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    Writing The Secret Hours
    by Santa Montefiore
    2019/05/23  |  Features  |  

    The Secret Hours was originally called The Forgotten Deverill, and I’d had the idea for some time, ever since book two of the trilogy, Daughters of Castle Deverill. I was going to weave Arethusa Deverill’s story into the narrative, but just didn’t have the space. The book was too long …

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    by Louise Candlish
    2019/05/20  |  Features  |  

    Before 13th May 2019, the best prize I’d won was a Yorkie* for coming first in a junior school handwriting competition and, after I’d offered a piece to everyone in my family, I had one chunk left. (*Young folk: the Yorkie was the chocolate bar of the 1980s, targeted at …

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    by Paige Toon
    2019/05/10  |  Features  |  

    Book ideas can come from absolutely anywhere. My debut novel, Lucy in the Sky, was based on my personal experiences of feeling torn between two countries – Australia and England. Chasing Daisy was inspired by my dad’s career as a racing driver and a particular crash he had when I …

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    After the happy ending…
    by Iona Grey
    2019/05/08  |  Features  |  

    I read Claire Frost’s post about the difficulties she faced in writing her first book with a great surge of writerly empathy (and admiration – having been lucky enough to hear her read an extract of the finished and soon-to-be-published Living My Best Li(f)e I know it’s an absolute cracker!) …

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    A word from Germaine Johnson, star of The Helpline
    by SJV
    2019/05/07  |  Features  |  

    Hello everyone, When I wrote on my resume I was first aid trained, I didn’t think they’d believe me.  But next thing you know, my boss had me in a ‘refresher course’.  I would have gotten out of it—I faint at the sight of blood—but it paid an extra $1.50 …

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    Is Kindness Just Fiction?
    by Victoria Walters
    2019/05/03  |  Features  |  

      When I decided to write a book centred around kindness, I liked the idea of having a place in where kindness was encouraged. I needed somewhere my three main characters could decide to make their pact to be kinder to others, and themselves, which is a challenge that ends …

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    #DigitalOriginals #OneDay Tips and Tricks from Rebecca Farrell
    2019/05/02  |  Features  |  

    We are just TWO MONTHS away from the sixth annual #DigitalOriginals #OneDay open submissions here at Books and the City, and as it’s my first year wielding the editorial red pen I wanted to share with you my tips and tricks to make your novel stand out amongst the crowd! …

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    Living My Best Life (Going behind the filters and revealing what it’s really like to have a book published!)
    by Claire Frost
    2019/04/30  |  Features  |  

    Part 1 - Just Say Yes (my book deal moment) Y-E-S: three little letters, one short syllable, but a truly massive word. When it comes to writing a book, getting an agent and finding a publisher, ‘yes’ isn’t a word that’s heard very often. For every ‘Yes, and have this large …

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    #bookclub Feature – The Glittering Hour
    by Iona Grey
    2019/04/17  |  Features  |  

    This week on #bookclub we are delighted to feature some of the quotes for the brilliant new Iona Grey novel, #TheGlitteringHour, the epic and long-awaited new romance from the author of Letters to the Lost, winner of the RNA Award, which is out now in eBook and hardback! Selina Lennox is a Bright Young …

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    A word from Germaine Johnson, star of The Helpline
    by SJV
    2019/04/15  |  Features  |  

    Hello everyone, Jack convinced me to play a game of one-on-one (basketball) during our lunch break at the local park.  I’d never played before but I beat him.  It was a very convincing win. Some people might have said he was at a disadvantage, having recently had knee surgery, but …