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RT Booklovers Convention – Atlanta 2017

Well, I’m back, from what was one of the most enjoyable experiences ever, in spite of a bout of food poisoning.

First of all, the food poisoning. It was entirely self-inflicted, the night before I flew to Atlanta. In the early hours of departure day, I even contemplated cancelling the trip. However, I made it to the airport, and was met on the other side of the Atlantic by Becca Jameson and Cherie Nicholls (a fellow Brit), with whom I spent some pre-convention time, along with Lea Griffith and Susan Stoker. Thank you, ladies, for putting up with someone who could have been an extra on The Walking Dead, and for the enormous pleasure of your company!

The convention itself took place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. What a hotel. Without doubt, the largest I have ever stayed in, and a fantastic venue for the convention, with plenty of space for all the workshops that took place. I attended as many as I could, but there were so many more I would have liked to attend, but for scheduling conflicts. I learned so much. There was even a demonstration in practical fighting techniques that can be used by our female characters. This was given by Rachel Rivers. Not only is Rachel a paranormal and romantic suspense author, she’s also a serving police officer, and she demonstrated a mind-blowing collection of moves to bring down the bad guys.

It’s all in the hips…

Would I go to another RT Booklovers Convention? Without doubt, yes, although I won’t be going to Reno next year, and for me, attendance the following year will depend on location. Some places are easier to get to than others, and for me, driving in the US is not an option. Having said all of that, I want to go back with the benefit of experience of my first RT, and fill in some more gaps in my knowledge and experience as a writer.

So, I only have one more thing to add, and that’s my thanks, to RT for organising this event, which is a mammoth undertaking, and to Becca, for taking such good care of me when I arrived in Atlanta. And last but by no means least, a huge thank you to all the readers who turned up and the ones who couldn’t, for reading our books and allowing us, as authors, to do what we love, which is tell our stories.

Thank you, all.

Golden Flogger Awards 2017 – Nomination

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Club Aegis 4: Passion’s Last Promise has been nominated in the Dominant Women & submissive men category of the Golden Flogger Awards 2017, as featured at the BDSM Writers Con, which is due to take place in New York from August 17 to August 20, 2017.

Readers are often more familiar with the D/s dynamic where the male takes the Dominant role – I know I was. Then I read a series of books that included a story where the main male character was the submissive. I will admit, I resisted reading that story for a long time, until I’d read every other book then available in that series. For completeness, I decided to read that book… and was blown away. It was an amazing story, with an unquestionably alpha hero who happened to be submissive, and it annihilated my preconceptions.

In the Club Aegis series, the second story, A Wanting Heart, features a second-chance romance, where Fiona and Ryan not only find each other again, they start an exploration of Dominance and submission. Both characters are new to BDSM and new to their respective roles as Dominant and submissive.

However, in Club Aegis 4: Passion’s Last Promise, Ros and Simon are both experienced in the lifestyle, and comfortable with who they are. Their story came about for two reasons: I wanted to write a story where a bodyguard and principal (the person being protected) fall in love, and one where the D/s dynamic was a less common combination. The latter dictated a female Dominant, so how to cast her? Should she be the bodyguard or the principal? Again, it seemed to me that having the female character as the bodyguard would be less common.

Ros Edwards was waiting in the wings. Her first appearance in the series was as a minor character mentioned in passing in Club Aegis 1: The Velvet Ribbon, with a follow-up appearance in person in Club Aegis 3: Love Is Danger. I thought she deserved a story of her own, and I then realised her potential for Passion’s Last Promise.

As a former officer in the Royal Military Police now working for a covert UK government security agency, she’s a strong, kick-ass woman in a male-dominated profession. When assigned to protect Simon Northwood, CEO and genius, she’s expecting a geek, but the man she meets is a challenge in more ways than one…

Happy Thanksgiving

As you may know, I live in the UK, and you’re probably aware that thanksgiving isn’t a holiday we celebrate here – although somehow we seem to have acquired Black Friday!

However, I know that a great many of my readers are located in the US, and tomorrow will be a special day for you to spend with family and friends, celebrating one of your country’s great traditions. For those of you still to travel to the location of your celebration, I hope you have a safe journey, and for all of you, I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you all have a fantastic time, celebrating with those whom you love.

With very best wishes

Series blitz – thank you

The title says it all, but in a totally inadequate way. I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has kindly hosted the series blitz for my Club Aegis books over the last couple of weeks. Amazing – thank you so much.

And I have been equally astounded by the way so many of you have tweeted and retweeted about the series as well – my thanks go to you as well.

And if there’s anyone reading this who’s also been reading my books as a result of the blitz and the tweets – thank you, and I hope you’re enjoying the stories!

I have returned…

Just got back from a few days in New York, to attend the 2015 BDSM Writers Con. The jet lag is seriously kicking in right now, but I had to let you know I had a great time, and learned so much. So much so, that I’ve registered for next year’s event, even though I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be able to make it or not.

Well, in the interests of honesty, I have to qualify that statement about having a great time. I had a great time apart from travelling to New York from the UK. Don’t ask. Do. Not. Ask. Please – really, don’t. All I’m going to say is that it started going wrong before I even left the house, when I had to have a Norman Bates/Psycho moment involving a kitchen knife and a suitcase with a jammed padlock.

On a brighter note, this is the second time I’ve brought a crop home from the US…

Summer holidays

The holiday season is here, and I hope you’re all having a great time, whether you’re taking your vacation at home or going away. It’s great to take some time away from the hassles of work and life in general, and relax with your loved ones…and maybe take some time out to catch up on your reading.

If your reading includes the three books to date in the Club Aegis series, first of all, thank you! I hope to have the next in the series available before the end of the year – the initial draft is still a work in progress, so there’s a way to go yet. Before it comes out, I’m due to attend an event that will, I hope, take my writing to a different level – the BDSM Writers Con in New York. It looks like a really exciting event, and I can’t wait to attend as many of the workshops as I can fit in. I hope to learn a lot from everyone attending the Con, and pass that on to you in the form of more informed stories.

Of course, making a trip like that involves packing my cases. I hate packing for trips, because there’s always something that I forget. Does that happen to you?