Monday, September 25, 2017

Rachel Burton: Living with chronic illness

Today we welcome Rachel Burton to the blog to give an insight into writing when one has a chronic illness. Thank you, Rachel for such an insightful piece.

Writing through Chronic Illness

I work full-time as a paralegal in a large law firm in Leeds and I also struggle with chronic illness -
fibromyalgia and endometriosis in my case. As you can imagine, writing books as well is very much a case of careful management of both time and energy. I know a lot of writers, particularly those writing their first novel are in a similar position, so I thought I'd share a few things that I discovered, mostly through trial and error, that helped me.

Write little and often
When I was writing my first novel I set myself a writing goal of 300 words a day. I know that seems a very small amount but it felt manageable alongside balancing my work and my health. And here's the thing. I often ended up writing more than that, but knowing I only had to sit down and write 300 words meant that I sat down and wrote nearly every day. And sitting down and writing nearly every day is how you get that first book written!

Move as much as you can
This is important for all writers but perhaps the most for those of us with chronic illness who feel too exhausted to go to the gym or for a walk. On days when I know I'll be sitting at my desk writing for a long period of time, I set a timer for every 45 minutes and when it goes off I get up and walk around the room, or have a stretch or dance around the kitchen for a couple of minutes. It really helps get your energy moving again!

Meditate
I don’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged on the floor in silence (although if that floats your boat I highly recommend it - nothing beats it for a restorative practice in this crazy busy world). By meditation I mean allowing yourself to find time to just be, to let your brain slip into neutral and have a rest. Not only is this restorative but it's also the place where I unravel the most plot holes. Otherwise known as daydreaming, it can be done in the bath, while staring out of the window, sitting in the garden or on a gentle walk.

Don't forget to do things you love
It can feel sometimes as though every spare minute that you have should be spent writing. I tried to do that and didn’t find it particularly conducive to either my health or my writing process in the end. Give yourself time to do the other things you love as well. Read, knit, crochet, watch TV, cook, go to a yoga class. We can load the guilt on ourselves sometimes and buy into the idea that a lot of time spent doing these things is wasted time but balance is important for your energy levels and your creative brain.

Make sleep a priority
It's tempting to stay up late writing, or to get up early to write before work, especially if we see other writers doing the same. But when we are living with a chronic condition, good quality rest is important - don't compromise. Your first novel will be done when it's done, enjoy the process because this will probably be the only book you write without a deadline…. And speaking of deadlines, one last little tip…

Be honest with people about your health
I used to try to hide my illness and pretend I was "normal" (whatever that means). It doesn't help, and 99.9% of people will support you in any way they can. My agent and my publisher both know that I need flexible and generous deadlines because of my health. I was really nervous when I broached the subject with them but they were so helpful. So always be honest, always ask for what you need - you'll be surprised how much people want to help.

About Rachel:

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down. 

 After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn't really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.
 She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.
She is currently working on her second novel in which the heroine is a yoga teacher. It has no autobiographical elements at all.....maybe. 

Find Rachel on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday....

Blurb
Can finding yourself allow you to follow your heart?
Julia Simmonds had never been bothered about not knowing who her father was. Having temperamental supermodel, Philadelphia Simmonds, as a mother was more than enough. Until she discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin, and her life changes forever.
Uncovering the secrets of a man she never knew, Julia discovers that Bruce had written her one letter, every year until her eighteenth birthday, urging his daughter to learn from his mistakes.
Julia begins to dig deeper into the mysterious past of her parents she also begins to unravel her future. With gorgeous lawyer Edwin Jones for company Julia not only begins to discover her roots but she may just fall in love…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Competition Monthly – September 2017



Welcome back to another bumper crop of competitions!

October seems to be a good month for writing contests, particularly flash fiction ones, which represent half of the list below. Some good advice on writing flash fictions can be found here.


The love story themed competition run by Writing Magazine should be right up RNA members' street, but you'll have to be quick as it finishes in a few days. You've got a bit longer for the magazine's adult fairy story. Many examples of past winners of this competition can be found on pages 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 15 of the 'Showcase', the link to which is on the left hand side of the
competition page on their website.


I've mentioned a couple of times before about being wary of competitions that state in the rules that entering will be seen as you giving permission for them to publish your story, whether you win a prize or not. The Bath Flash Fiction Award is offering publication to fifty longlisted entries. But the fact they're offering, so you have a choice, is the reason I've included it. You might decide you don't want it published without getting some kind of recompense for you work. On the other hand, the Bath award is quite prestigious, so inclusion in the anthology might be something advantageous to add to your CV.


Happy comping everyone, and don't forget to let us know of any competition success you have.



**Closing very soon**
Writing Magazine Love Story Competition
Theme: Love, 1,500 – 1,700 words
Prize: £200 plus publication in magazine / £50 plus publication on website
Closing date: 15 September 2017
Entry: £5 / £3 subscribers
Details 


**Closing soon **
Flash 500 Quarterly Open-Themed Competition
Theme: 500 words max
Prize: £300 / £200 / £100
Closing date: 30 September 2017
Entry: £5
Details 


Retreat West Themed Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Black, 500 words max
Prize: £100 / 2 x £50
Closing date: 1st October 2017
Entry: £8
Details 


Writing Magazine Adult Fairytale Competition
Theme: A fairytale suitable for adult audience, 1.500 – 1,700 words
Prize: £200 plus publication in magazine / £50 plus publication on website
Closing date: 15 October 2017
Entry: £5 / £3 subscribers
Details 


Bath Flash Fiction Award
Theme: Open, 1,500 – 4,000 words
Prize: £1,000 / £300 / £100 / 2 x £30
Closing date: 15 October 2017
Entry: £9
Details 


Retreat West Short Story Prize
Theme: Open, 1,500 – 4,000
Prize: £350 / £200 / £100 / £20
Closing date: 29 October 2017
Entry: £15
Details


Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize
Theme: Open, 500 words max
Prize: £250 / £150 / £75 / £15, all prize winners published in anthology
Closing date: 29 October 2017
Entry: £10
Details 


WriteIdea Short Story Competition (For unpublished writers)
Theme: Open, 3,000 max
Prize: £300 / 4 x £50
Closing date: 30 October 2017
Entry: Free
Details


Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Prize
Theme: Open, 500 words max
Prize: £500 / £200 / £100 / 2 x £25
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £6
Details 


Bare Fiction Short Story Prize
Theme: Open, 3,000 words max (also poetry)
Prize: £500 / £200 / £100 / 2 x £25
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £5
Details 


NAWG Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 500 – 2,000 words (also poetry)
Prize: £200 / £100 / £50
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £5
Details


NAWG 100 Word Mini-Tales Competition
Theme: Open, 100 words max
Prize: £75 / £25
Closing date: Ongoing. Each round closes after 100 entries are received
Entry: £3.50
Details 


Dark Matters Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Magical / monstrous / inexplicable / horrific, 200 – 700 words (also poetry)
Prize: £200 / £50 / £25 plus publication
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £4
Details (scroll down a little)


A Story for Daniel Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Joyful or uplifting, 500 words max
Prize: £100
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: None. They request you contribute to the suggested charities instead.
Details


SWC Annual Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 2,000 words max
Prize: £150 / £80 / £30
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Entry: £3
Details 


Bath Children's Novel Award
Theme: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis
Prize: £2,000 / £500
Closing date: 19 November 2017
Entry: £25
Details





Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Winchester Writers' Conference, Retreat West, Meridian Writing, Wells Festival and Writing Magazine. She's had stories and a serial published in magazines worldwide and in three anthologies, including Diamonds and Pearls and 100 Stories for Haiti. She is a member of the RNA New Writers' Scheme and the Society for Women Writers and
Journalists. Francesca runs a writing blog along with RNA member Elaine Roberts called Write Minds.





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This blog was prepared by blog team member, Louisa Heaton.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lisa Hill: The Editing Process

Visit the RNA Facebook group or browse on social media and one of the most talked about topics amongst writers is – editing! We all have our favourite ways to write and edit our work and it can be interesting to find other views and perhaps use a snippet or two to help with our own writing. Today on the RNA blog we welcome author, Lisa Hill. Here Lisa explains her experiences with the editing process. Welcome, Lisa.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know I’ve not long graduated from the NWS. I was a member
of the scheme from 2010 – 2016 and in that time benefited from some thorough reports full of useful advice. What they didn’t contain, however, is a hand to hold with my downfall; the editing process. Having undergone the process with a professional editor in the past year, I thought it would be helpful to give those, like me, who struggle with editing an insight into perfecting your manuscript:

1. Take yourself out of the manuscript
Your first draft is your creation. It’s where you get to have all the conversations you want your characters to have with each other, let them go off on their adventures, really let your imagination flow. Now it’s time to get a grip on reality and that inevitably means getting tough. You might have the funniest scene which you absolutely love but if it has no relevance to moving the story forward, do you really need it?

2. Start a Novel Log
For me, a novel log was a revelation and I actually started using one from the beginning in my latest novel. Using a log you can diarise what’s happening in your novel and it’s so useful to refer back to. I use a page for each of the following:
·      Main Characters, including mini-bios of their age, appearance, main motivation etc.
·      Cast of Characters, including every character which has a name. This is most useful to look back on, for example, if you have a waitress that gets an odd mention and you can’t remember what you’ve called her.
·      A list of house, restaurants, pubs, shops etc, fictional and actual places.
·      A list of geographical places, again both fictional and actually in existence.
·      A list of songs, films, books and trade names.
·      A time-line. Probably the most important of all in the editing process; if you keep a note of dates and what occurs during your novel on these days, not only will it help you in remaining consistent, it will also assist you in deciding if you need to add time (e.g. are your hero and heroine ‘getting it on’ too quickly?) or condense.

3. Don’t try to edit everything at once
Something I was very guilty of. It might seem like a laborious task, however, the more times you read through your novel, the more times you will pick up errors. I had a manuscript where I had revealed twice (very dramatically) to the anti-hero that one of my heroines was dying! I now break my edits down into the following revisions:
·      Rewriting: The first round of editing is to go through your manuscript and identify what you can do without, what needs adding in (to reinforce your characters’ motivations) or where the sequence of events needs moving around.
·      Editing: On the second round, focus on actual scenes; where you need to cut a conversation short and lose words or lengthen one to add words and create tension.
·      Grammar & Spelling:  Often known as line edits, your final round of edits should be to comb through for grammar and spelling mistakes and to properly polish.
One final tip is that I find uploading my manuscript to my kindle for a final read helps me to identify any left-over niggles. Although if you are like me (and it is probably the creative in all of us) I am usually still agonising over certain lines in crucial scenes.

I wish you luck in getting your manuscript to the next level of publication and please don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you have anything you’d like to ask about my blog post.

About Lisa:
Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teen.  She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence.  Her first encounter of a romance author was chats over the garden wall between her father, Godfrey, and Mrs Cooper from the neighbouring village of Bisley.  It came as a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper!  Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde.

Lisa writes contemporary romance with a light-hearted tone.  What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to her winning the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition 2016 with her debut novel Meet Me at Number Five.

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Twitter: @lisahillie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ask the Industry Expert: Literary Agent Sara Keane

Today we're delighted to welcome literary agent Sara Keane, of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency. Sara has more than 25 years' experience in the publishing industry, in roles including editorial and rights in book, video, audiobook and magazine publishing. Sara is kindly giving up her time today to talk with Helena Fairfax.

Welcome, Sara!

Please tell us a little about the Keane Kataria Literary Agency, how long it’s been established, and how you became involved in setting it up.
Keane Kataria Literary Agency is a small, boutique agency based in Bath, specialising mainly in women’s fiction, historical fiction and crime, and was founded by myself and Kiran Kataria in 2014. We decided to pool our combined 50+ years of editorial and rights experience and set up our agency after the publisher where we both worked as commissioning editors suddenly went bust. We have a growing portfolio of authors, both debut and established, with whom we work very closely on developing their manuscripts before submitting their work to publishers. Our agency is now going from strength to strength, and we have had particular success with commercial women’s fiction, negotiating multi-book deals with UK and international publishers for our authors.

What is it you are looking for when a manuscript lands on your desk? Are there any specific plots or themes you’d like to see?
As a literary agent, I am obviously looking for manuscripts I can sell to publishers, which means I very much have the requirements of commissioning editors in mind. The most important consideration is whether I absolutely love a manuscript and really believe in it, as whenever I submit a manuscript to a publisher I am putting my own reputation on the line. So it is the combination of a strong commercial hook, quality writing and my personal response as I read that makes a manuscript stand out. Specifically, commercial women’s fiction, sagas, dual narrative, psychological thrillers and contemporary crime are what we are looking for at present.

Do you ever find authors outside the slush pile? If so, how?
The slush pile is fundamental and we do find many of our authors that way, but I have also been fortunate enough to find some fantastic authors outside the slush pile. Some through personal recommendation, others we meet at publishing events. Possibly the most unexpected was when I was put in touch with an author by a lady I got chatting to in the changing rooms at my health club. That’s what’s so great about being an agent: you never know exactly when and how the next wonderful author is going to magically appear in your life.

What advice would you give someone submitting to you?
Spend a long time editing your manuscript and be ruthless! Get feedback from other writers, or even from a professional editor. Submissions from authors who have received mentoring on the RNA New Writers’ Scheme would really stand out. Know the market you are writing for and where your book would fit into that market. Please read and follow our submission guidelines (on our website) and don’t submit genres we specifically say we do not work with.

Are you seeing any particular trends in commercial women's fiction/romance at the moment?
We’ve been seeing a shift away from billionaires and bondage, and in these troubling times readers are turning to sagas and feel-good commercial women’s fiction, with escapist, aspirational settings like tea shops in Cornwall. Seasonal books are a big trend, with the emphasis on summer and Christmas. I also think we are seeing more novels about romance in later life: we’ve recently sold one about a woman in her seventies starting over. I’ve heard this referred to as ‘Gran Lit’, but I prefer to call it ‘the Judi Dench effect’.

What’s your favourite romance novel of all time?
No marks for originality, but my favourite of all time would have to be Pride and Prejudice. I first read it in my early teens (well before the Colin Firth/wet shirt BBC adaptation), and it has been my comfort read ever since. And where would romantic fiction be without P&P? Here in Bath we have just had the annual Jane Austen festival, which attracts Austen devotees from all over the world who parade around the city in gorgeous Regency costumes. I’m planning on dressing up myself next year.

Apart from your own authors, which book have you enjoyed the most in the past twelve months, and why?
I re-read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood after the TV serialisation, and got so much more out of it than when I first read it. It seems more relevant than ever, and reminded me that women in many parts of the world are still victims of misogyny and biological determinism - and there is no guarantee that our own society will never experience a backlash against feminism and the freedoms women take for granted in a modern liberal secular democracy. One of those freedoms being reading and writing romantic fiction, of course.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy amateur dramatics, and usually perform in two or three productions a year. It’s fun, challenging and learning lines is very good for the brain. I also enjoy swimming, walking, gardening, upcycling furniture and visiting my family who are dotted around the world. Plus, I’ve recently started learning Italian.

If you could describe your working-day in just three words, what would they be?

Reading, editing, negotiating.

Thank you so much for taking the time to drop in, Sara, and for your thoughtful answers. It's been fascinating and a pleasure getting to know you.

If you've enjoyed Sara's interview, or have any questions or comments at all, please let us know. We'd love to hear from you!

About Helena

Helena Fairfax is a romance author and editor. Her latest release is a feel good romance called Felicity at the Cross Hotel, set in a hotel in the Lake District (the type of the escapist, aspirational setting Sara mentions!) You can find out more about Helena's books and her editing services on her website www.helenafairfax.com

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

SEPTEMBER RELEASES

September brings a fruitful harvest of members’ new publications. Thank you to Sheila Riley for collating this amazing list of books.
                   
TRADITIONAL PUBLICATIONS

ANNA JACOBS
Saffron Lane
Hardback and E-book
Family/relationship fiction
Allison & Busby
21st September
Nell has come to feel very at home in her beautiful corner of Wiltshire with her partner Angus. What she could do with, however, is a challenge, and the prospect of bringing life back to an abandoned row of 1930s houses in Saffron Lane is just what she's looking for. Formerly used by the Government during WW2 and not returned till long after the war ended, they haven’t been touched since except to keep them weatherproof. She decides to start an artists’ colony with a gallery/café in one house to attract customers and bring in money to do the maintenance on their listed home.
One of the first artists to gain a residency is Stacy, lost and alone after a divorce she didn't see coming and trying her best to start over. The other is Elsa who is 76 and is battling her nieces who would force her into residential care. She needs to sell her large family home and longs for a new one where she can get back to her new career as an artist, with her paintings just beginning to sell.
When all their paths cross, the future starts to look brighter although not all goes according to plan. There is a big surprise waiting for them in one house and there are people in town who would rather knock down the old houses and put up a modern development.


KATHERINE GARBERA
Summer In Manhattan
Contemporary
E-Book and Paperback
HarperImpulse
21st September
When Cici Johnson falls for the charms of American big shot Rich Maguire, their drunken one night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy. Rich wants nothing to do with the baby or Cici, but she's determined to give their child the love of two parents on her own. Jason Hooper's spent his whole life wondering what family really means. In and out of the foster care system, he never gets too close to anyone; just in case they walk away. But then he meets Cici and he feels as if he's finally home. For both of them, the summer they share in Manhattan couldn't be sweeter. If only he'll let his guard down, Hoop's own happy-ever-after might not be make-believe anymore

ANNIE BURROWS
The Major Meets His Match
Romance
Paperback and E-book
Harlequin/Mills & Boon
September 
Wastrel, rebel, layabout…just a few of the names Lord Becconsall has hidden his quick intellect and sharp wit behind over the years. Recently titled, ex-military and required to wed, Jack views ton ladies with a cynical eye… Until he falls upon–quite literally–Lady Harriet Inskip.
  








ZARA STONELEY
Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage
E-book and paperback
Harper Collins, HarperImpulse
22nd September
As the lazy days of summer ebb away and the hedgerows fill with rich, plump blackberries, Lucy Jacobs couldn't be happier.  She's feeling more and more at home in the small village of Langtry Meadows and has fallen in love with idyllic Jasmine cottage - not to mention gorgeous vet Charlie. But just as Lucy is thinking about putting down roots like the blackberries that grow in her garden, Charlie's ex returns and threatens to put a thorn in their perfect life...







SARAH MALLORY
Pursued for the Viscount's Vengeance
Paperback & E-book      
Mills & Boon
17th August
Viscount Gilmore believes ruining Deb Meltham is the only way to be revenged upon her brother. Not seducing her beyond repair, of course, he is not lost to all sense of honour. However, Gil hasn't counted on his feelings for Deb changing - nor her reaction when she realises he has been deceiving her from the start. Instead of shaming Deb, he finds himself risking his own life to save her.







KATHLEEN MCGURL
The Girl from Ballymor
Dual timeline/timeslip
Paperback and E-book
HQ
7th September
What would you sacrifice for your children?
Ballymor, Ireland, 1847
As famine grips the country Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, Kitty must decide how far she will go to save her family.
Present day
Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy – and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace. Running from her future, it’s not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty’s fate, Maria must make the biggest decision of her life.
  
MARGARET MOUNSDON
Island Magic
People's Friend Pocket Novel
Romantic Adventure
21st September
Vanessa Blake's sister Michelle asks her to take her place as dance hostess on a private yacht owned by the Petucci family, then promptly disappears. When an expensive ring goes missing on the yacht Vanessa realises she is high on the list of suspects. Taking refuge on the island of Santa Agathe she thinks she is safe until a valuable painting by local artist Severino, with whom Vanessa is staying, is stolen. 
Can Vanessa trust security chief Lorenzo Talbot to help prove her innocence or is he working off his own agenda?

JUNE DAVIES
As the Four Winds Blow
Paperback
Family / Romantic Suspense
F.A.Thorpe
1st September

Isobel Blundell isn’t looking forward to her special birthday. 
Her archaeologist husband, Douglas, is in South America and she and their three children miss him sorely. On Isobel’s birthday, her mother, Ailsa, and sisters Kirsty and Dorrie travel to the Yorkshire Dales and join the family at Chimneys, their old brownstone house on the banks of Ferneys Beck. During the birthday celebrations, Ailsa presents Isobel with Douglas’s gift – an airline ticket! Overjoyed, Isobel sets off for a holiday with him at the dig. But heartache, danger, conflict and tragedy lie ahead for the whole family – Those at home, as well as Isobel and Douglas in Castildoro...




E-BOOKS

GEORGIA HILL
Christmas Weddings (Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café Book 3)
E-book
rom-com
Harper Impulse
29th September
Cupcakes, Christmas and secret kisses. For fans of sweet romance.












JULIA IBBOTSON
The Old Rectory: Escape to a country kitchen
memoir/history food/cookery
E-Book & paperback
Endeavour Press
24th August
"Written with her trademark wit and honesty" 
This memoir/recipe book/history of cooking documents falling in love with a house and the Victorian/post-Victorian kitchen.










SHERYL BROWNE
After She’s Gone – (Book 1 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series)
Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit imprint)
5th September
He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do? 
There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, 
there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable. When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. 
All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.
But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything. 


SHERYL BROWNE
Deadly Intent – (Book 3 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series)
E-book
Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit imprint)
5th September
What if you and your family were at the mercy of a psychopath/a man with no conscience? Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family. 
Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence. Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?  


SILVIA FORRESTER
Your Move
Romantic comedy
Endeavour Press
September
Two women. Two dreams. One big lesson in love.
With a passion for people and property, nothing gives newbie estate agent Gemma Cole more pleasure than matching buyers with their ideal homes. After a nomadic childhood with her ditzy mum, Gemma longs for nothing more than a pplace she can call her own. But with one modest income and meagre savings, will she ever be able to make her own home-owning dream come true? When Marcus, the new photographer, arrives at the estate agency, he’s the epitome of laid-back, festival chic. Sexy, laid back, festival chic. But Gemma dismisses him as another commitment-phobic, eternal student, just like her ex. However, looks can be deceptive. Marcus is reeling from a shocking family tragedy, one that’s left him as sole carer for an eight-year-old boy, as well as his scruffy dog. Will Gemma revise her opinion of Marcus, and will he trust her enough to reveal his family’s painful past? Pandora works at Perfect 10, a premier beauty and cosmetic clinic. Always effortlessly glamorous – with model-looks, bucketloads of confidence and bulging designer wardrobes – she appears to have it all. But Pan also has a spiralling spending addiction, a string of failed relationships, and still lives at home with her mum. Aged thirty-three. When her numerous credit cards are refused, Pan takes drastic action and joins dating website MillionaireMen.com. Will a super-wealthy guy be the answer to all Pan’s woes? And can she find one who’s sane, honest and not old enough to be her grandfather? Your Move is a lively romantic comedy, charting the blossoming friendship between modern heroines Gemma and Pandora, as well as the amorous entanglements that crisscross both their lives.

SUSAN WILLIS
The Girl In The Dark
Romantic suspense
E-book
Endeavour Press
30th September 
When Kim goes to old friend, Sidney’s, photography studio to start a new food styling contract she meets his new assistant, Alex. Kim is catapulted from her mournful existence into an explosive romantic relationship with Alex. 
Sidney, however, is wary. He thinks, there’s something not quite right about Alex, and urges caution. Will Kim look back and wish she’d listened?








ELISABETH HOBBES
Redeeming the Rogue Knight
Medieval romance
E-book
Mills & Boon 
1st September
The spy who sought refuge…
When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learnt the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgement, she gives him refuge.
Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn't come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart.
Except for her infant son, Lucy has had enough of men and their sweet words, but there is something different about Roger and it might just be worth the risk to give into his love…

INDIE PUBLISHED

THE MAGNOLIA GIRLS (book 3, the Magnolia Creek Series)
Helen J Rolfe
Women's fiction
E-book
Indie published
14th September
Fall in love with Magnolia Creek, the small town that draws you in and refuses to let you go ... 
Carrie has it all: a stellar career, a gorgeous heart-surgeon boyfriend, and an apartment in the city. But when something happens that forces her to question her ability to do her job, the only way she can see through the mess is to get far away from everything. Carrie is thrust into a very different life in Magnolia Creek. She’s knee-deep in renovations at her house at the top of the hill; she’s sharing time and space with her ex, Owen; and newcomer, Noah, gets under her skin from day one. Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Lachlan, is doing everything he can to convince her she belongs back in the city with him doing the job she’s worked so hard to establish. Carrie never had time for anything apart from work but in Magnolia Creek it isn’t long before she strikes up a lasting friendship with Rosie, Gemma and Bella, and when a face from the past turns up offering forgiveness, Carrie realises that everyone needs a little bit of love and friendship in their lives.

ROS RENDLE
Flowers of Resistance
Historical thriller with strong romantic element
E-book
Indie
8th September
France 1940. Delphi, Rainier and their daughter Flora, must flee the Nazi advance. 
They go to the vineyard of Flora’s step-cousin Luca, in the Vichy Zone Libre
Despite Luca’s resentment of Flora, she is attracted to him, but there is a traitor among them and he is mysteriously absent much of the time.Then there is her employer, André, mayor, sponsored by the Nazis, but he is lonely after the death of his wife and young daughter. Should she spy on his activities, betraying his trust and friendship and putting herself and her family in danger? Resistance fighter or collaborator; petulance or passion; divided loyalties and discovered love. This is a love story and a thriller set during turbulent times in France.



Sheila Riley:

Sheila joined the RNA in 2004 as a new writer. Since then she has written best selling sagas under the name of Annie Groves for Harper Collins. A member of the Sandpipers, the North West chapter of the RNA, Sheila loves to catch up with writer friends at regular Southport lunches. Currently writing family sagas set in the immediate aftermath of WW2, Sheila explores the close-knit community of Liverpool Docklands, which hides many a family secret...

Collating the monthly publications list is another of her great pleasures, and her tottering T.B.R. list gets bigger every month! 

The new email address for Monthly Publications; releases@romanticnovelistsassociation.org 

Deadline for submission is 27th of the month, if possible


Thank you Sheila. We look forward to next month’s wonderful list.