Renee Conoulty


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Narrated by the Author - Online Course

Audiobooks are the fastest growing section of the digital publishing industry but professionally narrated audiobooks come with professional price tags. If you’re considering narrating your own audiobook, then this is the course for you.

I won’t bore you with a list of my expert qualifications because I don’t have any. I’m not a tech wiz. I’m not an actor. I’m an average person, just like you, and if I can do it, then so can you.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

More Than Crocodiles and Cattlemen

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Mel A Rowe. I met Mel at a one-day editing workshop in Darwin. As pretty much the only two genre fiction writers at the very literary-style workshop, we had lots in common and soon became writing buddies. 

Mel was there to cheer me on at the book launch party for my debut novel and I'm so excited to cheer her on with her debut novel! Read on for a little more insight into Darwin life and make sure you check out Mel's Instagram feed - her photos are amazing!

And, of course,  grab yourself a copy of her debut novel, too. It's lots of fun.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Juggling Jobs

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Skye McNeil who has popped in to chat about her busy life and her latest book.

Juggling Jobs
Hello! I’m Skye McNeil and I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. Thank you so much, Renee, for letting me hop on your website today. 
One of the questions I’m asked a lot is “Is writing your only job?” Sadly, my life as a full-time author has yet to blossom. But, that doesn’t mean writing isn’t a full-time job on its own. In my life, I have three jobs. I have a gorgeous almost 8-year-old daughter at home. She is my number one priority. If you’re a mom or you’ve been around kids, you know it’s a full-time endeavor. Next, my second job as a paralegal at a law firm. We have cases that range from criminal (my favorite) to probate (not my favorite) and everything in between. The great thing about working for a small firm is that I also have the chance to gain a ton of information and story ideas all while at work! Talk about a fabulous setup, right? But when the kiddo falls asleep, the lunch hour arrives, and every other minute in between, comes job number three: writing.

That third job, though, doesn’t always feel like a job. Well, when it comes to editing, I’ll take it back every single time, but for the majority of the writing experience, it’s my passion and not a job. When I write, I’m somewhere else in my own world where I control what happens.

It’s difficult to carve out enough time for my jobs. Some days, it feels like I’m being pulled three different directions all at once. I’m not saying being a career mom isn’t rewarding, but I’d be totally fine with a vacation every now and then, so I can focus solely on writing. What I’ve learned over the years is that it’s okay to dedicate time to furthering your career and spending time with the people you love. Juggling jobs is stressful, believe me, but I think it’s well worth it. In the end, I have a daughter who’s learning that careers are fun yet challenging; a day job that offers insight when I least suspect it; and a feeling of accomplishment when I hold those paperbacks for the first (and 100th) time. It’s okay to juggle. It’s how we learn what works for us.

About the Author

Skye McNeil began writing at the age of seventeen and has been lost in a love affair ever since. During the day, she moonlights as a paralegal at a law firm favoring criminal law.

Skye enjoys writing romantic comedies and romantic suspense novels that leave readers wanting more and falling in love over and over. She writes contemporary and historical novels ranging from sweet and sassy to steamy and sultry.

Her constant writing companions are two cats and two dogs. When she’s not writing, Skye enjoys spending time with family, photography, volleyball, traveling, and curling up with a cup of coffee and reading.

Connect with Skye

Exonerated with Love, Book 2 of the Mobster Files
Can second chances really exist for a bad boy mobster and the only woman to ever steal his heart?

There’s a hit out on Cameron Shearer’s life, his mafia ties dragging him down the path of darkness once more. After a harrowing meeting, he discovers no one ever stays dead when you’re in the mafia. Determined not to lose the only woman he’s loved, Cameron turns to the Del Rossi mob for one last favor. Unfortunately for him, the ending may not be as happy as he once hoped.

Joci Dorous has it all. She’s happy, engaged, and just started her own law firm with her best friend. Everything appears perfect, until she discovers a suspicious trail of money in her business accounts and her once dutiful fiancĂ© suddenly turns as shady as his mob boss. When strangers clash amid mobs, Joci is left to decipher who her heart truly belongs to.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

Rivalries and resentments between mums and non-mums spiral wildly out of control in the compelling new book by the bestselling author of The Fifth Letter.

Poppy's world has tipped sideways. The husband who never wanted children has changed his mind. The trusted childhood best friend has betrayed her. And the new friend from work, Annalise, insists she needs to let loose.

At least Annalise is on Poppy's side - she has no interest in having kids either. After they create a private Facebook group dedicated to women like themselves who don't have or want kids, the memberships soar, and Poppy feels like she's in control again. Then things take a nasty turn. They have a mole - someone in their group isn't who she says she is.

But Poppy and Annalise aren't the only ones who are fed up. Their colleague, Frankie, is tired of being judged at every turn: by colleagues when she leaves early to pick up her kids, by stay-at-home mums when she can't volunteer at school, and by her own children for missing events. Her frustrations are complicated by a secret she's keeping, and she doesn't know how much longer she can pretend everything is fine.

As the online hostility between parents and non-parents spills out into the real world, things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, exposing carefully concealed secrets and lies that will have a devastating effect on these three women's lives.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Choosing a cover

Hey Everyone!

Wow! I've been a bit slack at blogging lately. I missed February altogether. Not for lack of trying - I sat down at the start of the month to write a blog post and it accidentally turned into a book. I've been too busy writing to write.

Late last year I decided to learn how to narrate an audiobook, then early this year, I released Wife, Mother, Woman and Catching Onix in audio format. Once the kids went back to school at the end of January, I sat down to write a blog post about the process. The words kept on flowing and ended up becoming Narrated by the Author: How to produce an audiobook on a budget.

While the book was going through the editing process, I sat down to design the cover (a woman of many talents). The first two attempts didn't cut it, then I came up with two designs that I really liked. I flip-flopped between the two of them so I headed over to Facebook to ask for the opinions of the masses with a poll.