Easter Treat: New Author Announcement (No we promise it isn’t an April Fools!)

Award-winning digital first publisher HarperImpulse are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Historical author Deborah Carr. Editorial Director Charlotte Ledger bought World All Language rights after approaching the author about writing a novel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this year. Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers. She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012…

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World War II and Romance: Embracing the Past – Roland Moore #Romance14

Roland Moore created the award-winning  returning BBC1 drama series, Land Girls and was lead writer on series one to three. During this time, the series won the Best Daytime Programme in the Broadcast Awards and four RTS Midlands Awards (including Best Drama). The series has been sold to territories around the world and been translated and dubbed into various languages. Why is the Second World War still such a big draw for romance writers and book readers? The answer, I feel, is entwined with the psychology of how people actually behaved during the war and why that proves attractive or resonant to us today. When I was writing the BBC1 series Land Girls, we researched many aspects of war time life – not just of the Women’s…

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Emily’s Nostalgic Pastimes

**It’s saga week, which gives team member Emily a welcome excuse to enthuse about nostalgic pastimes: making, baking, the culture of thrift, and make-do-and-mend.** The nation is obsessed – and, as revealed by my studious analysis of Pinterest and Etsy (ahem) – it’s an international phenomenon. Here in the UK, we’re all glued to The Great British Bake Off, and its latest dress-making off-shoot, The Great British Sewing Bee. We saw an uplift in patriotic spirit last year, thanks to the Jubilee and an elated Olympic summer. And as austerity yawns on, we’re ever more grateful for thrifty pastimes that bring us together. For me, it’s gardening. My dad and granny are keen growers, and are endlessly kind with advice, bulbs and cuttings. We trade…

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Kate Bradley’s Top Tips for Writing Sagas

HarperFiction commissioning editor Kate Bradley’s has kindly given us some great tips for aspiring saga writers. Kate is about to publish the first book in a brand new saga series next week, called Churchill’s Angels, which we’re all very excited about! Top Tips for Aspiring Saga Writers Familiairise yourself with the genre, Sagas are the industry term for Historical Family Dramas. Find the right era for you – successful Saga writer’s tend to stick to a particular historical period, such as either World War II or the late Victorian era. Research who is selling well in this genre. The Sunday Times bestseller lists are a good start. Have a look and see which periods they are writing about. Don’t go too far back in time,…

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