What makes a good story?

This is every authors nightmare. Getting the story and plot correct. After all, getting this rigth makes or breaks your book.

So what does it take to write your perfect story?

  1. An idea of a plot.

Every author starts with a basic idea. From this they either write a whole plot or a more simpler plot, expanding the idea as much as they need to. It’s at this stage, that the story begins to build.

2) The beginning.

Now, this bit can be a bit sticky. The start must be right to draw in the reader. Get this bit wrong and kiss that reader goodbye. They say to start with some type of action – a fight, dialogue. I admit some of mine are more narrative, but sometimes the action isn’t required right at the first line. Whatever you do, don’t start with the weather – that is always overused.

3) The middle

And you thought the beginning was hard. The middle bit is the part which must carry the reader onwards and towards the end section. The pace must be enough to keep their minds intrigued. And this is where most authors struggle. They know where to begin and where to end, but the middle? How the hell do they fill in the gap?

Think about the plot and characters. How do they fit together? Are they matched and synched? This is where you can add all the extra info you sorted out and plotted. But make sure you don’t just add all the actual plot in one go. Spread it out.

I write dark romance which touched on most taboo subjects most writers shy away from. However, there has to be quite a bit of lighter notes. So, the middle is where I have my couples learning more about each other. Dating, going out. Happiness is the key. Give them enough happy moments to bring them through the darkness, I’m going to throw at them later.

3) The end

Ah, the bit we writers enjoy the most. This is where we have been heading with all the trials our mc’s have put up with.

Whenever you have a plot, you know where it’s heading – how it’s all going to end. And this is where the magic happens. That perfect ending – no longer fits. And so the screams begin. The ending you have ploughed through the beginning and the awful middle it, doesn’t go anymore.

So, you sit and stare and rewrite the whole ending in your head. But, you also realise the ending is so much better.

The meaning of the above?

Write the book, the way you want. Simple. The rules can be broken if broken correctly. No book is better than another – each must draw the reader in and readers like all sorts of things.

Board, Writing, Chalk, Enlightenment

Has I’ve quiet for a time, I thought I’d do an update.

I’ve been working so hard on re-releasing Persecuting Abi and Adam. Which are now close to being uploaded.

My dragons are siting and twiddling their thumbs, due to my editor being away until October. The first edit is complete, but will go back in when she’s back.

But I’m also working hard on getting my wolves under control. The first three have their first edit done and I’m doing the second edit and formatting of the first.

So, that’s it for now. I need to register my ISBN’s for Abi and Adam. Can’t do anything else until I do.

Fareious Brothers

Did you know all 3 books in the Fareious trilogy are now released?

No? Well, they are.

Meet James Farmer – the eldest brother who ended up changing his name. A billionaire playboy who’s about to meet his match. A woman who’ll get under his skin during a life-threatening situation, that neither think will survive. Yet, they do. But things get worse when James has to return to his past to keep her safe. A bigger threat appears and he’s not sure they can survive.

Next, we meet Hunter Fareious – the baby of the family. Having lost his love many years ago, he travels to Birmingham to watch over her from a far. But when she’s left injured after being targeted, she must begin to trust the one man who’s brought her warmth back. Yet, when both are abducted James bring in a elite bunch of mercenaries to find them. Can they?

And not forgetting the middle brother. With no soul-mate he’s their last chance at ending the threat. However, they never expected that to change. Now he has a woman in his life with a dark past. One which is about to haunt them and destroy all three couples. Can the threat be ended? Can they all live in peace?

These books are hot and steamy and have a BDSM subplot. All contain a full psychological romantic suspense story and are full length novels.

What makes a good villain?

The villain – don’t underestimate your baddie.

The baddie has to be just as developed as your good guy or gal. They require good and bad points and a way for your reader to identify with them.

Yes, readers do need to have some sort of love for your villain. I’ve skimmed through loads of books when the villain is on stage, because they just don’t appear real.

They need some good motivation for being evil. Did they lose the girl to their best friend? Did their best friend bully them and now they are getting their own back? Were they abused as a child and that’s all they know? Got into the wrong crowd? There are lots of reasons.

Add in a description. Give your readers a way of imaging them. Maybe not a full description but enough to wet their taste buds.

Give them the past your have come up with. Not all in one go – all that narrative can turn a reader off, but in bits and bobs where required. Have they abducted someone? Add in some memories why. Have they killed someone? Again, get some thoughts running through their heads. A person rarely kills without something in his mind.

You might even give them a love interest.

Above all else, most baddies I come across have something in common with the hero. A shared past or partner. Same upbringing – hero comes out better then them. There’s the jealousy.

In a twist, you might start with a hero who turns evil. Or the villain becomes the good guy. Play around and give your readers a hook.

Most baddies aren’t stupid. They are more clever than anyone takes them for. That’s why they get away with things. They make your hero look good.

So, go and plan out your bad guy or gal. Make them lovable. Make them cry out for attention. Give them a backstory your readers are dying for.

The Virus part 1


At first we were threatened by SARS, followed by swine flu, Bird flu, Australian flu, and a forgotten case of rabbit flu. But they were wrong.

Next, came climate change. Earthquakes, hurricanes, storms. But we survived all the world through at us. Humans were the mighty and we’d not be taken down.

As time continued we grew lax. So lax we failed to spot the real threat. And now we are dropping like flies. Feet stuck in the air as we buzz around on our backs. Wings useless as we fail to take back our airspace. Humiliating, to say the least.

They told us not too worry. After all, we’d laugh in the face of another flu bug.

However, our laughter became drowned out by the virus chuckling louder. The pitch increasing with every death the bug claimed.

Our numbers dwindled by the hour. The hospitals filled. School halls lost the sound of children running to classes. Football stadiums and other sports hall stood bare.

They told us to wash our hands. To sing happy birthday twice. We did. Food supplies were fought over. Why? No one comprehended the true reason.

All muttered the same thing. ‘Get over it. It’s just the flu.’

Then disaster struck. No one noticed until one young man went shopping. One item on his list. Returning home he hung his head as his wife screamed and shouted. ‘One thing! I asked for one thing!’

The same item caused couples to split. And one marriage ended in divorce. Throughout history…The plague, The Fire of London, The Spanish Inquisition …did not one thing cause so much trouble.

But in the year 2020, the outlook appeared bleak. Corvid 19 managed the one thing no other virus managed.

Yes, our lives were over. How could we continue to live? We sat depressed as we stared at the walls while stuck in quarantine. All feared to visit one particular room.

Some considered suicide as an option.

One room became more terrifying than the virus wiping us out. All over one item not being available.

You see. The shelves in every supermarket were empty.

There wasn’t a loo roll in sight.