Wanted – One New Member!

Loveahappyending.com is looking for one new Member!


Yes? But have you heard that we are looking for one more author to join us?

 That could be YOU!

Have YOU bought your ticket for a Summer Audience yet http://loveahappyending.org/buy-tickets-now? 17 authors, a full programme of speakers and an address by celebrated author
Jeannie Johnson

If you are a reader, writer or even a


published author, then you will LOVE

A Summer Audience on 16 June 2012

Being held at:
Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury, Gloucestershire

It’s a day of talks that will interest everyone who loves books – from branding and publishing, through to an insight into some very personal writing journeys. Readings from a wide range of genres, mini-workshops and mingling. A fun summer day out, that we hope will encourage a few new writers to begin their journey and for the more experienced to hear other new authors sharing their knowledge. But also for avid readers who are interested in getting a glimpse of the before and after life of a published novel.
loveahappyending.com has 30 featured authors who were hand-picked and ‘invited’ to be members of our group … but we are marking our first ever event in a very special way – we are looking for our 31st author!

One lucky ticket holder who enters our ‘No. 31 Competition’ by 6 June 2012 will be chosen to join our group and become a loveahappyending.com featured author.

1. Purchase a ticket; one entry per person and a ticket number MUST be provided
2. Open to new writers and published authors alike, who are keen to join a mutually supportive and active group to promote each other’s work
3. Applicants must have a Twitter and FB account and be active on social media on a regular basis. This is a 100% active group
4. Entry requirements are listed below and must be received by midnight on 6 June 2012. Entries after that time may not be considered
5. A panel of loveahappyending.com members will pick the winner and their decision will be final
6. Please click through to read our website rules and confirm in your Email that you are happy to accept those rules if you are offered a place.
How to apply –
Send a short Email to : loveahappyend@gmail.com with the following
Name (if you use a pen name please supply your real name as well) Ticket number Country in which you live Genre/genres in which you write What have you written to date? Please list titles; if you are working on your first manuscript indicate when you expect to complete it Do you have a blog/website? Please insert URL Your Twitter A/C: @name

Answer the question ‘Why would you like to join our group’ – just a short paragraph Confirm you have read and agree the website rules
You will receive an automatic response confirming your Email has been safely received. Please note that this is a Inbox

And to those who enter – good luck, we can’t wait to see who will be joining
our wonderfully supportive group of Authors and Associate Readers!


Lucky 7: Seven lines from new works

I’ve been tagged by my Scottish crime-writer friend, Chris Longmuir. So there are the rules for Lucky 7: Seven lines from new works.

  • Go to page 77 of your current MS or WIP
  • Go to line 7
  • Copy the next 7 lines, sentences or paragraphs and post them as they’re written
  • Tag 7 more writers and let them know.

So here are my seven lines…

Mrs. MacDonald patted Letitia’s knee. “I’ll get us some tea. Hot and sweet is what you need.”

“I need more than tea! I need that awful girl out from under Weetshill’s roof.”

“Dinnae worry that pretty face o’ yours. We’ll work it out betwixt us.”


Robert entered the great hall to see his grandfather lifting the lid on the bench. He didn’t know until that moment that the piece of furniture held a place to keep secrets.

I’m passing the torch and tagging the following authors:

@LinnBHalton Linn B Halton

@WellsNicky Romance That Rocks Your World

@RosemaryGemmell Romancing History

@MandyBaggot Mandy Baggot

@TalliRoland Talli Roland

@sherylbrowne Sheryl Browne

@carver22 Bill Kirton

Versatile Blogger Award

I’m happy to announce that for the second time, I’ve received the “Versatile Blogger Award” – this time from fellow loveahappyending.com Associate Reader, Susan Livingston. You can find out more about Susan and the authors she supports on her Associate Reader page.

Now for seven things about me… I tried to make them different from the ones I used the first time I received this award.

1. My debut novel, “A Shadow in the Past” will be released in September 2012. It’s been a long time in the making. It originally started as an overgrown short story back in late 1999 – early 2000 and until last year, was known as Sarah’s Gift. Even now, I refer to it by that title. My publisher is 4RV Publishing LLC and they’re a great house to be with.

2. I love animals and have had pets almost all of my life. Currently I have a large dog (cross between a lab & black and tan hound) who I’ve nicknamed “the alarm dog”. Who needs an alarm clock when you have him? Now, if I could only train him to have a lie-in on the weekends or when I’m on vacation.

3. Since June 2011, I’ve been an associate reader at loveahappyending.com. I’m a member of “Team Horton”, and support Chris Longmuir (my Scottish Crime writer friend who I’ve known since 2001) and Harry Leslie Smith.

4. I have two grown children – boy and girl – millionaire’s family they say. Too bad I didn’t have the millions but that’s another story.

5. I’m a grandmother to three boys – 15, 13 and 11 (all courtesy of my daughter). The oldest lives with my husband and me. I’m now also step-grandmother to a wee girl of 3 and a boy of 9 – again thanks to my daughter. These kiddies are her partner’s.

6. When my husband (also referred to in the loveahappyending circles as Mr MR-K) first met, I wasn’t keen on him. I was in my last year of secondary school. Our paths crossed the following year when I started college and within six months we were engaged and in June 1975 (June 7th – my grandmother’s birthday) we were married.

7. The first time I had “curry” was in Scotland. It was in 2001 when I went to “Schmooze with Royalty”. My husband and cousin and I stayed in the Bed and Breakfast in Quarriers Village (used to be The Orphan Homes of Scotland where my father was raised). The then Chief Executive and his wife invited us to their house and we had Indian food. Shall we say they created a monster? I love it and cook it frequently.

Well that’s all about me. Now to bestow this award on seven other folks.

Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap – Vivian Zabel (my wonderful publisher over at 4RV)
Bill Kirton – (one of my virtual Scottish writer friends)
Scribbles – Pauline Barclay (another one of my virtual writer friends)
Books-to-remember – Ananda (another Associate Reader over at loveahappyending.com
Sheryl’s Ramblings – Sheryl Browne (author of romantic comedy and featured author at loveahappyending.com)
Talli Roland – native Canadian transplanted to the UK and loads of fun to follow
and finally…
Flights of Imagination – Ros Gemmell (if it wasn’t for Ros, I wouldn’t have known about the online writers’ conference where I successfully pitched my novel)

Now to get off and notify these wonderful folks that I’ve passed this award on to them… and have a bite of supper.