Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Glitz previews the royal wedding...

Obviously, any royal wedding will attract the gossip magazines. There will be cover pictures, stories about the dress designer, speculation on the honeymoon destination. Our royal wedding is no different..

The editor of Celebrity, having sacked my heroine and having totally blotted his copybook with an outrageous article, is out in the cold, but Glitz was given a preview of Ally's diary of the wedding, Becoming a Princess.


Here's the cover of their wedding "special". :)
The Baronet's Wedding Engagement is still available to download free -  here are the links.




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Friday, March 30, 2018

How to plan a royal wedding: the venue...


Check out this lovely post by Jessica Hart over at  the Tule blog today. There's a chance to win a copy of The Prince's Bride by Sophie Weston.

And you can still download The Baronet's Wedding Engagement free!

Here are the links.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Two Royal Wedding Giveaways!

Today is the day!

I've already told you about the beautiful bone china commemorative mug I'm giving away today, but there's an extra! The Baronet's Wedding Engagement by award winning author, Jessica Hart, one of the books in the Royal Wedding Invitation from Tule is free to download today.

Jessica's book is the story of the unlikely romance between Sir Max Kennard, the bride's older brother, and the wedding caterer (and one of Hope's bffs).

There are a whole lot of complications involving a pretend relationship, a fake engagement - bags of emotion and lots of fun.

Here are the links - grab a copy today!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Linked characters...

I've been asked about secondary characters in my Rita nominated book, The Sheikh's Convenient Princess.

Does Violet have her own story? Do the Garland Girls appear in other books?

Happily, the answer is yes and yes.

I created the Garland Agency for the book Dating Her Boss.

When Jilly Prescott arrives from London clutching her certificates for incredible typing and shorthand speeds, Amanda Garland is torn.

 Garland Girls are the creme de la creme of secretarial/PA staff and Jilly doesn't have their finishing school gloss or style but she is desperate. Her brother needs help, but he's grown suspicious of her efforts to tempt him out of a very dark place by sending him her most attractive temps. Jilly, with her uncontrollable mop of hair and a Geordie accent that elocution lessons have not been able to entirely eradicate, will at least deal with his immediate need for secretarial help.


Jilly, who has arrived in London to catch up with her childhood sweetheart, only to have her dreams smashed, touches Max's grieving heart and he sets out to help her be noticed in her friend's glamorous new world.

Amanda Garland has her own story. Self-sufficient, successful, independent but with love all around her, her biological alarm clocks goes off and she decides it's time for a baby. She is highly organised, independent and doesn't need a man - she's going to use a donor clinic to achieve her dream. That's until she meets car hire chauffeur Daniel Redford and The Baby Plan begins to unravel.

Having created the Garland Agency, whenever I need a competent woman to take charge of a difficult situation, that is - like it's very happy clients - where I always go, so the name does crop up in other books.

Finally, there is Princess Violet, English wife of Sheikh Hamad, who is determined to give Ruby and Bram a wedding that, while private, will be unforgettable.

Descended from a runaway princess who took with her the legendary gold and ruby encrusted dagger, the Blood of Tariq, I wrote Violet's story, Chosen As the Sheikh's Wife  as a special commission for the 100th anniversary of Mills and Boon.

It's a novella, but packed with action. A life-threatening situation, a marriage of convenience, a kidnapping and an attempted coup. And two lovely people falling in love.

And while I'm here talking about linked characters - one of the books in the Invitation to a Royal Wedding series, The Baronet's Wedding Engagement, by Rita award winning Jessica Hart, is free at the moment.

Here are the links -

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Marketing and social media...

I get a lot of follows on Twitter and here's the thing, unless it's someone I know personally or professionally, I always check to see who they are before deciding whether or not to follow back..

Often they are brand new tweeters. Often, all I get is a blank header with their twitter name and a one word description - possibly writer. Sometime not even that.

Really?

The single most important role of a writer is to communicate but that's the one thing they have failed to do. I have no idea who they are or what they are writing.

If you're going to set up a new social network page, be it twitter, facebook or instagram, you need to show the world who you are and what you do.

You're a new writer - so far unpublished? You don't need a book cover for your graphic.

Use a picture that represents what you do.

Choose it carefully - it's how the world will see you - and make sure you use a picture you have a licence for. If you can't afford to buy one from one of the many sites offering the kind of pictures you need, you could join Unsplash, where generous photographers offer images for free, or use a photograph snapped on your phone. Flowers, your garden , your cat, dog, gerbil, where you live - or the region you write about. An image that says something about you. Just make sure you take it landscape style, because that's the shape of those headers.

Or you can use the space to show how, or where, you write - do you use a notebook and pen, a laptop? Work in a cafe, the library, at the kitchen table, or in the garden?

And tell me what you're writing. Contemporary or historical romance? Women's fiction.?Crime, erotica, fantasy?

Say if, like me, you're a member of RWA in America, or the Romantic Novelists' Association in the UK. I always follow the RNA's NWS members but I won't if all I see is a  blank header and "@xxxxx hasn't tweeted yet".

Communicate. 

That first tweet should be to introduce yourself, entertain, inform. Make me want to follow you. Show me what interests you. Tell me about your research. If you're a writer it will be good practice - because there will come a time when you'll want me to read your book. If I enjoyed your tweets, the chances are that I'll enjoy your book.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Exciting news!

Yesterday was one of those very special days for an author. I took a call from someone I'd never met, who had called me from the USA to tell me that my book, The Sheikh's Convenient Princess, had been shortlisted for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Rita award.


There are some big gaps in my life, people who are no longer around to share this wonderful news, but I called my daughter and we shared the excitement. Then, all day, I had wonderful messages from friends in the business from every corner of the world, from my editors and all the people I care about.

I'll be going to the awards ceremony in Denver in July and signing books at the Literacy signing and I hope to meet some of you there.

Here, meantime, is the book.

And here's what one reader said about it.

"I'm not a great one for stories of Sheikhs and princesses but this story completely stole my heart.

This book is the 65th book by the amazing Liz Fielding, and she has always seemed to have the ability to create a tale that involves characters that make you root for them, whilst still making you want to cry (or at least sniff a little).

Yes, I admit it. Even this tough old bird (me!) couldn't help but shed a tear at one point.

I love that Liz Fielding dedicated this story to her readers. I loved it. I loved the insightful, honourable Bram. I loved the resourceful, pragmatic, phoenix-like Ruby. Most of all I loved the pair of them fighting for family, and ultimately each other.

Five stars, and a book for the keeper box (or in these digital days, the favourites folder)."