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Making a start in romance editing @TheSfEP @HelenSaltEdit #amediting

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

books · romance · romance novels

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?

authors · books · romance

From Regency to sheep farming: Some books I’ve loved in 2016

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

authors · books · romance

A magical fairy tale for the Christmas holidays by author @Gemma_Juliana

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

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Jenny Twist’s magical tale of Christmas in Oxford

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

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Holiday Magic: a heart-warming anthology by the World Romance Writers

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

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Good to meet you…author Kate Blackadder (@k_blackadder)

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)

authors · books · novels · romance

How important is a book’s title? And how do you decide on one?

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?

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