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8 books for romantic fiction writers for pleasure and research

Another month, another authors’ Round Robin! And this month our topic is set by author Rhobin Courtright… How much reading do you do, both for pleasure and for a work in progress? The answer is… a lot! Like nearly all writers I know, I have at least one book on the go all the time.…… Continue reading 8 books for romantic fiction writers for pleasure and research

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The positive messages of romance novels

Another month of the year has gone by, and a terrible month it’s been, both for the world, and for me personally. So I’m especially glad this month to welcome the topic of our authors’ Round Robin, set by author Rhobin Lee Courtright. What messages do your books hold for your readers? I write –…… Continue reading The positive messages of romance novels

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#Respectromfic! In praise of romance, with ten of my favourite romantic novels of the year

It’s time for another post in praise of romantic fiction. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might say, ‘Not another article explaining why romance novels are worthy of respect. Do we really need one?’ Sadly, it seems we still do! :( At the end of November, Andrew Holgate, literary editor of…… Continue reading #Respectromfic! In praise of romance, with ten of my favourite romantic novels of the year

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Where Do Ideas Come From? 6 Tips on Finding Inspiration

It’s another month, and another of our authors’ Round Robins… This month our topic is set by author Fiona McGier: Where do ideas come from? Creative inspiration seems like a sort of magic, and one of the wonders of the human mind. It’s amazing to think how an idea or image in someone else’s brain…… Continue reading Where Do Ideas Come From? 6 Tips on Finding Inspiration

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6 of my favourite romantic novels

This month our authors’ Round Robin question is one of the most difficult so far… What are your favourite books of all time, in your favourite genres? Vintage romance. Image courtesy of Pixabay What a question to have to answer! I have SO many favourite books, whittling down a list is like having to kill…… Continue reading 6 of my favourite romantic novels

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Good to meet you…author Ruby Moone (@RubyMooneWriter)

I’m delighted to welcome author friend Ruby Moone to my blog today, on one of the hottest weeks of the year so far. We’re not used to these hot temperatures here in the north of England, but I’ve got us some chilled Vimto and some Fab ice lollies. Hopefully that will keep us cool as…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Ruby Moone (@RubyMooneWriter)

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Good to meet you…author Zoe May (@zoe_writes)

It’s been a while since I invited an author round for a chat, and so it’s a great pleasure to welcome author Zoe May today, to a blustery and showery Yorkshire. Hang your brolly up, Zoe, and I’ll make us a brew. Thanks for dropping in! Where do you live, Zoe? At the moment, I…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Zoe May (@zoe_writes)

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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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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?

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#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