So pleased to congratulate wonderful friend and author Jan Brigden on the publication of her sequel to AS WEEKENDS GO. If oyu love football, the world of WAGS and a great story, download it today. https://amzn.to/2ScspEU
Happy Tuesday to you all! And Happy Publication Day to Jan Brigden for the release of IF I EVER DOUBT YOU!! Hopefully you’ll all be downloading this later to enjoy!
Jan has been kind enough to write a guest post for me to share with you all today to give you a bit more of an insight into the book and the characters within the story!! Over to you Jan….
Challenging the celebrity footballer stereotype: If I Ever Doubt You by Jan Brigden
My main characters Rebecca and Alex first encountered one another in my debut As Weekends Go. Family-oriented small-town woman meets big league professional footballer. We saw the huge impact on their lives during and after that eventful summer weekend.
If I Ever Doubt You continues their story, charting each cheer, dip, drama and dilemma their relationship throws up: how Rebecca adapts to and copes with the reality…
I’m so pleased to be taking part in the official launch celebrations for the Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook group. Their aim is to create a warm and cosy place for members to engage with readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction.
This is a Facebook group supported by the Romantic Novelists’ Association but membership is open to all authors of novels with a romantic element, as well as readers who love romantic fiction and bloggers.
And what better way to start off than with a competition? This will be run in conjunction with the publisher 0ne More Chapter and will be open to all members of the group. 0MC have donated a first prize of 60 romantic novels. There will be 60 runners up prizes of one book from a selection…
The second my book deal was announced and I was able to share I’d now also be writing love stories under the pen name Amelia Henley (you can read about that here), I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The very second. Before I tweeted my news or posted on Facebook, I was eagerly signing up for membership.
I had waited a long time to join. I didn’t know exactly what the RNA was but isn’t the name wonderful? Romance conjures such evocative images (raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens).
After I’d joined I was super excited to discover there are ‘chapter’ meetings held in various locations throughout the UK. My local one was Leicester. I was thrilled. My son is at Uni in Leicester so I’d be able to go to a meeting and then see him afterwards. Immediately I sent him this message telling him my news…
Originally posted on jan brigden, writer: ? The Sunshine Blogger Award allows bloggers to highlight and celebrate their fellow bloggers’ creativity and positivity within the blogging community. I am thrilled to have been nominated, along with ten other bloggers, by Jessie Cahalin of the fabulous Books in my Handbag blog. Jessie was herself previously nominated. Congratulations! …
Writing thrillers is something I am super passionate about. It fulfils the Enid Blyton’s Famous Five obsessive inside of me, the Scooby Doo and the gang need to solve the mystery addict. But I’ve always had another dream. A dream I clutched tightly to my chest promising it one day, eventually, and when I’ve got more time but I never seemed to have more time and eventually never came. It felt like a secret. A secret I couldn’t quite share. You see, I’d had my heart broken at the age of eight after reading Little Women and that was when I knew with certainty I wanted to one day write a story which would make readers fall in love with the characters, cry for them, hope, question ‘what would I do in that situation.’
It was while I was on holiday in Lanzarote, gazing out to sea that…
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When I was a little girl, my mum used to watch a programme set in Scotland called Take the High Road. I remember very little about the programme apart from the warm Scottish accents. In 2014, I was introduced to the 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith. And, one day, several years ago, when visiting my Northumberland based in-laws we walked over a bridge, and Father-in-law said ‘WE’RE IN SCOTLAND NOW!’
I’m just setting the scene of how Scotland to me, as a proud Mancunian is a place of romance and comfort. I’ve always held this romantic view – then I read three of Lizzie Lamb’s books… sigh… The three books I will mention here have confirmed my idealised view of a romantic Scotland and I recommend you read them all, especially if you’re all…
Hi Everyone! The special treat is that best-selling uplifting romantic novelist Lizzie Lamb has agreed to guest post on my ‘What’s in a (Character) Name?’ Regular blog post. When Lizzie put her post together, the focus was on location – particularly because of the three HIGHLAND BRIDES NOVELS
So, before Saturday – when I expect you will be all reading Robert Burns’ poetry, wearing a kilt and eating haggis, I thought I would treat everyone to a snippet of Lizzie’s post before the big event – Burns night.
Castle Stalker (Photo from Lizzie Lamb – more of this on Saturday).
I’m often asked about my route to publication. I thought I’d update some of that information and share with you as I head into 2020 and finish my 6th novels. I hope you find the blog post helpful and informative.
My latest novel – Take Me, I’m Yours
India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before a MacFarlane sets foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself? You can read an extract.
2.This is the first book I’ve set outside of the UK. Here’s why . . .
Back in the day I trained a teaching student from Oshkosh University for two terms. We became great friends and I had a standing invitation to go over to stay with her in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. I did just that for five weeks one summer and when I flew back from Chicago I promised I would write a romance set in Wisconsin. Last year I learned she has Parkinson’s Disease and that galvanised me into action – this book is for her.
3. I like writing about sexy, highland lairds. I hope you like reading about them.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool romantic. For some women, it’s Regency Rakes, Cowboys or Navy Seals, but for me it’s a man-in-a-kilt. If he’s a highland laird or the heir to a highland estate so much the better. Not because of wealth or belonging to an aristocratic family but because I love a hero who isn’t afraid to shoulder responsibility, care for his tenants and who has a strong connection with the land. Those attributes, allied with a sharp mind, a sense of humour and a willingness to care for the heroine wins me over – every time.
4 and 5 My writing journey prior to New Romantics Press being founded
I bagged an agent (the late Dot Lumley) and HM&B were showing interest in my writing. In 1990 I reached a crossroads, continue with my writing or accept a deputy headship of a large primary school. Because of the demanding nature of teaching, I knew I couldn’t do both and chose the latter. In 2006 I took early retirement from teaching joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted and submitted it for a critique. I was told it was ‘almost ready’ to start sending out to agents but needed more polishing. In the meantime, I co-founded NRP with other members of the RNA/NWS. Then, over lunch in my garden, author Amanda Grange advised us to consider self-publishing on amazon. The algorithms were changing and . . . well, you can read more about it here – That was in 2012 and we’ve never looked back. I only wish I’d had the chutzpah to self-publish a year earlier because terms were more favourable on Amazon at that point.
New Romantics Press is keen to find new readers and share our work with them. Over the last six years we have published fifteen books between us and are currently working on new titles. Our motto is: Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves and you can read more about us on in this blog
6 The benefits of collaborating with other authors?
I love working collaboratively with others. That means I’m never more than a phone call away from a good mate who will listen to my writing woes, meet for coffee and offer sound advice. As being a member of New Romantics Press and the RNA I can tap into a wealth of knowledge about publishing, social media, PR – and what one of us doesn’t know, the others will find out! I couldn’t imagine being without my support system.
We try to make our events sound fun . . .Most readers and bloggers mention how much fun we have promoting our books. Writing can be a lonely occupation. As authors, we spend most of the time hidden away in our studies/offices tapping at the keyboard. When we do get out, we like to let our hair down. Warning: our events involve laughter and prosecco, so only like-minded writers and readers need apply.
In 2019 I offered a series of workshops for novice and intermediate writers, sharing my knowledge and giving writers the confidence to finish their WIP. In November of 2019 I attended the Narberth Book Fair where I outlined my 10 point guide, met readers and sold books.
Here endeth the first part of my talk. Do join me next time when I will be covering the following aspects of writing:
the difference between self-publishing and indie publishing
advice for writers considering self-publishing/indie publishing
my thoughts about taking a hybrid approach
plotters vs pantsers
top tips for finishing a novel
choosing and researching the location of my novels
why I write happily ever after novels
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Just to let you know, in case you missed it, that my novels are available to download for 99p/ $1.25 until December 27th. After that, they revert to £1.99/ $2.20 – less than a cappuccino in your favourite cafe or bar. And – the really good news – if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber you can download them and read for FREE. (well, the cost of your subscription). So of you’ve overdosed on Christmas novels try something different. Or download at this price and read later . . . the choice is yours.
So, what are my novels about? Well, you won’t find any murders in them, although in Boot Camp Bride you will find a fake engagement, a boot camp for brides on the Norfolk marshes where some very dodgy stuff is going down. Interested? Readers have said they love Boot Camp Bride for the sparky dialogue between drop-dead gorgeous hero Rafa Fonseca-Ffinch and my up-for-anything heroine Charlie Montague.
If you fancy a romance set in Chicago and small town America, look no further than Take Me, I’m Yours. I loved writing this novelo because it took me to a different place and reminded me of the five weeks I spent in Wisconsin researching it. I loved that one reviewer saw it as a modern day Romeo and Juliet trope where an ancient family feud gets in the way of lover Logan and India.
Next up my Scottish novels
What can I tell you about these? Only that I love visiting my home country for inspiration each summer and can’t wait to get in front of the pc and start writing. What fires my imagination? The scenery, the history, the hauntingly beautiful setting of loch and castle and the arduous task of dreaming up another to-die-for hero in a kilt. What’s not to like? Tall, Dark and Kilted was my debut novel and readers still sigh over Ruairi Urquhart. Follow the link, read and extract and check out some of the 112 reviews.
Who could resist reading about a disgraced academic forced to hide away in a Scottish castle while she figures out how to restore her tarnished reputation. Not me. When writing Girl in the Castle I felt compelled to add a penniless laird with a tragic past and a Jacobite treasure just waiting got be found. Read the extract to find out what happens to Henriette Bruar. .
So, what does 2020 hold in store?
Once the festive season is over and the baubles have been packed away I’ll get down to finishing I’LL BE IN SCOTLAND – Highland Brides book 4 and, hopefully, publish in the summer. So fire up your kindle and download my novels while they’re hot. They won’t be this price again for a l-o-n-g time. And I never give them away for FREE (except on #KU). Have a great Christmas, kick back and enjoy the holidays and see you in the new year.
By the way, if you prefer a paperback click here. I sell my paperbacks from my website at way below the amazon price AND you get a personalised bookplate and bookmark. And, if you do download one of my novels and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon – it really helps an indie author to get her name out there.
Caring is sharing - I'd love you to share my blog with your friends
Originally posted on jan brigden, writer: ? Well what a busy old time I’ve had since my last post. Now here we are in December with Christmas almost upon us (hooray!) and 2020 waving at us over its shoulder. I’m looking forward to receiving my edits for Book 2 – the sequel to As Weekends…