Cocktails & Denim Lounge

An open – and honest – letter to my readers

I am one of those people who overthinks everything. And I do mean everything. I mean…is it overthinks or overthink (does it agree with the one or the people…I’m a writer, I should know this shit, right?) In fact I will take this one step further: this is the fourth or fifth time I’ve started this post because the annoying little hamster that runs the wheel in my brain keeps freaking out, squeaking, and falling…
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July 6, 2023 0

The Return for Refund problem is a reader issue too

A week after my first blog post about the Return for Refund problem, it’s still front and center as an issue for many writers… and readers. Because the truth is, this isn’t just a problem for those of behind the keyboard. It concerns those behind the screens too – or at least it should. The longer this remains unresolved, the bigger the problem for both groups. If you’re not sure what the issue is, I…
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March 31, 2022 1

The Return for Refund problem

Returning a book  for a refund after you’ve read it, because you didn’t like it is a problem that is currently under the spotlight in social media.  The debate happening in book circles  is pitting readers and authors against one another. For the main part it’s taking place on TikTok but it can also be found on Facebook and Twitter and in blogs – and it’s not a new problem. It wasn’t that long ago…
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March 25, 2022 1

Slowing down as self-care

It’s just gone 11pm here in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m sitting at my desk in my very messy, and about to be redesigned, office, listening to Radio Company  and musing about slowing down and self-care. My PA has taken care of promotional posts, the week’s work has been scheduled and transferred to Trello and my physical planner.  The rest of the household – those with four paws and those with two – sleeps already.   Today, …
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October 3, 2021 0

Romance is Not a Dirty Word

I write stories about love. I struggle to call them romances for a couple of reasons. One is that I don’t always hit the markers that make a story a romance – though I hit enough of them and especially the Happy Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN) to be considered a romance writer most of the time. The other is the response you get from most people the second they hear the…
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July 13, 2021 0