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A romantic short story, a hot French hero, and some delicious French #recipes

Today is the release of my romance short story/novella Come Date Me in Paris. Hooray! Come Date Me in Paris is now available on Amazon for just 99p/99c. It includes some delicious French recipes, a delicious French hero (c’est vrai!) and a poodle who steals the show. It’s a feel good story for the summer, perfect…… Continue reading A romantic short story, a hot French hero, and some delicious French #recipes

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Hooking the reader with a killer opening to your book #writetip

This month’s Round Robin topic has been set by author Skye Taylor. Here’s Skye’s question: Has so much emphasis been placed by readers, publishers, reviewers, etc, on authors having a spectacular opening page/chapter, that the rest of the story gets left behind? What are your thoughts and experiences with this? This is another topic that has…… Continue reading Hooking the reader with a killer opening to your book #writetip

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Win 25 books with @AuthorsXP, plus new Amazon bestseller charts

How would you like to have all your summer reading sorted, as well as discover new authors you might not otherwise have read? Every day from now until Tuesday 23rd May 2017, the team at the website Authors Cross Promotion  are running a competition. By entering here, you could win one of two “grand basket” prizes of twenty-five eBooks, or…… Continue reading Win 25 books with @AuthorsXP, plus new Amazon bestseller charts

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Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

I don’t normally start a post with a negative headline – who wants to read about misery? – but this subject has been on my mind recently…and in any case, I have the perfect excuse! It’s time for March’s Round Robin, and this month the question is: Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and…… Continue reading Writing is emotionally draining (and sometimes lonely)

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Jenny Twist’s magical tale of Christmas in Oxford

Earlier this week I wrote about Holiday Magic, a new anthology of heart-warming stories for the Christmas season by the World Romance Writers group of authors. Today I’m delighted to welcome one of the authors, Jenny Twist, who is here to talk about her story, Marion. I met Jenny through our last anthology, Letterbox Love Stories. The…… Continue reading Jenny Twist’s magical tale of Christmas in Oxford

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Romancing the Word – a celebration of romance writing @TamworthLitFest

On 11th June 2016 there will be a whole day devoted to romance and romance writing as part of Tamworth Literary Festival. The event is called Romancing the Word, and I’m very excited to be hosting a workshop on How to Write a Great Romance as part of the day. The workshop will focus on romantic…… Continue reading Romancing the Word – a celebration of romance writing @TamworthLitFest

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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