Happy New Year and Happy Publication Day to Linda Mitchelmore!

The Christmas and New Year celebrations may be over but at least there’s still a year of Choc Lit novels ahead of you! Linda Mitchelmore is our first release of the year with Emma and Her Daughter (part three of her ‘Emma’ series) which is out TODAY! To celebrate, she talks new year’s resolutions on the Choc Lit corner  …

dscn03881It’s been a long, long time since I wrote a list of New Year Resolutions. I’ve been there, done that, failed miserably – were it a mark-able exercise I’d have got a D- every single time. Every January the first the list would be the same:-

  1. Lose weight
  2. Drink less wine (and everything else with an alcohol content)
  3. Exercise more
  4. Watch less TV
  5. Say ‘No!’ to things I really, really don’t want to do but which I feel I should
  6. Try a new experience – kayaking, Salsa dancing, playing chess – every month

Yawn, yawn, yawn. All very worthy but dull, dull, dull. When I became a writer there were other worthy things added to my list.

  1. Write 1000 (substitute number of choice) words every day
  2. Grow thicker skin to cope with rejection
  3. Send something out to a magazine/newspaper/agent/publisher every week
  4. Try writing in a genre that isn’t your preferred scenario

ARE YOU STILL AWAKE???? It’s all a bit mind-numbing, isn’t it? Doomed before we start. Why do we persevere? What’s the point? It’s like wearing sack cloth and ashes 24/7 and there are nicer things to wear than sacks.

If you’re going to make a list of resolutions you just know you’re unlikely to achieve then why not write something you KNOW you haven’t got a snowball’s chance in hell of achieving? You’ve already accepted failure, haven’t you? A bit of a spoof on it all. A little dalliance with fantasy. The list could go something like this:-

  1. Next time Liam Neeson (substitute celeb pash of choice) rings up and asks you over to his, telling you to bring nothing but your lovely self and a toothbrush, say ‘Yes!’ and go.
  2. Sell every single thing you own that’s portable and buy diamonds with the proceeds
  3. Wear nothing in bed/when gardening/to the supermarket but above diamonds
  4. Ring the BBC and tell them you’re offering them first refusal on the rights to make a mini series of your novel
  5. Ring the BBC again to thank them for their acceptance and say you will do the scriptwriting, or else!
  6. Get an alligator for a …

You get my drift. But hang on … do I feel a novel coming on? How many words

A day was it I said, I’d do? Bye for now. Toodlepip …

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Happy 2014! I hope she’s handled you with silk gloves thus far.

I’ve learned that January 6th is the day many give up on their New Year’s pledges. How have you got on?

I’m not one for making resolutions on the 1st of January. I’m more of an anytime resolver. If something needs to happen, why wait? Of course this is personal preference, and probably a symptom of impatience. That’s me.

My current statement of intent is to write Book 3 within nine months, starting from today. With my left arm encased in an above-elbow cast following wrist surgery, it’s more of a dare than an anytime resolution, but the truth is I love a challenge.

In some respect, every time we make a resolution, we’re playing truth or dare, aren’t we?TOD_FRONT large

In 1989, twenty-two-year-old Kate Blair, the heroine in ‘Truth or Dare?’, resolves to change by welcoming passion and romance into her life. She believes that with stability and love as her foundations, everything in her chaotic and testing world will settle into place. And Kate needs order to survive.

It’s a huge ask, but with Rosie Jenkins, her best friend, spurring her on, Kate is optimistic she’ll reach the new decade a changed woman. It’s the degree of change she doesn’t calculate.

Is Kate up to the challenge? Or should she have taken a more manageable, bite-sized approach? Will her friend support her, whatever happens?

When I resolved to ‘write that book that’s in me’, I received, and continue to receive, amazing support from family and friends, and although by nature I am a determined, some say bloody-minded woman, I wouldn’t want to be without their belief. It inspires me to keep going. Cheering from the side lines and waving of the team pompoms is always welcomed, and greatly and genuinely appreciated.

So, here I am, wishing you a wonderful year and cheering you on in your endeavours. If you’ve resolved to take up spinning classes, ease up on the ale, or eat less chocolate, keep going. You can do it. I’m waving my pompom with my good arm. You know I am.

And so we’re clear, eating less chocolate is not an option. Not for me.

That’s the truth.

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Christina Courtenay – Promises, promises …

photo21It’s the beginning of a new year and we’re all relaxed and refreshed from the Christmas holidays, right? Or is it more a case of feeling relieved that it’s all over and now we can go back to normal? My poor abused digestive system would probably say it’s the latter, which can only mean one thing – I feel a new year’s resolution coming on …

Every year I swear I’m not going to make any, but I always end up doing it anyway. I don’t know why, perhaps I just get caught up in the general feeling that the beginning of a new year heralds change so that must mean I have to make some changes too. For example, I should be more organised, I must start work on the next novel again, I ought to stop scoffing chocolates every time I pass the fridge, tweet more, blog more, etc etc

Of course it’s possible to make the list endless, but it’s probably more productive to keep it short and do-able. So I’m going to settle for the first three points and we’ll see how long I manage to stick to them.

How about you, have you made any resolutions and if so, how determined are you to stick to them?

Happy New Year!