Jules Wake on the Inspiring Setting in From Rome With Love

With my new book, With Love From Rome, I’m hoping to spread a little sunshine in these cold months with a taste of the gorgeous heat and atmosphere that is uniquely the eternal city. It’s one of my favourite cities and has always held a fascination since my first visit when I was only twelve. Sadly my first memory of the city was rather macabre, a body lying beside the road, draped in a tartan blanket and one sad, solitary, ugly black shoe in the middle of the road. My more recent visit was much more inspiring. There are so many sights to see in Rome, it’s hard to know where to start, but on this trip I was lucky enough to see a rather…

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Emma Heatherington on the Fragility of Time

To celebrate the publication of The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington today we’ve been running a blog tour with the theme ‘New Year, New You’ this week. The final guest post is by none other than author Emma herself, in which she talks about the book, the fragility of time, and what the new year means to her! ‘Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love the most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it….’ (Maggie O’Hara, The Legacy of Lucy Harte) Time. Funny old thing really, isn’t it when you think about it? Whether we’re trying to beat the clock to gain a personal best, rushing around and cursing the…

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Katey Lovell on writing Three Men and a Maybe

Today we’re delighted to share with you a guest post from Katey Lovell, to celebrate the publication of her new novella Three Men and a Maybe: As an author I’m always looking for new ways to tell a story. In The Meet Cute series I focused on the moment a couple first connected on a romantic level, whereas The Singalong Society for Singletons follows a friendship group through their Friday night get-togethers over a four month period. My novella Three Men and a Maybe (available now as a free ebook) is different again. The first section of the story shows Cerys and her friends celebrating New Year’s Eve, and she’s more than shocked to be proposed to by not one, not two, but three men…

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Katey Lovell’s Top 5 Writing Tips

Today’s exclusive content for the Harper Impulse advent calendar is a good one, especially for aspiring writers. Kate Lovell, author of The Singalong Society for Singletons, shares her top 5 writing tips. 1. Plan It’s been said that there are three types of writers – planners (who plot out their novel before they start writing), pantsers (who write by the seat of their pants) and plantsers (a combination of the two). I’ve tried to be a hippy-dippy writer that goes with the flow and it just doesn’t work for me. I work most effectively when I’ve got a structure and ideas, and although I’ll find characters doing and saying things that are way off what I expect, by sticking to a plan I find it…

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Lorraine Wilson Talks About the Special Chalet Girls Cover

Yesterday we were thrilled to reveal the cover for the upcoming Chalet Girls by Lorraine Wilson with the wonderful Amanda from One More Page. Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous and is making us want to book a flight to snowy mountains right now, but there is also something extra special about it… the dog in the illustration looks a lot like Lorraine’s beloved Pip. Lorraine on the special cover for Chalet Girls: One of the reasons why I love the Chalet Girls cover is because the little dog in the picture strongly resembles my rescue dog Pip, who sadly died earlier this year. I wrote him into the novel before his death because his own tale is one of the triumph of love…

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