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The Soul Guide series continues… where friendships are forged, alliances are made and hearts are broken.

Tortured Souls, book two of The Soul Guide series, releases tomorrow. Of course, I am really excited to see how this book is received but also extremely nervous! Apparently, book two of any given series is even more important than the first. If you are lucky enough to hook your readers with the first book, then book two needs to keep those readers hooked. Not such an easy feat, though I hope I have managed this with Tortured Souls!

Over the last week or so I’ve begun to get feedback from my ARC team and I am delighted to say it’s been positive. That’s always such a relief!

So, a little about Tortured Souls. This book really does delve more into the world of the Master and the Mephisto. In places, it is dark, very much so. In fact, the creatures described in this book are very much pulled from some pretty scary dreams I had as a kid. (I had a vivid imagination that haunted me as a child, but which I am thankful for as an adult!) The Mephisto are dark, evil, without soul and pretty much encompass all the bad traits of human nature. In this book, I explain where they come from, and how they came to be.  But there is light and joy too, and that comes in the form of the relationships between the characters, not just the main three.

Of course, it was important to me that I explored the relationship between Sybil, Alec, and Bertram further. They are an unlikely trio who through circumstances beyond their control are thrown together to face quite a formidable foe. All of them have lost someone special to them, and their grief was something that brought them together in the last book and concretes their relationship in Tortured Souls. There is love too… but that would be telling!

In Tortured Souls, we also get to know some side characters a bit better and their story is explained more in this book. Carlo and Victor are actually two of my favourite characters both for very different reasons. Carlo reminds me of an old family friend who passed away some years ago, and in actual fact is very much based on him. One of the things I love to do is keep people I care about or had a significant impact in my life, alive in my stories and so most of my characters are based on someone I know. What better gift to give those I love than immortality in a book?

Victor, however, is a completely made up character who is frankly, an arse, complicated, brutal, brave and integral to this story. In The Soul Guide he wasn’t a good guy, he did bad things… but in this book and the next ones he may well find redemption. You’ll have to keep reading to see.

In Tortured Souls, you will also be introduced to new characters, Estelle being one, and some others who are only really introduced in the latter part of this book but will feature more heavily in book three – Save our Souls, which  I hope will be out next year. Estelle is the catalyst to Sybil and Alec finally taking action after the shock of finding out who they were in the last book. She is a great character full of her own strengths and weaknesses and someone who may or may not throw a spanner in the works between Alec and Sybil.

You will also read more about the Warriors of Light, a subject touched on in Secrets and Souls and a something that will be developed further in book three.

I don’t want to give much more away apart from the fact that I adore writing these books and I hope you adore reading them too.

To celebrate Tortured Souls release day I am having a Facebook party from 12pm-12am tomorrow, Saturday 21st October. This is a joint release party with my author friends Laura Greenwood and Skye Mackinnon. It would be amazing if you could drop in… just click on the link below and press attend! You can party with us from the comfort of your own home. There will be an astounding list of authors in attendance, games, giveaways and you may even get a live feed of me during my slot at 2pm.

FACEBOOK PARTY

I hope to see you all there x

Snow & Seduction

Since the last time I posted I have finished writing Accacia’s Curse (my first in the Sisters of Hex series), I am (im)patiently waiting for Tortured Souls release next Saturday the 21st October.

Not only that, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join seventeen other exceptionally talented authors to write a story for the Snow & Seduction anthology coming out on the 21st November! If you love contemporary romance with high heat levels, more than one man as a love interest then these stories are for you! Oh, below is a teaser and blurb for my story Avalanche of Desire.

As I wrote Avalanche of Desire, I never expected the story to go beyond this… but as with most characters I write, I get attached and, well, I have more books planned. Watch this space!! Click on Brothers Freed series to find out more!

Snow & Seduction is on for a special pre-order price of $2.99. It will go up to $4.99 on release so get in there quick!

s&S  AOD teaser

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Here’s the blurb for Snow & Seduction:

Warm up from that kiss of winter snow with eighteen steamy contemporary romance stories–reverse harem style. From international, USA Today, Amazon bestselling and debut authors alike, this collection features eighteen tales of love in winter.

And what could possibly keep a woman warm better than a heated holiday romance with the perfect guy? How about three or more perfect men in each story: from billionaires to snowboarders, rockstars, cowboys, and more. That’s right–each story has at least three male love interests and our heroine…she doesn’t have to choose.

She gets them all.

“Snow and Seduction” is the sexy reverse harem romance anthology you’ve been waiting for.

~This Anthology Includes Stories From The Following Eighteen Authors~

1. Tate James writing “Slopes of Sin”
2. Yumoyori Wilson writing “Visionary Christmas”
3. C.M. Stunich writing “Blizzards and Bastards”
4. G. Bailey writing “Triple Kisses”
5. Laura Greenwood writing “Sweet About Me”
6. Tamara White writing “Kidnapped on Christmas”
7. Cece Rose writing “Snowflake”
8. Skye MacKinnon writing “Streets of Winter”
9. Arizona Tape writing “Mary F*cking Christmas”
10. Ripley Proserpina writing “Thief of Hearts”
11. K.B. Ladnier writing “The More the Merrier”
12. N.R. Spratlin writing “Their Little Helper”
13. Lucy Smoke writing “Study Break”
14. Amanda Rose writing “Frosted By My Billionaires”
15. Bea Paige writing “Avalanche of Desire”
16. CB Morrigan writing “Sugar Plum Fantasies”
17. Raya Love writing “Holly’s Jolly Christmas”
18. Tracy Dawn writing “A Long Winter’s Rest”

 

What’s been occurring?

Is it really the 1st October already? I feel as though I have been in a time warp lol! This month has passed me by in a frenzy of writing, editing and getting Tortured Souls in the best possible position it can be for its release at the end of the month. 

As I mentioned in my last post, September was dedicated to getting Accacia’s Curse written, and I have achieved that goal. This week it will be going off to Beta readers and then for final proof-reading edits before its release on the 27th November. Why so far away? I hear you ask. Well, for one I want to get the next book in the series (Accacia’s Blood) up for pre-order before Accacia’s Curse releases and to do that I need to break the back of writing – yes, you can guess what I’ll be doing in October!  

I have adored writing this book, some days more than others but that’s quite typical for me. One minute I am on a role, writing like the wind, the next staring at my screen wondering what I’d got myself into. 

Accacia’s Curse has already blown all my expectations out of the water and I have surpassed my goal of getting one hundred pre-orders before release with two months to spare. In fact, overnight I’ve jumped several thousand spots in the US with more pre-orders downloaded possibly thanks to an awesome takeover in my friend, and fellow author, Skye Mackinnon’s release party for Heart of Time, and also due to my spotlight in Reverse Harem Readers. I am grateful to both for having me! 

I am nervous as hell about how it will be received, but I am hopeful I will impress my new readers enough to want to stick with me for the next 14 books of the Sisters of Hex series. 

In other news, Tortured Souls, my second book of The Soul Guide series (urban fantasy) has been formatted inside to match the beautiful covers by Charlie Sapphire Designs. Thanks to Gina of Always Write Club my internal pages look as pretty as the external cover! In fact, I was so chuffed I got Gina to re-format Secret & Souls and The Soul Guide too! Below are some examples of the prettiness! Ignore the time at the top – I took a screenshot of each book from my phone. 

In other news, I have joined forces with a raft of amazing talent in the world of reverse harem to write a 20k plus story that will go in a winter anthology named Snow & Seduction, which will be releasing on the 21st November and debuting me (or rather Bea Paige) as an RH author. This is a contemporary story so no paranormal creatures here, just a girl, three hot men and an Avalanche of Desire. As soon as it’s up for pre-order I will let you all know!

Not only that, I will also be penning a shorter story for a Myths & Legend anthology that will be releasing in January 2018. This story will revolve around the greek mythology of the Thriae, but with a modern day twist! I haven’t decided who will be writing this book yet – Kelly or Bea, we shall see!

Oh, and of course I have my story Five Gold Rings coming out in the 12 days of Christmas anthology which will also be releasing in November(Bea Paige is responsible for this one too). This story is actually linked to my Sisters of Hex series and kind of kick starts it.

Phewf! I told you I’ve been busy! Well, I think’s probably enough to be getting on with for now! I will be having a very busy October both in the writing world, and personally (choosing secondary schools for my daughter fun) so may not get back here for a while apart from to let you know of all the new releases coming up!

For now, fare the well!

Kelly / Bea xx

Sisters of Hex – now the hard work begins in earnest.

Last Wednesday my kids returned to school and I began buckling down and writing in earnest. Tortured Souls has gone for a final proof read in preparation for its release on the 21st October and I am getting on with my new project under my pen name Bea Paige. As I’ve mentioned before this is a new genre for me, and whilst it’s not a huge stretch from urban fantasy, it is a little saucier!

However, I do feel as though the words are coming (excuse the pun) much easier and I’ve managed to write 15k since Wednesday which for me is pretty good going considering it took me 18 months to write just over 96k words for The Soul Guide.

Accacia’s Curse is the first book of a fifteen book series called the ‘Sisters of Hex’. The series will be divided into five lots of three books.  The three book ‘mini-series’ will revolve around one of the five sisters and each book within the three book mini-series will concentrate on an individual suitor of a particular paranormal group who come from a place called Ever Vale.  The fifteen books will be interconnected but the idea is that you could read each mini-series out of order if you wished.

The backstory to the Sisters of Hex (yep, there’s a curse) is explained in an upcoming story called Five Gold Rings which will be a part of the 12 Days of Christmas anthology I’m going to be a part of which is releasing in November. This story will explain the ‘prophecy’ and kick start the Sister of Hex series. Alongside the vamps, there will also be Fae, Demi-Gods, Wolf-shifters, and angels all coming up in the books that follow. For now, I hope Accacia and her vampires will keep you entertained.

Accacia’s Curse #1 Sister of Hex – Available now for pre-order
Accacia’s Blood #2 Sister of Hex  – Coming soon
Accacia’s Bite #3 Sister of Hex  – Coming 2018

Bea (Kelly) x

Leaving my day job…and I’m scared s**tless!

This week I will be leaving my day job (argh). Tomorrow will be my last day working for a local authority in London. After fourteen years I’ve decided to take a leap and concentrate on my writing for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just upped and left my job with no plans, I took voluntary redundancy so I have a cushion for a while until either my writing career earns me the money I need to continue writing or I have to head back into the land of CV’s, application forms and interviews. I hope I can do the former, but realise the latter is more likely. I’m nothing if not realistic.

What’s my immediate plan? Well, at the end of this week I shall be taking a week holiday with my family in Cornwall. I will be eating a bunch of ice-creams, seafood, swimming in the sea, building sand castles, seeing family and generally relaxing. This week I’ve finished my edits and Tortured Souls is going off for proof-reading and Beta reading shortly.

After that …?

Well, the onus really is on me now to really try and make my dream come true and to do that I need to keep on writing, keep on making contacts, keep on marketing, blogging, interacting with readers and so on… This was already a full-time job, and now I will soon have the time to really give it a bash.  I’ve given myself two months to really work at this writing lark and to set my dreams in motion.

I intend to spend all of September and October writing, concentrating on my new Sisters of Hex series. First I need to complete my Five Gold Rings story for the 12 Days of Christmas anthology I am a part of…. if you want to read a sneak peak click HERE

After that’s finished I am concentrating in earnest on the first three books of the Sisters of Hex series; Accacia’s Curse, Accacia’s Blood and Accacia’s Bite. With editing Tortured Souls I haven’t had as much time as I’d like lately to really get stuck in on these books, but with more time freeing up soon I cannot wait. Below are the covers, designed by my friend and fellow author / Flocker, Arizona X Tape. It probably isn’t hard to figure out what supernatural creature/s these books will revolve around.

 

In the meantime Tortured Souls – Book two of The Soul Guide series is being released on the 21st October. I am very nervous about this one, only because I really hope I’ve done the story justice. We’ll see once feedback starts to come in. I’m trying not to have a mini-meltdown thinking about it. This is the first time I’ve used Beta readers who aren’t my friends, so this experience will be a slightly terrifying one.  Not that my friends didn’t give me their honest opinions and point out flaws, quite the contrary, it’s just that opening yourself up for potential criticism is all the more difficult when its from people you don’t know. But, I am ready to take all comments head on to make Tortured Souls the best it can be.

For now, As the old adage says, “when one door closes another doors opens” and in this case I sure as hell hope it’s straight into a successful writing career. 

 

 

The Flock August Releases

As I’ve mentioned on another Blog post today about The Flock Launch party, all of my fellow Flock authors have had or will be having a release this month!! When I saw the list, I thought damn, I need to catch up with these ladies! Lol!

My next release, Tortured Souls – book two of The Soul Guide series, will be releasing 21st October and I will have a novelette coming out again in November with the 12 Days of Christmas anthology.  Can’t wait to share these with you!!

But for now, to support my fellow Flock authors here are their August releases! Aren’t they bloody great?!

3rd August: Cloaked (Beyond the Curse #3) by Laura Greenwood

Cloaked

8th August: Falling (My Winter Wolf #2) by Arizona Tape

Winter wolf2

14th August: Elliot’s Secret (The King Brothers #3) by G. Bailey

Elliot's Secret

15th August: Twisted Fate (Fractured Fate #2) by Cece Rose

Twisted Fate

15th August: Stones of Winter (Winter Princess #2) by Skye MacKinnon

Stones of Winter

15th August: Creatures (includes Ocean’s Serenade, co-written by Laura Greenwood) creatures

16th August: Strip for Me #1 by G. Bailey

strip for me

22nd August: (My Winter Wolf #3) by Arizona Tape

My Winter Wolf

24th August: Catching His Ladybird by Laura Greenwood

ladybird

Aren’t these just incredible! I can’t wait for next month’s release either The Flock authors are unstoppable!

The Flock Launch

Today I have a few reasons to be excited. Firstly, The Flock Launch is happening! Myself and five other like-minded authors have come together to set up The Flock Author Collective. It sounds really posh but really it’s just a group of friends who talk books, writing, share our ups and downs and generally have a good time supporting each other in our writing endeavours.  We set up The Flock Facebook page a few weeks ago and today we have our launch party. All six of us will have our own spot (look for FA next to our names), but there will be a TON of fabulously talented authors from all over the world taking part as well.

Take a lookie for yourself:

The Flock Lineup

The slots are all BST (British Summer Time) so make sure you rock up at the correct time for your Time Zone. Better yet, stick with us for all of it and you’ll be in for a treat! I’m on at 6.30pm-7.30pm BST and would welcome your support! There will be all sorts of wonderful stuff happening like, GIVEAWAYS, GAMES, COVER REVEALS, WIP EXCERPTS, TEASERS, HOT MEN & WOMEN, CUTE ANIMALS and lots of chat!

We can’t wait for you to join our party, and if the fancy takes you why don’t you join The Flock and become affectionately known as a Flockling / Flocker.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and join THE FLOCK LAUNCH PARTY!

I mentioned that this was the first thing I am excited about well some fellow Flock authors have their new releases out today. I’ll be talking about these on The Flock August releases post shortly. 

Book two – Cover Reveal

If you read my recent post you would have seen that The Soul Guide has had a cover update. My cover designer Charlie, of Sapphire Designs, really got what I was looking for and has also come up with a beautiful new cover for Secrets and Souls (The Soul Guide prequel) and for Tortured Souls (COMING SOON) which is book two of The Soul Guide series. I am delighted with my new covers.

So, without further ado here they are:

948259_secrets_and_souls_paperback_cover2  TSG Finished e-book  Tortured Souls e-book cover

Don’t they look beautiful side-by-side like that? I think so.

If you are interested in checking out my books just click on the image and you’ll be whizzed over to Amazon. Don’t forget if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited then you can read them for FREE too!

New cover, new look…

Well, I only went and got a new cover done! The Soul Guide has had a major makeover and it is exactly what I wanted! I had the great pleasure of coming across Charlie from Sapphire Designs through one of the Facebook author groups I’m a member of. Charlie was advertising her wares, I liked what I saw and, well, here we are now a few weeks later!

For a while now, I realised that my original front cover just didn’t really suit the genre of urban fantasy and so I decided to bite the bullet and get it updated. Don’t get me wrong the first cover I published with was fine. It just didn’t quite capture the essence of the book. I wanted a ‘silver’ bumble bee (like the one that stings Sybil in the story) but my original cover artist wasn’t able to oblige unfortunately. That’s all been changed now and I am stoked!

Following the process was fascinating, Charlie was able to find the perfect image for Sybil, but the model had blonde hair. This wasn’t an issue, because, hey presto, Charlie turned it brown. She added her own magic and personality and below is the result. I think it is a work of art, would you agree?

So this is my new front cover by the incredibly talented Charlie at Sapphire Designs. 

TSG Finished e-book

I can’t tell you how important the front cover is. People really do judge a book by its cover! I wish I had found Charlie before publishing my book, but hey, you live and learn!

Also, and this is key, once you find a great cover artist keep hold of them and NEVER let go. Sapphire Designs is also updating Secrets and Souls (The Soul Guide – prequel novella) and will be doing the new covers for my second and third in series. I cannot wait to share them with you once they are done!!

For now, here are the previous incarnations of The Soul Guide. The first (blue stars) was done by me in Canva, the second by a gentleman on Fiverr, and the third my latest, most favourite, and frankly the best of them all, by Sapphire Designs.

The Soul Guide Version jpeg    the-soul-guide-kindle-cover_2   TSG Finished e-book