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Books lined up at the launch for What Happens in New York!

Happy Birthday What Happens in New York!

It’s one year today since What Happens in New York was published on Kindle and in print!

Where has the year gone?!

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What Happens in London is out now!

After months of hard work and preparation, What Happens in London is finally here!

You can find it on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited, and paperback.

I plan to publish it on Kobo and Nook soon, but as I’m entering it into Kindle Storyteller, digital rights have to remain exclusively with Amazon for now.

What is Kindle Storyteller?

If you’re unaware what Kindle Storyteller is, this is how Amazon describes it:

The Kindle Storyteller prize is open to submissions of new English Language books from all authors and genres. Titles must be previously unpublished, a minimum of 5,000 words with no upper word limit and be available as an eBook and in print via Kindle Direct Publishing or CreateSpace (print edition only).


As a small indie author with little to no profile, my odds of getting anywhere are slim.

However, we don’t know unless we try, right?

How you can help

The more people that download it (especially on the same day), the higher it ranks, and the more other people who don’t know who I am are likely to find it.

What’s What Happens in London about?

Starting your own business isn’t easy, but this time, Hollie’s determined to succeed. She’s got the drive, she’s got the moral support, and she’s making an outfit for a global superstar. But chasing your dreams comes with obstacles. Will she overcome them, or will her depression and anxiety take over?

Since Fayth returned from New York as a pseudo-celebrity, the family pub is firmly in the black. And, as far as her dad’s concerned, that makes it the perfect time to sell. Her sister isn’t happy. Fayth is. With the pub sold and her divorce finalised, for the first time in her life, she can do whatever she wants. Just as soon as she figures out what that is.

Everything’s looking up until someone they love is injured in a life-changing accident. Will things ever be the same again?

Just some of the themes covered in What Happens in London include: Fame. Fashion. Friendship. Love. Loss. Entrepreneurship. Disability. Depression. Anxiety. Death. Grief. Gossip. Fortitude.

The journey to publication

Whenever I think back to this time last year, it amazes me how much things have changed.

Not only did I approach publishing and marketing What Happens in London completely differently, but things outside of my writing life have changed, too.

I’ll write more about how things have changed in a future blog post, but for now, let’s just say that a lot can change in just a year.

I look back at the writing I did a year, two years, three years ago, and it amazes me how much my writing has changed.

I’m really looking forwards to seeing how things change as I continue to write more and share my journey with you!

Advanced readers say…

A great contemporary read that gives you romance, drama and action all packed into a believable story that takes you from cover to cover before you know it. Two books in now and I’m feeling impatient for the third!


I read What Happens In London in a couple of days, and couldn’t wait to find out what happened to Hollie and Fayth, Liam and Astin. The twists and turns of the story go beyond the expected and the characters are so relatable, even in surprising circumstances. Hollie’s personal and professional battles make WHIL a captivating read, and Fayth’s down to earth nature ensures that they both keep their feet firmly on the ground in the face of adversity, which is something all young women can aspire to. The book series really is a breath of fresh air!

See for yourself—get your copy of What Happens in London today!

An update on What Happens in New York

I made a lot of mistakes while working on What Happens in New York.

I learnt a lot, too.

I’m going to get the same proofreader that went through What Happens in London to go through What Happens in New York and check for anything else I missed (because there’s always something when you go through your own work).

Then I want to publish it to a wider audience on platforms such as Kobo and Nook.

I’d love to do an audiobook version, but that’s just not viable right now because of how much it would cost to produce.

If you have any other platforms you’d like to see it on, please do let me know in the comments!

And of course…

Don’t forget to download your copy of What Happens in London!

EXCLUSIVE: Read the First Chapter of What Happens in London!

There’s less than a month to go until What Happens in London is published!

I’m so excited to share it with you!

Since I’m so excited, I shared the opening chapter with members of my fiction mailing list (you won’t have gotten it if you signed up for the free fiction-writing checklist, but you will have if you signed up for Liam’s short story) at the weekend.

If you missed out, never fear!

You can read the opening chapter of What Happens in London below!

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What Happens in London (And More) Update

I announced a while ago the sequel to What Happens in New York, What Happens in London. I had over 14,000 words written of it before I finished What Happens in New York. However, when I first came up with the plot for What Happens in London, I didn’t realise how complicated it would be.

I’ve since come to the conclusion that, in order to give the characters the breathing and growing space that they need, I’m going to split it into two parts: one will focus on Hollie and Astin, the other Fayth and Liam.

I haven’t decided yet if they will both be called What Happens in London parts one and two, or if they’ll have different names. That’s something I can figure out as I continue to write their stories.

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Fayth’s Poem from What Happens in New York, ‘Dreaming’

This poem from What Happens in New York came out of nowhere. I was in the mood to write a poem, and my head was in my character’s, so I ended up combining the two.

It’s happening more and more lately, and I’m hoping to include more poetry in future stories from the series, and also eventually release a book of poems tied to the series. A lot of the characters are poets/songwriters, so it’s not a far stretch, and it allows me to include my love of poetry with my fiction.

The poem features on Day 8 of their holiday, but it doesn’t contain any spoilers for what happens in their holiday.

Dreaming focuses on what happens before the novel—there’s no details here you can’t find in the blurb.

Nevertheless, if you want to avoid reading it before you read the book, don’t read ahead. If you want a little something to whet your appetite, keep reading…

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What Happens in New York: Meet Hollie Baxter!

I can’t believe it! Launch day is finally here! No pressure or anything.

In honour of launch day, it’s time for me to introduce to you the final character from What Happens in New York, Hollie Baxter.

The scene below is the first chapter. If you like what you read, you can also check out scenes featuring Fayth Campbell, Astin Mack, Liam York and Trinity Gold, and Tate Gardener. You can also purchase your copy on Amazon now, and find out what happens next!

Happy reading!

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What Happens in New York: Meet Liam York and Trinity Gold!

In the latest scene from What Happens in New York, it’s time to meet Hollywood golden couple Liam York and Trinity Gold. They look like the perfect couple, but are they as perfect in real life as they appear to be on camera?

Don’t forget you can check out scenes featuring Astin Mack, Tate Gardener, and Fayth Campbell too!

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What Happens in New York: Meet Fayth Campbell!

A while ago now, I asked on my Facebook page which characters you’d like to meet first. Astin Mack came first, followed by Tate Gardener, and deuteragonist Fayth Campbell came third.

In this scene, Fayth is working in the family pub when her ex-husband Patrick appears. She desperately tries to avoid him, but it doesn’t quite go according to plan…

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What Happens in New York: Meet the Characters!

I’ve been writing about the characters of What Happens in New York for so long now that I often forget that not everyone knows them as well as I do!

So, in preparation for the launch this time next week(!) it’s time for you to meet the characters of What Happens in New York

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Quiz: Are You More Like Hollie or Fayth From What Happens in New York?

I used to love creating quizzes back in the day. I can’t tell you why. I was addicted to taking them, too. I really had to stop myself because I spent far too much time on Quizilla (is that site even still going)!

I decided to combine my love of quizzes with What Happens in New York, and I’ve created a quiz! Find out if you’re more like redheaded fashion designer Hollie, or family-orientated cook Fayth in the quiz below!

Let me know what you think to the quiz below, and if you’d be interested in any future ones 🙂

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