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  • I get it, as much as you enjoy reading a particular author’s books, you can’t always afford to buy them all new and in hardback, and pick up a few more to gift to friends and family. And that’s fine! But there are ways you can support your favourite authors without it costing you a penny, and none of them will take up a lot of your time.   1: Borrow books from the library - every time you borrow a book from a library the author of that book gets a

  • A book blurb is the writing on the back of a book telling you what the book is about.   It can also be called a back cover blurb or a book description. It’s a short description of the book’s main character and conflict and is usually between 100 and 200 words long. It’s usually found on the back of a book or the inside cover.   The blurb is the second thing, the first being the front cover, that a reader will look at before deciding whether or not to buy your book.

  • Is there anything worse in this world than having to write a synopsis? Because I can’t think of anything and there’s a reason why this task is seen as the absolute bane of an author’s life.   If you’ve never heard of a synopsis, it’s a brief summary or general survey of something. As a writer talking about writing, the type of synopsis I’m referencing here is a synopsis of a book manuscript, which is basically an outline of what happens in your book.    Publishers and agents may ask you to send them

  • Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today, Emma. I am delighted to have a chance to tell you and your readers about Hunter’s Rules, the new novel in my series of The Edinburgh Crime Thrillers.     I have been writing and telling stories all my life. When I was a child, I was inspired to make up stories for my little sister after our mum put the light out and told us to go to sleep. Later, I wrote documents, contracts, and courses as part of my job,

  • My writing journey began when I was about eight year old. I began writing little stories and turning them into little books for which I would stitch covers.  I have pretty much been writing ever since.  At  post-primary school I would write my school pals' English essays in return for them doing my maths homework. I do words not numbers! I went on to have a number of short stories and poetry published in various magazines, but my dream was always to have a book published. That dream came true in 2017

  • I love words. I love the way I can have a day-dream or nightmare, or imagine an exciting story, then with carefully placed symbols I create the same feelings in you.      My love affair started young, I loved stories being read to me when I was little. So much so, that I hid that I could read for myself because I wanted the stories to continue. When I was seven, my primary school teacher read us a poem about dragonflies, and I was enthralled by how minimal words painted such a

  • Is there anything lovelier than visiting a really special bookshop?   It’s #LoveMyIndieBookshopWeek so I thought I’d take the opportunity to give a shoutout to my favourite independent bookshops.     I live in Wales, so how could I not start with a shop from the town of books itself, Hay-on-Wye? If you haven’t visited this sweet little town before and you get the opportunity to go, make sure you do. There aren’t as many bookshops in Hay as there used to be, but the original Booth Books is still going strong. Founded by the

  • Have you ever realised you’ve made a mistake with the layout of one of your character’s houses? Maybe you gave them a piano in a sitting room in chapter 1, but it’s materialised in the dining room by chapter 6. Or have you ever forgotten that the back door is through the kitchen in chapter 3, but is exited via the utility room in chapter 10? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! This kind of thing used to happen to me all the time, and it’s a real pain to correct them in

  • Many thanks to Emma for inviting me to her blog page. Hi, my name is Pauline Morgan, a debut author of a cosy women’s fiction novel, The Ballynoon Friendship Circle, published in May 2021.   This year has been an inspiring time for me. Not only did I see my debut novel published as an eBook with SpellBound Books Ltd, but, in addition, I signed a further two-book deal with the same publishers. As a child, I always enjoyed writing. Even today, I write shopping lists or messages whenever I see fit for the

  • I read quite a lot, and always have at least a couple of books on the go, but at the beginning of the year I thought I'd take things a little more seriously and set myself a bit of a reading challenge. I hoped to read at least 50 books and I wanted to make an effort to get through at least some of the books that have adorned my shelves for years and I've never got round to. I ended up reading 87 books, which was a bit of a surprise,

  • Isn't 'Twixmas' a great word to describe this time of the year? I only heard it for the first time this week and love it. Oh, and do you like my llama (in the featured image)? His name is Larry and my husband made him for me when he couldn't find me a llama decoration in the shops. I hope you all had a lovely, peaceful Christmas, and were healthy and able to spend it with loved ones. I'll be honest, I'm going to find it tough to give up the cheese and

  • It feels like an absolute age since I last blogged, which is probably because it is! What can I say? Life got in the way!   What a wonderfully, busy, fun time we've had! I celebrated my 41st birthday (a blueberry cake the size of my head was involved, a beautiful walk around Dinas Island in Pembrokeshire, THREE birthday dinners and a night away in a very lovely hotel), my delicious husband turned 40 and we had an amazing few day in the Cotswolds and Devon to celebrate, and our 2nd eldest