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Announcing a new book and a new writing identity. Come and meet Juliet Bell and read about The Heights. Thrilled to say it's available to pre-order now.

Janet

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A new book and a new me.

Here it is – introducing Juliet Bell.

I’m really pleased to at last be able to reveal some exciting news. I’ve been keeping this secret for what seems like forever… but now I can announce that I have new book coming out soon – in a new genre, with a new name and a writing partner.

The Heights is a modern adaptation of the classic story of Heathcliff and Cathy – set in the late 20th century, against the backdrop of the miners’ strike and the decline of a once proud mining community in Yorkshire.

Juliet Bell is the pen name for my writing partnership with Alison May. It all started at a conference a couple of years ago. We each led a workshop, and both used Wuthering Heights to illustrate very different points.

This is a book I have wanted to write for years. I am a huge fan of the original. I have often heard people talk of Heathcliff as a romantic hero and Wuthering Heights as a great love story. In my mind, that’s just not true. Heathcliff is a fascinating character… but he’s no hero. It’s not really a story about love, it’s a story about obsession and the destruction it can cause. Continue reading

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Bubbly splash and blog splash

My friend Rhoda Baxter is celebrating today – the best kind of celebration for an author – a new book. Some of us have a splash of champagne to celebrate ( yep, that’s my favourite too), and today Rhoda is doing a blog splash to mark the launch of Girl in Trouble.

She’s asked a few of us to join her. Rhoda writes smart funny books and I’m a fan, so this seemed like a good idea to me, not the least because it introduced me to something new… The Octonauts.

I love these guys almost as much as I love The Clangers.

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I learn a new skill

Meeting this cutie was definitely research. Who knew calves came with such pink noses?

It’s amazing where book research can lead you… and what new skills you can develop along the way.

On my recent trip to Australia, I was in the beautiful Hunter Valley, checking locations, taking photographs and talking to the locals about the lovely place where they live.

And somehow that led to coloured icing, roses and records. Continue reading

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Deadline terror…

This week we are having a debate on deadlines over on the Take Five Authors blog.

Last week Pam was talking about deadlines from an Indy author’s perspective. This week I’m looking at deadlines from a traditional author’s perspective.

Pop on over and let us know how you feel about that ticking clock…

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A most unusual transit

This lovely waterfall is not in a rainforest.

This week, I flew back to Australia and got reacquainted with one of my favourite travel destinations.

No, I’m not talking about a beach resort, or a five star hotel or a world heritage site (although there are many of those that I do love).

I am talking about an airport, or rather, a part of an airport. Continue reading

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What I have been reading

A great read for a Sunday in the sun.

I am really enjoying writing these posts. It’s great to look back and remember the books that I have enjoyed.

I’ve been writing a new book during the last couple of months, so not reading as much as I normally would… but that still means I am reading a book a week. I have however, stayed away from new authors and stuck with friends and favourites. I like comfort reads when I am writing.

The Summer We Danced – Fiona Harper (paperback – known author)

This is a Doris Day film in a book. It’s a love story and a story about second chances. It’s also the story of how wonderful it can be to be part of a community. Continue reading

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Painting people

Lawsonia inermis – also known as the henna plant. Beware imitations

One a recent trip to Morocco, I decided it was time to give in to a long held desire – and get myself a tattoo… not a permanent tattoo of course. A Henna tattoo.

There are all sorts of horror stories about tourists getting caught by henna artists using banned chemical additives resulting in severe reactions and all sort of problems… often requiring medical treatment. So I checked with our hotel and followed their recommendation of a henna parlour.

Five of us – four girls and one young man – set off in search of body art. Continue reading

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Changing direction

This week I can be found over on the Take Five Authors blog – where I am talking about leaving home, changing direction and new people and places.

It’s all about books of course –

Here’s a hint.

It’s all about this rolled up bit of cardboard on my desk.

Do pop over to the Take Five Authors blog and see what I am up to.

 

 

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An evening of romantic fiction

David Headley of Goldsboro Books welcomes everyone to the party.

Fine spring evenings are wonderful. And they are even better when you can spend it in one of your favourite places.

For me this week that was Cecil Court in the centre of London. Cecil Court is a lovely old street, now a pedestrian way, filled with lovely old shops selling books – old and new, old maps and art and no end of interesting ‘stuff’.

My favourite shop in this favourite street is Goldsboro Books – where I have spent far too much money on several occasions.

And this week, it was my honour to be invited to be part of their annual ‘Romance in the Court’ evening. Continue reading

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A castle with the Ewww factor

A typical English castle – seen through a rain-soaked car windscreen

When I first arrived in the UK, my fascination with history took me to more than a few ruined castles. It seems I still have not had my fill. Every one of them has some gem that makes it special.

Last weekend we found ourselves in the neighbourhood of Farleigh Hungerford Castle, set in a lovely valley on the Somerset/Wiltshire border.

Despite the rain, it was lovely, with spectacular chapel and crypt. In this case, though… there was a certain Ewww factor. Continue reading

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