Just a quick heads up that, for a limited time only, UNDERNEATH THE CHRISTMAS TREE is available to request on NetGalley!
Hello my loves! How are you all?
I hope this post finds you safe and well and ready for the arrival of autumn which seems keen to put in an early appearance this year. We're forecast a few hot days here in Norfolk next week, but I think that will be it and then we can pull out those chunky knits and hot chocolates! I can't wait.
Today I've been wearing the woodland print shirt from Sainsbury's that I got last year. I didn't wear it much before because of a sizing issue, but my mum, who happens to be a whizz at sewing, shortened the sleeves for me and I'm loving it all over again.
There's an autumnal flavour to my journal spread for this month too. I avoided using orange as that's an October staple as far as I'm concerned, but the green and red works really well for the end of summer vibe. What do you think?
I know lots of you said you were going to start a journal this year. How are you getting on with it? I hope you're enjoying the process as much as I am.
If you're a subscriber to my newsletter, you'll already get my monthly book recommendations, but if you're not, I thought I'd add a couple here. I get to read so much fabulous fiction, that I want to shout about it from the rooftops and at every opportunity.
I might have mentioned this one before, but it's so good, I thought I'd give you a reminder to get your order in. THE SECRETS OF HAWTHORN PLACE by Jenni Keer publishes on October 14th and right now the Ebook is only 99p.
Two houses, hundreds of miles apart . . . yet connected always.
When life throws Molly Butterfield a curveball, she decides to spend some time with her recently widowed granddad, Wally, at Hawthorn Place, his quirky Victorian house on the Dorset coast.
But cosseted Molly struggles to look after herself, never mind her grieving granddad, until the accidental discovery of an identical Arts and Crafts house on the Norfolk coast offers her an unexpected purpose, as well as revealing a bewildering mystery.
Discovering that both Hawthorn Place and Acacia House were designed by architect Percy Gladwell, Molly uncovers the secret of a love which linked them, so powerful it defied reason.
What follows is a summer which will change Molly for ever . . .
Next up, is the brand new paperback release and latest book in the Dr Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths. I'm absolutely addicted to this series and have them all in paperback. THE NIGHT HAWKS was every bit as compulsive a read as the rest.
If you haven't read any of them before, I recommend starting at the beginning with THE CROSSING PLACES
The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk. At first Nelson thinks that the dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, recently released from prison. Ruth is more interested in the treasure, a hoard of Bronze Age weapons. Nelson at first thinks that Taylor's death is accidental drowning, but a second death suggests murder.
Nelson is called to an apparent murder-suicide of a couple at the isolated Black Dog Farm. Local legend talks of the Black Shuck, a spectral hound that appears to people before they die. Nelson ignores this, even when the owner's suicide note includes the line, 'He's buried in the garden.' Ruth excavates and finds the body of a giant dog.
All roads lead back to this farm in the middle of nowhere, but the place spells serious danger for anyone who goes near. Ruth doesn't scare easily. Not until she finds herself at Black Dog Farm ...
So, that's it for now. If you would like to hear more from me, including any exclusive news, access to my monthly writing prompt and author Q and A, then do sign up to the newsletter using the box to the right of this post.
Until next time, take care of yourselves and each other.
Today I am delighted to welcome fellow RNA member, Mick Arnold to the blog. Welcome Mick and thank you for joining us today to talk about your wonderful book -
Wild Blue Yonder
This is such an honour. My thanks to Heidi for letting me onto her blog to talk about 'Wild Blue Yonder', book 2 of my 'Broken Wings' series, published 26th July by the Wild Rose Press.
I write World War 2 Historical Sagas, with my current series being based around a group of women of the Air Transport Auxiliary. This was a vital part of Great Britain's war effort, as they were responsible for the delivery of all the aircraft the Royal Air Force operated.
Of great service, this saved causing unnecessary fatigue amongst the combat pilots and during the war, the 1250 men and women ferried around 309,000 aircraft of some 147 different types, none of which had a radio or any armament in case they ran into trouble or enemy aircraft (which did happen). Unique amongst this service was RAF Hamble, near Southampton in the South of England, which was entirely staffed by women, and this is where my stories are based.
Oh, I hope I didn’t waffle above too much. Only, since I found out about this unit, especially the women, I've become so proud of them that I tell all and sundry I meet everything I can get away with before they grow bored.
Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he's stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she's determined to clear her name.
Ruth's POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny's estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.
In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.
Mick is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association who spent sixteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Werecats bent on world domination and is mad on the music of the Beach Boys.
Hello my loves! I'm kicking August of with another fabulous book bargain!
For the whole of August, you can download The Cherry Tree Cafe ebook for just 99p! This is the first book in the Wynbridge series, and my debut novel. I hope you enjoy it!
I can't resist sharing this gorgeous graphic which features the original cover. I love it so much!
Wishing you all a wonderful week.
Welcome to the weekend everyone!
This is just a quick post to let you know about a change of plan to one of my regular blog features. For a while now, I've been posting my monthly highlights here, but having decided to send out a NEWSLETTER every month, and with so many hundreds of you subscribed, I've decided to incorporate the monthly round-up there instead.
With so much to do and so many projects on the go, it's a weight off my mind and I'm hoping it will work out well.
I'm going to be sending the second newsletter out today (July 31st) so keep an eye on your inbox. It's packed full of fresh content and there's a giveaway too! If you haven't subscribed, but would like to, simply submit your email address via the sign up box to the right of this post and the next letter will be with you at the end of August.
In case you missed the pic yesterday, here's the French edition of SUMMER AT SKYLARK FARM. Isn't it gorgeous? The rose gold foils are exquisite and I'm thrilled there's a skylark in pride of place.
Wishing you all a wonderful - and hopefully dry - weekend!
Today I'm delighted to welcome my wonderful RNA pal, Catherine Miller back to the blog. It's literally years since she's visited so this catch up is long overdue! Her new book, THE GIRL WHO COULDN'T LEAVE is out now and today Catherine is sharing some insights into the inspiration behind the book. Hello Catherine!
Even though my new release, The Girl Who Couldn’t Leave, is about someone staying at home, the idea came about before we were all in lockdown. My publishers wanted a second synopsis ahead of my contract last February and the initial idea was called Six Yards From Home. I liked the concept of someone never going further than their front garden, but managing to find love anyway. It was partly inspired by a poem my mum wrote at school and when I was a teenager she told me the part she remembered. It’s included at the end of the book as I felt this completed that poem.
Little did I know that after the idea was approved, we’d all be living in our very own version of the plot! I’ve said a few times that I’ve heard of method acting, but this is the first time I’ve undertaken method writing.
The truth is, being in lockdown did help to steer the storyline. It gave me a much greater understanding of what a person might do in those circumstances. Fiona and Bethany even have their own in-out nights, which without home events becoming popular, I might never have thought of.
I think authors and editors have had to face difficult decisions as to whether to include the circumstances of covid in contemporary novels. My editor and I decided not to, but the circumstances actually gave the book so much more meaning and I hope readers enjoy Fiona’s story and find it as cathartic as writing it was.
It’s been 1,825 days since Fiona Dexter last set foot outside 14 Wellington Drive.
Five years ago, something happened that changed Fiona forever. Now she is too afraid to walk beyond her front gate.
It’s not the life Fiona had dreamed of but she has made it work, finding happiness in the safe routine of her days. On Mondays she treats herself to a glass of Chardonnay. On Tuesdays she has a working lunch at her desk (usually peanut butter on toast). On Wednesdays and Thursdays, she alternates spinning classes in her shed with yoga in the garden. Saturdays are for tidying up and Sundays are for relaxing in her favourite armchair.
But today is different. Today, her perfectly planned Monday is suddenly interrupted by a knock at the door and a stranger on the other side. Someone who could change everything.
Now Fiona is faced with an impossible choice. Is she brave enough to open the door? And if she does, will it set her free from her past or close her off from the world forever?
To buy the book click the link in the post!
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All book birthdays are cause for celebration, but as with so many things in life, there's nothing quite like your first. I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen after THE CHERRY TREE CAFE eBook was published on July 16th 2015 (the paperback came out a couple of years later) and neither did I have any inkling that WYNBRIDGE was going to be the setting for an entire series!
I made lengths of beautiful book cover bunting with the Books and The City Team and held my breath in anticipation of The Big Day. It was a day I had craved for as long as I had dreamt of becoming a published author and I was delighted when it surpassed all expectations!
This photo was taken just a couple of days after publication day, at the launch party which was held in a beautiful arts cafe in Norwich, Arts Desire.
Within 48 hours of publication, I had achieved a huge ambition, and as this feature in the local press suggests, I was very happy!
Of course, I had absolutely no idea then that there was so much more to come!
Bestseller flags, paperbacks, Sunday Times Bestseller status, award nominations, German, Italian and French editions and another 13 (so far) books. I wonder what I would have made of all of that as I tucked into the celebration cake and partied with supportive family and friends.
As you can see, the cover was updated when the paperback was published, but one thing remains the same - the love for Jemma, Lizzie, The Cherry Tree Cafe and the many, many friends who now populate wonderful Wynbridge and the surrounding countryside - and that makes me one VERY happy author!