"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

My username comes from the words of wisdom by the 19th century lunatic Mr William Herondale who is a character in the 'Infernal Devices' trilogy by Cassandra Clare.

I used to go by Maggie, which is my real life nickname. You can still call me that because I like to use pretentious phrases like nom de plume!

I'm dyslexic. I started writing as a challenge to myself and to get the voices in my head to shut up, but I don't know if it's worked because the voices are too loud.

I'm a twin. I think my sister is the evil one but most disagree. I've found hitting them doesn't help my cause.

I critique. I don't claim to be an expert but years of being an extremely picky reader has given me insight into what makes a good story. If you want feedback just PM me - any requests on my message board will be ignored/ deleted/ responded to rudely (depends on my mood). The stories must have decent grammar and have been proof-read. I'm not saying it has to be perfect but it is unfair for you to ask me to read something you cannot be bothered to read yourself. Also, nothing with stupid titles.
I reserve the right to decline the request.

I make all my covers myself but the images that I use to make them belong to their respective owners and no copyright infringement was intended.

Some awesome people I met on this site that inspire me to write every day:
@DarlingDevil @PhantasiaAeryn @WendyWrites @LaDameBlanche @PrettyDanish @LivingDeadGirlxox @NicoletteAndrews @AuRevoirSimone @saturn137 @NightRose154 @AlysArden @ddgbooks @dramali
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12 Published Works

Featured work.

In her Shadow

Social data: 93.3K reads. 4.5K votes. 819 comments.

Description: In a bid to break free from her sister's shadow, Rose heads to Paris alone. After one too many drinks in a bar, she finds herself waking up next to the most tempting man she has ever seen. After being used by boys who only want to get to her sis...

#46 in ChickLit

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NeverTrustaDuck commented on In her Shadow - 27. Final Confrontation

Sorry, no epilogue. No the pitch is different to the summary. The pitch is designed to be short and to the point. It's meant to show the central conflict and the hook quickly to get an agent or publisher interested in the MS. If you look on the table of contents, there is a 'chapter' at the beginning called 'The Pitch'.
The FINAL chapter of In Her Shadow has been posted! That's it. It's now marked as complete. Those of you waiting for that 'complete' status, now is the time to go read it. 
      So, how is everyone else's bank holiday going (assuming you have one today!) 
      Happy reading. :D
NeverTrustaDuck commented on Daughter of Dragons - Chapter 2

Short chapter, but a lot of information and definitely entertaining. I like the world you've created. I can't believe there wasn't more traps. It felt a little too easy, until she ran into that boy. What was with the noise she heard? Was that her own paranoia? Anyway, loved it and can't wait for the next chapter.