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Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie

Four-and-a-half stars increased to five. I was pleased to read Anne Gracie’s new book, Marry in Haste, last week. And I was not disappointed. The novel is a testament to Ms Gracie’s wonderful abilities with characterization and storyline. She weaves all the little details of Regency life into her novels, but also provides new ways […]

How Changing Perspective can Improve Your Story

While editing the manuscript for Hidden Duchess, I’ve made the conscious decision to change a couple of chapters from one character’s perspective to another. Today, I’m explaining why I would go to all that trouble – and why writers should be looking at their stories from different angles, to give their readers the very best experience […]

Post-Draft Plotting for the Plotter

Plotter or pantser? It’s a question we writers ask each other a lot – are you a plotter, that is, do you know the details and progression of your story before you write it? Are all your duckies in a row before you even write a single word? Or are you a pantser – writing by […]

Book Reviews – February 2016

It’s been a fairly hectic February, what with rewrites and final edits and getting all the publicity sorted for my release on 31 March 2016, but I did manage to squeeze in a few books during February:

Loving Louise

This is just a little taster for you of the world of provincial pre-revolutionary France, where my upcoming novel, The Hidden Duchess is set. 3900 words Louise sighed, irritated with herself. She had just daydreamed away a good half an hour – thinking about Francois again, of course.  The always-present-but-completely-unattainable Francois. She pulled her puckering […]

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