WW2 Romance FREE: Her Sweetest Downfall

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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.

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COVER REVEAL – ROGUE AGENT

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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.

Synopsis:

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 – Now in Paperback

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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.

Character Highlight: Viola Craft

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….

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Why I use Beta Readers

I’ve been writing for a very long time, but only recently been introduced to beta readers. When I wrote my first big historical fiction, Darkness before Dawn, I had no idea how much work was needed before publication. I submitted it to an online forum and it got pretty good feedback. This feedback helped improve the book. I, like most writers, are frightened by criticism. What if they don’t like it? Is the book boring? If other authors don’t like it, what would readers think?

These questions circled my mind. I knew the feedback would greatly improve my book but I was scared of what other people thought of the novel, the idea, concept, characters, accuracy. Did Stephanie Myers or Suzanne Collins  rely on beta readers for their novels? Maybe. We might never know.

I incorporated the beta’s ideas and started to submit. Darkness was offered seven contracts in the year of 2012, but I knew it wasn’t ready. I declined all offers and got back to editing. When I did find my current publisher, the book editing process wasn’t as arduous due to the feedback I received previously.

Sadly, I didn’t use this method when I wrote three books after Darkness and they took longer to find a publisher. Was it fear of rejection? Laziness? Lack of time? It was all three.

I just didn’t have the time or passion to seek other’s advice. Looking back, I paid for it greatly. Those three books weren’t the highest quality and the editing process was very difficult and time consuming.

Nowadays, I have learned from past mistakes. As I write my current WIP, Unspoken, I have sought feedback from three beta readers. Each one has provided different feedback. That’s the beauty of beta readers. No two betas are the same. One might pick on a character development, sentence or even dialogue and the other might pick on something else.

I have been a beta reader for two authors now. Not only does it give me the opportunity to make friends, it also allows me to see what other writers are writing, to see their dreams and hopes in their work.

I used to fear beta readers, but now, I rely on them. You only need to know where to look. Sign up to author forums or follow a fellow author on Facebook or Twitter. Make contact. Some people are quite happy to read one’s work for a free read in order to provide feedback, while others are keen to ‘swap’ books. Some are writers, some are hardcore readers. Either way, using a beta reader improves your book tenfold. They might pick on something the publisher might not see.

I have seen great improvement in my WIP by using my betas. I enjoy reading their work and keeping in touch. We are all aiming for the same thing: To be published.

Every author pours their blood, sweat and tears into their work. It takes courage to hand it over to a stranger, an unbiased reader, and allow them to tear your work apart word by word. Honestly, I would rather give my work to someone I didn’t know, compared to my husband, or family. It’s too close for comfort and I don’t like people I know reading my work.

Invest in a beta reader. They are truly an author’s best friend.

Have you had any experiences with beta readers, good or bad? I’d love to hear your stories.