Listen to me read a snippet from The Suitable Bride!

This afternoon I recorded a little snippet from The Suitable Bride for you to listen to on SoundCloud. I wanted to email it out to my subscribers before I put it up on my blog. After all, you should hear it first, right?

The Suitable Bride is out on Friday 15th July through Amazon exclusively for the first 90 days only – I explain more in the audio clip!

Here’s the preorder link – 

Please click this link below to listen to a little bit from The Suitable Bride!


(Well done to my subscribers who noticed that I named it The Spice Bride in their email! – oops!)

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10 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Ever wondered how to overcome writers’ block?
In this great article, Vincent Mars gives us 10 ways to overcome writers’ block!

A Writer's Path

Writer's Block

by Vincent Mars

For us writers, few things are more frustrating than to finally sit down at our desks after taking care of real life chores only to be struck dumb by the blank page or the white screen. Writer’s block can be quite disabling, a form of writerly constipation that the harder we try to overcome, the more it aggravates. It pleases me to say that I have not suffered from this writer’s malady for a long time, which I believe is largely due to the conscious defenses against it I have taken. If you have the time, I would like to share these with you.

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Review: Lavender Lane by Christina Jones


Home is where the heart is…

Bob and Amy Phillips and their four grown-up children run Lavender Cabs in the small Berkshire market town of Appleford.
Everyone is involved.
The business has grown – through three generations – into a thriving taxi and garage business.
But when Bob is taken ill, he and Amy decide to retire to
Devon, but to do this they would have to sell the business which would throw the entire family’s lives into turmoil…





51cP-TWLOxL._UX250_Christina Jones is a much beloved and prolific British Contemporary Women’s author. I have meant to do a review on one of her books for simply ages, but never got round to it!


Lavender Lane is about the Phillips family…and its extended members. And therein lies my only complaint about Lavender Lane; there are so many characters in the book that it took me quite a while to get my head around who is who, I have to admit!
However, the book is a fabulous read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sign of a good writer is that they can get you emotionally involved and caring about the characters. So, when Bob was taken ill, despite being warned in the blurb about it, I still cried. Yes, actual tears! She even managed to have me hating a couple of the characters — read it and you’ll know who I mean. I am so glad they had their own ‘happy ending’ to everyone’s satisfaction.
I particularly love the way Christina weaves all the different threads of the tale together, with misunderstandings and arguments galore, but brings them all neatly to a satisfying conclusion too. And that’s how the book ends; in total and utter satisfaction!
I would heartily recommend her novels and I look forward to getting to the next one nestled atop my reading list!

Check out Lavender Lane by Christina Jones HERE.



Why I am choosing Kindle Unlimited….

KINDLEI have taken the decision to enroll The Suitable Bride in Kindle Unlimited for a period of 90 days.
Because of all those readers who actually pay out the $10 each month to subscribe, simply put.

It does not make sense long-term for an author who has many books, like I have, to have all their books for sale only through one outlet. That is not fair for B&N, Kobo, Sony, iTunes shoppers!

But, for the first 90 days — that’s from 15th July until 15th October — I shall have The Suitable Bride on Kindle Unlimited. This means if you are a subscriber to KU that you can read the book for free!! We all love a free book, eh? 😉

For everyone else, I shall put the preorder and the book available for 1 WEEK FROM RELEASE DAY ONLY at 99cents! That way, it’s almost free for you! 🙂 (from Friday 15th July to Friday 22nd July)

I want as many of you to be able to read it as possible. So I have taken this decision, but from 22nd July onwards it will be available through ALL major stockists! Yay! 😉

Karen x



Why I Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Read why Kate M. Colby writes Science-fiction and Fantasy novels and what revs her motor!

A Writer's Path


by Kate M. Colby

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen this month’s exciting announcement: for the second semester, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) will be taught in a university classroom.

This time, TCD features in a Science Fiction & Fantasy literature class. When I saw the syllabus, I nearly cried. To have my book read alongside such legends is an incredible honor—and one I do not take lightly.

In fact, it got me thinking…what is it about Science Fiction and Fantasy novels (and TV shows, movies, video games, etc.) that I love so much?

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Review: Conner by Miranda Stork

Conner by Miranda Stork


51aVkAuyxfL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate…

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together…

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that pursues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin’s lost memories.
As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed…?

*** Please note, although the main story is concluded in this book, it is an episodic book of the trilogy, and the story continues in ‘Erin’ and ‘Filtiarn’. If you prefer standalone books in a series, this is not for you.


I have to admit this was my first ever werewolf book! I honestly had never read one before this.
I loved it completely! Totally! Honestly!
The characters are interesting, twisted, and have that element of ‘what are they going to do next’. You’re never certain if one of them will turn on another or not.
Miranda’s knowledge of Ireland shines through this whole novel and it was a pleasure to experience the Emerald Isle through her words. Miranda has a way of describing things that makes you feel as though you know the place personally. She likes detail and it is that attention that shows you that she knows the places in this novel.
One thing bothered me, though. I cannot, for the life of me, pronounce Filtiarn!! In the end, my head insisted it’s just Filty! LOL
This novel is part of a series and, although its individual story is all tied up nicely, it leaves you wanting more. Much, much more, in fact. By the end of this one, you’ll be reaching for Erin, the next in the series.
If you like werewolves, this is for you. If you like books that ask a lot of questions, make you ask questions, and take you on a journey to discover the answers, then this is for you.
Am I going to read the rest in the series? Yes!

5stars (1)


You can get this book FREE HERE!


Happy Reading!

K x



The end of a series and The Untitled Bride!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00008]As I come to the end of writing book three in The Emberton Brothers series, I am really excited! 
It’s been such fun to write a clean Regency romance series about three brothers and the ups and downs in their lives.
I think this last one is my favourite. Louis, the youngest son is seeing a huge change in his family and a love that is encompassing them all from everything that they’ve been
through. It’s great!
I hope you’re just as excited about this series as I am.   

Book two can be preordered through your favourite online store and through Amazon

Right now, we are having a debate over the last title of the series. We KINDLEwant to keep with the theme of ‘S’ words…. The Spice Bride, The Suitable
so this one might be, The Seemly Bride, The Scrupulous Bride, The Savoury Bride… none appear 
to totally fit.
We have to think hard on this one. 
If you have any suggestions, let me know! 

K xxx