Stars for The Bucket List (parts One and Two!)

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Julie’s Book review has given TBL (Pt1) 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars! Yay!

Robert Fanshaw has also awarded TBL2 a five rating on Goodreads. *performs a slightly clumsy cartwheel to celebrate*

Thank you both!

Happy days.

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Find and adore ‘The Bucket List’ books at SteameReads

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Interview with H.C. Brown

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My author interview with H.C. Brown is now live and available to read here.

It coincides nicely with the fact that The Bucket List Part Two (Caught) has now been released! Yay!

It’s available from

Amazon.co.uk

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and of course from the gorgeous team at SteameReads

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Annie

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The Bucket List Christmas Special is underway!

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I know that it’s only (late) August, but some things take time to put together, so today I have begun work on TBL4, the Christmas Special, for SteameReads.

This one will contain a pleasant (currently secret) surprise for regular SteameReads readers (more of that in future posts).

Lets just say that some familiar faces, as well as some other body parts, may pop up. Amber and Lucy will be there, with Amber leading her BFF astray as always.

It will be Christmas-themed, based around cold evenings, snow and frost and some naughty goings-on (naturally).

More in the coming weeks!

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Gotta rush – I have a novella to write!

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This week’s Six Sentence Sunday is from the upcoming (fingers crossed) novella and second Bucket List story, ‘Caught.’

Amber has lured her BFF Lucy to the bed section of a large department store. It’s late in the evening, and no-one appears to be around.  Amber sashays up to me (Lucy), smiles and then…

Her large soft lips pressed against mine. 

In a moment, she was devouring me, her eager mouth engulfing mine, lifting me away from the cares of this world and into a weightless dreamy oblivion. 

I sank into bliss and tiny moans crept from my throat – until I remembered where we were and broke the kiss. 

“Amber, we’re in the middle of a department store.  The place is closing.  We’ll get locked in…”

“Not such a bad thing,” Amber cooed, taking hold of my chin to turn my head back towards her.

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Annie

Engage reverse gear…

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As I neared the end of The Bucket List (Part Two), I found myself stumbling over the conclusion.  As a self-confessed Pantser, I plan very little in my tales other than the beginning, the end and a few essential events that must take place somewhere in the story.

This method has served me well so far, but over the past week, it’s given me a few headaches.

I’ve found myself, on two occasions, writing my characters into positions that have proved difficult to get out of.  And if you know my stories, you’ll know that when I say positions, I am talking literally.

So I’ve had to engage reverse gear and ask the characters to back up and assume their previous positions, then move into new ones.  There’s an awkward silence as they stare at me.  I can hear them thinking ‘You put us into this situation.  What are you playing at – changing your mind mid-flow?’

It’s just that, having written them into the story so far, I can’t quite bring myself to simply ‘delete’ what they’ve already done.

I feel like a mid-range director who is asking A-list actors to stop what they’re doing and go back two pages.

Am I too far into the character’s heads – am I giving them too much respect?  Should I just be tough and wipe out their errors and rewrite their lives?

Has anyone else had to ‘rewind’ their characters and reposition them because it wasn’t working – or is that just me? 😀

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Annie

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Sequel to The Bucket List

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Following on from the apparent success of ‘The Bucket List Part I’, today I begin work on ‘Part 2’.

The story will once again feature the delicious wildcat Amber and shy-until-horny Lucy.

Amber still has Lucy’s sexy wish-list (created one wine-soaked evening) hidden away and has organised another little surprise for her flatmate and BFF…

I’ll post a little extract as soon as I’m able…

Annie

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