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?

mystery novels · recipes

#Mystery, #romance, and a delicious French-Scottish #recipe for Petticoat Tails

Today sees the release of my romantic suspense collection, A Year of Light and Shadows. Hooray! And it’s an excuse to show my lovely cover again here (I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it :) ) On the release of Palace of Deception (Book One in the Year of Light and Shadows collection) I…… Continue reading #Mystery, #romance, and a delicious French-Scottish #recipe for Petticoat Tails

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

Christmas · short stories

Exquisite Christmas: 21 romance authors share stories and recipes

I’m really thrilled to announce that our holiday short story anthology – Exquisite Christmas: 21 romance authors share stories and recipes – is now available for pre-order. The anthology was put together by a group of authors I belong to called Exquisite Quills. Romance authors are well-known for being supportive of one another, and this …… Continue reading Exquisite Christmas: 21 romance authors share stories and recipes

authors · books · romance · Uncategorized

Gender stereotyping in books: why it’s boys who really suffer

It’s time for another Round Robin post, and this month’s topic is: Do you feel certain genres stereotype men and women? Why do you think that happens? How do you prevent it in your writing? My short answers to those three questions are: I feel all genres are guilty of stereotyping, not just some of…… Continue reading Gender stereotyping in books: why it’s boys who really suffer

authors · books · novels · romance

Good to meet you…author Isabella Connor

Strictly speaking we’re only meeting half of Isabella Connor today – and she’s not called Isabella! Liv Thomas is one half of a writing duo who publish under the lovely name of Isabella Connor. Liv lives in England, and her writing partner, Val, lives in Canada. They’ve never actually met in real life, but they’ve…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Isabella Connor

author interview · novels · romance

Good to meet you…author Helen Pollard

Today I’m introducing an author I’ve met in real life. In fact, Helen Pollard and I met up again just last Saturday, along with a lovely group of authors who all live in t’north of England, and a fabulous time we had, talking about writing and all things romance. Helen’s a lovely person to be…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Helen Pollard