I hope everyone has enjoyed the last days of summer and the beginning of autumn. September to December is my favourite time of the year. I love the changing colours, the brown and coppery tones, the shortening days and the cooler nights. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy summer, especially when the weather is good, but I don’t function well in extreme heat, and autumn is the ideal time for me. I like it when the nights draw in. Getting home to turn on the lights, draw closed the curtains and lock the rest of the world out. Bliss.
As one season ends and another starts, it seems like a good time for a news round up. In terms of new releases my next one is still some way off–March 2020–so I won’t go into much details yet, just to say that it’s the first book in a loosely linked series coning from Pride Publishing. By the time this update is posted, I’ll have completed the first draft of the second story in the series, a contemporary romance, this one set in Ibiza. Again, there’s not a lot I can say yet, but I hope to have a big update on the series soon.
I’ve also completed the final draft on a new novel which I submitted to my publisher last month, a romantic suspense set on the North-East Coast of England. This was a really exciting book to write and I can’t wait to share it. I’m probably going to write a standalone story next, based on my trip to Iceland earlier this year, followed by the third novella in that new series.
I’m already making plans for my writing in 2020. I’d like to maintain the pace I’ve set this year with one novel, two novellas and a short story or two.
In terms of what I’ve been reading, I’ve just finished Sylvia Day’s Butterfly in Frost which I really enjoyed and almost finished book one of Lily Harlem’s His Vampire Harem. I also read the first book in Mortica Knight’s Sin City series All Fired Up and am looking forward to the follow up books. I’ve downloaded book two Copping an Attitude to read on holiday.
On TV I caught up with the Netflix series What/If starring Renee Zellweger. Now, I can’t totally recommended this as a good show, but as a fan 1990s erotic thrillers, I absolutely loved it. Basic Instinct, Sliver, Body Of Evidence, I love all those films, and What/If is a throw back to that high octane, highly sexed era. Check that one out if you’re a fan of top-drawer trash. I’ve also been enjoying the new series of Peaky Blinders and I loved Fosse Verdon shown recently on BCC 2. And as a fan of cookery shows I’m totally into the new series of Great British Bake Off and Celebrity Master Chef.
I’m heading off on my travels again this weekend, to explore the Baltic Sea. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time. It will be my first time visit for all the places we’re stopping at, the highlight of which is an overnight stay in St Petersburg, Russia. Like all of my cruises I hope to pick up a lot of inspiration for future books and romances. Then as soon I get back, it will be full steam ahead on the second draft of my novella while plotting out my next book.
Have a great autumn whatever you have planned.