I'm having a ton of fun writing a tennis romance for my Blue River Boys series. It's been a few years since I last played so I'm trying to brush up on the rules, but mainly this is a high school romance, so the only things that really matter are Luke and Cami and their rocky relationship after they get stuck paired up together and must learn to get along. I hope you enjoy it as much as the others, and if you want to be informed as soon as it goes live then sign up for my reader list HERE
Sometimes the right person can change everything, sometimes they can’t. But, maybe, just maybe, they can change enough to make a difference.
I’m Callie May. Username: May Day!
And I have issues. I am addicted to my phone and to social media, and when my parents tried to cut me off from it all, bad things happened. But we’re all trying harder now, and I’m in control of it, mostly. So, when they booked me a weekend at a riding stables for a ‘break away’, I was okay with it, until I discovered I’d have no internet access. Then the nightmare started.
Except that it didn’t totally consume me, because I wasn’t alone. There was this boy…
Antoine was strong, calm, sunshine to my darkness. He loved life, food and horses. And possibly, me?
A sweet and clean romance with no violence, sex or swearing on the page.
Who is Callie May? She's the girl from my newest story Love Offline.
Callie is just seventeen and she has some issues. She got sucked into a life where her online personality took over her real life one. With more than 8,000 so called "friends" on Instagram she found that these friends were more engaged with her when it came to negative stuff than anything positive, and so began a slippery path down to self harm and low self esteem. In Love Offline we meet Callie after she's sought out help and is back in control. But that doesn't mean it's all roses from then on, there are moments of doubt, insecurities, and most of all she's still fighting to separate herself from her phone. The big question is how she copes when she goes somewhere with no phone reception and no wifi. And can she find a hunky distraction to get through it? Well, it is a romance, so of course she does :-)
I'm just editing a story at the moment and having a dilemma about covers. This story was inspired by what is going on in the news right now about teenagers in England and the effects of Instagram on their mental health. It's a big story here as the government are trying to slap Instagram with a Duty of Care order. Even as I was writing this story the owners of the site have agreed to remove self harm images completely, though it hasn't happened yet.
The story is about a girl who spends a lot of her time on social media and has issues because of it, however her parents send her away for a weekend and it changes things for her. It's all wrapped up in a sweet romance, as all my stories are, and it has a happy ending. But which type of cover would suit this best?
I don't want to mislead readers into thinking it's a fluffy hearts and rainbows book, but I also don't want people to think it's going to be over heavy on the angst, especially as it's still a sweet romance.
Here are my two current choices, or maybe I should stick to a more traditional cover? I'd love your input and thoughts! You can email me as usual through the contact page or comment here (though none of you ever do, ha ha!)
Those of you who follow along and are writers or would like to write a book, will know that I spend some time hanging out at the writer's cafe on kboards chatting all things craft and publishing.
Unfortunately the forum was recently purchased by a new company and they made some big changes to the terms and conditions which basically means (in a nutshell) that they can take our posts and do what they want with them, i.e. republish them or use them out of context. The members weren't given any option to opt out of this, and it means they now own everything we have ever posted. Does that sound right to you? It didn't to most of the members, and a large portion instantly stopped posting.
I've been there a long time, in fact I started there before I had published a single word. It was a place that was a huge part of my 'journey'. I'm not going to abandon it, but I am going to be more cautious now with what I share (perhaps I always should have been).
Which means that a lot of my posts need to be modified because I don't want them used in ways out of my control. So, I'm replacing them with this wormhole (as that's basically where my words have gone). And I apologise to anyone who might have found them useful. I'm still here, though, for any and all of your questions. Peace out :-)
Hello lovely readers,
It's an open secret that I also write Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy under the name Elena Bryce. www.elenabryce.com/
But I wanted to include a warning that they are a bit more 'grown up' than my usual stuff. I would recommend age 13 and above! Just putting that out there... x
Hi book lovers!
I'm sorry I haven't posted for ages, it's been the school holidays and I've had little people under my feet, doing their very best to make sure I get no work done!
However, it's been a great couple of months. My witchy romance How to Flunk Magic has sat on the Best Seller list for a few weeks, which has made me so happy. So, a huge thank you to everyone who bought a copy and to everyone who left a review too. Authors love reviews, both good and bad, because they let us know what you liked and what you didn't. Which means more books that you'll hopefully love!
Tomorrow brings the start of September, my favourite month of the whole year! Why do I love September? Well, because it is still warm, but the sun takes on a softer more golden light, the moon seems bigger, and the colours around us are richer. Also it smells nice. I can't explain that - it just does. Autumn has a special smell and I like it.
Hope you all have a fantastic September, and I'll get on with writing you some new books!
Today instead of traditional romance, I chose this picture to show my feelings :-)