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Scandalously Yours…

Posted by on Mar 24th, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Scandalously Yours…

When you go way, way back in history to write books, history tends to get mixed with legend, as is the case with Cornelia Amiri’s Timeless Journey. Some authors, like Ann Jacobs, go farther. Ann inserted not only Cornish legends but also a paranormal explanation for the curse her hero endured in Beneath a Cornish Moon. The protagonists in Cornelia’s story buck the Celtic community’s traditions by allowing her reincarnated Roman lover to live; the curse over the earldom in Ann’s story disappears when its cause is destroyed. Scandal,...

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Walking back to happiness…about stress, and how to ditch it.

Posted by on Mar 18th, 2016 in Blog | 4 comments

Walking back to happiness…about stress, and how to ditch it.

I’ve never really come face to face with full-on, exhausting, completely debilitating stress before. Over the last six weeks, trying to deal with  a long build up of anxiety, panic attacks and deep sadness brought on by post-Ofsted helplessness and frustration, I’ve learned what it means to want to give up. But a combination of a sensible doctor (‘take time out, get some fresh air and exercise and step back from work – you’re not letting them down; you’re making yourself strong again’), a very...

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Lessons Learned When Writing The Dragon in The Garden by Erika Gardner

Posted by on Feb 29th, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Lessons Learned When Writing The Dragon in The Garden by Erika Gardner

Lessons Learned When Writing The Dragon in The Garden by Erika Gardner

So, just when I think I’m starting to figure things out, the other shoe invariably drops. It happens every dang time. Honestly, it’s not such bad thing.  It’s good to shake things up. Dragon was the second book that I completed. The first was an epic fantasy that I have been forced to shove into a drawer. It’s crap. Well, it’s crap with glimmers. But I digress. The Dragon in The Garden was the first book that I finished and thought, huh, we might have something here. Of course, that’s a common enough experience for writers in the...

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To e or Not to e – That is the Question – A Guest Post by Mary O’Sullivan

Posted by on Feb 15th, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on To e or Not to e – That is the Question – A Guest Post by Mary O’Sullivan

To e or Not to e – That is the Question – A Guest Post by Mary O’Sullivan

All set to go on holiday? Passport, check. Money, check.  Books, check. Nothing left to do except weigh your luggage. And then you find you have gone over the weight the airline allows. Your choice is to pay the tariff at the airport or start unloading things now. That’s when you realise how really heavy print books are. And how very convenient an eReader would be. The glossy paperback or the hardback you see today has some pretty strange ancestry. The book as we now know it, started life as a clay tablet in Mesopotamia in the third century...

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Moondancing Blog Tour!

Posted by on Jan 12th, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Moondancing Blog Tour!

Moondancing Blog Tour!

Thanks to the lovely Lucy Felthouse of Writer Marketing Services (http://www.writermarketing.co.uk)  a blog tour is happening for Moondancing this week. Here are the venues where Molly and Jake are strutting their stuff, and this book also has a central character with one green eye and one blue, as a tribute to my hero, David Bowie. I thought Mr Bowie would be around much longer than this; his music was the soundtrack to my early writing years. The world has lost a major talent and an elegant role model  –  please feel free to drop in...

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Great Romaniac News!

Posted by on Nov 20th, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Great Romaniac News!

Great Romaniac News!

  Sharing a link here that tells all about this week’s surprise award, presented at the Royal Overseas League by the Romantic Novelists Association, who have been such a help and support to the Romaniacs. The Media Star....

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That Friday Feeling.

Posted by on Nov 13th, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on That Friday Feeling.

That Friday Feeling.

  Alcohol with your name already plastered all over it – how cool is that? The photo of the inspiring lager was sent to me by lovely fellow-Romaniac Vanessa Savage who was ACTUALLY DRINKING IT at the time. Sad to be missing the RNA party this year but hope there will be lots of drinking fun (and the eating of strange nibbly things) for the Romaniacs plus all the other RNA guests at the winter bash in London next week. Anyway, just gearing up for some serious editing, in between school work, visiting poorly friend and aged in-laws...

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Back On Track

Posted by on Oct 19th, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Back On Track

Back On Track

    There comes a time in every writer’s life – well, lots of times, actually – when your confidence is at rock bottom and the idea of ever getting another book sold is a distant dream. And that’s the moment when you crave chocolate very badly but you also desperately want someone to like what you’ve written. My story, Naked in the Rain, was intended to be a novella but decided it had had enough. Good job really, or it would never have fitted the word count. Going to Exeter with the other Exeter Story...

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Please Release Me – Splash!

Posted by on Sep 10th, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Please Release Me – Splash!

  Today I’m helping to celebrate, with a big SPLASH, Rhoda Baxter’s fabulous new book Please Release Me. This post is all about being stuck on the WIP, in a big way. Now, at the school where I work, I’m in charge of rattling out the poems. This isn’t a compliment – it’s just that when anyone leaves, someone has to be in charge of writing a truly awful bit of doggerel for the assembly with the flowers. gifts, tears ets. So in honour of Rhoda, here’s today’s bit of awfulness: Stuck The...

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New Chapter

Posted by on Sep 8th, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on New Chapter

New Chapter

I spent the weekend in the entertaining company of Mandy James at the York Festival of Writing – road trip, escaped deer on motorway, lots of wine, agent one-to-ones, great food, indigestion, fan-girling, discovering great new authors (Jo Cannon, Nicci Gerrard), etc etc. Totally wiped out now, and confused by conflicting advice. Writing the last book – see below – seemed easy compared to putting a toe in the water of psychological thrillers. Watch this space for the (loosely categorised) poem about being stuck which will be...

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