MuseItUp Flash Fiction In-house contest

Devil Baby, Melbourne Festival 2011

Devil Baby, Melbourne Festival 2011

My publishers are running an in-house flash fiction competition for authors and staff. But you, THE READER, could win an awesome prize. Visit MuseItUp’s mainstream blog to read all the entries and the rules. That’s here: Mariah’s Marriage amazon US Mariah’s Marriage UK Bella’s Betrothal US Bella’s Betrothal UK



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Mariah's Marriage

“I thought it time to break the habit of having women fall at your feet. I am convinced it cannot be good for your character,” she said.

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The manuscript for Mariah’s Marriage, was presented to the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2011. It was critiqued by a published writer, I don’t know who, and returned to me with suggestions. I made changes and trawled it. After Mariah was taken by MuseItUp, I became eligible for full membership of the RNA and she became a contender for the Joan Hessayon award.

The Joan Hessayon Award is supported by Dr David Hessayon in memory of his late wife, Joan, who was a long-standing member of the RNA. There are nine contenders in this year’s crop. You can view us all here:


The award winner will be announced on Thursday 16th May at the RNA’s summer party. Win or lose, the scheme has been wonderful for me and Mariah. I commend it and thank my reader most warmly.


Mariahs Marriage

Clicking open the file containing the cover for your very first novel, is an exciting moment and Mariah’s lovely portrait is a delight. The cover is by Muse artist, CK Volnek.

Mariah’s Marriage is available from Muse on 3rd May, but you can press that Notify Me button on the site, so you don’t miss out. Details of the book are here: