A while ago I got into conversation with an academic editor called Helen Stevens (@HelenSaltEdit) on Twitter. I’d been posting photos of Saltaire – the village where we live in Yorkshire – and we found we had a lot in common. We decided to meet IRL (or “in real life” – I’m down with the terminology :) ) and…… Continue reading Making a start in romance editing @TheSfEP @HelenSaltEdit #amediting
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)
What do you think about free and discounted ebooks? Do you have hundreds of them on your ereader that you never read? Would you sign up to someone’s newsletter just to get a free book? Or do you think, “Why bother signing up to a newsletter, when there are thousands of free ebooks on Amazon all…… Continue reading Are romance writers devaluing their work with free and discounted books?
A very, very belated Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I last posted here. I love keeping this blog. I love the responses I’ve had to my posts and the people I’ve met in the five years since I first started blogging. But I’ve reluctantly decided I will have to cut down on…… Continue reading What does it take to actually sit down and write your first novel? #amwriting #writetip
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 a great pleasure to welcome Rose Anderson, one of the authors of the World Romance Authors group and a contributor to their delightful new Christmas anthology, Holiday Magic. Rose has dropped by to give us the background to her own story, The Angel of the Westside. Her family history makes an absolutely fascinating read. Thanks for dropping in, Rose!…… Continue reading The Angel of the Westside: a story of the Great Depression #histfic @RoseAnderson_
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)
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?