How Do I Get a Mortgage?

How Do I Get A Mortgage - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI turned 25 a few weeks ago, and I’m still living at home with my parents. It really got me thinking about how much I want to move out and live independently. I think it’s a dream for a lot of young people to move out and have their own place, but it’s never as easy as you think.

Here in the UK, house prices are sky-rocketing. Getting a mortgage is almost impossible, especially for me – a single woman earning an apprentice’s wage. The government keep saying that they’re doing everything they can for first-time buyers like myself, but it still doesn’t help me.

I just happen to live in an area where properties are ridiculously expensive, it’s nothing like London, but it’s still pretty expensive. A two bedroom flat in a good area can be £200,000, and there’s no point in me even looking at houses! I’m from a family that never has had much money. My parents certainly can’t help me with a deposit for a house, and I’ve got no grandparents, so no inheritance to hope for. (That sounds morbid, but you know what I mean!)

I really am going to have to do this all on my own. Continue reading “How Do I Get a Mortgage?”


Book 3 Cover Reveal

Liliana Trilogy Book 3 Cover Reveal - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe third book in the Liliana Trilogy finally has a release date! On 31st August 2017, you’ll be able to get a copy of the last installment, however, I’m not quite ready to release the title or cover.

Over the next week, I’ll be teasing the cover on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so if you want to catch a glimpse, use the links at the bottom of this post to keep track of the reveal.

The final reveal will, along with pre-order link, will be here on 30th June. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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Character Inspiration: People Watching

Character Inspiration People Watching - Lauren Mayhew AuthorI love to people watch. I could literally watch people all day. Some of them are just so fascinating.

Have you ever been sat somewhere, and watched a person run through a town centre? Did a part of you ever wonder what they were up to? Did you then find yourself creating a scenario in your head about what it is they’re doing? If you did, then you’ve essentially created a character. If you’ve never done this, you’re seriously missing out! Continue reading “Character Inspiration: People Watching”

50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 3

As you can see from the picture on the left, I completed my 50,000 words in 50 days challenge! I’m feeling very proud of myself right now, as this book just did not want to be written.

If you’ve followed my previous blogs about writing the Liliana trilogy, you’ll know that I really struggled to write the second book. It took me 18 months – yes that’s right – 18 long, long months. Because of this, I sort of fell out of love with writing this series, and I had no motivation whatsoever to write the third one. With a challenge like this one, I had no choice but to write it.

Obviously, it’s nowhere near finished. It’s probably the worst draft I’ve ever written, but that’s the whole point of doing a challenge like this. It’s quantity, not quality. You put the quality in during draft 2 and the edits! Continue reading “50,000 Words in 50 Days – Update 3”

Book Promo

I’m really trying my hardest to give ‘Mourning Memories’ the best release possible, so I’m doing what I didn’t do with ‘Reality is in a Dream’. I’m going to try and promote it with the help of a few awesome newsletters.

First on the list, and a website I stumbled upon a while ago, Their book submission is free, which has actually surprised me! Fingers crossed they accept my book for their Newsletter. A few places I’ve looked at, and been rejected from, don’t like new releases, but here’s hoping! Continue reading “Book Promo”

Emerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven

EmergeEmerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven  – 4.5 Stars


Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You’re born. You live. You die.

She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t. Continue reading “Emerge: The Awakening – Melissa A. Craven”

Emerge: The Edge – Melissa A. Craven

Emerge The Edge by Melissa CravenEmerge: The Edge – Melissa A. Craven  – 4 Stars

Blurb: Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence.
He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get through each day, overwhelmed by the pain and loss of everyone around him. As Aidan fights a constant battle to control the gifts that threaten to push him over the edge, he dreads the day his world will look to him to fulfill a prophecy he doesn’t believe in. Continue reading “Emerge: The Edge – Melissa A. Craven”

Free eBook – Again!

I’ve put my book, ‘Reality is in a Dream’, up for free again if anyone is interested in a paranormal fantasy ebook?

Here’s the blurb: Most dreams are a reflection of recent events in your waking life. Not for Liliana. Hers begin to reveal a forgotten life – memories that fill her with joy and fear.

When a pair of eyes begins to watch her from the sky, she cannot shake away the feeling of dread that washes over her with their every appearance.

The only person that she can trust to help her is her best friend Justin. Together they begin to decipher Liliana’s dreams in an attempt to uncover the truth, but it soon becomes clear that they are dealing with events that are far beyond their imagination.

The more that the two of them uncover, the harder it becomes for Liliana to distinguish between two realities. Has her thirst for answers put her and Justin in danger?

Chapter 1 can be read here.

Links for free download: Amazon UK  –  Amazon US (It’s also available in all countries!)

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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