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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New Year Writing After Christmas

As Christmas draws nearer, I start thinking beyond the presents, Christmas films and the mince pies. I start thinking about the year ahead and whether I'll bother with New Year's resolutions.
English: New Year's Resolutions postcard

The word resolution seems so big and important and, quite frankly, a little daunting. So, instead, I tell myself my resolutions are really just little changes or minor improvements - nothing to worry about. If I don't do that, I'll find myself stressing over them and worrying that I won't live up to the superwoman, superstar my resolutions would turn me into - if I stuck with them.

This year, rather than trying to change myself into a better me, I'm going to get stuck into a couple of writing projects for 2016. Firstly, I'll be writing a serialised story (as yet no title) about the misadventures of a character I might call Magenta Bright.

I plan to publish the story in fortnightly bites on my blog and hope that interaction with my readers will influence the future of Magenta and how her situation develops. I'm very excited about this new story and watching it develop live, as it were. Usually writers don't share their stories until they are finished and they know what they are about, so this is a big risk I'm taking.

I will talk more about this project at the start of the New Year when I will also be preparing to publish my first full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.

My second writing project for 2016 will be to expand on my 2016 Xmas story. Some of you will know that I've got the idea for that one and can't wait to see it published around this time next year!

So, 2016 will be a year of writing for me; the romantic comedy serial, developing my Xmas story and seeing Natalie's Getting Married published in March 2016.

Can't wait - it's even more exciting than Christmas itself. Just two sleeps to go!

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Winning Christmas

How do you win Christmas?
Xmas Tree

It's easy really, all you have to do is: Cook the best Christmas dinner any person could ever cook. Buy the best presents in the world and have your family crying with joy into their eggnog because of your spot on buying choices. Have the most tasteful Christmas decorations both inside and outside your house. Not gain an ounce of weight and stuff your face on al the Xmas fayre going for the whole season.

That is how you win Christmas, my friends.

English: Christmas bauble Italiano: Pallina di...
Sadly, I will not be winning Christmas. I won't even come close. I have already started to gain Xmas weight and I've only had one mince pie to my name. I have not done any Christmas shopping and I haven't got a clue what to get for anyone - and I'm on a budget. My Christmas dinner is really just my Sunday roast, only bigger and with more alcohol and I've used the same Christmas decorations on my artificial tree for the ninth year in a row.
Mince pie

But, one thing I do know, is that by this time next year, I will have written my very first Christmas novel. And the reason I know this is because the idea for the story came to me as I stood contemplating Christmas puddings versus Christmas cake.

My Xmas novel came to me in a flash of currants and brandy sauce and I jotted down the opening chapter. (It has nothing to do with food). I'm very excited about the story, more so than my current Xmas dilemmas. In the new year I get down to fleshing out the story, but for now ... it's time for another mince pie!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Lost In Writing

I've found myself lost in many things before; music, fog, the one way system in Richmond. This time I've been lost in my writing and I'm finally coming up for air. So, apologies for being off line for so long. I'm sure I've missed loads and I can't wait to play catch up on what's been happening with everyone.

During my absence, I have, however, managed to complete my first full length novel. The long awaited Natalie's Getting Married, transformed itself from a three part novella trilogy to something a bit more meaty.

I was told by my lovely Beta readers that 'going long' was a good idea. I have to say that after the novella, Sleeping With Your Best Friend, a complete novel was a tall order, but I have an appetite for writing them now.

Natalie's Gettng Married will come out in early 2016. I'm thinking, February but I'll keep you posted. In the meantime how would you like to check out the cover? Well, I leave you know choice, because here it is:
See you soon! Well provided I don't get lost on my way here that is...

Monday, 21 September 2015

Author Interview - Sonia Farnsworth

It's my pleasure to welcome Sonia Farnsworth, author of Losing The Plot In LA, to my blog today. Sonia gifted me a copy of the book and I couldn't wait to ask her a few questions.
What was the thing that influenced you to start writing? 
My imagination and life experiences. I love to people watch and then make up stories about them. I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid; it’s always been very cathartic and fun for me.

Tell me your success stories in terms of publishing/self-publishing? 
I found a wonderful publisher called Mascot Books. Mascot Books is a mix of traditional publishing and self-publishing. We worked together on everything, the editing, the book design, and cover design; everything was a team effort which I really enjoyed. They take care of 100% of the distribution which is fantastic. They also helped me get book signings at Barnes & Noble. Naren Aryal the CEO/Founder and the rest of his team have been amazing to work with.

What are your top writing tips for any aspiring writer? 
Take writing very seriously, as if it’s your day job. If you can’t write 8 hours a day make a plan to write minimally for at least an hour which will usually turn into much more once you get the juices flowing! No getting out of your chair, no circling the fridge, no emails, no texting, stay in your seat and write! Focus on that hour and you will be amazed at how a little adds up to a lot and eventually a book!

What are you working on now? 
I’ve been asked to do a series on the “Losing the Plot” theme but I have a book I finished a few years ago, so I’m still deciding which direction to go. Either way it looks like I’m sticking with Chick-Lit.

What do you draw on for inspiration?
My life experiences and people watching. As the cliché goes, life is stranger than fiction so it gives me a lot of inspiration. I can sit for hours watching people and making up stories about them. That being said piecing it all together into a full blow book is another story, which is where the challenge comes in.

Please tell me anything else you'd like the reader to know about you. 
In 4th grade the teacher asked the class to write on the chalk board what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wrote that I wanted to be a writer and you could see how unimpressed the class was, like how boring. The rest of the class wrote exciting things like Fireman, Policeman, Doctor, Actress, and Rock star, while looking at me like I was a total dork which is not far off the mark as that is exactly what I am…. A dork!

Thank you Sonia!

To connect with Sonia, hop over to her Goodreads Page
To get your copy of Losing The Plot In LA:

Thursday, 20 August 2015

My Writing Life - Interview on Whispering Stories

Reviewer, Stacey, from Whispering Stories has published this interview on her blog today:

The Writing Life Of: Rosa Temple

Grab your favourite drink, hop on over to her blog and check it out!

Don't forget to leave a comment on Stacy's Blog

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Who Needs a BFF Anyway?

I remember when I was a little girl in the playground at school. Back then, the game of Kiss Chase was all the rage. I think you get the idea: the boys chase the girls and try to kiss them. Sometimes it was the other way round but my school wasn't that progressive. In our playground there were no iPads, pods, or games to be played on a mobile phone. No. We made our own fun back then and who better to have fun with than your best friend. Mine was called Gillian Cackett (and no, I didn't make that up). She had long fair hair and when it was story time she used to insist that I sit behind her and check her ribbons, hair slides, bows or clips were all in place.

I didn't have a problem doing that; Gillian was my best friend. I'd do anything for her. I got my mum to buy me the same poncho Gillian had and begged her to do my hair just like Gillian.

Only problem was, I was no Gillian Cackett. And that was proven to be the case when the Kiss Chase games were under way and all the boys chased Gillian and no one chased me. She would run up to me with red cheeks, out of breath from being chased, swing her long hair off her shoulders and pant, “This is fun!” I would nod in agreement although I hadn't moved once from my spot by the hopscotch; I just stood there, waiting for someone to chase and kiss me.

Needless to say when I went home I'd sob into my pillow because I wanted to be Gillian Cackett – the girl who got chased.

Luckily, I came into my own as I got older. I wasn't bad looking and I met lots of guys who wanted to kiss me. I never saw Gillian after leaving that school but I got other friends along the way. Good friends. Friends I could call a BFF.

Then a strange thing happened. I never seemed to be able to hold on to a BFF for good. There was no 'Forever' in any of the friendships I made with another female. Something would happen and the first 'B' in BFF stopped being true and the 'F' at the end dropped off entirely. And very soon we weren't even the 'F' in the middle!

I sat and pondered this a long time. What changed in the friendship? What went wrong? How could someone go from being a BFF one day to being just a few memories in your diary the next?

The simple answer was boyfriends. Boyfriends seemed to ruin the friendship between me and many a potential BFF. Somehow, as soon as I or my BFF got a boyfriend, our wonderful friendship became a terrible shambles. I know it didn't only happen to me and I'm sure you or someone you know had similar failed friendships. These are stories I've heard time after time. Very sad indeed.

Experience has told me that such things as insecurity and jealousy can put any relationship in jeopardy. That's why when I wrote, Sleeping With Your Best Friend. I wanted to explore what could happen between two female best friends when they both got boyfriends and to examine the possible ways that a beautiful friendship could turn to tears.

I have to say at this point that Sleeping With Your Best Friend is a complete work of fiction. Nothing that Lori or Julia did ever happened to me or any of the friends I have now or have had. I feel like I need to repeat that but I'm sure you believe me.

I'm a lot older than the un-kissable ten year old I used to be. I've gotten lots of kisses and best of all I have BFF. Hooray! She was my BFF before and after I got married and I now have two children. And, guess what? She is still my friend. We can talk about anything and everything. We can also not talk for ages and get together for coffee and a cake and carry on as if there hadn't been a gap. That's what I call a real BFF.

And, just in case my husband reads this – you are my BFF too, darling but with the added bonus of being my soul mate. So, in answer to the question, Who Needs A BFF Anyway? My answer is, I do and I consider myself lucky to have one.

Sleeping With Your Best Friend is now available at the following:

Amazon UK 
Amazon US 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Nest of Books Review: Nest's Book Review!

The Nest of Books Review: Nest's Book Review!: Sleeping With Your Best Friend by Rosa Temple                                                                                           ...

Just wanted to share this great review on my blog from the wonderful book blogger Pippa Q!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Blog Tour Begins!

Just a pre-launch day update!

Really looking forward to the review and author spots on the following two Blogs:

Aimee from Hello Chick Lit 
Holly from Bookaholic Confessions

are two of the lovely bloggers who have read my novella, Sleeping With Your Best Friend and their reviews will both be published tomorrow (30th June) - Launch Day!

I actually know that one of the reviewers liked the novella so the other will be a complete surprise. Fingers crossed. Either way I'm more than a little excited and a tad proud of my very first publication!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Pre Launch Nerves

With just days to go before my first novella is released, the nerves are creeping in. For the release of Sleeping With Your Best Friend, I haven't planned an elaborate party. It's an ebook so it's not as if I could book a venue, call up everyone I know and do a book signing or anything.

Instead, my launch is a virtual one. My own mini blog tour that took weeks to organise and will last for one week only starts on 29th June.

Maybe I needed to make a bigger fuss; maybe a fanfare or at least a bubble machine, but I decided instead that less is more and will tweet and post like mad to spread the word.

So release date is 30th June and I can't wait, if nothing else, to read the reviews from my blog tour hosts and see the first ever blog posts about 'Sleeping'.

I'm preparing myself for every eventuality because I know the bloggers writing the reviews will be honest and I have to be able to accept every comment - good or bad - and any criticism, and listen to advice.

That was my level head talking. Deep down I want everyone to love the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Only time will tell.

So until then, I'll be counting down the days and keeping everything crossed that my first novella is well received!

In the meantime, Sleeping With Your Best Friend is available for pre-order here and will be on sale from 30th June from here and here.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Guest Post by Lisa Bevilacqua

It's publication day for Lisa Bevilacqua. Her first novel, One and Done is out now and Lisa has very kindly dropped by with a guest post!

Over to you Lisa...

One and Done? Why? And…why?

When I was totally in the weeds and writing my book, “One and Done”, I was frequently asked the following questions:

What led you to develop this strategic dating plan? And,

What motivated you to write a book about it?

My answer was always this:

Because I wanted to take control of my dating life (i.e., to quit choosing to date douchebags and other inappropriate suitors). And,

It was a cathartic way for me to share this successful strategy with others.

Even though I’m married now, and that part of my life is behind me, not a day goes by that I don’t discuss some aspect of dating with any number of my single girlfriends. It seems as though everyone is on their own quest to find “The One”. This tenant has been ingrained in many of us from the time we were little girls. From Cinderella and Prince Charming, to Ariel and Prince Eric, women have become so obsessed with this fantastical theory, that every time we go on a first date, our very first thought is, “This could be THE ONE”.

Don’t even try to deny it – you know it’s true. Now, with on-line dating becoming the new “organic” way to meet people, often times, this notion overcomes us even before we’ve met our prospective prince! We begin to daydream about romantic dinners a deux, amorous excursions to exotic locations, and so on. All of this even before our first encounter!

But, if we think about this logically, how often does “The One” come around? In the literal sense, exactly once. That’s why the odds are that the dude you just swiped right for on Tinder is not your Prince Charming. Realistically, he’s probably not someone you’d ever do a double take for while venturing on your daily coffee run, much less date for an extended period of time.

But for some reason, 100+ text messages later, once we’ve settled into that chair across the table from him, had our first sip of bubbly champagne, and have begun to engage in conversation, we start to mold him – like clay – into that image we had of him feeding us fettuccini in front of the Roman Coliseum on our honeymoon. We overlook the fact that he may not have graciously allowed us to order before him. Or that he has been constantly checking his phone for messages since we sat down. And hasn’t asked even one substantive question about us.

Why do we do this? Why do we ignore the obvious signs that this guy isn’t “The One”? Perhaps it’s because we’re afraid of ending up alone. Or, quite simply, we’re bored with the single life and want to have a constant companion to do fun, couple-y things with. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that when all is said and done, we end up dating a guy who, if we were completely honest with ourselves and objective about our true feelings from the onset, we likely would not have accepted a second date with.

And now, three months later, after he’s mysteriously dropped off the face of the earth, we’re left perplexed and hurt. And angry.

We’ve just wasted irreplaceable time on a guy we’ve now deemed “unworthy” of us, and the cycle begins again.

What did we ever see in him in the first place???

I blame Cinderella and Ariel. Because every first date we have, cannot possibly be with the likes of Charming and Eric. It is statistically impossible.

So, rather than thinking, Maybe he’s the one, before every first date, why don’t we go into it more logically by stating, He’s NOT the one, and I’m never going to see him again after tonight because (insert all of his transgressions here – and be honest – which you will inevitably discover after said date)? If we go into a first date with the anti-romanticized notion that the guy is more than likely not, “The One” for us, then we become more aware of our standards and much more objective in terms of our general opinion of him from the start.

For me, establishing this mindset gave me much more clarity. It was as if I had just wiped my grubby eyeglasses with a dose of reality. Routinely, on date #1, I immediately became inherently aware of every single thing my date said and did, and constantly checked in with myself to determine whether I liked it or not. Was I offended when he lingered looking at my cleavage a few seconds too long? Was I annoyed by the fact that every time I embarked on a story or anecdote, he immediately attempted to “one up me” by inserting a tale of his own? Could I live with the fact that he laughed like a hyena in distress? If the answers to these questions were, yes, yes, and no, then he was done.

At 38, I didn’t want to waste any of my time (or his, for that matter) trying to mold this guy and this could-be relationship into something it clearly was not, and would never be.

So what is the moral of this Unfairy Tale? Be realistic about who you’re going to meet on date #1, and don’t ignore the obvious signs when your prince turns out to be a frog.

Thank you for dropping by Lisa

If you'd like to find out more about Lisa, check out her website here.
Click here to grab a copy of One and Done
And connect with Lisa here

Monday, 8 June 2015

Book Launch Tour

June is here and it's only 22 days until Sleeping With Your Best Friend is published! I'm so excited...and nervous.

Tues 30th June - is Book Launch Day!

So I thought it would be a good idea to organise a mini blog tour to celebrate the event and have to give thinks to the blog tour hosts who have very kindly read and reviewed Sleeping and will be posting their review, and sometime a little feature, on their respective blogs.

A big shout out to:

Stacy of Whispering Stories
Lynsey of Lynsey's Books 
Aimee of Hello...Chick Lit
Holly of Bookaholic Confessions
Laura of Lozza's Book Corner

All lovely ladies with lovely blogs, so go and check them out. Nearer to launch date I'll give the dates you'll be able to see the reviews. Like you, I won't know what they say until the review is published.
But if you're keen to have a preview of Sleeping With Your Best Friend then you can find one here!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Wonderful Book Bloggers

In praise of book bloggers everywhere - that is exactly what I am, and have been, lately.

Writers like me should stand up and salute all those wonderful people who take the time to read and review the work of hundreds of writers.

I've been blown away by the response I have had in just the tentative, few enquiries I've made to get reviews for Sleeping With Your Best Friend.

Of course not everyone is able to write a review, and I appreciate that some book bloggers have case loads up to the ears. But it was just so nice to receive lovely responses and to have over a handful of bloggers reading and reviewing my novella as we speak.

I admire you all!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sleeping With Your Best Friend

So the editing and proof reading has finally been done on my first novella. I thought I'd never get there!

The book cover has been ready for ages but it's been hard to find the right editor for this sexy, rom com, but I can finally say - it's finished.

The next stage of the operation is to find readers and reviewers. And that's where you come in. I can send a copy to you in Mobi format. If you are a book blogger, all the better, but anyone who wants to give a new writer a go is very welcome to receive a review copy.

Choosing who to publish with comes next. Smashwords and Amazon spring to mind but I have a publication date lined up: Tuesday 30th June 2015!

Watch This Space!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Nightmares in Editing!

Editing has got to be one of the most difficult things about writing. Some would tell you that real writing is editing and in a lot of respects I'd agree.

English: Hands collaborating in co-writing or ...But there's nothing like the sweet abandon of having an idea, switching on the laptop and just typing away like your life depended on it.

Of course, half an hour of doing that and you may well have written something that is a real nightmare. Reading back you might wonder what on earth you were talking about. Did you ever learn to spell? - I mean really spell? And what about that little thing called punctuation? It does exist still - doesn't it?

It is now time to enter the editing zone.

My problem is, I've come so close to saying I've completed my first novella when every time I look at it I find another bloody typo. So it's time to whip out the red pen!

This week I am on target to finish, and I mean really finish, Sleeping With Your Best Friend. And while I can't wait to press publish I'm thinking seriously about sending it out to book bloggers and organising a blog tour!

So before I can get to fancy talks of blog tours and reviews - I have to make sure I've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's! Then I'm further along the way to publication.

Any book bloggers up for a sexy, funny romantic comedy novella, drop me a line and I'll send you a copy!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Book Cover Sneaky Peek

Well I'm still at the editing stage with the first of my novellas as I get ready to start publishing.

I'm in a dilemma about what to bring out first - my stand alone story or the trilogy. So, as I've got the cover done for the stand alone story, Sleeping With Your Best Friend, I thought I'd at least show you the design and see what you think:

Well a picture can tell you a lot about a story but here's a quick blurb:

It's Lori's wedding night and her husband, Sam, makes a startling revelation. One that will make her dump him there and then, return to London and do something she'll regret. Her best friend, Julia, has done a disappearing act just days before the wedding and Sam's best friend, Matt, does his best to console everyone.

This group of best friends once called themselves The Awesome Foursome, but when partners swap beds, their friendships will never be the same again.

If you are a reader who would like a sneak peek at the novella in exchange for some feedback - reach out and let me know!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Write Away!

Just sent the second novella of the Natalie's Getting Married Series off to my editor and will be getting ready to publish the first on Amazon very soon. Excited!

I'm giving myself some time to think about the whole self-publishing thing before I actually get down to making the first novella available. It's a bit of a minefield at the moment and a lot of writers have talked about the problems they faced when they tried to self-publish on Kindle.

But - hey! Where there's a will there's a way.

At the moment I'm trying to get a really great book cover for the series and talking to various book cover designers to find the write cover. I'll be posting the final cover here and watch this space for the release of the first novella - Natalie's Getting Married!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

I'm starting 2015 full of optimism and excitement.

I have lots of plans for my writing this year and I hope you can join me in my journey as I try to launch my novellas in the months to come.

I'm brimming with story ideas and you can see a few of them on my writing page.

I'm busily trying to complete the look of this blog and other aspects of Social Media and slowly but surely I'm getting my head around how it all works.

I look forward to a year of meeting more like minded readers and writers and wish you all the best for 2015!