So I watched the Greatest Showman again for the umpteenth time a few weeks ago and I can’t stop thinking about this movie.
It’s amazing how a movie that was purely made for entertainment can have such a strong and beautiful message of hope, dreams, faith, belonging, what it means to be human (I could go on). So it made me think about the books I write, the things I say and the stories I tell. And I can only hope that somewhere within there’s a positive message that will inspire others for the greater good. And on that note, I dug out some of the quotes I love.
“The future belongs to those with the desire to drive it forward, the hearts to make a positive difference, and the faith to imagine it.”
I absolutely love this quote and there’s nothing I can add to it that hasn’t already been said.
“I was born a thorn. You were born a flower. A thorn may wholeheartedly love a flower but how can it possibly protect her from its sting?”
This quote speaks to me in so many ways. It’s from one of the heart-wrenching scenes from Book 3 of my fantasy series and every time I read it, my heart hurts because I know that somewhere out there, someone is having a similar dilemma. Whilst I can solve this issue through fiction, in real life, it’s not as easy.
I’ll be sharing more soon.
“You were born a rare and exceptional flower, yet the world is inundated with thorns and spikes, and they all have one goal—you. You were born for greatness, and there’s an immortal light in you, and for that, darkness will constantly tag along.”Zaira
“Take a flower with a heart, and a light with a soul, and fuse them together, as you are darling, there’s only one result—Alessia of house Serenius. You will not shrivel. You will not wilt. You’ll rise above the Game of Sequence. You’ll hold that game in the palm of your hands until all the kingdoms bow their heads down in surrender.”Zaira
Or shall I say, NEW WIPs ALERT
They say a writer’s job is never done and it’s so true.
Whilst I’m waiting to receive the edits back for SeQuence Unbound, I started writing two new books today. They’re both High School YA Contemporary novels with a dash of mystery and romance. One of them is set in a boarding school and it sits very well with me because it takes me back to my six years at my all-girls boarding school. From the dormitories to the matrons, to the prefects, to the discipline, it was a different kind of world and one that I’ll always cherish (so says the girl who cried on her first day of school because she wanted to go home). Yeah, that was me, and the Friday after, my dad came to pick me up so I could go home for the weekend. And he continued to do so every weekend for almost an entire year.
And of course, things are so different now, (we didn’t have mobile phones in my time, secret letters were hand-delivered) so even though technology has moved on, teenagers will always be teenagers. And all those memories are just flashing back.
I’m really excited about these books because they’re fresh, modern and everything in between and hopefully I should be able to give you more information soon.
I’m super excited to confirm that SeQuence Unbound’s Pre-order is now live. The penultimate book in the Heart of the Ocean Series will be released on Thursday, November 8th, 2018!
Looking back at how this story started, it’s been an amazing journey. Through Alessia’s story, I’ve formed incredible friendships with fellow authors, readers, editors, designers etc — it’s been a journey worth taking in every possible way.
Naturally, I’m feeling a bit emotional because I can now see the end of the Heart of the Ocean series and it seems like yesterday when I simply scribbled, a world under the sea.
And just like that, Alessia’s story began.
This 4th book makes me excited and nervous and giddy and ‘you name it’ because there are huge twists and turns, and I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
To pre-order: Click Here
You reached the deepest depths of the ocean for me, and I will cross worlds for you.Sequence Unbound
Want to pre-order?
Here it is!
I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the 4th book in the Heart of the Ocean Series. Massive thanks to my amazing cover designer Jane Dixon-Smith!
Pre-order and release details will be coming soon!
When Alessia saves not only Tuscania, but Dante as well, she hopes it will set all the Sequences in order. But things rarely turn out the way Alessia hopes. Instead, she finds herself torn between two princes as the voices and visions in her head become stronger than ever.
While Dante and Jadherey vie for her heart and her hand, a part of Tuscania’s protective shield collapses and it is attacked. The invaders have a proposition though—they’ll leave the realm intact if Alessia and her foretold mate are turned over to them in chains. With Alessia and Dante as their key, the Njuzathians plan to break open the gate to Earth and wreak havoc on two worlds at once.
But the Reverse Sequence has other plans—plans that will twist the fate of everyone involved beyond reckoning.
They had long fish tails of various shades with scales that gleamed like diamonds. I was blinded. They moved so fast it caused the ocean to ripple around them. But their eyes, my prince, they don’t blink—they roll.Elijah of house Leyjoy
Last Saturday, my family and I visited the amazing Ickworth House in Suffolk. We had a great time exploring the house and it almost felt like we had stepped back in time. The Servants quarters were the most interesting for me. Being a writer, even when I don’t plan to wear my writing hat, it just happens. There was something about the house that told of great stories and I could imagine some of the stories being told from the servant’s POV. Check out these two boards from the servants quarters.
Somewhere in there is a story. It could be a start of a great YA Historical Novel told entirely from a servant’s POV. In those days servants were not allowed an opinion and it’s sad that they didn’t have a voice, but now they can have a voice and they should. I’ve kind of plotted a story inside my head, but historical fiction is not my natural genre so I just need to pluck up the courage to write it.
Fascinating history. Stunning architecture. Great day out.
Note to self — One day I’ll attempt to write a YA historical romance novel, and it might be sooner than I think.
I’ll keep you posted.
I’m thrilled to reveal my redesigned website banner!
Huge thanks to my amazing website designer Nick Hunt for his patience, understanding and talents.
Massive thanks to my fabulous cover designer, Jane Dixon-Smith for her brilliant design. Jane always manages to capture the essence of my stories in her designs and I must say, this time, once again, she was spot on. This banner echoes the intricacies of modern writing, emphasizes the power of imagination whilst weaving the boundary between reality and magic. It is a perfect encapsulation of my stories (published and unpublished), all captured on a single image ranging from fantasy to contemporary.
Seriously I can’t stop smiling because there’s so much more within the image that speaks volumes without words. Being a modern writer, I love writing across genres and this banner sums up why I’m a lover of genre mash-ups. The beauty is limitless.
Please watch this space for my upcoming books filled with #adventure, #magic, #mystery, #fantasy, #dreams, #reality, #romance #love #diversity #paranormal #sci-fi #fun
I could go on and on but I’d love to hear your thoughts instead.
The long-awaited cover reveal for SeQuence Unbound, Book 4 in the Heart of the Ocean Series is scheduled for Thursday, August 9th 2018. YA Bound Book Tours is hosting the cover reveal for me so if you’re a blogger and would like to be involved, please click to sign up here.
Or if you prefer to get in touch with me, please do.
I can’t wait!
Today I had the pleasure of visiting Framlingham Castle in Suffolk, England. Wow, it was a trip worth taking. In forty-five minutes, my family and I were drinking in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The views are absolutely stunning, the history fascinating, and the locals, totally charming.
As we toured the towering walls, I couldn’t help sliding into my writing hat. There was so much to take in and inevitably, I started plotting a YA Historical romance. Hmm, it will be a challenge writing a historical romance, but if I can find the time, I think it will be a challenge worth taking.
Till next time.
Well, I wasn’t planning on spending all day watching the Royal wedding today or even blogging about it, but I got to admit, there was so much beauty, cuteness, and love going around, I had to join in. The weather was awesome. And we all know the British weather, it never behaves. But today, it was absolutely amazing and the wedding was phenomenal. I was in Windsor a couple of weeks ago and I wish I had stayed a little bit longer.
Congrats to the newlyweds.
Whatever you were up to, hope you enjoyed your day!
I sure did. In fact, not much writing went on for me. My head is still buzzing with #royalwedding cuteness. After today’s research, (which included being glued to the TV, eating popcorn, sipping red wine…Olivier started it:) – okay non-alcoholic red wine) I feel I’m well equipped for a royal love story. Once Upon a Royal…
So this weekend, my family and I visited the amazing Blickling Estate in Norfolk.
This was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn –the Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 and the second wife of King Henry VIII. Anne Boleyn was sadly executed in 1536 but her history is not forgotten. The estate is absolutely stunning and the history fascinating. I got so much inspiration for my upcoming book, Fairy Tale Dad, and not only that, I think I might have a new book coming soon too.