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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Drop by and be in to win...

My guest post is now live on Regan Walker's HISTORICAL ROMANCE REVIEWS blog. Here's a snippet below...

Guest Blogger Jayne Castel, author of Anglo-Saxon Romances


Welcome with me today Jayne Castel, author of romances set in Anglo-Saxon England, who is coming to us from New Zealand. Do comment on her post (and leave your email) to be entered to win her book The Deepening Night! 

After studying Old English language and Medieval English history at University, she developed a passion for the history, culture and language of Anglo-Saxon England. She loves setting historical romance in this vibrant, gritty era. HerKingdom Of The East Angles series, set in 7th Century Anglo-Saxon England, spans a decade and the reigns of three kings: Raedwald, Sigeberht and Annan (Dark Under Cover of Night, Nightfall till Daybreak and The Deepening Night.) I’ve asked her to join us to talk about that time in England’s history.

Read more, and enter the contest on Regan's blog!

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Monday, 19 January 2015

The Breaking Dawn - first draft nearly complete

Writing is a long process - and (for me, at least), the most enjoyable part of it is writing the first draft. There's a magic in seeing the story unfold. I always loosely plan my novels before writing them - but I make sure I leave room for my characters to 'take over'.

THE BREAKING DAWN is nearly done, and I will be sad when it is.

Once the first draft is written, I do a thorough read-through and then the editing process begins. This can be anything from three to five drafts - depending on how many 'issues' my editor highlights with the story.

Shortly after that, I begin to wonder why I bother writing at all. Fortunately, that feeling soon passes and I roll up my sleeves and do the work needed to make the story as strong as it can be. Then, once the editing process is done, the proofing begins - a tedious but incredibly important stage.

While all of the above is taking place, I usually start dreaming about my next story, and the moment I hit the 'publish' button on Amazon KDP, I am itching to get started on my next writing project.

It's a never-ending process. You dream about a story. You write it, edit it and polish it - and then send it out into the world for others to enjoy. Sometimes I get so caught up in my latest project, that I forget about the books I have already written.

However, I do try not to neglect them. My last novel, THE DEEPENING NIGHT, has been well-received, and a recent Amazon giveaway helped get the novel noticed by historical romance fans.

Take a look at my latest review for THE DEEPENING NIGHT, up on Regan Walker's Historical Romance Review blog.

Tomorrow (21 January 2015), I'll be Regan's guest blogger, with a post all about Anglo-Saxon England, so keep an eye out for it - you could be in to win a free Kindle copy of the book!



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Would you like to read a prequel novella to the KINGDOM OF THE EAST ANGLES series for free?


Sign up to Jayne's monthly newsletter and receive a FREE copy of NIGHT SHADOWS (PDF format). Newsletter subscribers will also get sneak previews of upcoming novels, behind the scenes 'extras', snippets about Anglo-Saxon England, and podcasts from Jayne!