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The Howertys

Sneak Peek: Nick’s Story

A sneak peek from my current WIP, the third book in the Howerty series.

“Are you planning to seduce me?”

He almost choked on his drink. Turning around he gave Nick a questioning look. “I beg your pardon?”

She raised a dainty shoulder in a shrug. “I’ve heard that bachelors usually try to seduce young ladies when they bring them into their bedchambers.”

Smiling wryly, he set his glass down and raised a sardonic eyebrow. “Well, these are not what I would call normal circumstances.”

“So you’re not planning to seduce me, then?”


“Under normal circumstances, would you have?”

He gave her a suspicious look. “Did you want me to?”

Nick grinned widely. “No, I’m just curious.”

Running a hand through his hair, he sighed. “No, most definitely not.”

“Why not?” she asked, her lower lip pouting now. “Don’t you find me attractive?”

If he’d still had his drink, he was certain he would have choked for real at that moment. “You’re very attractive,” he said slowly. “But I don’t seduce innocent, young women.”

“Oh, I see.” She gave him a long look and then grinned mischievously. “So I have nothing to worry about then.”

“No, you’re quite safe.”

The Not-so-Peculiar Life of Emily

My Week in Bullet Points (w17)

A summary of what I’ve been up to in the last week, in bullet points. Because, why not?

What I’ve done this past week:

  • Not slept. The tiny tyrant has been poorly, so most evenings/nights have been spent trying to make her sleep. And then either being kicked in the back or used as a human comfort blanket.
  • Dropped the tiny tyrant off for settling in sessions at daycare. We managed two before she became poorly. Both times she went straight in, barely saying goodbye, so that’s good… I think? First time she had to be picked up a bit early, second went all right. Though I’m told she doesn’t share with the other children. I’m not surprised, we’ve basically spent a third of her life in lockdown and she’s had every single toy to herself.
  • Worried about hitting my word count goals since I got little to no time writing.
  • Dreamed about winning the lottery and how I would decorate my house. (As you do when you can’t sleep and are just lying there staring at the ceiling.)
  • Picked up my new glasses. Finally moved away from purple frames to something else. (Had purple for like 6 years, it was getting boring.)
  • Stared at the messy chaos that’s supposedly my home and decided it can wait for another day.
  • Finished writing a novella. I started it on a whim, but I quite like it and I think I might extend it slightly into a shortish novel. When I have time. So… in 2035?

What have you been up to this past week?

The Not-so-Peculiar Life of Emily

My Week in Bullet Points (w15)

I wanted to start a new weekly post on the blog where I do a sort of summary of what I’ve been up to during the week. It (obviously) won’t be a complete record since I don’t want to bore you (too much)!

So, this past week I have:

  • Been to the hospital optometrist with my tiny tyrant to confirm that yes, she does need glasses. If someone can explain to me how to convince a just-turned-three-year-old that she needs to wear glasses, please get in touch. (She’s adamant that she does not want to wear glasses. I am currently considering bribes. It seems reasonable, right?)
  • Wondering why the laundry mountain never diminishes, no matter how many loads of laundry I do.
  • Written less words than I would have liked, but I did write some, so… Win?
  • Met my friends and their kids (tiny tyrant’s friends) and had a whinge and a cup of tea. It was lovely. I highly recommend a whinge with friends now and then. It was all outside in a garden due to current restrictions (pandemic and all that) and sadly cut short due to rain, but hey! I saw other people that don’t live with me. I count that as a win these days.
  • Stared at a blank page and tried to remember what I was going to write. Again.
  • Amused myself by starting a chapter with the sentence: “I know it looks big, but I promise it won’t hurt.”
  • Been to the optician to choose new glasses. It was time. Literally. My old ones are falling apart by now and I have to use my nail to tighten the tiny tiny screw at least twice a day.
  • Forgotten to make several phone calls. Well, there’s another week coming.
  • Started watching Kim’s Convenience (only X number of years after everyone else, but it’s on Netflix, so…)

What have you been up to this past week?

Music Monday

Music Monday (March 2021)

Music is inspiring and can help set the mood while writing, but more than that – I just love listening to music in general. When writing I usually have to stick to instrumental pieces, but not always. One Monday a month, I will check in and share what I’m currently listening to.

Right now, I’m on a bit of a Metal binge, and I’ve been listening to a lot of covers on YouTube and Spotify. There’s a lot of Dan Vasc covers running in the evenings at the moment. Two of my favourites of his are these two:

Toss a Coin to Your Witcher

Like most everyone else, I loved Henry Cavill Geralt The Witcher tv-show on Netflix. The songs in it are great, and this one in particular is a bit of an ear worm. But do you know what makes it even better? A metal version!

I’ll Make a Man Out of You (from Mulan)

So, I’ll admit it now already, I kind of love (some) Disney movies, and Mulan was always one of my favourites. I love the trope of a woman masquerading as a man. I was bitterly disappointed when the live-action movie of Mulan featured neither the song nor the Shang character in the same way he was in the animated movie. As a consolation, we get this metal cover. And now I want to write a story about a woman dressed as a man… oh wait, I already have! I might write another… (As I said, I do love this trope!) Also, I may have to go rewatch this movie.

What are you currently listening to?

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes: A Midsummer Night’s Kiss

A Midsummer Night’s Kiss is the very first full-length novel I wrote. The first draft was finished over a decade ago, went through one or two edit rounds and was subsequently stuffed in a proverbial drawer as I hit a terrible writer’s block due to my mental and physical health declining.

I picked writing back up at the start of 2020, and I still love this story so I dug it back out and went through it for another round of edits. It will probably need at least one more, but I think we’re getting there.

It’s a Historical Romance set during the Regency period. Our heroine is Angelique Grafton, a shy debutante in London for her first season. She’s resigned to marry the man her late parents chose for her, even if she has no interest in him and–really–he’s kind of terrible. Having been raised by a less-than-encouraging aunt and uncle, with a cousin who detests her, Angel’s confidence isn’t the best. She has to learn to find her voice and stand up for herself and what she wants.

Our hero is Nathaniel Howerty, Marquess of Pensington. He’s the head of his family and has three younger sisters (who will all get their own stories eventually). He’s a good friend of Angel’s brother James Grafton, Viscount Gowthorpe. The last thing he wants in his life is love, and he actively avoids it due to some events in his past. The two end up meeting when Angel arrives in London for the season and discovers him asleep in her bed.

The original title for this book was A Rose For Angel, and there are still remnants of the rose theme in the story. At another point the title was As He Likes It, but I scrapped it in favour of A Midsummer Night’s Kiss when I felt it sounded a little too much like an erotic romance or bdsm story.

Like all of the Howerty Books, the title is a play on a Shakespeare play. The Howerty siblings all have names from Shakespeare too (their mother was a big fan):

Nathaniel (Taming of the Shrew)
Jessica (Merchant of Venice)
Miranda (The Tempest)
Nicola (whose name is also Hero from Much Ado About Nothing, her name isn’t in a story, but there’s a Nicholas in both Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Is there anything you’d like to know about this book?

Behind the Scenes

What I Write

Did I say I would post once a week? I obviously meant once a month. It was definitely my intention all along…

I wanted to introduce my writing a little today. First and foremost, I write Romance.

My first two novels are both Historical Romance (Regency), and I’m querying the first with agents while revising/editing the second. I have more planned for this sub-genre, firstly another two in the series these two belong to. (The Howertys.)

More recently I’ve been writing a lot of Fantasy Romance, very much focused on the romance aspect. They’re similar to my regular romance novels, only that they take place in a fantasy world. It’s a series of stories where you get one couple’s love story per book, but the series is connected by a loose overarching plot. Some stories will touch on the series arc more than others. I’m really enjoying writing these stories, and I hope to make something of them. (The Spellbound Series.)

Do you like steamy romance in historical settings, whether in the real world or a fantasy one, then my books are for you!

Idle Thoughts

Hello 2021!

Am I aware that we’re nearly through the first month of the year already? Yes. Yes, I am. Does it feel like January had around 43 weeks rather than just over four? Also, yes.

Those who know me, or happened across me in the past, will know that I said in January 2020 that it was the year I would finally self-publish a book. Well, that didn’t happen. 2020 happened. I think we all know what that means, so I won’t elaborate on the shit-show that was last year.

So! Let’s look to 2021! This is–hopefully–the year I finally get somewhere in my author career.

2020 wasn’t a complete wash, writing-wise. I finished rough drafts of three stories for my Fantasy Romance series, and I did a round of edits on my Historical Romance (Regency). This year will probably be a little less full-on writing and a bit more editing and rewriting, but more on that another day.

2021 will be better. I’m determined. This year I’m releasing at least one book on Amazon Kindle, come hell or high water. I’m also querying another one with agents/publishers.

I will also try to blog regularly. In my world, regularly means once a week. Because let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m still a sleep-deprived mother of a tiny tyrant. My brain is in survival mode and anything else requires more planning than I’m capable of.

So… 2021, bring it on–let’s do this!