Finding Inspiration

I had been writing for almost eight years when I finally got my first book contract. Over that time it was sometimes difficult to be positive and keep going when rejection after rejection came in. Many people told me it was impossible to get a book accepted by a publisher but I refused to give in. There were a couple …

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 …

All that Sparkles Release Day

Transcript Hi Everyone, I’m so excited because today is release day for All that Sparkles which is Book 2 in The Texan Quartet. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. I’d love to hear what you think of All that Sparkles so please let me know, whether that’s via a review on GoodReads or wherever you …

Why Black Widow is the greatest superhero

I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night. It’s not the first time I’ve seen it and I do love Steve Rogers, but last night it struck me just how awesome the Black Widow is. Let me explain: She’s a female in a largely male dominated industry. As a child, the only female superhero I can remember is Wonder …

Feel Good Monday

It’s Monday morning and there are some weeks where it is just difficult to get started, to work up the enthusiasm for the work week ahead. So let me try to help. I watched these YouTube videos of Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show over the weekend and they made me laugh and smile for the rest of the day. I …

Conference Tips for Newbies

I’ve just booked my flights for the Romance Writers of Australia national conference in Melbourne in August. I adore the conference as it’s three or four days of living, breathing and talking romance and writing with like-minded people. It’s such a supportive environment and I always come away with new friends, new inspiration and a refreshed enthusiasm for all things …

I Am Woman – Hear Me Roar

I’ve been watching comedian Judith Lucy’s “Judith Lucy is All Woman” documentary series over the last month or so and I’ve enjoyed seeing how women’s roles have changed over the last fifty years. I won’t get into the nitty gritty here, but I did want to focus on the new version of Helen Reddy’s song, “I Am Woman” that they …

The joy of weddings

I love weddings. I guess coming from a romance author it’s really no surprise, but I was reminded of the joy of weddings on the weekend when I attended my cousin’s wedding.  So the main reasons why I’m so enamoured with the tradition are: It’s a happy celebration – the promise of a future together It’s a family reunion It’s …