I don’t normally start a post with a negative headline – who wants to read about misery? – but this subject has been on my mind recently…and in any case, I have the perfect excuse! It’s time for March’s Round Robin, and this month the question is: Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and…… Continue reading Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)
It’s coming up to the end of another year and this is my fourth Christmas running this blog. I didn’t know when I started just how much fun I’d have with it, how many people I’d meet, and how many authors and book lovers I’d come to know because of it. I remember writing my first…… Continue reading From Regency to sheep farming: Some books I’ve loved in 2016
It’s a great pleasure to welcome author Gemma Juliana today. Gemma is the inspiration and guiding light of the World Romance Writers group. Their latest release – Holiday Magic – is a collection of uplifting and heartwarming stories that are absolutely perfect to delve into over Christmas. Gemma is here today to talk about her own story in…… Continue reading A magical fairy tale for the Christmas holidays by author @Gemma_Juliana
It’s the final Round Robin of 2016, and I can hardly believe it! Has someone put me in a time machine and zoomed me to the end of the year? It seems no time at all since I was opening the first page of my 2016 calendar! Talking of endings and beginnings is the perfect…… Continue reading Prologues and epilogues – is there a point to them?
Earlier this week I wrote about Holiday Magic, a new anthology of heart-warming stories for the Christmas season by the World Romance Writers group of authors. Today I’m delighted to welcome one of the authors, Jenny Twist, who is here to talk about her story, Marion. I met Jenny through our last anthology, Letterbox Love Stories. The…… Continue reading Jenny Twist’s magical tale of Christmas in Oxford
Earlier this year I contributed a story called Come Date Me in Paris to the Letterbox Love Stories collection put together by the World Romance Writers group. It was great fun being part of the anthology, and I loved writing my French-set story – and getting to know my French hero. (You can read all…… Continue reading Holiday Magic: a heart-warming anthology by the World Romance Writers
It’s a real pleasure to welcome Scottish author Kate Blackadder today. Kate is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the author of more than fifty short stories and serials for magazines such as The People’s Friend. Today Kate is here as part of a blog tour for the release of her first full-length…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Kate Blackadder (@k_blackadder)
Today I’m stepping out of the world of fiction in order to introduce author Dr Val Wilson, who has just released a self-help book for diabetes sufferers. I’ve known Val for a while now in cyber-space and I really admire her hard work and determination and her constant good humour. She always puts a smile on my…… Continue reading How to take control of your #diabetes: a new approach by Dr Val Wilson
A couple of years ago I was part of a recipe book called Bake, Love, Write, in which best-selling authors shared their favourite dessert recipes. (There are some amazing recipes in the book, and it’s well worth checking out – especially coming up to Christmas.) One of the great things about being part of this collaboration…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Judy Penz Sheluk
A couple of weeks ago I started a competition on my blog to come up with a title for my collection of romantic suspense novellas. Lots of people got in touch. I was really excited with the response, and I’m thrilled to announce I’ve chosen the winner…and it’s the perfect title. Hooray! I’m absolutely chuffed to bits. Thanks so much to everyone who…… Continue reading How important is a book’s title? And how do you decide on one?