My New Book One Step Closer 3 is now Available On Amazon!

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The third book in my fictional reality series One Step Closer is now available to purchase on Amazon. Once again, I enjoyed been back in the company of old favourites from previous books and meeting many new characters on this new writing journey.

 

In particular, without giving too much away, there was a friendship in this book which is rather complex and was definitely very intriguing to write and it became quite a major part of this particular book. Also Mark is beginning parenthood with Gavin of their daughter Reena, Lucy is still making eyes at every man that comes her way and Cody is struggling with his feelings for Lucy despite his upcoming wedding to Maria. Meanwhile Benjamin and Emily are vying for the attentions of a contestant.

 

I always love writing One Step Closer. I grew up watching reality singing shows and many reality shows in general. I was around for early shows in the reality TV music world (I was quite young though! :-)) when it was all only really starting to take off so from a viewer point of view, I have a lot of experience in writing this series. And I find it fun as well as heartbreaking. It has a mixture of moments.

 

On a side note, this is still being put together but my Goodreads page is up and can be visited at:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8422252.Lisa_Reynolds

 

If you would like to purchase One Step Closer 3 (Thanks so much in advance if you do! :-)) go to:

 

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My New Book Rory Murphy Mysteries: Final Act Is Now Available On Amazon!

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Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I have just released my 16th book Rory Murphy Mysteries: Final Act on Amazon. It is the third book in my Rory Murphy Mysteries series. In this book, Rory, his boyfriend Joseph and their friends and fellow couple Steven and Simon embark on the mysterious murder of theatre actress Mary-Anne Shepherd and soon find that her murder is connected to two other murders. But who is the killer/s?

 

In a world filled with disguise the four men must uncover the layers and find out what exactly lies at the heart of all this death in theatre land …

 

I love writing this series and with each book comes new characters who can play supporting roles to our main man Rory and his crew of four amateur detectives. I found the whole element of using disguises very interesting to work with in this book and I thought it fitted well with the theatre and acting. And it was nice to dip into Simon’s world!

 

If you would like to purchase Rory Murphy Mysteries: Final Act go to:

 

For books 1 and 2 in the series go to:

 

To purchase only the first bookย in the series Rory Murphy Mysteries: The Church Murders go to:

 

To purchase only Rory Murphy Mysteries: Trip To Birmingham go to:

My Short Story Countryside Reveal Appears In This Week’s Woman’s Way!

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My short story Countryside Reveal is in this week’s Woman’s Way. It is one of four stories to appear in the fiction special this week.

 

The story appears alongside Diana Coxhead’s Allie-Millie, Eva Burke’s Iris and Geraldine Boylan’s Pay It Forward. Each of our short stories is accompanied by wonderful photographs by four photographers. My story is accompanied by a beautifully romantic image of a couple by Scott Webb.ย  A big thank you to Scott. They perfectly captured what Ray and Ciara looked like in my head which was really cool. Allie-Millie’s photo is by Alaric Duan, Iris’ photo is by Eric Ward and Pay It Forward’s photo is by Abdiel Ibarra. Thank you as always to Aine Toner and the team at Woman’s Way for including my story. It was wonderful to be featured alongside such wonderful writers and photographers.

I really loved writing this story. I loved Ciara and Ray and the romance and beauty of their love. It’s my eighth story under my own name and my tenth in all so I’m very proud of that milestone. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

If you want to check out my story and the entire fiction collection Woman’s Way is on sale here in Ireland up to Monday. Thank you in advance if you do check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

My Book Rory Murphy Mysteries: Trip To Birmingham Is Now Available On Amazon!

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I am pleased to announce that the second book in my Rory Murphy Mysteries series is now available on Amazon!

 

Rory Murphy Mysteries: Trip To Birmingham is the second book after Rory Murphy Mysteries: The Church Murders. It’s a lot sooner out than I thought it would be but when I got into the flow of it it took on it’s own life. The story carries on from the epilogue of the first book and we find out that the body on the waste disposal site is a 48-year-old woman Lucinda Evans who owned a pub with her family called The Velvet Hen in Birmingham. The book is set mostly in Birmingham but some of it is in London too where my protagonist Rory, his boyfriend Joseph and their mates and fellow couple Steven and Simon are living. As they investigate they face a problem: everyone apparently loved Lucinda.

 

I loved writing it. Rory is from Dublin and he has that Dublin humour that just makes the books a dream to write. If you choose to give the book a go, I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and thanks so much in advance. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

To purchase Rory Murphy Mysteries: Trip To Birmingham go to:

 

And to purchase the first bookย in the series Rory Murphy Mysteries: The Church Murders go to:

My Book Black Coat Is Now Available On Amazon!

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My book Black Coat is now available on Amazon. It is a murder mystery set in London and follows my main character Olly whose life is turned upside down when his husband Alex shoots a rent man collecting near their home and Olly realises that it was himself who was the intended target. After all the rent man has a similar black coat to Olly.

I enjoyed writing the book. I loved Olly and many of the other characters but my favourite was James who is Olly’s best friend and possibly more. ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the idea from a writing prompt on Friday Fictioneers here on WordPress by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields from Addicted to Purple and from a photograph supplied by Sandra Crook from Castelsarrasin. So thank you so much to Rochelle and Sandra for the inspiration for the story.

The story is 99c to buy but is free to read with Kindle Unlimited. If you choose to read it, thank you so so much in advance and I hope you will find it a good read.

To get your copy of Black Coat go to:

My New Book In The Name of Allah Is Now Available On Amazon!

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My new book In The Name of Allah is now available on Amazon. It follows the story of two couples living in London, Calvin and Amir and Shane and Imran. Shane, Imran and Calvin are friends for years and then Calvin meets Amir who secretly has terrorist tendencies.

It is the hardest book I have ever written. With the subject matter being so dark, it was very difficult and emotionally-draining at times. The topic is so sensitive so I researched a lot for the story. While I love Calvin and Imran too, my favourite character was Shane. I just took to him very early on in the story.

This story as you can imagine is sad and hard-hitting but it was a book I felt that I had to write because terrorism and Radical Islam are sadly topics we hear about in terrible tragic circumstances far too often in our times and I feel a writer has a duty to write about the things that are happening in the world.

If you do purchase the book, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

To purchase In The Name of Allah go to:

Writing 101: Writer’s Block

 

 

So everyone hi and welcome to the final part of Writing 101. Today’s topic is something we all deal with (unless we are a genius!) dear old writer’s block. I’m currently writing two books at the one time (not something I’d advise but there you go) and I’m having a lot of writer’s block. Getting from A to B without sounding like it’s contrived to get there is a pain in the backside quite frankly. But it’s doable (Got to keep telling ourselves that!) so without further ado here is my tips for overcoming the demon that is writer’s block …

 

  1. Let Your Mind Run Free

In my own experiences, I had very little writer’s block when I was younger. Maybe it was because getting the books out there seemed longer in the future. Now with Amazon, it’s pretty much when you’re ready you have the opportunity to put it out there. At the time I was just working on my craft trying to improve and there was no near pressure that someone other than my sister might read it so maybe that’s why I let my mind run free and don’t seem to be as free with my writing now as I was then. Or my brain’s just got older and slowed down! Much of writer’s block is I feel that we are scared to make mistakes and really, we shouldn’t be because it can be fixed if it isn’t right. But I think as humans, we tend to like to get it right first time and as we all know, that doesn’t always happen. So in short, if you have an idea run with it. Try out any idea, get the creative juices flowing and soon enough you should be back in the swing of things.

 

2.ย Think Outside The Box

Don’t try to write something like you think it should be. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in our own heads about how something will be perceived by a reader. Now of course the reader is the most important person but most readers, me included, don’t know we’re going to like a book before we read it and might be pleasantly surprised. Don’t be scared of crossing genres. For instance, if you’ve set out to write a romance and suddenly it becomes a romance thriller, if it feels right continue down that path. It could be the making of a great book. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself. Trust your gut. 9 times out of 10, it’s usually right.

 

3. Watch Documentaries, Films, Anything

As writers, we tend to get inspiration from everywhere so take time away from your writing (or watch it while you’re writing) and chances are something will come to mind from something you’ve watched. Obviously I don’t mean take their ideas but get inspiration from them. Watch things about your subject, watch things not about your subject, you can get ideas from everything. It also helps clear your brain and give you more energy to write. Alternatively go for a long walk or to a coffee shop. This will give you inspiration and give your mind the energy to continue your work too.

 

4. Don’t Feel Bad

It’s a natural feeling but what use is it? Yes, as a writer you will feel like you should be able to do this because it’s your craft after all. But try to get rid of all of them thoughts to the best of your ability because they serve no purpose and only stop you from thinking of more productive thoughts for your book. We all get writer’s block so don’t feel bad about it. It’s just part of the profession.

 

5. Don’t Overthink

I believe very strongly that writing is a very natural process. I think the best writers are those who don’t overthink what they are doing. If it feels right, they write it. And with writer’s block, the same rules apply. Don’t try hard to come up with something. Brainstorm with casual ease. Sit down at the computer and see if you can at least add a few sentences. Don’t write continuously just to finish the book because you feel you should have it finished by now. Publisher’s deadlines are obviously an exception to this rule. By all means write lots if it comes to you even if you might not end up using it all or any of it but don’t force out anything either and bust your brain cells doing so. Let it come naturally. Eventually it always does in the end so stay positive.

 

Key Points Summary

  • All writers get writer’s block.
  • Try out any idea, get the creative juices flowing and soon enough you should be back in the swing of things.
  • Think outside the box. Don’t be put off by your story moving into a different genre or cross of genres and/or a new direction.
  • Take inspiration from many sources. Clear your head and re-energise your brain. This will help you get back flowing with sentences soon enough.
  • Don’t feel bad because your work isn’t going as smoothly as planned. It happens us all at different times.
  • Don’t overthink things. Writing is a natural process.