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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?

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Good to meet you…author Kristy Tate

 It’s a beautiful autumn day today – the sun is shining, and the sky is a lovely crisp blue. The shops are full of Hallowe’en wares already, and my grocer’s has piles of pumpkins outside the front. It’s the perfect time to host Kristy Tate – an author who writes about witches! Where do you…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Kristy Tate

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Ten great openings to romantic novels

In the past month a list of great opening lines in literature has appeared separately in The Irish Times (Ten great opening lines in literature), The Telegraph (The best opening lines in literature) and The Independent (First lines in fiction) I love a good list, and not only that, I was here first!  In October…… Continue reading Ten great openings to romantic novels

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Valentines or marriage guidance: which fictional couples really get their happy ever after?

Well, perhaps this post is a little cynical for Valentine’s Day!  I decided to write it, though, because a couple of weeks ago J.K. Rowling said she thought Hermione and Ron in the Harry Potter series are heading towards marriage guidance counselling and not a Happy Ever After.  She explained how she brought Hermione and…… Continue reading Valentines or marriage guidance: which fictional couples really get their happy ever after?

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Etiquette, flirting and hidden passions: all the thrill of the Regency ballroom

Yay, it’s Friday!  Tonight I’m going to sit down with a big bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and a glass of wine, and I’m going to watch a programme I’ve been looking forward to for ages.  It’s called Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball.  The programme recreates in full the dramatic events of the Netherfield…… Continue reading Etiquette, flirting and hidden passions: all the thrill of the Regency ballroom