Nifty November

It’s Monday again. But hey, it’s November and that means it’s my birthday month. Whoop whoop! Anyone out there participating in NaNoWriMo? I’m (technically) not this year. I’m nearly done with the first draft of Mishka’s sequel. My goal is to have it out in 2018 sometime. I’ll keep you updated.

Good news, I had my first book signing this last weekend at Plot Twist Bookstore in Ankeny, Iowa. Great news, I sold out! Always a good feeling for an Indie author. I believe the bookstore will have a couple copies in case you missed me.

I’ll finish up by posting two new 5 star reviews for Assassin By Day. If you’ve read it, don’t forget to post a review to Amazon and/or Goodreads. It helps us out, believe me.

VINE VOICEon October 29, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Complex plot and terrific pacing that kept me guessing all the way through this romance. Felt real suspense as I became invested in Mischka’s quest to uncover secrets about her past and her mother’s death. And the men her in life, new and old…tugged at my heart too.
on October 31, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Mischka’s mission to find out things kept in her past was gripping. And the men the story keep you interested in the story more. Compelling, and intriguing plot. Good book.
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Q&A with Isabella May

Isabella May is incredible. Don’t believe me? Check out this blurb about her upcoming book Oh! What a Pavlova:

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation. 

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Wow! That sounds intense and is already downloaded to my Kindle. I absolutely love the name too 🙂


Isabella and I sat down for a little fun Q&A. Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

1. What was the first book that made you cry?

Isabella: Watership Down. I had two pet rabbits – Candy and Floss – at the time, and even now I can’t think about the story for too long before tears begin to prick at my eyes… seriously.

2: What is your writing Kryptonite?

Isabella: Coffee – just the one, but coffee!

3. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Isabella: Jot everything down! I only seriously started to brainstorm book ideas ten years ago. Think how many great ideas we lose simply because we didn’t have the self-belief to record them!

4. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Isabella: I have much more of the above word nowadays: self-belief. I also write faster (not in a ‘churning them out’ kind of way… I hope), I think we learn how not to write a book through writing and re-writing our first book. I was stunned to have written my second novel in a matter of months, but the words flowed, the inspiration never lost its momentum and I just went with that, trusting it would turn into something that equated a novel.

5. How do you select the names of your characters?

Isabella: I try to bear in mind the age and the era of both the characters and setting. That’s important credibility-wise. I also try not to have characters appearing in the same scenes with names starting with the same letter… or names that rhyme… It may sound a little pedantic, but, as a reader these are the first things I pick up on in novels and they do have a tendency to bug throughout the book and even confuse. If you have a James and a Jack in the same chapter – along with a Sara and a Savanna – it can become tricky to remember who is in a relationship with who!

6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Isabella: I’ve gone from around seven years for ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’, to nine months for my second novel, The Cocktail Bar. I guess I will know the real answer to that when I have written book three.

7. Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

Isabella: I had a burning desire to dispel the myth that a violent relationship is violent all the time: it’s not always the case. I also wanted to create a story which showed that the victim of domestic violence often lives two (or even three or more) very different lives. Behind closed doors is one thing, but often the Shiny Happy side of that very same person in the work place/with friends or family/in the public eye can be 180 degrees different. This separate life is very often their coping mechanism. In Kate Clothier’s case (she’s the protagonist in my novel), her outer life involves much comedy, cake and travel. Yes, it’s a huge contrast but without that distraction to keep her somewhat level-headed, she’d probably be dead.

8. Do you have any more books coming out in the next year?

Isabella: Not this year… however on February 13th 2018, The Cocktail Bar will be published. I am super excited about this one, having written it in a much shorter period of time. It’s another foodie/drinkie, comedic, spiritual, travel-based read packed full of jump-off-the-page characters. Once more, it’s set in the mystical town of Glastonbury, UK, but the main character, River Jackson (ex rocker of the indie band, Avalonia), travels to Tequila, Mexico and Prague too. There’s a love triangle, the Mean Girl from hell, loads of exotic cocktails, a magical Mexican elixir that goes AWOL, a fall out between two sisters over the artist, Sting… and a whole heap of ‘miracles’.

9. If you could spend the day with one author (living or dead), who would it be and why?

Isabella: Just one? I am going to say Paulo Coehlo then. And I would eke out every ounce of spiritual wisdom from him (as well as his secrets to being so flippin’ successful as a writer).

10. What genre do you enjoy reading?

Isabella: Lots! My own writing crosses genres and so my reading trends follow suit. At the moment I am reading a cosy crime mystery novel – which is very unusual for me as I hardly ever dip into this genre – but I am actually really enjoying it! I love contemporary fiction, literary fiction, good romcom and chicklit now and then too… but just because it’s a lighter read, it does need to be really well written and unpredictable. I also love tales with a spiritual thread and uplifting non-fiction. I’m a huge Hay House fan. And I love nothing better than to curl up with one of Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks, which is like a novel in itself!

11. What genre do you write and why?

Isabella: The easiest way to give my genre a label is to call it contemporary fiction. In reality my current novel straddles contemporary, domestic noir, comedy, a hint of chicklit and even, at times, a hint of the literary. ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ could also be classed as a Mind Body Spirit read too… or travel fiction. I’m one of those irksome authors who just loves to break the rules…

12. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Isabella: The endless hours of creativity stretching before me with a coffee in hand!

13. Is writing your full time job or do you moonlight?

Isabella: Writing is my full-time (part-time) job. I am lucky in many respects to be able to say that. However, my kids go to Spanish school which not only finishes at 2pm each day… but they also have a whopping 11 week vacation in the summer. And then of course, when you consider the amount of marketing all authors have to do to be half successful nowadays, I don’t think any of us have the luxury of calling writing a full-time job any longer.

14. If you suddenly became famous overnight because of your books, what is the first thing you would do?

Isabella: Shake up the publishing industry by organising a great strike until all writers are paid/paid properly, and recognised entirely for their craft! Publishers (and here, of course, I am not talking about mine!) offering laughable royalty fees would be a thing of the past. This would also have the fantastic ripple effect of *hopefully* sending many a ‘celeb’ author on a much-needed writing course/into early writing retirement, because their ghostwriter ‘counterparts’ would be taking much more of their hard-earned glory on the front cover of their work, leading to more room on the shelves for the rest of us.

Amazing chat! Thanks for coming, Isabella. Want more from this special lady? Here’s how to get in touch.

Author Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…

You can follow Isabella May on her website and social media here:

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook –

Instagram – @isabella_may_author


5 Star Review

Okay, so if you weren’t at my online release party, I want to reiterate how important reviews are to authors. If you were there, this is just a repeat, so excuse the redundancy.

Every single review helps Amazon decide which author books to promote to potential readers AND helps move me up the bestseller lists.

Your review doesn’t need to be long, so a one-liner, paragraph or even a ‘Awesome-sauce story’ works for me!

If you loan the book out or borrow it from a friend, you BOTH can (and should) leave a review! It’s the best gift you could give an author (besides buying the book).

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Now, on to my 1st 5-star review. Eeek! Thank you so much! Love it!

*****A racy, pacey thriller of a read! This is such a different book and besides Tessa Robertson’s exquisite and very clever use of language, what I most love is the lead female breaks all the rules! So refreshing. I was unable to put this story down. Definitely a writer to watch…*****

Can’t wait to read more of the reviews that come in. 🙂

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❤ Tessa ❤

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Release Party!

Assassin By Day is LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Commence dancing like a fool because I’m stoked!!!!!!

If you didn’t already know, I’m hosting a Facebook party pretty much ALL day long and I’m giving away prizes 🙂 🙂 🙂

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On another note: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I think that’s all for now.


Pre-Order Available now!

**Tessa Robertson’s Assassin By Day releases September 20. Treat yourself now.**
#Reveal #thriller #romance #CrookedCat
What would you do if the mystery to your mother’s death lay with your employer?

After years of unanswered questions, Mishka Vald sets out to uncover the skhodka’s involvement in her past. What she doesn’t expect is to join forces with men who push her to become a double-agent and confirm her future. While hunting down leads, the ruthless assassin realizes a life in the shadows is the only way for her to protect those she loves.

For Mishka, forbidden love is worth the pain when it comes to Eddie Harper, a military man turned cop. Her affection waivers when duty comes first and she joins forces with an elite Russian soldier, Alexei Petrovich. With a blackmailer threatening her school love, she seeks refuge with a fellow assassin, Nickolas Volkov. And when pushed too far, she’s ushered to a secure location…and straight into the arms of mysterious handyman, Dylan Kain. As the pieces fall into place, their mangled order reveals each man’s true intention. Whose deceit can she accept and whose will obliterate her?

All roads lead back to the woman she thought dead—her mother. Now, as weddings are crashed and alliances tested, Mishka uncovers a deadly game and the players involved. Her heart, once unable to budge, is thrust into action, but which man can keep her soul intact?Updated Cover


Cover Reveal

And now the moment, we’ve all been waiting for: the Cover Reveal for Assassin by Day 🙂

Make sure to add it to your ‘to read’ list. Shout out to #CrookedCat for the incredible cover.

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Character Inspiration

Everyone needs inspiration when it comes to characters. Pretty sure that’s why Pinterest was invented. Here is a collage of the MCs in my upcoming book. Mishka, Demetri, Alexei, Eddie and finally Nickolas. Deliciousness 😉 I’ll just leave that right there for your #ManCrushMonday drool-fest

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