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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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She wrote what he said

James Patterson- photo from his Amazon author page. Such a long long list of works.

James Patterson- photo from his Amazon author page. Such a long long list of works.

Can you imagine writing with the world’s biggest-selling novelist? Taking his ideas and turning them into chapters – and then… gasp… he looks at those chapters and criticises them. He tells you exactly what you got right and wrong.

My knees shake at the very thought, but that’s what working with James Patterson is all about. Collaboration. Most of the books that come out with his name on the cover are collaborations. Some criticise him for it. Others think it’s great. And I learned because of it. Continue reading

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Romance by the sea

The view from my balcony at the hotel

The view from my balcony at the hotel

A balcony, a sunset, a sea view and a glass of wine – no, not a romantic weekend away (I wish) – it was the 25th Annual Romance Writers of Australia conference. This had the theme Ain’t Love Grand, and was held in the lovely city of Adelaide.

This is the second time I have travelled down under for this conference… and what a great time I’ve had both times. These are my tribe – like minded readers and writers, most of whom have the same accent I have.

There were some great speakers (I will share some of that with you in the next week or two when I recover) … some fun social events… and many books, of course. Continue reading

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Almost a teenager

Final tweaks and corrections before it went out into the big wide world.

Final tweaks and corrections before it went out into the big wide world.

As Britney Spears once sang…. Oops, I did it again.

I have set another book loose into the world. Well … almost.

I hit the send button this week on what will be my ninth published book. Assuming of course that my publisher likes it. I think she will – I cried as I wrote the last scene, and that’s always a good sign.

It’s also kinda cool that in the same 24 hour period, a couple of my writer friends did the same thing too – hit the send button. It’s not an easy thing to do… to let your baby go. Continue reading

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Putting the POWER in PPT

I hurt my foot the night before conference and spent much of the weekend resting it on a packet of frozen peas. Thanks everyone who helped me as I limped about.

I hurt my foot the night before conference and spent much of the weekend resting it on a packet of frozen peas. Thanks everyone who helped me as I limped about.

Last weekend was the Romantic Novelists Association conference – and as the associations webmistress (I really like the sound of that) and all round geek queen, I led a workshop on taking the technical terror out of giving talks.

Authors give talks – and for people who spend most of their lives alone talking to imaginary people in their heads, a talk can be a daunting experience.

There are two things that are, to most people, equally terrifying. One is the prospect of standing in front of people, with all their eyes on you – speaking out loud and saying things that make sense, or at least are not totally nonsensical.

The other fear is filling that big blank screen behind you with something interesting. I can help with that. Continue reading

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