I have to confess, I love Gershwin’s music so I snapped up tickets to see “Nice Work If You Can Get It” on in Melbourne. What a wonderful show, I just loved the singing and dancing, there was such a strong cast with amazing talent. But from a romance writer’s perspective, it ticked all the… Read More Nice Work If You Can Get it
Life has been crazy busy with the launch of my first book, Falling for Mr Wrong. It’s been a joy to see it available in digital stores, but most important has been the positive reader feedback I have received. Reading the positive reviews has been a highlight of my publishing journey especially as I’m self published… Read More Confessions of a romance writer – Write What You Love
I’m bursting with excitement to share my fantastic news that after years of honing my craft, writing and more writing, my first novel, Falling for Mr Wrong, has now been published and is available through a number of channels. This is a dream come true. I love writing romances and to see my work commercially… Read More I’m now a published author
Oh dear, I’ve neglected my blog!!!! I’ve been super busy and will have some exciting news to share soon!!!!! With the chilly weather here in Melbourne, what could be better than a slice of banana bread? Yum! Check out this amazing recipe that only uses THREE ingredients, yes only three!!! http://www.slowcookercentral.com/recipe/choc-chip-banana-cake/ Okay, I lied, there… Read More Oh dear!!!
As a member of the romance writing community, I’m surrounded by amazing writers who are so talented and giving in their knowledge and friendship. And without the support of my family, I’d struggle to write. So who is this new best friend of mine? Why, it’s my slow cooker (crock pot) 🙂 I’ve heard how… Read More My new BFF
Last night I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey. Here is my take on it, from a romance writer’s point of view. Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been heaps of discussion around this movie which I think is healthy. It’s always interesting to read people’s comments however, I personally think you… Read More Fifty Shades of Grey
When I first started writing I was advised to write about what I knew. This was wise advice and I would definitely recommend this to newbie writers. Now that I’ve written a number of books, I’ve branched out and writing about professions and places that I don’t have expert knowledge on. In my current book, there… Read More Researching and a Happy New Year wish 🙂
A funny thing happened…..this is not a joke, I’m serious 🙂 Last night my husband and I attended a fabulous function and I ran into a guy I hadn’t seen for many years. Suffice to say I was a 16 when we last met. We had a catch up and then I told him about… Read More I’m not surprised!!!
My manuscript has been finalised, edited and polished and the final hurdle was having a couple of betas read it. I asked two friends who are avid romance readers who I could trust and rely on to provide honest feedback. After a nervous wait of a few days, I was delighted they both loved it.… Read More Receiving my first reader feedback
One of the best things about being part of the romance community is meeting wonderful writers. I met Rachael Thomas a few years back through the RWA Crit Partner program and we ‘clicked’. I love her Modern/Sexy stories and knew it was only a matter of time before she was published. I was delighted when… Read More Celebrating Rachael Thomas’ success!!!
I’ve been away from my blog and my writing but I’m happy to say I’m back. Why? Good question! I was lucky to travel overseas and before I had time to recover from my jet-lag I was in Sydney for the annual Romance Writers’ of Australia conference. These two events have inspired my creative side… Read More I’m back
It’s a cold, rainy day today in Melbourne. This morning we cheered the boys on at their soccer and footy games whilst this afternoon we’ve played board games, a perfect day to be inside. For afternoon tea, we made the one bowl apple cake – see Recipes for the recipe. The boys couldn’t wait for the… Read More One bowl Apple Cake
I love reading! I also love finding out the inspiration that led to the story. It could be a snippet, a newspaper article or an over-heard conversation. For book club this month we read two wonderful books – Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns and The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey. I really enjoyed both… Read More The stories behind the stories
I’ve found the romance community to be incredibly supportive and helpful. I was delighted to meet Melanie Milburne at the RWA Tassie roadshow a couple of years ago. To say I was star struck would’ve been an understatement. I love her HMB Presents. Not only is she a talented writer but she is incredibly giving and kind.… Read More High Tea with Melanie Milburne
One of the upsides of being a romance writer is being part of the writing sisterhood. Over the years, I have been so lucky to receive amazing advice, support, words of wisdom and critiques. Thank you to my gorgeous crit partners and writing friends who have helped me with my writing so far. And a massive… Read More Had to share!
My family and friends know I’m huge fan of Michael Bublé, so there was little doubt I’d be seeing him again on his Australian tour 2014. He is a consummate performer and makes the concert so entertaining! Is it any wonder I based one of my heroes on Michael??? My friend and I had a fabulous… Read More Catching up with Michael Bublé…shame about the other 10000 fans
Source and Source It’s that time of year when we’re all indulging in wonderful foods. What’s not to like about chocolate, coloured eggs and cakes? Yum! Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter or Orthodox/Greek Easter, I wish you a wonderful festival. And if you’re non-religious, then I wish you a happy break (and eating too!) So, do… Read More Happy Passover/Easter
Thank you to Rachael Thomas for inviting me to join The Blog Tour. Her debut book, A Deal Before the Altar, will be available later this year. More information can be found on her website: www.rachaelthomas.co.uk I had the pleasure of meeting Rachael via the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Critique Partner scheme, which I now manage… Read More My Writing Process
I recently submitted two entries to North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations competition and was delighted to be advised I was a finalist with Violet’s story. My entry will now be assessed by an editor with a major publishing company and I am thrilled. What an opportunity!! The feedback I received on both… Read More Bursting with excitement
Image copied from here I just love talking about writing and was delighted to be invited to talk to Grade 2A on their writing. The children have been working hard on their stories and their teacher thought it would be good for me to talk to them about their characters. We started chatting about The… Read More Talking about characterisation