Playing hooky today!

Playing hooky today!

I’d blocked time today to map out my new book (for Valentine’s Day) however, after speaking with my mother-in-law, we decided to forget about everything we had to do and watch the latest episode of Outlander. With G&T’s and chocolate, we sat back and watched the reunion between Claire and Jamie. How decadent. What a fab …

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Tradie romance, a new sub-genre?

Tradie romance, a new sub-genre?

Check me out, on site, boots and all!!!   As many of you know, we’re currently renovating our home, and the tradesmen I deal with are super nice. When they found out I write romance, they encouraged me to write a “tradie romance”. What do you think? A new sub-genre? Much better than “Lust in …

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Sam Heughan, my latest celebrity crush

Sam Heughan, my latest celebrity crush

I’m currently re-watching the first two seasons of Outlander whilst waiting, with baited anticipation, for Season 3. I’ve never re-watched TV shows as I just don’t have the time, but I’m certainly glad I have with Outlander. I didn’t realise how much I missed when I binge watched the seasons. The characterisation and story lines …

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#RWNZ17

#RWNZ17

Romance Writers of New Zealand conference in Rotorua Every year I attend the Australian Romance Writers conference but this year I decided to head over to New Zealand. The conference size is smaller but is well run by an enthusiastic committee and the sessions were excellent. I loved hanging out with author friends (and meeting …

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Blogging for An Unforgettable Holiday

Blogging for An Unforgettable Holiday

This past month, I’ve had a brilliant time blogging at a number of different sites talking about my latest release, romance, writing and travel. Interested? Check them out – At Just Jemi talking about Indie Publishing  At Romance Release talking about my holiday novellas in An Unforgettable Holiday With Kelly Steel talking about my writing routine At New Release Novels talking about about …

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Supporting Pink Ribbon 2016

Supporting Pink Ribbon 2016

Want to help NBCF achieve their goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030? I do. Support my Pink Ribbon fundraising by buying an e-copy of Wanting Mr Right for $2.99. For less than a cup of coffee, you get a fab read and I’ll donate 50% of my royalties to NBCF, for every book sold in …

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Savvy Authors

Savvy Authors

I’m very excited to announce that I now contribute a monthly post to Savvy Authors, an awesome website where writers help writers. 2017 January – Is your writing a business or a hobby? 2016 December – The more you give, the more you receive…supporting indie writers November – To print or not to print, that …

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Enthusiasm, Entrepreneurship and Indie Publishing podcast

Enthusiasm, Entrepreneurship and Indie Publishing podcast

I was very excited to be asked to join Melinda Hammond, as part of her Writer on the Road podcast, to chat about the business side of romance writing. If you’re interested in building your writing business then listen to Joanne’s journey where, through sheer tenacity of spirit, she is succeeding in building a loyal …

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Motivating Mum motivating me

Motivating Mum motivating me

Thanks to my local council, I got to hear Motivating Mum, Alli Price, talk tonight about using Instagram for Business. I had no idea how much I didn’t know about Instagram. Not only do I now know how to use it but I learnt the following – Instagram can be as engaging as Facebook (it’s …

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Tarzan and Ellie Wiesel

Tarzan and Ellie Wiesel

Today I took my youngest son to see The Legend of Tarzan movie. Pushing aside Alexander SkarsgĂĄrd’s abs (!!), the incredible cinematography and gorgeous scenery; we, the viewers, see a dark side of colonisation and how people of different races were treated in the 19th century. But, not everyone in the movie/ during that time …

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Summer Bliss Bundle and prizes to win!!!!!

Summer Bliss Bundle and prizes to win!!!!!

I and 8 other fab authors have put together the Summer Bliss Bundle featuring 9 chick lit and romantic comedy novels on sale for 99 cents! Yes, you read right, $0.99 for 9 great reads!!!!! The bundle includes my fun read – Falling for Mr Wrong 🙂 By pre-ordering your copy and helping us reach our pre-order goal you …

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A tale of two seas

A tale of two seas

I’m very excited to be re-releasing my debut novel, Falling for Mr Wrong 🙂 Re-releasing it you ask? Yes! Unfortunately some typos slipped through the editing process and I decided to clean them up. Whilst doing so, I did some re-writes. It’s still the same fun story of the hero chasing the heroine for a story, …

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Sharing the love on Mother’s Day

Sharing the love on Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and I’ve come up with some ideas to recognise a special woman in your life – your mum, your mother-in-law, your wife, your aunty, your gran, your sister or even your friend! Time together – gifts don’t have to be a physical item but rather your gift can be spending …

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Happy release day to me!

Happy release day to me!

Wanting Mr Right, the second book in the Alex Jackson series is now available 🙂 Thanks to everyone who has posted positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads!!!!! I have to confess that I was thrilled to read Helen’s review on her blog.  

Free publicity for your small business

Free publicity for your small business

Last night I had the opportunity to listen to the sensational Jules Brook from HandleyourownPR.com.au talk about generating free publicity for your small business. With years of experience and an amazing can-do approach, Jules is the go-to person if you want to know why small business should have PR. PR or publicity is someone else …

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Top tips on being a successful writer

Top tips on being a successful writer

I was going to blog about areas I’ve found to be helpful for self-published and hybrid writers. Then this article, on Written Word Media, came along and it’s so good that I’m sharing it instead of writing something myself. Top tips on being a successful writer –  Becoming an author takes dedication.  Success only comes …

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One reason I write romance

One reason I write romance

I’ve been an avid romance reader, over the years, starting off with Sweet Dream books before moving on to Harlequin romances. This (short) video is so me 🙂 Are you an avid romance reader too?