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Culloden Spirit Released Today

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Book Blurb Carrie Gordon's season in her native York was an unqualified success, until the young man who paid her so much attention married someone else. 
When her family takes a summer trip to her father’s ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands, her handsome Scottish cousin, Duncan McRae, takes an immediate dislike to Carrie, mainly due to her father’s plans to refurbish Cair Innes castle which is in need of extensive repair beyond the means of its present owner and resident, Iain McRae.
Carrie feels the vacation will be a disaster until she discovers a strange young man while exploring the derelict castle, However, she soon learns Ruairi McRae is not what he seems, and the battle he intends to fight was lost by his clan a hundred and fifty years before.
Will Carrie be able to accept that she cannot be part of Ruairi’s world? And when the Roma arrive to camp on Bucks Meadow as they do every summer, who is the beautiful gypsy girl Duncan won't talk about?

Excerpt:

Carrie wandered…

I Dedicate This Book - To Me!

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Someone asked me recently why I didn't add a dedication to my latest novel. When I begin reading a new book, I often skip the dedications page myself as most of them tend to be lists of the writer's family members, or the generic, 'to my darling husband', leaving me to wonder if their husbands and children actually contributed to the writing process, or if the author adds them automatically.   

I did add dedications to my first two books, the first in a Kate Winslet gushing way thanking everyone from my Mum to the milkman, but in the interests of not being repetitive and predictable, I haven't done so for my two subsequent novels.

I admit, this was partly through pique - as neither my husband nor offspring have even read the first two, so didn't see the original dedications anyway and I doubt if they will read the next two either. Besides, I'm not a real novelist am I as my books are only available online.

And what about all those times when they have come…

Birthday

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It's my birthday - although I think I'm over the formal opening of presents at the breakfast table ritual. I remember when birthdays used to be anticipated for weeks and family whispered together in corners and pointedly changed the subject when I appeared - well I think it was my birthday they were discussing [!] The day itself always felt different and every trivial wish was granted because it was a special day.

As the years have passed, my centre-of-the-universe-for-a-day status has been gracelessly downgraded - until when I woke up this morning I almost forgot it was my birthday. I have played them down for the last few years as the numbers mounted up, besides, I don't feel any different - until I look in a mirror and see my mother staring back at me.

This year the celebrations, have been postponed as everyone seems to be busy. My phone is full of texts saying, 'the dinner has to be next week', 'the cards are on their way', and 'the pressie …

Watching Willow Watts Released Today

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And here's a promotional plug for a my role model, Talli Roland. While I am yawning over my coffee in the mornings, this lady blogs, writes, travels, writes some more and always has a finger on the pulse of vibrant London life she loves and knows so much about -  not bad for a Canadian!  
Her second humorous contemporary romance, Watching Willow Watts,  is out today, here's the blurb - well worth a look.

Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and wine. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Her first novel, The Hating Game, was an Amazon UK best-seller, remaining in the top 100 for over two months. Watching Willow Watts is available on Kindle now. Talli blogs here and tweets here.
For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the …

Reading Manuscripts Aloud

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The lovely lady who is recording my novel Trencarrow Secret for the audio book version e-mailed me with some minor discrepancies she found in the manuscript.

After receiving one mediocre review of this book, I was further depressed to think I had missed these points, but fortunately I have a wonderful publisher who has agreed to pull off the Kindle edition and make the relevant changes for me.
'I hope you don't mind if the novel becomes unavailable for a day or two?' she said.
Mind? I'm ecstatic, there will now be fewer chances of readers spotting my blunders!

I thanked my audio book lady for her excellent editing, but couldn't help commenting that my confidence had been dented; this was her response:

I think the brain often sees what it expects to see, not what is actually there. One probably only really notices some of these things when one reads them aloud. If you don't think you can write, you should have seen me weep in the scene with Marie and David. I got…

Friggin Passwords!

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My e-mail account has been hacked - again. This time it didn't simply clog up my contact list with spurious e-mails, the hackers have changed my password so I cannot log on. I can also no longer get into my Yahoo groups. When I go to the 'Help' section and click the relevant box, I get a message that says, 'To change your password enter your old password'.
But it doesn't work!
So I click the, 'I no longer have access to this', and it says 'Wait 24 hours and come back to this page where we will ask you your securty question.'
What security question? Oh, the one I set up six years ago and have never had to use since? That security question?
If I cannot recall what answer I gave then, does it say 'Wrong answer! Every trace of you has been obliterated from our system and you no longer exist.'
Ain't technology wonderful?

When Is A Galley Just Another Edit?

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I have been offline for a while, [and still am really-this is being thrashed out at a tiny Internet cafe at the beach] which has given me time to complete the Galley Proof Worksheet for my latest novel, Culloden Spirit, coming out this month.

There is a problem with learning the craft of writing, because the more you write, the more you learn, and if you edit something you have written, say two years before, you are going to virtually re-write it.

When I began editing this manuscript, I made the mistake of only focusing on the specific areas my content and line editors pointed out to me. When the galley arrived I decided to do a final read through on my e-reader in search of those pesky commas and repeated words which crept in during the formatting.

I was horrified to find something I didn't like on almost every page, not necessarily grammatically wrong, but something that jarred with me, didn't sound like something my heroine would say, or well, was just plain wrong!  The Ga…

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