My three pillars of writing SFR

Confidence was never my strong suit, especially when it comes to writing. Sometimes it feels like the more I learn, the less I know. So now after years of writing and who-knows-how-many classes and courses, sitting down to write a draft fills me with anxiety like you can’t imagine.

Is that normal? No idea. But one way I try to work around it is by staying focused on the most important elements of this blended genre. This weekend, I’m visiting Amber Daulton’s blog to share my approach. Here ’tis:

Iteration Eleven — a short story

My latest story, Iteration Eleven, has just been published by HyphenPunk, a magazine that examines the human condition through a postmodern lens.

The stories they publish really sit with me, and I’m absolutely stoked to have my work included in their collection.

Iteration Eleven is a quiet cyberpunk horror flashfic. I’ll estimate it’s about a 5-minute read.

Read Iteration Eleven in HyphenPunk magazine

Reading through a tough time

This week marks my final visit to Nomad Authors for 2021. It’s been lovely getting to know Dee and Jan—two talented and friendly authors who share all sorts of interesting things with their readers.

Today’s post is about reading through a tough time. I’m sure it’s not telling you anything you don’t already know, but sometimes we need to hear the same old advice independently before we feel like we’re allowed to follow it.

If your December looks like it’s gonna be stressful, give yourself permission to read indulgently this month. And heck, every month, because life’s too short for books you don’t enjoy.

They’d collapse on the bed and he’d kiss her

For any curious bods, I’m visiting Beyond Romance today to share a steamy (NSFW) excerpt from my latest release, It Starts with a Kiss.

Thank you to everyone who bought the book, helped out with this launch, and generally made it possible for me to get this story back out into the world 💖

Reviewing books is a bastard of a thing

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And many thanks to Nomad Authors for letting me share some musings on it.

Navigating the at-times murky waters of reviewing books has forced me to look more critically at the value of reviews.

I love getting a great review, and yet only rarely consider reviews when deciding whether or not to read a book. Perhaps it’s this ambivalence that feeds my anxiety about writing them.

Anyway, here’s the post. Any of this sound like your experience too?

My favourite traits in a romance hero

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Today, I’m visiting the Nomad Authors blog to talk about my favourite traits in a romance hero.

Pretty sure I’m not alone in loving these attractive and very down-to-earth characteristics. To me, they are realistic relationship-improving qualities vital to the success and happiness of any long-term partnership.

Read the post:

Thank you, Nomad Authors, for letting me pop in!

About Henry on The Good Bits Podcast

One of the good bits from About Henry is now available on The Good Bits Podcast!

A suit and tie, with illustrated flames coming out of the neck

The Good Bits Podcast is a sexy audio collection of good bits from erotic books. It’s such an honour to have my work featured alongside the likes of Alessandra Torre, Fiona Zedde, Sierra Simone, Clare Connelly and other incredible writers.

The villain of our own stories

“Good vs evil” storylines are great and all, but what I’m loving the crap out of lately are not the evil you thought you were getting conflicts. Ones where the villain isn’t necessarily the antagonist, where we’re our own worst enemy, where “good vs good” might blow up and nothing’s black and white.

Today, I’m visiting Brenda Whiteside’s blog, sharing some thoughts on our “inner villains”:

If you like this kind of story too, here are a few movies worth checking out:

  • The Lighthouse
  • Les Misérables
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • The Avengers: Endgame
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice