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Writer Wednesday: Elle Field

On today's Writer Wednesday... it's me! Writer Wednesday will be returning next week and will be running throughout November - make sure you visit the blog to see which authors are taking part.

You can find out all about me by hitting About Me above but, without further ado, I'm going to get cracking on with the questions. x

PS: If you've already read Geli Voyante's Hot or Not, make sure you leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Tell your friends about the book, too! You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here

1. Why did you want to become a writer?
I've always been a voracious reader who scribbled down stories so I think it was inevitable that I would become a writer, it was just a case of when and what genre! I dabbled in writing children's and YA fiction as a teenager, but it wasn't until I was twenty that I discovered chick lit and found my genre of choice. Although, who knows, maybe I will write a children's novel one day! (I definitely will. And a crime thriller. And something meaty and literary. I will write it all!)

2. What's the toughest part of the writing process for you?
Knowing when enough editing is enough! I'm a bit of a perfectionist so knowing when to stop is something I really need to work on - I could, even now, quite easily edit Kept and Geli even though they don't need it!

3. What's the most enjoyable part of writing?
Creating characters others can identify with but also enjoy - I love creating characters and living their fictional lives for a bit.

4. Out of all the amazing books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?
It would be impossible for me to pick out just one, so well done to any of my fellow authors who have managed to narrow it down to just one in my Writer Wednesday feature!

I will pick The Secret Garden though, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which is one of my favourites and a stunning read. I'd love to be able to write something so simple and innocent that manages to magically captivate its reader in the way it does.

5. If you could only save one of your characters from fictional calamity, who would you pick and why?
Obélix from Kept as I have a major soft spot for him. He deserves a Felicity, like Arielle has, to sort out his love life and keep him on the straight and narrow... maybe I'll make that happen for him in the sequel to Kept!

6. If you could spend the day with your favourite character (not from your books), who would you spend it with and what would you do?
I'd spend the day with Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series, and I'd show him the most mundane Muggle things in existence. I imagine it would be his perfect day, though maybe not mine! Is there a museum of lawnmowers and batteries, does anyone know?

7. What can we expect next from you?
The sequel to Kept and a book called The Dirtification of Tabitha-Rose, though Tabitha is a character that had a bit part in Kept so she might be familiar to some people already. I actually started working on Tabitha after Kept - I wrote about 45,000 words - but then Geli's voice nagged me, so I put Tabitha to one side to write Geli Voyante's Hot or Not instead.

8. Is there any particular writing advice you wish you'd been given at the start of your writing career? If so, what is it? If not, what advice would you give to someone starting out?
I wish I had been told not to procrastinate as much - I would definitely have published more than two books by now if I had followed that piece of advice! My piece of advice for someone just starting out is to read and write as much as you can. What you write now may not be the first book you publish, but it will help you to make that first book happen, I promise.

9. Tell us what a typical writing day involves for you.
As I still work full-time, I don't have the luxury of a writing day. (One day!) I snatch hours here and there - that could be my lunch break, in the evening, at the weekend, or when I'm on holiday.

10. Finally, what are you reading at the moment?

I actually have three books on the go. I'm reading Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927, but also Tracy Bloom's Single Woman Seeks Revenge and Ella Craine's An Unlikely Safari Guide. I'm really enjoying all three!

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Geli Voyante's Hot or Not:

"I think I will always be known as the Hot or Not girl, defined by it for the rest of my career. Even my tombstone will read: Angelica “Geli” Voyante, beloved trendsetter. Death? Not Hot

Yet, it doesn’t sound right. Why won’t anyone realise that there is more to me than this fickle persona I have inadvertently become?" 

Geli Voyante is bored of being the Hot or Not girl, even if it has the perk of sitting next to Theo, the newspaper's very Hot political columnist. She's also getting a little lonely being single.

When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, and other loved ones start to settle down, it's time for Geli to convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her column suggests and, more importantly, she’s the one for him. Geli should remember though that there are always two sides to every story, and that applies to people too...

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Geli tour and giveaway!


I'm about halfway through my tour for Geli Voyante's Hot or Not, and I hope you've all been enjoying the reviews, features and interviews that have happened so far:

  • My tour started at Donna's Room for Reading, where Geli got its first five star review!
All in all, a fantastic second novel from Elle Field, and one that I would highly recommend!

  • Over on Thoughts for the Matter, I shared my inspiration behind the book, who I'd like to star in the movie of Geli, and explained my writing process.  

  • Charlotte gave a balanced review of Geli over on her blog, and although she didn't enjoy it quite as much as she enjoyed Kept, she said:
I really did have a blast reading about Geli Voyante and co. Elle’s writing style is so easy to read, even after a long, hard day, and it’s also addictive – it was rare for me to not be reluctant when putting the book down!

  •  I shared my top tips for self-publishing authors over on Everything Books and Authors. 

  • Fabulous Book Fiend really enjoyed the settings in the book and rated Geli 4/5:
    I loved the fact that this novel was set in the Gherkin, was a great setting for a modern romance! The characters do travel to Durban for a wedding, however, which I found really interesting as it is not somewhere that has ever come up on my radar of places to visit before, but it was beautifully described and made an excellent backdrop for the drama of the story!

  • Laura's Little Book Blog gave Geli 8/10 and was also a fan of the Gherkin setting.
    There was so much drama and twists and turns in this I found myself finishing it before I knew it was the end!

  • The tour is over at Hannah Says today, where you can read Hannah's interview with me.

Keep an eye out on Twitter for the rest of the Geli tour posts - I'll also be sharing all of the links on November 7th when the tour finishes.

As part of my tour, you also have the chance to win an Amazon gift card (two available). Make sure you enter below. Good luck!

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It's release day! Geli Voyante's Hot or Not!

Happy publication day to me! 
Happy publication day to me! 
Happy publication day for dear Geli Voyante's Hot or Not! 
Happy publication day to me!

October 17th is finally here, and I'm pleased to share that you can now buy Geli Voyante's Hot or Not in Kindle and paperback formats:


It is also available worldwide at your local Amazon website, so do search for it if you're not local to one of the above Amazon sites. 

I really hope you love the book, and please do leave me a review on Amazon if you read it and enjoy it. I'd really appreciate it! You can also add the book to your Goodreads shelves and leave a review there.

Watch out for the tour that is kicking off today as well. It begins at Donna's Room for Reading, and I'll be tweeting about the tour along the way. There are reviews, interviews, guests posts, plus your chance to win an Amazon voucher.

But, for now, read on for a peek of the opening pages of Geli Voyante's Hot or Not and then go and buy it! Will you be downloading Geli today? x

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not:

Today is going to be another same old, same old day. I can feel it in my bones as I plonk myself down in my Todd chair, which immediately relieves my bones but does nothing to shake this feeling of repetition. Mitch Todd may be a fashion genius, but he’s not a miracle worker. 

The chair, if you’re interested, is the most succulent and soft, black leather chair your derrière will ever enjoy. So Hot, I wildly declared, when I tried it out in Harrods’ furniture department last week, much to the sales assistant’s disgust. This turned into quick delight when her colleague realised who I was... When the nation read last weekend’s column – Not Hot included snooty sales staff – I had a Todd chair waiting for me at the office on Monday, plus another one was sent to my home, both on the house. Mitch Todd’s PR team must read my column.

This happens a lot. And no, I’m not a clairvoyant. That would be my sister. I wish I was joking, but my parents really called her Claire and our surname is Voyante. I know. My mother thought Claire sounded pretty with the surname: forgivable. I suspect going through the rigours of labour can send a person a bit loopy – but my father? He should have known better, a sentiment still applicable to this day with his behaviour. 

Claire can’t wait until marriage allows her to change this crime against an innocent babe-in-arms. Until then though she’ll pronounce “Claire” in the flattest English-tone she can muster up (hard with our embedded South African twang), then pronounce Voyante in an exaggerated Italian accent: “Voy-on-tayyyyyy” instead of “Voy–ont”. 

She gets very vexed about these sorts of personal injustices, but she isn’t the only one to suffer. I was named Angelica, Angelica Dawn Voyante, to give you my full moniker, all because I looked like an angel at birth and was born at dawn. I kid you not. With parents like these and their naming skills, you must think that they too suffered... no. They have nice normal names: Rupert and Isabelle. Lucky them. 

Everyone calls me Geli though, as in “jelly”. Haven’t you read my column? Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. Food nicknames are so Hot and will remain so as long as I keep this job. I am Britain’s answer to a non-violent dictator, except I dictate the things that really matter each and every day with my mini-column of the hottest news stories – deciding the topics to be discussed at the dinner table – and then via my Saturday column. 

On Saturdays I control the more serious issues of fashion, style and, more importantly, taste, one limit I have to stick to, but I’m excellent at pushing boundaries because nasty bosses are so Not Hot. Seriously, I have that much influence. If I sneeze, everyone rushes in front of me to catch a cold if I declare colds are, errr, in fact, Hot. 

You’d think with this level of power, I’d be happy, but I’m not. Truth be told, I’m a little… bored. Even worse, I’m a little lonely, or more like a lottle lonely, as I like to say. It’s hard at the top – ask any dictator – and the worst bit? Keeping up the pretence. The spectacularness. Call it what you will, it’s exhausting. Who knew true boredom could be so draining? Who knew pretending could be such hard work? Now I know why actors take so many vacations. 

It takes me about fifteen minutes a day to declare what’s Hot or Not for my mini-column. Two simple picks. It takes me longer to do my hair. I don’t even have to justify my choices to a superior, let alone the lovely British public. I just pick, and here’s how I do it (sorry for shattering the illusion). Basically, I cheat and read the BBC website (hurrah for instant news!) and that’s the basis of my declaration. Never mind that we might take a different angle to the Beeb at the paper, it’s still my source because have you read my newspaper? I need a dictionary on hand if I ever flick through it. My Hot Pick gets put at the top of the front page in red letters with the page number, the Not story at the bottom in blue.

Admittedly, my Saturday column is a little trickier, but it’s not exactly deconstructing Prime Minister’s Question Time. No, I’m merely commenting on fickleness and, before I know it, it seems a trend is set or a reputation broken with no need for scientific studies or opinion polls. To our readership, my word is final.

It’s quite the position of responsibility and one I’m stuck with. I think I will always be known as the Hot or Not girl, defined by it for the rest of my career. Even my tombstone will read: Angelica “Geli” Voyante, beloved trendsetter. Death? Not Hot.

Yet, it doesn’t sound right. Why won’t anyone realise that there is more to me than this fickle persona I have inadvertently become?

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T-minus six days: Geli Voyante's Hot or Not

It's definitely the end of my British summer and autumn has firmly announced its arrival by the sharp drop in temperature over the past few days. Autumn is here, and that means one thing - Geli Voyante's Hot or Not will be published soon.

This time next week I'll be on the second day of my book tour and, no doubt, constantly hitting refresh to see if any new sales or reviews have happened in the five minutes since I last checked! (It's not just me who does this, right?)

T-minus six days. It's so exciting! What are you looking forward to? x

Cover reveal: The Sentinel by Holly Martin

I'm pleased to reveal today the cover for The Sentinel by Holly Martin - out October 16th! What do you think?

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When Eve is rescued from a horrific coach crash by her teachers, she is shocked to discover they possess super strength and speed. But what happens next is even more harrowing. In the aftermath of the crash she discovers that everyone in her life from neighbours, doctors, dentists, teachers, shop keepers and even her family and friends are actually super strength Guardians sent to protect her. They all have one thing in common, a single minded ferocity that she must be kept alive at all costs.

However, she is surrounded by secrets and lies. Those in the know deny all knowledge of what happened that fateful night. Everyone else carries on as normal, seemingly unaware of the new strange world that she has stumbled against.

With the help of Seth, her best friend, Eve discovers the prophecies surrounding her true identity and the super strength she too holds. With her Guardians pledged to protect her, her closest friends ready to die for her, her own hopes and dreams are put on hold whilst she battles to control the amazing powers she has been bestowed with.

But those that seek to destroy her move ever closer. Will the Guardians be enough to protect her when so many are prepared to stop at nothing to see her dead? And will she be strong enough to fulfil her destiny when the time comes?

A fast paced fantasy adventure for young adults. With high speed car chases, airborne fights, amazing stunts and super powered beings, this is a story of loyalty, friendship and love.

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Look out for Holly's Writer Wednesday interview in November! x

Adventure.

"As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen."

~ A.A. Milne

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