for over five years. All that is about to change. Daisy’s mother dies leaving all her possessions to Daisy, including her diaries which date back to her childhood. Daisy discovers things about her mother’s life that she never knew before. Things that lead Daisy to thinking about her own life.
     Still struggling with a phobia of commitment Daisy starts to experience things she’s never felt before. One night stands and no strings attached flings had never been Daisy’s style, but with a new view on life came a new Daisy. However, the heart wants what the heart wants…


“Do you want to go for a drink or something?” Jono asked, after the class had finished.
“Won’t we look a bit over dressed?”
“There’s a cute little coffee shop a few roads over. They’re used to us.”
Jono drove Daisy to the coffee shop, promising to drive her back to collect her car later.
     When they arrived Daisy could see why Jono had called it a ‘cute little coffee shop.’ The walls were painted a pale pink and every spare inch of them was shelved with white painted, wooden shelving, laden with teapots.
     “It’s beautiful,” Daisy said, as Jono led her to one of the tables by the window. The shop was only big enough for three tables and a few benches against the walls.
     Every one of the chairs was different. Some were dark wood, some were light, and all had been bought from antiques fares over the years. Each chair had a pallet cushion made from pale pink fabric dotted with cupcakes.
     “I used to come here a lot,” Jono explained. “Sarah inherited the shop from her grandmother.      When she took over it was just an unused room. No one had been in it for years, except for the spiders.”
     Daisy admired her surroundings. Each of the tables had a vase in the centre, filled with flowers in different shades of pink. She fought the urge to reach over and touch the petals to see if they were real. They looked too fresh to be fake flowers but surely she couldn’t bring in new flowers every couple of days, it would cost a fortune.
     “We suggested she get someone in to help her, but she refused, said she wanted to do it by herself. Even now she refuses to get anyone to help her in the shop. She’s open from ten ‘til five every day of the week. I don’t know how she manages.”
     “Maybe she likes the independence,” Daisy suggested. She, herself, wished she had a little more independence. That was something you didn’t have working in an office. Graham was there all the time to tell you what needed doing when. Soon she’d be her own boss, then she’d be able to control her own work life as well as everything else. 

*** Coming Autumn 2013 ***

Cover Reveal: "Love and Other Games"

Love and Other Games is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller. It releases October 1st from Swoon Romance in all major electronic formats.

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze

Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium. With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

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Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers. 

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way.  A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. 

Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

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The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane

Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans' hearts.

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want - but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.

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Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller

Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player. Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she's hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn't want apologies -- he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it -- and her -- in the process.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Interview: John Heldt

What have you published?
I published my first novel, The Mine, in February 2012 and followed with The Journey and The Show. My next book, The Fire, the fourth novel in the Northwest Passage series, will be released in September 2013.
What genre(s) of book do you write?
Each of my books cuts across several genres, including romance, historical fiction, time travel, adventure, mystery, and even fantasy.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired by several books and movies, including The Time Traveler's Wife, The Notebook, Back to the Future, Racing with the Moon, A Walk in the Clouds, and Yanks, and also by the success of a college friend, the romance novelist Maureen Driscoll.
How long did it take you to write The Mine?
I wrote the first draft of The Mine in three months and then spent another four months refining it.
What is the working title of your next book(s)?
The working title of book five in the series is The Looking Glass. I hope to have that novel out by the spring of 2014. 
When and why did you begin writing?
I've been writing since grade school and writing professionally since I landed a job as a newspaper sportswriter shortly after graduating from college. I did some creative writing in school, mostly poems, plays, and essays, but didn't even consider putting out a novel until two years ago. I write because I love it. Writing is the ultimate creative release.
Do you self publish your books or go through an agency?
I have self-published each of my three novels and plan to do the same with future books. When you go the indie route, you have control over the content and have greater flexibility in marketing your works.
What part of writing books do you find the hardest?
I've always struggled with what I call the soft middle. Writing the beginning and ending chapters of a novel is relatively easy. Developing the meat of the story is the most difficult part.
What do you do in your spare time?
I fish, make homemade beer, watch sports, walk the dog, and ride bikes. I enjoy spending time outdoors. Going on a long walk is a great way to clear a mind and come up with new ideas for books.
Who is your favourite author? 
It's a tie between Nelson DeMille and Vince Flynn.
What’s your favourite genre to read?
I like thrillers, which is why I gravitate toward the works of DeMille, Flynn, John Grisham, Daniel Silva, and Alex Berenson. But I also enjoy adventure stories, horror, and historical fiction, particularly books featuring humor and romance.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Always put your best work forward. Take the time to do it right, even if it means delaying a release date by weeks or even months.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Monday, 5 August 2013

Cover Reveal: "Rekindled Dreams by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Title: Rekindled Dreams
Author: Linda Carroll-Bradd
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 7 October 2013
Blurb: When museum curator Vena Fenton returns to her small Montana hometown, she’s forced to live under the same roof as the star of her teenage dreams. Enter Finnian Quaid, an environmental lobbyist who is contemplating a run for state representative.
     Finnian needs a more settled image if he wants to progress - he needs a wife. With Vena living under his roof, the answer seems clear. But when the romantic sparks fly, will the just-for-show engagement stay pretend, or deepen into a love that will unsettle both their lives?

You can add Rekindled to your to-read list on Goodreads

About the Author
As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Freebie Friday: "Baggage" Prologue

Title: Baggage
Author: Katie L Thompson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: approx. 300 pages
Release Date: 23/09/2012
Blurb: When Jess Cooper hears that her ex-boyfriend, the father of her child has been released from prison and is on his way to see them running off to the country seems like a good idea, however, perhaps things aren't that simple. 
     As hard as Jess tries she can’t stop her past from creeping into her future and anyway, maybe her future isn't as great as it had originally seemed.


Room to let.
All bills included.
No chain.

Jess paced quickly around the small one bedroom flat with Ella perched on one hip. She ignored the phone that was continuously ringing, as if it was a song that was blasting out from her iPod where it had been left on repeat. A single suitcase leaned against the wooden door frame ready to go, and the rest of their belongings were in a large pile beside it waiting to be packed away into bags that she had not yet bought.
Jess thought the phone had stopped ringing, but the ringing continued in her mind, permanently stuck in her ears.
Shut up.
Stop calling me.
Shove off.
Jess knew he’d be in contact the minute he could. She knew that he’d be after her. Although she’d been dodging his monthly phone calls ever since he’d disappeared, she knew he wouldn’t have given up on her. However, she didn’t expect him to be back so soon. Twenty-four months was what he had told her. He’d be back in twenty-four months. Jess had been closely monitoring the time she had before he’d be back, so she knew that it had only been twenty months. How was he back so soon?
Room to let. All bills included. No Chain.
They were the only words that kept her going through each day. The only things that stopped her from breaking down into a blubbering mound on the floor.
The ringing came again.
Ella was used to the ringing; some nights she fell asleep listening to the sound of it as if it was a mobile playing to send her to sleep.
Jess had cut her SIM card up when the ringing began. The last connection to him was the landline phone, and when she was out of this flat he’d never be able to speak to her again. She’d be free, and Ella would never have to see him. It was what was best for her. For both of them.
Ella wriggled about on Jess’s hip, dragging her out of her daydream of the peace and happiness they would soon be living in.
“What, El?”
Ella pointed one chubby finger at the packet of cookies on the countertop. “Biccy.”
Jess passed Ella the last biscuit and put the foil wrapper in the bin, letting it slip that Ella hadn’t said please or thank you. It had been a stressful few days for the two of them; what did manners matter anyway?
Jess tucked Ella safely in her cot before sliding into her own bed.
She pushed the week’s memories to the back of her mind, imagining that the next week would be better. Tomorrow they would leave. Tomorrow they would be away from him forever. Freedom was only one sleep away.
Jess smiled at Ella, hiding her true feelings of worry.

When Ella was asleep Jess allowed herself to worry. She worried about him finding them. She knew that he was getting closer. She knew that he’d be there soon, she just hoped that they could get away first. She tugged her duvet over her chin, so that she felt more protected, wrapped up like a cocoon.
When Jess had seen him being taken away in the back of a police car she’d told herself that she would never see or speak to him again. But he knew that Jess was pregnant with his child, and Jess knew that he was going to do everything in his power to try and get to know his baby.
Not if I can stop him he won’t, Jess thought to herself.
She had received two voice messages and several calls from him after he’d been locked in prison, all of which she’d left unreturned. The first one said, ‘I’ll be out in twenty-four months’, and the second said, ‘I’m out. Guess you still live in that flat so I’m coming to see you.’ It was the latter message that made Jess panic. The message had the power to create goose bumps on her skin and make her teeth chatter.
When she had received the second message, she had begun searching for a new place to live, miles away from her current flat. The further away she went the less chance there was of him finding her. This was what motivated Jess to look for a place to live in Devon. She’d heard that Devon was a nice place, and, although she’d never actually been there herself, she often painted a picture in her head of Devon having fabulous views and expansive fields of countryside to be seen in every direction.
It was far enough from Woodley that he wouldn’t be able to find them, but it wasn’t so far away that she wouldn’t be able to afford the petrol to get there. It seemed perfect.
After ten hours of intense searching, she had found a suitable and affordable place for her and Ella to live. It was a large double room on the third floor of a shared house. She wasn’t used to living with other people, or even having the company of other adults, so it would be a change to live among other people. She didn’t like change, but the house was a good price, and it was the only one suitable that she could find within her price limit, so it would have to do. Anyway, it was away from him, so it was better than the place they were currently living in.
As Jess stood up from her laptop and walked towards Ella, who had just woken up from her mid-afternoon nap, she wondered why so many people in Barnstaple didn’t allow children in their houses. Pets she could understand, but why not children?
She settled Ella into her baby bouncer and then sat back down at her laptop, typed her credit card number into the space on the form and pressed send. Within minutes she received a confirmation that the large double room was hers. Jess had never been one to make rash decisions and she felt strangely proud of her accomplishment.

When Daniel answered the phone call and heard who was on the other end of the line he wished he’d let the call run through to the answering machine.
“Hello Danny darling,” Lily’s voice sang out through the phone in its usual upbeat manor.
Daniel sighed. Lily was the only person who called him Danny, most people called him Dan or Daniel, but not Lily. Even when he’d been a child no one had called him Danny except for Lily.
“Danny, don’t sigh, it’s very rude. It makes the person you’re talking to think that you don’t want to talk to them.”
I don’t want to talk to you, Daniel thought.
He wished that she would just get to the point of the conversation. Daniel knew Lily only rang when she wanted him to do her a favour.
“Danny darling, will you do me a little favour?” Lily asked, in her most persuasive voice, just as Daniel had predicted.
“What this time?” Daniel resisted sighing again, just so that Lily didn’t have another opportunity to tell him off and prolong the phone call.
“There’s a new girl, Jessica Cooper, moving into the double room on the third floor of the house. Be a lad and clean the room for me, so it’s ready for her. She’ll be arriving some time tomorrow. Oh and you’ll need to let her in and show her around as well. I’m very busy you know. I don’t have time to prepare the room.”
Daniel rubbed at his nose, something he always did when he was annoyed. It annoyed Daniel that Lily had time to arrange for new people to move in, but she never had time to do the things that needed to be done before they arrived. He agreed to clean the room just so Lily would get off of the phone.
“Oh and Danny, the bathroom needs a new seal fitted around the bath and the sink. You’ll need to buy the mastic.”
Before Daniel could object Lily had hung up on him. He didn’t understand how he always got dragged into doing things for her and the house. It was her house and she was the one who got the rent, but he spent more time there than she did, and she never paid him for the materials that were needed to do the repairs he did.
“Sneaky old bat,” Daniel muttered, to himself.
“I know, it’s not fair is it Pickles?” Daniel stroked his cat, which was wrapping itself around his legs, purring. “I can hardly say no to her can I Pickles? It wouldn’t be fair to this Jessica Cooper lady. I wonder what she’s like.”
Daniel was glad no one could hear him; they’d think he was mad to be talking to a tabby cat.
“We don’t care do we Pickles? We’re good company for each other. What would I do without you hey, Pickles?” Daniel scratched Pickles on the white patch of fur underneath his chin. “Well Pickles we better get the room ready for this Jessica Cooper. What do you think Pickles? She could be a single girl for us. We’d like a lady friend about wouldn’t we, Pickles?”

Jess’s mother had always told her to confront her problems face on and that there wasn’t any use in running away from them. Jess was doing exactly that, running away from her problems. She pushed the thought to the back of her mind, along with all the other things her mother had told her, like not to sleep with men on the first date. Jess realised that if she’d listened to her mother’s advice from the beginning she wouldn’t be in her current situation. ‘I’m always right,’ her mother’s voice said in her head, in the way it had every time Jess did something she was told not to and it backfired on her. Jess nodded. Yes mother you are always right, she thought to herself, not that I would ever admit that to you.
After Jess had received the email informing her that she could move into the room whenever she wanted to the following day, she had driven to the supermarket. She filled up the tank of her Peugeot and was given a bill for just over fifty pounds; she hoped the tank would last long enough for her to get to the house in Barnstaple, as she knew that she couldn’t afford to fill it again. She wandered into the supermarket, grabbed a roll of the cheapest black plastic bags she could find and, avoiding the biscuit aisle, she headed back to the car and drove home to pack.

Jess looked at the roll of black plastic bags lying in the foot well of the seat next to her and hoped that the people whose house she was moving into didn’t think she was mad to be moving in with black bags full of her belongings. She didn’t want to make a bad impression on her first day, but she only had one suitcase which didn’t even carry half of her and Ella’s things, and she couldn’t afford anything better to carry the rest of their belongings in.

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