That’s very Pinteresting!

I’ve been writing for five years now, and can’t tell you how useful I find Pinterest.  Unlike other social platforms, it’s soooo easily.  Basically, it allows you to search for pictures, then put them together on a board. Like most people, I’m quite visual, so looking at a photo of my character, or seeing where…

Mamma Mia – I’m going social!

Today’s blog was going to be an interview with my 7 year old son about the Mamma Mia! musical we saw last night in Brighton.  So, in order to ‘maximise my time’ I started to question him while we were waiting for our food at KFC (yes, I’m a very slobby mother). Here is his…

Dare to Write – only 24 hours left to enter!

I’ve just come back from a great weekend at The RNA’s annual conference, where I learned more about Mills & Boon’s much-anticipated new line – the sexually explicit DARE. You can learn more about it here, and found out how to enter their new blitz competition. But quick!  There’s only just over 24 hours left…

Tattoo is out!

Very exciting that Tattoo – a collection of short, spicy stories – is out now, and it features my story Serendipity. Published by the Romance Writers of Australia, the collection features erotic short stories from 12 different authors. Here’s what they say: Join us for Romance Writers of Australia’s newest anthology offering, Spicy Bites. Only…

A sneaky peek at my new erotic novella – Secrets of the East Wing

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the ‘Spicy Bites’ anthology, due out in August, which will contain my first foray into erotic writing – Serendipity.  This is a short story romance with graphic erotic scenes. As the release date approaches, I started researching what publishers of erotica are calling out for.  Straightforward Male/Female stories seem…

My naughty story is coming out for the world to see!

Three days ago I received some great news but had to wait to today before I was allowed to share it. Back in January I entered an erotic short story competition run by the Romantic Writers of Australia (I’m an international member).  Earlier this week I found out that I came 8th, and that the…

Getting published without an agent

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always need an agent to get published.  There are now a number of completely reputable, professional publishers who accept manuscripts from unagented authors.  Here are some of the ones I have discovered: Bookouture Bookouture is a relatively new digital publisher, which has won awards for the way they treat…

How to complain

Being British, it’s natural not to want to complain.  Well, we do.  We mutter under our breath when the waiter’s back is turned but as soon as he asks us ‘How is everything?’ we found ourselves smiling and nodding, and saying those inane words: “It’s lovely, thank you”. Well, no more!  I’ve had enough of…

Happiness is…striking gold with a book you love

Reading is a high risk activity. By that, I mean that when you start a book there are no guarantees you’re going to enjoy it. I hate giving up on a story, though, so unless I’m at the point where I’d rather do the housework – and that takes a lot…

An Exciting Insight into the Publishing Process

I have recently signed with a publisher and am quickly learning about the publishing process. I have to say, I was clueless as to how it all worked before, but am finding the whole thing fascinating as it unravels. I naively thought you write a book, they decide if they’re going to publish it and…

Review of Rhiana Ramsey’s debut crime thriller Sweet Oblivion

Guest post by Gemma Hook Last month I was lucky enough to get my hands on the indie published, debut novel from Rhiana Ramsey entitled Sweet Oblivion. I have to admit that I have sometimes been dubious of self-publishing but I can honestly say that this is one of the best crime reads I have…