books · romance · romance novels · writing

Have your romance novel title in print…and win a lovely prize!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that over the past year I published two romantic suspense novellas – Palace of Deception and The Scottish Diamond. I’m planning to combine these two novellas into one full-length print edition (and into a boxed set for the ebook version), along with a short story that will bring…… Continue reading Have your romance novel title in print…and win a lovely prize!

books · romance · yorkshire

Celebrating the county of Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day, and a Yorkshire-set #romance

August 1st is Yorkshire Day, when we in Yorkshire celebrate everything that’s great about our county. We Yorkshire folk don’t need much excuse to show our pride in our home, and in fact we take a lot of ribbing for it, with plenty of jokes from other parts of the country at our expense, eg “How can…… Continue reading Celebrating the county of Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day, and a Yorkshire-set #romance

authors · books · round robin

What makes some books so memorable? #amreading a #goodread

Another month, and time for another Round Robin, and this month’s topic has been set for us by author Dr Bob Rich: What makes a book memorable? What a great question, and I expect every reader will answer it in a different way. For me, the books I remember are ones that have “spoken” to me; there’s something in…… Continue reading What makes some books so memorable? #amreading a #goodread

authors · books · romance

Another Glass of Champagne – a new release from @JennyKaneAuthor

I interviewed fellow Accent Press author Jenny Kane last year (interview here) and it’s a great pleasure to welcome the lovely Jenny back to my blog again today to tell us about her new novel Another Glass of Champagne. Congratulations on release, Jenny! From Coffee to Champagne by Jenny Kane This month I am celebrating the release…… Continue reading Another Glass of Champagne – a new release from @JennyKaneAuthor

books · romance novels · romantic suspense

How conflict can be understated, plus a #FREE romance novella

Another month – and another Round Robin already! This month the topic is “Confrontation creates powerful drama. Use one scene you’ve written (published or not) that shows confrontation between characters with a brief explanation.” My romantic suspense novella The Scottish Diamond is on a free promotion this weekend (until 24th May 2016) and so I…… Continue reading How conflict can be understated, plus a #FREE romance novella

author interview · authors · books · novels

The Woolworths Girls – a WWII historical novel by @elaineeverest

I first met Elaine Everest two years ago when she and I were both contenders for the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme Award. I interviewed Elaine here on my blog at the time, and it’s a great pleasure to welcome her back with news of her new release. The Woolworths Girls is published by Pan MacMillan,…… Continue reading The Woolworths Girls – a WWII historical novel by @elaineeverest

authors · books · writing

Why Amazon’s new rules are good for authors #amazongiveaway

Recently I’ve heard a lot of authors discussing the benefits of running an Amazon Giveaway , and so last week I decided to try it out for myself. Anyone can set up a giveaway on Amazon (although at the moment, the only people who can actually enter the giveaway are customers in the US -…… Continue reading Why Amazon’s new rules are good for authors #amazongiveaway

authors · books · romance · round robin

Bad boys in fiction – why we love them, yet revile the bad girls

It’s time for another Round Robin, and another thought-provoking topic, especially for romance authors and readers: In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, why do you think “bad” boys are so popular as heroes, and “bad” girls so often reviled? In real life, can those labelled “bad” really change, or are such fictional romances misleading? This…… Continue reading Bad boys in fiction – why we love them, yet revile the bad girls

authors · books · mystery · romance

Good to meet you…author Angela Wren

I’m delighted to welcome Angela Wren for my very first author interview of 2016. Angela and I are both members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and we’ve actually met in real life a few times – besides which, Angela is a fellow Yorkshire lass, so we’ve met for tea and cake on several occasions :)…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Angela Wren

books · Christmas

Happy “Jólabókaflóð” – an Icelandic tradition for book lovers at Christmas!

A few days ago my niece told me of a great Icelandic tradition called the “Jólabókaflóð” – literally, the Christmas Book Flood. Apparently Icelanders love books perhaps more than any other nation in the world, and every Christmas everyone will find at least one book under their Christmas tree. In fact, it’s a tradition in…… Continue reading Happy “Jólabókaflóð” – an Icelandic tradition for book lovers at Christmas!