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Blessings in Disguise – Finding Writing Inspiration and Romance in Unlikely Places

This week fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member and Yorkshire lass, Rhoda Baxter, is releasing her contemporary romance Girl in Trouble. Rhoda has come up with a brilliant idea to celebrate, which is to ask her friends to write posts all based on the same theme and publish them on the day of release. I love this,…… Continue reading Blessings in Disguise – Finding Writing Inspiration and Romance in Unlikely Places

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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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Why we love a tortured hero(ine)

August is drawing to a close and I can hardly believe summer is almost over already. Another month means another Round Robin, and  another topic to challenge us :) This month our topic comes from author Victoria Chatham. Our characters often have some kind of psychological, spiritual or physical wounds. The process of healing forms the character’s arc. What mental, physical or spiritual…… Continue reading Why we love a tortured hero(ine)

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Why Amazon’s new rules are good for authors #amazongiveaway

Recently I’ve heard a lot of authors discussing the benefits of running an Amazon Giveaway , and so last week I decided to try it out for myself. Anyone can set up a giveaway on Amazon (although at the moment, the only people who can actually enter the giveaway are customers in the US -…… Continue reading Why Amazon’s new rules are good for authors #amazongiveaway

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Last day to download a #FREE Kindle copy of The Silk Romance

Today (Aug 27th) is the last day to download a FREE Kindle copy of my contemporary romance, The Silk Romance. If you haven’t got your copy yet and would like one, here are a few of the international Amazon links: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon IN (and it’s available in all the Amazon…… Continue reading Last day to download a #FREE Kindle copy of The Silk Romance

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Some essential tips for self-publishing on Amazon

This week’s been an exciting week for me. I recently received back the rights to two of my novels – The Antique Love and The Silk Romance – and just yesterday I released both books on Amazon. But getting to the stage of self-publishing on Amazon wasn’t just as easy as pressing a button. (I…… Continue reading Some essential tips for self-publishing on Amazon

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Writing a novel: why research is vital in stories

This month the subject of our Round Robin is research. How much do we do as writers? Does it bother us if we come across inaccuracies in a novel? My novels are all set in the present day, but they still involve a lot of research. If I make a mistake about something that’s current,…… Continue reading Writing a novel: why research is vital in stories