Saturday, 17 November 2018

RNA Winter Party

What a busy couple of weeks it has been and if you check my events list to the right of this post you can see it's going to get even busier in the run up to Christmas!

I hope to see lots of you this week in Leeds and Upminster where I'll be appearing for bookish chat, signings and a glass or two of fizz. In Leeds I'll be with Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley, Lucy Dillon and Karen Swan and in Upminster I'll be joining Sue Moorcroft and Lizzie Lamb!

This week I've given an author talk to the lovely Wymondham Stroke Support Group and on Wednesday evening I travelled to London for the RNA Winter Party and industry awards.

This is my favourite snap from the night (taken by Alison French) and not only because it catches me up to mischief but also because it encapsulates the RNA to me.

Front and centre (and caught saying goodness knows what), I'm surrounded by old and new friends, all of whom are at different stages of their writing careers. Lovely Jean Fullerton is a prolific author, much respected speaker and a pillar of the RNA. Leggy Jenni Keer behind me is poised for her very first publication day in January and new RNA indie published chum, Victoria Leybourne was attending her first RNA event. Needless to say Jen and I had soon signed her up to the Norfolk and Suffolk chapter as she's a local lass.

What I love most about this shot is that it shows us all united under the banner of friendship and support provided by the umbrella of the RNA. We really are a truly wonderful tribe. If any aspiring authors reading this are wondering whether to try for a New Writers Scheme spot in the New year then I urge you to do it! Writing can be a lonely career but the friends you make through the Association ensure there is always someone on hand to offer support, advice and, if it has been a really tough day tea or gin! Or both.

This second pic from the night was another corker and taken a few hours later after my fabulous agent Amanda Preston (left) had been named Agent of The Year and collected her trophy. Helen J Rolfe and Christie Barlow were clearly trying to steal the limelight but I nosed my way in just as the shutter snapped!

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and I'm already looking forward to our pre-Christmas Chapter lunch in Norwich at the end of the month.

And how about the books? 

Well, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls is selling well and has attracted almost 50 fabulous reviews so thank you all very much indeed! And, as a special festive treat all three Christmas titles are now just 99p each to download!

Wishing you all a wonderful week! I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you during the next few days!

H x

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Welcoming Rosie Hendry back to the blog!

As you know, this week was a very special one for me as my third Christmas title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland, was published and I was lucky enough to share the day with some other fabulous authors who have also written beautiful seasonal books!

Rosie Hendry is not only the incredibly talented author who writes about the East End Angels (who I adore and have featured at least twice), but she is also a fellow RNA Norfolk and Suffolk chapter member and a very good friend. I am thrilled to welcome her to the blog this week to share details of her latest release, Christmas with the East End Angels, and also give some great advice to us writer types.

Christmas with the East End Angels – It's the most wonderful time of the year - and the East End Angels are working hard to keep Londoners safe.
 Frankie is trying to keep everything together. She can count on the support of the East End Angels, even in the face of family trouble.
Winnie's beloved husband, Mac, is putting himself at risk every day in the bomb disposal unit and she's finding it hard while he's away.
As Bella grows closer to Winnie's brother, James, she’s becoming more confident. Is happiness just around the corner?
Christmas on the Home Front is a hard time with loved ones far away - but the women of the Auxiliary Ambulance service are making do and mending.
Buy the book...

Words of wisdom from Rosie - writer types, take note!

Being a writer is a wonderful job, but it can be a lonely one. When you have a job where you work with colleagues there’s often a chance to have a chat over tea break or eating your sandwiches in the staffroom at lunchtime, but not for writers. We might go all the working day without speaking to or seeing anyone except for the characters in our imaginations who play out their lives as we write - so it’s important to get involved in groups of other writers who can fill that gap and become your work colleagues and your friends. You might not see each other every day but you can be in touch on line and meet up regularly.
I belong to the Romantic Novelists’ Association whose regional chapters allow members to get together with other writers who live in the same area. My local one is the Norfolk and Suffolk group, we meet for lunch in Norwich every two months and are in touch online in between. I’ve made some great friends through the group, we support each other and understand the need to write – it’s like finding your own tribe. No one thinks you’re odd for making up stories and spending more time with your characters than perhaps with your family.
The Norfolk and Suffolk group are always great fun to be with, we have great chats and there’s always much laughter at our meetings and there’s a strong bond between us. So, it’s been a great delight to share publication day with fellow member Heidi.  We have shared the ups and downs of writing our books over the years and to launch our latest ones out into the world on the same day has been lovely.
If you’re a writer, do get out there and meet up with others, you won’t be disappointed and may make some of the loveliest friends you’ll ever have.

Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and two children. She is the author of the East End Angels series, which is an uplifting and heart-warming saga series following the lives and loves of Winnie, Frankie and Bella, who all work for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service (LAAS) during the Blitz. Listening to her father's tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie's interest in this period and she loves researching further, searching out gems of real-life events which inspire her writing.
Keep up-to-date with Rosie by following her on Twitter (@hendry_rosie), becoming her friend on Facebook  Rosie Hendry Books or visiting her website

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Snowflakes and Cinnamon publication day and competition winners!

November 1st is finally here and my 2018 festive title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland, is published today! Can you tell I'm excited? I hope so! Being an author is the best job in the world as far as I'm concerned and writing Christmas books is an absolute indulgence! I love every part of the creative journey and hope to bring you many more fictional festive titles. Sometimes I can hardly believe I've written three already, but here they are in all their sparkly glory!

So, as you all know, I've been running a competition during the last few days, offering two lucky entrants the chance to win one of these Christmas themed book bundles, and I'm absolutely astounded that over 100 of you have taken part.

It has given my great pleasure to sit and read through your comments and discover what you all love about Christmas. I'm more than ready for the festive season now and that warm glow which ignites every year has been lit a little earlier this time around, so thank you all for sharing your simple pleasures and family traditions.

The name of every person who left a comment has been included in my Christmas bag of chance and drawn at random by my son. Thank you Olly!

And the winners are...

Congratulations to you both! Message me your details my loves and I'll get your parcels in the post!

Thank you again to everyone who has taken part and made this publication day even more special and don't forget, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland is now available to buy online and in all good supermarkets and bookshops!

Much love to you all,

H x

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Snowflakes & Cinnamon Swirls competition!

Hello everyone! As you know my Christmas 2018 title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland, will be published on November 1st, which is now just a few days away!

To celebrate this third festive title I thought I would organise a little competition. The winners will be announced on publication day and anyone in the UK is welcome to enter.

This is what is up for grabs...

The books will of course be signed and there's also a Lizzie Dixon style festive cross stitch kit and some delicious Green & Blacks salted caramel chocolate!

Winners will be picked at random and to enter all you have to do is tell me what you love most about Christmas in the comments box below. Don't forget to leave your name!

Good luck everyone!

H x

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A real winter warmer!

I'm absolutely delighted to be able to share with you all the fabulous new trailer for Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland! I hope you like it!

With just over a week to go until publication day (November 1st), I'm beginning to feel as excited as a five year old on December 24th and I'm hoping that you will feel just the same when you take a stroll around the Winter Wonderland!

H x

Monday, 22 October 2018

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls Blog Tour!

Ok, so I'll admit it, my first attempt at baking Cinnamon Swirls was definitely not the prettiest but, and this is the bit that counts, they were absolutely delicious! And not only that, the house smelt divine while I was making them! I think I have a serious Cinnamon addiction now...

In other news... so many lovely folk have been asking if there will be a Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls Blog Tour and I am delighted to confirm that yes, there will be! It starts next Monday and so many fabulous bloggers have signed up to take part that I am in doubt it will be a huge success! There's going to be plenty happening in the run up to Christmas. Here's the line-up...

I hope you like the sound of that and I also hope you've been baking your own batches of Cinnamon Swirls. Photos please! And don't forget to keep popping back as I'll be launching a Snowflakes competition soon and sharing details of more events I'll be attending!

H x

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Cinnamon Swirls

They're definitely getting in the festive mood over at S and S Towers! Even festive bakes are on the menu in the countdown to the Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls publication day!

Lovely SJ has come up with the simplest Cinnamon Swirls recipe. Here's the link if you fancy giving them a go. I'll be donning my baking apron at the weekend!

H x