Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Holiday, writing and a bit more

So I'm back from my holiday! It was lovely to see my family! I loved being in their company and I got a good chance to have good long chats. Oh and I enjoyed the lovely food my sis was making. She loves to cook for people and you can tell her food is made with love.

We spent our first day just chilling around the house. I went for a walk with my daughter, and we all went out for something to eat in the evening.  A few pics as promised



The house we stayed in on holiday. It was beautiful!
















Me posing for the camera after a walk with my daughter. The weather was awesome!

Evening out with the family.















Out and about!


It was a lovely time and even though there are loads more photos, it would take two more posts to show all!

When I got back I had to put my head down and finish my final assignment. It took me a while to finish but I finally handed it in on Tuesday early morning! A proud moment for me! I've finished my first year in psychology! I'm feel pretty damn proud of myself. Now it's back to writing. The Ruby-Rae series is on it's way, you won't be waiting too long. I've been focusing on writing it now, and trying to make sure my writing becomes a priority again. 

I have definitely seen some improvement since I started to move my books to other outlets. It's a slow process, but encouraging because I am seeing change. I am hoping to have built more momentum by Christmas. It will be a little bit difficult since I start my second year in October, but if I stick to a timetable, I will find the time to do it all. I might not get it right all of the time, but I will do the best I can. 

That's all for now. Keep your eyes opened for the Ruby-Rae series coming out soon! More updates will follow soon. 

- Iris 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Kindle Unlimited, Indie author, going wide, new titles and much more....

This might interest other indie authors. You know when you’re stuck in a rut and you’re not sure what to do about it? That was me a few weeks ago. My rut was KU select. I’ve just begun to free myself from KU.  Now I know some indie authors are making it work, but it wasn’t the case for me. I have tried to make it work, but with anything, after trying and it’s still not working it’s time to stop! That doesn’t mean giving up, rather it’s a time to step back, reflect and come back with a better strategy than the one that’s not working.
I finally accepted that it was time to go wide again. Time to find new readers, new adventures and leave the old behind.  It was time to see the world as an abundant place, full of opportunities and lots to discover. What KU did was put blinkers on me, placing me in a competitive mindset that only put me in high stress. It also stopped me from seeing anything else. Just because you’ve reached a brick wall doesn’t mean you can’t go over it, go around it or walk back in the direction you came and take a different turn a few miles ahead.  Opportunities are endless, we’re the only ones who get in our own way, limit ourselves with our limited beliefs.

Slowly I have begun to remove my titles from KU. I have to wait a while for some of my titles because of the exclusivity clause.  What I like about going wide is I can put my first book in a series out for free for as long as I want and not just five days that KU allows. What I’ve noticed about slowly putting a free book in a series is that I find new readers and some of those readers continue to read the rest of the series. This will be a slow process but a more sustainable one in the long run. I’m looking ahead and hoping to keep my head afloat. That also means more titles from me this year and next.  Like building a business or a house, it’s about taking a step at a time, one brick at a time. One day there will be a house. Life is no quick fix, it’s a process. Just like you can’t plant a seed today and expect it to be done in a week, so is everything in life. We want instant, we want it now. I know I did, but instead of trying to get to the finish line, I want to enjoy the journey. Take in the ups and downs as I get to where I want to be. That’s the life I’ve chosen from this day forward.  I know I’ve made the right decision, and I will write about it again in about six months and to report how I got on. I hope this helps other indie authors who are struggling with whether or not to stay in KU.

Now other news! I received a message about my inmate series. I haven’t thought about the series in a long time, but the question was when would I be writing book three. Now that’s a very good question and I’m grateful for this reader for bringing it to my attention. This has focused me to look at it and make a commitment to write book three so look out for that. I am in the middle of writing the Ruby-Rae series at the moment, but after that I will take a look at the inmate series. I also have my Lilly book to write as well. This is all good for me, it means for the next few months I have a lot of writing to do. I’d like to tie up all loose ends before the end of the year on all books.

Okay, this is about it for a while. I’m about go on holiday and so I’m already in holiday mode. I’m off to Prague to meet my family. I have family in South Africa, and a nephew in the Netherlands, so we’re meeting up, it’s a family reunion.  It will be a good break and I promise to share some snaps when I get back.

I’m really beginning to feel optimistic about my life, about the coming months and I’m looking forward to the new year. A whole lot has happened that has forced me to refocus my life and remember who I am and what I can and have achieved so far. I am the woman I am because of the strength I have within. And next year you will hear all about it, changes, changes, that’s all I can say at the moment. Change even though hard, forces growth and when you look back you thank the stars, the universe or yourself for the things that happened. The moment you embrace change and stop struggling against the current you actually begin to enjoy it and understand it. Understand that life just is!

That’s all for now. Stay blessed and I will update you with snaps and new books soon.


 - Iris

Monday, 21 August 2017

New book! What Happened to Lilly

So I've finally finished my latest story. I've really enjoyed telling it and I hope you enjoy it too. So now that this book is out,  it's time for me to get back to writing the Ruby-Rae series. Lots to come! Exciting times. 

New book available at AMAZON US and AMAZON UK


 Sophia Fitzgerald had married the wrong man and was now stuck with two children her husband Blake never wanted. Blake, her now ex has walked out of his family, leaving her to pick up the pieces and work through the pain of it all. Through it all, she has her adoptive parents support who love her very much.
One day, her father, Edwin Fitzgerald sets her up with a man he thinks would be perfect. Oscar is the kind of man Edwin would love as a son in law and would do anything to make it happen. Before signing a business deal with Oscar, Edwin asks him to take his daughter, Sophia on a date. It’s an odd request, but Oscar decides that it would be worth it, once he got the business he wouldn’t have to entertain Edwin’s daughter anymore. But that all changes when Oscar meets Sophia. Not only is she beautiful and hard to ignore, she’s about to pop with a second child. It’s the oddest paring, but it almost seems perfect. Oscar, never married, no children and no prospects of doing so, thinks things might just work out. And things do turn out so well that the pair get together, and he becomes step father to the new baby, Lilly.

Sophia is living her fairy life. When she thought love had abandoned her, Oscar showed her that it was possible to find love again. But the fairy tale is short lived when on a very special day, Lilly disappears from their lives. It could be anyone, but no one is talking and everyone is looking. What the hell happened to Lilly?


There you have it! This is a little different to what I usually write, so I'm excited about it. I really do hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now back to writing the Ruby-Rae series!

- Iris

Friday, 4 August 2017

It's been a while

I know, I had promised to keep my blog up to date, but life happened. I'm sorry for not keep you up to date with what's going on with my life and work. I'm back now and focused on bringing out quite a few stories before the end of this year. 

So first things first. The Ruby Rae series. I've put it on hold on for a short while. I have a story that's going between this series and then I will be back to tell you everything that's happening with Ruby-Rae. I can't wait to get back to it myself. There's so much to tell. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all I want to do and freeze and do nothing at all. But I'm unstuck now and I a moving again.  I will be finishing my first year at Uni so that's out of the way until October. It's been a challenge but worth it. I'm looking forward to my second year. 

So a little bit about my new story.  It's a thriller. Yep. Be prepared for a little bit of disturbing stuff, but there is love, lots of it so don't be put off by the ugly. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it. Every story I tell I get really excited about, and I'm grateful for all the people who have read my books. Thank you for your support. Mwah!

Here's the cover to the new story coming out really soon!


Stay beautiful

- Iris 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Woman in her Dreams (Ruby-Rae book 3)

So the third part to the Rub-Rae series has been published. She's been captured! Will Jacob find her? If he does, what happens after that. There seems to be so many twists and turns to Ruby-Rae's life. At least one thing is certain, she has someone who loves her and that makes things a lot easier. 

Book 3 is now available at Amazon and is in the top hundred of 90 min reads thrillers. You can see it here. The woman in her dreams top 100 short reads.

Synopsis

Ruby-Rae has been taken! It is now up to Jacob to find her. But what happens to her parents? They are the ones who have caused all this trauma in her life. Things are changing fast. Her abductors have unlocked a few memories that could jeopardise a lot of things. Will Jacob find and rescue her, and if and when he does, what will happen next? Things aren’t as they seem. Things begin to unfold and answers begin to come to Ruby-Rae. But who is the woman in her dreams? That is what Ruby-Rae really needs to find out!






Excerpt

Ruby-Rae was in and out of consciousness. She felt a slight prick to her arm and managed to open her eyes to catch a glimpse of what was going on.  The man with the white beard stood beside her with two other men. There was a woman to the other side of her.
‘What’s…what’s going on?’
‘Where is it Nuan?’ The bearded man asked.
‘Where’s what?’ Her mouth felt like cotton wool and her head felt like an axe was lodged in it. What did this man want? What was he asking for? Where was what?
The man looked at one of the men and asked, ‘How much more can she take before it becomes dangerous?’
‘One more, any more she might never come back from it.’ He looked to the side where a couple of syringes lay.
‘Fine, give her one more then.’
The man was hesitant. But he had to do what he was told even though he knew it was a danger to Ruby-Rae. He picked up a syringe and administered it to her arm directly in her vein. Ruby-Rae felt the liquid shoot through her veins all around her body and finally to her mind. It was like a short knock out and then being woken up from it. She struggle to keep her eyes opened.
‘Nuan, where did your father and mother hide their secrets? It’s important that you tell me. He was a smart man and I’m sure he gave you some sort of information. Information that if put together could be very useful indeed. I need it.’
She moved her head from side to side slowly, the room spun and his voice felt like it was a YouTube video on a slow connection. It was then that she slipped into a place she’d didn’t remember but felt happy.


I hope you enjoy the story and look out for book four coming soon!

- Iris

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Second part to Ruby-Rae Now Available

So I've finally finished the second part to the Ruby-Rae series. It is a few days late, but I've made it. I hope you enjoy it. Don't worry, the next one won't take this long as I'm only focusing on this story for now. 

Ruby-Rae is an interesting character. She will soon learn how valuable she is to those who hunt her down. Jacob is her hero. If it wasn't for him, she would've died. It's nice to have someone who has your back, it reminds you that you're not alone in this life. There is still quite a bit to tell and the exciting part is that I don't even know what's going to happen next. The story guides me, it has a life of it's own, I find that really exciting!











You can get this story on Amazon

Amazon US
Amazon UK


Synopsis


Jacob has finally come to Ruby-Rae’s rescue, but what will happen to Henry and the deal his parents made with Ruby-Rae. What Ruby-Rae doesn’t know is that other people are after her too. It’s only after Jacob commits to keeping her safe does he find out why.


The new love of her life has come at the right time, probably the best time because Ruby-Rae is in more danger than she will ever know. 


Other News

Well I was doing dry January and by day ten I gave in and had a drink!! Oh no! The truth is I don't feel guilty at all. I feel there's no point and it serves no purpose. Will I try again? Not sure, but for now I'm just living one day at a time.

I hope your year has started out great and will continue to be a great year! That's all for now.

- Iris



Friday, 6 January 2017

Dry January and other news

So I've committed myself to having a dry January. I'm a bit late to the party because it's only been three days! But three days no booze for me is a big deal. It was getting to the point I was polishing a bottle of Merlot a day!!! Not cool. To be honest I didn't want to stop drinking, but I discovered that it was becoming a terrible habit so I've decided to go thirty days without drinking. 

I can't count the first three days because I drank half glass on the second of Jan and three glasses on the third of Jan, but on the fourth day I was fed up of this routine so I got up and promised I would go thirty days without any kind of alcohol. 

On New Years eve I had one hell of a night. I had actually told myself that I wanted to get really pissed! I did and paid the price for that night. It was enjoyable, but by the end of it I didn't enjoy the hangover. 

This is me early hours of New years day!!!




















I felt awful! And though I can't promise I will never do this again because I know what I'm like when I go out to party, I do want to stay away from the booze this January. So far it's been great. 

Day One

Felt really motivated and kept drinking blackcurrant with seven up, as well as a few cups of tea. That evening I slept really well. 

Day Two

Waking up felt awesome. No headache, not feeling moody and while I walked my dog early that morning I had so much energy. It felt awesome.

Day Three

This is the day I pat my self on the back. Although it isn't a big deal to some people, it's huge for me. I feel pretty great. The night before I was watching Cougar Town with my Bae and every time the cast drink, I kept wanting a drink, but I didn't do it! So that was great!

What these three sober days have taught me?

Well I'm doing a lot more work. I'm ahead of my university work. I have a lot more energy and I'm writing a lot more than when I'm drinking. Drinking makes me drowsy and all I want to do at the end of the day is sleep.  So the effects have been pretty positive. I want to stay the course. Watch this space. 

So will I drink again? Yes. I'm not planning to quit for good, but I do want to change my relationship with alcohol. I want to drink it and enjoy it, but not drink every day. Everything in moderation, as the saying goes!

And other news...

Well I'm working on the second part to the Ruby-Rae, Assassin series. I'm enjoying that. It will be available next week. So keep your eyes peeled.  I will be sticking with this story until it's finished. I don't want to drag this one. So you won't be waiting too long. 


Besides writing I will be out Saturday morning at a coffee morning. I am a bereavement supporter for those who have lost loved ones to terminal illness. This will be my first coffee morning so I am looking forward to it.

That's all the news I have for now, I wish you all the best for 2017!


stay blessed

- Iris