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Extracts from my new novel, due out June 29th! Can you guess the cover? Plus goodreads guides - a podcast to help market your books.
22 May 2014


Well they say that in the self-publishing world when it comes to marketing your own books, it’s important to begin a countdown to publication date, so this week onwards, that’s what I’m doing! Each week there will be a little excerpt on here, in the run up to 29th June - publication weekend on Amazon of Hawaiian Retreat – the third in the trilogy of romances, again with a steamy or PG option! See bottom of page for another extract – just a little teaser of what’s to come!

Plus – cover reveal, revealed!

As you will know if you read my QVC blogs regularly, I am also intending to reveal the cover in the next few weeks too. There will be a prize of a signed copy for the person randomly chosen from all those who accurately email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by close on 28th June, with ‘cover comp’ in the subject line, and tell me what the images are which will appear in the background of the cover of my new romance novel. Clue? It’s in keeping with the other two, and is featured within the storyline! No more clues – and anyone who has seen the cover, is not eligible – (and please don’t tell people either! Lol!)

Other news –

-          Goodreads podcast They’re becoming bigger and bigger and more and more important, and  if you read it, write it and want to sell it, it’s essential. Well, now Goodreads have also kicked off a regular podcast/video blog (VLOG) of tips on how to maximise using the site – it’s a great basic guide for any newbie, so do go watch and sign up for newsletter too! – click here for more

-          15 Habits of Highly Successful Authors – via The Authorship Program - how many of these do you do?! – click here for more

-          Do Self-Published Authors Earn More? -  the debate rages on – for many , it’s true – read this interesting report from Alli, to find out more – click here

On QVC BLOG/ RiWiSi – And do remember there’s even more RiWiSi section on my regular Friday QVC blog! Go here.   Including … book of the week from Dr Robert Lustig – a cookery book for a change!

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, remember my basic guide was in last week’s RiWiSi – click here for beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way.

Archives Don’t forget to check out my archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. Plus - see below for my own list of books now available in paperback or eBook on Amazon! And below that, as promised, an extract of my WIP, work in progress!

Have a most lovely week!

Best wishes





As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon and Goodreads! Enjoy! x


Books  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

 (Book 3 ‘Hawaiian Retreat – Helen’s Story’ is coming in the Summer)

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – see above – click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!



Till the Fat Lady Slims is my 2002 weight loss book all about eating like slim people do, following Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab for updates!)

‘Hawaiian Retreat’ – Helen’s story - book three in the trilogy, see above.

‘TTFLS’ revised version – coming Autumn 2014

‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the summer. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015


Extract from Work In Progress – Hawaiian Retreat – first draft (due out on Amazon 29th June)

Helen sighed. She looked sideways at the handsome profile, the slightly wavy hair – which reached a little further past his collar than when she last saw it. A gust of wind through the open window blew his hair back slightly and he raised his chin and took a deep breath. He was as magnificent as ever. Right on cue, he turned to smile at her, a beaming smile which lit up his whole face, before putting his foot down. They roared off into the open roads ahead, through the luscious Tuscan countryside and over the verdant hills. His smart red vintage sports car wasn’t the most comfortable of rides, but perfectly fit the part for this journey back to his place. But her heart skipped a beat when she realised that after what had just happened, she had no idea where things stood…”

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  • Comment Link Sharon Harvey 27 May 2014 posted by Sharon Harvey

    Thank you as always for the very informative information that you share with us all. I for one cannot wait for the Final book in your HAWAIIAN trilogy!! Hawaiian Escape & Hawaiian Retreat are both fantastic books!

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