Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Introducing the New RNA Social Media Co-ordinator

Hello! For those of you who don't know me already, I’ve been a member of the RNA for the past four years. I joined the New Writers’ Scheme initially, after lots of other writers recommended it to me. I've loved every minute of being on the Scheme, and have learnt so much as well. During those four years, I've self-published two contemporary romance novels, with some more on the way, and as a result, I'm just about to graduate from the Scheme to become a full, independent member of the RNA.

I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the RNA and have thrown myself into the social life it offers its members with great enthusiasm, attending conferences, parties, afternoon teas and chapter meetings all around the country. I've also been very lucky to make lots of new friends as a result of being a member, something I didn’t expect to be doing at this stage in my life. I love the way the RNA welcomes everyone as equals, so newbies can find themselves talking to big names, and mixing with writers and publishing folk at all different stages of their careers.

In my life outside writing, I work part-time for a local charity as their communications officer, overseeing their marketing, PR, social media and website activities. I also work freelance as a proofreader, website trouble-shooter and occasional supply teacher – a real Jill-of-all-trades! I live with my husband in Bedfordshire. We have two daughters; one is now away at university and the other is studying for her ‘A’ levels.

Since autumn 2016, I have been supporting Adrienne Vaughan, as deputy editor of Romance Matters, the RNA’s wonderful magazine, and now I’m taking on the role of social media co-ordinator, with responsibility for the blog, Twitter and the RNA’s Facebook page. Elaine Everest has done a sterling job for the past five years, and we’re all very grateful to her and her wonderful team for raising the RNA’s profile in that time.

I have a great blog team to support me and we're planning to keep blogging two or three times a week, with a mixture of regular blog posts about your favourite items – competitions, new releases, interviews with book reviewers and authors – as well as news items as and when they crop up, and some new ideas too. If you have any ideas for features you’d like to see, please do let me know and we will do our best to bring the subject to you.

I look forward to taking on the blog completely from Alison May in the New Year, and to taking it from strength to strength as we move forward. Thank you for all the support you have shown the blog in the past – I hope you will continue to do so for many years to come.


My latest book The Vineyard in Alsace is available now.

Is there really such a thing as a second chance at love?

Fran Schell has only just become engaged when she finds her fiancé in bed with another woman. She knows this is the push she needs to break free of him and to leave London. She applies for her dream job on a vineyard in Alsace, in France, not far from her family home, determined to concentrate on her work.

Didier Le Roy can hardly believe it when he sees that the only person to apply for the job on his vineyard is the same woman he once loved but let go because of his stupid pride. Now estranged from his wife, he longs for a second chance with Fran if only she will forgive him for not following her to London.

Working so closely together, Fran soon starts to fall in love with Didier all over again. Didier knows that it is now time for him to move on with his divorce if he and Fran are ever to have a future together. Can Fran and Didier make their second chance at love work despite all the obstacles in their way? 

A romantic read set against the enticing backdrop of the vineyard harvest in France.

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Morton S Gray said...

I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job, Julie! Good luck with the role. Mx

Emma Davies said...

Congratulations Julie, this is lovely news! And very well deserved, you work so hard! xx

Rosie Dean Musings said...

Good luck with the blog, Julie and, it goes without saying, your debut novel!

Ros said...

This is really good news for the RNA and it’s members. You have all the right personal attributes as well as the skills to do an excellent job.
Congratulations and thanks to the RNA for getting you and to you for doing it.

Ros said...

Its not it’s - thar was autocorrect not me. Should have got you to proofread the comment 😂

Anita Chapman said...

Congratulations, Julie, and best of luck! You will be fabulous x

Ros said...

Aargh! Giving up now.

Julie Stock said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, I really appreciate your kind words and your support. And thank you, Ros, for persevering!

Kate Field said...

A perfect choice for the job! Good luck! x

Julie Stock said...

Thank you, Kate xx

Caroline James said...

You all be an asset Julie, great news xx

Elizabeth Bailey said...

Congrats, Julie. I'm sure you will do a great job. thank you for volunteering. xx

Julie Stock said...

Thank you, Caroline and Elizabeth, for your very kind comments, and for reading.

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