Book review.

I have really enjoyed making more time for reading lately and these are two of my most recent reads. Grown Ups, by Marian Keyes and Queenie by Candice Carty-Willaims. I have finished reading Grown Ups and have moved on to the opening chapters of Queenie, which has promise to be good.

These books are very different, but are full of characters, life and real issues. Grown ups has many characters, which means you have to remember everyone, but they are so vibrant and full of life that you instantly feel for them and want most of them to be happy, except for one awful uncle, who I feel we are not meant to like anyway. It’s a huge book and I was sad when it ended. I would have liked for the ending to have been longer, even though it’s a mammoth read. I treated myself to a signed hardback copy for my birthday a few months ago, but as it’s such a big book, I think the ebook version would have been more comfortable to read. I am happy to own the hardback though and it sits proudly on my bookshelf.

If you are looking for a family romp of a read, with lots of deeper issues that are entwined in family businesses, relationships, or hidden under the floorboards, then this is the book for you. It’s packed full of romance, has devastatingly beautiful locations at some points and some feisty men and women. A recommended read.

Grown Ups. Book Link on Amazon.

Lizzie’s Books. Book Link to Amazon.

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Free books and an eReader to be won!

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Check out this amazing competition to win free books and a free eReader!

Today, I have a fun surprise to share with you… I’ve teamed up with 30 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Romantic Comedies to 2 lucky winners!

Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? 😍 You can win my novel Babe Driven, plus books from authors like Blair Babylonand, Emma Hart. Enter the giveaway by clicking here 😍 bit.ly/RomCom-Apr2020 Good luck and enjoy! From Lizzie.



 

So you want to be a writer.

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So you want to be a writer. I’ve been writing now for many years, but published my first book eight years ago. I had joined writing groups when I was younger and taken online courses, but the main ingredient in being a writer, is to get words onto paper. I always remember being told at the start of my career that you can’t edit a blank page. This is so true. Getting those words down, however imperfect they are at the start, is moving in the right direction towards completing a piece of work.

My advice to new writers:

  1. Find a quiet place to write at first, with no distractions.
  2. Set a desk timer and try to write a few words within that time. This may help with self-discipline.
  3. Set yourself achievable writing goals.
  4. Write the first draft before editing (this doesn’t work for everyone, but saves time).
  5. Be selective over beta readers, as confidence can be easily destroyed and writing is very subjective.
  6. Find your writing tribe for support. There is a huge online writing community and you could possibly discover local writing groups too. Stave off isolation by connecting with other writers to chat to. Join Facebook groups and most importantly, have fun!

 

You are welcome to join my book group for writers, where you can meet other readers, writers and get marketing tips. Click the photo link to find out more.

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Book buy links for Summer romance reads.

I’m taking part in an exciting joint book giveaway this week, so

Crooked Cat. Featured Author. Day 7.

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Today, on day seven of my Featured Author posts, I thought I’d share some photos from the recent AuthorsAt… book signing I organised. Here are some of the amazing books and authors. I felt really lucky that they attended the event and chatted to so many guests. It was a really creative and inspiring day.

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Crooked Cat, Featured Author. Day 6.

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I hope you’re all having a great week. It’s been really good fun to think of topics to post about for a whole week. Currently, I’m writing my ninth book. I have five available on Amazon and three other finished manuscripts. Book six is out for publication in 2021, but another might move into the schedule before that.

I absolutely love picking book names and they are usually already in my mind when I begin with the first chapter. Working with a publisher on cover design is also a lot of fun.  Currently, all of my books have really vibrant covers and Crooked Cat Books have great cover designers as part of their team. They designed the covers for Ninja School Mum and If you love me, I’m yours. 

All of my books have the theme of strong women who overcome adversity and female entrepreneurs, who often have some pretty zany businesses! It means I can have a lot of fun imagining what the businesses might be like to run. I owned my own retail and wholesale business for over fifteen years, so I do have insight into what it’s like to be a business owner and this helps me to write my novels.

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Crooked Cat. Featured Author. Day 5.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Today, I thought I’d talk to you about Ninja school mum. This books is a contemporary romance about a school mum who has a secret past. Her son starts a new school and she’s desperate to fit in with the other parents on the school playground. The problem is that the other parents soon begin to notice she’s a bit unusual, as she’s obsessive compulsive and is still grieving the loss of her husband, so they assume she doesn’t want to be part of the ‘in’ crowd. She doesn’t, but she sees two other mums and a few children who also don’t fit in and tries to use her past skills to help them, with sometimes hilarious consequences.

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Crooked Cat. Featured Author. Day 4.

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Hello everyone. Today I thought I’d tell you a bit more about my #1 bestselling book, If you love me, I’m yours.

3 fun facts:

  1. It took eight months to write, edit and have If you love me, I’m yours ready for publication, with a pretty pink cover.
  2. If you love me, I’m yours, is about an eccentric family of famous artists. I grew up within a very creative family of entrepreneurs. Although they are not famous, they are all wonderfully bonkers and very supportive of my writing.
  3. The story isn’t only about romance. It’s also about friendship and trust. The two main female characters are very different and might not have met in their daily lives. A competition throws them together and the boundaries between their worlds begin to disintegrate, until they are an intrinsic part of each others happiness.

I come from a very big family were we all have very different jobs and dreams and the various generations all get together to meet up regularly. I love the idea of people of different ages or backgrounds forming emotional bonds and you will often come across this in my writing.

Universal book buy link: If you love me, I’m yours:viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

Crooked Cat. Featured Author. Day 3.

Welcome to day 2 of my featured author posts for my publisher, Crooked Cat Books. I usually post 3 marketing tips on a Monday, so I’ll do the same today. My tips are about reader photos. I love having photos taken with readers and can’t thank them enough for telling their friends and family, or sharing on social media, about my books. Reader photos are a lot of fun and are great for authors to share too.

  1. Carry your book with you if you are going somewhere unusual. You can grab a photo opportunity!
  2. Ask readers if they will hold your book up clearly in the photos. If they are travelling with your book, enquire if they could send you a picture of your book travelling too.
  3. If a reader is posting a photo, ask them to tag your name in, so that you can share it on your own social media timelines or websites. Please ask for photo permission.

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A lovely reader posted this for me. It made me smile so much.

Crooked Cat. Featured Author. Day 2.

Hello everyone. On day two of my Featured Author week from Crooked Cat Books, I’m going to chat to you about my latest book, If you love me, I’m yours. I’d like to introduce you to the characters!

Meet the main characters from, If you love me, I’m yours.

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Maud:

Maud is a teaching assistant who loves to paint. Her family disapprove of her hobby and her past love life is a resounding disaster. Maud lacks self-confidence.

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Dotty:

Dotty is part of a famous family of artists, but is the only family member who can’t paint. She longs to be part of the inner sanctum of creatives, but is left outside to represent them as their agent. Her clothes become more eccentric as she strives to fit in.

Meet Nate

Nate:

Nate is Dot’s famous brother who paints tortured landscapes that make women go wild! He has a troubled past and pushes everyone who gets close to him away, including Dot.

Universal book buy link: If you love me, I’m yours:viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

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Featured Author. Crooked Cat Books.

Hello everyone. This week I am the featured author on one of my publisher’s websites, Crooked Cat Books. I will be posting a new blog every day for a week to tell you more about my writing journey. I’ll post a different photo each day and a few fun facts. These photos were taken at a recent book signings. The best part of these events is meeting other writers and readers. I really enjoy networking and have begun to run seminars on the subject. I am currently writing a book on the subject to help other creatives.

3 fun facts:

  1. I hid my first book in a cupboard for five years until I found the courage to do something with it.
  2. I am an award winning inventor.
  3. I once wrote a script about inventions for Richard and Judy to act, when I was a guest on television show, This Morning!