Showing posts from October, 2013

Year End Splash: Sneak Preview

The weather may be getting colder but things are heating up at The Romance Reviews in preparation for the Year End Splash.  Visit them here to see a list of the huge number of participating authors (including yours truly) and get a sneak preview of some of the games.  I completed the cover matching game in 28 clicks - can you beat me?

No Plot, No Problem

This month at Book-In-A-Week I'm reviewing Chris Baty's definitive guide to National Novel Writing Month, 'No Plot, No Problem, A Low-Stress, High Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days'.  I still haven't decided whether to do NaNoWriMo this year or not, but whether I'm participating or not, this book is never far out of reach.

I'm at Just Contemporary Romance

I'm at Just Contemporary Romance today talking about whether Christmas really is the most romantic time of the year, in connection with my Christmas romance, The Santa Next Door.  Plus, there's a giveaway!  Share your opinion about the most romantic season, and you could win a copy of my first published romance, Desperate Bid. 

Free: Get in the mood for Christmas

If you've heard those horrible announcements on the radio which tell you how few days you've got left to do your Christmas shopping, you might welcome something to help get you in the mood for Christmas. Here's one idea: The Santa Next Door is free on Kindle from today until Saturday 19th October. Why not download a copy and get back in touch with the spirit of Christmas? Or pop a copy on your Kindle now and save it until you're ready to feel the Christmas spirit (but maybe 24th December would be a little late...!) Click here to view the book on Amazon and get your free download.

Did you catch me at Book-in-a-Week this month?

This month at Book-in-a-Week I'm talking about what to do when your writing really needs the boost of a writing retreat, but time or money gets in the way of a full-on writing week away.  Click on the link below if you'd like to find out more about organising an informal writing retreat of your own.

A Milestone in the Life of 'The Santa Next Door'

There are certain moments in the life of a book that stick in your memory.  Getting a first sentence you love.  Writing 'The End' and meaning it.  Seeing the cover for the first time.  And of course, the first review. 'The Santa Next Door' has its first review, and thanks to book blogger Katie L Thompson, it was an absolute delight for me to read.  You have to love a reviewer who says about your book: 'I’d give it 6/5 if I could'!  She praises the book's writing style, characters and plot - click here if you want to find out why.  I'm hugely excited about this review, because although my friends, family and editors have all said good things about Santa, that's not the same as hearing a positive opinion from someone whose only connection with me is the book. Amanda Hocking, bestselling author of Switched , says that book bloggers can make a huge difference to the success of a book, and with Santa's first review being a 5-star one, I'm exci