Something Amazing just happened…

There are so many stops along the road to writing a book. From the initial ‘aha’ moment of the kernel of an idea, to the excitement at drafting characters, to the moments of self-doubt and being unable to believe you’ll ever finish the damn thing. But today, I got to one of the most amazing parts of being an author. Today, I finally wrote the two magic words at the end of my MS.

The. and . End.

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Of course now is when all the hard work really begins. I’ve got to go back to the beginning and chop out a timeline I’d decided to cull halfway through, and no doubt there’ll be rewrites coming out of my ears, BUT, the story is out. It’s down. And I can’t wait to share it with you all.

After sending it to my agent, I’ll hopefully be able to call on some Beta readers. If you’re not signed up to my newsletter, then please join here, so that you can be included when I make that call.

In the meantime, thanks so much for your patience!

With love,

Nat

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The PR Machine

One of the biggest, and hardest things about being a writer, is getting your voice heard. There’ve been many a time, and there still are, when I’ve wondered if anyone can hear me when it comes to Social Media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr – there are so many sites with so many writers all trying to achieve the same thing. Get new readers, followers and sales. So, you can imagine the happy dance I did when my publishers emailed to tell me that I’d be getting to work alongside one of the biggest media PR companies.

I mean, hello?! Me? Yep. Apparently so!

Is it daunting? A little. When we had our conference call this week, I sat at the kitchen table, simultaneously jotting down notes and doing more happy dancing with my jaw hanging open as my boyfriend watched on (more on him another time). It’s completely and utterly bonkers, but then I’ve always loved a little adventure!

I guess, as with all the good news stories I post, what I’m trying to say is – never give up hope. I know how hard it is to try and get your book out there, I know how it feels to be a crayfish in a publishing ocean, but this stuff happens! For reals! And of course, I’ll be posting updates about what happens next – lots and lots of fun stuff!

Until then, kisses from Bavaria!

Nat

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Review: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

So, I was a bit slack with this one, given that it was around from my days on Authonomy, BUT, I’ve finally gotten round to reading The Forever Girl by the multi-talented, mind-blowingly-always-busy Rebecca Hamilton. And here’s what I thought:

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The Forever Girl

by Rebecca Hamilton

A Cult. A Murder. A Curse. 

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her. 

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous. 

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him. 

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

Buy it now!

So, what did I think?

I don’t usually read fantasy or paranormal books – simply because I don’t know where to start, there are so many. I started reading this way, way back in 2011, before it was even published I think, but I’ve only just got round to reading the published version properly. I’m a bit annoyed with myself that I waited so long.

What I loved about this, was that it wasn’t angsty. Sure, there’s tension between Sophia and Charles from the outset, but it’s NOT a Bella/Edward style romance. Sophia isn’t a sap, she’s assertive, she’s smart. She’s real. And as for Charles? Swoon.

I liked the different aspects to this – the wicca in particular. It’s the first time I’ve read a book with a Wiccan element that was close to the truth of what the practice, religion, whatever you want to call it, is. It took me back to my teens anyway. I must admit, I did start to worry when vampires and the like were introduced, but luckily, it wasn’t overpowering.

I can totally see why this has been optioned for film, and I really hope it goes that far. It would be awesome to see it translated to the big screen.

Five stars and highly recommended.

Hold onto your seats – I’m about to be unleashed!

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited! Finally, my book, Together Apart, will be out into the world from 18th February 2014. I have a shiny, fabulous book cover that I can share with you all!

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It’s been 6 years in the making, but now the T’s have been crossed and the I’s dotted. What started on a beach in Santorini has finished in a coffee shop in Goa with a lot of tear, heartbreak, frustration and hair pulling in between. This calls for a celebration – I think I’ll have a glass of wine on the balcony – living the life!

Cover designed by the fabulous Naj, at http://najlaqamberdesigns.com/