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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Goodbye Dear Friend

Alfie, my black Labrador, has been my constant companion throughout my writing career.  His place is on the carpet to my left, snoozing, while I tap away on the keys of my laptop. He has several “places”. The kitchen doorway, where he bounds into the room to greet me in the morning. Sitting by my chair at the kitchen table at meal times, with an expectant look on his face. Taking on the role of my shadow as I go about my daily chores. Walking beside me on one of our many walks together.

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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 Membership of the scheme is highly sought after as only 250 places are offered to unpublished writers writing in the romance genre each year.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

The Choc Lit Tour Kicks Off!

The Choc Lit Tour Bus

This month saw the start of the Choc Lit Tour of England. The Choc Lit “bus” will stop at various towns and cities over the next few months. Each event will consist of a panel of Choc Lit authors sharing their experiences of becoming published writers, followed by an informal question and answer session. There will also be an opportunity for aspiring writers to pitch their manuscripts to the Choc Lit editor in attendance. There will also be chocolates, a goody bag to take away and a chance to chat and mingle in an informal atmosphere. Continue reading

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