The Story Behind the Story

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Firstly, I have something to blog about! Go me! I feel like this might be the greatest accomplishment of my career! Okay, now my excitement is out of the way, let’s get to the point.

It’s been three days since Broken released and I am already blown away by people’s reactions to it. Thank you for all your kind words, your amazing words in fact. Thank you for reading, for sharing. Thank you for staying with James and Theo on their journey, and thank you to the people who have shared parts of your own journeys with me. To know that my writing has affected people, maybe even helped them in some way, means the absolute world to me. So thank you. A thousand times over, THANK YOU.

Now, the prompt for this post, a post I never expected, or particularly wanted, to write. Among the messages and emails I have received regarding Broken were a small handful from people condemning the way I chose to handle the topic of mental health, or more accurately, the mental health system here in the UK. A couple in particular were angry and disbelieving. These same people told me they were right and I was wrong because they know someone who works in our mental health system.

This disgruntled me somewhat, but in order to remain professional I have to keep my opinions to myself, or at least not get into a direct argument. Hell, it’s not even professionalism standing in my way. The fact I’m a total wimp when it comes to confrontation probably plays the strongest role. So, I’m replying here. Publicly. And to nobody in particular.

This isn’t an objection to a poor review, or me being pissed off that somebody didn’t like the book. I’ve been in this game for a while. Everybody has the right to love or hate a book and it isn’t my place to be offended. This is about the fact I have been told I shouldn’t write about such a serious topic when I know nothing about it, that I shouldn’t mislead the public with information that isn’t accurate. This is about me standing by my story, defending my characters, and supporting those people who have faced similar struggles.

I do know about it.

It is accurate.

I have lived it.

The fact is nobody is right or wrong here. Every person has different experiences. The way James’ illness was handled by the mental health professionals in Broken can happen. It has happened. The only way I felt able to create an authentic story for James and Theo was to draw on my own personal experiences. So to the people who have told me James would never have been discharged from hospital after so little time given his situation, to the ones who quoted the laws regarding sectioning levels in the UK, the person who told me ‘according to their friend in the profession’ what I wrote about how and when James was misdiagnosed would never be allowed to happen…

It has happened. I’m not saying it should. I’m not saying this is the protocol which all mental health professionals should, and do, follow. I’m not saying this is the mental health rulebook and James’ story is the only story. I’m not saying whichever person you might know who works in the field is wrong. Honestly? I don’t know all the rules and regulations from the perspective of a medical professional. I do, however, know what it’s like to be on the other side. On James’ side. So I guess what I am saying is to those people who refute the idea that this story could be real…it is real. It might not have happened to you. It might not have happened to the people you ‘know’ who work in mental health. It might not be supposed to happen to anyone.

All I know is that it can. I know it can because it has. The only difference between my opinion and that of those who have contacted me, is that I’m not saying my account is the only account. Every single person with any type of mental health problem should receive the same care. They should be listened to. They should be taken seriously. They should never be dismissed or sent away with nothing more than a bottle of pills and a sympathetic smile.

But sometimes, that is what happens. Our mental health system is under huge pressure. Sometimes doctors aren’t as professional or knowledgeable as they should be. Sometimes hospitals and mental health services are overworked and understaffed. Sometimes rules are ignored or forgotten. Sometimes, whatever the reason…people aren’t given the help they deserve.

So, I stand by my story. I stand by the truth behind it. I stand by all the people who have, or love somebody who, struggles with their mental health. We may not all share the same experiences. We may not all take the same route or get the same help and support. But we can all make it to the other side. We can be happy, successful, and loved, even if we’re a little bit broken.

Because as the story says…broken crayons can still colour.

 

 

Favourite Reads of 2015 and ***GIVEAWAY!***

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HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE EVERYONE! Not only is today New Year’s Eve but it’s also my birthday, so I thought I’d celebrate with a giveaway!

 

First things first, I have read some amazing books this year and discovered some new-to-me MM authors who have taken my stalker tendencies into serious overdrive. I’ve looked back over all the books I’ve read and have chosen these five as my absolute favourites of the year, in no particular order, because that would be like choosing between my kids (which right right now would be the cat, because out of all the human kids and the dog in the house right now she’s the only one not driving me batshit crazy.)

 

Here goes….(I’m feeling giddy just thinking about these books again!)

 

Don’t Trust the Cut by Kade Boehme 

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Tucker Gray is a Baltimore, MD waiter, hailing from the deep south, whose mental health issues and past relationships have made it hard to trust more than the cut. After he hits what he thought was rock bottom Tucker decides to keep close to the ones who stood by him and keep his head down, until he finds something to prove it can get better.

Jesse Bauer is unsure what his future holds after an injury forces him to retire from the marines. With all of the decisions he has to make in his civilian life with all of its freedoms and possibilities, he feels staying closeted and keeping the people in his life happy will keep down the chaos.

Until the night he met Tucker Gray at a party he thought that’d be possible, but both of them are instantly and strongly in lust. As their relationship grows Jesse has to prove himself and Tucker has to learn to trust more than the cut.

Violence Begets by PT Denys

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After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.

Having created an environment where he’s feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.

As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.

Worth the fight by T.a. McKay

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The ring is his home. It’s the place he feels in control.
Zeke ‘The Storm’ Raine has his life all planned out.
Fight it.
Win it.
Own it.
The plan was working, it’s almost his time to shine, to be the ultimate.
One moment was all it took to bring it all crashing down around him. One punch, one moment of distraction, one mistake by another and his dream could be a faint memory.
Bryce Tanner, one time fighter and now the coach Zeke doesn’t think he needs. Moving to a new country to take this job, and he’s determined that he will succeed. Now that he’s met Zeke, Bryce must make his own plans, rules that he is going to have to work hard to stick to.
Be strong.
Be professional.
Be his coach.
He just doesn’t know if he will be able to resist.

Passions run high, making their professional relationship difficult. Can they keep the outward façade while becoming more?
Now Zeke needs to decide, is he willing to walk away from what he loves?

Will he be able to win the most important fight of his life?

Boss by Ashley John 

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After years of travelling the world using his trust fund, college-dropout Joshua Silverton returns to London to discover two shocking truths; his estranged and wealthy father has been dead for over a year and he left his fortune to a total stranger. Joshua soon meets the man who stole his inheritance and even though he expects to hate Ezra Steele, he can’t ignore the strange attraction he suddenly feels towards him.

Bill Silverton saved Ezra Steele from his troubled past when he signed Silverton Tower over to him on his deathbed. Ezra now has the house, the business, the cars, the money and a different man in his bed every night. It’s a life he wants to cling to, so when Bill’s gorgeous son unexpectedly turns up and demands he hand everything back, his life is turned upside down in more ways than one.

A need to finally prove himself to his dead father forces Joshua to challenge Ezra but will he be able to ignore the attraction in order to be ruthless? Ezra tries to keep his enemies close by getting Joshua into his bed but as history catches up with him, he is forced to face himself. They are both running from their past, so in a battle between head and heart, Joshua and Ezra must choose what is more important – money or each other.

Hell & High Water (Thirds #1) by Charlie Cochet

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When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

 

Every one of these authors are a new discovery for me this year and they all have a new stalker for life. (If anyone knows where they live, hit me up, ‘kay?)

 

Thank you so much for your support this year, and to all of you who gave my books a forever home on your kindle or your bookshelf…I adore every single one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I wish you all the best for 2016, good health, good friends, and good books!

Five winners from the rafflecopter will win an eBook of choice from ANY of the authors in my top 5 (gifted via Amazon), one will be able to choose any signed paperback from my backlist and one will receive a $25/£20 Amazon gift card. Good luck!

 

Oh, and Matt said to tell you all….

 

“HAPPY MOTHERFUCKING NEW YEAR!”

 

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Getting Back to Business

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Over the last few months a few people have commented on the fact I don’t seem to be on social media as much as I used to be. That’s when it hit me I wasn’t doing as good a job as I thought of trying to be myself. I’ve been putting off writing this, in fact as I’m sitting here typing it out I’m still not sure I’m going to be brave enough to hit publish. You see I don’t want to be one of those whiney posters, or someone who thrives on posting every ounce of drama in their life (you know the ones…the type that can create a Facebook war out of being constipated), but I also think I owe people an explanation and to let them know what the future currently holds for the rest of the Souls of the Knight series.

 

So, here’s the thing. Like with every book I’ve ever written, when I started writing Taming Ryder I was filled with enthusiasm for the story. My mind was buzzing, going crazy with ideas. Anyone who follows me knows that Jake Bass was my muse for Ryder. His look, his eyes…He inspired me, and so I looked into licencing a photo of him for the cover – one which portrayed the lost, innocent look I see in Ryder’s eyes. And I found it. Bingo! I had the perfect cover; a beautiful image that told Ryder’s story.

 

But then everything changed.

 

It seems obvious now that using a model in the public eye would draw extra attention from people who were also fans of him, but naively, at the time I honestly believed the story would be the main focus, with the cover I was so proud of being an added bonus. I was wrong. I’m not going into any detail here, I refuse to be that person, but I’ll offer as best an explanation as I can. Since I revealed (and very excitedly revealed) Jake Bass was going to grace the cover of Taming Ryder, things went downhill pretty quickly. I had three experiences that really knocked me, and just as I was starting to surface from the last a new one would push me right back down.

 

You see, on the outside I play everything off with humour. I don’t let people see the sensitive side of me, the fucked-up side of me that goes down and stays down when things get too much. But that’s what happened. I was accused of things I’d never dream of doing, not once, not twice but three different times. It affected me. Badly. I withdrew completely from social media for a couple of weeks. I spent a long time upset, questioning everything from the story, the cover, even the people I’d befriended. Taming Ryder wasn’t finished, and from that point on I had to fight with myself to get it done. I think that might be how there ended up being so much of myself in Ryder. The way he thinks, the way he deals with things. I was going through a rough patch and it was therapeutic writing certain feelings out on paper. Apart from the porn start bit I should clarify – I promise you I haven’t become a secret gay porn star (unfortunately).

 

I lost the passion and excitement I felt for not only that story, but all the characters in the Souls of the Knight series. I think that showed in my sales when the book finally released. My heart just wasn’t in it, so how could I expect everyone else’s to be? I tried my best to promote it and give the story the love I know it deserves, but truth be told, I was knocked down a final time and I’m still not back up yet. I guess it’s always lurking in the back of my mind that every time I post something about Taming Ryder, I’m risking getting the kind of attention I don’t think I could deal with again so soon.

 

Do I regret using Jake Bass on the cover? No. Jake Bass is a beautiful man, and no one could have portrayed the vision I had of Ryder as perfectly as he did. These events are absolutely no reflection on him at all. I continue to ogle…oops I mean admire him every day.

 

So where does this leave Matt’s story? Right now, I can’t give you a definitive answer. Whenever I think of the series I’m reminded of everything that happened and I just want to break down and never write anything again. But I can’t do that. I won’t do that. I have to pinch myself every day at all the fabulous people – readers, bloggers, fellow authors – I have ‘met’ since I broke into the M/M genre. The love, support and encouragement I’ve received blows my mind and I have made some genuine lifelong friends thanks to Sawyer and the rest of my boys. These are the people I need to keep going for. And I’m trying. I’m using this post as the line I want to draw under everything. So, if you’ve noticed I haven’t been around as much, I’m sorry. I genuinely thought I was putting on a good act – until people told me otherwise. And so, the time finally came when I had to say ‘I’m not okay’, but I will be. I am making it my mission to get back on top form. To post so often you get sick of me. To inundate you with useless facts about my day, and most importantly, to start writing again!

 

For now, Matt is on the backburner. I have new characters chattering away in my mind and hopefully, writing their story will ‘fix’ me. Hopefully then, I can climb back inside Matt’s head, live once again with all the characters I adored so much in the Souls of the Knight series, and finally give you all his story.

 

As some people know, I set up a new Facebook account and decided to start again from scratch. This helped me get away from everything for a while, but occasionally I get messages from people thinking I’ve un-friended or blocked them which makes me sad. It’s also another reason why I thought this post necessary. It’s a simple case of Facebook won’t let me add everyone to the new account at once because it thinks I’m spamming. It’s also hard to remember every friend on my old account. But if you’re reading this and you used to be on my friends list but aren’t anymore, pretty please send me a friend request! Likewise if you know someone who thinks I’ve un-friended them, please let them know I didn’t and I’d love to have them back.

 

So there you have it. I can’t sit here and blame those bad experiences entirely on where I’m at right now. Just like my character Amy from Saving Amy, I’m placing half the blame on my ‘fucked-up-ness’ – something that not many people know about, but I think maybe they need to. Sometimes, putting on a brave face and joking my way out of the serious shit just makes things harder. It makes me not want to be ‘available’ online, which means I’m missing out on talking to the people who made me fall in love with this career so much.

 

I have so much to look forward to in the coming months. I’m signing all over the UK next year and even in South Carolina! Eeeeep! My new adult M/F Take My Hand series is getting a makeover with brand new covers coming soon and I’m about to start seriously digging into to my new M/M about a dishy FBI agent. Yum! So I need to get my arse back to normal in time for all these things. I doubt you’ll ever see me moping, but if you ever see me being anything less than my usual sarcastic and dirty self, then it’s time to tell me to pull my head out my arse and get back to business! I’ve had enough of this latest glitch in sanity. Time to get back to what matters. You guys, writing….and gay porn 😉

 

Okay, I’m off to go and hide in a corner until this post has blown over. But for now, in the words of Dexter from the Take My Hand series – don’t ever forget that I love you <3

Why did you switch to M/M?

This is one of the questions I get asked the most, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to update the blog!

I’ve had a good few people say they’re sorry I’ve switched to M/M because they loved my M/F books so much.The truth is, I haven’t ‘switched’ necessarily. I’ve always written what I like to read therefore just because I’m writing M/M at the minute, doesn’t mean it will stay that way forever. I’m pretty sure by the time I’m old and grey I will have written a little bit of everything, because you guessed it, I like to read a little bit of everything! This leads me onto something I came across in a review once that got under my skin a bit. Okay so that’s a lie, it actually made me really pissing mad!

“This is the reason M/F authors shouldn’t write M/M.” 

So this person didn’t like Being Sawyer Knight and that is completely fine. Every author knows (or should know) that not every book suits every person. The thing that riled me was that comment. When I write M/F I’m writing a love story, when I write M/M I’m writing a love story…if I were to write a dino porn book I would be writing a love story. And don’t worry, I know I said I like a bit of everything but I promise you dino lovin’ is not in my future! Love is love. Surely it doesn’t matter if the main character is devouring ‘his thick cock’ or ‘her damp folds’? I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I write a rubbish story then leave a review based on the story and not what gender my previous characters were!

Similarly, I saw a review of another author’s book once which said “Authors should choose a genre and stick to it”. Why? I’m proud to be a genre crosser! I honestly think if I spent the rest of my life writing in only genre I would get a little bored and my stories would dry out. Much the same as if I said to myself “Right, I’m only ever going to read New Adult from now on”. When I read I tend to go through phases. I’ll have a couple of months being addicted to New Adult, then I’ll read an erotica and can’t get enough. Then I might come across an M/M or a paranormal and they will take over for a while. It’s exactly the same when I write. I like to mix things up and keep things fresh. So no, I will never choose one genre and stick to it because I have too many different stories bouncing around in my head!

Finally, and I can’t even remember where I read this one, I just know that I did! I once saw a comment from someone who said if you’re going to switch genres then you must choose a different pen name. Again, why? I completely understand why some authors choose to do this – maybe they have different audiences for different genres and like to focus on one at a time. I get it. I have a bunch of readers who only read my M/F stuff and another bunch who only read my M/M. But I also have an even bigger bunch of readers who read both. For me personally, I’m proud of everything I write and want everyone to know which books I’ve written. I like being able to connect with everyone at the same time and so far, so good! So really my argument is no one should say you have to use different pen names for each genre – just that you can if you want!

The moral of the story is…I haven’t ‘switched’ to anything. I’m writing the stories that are in my head and right now that’s M/M. But I have a tonne of stories just itching to get out – more M/F, a couple of dark ones, and I even have the stirrings of a paranormal in there somewhere! So if you don’t like what I’m writing right now, stay with me peeps! I’m sure there’ll be more on the way of what you love!

Oh and as a last note….. IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!! <3 

Interview with Jamie Lake

NEW M/M BOOK SERIES: ‘BAD BOY’ BY JAMIE LAKE

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If you’re looking for a new gay romance series to check out, you might want to consider Jamie Lake’s new series Bad Boy. I had the chance to interview Jamie about Bad Boy and why it’s so different than most m/m books you might read.

Was Bad Boy inspired by any of your other m/m novels or something that happened in your life?

I wanted to do something a little different that was beyond just a relationship m/m but also had a little bit of a thriller aspect to it. I wasn’t sure how readers would respond to it but people seem to really like the idea of a teacher moonlighting as a nude massage therapist while living a double-life, juggling a new love interest, career, and mafia-esque mogul boss.

Bad Boy is a little different than most m/m books. How would you describe it?

Yeah, definitely different. Most m/m’s are heavy on the love and light on the plot and this story definitely had love in it but it has twists and turns and cliffhangers that keep you reading.

What inspired you to create your main character as a teacher?

I wanted a different kind of career that you don’t normally see in m/m books. Besides, teachers can be hot. Can you remember your first teacher crush? I can. I think his name was Mr. Burns or something and he was a health teacher. Yummy.

Tell us about Chip, the hot cop love interest.

He’s this great guy, who is juggling being a single dad and a cop.  He’s ready to settle down but it’s hard for him to find someone who’s cool with the fact that he has a son already and the fact that he works in law enforcement.

Why did you make Tony, the casino mogul your antagonist?

He’s loosely based on someone I know. Actually, someone I dated and although this character isn’t quite as extreme as the real guy, the real guy had his dark side too that wasn’t fun to be around.

How did you balance keeping it hot and not making people creeped out by the fact that your protag is a teacher and a masseuse?

That wasn’t easy but remember, that the m/m world of readers are a lot more open-minded and less judgemental than other readers. I knew that I could take some risks with this story that in other genres, I may not be able to get away with.

Where can we get a copy of Bad Boy?

You can get it exclusively on Amazon http://bit.ly/BADBOYNOVEL1 or email me at JamieLakeNovels AT gmail.

Thank you Jamie! 

100 Reviews Giveaway!

So, Being Sawyer Knight has shot past 100 reviews on Amazon wahooo! I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has read and reviewed the book and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway! :-)

I spent the weekend in Edinburgh at the RARE book signing and had an amazing time meeting so many of my favourite authors, bloggers and readers too! While I was there I picked up some fab swag and have stuffed it inside a tote bag signed by lots of amazing authors (Abbi Glines, Sylvia Day, Jodie Ellen Malpas, Aleatha Romig, Pepper Winters, Katie Ashley, Georgia Cates, Jennifer Probst, Jay Crownover, E.K. Blair, Jessica Sorensen….and lots more!) ready to give away to one of you lucky people!

I’m also giving away a signed paperback of Being Sawyer Knight, 2 eBooks of Being Sawyer Knight and an $10 Amazon gift card :-) As a thank you to all the blogs who reviewed during the tour I have included their pages as entry options too! (If I have missed you it was a genuine mistake, just pop me a message and I’ll add you!)

So get clicking and sharing people! and THANK YOU for all your support with Being Sawyer Knight. You guys rock my world <3

 

 

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One must know one’s Britishisms!

It seems my British characters are confusing some of my readers across the pond! Although people have still enjoyed reading my books some have mentioned that they’ve had to stop and Google every now and then 😀 I have to admit, I’ve done this with some unusual American words and terms before, and I think it’s fun learning new words! I’ve also seen people reference my ‘spelling mistakes’. This isn’t always the obvious differences like ‘favourite’ and ‘favorite’, ‘centre’ and ‘center’, ‘specialize’ and ‘specialise’ and so on and so forth…but sometimes we just spell and say things completely differently – like aluminium and aluminum! Weird, right?!

So I thought it might also be fun to put together a little glossary for my overseas readers. So here it is – maybe I should even include it in the end of my books for easy referencing? 😉

Before I start, I don’t speak like the Queen. I am common as muck, I swear profusely and I also say a lot of words which are more common in the North of England. So when my characters come from England, you can imagine them all sounding like me!

I’ll start with my favourite – Swear words!

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Tosser – idiot

Wanker – Idiot

Nobhead – idiot

Gobshite – idiot

Wank stain – idiot

Arsewipe – idiot

Nob – idiot (we have a lot of idiots over here!)

Wank – jerk off

Pissed – drunk

Shite – shit

Sod off – piss off

Twat – punch, idiot, vagina – it has a lot of meanings!

Bellend – idiot, or the end of a penis

British sayings, phrases and slang

Baccy – Tobacco (Wacky baccy – Marijuana)

Barmy – Crazy

Bits and bobs – various bits and pieces

Bob’s your uncle – Understood/successfully done something.”There you go! You’ve got it!”

Bollocks – Balls! Or ‘that’s bollocks’ means ‘that’s shit’

Chav – white trash (Google the Jeremy Kyle show for perfect examples!)

Cheeky – rude/disrespectful/presumptuous

Daft cow – silly woman!

The dog’s bollocks – Awesome!

Donkey’s years – Ages. As in ‘I haven’t seen you in donkey’s years’

To fall arse over tit – To fall or trip over very ungracefully!

Eh? – Pardon, huh, or what do you say?

Fanny – Vagina 😉

Fortnight – two weeks

Get stuffed – a polite way of saying ‘fuck off’

Give you a bell – give you a call

Gobby – loud mouthed and opinionated

Gobsmacked – astonished

Gormless – clueless, dumb, slow on the uptake

Her Majesty’s pleasure – to be in prison

How’s your father? – euphemism for sex

Kip – nap/sleep

Knackered – tired, exhausted

Legless – drunk

Lost the plot – gone crazy

Nicked – stolen

Pissed as a fart – VERY drunk

On the piss – binge drinking

Slapper/slag – slut

Slagging off – saying bad things about someone

Spunk – semen

Starkers – naked

Tad – a little

Taking the piss – making fun of someone

Todger – Penis

Quid – pound (money)

Up the duff – pregnant

General words

Aubergine – Eggplant 

Biscuit – Cookie

Flat – Apartment

Car bonnet – Car hood

Car boot – Car trunk

Candyfloss – Cotton candy

Casualty/A&E – Emergency room

Chemist – Drug store

Chips – French fries

Cinema – Movie theatre/Multiplex

Cling film – Saran wrap

Courgette – Zucchini (seriously I’d never heard of a zucchini until today!)

Crisps – Chips/potato chips

diamante – rhinestone

drawing pin – thumbtack

Dressing gown – bathrobe

Estate agent – Realtor

Flannel – Washcloth

Full stop – Period (I remember the first time I came across this one. I was beta reading for someone and my notes confused them. She was like ‘it doesn’t make sense. What’s a full stop?’ And I was ‘It’s a full stop! How doesn’t that make sense? A full stop is a full stop. Like a tiny dot at the end of a sentence’ ‘ooooh you mean a period?’ ‘Oh my god I can’t believe you guys don’t have full stops!’ You get the idea…. 😉

Grill – Broil

Hen Night – Bachelorette party

Holdall – Carryall

Holiday/Hols – Vacation/Vacay

Hundreds and thousands – Sprinkles

Ice lolly – Popsicle

Knickers – Panties

Jumper – Sweater

Lift – Elevator

Lorry – Truck

Maths – Math

Minger – Ugly person

Minging – not nice

Mint – awesome!

Motorway – Highway

Nappy – Diaper

Noughts and crosses – Tic-tac-toe

Off licence – Liquor store

Number plate – license plate

Pavement – Sidewalk

Petrol – Gas

Postbox – Mailbox

Solicitor – Lawyer

Stag night – Bachelor party

Starter – Appetizer

Swede – rutabaga

Sweets – Candy

Tea towel – dish towel

Tick – Check

Tights – Pantyhose

Trainers – Sneakers

Tram – Streetcar/Cablecar

Trolley – Shopping cart

Underground – Subway

Vest – Undershirt

Wardrobe – Closet

So there you have it. Now you just need to work on your accent and you can sound just like me! Now I’m knackered, so sod off. 😉

 

 

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Holy WOW. Over 4000 fabulous people ‘like’ my Facebook page! I’m feeling totally famous over here! 😉

4000 giveaway

I’m so excited and giddy it’s unbelievable, so to celebrate I have my biggest giveaway yet for you! There have been some awesome donations from authors and bloggers and I can’t thank them enough. There will be 31 winners in total – how huge is that???!

So what prizes are on offer I hear you ask…

THESE ONES!

  • 2 winners can choose a signed paperback of any one of my books (International)
  • 2 eBundles of Take My Hand, Hold On Tight (Take My Hand #2) and Lean On Me (Take My Hand #3)
  • 2 eBooks of Missing Pieces
  • 2 eBooks of Saving Amy
  • 3 eBook box sets of the Blissful series, volumes 1-3 by Clarissa Wild
  • Amazon eBook of choice up to $5 donated by The Book Enthusiast
  • 2 eBooks of Fractured Legacy by Skye Callahan
  • $5/£5 Amazon gift card donated by BegMeForBETA
  • 3 Signed Postcards by Rebecca Brooke, author of the Forgiven Series – donated by Mia’s Point of View. (UK Only)
  • 2 eBundles of Beneath it All and Over the Threshold (Let me Love You series) by Rani L. Rhyes
  • 2 eBooks of Save Me From Myself by Stacey Mosteller (I LOVE this book!)
  • 1 of 5 different personally prepared Astrology Reports. Details of which report you can choose will be sent to the winner. Donated by Celestial Signs Astrology Reports (How cool is that???!)
  • 2 eBook copies of The Broken by Ker Dukey
  • Swag pack from various authors donated by Bookworm Betties. (US Only.)
  • Signed copy of Magnolia Blossoms by Rhonda Dennis donated by Bookworm Betties. (US Only.)
  • 3 eBooks of Leaving Eva by Jennifer Sivec
  • eBook of choice up to $2.99 donated by It’s a Book Thing
  • Amazon eBook of choice up to $2.99 donated by Book Babblin’
  • eBook of Broken Ever After by Natalie Graham
  • eBook “Torn from You and “With You” Bonus edition by Nashoda Rose. (exclusive to Amazon) – This is one of my favourite books EVER.
  • eBook of Double Full by Kindle Alexander (I want to marry this woman!)
  • Signed paperback of Double Full by Kindle Alexander. International. (Yep, still want to marry her)
  • $10 Amazon gift card donated by Kindle Alexander (Sod it – Kindle, will you marry me???)
  • $5 Amazon gift card donated by Got it Covered Book Designs
  • eBook of Come to me Quietly by A.L. Jackson (Squeeee!)
  • $5 Amazon gift card donated by The Book Trollop (Love this lady and I am proud to give her lady boners!)
  • eBundle of Broken Fences and Favourite Places ~ Troublemaker by Kelly Gendron

So what do you think guys? AWESOME right?!! You can enter below. Click, share, and cross your fingers! I love each and every person who has helped me get this far. You rock! <3
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Lean On Me (Take My Hand #3) Cover Reveal

Eeeeep it’s here! I’m so excited to share the cover for Lean On Me (Take My Hand #3) with you all! Special shout out to Kari at Cover to Cover designs for another amazing job! There are less than four weeks until you can get your paws on Rachel and Jared’s story, but in the meantime you can add it to your Goodreads lists *nudge nudge wink wink* 😉

Well, enough babbling – here it is 😀

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Synopsis

Rachel Mason oozes confidence. She’s outgoing, adventurous and would chop off her right arm before caring what other people think of her or her disability. 

Right?

Jared Mattheson on the other hand, is more than a little goofy and a whole lot of carefree. He’s happy living the bachelor life on his father’s credit card, takes nothing seriously and wouldn’t know difficulty if it slapped him in the face.

Right?

With Emily and Dexter away in the States, Rachel and Jared are left behind to keep each other company. They share the same sense of fun, their personalities bounce off one another perfectly and perhaps inevitably, they become best friends. But what happens when the lines of friendship start to blur? How will they cope when the sides of themselves they’ve kept hidden from the world for so long begin to show?

Their journey together may have started with fun, games and alcohol – but it seems the future has other ideas. 

Turns out, even the strongest of people need someone to lean on sometimes.

 

Lean On Me (Take My Hand, #3)


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Missing Pieces Cover Reveal

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It’s heeeeeeeere!!! I am SO excited to share the cover for Missing Pieces with you all! This book will always be extra precious to me, because it was my first ‘baby’. Only now it’s been revamped, re-edited and it will be with you all in the next few days! Eeeeek!

I can’t wait for you to meet Maddie and Blaine, and I hope you love them as much as I do 😀

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Missing Pieces