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New Release! The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd

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Charlotte Dodd is a spy. Only she doesn’t know it.

After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country – several times) Charlotte is given a new life – a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.

Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.

When she meets Ham – why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams…they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive – those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.

Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.

 Excerpt:

“Stupid girl,” he says. “Should have minded own business.”

“Yeah, that’s what they all say.” I swing my Le Club again but my aim is off and Bull grabs it out of my hand and tosses it aside.

“Not too fun without your pretty little stick, are you?”

Then the piece de resistance; by the big guy, not me – he picks me up by my shoulder and a handful of jeans at my hip–holding me suspended in the air for a second as I try to grab him. You know, when you’re about to be thrown into a swimming pool and you try to grab hold to take the person in with you? That’s me. But I don’t get a hold of him, and he throws me bodily into the side of my car. I land badly on the road with the wind knocked of out me. Saying this isn’t going too well for me is now an understatement.

But I’m not finished yet. I tuck my knees to my chest and thrust out with as much power as I can, catching Bull in his midsection, hitting him with a sharp foot to the groin, which can always damage a man, no matter how big he might be.

Teach him for trying to mess with a girl.

Bracing my hands beside my shoulders, I rock back and flip to my feet; a move perfected from watching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I grab my magazine from the ground beside me and tighten the roll, ready to finish Bull off. I’m getting tired of this.

“I’ve got another stick,” I say as menacingly as possible in my girlish voice. But there’s nothing girlish about how I can wield my movie magazine. Bull can do little but protect his head.

“Stop!” Scar finally calls out, still holding a gun on Doogie. If I didn’t know better I’d say both of them are enjoying the show. “Grab her and let’s get out of here.” He begins dragging Doogie to the car behind mine.

I can’t let them take Doogie. I don’t know why – I don’t even know who he is. Or who the bad guys are. Doogie could deserve everything that’s coming to him.

But somehow I don’t think so.

I poke my magazine into Bull’s throat and grab his massive shoulders, slamming my knee into his midsection – once, twice – before stomping on his foot. Leaning over, I aim a kick at the side of Bull’s knee at the same time I grab my Le Club from the ground. When I stand up, Bull is falling over and the Le Club is flying through the air towards Scar. It’s a perfect aim and hits him on the wrist bone and he drops the gun.

I had no idea I could throw a metal stick like that.

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#weekendcoffeeshare – In which I am Badly in need of caffeine

cup#weekendcoffeeshare is a weekly meme hosted by PartTime Monster. It’s a great recap of your week, as if you’re sitting down for a quiet cup of coffee on Saturday morning with your bestie to talk about what’s gone on in your week.

If we were meeting for coffee, tea for me, I would ask for an extra big cup. Last night, K had a sleep over for her birthday and the lack of sleep is definitely affecting me more than them! Why did I not get any sleep? Well, because girls are LOUD! Very loud. Laughing loud, walking loud, happy loud.  Very LOUD.  And they don’t seem to sleep much. But they had fun (seems like it anyway). We borrowed grandparent’s house (thanks Nana and Grandpa) and I stayed with them at the house (as far away as possible) so at least hubby and other 2 kids were able to sleep.

If we were meeting for tea (I’m on my third cup already this morning) I would tell you how happy I am that I finally finished the formatting for The Secret of Charlotte Dodd this week!  Happy dance! The deadline for getting it uploaded for kindle was Friday and of course I wait until the last minute because of a few tweaks I wanted to do. Plus, Wednesday night I had an awesome idea in the middle of the night. Are there any other kind of ideas in the middle of the night? Anyway, I had the thought that because my three other books all have  quotes that began the chapters, Charlotte needed to have them too! So very early Thursday morning I was on-line searching for quotes relating to the chapters. I found tons – mostly pop culture related, including a couple from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias, which fits in very well to Charlotte. I don’t know how I didn’t think of adding the quotes sooner, because they make the book (at least in my opinion) even more fun!

If we were meeting for tea, I’d have to apologize because I’m very preoccupied with work this week. I’ll have a book coming out once a week for the next few weeks (some are ebooks released as print) so it’s a very busy time. Plus, I finally registered Three Birds Press, which is my own imprint! I can now add publisher to my resume! I’ll post about that later this week when I get the website up and running. It’s a busy time, but what I’ve been working towards and I’m very happy about everything. And I have to admit, pretty proud of myself.

If we were meeting for tea, I would be wishing we met somewhere other than here, because as I sit quietly posting on my laptop, there are many girls running around the house again. Again, they are LOUD! Apparently, little or no sleep doesn’t faze them one little bit. It’s fun to watch them, and try to stay out of their way. Oh, to be young again and full of boundless energy! But I’ll let them run and try to remember to apologize to the parents. I give them until about 5:30 this afternoon before they start to crash!! Early bedtimes for all tonight! And now the exodus has begun so I must go to make sure bags are packed and parents aren’t waiting forever for their girls to be ready. I hope you all have a great week and look forward to reading your weekendcoffeeshares later this afternoon!!

 

Pre-Order your copy of The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd Now!

Here is it!  You can PRE-ORDER your copy of The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd now for release Jan 26, 2016!

CharlotteDodd2Charlotte Dodd is a spy. Only she doesn’t know it.

After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country – several times) Charlotte is given a new life – a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.

Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.

When she meets Ham – why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams…they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive – those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.

Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.

Available for pre-order at Amazon now

ebook only, will be available at other retailers shortly and print

WWW Wednesday – This Week in Books

WWW WednesdayThis meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t taken part in this for the last few weeks so here’s my list:

What I’m Reading…

court of thorns

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I’m still on the Sarah J. Maas kick. I have to say I wasn’t that impressed when I began CoTR. It’s okay and all, but it seemed like Feyre was trying to be a cheap knock-off of Katness Everdeen and it wasn’t working for me. Then she started to have feelings but then – what’s the point? It’s the first in a series – it’s not going to end well for them! I’ve got about a quarter left to go and it’s finally picking up and here’s hoping for a good finish.

What I Finished Reading…

assasin's blade

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

I liked the insight it gave to Celaena’s character and the back story. But I don’t see how she didn’t know who was responsible for Sam! Reading this made me even more eager to get my hands on the next book in the series!!

 

anne and henry

In this wonderfully creative retelling of the infamous—and torrid—love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, history collides with the present when a sizzling romance ignites in a modern-day high school.

Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him.

Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both?

I hate to be disappointed by a book. It’s worst feeling. And this one had so much potential – I love the stories of Anne Boleyn and Hentry Tudor and putting it in a YA setting seemed a no-brainer. But no. Didn’t work for me. Didn’t work at all. And I can’t even say why – just didn’t do it for me. sigh. 🙁

 

nov 9

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

I don’t know if it’s my mood today, but this one didn’t cut it for me either. It was good – awesome dialogue, fast moving. Colleen Hoover makes me care about the characters and I usually come away from reading her books by being inspired to write more romance in the attempt to create what she can create. (I’m not a romance writer, so haven’t been successful yet – will still keep trying!)

But the twist. And the ending. Did not love them, and that’s all I will say about it.

What I’m Reading next…

I need a big adult book to offset all the YA. But I have a new Star Wars book that is supposed to give hints for the movie… I’ll see what the mood brings.

 

What I’m Writing…

CharlotteDodd2The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd is available for pre-sale!

After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country – several times) Charlotte is given a new life – a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.

Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.

When she meets Ham – why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams – they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive – those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.

Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.

And I’m frantically trying to put the finishing touches on the kids’ book I’m writing for mu kids. I need a copy of it under the tree – whether it will be the finished copy is yet to be seen!

What about you? How’s your reading been lately?

 

 

The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd – pre-order NOW!!!!

Here is it!  You can PRE-ORDER your copy of The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd now for release Jan 26, 2016!

CharlotteDodd2Charlotte Dodd is a spy. Only she doesn’t know it.

After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country – several times) Charlotte is given a new life – a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.

Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.

When she meets Ham – why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams…they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive – those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.

Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.

Available for pre-order at Amazon now

ebook only, will be available at other retailers shortly and print

 

 

What I’m Reading…This Week in Books

WWW Wednesday

What I’m Reading

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found this gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

You can tell off out of cottage mode and back into working because my reading time has severely dropped 🙁

 

What I’m Reading…

martian

Fell asleep reading this last night, which means I can’t stop reading it! How can growing potatoes  on Mars be so interesting?! So far, very good!

What I Finished Reading…

taming of the queen I finished The Taming of the Queen and strike whatever I said about the marriage between Henry VIII and Katherine Parr being happy and loving! I knew Henry was a tyrant but wow! This is one of the better Gregory books I’ve read in a while. She  does has a tendency to reiterate inner monologues of her characters, and this book was no exception, especially about Parr’s religious beliefs. Yes, I know she’s a reformer; that’s what gets her into trouble. Please say it differently or not all! And the dream sequence – luckily that was dropped fairly quickly. But even though I knew the outcome of the marriage, there was still lots of tension at the end to find out who would outlive each other! And Thomas Seymour seems too good to be true, except for the end, when they up his creepy factor when it comes to Princess Elizabeth. I liked it.

What I’ll Read Next…

the selectionI’m doing the Goodreads challenge this year and I’m behind acrown of midnight few books. The best way for me to catch up is pick up a few YA books! My daughter is reading the The Selection series with the pretty covers by Kiera Cass so I might try those for a change, unless I can get my hands on the rest of the Throne of Glass series. And then back onto adult novels!

 

What I’m writing…

I’m on track to finish the draft of The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd this month! I had a great writing day yesterday, answering questions and pulling things together for the final reveal. I’m excited to see how it ends! I mean, I know how it’s going to end, but my characters seems to have a mind of their own at times, and Charlotte is no exception. What will happen with Charlotte and Ham? What life will she pick?

“Stop,” he murmurs. “You’ll get your memories back.”

 “But what if I don’t?” And what if I don’t want to, I can’t help thinking.

“Then we’ll deal with it. I’ll support you in anything you want, you know. I’ve got your back, as you always say.”

“I do?” Somehow I’ve drifted closer to Ham, surrounded by his masculine scent once again. His hand is still on my cheek.

“You do. And I do. Always, Charlotte.”

Always. His words ring through my mind, devoid of memories of him. I feel an ache for what I’ve lost and it’s not for the first time tonight. Ham is…

My hand reaches out tentatively. His jacket is open and I reach up to smooth his tie flat over his firm torso, stepping even closer as I touch the knot against his throat.

Ham swallows, the sound audible in the quiet room and because I’m so close to him.

What about you? What reading did you do this week? Leave a comment or a link!

 

#weekendcoffeeshare – Home Again

IMG_3331#weekendcoffeeshare – Home Again

If we were meeting for coffee (tea for me) I’d have to apologize not giving you much time to get a word in! Here’s a bit of a recap of my summer.

Every year, hubby and I pack up the kids andIMG_3333 move to the cottage for four weeks. We’ve done this for the last ten years and it’s been wonderful to watch the kids grow and change from the countless pictures we have of our time there. I don’t call it a vacation, because for me, vacations include someone to do the cooking, cleaning and laundry for me! It is a great time to reconnect with visits from family and friends, days spent at the beach, reading and time with the kids. They are able to run free in ways that remind me of my childhood in the country, in ways that they aren’t able to do in the city. It’a a beautiful spot on the shores of Georgian Bay, close enough to all the amenities, but remote enough that a trip to town can take up a chunk of a rainy afternoon.

We’re home now, back in the city and while I’m sad to leave our little slice of heaven behind, I’m ready to get back to my routine. Because being at the cottage – as wonderful as it is – isn’t that relaxing. You know when you go on vacation and have a great time, but come back exhausted and ready for another one? That’s how it is with me. I’m in desperate need to recharge my batteries! Tuesday, the first day of school can’t come soon enough! I love my children with all my heart but they are exhausting.

I really hope school does start! Here in Toronto, we have had a teacher’s strike looming over us for months and while it seems like the First Day Back will go as planned, I have no idea what the year will bring to us. I’m not going to go into my thoughts about teachers going on strike because they are quite strong and somewhat resentful and I have several good friends who are teachers. Enough about that. I really hope things get worked out.

IMG_3433Back to time at the cottage. What did we do for a month, you ask? Not a lot! Time at the beach was the number one time-spender, with and without visitors. I did manage to complete this puzzle. The time I do puzzles is at the cottage and it’s becoming a bit of a tradition. This is a 1000 piece one – my biggest yet!!

We also watch lots of movies. I went to see the new Mission Impossible, and took the kids to the drive-in (or the drive-through as little S calls it!) to see Pixels. They enjoyed it; it was an okay for me. I don’t love many Adam Sandler movies these days, for a weird, personal reason! My eldest daughter has never watched the Harry Potter movies, so we went about trying to rectify that. We only have the last two to watch. Dumbledore’s death is still heartbreaking, and I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed re-watching Order of the Phoenix. It’s my least favourite of the series, so I tend to give it a pass, but it’s a really good movie!

I did some writing, which unfortunately didn’t include keeping up to date on blog posts. I have neglected my blog horribly and September will include getting it up to snuff. I have a website and blog to get the word out about my books and I need to get back to utilizing this. But like I said before, self-promoting is my least favourite thing to do. With a new book coming out soon, it has to be done, however!

Speaking of the new book, The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd is progressing in leaps and bounds! I’ve passed the mid-point and heading towards second plot twist and still loving it! I’m also loving working with critique partners. Having constant input has improved my writing immensely! But the end of September (my own deadline for Charlotte – wish me luck!) I’ll have a fully fleshed out draft ready for the editing process rather that a half-assed first draft full of plot holes and questions.

I also did quite a bit of reading, which is why I’ve jumped on board with WWW Wednesdays/ This Week in Books. Ever wonder what a writer reads? Here’s my picks.

I’ve also thought long and hard about a business plan, or at least a plan what I want to accomplish for the rest of the year and into 2016. I’ve had ideas for 2 new Holly books (including a sequel of sorts for Unexpecting, formerly Baby!) and the possibility of extending Charlotte into a series about my secret government spy organization. I know I have at least one other book in me about this. I’ve also had a brain wave about my Anna books and are looking forward to diving back into the world of my alter-ego, Anna Ellis. I also want to put together a newsletter for my readers, so I have some research to do about that. What I do know is that I’ll be doing a lot of writing this month, which makes me IMG_3552happy!

It’s been a fantastic summer and I’m hoping the fall will continue as such. Look for more of me!

 

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