Let's get real w/ REAL TALK

...So. It's been a while hasn't it? 

I can only apologise and then blame it on any number of these things: Life. Work. Stress. Time (lack of it). Work (again). Summer (we're now reaching into the late teens, so go us!). Brexit (it's been a tough couple of weeks for us Brits). And, well, I guess I'm out of valid excuses for not keeping up with this blog or filling you all in on what crazy, exciting new fandangled things I'm been getting up too thus far. 

I suppose though, it's mainly because there haven't been a lot of crazy, exiting READ MY BLOG POST! worthy things going on in my life right now (personal and writing). Which sounds a little 'woe is me' but I know that it's a) the truth and b) absolutely no fun to read about, especially not on a blog that features an endless scrolling feature AND a writer who can type for England, given half the chance. 

But here I am now. All geared up, finally with a handful of exciting things in my pocket ready to share with you. 

Number 1: I have given up trying to be the writer I am not (this will factor into Number 3 also) and have instead been pouring my energy into a new Young Adult story, that is now up on Wattpad. At least the first 3 chapters are whilst I bank a load more chapters to save on that horrible anxiety, that shows up around chapter 7, only a couple of chapters away from all you've written so far. 

It's called The Colour of Us and here is the pretty (if I do say so myself) cover for it. 

 

I won't bore you all with the blurb (though, it's far from boring - again, if I do say so myself!) but it is here if your curiosity is minimally peaked by the above cover. 

https://www.wattpad.com/258786415-the-colour-of-us-wattys2016-summary

Which leads nicely onto...

Number 2:  The official info for the Watty Awards 2016 has been released and launched. The deadline is the end of August and I'm working hard on getting The Colour of Us as far along as I can so it'll be eligible. Last year, by some grace of a God I don't always believe in and perhaps, sheer luck/right time, right place/fluke? Someday The Waves, the first story I ever wrote and finished won the Hot New Genre award for New Adult. 

I'm still pretty flabbergasted about it. It still doesn't feel quite real, even with the nice sticker now on the cover. But it is an awesome feeling and one I'd love to experience again, given the chance. 

So, yes. I may be adding a few polite prompts (there is no other British way) for those who'd like to vote for The Colour of Us or add their comments in the run up to the deadline. You've been warned! 

Okay, so last but not least, but last all the same...

Number 3: Now, please dear blog reader take this with a pinch, if not a wet finger dab of salt. Primarily because what I'm about to commit to may change. In all honesty it probably will. The likely hood is that it'll happen for like, a few weeks and slowly slide off into the pile marked: Things I Had Good Intentions To See Through But Got Sidetracked By Life/Laziness/Youtube Videos

But, I'm going to give it a good go anyways. 

I've been thinking of ways to express my thoughts on certain issues that can't always be added to my stories or become the basis for one. I've a lot of thoughts (don't we all) but I've not got a real way of getting them out properly. Save for writing a novella each time one crops up.

Twitter is great and all but 140 characters is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

Facebook has been wonderful in building relationships with super cool authors but again, who wants to hear anyones rants/thoughts/2,000 word post about being an-almost-30-something-childless-unwed-women? Sure, I post gifs and the occasional link to articles about the matter but that's where I like to leave it. 

Instagram - yeah, okay buddy. Sure. Really though, I do not have enough time to shave my legs at the moment, let alone curate, shoot, upload and write an award winning caption to accompany whatever I'm able to capture with my crappy, broken iPhone lens. 

Snapchat - jog on. It's for sending blink and you'll miss it (seriously, that's pretty much it's whole M.O) pictures of you with weird cartoon dog ears and maybe your mates face, swapped with yours in a chilling Twilight Zone throwback.

What I'm trying to say is that I have platforms (the social kind, not the Spice Girls kind) coming out of my ears and everywhere else, but they just don't seem to fit the bill when it comes to discussing important (and some not) topics. 

That's where this blog comes riding back into frame, gallantly. A bit like Podric and Brienne of Tarth (Sorry, that should come with a spoiler alert.) Or maybe like Heath Ledger (RIP) in A Knights Tale, which if you haven't watched - what on earth are you doing?! Go do it. Now! 

And then come back. Maybe in a weeks time, when I've written my first post, which I am hoping will kick off my new Blog Feature: Real Talk.

Yes. I am so lame. So tired. So damn lazy that Real Talk is all I can come up with right now. It'll have to do. 

 

Real Talk (so bold. very italic) again, I hope (no promises here) will feature/cover topics and issues that I've been meaning to get off my chest.

A few choice topics that I've banded about so far, as ideas include:

Books: The Pros and Cons of comparisons (and getting lost in an anxiety inducing, self doubt spiral on Goodreads)

50 Shades of Trying Too Hard: When to give up on writing/forcing out Erotica. 

Growing up: It's a trap a.k.a I am failing at Adulting, help! 

What's My Age Again? (See Above ^^)

GIF Therapy: When it's appropriate and when it's not

My Dad's Best Friend Who May Also Be My Cousin/The Bad Boy Stole My Kidney/The Alpha's Chew Toy/Sold to a Headless but always smartly suited C.E.O Billionaire/ and other delightful tales from the wonderful (if not often WTF!) world of Wattpad. 

 

...

As you can see everything is still a work in progress but I hope that I can offer some light relief or at the very least, not sabotage my teen fiction story because I've the dire desire to weave in a sub-plot about how all your friends will grow up and not want to go out anymore and you'll still be listening to all your old pop punk records, like what the hell happened? But also that Brand New maybe had a point when they sung - die young and save yourself.)

But I digress and as you can see from the above, I am easily side tracked and am susceptible to charge off into tangents that have zero relevance. 

...Which means it's probably about time I sign off and leave you with the semi-promise of a new post sometime in the near future (read: next week. Fingers crossed y'all!). 

Plus, because I am feeling a little shameless right now, here is the direct link to my new YA story that I have been dropping mentions of, just like Kanye with Taylor Swift on the brain. 

https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/71253219-the-colour-of-us-wattys2016

Miss Warren Writes x

 

Now in.... Paperback!

Lines We Forget is now available in shiny, super pretty Paperback! (I may be a little bias but the colours really are beautiful!)

 

If you'd like to own a copy the buy links are below, along with a couple of early reviews <3

It is also available for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US: http://goo.gl/3WY95Y
Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/QSOeyu
Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/9aZkZk
Amazon India: http://goo.gl/wgsuPE
Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/SBW5K7

"This debut novel is a sweet and realistic look at young love. It has everything you expect see in real life situations: the anticipation of the first kiss, the spark of passion that draws to people together, the camaraderie and friendship of a new relationship." Amazon Review - 4 *Stars

"Lines We Forget is true romance. A story which proves that love can start anywhere and survive almost anything." Amazon Review - 5*Stars.

Lines We Forget Pre-Order! Now Available <3

The day has finally arrived! I am beyond excited to tell you all that Lines We Forget is now available to pre-order on Amazon! 

This means that once ordered it will be delivered to your reading device on March 8th, when the paperback will be available to purchase too.

 

For those lucky enough to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited - Lines We Forget is completely free to pre-order! 

And for those who would like a paperback copy but cannot buy through Amazon then I will soon have the IBN number, which means you can take this into your local bookstore and order a copy that way (how cool!?)

Below are the Amazon sites it is available to pre-order from and I will add these direct links to my profile. (Alternatively you can search 'Lines We Forget' to find it).

So, with out further ado..... 

Amazon US: http://goo.gl/3WY95Y

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/QSOeyu

Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/9aZkZk

Amazon India: http://goo.gl/wgsuPE

Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/SBW5K7

(Plus it's also available on all other Amazon sites.)

If for any reason you can't find it or would like more info, just send me a PM and I'll be happy to answer any questions and try to help!

March 8th 2016

The date when you'll be sent your pre-ordered copies and when the paperback will be available to buy!

But wait, there's more!

I am doing an Amazon Gift Card comp/giveaway to celebrate the release of Lines We Forget.

To be entered it's quite simple - just use the tag #linesweforgetglobal either on Twitter or Instagram and post a picture of where you're reading Lines We Forget in the world! It can be a picture of your kindle copy or the paperback (and don't worry, you don't have to show your face if you don't wish too!) It can be fun, creative - it's up to you! :)

The comp/giveaway will be open from March 8th until April 8th Midnight GMT. I will be picking one lucky winner to receive the gift card in the currency of their choice to use on Amazon :)

So if you'd like a chance to win, use the tag and let me know where you're reading your Lines We Forget! I'll be re-posting them also :)

Also you can find me on Instagram - @misswarrenwritesuk or on Twitter under je_warrenwrites. 

Lastly, I want to say a massive thank you for being so wonderful and supportive, and for believing in LWF. I am so grateful and appreciate every single one of your comments! (Check out the Acknowledgments page for a little shout out....!) <3

Can't wait to hear what you think about Lines We Forget, and don't 'forget', that if you do enjoy it (again, or for the very first time), then I'd love honest reviews (Amazon and Goodreads allow reviews).

Thank you so much!

Miss Warren Writes x

 

The Countdown Has Begun!

I'm so excited to announce that Lines We Forget will officially be available for pre-order February 27th! The countdown has well and truly begun - only 6 days, until it is released into the big, wide world! 

I'll be posting buy links to all Amazon's the day it goes up for pre-order and also when it will be available in paperback too.

So mark your calendar's and check back in for exciting giveaways, updates and also a new feature - a newsletter, that you won't want to miss out on. 

In the meantime you can find Lines We Forget on Goodreads and also a new giveaway starting Feb 27th that I am running - one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback copy of LWF! 

Goodreads link to add Lines We Forget to your shelf: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28947458-lines-we-forget

Miss Warren Writes x

Lines We Forget Cover Reveal

It's here! It's finally happening!

I am so excited and happy to officially reveal the brand new Lines We Forget cover! 

Without further ado....

<3

I really hope you like it and I honestly can't wait until I get to share Anna and Charlie's story with you all on March 8th 2016. 

If you'd like to add Lines We Forget to your Goodreads TBR you can add it at the link here.

Miss Warren Writes x

*Lines We Forget Cover Reveal Details*

I'm so excited to finally announce that the brand new Lines We Forget cover is to be revealed very soon! February 8th to be exact.

It's been a labour of love and I am hoping you'll all love it just as much as I do. I will be revealing it simultaneously across Facebook, Twitter, Wattpad, Instagram and also on Goodreads too at 10am GMT.

Please feel free to share the below banner announcements, and of course the actual cover once it's revealed!

Following the reveal, I'll be posting details about when it's available for pre-order and also the official release date!

Miss Warren Writes x

Lines We Forget Update

Very exciting news to announce...

Lines We Forget is to be published! It's been a long journey and I am so very excited and happy to reveal that it will be published by Limitless Publishing next year!

 

There's still a lot of work to do but I can't wait until readers (existing and new) can pick up a paperback copy, myself included!

I will be adding updates throughout the publishing process and in the run up to release day, so stay tuned and follow the blog for future news and details.

If you'd like an ARG to review please drop me a message and it can be arranged. Also if you would like to feature the published version of Lines We Forget on you book review or blog site I'd be happy to hear from you! 

A big thank you to everyone who has supported Lines We Forget over on Wattpad and to all my readers, this wouldn't have been possible with out you :)

For now I will be celebrating with some appropriate GIF's that convey my current mood!


x

Miss Warren Writes 

Iconic Romances

As a writer of romance, one of the hardest tasks is to create and bring to life memorable romances and OTP (One True Pairings) that readers can connect with. 

So many fictional romantic pairings are nice and all but the ones I find myself most drawn to are the couplings that help each other grow, even in spite of flaws and imperfections. Who maybe aren't always meant to be but find a way to keep their love alive, often with humour and humility.

I've rounded together a selection of on-screen couples who have done just that: Made an impact and inspired, and those that have always stuck with me. All deserving of the iconic status they've claimed over the years.

Some are unconventional portrayals of love. Some are scarily relatable. Others are just testament to opposites attract. 

But all are memorably unique and so very inspiring. 

 

1. Joel and Clementine - Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind

"We met at the wrong time. That's what I keep telling myself anyway."


2. Kat and Patrick - 10 Things I Hate About You

"Who needs affection when I have blind hatred?"


3. Marla Stringer and the Narrater - Fight Club

"You met me at a very strange time in my life."


4. Xander and Anya - Buffy The Vampire Slayer

"I'm in love with you. Powerfully, painfully in love."


5. Clarence and Alabama - True Romance 

"If I'm with you, then I'm with you, and I don't want nobody else."


6. Leslie and Ben - Parks and Recreation 

"I like you and I love you."


7. Scott and Ramona - Scott Pilgrim VS The World

"I sort of feel like I'm on drugs when I'm with you."


8. Tom and Violet - The Five-Year Engagement

"I want to be alone, but I want you here."


9. Tim and Mary - About Time

"I love your eyes. And I love the rest of your face, too."


10. Donnie and Gretchen - Donnie Darko

"You're weird.

"Sorry."

"No, that was a compliment."


I would love to hear your thoughts on the couples above, if you agree or disagree and of course to fin out which are your own favourites romances!