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Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party

I'm conjuring up a spell to find my one, true-love, as part of the lovely Janice Horton's, Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party. Many have tried this before - and failed; many have thought they'd succeeded, only to realise, their partner had a fatal flaw. A word of advice: never, EVER, use snake venom in a love spell - it will ALWAYS come back and bite yo...
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In search of paradise

In search of paradise
My last blog reminded me of the time, some years ago, when I backpacked around the Society Islands in the South Pacific. I started reminiscing, so I dug out an article I wrote on my return and I thought I'd share it with you. With all the rain we're having here in the UK, I think many of us would like to be lazing on a white-sand beach, drinking mi...
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Self-publish and be damned or To 'e' or not to 'e'?

These, apart from being misquotes, are issues I and many fellow writers, have been mulling over - a lot, in my case. Not so long ago, self-publishing was looked down upon by publishers, writers and even readers. With the advent of the e-book and sites like Amazon, Smashwords and Lulu, times have changed. Everyone in the industry has had to sit up a...
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How important is the title?

Just how important is the title of a book? When Charles Dickens wrote his novella, "A Christmas Carol" the title on his original manuscript was: A Christmas Carolin Prose:Being a Ghost Story of Christmas Hmm! No wonder it was shortened to "A Christmas Carol", although the full title still appears on the inside title page. Anyway, my question is, wh...
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A chat with Jack Drake

A chat with Jack Drake
Today I'm chatting with Jack Drake, one of the main characters in my novel, "Highland Fling", which I'm currently in the process of editing.'Welcome Jack and thanks for stopping by.''It's my pleasure, Emily. It's good to get out of the pages and stretch my legs.''Well, you do have long legs, Jack, if you don't mind me being personal. For our reader...
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