Sorry for being a bit useless about blogging, but it’s been busy, busy here recently! For those of you wondering when The Spaniard’s Secret Daughter will FINALLY be released, my answer is … very soon! And it will be published by my new publisher, Joffe Books, an imprint of Not So Noble Books, who I’ve just signed a two year contract with. The Green Hills of Home has been relaunched by Joffe Books, complete with an awesome new tag line! Last edits are just being completed on The Spaniard’s Secret…read more
Oh, editing, how I loath thee, let me count the ways….. Okay, maybe I can’t actually make a particularly long list of just what I hate about final edits – it seems to just come down to two basic things: they’re time-consuming and fiddly. I had planned to realise my second romance, ‘The Spaniard’s Secret Daughter’, at the end of last year. The words were pretty much all there, just a little tweaking to do… Well, actually it turned out to be rather a lot of tweaking. And then Christmas…read more
Starting today, I’m having my first ever promotion! The kindle version of ‘The Green Hills of Home’ is reduced to only 99p on Amazon.co.uk. Some truly amazing authors have been tweeting about the special offer for me – one thing I’ve discovered since becoming part of the ‘writing community’ is now generous so many writers are with their time, and how willing they are to help others with promoting their work. It’s something I really try to do myself, and I’ve found it a fab way to discover some great…read more
After a lovely break for Christmas and New Year, it’s time to knuckle down and get back to some serious writing! It seems I always forget quite how long it takes to prepare for Christmas! I had planned to write ‘properly’ up until about December 20th, but I tend to do most of my writing in the evening when little peeps are asleep. This isn’t really any good when you need the kiddies-out-of-the-way time to wrap all the presents! I endeavoured to fit some writing in during the daytime, but,…read more
On an average day I think I manage to get through day-to-day business pretty well – just about keeping on top of the housework, stopping mini people from killing each other and destroying all in their path, and occasionally even managing to fit a wee bit of writing in. It’s only when my four little peeps are out that I realise quite how much extra I can get done without requests for bananas and juice to distract me. Who knew I spent so much time each day building with Lego…read more
Last week I read an extract from my forthcoming title, ‘The Spaniard’s Secret Daughter’, at an event, and I thought it might be nice to share it on here as well! This is going to be the beginning of the novel, which stars a young single mother called Iris, who has a daughter by her Spanish boss, Sergio. Iris keeps her child hidden from Sergio, but eventually he finds out that he’s a father, and is none too pleased at being deceived! Determined to play a large part in his…read more
Well, I made it through my first ‘official’ author event at Abergavenny Library on Wednesday! It wasn’t actually nearly as scary as I thought it might be. Everyone was really friendly, there was plenty of lively discussion and cakes made by one of the librarians, plus I got my own bottle of water and cup! (made my day!). The library had gone to lots of trouble with posters outside and inside the library, and once I’d finished setting up my stuff it looked pretty professional, if I do say so…read more
I’ll be chatting away about my writing in Abergavenny library from 6pm on October 9th. I’ll have signed copies of ‘The Green Hills of Home’ for sale, and will be reading an extract from my forthcoming romance, ‘The Spaniard’s Secret Daughter’, as well as answering any questions people care to throw at me! It should be good fun, plus there’ll be refreshments, so pop along if you’re in the area.
Well it’s taken a while, but I’ve now got around to setting up this blog. I say ‘setting up’, but that makes it sound like a relatively simple task…. it wasn’t. WordPress, it turns out, is rather confusing! If anyone has any hints or tips to make this page look any better etc, please leave a comment! I need all the help I can get….