Life’s a beach…Ride the waves!

A Piece of My Heart went on holiday to the Maldives, and that makes me both happy and very jelly!

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Personal update

I’ve been quiet for some months because we moved. Not just house, but country. My family and I relocated to the UK and it took months of slog and planning to get here. While we are still finding our feet (albeit more often in thick socks and boots nowadays), the kids have settled well, I’ve found a book club and every week gets a bit easier. Immigrating is not for sissies!

Book news

A Piece of My Heart (e-book) is FINALLY permanently free on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks – yay! If you still haven’t read it – go grab it here now! And don’t forget that Alkan and Victoria’s story continues in Full Circle. These are my favourite reviews for Full Circle so far – thank you!!

My new project…

Even though I have not written a word in many months, I’ll soon be putting butt – in – chair to catch up on lost time in November with Nano. I’m aiming at 1000 words a day – which won’t finish my new novel by a long shot, but it’s a start and will hopefully get the momentum going again.

Wish me luck!

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Why the royal wedding is the perfect love story

Roll on 19 May!!! As you guessed, I’m pretty excited about the royal wedding — and I’m not even a Brit!!

Never missing a social media post on the upcoming nuptials and the tabloids (oh, the tabloids!!), I started wondering Why On Earth do I care this much about people I don’t know and have never met. And the answer is quite simple really. I, like you, am a sucker for romance. And do you know why we love romance? Because we love seeing the conflict in action and watching our heroes and heroine’s issues dissolve when they find true love.

So let’s take Harry…

He is the royal wild child who covers up his grief by living life to the max. He is delightfully naughty and we find him rather endearing because well, he is a ginger!! And has a compassionate heart under all that Van Wilder Party Liaison exterior. In the royal pecking order, he is unlikely to ever be king, but still bears the brunt of constantly being in the limelight. And when his brother, Prince William marries the perfect woman…well, we all kinda assumed he’d be a bachelor for ever.

Enter Meghan Markle…

Famous, successful Hollywood actress (Not British). Mixed race (Not European). Divorcee (Not Innocent). In a nutshell, not exactly classic Princess material.

Will Harry’s family accept her? Will the Queen give her blessing? Squeee! So much potential conflict!

And how does a prince meet an actress anyway? By being set up by a well connected friend, of course.

Where did they meet? On neutral ground: Canada. While they are both in their usual elements – she’s filming suits and he is doing his royal duties at a sporting event. Perfect.

When they do hit it off, they have to overcome living on different continents. It’s 2018 – social media comes into play and Meghan starts following Harry on Instagram soon after they met. And they spend much time texting – just like regular joes go about falling in love. And just like that, Yolandi Koekemoer from Pitsonderwater can also relate.

Will Harry’s heart heal now that he has found love? Will these two give us what we want: a Happily Ever After?? and what will their babies look like??

Only time will tell 🙂

Looking back on 2017, and forward to 2018

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Ahh…a new year! A magical clean slate to start over, try again and try and fix the mistakes of the previous year.

But for once, instead of beating myself up for the things I did not accomplish in 2017 (like publish Full Circle), I’m going to recall the things I did manage to do, because although 2017 was a total roller coaster, it has left me and my family with many happy memories and proud moments.

Starting with our health. Our family went sugar free in January last year, and although in December we wined and dined like there was no tomorrow, we were pretty good the whole year. I’m really proud over all of how much more conscious we are of what we eat and how much more we move.

Our kids flourished at school and otherwise in 2017. Our eldest moved from an Afrikaans language stream to English, and despite the challenges that that can bring when you are 10, he sailed through the year. Not only that, he also got his blue belt in karate! The younger little guy finished his first grade like a rock star and moved to the goalie position in his soccer team, where he did really well. They’re growing up fast, and I could not be prouder of how they carry themselves out there in the big wide world.

We travelled to the US and hiked up Mt. Lassen. We also went to Las Vegas and spent time with our American friends.

We got married! In November I married my high school sweetheart <3

I released Without You, a secret novella just for my subscribers.

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I guess, what I’m trying to say is – yes, I did not reach my goal last year to publish a second book, but I did a lot of other great things. And sometimes you just have to cut yourself a break, and “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

 

 

 

And on that note, here are my Wildly Important Goals for 2018.

  1. I want to publish Full Circle as soon as possible.
  2. I want to complete my first draft of my next novel (which I’ve already started working on).
  3. I want to read more books, like at least 50 this year.
  4. I want to learn to meditate.
  5. I want more quality time with family.

 

I hope that your coming year is filled with adventures instead of detours, and opportunities instead of disappointments. May 2018 be year where you find yourself further along the path you want to be, living your life to the fullest with those you love.

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Dear Subscribers, ‘Without You’ is Just for you!

Without You is exclusively and totally free to my subscribers only.

You’re special. I mean it 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa, but I want to. Because this year I have so much to be thankful for, not least of all, the people who buy and read my books.

I’ve been working on a short novella called Without You. It’s sort of like a bridging story between A Piece of My Heart and the sequel, Full Circle (Dec. 2017). You are going to love it! It’s all about what the sexy Turkish businessman Alkan Aslan gets up to after that heartbreaking moment when Victoria says she doesn’t want to get back together with him.

Full Circle will be released in December 2017, so watch this space!

Eeeek! That’s just around the corner.

In the mean time, dear subscribers, this will be landing in your inbox just in time for Thanksgiving weekend!

Happy reading!

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Why ‘The End’ is never really The End

It’s Sunday, the 15th October 2017. I’ve just finished my final revision for my second romance novel and new novel FULL CIRCLE, which is the final instalment, and follow up book to my debut, A PIECE OF MY HEART.

Early this morning, I nudged my fiancé awake to tell him that I’d declared a today a duvet day. I needed to write the ending to my book. It started raining, which if you had insight into the current water crisis in the region I live in South Africa, you’d understand, rain in October is a big deal. (We only have 18% usable water left in our dams, and summer hasn’t started yet).

So, today is bittersweet.

  • I finished the final revision to my second book FULL CIRCLE (it took me 18 months to write this one, but hey!)
  • It rained for a couple of hours.
  • My Ouma Jane would have been 101 years old today and I can’t believe she’s been gone for 4 years already.
  • My Ouma Audrey died on this day, 8 years ago.

But if there’s  one thing I’ve learned about ‘The End’, it’s this: the end is never really ‘The End’. I may have had to say goodbye to my grandmothers, but they still live in my memories of them. I may have finished writing this book, but the work is far from done.

‘The End’ does not mean that your book is not magically done. No, the writing may be  largely complete, save for the editor’s instructions / changes. But the work of publishing your book has just started. Cover. Formatting. Book Blurb. Marketing. Waiting for the reviews to roll in. Printing proofs and sign offs. Freebies. Distribution.

The list can go on for days. But I would not have it any other way.

Today we celebrate!

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P.S. Here’s a very unflattering pic of me, still in my PJs at 2 in the afternoon, with a glass of bubbly celebrating finishing my book FULL CIRCLE.

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Full Circle’s First Teaser!!

FULL CIRCLE IS COMING SOON

I know, I know, there’s been nothing but radio silence from me for the longest time. I’ve been busy – also with my writing and polishing the final installment of the Full Circle duology, called Full Circle. And because this week I got asked on separate occasions from readers ‘when is the next book coming out?’ I decided to release a little teaser from the book…!!

Also, stay tuned, I’ll be doing some newsletter sign-ups in the coming weeks with a HUGE FREEBIE!

Sign up for my newsletter HERE.

Exciting times indeed!

So how would you like to see Victoria & Alkan get together for their happy ending??

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Meet the Lovely Cape Town Author, Therese Beharrie!

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I met Therese for the first time at a romance writer’s retreat earlier this year and was instantly taken with a sassy, confident nature. She kindly allowed me to interview her. Meet Therese!

“Well, one of the most romantic things my husband’s ever done for me was to take a short story I wrote and have it bound into a book to show me he supported my writing dreams. This was before we were even dating…” – Therese Beharrie

What is the name of your latest novel?

A Marriage Worth Saving (June 2017)

Why do you choose to write?

Writing has always been a comfort to me, especially during a tough childhood at school. I write now hoping my writing will give someone else comfort.

What is your favourite part of writing a novel?

Since I got my publishing contract, I’ve realised how much joy writing diverse characters from my country brings me. I also love creating the emotion and angst of falling in love!

What are you currently reading?

His Baby Agenda by Katherine Garbera

What was the first book / author you fell in love with?

I can’t remember the first book (though very likely something written by Roald Dahl when I was about seven), but the first author I remember loving is Stephenie Meyer after Twilight came out.

Where do you write?

Anywhere at home, really: my desk, the kitchen counter, the dining-room table, our couches, in bed…

If you were whisked away to a remote island for some RnR – what book would you take (just one!), what drink would you order?

Anything Nora Roberts has written in the past two years and probably a passion fruit and lemonade

After you write a book, who gets to read it first?

My editor. No-one reads my work before it’s published besides her.

Best place you’ve traveled to?

The Maldives for my honeymoon

Where do you get character inspiration from in your latest book?

I usually get them from Pinterest for their appearances, and then for their personalities, I’ll focus on one key characteristic or event in their past and build the character around that.

What can your readers look forward to?

My new book! The Millionaire’s Redemption (August 2017).

Connect with Therese

Website: www.theresebeharrie.com

Facebook: Therese Beharrie, Author (https://www.facebook.com/theresebeharrie/)

Twitter: @ThereseBeharrie (https://twitter.com/ThereseBeharrie)

Why I like romance novels that DON’T have a happy ending

I feel like I can talk about this now – the fact that I looooove romance novels, but always want to vomit a little when the (“happy”) endings are either: A – a marriage proposal, B – a wedding, C – a baby. I just don’t buy it – the happy endings which tie up all the loose ends. I’m mean, really – REALLY?!

No, not really, and for romance readers that’s just the point. They demand that their heroes and heroines fight obstacle after obstacle to be together – but in the end, that they do live Happily Ever After (HEA) or are at least Happy For Now (HFN).

The first book I read that did not have a happy ending was Love Story by Erich Segal, I’m also a fan of films / books aka stories like The Way we Were, Up Close and Personal, Me without You, The Promise of Stardust and The Fault in our Stars. The fact that the couples don’t end up together does not tarnish from the beauty of the love story, not in the least. On the contrary, the fact that their love is bitter sweet is the very element that resonates with me. I buy that 100%.

This morning I read Riven, a novel by local SA author Lissa Del, in one sitting. It was plot driven, brimming with romance but without the HEA. And believe me, she pulls it off effortlessly. I can’t help but wonder if this is not the way romance fiction is going, maybe one day there will be a sub-genre for romance without the HEA? What do you think?

Obviously, if you’ve read my book, you’ll already know that I don’t care much about subscribing the traditional happy ending. But I won’t lie, I was put under quite a bit of pressure to write a follow up book that would give Alkan and Victoria their happy ending – so I did, and that will be released before Christmas 2017.

So, if I’m not a huge fan of writing true romance, then I why did I do just that for Full Circle, the conclusion of Alkan and Victoria’s story? Because they are soulmates. Because some couples get their happily ever after and live it too! But that kind of love is rare, so, so rare.

And I just want readers to know that, and respect the fact that the greatest loves are messed up, but that that should not detract from the beauty of a great story.

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