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Story Ideas

Aspiring writers often wonder where they can get ideas for their books. I wondered myself at one time but now ideas seem to flow easily and my only problem is not having enough time to get them all down.

For me, the secret is to just write. That’s it. Plain and simple.

Pick up a pen, or open a blank document on your writing device of choice, and just begin.

Write gibberish, write ideas, write thoughts, write to yourself, write to your significant other – it doesn’t matter. Just write.

It doesn’t have to make sense at first. That will come in time. The important thing is to develop the habit.

Write about your day. Write as much detail as you can remember. Write your feelings and thoughts. When you have done this, you will have written your first story!

Write about a happy experience or a sad one. Pour out your feeling on the page. Don’t worry about spellings, grammar, syntax or any of that boring stuff. There will be time for all of that later. Just get it written.

Use the beauty of nature for inspiration. Just let the words flow.

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Barley Lake, Co Cork

Use historic buildings to stimulate your imagination. Who might have lived here? When? What did they do? Write a list of questions and then try to answer them.

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Muckross Abbey, Co Kerry

Use funny pictures, scenes or sightings to help you create a story.

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Gracie, my pony, waiting patiently outside my front door

The ideas are endless. Look around and write about life, love, past, future, night, day.

Get your words down on paper – and when you do, I’d love to read them!

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The Copper Pot

New Exclusive Short Story

(Based on The Girl in the Shadows series)

Grace’s much-loved Granny proved very popular in the series and people kept asking me to write her life story.

Now for the first time ever you can download a free short story – a snapshot – based on Granny Maura’s early life!

Written in the same style as The Girl in the Shadows, The Copper Pot will amuse you much like Grace’s escapades.

The Copper Pot tells the story of Maura’s father making and selling poitin (illegal whiskey) on their small farm in rural Ireland at the beginning of the 1900s.

How do you get your hands on this Exclusive Short Story? Free?

Simply join my group of avid readers to receive your Free Short Story

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Blah Blah Blah

Been feeling a bit “Blah” lately – probably because of a reaction to the flu jab – so been finding it hard to concentrate.

Started plotting a new novel but it’s not coming together yet – I’ve never actually tried plotting one before – perhaps try again in a week or two.

Did some marketing but lack of funds kind of limits that! Still, did the usual social media whirl etc.

Started a Thunderclap for “A Little Book of Horror” – due for release October 12th

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Finally sent off an assignment for a course I’m doing.

Still feeling “Blah”.

Opened up new novel file – I’m twenty thousand words into a new historical romance – and a couple of hours and two thousand words later, I’m not feeling “Blah” any more!

The secret?

Just do it!

Stop procrastinating and just make an effort. It will come. Give it the right time and place and anything can be accomplished!

Must get back to the novel now!

#amwriting #histfic #romance

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The Girl in the Shadows Part 1 – A Pint of the Black Stuff

Follow the hilarious escapades of the heroine, Grace, as she grows up in a rural community in 1940s and 1950s Ireland. Fall in love with her as she struggles to overcome prejudice in her own special way.

Love’s Spirit

A romantic tale with a difference. Set in Victorian England, Joseph falls for the wrong woman but time and death come to his rescue. Will Eliza ever return his love or will he forever be a mere shadow, just out of reach?

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This simple self help guide details things that I have found helpful on my journey with this painful illness.

A Self Help Guide to Stress Relief and Stress Management

Using quizzes to help you understand your stress, this guide provides helpful hints by way of “release valves”, to get your life back on track using natural methods.

As a stress sufferer myself, I researched the subject and finally came up with factors that affected me. I wrote this short guide to help fellow sufferers to find the relief that I have found.

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Love’s Spirit

Joseph falls for the beautiful Elizabeth but she leads him on and then leaves him for someone else. Devastated by his loss, Joseph turns to the charms of the ladies at Madam Corbin’s establishment.

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Tragedy ensues and through this unfortunate turn of events, Joseph meets Eliza. Feeling drawn to her, he pursues her but will he convince her to accept him as he is?

Eliza  falls for the handsome John Gilster and Joseph thinks his heart is fated to remain broken. He refuses to give up on his love and at last, Eliza sees him as he truly is.

Will death keep them apart or is death the only chance they have to be together?

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Take Time to Smell the Roses

Well, I am currently working on a few different projects.

  • The Girl in the Shadows Part 3 – Editing
  • The Girl in the Shadows Part 4  – Writing
  • A Paranormal Romance Novel (1) – Writing (Almost ready for first edit)
  • A Paranormal Romance Novel (2) – Writing
  • Irish Paranormal Haunts Part 2 – Researching

So, lots of things to keep me busy.

I used to think I’d never finish the first book but now, I have so many things on the go and I know they will all get done in their own time.

Perhaps that’s the secret.

Let things happen as they will. Do not try to force them.

And always take time to smell the roses!

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Editing The Girl in the Shadows Part 3

The first edit is complete!

The manuscript has gone out to beta readers and while I’m waiting I will start on the second edit.

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I’ve still got the two paranormal romances to finish and more information to gather before I can write up Irish Paranormal Haunts Part 2, but hey, things are happening!

Looking forward to getting this one published!

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99p Limited Time Only

Looking for a side splitting comedy with plenty of Irishness thrown in?

Ready  to enjoy a rib tickler with a difference?

Want a laugh out loud kind of read?

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The Girl in the Shadows has it all!

Find out for yourself why readers are enjoying it. Fall in love with Grace and her madcap adventures.

Remember a time when life was simpler and childhood was carefree and fun.

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A Paranormal Romance

A rough draft of the first chapter:

Joseph urged his horse on faster and harder and Elizabeth pealed with laughter as she tried to keep up. “Wait for me Joseph! My mare isn’t as fast as your stallion!”
Joseph risked a quick glance over his shoulder and flashed Elizabeth a smile, “You’ll never catch up riding side saddle anyway!”
Elizabeth slowed her mare, “Joseph Hopwood! A lady always rides this way!”
Joseph leaned back in his saddle and the stallion responded at once, slowing his gait and allowing his master to bring him to a halt.
Elizabeth brought her mare to a halt beside the bigger stallion. “Why have you stopped?”
Joseph laughed and gazed into her beautiful brown eyes, “To let you catch up of course!”
To hide her confusion, Elizabeth looked back to where the rest of the horses and riders were still two fields away. The sounds of the hunting horns came closer while the baying of the hounds faded into the distance.
“We’re losing the hounds.”
“There are far more interesting things here than a pack of hounds.” .Joseph suddenly dismounted. With two strides he was beside Elizabeth’s mare. “Come here. I want to show you something.” He reached for her.
With a stifled gasp, Elizabeth slid off the horse and into Joseph’s arms. “What do you want to show me?”
Placing her carefully on the ground, he offered her his arm. “This way. Be careful of your shoes the ground is a trifle soft.”
Together they walked to the top of a small hill, leading the horses behind them. At the summit, Joseph pointed into the distance, “One day all this will be mine.”
Elizabeth held her breath.
“This is one of my favourite places in the world because from here I can see my whole world. Is it not perfect?”
“Yes, it is perfect.”
“I like to ride up here quite often. It reminds me of my place in the world.”
Elizabeth gazed at the countryside and waited expectantly. The last three months had been leading up to this point and she had already decided to accept his proposal.
The marriage would be a good match. Her connections and his wealth, not to mention their well bred good looks, would make them a formidable couple.
Elizabeth had been brought up to play the role of lady of the manor and now at last, it seemed her parents’ wishes would come true. All those hours learning how to speak, act and dress correctly for every occasion were finally going to come to fruition.
“Elizabeth?”
She turned to look at him.
Joseph found himself drowning in those soft brown eyes. Was that a fleck of green in her left iris? He felt that he could stare into her eyes for ever and lose himself. He tore his eyes from hers and was immediately mesmerized by the curve of her ruby lips. He reached out and tenderly tucked a stray strand of her hair back behind her ear. His fingers tingled as he brushed her flushed cheeks.
Just then a fox burst through the fence at the bottom of the hill and within seconds a loud baying heralded the arrival of the hounds in full cry.
With a laugh, Joseph turned to Elizabeth, “Come on! I’ll help you mount!” and so saying, he grabbed her around the waist and lifted her quickly into the saddle. His stallion was already moving as he swung himself astride and with a loud bellow, he kicked the animal in the ribs and set off at a gallop with Elizabeth not far behind.
“Tally-ho, tally-ho!” Joseph’s stallion needed no urging. The fox scaled a ditch quickly followed by the hounds. Joseph set his horse at the ditch, with a massive leap the magnificent stallion cleared the ditch with room to spare. Glancing back, Joseph noted that Elizabeth had turned her smaller horse towards an easier place to jump.
Soon the rest of the hunt had caught up and together, hoses and dogs thundered across the land, flying over fences and streaking across meadows in pursuit of the wily fox.
Suddenly the hounds became quiet and began to mill around aimlessly. “The fox has gone to ground!” The cry echoed around the countryside. Spectators on nearby hills pointed to where they had seen the fox vanish into a covert.
An hour later the Master of Foxhounds called off the hunt and the group reluctantly returned home.
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A Productive Week!

The task of marketing seems never ending for indie authors. There is always another site to submit to, a post to write, an ad to tweak – not to mention giveaways to keep up with, social media to be updated, queries to be answered. Sometimes it is hard to get down to the real work – writing!

This week has been fantastic. After spending the last three months concentrating on marketing I have finally settled back down to writing.

The Girl in the Shadows Part 3 – First draft almost complete. First edit well underway.

The Girl in the Shadows Part 4 Sean’s Story – First draft well underway.

A New Novel – Wait for it! An Historical Paranormal Romance! – First draft well underway.

The marketing has also been continuing at the same time and ratings and reviews are coming in – All 5 star this week!

The Girl in the Shadows Part 1 Goodreads giveaway ending tonight – 1726 people requesting it as I write (with a few hours still to run).

Goodreads ad promotion still running.

At times it can be hard when you are struggling to get your books out there but the secret is DON’T GIVE UP!

My dream of one day earning my living from writing is moving closer baby step by baby step.

In the meantime, it’s back to the writing!

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