July 31, 2018

I knew from the outset that the charming lady’s man Jake Warriner was a spy, so in his book, A Warriner to Seduce Her, I had to create a whole new world of espionage. He was a member of the King’s Elite, a crack force of covert operatives who were tasked with catching...

June 5, 2017

Writers, we are all often reliably informed, fall broadly into two categories: plotters and pansters.

A Plotter agonises over their story well before their fingers touch their computer keys, they make copious notes, keep organised files and character bibles and know ex...

April 27, 2017

I've always loved a series. I hate saying goodbye to characters and delight in colliding with them again in different books. However, I decided to give myself a bit of a run up before embarking on my first series, so my first four books were stand-alone stories. But al...

March 14, 2017

The deadly disease smallpox had been feared by man for thousands of years by the 1800s, and rightly so. It was highly contagious, incurable and killed a third of those unlucky enough to catch it.

Those who survived it were rarely left unscathed. Aside from the inevitab...

March 14, 2017

I think every girl dreams of Prince Charming. The idea that one day the perfect guy for you will sweep you off your feet and you will both live happily ever after is certainly not new.

Neither is a Cinderella story. I doubt many other stories have been re-spun and reto...

January 11, 2017

For a few weeks now I have had a suspicion that Trevor is That Age. I won’t sully your mind with descriptions as to how I know this, suffice to say he has been a bit… frisky.

Yesterday and this morning, that friskiness made him quite bouncy and it was obvious he needed...

November 1, 2016

I’ll happily admit it. My favourite Regency hero of all time is Mr Darcy. Bizarrely I love his aloof stiffness. I love it because you just know it’s an outer shell he wears like armour, a face he presents to the world, but underneath it he is positively boiling with su...

October 21, 2016

I’ve been feeling pretty good about myself lately. Not in an overt, boasting kind of way, you understand, as that wouldn’t be British. But from time to time I catch myself grinning and quietly take a moment to pat myself on the back.

My writing career is on the up- ano...

October 18, 2016

This year, for the very first time I joined the Romantic Novelists Association, a splendid and supportive organisation which champions British romance writers.

I have to confess, I’m not really the sort of person who joins ‘clubs’ and so I wasn’t entirely sure what to...

October 1, 2016

Yes. You did just read the words ‘medicinal masturbation’ although it certainly was never called that in the 19th century! But more of that later. To start this little article, I need to talk to you about first about ‘hysteria’, a medical condition which was recognised...

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