Wednesday, 2 September 2015

NEW BOOK COVERS

I am delighted to introduce the covers for my two large print edition releases both out on 1st October 2015. A GENTLEMAN'S BRIDE is an Australian historical saga


and WHISPERS ON THE PLAINS is a rural romance and Book 1 of the Nash Family duo set a Western Australia.


Watch out for them if you prefer a large print read. My books are also always available as paperback and ebooks. Check out my pages on Smashwords and Amazon to find them.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Planning Novels - and a Twitter footnote

Throughout my writing career, fate has always stepped in with a helping hand when I need it.

This year's goal was to complete and submit my junior/middle grade novel [tick] and write another novel, the first in my current trilogy [I'm working on it].

Currently the latter novel is half done with most scenes mapped out. Not necessarily in order but in some instances heaps of pages written, dialogue, etc. so I'm further ahead then I think. I raced through it to the 20K mark then stopped. Shakes head. Not right.

So began a fresh round of thinking and planning during which I realised since the next three novels were loosely connected, maybe I should expand and tinker with them, too, huh?

The creation of a novel comes to each author in a different way. Bless those who can sit down and write. I can't. I instinctively write my first draft by hand with a pen and paper. It's slow but the simple act of writing gives me a chance to think as I write. Typing to me feels rushed.

Always doubting myself and my writing process, I have been reassured by what has cropped up in writing-related articles in recent times while I've needed and wanted to do all this planning. I've read things like

"...it takes so long to think up and edit a novel...I may spend months brooding over it..."

Good to know.

And that there should be a sense of structure and planning. When you know what your ending is, you know what you're writing. Not every detail but what you're heading toward. The skeleton on which to build the story. This is how I need to work, am organised by nature, so am feeling validated now. I could never sit down and just wing it.

So as a consequence, my brain has been hyperactive and constantly ticking over, sleep was restless. And all that extra thinking just seems to generate yet more ideas that I need to scribble down and file for a later date. When to write all this stuff!

So, planning? Yep. Been there, done that, in recent weeks.

My office, my haven

So now my head is crammed with pretty much the entire plots for three books. Like I said, scenes planned but not in order and that's the scary bit. Where does it all go? During all this time of course I have been reading over my folder of novel planning notes - characters and goals and backstory, how they must collide, secrets, surprises. The whole bit.

I was reassured today in yet something else I read that all this head banging is a good thing. Really? Yep. If you're happily putting words on paper and its FUN, just maybe you're not pushing yourself hard enough. That's the lesson I learned when I screamed to a halt in my current Book 1 of the trilogy. I thought I had enough to start but, of course, it wasn't enough for the whole darn thing, was it?

So now to tussle with the order of all those scenes and settle down to finishing that novel. And the golden rule that writing is rewriting will always stand me in good stead.

Footnote - Twitter

I've recently joined Twitterland and been mostly an observer to see how it works. It's not as chatty as Facebook and clearly there's not the space for detail. But I can see it's a handy little social corner.

So my question: What do authors feel is the most effective way to use those 140 characters on Twitter? 

Some tweets say things like "This is great. You must read it" and give a link. Huh? What's great? What's it about?

So I'm experimenting with getting to the basics of quickly telling the reader what they need - and what I want  them - to know at a glance. Because, if they're like me, they zip and scroll down. If they're interested in your tweet, they'll stop.

Any thought and comments appreciated.

Have a great writing day.







Saturday, 7 March 2015

A GENTLEMAN'S BRIDE - new historical romance eBook release

This year has tumbled along in a rush so far and I've not posted anything on my blog yet. My bad. But I have been working and writing.  And even when you're not, you're thinking. January saw me scribbling away on my junior novel. I plotted better, wrote more, changed scenes around. As you do. And I feel it's a better work for all the thinking, reshuffling and rewriting. Besides, it's my first junior novel effort so it's an experiment of sorts really.

How did I detour temporarily from romance and women's fiction to a middle grade novel? Well, all I can say is Dreamstime and iStockphoto have a lot to answer for. I was searching for book covers for my next romance trilogy [which I did find - eventually - all utterly lovely and centred around windows]. You know how it can take hours seeking that perfect but elusive image and you can get rather sidetracked? So I became hopelessly sucked into some fabulous images that weren't really suitable as romance book covers. They were more for younger readers. With gorgeous elements and depictions of fantasy. So my fertile mind wandered and before I knew it I had spent days on expanding my thoughts and plotting out the basics of what I thought would be a series of 5 books but which I have now realised will ultimately become individual stories in their own right. Or should that be write

February of necessity meant progressing with a genealogy project  - everything has its time - but now March is ahead and I'm back into writing. Well, promo anyway for starters.

My latest news is the release of my Australian historical romance, A GENTLEMAN'S BRIDE, as an eBook. It is already available as a paperback and was originally published as Barratt's Run in 2012.

Although the story begins in Devon, England, it ventures halfway around the world, briefly settles in Melbourne and continues in the foothills of the blue and craggy Grampians mountains of Western Victoria close to where I live. In the 1860s when my story is set this was early pastoral country grazing merino sheep on vast runs by pioneering men who often built an empire. My hero James Barratt is one such man and heroine Anne Gray is the independent redhead who captures his jaded heart.

Anne Gray is forced to marry for the chance of a better life. Until she learns the truth about her cruel husband, flees Devon and escapes to Australia.
James Barratt emigrated from Sussex to Australia to make his fortune. Jilted, he vowed never to fall in love again and takes a mistress.
In Australia, Anne changes her name and answers James' advertisement for a wife. But her blossoming romance is short lived when her past returns to haunt her. Can Anne resolve her future and will the real and shocking truth of her past life finally be uncovered?


Do check it out here on Amazon or here on Smashwords in all eBook formats. If you think it sounds like your kind of read, feel free to snap it up and buy it.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

New Pocket Novel Release

My latest pocket novel BENEATH AN OUTBACK SKY was released recently in the UK.


And just a reminder that the ebook and paperback editions are on preorder for release in a few days on 30th November on iBooks, Smashwords in all e-formats and Amazon Kindle. See my previous post for links.
This story is set in the ruggedly scenic Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Link here if you wish to explore further. But just to whet your appetite ...



The Sturt Desert Pea is South Australia's State emblem


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Preorder for BENEATH AN OUTBACK SKY

Book 2 in the Nash Family series, BENEATH AN OUTBACK SKY, is Dusty's sister Sophie's story. This is now available for preorder from Amazon for Kindle and Smashwords in all ebook formats including Kindle for release on 30 November 2014.

What happens when romance bursts into your life but you don't want it?
Sophie Nash has seen personal loss devastate her family and has vowed never to lose her heart. Geologist Charlie Kendall is a country boy at heart and dreams of escaping the city. When charismatic Charlie saunters onto Sophie's outback pastoral station in South Australia's panoramic Flinders Ranges, sparks fly. But when Sophie risks losing Casuarina Downs, she doesn't have time for love.
Trouble is, like a boomerang, Charlie keeps returning. What's a woman to do?


Saturday, 18 October 2014

LOVING LUCY on sale

I’m very happy to let you know that my Montlake romance, LOVING LUCY, is included in a new Kindle promotion in the US. This promotion features 200 Kindle Books for $1.99 each. It started October 15 and runs through November 14.
You can see the promotion here: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b…
If you haven't read it yet, grab it while it's cheaper. There's a heap to scroll through but it's on page 10.


Sarah Quirke @ Ulverscroft


A lovely interview on the RNA blog at the moment with Sarah Quirke, my editor at Ulverscroft who do the large print for all my Linford Romance books.