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The 1st of May isn't far away now, just under a month away, and I'm so ridiculously excited about the release of Forging History. To celebrate, I'm throwing a launch party on April 30th and I'd really love you to be there. It's going to be amazing with some really amazing authors joining us. I'm going to be giving away a ton of books and stuff so if you haven't read one of my books, it's the perfect time to get it for free. Make sure you RSVP so you don't miss out on a second of all the fun.
Don't Forget to Pre-Order Forging History
For Only 99p
The price of Forging History will be going up to £1.99 on the 1st of May so make sure you pre-order your copy.
Enforced Rules, the second book in the Rules Series is currently available on a countdown deal on Amazon. That mean's the ridiculously low price of 99p really won't last for more than a few days so you should totally get it whilst you still can.
How many reasons do you need? 5? 10? 20? There are millions of reasons why my life would be better if I was a character in a romance novel.
1. The Attractive Alpha Male Lead Is Actually A Decent Guy
So in real life, these guys are usually arseholes. You know the type. They are incredibly attractive and they know it. Not only do they know it but they want you to know it too. Arrogance and cockiness is attractive, blatant egotistical bastards not so much.
2 I'm Way Less Whiny Than Most Female Protagonists
I will not get into the feminism arguments against female characters in contemporary romance, or at least not today but seriously I have got to say at least this much, they really need to be stronger people. I'm being unfair to some authors, who do write beautiful characters, but a lot of female protagonists in today's literature remind me more of the damsel in distress of ancient greek mythology than the Elizabeth Bennets of 19th Century Lit. Seriously are we going backwards??? I would not be a whiny mess who can barely formulate a sentence... and I sure as heck wouldn't let Christian Grey get away with half of the shit he pulled in the fifty shades series.
3. Happily Ever Afters
To risk sounding like a little kid with a fairy tale book, I'm a big fan of a HEA. Unfortunately, I'm also a little bit cynical and don't really believe in them in real life. Awks.
4. The Fact That Every One Is Rich
What is with that? Seriously, I don't want to be a kept woman but if we're talking fiction, by god yes buy me a big house and a yacht.
5. (and perhaps the most important) THE SEX
Seriously, with all the multiple orgasms and oral experts in contemporary romance now a days, there probably isn't a man on earth who can match up... well almost... Ryan Reynolds could problem hit the spot.
So I've come to the conclusion, that the books we read should be real and then my life would be far more entertaining. I mean even down to how the characters meet in books - how often does that ever happen?
So most of you won't know this but usually I'm super busy. I have a full time job where I work 40+ hours a week and somehow, I'm not sure how, I still find time to write books, blog, write book reviews and do my newsletter but some of it falls down sometimes.
Recently, things haven't gone to plan. I was asking too much of myself and some of my other commitments completely took over my life until all the bits I actually love, like writing were completely missing. I just didn't have time.
So I'm currently re-evaluating my life. How I can support myself financially whilst still having time for the things I love most in the world, my family, friends and books. This post is supposed to give you some insight into what my life looks like but right now it's a little topsy turvy and I'm not following my usual routine. I'm not one for sharing personal stuff usually but recently, I've been going through some stuff and I've actually been suffering from depression. I'm working through it and writing is a big part of what makes my life easier to love. So here goes, right now, here is a day in the life of Hanleigh Bradley, a part time author who hasn't got it all worked out.
4am - Finally fell asleep after thinking of all the things I needed to do the next day. No exaggeration. I wrote a list.
11am - Woke up but refused to get out of bed. I'm not working today so I don't need to get out of bed for at least another twenty minutes.
11:30am - I'm being told to get up, because otherwise I'll be late for my lunch plans with my family - can't miss Sunday dinner! Shock horror. It's like a British essential.
12pm - I finally get out of bed and rush to get ready to go to my grandparents house for Sunday Roast.
12:40pm - We eat our Roast Dinner. It was bloody brilliant. We weren't late, just in case you were worried.
13:45pm - We drop my brother and his girlfriend off at the station so they can get the train home so they can be back in time for work tomorrow.
14:00pm - I buy chocolate! And Pepsi! These are my writing essentials.
14:20pm - I put the TV on and curl up with my dogs and my laptop and spend a bit of time catching up with everything that I've missed on my website, facebook and twitter pages whilst I've been gone.
15pm - I consider writing. I write perhaps half a chapter before calling break time. This is routine... I'll have an excuse ready just in case any one asks. Better to be safe than sorry.
15:30pm - Social Media Break. I spend time on my favourite facebook groups and do a few prescriptions on crowdsfire.
16pm - I plan out my month's blog post topics.... lots of staring into space.
17pm - I'm still working on my month's blog posts... still staring into space.
17:30pm - I write a couple of book reviews.
18:30pm - I ask myself why I haven't read a book today... disappointment.
18:35pm - I'm back on social media accepting friend requests and inviting people to like my page. Seriously do I know even half these people???
19pm - Tea Time. Lap top is still out though.
20pm - Writing some of those blogs I've been planning. I get through a full weeks worth and get started on a couple of news letters whilst I'm at it. Now finally after a wasted day I'm on a bit of a roll.
22pm - logically I should go to sleep but sleep eludes me. It's a problem. Nothing helps and certainly not the fact that I'm attached to my laptop.
22:05pm - Instead of sleeping, I check my insights. It's the end of the last week of the month and so I'm checking to see how well I did this month. Better than expected but still massive room for improvement.
22:45pm - More blog post planning and I set up a pre-order for my newest book.
23:30pm - I really must write if I'm going to stay awake or I should try and sleep.
00:00am - No still not asleep and still not writing. Epic fail. But at least, I've scheduled some posts for social media. Everyone needs to market the books they write. I market the books I should be writing.
02am - I am still wide away and am beginning to think I should put the laptop down. It is becoming an addiction. One that I have no control over.
05:50am - the birds are singing and I'm turning off my laptop. Oops. Well done Hanleigh, now you won't sleep properly tomorrow either. And you didn't even get a ton of writing done to show for it.
To celebrate the fact, that it is almost exactly two years ago that I started writing Broken Rules, I have decided to give it away completely free. You don't have to sign up, you don't have to agree to do anything for me, I just want to give you a gift.
Now of course, if you love the book, I'd love you to share it with your friends and perhaps share a review on Goodreads or Amazon. This month is my birthday month, and so I will take every review as a personal birthday present! It would literally make my birthday. As well as that, throughout the month, starting on the 11th March the other books in the series are all on Amazon Countdown deals so once you've read the first one you get to read the rest slightly cheaper, as a little birthday present from me to you.
Happy reading everyone!
I grew up telling anyone who would listen that it was all about me but today and probably for one day only, I'm going to give my ego a rest and talk about someone else. That someone else, is M.A. Lee, the author of Breaking Boundaries, a book everyone on Goodreads is raving about in their reviews. Seriously, no exaggeration, I read the reviews and they were all pretty awesome. One reader described Breaking Boundaries as "Absolutely Awesome!" whilst another said it was "a swoon worthy read." Well, I don't know about you but I love a book that can make me swoon. This is definitely a book you need to read and as if it isn't enough that this book exists, Lee has another book in the works for us all, Chasing Us, which will be released on the 13th of this month. So you need to get your reading on, so that you'll be ready to read it straight away on release day.
left her broken and caused a devastating car accident that took the life of a close friend and ended her engagement to her once thought of soul mate Brody.
Cole is a twenty-two-year-old auto mechanic who was bounced from one foster home to the next all his life. He is still mending from a tragic car accident two years ago that changed his life forever. This once angry, brooding alcoholic turned his life around after witnessing the death of Alice, a young woman involved in his car accident.
After a chance encounter, Melanie and Cole find that their lives are bound together by one tragic and unforgettable night that transformed the way they viewed themselves.
As they begin to embark on a complicated and at times, volatile friendship, Cole falls madly in love with Melanie. Refusing to be damaged again, Melanie fights her growing feelings for Cole, only furthering her decent into a dark depression.
Can Cole bring light to Melanie's life again? Will Cole be able to share his secret with Melanie? Will Melanie allow herself to break through the barriers she has created and find happiness?
Imagine having your entire world turned upside down. That is what Leigh faced when she discovered the plan she had for her life had just imploded when she caught her fiancé cheating on her.
Now, facing the fear of starting over, Leigh sets off on a life changing road trip to follow the dreams she once thought were unattainable with her ultra sexy friend, Brandon. While on their journey to self-discovery, Leigh and Brandon learn that their chemistry and sexual attraction is stronger than they imagined.
With romance, heart-break, anger, edge, and lots of naughty fun, this novel will make you swoon and crave more of Brandon.
At long last, the final instalment of the History Series is available for pre-order. I'm ridiculously excited to announce this one! Whoop Whoop! It's going to be brilliant to see Clara and Andrew's story come to an end... but the big question is whether everything will work out as expected.
Aurora and Landon's wedding. Nothing seems to go to plan and Clara and Andrew are on a mission to make sure everything works out. They seem to have finally overcome their past. They've finally accepted their history can't be erased. It can't just be deleted. It's what makes them them. Without all the history between them they wouldn't really know each other and they definitely wouldn't love each other the way they do now. It all started with tears but will it end the way it started or will it end with a happy ever after? They don't want to repeat the mistakes of their past, a past they can't delete but perhaps together they can make history instead.
If you haven't already read the rest of the History series why not start now with Repeating History.
As you know, I'm currently working on my newest book Forging History, the final book in the History series. I thought you might like to read a couple of cool quotes from this new book before it's released.
Chances are you already know exactly what I'm talking about. We read novels were the heroine finds true love. She may not realise it at first but eventually it slaps her in the face and she finds her happily ever after. Not so much in the real world. In books you never see how many awful dates she has to go on before she meets him. In fact even better than that she just stumbles upon him - chances are there's not even an awkward first date.
As a single twenty something woman I know all about dating. I know that some dates are dreadful and others are painful. I know that even if you do have a good date it doesn't mean he's the guy for you. I know that a good date can very quickly turn sour with a stupid comment or a hint of a characteristic that you dislike. Dating's hard work.
1. Once difference between dating in books and dating in the real world is the conversations. It's impossible to hold a conversation with a complete stranger for a couple of hours but that's what is expected when you're on a first date. The conversation is all starts and stops and awkward pauses. It's even worse when you're on a blind date set up by friends or it's with someone you met on an internet dating site.
2. Another difference is how quickly everything escalates. In our favourite books it doesn't matter how quickly the hero falls in love, it's never too quick but in real life if a guy gets all sentimental too early on its a major turn off.
3. The goodbye is another one. In romance novels there's always a kiss. In reality not so much. There might be a kiss but it's awkward at best. At worst there's an attempt and a fail.
It isn't that the guys we date aren't as interesting as the guys in the books we read. It isn't that they are unattractive. It's more that the guys in the books we read just aren't real. The thing is though, that's why the books we read are magical. It's the unreality of them all. It's the wishful side of all our own stories.
So I'm sat here watching Once Upon A Time and all I can think is how amazing the magic of the imagination is. All these stories interwoven into a tapestry of magic and dreams and hope and destiny... it's just amazing. But every reader knows what it's like to have a fairy tale land in their head... and every author knows what it's like to bring that land to life. That's what we do every day - especially those of us who live for those Happily Ever Afters and Prince Charmings...
The thing about Happily Ever Afters is there are several constants. One in that Prince - he's always good, practically perfect, incredibly handsome and charismatic. The second constant is the heroine, she's always unique, brave, and just a little bit too beautiful. The third constant is the evil thing trying to come between them, be it witch or step mother or queen. The fourth is love. It's always there. It's the most important part of the story. The fifth and final constant is the happily ever after.
Austen always said that her characters would find their happy endings. They'd find true love. I feel the same way. I want all of my characters to fall madly and deeply in love. I can't promise it will always be easy. Sometimes it will be painful. There will be heartache. But I promise it won't last forever. Just long enough for the prince and the princess to realise their destiny.
An eclectic collection of Hanleigh's thoughts and ideas about near enough anything and everything. After all isn't that what blogging is all about? Having all your thoughts, dreams and ideas in one place?
Hanleigh: an avid reader but a beginner when it comes to writing.