Every Time A Bell Rings Cover Reveal

every time a bell ringsSource: Every Time A Bell Rings Cover Reveal

I just love, love LOVE this cover.

There is a whole pile of competition this year in Christmas romance, and the cover is going to be a huge tool in determining whether anyone picks it up or not.

I would pick this book.


The image gives a taste of where it is set – Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge, with the touch of snow. The girl in the red coat is a key part of the story but you’ll have to read it to find out why!

I like the subtle colours used, red, green, christmassy colours but not too ‘in your face’.

I like the image inside the wreath, and I love the fonts chosen.

And of course, the bells.

Marks? 10 out of 10 of course!


#Throwbackthursday Miracle on 34th Street movie trailer

I’m working on my own Christmas novella right now and since sitting in the sunshine (she lies, there is no sunshine), oh ok, sitting at my desk during July and August this summer, I’ve needed a little magical inspiration.

So I’ve been  watching researching old movies and listening to music to get me in the right frame of mind.

And I just love this film.

Obviously I need the right ambience – cue Santa hats, hot chocolate and candy canes. Well, it would be rude not to.



Merry Christmas!

Review – The Earl’s Convenient Wife by Marion Lennox

Now I now what you may be thinking – Mills and Boon, really? But trust me when I tell you they are very hard to write, really they are. And honestly, I found this a brilliant read. It has one of those plotlines that could be made into a hit film, like The Back-up Plan, or Made Of Honour, or How To Lose a guy In 10 days, or The Proposal.

This is from their ‘Cherish’ line so it suits my reading likes of warm, sweet romance. It’s fun, it’s got two great characters and a remote Scottish castle, whisky, an arranged marriage as part of a will and a few kilts thrown in.

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Carried In Waves – short story for Radio competition

What is it?

Short story competition for radio with a prize fund.

1ST PRIZE €300 | 2ND PRIZE €200 | 3RD PRIZE €100

The competition is open to original short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or less. These stories can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any age and of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. The themes explored may be of any nature but keep in mind that a shortlist of forty stories will be recorded for broadcast. By way of guidance the recordings of the shortlisted stories will be performed by one actor who will be chosen from a panel of six which will represent all voices and ages. All copyright and ownership remains the property of the writer.

How To Enter

Entries can be sent to carriedinwaves@ucc.ie The entrants name and contact details must be included in the body of the email or at the top of the word attachment.




Phone Number

The entry fee for one story of ten euro can be paid here http://uccshop.ie/carried-in-waves-registration-fee.html

The order number you will receive once payment is processed must be in the subject line of the email. The order number  looks like #100001234

The story should be cut and pasted into the email or attached as a word document. One email per entry.

If you wish you may enter a maximum of two additional stories for a fee of five euro each. The link is here to make the payment for the additional stories.  http://uccshop.ie/carried-in-waves-additional-story-fee.html

In the subject line of the email for the additional entries you must reference the first order number as well as the order number for your subsequent entry.

Remember one email per entry. 

Email acknowledgement will be by return email.


The adjudicating of the submissions will be by a panel of five people drawn from across all relevant disciplines. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Jools Gilson. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Age will not be a consideration  in the  adjudicating  of the competition.

Shortlist and Winners

We will notify all entrants of the shortlist by email on the 29th of October and the shortlist will be published on the 30th of October.

The winners will be contacted in early December and announced on the 11th of December to the public.

Closing date September 30th.

Entry to the competition is taken as acceptance of permission to broadcast. Stories must be previously unpublished.

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3 Reasons why I am going to enter writing competitions.


This is the year I said I would kick myself up the backside and get writing.

See, I said it here You see, I did say it. I want to be published. It is my hearts desire.

So, this is like, August, and what have I done so far?

Well, I guess I do have my story, ‘Holy Disorder’ in ‘The Little book of Love’. And it did hit the bestseller lists for about a week, so really I shouldn’t really complain, but….

But I’m going to.

I want to know if my writing is any good. I need to have some encouragement. Not so I can pat myself on the back and then sit back on my heels, but because I know I’m going to keep at this, but I need to know if I’m doing this right.

Oh, I did manage to submit my manuscript to the New Writers Scheme, and the poor reader didn’t send it back with smudges and cake crumbs and weeping and wailing all over it because it was an absolute disaster, but….

I entered the CarinaUk #WriteChristmas competition and didn’t hear anything at all.


But I need a kick up the proverbial backside to keep at it.

Three pieces of work in one year is not a lot. Not much out there!

My new rule is going to be submit, submit, submit.

Three Reasons.

1. I need deadlines to get anything accomplished.

2. Queen of procrastination that I am, I need motivation.

3. Oh, all of 1. and 2. put together.

That makes 3.

So, for the rest of 2015, I am looking for competitions to enter. And places to send off short stories.

What about you? How are your rules going? How is your writing year muddling along?

A Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge- Book Review

A Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge

A Game of Scones by Samantha Tonge

I downloaded this book to take on holiday with me and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a perfect light-hearted, entertaining romantic read.

Now possibly I should have paid more attention to the look of the cover – olive trees anyone? But I didn’t. I saw blue sea, sailing boats and quaint little seaside houses in the distance. I thought scones, summer, little table and chairs, gotta be set in Devon or Cornwall or something similar. But no. It’s in a small fishing village called Taxos in Greece.

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