What are you working on?

What am I working on? Hmmm…

Well, I’ve started two or three novels that have dribbled to a stop.

There’s a frizzle of excitement building around a series of children’s books but they need illustrations so I’m stuck wondering how to go forward…

There are the articles I write for my church magazine, bits and bobs for Two Valleys Radio, poetry for the upcoming cycling extravaganza coming to Yorkshire/Holmfirth Arts Festival and Yurt experience.

My veg plotMy guilty secret? Mostly, I’m working in my garden. Oh, and having a rather remarkable year ~ the christening of my first grandchild in Finland, watching my niece in the Olympics, lunch at Highgrove ~ and it’s only March. Possible inspiration for future epistles?

How does my writing differ from others in it’s genre?

Herein lies one of many obstacles to my success as an author. I’ve never been able to squeeze myself into tiny boxes. Genre, what genre would that be?

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So far I’ve written a memoir and a novel.







Why do you write what you do?

The simple answer ~ I can’t help it. My fizzy brain requires me to get things down on paper/screen before I blow up. It can be a journal, story, novel, memoir, letter, lesson plan, poem, article, blog post…

How does the writing process work for you?th-1

Good question. Sometimes it’s a writers’ group that kicks me out of my comfort zone, or a deadline, or a challenge, or inspiration might fire me into action. When I was writing my two books, I sat at my computer every workday morning and wrote for several hours.

What’s this all about?

514HF84FgWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_My friend, Christina Longden, has just published her first novel, Mind Games and Ministers. She fancied joining the Monday Blog Tour and needed friends to take part. Writers of any description answer the questions above on a Monday and pass the baton on to two others. I received the ‘push’ from Laura Ripper, a proofreader and copy editor, to see her post visit http://lauraripperproofreading.com/2014/03/24/the-monday-blog-tour/. I like the idea because it’s more about information sharing than blatant self-promotion. 

Fellow Crooked Cat authors, Ailsa Abraham http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Failsaabraham.com%2F&h=aAQGFEvhG and Carol Hunter www.carolannehunter.co.uk, have agreed to follow me. I’ll post Carol’s links later today.


Risk and Sacrifice

I “met” author Elaine Violette through a Yahoo group. Today she discusses the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERArisks that come with sacrifice in A Kiss of Promise, her new novel.

51bAZNxhCAL._AA160_In A Kiss of Promise, a Blush historical romance, the heroine sacrifices all for love. What would you sacrifice for someone you love?  I believe that most of us would sacrifice our lives to save our loved ones. Are we willing to sacrifice our reputations, the very essence of who we have created ourselves to be in the eyes of our world? Would we let it all go and risk total ruin to save a loved one?

In Alaina’s world in A Kiss of Promise, a ruined reputation makes her an outcast in her society, scorned by her peers, and tossed aside as a prospective bride.  Yet, she chooses ruin to save her brother.  Fear for his life pushes her to take risks and accomplish what she never thought possible. Many of us have experienced tragedies in our lives that have pushed us to do things beyond what we thought we were capable of doing.

Perhaps, because I have found this true in my own life, I have created characters that must overcome their deepest fears to accomplish what means most to them. Alaina’s determination to save her brother forces her to forfeit her greatest personal desire: to be with the man she loves.

This second book in the Blackstone brother’s saga promises ultimate sacrifice and intrigue. Can love survive when it appears everything else is lost? In our own lives, we give and receive every day, but how much are we willing to sacrifice for love?

I hope readers will be captivated by Alaina’s journey in A Kiss of Promise.

Book back blurb:

Adventurer Martin Blackstone escapes the stuffy rituals of England to seek his destiny in America. He leaves Alaina Craymore behind, believing she is better off without him. Suffering under the scandalous circumstances surrounding her father’s death, only Alaina’s love for Martin and the memory of their one stolen kiss have kept Alaina steady. But she hasn’t heard from Martin in far too long and cannot wait forever in the hopes that he will return from America. Just as Alaina begins to recover, one of her father’s associates emerges from the shadows with a choice—she must pose as his fiancée in America or he’ll send her brother to prison on charges of forgery. Willing to endure ruin and an uncertain future, Alaina agrees—she can do no less for the brother who’s spent his entire life protecting her. Only the man who spurned her can save her from the black mailing scoundrel and a ruined reputation.

Martin hasn’t forgotten Alaina or the kiss they shared. When word of her sacrifice reaches him, he’ll move heaven and earth to find her and make her his, no matter the cost.

Will the strong-minded, independent Alaina chose ruin over the fear that a marriage proposal has been offered out of duty rather than love?

 A Kiss of Promise continues the story of the Blackstone brothers, introduced in Elaine’s debut Regency, Regal Reward. It will be released on April 3rd, 2014 by Ellora’s Cave Publishing under their Blush imprint and is presently available for pre-order on Amazon and most other sites.

A Kiss of Promise available at Ellora’s Cave  http://www.ellorascave.com/a-kiss-of-promise.html

For your Kindle http://amzn.com/B00HQH99V6

For your Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/A-Kiss-of-Promise-Elaine-Violette

On her website www.elaineviolette.com

Visitors can follow Elaine on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elaineviolette/author

and Twitter https://twitter.com/elaine_violette

Yahoo Groups for the Facebook Phobic?

009-facebook-logo-icon-VectorCopy-bigA good friend of mine refuses to use Facebook preferring instead to communicate with others via her blog and yahoo groups. She feels they are less risky and she has more control over who can see her comments.

thI tried a couple of groups but found them more difficult to use, limited in the numbers of people reached and irritating in the way they clog my email inbox. Google+ didn’t really ‘float my boat’ either.

I’ve heard that there are now new and improved places to network than FB and Twitter. Have you tried any? What did you think?


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