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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Wow, wow, WOW! This is most certainly a book to read this winter! I've bagged the author for an interview. Check him out! #historical #fiction #murder #mystery #romance .@stevenneil12 .@rararesources

The Merest Loss
A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English
hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.

When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere.
How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor?
Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet?

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Can Harriet meet her obligations and return to her former life and the man she left behind? What is her involvement with British Government secret services? Can Harriet’s friend, jockey Tom Olliver, help her son Martin solve his own mystery: the identity of his father?

The central character is Harriet Howard and the action takes place between 1836 and 1873. The plot centres on Harriet’s relationships with Louis Napoleon and famous Grand National winning jockey, Jem Mason. The backdrop to the action includes significant characters from the age, including Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Grafton, as well as Emperor Napoleon III. The worlds of horse racing, hunting and government provide the scope for rural settings to contrast with the city scenes of London and Paris and for racing skulduggery to vie with political chicanery.

The Merest Loss is historical fiction with a twist. It’s pacy and exciting with captivating characters and a distinctive narrative voice.

An interview with the writer of 

Steven Neil

What/who do you draw inspiration from? Or who do you aspire to be like as an author?
I am inspired by all the great writers of all the great books I have ever read. To name just a few: The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro; Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy; The Catcher in the Rye, J.D.Salinger; Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier; The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Le Grand Meaulnes, Alain-Fournier. Amongst contemporary writers Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel has influenced my writing style the most.

How much research and what sort of research do you do?
The Merest Loss took three years from conception to publication: two years of research and one year of pure writing. Fortunately, I enjoy the research process and endless hours trying to achieve historical accuracy through the portals of the internet and the British Library has, I hope, paid off.

What are the common traps for aspiring writers/or tips for a newbie writer?
I have met some tremendously naturally gifted writers but that alone will not make you a published author. I genuinely believe that, however gifted, you need to learn the craft of writing. Invest in a creative writing course and learn about structure, plot, point of view, character, setting and dialogue before you start writing. When you have finished the first draft of your novel, understand that you have only just begun the process of writing a publishable novel. Even if all your friends and family tell you your novel is brilliant, invest in an independent development and copy editor before you even think about publication.

Why did you write this particular book?
Originally, I was planning to write a Dick Francis style thriller and I was researching a jockey called Jem Mason, who won the first Grand National at Liverpool in 1839. I found a line in his description which said something like ‘also famous for his relationship with Harriet Howard, who ran away to live with him in London when she was fifteen and who also became Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer’. I decided she was an even more interesting character and I set about writing a fictional account of her life.

What is your book about? Genre, tone, POV etc.
The Merest Loss: A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris. It is historical fiction but it is also a romance. Most of the novel is written from the point of view of the omniscient narrator, writing in the present tense, although this is interspersed with four strategic chapters, from the point of view of one of the characters, in the past tense. I like the idea of varying the presentation and I also make use of letters, newspaper articles and reviews to provide additional perspective.

Give me the first, middle and end line in your book.
From chapter one, A French Accent, Newmarket, England, 1862: The young man who walked into my Newmarket racing yard that red-skied spring morning was tall, slim and blessed with all the charm that a faultless command of English, with a strong French accent, bestows.

From chapter seventeen, Everything is Risked, London, England, Paris, France, 1850: In the spring of 1850, Jem Mason and Tom Olliver are called to a meeting at Manchester House in Manchester square, London. They arrive early and sit on a bench in the square to share cheroots. The plane trees are already in leaf and the lawns glisten under a light morning dew, as the sun rises over the rooftops. Thrushes pick at the moss and blackbirds rustle in the undergrowth of the ornamental bushes. As the air warms, the smell of jasmine mingles with the tarry tang of the cheroots. Tom checks his watch and swings it into his waistcoat pocket.

From chapter thirty-six, One Day, Wroughton, England, 1873: Of course, we all need to hold on to something. I dream that one day a horse will come along that can take me to Epsom and win the Derby. It is what keeps me going. George Frederick might be that horse. I pray god I’ll live long enough to see him there.

Is there an underlying theme to this book?
I was fascinated by the idea of a romance where the two characters are thwarted by their own temperaments; they are both unromantic, stubborn and uncompromising. How will it ever be possible for them to get together when they seem unable to resolve arguments, even though everyone around them can see they are well suited together?

What’s the best/saddest/funniest/shocking one-liner from the book?
From chapter fourteen, The Return, London, England, Paris, France, 1848: Harriet says: ‘Perhaps. I am surprised how easily the lies come now. Almost everything I say to Louis is a lie.’
Lady Blessington replies: ‘I think if we tell a man something he really wants to believe, then it doesn’t count as a lie, even if it is.’

Is there a dedication?
Yes. My thanks go to: my wife Carol, for her constant encouragement and support, my university tutors and fellow students for their guidance and feedback, and those kind people who read my drafts and offered insights and suggestions. This book would not have been possible without you.

Can you share a few lines from your best review of this book?
‘It took me just a few minutes to become totally absorbed in this book; when I saw the list of characters at the front I thought I would have trouble keeping up with the plot, but Steven Neil's fluid style and well-structured storyline meant I had no trouble on that score. My only problem was having to put it down at night! I just could not stop reading it in every spare moment; my curiosity about the characters' journey through life kept the pages turning. Historical fiction is not a genre I would usually choose, but I would thoroughly recommend The Merest Loss as a great read.’ Nick the Floot on Amazon 3 July 2018

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Author Bio – Steven Neil has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. 

In his working life he has been a bookmaker’s clerk, management tutor, management consultant, bloodstock agent and racehorse breeder. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

If time-travel is your bag then check out this fabulous #YA novel, plus on WWBB, the author's main character is interviewed, and WIN a prize! So much to check out! #books #kidslit #timetravel @tyrannopaulus @rararesources

The Lights of Time
Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Character Interview
Engella Rhys

from the book

The Lights of Time

(The Chronicles of Engella Rhys Book 1)

Who is the protagonist from The Lights of Time?

Introducing Engella Rhys, the protagonist from The Lights of Time. Engella was born in London UK in the mid-21st century and is seventeen years old. She is the daughter of Dr Evan Rhys and Dr May Nakamura, but they were separated during a Hunter attack many years ago. Engella has lived alone ever since. She is on the run, shifting through space-time every few days, weeks or months. She has been searching for her parents ever since.

Engella was a happy child and felt safe and secure, until the day her parents took her away from home; after the Hunters’ first attack. The family moved around a lot, shifting from place to place and time period to time period. It was not all bad – she remembers one day in particular: visiting the beach with her parents, making sandcastles and eating ice cream. One of her favourite memories is watching holo-movies with her Papa. But all Engella has ever known is running from the Hunters, until one day she receives a message, which she believes is from her father. She was living on the streets of New Shanghai at the time and was trying to find out more about the message when the Hunters attack again.

What are her likes/dislikes?

Engella loves shifting to a mountaintop where she watches the sunrise or sunset. She feels at peace and can forget about her life on the run from the Hunters. She also loves to eat desserts. She doesn't get to eat them often, but can’t resist a piece of apple pie covered in custard. Her favourite pass times include playing retro computer games and wearing retro clothes from the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. She often uses holo-technology to try out different garments from these historical periods.

Engella can’t stand nosiness; she gets irritated when asked a lot of questions by strangers, like when she meets Eddie Reyes. Engella only hates one thing – the Hunters. She doesn’t understand why they were after her family and wishes she could live a normal life.

What is Engella’s primary goal in life?
Engella’s main goal is to find out what happened to her parents. She won’t stop until she finds them.

How does she see herself?

Engella probably doesn’t see herself like others see her. Her years on the run have affected her greatly, knocking her confidence. She just wants to live a normal life and settle down somewhere quiet. But Engella doesn’t yet realise how strong she really is. 

But how do others see her?

The other main characters see Engella as a strong and confident leader. With time, Engella starts to see how others see her and she grows in strength and confidence as a result.

Sounds brilliant! Thank you, Paul, for sharing.

Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.  

Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines), and he’s also involved in science communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career, but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence in their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!

Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him! In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.

Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.

Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.

And that brings us to now... Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle-grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.

Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!


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Monday, 26 November 2018

FREE book advertising in exchange for a guest post. Click link for more details! #guestpost #authors #writers #writer #novel #blogger

Theme from December 31st 2018.

How to… (insert your Topic)

‘How-to’ articles are popular formats for writers because let’s face it, it’s a lonely job. We’re locked up with our thoughts, and everyone else seems to be selling loads, having a huge following or hundreds of five-star reviews.

We KNOW our book is brilliant, we HAVE got the five-star reviews, and we ARE selling loads, but we all have those ‘am I doing it right’ moments. So, let’s help one another with a How-To article.

It’s up to you what you want to discuss, but I’ve compiled a list below which you may or may not follow:

How to…

Quell those negative thoughts once a lousy review is received.

Deal with compliments (sounds easy enough, but I begin by stuttering and waving off praise as ‘anyone’ can write a book).

Sell your book!

Write a love/horror/sex/sad scene and keep it real. Share a fantastic scene from your book.

Write dialogue without it being stilted. Let’s have it all about the dialogue with an excerpt of your sparking tete-a-tete between characters. What works and what doesn’t, and how you kept the dialogue fresh.

Write the perfect cliff-hanger.

Cope when you’re 40K words in, and the story dies.

Or as discussed above, write your own How-To using what you’ve already learned as an author. 

Keep the article to approx. 750 words, but WWBB isn’t super picky about this. Also, please don’t publish your guest post elsewhere (including your own blog). However, please do post a teaser on your blog, tell your twitter/facebook friends, and email your mum, sister, dad, aunt and uncle about it and I will Tweet, Facebook, Google Plue, LinkedIn the heebie-jeebies out of it. 

Email your author media (bio, author pic, links), book cover, purchase links and article by/during December 1st to January 31st. The theme will run until February 2018.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

💋Erotic fiction - love it or hate it, it has a place in literature. Check out this naughty excerpt! Warning: over 18 only! #erotica #femdom #tpe #cbt #romance #femsub #naughty #excerpt

An extract from

Jelvia: Not Human book 1

Holding out for a Hero

He parted her ass cheeks and pressed his thumb against her small hole. A small pressure, and then he let her go to cup her pussy. She was dripping, and he dipped his fingers inside. Macy threw back her head and clutched the edge of the sink with tight fingers.
His hands moved away from her, and she realised he was undoing his trousers. Then he was back, and his hands slipped under her tee-shirt to feel her swinging breasts. His body covered the rear of hers as he leaned over her and nuzzled her neck.
 ‘I want to take you hard, and I want to make you mine. Now, tomorrow and every day after that,’ he said leaning around her and speaking against her throat. His fingers tweaked her nipples. ‘All mine.’
‘Yes,’ she breathed.
He had no inhibitions; nothing fazed or frightened him, yet Macy felt safe. She trusted him. If he hurt her it’d be a pleasurable hurt. She felt he was taking her slowly; easing her into his kinky lifestyle.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

💋An interview with an erotic writer – Louisa Berry @rararesources @louisaberry69 #swinging #erotica #fiction #author #interview

Vanilla Extract

vanilla (adj)

Having no special or extra features; ordinary or standard

Extract (v)

Remove or take out

Select for quotation, performance or reproduction


This could really be it. Snuggled up on his sofa on a cold Sunday afternoon watching a film. It felt so natural; so right. The log fire raging, red wine flowing, she was completely at ease in his arms. She knew he was a good man. She could tell, even though it was only weeks into this new relationship. He was honest, reliable and kind and he had huge potential as her partner, not to mention a body to die for. So why in the back of her mind did this niggling question keep raising its weary head? Instead of enjoying the moment and melting further into his well-defined chest, over and over again she wondered; “should I send the black latex cat suit back...?”

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When recently separated Lou decided to embark on a new chapter of her life, she had no idea where this journey of self and sexual discovery would lead.
Her lustful appetite for adventure was re-awakened and with every new, tantalising, naughty meeting Lou’s confidence grew, as did her need for more.
 An interview with an erotic writer -
💋Louisa Berry

How many unpublished books do you have lurking under your bed/in your cupboard?

I have only published the one book so far, Vanilla Extract, but my second book is out at the end of November.  I seem to be on a roll, as the third book has just been started and will be out next year.  I haven’t ever started writing a book and not finished it, but then again, I’m relatively new to this.  I do write a genre that seems to flow (excuse the pun).

Are your family/friends supportive of the genre you write in?

Because I write erotic fiction, I have to be a little bit careful here. My friends and family know all about my work and are supportive.  Some have told me, however, that they don’t want to read it, as it might be just a little bit too close to home as such, and they might get embarrassed by some of the explicit scenes. 

My older children also know and have even helped with my social media accounts, but my younger ones are just a little too young to understand what Mum writes about. 

Promoting is something ALL authors struggle with. How are you managing yours?

Promoting your book could be a full-time job if you didn’t already have a full-time job, children and a house to run!

I find that social media can be your friend if you use it well and frequently. I have built up a following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and regularly post snippets of the script on them, as well as other related pictures and quotes that appeal to my audiences. 

What I really want is for Vanilla Extract to go viral as word of mouth spreads and people get to hear about it. 

Does writing energise or exhaust you?

Writing both energises me and exhausts me!  Writing can be therapeutic, productive and rewarding all at the same time.  It can be tiring when you find yourself still typing late into the night, and you know you have to be up early for work the next day.  On the flip side, writing is a perfect way to pass long journeys, particularly on trains and planes. 

Does (and how) your protagonist change/learn by the end of the book?

Lou develops her self-confidence, and how to react in situations that she has never found herself in before.  She is at an age where she doesn’t have to follow the rules she once took for granted in her married life.  Instead, Lou is finding now that she can pick and choose what scenario she wants to play out and with whom. 

Who would be your dream cast if your novel was made into a movie?

I’m torn with who my lead lady would be.  She has to be strong, intelligent and sexy.  A few contenders I’ve thought of are Emily Blunt, Natascha McElhone or Kate Beckinsale.  She has to be English to make it authentic and true to the book. 

How did you come up with the title of Vanilla Extract?

Given that the book is all about Lou exploring different sexual encounters and taking herself away from the confines of her traditional marriage, Vanilla Extract seemed the most appropriate and fitting title. 

Vanilla is the most chosen ice cream flavour, and it has come to represent the ‘norm’ when referring to sexual intercourse, e.g. missionary position.  The ‘extract’ part is all about Lou taking herself away from exactly that as she embarked on her journey of self and sexual discovery. 

Can you share a few lines from your best review of this book?

From Poppy on Amazon:

“…The confidence this lady has is just mind-blowing and I would love some of her energy ha ha!  This book has definitely made me take a step back and look at life and how much more fun it can be!!  Well written and some laugh out loud moments!  Thanks Louisa Berry - looking forward to the next one!!!”

What was the purpose of writing Vanilla Extract, e.g., to teach, to inform?

This erotic book was not written to teach people anything in particular, but it intended to change opinions.  Swinging has traditionally been seen as a sordid world in which ‘those people’ are seedy and dirty.  Swingers allegedly sleep with everyone who goes to those sorts of parties, and it’s all very lucrative. 

Instead, my research has shown that anyone with a high sex drive and a curious nature, who wants to explore their desires and push boundaries, can do precisely that. 

There are also rules and guidelines for doing that safely, which Lou learns along the way and imparts her knowledge humorously.  Lou humanises this subject and makes it relatable. 

Do the issues raised in your book affect your life/other people’s lives?

Apparently, issues raised in Vanilla Extract have affected other people’s lives.  One woman said it was her lightbulb moment; that she didn’t have to sleep with her date just because he bought her dinner.  This was something she hadn’t considered before.  She discovered that she was empowered and could say “no thank you.”

Another Facebook ‘friend’ contacted me and said, “Not to sound too rude but your book has helped me and my wife have fireworks again!”  What a brilliant reaction and very rewarding I have to say.


An American reader told me he read the book twice in quick succession: the first time he was shocked by the honesty and the humour and the second time he took notes as he was using Vanilla Extract as a guidebook!   

Author Info:
Vanilla Extract is Louisa Berry’s first published work.  
Louisa lives in Hertfordshire with her four children.  When she’s not on ‘Mum duties,’ she works full time in the finance sector at Canary Wharf in London. 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.@rararesources @lmhedrick #RemembranceDay #wartime #romance

What a better time than having a cover reveal of L M Hedrick's war time romantic fiction on Remembrance Day. So, without any further ado... drum role please...
WWBB can present...

The Rigel Affair
L M Hedrick
Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.
Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.
Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?
The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

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Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. 
She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. 
Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. 
Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.