Family In Need

As is obvious from the lack of posts this week, I’ve had a tough few days. But today I found out that an author friend of mine, Karli Rush, is having the worst week ever. Karli lost her husband to a heart attack last week and is now attempting to make ends meet with two children to care for – one son who is Autistic, and the other who is on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. I can’t even imagine how Karli feels. I may not talk to Karli every day, but I know she is a kind and compassionate person. She is dedicated to her kids, her family and her writing, and my heart just goes out to her.

Friends of Karli’s have set up a fundraiser to help her pay for the cost of a funeral and the other immediate expenses a family needs after experiencing this kind of loss. Every dollar will help support this family till they are back on their feet. If you don’t feel comfortable donating online, you can still help Karli by buying a few of her books. She is an independent author, just as I am, and I know how hard it can be to depend on a financial situation that has ups and downs every month. If you already enjoy writing, grabbing up one of her books will not only help her, but that bookish side of you, too.

Karli Rush’s Give Forward Fundraising Page is HERE

Please SHARE this post, retweet it, re-blog it…whatever you can do to help spread the word that this family needs a helping hand. All of us at one time in our lives will need help. So, please…help pay it forward today.


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And Karli – you are forever in my thoughts.

Being your own worst critic AND personal cheerleader…

Being your own worst critic comes easy for most (if not all) writers. It’s just naturally ingrained in us to doubt ourselves, second-guess our work and worry that it won’t be accepted. It might surprise you, but I think this is a good thing. If you can sit in front of your manuscript, take a deep breath, and brace yourself for the inevitable splash of blood-red that is to come during the editing process, it means you are okay with cutting out the not so great and rewording, reworking and rewriting so that your manuscript is the best you can make it. If you aren’t critical of your work, or at the very least, humble about it, then when that first, or tenth, negative review comes in, it will be like a punch to the gut. You might even puke. And laptops don’t like being yacked on.

The upside of being able to critique your own work, is that you also have the ability to be your own personal cheerleader. Did you hit delete after highlighting one thousand words that you KNOW you can write better, without crying? Have you learned along the way, listening to your peers, pushing ahead when your Muse took off for a coffee break but then sent a postcard from some exotic vacation spot, making it clear there was no rush to return? Have you survived reading that first and tenth negative review with poise? It’s okay to pat yourself on the back every once in a while when you reach goals you’ve set for writing. Because writing goals are usually big ones. If you want to run around the house naked, with wine sloshing out of a giant bowl, howling like a wolf, and doing the moonwalk while Doctor Who plays in the background…all because you hit the infamous ‘PUBLISH’ button on Amazon – go for it – you deserve it. If you can’t be happy for your completed works, or met goals, who else should be? Just don’t let it go to your head, and you know, be sure your curtains are closed if you really do prance around the house naked. Trust me, your neighbors will thank you for that.

Writers need to be able to say, ‘This is total crap’ at then be able to turn around and say, ‘This is unedited awesomeness’, without bursting into a blubbering mess, hugging the laptop to their chest like a life raft, and begging for death to take them quickly. Writers should be able to objectively evaluate their work – and find amazing people who will also objectively evaluate their work. And there’s nothing wrong with being happy for the little things along the way. Not everyone can say they are a writer, and even less can say they are published. If you’ve done both, you’re awesomesauce amazeballs. But, like the line in The Decoy Bride says, “Keep your head down, Tolstoy.” If you are in this business for fame, you’ve probably picked the wrong niche of the entertainment and arts industry, cuz you might be waiting a long time. Just saying. Always keep a warm Humble Pie in the oven, and grab a slice when you feel your ego outgrowing your pants. If it bursts at the seams, it won’t be a pretty thing to witness. If you happen to land it big, then definitely run around the house naked with a bowl of wine. And invite me to that party. We’d have a blast!


Happy Critiquing and Cheering!

Jake Snow is Coming!

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent, darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Hot Ink Press, Moon Rose Publishing, Eternal Press, and Evernight

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

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Hi Trish,

Thank you for inviting me to the blog today to talk about my latest romance release, Jake Snow

 The book is the story of Bethany Snow’s brother. Bethany is the leading female character in my erotic romance, ‘The Last Time’ and people who read the book early in its release always wanted to know more about Jake. I had his story in my head and so here it is.

‘The Last Time’ takes place on a movie location and that’s where Jake and Bethany, who are private investigators are sent by their agency to deal with hate mail being sent to a movie star there.

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It’s two years since his sister got married and Jake has been working cases alone. He’s tired and hoping to find love too when we meet him in this book. This time the story takes place in the fashion world and Jake gets caught up in the strange happenings in an atelier.

The idea for the movie location book came to me when I was invited to watch a shoot by an indie film maker. The idea for the high fashion setting for this book was seeded about the same time when I went to watch a fashion show with friends. I was on holiday overseas, with them. We had attended a dance theatre, and then later in the week a fashion show. I knew immediately that I would write a story about the world of fashion. The idea of placing Jake Snow in this world came after I had written, The Last Time.

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A new romantic mystery from Amazon best-selling author, Elodie Parkes

Jake Snow

Private detective, Jake Snow, has grown tired of working alone since his sister Bethany married, and stopped working on field cases with him. He’s chosen less high-powered cases as he decides against teaming with another partner from the Black Agency. Gradually Jake realizes he wants the kind of love his sister found, and a different job…

When he’s sent on what he thinks is a simple surveillance assignment, just before he’s due to take his requested extended leave, he finds a tangled web of lies, and a fashion designer in trouble…

The question is will he also find love?

With steamy love scenes and a twist of fun, this book is 18+

Read an excerpt G 13+ rated

It was seven o’clock as he lay on the bed. He closed his eyes, and pictured Pixie’s lovely face and her mouth. He let himself think about kissing her. He fell asleep promising himself that he would ask her out.

Jake’s cell phone woke him up. He clawed at it only managing to toss it to the floor instead of pick it up to answer. Fuck it.

He scrambled to the side of the bed and hung over there to reach the phone. It was his sister Bethany calling. She greeted him and he perked up, shuffling to sit up in the bed.

“Hi Bethany, it’s good to hear from you. What’s happening?”

“Jake, I miss you, and every time I hear your voice I think about coming back to work. How is work? Brandt tells me you’ve applied for holidays. That’s not like you Jake, you never take holidays.” Jake could hear a hint of concern in her voice and smiled. He missed her too.

“Work is a bit of a drag to be honest. Partly my own fault though because when Brandt asked me to team up with another detective for some high profile cases, I didn’t want to, so the jobs I’ve been doing lately have been, ‘less interesting,’ I guess you could say.”

“I’d like to see you. Seth would too. Come over here, have some time with us. It’s a beautiful place.”

Jake smiled again. “I’d like to Bethany, I just have a job to finish…it’s a weird one. There’s a young woman involved too…I like her Bethany…she’s lovely.”

“Have you asked her out or let her know you like her? I bet you haven’t. I’d like you to have someone. I can’t tell you how great it is to be loved.”

Jake ran his hand through his hair. “I haven’t said anything to her because it’s early days I only just met her and it’s a bit complicated. We don’t all fall on the client and seduce them the night we meet.” He laughed then because that was close enough to what had happened between his sister and her husband. “Then again it worked out well for you…”



Elodie is giving away a $10 or £10 Amazon gift voucher to celebrate the release of ‘Jake Snow’. Enter via the rafflecopter with a comment on the blog.

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Jake Snow, a sweetie, sexy, strong…looking for love and the person responsible for the theft he’s currently investigating.

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Wednesday Writing Tip

Ever get stuck on your current WIP and need help moving the plot forward? How about naming a new character with something unique that flows off the tongue nicely? Or what about how you plan on torturing your bad guy so that readers love to hate him/her? You need a writing buddy. Well, you don’t ‘need’ one, but they don’t hurt. I’m not saying go out there and befriend all the writers you can – though that surely won’t hurt you – but if you click with even just ONE writing buddy, it’s awesome to have that person to bounce ideas around with.

I have several writer friends who I could contact and ask ridiculous questions that I know only they can relate to, and it saves me from having to stress all on my own. Sometimes just having another person act as your sounding board helps you figure out what you need so you can move on. A lot of writers, especially Indie Authors such as myself, can be true introverts. Making friends online is easier than making friends in person. So reach out to a writer friend you relate to and do some bonding. When you join each other online for a chat with your coffee mug in one hand and the computer mouse in the other, surely only goodness can come out of it. Make a writer friend today. I double-dog dare ya.


Happy Bonding!

Allowing the Muse Full Reign

What a scary concept, right? I’m becoming more and more insignificant with my current WIP, Dying to Return – book 3 of The Station Series. At the rate the book is going, the characters will be fully in charge of writing their own story soon. My Muse is enjoying this immensely. See, the Muse likes to torture me at times. I freak out because the plot changes, and then the Muse lights a fire under one of the characters and they switch things up a bit. Usually in a good way.

I’ve been working hard to get this book right. Of course the beginning, middle and end were for the most part already done in my head before page one. But what fills the space in between is über important too. Andurush, AKA ‘Rush’ is my new favorite character. He was originally written to be mysterious, and honestly – a bit of an arrogant jerk. I know some saw him that way in Dying to Remember. He redeems himself a teeny bit in this next story but that’s mostly the Muse’s fault. See, the Muse has completely taken over this tale. I’ll be lucky to see it play out anything like how I originally planned it. I’m even considering allowing the Muse to make changes to the ending. We are in constant struggle about this – and every day one of us makes a good point worth listening to.

Oh, Muse. I do love you so. I really do. Thanks for bringing insight into this story in a way I didn’t expect, but try to remember who is really in charge here.

*long empty silence fills the room*

Right, who am I kidding?? The Muse has FULLY taken over and is currently sitting back in a chair much more comfy than mine laughing manically. Well-played Muse, well-played.


Happy Reading!