THOUGHTS

  • THOUGHTS

    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 wrote about it in my last post: The Return for Refund Problem   Before going any further I want to start this by clarifying a couple of things.   First and foremost this is not…

  • THOUGHTS

    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 that Audible was under fire too for allowing the exact same problem to exist – people could buy audio books, listen, then return for refunds. *Sigh* You can see the TikTok I created for this…

  • Sunday Update,  THOUGHTS

    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,  instead of Doing All The Things – aka working on Sunday, I spent  time with Ms 21 who was home for the weekend, drank wine with Mr 23, and binged the last couple of episodes…

  • romance writing,  THOUGHTS

    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 R word. Every romance reader and writer I know has experienced it to some extent. That moment when someone asks what you’re reading or writing and when they find out it’s romance, they roll their…

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    A comedy of errors… so many errors

    I screwed up. Not the ‘oh man, the world is going to end’ kind of screw up, thankfully. More of the ‘oh man, I am such an idiot’ and the ‘my brand is going to take such a beating’ kind of screw up. Let me explain… I have had this idea for a book called The Toye Shoppe for years.The book idea grew into a series idea and eventually I came up with an idea for five books, each looking at a different couple and a different kink set against the backdrop of a sex store called The Toye Shoppe. An overarching story would link the characters and couples so…