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Five Reasons To Love Short Stories

After years in the literary wilderness, short stories are making a comeback. In the days when traditional publishing was the norm, publishers usually baulked at publishing short stories unless you were a famous author, as they perceived them as being difficult to sell. But in these days of digital publishing and indie authors, short stories are […]

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Novellas – Why Readers And Authors Love Them

​What’s a novella? I hear you cry. While most authors are familiar with them, a lot of readers don’t know that what they are, even though they have probably read at least a few. The easiest explanation, simplistic though it is, is that a novella is longer than a short story, but shorter than a […]

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Fashion in Fiction

Fashion In Fiction – From Bodices To Bridget Jones

‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.’ Bill Cunningham. I love clothes. Love looking at them, buying them and wearing them – especially when something I’ve bought feels comfortable and looks good. And if it was on sale, I’ve won the trifecta. As I’m a woman, you could say it’s in my […]

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The Top Ten Books I Read in 2016. girl sitting on pile of books.

The Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

There’s only one thing I enjoy more than writing (and sometimes more) and that’s reading. I review a lot of the books I read on Goodreads, an online book club where readers can post reviews of books and connect with other readers. It’s always fun at the end of the year to look back at […]

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Confessions of a Book Nerd

I’ve been a book nerd ever since I learnt to read. Even before I learnt to read, as my mother read to me from the time I was six months old, so it’s all her fault. As a child, my favourite activity was to curl up on the couch with my head in a book, while […]

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Badass Women – Why They’re More Fun

Who doesn’t love a red-blooded, shoot from the hip badass woman? One who’ll entice you with sweet words and bedroom eyes, only to pull a gun on you as soon as you succumb to her charms. Men love them because there’s something so sexy about a woman who takes control into her own hands, and […]

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Three Reasons to Love Noir

Three Reasons To Love Noir

If you’ve been following my blog for a while or read some of my books, you’ll probably be thinking, ‘She loves noir? But she writes comedy!’ Or even, ‘What is noir?’ Noir is French for black and there are many definitions of noir fiction. Google defines it as ‘a genre of crime film or fiction characterized […]

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To swear or not to swear

To Swear Or Not To Swear – That Is The Fecking Question

The use of profanity in books has always been a controversial question. Readers range in attitudes from not being in the least bit concerned to finding it offensive and refusing to read books containing swear words. Mention the subject to any group of authors, and you’ll end up in a lively discussion as to the […]

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My Five Reading Pet Peeves

My Five Reading Pet Peeves

In a book I was reading recently, it got to the bit where the couple were in a clinch and things were hotting up. As they were kissing, she ‘felt his nature rising.’ Seriously? I’ve read a lot of coy phrases describing erections, but that was a first. It somehow reminded me of being in a […]

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Why You Should Get Out Of Your Reading Comfort Zone

The words ‘comfort zone’ are bandied around a lot these days. Self-development experts are always telling us to get out of it. I like the sound of a comfort zone and the images it evokes – I picture myself curled up on my couch surrounded by books, chocolate and coffee, with a large sign nearby […]

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