Reviews Are Essential For Any Writer

I’m Always Looking For Reviews Reviews are as essential for a writer as grass is to a dairy cow. (Yes, I know in some countries cows are feed other “stuff”, but here in New Zealand, they mostly live on grass.) Without reviews we can slip into obscurity – not a place any writer wants to be. But with the help from our readers posting reviews of our stories, we can fly in the face of whatever (writing) adversity might come … Continue reading

Welcome 2016

Welcome 2016 This day has definitely crept up on me but I’m very happy to welcome 2016 into my life. What will this year bring to me and those I love? I hope there will be good health, happiness and an ongoing joy for life for us all. May the bumps along the way be little ones and cause no more than a couple of ripples in an otherwise still pond. One of Loree’s Facebook posts suggested we come up … Continue reading

Two Writers’ Christmas

Two Writers’ Sharing Their Christmas Very soon you’ll see the launch of Heartbeats, Heartaches and Heartburn, the weekly blog Loree Lough and I will be writing together.  We intend to share all sorts of writing, lifestyle and general interest topics. To give you all a little taste of the layout and types of posts we’ll be bringing you, here’s an explanation of how two writers from opposite sides of the world will be sharing their Christmas celebrations with family and … Continue reading

Say Hi To Loree Lough

Come On In And Say Hi To Loree Lough   In a previous post I shared my gratitude toward a very special lady. I know without a doubt I would not be a romance writer today if it was not for Loree Lough. Author bio: Loree Lough Bestselling author Loree Lough once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, … Continue reading

Things Never Change

Some Things Never Change While some attitudes change in our society as the years pass, other things never change. A recent newspaper article (Lexi Finnigan NZ Herald) suggested the friendly rivalry often present in the friendship between young men existed just as strongly centuries ago as it does today. I see this as an indication of the often crazy rivalry between men – their concern about size and ability and performance – has little to do with what era we … Continue reading

A Writer’s Defining Moment

My Defining Moment As A Writer Many of us can acknowledge defining moments when our lives change forever. Marriage, the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one are all common catalysts for change. As well as experiencing such changes I remember another very defining moment. I was sitting at the dining room table in Loree Lough’s Baltimore home, my first manuscript – now complete with so many red slashes and scribbled comments it would debilitate the … Continue reading

Writing Tips

Writing Tips From An Expert I’ve been re-reading an article with writing tips from someone who appeared to be quite expert in the field when he appeared at the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference last year. Despite having the flu, James Scott Bell managed to convey some very salient points. I’d slipped this article of his away under all the other paperwork on my desk, and it wasn’t until I did a little office cleaning that I found it … Continue reading

Interesting Authors To Read

Are you looking for interesting authors? Have you ever started reading a book so far away from your normal genre and then been unable to put it down? Become so captivated with a new, interesting author you’d rather keep reading their story than sleep? I never read any fiction that isn’t contemporary romance. Well virtually never. Perhaps if I was locked in a room with a bunch of books but no romance stories I might cave in and begin reading … Continue reading