Friday, February 19, 2021

Five love languages for saying how you feel

Today, I want to talk about sweet ways to say "I love you", based on the five love languages. After last week's bah humbug about Valentine's Day, I felt I should share something a little lovey-dovey so I don't sound like a total romance scrooge 😅

Telling someone you care isn't just about you stating your position or expressing your feelings. You want to make sure your intent comes across loud and clear. So the theory goes, your partner is more likely to get the message — like, really get it — if you translate your loving feelings into their love language.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Thinking about Valentine's Day

If everyone in the world was given one holiday to "bah humbug" about, mine would be Valentine's Day.

Admittedly, it may be a little odd for a romance writer to be so not up for this day, but love (to me) is an everyday thing. Love is the canvas upon which we paint our relationship, and true romance is what we call the picture. It's not a day that needs gifts and sweet red branding.

That said, I do appreciate the practicality of Valentine's, especially when two people each live lives so busy and demanding, they need a validated, mandated, commercially sanctioned day — aka. permission — to focus on each other.

For example, the pressure to "be romantic on this day" puts forward a strong argument against a bah-humbug boss wanting you to work overtime instead of spending the evening with your loved one. (I'm thankful to have never worked for anyone I've needed to make that kind of argument with.)

Maybe most of us don't need an excuse to prioritise love, but some people may have some people around them who'll insist they do. This special day — heck, any special day — makes an argument for our humanity.

This year my partner and I will be celebrating Valentine's Day like we do any other Sunday — with a little sunshine, a little sport, and our own everyday kind of romance.

What do you think about Valentine's Day? How will you celebrate this weekend?

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Remember Me — an interview with Vida Li Sik

Last year, I had the pleasure of beta reading Vida Li Sik's latest sweet romance novella, "Remember Me". It's an emotional story about a young love cut short by interfering family.

While the romance was adorable, it was the protagonist's dynamic with her mother that really intrigued me. Vida wrote such a great, intense "villain", I just had to find out more about the inspiration for this book. Here's the interview...

Monday, February 8, 2021

Friday, February 5, 2021

Goals for Feb 2021

This month, I'm applying the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Sweetheart.

My January goals went mostly okay, but too many sit-down-at-my-desk tasks prompted me to throw the paperback work out the window. It's just so hard to sit still and focus in the summer, when it's warm and so nice outside.

Anyway, February will be low-key and simple. But first, here's how January went:
  1. Work on the paperback edition of "The Guy From The Internet"
  2. Stick to my blog schedule of at least two posts per week
  3. Announce this weekend's super special promo on my Facebook page (if you got this month's newsletter, you'll already know what it is!)

My goals for February

Just one job to do. That means it'll get done, right?
  1. Work on the paperback of The Guy From The Internet
What are your goals for this month?

Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Perth is back in lockdown (but it's only for 5 days)

Welly well, we are back in a 5-day full lockdown, and it's been so heartening to see people in my various social networks banding together, checking in, having a laugh. The panic-shoppers can go jump in the river and keep their masks on, of course, but everyone else is being rather nice.

I'm glad the WA state gov is doing this so swiftly after observing just one local case of the UK strain. (And how I dislike calling it the "UK strain". I'm sorry, UK friends, I hope it's not rude or offensive that we're all using that term down here!)

My big worry was that after 10 months of being almost back to "normal", we've become complacent. And that's not me being judgey, I promise. I myself have slipped back into sharing drinks with people I'm close to outside my household bubble, which is very much a no-no. Well, no more of that now! What's happening this week feels like a kick up the bum to stay vigilant and look out for each other.

How are you doing? What's the weather like in your part of the world? How about in your household?

Monday, February 1, 2021

"The Guy from the Internet" is now available on Kindle Unlimited

"The Guy from the Internet" is now available on Kindle Unlimited.

Enjoy this Australian sweet romance novella from the comfort of your all-you-can-eat KU subscription.

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Out Now: The Guy from the Internet

A sweet romance with a touch of family drama.

Holly Chee does not have her life together. She's flip-flopped on uni courses and career choices, and somehow scared off her long-term fiancée-to-be, much to the chagrin of her immigrant parents.

But she does have her streaming channel, where she broadcasts her art from her one-bedroom Mount Lawley apartment. And she has that guy from France... assuming he's even who he says he is.

The Guy From The Internet is a sweet #OwnVoices Asian-Australian romance novella, set in the world of Somerville Downs.

Now available on Amazon in digital and paperback.

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