Monday Morning: New Week, New Book

MONDAY 14th APRIL 2014

Good Morning folks! Did you have a good weekend?

Martina Cole

 

I finished reading Martina Cole’s ‘Hard Girls’ last Thursday and read Chrissie Parker’s ‘Integrate’ over the weekend, so I’m now looking for what to read next. I have a study stocked with books, a Kindle full of downloads and a locker at work bursting at the seams. So I’m spoilt for choice.

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I hope you’re all as happy as you can be, for a Monday morning I suppose.

You see, as I’m a shift worker in the day job, I never have that Monday morning feeling. Some people may consider that a good thing, however I would rather experience the dread of dragging myself out of bed early on a Monday than the inconsistent life that shift work brings. It can be lonely at times so it’s no wonder I bury my head in books.

My intention wasn’t to start Monday with a negative post. The point I’m getting at is that my unhappiness at my lifestyle at the moment is what spurs me on to change it and no-one can do that but me.

I turned thirty this year and with that it brought all the usual nostalgia of where I am in my life and where I want to be blah blah blah.

And I’ve been stuck in this place for far longer than I intended.

Plus I had a bad experience with back pain a couple of weeks ago, which really frightened me, so I’m looking at what changes I can make in my life to improve it.

So I see every Monday as a positive – it brings a fresh start with brand new opportunities. All across thecoffee and cream North East offices are now springing into life, bustling with staff exchanging weekend escapades with their co-workers by the coffee machine, delaying the inevitable retreat to their desk.

And that is good news for people like myself who are looking to change their career. Monday brings the possibility of new plans, ideas and regeneration in a business which may provide that career move I’ve been searching for. To me, Monday is a day of eager anticipation of a brand new working week.

It’s undoubtedly time for a change and one of these days, I will be back in the rat race; the stressful drive to work in rush hour, the hustle and bustle of an office environment and the Monday Morning feeling eventually merging  into that Fabulous Friday Feeling. I’ve discovered I’m very much a routine person and I’m not sure if that’s a sign of age or I have some form of OCD.

study2You get one life and it’s too short to spend it being miserable. Sure, we all have to earn a living but sometimes it becomes an unhealthy lifestyle.  I’ve learnt to do what you love so in-between searching for my next move,  I will continue to blog, write and lose myself in books; something that is consistent and that I know I will do for the rest of my life. Hell one day it would be amazing if that was my day job.

But until then, I continue with my mission to find a new job. However I just need to decide what book to read next …

Love Missuswolf xxx

It’s kick off time for Michelle Betham’s Striker

SATURDAY 02nd MARCH 2013

I am delighted and honest to host Romance Author and fellow North Easterner, Michelle Betham, as she releases her seventh novel Striker.

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Author Bio

Michelle Betham is a born and bred Geordie, and proud of it! An ex-Media Technician, she now lives in County Durham with her extremely AuthorPicpatient husband and their gorgeous West Highland Terrier, Archie.

Michelle is the author of seven novels ranging from the edgy and sexy contemporary romances ‘No Matter What’, ‘Illusions of Love’ and ‘See You At The Show’ to light-hearted romantic comedies ‘Too Much Trouble in Paradise’ and the bestselling ‘Bon Voyage’, which hit #53 in the Kindle Top 100 in May 2012. She’s also written a Christmas novella – ‘Christmas Without Icing’.

A fan of rock music, a decent TV drama, and most movies starring Keanu Reeves, her biggest ambition is to write a northern sitcom – preferably with Peter Kay, and preferably about darts!

So Michelle tell us all about your new novel Striker…

‘Striker’ is my seventh novel, and one I absolutely adored writing. But what led me to write a book set in the world of professional football?

Well, I’m actually a bit of a closet football fan. Back in the 1980s I could be found inside St. James’ Park clutching a burger in one hand and a match-day programme in the other, because I was a season ticket holder at Newcastle United for a number of years. Oh yes, I thought nothing of sitting there in the freezing cold in the middle of December, with the wind and the rain whipping across my face as I watched twenty-two men kicking a ball round a field. I loved it! I was also a huge fan of ‘Footballers Wives’ – anyone remember that? Fun, fabulous, frothy TV drama at its best! So, I suppose my love of football, and my fascination with the life behind the sport led me to write ‘Striker’. Although, it’s not quite as frothy as ‘Footballers Wives’!

I also recently read a book called ‘I Am The Secret Footballer’ written by an anonymous Premiership footballer who gives us quite an insight behind the scenes of top-flight football. It was an incredibly interesting read, and it made me realise that sometimes the things you hear about footballers, well, they’re not quite as far-fetched as you may think. It gave me a lot to think about when I was deciding how far to push the character of Geordie bad-boy footballer, Ryan Fisher. And I pushed him quite far!

‘Striker’ is very definitely a hard-edged romance – it isn’t sweet, and it isn’t pretty. I’ve actually dubbed it “Fifty Shades of Football”, but make of that what you will. However, if you like your romance more Jackie Collins than Jane Austen, then this might just be up your street! I guess I just love creating sexy escapism, and I hope that’s what I’ve done with ‘Striker’ – a story of fame, power, secrets, and sex! Because, sometimes, the beautiful game isn’t always so pretty…

Synopsis

???????????????????????????????????????? Ryan Fisher is young, talented, and very, very sexy; a professional footballer with the world at his feet he’s returning to his native North East England after more than a decade away in a multi-million-pound transfer deal to Newcastle Red Star, a big-name local club. He’s got it all – looks, fame, money; women falling at his feet, and a lifestyle he’s in no hurry to give up. But is his return back to the north of England as clear-cut as it seems?

Amber Sullivan is a beautiful, feisty Sports Editor for a local North East news programme. With an ex-professional footballer for a father she’s grown up around the sport, but the one thing she’s sworn off is relationships with men who play the game. For a reason. As far as Amber’s concerned, work comes first. Until she meets Ryan Fisher…

Jim Allen is a handsome, charismatic, extremely successful, American-born football manager. He’s been poached from a top London club to join Newcastle Red Star in a bid to give them the success that’s eluded them for so long, but is the league title the only thing Jim’s out to win?

A story of fame, power, secrets and sex, ‘Striker’ is a hard-edged romance with a kick. Because, sometimes, the beautiful game isn’t always so pretty…

Grab your copy of Striker here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Next Big Thing

WEDNESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2012

Last week, I was tagged by the lovely Author, Michelle Betham, in her post The Next Big Thing.

Michelle is not only a fellow writer, she is also a fellow North Easterner – residing just down the road from my humble abode here in Newcastle in the beautiful town of Durham. She is a self published Indie Author who writes Romance Novels; sexy escapisms for the beach.

Her most recent novel is Bon Voyage, a light hearted rom-com set on a Meditterean Cruise.

So just what is The Next Big Thing I hear you ask?

Well, I answer ten questions about my current Work In Progress and I then tag five Authors,  inviting them to tell you about their Work In Progress on their blog the following Wednesday.

What is the working title of your book?

At this present in moment in time, it is called Miss Pooshoe. It is the second title I have used whilst in the draft stages; the first one was too seasonal as I had created that as I started the writing process back in January 2012. However, once I completed the first draft, the story no longer headed in the direction I first thought and therefore needed a complete overhaul of the title.

What on earth does Miss Pooshoe mean?? I hear you cry. Well, that’s the beauty of the title – it’s designed to capture and intrigue.  

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It actually stems from my experience of loosing a job I absolutely loved last year and being redeployed into a shift work role I had previously done. I carried a lot of anger, resentment and frustration with me at first regarding the whole situation. Rather than sinking in my misery, I tried to turn a negative into a positive and be grateful for having a permanent job in these hard times; and that the best therapy would be to channel those feelings of turmoil into a book.

What genre does your book fall under?

It falls under the ‘Chick-Lit’ Genre; the main theme of the story is serious and topical, injected with some humour and romance that is written (hopefully) in an upbeat style.

Miss Pooshoe has taken some surprising turns on her writing  journey;  in particular a route that one of the characters (Harriet)  takes. It was a direction that even I wasn’t expecting! And how it comes about is even more bizarre, as I sat furiously typing away, my fingers flowing across the keyboard, possessed completely by the characters and their story that they want to share. hat’s when you take a step back and actually go ‘Wow! Where did that come from!’

 That’s the beauty of getting immersed with your characters and story; they  take on a life of their own and do things you don’t expect to happen! Pleasant little surprises I call them.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

God this is a really tough question!

Character of Maggie – Kirsten Wiig
Image from Style Bistro

The main character is Maggie Bell, a 27 year old who looses her job as a successful Project Co-ordinator.  She’s blonde, bubbly,  kind of ditsy.  I tried to stick with English Actors in the main however I loved the film Bridesmaids (it even manages to crop up in the book!) and I think Kristie Wiig would be the perfect Maggie Bell and Chris O’Dowd would be a great Paul (they are not lovers in this book, just best friends.Paul is actually gay. Seth is the love interest – the yummy Chris Hemsworth) 

Character of Paul – Chris O’DowdImage from Digital Spy 

After much deliberation. here goes:   

Character of Seth – Chris Hemsworth
Image from Byeshane Blogspot

Character of Claire – Emily Blunt
Image from Filmario

Character of Harriett – Sienna Miller
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What is the one sentence Synopsis of your book?

Riding the Rollercoaster of Recession

Will your book be Self-Published or represented by an agency?

Back in March, my intention was to edit over the summer and then send a couple of chapters to Literary Agents, dip my toe in the waters and see if I got any nibbles – then failing that, Self Publish.

However, over this last year I have downloaded a lot of Indie Author books and I have become a part of Melissa Foster’s Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF and this has really opened my eyes to the world of Self Publishing. Melissa’s advice is to write what you want to write, not what you think will sell. Which is in contrast to a Literary Agents perspective; they are looking for the next big seller.

Self publishing works; this experience has taught me that.  I have met hugely successful Indie Authors such as Melissa Foster , who is proof of this. I am gradually building up the confidence and the strength of my manuscript and I am going to take Miss Pooshoe down the self publishing route.

How long did it take you to do the first draft of your manuscript?  

January and February are the hardest, most depressing months of the year.

In order to get motivated I thought; New Year, New Start – Get Writing!

I proceeded to set myself the challenge of writing the first draft of this novel over those two months. I followed my progress on my blog, naming  it Novel Project 2012. I completed just under 80,000 words in those two months, writing nearly every day aiming to write on average 2,000 words a day. It has been through one round of editing and I intend to do another round this Autumn after it has spent it’s Summer in the hands of proof readers.

I have learnt that I am a very seasonal writer and I concentrate more in the cold, dark months when I am all snug inside. I love Autumn; it always reminds me of going back to school so it has been the kick up the backside I need to start round two of editing.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre

I would love to compare it to Marian Keyes as I simply adore her books; they are so funny and witty with a touching or tragic backdrop that is dealt with so sensitively without loosing the humour to the story.

I am nowhere near as funny as Marian Keyes but I love her writing style; her light heartedness and chatty nature is something I aspire to with this novel and I would love it to come across even half as well as what her novels do.

Who or what inspired you to write this book

The loss of a job I loved; having to experience and deal with strong, unwanted emotions spurned me on to do something about the situation. I have always loved reading and writing; often sitting in my younger years reading books such as The Famous Five or Nancy Drew,  then instantly writing my own version straight after. The urge to write was so overwhelming and that seems to be my coping mechanism in everyday life; a bit of OCD has lead me to be a List Queen. So writing what I am experiencing seemed not only a great way to clear my head, but to start this novel writing adventure I have longed to do!

What else about your book may piqué a readers interest?

This book is by no means a memoir, however people who know me will recognise a fair amount of  myself in the book. To give you a bit of a clue, the title is actually my nickame.

A lot of what happens to Maggie – the funny scenarios and ridiculous phrase –  have either happened to me or the words have fallen out my mouth without thinking . So it may be a little insight into my crazy little life. 

Thanks for reading! Now I tag these five lovely Authors to share with you The Next Big Thing

Heather Cramner – The (Mis)Adventures of a twenty something year old girl

Denise Baird Stanley – A Room to Write

Jim Cantwell – Where The Grey Matter Pours Out

Kerry Richardson – What to Write

Sylvia Stein – ssteinwriting

Love Missuswolf xxx

Beautiful Blogger Award

 

MONDAY 27th AUGUST 2012Back on the 13th August, the fabulous blogger, A Mummys View, nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Her kind words were:

A wonderful, friendly and aspiring novelist who already has a fabulous book, The Ruby of Egypt which you must check out

Now I must nominate six bloggers and tell you ten things about myself that you didn’t know.

Therefore, I nominate:

Michelle Betham – Romance Author an inspirational Indie Author from the North East of England who has successfully self-published five romance novels within the past year.

Kerry-Ann Richardson – What to Write…. A lovely work colleague and a lady who is also on a journey writing a crime novel.

The Fabulous Moms Guide –    a fab lady who has a beautiful blog on parenting with some yummy recipes thrown in the mix too

E.M Tippetts – a wonderful blog from a Chick Lit and YA Author who has just released her new book Castles on the Sand. I have just viewed her media footage for her new book and it’s fantastic.

I am woman campaign –  a great blog that’s about using our voices to help other women, publishing flash fiction aspart of their fundraising strategy which also supports us authors.

H.C Elliston – Fab  and friendly writer,  a lovely lady whose books include that of fast action paced Think Fast Die Last

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

1) When I was about 7 I was the Princess of a local Shopping Centre…The Keel Row in Blyth! I got to go and cut ribbons at shop openings and parade with Santa around the centre!

2) I am Woman Campaign are have kindly accepted a submission of my flash fiction which they will be featuring in their next anthology eeek.

3) I started to learn how to play the guitar when I was about 11. My poor parens got me a guitar and I went to lessons at school but promptly got bored and put an end to that fad.

4) I used to go to dancing classes on a Saturday morning from the age of 5 til I was 9, doing ballet, tap and modern. I received numerous awards for my capers.

5) I was born in Nottingham but then moved up to the North East when I was 3

A piccie from a walk along Druridge Bay on a rare sunny day this summer

6) I LOVE Geordie Shore, it is my guilty pleasure

7) I visited Mother Shiptons Cave for the first time this summer too and really enjoyed it

8) I have been dog sitting my mother in laws dog a few times this summer and have had some wonderful walks at Druridge Bay with her

9) Went to the Baltic in Newcastle today for the first time. I will most definitely be returning.

10) I love good old British Classic comedies, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses to name a few.

So thanks to A Mummys View for my nomination:-)

Have a great evening

Love Missuswolf xxx

Too Much Trouble In Paradise – Michelle Betham

TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2012

All snug in bed this morning listening to that awful howling wind outside, I escaped to sunnier climates as I finished the last couple of chapters of Michelle Betham’s Too Much Trouble in Paradise.

This story follows Molly and her turbulent journey battling with her head and her heart; mixing scenes from not only Tenerife but also the North East of England which, as a fellow Geordie, I found endearing.

It is a wonderful light read, begging to be read from a sunlounger; however it is a lovely little night-time read before bed – although the cliff hanger chapters have you rebelling way past your bedtime.

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You can view her blog here – Michelle Betham Romance Author – following her journey on the character’s and scenarios she creates for her future novels.

Follow her on Twitter @michellebetham

A delight to stock up your Kindle with, especially for your summer read, available here on Amazon for £1.33.

Love Missuswolf xxx