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Ten classic Christmas books for readers of all ages

Another month, another Round Robin! This month’s subject is set by American author Rhobin Courtright. What stories have you written or read where a holiday takes place? Do the holidays ever make it into one of your stories? British readers would answer this question differently from how I guess Rhobin has meant it. For us,…… Continue reading Ten classic Christmas books for readers of all ages

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The supernatural story of the Blue Men of the Scottish sea @MarieLaval1

It’s a great please to welcome romance author, friend and fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member Marie Laval today. I got to know Marie through my first novel, The Silk Romance, which is set in Lyon, which is where Marie comes from. I first interviewed Marie here on my blog almost five years ago, and since…… Continue reading The supernatural story of the Blue Men of the Scottish sea @MarieLaval1

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Four books for Guy Fawkes Night, a grim history, plus a delicious Yorkshire recipe

I’m writing this the day before Guy Fawkes’ Night. Outside there are already fireworks booming all around. Luckily my dog – who is usually hyper anxious – is totally oblivious and is fast asleep beside me. The brilliant Kit Harington stars in the BBC series Gunpowder , which has brought the history behind Guy Fawkes Night back…… Continue reading Four books for Guy Fawkes Night, a grim history, plus a delicious Yorkshire recipe

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From contemporary to historical – is switching genres the right thing to do? #amwriting

Another month and another authors’ Round Robin, and this month’s topic has come at a good time for me again. Thanks for setting the theme, Robin Courtright. I really love these monthly posts. They’re thought-provoking and they’re like therapy! This month’s question is: In what time period do you prefer to set your stories –…… Continue reading From contemporary to historical – is switching genres the right thing to do? #amwriting

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Four of my favourite romance authors in one brilliant collection! @SophieWestonbks

Sophie Weston is a long time member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and for a long time has been one of my favourite category romance authors. I’m absolutely delighted that Sophie is turning her hand to category romance again, and not only that, her new book is part of a collection with three of my…… Continue reading Four of my favourite romance authors in one brilliant collection! @SophieWestonbks

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Blessings in Disguise – Finding Writing Inspiration and Romance in Unlikely Places

This week fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member and Yorkshire lass, Rhoda Baxter, is releasing her contemporary romance Girl in Trouble. Rhoda has come up with a brilliant idea to celebrate, which is to ask her friends to write posts all based on the same theme and publish them on the day of release. I love this,…… Continue reading Blessings in Disguise – Finding Writing Inspiration and Romance in Unlikely Places

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Witches, Macbeth, superstition and mystery in A Year of Light and Shadows

The season of witches, spells, superstition and Hallowe’en is approaching, and it’s a time of year I love. The Yorkshire moors near where I live are shrouded in mist some mornings, and it’s an eerie sight, as you can see from my photo. This was taken on a day when I was standing above the…… Continue reading Witches, Macbeth, superstition and mystery in A Year of Light and Shadows