Tuesday, 15 October 2019


I have a book bargain for you today my loves AND blog tour news!

Right now you can download The Christmas Wish List ebook from Amazon for just 99p!

And as if that in itself wasn't thrilling enough, the fabulous Books and The City Team have also put together an amazing blog tour. So many bloggers have signed up that I'm quite overwhelmed! The fun starts on October 28th so keep your eyes peeled on social media. 

Wishing you all a wonderful step into the festive season!

H x

Friday, 4 October 2019

The Christmas Wish List publication day

My goodness! What a welcome to the world you, my wonderful #swainettes, gave to The Christmas Wish List yesterday! You lovely folk kept me busy on social media for 14 - I kid you not - solid hours. From just before 7 am I was on my phone switching from Instagram to Facebook to Twitter and back again. It was absolutely amazing and I loved reading what the brilliant book blogging folk had added to the beautiful Wish Lists the Books and The City publicity team had sent out.

Here's mine, in case you missed it...

Strangely enough, Storm doesn't seem all that keen on Number 1, but everyone agreed with me on Number 12! If you fancy making your own list, keep your eyes peeled next month as I am going to be including some of these pads, the candy cane pens and some other gorgeous goodies (signed books included), in a great big festive giveaway.

No publication day would be complete without some beautiful blooms and the colours in this stunning bunch tie in so well with the covers on the book jacket. Aren't they striking? And they smell heavenly too.

Lots of you have been asking if I'm going to be doing any events before Christmas and although I haven't got much planned as yet, I am heading to Liverpool Waterstones to do an event on November 8th with my Favourite Author Ever, Trisha Ashley. I'm adding the details to the right of this post, including a link to buy a ticket. Do come along if you possibly can. It's going to be a great evening.

And talking of Trisha, how lovely is this quote and graphic? I have lots to share in the run up to December and there will be a blog tour happening too so look out for details of that!

Right my loves, I suppose I better get back to it. Real life beckons today - by which I mean a loaded laundry basket and a sink full of dishes! I'll be heading out soon to snap some Christmas Wish List #shelfies to add to the collection you fabulous folk have already started.

Thank you all again for your wonderful support and for making this publication day every bit as memorable as the others. You truly are an amazing bunch and I love you all to bits.

H x

Monday, 30 September 2019

Publication week excitement!

Welcome to the brand new week folks - and not just any old week -PUBLCATION WEEK! I'm not going to lie, I've been feeling a bit jittery about The Christmas Wish List hitting the shelves because it's my first title to launch without featuring on Netgalley first.

However, yesterday I had three separate messages from folk fortunate enough to receive early copies and they were absolutely raving about it! Phew! No spoilers allowed, so I won't tell you what they said but, if you would like to discover the inspiration behind the book then click the link below.

I've shared a few words with the fabulous Books and the City team AND gingerbread may also feature!

Here's to a super speedy publication countdown and another wonderful winter in Wynbridge!

H x

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Christmas Wish List

With just three short weeks to go, The Christmas Wish List finished copies have landed and they are absolutely beautiful! I know I say that every time I receive brand new book post, but the Books and The City Team have REALLY excelled themselves this time around. And yes, I know I always say that too, but look...

It's proved tricky trying to take photos which show off just how beautiful the red AND gold embossed foils are, but you get the idea. Needless to say I am totally in love with them and can't wait to see them on the shelves from October 3rd.

Here's the blurb again to give you a taste of what Wynbridge has in store this winter...

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

So there you have it, novel number 9 is waiting in the wings to whisk you back to Wynbridge for Christmas and I really hope you love it as much as all the others. I'm thrilled with it and I hope you will be too!

H x

Tuesday, 3 September 2019


The day has finally dawned and at last I can share with you all the exciting news I have been incubating for what feels like FOREVER! Not only do I have a thrilling title announcement to share with you, but this brand new book has a completely fresh setting too.

I know how much you all adore Wynbridge and Nightingale Square and I'm hoping you will take this new seaside setting to your hearts and fall headlong in love with it. Between you and me, I'm already besotted!

Situated on the north Norfolk coast, WYNMOUTH is the perfect place to take a special break, recharge your batteries and maybe even fall in love! My lovely new friend, Tess is there right now, and this is her story...

Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life – and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn't quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her . . .

Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled over a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, he’s back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface.

As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal – but will revealing them bring the answers they’re looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance they’ve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?

I can't tell you how exciting it has been to meet these lovely coastal locals and spend time with them on the beach, in the pub and in the little cottage Tess is staying in! They have been great fun to work with and I hope you will enjoy getting to know them every bit as much as I have. There may only be one Wynmouth title so far, but the characters already feel like old friends.

Publication day is April 30th. 

A great time to be planning your own seaside escape.

Link to order on Amazon

The Secret Seaside Escape

Thank you all so much for coming to find out all about my exciting new book news! Do let me know what you think of the title in the comments box below.

H x

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Better late than never...

Hello my loves! I owe you all a massive apology for not posting anything in a while, but in my defence I've been really, really busy with all manner of bookish business, so I hope you will forgive me?

First on the list has been finishing The Christmas Wish List pages proofs - meticulously reading them and then signing them off. This always takes a while but is hugely enjoyable. For me, more often than not, it's the last time I'll read the book and I'm delighted to say, I couldn't be happier with Hattie and her Wynbridge Christmas. I hope you enjoy getting to know her and Dolly and beautiful Beamish.

This week I also approved the final cover layout...

What do you think? I've been promised pretty foils to make it sparkle and shine and I'm absolutely over the moon with it! I think it's going to make the perfect secret Santa gift or a great stocking filler for any fans of festive fiction.

It's already available to order and there's a link to the right of this post if you fancy adding it to your festive #tbr!

I've also been working hard on the first draft of the summer 2020 title - and with an end of September deadline I certainly need to be! I'll be able to reveal the lovely, summery title very soon, so watch this space for an announcement.

I'm also working on a Christmas short story and mulling over ideas for the book which will follow the summer 2020 release. So, as you can see, it's all go and therefore I hope you will accept my recent blog neglect?

With regards to reading, I'm currently rereading some of my favourite Trisha Ashley titles. My home life as well as my working life has been hectic of late so I'm all about the comfort reads right now. Feel free to let me know what you are reading in the comments section below.

Much love to you all!

H x

Monday, 15 July 2019

A quick round-up

Hello folks! What a busy few days I've had and it's set to get even busier, so I thought I'd post a quick round-up of what I've been up to and where I've been to keep you all in the loop.

I've just come back from another truly energising and inspiring RNA Conference. This time it was held at Lancaster University amid stunning scenery and as always, there was a jam packed schedule of workshops, seminars and presentations. No matter where you find yourself along your author journey, there is always something to learn and I can't recommend the events highly enough. Highlights for me this year included Chick Lit in the 21st Century, author branding with Cathy Bramley and the goddess who is Dorothy Koomson in conversation with Alison May.

Of course, it isn't all work and no play. There are plenty of opportunities to catch up with friends, meet industry professionals, network and compare literary tattoos!

Jill Mansell, Christie Barlow and I comparing our writing inspired ink

And there's also the chance to stock up on new books so I picked up this beauty by Jo Thomas. The lovely lady herself was in attendance, so I was even able to get it signed.

I'm back home now and feeling ready to face the next phase of my writing year - painstakingly working through the proof pages of The Christmas Wish List - which I am absolutely LOVING by the way - and getting to grips with the Summer 2020 book. We have finally settled on a title and I'll hopefully we able to share it with you all very soon.

That's all my news for now my loves. I hope all is well with you and yours? Keep popping back for more news and don't forget, Poppy's Recipe for Life is still an ABSSOLUTE STEAL and the Wish List is already available to order. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week! 

H x