Hi everyone. It’s been a while between drinks where my videos are concerned, but I sat down in front of the camera today. I’ve been working on a video series all around my planning process for books. In the first video I mentioned that I don’t really consider myself either a plotter or a pantser (one who writes by the seat of their pants) but rather a mix of the two.
In this video I talk about how I plan out my characters and why I think that’s the most important part of the planning process. I hope you enjoy the latest installment of this series!
Hi guys! It’s time for another video. This is from my writing craft series and it’s all about ‘chapter hooks’ i.e. how to end your chapter and to propel your reader into the next chapter. I hope you find it helpful and interesting. As always your feedback is most welcome, so feel free to leave comments and video requests on this blog post or over on Youtube. Mwah!
Hi everyone! I’ve got a new video for anyone who’s toiling with the start of a story. Here are my tips for the best ways to start your story, what cliches to avoid and a few tips for assessing your own manuscript.
Needless to say, I’m pretty excited. It’s always great to see a book be released into the wild after months of writing, revising, editing and tinkering (oh, and sleepless nights. There are usually a few of those!)
I’m particularly excited about this book because I had such a great time writing it. Not all books fly out of my fingers, to be honest – I wish they did! Each book has it’s own journey and sometimes the characters take their time opening up to me. Or sometimes the story veers off-track and needs to be redirected. But Pretend It’s Love made me laugh, cheer and smile a lot while I was writing it.
This is book #2 in the Behind the Bar series, following on from The Rules According to Gracie.
Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family’s traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his ‘golden child’ big brother is tying the knot, Paul’s screwed. His ex will be there…and she’s having his cousin’s baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family’s scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.
Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect—and her dream—good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.
Luckily for her, the owner’s brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend…
So many people asked me if there would be more stories in the series after the first one came out and I was thrilled to be able to give Paul his HEA. Now, in other good news, I’ve been given the green light to write Emmaline’s story (Gracie’s sister) although it won’t be part of the Behind the Bar series. But I didn’t want to leave her hanging after the hell I put her through in The Rules According to Gracie, so don’t worry – I have plans for a very special HEA for her.
So, what’s coming up next?
My first book in the Security Company series for Harlequin Blaze is out November 1st!! I’ve already submitted book #2 in this series, which will be out April next year.
The Lovecats Downunder have just announced an exciting new project, which will be coming out December 1st. Hot Christmas Nights (A LoveCats Downunder box set) will feature 7 steamy Aussie and NZ Christmas novellas.
NB. My story is actually linked to my Kite Harbor series and features Neve Ritter, the globetrotting sister of Nate from A Kiss in Kite Harbor.
Oh, and I made a video recently too. This one is all about finding publishing opportunities for your romance novel – where to look to find special calls and how to jump over that slush pile.
Hi everyone! I previously said I was only going to do these videos twice yearly, but my reading pace has picked up and I found that I had enough books read to do a video for August. If I continue reading at these rate then I’ll definitely to monthly wrap ups, because they’re one of my favourite types of videos to watch, personally.
I hope you enjoy this video and possibly find something new to read!
Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I filmed a video, things have been very busy around the London household. But I’m back today with a fun tag video, where I read a bunch of words and answer a few questions in my Australian accent…I also get totally stuck on the pronunciation of aluminum.
One of the things I had on my list of writing goals for 2015 was to try branch out. Namely in the form of self publishing. I knew I wanted to be a hybrid author (meaning an author who does both indie and traditional publishing) as soon as I started writing but last year was all about getting some stories out into the world via the two publishers I’m signed with.
This month I’m making good on my goal. The Small Town Summer box set is now out *happy dance* Working with these eight amazing author was an absolute dream and the final product is something I am truly proud of. My story, A Kiss in Kite Harbor, is the kick-off to my new small town contemporary romance series which will have all of the hallmarks from my Harlequin & Entangled books, in addition to a fun and diverse cast of small town characters.
For a very limited time we’ve got the box set at 99c! You can find out more about my story where to find the box set here.
For the writers who follow this blog, I’ve also done a discussion video on my thoughts around the pros and cons of indie vs. traditional publishing. Hopefully it might help some of you who have a manuscript near complete and are wondering which direction to take! As always, these are just my thoughts and experiences…it’s no gospel by any means ;)
Phew! That was a long post. Next week I’ll be away at the Romance Writers of America conference, which is very exciting! But I always look forward to coming back home and getting stuck into some more writing and, of course, chatting with my lovely readers <3
Hi everyone! I’m back with another video. Today I’m talking about how to submit a manuscript to a romance publisher and some of the ways you can get your manuscript in front of an editor. I hope you enjoy!
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