Romance pet peeves

I’m sure there’s a list somewhere on romance pet peeves. Think about:

  • wimpy heroines 
  • love triangles (ugh)
  • covers that have nothing to do with the story
  • etc

I’m just going to shout out mine; instalove! I can understand insta-lust, which is just fine, but I can’t stand it when 2 people who’ve just met instantly fall in love with each other (like in just 1 day). Mind you, I love shifter romance in which e.g. a werewolf goes ‘mine’ (yeah, one of my weaknesses), but in paranormal romance, I consider that a true mates thing. When I read contemporary romance, though, it’s an instant turn-off. Or maybe I’m just jaded and should believe in love at first sight?

What do you think? Do you have a romance pet peeve? If so, I’d love to hear about it. 

2018: resolutions like offline bliss

A new year means new resolutions for a lot of people. I do it a bit differently. I have a general sense of (continued) focus from a certain year. To give you a few examples:

  • Last year I promised to eat healthier. I rarely eat junk food, but I liked focusing on it more.
  • Another thing was to be more patient. Patience is not my virtue (still working on this 🙂 )


For 2018?

I have several things I will be focusing more on.

  1. First of all my writing. I will crank up my daily word count.
  2. I will continue eating more healthy, buy more organic food and
  3. I will pick up yoga again. Though yoga was a bit daunting. watching “yoga for beginners” youtube films and go like “umm… HOW is that for beginners” and feel like a failure after the first 5 minutes xd But, no giving up. I just went looking for better videos.

4. Offline bliss.

And last, but not least, I will try to be less dependent on my cell phone. Really, just think about it: how often a day do you take a peek at your phone? How am I going to do this? Simple, I’ll turn down the sound in the afternoons on the weekends (during my writing sprints I go offline both on my phone and laptop). I have been experimenting with this for a few days now and it works incredibly freeing. 

I guess a form of freedom = being offline

What’s your favorite fantasy genre?

Dear voracious reader!

I’m currently conducting a poll on fantasy genres. As you may have already read in my monthly newsletter, once a month I add/change free & 99c promo books to my promo landing page. This is a great free promo for writers, but also a great way for readers to come across new writers or maybe new books from writers they already know.

So, to determine which kind of books you guys appreciate most I’m having a poll on this subject. I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a minute to fill in this poll

Thanks in advance!

How does one start writing a book?

Writing a book is only half of the work. A lot of authors even believe that most of the work starts after the first draft. I am among those authors. See, once I have written my story, (after pleading to my characters, arguing with them, smiling with them etc), I send my manuscript to my editor. She then “shreds” my baby. Aaargh, the horror! The heinous act! Of course, that’s her job. My editor has a critical eye that is absolutely necessary since after writing a book, and having it read a dozen time, I just can’t really “see” the story anymore. I’m simply oblivious to anything in it that doesn’t add up. Also, I believe every single one of my stories became better from the editing process.

I will write another set of posts about editing, but this post is about how to start writing a book.

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Travel blog: Japan part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my travel blog to Japan. For the first part, you can click here.

Day 4. Kanazawa

Today we took the train to Kanazawa. It was the first time we used the bullet train (Shinkansen) to go to another city (the JR ticket train is for tourists only and a must have if you want to travel in Japan). On the platform, it said  ‘reserved’, which we found weird. Was this the right train or not? We took it anyway hoping for the best. Apparently, we should have taken the next train, because this one had reserved seats only. My friend had looked it up before online but she hadn’t read anything about it. Anyway, the train conductor asked us to follow him (through a mostly empty train) to take other seats, which I assume were not reserved. Again, we literally don’t speak the same language so I’m just guessing here. We did not get a fine for sitting at the wrong place or kicked out of the train, so that was a win.

In Kanazawa, it was our lucky day because they had their 66th annual festival called the Hyakumangoku Festival. It had a parade, people dancing on the streets etc.

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Mythology: my fountain of inspiration

I have always loved a good story. As a kid, I loved fairytales and basically any story with a hero and villain. I remember on my birthday wearing a pink princes dress with a plastic sword around my waist. See, I didn’t want to be just a princes, I also wanted to be a hero. Sadly I never learned to wield a sword or any martial arts, but luckily I have my fictional heroines to draw from.

In my new urban paranormal series, I have strong female characters, which doesn’t always mean they are bad-ass and kick some ass (though most do) but they are strong-willed. A great source of inspiration to me is world mythology. Though the Mythos series takes place in modern times, the battles are ancient. Especially the war of the gods which is one of the subplots in the series. 

If you’ve read The Amazon and the Beast then you know it ended in a happily ever after, but as some readers already pointed out, it’s more of a happy for now. So, what can you expect for the second book in the series?

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Book covers: Before and After

Most people buy books with their eyes. At least, I do, unless I read about a book-or already know the author-and don’t particularly care about the cover. However, for a baby indie such as myself, it’s important to have a great, professional looking cover. For The amazon and the beast I had a cover from fiverr first which was fairly cheap (the more professional looking artists on fiverr were quite expensive which is only normal considering the quality). But then I stumbled upon a great facebook group for indies and saw other covers and was like… umm okay, my original cover just won’t do. At all.

I was lucky to come across Andrew Dobell’s Creative edge studios and had a new cover made. The end result was fantastic and I get a lot of positive feedback. Lesson: save up for a professional cover!

So, how did the cover for The Amazon and the Beast come to life?

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Travelblog: Japan in 14 days (Tokyo)

Hi there, travel lover!

Took me some time to put this blog together, but here it is. I absolutely loved Japan. The views, the people, the food (omg the food!), the temples, the toilets (yeah, nothing beats a Japanese toilet) and the all over hygienic lifestyle over there. This beautiful country is definitely on my “Must visit again” list.

So, after a really really long flight (there’s just no way around that when traveling from Europe) we first had a stop-over in Taiwan.

Tip: keep on walking in the airport until you find the massage chairs. They are free to use. Just get some coins from the store nearby.

Also, I will be covering this trip in two posts, starting with Tokyo, because it’s near impossible to cover everything in just one post.

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Instafreebie excerpt


Hi there,

I’m so excited to announce that the editing of the Amazon and the Beast is almost finished. I’m hoping to publish within a few weeks. The first pre-orders were already flying out the door while I was in Japan. A travel blog about this beautiful country will follow later this week.

In the meantime, if you want to enjoy reading some kick-ass paranormal romance, here’s the excerpt on Instafreebie.


Going to Japan! Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka.

In about a week I’m going to Japan. I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to go there forever and now it’s almost happening. I’m going with the same friend with whom I took the Mongolian express to Russia, Mongolia, China and Tibet (I can’t believe it’s been over 7 months and I haven’t even taken a weekend trip– been busy writing).

So, where are we going and, of course, how did I plan this trip?

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