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Are romance writers devaluing their work with free and discounted books?

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?

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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!

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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

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The importance of setting in a romance novel, with author Jennifer Young

I’m chuffed to welcome back Scottish author Jennifer Young today. Jennifer is a fellow member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and she came to my blog last year (you can read her interview here). We’ve met several times in real life through the RNA, and I’m looking forward to meeting Jennifer even more often when…… Continue reading The importance of setting in a romance novel, with author Jennifer Young

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Jill Barry’s Crazy Days of Christmas, plus a scrumptious recipe for trifle

Well, the weather outside really is frightful, but sadly not in a “Let It Snow” sort of a way. It has rained and rained and rained. Thanks very much to my guest today, Jill Barry, for taking a break from her house move and travelling over from wet and windy Wales to cheer us up.…… Continue reading Jill Barry’s Crazy Days of Christmas, plus a scrumptious recipe for trifle

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Good to meet you…author Deirdre Palmer

Deirdre Palmer has travelled all the way from the south coast to be with me in Yorkshire, and today’s a landmark day for me because Deirdre is the first person called Deirdre I’ve ever actually met. (Although actually, to be honest, even now we’re only meeting virtually :) ) When I was a child I…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Deirdre Palmer

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A fresh take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream #midsummerdreams

Today is the release of Alison May’s novel, Midsummer Dreams, a delightful take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Besides writing a fresh take on Shakespeare, Alison has come up with a fresh take on book promotion. Today, more than twenty other authors and I are all posting on three dream- related themes. (You can…… Continue reading A fresh take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream #midsummerdreams