Are book clubs too snobby?

When I tell them it’s a romance or an erotic romance, every single one so far has said something along the lines of “Oh, I don’t think that would be suitable for the book club.” This is often followed by “Of course, I’d love for us to read something like that, but the other members would probably throw me!”

A Quick Good News Flash

It really perked me up last week when I received an email from the Ulverscroft Group saying they’d like to make one of my books into large print. As one of the leading worldwide publishers of large print, this was a great privilege, and it’s nice to know that one of my manuscripts will beContinue reading “A Quick Good News Flash”

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.Continue reading “Countdown to the romance writers’ event of the year!”

Ooh, exciting. But wait, what about the rude bits…

I had some incredibly exciting news this weekend – a publisher of romance e-books is interested in my manuscript!  It’s the news I’ve been waiting for for, ooh, about five years and it’s beyond thrilling. I don’t want to say too much at this stage in case they a) decide it’s been a terrible mistakeContinue reading “Ooh, exciting. But wait, what about the rude bits…”

Judging a Book without a Cover

Having recently become a member of the Romance Writers of Australia I decided to make the most of my membership.  What a very frightening proposition this was to be as I decided to not only enter one of the competitions, but volunteer to be a judge on another. So I merrily clicked ‘send’ on myContinue reading “Judging a Book without a Cover”

Books I’m loving – New Recommendations

I’ve been making headway recently on the ever-growing tower of books I want to read. Here are three I’ve loved and would highly recommend – 2 fact, one fiction: Grit, by Angela Duckworth Professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth has dedicated her life’s work to discovering what makes someone stick atContinue reading “Books I’m loving – New Recommendations”

WIN – free Hannah Kimble audio book

Update – if you entered this competition please check the original post to see if you’ve won.  If you’re a winner you have until 31st July 2016 to send me your email address so I can respond with your code.  Any responses made after that time will unfortunately not be accepted. Thanks! Following my recentContinue reading “WIN – free Hannah Kimble audio book”

Should we be trying to change our other halves?

I’m just putting the finishing touches to the final scene of my book, and it’s occurred to me how different my characters are at the end of the story compared to how they are at the beginning.  I realised these changes (which were all positive) were brought about by each other and their emerging relationship.  Continue reading “Should we be trying to change our other halves?”