Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas Reading - Fill up your Kindle.

Feast your eyes on these fantabulous festive stocking-fillers for those of you looking to fill your empty kindle. Choose from enchanting fantasy, sumptuous romance, tantalising mystery and many others - there really is something for everyone. Find out more by clicking on the piccy.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Launch of Edge of the Blade

Wow, what a day! I love it when a plan comes together.

The organisational effort was more than worth it as several of Coventry's finest young ice skaters helped to give the fourth Bryant Rockwell book, Edge of the Blade, a great send off at Planet Ice on Saturday. Jacky is grateful to the rink manager, Chris Carpenter, and Richard Beamish, one of the international coaches, for their help and expertise in correcting technical aspects of the story.
On the day, several of the club’s skaters added colour and style to the event, and Jacky was overwhelmed by their interest as she explained the obstacles her character overcomes to realise her dream. They were thrilled to receive an autographed copy of her book; some even started reading while posing for the photos. One of the older girls, Lauren, explained why. “There are very few stories about ice skating, especially in the UK. I often find writers do not check their facts and have skaters doing a triple jump after only a few weeks’ training. It’s great to have a story about a believable character in a realistic setting.”

John Leon, the Coventry Figure Skating Club (CFSC) chair, spoke of the awesome commitment from the youngsters (and their parents), some of whom had 3am starts as they travelled from all over the country to train with the country’s top coaches in the International School of Skating (ISS). Karl Sparrow, who photographed the event, took it a step further. “You have kids as young as eight having the nerve-wracking experience of being alone on the massive expanse of ice, facing a panel of judges, an audience and the silence before the music starts.”

To read the full story of this event, click here.
You can find out more about the Bryant Rockwell series, perfect for fans of "10 Things I Hate About You" and "13 Reasons Why" here.
Click this link to read the first few chapters of any of Jacky's books.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Coming Soon

Only a few days until the fourth Bryant Rockwell cuts a swathe.

Edge of the Blade follows the adventures of Jude (the sporty one) as she struggles with the restrictions placed on her by a system which values academic achievements above sporting prowess.
But no amount of people, even her best friends, frowning at her refusal to toe the line will stop Jude from pursing her dream of competing in the National Championships in Coventry's Planet Ice. Even if she has to make her own way there.

"Humour, romance, clever writing, and a hint of danger."

Monday, 2 October 2017

Ummm ... anyone seen September?

Seriously??? I know the month only has 30 days, but did every single one of them go without me putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard)? And there was an equinox somewhere in the middle which kinda came and went uncelebrated, although I did get to Wales a couple of days later. A mountain was climbed, paths were missed, but no mountain rescue required this time! Here's this year's discovery - a bottomless (almost) magical blue lagoon, hidden from sight (or sign!) in a disused slate quarry. Tranquility and Serenity, with a healthy dose of pot-filled bubbles.

Ho hum. Kinda goes for the whole year, this year - it's been a feeding frenzy of editing, publishing and promoting (4 new books with at least one more before the end of the year), and one total revamp which almost felt like a new book. All interspersed with trips to Wales (12 of them, varying from 2 to 6 days - just over 50 days in total.
I know you've seen this kinda thing before, but this is what summer '17 felt like. Roll on November when the site closes down and I get some of my life back.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

New Kid revamped - are you up for a Beta Read?

Much as it pains me, I couldn't go with New New Kid in Town - despite what you think, I'm not quite that bad. 😉

But after a couple of comments from people requesting to know a little more about how these three friends met, and why Dirty Diana has it in for Liv, I've added a couple of chapters looking back at our gang in year seven. It's like in Harry Potter, when you get to Order of the Phoenix and go back to watch Philosopher's Stone - too-oo cute!

If you've already got your copy, a new version should be winging its way to you shortly, I just have a couple more hoops to jump through first.

If you've no idea what I'm talking about, click here and read the look inside. I'm afraid you missed out on the 99p/99c deal, but if you don't get in before this total Billy-bargain disappears, I'm looking for people who are happy to leave an honest review in return for a free copy.
If this is you, sign up here.
If you're not sure, and want to find out more, click here.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More Soundtrack Lyrics

Well done to everyone who joined in my favourite kind of torture; those dratted lyrics stay in your head for ages until you work it out - and then some! I still get this one haunting me every time I hear the song: "Flies are in your pea soup, baby, they're waving at me."

Of course, with the internet, it's way too easy to look them up, but try for at least ten minutes before resorting to that. If you didn't find the answer to the last lot, they're in the comment at the bottom of the post two below this one.

Here's the next bunch - all I need is the titles.
If you want a bit of a clue, scroll down, but give yourself a chance, first.

From the Archer soundtrack

One look, could kill - my pain, your thrill,
I want to love you but I better not touch,
I want to kiss you, but I want it too much

From the Slater soundtrack

Stop messin' round with your tricks,
Don't turn your back on me baby,
You just might pick up my magic sticks

From the New Kid in Town soundtrack

I'll shoot it to you straight,
and look you in the eye,
So gimme just a minute and I'll tell you why

A heads up: a heck of a lot of titles come from my fave artists: Journey, Queen, Bowie, City Boy, Whitesnake - pretty much anything rock related. But there are other genres, including a few novelty ones with song titles which fit the action.

Archer - This Planet Rock DJ has a way of dealing with his enemies
Slater - An enchanted lady who's gone to the dark side in a Northern harbour town
New Kid - Beards abound where this crude lad lives

If you think you know the answer, add a comment below and, even better, leave me a lyric from your fave tune to see if I can guess it.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sizzling Summer Solstice Release

What a day!
It started in a caravan in Wales after the most magical long weekend to treat hubby to an unforgettable Father's day break evah. I'm talking secret Blue Lagoons and everything.
At 3:33am, I packed the car and drove 128 miles almost due East in mostly traffic-free roads, watching not only the sun rising over fabulous Welsh mountains but, prior to that, a cheeky little crescent moon fending off the wispy clouds to dance across the sky. Heavenly!

After 5 days with virtually no internet, everything pulled together to make the release of Leader of the Pack the fastest to date.
So here it is: the third book for a mere 99p/99cents for three days.
As always, thanks to Icy for a great cover and Hannah, Alice, Paula and Ace for some nifty editing.

Here's the short blurb:

Why are boys like buses? None for years, then three turn up at once. Like a game show contestant, Liv has to choose between them.
   Terry seems shy and afraid, but on the stage or on ice skates he morphs into a virile, leading man. But is he man enough to cope with Liv’s dynamic personality and pithy snark?
   When a secret admirer sends a rose and sonnet, the smooth, Shakespeare-quoting waiter seems the obvious candidate. Danger and excitement lurk behind this door when Liv discovers the charming James hides a shady past.
   Drop-dead-gorgeous Ray ticks all Liv’s boxes. His wheelchair might stop him from doing the Argentine Tango, but so far, no boy will dance with her. The universe conspires to keep them apart; why else would she black out each time he kisses her?
   The prize? Her sanity, her memory and her heart.