What Readers Want – Lynne Drew’s View on the Trends in Women’s Fiction

The brilliant Lynne Drew, publisher of amazing women’s fiction, is here to give us her view on the hottest trends in commercial fiction at the moment.  #Romance15  OH if only I had a pound for every time someone asks about industry trends. And if only it were that simple – pick what everyone wants and you’d have a bestseller. However, here are a few thoughts … Gone Girl keeps running and running. There’s no let-up in appetite for the domestic thriller – the novel that peers behind the net curtain of married life to see what’s really going on. These novels aren’t traditional crime novels, hinging on detection or motive, and nor do they always feature police investigations. They’re psychological and the appeal lies in…

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The Hottest Ticket In Town

The joy of creating your own world is that you don’t have to do much research. When I wrote my first three Westerwald novels, if I wrote ‘the castle overlooked the winding river’ no one could say “but it doesn’t. I’ve been there, and the castle actually overlooks the vineyards.” But my fourth novel, Not a Fairy Tale, is set in a very real place, and the characters have very real jobs, so I had to do a vast amount of research to make sure I got it right (at least, I hope I did!). It turned out to be the best part of writing this book. I learned about a huge variety of subjects, from Academy Awards after parties to Californian surfing conditions. I…

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Cover reveal: The Half Truth

It’s time for an exclusive cover reveal! Today we have THE HALF TRUTH by Sue Fortin, which is out in ebook on 19th March. Read on to find out more….     Every marriage has its secrets… Tina Bolotnikov, widowed after her husband, Sasha, is killed in a car accident, relocates back to her hometown on the south coast of the UK, to bring up her young son. Her life back in London with her adored husband is now nothing but a memory; a history to pass onto her son. DS John Nightingale saw his partner killed in the line of duty and has made it his personal and professional quest to bring to justice the Russian gang responsible. Five years on and the killer…

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Rebranding January

Happy New Year! Do you look forward to the new year with relish, or are you feeling a bit low after all the seasonal festivities have finished? Hannah Emery wants us to look at January with a new set of eyes, as she explains in today’s guest blog… January: serious and bleak. Something to endure rather than enjoy, like one big Monday. I always resented the first month of the year, throwing it evil stares when I thought it wasn’t looking, whining at it to be over with, or, better still, to never come at all and let me carry on with Christmas for another month. It wasn’t all January’s fault, of course. I knew that standing beside December for all eternity couldn’t be easy.…

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Seeing in the new year in style

Today’s festive guest post comes from Romy Sommer, author of fairy tale romances Waking up in Vegas, The Trouble with Mojitos and To Catch a Star. Throughout my childhood, New Year’s Eve was very much overshadowed by Christmas. We celebrate Christmas the German way, which means we have more hand-me-down traditions than the Milky Way has stars and we have four weeks of build-up to the main event. New Year was just the tag-on at the end of the holidays, the last hurrah. For New Year’s Eve my parents would get together with a group of their friends, and most of us kids would fall asleep exhausted long before midnight. It was a right of passage to finally stay awake to see what all the fuss…

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