Joanne Phillips



#RomancingSeptember Day 19 Cupid’s Way by @joannegphillips #books

Today it’s my turn to be part of Romancing September – you can read more about Cupid’s Way over on Rosie Amber’s lovely blog right now …

Source: #RomancingSeptember Day 19 Cupid’s Way by @joannegphillips #books

A Bit of Fun – Impromptu Singing Session with Chris Howard

It’s nice to take a break from all things writing and share with you some fun I had this week when my cover designer and best friend, Chris Howard, came to visit. Chris is also an accomplished guitarist, so imagine my excitement when he brought his guitar with him! Now, I am far from an accomplished singer (!) … as you’ll see/hear in the video below … but I love to bang out a tune or two, just for fun, and here I am torturing singing the ace country hit ‘Jolene’.

Honestly, it was the best fun I’ve had in ages, and thanks to Chris for putting up with me :) I don’t think the record producers will be beating a path to my door, but if you’d like to see Chris in action again, he’s performing this weekend at the Free Spirit festival in Milton Keynes.

Beta Readers Needed for A Date With Death

Una Cita con la Muerte – this is the title of the movie which is being made in the new Flora Lively mystery. It translates from Spanish to A Date With Death … I’m putting out the call today for beta readers who can read the book in two weeks between Monday 18th October and Friday 24th October. There are no special skills needed – just a willingness to feedback honestly what you feel works and what might not work so well. And it helps if you love mysteries, and/or read and enjoyed the first Flora Lively book, Murder at the Maples.

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It would be really super-fab if I could find someone who speaks Spanish to beta-read the book as well. There are a few Spanish words and phrases, and while I have been rigorous in my translations, it would be great to have someone scan these for authenticity in context. If anyone has a Spanish-speaking friend they could put me in touch with that would be great. I could put the Spanish-containing bits into a separate document so they wouldn’t have to read the whole thing.

I love this stage of producing a book. The first draft is completed, and now it’s just polishing and re-drafting and editing. Now I start to really know the characters – and they are a pretty mad bunch, I can tell you! A Date With Death is a mystery more in line with a traditional Agatha Christie-esque structure – a bunch of potential suspects, all holed-up together in a manor house, with lots of twists and turns and surprises. And red herrings, of course ;)

Next week I’ll be posting up an excerpt from the first chapter, so watch out for that. And if you are interested in beta reading, either leave a comment in the boxes below or email me on joannephillipsmail (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Story of Slur

Joanne Phillips:

My great friend Diane Mannion is launching her new book today – check it out here and join her launch party. You can also win a signed copy of Can’t Live Without in a special 5-book package prize from Diane’s Fab Five authors. (Loving that cover!)

Book Cover

Originally posted on Heather Burnside Author:

The party’s started so grab yourself a cuppa and crack open the biscuits – we’ll save the wine and nibbles till later. I thought I’d start by letting you know what we’ve got lined up before telling you a little bit about the book. In fact, SLUR will be telling its own tale, and I have to warn you that with all this attention it’s become the diva of the book world.


We’ll be running some fun quizzes throughout the day and are offering great prizes (more about that below). All quiz answers should be sent by email to We’ll also be publishing updates during the day so if you want to receive the updates by email, just follow this blog by clicking the box marked ‘follow’ to the right of the screen.

Where to Buy SLUR

SLUR is available from Amazon in both Kindle format priced at £1.99…

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