What am I writing?

 

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  I hope you are all doing really well.

What am I writing?

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will know that I am finally writing again – hurrah! 😀
And you will have seen my updates letting you know how I am getting on.
But…what am I writing?

Here’s a snippet, just for you 😉

 

g-hlt-111202-hands-4p-today-inline-large“Tracy, have you been on that thing all day?” Janet rolled her eyes and whined at her daughter in exasperation. As soon as she arrived home, Janet knew what she would find—Tracy, her 15-year-old daughter, glued to the games console as she always seemed to be during the school holidays.  Janet stood looking at the image in front of her as she leant on the uPVC front door and closed it with her behind.

“Yeah. So what?” Tracy snidely snapped back. She did not even move her head nor did her mother’s arrival break her concentration or stride as she continued to combat virtual pixelated bad guys on the 32 inch TV screen before her.

Janet put her bag on the coat hook in the hall and took a deep breath. It had been a long day and the last thing she wanted was to fight with Tracy, again. She knew she had to rein in her irritation unless she wanted another bout of door slamming and screaming at each other. “It’s the school holidays. Don’t you want to go outside and do something else?”

“Like what exactly?”

Janet shrugged unseen by her daughter. “Anything has got to be better than staring at that screen all day. Doesn’t it give you a headache?” There was no response. Janet pressed on, “What about your friend Sam, what’s she doing today?”

“Mum,” finally, Janet caught her attention. Heaving a sigh of exasperation, Tracy pushed the button on the controller to pause the game and turned towards her. “Sam’s family are in Spain, they go every summer, remember!”

The sarcasm dripped from her daughter, but Janet refused to be pulled into yet another shouting match with her. Not this time. Not today. She was tired, deeply tired, exhausted with her life. Mike, her estranged husband, and Tracy’s father had called her that lunchtime with yet another schedule change. He, apparently, would not be able to see his daughter again this summer. How on earth would she break that news to Tracy? It would break her heart. She had been looking forward to seeing him for months. She would not understand. She never did. How could she understand that her father’s new family was more important than she was? Janet had to think fast and say or do something. Her own relationship with Tracy was breaking down; she was so temperamental these days, and she herself was tired and snappy. She stood looking down at the beige carpet, it needed replacing, and it was getting threadbare near the front door. Janet felt beaten up. She looked up at her daughter; she looked like she had herself before life got to her. How she loved that teenager staring back at her.

Janet dug her hand into her trouser pocket and threw her mobile phone to her daughter, “Call a Pizza, there’s money in the biscuit tin. I’m going to shower.”

Tracy smiled as she caught the phone and dialled the well-used number, the game was instantly forgotten.

Janet climbed the stairs and walked straight into the bathroom at the top, and locked the door behind her. She could hear Tracy talking on the phone downstairs. She leant against the door; it felt cool on her back. It was nice in comparison to the heat of the headache that threatened to split her head in two. Turning on the shower, she stepped out of her black work trousers and blue blouse and looked at her face in the mirror over the sink. When did she get so old? Where did those dark circles come from? She pushed the mirror away from her and climbed into the shower, muttering thanks to God for the hot running water washing the day’s stress from her. “Help me, what am I going to do?” She groaned as the tears came and her body shook with her silent sobs.

©2017 Karen Aminadra. All rights reserved.

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“My life got flipped-turned upside down…”

1901689_1688716861383768_7856808088995437116_nIt’s has been a very, very long time since I published a blog post, and I’d like to take a minute to explain what has been going on.

Each time I think about writing this The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune comes to my head.

“Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I …”

My entire life has flipped-upside down. Literally. This time last year, I was planning The Emberton Brothers series. That went really well and all three books were published last summer. (We hope to put all three together in an e-box set on Kindle)

I changed home, town, and now, it seems, career.

Most of you know that I am a Christian; a follower of Jesus Christ. The church I attend is The Salvation Army. Many of you are very familiar with this organisation.
Some time before Christmas, I felt the Lord pulling me in a different direction. The great thing about Him leading change is He gives you a sense that change is coming before He starts pulling.

What I was being led towards was; ministry. What is ministry? Doing the Lord’s work full time, making His work your vocation.
Within a few short weeks of this notion entering my heart, I discovered that there was an opening. A position that, after reading the extremely long list of criteria, I realised that I could fit into.
Late last year, I applied. 

It is my honour and pleasure to announce that I got the job! 😀

I am going to be working full time for The Salvation Army in the town I live in. How wonderful is that?!badge

I have a heart for people and a heart to help. I hope you will remain by my side as I take up this new position and my life takes this wonderful new direction.

Will I still be writing? 
That’s anyone’s guess at the moment. My attention is mostly taken up with training for the new position. I know the desire to write is still there, so let’s give it some time and we’ll see. 🙂

I’ve decided to blog about the changes in my life.  I pray I have time to keep this going 😉

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you! ❤

Karen xx

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Review: The Nanny Crisis by T.M. Cromer

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New father Ty Jensen is in dire need of a nanny for his motherless infant. So when rainbow-haired Lana Martell shows up late for her interview, against his better judgement, he hires her on the spot. Ty finds himself falling hard and fast for his feisty employee.

Sassy Lana Martell has a penchant for attracting trouble. One look at her frazzled employer and she knows her heart is in jeopardy. But she also understands starting something with Ty could have her back at the bus stop with a one-way ticket to royally screwed.

As passion flares between this single father and his sexy nanny, an unexpected threat emerges to destroy the new life they’ve created. Their faith in each other is tested, and in the end, it comes down to one question…can Ty save Lana before she falls victim to the evil from her past?

**Contains adult language and content.**

I recently read The Nanny Crisis by T.M. Cromer.  This is a novella and is a very well structured one at that. The story moves along at a pace that is fast enough to keep the pages turning. The story is cute, entertaining and funny. In fact, I laughed out loud more than once.
There is enough going on and sufficient plot twists that this book could quite easily have been a full-length novel, if I am completely honest, without losing anything along the way.
T.M’s use of language is fun and light, having me choke on my tea once at a phrase I haven’t heard in years! Nice one — it made the book very memorable.
The story is light-hearted and easy to read; making it a perfect book to take away for the weekend or to relax with. If all of T.M’s books are this light-hearted and fun, then I cannot wait to read more.
Yes, the book contains adult language and scenes of a sexual nature, but it’s not graphic and the swearing is hardly more than you would hear most days, let’s be honest! If you are sensitive to such things, then stay away. However, if you can handle it, then you’re in for a lovely treat.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would.
Why? Because at the end of a long, hard day’s work, it’s nice to read something that makes you relax and this book does just that!

5stars (1)

Where can you buy The Nanny Crisis?   Click HERE!

Karen x

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Giveaway Winner Announced!

winnerFirstly, I’d like to thank you all for the fantastic response to the launch of The Suitable Bride and for participating in the launch giveaway competition too!

I was inundated with replies!

Thankfully, Rafflecopter chooses a random entry for me and I don’t have to choose the winner myself! Phew!

So, this morning I clicked on the button ‘Pick a random winner’ and…..

The winner is……..

Bevanne from Canada!! 😀 yay!!

CONGRATULATIONS, Bevanne!! I shall be emailing you shortly about your prizes!
They are a fantastic collection of swag and I hope you really enjoy reading them!

Your prizes are….
Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 1 by Karen Aminadra
Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 2 by Karen Aminadra
Wickham – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 3 by Karen Aminadra
All That We Are by Holly J.Gill
Vigilante of Shadows by Miranda Stork
Reaper’s Deliverance by Miranda Stork
Shadows in the Darkness by Miranda Stork
Conner by Miranda Stork
Her Charming Heartbreaker by Sonia Parin
Her Perfect Mismatch by Sonia Parin
Silence of Scandal by Jackie Williams
The Sweetest Kiss by Marie Higgins
The Rebel Puritan by Jo Ann Butler
A beautiful necklace with a Louisa M. Alcott quote from Caroline F. Levy
Amazon gift code from N.D. Jones

I would also like to thank all the authors who donated books for the giveaway! ❤

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Once again, thanks to all who participated in the competition and keep your eyes peeled for more!
Alternatively, you can sign up to my mailing list at www.karenaminadra.com because the next competition will be for subscribers only! 😉

Happy reading!

Karen x

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The Suitable Bride Launch and Bumper Giveaway!

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Today I am celebrating the launch of my eighth novel! Yes, eighth!
I cannot even believe I am here already! It has been such an exciting journey and wonderful four years since I published my first novel.
The Suitable Bride is book 2 in The Emberton Brothers series and is a clean Regency romance novel.
In the first novel, we followed the story of Richard, the eldest of the three brothers. In this book, we follow Edward the middle one.

Edward is the driven one out of the three. He has spent years working hard at achieving his dream. He’s a politician and dreams of being Prime Minister of Britain one day. He knows the advantages there are to be had in marrying and is eager to find a bride from amongst the set who will help advance his career.
Frances Davenport is the daughter of a lord. She is privileged and has led a life that has had its ups and downs…literally speaking 😉 She’s a little naughty. She doesn’t believe there is one single man out there who can please her as a husband and is resigned to that fact. Until she meets Edward, that is…

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To celebrate the release of The Suitable Bride I am having a bumper giveaway with a big list of goodies! Please click the link below to enter! And good luck!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prizes include…

Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 1 by Karen Aminadra
Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 2 by Karen Aminadra
Wickham – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 3 by Karen Aminadra
All That We Are by Holly J.Gill
Vigilante of Shadows by Miranda Stork
Reaper’s Deliverance by Miranda Stork
Shadows in the Darkness by Miranda Stork
Conner by Miranda Stork
Her Charming Heartbreaker by Sonia Parin
Her Perfect Mismatch by Sonia Parin
Silence of Scandal by Jackie Williams
The Sweetest Kiss by Marie Higgins
A beautiful necklace with a Louisa M. Alcott quote from Caroline F. Levy
Amazon gift code from N.D. Jones

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THE SUITABLE BRIDE!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00008]Edward Emberton wants to be Prime Minister. He has a passionate vision for the future of England, which includes the abolition of slavery. As the son of a tradesman, his journey to Parliament has been a difficult one, but there is only one thing left to cement this foothold on the steps to Parliament – a suitable bride. She must be of noble birth, reasonable intelligence, mild temperament, and extraordinary beauty.

Frances Davenport is most of those things. And a suitable marriage to Edward isn’t only the answer to her prayers; it’s a way to keep her secrets. Edward is handsome, driven, and better still, enchanted by her beauty. It’s more than a suitable match; it couldn’t be more perfect.

But appearances are often deceiving, and Frances’ beguiling beauty comes with its own set of problems. Edward and Frances are about to discover that there’s more to marriage than suitability because neither is as suitable as they seem…
AMAZON LINK – http://amzn.to/29yA0FP

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Author bio –

cropped-img_20150512_175832bandw2.jpgKaren is a multi-genre author who writes novels within many different genres; Historical Romance, Historical Crime, and modern Chick-Lit.

She can usually be found sat at the computer either writing a novel, writing down new ideas or on social media chatting!

Her love of reading, writing short stories, and her childhood imaginary world led quite naturally to writing novels. Encouraged to read by her bookworm father and grandmother and by winning a writing competition in just her first year of secondary school, she was spurred on, and she has been writing stories ever since. Her love of mystery and plot twists that she put into that first story continues today.

She has travelled to and lived in many countries, not just in her imagination, and has gained an insight into people’s characters that shines through in her work. Today, with her feet firmly back in the United Kingdom, she travels the world, the universe and in time through her imagination and her novels.

She is now the author of eight novels;

Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues,

Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 2,

Relative Deceit – Death in the Family,

The Uncanny Life of Polly,

It’s a Man’s World – Lettie Jenkins Investigates,

Wickham – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 3,

The Spice Bride – The Emberton Brothers Series book 1.

The Suitable Bride – The Emberton Brothers Series book 2.

In 2012 she received a B.R.A.G Medallion ™ for her debut novel Charlotte – Pride & Prejudice Continues.

In 2013 she was once again honoured with a B.R.A.G Medallion ™ for Rosings – Pride & Prejudice Continues book 2.

In 2016 she received another prized B.R.A.G Medallion™ for Wickham -Pride & Prejudice Continues book 3.

For more information and to download a free book visit  www.karenaminadra.com

 

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Why We Still Go to Bookstores in The Age of Amazon

I’m really glad that bookshops still exist too, despite 90% of sales coming from online stores! 🙂

Great article!

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by Ariel Kusby

When the Kindle was released eight years ago, news outlets prophesized that by 2016, eBook sales would overtake print, and bookstores would become obsolete. Online book sales had increased dramatically, and because of the recent release of eBook reading devices, publishing companies assumed that the Internet would soon eradicate physical spaces where book buyers go to find new reading material. In 2016, eBooks are indeed popular, but many people still patronize physical bookstores.

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Wednesday Work-In-Progress!

hurrahI have turned my hand to writing the fourth installment of my Pride & Prejudice Continues series!

Hurrah! I hear you cry! 😉

It’s going well and it’s set in the winter following the end of Wickham.  (Yes, it follows on!)

I wanted to share with you a few lines that I wrote this morning. Please bear in mind that it is unedited and unfinished.

The winter was one of the harshest England has ever known and following a blizzard during the night, Longbourn is FREEZING COLD!!  (Can you imagine how cold that place must get without our modern heating systems? Brrrr!)

In this scene we see Mary waking up….

 

The following morning the house was cold; colder than usual for winter. Mary stretched languidly, reluctant to get out of the warm bed and into the cold room. Her nose felt like ice. She calculated how quickly she could run to the bell pull and get back into the bed before she froze to death.

Slipping one toe out of the bed, Mary groaned, “Good Lord, it’s freezing cold!” before pulling her foot quickly back under the blankets again. “Mary, get a hold of yourself. You need the fire lit and hot water to wash in.”

She took a few deep breaths to build her courage and then, throwing off the blankets, Mary darted BRR2005WordLogofrom the bed, yelping at the coldness of the rug on her feet, pulled the bell pull and took a running jump back into bed, tossing the covers back over her as she snuggled back down into the warm spot she left.

(c) 2016 Karen Aminadra / Flourish Publishing

 

Happy Reading and have a great day!

K xx

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7 Tips for Paranormal Writers

Great article! If you are a writer of Paranormal novels, or you fancy giving it a go — here are some great tips from Jacqui Murray!

Reblogged from A Writer’s Path

 

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by Jacqui Murray

One of my writing gigs is as an Amazon Vine Voice. They send me free books (and other products) and I share my honest opinion. If you go to Amazon, you’ll find a label (Vine Voice) by my name, as you will with all of the other Vine reviewers. It just means we accept the responsibility to share our thoughts as objectively as possible.

When I log into my Vine account, I find a list of a couple hundred books to choose from. I can pick the genre so I don’t end up reading a travel book when I’d prefer a thriller, but, it’s not an exact science. More often than expected, I’ve been surprised. For example, Richard Bausch‘s fantastic new book that I’d consider more brainwork than I normally subscribe to is included under thrillers–which is usually reserved for plot-driven, non-stop action stories.

This is my long way of explaining how I’ve stumbled on and enjoyed several paranormal novels which normally I would have skipped such as Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series and Carsten Stroud’s Niceville trilogy.

WiseGeek defines paranormal this way:

Paranormal stories encompass elements of the paranormal such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and any sort of magical or otherworldly creatures. This type of fiction often goes beyond fact and logical explanations to speculate about the things that cannot be seen or proved, such as extrasensory perception (ESP) and alien life.

If you’re a paranormal author or reader, here’s what you’d expect out of your story:

  • paranormal is not fantasy, though it may be similar. The characters include ghosts, vampires, psychics–that sort–set in a real-world setting. Here’s a test: If you can remove the paranormal creatures and what remains is a world much like what you see around you, it’s paranormal rather than fantasy.
  • create a solid mythology. It doesn’t have to match what the standard opinion of vampires or werewolves is, but it needs to be believable.
  • include a strong female lead. From what I understand from my paranormal-writing friends, this is the current trend and a popular one.
  • the main character may or may not have supernatural abilities–or they may be hidden–but should include a core of goodness that directs his/her actions.
  • include lots of conflict between the supernatural world and the human world.
  • the villain is likely darker and more powerful than the main character.
  • if you include a romance as a main plot point or subplot, you’re probably writing for the sub-genre, paranormal romance.

If you write paranormal, what would you add to this list? How can I explain it better?

 

 

Guest post contributed by Jacqui Murray. Jacqui is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman  and is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, and Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers. You can find her book on her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.  

 

 

 

Free Book!

Go to my website – www.karenaminadra.com and get your FREE copy of Charlotte ~ Pride & Prejudice Continues!

 

 

Jane Austen’s best-loved novel, Pride & Prejudice continues…

2012 B.R.A.G.MedallionTM Honoree.

2nd Edition – Updated 03-Aug-2012

Charlotte19-10-12When Charlotte Lucas married Mr Collins, she did not love him but had at least secured her future.
However, what price must she pay for that future? She once said she was not romantic, but how true is that now after almost one year of marriage?
Mr Collins is submissive in the extreme to his patroness, and his constant simpering, fawning and deference to the overbearing and manipulative Lady Catherine de Bourgh is sure to try the patience of a saint, or at least of Charlotte.
As Charlotte becomes part of Hunsford society, she discovers she is not the only one who has been forced to submit to the controlling and often hurtful hand of Lady Catherine.
She feels trapped and realises her need for love and affection. She is not as content as she once thought she would be. The easiest thing to do would be to maintain the peace and do as she is told. But as Charlotte witnesses the misery around her due to her inimitable neighbour, she must decide to remain as she is or to begin a chain of events that will change not only her life but also the lives of those around her in the village of Hunsford forever.
But…after all, doesn’t every girl deserve a happy ending?