novels · romance · short stories

Letterbox Love Stories: “Hands down, the best anthology I’ve read”

This week has seen soaring temperatures here in the UK – even in the chilly north of England where I live. If it’s hot where you are, and all you want to do is flop down in a deckchair with a glass of something cold and some entertaining stories by award-winning authors – then Letterbox Love Stories is…… Continue reading Letterbox Love Stories: “Hands down, the best anthology I’ve read”

novels · romance

The Master’s Wife – a sweeping historical romance set in Egypt

It was a great pleasure to interview fellow Accent Press author Jane Jackson last year, on release of her historical romance, The Consul’s Daughter (you can read Jane’s interview here). I’m delighted to welcome Jane back today, with a fascinating article on the history behind her sequel, The Master’s Wife. The Master’s Wife Jane Jackson…… Continue reading The Master’s Wife – a sweeping historical romance set in Egypt

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

authors · romance

Win a cute pair of earrings with Marie Laval’s cherry clafoutis recipe! #giveaway

Lots of treats in store today! This week I’m doing a blog swap with French author Marie Laval, and together we’ll be giving away two pairs of these cute pair of summer earrings you see here,  which were handmade by Canadian author Denysé Bridger. (Details of how to win below.) Denysé and Marie are both contributors to…… Continue reading Win a cute pair of earrings with Marie Laval’s cherry clafoutis recipe! #giveaway

romance · world romance writers

An exciting new summer anthology…coming soon! #WRWbuzz

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I’d joined a new, international group of authors called World Romance Writers. I’m very excited to say that our first anthology, entitled Letterbox Love Stories, will soon be released, just in time for the summer holidays. Our stories are the perfect holiday read, with each one set in…… Continue reading An exciting new summer anthology…coming soon! #WRWbuzz

authors · romance · writers

World Romance Writers – a new and exciting group #WRWbuzz

A few months ago I was approached by American author Gemma Juliana regarding an exciting project. Gemma was putting together an international group of authors, whose first release would be an anthology of European-set short stories. I’ve worked with Gemma on a couple of anthologies before – the most recent was the Christmas anthology Exquisite Christmas,…… Continue reading World Romance Writers – a new and exciting group #WRWbuzz

romance · writers

Why romance writers are “frittering their talents away” writing a predictable genre

Earlier this week an author colleague posted a link to a review of her latest novel. The reviewer was highly complimentary regarding the author’s writing skill, but he expressed deep disappointment that a writer of her ability was “frittering away her talents in a genre that didn’t deserve them” – ie romance novels. Boy meets girl, boy…… Continue reading Why romance writers are “frittering their talents away” writing a predictable genre

novels · romance · romantic suspense

Witches, superstition, Scottish romance, and Macbeth

Today sees the release of my romantic suspense novella, The Scottish Diamond – hooray! Earlier this week I wrote about the setting in Edinburgh, along with some photos of that lovely city. Edinburgh can be a beautiful place in the sunshine, but I think even the Scots would agree that in the mist and rain…… Continue reading Witches, superstition, Scottish romance, and Macbeth

romance · romantic suspense · Uncategorized

Edinburgh, Scotland – the perfect setting for mystery and romance

My romantic suspense novella, The Scottish Diamond, is now available on pre-order on Amazon. I really enjoyed writing this story, not least because it’s set in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and a city I love. If you’ve ever visited Edinburgh, you’ll know how easy it is to dream up romance and mystery in this…… Continue reading Edinburgh, Scotland – the perfect setting for mystery and romance

authors · romance · romance novels · writing · writing tips

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