A Hero Like No Other…

I love romance. 

I love the thrill of it, the indulgence. I love the “oooo will they get together? (I know they do, obviously… they’re kissing each other on the front cover but aaaaa)” tension.

I love happily ever afters.

And I especially love the rise in body positivity and diversity of romance characters. The message is simple: everyone deserves love. 

BUT there aren’t enough! I’m insatiable.

I was desperate for a romance set in a fantasy world, where the hero isn’t your average Adonis with chiseled, washboard abs. I wanted to write a story with swords, castles and knights in armor, and about falling in love with a big, handsome man.

That’s how I came up with Brandon; big, hairy, lovely, squishy Brandon.

Brandon the Bear is the most titled champion in all of Aldland. Back in his glory days, Brandon won the Grand Tourney six years in a row. Handsome, burly, towering above all others, and unwilling to ever leave his lover unsatisfied, he was the darling of the Guild, and a consummate ladies’ man.

As his list of victories grew, he became known for his prowess in the arena and with women. But in his own words, “they tend to come and go with the rankings.” 

When his performance in the Tourney began to dwindle, so did his self-esteem. He found comfort in food and drink, and lost his toned physique. 

That’s where our heroine, Natalie, finds him; staring into a pint, lamenting his defeats. His once dark hair is silver at the temples, and his body, though still strong, is softer and rounder.

He’s a gentleman, a badass, a sweetheart, a show off, and an outrageous flirt after a bottle of honeyed wine, and he needs to be loved. He needs to feel handsome and wanted, and he is.

I can’t wait to share Natalie and Brandon’s story.

I’m so beyond excited to share the cover of The Lady’s Champion with you. Najla and Najla Qamber Designs did an incredible job bringing Brandon to life for the cover, and I’ve been swooning over it for about the past six months.  So, here it is…

Isn’t he glorious?

The Lady’s Champion is available for pre-order now!

Romance, Uncategorized, Writing

I’ve Been Hiding and Writing Smoochin’ Stories

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Writing (and life) took a few unexpected turns in 2019. I learned some valuable lessons, and a lot about the publishing industry. To put it short, I had my heart broken by it.

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new project; a fresh start, an attempt to reclaim my love for telling stories.

On about October 29th last year, I decided to take part in National Novel Writing Month, and write something purely for my own enjoyment.

That project was a fantasy romance novel, The Lady of Blackmere.

As it turns out, I adore it. (Who’d’ve thought following the advice “write for yourself” would produce something you actually like). And, incredibly, people other than me also adore it!

I wanted to write a romance with a love interest I could see myself falling for. Brandon is a big, squishy cinnamon roll, strong enough to carry anyone off into the sunset, and gentlemanly enough to ask first.

He’s hairy, he’s sweet, he’s rockin’ a dad-bod, and I’m absolutely besotted with him.

I can’t wait to bring you more updates as the year goes on. I’m currently working the second book, and I’m having a blast.

I’m hoping to start using this blog a lot more frequently, so stay tuned for more news!

Thanks for sticking with me!