Monday, 20 October 2014

Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Episode 6 - Halfway through already...?

Can't believe this final ride is almost halfway through now. It's going by way too fast for my liking, but it's building, that's for sure. Into what, I'm not even going to hazard a guess because I still think Kurt Sutter's a genius and he's probably got something up his sleeve we couldn't possibly anticipate, and even though I can't wait to find out how this all ends, I don't really want it to end at all.

Anyway, episode 6 of this final season... Here are my thoughts...


* Gemma walking 12 miles in spike heels... Kudos to the Biker Queen for this one. I can barely make it round Sainsbury's in mine...

* Tig, being Tig. Again... 



"...we could have left the bodies on the floor. They'd still come back." *Awkward silence* "Too soon?"  ... When talking about customers being reluctant to come back to Diosa's. Classic Tig...

* Juice and Nero meeting in the cupboard... awkward situation, not...

* Nero, when that penny finally started to drop...


Think that just about says it all, really... should make things interesting...

* That conversation between Wendy and Bobby - what the frig was that all about???

* Chibs telling Jarry she should be thanking him for the sex. Well, it doesn't hurt to be polite, does it...?

* Juice, breaking my heart, still... 

Chibs and Juice... once brothers, but now what?
And to see him with Chibs now just breaks my heart even more, remembering how they used to be...

* That ending! What the hell is going to happen now? I actually found those last shots quite chilling, as they led Juice out...

What's going to become of him? My hubby reckons it's the end for him, this is it, it's over. I'm hoping otherwise. For once my pessimism is taking a holiday... 


The final ride continues... But I'm really, really not ready for it to end... I tell you, it's Breaking Bad all over again... 


 

 

Release Day! Caught Playing Offside by Jamie Tucker Dougan

I'm really happy to be part of launch day for my fabulous friend Jamie Tucker Dougan's latest book, Caught Playing Offside, the second book in The Shane Henderson Diary Series. So, if you're looking for a hot sports romance to heat up your Kindle, you might want to check this out.

Read on to find out more about Caught Playing Offside, and about Jamie himself...



Author Bio

It was never my dream to be a writer. But having a good imagination and being good at writing essays and short stories at school led me to writing more short stories in my spare time after leaving school and then again when I was a bit older. Writing then became an escape from the stresses of real life.

Being an old romantic at heart, and a football fan, I wrote a short story during my lunch breaks at work a few years ago. That story was called Grande Plage. It’s about a young footballer who is loaned out to a French club one summer and falls in love with a girl while he’s there. His stay in France is cut short and he has to leave the girl behind. Many years later, with an aching heart, he returns to France to see if the girl is still there. After receiving a few good comments about it from people I’d privately shared it with, I posted the story on my blog and eventually, I published it as a short story on Amazon for Kindle.

Football related romance has become the subject I’m comfortable with since writing the two novels that are The Shane Henderson Diary Series.



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The Shane Henderson Diary Series


Shane Henderson is a professional footballer. As a teenager, all he wanted to be was a footballer like his dad, brother and uncle. His best friend Mia Rodrigues had the same dream. 
As they grow older, they realise their dreams… and the feelings they have for each other. But not everything is that simple. 
 
Offside!: Not Everyone Plays By The Rules is the first of Shane’s diaries charting his life from being a shy teenager to the present day Premier League superstar with a love for a club he no longer plays for and a girl he knows he can’t have. He also learns that it’s not just on the football field that the players are playing offside; people in his life are too… including himself! 

"It's a saucy romance set in the world of football" 
Caught Playing Offside carries on from where Offside! leaves off. This time, not only has he caught someone he loves playing offside again, he also discovers that she has never been playing by the rules and has always been playing offside. 

After some time away, Shane returns to his first loves – Milton Keynes Rangers and their sexy new manager, Mia Rodrigues, his best friend. 

As the new season progresses and the pursuit of the only title Milton Keynes Rangers haven't won reaches its climax, Shane realises that playing offside with his best friend is only making his feelings for someone else stronger and the risks of getting caught, greater. 

For someone who wants an easy, private life Shane Henderson doesn't half make thing complicated for himself.

Football, love, friendship, sex, secrets and lies… all part of Shane Henderson’s life and kept in the diaries he keeps.


Buy Links:-




Caught Playing Offside - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O924TFW
 


Contact Links:-

Twitter - @JamieTDougan

Facebook – facebook.com/jtdougan


Instagram – jamietdougan
 




Good luck with the new release, Jamie! Wishing you so much success with Caught Playing Offside.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Episode 5 - My View...


*Major Spoiler Alert - You have been warned...*


Yeah. Episode 5... The thing is, I was kind of thrown in the first few minutes of this episode by... well... see below... everything after that was a bit of a blur... Anyway - here's what I can remember...


* A half-naked Chibs... 

Can we have a warning next time, please? I spat out perfectly good vodka... I mean, I'm almost immune to a half-naked Jax, but Chibs? And I love the guy, I do, but I really wasn't expecting that...



*Chibs kissing Jarry.  Although, to be fair, I'm almost sure it was the other way around. But I was still reeling from the above so I can't really be sure about anything, to be honest... 


* Jax getting more and more angry as each episode passes...

Just loving that moody face. Loving it...




* Poor Unser getting the crap end of the deal - again... I'd have made Juice clean up his own mess. Sorry, like, but it's quite evident he knows his way around a bottle of bleach. I know Gemma was desperate to get him away from that motel, but come on. I tell you, Unser has the patience of a saint. I'd have thrown the towel in by now.


* Tig, and the flute... I love Tig. Just saying...


* Gemma trying, and failing, to take Juice into the middle of nowhere to kill him. Which would make her life a lot easier, I'm sure, but I'm not ready for Juice to go just yet. And I really want to see Jax's reaction when he finds out who it was who actually killed Tara... please let him find out. I'll be more than a little disappointed if he never does...  


* Jax giving Lin permission to kill both him and Chibs if he was lying... Oh yeah? Did you ask Chibs if he was okay with that first, Jax? Did you? Hmm? 


Like I said before, most of that episode was a blur to me, and a re-watch is probably a wise idea, because I can't actually remember what happened at the end, and I only watched it two nights ago! But since then I've also been binge-watching '24' so my brain's completely frazzled... However, this final season of Sons of Anarchy is certainly proving to be, in my opinion, fast paced, full of surprises, (a half-naked Chibs being one of them...), and it still looks set to be one hell of a bloodbath! Good. I'm just in the mood for that kind of TV. There're no Downton Abbey viewers in this house, believe me... ;-)

Right. I've got a book to write, so I'm getting back to it. Just need to shift that image of Chibs in a bath towel from my mind first...

  


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

My 'Revolution' revelation...

I'm writing this post today because I really just want to share how incredibly shocked - but happy - I've been at the response, sales wise, to my HOT new biker romance Revolution. I put it up for pre-order last week, about four days before its release date, and that had quite a positive response. A good few copies were pre-ordered, and it gave the book a small foothold in the rankings over on AmazonUK and Amazon.com. But when it was finally released just a couple of days ago - Monday October 6th - I had no idea how quickly it would take off. As far as release days go, for any of my books, including those published through HarperImpulse, this was by far the most successful. And this was one of my self-published books. A book that had never really been planned. It just happened. The story took hold of me when I least expected it, and when that happens I just have to write it. And so The Brotherhood of Lone Riders was born, and The Lone Riders MC Series was created, with Revolution being Book #1 in that series. From general idea conception to publication this whole project has taken less than 3 months. And I still can't quite believe I did that...

I'm even more surprised by the response to the book because I had absolutely no time to organise any kind of promo. I'm so busy with so many other projects at the minute that I knew, even though I would have loved to have spent more time on promotion for this book, because I'm so proud of it, that I just couldn't spare the time. So it was always going to be a case of write this book, and get it out there. The more intense promo was always intended for when Book #2 is released next spring. But, after just a handful of Tweets, a couple of blog posts and a few things put on Facebook and Pinterest, the sales started to come in. There were no guest posts on anyone else's blog (although one is now lined up for next week after a wonderful, kind friend offered to host me), the re-tweets from people were few and far between... I guess what I'm trying to say is there was no song and dance about this release. I just put it out there, and hoped for the best. And the best was an all-time high release day ranking over on Amazon.com of #3,096, and just over #2,000 on AmazonUK. Which was just incredible to see. I know we're not talking US Today Bestseller rankings or anything, but for me that was a real achievement to see my self-published book up there.

At the time of writing it's slipping slightly, but still holding its own, hovering around the #4,000/#5,000 mark on both Amazon.com and AmazonUK. And of course sales are slowing down now, because initial release day excitement has died down. But I have no idea why this book in particular sold so well on its release day. Was it the subject content? Are MC/Biker Romances really that popular? Is Sons of Anarchy fever really taking hold? Is it the cover? It certainly isn't my name, because I'm not exactly Jackie Collins so my name is not going to sell books. I just don't know. I can only thank everybody who took a chance on my first foray into this world of gritty MC Romance, who bought the book, and helped me have the best release day ever for this, my 11th novel. I just hope you enjoy meeting and spending time with The Brotherhood of Lone Riders as much as I enjoyed creating them. Revolution isn't a pretty book. It's dark, and the language, sex and violence might not be to everybody's taste. But, boy, did I have one hell of a lot of fun writing it!

Anyway, if you want to check out the first two chapters of Revolution - Book #1 in The Lone Riders MC Series, and see if it's for you, you can do so HERE.

And Revolution is now available to download from Amazon via any of the links below.



Thank you once again to everyone who's supported me - and is still supporting me - on this wild writing ride of mine (and try saying that after a couple of double vodkas...) I'm getting there... ;-) 

You guys, you all rock! 

 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Sons of Anarchy Season 7, episode 4 - My view... and it's all kicking off...


*Spoiler Alert! Just making sure you know...*


Bit late with this, but I did only watch it a couple of nights ago. And, well, what can I say? That was an exhausting experience, to say the least. My highlights? Here we go...

* The return of Venus Van Dam! 

How can you not love Venus? I adore Walton Goggins at the best of times, but I just love him in Sons of Anarchy. And I can't help smiling whenever Venus calls Tig Alex. How sweet is that? However, despite the amused looks on the faces of the other Sons, are they really going to be able to live with Tig and Venus' rather different kind of relationship? I really hope so. I tell you, when they kissed, I nearly cried... But I nearly cried more when...

* ... Chibs threw himself on top of Sheriff Jarry after a grenade was thrown into Scoops. But only because I wish he'd throw himself on top of me like that... anyway, moving on...


* Juice, becoming increasingly unstable. And he's still breaking my heart. Yeah. That's never gonna change...

* Gemma talking to dead Tara. Why is that? She's done it a couple of times now, my husband keeps asking why, and I have no idea. But, like Courtney Love pointed out, maybe grandma's just crazy... 

* Shoot-out at Diosa. Didn't see that coming, I have to say. I kind of knew something was going to happen at the end of this episode, because it was virtually impossible to avoid all spoilers for nigh on three days, but I really didn't expect that. I found it all quite shocking, which is more than can be said for Jax's reaction. He seemed disturbingly calm as he took in the slaughter, with his reaction to a dead and bloody Colette even more disturbing. Mind you, I'm not particularly fussed to see the back of her myself...

* And finally... Yeah. What's going on with that Sheriff and Chibs? Where's that heading, huh? Okay, it's probably quite obvious where it's heading, but it just seems to have come out of nowhere for me. I mean, I love Chibs, and out of all of them I think he deserves to find love and happiness and all that kind of stuff but, really, where has this come from? And no, I'm not just uncomfortable with this relationship because of my huge obsession with I like Chibs. 

Chibs. I like Chibs. Have I ever mentioned that...?

I just can't help thinking there's more to it than meets the eye. Or maybe I'm reading way too much into it. My husband (the one I'm banning from watching any more Sons of Anarchy due to his constant whinging about Gemma and jokes about Juice... the latter of which could lead to divorce if he's not careful...) thinks Chibs could turn against the club, but... no! Surely not! I mean... why???? It's all giving me a headache now, actually. Is it time for episode 5 yet...?

Oh, before I go, as we're on the subject of bikers and MCs, even romance, what with all that about to happen with Chibs and Sheriff Jarry (if she calls him Scotty one more time...) I should probably mention - seeing as this is my blog and everything - that I have a brand new book out today. A gritty, Sons of Anarchy-inspired biker romance - Revolution, Book #1 in The Lone Riders MC Series. So, if you fancy your romance a little bit more on the edgy side of things, it's available to download right now from amazon! You can even check out the first two chapters - for FREE - right HERE!





The 'Revolution' playlist - the music that inspired my biker romance...

This playlist was heaven to put together for me, because I love my music hot, heavy and loud! Which was exactly the kind of inspiration this new book of mine needed. 

As most of you know now, Revolution is a gritty biker romance. It's not a pretty book, by any stretch of the imagination, but it's probably my favourite book of mine so far - because it gave me an excuse to throw myself into a world that has always fascinated me. And I've always had a thing for men with beards and tattoos... and motorbikes... Anyway, check out some of the songs that inspired Revolution - Book #1 in The Lone Riders MC Series...


Trenches - Pop Evil



It's a song about fighting back, which is what quite a few of the characters in Revolution are doing, for one reason or another...

Redlight King - Bullet In My Hand 




I guess you could say it's all about second chances, this one. Something which is quite important in Revolution... But I just love the feel of this song (forget the harsh lyrics) - the atmosphere it creates. Suits the book perfectly...

Halestorm - Here's To Us


Did I say I didn't like ballads? That's mostly true, unless those ballads happen to come with some strong, feisty lyrics, which this one does. A proper rock ballad! And those lyrics could almost have been written for Lexi (the main female character in Revolution) and... well, I'm not going to say who, because that would spoil the book... but they really could have been written for her and her man...

Hinder - 2 Sides of Me



A number of songs from Hinder actually appear on the Revolution playlist, but this one's my favourite. Maybe because some of the men in the book - as hard and as tough as they might like to come across - well, maybe they have another side to them, too... But I love this song. Love it!

Soundgarden - Burden In My Hand


This was a song I'd started listening to just as I began writing Revolution, and it kind of stuck with me all the way through the process. One of my favourite songs of all time by this band.

Shinedown - Breaking Inside


I just adore this song. It's beautiful. A rock ballad with so much feeling... and so much significance, once again, for some of the characters in Revolution. This track has been known to move me to tears whilst writing some parts of the book... Just adore it...

Anvil feat. Franky Perez - Slip Kid (Music from Sons of Anarchy)


From season 2 of Sons of Anarchy - the show that finally gave me that push I needed to get Revolution written - this is probably my favourite song from the entire SOA soundtrack (so far!) Hard, heavy, with screeching lyrics and a good thumping beat. Turn it up loud, dust off those leathers, and throw yourself right into that world of tattoos, bad boys and bikes! Remember - play it loud! 

And to end with, the song from the show that started my journey towards Revolution...


Curtis Stigers and The Forest Rangers - This Life (Theme tune from Sons of Anarchy)



The song that started this whole, crazy ride... Listen to the lyrics - it says it all, really...


So there you have it. Just some of the tracks that helped inspire my first foray into the world of gritty biker romance. 

And don't forget, Revolution is available to download now from Amazon! Are you ready to start the ride...?