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Rory is here! New book alert! @BooksManatee

Ooh… a new ‘baby’. Congrats, Rachel.

Rachel Dove - Author


I just wanted to drop by this wonderful Friday Morning to let you know that my new book, my first with Manatee Books, is now out in ebook and paperback from Amazon and Kobo!

What is it about? 

On her deathbed, Rory Gallant’s mother begs him to be a good man, and to not behave like his caddish father, Doug.
Now 35, Rory is all grown up – a good man, but lonely. He and his pal, Gill, are both on the look out for love, but when a barb from best friend Sarah hits home, they realise that perhaps it’s not the nice guys who always win….

Deciding to follow the cad dating rules, and with a bit of help from lothario Doug, Rory and Gill decide to become the complete opposite of the men they really are….but will they find the true love they deserve?

It’s a fun…

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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in writing


Digital-first vs paperback publishing

Digital-first vs paperback publishing

Always an interesting debate. I’m no longer a paperback reader (busman’s holiday when I’m editing client novels all day) but I do read… audiobooks or my (equally beloved) Kindle’s text-to-speech function when out with the dog.

Phoebe Morgan

As some of you might know, I am a big fan of digital publishing – my Kindle is my prized possession, it goes everywhere with me and the day my old one broke was a very dark day indeed (luckily, I got a new one WITH A BACKLIGHT)! As a commissioning editor, I have to do a huge amount of reading for my job, and my Kindle makes this so much easier because all I have to do is forward the word documents I receive from literary agents onto my device and start reading. I also love the flexibility Kindles give you – I love being able to buy a book instantly, especially if I’m on holiday (on my last holiday I got obsessed with reading all the Lucy Clarke books and it was so great to be able to download them one after another).

Before you all start thinking…

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Posted by on April 18, 2018 in writing


Tuesday Talk welcomes Psychological Suspense Author Keri Beevis talking about writing influences and desert island ‘must haves’

Another Stephen King fan. I blame him for me wearing glasses (reading his books under my duvet with a torch as a teen).


This week I’m pleased to welcome author Keri Beevis to my blog…

Good morning Keri and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Thank you for the welcome, Jo, and for inviting me to take part on your blog.
I am the author of the suspense thrillers, Dead Letter Day and Dead Write, which are part of the Rebecca Angell series, and standalone murder mystery, The Darkness Beneath, and I am based in Norfolk, England, where I live with my two adorable, but naughty, kitties, Ellie and Lola. When I am not writing, I enjoy pub quizzes (I am horribly competitive), dinner parties, chilling in leafy beer gardens, and anything ghostly. (I’m not a firm believer, but find the subject matter fascinating). I also write lifestyle columns for two local magazines.

How did your writing journey begin?

I was fairly shy at school and…

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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in writing


BeaconLit 500-word comp Round 9 – Mar 2018 – winners announced

And the winners are…


We are delighted to announce the top three stories from March’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Making Mother’s Day
  • Spring Surveillance
  • The Keeper of Time

…with ‘Ides’ narrowly missing out on the top three.

These three stories will now go through to the final judging which takes place when the final (eleventh) round closes on 31st May. The results of that month will be revealed mid-June and the final ten authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2018 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 14th July.

If your story isn’t listed above, you are welcome to do whatever you like with them hereon in. If your story is listed, it’s possible that it could be placed in the top three (next July – see below) which will be published on this website (and on…

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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in writing


Morgen’s Email Critique Group

Hello. I know that writers, myself included, need – and appreciate – feedback on our work. By that I don’t mean “Oh yes, that’s great” – although that would be good too. We need to be told where we’re going wrong. I am a freelance editor so it’s my day job to do that but I thought I’d start this critique group so that you could also get feedback from other writers.

The idea is that you submit your writing (max. 2,000 words per submission*) – whenever you like – and I will collate them and send them on to others in the group for them to return to me within two weeks, although the sooner the better) so that I can return it to the original author.

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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in critique, ideas, novels, short stories, writing


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A lovely interview…


Today I’m pleased to welcome back Linn B Halton, a lady of many talents…

Good morning Linn and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?  

Waves from my new home in the Welsh Valleys, Jo – it’s lovely to be here.

I’m a Gemini, I love coffee and after years of not being able to eat chocolate, because of cluster migraines, I’m now catching up! I’m also a full-time author who is still suffering withdrawal symptoms from leaving behind a career as an interior designer. But I feel fortunate to be able to indulge my passion for writing and if I’m not looking after the kids I’m glued to my writing stool! Wielding the paintbrush and buying soft furnishing is how I spend my leisure time because we are serial movers.

How did your writing journey begin?

I always knew one day I…

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Posted by on April 10, 2018 in writing