Monthly Archives: January 2015

What’s In A Name

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People often ask if any parts of the books are real to my life. Considering the Hale Brothers upbringing, I am happy to report, “No.” But, what I can tell you is that almost all of my characters names are for someone who is close to me, or it was chosen by someone close to me . . . except for Beau.

When I started writing Drops of Rain, I read an article that talked about how important secondary characters are. It was always meant to be a standalone, but once the feedback started coming in from the Beta readers, I knew that people would want more Beau. I really do find this funny, he is my most talked about character. The character that was never really meant to be. But that’s how it goes, right? We don’t write the stories, the stories write themselves.

So here you go:
Drew – my husband.
Ali – wanted a short name and I have always loved it.
Cassidy – I know an evil one.
Grant – my husband picked.
Beau and Leila – no idea where I came up with those.
Matt – my youngest son.
Elle – my book bestie Author Elle Brooks.
Davy – my oldest son.
Ryla – best friend’s daughter.
BLK label – best friend Brandie’s intials.
Kelly’s Candy shop – best friend.
Charlie – my nephew
Camille – I wanted a pretty southern name
Quinn – I let Kelly pick her name

Meet The Girls From Novel In Heels

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As an Indie Author, my dreams would not be coming true without the support and love of the many book bloggers who have read my stories and think they are worthy of sharing. Each month, in my Newsletter, I am introducing you to some of these amazing women. If they are new to you, make sure you hop on over to their Facebook page and blog, I’m sure they’d love to meet you…

If you would like to sign up for my Newsletter, here you go!

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1. You are blog Novel In Heels – Tell me a little bit about yourself…
We are two women from Melbourne, Australia.  We are mothers, wives, best friends, lovers of hot shoes, hot men and hot books.
Life for both of us is always busy.  With work, being a mother and wife and now blogging.  But we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We always loved a good book, but FSOG reignited our passion for a sexy hot love story and we haven’t looked back.

2. How did you get into blogging and why do you do it?
Blogging – well it sort of just happened.  Yes, really.  We are both interested in the same type of books, constantly talking and texting each other about one thing or another from different books.  One night, over a glass of wine, we decided that it would be an exciting and challenging idea to start our little blog (really it started with a fb page only) and see where it took us.  Now we have a FB page, Blog page, Twitter and newly started Instagram.
FB – http://www.facebook.com/novelsinheels
Blog – http://www.novelsinheels.com
Twitter – @NovelsInHeels
Instagram – http://instagram.com/novelsinheels/
We really just wanted to share our love of books and the written word with others.
Blogging has become part of our busy lives.  It has been rewarding and life changing in so many ways.  From meeting and becoming friends with some fabulously wonderful authors, readers and like-minded people to now being a part of the blogging team of Fictionally Yours Melbourne Author Invasion Event in October 2015.  We are extremely excited to be part of this team.
Check it out here – https://www.facebook.com/fictionallyyoursMelbourne

3. If you could sit and have lunch with three authors, who would it be and why?
This we have to separate:
Trish – Sylvia Day, EL James, Katy Evans
My Whys – EL was the first to bring me back to books, Sylvia inspires me with Gideon and Eva and I’m in awe of Katy’s Real Series.
Angela – Rachel Van Dyken, Abbi Glines, EL James
My Whys – EL was the first to bring me back to books, Rachel because of the way she writes mafia fiction – just amazes me and Abbi because her sea breeze and rosemary beach series was inspiring and blew me away.

4. Which character in my books so far do you like the most and why?
Trish – OMG this is too hard……for me anyway because I loved both Drew and Beau.  But, I think I might have a softer spot for Beau because he was so misunderstood by Leila. 
Angela – It’s on my TBR, but Trish has highly recommended them to me – like every day we talk.

5. Tell me something on your bucket list.
Ok as a team – so not many people know this, but we are trying to co-write a book.  It’s been on our list for quite some time, we have a few chapters but nothing set in stone as yet.  It would be one of our biggest achievements if we get it published this year.

Unforgettable Sun Cover Reveal

I am so excited to be able to show all of you the cover for Unforgettable Sun. Ari at Cover It Designs did a beautiful job on this one and it makes me smile every time I see it.

Get ready! This book is coming sometime during the first week in March!

Matt Hale

I’ve never really been included. I’ve never felt like I truly belonged. But then again, how could I? Living on this island, I’ve seen and heard too many things. Lies. Secrets. Lies I’ve been forced to tell and secrets I’ve been forced to keep. They keep me locked to myself. They’re the reason I stand on the edge of the horizon and watch from afar. Other people’s lives have evolved, but not mine. It’s exactly the same. Day after day, the sun rises, and every time its rays penetrate my skin, I’m reminded that no matter how desperately I don’t want to be, I’m trapped. I want to live. I want to breathe. I just want to be . . . free.

Elle Summers

If I had my way, I would have walked off the catwalk and straight out of the public eye years ago. Never-ending contracts and obligations have kept me prisoner until recently. Now it is fear that has me trapped and running from my life. I’m now hiding in a tiny beach cottage in my mother’s hometown, praying no one will find me. No one understands. The demands, lack of control, threats . . . I just want it all gone. I want to escape. When do I finally get to be me? Free.

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Simplify 2015

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A few years ago, Kelly (one of my best friends) and I started following Scrapbooker Ali Edwards. She offers different unique classes and one that caught our eye was One Little Word. Instead of picking a resolution, we picked a word.

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About One Little Word®

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

“In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January – a word to focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, story, light, up, open and thrive. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been imbedded into who I am and into who I’m becoming. They’ve been what I’ve needed most (and didn’t know I needed). They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, to navigate challenges, and to grow.” Ali Edwards

She offers monthly tutorials on how to design your book and capture your year. She sells kits as well as offers downloads to make your story complete. If you like this idea make sure you check it out. One Little Word.

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Kelly and I only completed the project one year, but for the last five we have each picked a word to set the tone of the new year. This year for me it is simplify.

sim·pli·fy  – verb
 1. make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand.

I think that most can understand the idea behind this. For me it means to clear off my calendar and learn to say no. Declutter my house and give it a deep clean. Focus on simple, healthy meals. Less complication means more enjoyment.

As you all set your goals and make your resolutions, what word defines your 2015? Happy New Years everyone! xoxo

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