Choosing a Name

I keep a spreadsheet of all the names I use in my books. It’s fairly simple: a column for first name, last name, role in the story and which book(s) they appeared in. This allows me to see if I’m repeating names over and over again (which I sometimes do) and also gives me an idea if I’m using names …

Happy Easter

Today I’m back at work, reading over my latest manuscript. The first hundred pages aren’t too bad – but I’ve got another two hundred and fifty to go. Let’s hope the quality is the same or better! I hope that unlike me, you all had a wonderful, restful Easter break.

Break the Rules nominated for a RONE!

I received an email today to tell me that Break the Rules has been nominated for a RONE Award! What’s a RONE award? RONE stands for Reward of Novel Excellence and the awards are run by InD’tale Magazine each year.

Place to Belong Audio

In February I went to the Australian Romance Readers Convention and while I was there I had a chance to speak with Karena Wynn-Moylan from the Narratives Library.

Birthday Party Decorations

When I was a kid we had a party every year, but I was limited to inviting six friends only (which was probably a really smart move on my parents’ behalf). These days it seems like parties have progressed from a simple game of pass the parcel into a whole singing/dancing/bells and whistles affair. My niece had a petting zoo …

Promo: Fiona Lowe – Forbidden To the Playboy Surgeon

Fiona Lowe has a new book out. She always has such wonderful characters and this one is a medical Mills and Boon. Website Sparks fly from day one between playboy neurosurgeon Alistair North and his talented, sexy trainee surgeon, Claire Mitchell. He’s on a mission to help serious Claire relax, but his cavalier approach is driving her crazy. Alistair is …

Learning Guitar

At some stage during my late teens, I decided I wanted to learn to play guitar. I’ve always loved listening to people play and wanted to give it a go. I did a short course and bought a couple of books and learnt how to read music. Then recently my brother-in-law asked to borrow my guitar. He’d been thinking about …

Promo: Natasha Lester – Her Mother’s Secret

Natasha Lester has a new historical novel out. I really enjoyed her last book, A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald, so I’m looking forward to reading this one too. Website 1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora’s life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father’s chemist shop to sell to army nurses such as Joan, her adventurous Australian friend, Leo …

Vale Nanna

It’s been a tough couple of weeks which has culminated with my Nanna dying this morning. She had cancer and knew she didn’t have long left, so she spent the time planning her funeral and telling my Mum what things were to go to whom. That was the kind of woman she was – practical and organised. that Prince Andrew …

Spending money to make it

There’s an old adage that says you have to spend money to make money. Up until now I’ve been cautious about how I spend my marketing budget, because there’s never any guarantee on what will actually work (and I didn’t have much money to spend!). Then back in January, I had amazing success with a BookBub ad and I have to …