#ChickLitMay Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

It’s International Chick Lit Month and we’re celebrating by giving away a Kindle paperwhite complete with 30 ebooks to one lucky hopper! All you have to do is read the blog and follow the instructions at the bottom of this post. This stop is for book boyfriend Scott Richardson, from my novel, The Secret to Falling […]

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The inspiration behind The Secret to Falling in Love

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is. That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for […]

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Novel complete 

The final part in the process for a writer, is sharing your work. Starting out is exciting, you have all these ideas floating around in your head that you just have to get down on paper. Then you string them together and form a story, you edit it and make sure it works – maybe […]

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Full line edit

 I’ve not blogged for a while, partly because editing has consumed me, partly because I’d been waiting for my manuscript to come back from the wonderful Katherine Trail and partly because I’d taken time out to have some fun over summer (okay, and autumn). See below: a picture of me having some fun… But now […]

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Manuscript Critique

Part 1 – What to do with a complete 1st manuscript? Once my manuscript was complete I had several options: Ask friends & family to read and provide feedback. I didn’t choose this option for a few reasons. Firstly, not many of my friends are huge fans of the genre, the ones that are would […]

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Editing Continued 

I’ve not blogged much recently as I’ve really dived into editing. It’s my first edit and those of you who read my previous blog may remember that I’d had a tough start. I spent a lot of time analysing each line; •Was it rubbish? •Did it convey meaning to the reader? •Did it add to […]

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Editing – Day 1

It hasn’t gone incredibly well I’m afraid to say. Reading my own work has been hard, cringe-worthy in fact and I’m not sure why. Compared to similar pieces of writing it doesn’t stand out as being dreadful or even any worse. I think, being completely honest, I’d wanted it to be better than anything I’ve […]

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Taking a break

I’d heard the idioms (and clichés), ‘recharge your batteries’, ‘take a break’, ‘you’ll feel refreshed and raring to go after a holiday’. Well the truth is, in the past I never have felt ‘raring’to go’ after a holiday. I’ve always just resented going back to work more after a few weeks relaxing in the sun, […]

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