I had an email from the proofreader this morning to say that she’s finished but she wants to leave it for a day and read through it again with fresh eyes before she sends it back to me. She also said that she enjoyed the book and was glad it had a happy ending! So I am still on course to get it on sale by the end of this month, or even a little bit sooner. I have been toying with an idea for a book that I want to submit to Mills and Boon. I don’t think it [read more]
I know I’ve said before that I want to start reviewing more again and Liz’s post has prompted me to actually do it. My plan, such as it is, is to post one review every week. It won’t necessarily be the best or worst book I read that week, just the one I want to talk about. I read quite a lot of backlist titles as well as newer books, so it won’t always be a book that everyone else is talking about. In fact, it probably won’t be. I’m not in the business of accepting review copies, so you’ll [read more]
I really love the bright, fresh colours and hopefully they also have easier text for reading in thumbnail size. I’m happy to have everything with a consistent look and I think it will help to have the word ‘romance’ on the cover for attracting potential new readers. What do you think of the new look covers? They’ll be rolling out in the next couple of weeks in preparation for the launch of Tom and Hattie.
I finished the content edits on Lying for the Camera last night and it’s now safely in the hands of the copyeditor and proofreader. These are two separate processes but I have hired the same person to do both. Hopefully that will work okay. She anticipates getting it back to me in about 10 days. During that time, I’ll make sure I’ve got everything else in order – the final version of the cover, the back matter, the table of contents. It’s a while since I formatted my own ebooks so I want to remind myself how all of that [read more]
One of the first week tasks in the Artist’s Way is to come up with five imaginary lives. Things you might have done, people you might have been, if there were no limits and no fear. Lives that are more fun than your real life. Here are mine: Stictly Come Dancing celebrity learning to dance with Robin and wearing twirly sequinned dresses. An artist living on the Isle of Muck, swimming in the cold sea and painting glorious colourful pictures of light. A lecturer with no admin, marking or stress, just enjoying the buzz of teaching students who long to [read more]
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and I have been reading up a storm. Here are some of the highlights: The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville I do love a bad boy turning good and this is a classic example of the trope. I loved Marcus and Anne and almost everything about their story. Perhaps not quite my favourite Neville but certainly in my top three. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden Probably the best Christian romance novel I’ve read. It’s about opium smuggling in 19th century America, so it gets bonus points for [read more]
I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now (it was even in my list of 38 Things To Do last year) but for various reasons (THESIS, THESIS, THESIS) I haven’t had chance until now. I’m doing it with a friend, so we can check in every week and talk about how it’s going. The Artist’s Way is a 12 week course designed to help you unblock your creativity. It’s not just for painting/drawing kinds of artists, it’s for anyone who is creative in any way. So that’s everyone. It’s not about techniques or goals or being good at [read more]
Gosh, I’ve been away for a long time. Hello! Did you miss me? Or were you off having exciting adventures of your own this summer? Here’s what’s happened in the last six weeks: I went to the Lake District for a week. It rained every day. Also, I was not relaxed because I had three huge looming deadlines shortly after I returned. Also, there are a LOT of people who go on holiday to the Lake District and I found it hard to escape the crowds and relax. On the plus side, I got to spend some time with the [read more]