New Year – New Book

I’ve spent the last few weeks of 2011 undertaking research for my latest romantic suspense novel. That done, it’s now time to put my fingers on the keyboard and start writing. I find starting a new project daunting mo matter how well I’ve researched the subject matter or how detailed an outline I’ve written. It’s what I call ‘the blank page/screen syndrome.’ You’re faced with what feels like acres of white space to fill and the first sentence is the most important of all. It has to hook your reader, draw them into the story quickly, so that they’re anxious to continue reading and find out what happens next.

My first chapter will go through several drafts before I feel able to concentrate on the rest of the book. But spending so much time working on the opening chapter can stifle my creative process and slow my writing. So this year I have a plan. My opening chapter will go through three drafts, then satisfied or not, I will move on and work on the rest of the manuscript, returning to it only when the book is complete.

I already have a working title for the book, and as with my three previous novels, it will be set somewhere different, albeit in a familiar place – Derbyshire. And that’s all I’m going to tell you about it at present.

I’m not the only person who’s been busy over the holiday period. My editor at Vanilla Heart has produced a new free sampler for my novel, The House on the Shore. The House on the Shore Sampler

Operation Ebook Drop


I am pleased to annouce that I am a participating author in Operation Ebook drop.

Launched by author Ed Patterson, a former military man, it provides ebooks for military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Smashwords authors, can provide coupon codes, which allow members of the Coalition Forces to down load books to their electronic reading devices or computer for free.

More information, click on this link: http://blog.smashwords.com/2009/09/smashwords-supports-operation-ebook.html

My managing editor, Kimberlee Williams, made sure that all all Vanilla Heart authors who wished to participate had the correct coupon codes to send. I hope that my books will give the men and women a bit of light relief from the harsh reality of service in extremely difficult conditions.

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