Sunday, 14 February 2010


Loves Me, Loves Me Not Launch in Paignton, Devon

By Linda Mitchelmore and Margaret James

As contributors to the RNA’s golden anniversary anthology of short stories, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, we were delighted to be invited to the Torbay Bookshop in Paignton to meet readers and other writers, and to sign copies of LMLMN.

Although Monday February 8th was as cold and wet as most English winter evenings, dozens of people turned up to see us and buy books. Torbay bookshop owners Sarah and Matthew made us very welcome indeed, and provided wine and fruit juice for everyone, even Linda’s little grandson, who was as good as gold, and is obviously going to grow up to become a great reader!

The Torbay bookshop is one of the most successful and most highly-regarded independent booksellers in the whole of the UK, and we were delighted to be able to take part in an event in such a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Carole Matthews drops in for a chat

Hurrah! The paperback of Loves Me, Loves Me Not is going to be on the shelves and not a moment too soon. February is just the perfect month for curling up on the sofa, preferably under a fluffy blanky, with a mug of hot chocolate and a great book.

And, believe me, this collection of short stories is a cracker. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down. You’ll be begging for five inches of snow again just so you can stay tucked up in the house to read. Just joking!

I’ve already dipped into the stories and particularly enjoyed the one by Joanna Trollope - who never disappoints - and Elizabeth Chadwick whose tale is a masterclass in short story telling. The art of the short story is much under-rated and I love the way you just get a little snippet of someone’s life and are always left wanting more. It’s also lovely to see all these terrific romance writers snuggled between the covers together.

Aren’t we lucky to have such fabulous proliferation of romance writers in this country? Romance is dead? Pshish. Don’t you believe it. As far as I’m concerned it’s alive and well and thousands of discerning readers agree. When everything else is doom and gloom, isn’t it lovely to escape into the arms of a wonderful, romantic hero? Works for me everytime! Even if you’ve started the year on a money diet (the thought of giving up chocolate and wine has long gone) paperbacks are still such incredible value. For the price of a bottle of plonk you can have hours of entertainment – and you’ll also be able to remember what you did the next day. So go out and buy Loves Me, Loves Me Not – you know you want to!