A while ago I I conducted an experiment . I gave away my novel The Antique Love for free, for a limited period, through a website called Story Cartel. Anyone who downloaded the novel was encouraged to leave a review, and if they did, they were entered into a draw for a prize – one…… Continue reading Ten reasons to give your romance novel away for free
Cover art twins: The Silk Romance and Her Father’s Daughter Imagine you are sitting on a train quietly minding your own business, and you look up and there across the aisle is your real and actual twin. There she is, staring back at you – the same as you, only weirdly very slightly different. How…… Continue reading Cover art twins: how do you feel when cover art is duplicated?
When I first started writing romance novels, I had no real idea of what a romance editor actually does. Well, I had a vague idea in my mind. I pictured an editor sitting in her office, reading through manuscript after manuscript, and rejecting pretty much all of them. Occasionally she accepts a novel, gives an…… Continue reading What does a romance editor do?
Today sees the release of The Silk Romance, and I can’t tell you how excited I am! Well, actually, I could tell you, but I’d have to use so many adjectives my Thesaurus would implode :) I still have to pinch myself when I tell people The Silk Romance is available here on Amazon UK,…… Continue reading Cocktails, champagne and red, white and blue. The Silk Romance book launch :)
I mentioned earlier this week, in my post Saltaire, Lyon and weavers’ stories, that I’d downloaded Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram, a romance in which the silk industry plays an integral role. The novel has been waiting patiently for me to pick it up, and now I’ve finished it – and thoroughly enjoyed it :)…… Continue reading Parachutes, bombs and silk: a review of Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram
A few months ago I wrote a post on silk-weaving in the city of Lyon, the setting for my novel, The Silk Romance. Today I’m writing about my home town of Saltaire, since the two places have a lot in common. Salt’s Mill, a former woollen mill Leeds-Liverpool Canal outside Salt’s Mill At first it…… Continue reading A weaver’s stories of Saltaire and Lyon, and a gallery of photos
I’m so excited to have the cover for my first novel, The Silk Romance. Here it is. Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous? I’m indebted to designer Charlotte Volnek for all her ideas. Although I’ve worked in the print industry for many years, and worked closely with graphic designers, I’m not a very good artist! I gave…… Continue reading Cover reveal for The Silk Romance – and it’s beautiful :)