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

Thursday, 4 July 2019

So this just happened...

What a way to start Thursday! Poppy and her Nightingale Square pals have an Amazon BESTSELLER flag folks!

I'm absolutely over the moon! Huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has downloaded so far. There's still time to grab a 99p bargain!

H x

Tuesday, 2 July 2019


Hello my loves! Just a super speedy post to let you know that you can now download Poppy's Recipe for Life for just 99p. Treat yourself to a trip to Nightingale Square today!

Happy reading!

H x

Thursday, 27 June 2019

A red letter day!

Hello my loves! How are you all? Sorry I haven't been around much for the last few days, but I've been head down at the keyboard working on The Christmas Wish List copy edits. I'm not going to lie to you, I was pretty jittery about heading back to Wynbridge. This dear book was written under such difficult and painful circumstances - we all remember wisdom and molar tooth gate - and I was worried that it wasn't going to come up to scratch. Thankfully, my concerns were completely unnecessary as I absolutely LOVE it! In fact, I couldn't be happier with it and I know it's far too early in the year to be getting my festive groove on but I'm sharing the cover, blurb and buying links again because I'm so proud of it.

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?

Not only have I been beavering away on the next new release, I've also been thinking about some of the older ones. Today marks an extremely important anniversary for me as it is 2 years since I gave up the day job and became a full-time author.

My hard work, determination and commitment to following my heart has certainly paid off and I urge you all to do the same. No matter how big - or small - your dreams, never give up on them. If there's something you want then have the courage to go for it. There's always a way to make it happen. Believe in yourself and never, ever let anyone tell you any different. Even just a year ago I had no idea I would see a national railway poster campaign for Poppy's Recipe for Life being rolled out and yet...

See... anything really is possible...

Next week I'm going to be heading back to the screen as I start work on the Summer 2020 release. It's an absolute corker of a plot - in my humble opinion - and I'm hoping I'll be able to share some details soon! In the meantime, keep chasing your dreams and if you're in the Ruislip area on September 7th then do book a ticket for the Hillingdon Library and Books and The City Gin Fling, it's going to be spectacular! I mean, just look at that line up!

Hope to see you there!

H x

Monday, 17 June 2019

What a week!

My goodness it's been such a busy but absolutely brilliant time since Poppy's publication day! Last Friday I was invited to speak at the Jarrold Cromer Lit Lunch and got to share the bill with Simon Barnes and Sophie Hannah. It was a fun afternoon and so well attended. Thank you very much if you were one of the guests who came along.

Just hanging out with Sophie Hannah. As you do...

This week, while waiting to put the finishing touches on The Christmas Wish List, I'm dreaming up a brand new book which will be the summer 2020 release. I couldn't manage it without new stationery of course...

Can't resist Cath Kidston...

And I've reached that exciting stage where the ideas keep popping into my head and the layers of the plot have turned a post it note into pages and pages of A4. Love it! I can't wait to get started and I might even have a title for you soon.

I'm off to Saxmundham library for an event on Thursday morning so if you happen to be in the area, do come along. It would be great to see you. Oh and before I forget, there are lots of signed books in Jarrolds Norwich now as I popped in to sign stock on Saturday. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

H x

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Writing Life...

I was first featured on the fabulous Whispering Stories blog in 2015 and today I'm back again. I'm sharing the link here because I can't believe how much my writing life has changed in such a short space of time! I hope you find the transformation inspiring, especially if you are just starting out on your own publishing journey. 

H x