midweek tease

(thanks Doris for pointing out i put the wrong title. That’ll teach me for posting at stupid o’clock) Okay this week I hit a bit of a wall, not literally because ouch but I finished the story I used last week. I’m a little undecided about what to do with it. I’ll submit it and I now know where I’m sending it too but it doesn’t feel right, I’m not sure why but there you go.

Anyway back on topic, here’s my snippet. We’ve had a bit of a name change as well.

“Clayton, you’re here.” He glanced up to see Bertha. Alan’s wife wiped her hands on her apron. His boss preferred to handle the meat on the grill but Bertha did everything else. Her grey hair was cut into a bob and she wore a long flowing beige skirt and a white top with long sleeves. She was one of the sweetest people Clayton knew and whilst he teased Alan something rotten about being under his wives thumb, it probably wasn’t a bad place to be. She cared about all the staff and had become a surrogate grandmother to their kids. As if on cue Clayton heard some of them giggling in the backyard. These BBQs were a real family affair.
“Absolutely, wouldn’t miss it for the world.” He laced his fingers back through Kit’s and walked toward his boss’s wife. There was the slightest hesitation before Kit followed him.
Bertha glanced down at their joined hands and her smile grew wider. “You must be Kit. I heard you were a baker.”
Clayton caught the curious look Kit gave him. “Yeah, if I’d known we were coming I would have brought something.” Her tone was slightly reproachful.
“You didn’t tell her?” The elderly woman shook her head in mock disapproval. “Well you can come help me in the kitchen if you want?” Bertha took her hand and Clayton let her go. Kit glanced over her shoulder, a little panic stricken, Bertha saw it too. “It’s okay sweetheart. I don’t bite. I want to learn all about you. You know you’re the first girl Clayton has brought to the monthly BBQ?”
“Bertha.” Clayton groaned, slightly embarrassed. He’d kind of hoped that it wouldn’t come up. He didn’t want to scare Kit away.
Kit smiled at him. “Really?”

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


ROW80 Update

I think I missed last week but I actually have something to update, so here it goes. 

* Guitars and Cupcakes, my contemporary romance is finished but not ready to submit yet. Firstly I’m not a hundred percent sure where to send it and secondly it isn’t perfect.

* I’m supposed to be getting the edits to two of my steampunk stories. Wings has been published before but it really needed a little bit of expanding. Heartless is a brand new story.

* My son is off to school for a full week starting Monday. It means I’m going to have a very quiet week but I’ll be working and also searching for a new job. I’ll still be writing but it’ll be going down to part-time hours. 

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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


Robot of Sherwood: A Review

Have you ever had a case of Deja vu? I seriously got a case of it when I watched this episode. Some of the dialogue seems lifted from the animated film, but I guess it has something to do with the myths and stories that surround the character Robin Hood. Anyone over the age of twenty will probably know what I mean. The animated film was shown during the holidays back then in the UK. I haven’t seen it in a while since it doesn’t measure up to the Toy Stories or How to Train Your Dragon but I remember it.

Okay lets get back to the point.

If you read my review for last weeks episode I didn’t like it much. This episode was much better, it certainly had its high points but it still felt like a filler episode. There were Easter Eggs, the robots trying to find the Promised Land, which makes me think this is one of the big things this season. It got mentioned in the first episode and during David Tennett’s run, leave me a message in the comments if I missed anything. SO let’s get back to the high points.

* The bickering between Robin and the Doctor. The characters actually have a lot in common, which is mentioned in their last interaction before the Doctor and Clara leave, and there was a lot of one up-man-ship between them which was worth a giggle or two.
* Clara was the voice of reason again and you could see how excited she was to meet Robin. There is still a level of childlike wonderment about her.
* The Doctor was wrong. He thought he had all the answers. He found it completely unbelievable that Robin existed as anything but a legend.
* The Robots were pretty cool for monsters. I think they’re actually a repeat monster but I don’t remember from when. The purple cross that appeared on their head was a striking effect. It’s the second time we’ve had robots so I hope that next week is something different, judging from the teaser it is.

Down points

* Besides the Easter Egg, this felt a lot like a filler episode. I know that this season will have a lot of standalone episodes and it was quite a funny one all in all but not much drama.

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Elven Obsession: Print Release for Decadent Kane.


Elven Obsession paperback is now available on Amazon- Elves aren’t just for Christmas


Something elven this way comes… The trouble with being an elf is… well, it’s complicated! We have to save Christmas magic like my sister Ribbon. Don’t even get me started on Clover. Clover has to break a goblin’s curse using love and nightshade! Whoever comes up with these recipes needs help. Now Captain Joren Steele has his hands full with not only a dark-eyed beauty named Pepper, but a king, an evil drow elf, and someone stealing souls! Cayenne has to capture a malevolent fairy, but she finds her attraction to her partner to be a bit distracting to say the least. And finally, Rue. Rue has a difficult choice: should she do as she is commanded or standby as an elf is tortured. Join the elf side…

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


Midweek Tease: Guitars and Cupcakes

I’m posting a snippet from my current wip, which I hope to finish and submit this week. Clara Collins has a past she’s desperate to forget, James reminds her of what hurt her but he isn’t her ex. A mechanic who plays the guitar on the weekends, James is intrigued by the redhead who makes the sweetest cupcakes.

He slipped off his leather jacket. “I’m going to help you replace the biscuits you lost. It’s the least I can do.” She looked tore. Clara didn’t want him to stay that much was obvious but he couldn’t just leave her to clean up when it was his fault. James smiled at her. “Come on, free labour right here. Do I have to beg before you let me?”
A laugh escaped her and the last of the tension left her body. “Yeah, you don’t strike me as someone who begs.”
“That’s true, but I’m not leaving until I help you replace what got broken.” He folded his arms across his chest, he meant business.
Clara studied him for a second before she leaned across the counter and picked up a pale green folder. James watched as she flipped through the clear plastic covered papers and stopped when she came to the page she’d been looking for. She reached between the sheets and handed it to him. “Okay, if you’re so determined to help, follow these instruction.” Her eyes narrowed. “Exactly. I’ll taste one when their done before putting them on sale.” Clara paused. “I’ve got to sort out the till.” She made her way passed him and James glanced down at the recipe in his hand. “Remember to wash your hands.”

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


Into the Dalek: A Review

I have to admit that this episode didn’t hit the wow factor of the previous Deep Breath. I understand that every Doctor must have a encounter with the Daleks but I think it was something that could have waited for a few episodes. We needed to get more invested with this incantation before we’re hit with the nemesis. There was also a throwaway scene with the mysterious Missy but until we have more context about who she is, I don’t have much to say about her. Though it is possible there is a link between Journey’s rescue by the Doctor and Gretchen ‘death’ maybe she was taken the moment before it? That probably makes more sense in my head.

In this episode we were introduced to Danny Pink, the next rumoured companion. I emphasis rumoured since I’m not a hundred percent sure. He certainly seems interesting but since the Doctor said he wouldn’t take Journey because she was a solder, what would make him change his mind in the case of Danny? I don’t really have much to say about Clara either, she’s the one who comes up with the solution but all in all, a throwaway episode that didn’t have the emotional punch I was expecting.

Best Line

Clara: I’m his carer
Doctor: Yeah, she cares so I don’t have too.

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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


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#ROW80 Update

It’s nearly the end of August, which means this time next week my son will be off to school. It’s only two days and that it’ll be the weekend but it’s going to be weird. All in all it’s been a good six weeks. We haven’t gotten up to much. We’ve seen his friends, gone to the cinema, the park, had picnics, been swimming. It’s going to be strange not seeing him for six hours every day. I guess that means I’ll be able to get more writing done. The last six weeks has been a case of writing when he’s in bed, but six hours a day makes it back into the full time job it is.

SO what have I accomplished this week?

* Guitars and Cupcakes: it’s nearly hit the 10k mark. It’s a contemporary standalone and I haven’t written anything like it before. I don’t think I’m going to stop writing paranormal since that’s turning into my favourite genre but I’ve enjoyed writing about Clara and James. The goal is to finish writing this story but this time next week.

* The Whistling Girl: I originally wrote this story when I went back to College about seven/eight years ago. It started life as a monologue I had to perform during class but has stayed with me for a long time. I don’t have the original manuscript but the story has evolved since then. I’m 1k in and I know where its going so it’s just a case of getting down on paper.

Future Projects

I hope to start these next month (September/October)

Decadent Roar
Decadent Publishing’s Fairy tale Line.

I also have a story out next month (September 24th). It’s a rerelease under the name Samantha Allard, originally it was an e-short series but its been expanded and revised heavily. I’ll be posting more details on

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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