Sell or Repel?

The power of words

We all know the power of words right? Words are what we work with, they make up our DNA as writers. We spend so long writing and editing but how long do we spend as long getting the right title for our books?

Sell or Repel– I set this as my headline as I wanted you to be intrigued.I also wanted it to convey a bit about the content. No it’s not about dating!

The title you choose will either help to sell your novel to the reader or it will repel them, no pressure!

Deciding on a title for your precious work can be hard. Everyone you ask will have their own version of the truth which may/may not be helpful.

I do not posses any great secret about how to find that blockbuster title. All I offer are pointers to help you travel along the road. Which turning you take is up to you.FullSizeRenderSo here are some tips that have helped me: Continue reading “Sell or Repel?”

The Art of Self Promotion in 2016

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The end of the holiday season is upon us and as is the norm, reflection has set in at Fitton towers. One thing I know I’m very good at is promoting others. It was after all my day job for the best part of my career and I have to say (modestly) I was reasonably good at it. Self promotion however is a different type of fish. Whilst I can confidently and believably promote others I seem to struggle with promoting myself. Writing is something that feels natural, promoting myself to others does not. Those who are gifted with insights into the working minds of a writer or the British for that matter (yes we are all a bit too polite and terribly well mannered… well most of us) will probably have a lot to say on the matter, I do not. However I am conscious of the fact it is necessary if I want anyone to read my books. It set me to thinking -what are the key steps needed to move yourself into the arena of awareness as a self published author? Continue reading “The Art of Self Promotion in 2016”

Spotlight Author… Diane Burton

I am very pleased to have visiting with me today illustrious author Diane Burton. Diane  manages to combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and The Case of the Bygone Brother, a PI mystery. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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For more info and excerpts from her books you can visit Diane here. Her second Alex O’Hara mystery The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé (An Alex O’Hara Novel)  is now ready for release.


Herewith a taste to whet your appetite… would make an excellent Christmas pressie…



Alex O’Hara wants to take her investigation agency in a new direction—background checks for potential spouses. She hopes this new case will do the trick when a high-powered executive asks for info on her new boyfriend. Is the man she met on a cruise her Mr. Right or is he too good to be true? On the same day, Alex gets another case—finding a deadbeat dad. And both women want to double her rates so she’ll give them highest priority. She can’t believe her luck. Her finances are on the upswing. If only Nick Palzetti was around to share her good news. He disappeared on Christmas Eve, and she hasn’t heard from him in almost three months. But glitchy phones and no internet bring everything to a screeching halt.

Herewith a wonderful excerpt to give you a feel for the book:

“Dottie Matthews said you’re the best at finding people.” Perched on the visitor chair in my office, Stephanie Voorhees clutched her purse.

The old saying “When it rains, it pours” was true. I mean, when did I ever get two cases on the same day? Nora Finley in the morning, and Stephanie Voorhees late in the afternoon. I should have stopped the woman from pouring out her story, but she’d said the magic words. Dottie Matthews.

“You need to find that deadbeat who hasn’t paid child support in two years. My kids—his kids—need new shoes. Boots, too. And snowsuits don’t grow on trees. My God, you can’t believe how fast they outgrow their clothes.”

“Have you gone to the police? They are vigilant about making deadbeat dads pay what the court has mandated.”

If her kids needed new shoes and winter coats, she shouldn’t be shelling out money to hire an investigator.

“Mrs. Voorhees, Michigan—”

“It’s Ms. I’ve taken back my maiden name.”

“Ms. Voorhees, Michigan has zero tolerance for fathers who don’t pay child support. I can give you information on how to—”

“I’ve already done all that.” She cut me off again. “I want action, and I don’t see it from the Bloomfield Hills police. That’s where we lived when he left us. I want you to find that bastard.”

“Right now, I can’t take on another case. I—”

Her eyes filled with tears. Were they real or a practiced reaction? “B-But, why . . .”

What did I do to deserve this? A windfall—two emotion-packed cases—when I didn’t have time to devote to either.

“Ms. Voorhees, Stephanie. I can’t devote the time necessary to do justice to your case. Perhaps next month—”

She tried to stifle a gasp. “A month?”

Oh, hell. She looked so crestfallen, I added, “Or three weeks.”

At that, she brightened. Tears miraculously gone. I’d been played. “Three weeks is fine. I mean, it’s not fine but acceptable. I’ve waited this long—nearly two years—what’s a few weeks?”

“Are you sure? I might not be able to—”

“I have faith in you. Dottie Matthews says you’re the best.”

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The Case of the Fabulous Fiancé is available at:

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Stuck for that special gift…



Time for that Christmas plug…. Although not a Christmas book All Tomorrows Parties does pack a punch in the ‘ can’t put it down’ category.The reviews have been so encouraging… Here’s what some of them say:

∗∗∗∗∗ ” Highly entertaining heady brew of romance and thriller which twists and turns and keeps you hooked all the way through”

 ∗∗∗∗∗ ” Fantastic read and thoroughly engaging into the emotional roller-coaster of Laine Marshall’s life. Being an 80’s girl I could picture the clothes & could the hear the music too! Incredible twist after twist towards the end, which I didn’t see coming. Read over 2 days on the sun lounger – perfect holiday book. Agree it would make a fantastic film. Thank you Nicole Fitton and looking forward to another one…”
So if you like to be the first to champion debut authors and like the idea of having your head in a book rather than in a Turkey give All Tomorrow’s Parties a try:
Would make a great stocking filler!

Introducing…..Party For Two by Monique DeVere

Today I am hosting my friend Monique DeVere. Her new book ‘Party For Two’ was released yesterday. Here we discuss life, love and laughter (not necessarily in that order) oh and her new book! To be entered into a competition to win a copy of her new book you can email her here or alternatively add your comment in the comment box along with your email address..

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Monique DeVere is a full-time author of Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance. She also writes Christian Supernatural Suspense movie scripts. She was born on the beautiful island of Barbados, where she grew up on a large plantation with enough wide-open space to let the imagination run free. She moved to the UK as a teen and shortly after met and fell instantly, and irrevocably, in love with her very own strong-silent-type hero. When Monique isn’t writing or spending quality time with her family, she likes to armchair travel to distant and exciting parts of the world. She considers herself to have the best job on earth. Continue reading “Introducing…..Party For Two by Monique DeVere”

Say hello to Monique DeVere…..


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I’m excited to let you all know that on Thursday December 3rd my friend and fellow author Monique DeVere will be a featured author on my blog. Her new book Party for Two is released on December 2nd and she is stopping by to give me the heads up on life,love and laughter! If you can’t wait until Thursday you can have a sneaky peek and pre order Party for Two on Amazon for just 99p. See you Thursday!!

FREE Kindle Ebook on Plotting – Nov 27 – Nov 29



I wanted to share this for my author friend Alicia Dean, a great book & free between Nov 27-Nov 29. What more could you ask for. For those celebrating thanksgiving – Happy Holidays.

AD_cover_jpg_versII.pngEditor and author, Alicia Dean’s FIND THE MAGIC – How to Plot a Story in 10 Easy Steps is FREE through Amazon Kindle for a LIMITED Time:

Friday, November 27th through Sunday, November 29th

PLUS, her suspense novel used for examples in the book, WITHOUT MERCY, is on sale for $2.99 (free with Kindle Unlimited)

Click here to get your FREE kindle copy of Find the Magic :

Click here to purchase Without Mercy for $2.99:

Comments from reviews for Find the Magic:

“This book is exactly what I had been looking for. I am finally able to organise my 60,000 word novel, structure it, work out the theme and basically be able to finish it after putting it off for 2 years.”

“Includes some show and tell examples for clear understanding of the concepts presented. Will be one of my go-to reference books.”

“Excellent book. Simple, understandable guidelines that even I can follow.”

“This is the best guideline I’ve ever seen on how to get started with writing a novel.”

“Find the Magic will help you get that book written, and Alicia Dean is a master at explaining and encouraging from page one … all the way to the end.”

“I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously pursuing a publishing career in fiction.”

“Her examples are excellent and I especially liked her ‘Extra Nuggets’ at the end of each chapter. Whether you’re beginner or advanced, this little book is a gem.”

About Alicia:

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.

In addition to being an author of more than twenty-five published works, Alicia is both a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press, under the name, Ally Robertson, in their suspense line.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.


Find Alicia here:







Congratulations…. And the winner is…..

October 2015 Competition
October 2015 Competition

Hearty congrats to Ms S Hadlow & Ms J Fryer who entered the October competition to win a copy of All Tomorrow’s Parties. Signed copies of my book are winging their way to you as I write.
Look out for the December comp which will add to the festive cheer! ( that and a glass of Prosecco I think may do the trick!).