What keeps cropping up are comments about writing longer historical romances. At the moment I love writing short fiction in the genre of historical romance but I seem to have a real block with the concept of attempting a full novel in this genre!
Maybe one day I’ll apply myself to the task – I think it’s just a case of finding the right characters…
World War II romantic novelette, ‘The Hangar Dance’ will be free on Amazon from 26th – 27th December.
Elizabeth Clansham, my contemporary novella set in the Scottish Highlands, is now free to download from Smashwords. If you’re looking for a Christmas read, it’s the perfect book as much of the action is set over the holiday period and it’s a compact enough read to complete over the holidays!
I hope you enjoy reading the books if you download them and, as always, will be very appreciative of positive ratings, recommendations and reviews anywhere and everywhere!
Also, over Christmas, I will be publishing Danburgh Castle, Medieval novelette, on Smashwords – see the new wintry cover above! This has received mixed reviews so far (much more favourable from UK readers than US, in general, interestingly enough) but I think if you like your heroes tall, dark and commanding and your romances short, dark and gothic in tone, it may be a story for you! Excitingly, Danburgh Castle has recently had its first downloads on Amazon Japan, which I’m really thrilled about!
Lastly, I’ve also been really pleased to discover in recent times that ‘Brizecombe Hall’ continues to attract attention from fans of the Bronte sisters. It’s currently being read by Swedish-UK blogger, Traxy, as part of her marathon campaign to read all things Jane Eyre-related. It’s also featured on an Italian Jane Eyre fan-site.
Well, with those global snippets of info., I shall wrap up. I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and happy reading over the holidays.
Over the last few days I’ve been delighted to read the first review of ‘The Beacon Singer’, penned by women’s fiction writer, Darian Wilk. Read the review and my guest post (about Jane Austen’s portraits and my ongoing angst concerning the romance genre!) here:
Reviews, it would seem, are like buses (or men, as poet Wendy Cope said!) Not only did I receive my first review of ‘The Beacon Singer’ recently but I also received an unexpected review of ‘Elizabeth Clansham’ from Katy Sozeava, and I’m happy to say that, despite Katy’s open admission that romance is not really her thing, she enjoyed the book. Read her review here:
I was particularly pleased that Katy appreciated the humour in the book and that she saw it as literary fiction, which was useful feedback in my eternal quest to properly describe the stuff I write…!
My novella, ‘Elizabeth Clansham,’ is available to buy from Smashwords and their retailers, and from Amazon (UK and US). It’s a contemporary, realist story, set in the Scottish Highlands, with romantic storylines.
‘A finely-crafted tale of social interactions, of love and of finding yourself, all tied up into small-town life,’ (Goodreads review, Sept. 2011). To read more reviews, see the book’s Goodreads page.
That’s the question that’s bugged me for a long time regarding my writing so it seems the obvious title for my blog.
I’m an indie writer of fiction (e-books and some print publications), aimed -principally but not exclusively!- at a female readership. My longer-length fiction is realist and contemporary and is concerned with relationships – many of them amorous. However, my writing doesn’t always adhere to the conventions of the romance genre and feedback from some readers has suggested that it isn’t properly defined as romance. ‘Literary character fiction’ is an alternative label that has been applied to it.
I also write shorter fiction, mostly in the genre of historical romance. Overall, then, I’m often uncertain whether to label my books as romance or as something else – hence the title!