Friday, April 23, 2021

Writing through the seasons

I'd love to write with the consistency of a professional. Someone who can sit at their computer (or typewriter) and bash out hundreds, if not thousands, of words each day. All my writing heroes are prolific, capable, dedicated. It's something I aspire to be, thought it often feels so far away.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Guest Post: The Sweetness of Springtime by Gayle Irwin

Visiting us today is romance author Gayle M. Irwin, author of Rescue Road and the newly released novella, My Montana Love, a pet rescue romance.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Guest Post + Giveaway: The Name Game — Goldy Moldavsky

Oh, what's in a name? Author Goldy Moldavsky is here to tell us. When you're done reading her post, check out her newly released thriller, The Mary Shelley Club, and remember to enter the giveaway!

THE NAME GAME by Goldy Moldavsky

Naming book characters should be one of the most fun parts of writing a novel (they could be anything—what freedom!) but I’ve always found this to be a task best put off until the last possible minute. I never know what to name my characters, despite having a running list of fun (read: ridiculous) names that I keep tucked away in my idea notebook.

Instead of letting my indecision about names bog me down while I’m writing, I simply move along with placeholders in my wake. This is why, in my notes and early drafts, my main character almost always goes by the groundbreaking moniker of MC. (Main Character—get it?) Their love interest? You guessed it: LI.)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Book Feature: Happy Birthday to Rock House Grill πŸ₯³πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚ by D.V. Stone

Today, author D.V. Stone is celebrating the birthday of her 2020 sweet romance, "Rock House Grill". I had no idea this book was a NaNoWriMo alumni story. NaNo is an awesome challenge and so many published books got their start in that word-count flurry.

Over to D.V. to tell us more about her journey to this momentous milestone.

Friday, April 2, 2021

On location — Mount Lawley, Perth

I don't talk much about Mount Lawley in "The Guy from the Internet", save for late in the piece where, admittedly, it sounds a little desolate. But that's just Holly's hangover talking — I promise.

In real life, Mount Lawley is a lively precinct once lovingly referred to as Perth's "hipster central". It's a little grubby and a little shiny, with burger places, international cuisine, bars and beer gardens, boutiques, and staple venues for live shows.

The main drag, Beaufort Street, is a long arterial road that extends from the city to the northern suburbs. Off it are little streets and avenues lined with quaint houses and apartments with diverse styles. The residential areas of this suburb are really quite lovely.

Latest on my blog

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 fiancΓ©e-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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