Can You Read Without Prejudice by Anonymous

Interesting challenge from Hodder & Stoughton. Intriguing – but what if everyone did it?

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We know we shouldn’t but I think we are all guilty of judging a book by its cover at times, or perhaps by its author. There are some authors you might not read as you think you don’t like their genre, which is maybe why some authors write with two or more names. Or you can be put off or attracted to a book by the artwork on its cover. This book is a bit different. As you can see from above, there is no title, no author, minimal artwork and very little else to tell you about it. Here is what the publishers Hodder & Stoughton say about it: “There are two points in life when we are all equal: at the moment of birth and at the moment of death. It is how we live in between that defines us. Delicately balanced. Perfectly crafted. Beautifully written.  We want you to immerse…

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Taking the technical terror out of talks

Have to give a talk? Terrified about the technology? Here are some really useful tips!

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Jenny, Sue and I had a great time last week at the Romantic Novelists Association conference (see the previous post)… for me there was also a bit of work involved.

I have the honour (is that the right word – I’m not so sure) to be the RNA’s geek girl. My day job involves television and complex computer systems, and I am therefore member who looks after all things technology for the RNA.

I spent a lot of the weekend running around (well – actually hobbling around due to injured foot) making sure all the speakers were happily attached to projectors, computers and microphones. And I also gave a workshop on the technology of giving talks.

Here I am - with a very very big screen, giving a talk at a previous RNA conference. Here I am – with a very very big screen, giving a talk at a previous RNA conference.

Almost every author I know gives talks – to conferences, writing groups, educational institutions, the WI…

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Adventures in Audible

I’m a huge audible fan, so I was really interested in this post!

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I love audiobooks. With all that’s going on in our busy lives, sometimes it’s hard to take the time out to sit down to read. So, mucking out horse corrals, cleaning the kitchen, driving the car, I’m usually found, with earphones attached, listening to novels.

Often Amabloody jackzon’s Audible reviewers or an exceptional narrator send me on an unexpected journey, far beyond the obvious bestsellers such as Girl On A Train, Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl. I’ve found myself gallivanting about the high seas with the YA bestselling series, Bloody Jack, about a young orphan lass who joins the British Royal Navy disguised as a cabin boy. I’ve schemed and battled my way through Game of Thrones, sweated through the tumultuous backstreets of Bombay with Shantaram, corralled wild brumbies and fallen in love in the Australian Outback with our own Janet Gwild oneover’s The Wild…

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A whole lot of romance

The RNA conference is over for another year (sad face) but here’s the take of three of us on a fab weekend!

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Take around 200 romantic novelists and what do you get? A conference, apparently! The Romantic Novelists’ Association conference at Lancaster University certainly didn’t disappoint, with an amazing buzz for the best part of three days.

The RNA is a diverse and incredibly supportive organisation. Writers of all ages, published, unpublished and self-published belong, and new writers are mentored through those painful early days towards publication. At the conference, there are talks and workshops on just about every aspect of writing a novel you can think of – but the best part of it is meeting new writers, making new friends and catching up with old friends.

Three Take Five Authors members were there enjoying the fun this year. Janet Gover and Jenny Harper and Sue Moorcroft.

A common pastime for me during the weekend. It's much better now. A common pastime for Janet during the weekend. It’s much better now.

Janet says: I had a wonderful time and came back totally…

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