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Interview with Lynda Stacey – Choc Lit author of The House of Christmas Secrets

Another fabulous-looking book…

Rachel Dove - Author


Today I am honoured to share an interview with successful romantic suspense author, Lynda Stacey who writes for Choc Lit. The House of Christmas Secrets is her third book, and it’s a cracker!

Here’s what Lynda had to say:-

Well, here it is. The book I always said I’d never write. For some reason I was
very nervous about writing it. I really wanted to do the story justice because
over the years I’ve watched far too many film sequels that were never as good
as the original film and for me, this made writing the sequel to House of
Secrets quite a challenge. I only wanted it to exist if it were as good as House
of Secrets, if I could bring the hall and its characters back to life, and to give
them a whole new story and plot, which again was just a little more than

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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 6th December 2017

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… five currently half price and and two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 1275: Wednesday 6th December

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: walking, morning, outside, diary, 20:20
  2. Random: mix today’s prompts
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Now your conscience…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

Story Writing Exercises 1279: Wednesday 6th Dec

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price and the other two are FREE (when using coupon codes)!

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Why Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight ruined the DCU

I loved the Suicide Squad movie but only really for the music, Margot Robbie’s performance and Will Smith.


Heath Ledger’s Oscar winning performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight was one in a lifetime sort of thing. Truth be told, his superb performance accounted for the movie’s success.

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