Flirting With the Forbidden- RT Top Pick and on reviews in general

I’m a fast writer and while I dive into every book I write with enthusiasm and fall in love every couple of months with my hero, there are some characters that just grab me by the heart and don’t let go.

Wild About the Man was like that for me and so was Flirting With the Forbidden. And when you put that much into a book, it’s nice when the reviews roll in. I appreciate every review I get, whether it’s a reader sending me a note on Facebook, a blogger, someone who took the time to leave a message of Goodreads. (Except for the man who recently told me that my book was beyond a reasonable level of stupid and where do authors come up with this crap. Guess he doesn’t like romance or my writing…anyway, I didn’t appreciate him much. LOL!)

But in terms of readership, the RT Book reviews are the biggest around so it’s nice exposure when you get a good review, better exposure when you get a Top Pick as Flirting With The Forbidden got in the April edition.

Here’s the  review

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Or click here http://digitalmag.rtbookreviews.com?shareKey=HsQGTF

But, and isn’t there always a but…it is just one person opinion, it is fleeting, it’s a nice affirmation (and affirmation is sooooo my love language) but it’s not what makes the world go around.  Awards, reviews, pats on the back are nice but you are only as good as the next book, the next story, the blood you are prepared to spill into your next work. (With apologies to Ernest Hemingway.)

The important stuff is are the connections you make with your readers, your fellow writers, being the best writer, friend, cheerleader for both your readers and your fellow writers you can be.

Keeping your sense of humour and a sense of perspective, keeping grounded and…real.

But, you know, I’ll take a good review over a ‘where do authors find this crap’ any day.

Have a happy day

Joss

xxx

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Be bold, be fierce, be grateful.

I have no idea who wrote the following two quotes but they touch my heart…every time.

Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

 

So go now and live!

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Open water swimming, panic attacks and the connection to writing your novel

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A couple of weeks ago I started swimming training again and yesterday I did my first open water swim since I was 16. It was a fun swim- 500m- and well within my capabilities as I’ve been swimming a kilometer or so most days in training. But you, know, I thought I would start off slow and thank goodness I did. I got into the muddy water, my face went under and boom! panic attack! My throat closed, my chest closed and every cell in my body said that this was a very bad idea. Bad, bad, terrible idea.

I’m not sure why I panicked; it could’ve been claustrophobia from the muddy water, it could’ve been the people…all I knew was that I couldn’t do this. I could not swim with my head above the water (which is seriously energy sapping) and yet I couldn’t give up…dilemma. Eventually I got my breathing under control, managed to get my face into the water and I focused on reaching the first buoy and by then I was in a rhythm and feeling strong. By the time I hit the second buoy I felt like I could carry on for a long while yet.

So (and this is especially for the people entering the Mills and Boon Tempted To Write competition) what’s the connection to writing? Well, I guess it’s writing past those first panicky chapters, resisting the urge to go back and start afresh, it’s about not giving up. It’s about reaching the end despite an ugly start…

Writing takes determination, you need to push through, you need to put your head down and just get the damn thing done. You need to swim/write your way through the mud and the waves and the person kicking you in your side. And then you have to have the guts to go back and do it all again on the second and the third drafts, getting better all the time.

The great thing about writing though, unlike finishing an open water swim, is that nobody takes a revolting photo of you exiting the water, hair plastered against your face, adjusting the top of your swimming costume. Eeep! *hides face in hands*

Best,

Joss

xxx

Book List and Buying Links

US & CANADA Harlequin Kiss EBOOKS
UK M&B Modern Tempted PAPERBACK &EBOOK
AUSTRALIA M&B Sexy PAPERBACK &EBOOK

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The Last Man She Should Call
February 2014

She’d got his number…

For savvy antiques dealer Rowan Dunn life is good-until a passport error gets her deported back to South Africa! Stranded at the airport, Rowan can only remember two phone numbers: her parents’ (definitely not an option!) and her best friend’s brother. As much as she hates it, Rowan knows she has no choice. It’s time to call Seb Hollis and ask for help…

Seb is even sexier than Rowan remembers-and just as infuriating! He’s always pushed her buttons, but at least now she knows how to push them back. Maybe it’s time to start sleeping with the enemy-even though Rowan’s sure there won’t be a whole lot of sleeping going on…!

Buy:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Amazon UK

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Too Much of a Good Thing
December 2013

Be careful what you wish for!

It’s time for Lu Sheppard to get back in the game-fact. After ten years of playing mom to her younger brothers the boys have left home and she’s determined to make up for lost time! Item number one on her list? A man to have some fun with!

Rugby coach Will Scott is just what Lu needs to ease herself back into the dating game. Only in town temporarily, king of the fling…he’s perfect. But his kisses are so electric that remembering they have an expiry date is getting harder. Suddenly Lu starts wondering…maybe it is possible to have too much of a good thing!

Buy:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat
September 2013

Resisting temptation has never been so impossible…

Living on the edge used to make maverick war reporter Jack Chapman feel alive. These days he needs some time out before he burns out. So what better distraction than delectable pastry chef Ellie Evans? She’s oh-so-tempting…and sleeping right next door! Perfect for a short-term seduction!
Ellie knows it would be beyond stupid to fall for a guy with ice in his veins who’s always on the move. But daredevil Jack is even more irresistible than her death-by-chocolate cake—and saying no has never been Ellie’s strong point…!

Buy:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

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It Was Only A Kiss
May 2013

The most distracting boss of all…

For driven businessman Luke Savage success is the only option. So when gorgeous marketing intern Jess Sherwood waltzes into his office and casually informs him that his newly inherited vineyard has an image problem he’s outraged! She’s naive, overly ambitious, a know-it-all… And all Luke can do to stop her talking is kiss her senseless.

Eight years later the vineyard needs a boost—and Luke needs a hip new marketing strategy to save it. Jess may drive him crazy but she’s the right woman for the job. Their only problem is how to keep their minds on work and off that kiss!

Buy:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Wild About The Man Modern Tempted

Wild About the Man
January 2013

He’s rude, arrogant…and infuriatingly delicious!

Nick Sherwood has no time for poor little rich girls. All he wants is to run his luxury game reserve in peace. So socialite Clementine Campbell—a tempestuous redhead with flashes of vulnerability he knows shouldn’t intrigue him—is his guest from hell!
For Clem, getting dumped on live TV was bad enough. Now she’s having to kick her stiletto heels on safari whilst her PR team run damage control. She doesn’t care how gorgeous the enigmatic Nick is—she wants out! Until he gets under her skin…and dangerously close to her battered heart.
Then only one question remains: what will it take to get Nick to lose his cool and finally kiss her properly?

BUY:

Amazon

Amazon UK

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She’s So Over Him
September 2012

What not to do with your ex…

Maddie Shaw has spent the last ten years not thinking about her fast-and-furious fling with Cale Grant. His dark blue eyes, his hot chocolate voice, his magic touch… No, she doesn’t remember anything like that. Only the numbing devastation when he let her down and she walked away.
Now Cale’s sauntered back into Maddie’s life – drinking in the same bars, working on the same projects, and setting off the same fireworks inside her. It’s Maddie’s chance to prove just how over her ex she really is…but one steamy kiss later she’s fallen at the first hurdle…!

BUY:

AMAZON

It Was Only A Kiss

RT REVIEWS AND TOP PICK!

RT FINALIST FOR BEST HARLEQUIN KISS!

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It Was Only A Kiss by Joss Wood

For driven businessman Luke Savage success is the only option. So when gorgeous marketing intern Jess Sherwood waltzes into his office and casually informs him that his newly inherited vineyard has an image problem, he’s outraged! She’s naïve and overly ambitious, all Luke can do to stop her talking…is to kiss her.

Eight years later the vineyard needs a boost – and Luke needs a hip new marketing strategy to save it. Jess may drive him crazy but she’s the right woman for the job. Their only problem is how to keep their minds on work and off that kiss!

Modern Tempted Writing Competition!

Do you want to write contemporary romance for Mills and Boon? Do you want a chance to be published?

I’m going to be a judge for the upcoming Mills and Boon writing competition which is mega-exciting! And it’s an excuse to read….yay!

The competition is starting on the 20th January on the Mills and Boon FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/millsandboon

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Head on over there….now!!!!!

Joss

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The Last Guy She Should Call

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Hi everyone

This is my Harlequin Kiss/Modern Tempted release for February 2014.

She’d got his number…

For savvy antiques dealer Rowan Dunn life is good-until a passport error gets
her deported back to South Africa! Stranded at the airport, Rowan can
only remember two phone numbers: her parents’ (definitely not an option!)
and her best friend’s brother.
As much as she hates it, Rowan knows she has no choice. It’s time to call
Seb Hollis and ask for help… Seb is even sexier than Rowan remembers-and just as infuriating!
He’s always pushed her buttons, but at least now she knows how to push them back.
Maybe it’s time to start sleeping with the enemy-even though Rowan’s sure there won’t
be a whole lot of sleeping going on…!

Hugs

Joss

xxx

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