Available now for pre-order

I’m very happy to announce The Virgin’s Gamble is available now on Amazon for pre-order in print and on Kindle. A huge thank you to The Wild Rose Press, especially Roseann for her amazing patience and unbelievable editing skills, and Diana, who did the gorgeous cover!

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,…

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…

Nuts, or creative?

When driving my son home from school this afternoon he declared, “Look, mummy, that cloud looks like a dragon!” And so it did.  There it was with its long nose breathing out smoke, as clear as day over the skies of Worthing. “Yes, but it could also be a dolphin,” I pointed out. “Oh yes,…

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 at…

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. Emails…

Interview with Sally Trueman Dicken, short story writer

Sally Trueman Dicken has had two short stories accepted for People’s Friend magazine.  Here she gives an insight into what inspires her to write and how she achieved success with her submissions. What made you want to write for People’s Friend? My grandmother read People’s Friend and I would read the children’s page and some of the stories….

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 recent…

Bookreavement

Bookreavement.  If it’s not a word, it should be. This is the word I use to refer to the feeling you get when you reach the end of a book that you’ve really, really enjoyed.  You feel that not only have you got to the end of the story, but also that you’ll never meet those…

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.  …