Rejection… a dirty word? No! I am a Princess-Writer-Warrior, who are you?

It’s official. Today I received my first rejection letter. I closed the email… It was meant to be perceived as a light and hopeful rejection letter.

But it was a rejection letter without my name and a single spelling mistake, (but my beady eyes picked it up) and it was generic, not personal…

I was warned!

I thought, do I now hide my head in shame? Is the writer’s path not for me? Am I not good enough? Do I stamp my feet as if I’m an angst filled teenager?

I hate to say it, but those were the first questions that sprung to my mind. But then the princess-warrior-writer inside me slammed her fists into the creative pulse in my heart and I started to write. I was inspired and eager to bring the story in my head to life.

Rejection, is it a dirty word? No! I’m wearing it as a badge of honour.

My first tentative step into the world of writing and publishing and I’m a better/stronger writer for it. Because of my short writer’s journey so far, I was able to re-read my submission and see the mistakes.

I questioned all the aspects of my submission. My hero, was he swoon-worthy, strong, loveable?  In my head he was but my writing portrayed him as tame…

My heroine, I thought she was on the road to self-discovery but she came across as ‘flighty’

The conflict, would it sustain my hero and heroine through to their happily ever after? It needed more… But you see,  already I’m able to look at my writing with a stronger critical eye.

I am reading, I am writing and I am learning.

Rejection is part and parcel of wanting to write professionally. The princess or  prince writer-warrior inside you will fight the battles between your head and your heart. Let your heart win. Let the passion drive you… #keepwriting #amwriting #amlearning #stronger #better

I am a Princess-Writer-Warrior, who are you?

1st image #Art Camillahviid 2015- RGBStock

2nd image  #Art Duchesssa 2010 – RGBStock


Review: An Unexpected Countess by Laurie Benson

An Unexpected Countess 
by Laurie Benson 
The Blurb 

‘Dash it, Miss Forrester, what are you doing up here?’

The Earl of Hartwick delights in scandalising the Ton with his behaviour. But it’s his turn to be scandalised when, on one of his escapades, he bumps into Miss Sarah Forrester—in the rain, at night, on a rooftop!

Sarah is hunting for a diamond, and the last thing she needs is the infuriating Hart distracting her. But he’s looking for the jewel too! They might be rivals, but the sparks between them are uncontrollable. And soon Sarah finds herself longing for another treasure—becoming Hart’s countess!

The Review

Our hero, The Earl of Hartwick, Hart, is a charming and disarming Lothario, a philanderer, “…There was nothing like the thrill of finding alternative ways to escape the town houses of his female companions…” Seemingly nothing but “a rakish buck!”

But this is pure and simply a mask, an un-penetrable shield, to protect his heart from ever feeling the touch of love again… 

Hart seeks the night time attention of women but only those whose hearts (or loyalty) lie with another and therefore no risk of loosing his heart. Until he meets Sarah, the wonderful Miss Forrester, our heroine. 

Sarah is the daughter of the American Minister to the Court of St James and she “…Enjoyed unnerving people with her candour.” Sarah is spirited and open-minded. She has wonderful views on life and just how to live it! 

The message that stayed with me and I wholeheartedly agree is that: ‘you’ determine who you are, not your ancestors, not even your own past, yesterday was yesterday, ‘today’ become the person you want to be, the person you truly are. 

The chemistry between this pair crackled with heat from the get-go! They danced to each others tune emotionally, intellectually and spiritually and I adored them. 

“You’re a smart woman. I’m a smart man. Let’s match wits.” Sarah and Hart truly did match wits throughout this story with witty dialogue and clever writing. Writing that firmly places you into Sarah and Hart’s world. 

An unexpected Countess is a romance that will grip you from the get go with it’s sizzling dialogue, fast pace and unexpected plot twists. But be warned, it will leave you howling when it’s over. I wanted to stay in Hart and Sarah’s world and see them through to old age! 

An Unexpected Countess is Book #3 in the Secret Lives of the Ton and I read it as a standalone. But I cannot wait to read the other two books in this series. My first Laurie Benson title but it certainly will not be my last. 5/5 stars from me!

Review: Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins

Falling for the Rebel Princess 
by Ellie Darkins 

The Blurb

From princess to rock-star royalty!

Self-proclaimed “black sheep” Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything…

Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he’d bargained for…a princess bride and a PR story to die for! As the initial attraction, which led them down the aisle, turns into something deeper, keeping their marriage strictly business proves increasingly difficult…

The Review

The blurb tantalises and teases, without me going into too much detail, but oh my, what a ride!

Our heroine,Charlie of Afland, is a party-girl princess with her finger firmly on the self-destruct button; hell-bent on living her life her way and damn the consequences! That is, until a rock-god conquers the demons at her heels…  

Our hero, rock-star, Joe Kavanagh is smooth, solid and delectable. Swoon worthy enough to make me want to scream in the stands of any of his make believe gigs. 

Our Heroine, is equally as delightful. She is a fierce heroine, with spunk and class; haunted but determined. The central romance between this musical pair is a journey both tender and sensual. But somehow cheeky and funny whilst being heartfelt. 

“Did she remember the kiss? The shivers? The way that she could still feel the imprint of his mouth on hers, as if the touch of skin on skin had permanently altered the cells?”

This story is a vault of complexity… The characters are sassy, classy, bad-ass and sexy; whilst being believable in a paparazzi world with plenty of dazzle and shine. 

Ellie Darkins has hi-jacked ‘The Marriage of Convenience’ Trope and taken it to another level! Superb writing, with a sassy flair and quick wit. What a ride! Brilliant read. 5/5 stars from me!

Released on May 1st 2017, Pre-Order it here: Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins