The Romance Reviews

The Romance Reviews

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Problem Child


New cover, same goodness beneath!

How gorgeous is my new Abigail? I mean, my Liam isn't too bad either and Ms London (being nasty) loves a beard!

This is all my musical inspiration and since this all really started because of Guns 'N' Roses, they're starting out. Here you go - tears, tantrums and prophylactics in a library! The soundtrack to Sweet Child of Mine:

Sweet Child of Mine on Spotify

  1. Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O Mine
  2. Kings of Leon Use Somebody
  3. David Bowie I'd Rather Be High - Venetian Mix
  4. Bruno Mars Gorilla
  5. Nelly Furtado Turn Off The Light
  6. Arcade Fire Ready To Start
  7. Rudimental ft Emeli Sande Free
  8. James Blake Voyeur
  9. Lorde Royals
  10. The xx Islands
  11. John Legend Save The Night
  12. One Direction Best Song Ever
  13. Alicia Keys Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)
  14. Little Mix Wings 
  15. Nashville Cast No One Will Ever Love You
  16. Armand Van Helden U Don't Know Me
  17. Janelle Monae Dance Apocalyptic 
  18. Bombay Bicycle Club Always Like This
  19. Edwin Starr War
  20. Janet Jackson ft Q-Tip Got 'Til It's Gone 
  21. Justin Bieber All That Matters
  22. Ellie Goulding JOY 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Return to Oz

Everything changes and everything stays the same. Good thing to, as I couldn't remember my Blogger password. Or my PayPal...

But here we are! Me poking my head through the door and reminding you that I've written before. It's been so long, I wonder if you've forgotten me! I mean I know I'm bouncing around the world taking pictures of beaches, villas, cities and mostly the food that my delicious London has to offer, and I'm ragging on whatever reality tv show I'm watching on Twitter, or I'm joining in the general dragging of whatever foolishness has set social media alight. It's so easy to get involved in all of that. Harder to face a blank Word page and commit something magical and loving and romantic to the page.

Maligned as we are, romance writers are so needed. We provide a measure of escapism and reality and warmth (like getting a telling off and a hug from your grandma) the world truly needs right now. It. Is. Harrrrder than Jason Momoa's abs. Swear down.

How do you feel romantic when you're working most likely harder than the man in the same role as you and he's being paid more? How do you conjure love when your skin colour means that a person will pick up the phone to see you carted off to prison or worse (depending on which end of the world you live...) How do you create a reality that isn't so close to home that you can't think for crying for all of the pain and suffering so immediate for you?

There is a way. I am in awe of my fellow authors who have found their stride through the seemingly endless dark days of this century. Yes, we must laugh through it, persevere still, reach for those creative stars to light the way to a better world but on the other hand, I just want to sit by the Thames drinking a pint of Tiger beer and plan how I'd spend my imagined lottery winnings. A lot of it at the moment is going on all the furniture I see in House and Garden magazine that's marrying into Royalty budget...

Deep down, I miss it. I miss not having to think too hard before the words flow from my brain to the laptop. First thing's first. Get out all my old shizzle. Relish in those stories. Because they're so much fun and so loving and heartfelt I can almost touch the author I used to be. I'm going to get there.

Gimme a minute. I got this. Promise. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Time To Hide



You can all rename me slow poke! I'm so looking forward to Christmas, not just so my dad and I can drink our way though several bottles of rum, port and Irish whisky but so I can mostly re-evaluate how to manage writing with work. I've failed miserably this year and it's caused quite a bit of pain on my part and I'm sure frustration on yours! But thank you for sticking with me and supporting me in the desert of my current writing status.

To end the year, I've tucked my contribution to the Breaking Bad boxset into a standalone novel, Hideout. The cover, gorgeously designed by Natasha Snow fits perfectly for me and what I envisioned for this tale.

So plug in, listen and let's plan:

Hideout on Spotify
  1. Mr Martyr Young Fathers
  2. Kveikur Sigor Ros 
  3. Don't Cry For Me Stormzy ft Raleigh Ritchie
  4. Almost Over Aquilo
  5. Radio Silence James Blake 
  6. You Don't Know Me Son Lux 
  7. Heartbeat Childish Gambino
  8. On Fire Raleigh Ritchie
  9. Easier Mansionair 
  10. Percogesic Gallant
  11. Figure 8 FKA twigs
  12. Garden Emeli Sande
  13. Gosh Jamie xx 
  14. Hadron Collider Blood Orange 
  15. Dots & Lines Lupe Fiasco 
  16. I Love You Woodkid 
  17. Im U Beacon 
  18. No Witnesses Keaton Henson 
  19. Whole Lion Babe
  20. The Hills The Weeknd 
  21. Slip Elliot Moss 
  22. Technicolour Beat Oh Wonder 
  23. U Boat Kasabian 
  24. Me and the Devil Gil Scott-Heron 
  25. Settle Vera Blue
  26. Panic Forest Swords 
  27. Back From The Fire Gold Brother 
  28. My Body Is A Cage Arcade Fire
  29. Albatross Foals
  30. Move Along Alexandra Schultz 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Army


Welll hello there! Back exactly where it needs to be, Army of Me and You is sitting pretty on Amazon. Nothing more added except for my usual extras of a playlist and what's coming next. 

In so many ways, this story is very close to my heart and means the absolute world tonne to be able to share it all over again. I'm very grateful to you all for keeping me going, keeping me encouraged and reminding me that there's lots more for me to do! 

Happy damn reading people!

Army of Me and You on Amazon

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Army


Look how pretty!?

I like shiny new things and this is the first shiny new thing I've had in a while! Okay, not that long, I did replace the usurper with another model, but that was necessary. For real.

So! To the wonder and delight that is Madeline and Cain's story, with a side of marc de champagne chocolates. To survival and discovery. To new beginnings and love across the distance. To a bit of a banger to Mariah Carey getting back to the sexy I've always loved.

This is the soundtrack to Army of Me and You:


  1. Together - The xx 
  2. Can't Hold Us -  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton
  3. #Beautiful - Mariah Carey ft Miguel 
  4. Human - Daughter 
  5. You & I (Nobody in the World) John Legend
  6. Chevaliers De Sangreal - Hans Zimmer 
  7. Fire We Make - Alicia Keys ft Maxwell 
  8. Explosions - Ellie Golding 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hideout



You know I like a little music to go with my tales and Hideout is no different. Being unusually dark (for me anyways) the music needed to fit, so here we go:

Hideout on Spotify


  1. Mr Martyr Young Fathers
  2. Kveikur Sigor Ros 
  3. Don't Cry For Me Stormzy ft Raleigh Ritchie
  4. Almost Over Aquilo
  5. Radio Silence James Blake 
  6. You Don't Know Me Son Lux 
  7. Heartbeat Childish Gambino
  8. On Fire Raleigh Ritchie
  9. Easier Mansionair 
  10. Percogesic Gallant
  11. Figure 8 FKA twigs
  12. Garden Emeli Sande
  13. Gosh Jamie xx 
  14. Hadron Collider Blood Orange 
  15. Dots & Lines Lupe Fiasco 
  16. I Love You Woodkid 
  17. Im U Beacon 
  18. No Witnesses Keaton Henson 
  19. Whole Lion Babe
  20. The Hills The Weeknd 
  21. Slip Elliot Moss 
  22. Technicolour Beat Oh Wonder 
  23. U Boat Kasabian 
  24. Me and the Devil Gil Scott-Heron 
  25. Settle Vera Blue
  26. Panic Forest Swords 
  27. Back From The Fire Gold Brother 
  28. My Body Is A Cage Arcade Fire
  29. Albatross Foals
  30. Move Along Alexandra Schultz 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Hideaway



It's been a while, ne c'est pas? It hasn't at all been deliberate, it's just the way my life has panned out and how much Hank has control over what I do.

This went to dark places, I can't even lie. But nevertheless, be assured that it all works out in the end. Somehow.

Bonus! There are thirteen other amazing stories in the set for you to devour. They are all full length, stand-alone, complete reads - No Cliffhangers!!!

It's also $0.99 for a limited period, which is a mega bargain. What more do you want? All the links are below, Please do me the greatest of favours and grab your copy. I never usually ask, but if you could leave a review, I would be the happiest bird alive!


Happy reading!