Last week I was at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association conference, and there was plenty going on – old friends to meet up with, cyber friends to get to know in the real world, and new friendships to make. I had a brilliant time, but a lot of it was intense. Usually I spend…… Continue reading Addiction to romance novels is a thing – and science proves it!
It’s not often I have a guest from further north than where I live in Yorkshire, but my visitor today is coming all the way from over the border in bonny Scotland. I like to make my guests welcome with traditional food whenever I can. I’m afraid I have to draw the line at haggis…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Romy Gemmell
Some of you may remember children’s author Penny Estelle from when she visited last year. It’s lovely to welcome Penny again today to discuss her children’s time-slip novels, and Penny has very generously offered to give away a copy of her novel to a lucky commenter. Good to see you again, Penny! * Good morning…… Continue reading Introducing children’s historical author Penny Estelle, plus giveaway
Today the lovely Sara Jayne Townsend is visiting me in Yorkshire. Everyone knows the cliché that all we Brits ever do when we get together is talk about the weather, but ever since Christmas we’ve had good reason. Rain, rain and more rain. Sara and I are just commiserating with each other as the rain…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Sara Jayne Townsend
How quickly the end of 2013 has come round! And what an eventful year it’s been. This is the year I finally became a real published author, and I can still hardly believe it! My debut novel, The Silk Romance, was released in May, followed by my second, The Antique Love, at the end of…… Continue reading My top romances of 2013
A few months ago I interviewed the fabulous brother and sister writing duo Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser on my blog. Today I’m delighted that Heather is back, this time with her solo novel, Dream Shade. And Heather’s brought along one of the characters from her book, too, so we’ve all gone for a…… Continue reading Dream Shade: Introducing the characters from a ghost story – plus giveaway!
Author Stan Hampton, Sr is becoming a regular contributor to my blog. Stan has returned today with some thoughts in anticipation of Hallowe’en, plus a creepy extract from his novel An incident on MSR Tampa. For those of you who haven’t met Stan Hampton yet, here’s an introduction: SS Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw…… Continue reading A Hallowe’en tale of a desert haunting
A few weeks ago I read Mary Waibel’s first novel, Quest of the Hart, which is a lovely reinvention of a fairytale. It’s a reverse sleeping beauty, where the princess goes on a quest to save the prince. The villainous baddie is also a female. It was brilliant. Power to the girls! I’m delighted to…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Mary Waibel
Today’s the day for all lovers of the paranormal, and I’m looking forward to sharing in some of J.D. Brown’s imaginative world-building. J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy for MuseItUp Publishing, and enjoys the paranormal of all kinds, from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghosts. She is an expert in vampire and…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author J.D. Brown
As a writer I’d just love to start my book with a first chapter called something like: “Backstory – read it here”. That would be a brilliant cop out. I could just list all my characters and their lives, something like this: Sarah, the heroine, is a circus clown. Her dad left her when she…… Continue reading Writing tips: How to add backstory without the dreaded info dump