Poldark Review – And a FREE Cornish Novel

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It’s Cornwall 1783, and Captain Ross Poldark returns from war in America to find the world he knew is in turmoil. Mines are closing, poverty is rife, and the people are starving. To make matters worse, his father has died, his lands and mines lie derelict – and the love of his life, Elizabeth Chynoweth, is to marry his cousin, Francis. Ross’s Uncle Charles, (the late Warren Clarke) urges him to cut his loses, sell his mines, and move away. But …

#poldarkmagic – 10 Days and Counting …

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The premier of the first episode of the BBC’s new adaptation of Poldark had its press preview in Truro last night, and by all accounts… IT’S A BODICE RIPPER!! Now, as possibly one of the biggest Poldark fans of all time, I have been more than a little concerned that the newcomers might not do the great Winston Graham novels justice. But after watching the interviews with the main cast members, I’m beginning to breath more easily. The endearing thing …

And Now For The Good News…

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I have news, and I can’t wait to share it. The Large Print publishers, Ulverscroft, have just accepted my crime novel, A Cornish Revenge, for publication in their Linford Mystery imprint. Several of my books have previously been taken up by this lovely publisher, but this is the first one that didn’t start life as a pocket novel. It’s also the first that is not a romance. My previous Large Print novel, Another Chance, which was only published on August …

What’s in a Review?

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This week I became an Amazon best seller!! (Hooray!!  – jump up and down and toss bonnet in the air!) My Loveday Ross Cornish Mystery Series collection reached 39 in the top 100 Fiction / Drama category, earlier this week, with an overall best selling ranking of 15,168. I can’t believe it. However…despite the welcome sales, the only review I currently have for this collection is from an American reader on the Amazon.com site. He gave it a 4 Star …

Writing Pocket Novels

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I should have called this post Letting Go, or rather, Not Letting Go! I ‘m usually fairly good at taking advice, particularly when it comes from someone whose opinion I respect. So I don’t know what it is about this particular little pocket novel, but I’m having a tough time giving up on it. ‘Through the Eyes of Love’ started life more than two years ago. I struggled with it because the plot was quite complicated … complicated?  Now that …

A Free Highland Romance and a Pocket Novel Edit

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I’ve just completed my latest People’s Friend (I hope) pocket novel. There’s at least a week of revisions and editing to do, but I’m still feeling euphoric. And amazingly…I’m actually looking forward to the edit. To celebrate, I’m inviting everyone interested to help themselves to a free download of my Scottish romance, Highland Heart here for three days – Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th February. Usually when I get to this point in a novella I’m all written …

Writing Serials

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I’m just stopping by quickly to point you in the direction of The Pocketeers blog, where the lovely Cara Cooper is discussing her experience of writing a serial for The People’s Friend. I’ve always wanted to write serials, but having had a few knock backs from Woman’s Weekly I’d put the idea on the back burner. Cara’s fired up my enthusiasm again. Pop over and read what she has to say. You won’t be sorry. And if you decide to …

Writing Short Stories

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  This is the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Lomond – just to cheer us all up on these dreary February days. When I first started writing women’s fiction a few years ago I began, as many writers do, with short stories for magazines. I was lucky enough to be published in Take a Break, The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, The Weekly News, and others. But I still struggled. Creating a complete and marketable story with a believable plot and characters that …

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – And Another Pocket Novel!

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       This is Bridlington from the clifftop on a sparkly, frosty Yorkshire morning. I love Christmas, but it doesn’t half take its toll on the writing. There are  puddings to make, shopping to be done, decorations to put up, pantomimes to attend, menus to plan, cupboards to tidy….you get my drift? The upshot being that the writing schedule has taken a tumble. My current WIP – a pocket novel for The People’s Friend – is half written. The plan was …

People’s Friend Editors’ Interview

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  There’s an interview here with The People’s Friend features’ editor, Alex Corlett, and fiction editor, Shirley Blair. I was especially delighted to find this, as Alex was the first person I ever worked with at the ‘friend’. It was down to his patience and guidance that I got my first short story, Coming Home, published. You can read it here. Interesting to note in the interview that the magazine often plans seasonal features and stories – and has them …