Twelve days to go!

Only twelve days until my second book comes out!

Spanking Miss Sophia will be available on the 22nd October from Blushing Books Publications​ on their website, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk!

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The Duke of Dorset is having a very bad day. One moment he is enjoying life as a single man in possession of the most beautiful mistress in London, and in the next he finds that he has inherited the guardianship of two orphaned cousins, daughters of his black-sheep uncle, the Earl of Shrewsbury.

These very young, very troublesome country cousins arrive as a package deal, along with their older half-sister, Miss Sophia Preston. She is a feisty, opinionated young woman of marriageable age, a stepdaughter to the deceased earl, in fact, who is determined to return her family to the countryside where they belong.

Sparks fly as Miss Sophia clashes not only with the duke, a thirty-year-old confirmed bachelor, but also with the duke’s mother, a grande dame in London society. The duchess has little patience with two small, difficult and noisy girls, and even less with their unrefined and yet outspoken country mouse of a half-sister.

Still, all the heat and friction produced amongst those three is nothing compared to the firestorm that ensues when the duke’s mistress, a courtesan of the very highest rank and quite full of herself, discovers that the duke is beginning to see Miss Sophia in an entirely different and quite romantic light!

Writer’s…torrent?

Does anybody else have this problem when they write?

I seem to have the opposite of writer’s block. I think I’m calling it writer’s torrent. I had a nice novella planned out and thought that it would be, at most, 30-35000 words. It’s a sequel to a forthcoming release, tying up some loose ends and providing a link between that book and an as yet half-written other one. Sort of a book 1.5, you know?

Except that the damned thing is now at 51000 words and counting! Not exactly novella-sized….

I know this probably sounds like the most ridiculous problem that a writer can have – “Oh no! I’m writing too many words! My wallet is too small for all my fifties and my diamond shoes are too tight!”

(Thank you, Chandler Bing. Credit where it is due.)

I’m concerned, though. Is this a sign that I’m including far too much unimportant fluff? Does it show a lack of plotting ability? Can I not self-edit? Or was I just plain wrong about it being a novella?

I’m going to have to see this thing through to the bitter, 60000 word end and see what my editor thinks. If I have to cut it down I’m going to be so upset!

To make up for this awful whining, have a picture of the delectable Nyle from this season of America’s Next Top Model. Would you, or would you not, be able to stop yourself from biting that delectable bottom?

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Brand new cover art for a brand new book!

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Spanking Miss Sophia is due for release on October 22nd! Isn’t the cover art fabulous?

Check out the first chapter for free here!

The Duke of Dorset is having a very bad day. One moment he is enjoying life as a single man in possession of the most beautiful mistress in London, and in the next he finds that he has inherited the guardianship of two orphaned cousins, daughters of his black-sheep uncle, the Earl of Shrewsbury.
These very young, very troublesome country cousins arrive as a package deal, along with their older half-sister, Miss Sophia Preston. She is a feisty, opinionated young woman of marriageable age, a stepdaughter to the deceased earl, in fact, who is determined to return her family to the countryside where they belong.
Sparks fly as Miss Sophia clashes not only with the duke, a thirty-year-old confirmed bachelor, but also with the duke’s mother, a grande dame in London society. The duchess has little patience with two small, difficult and noisy girls, and even less with their unrefined and yet outspoken country mouse of a half-sister.
Still, all the heat and friction produced amongst those three is nothing compared to the firestorm that ensues when the duke’s mistress, a courtesan of the very highest rank and quite full of herself, discovers that the duke is beginning to see Miss Sophia in an entirely different and quite romantic
light.