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2014 in a nutshell.

God, who can believe that it’s nearly 2015?! I can honestly say that this year has quite literally flown by. I can remember every single detail of the year and as always, I’ve had some incredible high and low moments but you know what? They are what make you that much stronger as a person and with only two days left, I came into 2014 in the most amazing way and I’ll be leaving it in the most amazing way – with my friends, food, alcohol and fireworks.

The past year I’ve gone from having crazy coloured hair, losing two jobs, moving back into my parents house and meeting some amazing authors in Edinburgh as well as flying on my own. Flying over to Turkey with two of my best friends to see my best friend who was repping for six months, I passed my driving test, I burned out two clutches on my car, I sat in the back of a police car for the first time and I started a new job. I met an amazing guy who is now my boyfriend, I fell in love after five years of being single and I PUBLISHED A BOOK.

You could say that it’s been quite an eventful year and I regret nothing. Everything that’s happened has created a memory that will stick with me and I have the photos to prove it.

10599482_10152251310991301_6262254467928327376_nPassing my driving test after four months was such a giddy feeling. I could have learnt when I was 17 but I decided that spending a month in Kenya was too important to pass and at 23 I was in a job, earning money to pay towards the lessons and I felt so much more mature than I would have done at 17. It’s given me the freedom to just get in my car and drive without having to ask for lifts and to be picked up from bus and train stops. I love driving even if I have burned out my clutch twice in the past three months I’ve had the car. Oops.

I also met a guy three months ago. A guy who, after the first date, I knew I wanted to spend more time with. And thank God he wanted that too. I met a guy after five years of being single, after five years of being content in not wanting to have a boyfriend; he came along and turned me upside down. He made me fall in love with him and I made him fall in love with me and I couldn’t be any happier than when I get to see him, when he’s a funny jackass to me and when I get to just cwtch up to him and fall asleep beside him. It’s still fresh but I’m so excited to see what is going to happen. We’re going away for the weekend next month for my birthday and then he’s taking me away for a few days in February for an extended birthday present – he just won’t tell me where or what we are doing.

The Deal No 10 KopieAnd finally, maybe the most important part of 2014 was that I turned from a blogger to an author. After a year of writing The Deal, I finally published it on Dec 1st. I got to press ‘publish’ on Craig and Nic’s story. I don’t care about money or ratings or best seller lists, I cared about ticking ‘write a book’ from my bucket list and that’s exactly what I did. I don’t go on Goodreads to look at ratings or reviews, I don’t even look at my KDP page to see how many have been sold because what’s the point of going batshit crazy over it all? So even if you absolutely hate the book or love it, I thank you for reading it!

(I’m going to do a little self-promo here, just because I can. So if you want a little extra hotness in your life, then Grab The Deal now. It’ll also be reduced to 99c for a week in Jan when my tour is happening!)

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/
US: 
http://www.amazon.com/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/
AUS: http://www.amazon.com.au/Deal-Z-Elizabeth-ebook/dp/B00QEIVS2G/

What have been your top three highlights of 2014? Let me know!

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Character Highlights: Jamie from The Deal

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The last post about The Deal was a week or so ago now and since I have been on holiday (or vacation to many of you) and only just coming home on Tuesday morning, I haven’t been able to write any more posts until now.

Zili, from Zili In The Sky book blog was one of my beta readers and she has been a big help in ripping apart The Deal and helping me better it…well duh.

You all know there are nine friends and although some are bigger than others, one character that Zili took a liking to was Jamie. Now, Jamie hasn’t got a massive part in the book, but he does work with Nic and there is a part with him and Nic where he is kind of the Agony Aunt and is giving her advice. I loved writing that part as I felt that was who Jamie was. He’s a bit of a joker, he’s confident and a bit cocky too, but he’s friendly, and protective and he’s there with advice whenever Nic asks for it. Also, as the last one to befriend the group, he is welcomed warmly by everyone…well he starts off rocky with Craig, but you will see why when The Deal is out.

This is how Nic describes him: –

“With his caramel eyes, messy sexed-up hair, thick, black rimmed glasses and from what I can tell, a ripped body, he is the definition of geeky and chic rolled into one…our very own Clark Kent”

And here is a line from Jamie: –

“It’s to gag your woman. I know she’s a chatterbox and it will do her some good to have something constantly in her mouth other than your dick.”

When Zili told me she liked him, I was surprised. I hadn’t given too much thought about Jamie, my mind being on Nic and Craig and of course, Matt, who book two is about, but Zili told me she would love Jamie to get his own book or even a novella. Although I don’t have a book story for Jamie, it would be nice to delve deeper into him. I loved writing the parts he is in, and I think a small novella about him and a certain someone would be a great idea. Perhaps sometime in the future, after book two is written and complete. I’ll make your dream come true, Zili, don’t worry 😉

So, Zili asked me to revive Mancandy Monday for Jamie, and it took a lot of hard work stalking pictures of guys to find Jamie…I had a vision of him but it was difficult to find him…until now.

Here is my Jamie, just for you: (Ignore the tatts and the nose ring, just focus on the hair and the glasses and you have Jamie!)

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His name is Mateus Verdelho and if you google him, he is a fucking badass. I love these two photos of him though as I feel it’s Jamie, so just picture Jamie as this and not the other half naked, tattooed up photos of Mateus 😉