Happy Holidays and Halfway Hidden – 99c Sale news

imageI’d like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday. I’ve had such a fun and exciting year and a large part of that is thanks to you.

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In other news, for a limited time only, Halfway Hidden will be on sale for only 99c. Please spread the word!

Have a great break (if you get one) and I hope to have news of my next release up on the blog soon!

Carrie Pink

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In Praise of Boys with Glasses

PLEASE NOTE – THIS WHOLE BLOG POST IS A GRATUITOUS EXCUSE TO POST LOTS OF PHOTOS OF SEXY BOYS WEARING GLASSES.

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What is it about boys with glasses? To me there’s something inherently sex about guys who wear them. I’m not sure if it’s the geek / intelligent look that appeals, or the fact you have to lean close in order to see them properly. It could even be the possibilities that come from taking those glasses off…

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Take Mr E. No, please, take him. (Don’t really, he comes in useful on trash day.) He wears contacts during the day. But before he goes to bed, and first thing in the morning, he wears glasses. And I think it’s totally hot. He, on the other hand, thinks they are a pain in the ass, but hey, this is all about me. I like kissing a man (or rather the man) in glasses, I love it when he takes them off and folds them up and puts them on the bedside table. I even get a kick out of the fact he’s blind as a bat without them. Which means that in the morning when I’m looking at my worst, I still look the same to him. Win!

Now, the whole point of this post wasn’t for me to get all excited about a pair of -5.5 prescription lenses. It was to explain that I like writing about men wearing glasses, too. Glasses can lend character traits (what kind of glasses, do they slip down their noses, do they take them off at important moments) as well as plot twists (imagine waking up to hear an intruder in the house, and reaching out for your glasses but they aren’t there. You have to run away from the intruder while virtually blind. Scary stuff.). I guess at their very basest, you can use the whole geek to chic transformation a la Clark Kent, when he takes off his glasses and becomes a hottie. Not that it would work for me. I’d be the one going for Clark every time.

So, in order to illustrate my point further, I give you some gratuitious glasses porn:

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Ryan Gosling. Those of you who know me, are probably aware I have a huge crush on Ryan. Particularly when he’s wearing the glasses. Or telling a girl he loves her in the rain. Psssh, I’ll take him any way I can.

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Oh, hello sexy guy with glasses AND beard. Are you trying to make my ovaries explode?

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I’m thinking this might be the same guy in the first post. But I really don’t mind.

 

 

 

So, to sum up. Glasses are hot. Boys are nice. When they take them off it’s not only sexy, it can provide a plot point. Thanks for listening, class. Any questions?

Carrie Pink

What To Read Wednesday – The Lonely and Lost Boy by Tara Brown

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This week’s I’m reviewing two books for the price of one. The Lonely and Lost Boy by Tara Brown

The Lonely by Tara Brown

The truth is subjective to what the lonely lets in.

Emalyn Spicer has lived with it for a long time. She thinks it goes back further than her memories do. She knows it goes back further than the OCD.

When she arrives at college, her OCD and the lonely refuse to let her have her wish to be normal.

When she meets Sebastian and starts to fall for him, she lets herself believe it’s possible to outrun the things chasing her from the past. But how to you get away from the things inside of you? How do you run from yourself?

Just as she gives up and succumbs to the lonely, the unthinkable happens. She finds herself once again trapped in the dark, once again held against her will.

This time she meets the lonely head on. In the darkest corners of her mind, she discovers there is more to her world than she ever imagined. She discovers that the lonely was there for her, protecting her from herself and her secrets.

How far would you go to find yourself?

This is a dark and captivating novel, tread lightly.

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I eat books. When I find ones I enjoy, I can devour them in one sitting, leaving the cooking, washing, ironing and child-watching for another day. The Lonely, and its companion novel, Lost Boy, provided me with some gourmet reading.

It’s really hard to explain what happens in the book without giving the plot away. This is one of those novels where the twist in the middle really makes the story, so I’ll endeavor to do everything I can to avoid spoilers. Take it from me that the twist is worth waiting for, and reading more about it in The Lost Boy only makes it better.

Emalyn is a broken character. She has severe OCD, barely makes it through each day, and her entire life seems to be directed by an anonymous voice at the end of her phone. The only two people who seem to accept her are her best friend, Michelle, and her driver, Stuart. As the book continues we learn that she is an orphan, discovered on the streets of a small town in New Mexico, and brought up by nuns. At some point after this, her benefactor (or ‘Uncle Daddy’ as Michelle calls him) has discovered her, and pays for everything, while also ruling her life.

During her first weeks at college in Boston, she meets Sebastian. A good-looking, friendly and seemingly normal guy, he asks Emalyn out. He seems to understand her OCD, and is willing to overlook any quirks she might have and see through to the softer girl inside. But all doesn’t run smoothly; she can’t bring herself to have a physical relationship with him, and her messed-up view on life threatens to stop the relationship before it can really start.

At this point, her mysterious benefactor takes on a life and character of his own. To say more would spoil the twist in the middle, but the reasons for his generosity and control come out in the latter part of The Lonely, and very clearly in The Lost Boy. Whether I agree with his decisions are another matter!

That’s where I’m going to leave any description of the story. If you want to read it—and I recommend you do—both books are available for 99c on Amazon.

The Lonely is a dark book with messed up characters and a twisty storyline. It has the same sort of tone as stories like Captive in the Dark and Consequences, and if you liked those books, you’ll probably like this one too.

As for me, I LOVED it. It had interesting characters, a dark plot and writing that drew me right in. Five dark and twisty stars.

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Monday Musings – Where I talk about writing, editing and giveaways

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It’s Monday. Not usually a cause for celebration, unless you don’t work, have a billion dollars and prefer the shops to be empty when you go and spend it. I would normally be at work right now, but I am travelling this afternoon so thought I’d take the opportunity to blog while I have the chance.

Looking back over November, I feel like it has been a really great month. I’ve been happy with the release of Halfway Hidden, and really pleased with both sales and reviews. It’s given me that push I need to get the next in the series finished. I’m very excited about getting down to that. The reason I haven’t been writing this one already is I’ve been working on a New Adult novel, which I’m hoping to publish in the early part of 2014, possibly in February. I’m really happy to say I managed to finish the first draft yesterday. Cue fireworks and party poppers!

Of course, this is when the real work begins. My first draft is rough as heck, and needs the polish only a rewrite and developmental edit can give. I’m bracing myself for the experience–it’s not something that comes easy to me (unlike the writing side) but I know how important it is to the finished product. Rather like running at the gym, I’m doing it for my own good.

This is where I’d usually give you the blurb just to see what you think. But I’ve been reliably informed it needs work and currently gives too much away. So as soon as I’ve done that work, I’ll be sure to add it here and to GoodReads.

In addition, the lovely Mayhem Cover Creations have made a kick-ass cover which I can’t stop looking at. This one is going to be released in paperback as well as an ebook and I can’t wait to get my grubby little mitts on it, just for the cover. I may cry.

After finishing the first draft, I made a plan for 2014. I am hoping to publish 5 books next year, made up of 4 novels and a novella. We’ll see if I come anywhere close to that. It’s not written in stone, I just wanted to have something to aim for. A new year’s resolution for a writer, if you will.

Now that December is here, most of the giveaways that I’m part of are live. I’ve linked them below, there are a huge number of prizes at them all, and I know there are a lot of books listed that I’m keen to get my hands on. Maybe you are too. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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