What books will Ella Hayes take to her desert island?

Ella Hayes put her career change down to a “mid-life moment”. After decades of hauling cameras about filming everything from moths mating to athletes competing in the 1993 Barcelona Paralympics, in 2017 she started a master’s degree in Writing Practice and Study at Dundee University. It was a wise decision as, in that same year…

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Welcome this month’s castaway, romance author Andrea Bolter…

…to my desert island. In a homage to the British radio programme, Desert Island Discs, which has been running for 70 years with guests as different as politicians, scientists, astronauts, actors, writers and musicians, and First Lady, Michelle Obama, – named by broadcasting experts as the “greatest radio programme of all time” – she’ll be…

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Rachael Stewart’s debut for Harlequin Romance

Definitely tempted! January sees the debut Harlequin Romance debut of “Dare” author Rachael Stewart.   I have an interview with Rachael booked for next year, when I am going to strand her on my desert island, but I couldn’t pass up the arrival of her first Harlequin Romance/Mills and Boon True Love this month. (You may…

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Sophie Pembroke shares her desert island book choices…

This month on my desert island we have Sophie Pembroke… Sophie writes very British women’s fiction novels for Orion, Avon and HQ, and short romances for Mills & Boon / Harlequin Romance. She has been dreaming, reading and writing romance ever since she read her first Mills & Boon as part of her English Literature…

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So, you’re stranded on a desert island, Susan Meier…

Forget Desert Island Discs – we’re all about the books! In the second of my occasional series of Desert Island Books blogs, I have enormous pleasure in introducing US author, Susan Meier. Susan, born in Pennsylvania, comes from a large family and puts that down to her understanding about sharing, and how love encompasses more…

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Are you NaNoing? How’s it going?

If you’re struggling with that pesky start…   .If you have so much that the reader needs to know before you get the good stuff, you may find my advice on dealing with backstory useful. Or for more about getting the first chapter down, there’s Grabbing the Reader on the First Page . It’s the…

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Do you jigsaw?

Beach Hut Surprise hit Amazon on Tuesday and “Being Anne” invited us over to her fabulous  blog to chat about how we put together this anthology. Definitely worth a read! And, just for fun, you can have a go and this online jigsaw of the cover! I hope you all managed to catch the fleeting…

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What I’ve been doing in lockdown…

The novella… First, I have been writing. My novella “Past Echoes” was finally finished mid-May and will be published in this anthology by Liberta Books at the end of June, along with stories by Sarah Mallory, Lesley Cookman, Sophie Weston, Joanna Maitland and Louise Allen. Who’s there? Lovers, vampires… A body? Little Piddling is a…

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Absent Without Leave…

January I’ve been absent from my blog this spring. There are several reasons for this, none to do with Covid19. At least I don’t think so. January was lost mostly to coughing. It was that dry, exhausting cough that was going around just before and after Christmas and it got me. I spent an entire…

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We have a jubilee!

Sixty years ago, a group of romantic novelists got together and set up an organisation to raise the status of their art. Since then, the Romantic Novelists’ Association has worked tirelessly to support not just established authors, but new writers, with their amazing New Writers’ Scheme which, over the years, has helped a huge number…

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