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What Happens When I Write a Sex Scene

I do love a sizzling, toe curling, face flushing sex scene. I love the voyeurism of it, the tantalization, the memories it might dredge up and the ideas it might offer. I love seeing two people hit their peak, especially when it’s surrounded by lashings… of love and romance. What did you think I was going […]

Squee!! New Covers!!

I’ve recently been doing a little bit of title-and-cover updating for my Perth Girls series. While I liked my titles and covers, I wasn’t sure they properly conveyed the intent of the series, that it was a romance series, and that it was about individual relationships. I also updated blurbs and meta-data, so that searching […]

A Labour of Love

Whoever it was who said writing a romance novel is easy needs to spend a week in my shoes. I am around 5000 words (two writing days) away from penning the final words in The Defiant One – the second book in my Perth Girls series. Its been a mission. I’ve had to dig deep, […]

Each one of you is a Little Piece of Me…

They say you put a little piece of yourself into every story you write. With my Perth Girls series, each of the three heroines definitely got a piece of me, or should I say, I gave them a piece.   They are my ‘write what you know’ stories, so it made sense to give those […]

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 […]

Book Reviews – May 2016

I’ve missed a few months of book reviews – not that I haven’t been reading books, its more that I’ve been too slack to write the reviews! Actually, I think I’ve probably posted a few on Amazon and Goodreads in the past few months, but here are three that I definitely read in May: If […]

How much research is too much research?

Amongst my novels in progress is my nearly-twenty-year-old manuscript called The Hidden Duchess. It’s set in the time leading up to the French Revolution (1788-1789) and follows the fortunes of a Duchess who is wrongly accused of murdering her husband, and who is forced into hiding amongst the peasant classes far away from her beloved Paris. […]

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:

Ratchet up the Suspense – Annie Seaton

Hi everyone! Today I am handing the reins over to a fellow writer and all round amazing person – Annie Seaton. Annie has written over 20 novels, is both traditionally and indie published, and brings a wealth of knowledge about the craft of writing. Today, she explains a little about creating tension and suspense, and how […]

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