New book cover revealed!

It was with some trepidation that I awaited the reveal of my debut novel’s cover.  Cover art is everything.  What if I didn’t like it?  What if it didn’t represent my story or characters well? There is nothing quite as exciting as seeing your book cover for the first time.  Getting the contract is excitingContinue reading “New book cover revealed!”

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”

To self-publish or not to self-publish…

So, the moment of truth is nigh.  This weekend is the annual RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) conference at Lancaster University.  This is the first ever time I’ll have been – RNA virgins we’re called apparently – and I’ve come to realise it’s a BIIIIIIIG deal in the romance writers’ calendar; the biggest in fact. EmailsContinue reading “To self-publish or not to self-publish…”

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”

Exclusive interview with Patricia Pitt, author of Hannah Kimble

Back in October last year I was on a writing weekend course in Derbyshire where I met a lovely lady called Patricia Pitt.  Patricia was fascinating as she’d completed a romantic fiction novel, entitled Hannah Kimble, and self published it. I’ve just finished reading Hannah Kimble and can highly recommend it to anyone who enjoysContinue reading “Exclusive interview with Patricia Pitt, author of Hannah Kimble”

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?”

Neurotic for erotic or find it crude to be rude?

Love literature jam-packed with naughty bits?  Or do you prefer your stories sweet and romantic with intimate detail being too much information? Following the unprecedented popularity of 50 Shades it seems to have become perfectly acceptable to whip out your erotic novel on the Tube, in the cafe or indeed any other public space without havingContinue reading “Neurotic for erotic or find it crude to be rude?”