Category Archives: Jude’s Posts

Taking stock and moving on

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, winter has arrived with a vengeance. We had an extended summer, about a week of autumn then bang. Or rather, blow. And rain, and snow, and cold — oh the cold. I’ve been hunkered down … Continue reading

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New book, new everything

I’ve been busy, busy, busy. The third novel in my historical series, The Golden Redepennings, is on prerelease, and due for publication on 22 May, so it seemed a good time to update my visual branding across cyberspace (well, across … Continue reading

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A few reasons why I read and write romance

“I like reading novels because it provides insight into human behaviour.” (Claire Danes) We learn about people by meeting them; by watching them. In historical novels, the people we meet face different challenges to our own, have been moulded by a … Continue reading

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Holidays, Holydays, Carnivals, Festivals, and Vacations

This past fortnight, we have been on holiday, meeting relatives in Rotorua for our annual holiday together, taking friends from the United States on a tour of the North Island of our lovely country, and now entertaining relatives in our … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about sex

It’s a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, I’ve had readers comment approvingly about a story of mine that has no sex in it. And I worry about whether they think that’s a promise for the next one, … Continue reading

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THE END is the start of a new beginning

Typing those magical words THE END on the current work-in-progress is a wonderful feeling, especially when it is a full-length novel that has been in gestation for more than a year, counting character sketches, thinking about the plot, researching facts … Continue reading

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Christmas is coming…

We are made for festival and ritual, we human beings. We inherit traditions. We adapt them to our needs. We make up our own. Putting out grass for the reindeer on Christmas Eve is an innovation one year and by … Continue reading

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