Countdown to the romance writers’ event of the year!

This July, as every July, it’s the UK Romance Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual conference.  Held at a different university every year, the conference is where hundreds of established and aspiring British writers come together to listen to expert talks, meet fellow authors, enjoy a gala dinner and – all importantly – meet publishers and editors….

Top 5 reasons you need to write – right now!

Having met a lot of writers, I know that many people find it difficult motivating themselves to sit down and put words on a page.  If you’re finding it hard to get going with that book, here are 5 good reasons to crack on: What else are you going to do?  Watch TV?  Yes, you…

Hot, hot, hot news!

The lovely people at The Wild Rose Press have contracted my erotic short story – Ice Hot – for publication. It’s about a young interpreter who accompanies a powerful – and GORGEOUS – businessman to Iceland.  The journey there, on his private plane, is eventful, as is their first night at his luxury lodge, in…

Having a Venetian Ball

I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Venice, and thought I’d share some of the highlights on my blog.  Although Venice is the city for lovers, I went with my fabulous friend, and didn’t long for romance one bit! We stayed at a gorgeous little hotel, Locanda Al Leon, which was very good value…

The joy of procrastination

As I wait to find out the release date of my debut novel, The Virgin’s Gamble, I’ve been thinking about the next big project.  I’ve got a couple of ideas burning for my next book – and they’re both completely different from each other, as well as from anything I’ve written before. I have been…

Taking in a spot of English culture

A couple of weeks ago I spent a lovely weekend with my best friend in Stratford upon Avon – the home of Shakespeare.  Despite only living three and a half hours away, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been before.  We didn’t know what to expect, but thought we’d give it a go as it’s…

A little gratitude

Being a writer with aspirations, it’s easy to go along thinking how very hard it is to knuckle down and write, and persevere in doing so despite the many setbacks writers all over will be familiar with.  However, it’s also easy to sometimes forget the many people around without whose support, encouragement, patience and time,…

A long, overdue update!

I’ve been somewhat slack on updating my blog recently, but so much has been happening that finding the time has been tricky.  So much has been going on, in fact, that when I was trying to recall myself what I’d been up to, I got in a bit of a muddle! I’ve been doing A…

Quiche on going!

Last week – it being the most romantic week of the year n’all – I promised my husband I’d make him ‘a crackin’ dinner’.  We don’t go out on Valentine’s night for the same reason most people who don’t, don’t: far too expensive, rubbish service, and being surrounded by hundreds of couples who  clearly feel…

Entering writing competitions

As an emerging writer I’m big on entering writing competitions.  It’s a great way of getting noticed, getting invaluable feedback, and of setting yourself the all-important goal of getting better at your craft. In the first writing competition I entered I came 19th – out of around 50.  I was surprised very happy with this…

You WILL go to the ball!

Having just returned from a weekend in Vienna, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write a post about the trip.  I’ve just finished writing a scene set in Vienna for my next book ‘The Single Dad’s First Love’, and I was relieved to find it was just as I’d imagined. I went with a…