RNA Conference 2022

The weekend of 15 – 17 July saw the first RNA Conference in two years. As I joined the Association in February 2020, it was my very first one – and the first time I’d been anywhere on my own since H had his stroke. I arrived on the Friday,…

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On cliffhangers

Woman rock climbing

Cliffhangers are like Marmite – people either love them or loathe them. Yet, cliffhangers don’t have to just be at the end of a novel. A good book should be full of hooks to keep the reader reading. One way to do that is by ending a chapter in the…

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HIS NOVICE by Arabella Sheen

Nathan Stockman answers to no one. He’s his own man and controls his own destiny. But when Summer Jenkins erupts into his life, he finds it hard to resist the temptation to possess her and bed her. She’s everything he is not. She’s classy, she’s young, and she’s … virginal….

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Planner, pantser, plantser

Underpants on a washing line

There are several ways to write a book. Every author approaches it slightly differently, heck sometimes an author writes every book differently! Planners write detailed outlines and know exactly what happens when. They have character sheets, and novel bibles, and can even invent their own languages (I’m looking at you,…

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The role of romance

I’m writing this post as part of WriYe’s Blog Circle, and the full prompt for February is “the role of romance in your novels.” As an author of romance, I’d say it was an intregral part, heh. Why though? In most romance novels you have two characters who belong together….

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Plans for 2022

Having hit my word count goal in the second worse year of my life, I’m weird hopeful about my plans for 2022. I put plans into place in December; from more coaching sessions to a writing retreat, all designed to further my writing career. In Progress I’m bringing two WIPs…

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No Novelling November

At the start of October, I wrote a rough outline for a Gothic Romance with the intention of it being my NaNo project. I sent the outline to a friend, who assured me it was solid enough (though needed a few tweaks) so I put it aside and prepped for…

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Cliff

I’ve spent ten minutes trying to come up with a blog title. In the end, all I can manage is his name. In the small hours of 12 March, Colette Simon posted on Facebook that Cliff had been killed in a kite-boarding accident Tuesday lunchtime. I was on Twitter at…

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