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A long journey: Ten things I’ve learned since publishing my novel

Ok, here me out. Despite the title, this post isn’t about me complaining about how long and tedious the publishing journey is. It isn’t either about how awfully slow it is to connect with readers. This is just part of the game, and all this build up is actually quite fascinating to experience. At least if one day my book becomes a bestseller (or a seller full stop), I’ll truly be able to enjoy it.

Instead of lamenting, I wanted to share with other newbie authors like me some of my experience and the lessons I’ve learned since publishing my novel, A Cunning Plan, nearly two months ago. Continue Reading

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Most Haunted: 44 Gilmore Street

Today Shani Struthers is on the blog, talking about her soon to be released novel, 44 Gilmore Street. Shani is a fellow Crooked Cat, author of the Psychic Surveys series. 
Warning: This series is extremely addictive! Can’t wait for May 27th to get my hands on book 3!
Hi Shani, thanks for visiting…

If your book was a movie, who would play your characters?

Ooh that’s a toughie! Thinking about it, not Hollywood A Listers, I’d like it to be one of those Indie Brit flicks. In fact, a bunch of unknowns would suit me – Ruby, Cash and Corinna are the youngest members of the Psychic Surveys team, whilst Ness is in her mid-fifties and Theo, nearly 70 – so there’s a good range of actors to choose from. Also, as it’s a series (there’ll be six books overall) I’d like to see it as a series on TV rather than a movie – I think the books would suit that medium more. Continue Reading

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Friendship and books

What does friendship and books have to do with each other you may ask… Well after yesterday, I would answer you: EVERYTHING.

As some of you may know ( God knows I’ve been hammering about it enough on Twitter and Facebook), yesterday was the official release of my first novel, A Cunning Plan.

The week leading up to it has been long and saturated in emotions – Fear, hope, anticipation, stress. But most of all, overwhelming LOVE.

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A Cunning Plan: Chapter 1

Ten days till launch date for A Cunning Plan!

Time for you to meet Sloane Harper – sweet mom, cook extraordinaire, hot mess and god awful spy!

The book is already available to buy on Ibooks, Nook, Smashwords and Kobo, and can be preordered on Amazon.  Continue Reading


The Author and her Masterpiece: Meet Olivia Wildenstein

Today we celebrate the launch of The Masterpiecers, a fantastic New Adult novel, and its writer, talented author Olivia Wildenstein. She also happens to be my cousin… Lucky me 🙂
Hello, Olivia! Thanks for stopping by…

If your book was a movie, who would play your characters?

You mean when my book is a movie. 😉 Continue Reading

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A mother who writes – A writer who mothers

Stella Hervey Birrell, brilliant novelist and fellow Crooked Cat, is on my blog today to talk about How many wrongs make a Mr Right, her first novel being released on April 15.
Welcome, Stella! Over to you..

A candid account of combining writing and parenting for Astrid’s blog? BIG mistake. I am not going to look good here.

Leaving off drafting Chapter 7 to do the school run? Bad Writer!

Musing on Chapter 7 and ignoring the children all the way to school? Bad Mother! Continue Reading

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I am an author

One year ago, I attended the London Book Fair as an aspiring author: insecure, full of stories unshared, of dreams fragile as soap bubbles.

One year ago I took a decision: I would not be an aspiring author any longer.

One year ago I opened a Twitter account, created a blog, and sent out my manuscript, A Cunning Plan, to agents and publishing houses all over.

One year ago I wrote a letter on my blog called A place for hope. As I wrote this letter, I promised myself and my readers that I would stop being afraid, that I would embrace what I was at last: a WRITER. Words have power. By calling myself an author, I became one.

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8 weeks to launch

Last week my novel, A Cunning Plan, went up on Amazon for preorder. I realized I had only 8 weeks left to come up with some sort of marketing strategy. I’m still figuring it out as it goes, but every week, I’ll post a summary of what I’ve done and the lessons I’ve learnt till the launch date: May 6th. Continue Reading

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A Cunning Plan

A Cunning Plan is finally out on Amazon!

Release date is set for the 6th of May 2016. Preorder your copy here.


Determined to put her family back together, Sloane Harper stalks her ex husband and his annoyingly stunning mistress, Kate Stappleton. But she’s not the only one.

Handsome IRS agent Ethan Cunning is surveying Kate too, but for entirely different reasons. He is attempting to nail Kate’s playboy boss.

Ethan and Sloane decide to help each other, which sends Sloane’s wobbly life spinning out of control. She’ll have to face danger, humiliation, and – scariest of all – the dating scene, to lure her daughters’ father home.


Losing control was the best thing to happen to Sloane… until it turned lethal.


Books, babies and the creative process

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I posted last. 2016 so far has been a busy year…

A couple rounds of edits for my novel, A Cunning Plan, a baby boy born on February 17th and the usual hectic life of a mom, have kept me away from the blogging sphere.

Now as things settle down – slowly-  and nighttime feeds shift to a more human pace – one hundred times a night rather than a thousand 🙂 – my fingers gladly reconnect with my laptop’s keyboard.

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