Tempted by her hairy tarantula?

The truth behind my first Mills & Boon novel, Tempted by Her Hot-Shot Doc

I was asked recently how I got the idea for Tempted by Her Hot-Shot Doc, my very first Mills and Boon Medical romance. (It still feels weird to type that!) Honestly, while I'd like to say I had hot, steamy sex with a rich TV Star/doctor in a gushing waterfall in the Amazon rainforest, I didn't. I simply got eaten alive by sandflies, mocked by a German tourist called Bengo (he mocked me?!?) and tripped through rainbows on ayahuasca with...Read More

CAK and the wonders of foreign mail…

Got a letter this morning from a Dutch company called CAK regarding health insurance. I thought my eyes were deceiving me... or perhaps I'm just incredibly immature but I opened Urban Dictionary and... yes: CAK = slang for penis. ie. "my cak is hanging out of my pants." Or, if you want another definition, CAK = Short for 'Crunk Ass Kid' ie "Did you just see what CAK did? That Coy is the crunkest of all the kids I know."   Now... I'm sure it means something nicer...Read More

Review my very first Mills & Boon Medical Romance

I actually wrote one... a Mills & Boon! I remember reading my gran's Mills & Boon books all those years ago and wishing I could slip inside one of those hot pink covers and meet my Mr Right for real. Turns out I haven't yet, so I'm writing him into reality myself. This time it's a hot, sexy American doc, stuck in the Amazon jungle with a woman he can't resist, and a secret. Here are all the covers... 2...Read More

Thoughts on writing romance novels about real ‘live’ people…

As a writer I’d like to be able to subscribe to certain people’s WhatsApp conversations, you know? I think they’d be great character studies… like imagine if you could spy on relationships, especially romantic ones, from the sensual/ suggestive sexting to the sad point at which you’ve sunk so low you’re actually revelling in your own passive aggression, writing snarky one-liners, totally misusing grammar and emojis thanks to the pathetic tears clouding your eyes, and getting blocked. I’m sure WhatsApp...Read More

Why a staycation is better than going abroad (sometimes)

Deep in one of the world's most dangerous rainforests, I cast my eyes to the Colombian skies as my ass sagged into a river from a large inflatable tube. My guide, Juan Manuel, chose this moment to inform me we were likely surrounded by lurking members of the FARC, armed with machetes. "But do not worry!" he said. Apparently, we had no reason to fear the guerrilleros in our midst, because not only was Juan Manuel the second best BMX...Read More
Weird sexy stuff at NEMO

A single girl’s guide to Amsterdam’s NEMO Science Museum

Check it out - a building that looks just like my love life. A giant, sinking ship. (Sigh). Yes, yes, the dating game's a drag at times, but rather than sit around swiping dejectedly through the cesspool of humanity Tinder, I thought it was high time to 'meet people in the real world!' NEMO seemed like a good enough place to start on a free, sunny day in Amsterdam. It could still become the ship of dreams, right? Perhaps in a...Read More

Croatia: Getting around in Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar

[caption id="attachment_5618" align="aligncenter" width="600"] View from Dubrovnik city wall[/caption] So, if you're here, you're probably looking for information on travelling to and around Croatia? You're in luck' because I just got back. I can only give you info on what we did, obviously, which was 2 days in Dubrovnik, one night in Split, 3 nights in Hvar and then back to Dubrovnik for 2 more nights. A lot of moving about in retrospect, but there you go! IMPORTANT TIP: Pack...Read More

Remembering Yemen…

I never did make it to Syria unfortunately, but I did visit Yemen in 2008, which I'm thinking about now in the midst of this stupid Muslim Ban. Who knows what Trump will do to further dampen the spirits of these people, but my heart breaks when I think about it. The guys were all carrying these huge knives, tucked in their waistbands, but never once did it feel threatening. If anything it was comedic... they weren't even weapons in...Read More

Christmas in Prague…

I just got back from Prague - another new city for me. I love nothing more than heading off to a new place and just wandering around aimlessly. Prague is pretty easy to navigate, really. Well, Google Maps helps, and so does having a couple of the attractions booked in advance so you don't waste time when you're there, but mainly it's a place you can walk about with no agenda and still uncover what you'll think are hidden delights....Read More

Tinder Diaries: Getting my Groupon…

Shamus's profile shots scrolled like some kind of Action Man calendar. In one photo the 39-year-old Irish-Canadian was hugging a goat on what looked like a dusty Nepalese street, with his bicep bulging over it like a rock. In another he was posing with a group of kids somewhere in Africa, deeply tanned and most definitely sexily-engrossed in another culture. In a third, he was kneeling, arms crossed in some kind of military-type uniform, so this well-travelled man of the...Read More