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Book Launch Day

Abby Archer, a smart and savvy woman who refuses to be taken in by celebrity culture, becomes fascinated with it-girl and media darling Brooke Simmons after she falls into a coma following a car crash. Her loyal security-guard-turned-lover, Nick Lawson, is implicated in the accident, someone Abby met just days before. One day Abby begins to feel unwell, and is shocked to see the face looking back at her in the mirror is no longer her own, but that of Brooke Simmons . . .

I'm thrilled to announce that my second novel BEING BROOKE SIMMONS is available to download from today *emits a girly squeal* (not very becoming at my age). If you like your romantic comedy with a pinch of paranormal silliness, feel free to purchase. If you don't - maybe you know someone who does :o)

The lovely people at Little, Brown/Corsair are also releasing a revised edition of MY FUTURE HUSBAND with a pretty new cover. If you like your romantic comedy with with a pinch of time-travel (and haven't alread…

I AM a Writer

Well, I've now left the library, a job I've held for a record twelve years, and - mostly - thoroughly enjoyed.

There have been a lot of changes over the past year. A new self-service system, that's not very user-friendly and drives staff and customers crackers. Then, cutbacks at management level, that filtered down to changes within our branch. I was working more hours, and starting to get rather grumpy. Or grumpier than usual, anyway.

There was a lot of tutting, mumbling, eye-rolling, and cardigan flouncing, and in the end I decided it was probably best to do the decent thing and hand in my badge. Actually, I really DID have to hand in my badge, and although my last day was sad, it was a relief too - to be free to focus on doing what I love most.

Not eating cake, thought that's definitely up there, but WRITING. More stories, more novels.

So, now there's nowhere to hide. When people ask me what I do for a living, and they do - especially at the hairdresser's; …

'Love is All You Need'

Sherri Turner is a prize winning writer and her short story FUNNY FACE is featured in a new anthology Love is All You Need - 10 Tales of Love from the Sophie King Prize.
Sherri has been published many times in women's magazines in the UK and abroad under her pen name, Bernadette James, and is well-placed to offer advice, so I've lured her to my blog and insisted she gives us some writing tips.
Being a lovely person (I've met her and know what I'm talking about) she's kindly agreed so take it away, Sherri...

5 tips for writing short stories
These are 5 of the things that I try to do with all of my stories. I won’t claim that they are all my own original thoughts or that you won’t have seen them elsewhere in the hundreds of writing books available. I certainly won’t call them rules or even say that they are my top 5, as I’ll probably think of another one tomorrow that I like better. However, I do believe that when I do use them, my stories become better. I hope there i…

Spring has Sprung

Where in the name of sweet Moses is the time going?!  No sooner have I finished my Christmas dinner than it's almost Spring.  If Spring can be categorised by howling gales, pelting rain, and ice on the car windscreen of a morning.  It can in this country. There were two days of warmish sunshine over the weekend, but it was back to thermal underwear and stodgy food today.  Wearing the former and eating the latter, obviously.

What has been occurring in the writing world? I hear you cry.  Well, maybe there's a disinterested whisper at the back of the class. (What the hell are you talking about?- Ed)  On the short story front, I've had a pretty good run and sold a fair few so far this year. In fact I'm on a bit of a roll, with ideas flying in thick and fast - to the point where I'm not really focusing on my new novel at the moment.

I think it's partly because I'm waiting to meet my new editor at Constable & Robinson, and am hoping to have a word with her, …

Blog-chain

The lovelyAmanda Brittany has kindly included me as one of the links in a writing-themed chain and asked me some writerly questions.  Which I don't mind answering at all, as it'll distract me from getting on with what I'm supposed to be doing (writing, obviously.)
What am I currently working on? After a rather long pause over Christmas, I'm currently writing a full synopsis of MY FUTURE HUSBAND with a view to it being submitted for film and TV possibilities. No need to get excited, this is apparently perfectly normal.  Lots of novels get optioned for films, but few of them ever get made.  Still - no harm in dreaming. How How does my work differ from others in its genre? My novels differ from other chick-lit in that they have a 'twist'.  Time travel in the first, magic in the second and, er, possession in the third.  As with my short stories, I do like a good twist!
Why do I write what I do? Because it gives me pleasure, and I hope that rubs off on the people who read …