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AJ Pearce makes it to Guardian faces of fiction 2018 & THE HUSBAND HUNTERS
22 January 2018

Book of the week and AJ's on the list of Guardian new faces of fiction 2018!

So happy for my talented author pal. Well done lovely AJ Pearce - a well deserved mention on the annual list of upcoming stars! 
So proud. (AJ is in black n red dress.) Her new book Dear Mrs Bird, which I reviewed on my book of the week blog on my website last week, is out in 2018 , so she has been named as one of the new faces of fiction for 2018 - by the Guardian, no less! Last year or the year before, it was Joanna Cannon, another writer colleague of mine. We all dream of being on this list, don’t we!  

Go here to read the write up about lovely AJ in the Guardian piece, listing the best new faces of fiction for 2018.

Dear Mrs Bird is brilliant - review coming in full when novel is officially published in April! 


And this week's Book of the Week is one that's helping me to get to grips with what the world was like just before my own novel is set. The Husband Hunters tells the tales of some of America's gentry in the late 1800s and how the heiresses came to England to find husbands to improve their social standing back home. And info about some interesting phrases! 'Keeping up with the Joneses' for instance! Am enjoying the tale even if it does occasionally read a bit like a list, and becomes a trifle soporific ! Very enlightening precis of the mood of the era though and enjoyed it very much. Gave me some good ideas on how to tweak my own book very slightly, set in the 1920s. 


other news - 

new dates for Retreats for You

- my writing retreat down in Devon is about to announce some new dates for retreats including - 

yoga retreats  - april 9th, July 9th, august 13th and October 22nd. Four nights, two yoga classes a day and space to finish your precious writing project.

Julie Cohen  - about to announce an October date. One of the industry's best mentors is giving another workshop - either October 8th or 15th. You will book direct with Julie. Limited places - only five spaces - be prepared to book asap!

2018 pricing begins May. We are holding our prices as we only have a few retreats in January and February since we are planning to do some refurbishments. Book now and hold 2017 prices.

best wishes




  • Editor Week  - new dates for editor Sara Sarre - March 19th and 10 September 2018 (10th Sept next year)
  • Retreats West - have announced their new tutored retreats for 2018 - both at RFY! March 12th,creating complex characters retreat or June 18th - 22nd a scriptwriting week with Bang 2 Write - email us for infoThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • New dates for writing retreats with yoga coming soon - and a craft weekend too! . local yoga instructor Jennie comes down from The upcoming dates for 2018 are being arranged as we speak! £410 for March dates onwqards, from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime including morning and evening sessions of yoga.Contact us for up to date info or to suggest some dates. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

    latest newsletter from RFY - go here to read our latest news - and another super recipe from Wendy!


Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website,, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.


My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

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

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.




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 - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –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… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

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

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.


Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

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