Joanne Phillips

A Writers Journey



Echoes of Time – WIN a paperback of brand new Guernsey novel

Regular blog readers will be familiar with ace novelist Anne Allen, author of the much-loved Guernsey novels, the fifth of which is out tomorrow.

If you haven’t discovered Anne’s books yet you’re in for a treat – and isn’t it awesome when you find a new author with a whole back-catalogue of books to catch up with? I just love it when that happens. The timing is perfect, as the first three books in the series are on offer for 99p/99c each from 12th-19th August.

What’s even more exciting is that Anne is giving away a paperback copy of her new book, Echoes of Time, to one lucky winner from my blog! All you have to do is share this post, on Facebook or Twitter, and leave a comment. (Paperback copy to UK entries, Kindle copy to rest of world.) The lucky winner will be picked at random in two week’s time.

Echoes of Time  3D Cover

Meanwhile, let’s find out more about the new book:

Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake. Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer- but there’s a price to pay. . .

Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past.  She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…

Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive. Thrown together in a bid to find out what really happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?

Echoes of Time is out tomorrow, but is available for pre-order right now by clicking here. Anne’s off on a tour of Guernsey to promote the new novel, and she’s promised to come back and tell us all about it soon, with photos! Good luck, Anne.

Why Every Story Needs A Touch Of Romance


Thrilled to be part of the indieBRAG bloghop this week – there’s a list of the other blog stops at the end – and if you haven’t heard of indieBRAG before, now is the time to get better acquainted. The team over at bragmedallion work super-hard for indie authors, and they’ve just unveiled a gorgeous new website, as well as a new rating system for books. But now, on with my special post …

Brag BlogHop

Why Every Story Needs A Touch Of Romance

It’s funny how the romance genre is one of the biggest selling genres in the world, and yet romantic novels are often looked down upon. They’re rarely taken seriously as literature – despite the fact that many of the classics were romances – and romance readers are frequently derided, often in quite subtle ways. But if you take another look, romance is actually EVERYWHERE in fiction. There is no such thing as a genre that does not have a romantic element.

No Such Thing As No Romance

You don’t believe me? It’s true. Take any popular genre and you’ll find romance running through it. Crime fiction? Absolutely. The sub-plot of most crime novels focuses on the love life (or lack of) of the crime-solving hero. Thrillers? Often the romance takes centre stage, with the thriller action revolving around saving the love interest of the hero, or connected in some way to, or affected by, an emotional entanglement. Science fiction … would be meaningless without a good romance to act as a counterpoint to the action. Mysteries, westerns, young adult, fantasy, military, etc – each and every type of novel is improved by having some kind of romantic element.

Does It Have To Be Love?

Of course, the type of romance – and the development of the romance itself – will change depending upon the type of story. It doesn’t have to be love. It can be desire, or unrequited love, or passion, or friendship, or deep mutual regard. It can be fireworks, sizzling hot, or it can be relegated to the sidelines of sub-plot, something to tick over in the background, keeping us interested, wondering what if …? It can be lost love, a maybe-love, forbidden love, marital disharmony, wishing-for-love, never-to-be-found-love. Quiet love over a cup of tea, or the kind of pairing that makes planets collide and saves worlds from destruction. It doesn’t matter what kind of love it is – it just has to be there.

Pure Romance

So do ‘pure romance novelists’ have it easy? I’ve read that the definition of a romance novel is that it is a novel where the plot is driven purely by the romance – by the hero and heroine pursuing their love-relationship – and not by any other plot line. This, of course, is debatable, but most pure romances do follow this fairly loosely. In other genres, even most women’s fiction, the romance is secondary – albeit a close second – to the main plot action. The Romantic Novelists’ Association (of which I am now a proud Independent Member) says: “The trouble with trying to define a romantic novel is that there are so many sub-genres. The words romantic novel cover an amazing variety.” I agree 100%.

So if love makes the world go round, do romance novelists have it easy? Well, it’s not easy – but we sure do have a lot of fun!


February 13  VL Thurman– Delilah Dunnfield the Valentine’s Vamp

February 14  C.L. Talmadge   A Touch of Romance

February 15  Janet Leigh   -Where art thou?

February 16 Lucinda Brant – Autumn Duchess

February 17   Anna Belfrage –The Consequences of eloping with your cousin

February 18      Joanne Phillips-Why Every Story Needs A Touch Of Romance

February 19      K.J. Farnham – Be Still My Heart

Prize & Giveaway

To win a copy of Can’t Live Without simply leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner on February 29th and email you to arrange posting out your prize.

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Click on the indieBRAG Website to enter your chance to win a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card!

Each author is providing a print copy or e-book in the book giveaways, so be sure to visit their websites and comment on their post to enter a chance to win a copy of their book.


  • The chance to enter for the Prize and Giveaways ends February 26. The winner will be given a gift card from Amazon. The prize will be announced on the indieBRAG Website on February 29th. And each author will announce the winner for their giveaways on their sites on February 29.
  • You must be 18 years or Older to participate in the prize & Giveaway.
  • Winner has 48 hours to claim prize and giveaway or a new winner is chosen.





Flora Lively Is On Tour! Check out the schedule and WIN a $10 Amazon voucher

Flora is going on tour for the next fortnight, popping into book blogs all over the US and beyond! Once again my thanks go out to Lori Caswell from Great Escapes Book Tours for organising all of this. This time there are 14 stops on the tour, with a fantastic mix of content for readers old and new.

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Check out the tour schedule below and come along for the ride! There are some fab interviews and guest posts to read, along with reviews and excerpts, and did I mention that you could win a $10 Amazon voucher along the way? It has to go to someone, and it might be you. You get a number of chances to win during every stop on the tour – entering the Rafflecopter is super-easy. And you can start right away by visiting A Blue Million Books where I’m answering some very interesting questions about my writing life …

July 15 – – Interview
July 16 – – Review
July 17 – – Review, Guest Post
July 18 – – Guest Post
July 19 – – Review, Interview
July 20 – – Interview
July 21 – – Guest Post
July 22 – – Review
July 23 – – Spotlight
July 24 – – Guest Post
July 25 – – Interview
July 26 – – Interview
July 27 – – Review, Guest Post
July 28 – – Review

Brilliant Book Signings and A Super Competition

Wow, what a weekend! The book signing event in Whitchurch was a fantastic success, with a real buzz going and readers actually queuing up to get their books signed! Most people bought a copy of each of the Flora Lively mysteries, and the new cover for book one looked awesome in paperback – check out one very proud author on her way out the door to go to the signing …

Book signing before

Dinah Anderson from BookShrop had set the signing table up beautifully – she always goes to so much trouble for her authors, it’s no wonder the events are successful. Many readers had heard about the event from the local papers – coverage was great, check this out …

ADWD newspaper

So, here I am signing books, chatting to readers and generally looking very happy 🙂

Signing ADWD 1

Signing ADWD 2

Signing ADWD 4

Special thanks to Lynsey for the flowers, and to Emma, above, for travelling all the way from Bedfordshire to get her copy of A Date With Death!

All-in-all a great success, and every time I do a signing event more people show up, which is lovely. My husband and I were trying to work out how much it would cost to pay 20 or 30 people to queue up outside the bookshop, with the idea that other people tend to just join queues even if they don’t know what they’re queuing for! We decided it would cost way too much 😉 – but that hopefully one day that wish might be a reality. You never know.

If you couldn’t make it and you’d like to enter a competition to Win a signed copy of A Date With Death, along with lots of other goodies, just pop over to my Facebook Page and enter the competition there.

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Meanwhile, Murder at the Maples continues to do well in the US and UK charts, so thanks again to everyone who downloaded a copy during the recent BookBub promotion. I’m totally fired up to get on with book 3 – The Sign of Seven. Can’t wait to get that cover up there with the others!

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