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Cover Reveal! Join us for Hawaiian Escape Launch 'Party' on Facebook on 28th. Plus - Lynda Renham - Rom-com Royalty for our Fiction Focus. & More Tips for Self-Publishing including Blurb, Author Page and Looking Pro.
21 November 2013

Hawaiian Escape - cover reveal! Hawaiian Escape - cover reveal! Angela Oltmann

This week on RiWiSi Go Large –

-          Lynda Renham tells all! And win a signed copy of her latest rom-com.

-          My cover reveal – Hawaiian Escape out next week (28th!)

-          10 tips to make your self-published book look the business

-          How to write an effective blurb

-          And how to set up your Author page on amazon

But first – my cover is finally revealed! Do go over to my QVC Blog (click Blog tab above) to find out more about my new novel – coming to Amazon next week on 28th November. Eeeek!

Do join us on the day - online - for our ‘facebook launch party’ – and don’t forget to bring a hunk – ok, a picture of one. Or some cupcakes, that will do just as well.


How to attend our launch party online –

Click here to visit the facebook event page, and once you click ‘join’, you can come join in on the day – it’s 9am till 9pm on 28th - and features three other fellow authors from our writing group, formed when we met in Tuscany, called ‘The Ladies of Posara Say’ – Mary Jane Hallowell,, Isabelle Goddard and Carolyn Mahony will all be present with some fab competitions and a day full of early festive fun!



More Tips for Writers

Some fab info again from that excellent resource -

-          10 Tips to Make Your Self-Published Book Look Professional – click here – to find out more about Sarah Juckes’ excellent run down – every beginner’s bible.


-          How to write an effective Blurb -  that bit on the back of the book? And that bit on the ‘product description’ that people read to decide whether to buy your book? Sarah tells you how to do it here.


-          Setting up your Author Page on Amazon – more do’s and don’t’s – everyone needs one – make yours look great -  click here.




Lynda Renham Tells All!

Now it’s time for my extended author interview with chic-lit supremo Lynda Renham. Her novels have some fabulous titles, and they caught my eye on amazon, so I thought I’d find out more about Lynda’s latest novel, The Valentine  and Other Diabolical Liberties.

Click here to go to my main QVC blog where the interview begins. Here we continue it! See below for details about how to win a signed copy of her book!

                                                                                                  The Valentine Present - Lynda Renham

Q. – Lynda - what got you writing in the first place?

A. I’ve been writing since I was nine when I had a piece published in a children’s comic about my rabbit. I use to write under the desk at school during boring lessons too. I stopped writing for many years while in my first marriage. I didn’t function very well in that relationship. Mind you I don’t function most days unless I’m on Nescafe 3 in 1….

Q. - which book really established u on the romance map do you think?

 A . The book that really established me on the romance map was ‘Croissants and Jam’ it came out in December 2011 and has remained in the top 50 humour charts all that time. If I could work out the secret behind that book I would tell you (but then I would have to kill you.)

 Q. - what promotions or publicity do you do each time?

A. I’m pretty crap at publicity to be honest. I did a big online launch for ‘The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties’ and I say yes to everything, well not everything, obviously I mean everything connected to books. I share blog postings with other authors and do joint promotions but that is about it.

Q. - how do you write your books? Any tips for new writers?

A. How do I write my books. I usually tap away on my laptop and the words come up on the screen. It’s fabulous. Oh you mean how do the ideas come. I’m not sure, sometimes from something that happens to me or something I see. I then plan it a bit, discuss with my husband and then start writing. If it makes my husband smile then I know I’m onto a good thing. It’s difficult to give tips to new writers except to say always get your facts straight and write what you know.


Q. - is it a full time job now? How does it compare with what you did previously?

A. Yes, I write full time. I used to work in the health sector and believe me writing novels beats dealing with irate patients. For a start I can visit the fridge whenever I like.

 Q. - the books are all selling so well now, aren't they? What do you think is key for good self pub sales?

A. I don’t know if there is a key to good self-publishing. You have to be constantly on top of things. I’m lucky in that I’m not alone and have representation. But certainly a good cover is essential and this is something I am paying more attention to. A professional editor is essential too.

Q. - how important are reviews, do you think? (You've had some excellent ones eh!)

A. Reviews are essential I think. If only for your own self progress. It certainly helps you understand what the reader wants. It’s also helpful to hear what the readers thought of your characters. They can be hurtful too of course so I think it is important always to learn from them rather than be hurt by them.

 Q. You’re also available in Waterstones as well as on Amazon – what was it like to see your book on the book shelf?

A.Yes I’m in Waterstones. I did a book signing for them and consequently they stocked the book. I believe they are stocked in a few stores as people tell me they bought the books there. I was very excited to see my book on the shelves and you just kind of stare at them like an idiot for ten minutes before sneaking your phone out and taking a pic. I did the same with my local libraries where the books are stocked too.

 Q. - What's next for you, romance novel- wise?! X

A. I’m currently working on my next comedy romance which I hope will be out early in the new year. I can’t divulge more I’m afraid but if people want to subscribe to my newsletter they can find out more. Just go to and subscribe there.

Plus see below for a guest blog from Lynda – written when she knew I was going to feature her! Funny! And a good example of her sense of humour.

You can buy Lynda’s books here and connect with her here, if you’re brave enough.

And see below for Lynda’s funny guest blog!

NEXT WEEK – my new novel is out! From the 28th it’ll finally available on amazon – and don’t forget to join us for our online facebook launch party!

Luv debs




The Dog’s Bollocks

So it’s the day of my big interview with Debbie Flint, and on her QVC blog no less. I so want to impress. It occurs to me that a Lady Gaga entrance would be great. It would certainly get some attention, and I could tip off a few local newspapers. It then occurs to me I could wear one of her famous hats, except no one will see my face, but as not many people know what I look like no one is going to get that excited about a faceless person doing an interview are they? If they didn’t care what I looked like before there not going to care now.  Am I rambling? Oh dear, I’d better not do that in my interview with Debbie, and I certainly don’t want to send her flying when I tumble off my fifteen inch platform shoes as I go to hug her, do I? I could get a minder to walk me in but I wonder how much they charge. I don’t suppose my husband will be able to get the day off. Maybe a Lady Gaga lookalike entrance is a bit adventurous; I’ll just be myself. Oh dear, that’s infinitely worse.  The real me is the main basis of my novels. I blame it on hormones to be honest with you. They’re the bane of every woman’s life aren’t they? If it wasn’t for them I’m sure I would be okay. I try and explain this to my husband. It’s the hormones I say, when trying to explain why I have three Waitrose bags in the boot but no handbag.

            ‘The hormones make you leave your handbag in a supermarket trolley but somehow the same hormones let you bring home the shopping bags,’ he says cynically.

I suppose he has a point. But that’s one reason I started writing romantic comedies. Not because I left my handbag in a supermarket trolley, obviously. That doesn’t make people write bestsellers does it? But I began to think there must be other women out there like me. I hope so anyway, or else those men in white coats will be coming for me after this interview. I hope I get some free cream or something from Debbie before they do. But what I meant was, I thought there must be women who will read my books and relate to the characters in the novels. After all, can you really cross your heart and say ‘I’ve never accidentally walked into the Gents loo at a motorway service station?’ Exactly. I rest my case. Okay, maybe you haven’t done it twice like me, or was it three times? Anyway, you get my point. If Debbie asks what made you become a writer I’ll guess I’ll have to repeat what one of my students once told me when I was a teacher.

            ‘You is well funny, you should be on the telly.’ Sadly I didn’t make the telly, but hey there is still time, and I did make it to Amazon. Even the milkman was impressed with this. Oops, I should add that I live in a little village so it is not unusual to be friendly with the milkman; after all, I don’t want you getting the wrong ideas. I’m beginning to think I should have worn that hat. Faceless seems preferable at the moment doesn’t it? I think this goes to show that if someone as dippy as me can self-publish then anyone can.

My first romantic comedy was self-published but I then took things a step further when my husband set himself up as my publisher. We now partner with a publishing sales agency to handle my paperbacks. I’m thrilled to have sold as a self-published author over 150,000 UK kindle downloads, not including paperbacks and international sales.  I am a little like Lady Gaga aren’t I? Minus the little monsters, although there are a few of those in my village where I live, but the less said about that the better.

 People say I keep them up at night, not me in person you understand, but the books. My latest novel, ‘The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties’ is about a very down to earth girl named Harriet.  It’s the dog’s bollocks one reader said. Here’s what else she had to say:

It's no secret; I am a massive fan of Lynda! I find her inspirational, I love her sense of humour and her one-liners really do make me laugh out loud. I find her plots interesting; all her characters likeable and I love her ability to bring a character to life. She writes in such an easy way, and her cockney writing accent was spot-on, making it easy for this cockney to read!

Morticia Addams nails, Eton Mess, no life jackets and a horses’ crop! This story had so many twists and turns. There was so much happening, it kept me on the edge of my seat (OK, laid back quite comfortably on the sofa) but my point is there was never a dull moment. 'arriet was so very likeable and I couldn't help but love Fiona. She had me in stitches. I wanted to throttle Julian myself and as for Hamilton, well I most definitely would have used the horses’ crop! I couldn't help but warm to the Jack's too.

I absolutely loved this book and award it five shiny gold stars. It was an enjoyable read I couldn't put down and I swear my family thought I was nuts (well slightly more nuts then usual) sitting in the corner laughing to myself. I must say it's not my favourite by Lynda, that goes to Croissants and Jam, my first ever read by Lynda, but this comes a close a second ... I am a proper sucker for a love story, and we all want that happy ending don't we?

Keep them coming Lynda. Your books are the dog’s bollocks and I can't wait for the next...

You can buy Lynda’s books here and connect with her here, if you’re brave enough.

Or chat with her on Facebook and Twitter


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