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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 🙂

Introducing the Print Cover for What Happens in New York!

Sorry for the silence lately, there’s been a lot going on!

Firstly, the server that the blog is hosted on was hit by a DDoS attack, which meant it was down for about 48 hours. That meant that at the time when I’d usually be scheduling in blog posts, the site was down. This put me massively behind schedule. I ended up falling behind on blogs, and decided I’d rather focus on finishing What Happens in New York, then return to the blog when it’s all over.

And finally, finally, it is.

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What Happens in New York: Meet Tate Gardener!

A few weeks ago now I asked which character from What Happens in New York you’d like to meet first. It was a tie between Astin Mack — model-turned-stunt-performer — and Tate Gardener, singer/actor/entrepreneur/model. I went with Astin first, because his scene is earlier in the novel and I have a soft spot for him. This second scene is all about Tate!

Tate is only a minor character in this book, but she’s one of my favourites to write, and also the glue that holds a lot of the characters together. Whilst she’s only got a handful of scenes in What Happens in New York, she’ll have a bigger part to play in book two, and also has her own spin-off novel.

This isn’t the first time we meet her, but in her first scene she doesn’t speak! I figured it’s better to introduce her to you all in a scene where she says/does a little more!

In this scene, Hollie’s in the toilets reapplying her make-up when Tate and her friend burst in…

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