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A romance. What sort of romance?

(This was previously posted on my work-in-progress page)I am currently editing my novel The Stag Party (working title). I wrote it for the RNA new writers' scheme which I joined in January 2011 so naturally, it's a romance. But what sort of romance? Ah, there's the problem - for me at least.Apparently, I should know what my novel is, i.e., is it ro...
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Can someone die from a broken heart?

Can someone die from a broken heart?
Nestled amongst fallen leaves at the foot of the west wall in the churchyard of St. George's, Brede, East Sussex, stands a wooden cross. Remarkable only for its simplicity; it is aged and weather-beaten and it bears just one word - Damaris. That's all. No date, no epitaph. Nothing in fact, to give a hint to the love story that ended so tragically o...
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Cover Reveal

I am so excited to be revealing the absolutely gorgeous cover for The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane - Part One: New beginnings.

Today is the BIG cover reveal and I'm hoping you may want to get involved and share the cover and pre-order link. But first, let me share with you what the book is about.

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Guest — Emily
Sorry you're not well, Joanne, but I'm glad you enjoyed the series.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:07
Guest — Joanne
I have just finished reading the Lily Pond Lane books. I'm off work sick at the moment and these have really helped me fill my day... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 16:02
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Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row Cover Reveal

I'm thrilled to reveal the utterly gorgeous cover of my new book, Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row. I'm so excited to share Juliet and Harrison's Christmas story with you. It's out now, so why not grab a hot chocolate and curl up with this heart-warming, festive romance. 

Here's the blurb.

It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic.

The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow. Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least, with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work.

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Happy new website. Happy new me.

Time and tide wait for no one – and neither does technology, to paraphrase the old proverb and to make it gender-neutral. Times are changing, and so is my website, because having an author website built and thinking it will stand the test of time, is a fool’s game. Okay. That’s enough with the clichés. What I’m really saying is that I needed to have a new website built and I’m going to tell you why.

To be honest, I still love my ‘old’ website. Blue is one of my favourite colours and the bookmark tabs are fab. There were so many things I loved about it.

But it wasn’t completely ‘mobile-friendly’ and as more and more people are searching the internet via their phones or tablets, websites need to look good, not only on a large screen but also on a device with a screen size of as little as a couple of inches. Plus, if a website displays poorly on mobile devices, some browsers/search engines will push it lower in the list of search results. The new website displays perfectly.

I’ve also purchased an SSL certificate. What’s an SSL certificate and why did I want one? It’s a small data file and – without getting technical – it activates the padlock symbol and the https protocol, which allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Several browsers are starting to issue ‘warnings’ such as: ‘this website may not be secure’. Does any author want that appearing on their website when someone inputs an email address into the newsletter sign-up box, or comments on a blog? I certainly don’t.

 

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