The dreaded blurb

The dreaded blurb or back cover copy is something that most authors hate to write and I’m no exception. I think one of the reasons is, I never write the blurb until I’ve finished the novel and I’m ready to send it to my publisher. Then as I’m writing the email I think, ‘Damn, I don’t have a blurb’ and …

Promo – Felicity Pulman: The Janna Chronicles

I’ve got not just one book in the promo spot today, but a whole series. Felicity Pulman’s The Janna Chronicles have the most gorgeous covers. The Janna Chronicles is a six-book medieval crime series set at the time of the bitter and treacherous civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda.A young woman, along and destitute ​after the death of …

What a little bird told me

I decided on the weekend it was way past time that I weeded my front garden. It was starting to look like a bit of a jungle, due in part to the failed vegetable patch, but largely because I have been ignoring the ever multiplying patch of greenery that shouldn’t be there. So anyway, I plugged in my iPod with …

Networking Night

Claire Boston Bio Photo

I’m going to be on a panel with Shona Husk and Maureen Eppen to discuss the journey from Pre-published to Published. It’s being run by the Rockingham Writers Centre and is at 7pm on Friday 31st July at the Rockingham Arts Centre. Entry is $10 for Members and $15 for Non-members. After the panel there will be the opportunity to share …

Promo – Amy Andrews: Limbo

I’m a fan of the Stephanie Plum series so today’s promo book sounds intriguing to me. Please welcome Amy Andrews! Buy Links Amazon (US) Amazon (AU) Amazon (UK) Six Feet Under meets Stephanie Plum in Amy Andrews’ fresh, funny, sexy urban-family noir about a country singer who almost made it, a private investigator who’s seen too much and a mother who …

Carpool Karaoke

I discovered a new group of videos on You Tube the other day that I just had to share. This made me smile so much and I can completely relate to them. What I loved the most is the way James Corden sings and dances while driving. Now I don’t take both hands off the wheel while I’m dancing, but …

Game of Thrones Pondering

I have just finished binge watching season 5 of Game of Thrones and it really got me thinking. You see the TV series has diverged from the books quite significantly in some story lines: The TV show has progressed further in the timeline than the books, so things happen on the show that haven’t happened in the books Some story …

Promo – Teena Raffa-Mulligan: True Blue Amigos

Today I have one of my critique group members on the blog – Teena Raffa-Mulligan. She writes the most charming children’s books, including the one below. Join Blue, the bouncing red kangaroo and her little friend Pedro as they travel the states of Australia looking for a place to call home. Their Aussie adventure sees them snorkel the Great Barrier …

Leaping across the chasm

Today I’m doing structural edits. Actually it’s probably better to say I’m struggling with structural edits. So what are they? A structural edit is when the editor looks at your novel as a whole and suggests improvements with the story arc and character development. He/She does not make the changes for the author but suggests ways the story could be …

How do you find time to write?

A common question authors are asked is, “How do you find time to write?” Many people can’t fathom how we can write a novel with everything else that goes on in our lives. My answer to this question is, I make time to write. When I first began writing I was working full-time, and I wondered whether I would ever actually …