Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Signing Off!

It has been way too long between blogs, and what better way to sign off 2013 than with a bit of a look at the year that was.

As far as years go, it has been a pretty big one. 

Only a couple of weeks ago, we welcomed little Chloe Eloise into the world on the 11/12/2013, a date thought by many to be lucky.  I know I feel lucky.

I also managed to write my very first manuscript for a paranormal romance novel, but not only that but I also managed to find a publisher willing to take a chance and publish it!

I'm currently working on my first round of edits to send back, and then with my fingers firmly crossed, by the end of January I'll be sharing my book with the world. (As long as the world doesn't have too high expectations - and is kind to a first time author...).  I'm sure it could be written better, have a better plot and better characters but for a first go, I'm pretty proud of myself.

As far as 2014 goes, I'm not quite sure what could happen to even come close to the events of this year, but perhaps a year to reflect on the amazing people I've met this year.  People I didn't know 6 months ago I now class as some of my closest friends.  Every day I thank the universe for bringing such incredible people into my life. Without their support, help and guidance, Of Fire & Roses would have ended up on the scrap heap.

Things I'm looking forward to in 2014 (in no particular order!)

  • Meeting more of these wonderful people in person (you know who you are gorgeous ladies :D)
  • 2014 RWA Conference in August (I'll be getting my first sales certificate - woo hoo!)
  • Actually seeing a book that I wrote published.
  • Watching my two beautiful girls grow up some more... and last but not least:
  • Be thankful for all the amazing things in my life and to remember, to take deep breaths when things get a bit rough (I do have a tendency to over dramatize somewhat!)
Have a fantastic new year everyone and go easy on the bubbly!


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cover Reveal - In Too Deep - by Tracey Alvarez

I'm excited to reveal the cover for a wonderful author, Tracey Alvarez.  Her new book In Too Deep will be available on January 20th 2014, the first book in the Due South series.

She vowed never to return.
To save her brother from financial ruin, Piper Harland must do the one thing she swore she’d never do—return to the tiny island hometown where Ryan “West” Westlake crushed her heart. Piper is tough, resilient and a little wild—much like the remote and beautiful Stewart Island where she grew up. As a cop who’s part of the elite New Zealand Police National Dive Squad, bringing the dead back to their families still doesn’t stop the guilt she feels over her father’s drowning  death. Now nine years later she’s obligated to return to a hostile community as the outsider, and forced to work with the man who was once her best friend and first lover.
She’s a risk he can’t take.
West is an Island man, through and through. As owner of the local pub, he lives and breathes the local community, and sure as hell can’t imagine living anywhere else. But most of all he refuses to ever fall for a woman like his flighty mother. He lost Piper once to give her the chance to fulfil her dreams of becoming a cop. But now she’s back for an unexpected six week visit to help her brother—his best mate. Maybe West wants her a little bit, maybe he can’t resist the temptation to tease and touch her, but can he fall in love with such a flight risk?
Saying goodbye the second time might just destroy them both.


Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.
Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.
When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, she can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework. a Rafflecopter giveaway