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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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Good to meet you…author Elaine Everest

There’s an excellent New Writers’ Scheme run by the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association, and I’ve written before about the invaluable help the scheme provided when I wrote my first novel.  I’m excited to say that for the next few weeks I’m going to be meeting some of my fellow 2013/14 NWS graduates! First up is…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Elaine Everest

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From the darkness of Grimm to Disney’s fantasies: what draws us to fairy tales?

I’m delighted to welcome author Mary Waibel back to my blog today.  You may remember Mary’s visit last year, and if you weren’t around then, please do check out her brilliant interview. Mary is the author of the Princess of Valendria series (Quest of the Hart, Charmed Memories, and Different Kind of Knight).  Her stories…… Continue reading From the darkness of Grimm to Disney’s fantasies: what draws us to fairy tales?

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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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Good to meet you…author M.S. Spencer

Today I have author M.S. Spencer visiting, and she has arrived to torrential rain verging on sleet.  I’ve been walking the dog, and there are great muddy patches on the kitchen floor, where my raincoat is dripping forlornly from a hook. Never mind!  There’s a pot of hot tea and big plate of buttered crumpets. …… Continue reading Good to meet you…author M.S. Spencer

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How to write a bestselling romance… (…the theory!)

This week I watched an excellent workshop on writing women’s fiction, run by the Irish group Writers Web TV.  The afternoon-long workshop was free if you watched it live, as I did.  If you’re interested, it’s still available for download now, at 49 euros.  I can highly recommend it, for all writers of women’s fiction…… Continue reading How to write a bestselling romance… (…the theory!)

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Good to meet you…author Alexa Bourne

It’s October, and autumn has arrived in the north of England.  The leaves are turning on the trees, the days are gloomy, and as the poet said, it’s the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.  The poet never mentioned it’s also the season of stinking colds.   I’m keeping my distance from my unfortunate guest…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Alexa Bourne

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The Romance Reviews Fall Hop (and a review of Longbourn)

Welcome to The Romance Reviews Fall Hop! Today I’m going to tell you about a romance novel I love. After that, there’ll be a chance for you to win a copy of one of my own romance novels.  You’ll also be able to link to the next blog on The Romance Reviews Hop – where…… Continue reading The Romance Reviews Fall Hop (and a review of Longbourn)

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France Book Tours and The Promise of Provence, by Patricia Sands

Bonjour tout le monde, et soyez bienvenue! This weekend I’m delighted to be hosting Patricia Sands as she tours with France Book Tours. Patricia has kindly stopped off here to share the details of her new release, The Promise of Provence. And if you click on the banner above, you will find details of all…… Continue reading France Book Tours and The Promise of Provence, by Patricia Sands