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Launch of Wolf Bride

Elizabeth Moss, an enigmatic friend of mine has a new book released today, and I say that because she's an author many think they know, but she is so prolific she wears me out keeping up with her work. She also manages to surprise her readers too, I think.

Wolf Bride, described as 'a scandal-ridden, debauched, decadent and passionate story'A Tudor Court romance set during the last fateful months of Anne Boleyn's reign and bursting with seduction, passion, jealousy and love. If that doesn't make you rush out and buy it I don't know what will. 

Congratulations Elizabeth and the very best of success with this novel.  

Book Blurb

England, 1536

Bound to him against her will...

Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit t…

Love Cozies?

I love a good mystery, but not being a fan of psychological thrillers which keep me awake at night, I gravitate toward cozies for my light reading. Lately I have begun writing them too, and as an inveterate ‘pantser’, cozies fit into my obsession with sorting where every detail, clue, red herring and revelation is going to go before I draft the first chapter.

For those who haven’t tapped into this genre yet, the most well-known amateur sleuth is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. A quiet-speaking little old lady who asks questions, sometimes irritating ones, whose persistence and ability to put seemingly unrelated observations together solves a crime.

Cozies begin with a killing, usually ‘offstage’ with which the sleuth has some sort of tenuous connection. Maybe the crime was committed in a friend’s house when the sleuth was staying, or her cousin is being accused of the murder and the sleuth applies her mental abilities to prove otherwise.

The plot is key, of course, and all those writing a…

Jane Austen Didn't Have a Critique Group

Is it just me, or is everyone seems to be writing novels these days? The number of author blogs and showcase book blogs on the web are vast and increase daily, in fact is there anyone who isn't writing a book?

The number of traditional publishers is shrinking, and advances offered have declined too, [except for porn novels] once, to my knowledge after the contract was signed. Many have abandoned the slush pile and cut their editing staff to the bone, relying on recommendations from literary agents to find their next titles.

Many titles that reach the bookshelves have celebrity names on the cover, either stories about their lives so far, despite that their average age is about twenty-three and therefore they can have had no life - or actors, models and vocalists who have decided their next career move is to 'write a novel' which instantly get  rushed to the top of the bestseller list. The absence of ability and talent being no bar to publication, al you need is a recognis…

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Do You 'See' Your Characters

When I begin writing my story, which in my case is a spreadsheet which lists my research, chronology and scenes which plot out where I am going, like most authors I follow the 'writers' guide' which suggests I visualise my characters. Know what they look like, what their hair texture and eye colour is, are they strong featured, delicate, tall, short etc etc. Then give them likes and dislikes, mannerisms, aversions and favourites, prejudices, flaws and soft spots - all devised to make them three-dimensional and memorable.

How do you decide what your characters look like?  Can you conjure up a complete picture in your head from the first page, and form a credible person complete with mannerisms, do you build them up slowly as the story progresses, or do you need something more specific to help you along?

Being someone who has little inner vision - eg if someone says, 'Imagine this room without the swirly carpet, the swagged velvet curtains and the mustard paintwork -…

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