Thursday, 30 April 2015

Writing Romance is Hard

Writing romance is hard when you just aren't in a romantic mood. If you feel at all bad tempered it's almost impossible to write about being in love, and most of all it's hard to write romantic comedy. My books are supposed to be light and fluffy, but also a little bit funny and a little bit sexy. 

All day I've been chasing the romance like this:

Somehow just missing that elusive connection between the characters. I even ended up putting in an extra scene because I just didn't want them to meet while I was feeling like this in case I set their relationship off on completely the wrong path and they never came back from it.

But you know what, there is always something to find on the internet that can turn your mood around. I was grumpily searching gifs to find something that set the tone to help me and I found it. This one made me laugh out loud, and is it wrong that I also think it is also totally sexy too? Yeah it probably is, but I don't care. It made my day and put my romance right back on track.
I love you Nathan and yeah okay, I would ;-)

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Winning Title for Book Five!

The title of the new book will be : Flirting with Friends

Thank you to everyone who took part in suggesting names for the title and I'm very sorry if your title was not the one selected. As a bonus I will be sending each of you who entered, a free copy of book five when it comes out, simply because you are fantastic.
Love Stella xx

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Those covers are all wrong...

Today I was telling my great aunt about the design of the cover of my latest book, Book 5 in The Flirting Games Series, and she told me that my covers were all wrong. Apparently readers want more romance and my "quirky" covers are not selling that.

Bare in mind that my great aunt has not actually ever read one of my books, but she suggested I should have more "Fabio" on the front. Well, I had to look that one up. It turns out that Fabio was the model used on hundreds of book covers back in the 1980's. Even you, dear readers born after that date will probably recognise him, heck he even wrote a few books starring - yes you guessed it - himself on the cover!
Check these out:

So what do you think? Is this really the type of romance I write? I think my aunt has a very different view of my work than I do. 

She thinks my books are like this:
But in reality they are much more like this:

So what do you think? Should my covers be way more slushy? Or do you like them as they are? Keep checking the website for a sneak preview of the new cover, coming soon!

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Teen Flirting Tips

Disclaimer: I didn't write this, it was sent to me by a fan who asked if I would consider using it, and of course I am happy to put it on my blog as the subject is relevant. I have not changed anything and none of these words are mine or edited by me. Stella x

(Though I did get a good laugh when I found this flirting gif and just had to insert it!)


Teen flirting tips by Linda Wright

The first and foremost step while initiating any advance towards a person whom you’d like to flirt with is to get to know that you have got their attention and to make sure that they know you have got an eye on them. As difficult as it may sound, it actually isn’t that tedious of a job. All you have to do is to make a proper eye contact. It doesn’t have to be a long uninterrupted gaze sort of act rather a subtle and multiple eye contacts followed by a subtle smile might just work. In all the settings, it is a rule of thumb to keep it smooth because as these situations might act up towards something more firm similar and rather greater are the chances of such advances backfiring resulting in making the other person conscious of your actions.

Once a proper conversation setting is set up, next comes the step of establishing and maintaining a good flow of conversation. The topic of which does not always have to be you or the other person. It can literally be anything, but the important part is to keep on doubling back and coming to the point where you pass a smooth remark to appraise them or just to let them know that you are interested in them as well. This can be in the form of a compliment towards their outlook, and particular habit or something that they said earlier. A good sense of humor is a plus and essentially a must in some par difficult situation when the other person is hard to get. While using sense of humor, keep it low key. It does not always have to be a joke. One can always act dumb and let themselves become the target of some situation going on and hence become a way of the other person to chuckle. Overdoing humor always kills the whole thing.

In the last but not least is the body language that one uses while flirting with the other person. Expression of interest as mentioned earlier is essential and it has to be maintained by your verbal language and body actions. One has to be a good listener and an active one. Express your interest in everything that they say. Sit while facing in their direction. Lean forward while saying something to them and try to speak in the same tone as they are. The ups and downs of voice can also come handy in situations that are not paying much attention to your conversation. Hand gestures are crucial and must be dealt with carefully. A lot of movement might just kill the whole thing as the other person will be busier judging your fidgeting leg or the swaying hand then in the conversation itself. Make appropriate physical contact but not too much. A brush of hand against their arm or a gentle poke might just do the trick in most of the occasions. No matter what manner you chose to flirt, the important thing is to be yourself. It is only then that you can flirt as well as keep yourself in a happy zone as well otherwise it might just come off as a job which one is not always in the mood to pull off.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Competition! Name the next book in The Flirting Games Series

Hi Readers!

I'm currently writing book five in The Flirting Games Series and can't decide what to call it. So I thought I would run a competition and see if one of you can come up with a fab flirty suggestion for the title. The winner will have the book dedicated to them as an acknowledgement of their contribution and will of course get a free copy of the book.

The titles so far:
The Flirting Games #1
More Flirting Games #2
Further Flirting Games #3
Good @ Games #4
? #5

So can you come up with something? The storyline is full of flirting challenges:

Michael is struggling to work out the rules of dating and finds girls a mystery. The only one he can seem to talk to is Patty, who considers herself the funny fat friend and only has eyes for cute geek Reed, who for some reason is dating mean girl Bianca. Patty is convinced they are all with the wrong person and sets out to put it right...

Email your suggestions to or through the contact form on my website You can enter as many times as you like, but you must sign up to the mailing list to enter as entrance is for list members only, new members can sign up here:
Competition closes 17 April 2015 at midnight GMT. The winner will be notified by email. If you don't hear from me then I'm sorry but you didn't win this time.

Best of luck! Stella x