Archives: Festivals & Gatherings

Plymouth Literature Festival

This year Plymouth literature festival (PlymLit17) is a nine-day event held in the historic city of Plymouth in Devon.

The aim is to offer something for everyone and will include readers of fiction, non-fiction and sports books through to writers of flash fiction, poetry and plays. The event is growing each year and this year events will be held around the city with the aim of connecting local writers and readers, showcase new talent and help people to discover new books.

I was delighted to be asked to join a panel of writers for a Q & A session, hosted by the business editor of The Herald, William Telford.

The panel was made up of an eclectic gathering of writers.

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Pre-release Book Launch Event

“Are you having a book launch event?”

The question caught me off-guard, which was silly since I have a double book release coming up – the paperback version of The Thief’s Daughter and the ebook version of The Captain’s Daughter. I decided I was and launched into action to arrange one, whilst secretly worrying that no one would actually turn up …

The Old Inn

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Spreading the Word …

Authors often wonder how to spread the word about their books, particularly if they are at the beginning of their writing career, as I am. Book launches, talks,  book signings and adverts are just some of the usual avenues used by writers. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, although I think the best way will always be word of mouth from reader to reader.

A few months ago my husband suggested that a vintage car event might be the perfect opportunity to spread the word about The Thief’s Daughter. Of course I was sceptical as a car show is not the usual place to promote an historical romance. However, when he told me we would be raising money for the  Restormel Mind Association, a charity which supports adults with mental health problems, promoting my novel took a back seat as I was happy to be involved.

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Festivals and a Summer Party

This week has been a busy time for me. At the start of the week I was a guest on The Bandwagon blog as part of the Cornish Reading Challenge and later attended the Art Cafe in St.Ives as part of the St.Ives Literary Festival.

The week ended in London when I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Summer Party and the Joan Hessayon Awards.

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Announcement: The Thief’s Daughter is a Contender for the Joan Hessayon Award!

Today the Romantic Novelists’ Association has announced the contenders for the Joan Hessayon Award and I am delighted to say that my debut novel with Choc Lit, The Thief’s Daughter, is one of them!

The Thief’s Daughter is one of an eleven strong  list of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme. Membership of the scheme is highly sought after as only 250 places are offered to unpublished writers writing in the romance genre each year. Continue reading

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