Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful festive period. Is your new year starting off with resolutions you know you won’t keep? Mine isn’t! No pressure on myself – just want to do things that make me happy. Writing makes me happy, so this year I’ve decided to write more often – more of what I love – and otherwise, just go with the flow. 🙂

I also intend to read more. Besides writing, it’s a huge passion of mine and I never seem to have enough time to do it anymore. More of what I love, I think!

Hopefully more writing will involve more updates on my blog, Facebook and Twitter!


Love and happiness to you all, this new year!


Sexy GIVEAWAY winner

Thanks to everyone who entered my sexy giveaway for the Lipstick vibe. After putting all the names into my magical hat, I picked out Chelsea! Congratulations! I will email you tonight for your postal address. 

Keep checking back for another giveaway soon! 


Rea x 

31 day blog challenge (Day 7)

This has got to be an easy one, really. I have a list of pet hates as long as my arm, which probably makes me quite a difficult person. Still, suck it up! Here we go…

1: Racism. There are no words for how angry this truly ugly character trait will make me. I absolutely loathe anyone with these tendencies.

2: Bad spelling: I understand not everyone has a grasp of English. Really, I do. But I am prone to correcting people’s spelling and worse, their (there? they’re?) grammar. Facebook is perhaps the worst place in the world to see people write the biggest load of gibberish. If I have to decipher your status, I am not going to read it.

3: Bad manners. I’ve worked with the public my whole adult life, and it’s difficult to stay positive about mankind when you see the absolute scum of the earth. I hate rudeness. Rudeness coupled with arrogance and self-importance just pushes me over the edge!

4: People using ‘karma’ incorrectly. This concept had been hijacked by the West and does not actually mean what people think it does. I hate people saying “karma’s a bitch” because it is wrong on so many levels. Still, I suppose not everyone shares my interest in Eastern philosophies!

5: Queue jumpers. I am not standing in a line for the fun of it. I did not wake up this morning and think ‘oh, I know a good way to kill a couple of hours.’ If I am standing in a line, I want out of it as much as anyone else. Don’t you dare jump in front of me! Ha!

Well, that’s 5 of my pet hates. There are more, but I wouldn’t want to waste too much energy on negativity!

Come back tomorrow for Day 8…. What’s in my handbag!

Phantom Mischief by Jennifer LaRose

ImageToday is an epic day for supernatural themed erotic romances.

Why? you ask. Well, today marks the release of the first in a wonderful series of Ireland inspired books Emerald Isle Fantasies. These books are exciting, spooky, erotic and written by the most talented group of writers you could imagine. 

Phantom Mischief is available today with Ellora’s Cave – and it’s spectacular! All these books are set within the fictional Castle Tullamore – an ancient castle turned hotel. All the stories are different, but set in what will become a familiar backdrop for the readers. I am certain you will love it. And, being from Northern Ireland, I can assure you all that the authors of these books worked incredibly hard to keep these stories authentic. 

Here’s a blurb of Phantom Mischief

Shanna is thrilled when her fiancé sweeps her off to Ireland for a romantic interlude and asks her to marry him at Castle Tullamore. But their sexual adventure quickly turns into a nightmare when he reveals his dark side. With the engagement broken and her fiancé gone, she crumples into the arms of Tullamore’s handsome gardener, Niall. He proves how hot, sensual and mind-blowing sex can be. It’s unsettling, though, how he manages to distance himself after making love. In fact, he downright disappears!

Niall mourns the death of his beloved Abigail until he sees Shanna. He falls in love with the gorgeous American but fears his heart will surely be broken again. They can’t stay together, not in the manner Shanna needs. But when a determined, dark apparition begins stalking her, Niall realizes it may be the key to their destiny.

Inside scoop: In one red-hot scene, Niall introduces Shanna to the joys of spanking.

Pick up your copy here: 


31 day blog challenge (Day 6)

My five senses right now:

1: I see the mess my desk is in. I have had no motivation to tidy it.

2: I hear my music through my earphones. Michael Bublé “Me and Mrs Jones”

3: I smell my shea butter body lotion from The Body Shop. I LOVE it.

4: I taste the coffee I am drinking. Even though I shouldn’t after 6pm.

5: I feel… well this is an odd one… the clothes I’m wearing I suppose? Can’t really think of anything else for that one!

This was a quick post today. Tomorrow is my pet hates… you should definitely come back for that!

31 day blog challenge (Day 5)

ImageTen songs you love right now

Music is a HUGELY evocative thing for me. I am one of those people who truly believes our lives are enriched by music – and I have big loves in all genres, from pop to classical, Hindi to jazz and instrumental. Picking TEN songs is almost impossible for me.  Still, I have picked a selection of songs I have been playing a lot recently, and that’s about as good as I can give you. Favorites, there are too many.

1: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

I simply LOVE the idea of reincarnation, and something about this song makes me think it is possible to live over and over for the chance of meeting that one special person.

I have died every day waiting for you, darling don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years and I’ll love you for a thousand more.

2: When You Say You Love Me by Josh Groban

You are going to discover I am an outrageously romantic person. Most of my songs will have romantic or erotic musings behind them! This one, because I love the idea of loving so much that the world takes on higher meaning and importance.

When you say you love me, the world goes still, so still inside. When you say you love me, for a moment, I know why I’m alive.

3: Insatiable by Darren Hayes

Very sexy song. I have loved it since I was a teenager, dabbling in my first naughty writings. I always hoped there was such a thing as this kind of love making. There is!

Footsteps outside somewhere below, the world revolves I’ve let it go. We build our church above the streets, we practice love between these sheets. The candied-sweetness scent of you, it bathes my skin…I’m stained in you.

4: Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai (Ja-du hey na-sha hey)

This is a Hindi song from a famous movie called Jism. Please don’t laugh, westerners – in Hindi it means ‘body’ and NOT what we know it as! This song is incredibly emotive, even if you don’t speak the language. I even mentioned it in my first novel ‘Stolen Nights’. It means “It’s magic, a spell, intoxication” – which can refer to love or good sex. I like to think both!

5: Kaal Ho Na Ho

Another Hindi song from my huge collection. This is a sad song and translates as “If there is no tomorrow”. I think we can all infer what the song is about. Again, it’s a song that doesn’t require much – or any – knowledge of the Hindi language to feel the emotion behind it. I can sing all the lyrics to these songs and honestly feel like I know what it’s about. I suppose it’s like Italian opera, and not needing to speak Italian to feel what is happening.

6: If Walls Could Talkby Celine Dion

This is another very sexy song. I recommend listening to it the whole way through… and the story it tells about two people who want to keep their lovemaking a secret between themselves. It talks about how perfect their lovemaking is. I have listened to this song on repeat. The lyrics are simply wonderful.

These walls keep a secret that only we know, but how long can they keep it – ‘cause we’re two lovers, who lose control. We’re two shadows chasing rainbows, behind closed windows, behind closed doors. If walls could talk, they would say I want you more, they would say ‘hey… never felt like this before’ and that you will always be the one for me.

Two people, making memories, just too good to tell… and these arms are never empty when we’re lying where we fell.

7: River Flows in You by Yiruma

This is an instrumental piano piece by a South Korean pianist. I think it was something to do with the Twilight movies… I could be wrong. But it’s such a mellow, gentle tune and very romantic. I love almost anything played on a piano anyway, but this is great. It’s also really good remixed into a dance track. Who would have thought it!

8: Why This Kolaveri Di by Dhanush

This is a part English part Tamil song from a Tamil film. I’ve mentioned it before in another blog post. It became a viral hit across the globe, spurning flash-mob dancing in Australia, UK and US. It’s a song about a lovelorn boy singing about a fair-skinned girl who has broken his heart. It is sung mostly in English but with a heavy Tamil accent. This means the singer – Dhanush – adds a heavy ‘uu’ sound to the end of his words. ‘White-u skinned-u girl-u” for example. I don’t know why, but the accent makes it better! The title translates to “Why this murderous rage, girl?”

9: Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse

This is another romantic song. I listened to this as an angst-ridden teenager, and just thought the lyrics were beautiful. I kind of liked the rock-y beat to it as well.

I’m falling even more in love with you, letting go of all I’ve held on to. I’m standing here until you make me move, I’m hanging by a moment here with you…

10: Ai se eu te pego – Pitbull and Michel Telo –

It just has really, really good memories for me. When it plays, I remember feeling happy and with music, you can’t wish for much more than that.

I feel guilty for not including Michael Bublé in this – because I love EVERYTHING he sings. So a special mention to him, for all the hours of pleasure and joy his wonderful voice has given me!

31 day blog challenge (Day 4)

Day 4 of my super blog challenge! I am really enjoying this. Each question does make me think, which is great fun.

Today’s question is: What are you afraid of?

This is an easy one for me. Aside from spiders, which I mentioned in a previous post, my biggest fear in life – easily – is losing people I love. This is a crippling anxiety, and one I have struggled with for most of my adult life. I have this constant worry, every time a member of my family goes away on holiday, or out to a nightclub, I fear something will happen. If someone I love says they will be home by 11… if they haven’t entered the house by 11.01 I will presume they’ve died a horrible death. The more the minutes tick by, the worse my imaginings. If there was one thing I would change about myself, it would definitely be this.

Still, I guess this just means I care very deeply for those important to me.

This is a short post today as there’s not much more to say about my fears! Aside from this and spiders, I would say I am a huge wuss about anything dangerous, such as rollercoasters, skydiving, bungee-jumping, paragliding and anything else of such an insane nature. I should make an effort to do more things that scare me. You only live once after all!

Come back tomorrow for day 5 of my challenge!

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Book Review – Inferno by Dan Brown

I have been a huge fan of Dan Brown since reading Digital Fortress several years ago. I so much loved the techie aspect to his book, and how much it freaked me out that all this could be possible. The Di Vinci Code skyrocketed him into the big league and then everyone wanted to read Angels and Demons – which I believe was written before TDVC. The Lost Symbol was also brilliant and while Inferno follows along the same thread, I feel somewhat let down.

Dan Brown’s books are slightly more high-brow than your average book. They require a certain degree of knowledge about history, geography, culture etc. So I found it a little patronizing that he felt obliged to spoon-feed me the emotions and tones of his characters by the exorbitant amount of “?!”s used within this text. I gave up counting after 25. Simply using italics will let me know Robert Langdon’s outrage, shock or fear. Failing that, TELL me what emotion the character is feeling. Some parts of this book seemed outrageously melodramatic and childlike, almost as though he were appealing to a younger market or worse… he’s done that thing famous writers seem prone to doing when the task of ACTUALLY writing becomes too much… COLLABORATING. (James Patterson, I am referring mostly to you!)

My second bug bear about this book was that it read a lot like a guide book. Too many Italian names that I skimmed over because I cannot be bothered trying to name every street, museum or past inhabitant of Florence. There were whole pages dedicated to the history and I am certain the book would have been half its length if those parts were cut. Image

The good points are the high octane hunts and the mystery. If you enjoyed his other books, you will probably enjoy this one. It’s classic Robert Langdon, solving a mystery with an attractive and intelligent woman brought along for the ride. (Well… the formula has worked thus far!)

I probably won’t be going out of my way to pick up his next book – unless it’s unrelated to Langdon, like Digital Fortress. I feel as though Mr Brown needs to up his game. People deserve something professional and polished, considering the money they will spend on a hardback copy of this book. I felt a little bit cheated. At least one editor at his publishing house should have slapped his knuckles for his over zealous relationship with the punctuation keys. 

Give it a read if you’re a Dan Brown fan. If you’re not expecting too much out of it, and you don’t mind being a little bit patronized, it’s a decent book to spend a couple of hours reading.


31 day blog challenge (Day 3)

Happy Saturday everyone! I am joyous because I am off today and it’s a lovely day outside. Well… by Northern Irish standards anyway.

So today on my blog challenge I have been asked to list my favourite quote. It was tough. I went through all the motivational, inspirational and generally kick-ass quotes from all over the globe – including a few from Gandhi and Nietzsche. In the end, I went with my first instinct. It’s a quote I use often, especially when I refer to my writing. In fact, I believe I have even used it already on this very blog.

No matter what level you reach, getting better never stops – Sachin Tendulkar

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For those of you who don’t know who Tendulkar is, he is arguably the best cricketing batsman to have ever lived. He started playing cricket from an insanely young age and was playing for the Indian national team by the time he was 16. He has broken all records in cricket in terms of runs and matches played, however despite his incredible wealth and godlike status in India, he remains remarkably humble. If you were inclined to watch an interview with him, you would be astounded at how softly spoken he is.

His quote is my favourite because, as a huge star with incredible talent that is already difficult to match, Tendulkar believes you can always be better than you are – even if you are already the best. I think this is so inspirational, and it drives me to improve upon my writing. Even the greatest writers in the world can always be better than they are – and I think you can’t really do anything more in life than strive to be better, to improve upon yourself.

So there you have it! My favourite quote! Come back tomorrow for Day 4 of this awesome little challenge I have undertaken. Don’t forget, if you liked this – “like” it and subscribe! I so love it when you do that! ♥

Beautiful Poetry

In preparation for day three of my blog challenge, I was thinking about what my favourite quote is. I realized there are so many that I will struggle to pick just one. Whilst I was thinking, however, I remembered a poem I read years ago while studying for my English Literature pre-degree. The poem was called “Mean Time” by a famous poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. I think it is one of the most genuinely melancholy poems that is written with a complete absence of melodrama. It speaks of the kind of regret we can all relate to – saying things in the heat of the moment that we shouldn’t have.

I have copied it for you here, because I think it’s incredible.

Mean Time

by Carol Ann Duffy

The clocks slid back an hour
and stole light from my life
as I walked through the wrong part of town,
mourning our love.
And, of course, unmendable rain
fell to the bleak streets
where I felt my heart gnaw
at all our mistakes.

If the darkening sky could lift
more than one hour from this day
there are words I would never have said
nor heard you say.

But we will be dead, as we know,
beyond all light.
These are the shortened days
and the endless nights.

For anyone in countries that doesn’t use Daylight Saving Time, the author of this poem uses the concept of the clocks going back – and the nights becoming long and dark – as something of a metaphor for her sadness. The second stanza is my favourite.

I truly don’t know why this poem came to me tonight. I just remember how it affected me, even as a seventeen year old. I’m not even much of a poetry fan to be honest. I enjoy reading those I come across, but I wouldn’t sit down on a rainy afternoon with a book of poems to while away a few hours. Still, I won’t analyze it. The arts are meant to captivate and inspire us, and this poem did for me.

Hope you liked it! Day 3 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge tomorrow!