Monday, 27 December 2010

Rosalie's Christmas

I hope that you all had a happy and peaceful Christmas and that Santa brought you all your wishes.I had a bottle of YSL Elle Parfum. Hubby had motorbike related gifts. No! not another bike sadly but the jigsaw will keep him busy for a bit. Christmas Eve at Midnight Mass  in Wrexham Cathedral was lovely in English,Welsh,Polish and Latin. After that hubby had to change and play plumber as he sorted out a problem in the bathroom in the early hours.We did think of calling out our friend Roger but he is too far away. (If you are reading this Roger - only joking.) Christmas Day was spent quietly - as we like it - but caught up with family one way and another (Mum,children,grandchildren). Even Jacob got a present - a stroke off me! After a Sunday Roast at the Golden Lion we had a quiet afternoon and a visit from @Jo_Kinch Print and 'Super Kinch'.
Eagerly looking forward to the next instalment of Upstairs Downstairs tonight.
Just beat the crowds in Chester as we got out early - yes me - and got what we wanted in record time. Off now to read 'Writing Science Fiction' Aber Publishing Creative Writing Guides. Look out for the review.I am not looking to write Sci Fi but the underlying disciplines should be interesting and useful.

**N.B. Kindle version of Just Us Two still not showing on Amazon.
Have chased it up with publisher. Sorry for the delay but e-book reading is a good experience whether on PC or a reader. 'Tis available from publisher Author House Bookstore ISBN 9781438939378 to download for most readers or PC. If downloading to PC *pdf  it is best read on Adobe Digital Editions which is downloadable. Give it a go! Check out the free Book Buzzr excerpt on this blog or my website

Rosalie xx

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Rosalie's Chatter: Review of Starting to Write (Aber/Studymates Write...

Rosalie's Chatter: Review of Starting to Write (Aber/Studymates Write...: "December 22nd 2010 Starting to Write is full of practical advice which initially deals with the basics of constructing a disciplin..."

Review of Starting to Write (Aber/Studymates Writer's Guides)

December 22nd 2010

Starting to Write is full of practical advice which initially deals with the basics of constructing a disciplined approach to writing. The chapters cover such areas as: Where Do I Start, Practical Stuff, Becoming a Creative Writer, Avoiding Common Mistakes, to name a few.  Dr Rennie Parker talks to the student in a user-friendly and easy to understand way which gets beneath the mystery of the writing process and becoming a published author.  ‘Where Do I Start’ for instance, covers the practicalities of writing and the importance of writing things down as they happen. Although this may seem obvious, for the novice it may not be or they may not have the confidence to do that. This chapter reassures the reader that all ideas are useful and not to be wasted.
Each chapter begins with a short overview followed by relative topics with study tips and exercises to make you think and extend the boundaries of your writing .At the end is a period of reflection which is an important part of continual development.  Although a large part of the book is geared towards poem, prose and short stories, the underlying lessons are adaptable to writing in general and other genres. Of particular interest are the chapters on dealing with rejection and publishing with a practical analysis of what is, and what is not, acceptable which takes away much of the mystery of becoming a published author.
Although ‘Starting to Write’ is a writing course in itself, it is also a must-read for students attending creative writing courses, either in college or on-line, and should feature on their reading list.
Another excellent book from the Aber/Studymates stable.

Published by Aber/Studymates ISBN 978-1-84285-093-0

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Deganwy Author's Day and Book Fair. Saturday December 11th

After a few days of: putting a slide show on my website, editing - repeatedly - the video and uploading to sites, it is now back to finishing the sequel to Just Us Two. (Just Us Two:Chasing Rainbows). I think I will stick with that sub-title.
Have started to read more Creative Writing Books from Aber Publishing . Starting to Write and Writing Science Fiction. Watch out for the reviews.

Monday, 13 December 2010

A successful Author's Day and Book Fair at the Quay Hotel Deganwy

Saturday December 11th 2010 and we are setting off early for a quiet drive to Deganwy, the venue for what proved to be a very successful and enjoyable Author's Day and Book Fair. Organised by author Jean Mead The event was sponsored by the 5Star Quay Hotel and Spa, Deganwy which overlooks the Marina on one side and Conwy Estuary on the other. A perfect setting as the event was held upstairs in the beautiful conference room which afforded a panoramic view of the estuary and Conwy Castle.
The Colwyn Bay Male Voice Choir entertained us at lunchtime while the excellent, friendly and attentive staff scurried round keeping us supplied with refreshments.
There was a good mix of authors covering different genres supplemented by publishers, which provided a nice friendly atmosphere where we all mixed and chatted. (And picked each other's brains - or should I say bounced off ideas?) In any case it was a good networking opportunity. In the evening many of us met in the bar before enjoying dinner in a private room.
After one an excellent breakfast (where the fruit juices are served from those bottles with the flip stopper and a clip wire which I haven't seen since I was a child and what a nice feature) we headed back home with plans to stop off at Petrolheads Cafe Bar on the A548 at Bagillt. We were so full after that breakfast that we abandoned ideas of a Sunday Roast and settled for a Pork Bap with apple sauce and stuffing.
All in all a perfect weekend. Photos on the  Discover-Rosalie website with a video following as soon as I can 'cook' it.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Deganwy Author's Day and Book Fair. This Saturday Dec 11th.

Temperatures are rising and weather improving in time for the exciting new Deganwy Author's Day and Book Fair at the Quay Hotel this Saturday Dec 11th. Time? 10-4. I am signing copies of Just Us Two -a special Christmas present (or 'Just for You') in the Conference Suite. In the Tegid Suite I will be talking about how I came to write Just Us Two and reading short excerpts of our exciting adventures. Don't miss a lovely day out in Deganwy on the Conwy Estuary. Looking forward to meeting you.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Monday, 6 December 2010

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Book Events and Parties

Had a wonderful weekend in spite of the icy weather. After the success of last week's book event at Petrolheads Cafe Milk Bar, we mosied down to the West Midlands to join Centre Wings at their Christmas Party. Had a fab time meeting the Andorra crowd and other Gold Wingers. All systems go now for next weeks BIG event - the Degabwy Author's day and Book Event on Saturday (Dec.11th).
The theme is 'a signed copy is the perfect gift. If you can't make it then still time to but Just Us Two as a present or Just for You from Author House Bookstore in UK  or Author House Bookstore in US You can also follow the links on Rosalie's website Discover-Rosalie  for other favourite booksellers.
Rosalie xx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Review of Kate Walker's 12 point Guide to Writing Romance (Aber Writers Guides) 3rd Edition

This is an invaluable book. Actually, as Kate explains at the outset it is more than a ‘guide’. It is a whole learning programme packed neatly into a manageable size book. Pick up and put down at will.
The book addresses the various ingredients or elements which make up a story. I feel that many of the disciplines which Kate includes in her guide are applicable in general to other genres of writing.
Of great interest and value is the section on practicalities from an editorial & publisher’s viewpoint which cover such things as word count (a different calculation method in USvUK), synopsis, query letter etc.
Each chapter concentrates on one theme ending with a series of searching questions for self-reflection followed by some exercises. A couple of lines to make notes and jot down thoughts before expanding later would have enhanced this section. However this is a minor point and does not detract from the excellence of the book. I found the sections which describe the various elements of different lines of published romance very helpful as were insights into other author’s experiences.
Published by  Aber Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1842851289

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Winter Wonderland

My little corner of NorthWales has escaped the worst of the snow. Roads cleared a bit yesterday but the garden looks as if it has been 'iced' today. Snowballs best kept away from 'people and property' though.
'Just Us Two:The Sequel' coming along nicely. Having toyed with a few bylines, 'The Sequel' keeps coming back to mind so I will stick with that.
More travel adventures,more dreams coming true,all centred around my love-hate relationship with a SatNav (the invisible passenger) and compromises ...
Intrigued? All will be revealed in early 2011.

Take Care in the snow.

Rosalie xx