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Planning Your Novel for ‘Pansters’

Since I published ‘Georgian Romance Revolt’ in September, I’ve been suffering from intermittent writer’s block. It isn’t the first time I've suffered from this. I managed to write my way through it the last time when I had it for as long, which was back in 2016 when I was writing ‘The Villainous Viscount Or … Continue reading Planning Your Novel for ‘Pansters’

Escapism for Troubled Times: Bargain ebooks ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ on sale for 0.99 on Amazon from 7 November 2020

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AOA4FN4 My novel, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ , is on sale for 0.99 on Amazon here. From Kobo From here From Nookbooks From here You can get it with Reader sets price from Smashwords From here When writing this, I thought: 'Why ever not have a vampire love story full of humour, and why not … Continue reading Escapism for Troubled Times: Bargain ebooks ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ on sale for 0.99 on Amazon from 7 November 2020

Review of ‘Evolutionary Magic’ by Christina Herlyn

https://www.amazon.com/Evolutionary-Magic-Andromeda-Christina-Herlyn/dp/B08LJPKD1L On Smashwords Here I was immediately drawn into this story of Andee’s struggle against the merciless Corporation which controls this futuristic, monster ridden dystopia. The vivid word pictures brought this horrific society, with its hideous combination of centralised power, environmental disaster and monster ridden industrial decay, vividly to life. I could see it as … Continue reading Review of ‘Evolutionary Magic’ by Christina Herlyn

The Music Room Ghost by Lucinda Elliot: A Short Story for Halloween

Lottie didn’t know when she first sensed the ghost’s presence in the music room at her aunt and uncle’s hotel. It must have been long before she saw her. Of course, neither Lottie nor Magda believed in ghosts . Great Aunt Pauline did, but she went to a spiritualist church and generally had crazy ideas. … Continue reading The Music Room Ghost by Lucinda Elliot: A Short Story for Halloween

Titles From Victorian Romantic Melodramas to Make You Smile

The news generally being fairly grim – again – and there being nothing like a laugh to raise the spirits, I thought I’d write some more about looking through the titles of best sellers of  the Victorian and Edwardian  era. And what better way than to begin with some of those by the subject of … Continue reading Titles From Victorian Romantic Melodramas to Make You Smile

Re-Reading ‘The Go Between’ by LP Hartley

I have just started re-reading ‘The Go Between’ by L P Hartley. I last read it longer ago than I care to admit – in my early twenties. It made a big impression on me then. I was struck by the vivid writing, brilliant use of a string of connected images and the striking ability … Continue reading Re-Reading ‘The Go Between’ by LP Hartley

‘The Marquis’ by Charles Garvice: ‘incredibly, almost unbelievably, bad’ writing.

A few years ago, I posted about having found the worst written novel I have ever come across. This was ‘The Outcast of the Family’ by Charles Garvice, a romantic novel published in 1894. I had first read it at fifteen, when bored by being snowed in at the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales. … Continue reading ‘The Marquis’ by Charles Garvice: ‘incredibly, almost unbelievably, bad’ writing.

Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot Out on 17 September

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Georgian-Romance-Revolt-Lucinda-Elliot-ebook/dp/B08FRRF711 Following on from my last post about servant lead characters, my own dark comedy 'Georgian Romance Revolt' is out on 17 September and is available for pre-order here . Without wanting to write a spoiler, one of the lead characters is incongruous in his role as a servant... The story follows the adventures Elaine … Continue reading Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot Out on 17 September

Servant Heroes in Historical Romance: A Rarity Compared to Servant Heroines

It is interesting that one of the unwritten rules of historical romance is that the hero must never be a working class man, let alone a manservant. This is the more intriguing, because a fair amount of heroines are maidservants. Of course, in that, they follow the steps of the heroine of one of the … Continue reading Servant Heroes in Historical Romance: A Rarity Compared to Servant Heroines

What Makes a Reader Empathise with a Lead Character is Often an Indefinable Combination of Things

Re-reading my favourite novel by Margaret Atwood, ‘Bodily Harm’, made me wonder, as I have done before, whether or not you have to identify strongly with the lead character to be really drawn in by a novel.I like the main character, Renny Wilford, well enough – I like her courage, and her detached, cool humour. … Continue reading What Makes a Reader Empathise with a Lead Character is Often an Indefinable Combination of Things