Sunday, 7 September 2014

Inspiring Women

Between juggling a full time day job and writing and everything that life throws at me, sometimes I just want to go back to bed and stay under the duvet for a long stretch.

But that's not an option and of course I don't really want to pack it all in, which is why I love reading inspiring stories, books and articles about women who are getting things done. I recently read Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. I enjoyed it a lot and in particular one quote stuck with me "done is better than perfect." I keep reminding myself to just get started. Just get it done.

With that in mind, I was hugely inspired by this Victoria Beckham article. It's well worth a read, whether or not you're a Spice Girls fan from back in the day! I'm a huge admirer of anyone who works this hard and has managed to reinvent herself and keep believing in herself in the face of a Great British public who, too often, tend to try to cut people down to size.

So cheers Victoria Beckham... exactly the Monday morning motivation that I needed.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Remember My Name - now on release

My novel Remember My Name is now on release. 
Check it out! 

Can't wait to read your reviews.

And don't forget to enter my giveaway. Details HERE 


What price would you pay for fame?

Scriptwriter Talia knows ambition: she sees it in the mirror every day. But working with the world’s biggest divas should come with a health-warning. And when she finds herself in actress Tamara’s bad books, her own claws don’t look so sharp anymore…

Suddenly, Talia’s back to looking up at the stars – and even more determined to take her place among them. And when she lands a job with Alex Golden - legendary womanizer, LA bad-boy and Hollywood’s hottest property - it looks like she could be on her way up. So long as she steers clear of Alex’s scandalous propositions… 

But Talia hasn’t nearly seen the worst that ambition can do. Because the road to fame may glitter… but it’s no easy ride. And in a world where winner takes all, some people will stop at nothing to claim their prize.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Giveaway Klaxon

Here in London it feels very much like summer is over... but what a summer it's been for me. Over the summer Carina UK released two of my novels Black Diamond and Remember My Name.

It's been so great getting feedback, reviews and such lovely comments from readers.

To celebrate the release of both of my books and to say thank you to all my readers, I'm doing a Giveaway via my Facebook page.

I love plotting my stories the old fashioned way - with pen and paper and one of my biggest indulgences are Smythson notebooks. When it comes to notebooks Smythson really are the gold standard! So, I'll be giving away a Smythson Notebook to two lucky Facebook followers.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply head over to my Facebook page - HERE
Then make sure to LIKE my page AND also post a comment just to say hi.

I'll pick the winners on Saturday 13th September, so get entering and spread the word.

Good Luck!!

To be in with a chance of winning, you must:
1. Like my page Here and
2. Make a comment on my Facebook page...

Thanks again to all the readers who've read and supported Black Diamond and Remember My Name.

Happy Friday!!


Monday, 23 June 2014

And we're off….

So excited that Black Diamond is now available to download on Amazon.  I can't wait to read your reviews!

Keep an eye on my blog as I'll be updating buy links as the book becomes available on various sites. And I'll have a giveaway coming up soon.

Happy Monday!


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

10 Days to Go!

With just 10 days to go until the release of Black Diamond, I thought I'd start a little countdown on this blog to tell you a bit more about the inspiration for the book and how I developed the story.

Black Diamond is a story about two very different sisters. More than that it's a story about twins. My grandfather was a twin and my great grandmother gave birth to four sets of twins. Yes four! It was a fascinating journey for me to imagine and create the differing fortunes of twins separated at birth.  Hopefuly I've found an intriguing new perspective on the twin Story for Black Diamond. I really can't wait to get the book out into the world.

To start my 10 day countdown to publication, please check out here on Pinterest a few of the visual images that inspired me as I wrote Black Diamond.

Locations are also crucial in the story that unfolds in Black Diamond and we go from London to Los Angeles, Cape Town to Santorini, Oxford to Charleston.

Over the next 9 days until publication, I'll be releasing some snippets from the book and some other goodies, so please do check back. And do comment below to say hello.

Black Diamond will be released on June 20th by Carina UK

Happy Tuesday!
Havana. x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Cover and Blurb Reveal.

After what feels like a really long time buried in my writing cave I am so proud and excited to reveal the title, blurb and cover for my new novel BLACK DIAMOND.

I had so much fun writing this book and I think it's a perfect read for summer. Black Diamond will be released by Carina UK on June 20th and over the next few weeks I'll be teasing you with some extracts from the book.

In the meantime…. here for your enjoyment is the blurb and cover.

Drum Roll Please…..

As the blaze of a township shack fire dies down, an elderly woman stands cradling two orphaned children – identical twin baby girls. Lola and Grace are sent to the local orphanage, but their shared journey soon ends there. Lola is chubby, pretty and healthy, while Grace is weak, thin and sick.

When Hollywood actress Scarlet decides she wants to adopt a South African baby, she visits that same orphanage and chooses Lola immediately. She is never even told about Grace – who is hidden away, and given just weeks to live. Lola goes on to lead a privileged and pampered life in LA with Scarlet, while Grace, who miraculously survives, is raised by the strict and violent Pastor in North London.

Although their lives progress on different continents, the same sense of abandonment still haunts them both. But when fate eventually draws them together in the most unexpected of ways, will they like what they find?

What do you think? Can't wait to share more. 

H. x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Sizzlin' Summer Sale

Here's a little summer special for you guys.
The Modeliser is on sale for 99 cents along with a host of other fabulous summer romances.

Head to Amazon and check them out!

TitleHis Wicked Games
Author: Ember Casey
Genre: Erotic Romance
Buy it on Amazon
Description: Trapped with a billionaire in his mysterious mansion...can she beat him at his own game? Lily would do anything to save her father's struggling arts center—even indulge the strange sexual whims of the brooding Calder Cunningham. A contemporary, steamy take on Beauty and the Beast.

Title: Detect Me
Author: Selma Wolfe
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Buy it on Amazon

Description: Detective Mark Harrison has never needed an assistant before. But when artist Nikki Reed walks into his office by accident, there's a spark between them that neither can deny. They have to be careful, though... every detective has a past, and the secrets in Mark's could prove deadly to both of them.

Title: April Showers

Author: Karli Perrin
Genre: New Adult
Description: What happens when your head and your heart pull you in completely opposite directions? April Adams is about to find out the hard way. Join April as she embarks on a life changing journey of love and loss, which will have you laughing and crying until the very end.

Title: Precious Things
Author: Stephanie Parent
Genre: New Adult
Description: When financial problems force Isabelle Andrews to abandon her dreams of attending a top-tier university in favor of community college, she thinks her educational career is over before it’s begun.  But unexpected new experiences and relationships--including her growing attraction to a certain TA--help Isabelle learn that sometimes, the most precious things are found in the last places you’d think to look.

Title: The Modeliser
Author: Havana Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Description: When Hollywood bad-boy and legendary womanizer Alex Golden’s beloved grandfather dies, he returns to London and is thrown into the path of the women from his past. Alex’s fate is caught up with three women as ambition, lust and love collide against the drama-fuelled backdrop of the film world and it seems the modeliser has finally met his match.

Author: Eva Morgan
Genre: New Adult
Buy it on Amazon
DescriptionWhen college transfer May accepts a bet to get the school’s top competitive swimmer and resident loner Sebastian Crane to open up, she never expects to be so drawn into his life and heart - despite his iciness, and despite his millionaire father’s determination to keep him isolated.

Title: Kiss it Better
Author: Linda Kage
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Description: Reed has loved Sophia for years; Too bad once he finally gains her attention, all she wants to do is pull the skeletons from his closet

Title: Exposure
Author: Iris Blaire
Genre: New Adult Romance
Description: Erotic model by day, biochemistry student by night. Evan Cosette's secret career is keeping her tuition paid and putting enough money in her account for grad school. Will her new sexy coworker make her famous, or ruin it all?

Title: V Club
Author: Lexi Dubois
Genre: Erotic Romance
Kristen has spent countless nights in V Clubs across the globe searching for her maker and true love, Jake.  Every fiber of her being longs to feel his touch again.  Will tonight be the night she gets her wish, or will someone else take his place in her immortal heart?
Title: The Immortality Clause (The Immortelle #1)
Author: Abigail Hawk
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Description: For as long as Claudia could remember, she knew that there was something wrong with our world. The facts just didn’t add up. For a young law graduate in search of the truth, it was not just a job, it was a means to find out more. Who are the mysterious Immortelle? What are they? And what is their interest in her family?