Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Stella Wilkinson - New Release : Romancing the Stove

Dear Readers

Romancing the Stove is out now on Amazon

About the book:
Typical lad Harvey is embarrassed to be seen taking lessons in Home Economics, but he needs to pass the class to get his place at college. Having to sit next to girly-girl Paige makes him dislike it even more, but gradually he begins to be seduced by her cooking if not by the subject itself.

A sweet fun romance novella, from Stella Wilkinson, award winning author of The Flirting Games Series

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Books available by Stella Wilkinson:
The Flirting Games (Book One, Free!)
More Flirting Games (Book Two)
Further Flirting Games (Book Three)
The Flirting Games Trilogy (Books 1 - 3)
Good @ Games (Book Four)
Halloween Magic & Mayhem (Book One, Free!)
Werewolf Magic & Mayhem (Book Two)
Solstice Magic & Mayhem (Book Three)
Notice Me
A Christmas Gift
Romancing the Stove

Box Sets and Anthologies:
Riot Girls
Supernatural Touch
Something to Read on the Ride
Something to Take on the Trip
Something for the Journey
Something to Read (Omnibus Edition)
Stories on the Go : 101 very short stories by 101 authors
The Indie Author Potluck Cookbook

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Writing Romance is Hard

Writing romance is hard when you just aren't in a romantic mood. If you feel at all bad tempered it's almost impossible to write about being in love, and most of all it's hard to write romantic comedy. My books are supposed to be light and fluffy, but also a little bit funny and a little bit sexy. 

All day I've been chasing the romance like this:

Somehow just missing that elusive connection between the characters. I even ended up putting in an extra scene because I just didn't want them to meet while I was feeling like this in case I set their relationship off on completely the wrong path and they never came back from it.

But you know what, there is always something to find on the internet that can turn your mood around. I was grumpily searching gifs to find something that set the tone to help me and I found it. This one made me laugh out loud, and is it wrong that I also think it is also totally sexy too? Yeah it probably is, but I don't care. It made my day and put my romance right back on track.
I love you Nathan and yeah okay, I would ;-)

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Winning Title for Book Five!

The title of the new book will be : Flirting with Friends

Thank you to everyone who took part in suggesting names for the title and I'm very sorry if your title was not the one selected. As a bonus I will be sending each of you who entered, a free copy of book five when it comes out, simply because you are fantastic.
Love Stella xx

Have you read the first four? Click on books below to go to Amazon page

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Those covers are all wrong...

Today I was telling my great aunt about the design of the cover of my latest book, Book 5 in The Flirting Games Series, and she told me that my covers were all wrong. Apparently readers want more romance and my "quirky" covers are not selling that.

Bare in mind that my great aunt has not actually ever read one of my books, but she suggested I should have more "Fabio" on the front. Well, I had to look that one up. It turns out that Fabio was the model used on hundreds of book covers back in the 1980's. Even you, dear readers born after that date will probably recognise him, heck he even wrote a few books starring - yes you guessed it - himself on the cover!
Check these out:

So what do you think? Is this really the type of romance I write? I think my aunt has a very different view of my work than I do. 

She thinks my books are like this:
But in reality they are much more like this:

So what do you think? Should my covers be way more slushy? Or do you like them as they are? Keep checking the website for a sneak preview of the new cover, coming soon!


If you haven't read books 1-4 yet, click on the books to go to Amazon

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Teen Flirting Tips

Disclaimer: I didn't write this, it was sent to me by a fan who asked if I would consider using it, and of course I am happy to put it on my blog as the subject is relevant. I have not changed anything and none of these words are mine or edited by me. Stella x

(Though I did get a good laugh when I found this flirting gif and just had to insert it!)


Teen flirting tips by Linda Wright

The first and foremost step while initiating any advance towards a person whom you’d like to flirt with is to get to know that you have got their attention and to make sure that they know you have got an eye on them. As difficult as it may sound, it actually isn’t that tedious of a job. All you have to do is to make a proper eye contact. It doesn’t have to be a long uninterrupted gaze sort of act rather a subtle and multiple eye contacts followed by a subtle smile might just work. In all the settings, it is a rule of thumb to keep it smooth because as these situations might act up towards something more firm similar and rather greater are the chances of such advances backfiring resulting in making the other person conscious of your actions.

Once a proper conversation setting is set up, next comes the step of establishing and maintaining a good flow of conversation. The topic of which does not always have to be you or the other person. It can literally be anything, but the important part is to keep on doubling back and coming to the point where you pass a smooth remark to appraise them or just to let them know that you are interested in them as well. This can be in the form of a compliment towards their outlook, and particular habit or something that they said earlier. A good sense of humor is a plus and essentially a must in some par difficult situation when the other person is hard to get. While using sense of humor, keep it low key. It does not always have to be a joke. One can always act dumb and let themselves become the target of some situation going on and hence become a way of the other person to chuckle. Overdoing humor always kills the whole thing.

In the last but not least is the body language that one uses while flirting with the other person. Expression of interest as mentioned earlier is essential and it has to be maintained by your verbal language and body actions. One has to be a good listener and an active one. Express your interest in everything that they say. Sit while facing in their direction. Lean forward while saying something to them and try to speak in the same tone as they are. The ups and downs of voice can also come handy in situations that are not paying much attention to your conversation. Hand gestures are crucial and must be dealt with carefully. A lot of movement might just kill the whole thing as the other person will be busier judging your fidgeting leg or the swaying hand then in the conversation itself. Make appropriate physical contact but not too much. A brush of hand against their arm or a gentle poke might just do the trick in most of the occasions. No matter what manner you chose to flirt, the important thing is to be yourself. It is only then that you can flirt as well as keep yourself in a happy zone as well otherwise it might just come off as a job which one is not always in the mood to pull off.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Competition! Name the next book in The Flirting Games Series

Hi Readers!

I'm currently writing book five in The Flirting Games Series and can't decide what to call it. So I thought I would run a competition and see if one of you can come up with a fab flirty suggestion for the title. The winner will have the book dedicated to them as an acknowledgement of their contribution and will of course get a free copy of the book.

The titles so far:
The Flirting Games #1
More Flirting Games #2
Further Flirting Games #3
Good @ Games #4
? #5

So can you come up with something? The storyline is full of flirting challenges:

Michael is struggling to work out the rules of dating and finds girls a mystery. The only one he can seem to talk to is Patty, who considers herself the funny fat friend and only has eyes for cute geek Reed, who for some reason is dating mean girl Bianca. Patty is convinced they are all with the wrong person and sets out to put it right...

Email your suggestions to swilkinsonauthor@gmail.com or through the contact form on my website stellawilkinson.com. You can enter as many times as you like, but you must sign up to the mailing list to enter as entrance is for list members only, new members can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/wEMmD
Competition closes 17 April 2015 at midnight GMT. The winner will be notified by email. If you don't hear from me then I'm sorry but you didn't win this time.

Best of luck! Stella x


Monday, 22 December 2014

I'm missing Constantine! (the TV Series)

I just wondered, am I the only one having Constantine withdrawal?

They give you a new show, you get completely and utterly hooked, and then what happens? It didn't air on Saturday (here in the UK) as expected... I spent the entire evening tapping my kindle trying to make it update, but oh no, it turns out that there is a break until mid-January!! How rude is that?

He's currently lying in a sewer, shot and bleeding out with a ghoul from hell about to feast on him, and I'm left drumming my fingers like a base double beat for three weeks?? NOoooooo!

I just can't say enough good things about this show. Season one is just over half way through and I can see it's going to have a massive cult following. Move aside Angel, Scoot over Supernatural, What-evs Warehouse, there's a new king in cult town and he is seriously sexy.

This show is dark. Dark, like I actually got a bit spooked out watching it on my own. Some properly scary moments kept me on the edge of my seat. These characters are only from Episode one, and the show doesn't really hit it's stride until Episode three at the earliest

 Yet it's funny too. Real humour! Fantastic one liners that will be quoted for years, and the eye-rolling of Constantine at things like angels (flap off!) made me giggle out loud. And amusing things that catch the eye in the background like this sign behind him.

 Oh, and there's plenty of sci-fi trivia for us geeks, things alluded to, little quips about other characters from the comics that kind of thing. Even a mention of other dimensions to account for the film. And stuff for the spotters (hidden easter eggs), like the helmet of Doctor Fate, which Liv picks up, and John tells her "I'd put that down before it puts you down." In fact, according to this website there are 17 Easter Eggs just in Episode One http://screenrant.com/constantine-pilot-easter-eggs-comic-trivia/

There is an excellent cast for this series too. Matt Ryan looks better than he ever has as John Constantine, and the current female lead, Zed, is one of those women that men want and other women still really like. (Not to mention most of her wardrobe, which I really really like!)
Check out these two urban gothic items (both from Free People fyi)

The woman originally cast to play opposite Constantine was Liv, who was basically written out after episode one in favour of Zed. I could totally see the reasoning behind that; there just wasn't any sexual chemistry between them. I don't know why, I guess sometimes it just works and sometimes it doesn't. But with Zed it is definitely there!
You can check out the body language in this picture, but I confess it was really just an excuse to put in a pic of Matt with his shirt off, sorry!

Although, actually, his chemistry is fairly hot with almost every woman he comes accross, even nuns

And for those in the know, the comic book version of Constantine is in fact bisexual, so maybe there is even a hint of flirtation with the other guys? I'll leave that up to you to decide.

Anyway. This new series is the perfect blend of dark and scary with plenty of humour, an excellent cast and a fantastic premise. The storyline needs fleshing out though, you can tell they have only one season planned right now, which is truly terrifying - how could they get us so hooked with no promise in the bag for more? I think I'll go into melt down if they don't and write it myself! That's the problem with being an author, when you see something this good you just want to take over and start writing scripts, or even fan fiction, just for another hit of Constantine!

 Oh well, now I've got that off my chest. I can go back to my current work in progress, Solstice Magic & Mayhem, which might come out a lot darker than previously intended since I've been loading my subconscious up with all these demons... lol

Do check out books one and two in the series, and drop me a line with any comments on them or, of course, on Constantine  :-)
Stella x

Click on the above Covers to go to Amazon page!

 And keep a look out for the next one, isn't my newest cover fabulous?