Susan Leona Fisher's Blog

November 30, 2018

If you’ve followed my story, you’ll know that, early on in my journey into writing, I was a member of the UK’s Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers’ Scheme for 4 years. This annual scheme allows a limited number of unpublished writers to submit a manuscript for assessment and feedback. Enrolment generally opens in January each year, so the 2019 scheme is about to get going. If you are a budding romance writer in the UK and want to know more, here’s a link to the relevant section of the RNA’s website.

https://romanticnovelistsassociation....

This describes the arrangements for last year (2018) so it may be slightly different for 2019. It includes a link to the NWS organiser if you have any questions about the scheme.

Don't forget there are also agencies that specialise in giving feedback. Search "manuscript assessment UK" to see some of them.
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Published on November 30, 2018 04:48 • 2 views • Tags: help-for-new-writers

September 17, 2018

My thanks to everyone who has responded so positively to the launch of “The rise and fall of Violet Douglas Pennant”, especially if you bought it. Now there’s a free PDF to accompany the book. Download “vdp_illustrated.pdf” to see over 100 people and 30 places mentioned in the book, set out chapter by chapter. Find it on the HOME page of author's website, www.SLFisherAuthor.co.uk and click “Download File” (file size c8MB).
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Published on September 17, 2018 12:05 • 2 views

August 6, 2018

It is 100 years since, on August 28th 1918, the Honourable Violet Douglas Pennant was summarily dismissed from her post as Commandant of the Women’s Royal Air Force after 14 weeks in post. Instant dismissal was only used in cases of gross misconduct. What had she done? She demanded answers. Read her story in “The Rise and Fall of Violet Douglas Pennant” by Susan Leona Fisher, a biography, very accessible, written in the style of historical fiction. Available now in print on Amazon books or as e-book on Kindle.
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Published on August 06, 2018 05:07 • 15 views • Tags: political-biography, violet-douglas-pennant, women-s-royal-air-force, world-war-1

February 8, 2018

Fellow members of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association will know this is the exciting time of the year when finalists for Romantic Novel of the Year are announced. Find the shortlisted books for 2018 in the various categories at
http://romanticnovelistsassociation.o...
If you like romance it’s an ideal opportunity to check out some good reads and perhaps try out a new author or two. Section winners and the overall winning book get announced at a gala evening on 5 March. Delighted to say this year’s short list includes my own “A Master of Litigation”.
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Published on February 08, 2018 03:51 • 162 views

December 20, 2017

For some time now – almost ten years in fact – I’ve been researching the life of a particular Lady (an Honourable) with a view to telling her story. So for the past few months thoughts of romance writing have been put to one side as at last the story takes shape, my first attempt at “bio-fiction” or “historical faction” (have I made those labels up?). Trouble is I keep getting diverted into yet more sources – know the feeling, the main thing I know is how little I know, as some ancient philosopher once said. But at last it is taking shape and I’m really enjoying the writing. More later when I’m clearer on publication date or check my website www.SLFisherAuthor.co.uk
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Published on December 20, 2017 01:23 • 19 views • Tags: greetings-and-news-update

October 25, 2017

When I took up historical research eight years ago, I developed much admiration for the bravery and sacrifice of women who worked behind enemy lines in war. What a contrast between that and the relative affluence of today. So I created a modern ambitious woman set on making a success of her career, who discovers a now dead relative, whom she never knew. As she uncovers the truth about this lady’s life, it changes her attitudes and her priorities. Read her story in “The Year I Found Great Aunt Alice”, available on Kindle or in print, and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway for a chance to win a free copy. See www.SLFisherAuthor.co.uk for more.
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Published on October 25, 2017 00:21 • 8 views • Tags: new-giveaway

September 8, 2017

One of my last jobs before I retired from paid work was as caretaker of a holiday let cottage in the Dales. This short story, SNOW PICNIC, draws on some of my experiences, although I didn’t meet a handsome hunk in a snow storm. If I had he’d have mistaken me for his great aunt or some such. It’s a winter comfort read. Go to the BOOKS page of my website www.SLFisherAuthor.co.uk and download for free.
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Published on September 08, 2017 00:42 • 9 views • Tags: free-short-story

August 16, 2017

Missed out on the 3 previous Regency Master Giveaways? Your chance to win all three at once. Enter between 17th August and 7th September to win the full set in print: A Master of Speculation + A Master of Industry + A Master of Litigation.
Set in the repressive, volatile period immediately after Waterloo, three strong-willed men each face a different challenge:
#1 Captain Jack Granville risks all his accumulated wealth in a dangerous errand of mercy. Will he return to claim the hand of the woman who holds the key to his future happiness and well-being?
#2 Lord Somerton, confronted by an upstart governess about factory safety, negotiates a bargain with her, little knowing where it will lead.
#3 Successful barrister, Sir Thomas Carnforth, takes on the establishment to defend radical protesters. He’s not in the business of protecting society girls from arranged marriages … until a certain young lady seeks his help.
Good luck. (Also available on Kindle for 99p/99c or free to KDP Select subscribers)
See www.SLFisherAuthor.co.uk for more.
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Published on August 16, 2017 09:56 • 30 views

August 5, 2017

Have just celebrated four years since my first publication and the launch of my website. Thank you to readers for all your support. See www.SLFisherAuthor.co.uk for more.
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Published on August 05, 2017 04:02 • 35 views • Tags: thank-you-to-readers

July 23, 2017

Took my Kindle with me on a recent holiday, being my only concession to electronics as we went totally WiFi-free for two weeks, slowed the pace of life and enjoyed wandering through flower meadows and clouds of butterflies in some beautiful parts of Switzerland. I read Wilkie Collins’ “The Woman in White” for the first time and really enjoyed the way he built the evidence using the contributions given by various “witnesses” in the case. Also read one of Dickens detective stories, rather apt as the two of them were apparently friends and collaborators in mid-Victorian times. Now home and back to paper books, currently re-reading Rachel Joyce’s “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” ready for next week’s book group and enjoying it even more than the first time. The timing couldn’t be better as our recent holiday was a walking one, covering around 8 miles a day from one B&B to the next, so I really identify with Harold’s feet!
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Published on July 23, 2017 00:39 • 19 views • Tags: holiday-reading