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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Free books!
To everyone in the UK, did you know you can now read my books FOR FREE?
If you join KDP select (with a free 30 day trial - £7.99 per month after) You can borrow books for free.
You have been able to do this in America for a while so it's nice to see it rolled out to Amazon uk

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Pre-Order madness!

With Endless winter (Guardians of the Light book 1) Doing so well, I thought I'd be nice and put the price of book three (Eternal Summer) down to 99c or 99p in the UK until its release on Oct 10th when it will go back up to $3.99. Grab yourself a pre-order bargain and

Friday, 29 August 2014

Eternal Summer available for pre order

Book three of The Guardians of The Light is now available for pre order.
Get it here. (USA)
or (UK)
Waking up from a coma caused by the evil Jago, Anais is determined to finally find a way to defeat him and with the love of her life beside her, they begin an amazing journey to find the last two ingredients for the elixir of life. What starts of as an idillic journey soon turns into a nightmare as they realise Jago is only the begining of their problems. On an adventure that takes them through the Mediterranean Sea and to theLand land of the Pharoes, they discover that evil can take more than one form.

Monday, 4 August 2014

I'm afraid Guardians of The Light book three (Eternal Summer) is taking longer than planned - Mainly because I'm having too much fun this summer. To make it up to you all, I'm doing a kindle countdown deal on book 2 (Infinite Spring) starts 6th Aug for the USA and 7th Aug for the UK

Monday, 14 July 2014

Competition time

Competition time. I'll be revealing the name of the next book on Monday. see  for details on how to win my next book

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


I went to see Wicked last week. Afterwards I wondered if Elphaba was named after the initials L.F.B. - El - Fa - ba. I looked it up and i was right. LFB is L Frank Baum. The writer of Wizard of Oz.

Friday, 20 June 2014

First review for Infinite Spring

First review for Infinite Spring is in. 5 stars
I read the first book and liked it and now I have read the second book and liked it too. I just wish I didn't have to wait so long the for the third book! I forget there is a to be continued at the end. I forgot about the book altogether tell I saw this one. Just let us know when the other will be released so I may purchase it.

Endless Winter

I'm happy to say that now I've released Infinite Spring, Endless Winter (the first book in the Guardians of The Light series) has also had an upsurge in sales. Happy days! If you still haven't read Endless Winter get it here (UK) (US)
and for Infinite Spring (UK)... (US)

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Real Manor House

When I started writing Endless Winter I had no idea if a house really existed in Baildon like the Manor in the book. I later researched the area and found that there once was a huge mansion in the exact place I'd written about. It was owned by Sir Titus Salt and called Milner Fields. Check it out
It was actually much more grand in real life than the one in my imagination.
Unfortunately it was knocked down in the fifties but if you go to the woods and search through the trees there are still hints of the old house left

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Better late than never, Infinite Spring, Book two of the Guardians of The Light is out now.

With the evil Jago caught and locked in the cellar and the girl of her dreams in her arms, Anais has finally got everything she ever wanted. Things are not always what they seem though and soon Anais realises she's in for the fight of her life, not just to save the world but also to save her first love.

 To buy in the uk, follow this link
and for those in the US
Better buy it quickly because I'm already more than half way through book 3 :)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sorry but...

I know I promised Infinite Spring in April and we are now half way through May. I do have a good excuse though.
Four days ago I gave birth to a wonderful little baby boy. He is a surrogate baby and as he was so healthy at birth, was allowed out of hospital the same day and is now at home with his mum and dad.
I hope you'll all forgive my tardiness but I promise I am back to work, writing away and Infinite Spring will be out shortly

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

First review of Infinite Spring

Just had my first review of Infinite Spring (verbally) "I love it!!!"
Yey. I can't wait to get it formatted so you can all read it!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Infinite Spring 2

Infinite Spring.
Finally free from the tyranny of Jago, who they have locked in their cellar, Anais and Aethelu can now enjoy the springtime of their relationship. However things are not as they seem and it’s not long before the danger catches up with them. Add into the mix a love triangle, a missing woman and a treasure hunt across three different countries and before long, Anais will have some very difficult decisions to make.
Infinite Spring is the second book in the Guardians of The Light series.
Published soon - Watch this space!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Infinite Spring

I know I've been quiet for a while but that's because I've been busy. Very excited to announce that The second book in The Guardians of The Light series is now finished! Infinite Spring will be published within the next couple of weeks! Now I need to think of some way to celebrate!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Congratulations - We have a winner!

Congratulations to Cassie from Michigan who won my Goodreads Giveaway! Don't worry if you entered and didn't win. I'll be running another when the sequel is published.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Free Book!!!

To celebrate the paperback release of Endless Winter, I'm giving away a paperback copy to one lucky winner. Enter here...

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


I'm very excited to announce that Endless Winter is now available in paperback.

Endless Winter is now available in paperback

or in the uk

Friday, 28 February 2014

Baby issues and bad admin?

I went for a scan last week for the baby. In IVF pregnancies in the uk, you get 4 scans instead of the normal 2. This was my third.
The babys mother came by train to see baby Frankie.
Well the scan went fine. Baby is fine, perfectly healthy
There is a problem with the cord. The blood flow is intermittent.
"So, What does that mean?" we asked.
If it stays the same, we have to scan once a week until the baby is born. If it gets better, then we carry on as normal. If it gets worse we may have to deliver.
I am 29 weeks pregnant.

I know someone who delivered a perfectly healthy girl last year at 29 weeks. She turned out to be completely fine. She is thriving now. I looked up the stats for babies born at 29 weeks and discovered that 98% are born healthy (but obviously small) Technology is wonderful.
Needless to say, knowing this, put my mind at ease that even in the worst case scenario, little Frankie had a very good chance of being ok.
The mother, understandably was terrified. I told her that he was very strong. I could feel him kicking all the time. I did everything I could to put her mind at ease.
We went back for the next weeks scan. The sonographer scanned.
"There's nothing wrong at all. They made a mistake." he said
At the clinic after the scan we were told that the sonographer that day had scanned the wrong thing and wasn't qualified to scan for the right thing. Please bear in mind that this was done at a proper hospital. We had our notes with us. How is it possible to scan for the wrong thing?
We were told to come back the next day for yet another scan.
Which we did.
Before I'd even got up on the table and had my belly covered in that horrible goop stuff, The sonographer (a different one this time) said
"There's nothing wrong."
She scanned us anyway.
In the space of ten days, we had been given 3 scans and been told
There's something wrong,
There's nothing wrong, it was a mistake,
There is something wrong possibly but didn't scan the right thing,
There's nothing wrong, we just reported it wrong.

Now, to me it was just an inconveniance but can you imagine how Frankies mother felt? After years of heartbreak trying to concieve, ivf failure, miscarriage.

At least the story has a happy ending (not that we are at the end yet) Baby Frankie is still kicking away and the mother has got so many scan pictures, she could wallpaper the house with them!

I hope your week was better
Love J

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dear Arizona!!!!

Dear Arizona. I love you, I really do. You are hot & sunny. You have the Grand Canyon which is probably my favourite place on earth but making a law allowing companies not to serve gay people.Seriously? Not cool!
I was thinking of taking your name for one of my characters for one of the Guardians of the Light sequels but now I may have to rethink it!
Love J

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Ouchy fingers!

I've written approx 12,000 words today, 25,000 this week and nearly 75,000 in the last six weeks. My fingers hurt:)
The second Guardians of The Light book is coming along nicely.

Monday, 17 February 2014


Ok, well I did promise.

Surrogacy is still a relatively rare thing. For example, I got an email from a surrogacy website recently saying they had a record number of surrogate births this year. The number? If i remember rightly, it was 25. Not many in a year and that was a record!
I've never met another surrogate so I can't tell you why I wanted to do it. i think the real reason was that I've been lucky enough to have children of my own. They bring so much to my life. I can't imagine being without them. I know how lucky I am. I also know there are others not so fortunate.
Mothers aren't made when someone gets pregnant, some people are born mothers. Others have children and don't have a maternal bone in their body.
The baby, I'm currently pregnant with has a wonderful mother. she's a mother through and through but her body will not allow her to get pregnant. we have become great friends over the last couple of years. She is grateful to me for carrying her child and I enjoy spending time with her.
We went for a scan today. Baby was totally healthy but there was a problem with the cord. Nothing major but they have to scan me again next week. The doctor seemed unconcerned but the babys mum was so upset. It must be such a worry to her, not being around her child (she lives a long way away from me) I tried to calm her as much as possible. Baby has been kicking like a trooper. I guess we will find out next week if they will need to deliver early. I'm not worried at all as the doctor said it was only a precaution. I know I will have to text babys mum a lot this week to keep her mind at ease.

I've had a lot of strange questions since become pregnant as a surrogate. I'll answer the most common now.
1) won't you want to keep the baby?
-Nope - done enough nappies already thanks!
2) Did you have sex with the father?
-Nope. IVF baby. It's not even biologically mine!
3) How much are you getting paid?
- In the UK, it's illegal to be paid for being a surrogate. I get expenses.
4) Will you be a surrogate for me?
- No. Sorry! This is a one time only adventure. I've loved doing it but I'm seriously looking forward to going on a lot of rollercoasters this summer - You can't do that whilst being pregnant!

Although Anais' situation is very different to mine, she goes through a similar thing in Endless Winter. Read about how she gets on.

Love J

Sunday, 16 February 2014

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days?
I'm having one right now. It's been so bad that I had to take the kids to McDonalds for lunch!
First of all, and the worst thing, I can't talk about which I know is really infuriating. Why mention it at all if I'm not going to tell you about it? Well, really because it's personal and it started my day off on the wrong foot.
Then I came home to find four dead fish in my fish tank. Never a pleasant experience. The worm that had somehow managed to end up slithering around on my kitchen floor didn't help matters much either!
Finally, (and I say that in the hope that despite it being only half way through the day, nothing else horrible will happen) my son dropped my phone on the floor, shattering its screen. Grrr

I was planning on talking about surrogacy today but I guess that will just have to wait til next time.
I hope your days are better!

Love J

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Valentines day

As per my last post, I am pleased to announce that I am repeating my little experiment but in reverse.
From 10th Feb - 14th Feb, Endless Winter will be on a kindle countdown on Just in time to inject a little romance into your life (along with adventure) for Valentines day.

Now for me, unfortunately, this year, I will be un-valentinsed (Yes, I'm aware I made up a word)
Actually it will be the first un-valentines valentines day for me in many a moon!
I plan to buy myself some choccies and cuddle my children (pretty much like any other day really)

So all you un-valentiners unite. I'm sending out love to you all - I'm not sending out my choccies though. You'll have to buy your own!

Have a wonderful Valentines day everyone
Love J

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The results of me putting the price of Endless Winter down in the uk were quite interesting. I actually sold more in America that day. Now I know that America is a much bigger country and therefore the potential for sales is much higher but come on people!!! Marketing is entirely alien to me. I am the kind of person, that if everybody likes something, I'm guaranteed to hate it and vice versa. i have to admit I don't understand most of the things that are popular culture. In fact I barely watch tv at all (except Big Bang Theory.) I don't know much about the latest trends and if you asked me what is number one in the charts, well there is only a slim chance of me having even heard of them and even less chance of me caring.
"Well, you're old!" I hear you say.
Yes, I admit I'm long past my teenage years but if I'm honest, I was like this even in my teenage years. I loved Tori Amos (Still do!) and most people say "Who?" When I talk about her.
The three people on my 'want to see list' this year are Elton John, Dolly Parton and Lady Gaga.

If you asked me who won America's got talent, Britains got talent, Anywhere's got talent, Celebrity dancing I'd do anything to be on tv in the jungle, I wouldn't have a clue. I do know the name of Tori Amos' new Album though which is enough for me! 
Does this help me market anything? Not at all but at least I watch what I want!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014

Coming out (part 2)

After having a few comments re my last post talking about my 14 year old niece coming out, I felt compelled to write more on the subject.
I have to admit that it's not something I've ever done but I do remember being fourteen very well (despite how long ago it was) and how difficult it was to tell my parents anything! My mother, for her part, kept trying to drag me out of a closet I was never in. I'm not sure what it was that made her think I was gay but she kept bugging me to admit it. The boyband posters that literally covered my bedroom walls and the slightly soppy look that I got whenever anyone mentioned said boyband, didn't put her off.
It was a very confusing time for me at fourteen. I got 'lesbian' shouted at me a lot from local louts, a slur (in their eyes) that didn't bother me at all but at fourteen, when your mothers at it and the community is at it, well I can only imagine how difficult it must be to take the leap and tell people that you are gay. My mother died before i got married but I still wonder what her reaction would have been to me actually marrying a man. Relief or dissapointment? Probably shock.
I passed Endless Winter to a friend of mine (bisexual in case you were wondering) and he told me he loved the understated coming out scene in it. He told me he'd read so many books on the subject and mine was the first that didn't make a big hoohah about it. So why not?
My main characters just happen to both be girls, they could have been a boy and a girl. I didn't have any kind of issue with it so why should the rest of my characters? That being said, in the subsequent books in the Guardians of The Light books, they will come up against some ignorance. I guess that's life!
Love J

Sunday, 26 January 2014

I'm afraid to say that life took over this weekend and I only wrote about five thousand words. Half what I usually aim to write in the same time.
I had so many jobs to do that I just didn't have time to write.
Why is it that everything always seems to break at the same time. The current list of things in my house that need fixing goes like this:
Vacuum Cleaner,

This is why my productivity has gone down. I've been busy getting various things fixed. Plus I'm renovating my house which is taking up my time too.
I am the most disorganised person on the planet and so this weekend was one of those "Get the niggling jobs out of the way" weekends.
Wouldn't it be nice to have someone to do all those little jobs for you?
I'd love it if someone would just organise my sock drawer for me!
Next weekend I'll be back up to speed.
Love Jo

Friday, 24 January 2014

Team US or Team UK?

My sales as of this morning are now running equal between The US and The UK. I am interested to see how this will pan out by this evening. The UK sales were the strongest to begin with but today (after 20 days of being on sale) and a flurry of US sales this morning, they have now caught up.
I wonder if this trend will continue? I suppose the US is much larger than the UK and therefore has more potential readers but the book is set exclusively in the UK.

Book two in the Guardians of The Light series will see the action cross the pond.

So let's see which country will buy the most between now and tomorrow.
I'll update you on the outcome

Love J 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Coming out

My 14 year old niece recently caught up on all my Facebook promotion for Endless Winter. She advertised it to all her friends without actually reading it. I messaged her and explained that there were a couple of bits in it that were probably a bit old for her (I wouldn't mind my 14 year old reading it but I wasn't sure what her mum would say) I also explained that the main love interest was between two girls (again - wasn't sure what her mum would say)
I needn't have worried - Two days later she came out.
I don't think it had anything to do with me or the book though :)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

From A to B via XY and Z

So how did I come up with the story of Endless Winter?
That is a story in itself!

It all started when I was unhappy at my last job (I worked in a school.) I applied and got a job in another school (Which I love!)

There was a leaving party which involved lots of chatting to various work colleagues, mainly about their plans for the long summer holidays which were just about to begin. One of the teachers I worked with mentioned that she was going to New York and had won the holiday in a competition. she told me that she won many competitions, made it sound really easy.

Well, I thought to myself. I could do with a nice free holiday. How hard can it be to win a few competitions. So with the long six weeks holidays ahead, I armed myself with puzzle magazines, postcards and stamps and set about entering every competition I could find. That's right - EVERY competition. I think I was even entering competitions to win a life time supply of dog food and I don't even own a dog. I entered thousands a week. I wrote poems, drew pictures, deciphered anagrams, made up punchlines. You name it, I did it!
Then I waited for all the holidays, cars, houses and yes, dog food, to come to me in the post via 'Congratulations' slips.
I waited
I waited some more

Hmmm. I'd really put a lot of effort into those competitions. One thing I did "win" was a heck of a lot of spam. Phone calls, emails, letters etc obviously thinking I was a soft touch and I would buy the product I was previously trying to win.
Phone conversations would go something like this....

"No, I would not like to spend £20,000 on a static caravan in Cornwall. I just wanted a free holiday"

Anyway I'm going off on a tangent....

I finally got that all important Congratulations email.
One win. One win in about 30,000 competitions entered.

I won an invitation film premiere in London

I have to say I was beyond excited. The film sucked but the evening was wonderful. I walked a red carpet and lil ole me got papped! (Not bad to say I'm nobby nobody and was wearing a charity shop dress!) Royalty were in attendance - great night!!!

Which leads me to....
An advert in the Metro Newspaper on my train ride home. It was looking for women to be surrogates.

Mmmm. I might be interested in that.

Here I am two years later, 6 months pregnant with another woman's baby.

Yes, you say, but what about the book?

It was carrying another womans baby that led me to pondering being pregnant and doing it for reasons other than just wanting a baby of your own. I thought some more and a seed of an idea began to form. What if...?

Anais story was born.

I hope you enjoy it!

Love J

Monday, 20 January 2014


New Facebook page

I will try to update frequently!
I'm more than happy to answer questions on my book so if you have any queries
add me on FB or email me at

Sunday, 19 January 2014

As promised, here is a final count of words for this weekend (ok I included a bit on Sunday too)
I wrote 11,000 words. Added to the 10,000 words I did last weekend and the 1000 words I managed during the week (working full time, being a surrogate and having kids means that writing during the week is virtually impossible!) that makes....
does calculation in head...
22,000 words. Wow, Even I'm impressed with myself. If I can squeeze out another three thousand words tonight I'll be about quarter way through the book.
Will I do that?
Na, there's something good on the telly:)
I hope your weekend was just as good as mine
Love J

Friday, 17 January 2014

Just keep writing, just keep writing...

I spent five hours last night formatting Endless Winter. I got to a point where I was so tired that now I can't remember if I finished or not. I should probably check. I do remember how amazing it looks.
I've always loved books and I can't wait to get a copy of my newly formatted one. I've had quite a few requests for a copy from those that don't have an e-reader. The best request was from someone who has already read Endless Winter on her kindle but loved it so much she wants to buy a hard copy too. Very nice praise indeed.
As to writing, (yes the title of this post) last Saturday I wrote 10k words. This Saturday I plan to beat that today. I even hope to have some of them spelt right:) I'm up bright and early, armed with my coffee (even though it's decaff) I have the whole day ahead! I will come back at the end of the day and report back. See if I managed it!
Hope you all have a productive Saturday

Love J  
I got something wonderful through the post yesterday.
No, It wasn't an early Valentine Card from Leonardo Dicaprio (I'm sure that will arrive next week)
It was a hard copy of Endless Winter. A real book. Not that there is anything wrong with reading on an e-reader but there is something special about real books. There is something even more special when the book in question has your name on the cover.
I've had poetry printed before and a couple of pieces of my art work have been printed in art books but this time it's my name (and artwork) on the cover.
True, it had 'PROOF' printed on the back and the spine was blank. Yes the formatting was horrendous and will need a whole lot of work but it was MY book!
Apart from the formatting issues which will keep me busy for a week, it looks good. No, actually I'm going to blow my own trumpet, it looks pretty amazing.
I hope you like the cover as much as I do. As soon as it goes on general print release I will post here first.
Love J.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Appealling to Da Kidz

Promoting a book is an interesting (and difficult) thing.
I've been told to promote to my target market. Of course, this makes sense, however, my target market is young adults. It's been a very long time since I could call myself young. If I'm going to be honest - I'm a harrassed middle aged single mother (I'm totally keeping it real!)
I don't want to patronise anyone and pretend that I (or you) care about what Justin Bieber got up to last week or who Miley Cyrus is dating.
I honestly don't care, nor do I care for the word "Twerking" Yuck!
So what should I talk about to appeal to a seventeen year old girl?
I work in a high school, so I should be able to get some clues there.
Well I did get told I look like Dave Grohl last week by one of my students (I don't btw)
Now, Dave Grohl, I know who he is! With the same student I had a rather long conversation about how much we both loved Tenacious D. (a lot)
I'm going to be honest now. My favourite singer is Tori Amos. Tell an average high school student this and they go "who?"
The thing is, Tori Amos is Amazing. I love her. I don't want to pretend I don't even if this makes me ancient in the eyes of the average teen.
Maybe instead of calling me old, you should look on youtube and listen to one of her songs!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

8000 words

of the next book in the Guardians of The Light written. It's all getting very exciting.
Don't want to give too much away though. You'll have to read endless winter first

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Yesterday, Love. Today, Babies!

So where did I get my idea for my novel, I hear you ask.
Well, the story began to formulate in my head on a train heading to Kings Cross (Very J.K.Rowling, I know) Unlike the wonderful Joanne Rowling, I'm sure my idea came from musings that were far from her thoughts the day Harry Potter came into being. You see I was travelling to London to meet the lovely couple I was going to have a baby for.
"What? You had a baby for someone else?" (I know I'm taking liberties with what I assume you are thinking - you could very well be sat there wondering whether to brew yourself another cup of tea for all I know)
Yes, I am currently pregnant. I'm being a surrogate you see, that is, having a baby that once born will go and live in London with its parents. Think of me as a basket (no - not basket case!) I'm just carrying the little squidger until he or she is ready to meet the world.
Anyway, I digress, I was talking about my novel.
"Didn't you say yesterday that your book was about love and adventure?"
Yes, Love is the main theme but it was thoughts of babies, or more acurately, having a baby for reasons other than, well having a baby, that got me started.
Being a surrogate is weird (but altogether lovely!) I started to think of other reasons people have babies. I have two of my own, although they are not really babies anymore. They were both conceived for normal reasons - I wanted kids - I had kids. Surrogacy, obviously finds me pregnant for a third time, but at the end - no kid, well not for me. so why else do people have babies? Aside from the two reasons  I just stated and if we take accidents out of the equation I can only think of three more reasons. The first are babies conceived purely to save the life of an older sibling, for donation of some kind of bodily tissue. The second, for monetry gain whether to claim some kind of inheritance or at the other end of the scale, claim benefits. The third? Well, I don't want to give too much away so you'll have to read my book to find out

Any questions?
Feel free to email me at
I'll do my best to respond:)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

What to write?

Start a blog, they said. Appeal to your readers, they said.
Well here I am. first part done!
Second part? Well to start with, the few books I've sold so far were all to my friends. Them and a person in Germany and I don't know what German people like.
I suppose I should tell you about my novel but Big Bang Theory is on and Sheldon is doing something hilarious. It makes it difficult to write anything at all.
Write, I must though so ignoring BBT, here I go...

Guardians of The Light: Endless Winter.
(buy it here folks)

Trapped in an unfamiliar room with no way out, Anais has no idea just how much her life is just about to change. A locked door stands between her and freedom but as she is just about to find out, the door is the least of her problems.
A story of first love, of adventure, and of a race to save the lives of everyone on the planet.

Have you ever fallen in love? Amazing isn't it? First love. That feeling of endless possibility, of flutters every time you think of them and you think about them a lot. All the time!
I've certainly fallen in love before and I was lucky enough to have the flutters keep on for many years.
I wrote my book, not based on my own life but based on those flutters. Although the object of my flutters has long gone, the memory of them still keeps me warm at night.
f you've ever been in love, you will know what I mean. If you haven't, don't worry, it will come. In the meantime - read my book. Perhaps it will keep you warm at night:)
I really hope you enjoy it
Love J