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HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL
At the height of the London Blitz, Viola Craft, a sexually repressed young woman is trapped in a loveless marriage to her God fearing husband Vernon. She spends her days working in her mother’s dress shop while Vernon pulls the dead from the rubble with his rescue crew.
Their marriage is turbulent and Viola feels pressured to bear a child. After failed attempts, Vernon believes she’s barren and alienates himself from their marriage.
One night during an air raid, she meets alluring German born Kristoff Richter. They make an in-stant connection. He’s young, good looking and emphatic. They embark on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
Ugh, isn’t this cover gorgeous! It looks like a movie poster. Rogue Agent comes out 15th March 2016, published by Limitless Publishing. You can preorder it from March 5th.
Time and space won’t stop Seth from eliminating his target…
In the year 2040, futuristic hit man Seth Langdon travels the world by rifts in time, carving a successful career in murdering corrupt men and women. He’s the top assassin working for the elite underground agency, Haroun.
If you’ve killed one scumbag, you’ve killed them all…
During a routine assignment in Oklahoma, Seth carries out the hit of an arms smuggler, David Bloom. But after the job is done, Seth can’t shake the feeling something is very wrong. He’s left haunted by the memory, but whatmade Bloom so different than Seth’s other targets?
Then his next assignment rolls in…
After a coveted promotion, Seth becomes an Expult agent—an assassin with the freedom and rights to eliminate specific targets. For his first official hit with the new job title, he’s ordered to kill animal activist Terra Bloom, daughter of David Boom. Regardless of Seth’s guilt over killing her father, she’s just another target…or is she?
Seth’s moral compass spins out of control as inner struggles clash with his dedication to the job. When his decisions lead to tragic consequences, Seth and Terra embark on a journey, fleeing from the very organisation Seth dedicated his life to.
When a trained killer falls for his mark, he’ll use every resource to protect her—even if he’s deemed a Rogue Agent.
Edge of Tomorrow is now available in paperback!! You can pick it up on Amazon for $16US. I’m so excited to have my own copy in my hands. I’ve been waiting 10 months!
Synopsis: Twenty years after The Great Global Riots and the collapse of humanity, Alex Locke struggles to save his family, and his home colony of Pena, from starvation. When a letter from the corrupt Govern arrives dictating a game of survival penning local colonies against each other, Alex must trust a childhood friend, and seven others, on a certain death march to win the bounty or lose the only hope left in a war-ravaged world.
As I read other people’s 2015 reflections, I struggle to put mine together. Writing wise, it was pretty slow. I sold Unspoken (which was later renamed to Her Sweetest Downfall) and was published by Blue Tulip Publishing in April 2015. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
As for the rest of the year, there was the usual family and work stuff, but I vowed to dedicate some time in promoting my works. I improved my website and worked hard on adding followers to my Facebook page.
For the later half of 2015, I spent a lot of time and money (Ssshh!) into promotion. While others failed, some succeeded.
Her Sweetest Downfall saw its lowest Amazon rank of #27,811 and #47 in 20th century historical romance. I was very excited in seeing those results.
I started new projects and began working on a WIP called Grey Dawn. I was keen to write another historical fiction but after poor responses and sales, I decided to turn it into a speculative fiction, drawing some ideas from previous works into one.
2015 also marks the year I finished and sold my next release Rogue Agent to Limitless Publishing. I am excited to work with this new publisher and see where our new relationship takes us. Rogue Agent is scheduled for release on March 15 2016. I’m yet to receive my cover, but when I do, I’ll post it.
It appears 2015 was a better year than 2014 (You can read my 2014 reflection here), and I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings. I’ve never been one for new years resolutions but I have a few for this year:
- Finish Grey Dawn
- Obtain an agent
- Make Rogue Agent a success
- Work harder in promotion
- Connect with readers
- Network with other authors
I want to thank everyone for their support and friendship during the year. I’ve definitely increased my writer friends tenfold and I am very grateful to have met them. I joined a street team (S.A.S.S) who has helped me so much and I owe them everything.
What are your new years resolutions? Comment below.
As a writer, nothing beats the immersion your work and characters instills in a reader. Upon the release of my WW2 romance Her Sweetest Downfall, I had a lot conflicting feedback about my heroine Viola Craft.
Viola lives in war torn London during one of the worst events in World War Two: The London Blitz. She’s trapped in a loveless and violent marriage. She wants only one thing: happiness. Yet does she ultimately achieve it?
I stripped Viola of everything that was family, love, safety and warmth. A reader once said to me that Viola never gets what she truly, deeply wants, she never fully grasps what peace and love really feels like. It’s always taken away from her and that’s what I wanted from the very beginning. I wanted her to represent and be a metaphor for war. She’s fragile, scared, vulnerable yet has a strength she does not know about.
A lot of readers have said to me that my book stayed with them long after reading. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. The choices the characters make and ultimately where Viola finds herself at the end of the book makes people question the whole story.
I love creating her but at the same time I wanted her to be a character women and people could relate to. She is the epitome of wartime women: strong, hardy, yet fragile. All she wanted was to have a loyal husband who loved and respected her and to be with him until they their last breath. But she never achieved it, not even when she met Kristoff, and he was lost to her. It was hard to write moments like that because as a writer I want my creations to be happy. Originally I didn’t want Kristoff’s arc to end the way it did. I loved his relationship with Viola and what he represented. It was hard to end that connection but it was necessary to Viola’s story.
I knew as soon as I wrote the climax, I knew my readers would be conflicted. Why should I continue when Viola never gets what she wants?
After a long, hard think, I decided to give Viola the much needed peace she needed: a chance to move on. I created a life for her over the channel, away from the painful memories and heartbreak. Did it work out in the end? You’ll have to read and find out….
Thank you Sharon for the opportunity 🙂 You can read my guest post here.
Drop by Manic Readers today to see my post on their blog. I talk about my writing, inspirations and give you a little blurb from Her Sweetest Downfall. I’ll love it if you can swing by!
You can read the post here.