Entering writing competitions

As an emerging writer I’m big on entering writing competitions.  It’s a great way of getting noticed, getting invaluable feedback, and of setting yourself the all-important goal of getting better at your craft. In the first writing competition I entered I came 19th – out of around 50.  I was surprised very happy with this…

You WILL go to the ball!

Having just returned from a weekend in Vienna, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write a post about the trip.  I’ve just finished writing a scene set in Vienna for my next book ‘The Single Dad’s First Love’, and I was relieved to find it was just as I’d imagined. I went with a…

Ice Hot – New short story out now

Just a quick blog post to announce I’ve recently published my newest erotic short story – Ice Hot.  It’s available to download on Amazon Kindle for the rather jolly price of 99p or free on Kindle Unlimited! Here’s the blurb… One night stands aren’t Sophie Reece’s style. The quiet young interpreter isn’t the kind of…

Christmas in Norway

This year, like last, we spent Christmas in Norway.  It’s such a beautiful and inspiring place that I’d thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about it on my blog. This year we went to Myrkdalen, a relatively quiet ski resort two hours by road from the city of Bergen.  One of the best things…

First erotic short story – out on Amazon Kindle!

  Just a quick one to say my first stand-alone erotic short story is out on Amazon Kindle.  Secrets of the East Wing by Nina Bridges is available here Here’s the blurb.  I hope you like it! To the outside world, Countess Molly Bucklington has the perfect life. She lives in a beautiful English manor…

Before the Fall – book review

Normally I’m very certain about the kind of books I like – either a light-hearted romance with a sprinkle of humour, or a cosy mystery.  It’s as simple as that.  But recently I stepped away from my norm and picked up Before the Fall by Juliet West. Set during WWI in London’s working class East…

Exciting times afoot!

While I’m awaiting a publication date for my romantic novel, The Virgin’s Gamble, I’ve decided to embark on a new project.  For the first time, I’m going to dip my foot into the world of self-publishing, and it’s all rather thrilling – and scary! I’m going to self-publish a series of erotic short stories.  Two…

The land of fire and ice

We’ve just returned from a few days away in Iceland, so thought I’d take the opportunity to blog about our experience, and what we’d do differently if we knew then what we know now! The very first story I ever wrote was set in Iceland, and since our visit I’ve picked this up again but…

New book cover revealed!

It was with some trepidation that I awaited the reveal of my debut novel’s cover.  Cover art is everything.  What if I didn’t like it?  What if it didn’t represent my story or characters well? There is nothing quite as exciting as seeing your book cover for the first time.  Getting the contract is exciting…

Indian Cookery Course

Last week I started an Indian cookery course.  I love a bit of Indian cooking; the lovely colours of all the veggies, the smells of the exotic spices – yum!  My gran used to make a lot of Indian food before it was even trendy to do so, and my dad was on first name…

A good old-fashioned ‘staycation’

This year, like last, my husband took me away for the weekend for a belated birthday present.  We had an amazing time, but we didn’t go to Barcelona, Berlin or Bern, we went to Bournemouth! We stayed at a B&B whose theme was ‘chocolate’.  You could get chocolate wine (the most delicious thing in the…