Tuesday, 12 November 2019

A busy start to November!

I know I'm supposed to be editing but two very exciting things have happened this morning and I wanted to share them with you!

Firstly, I've had this fabulous issue of My Weekly delivered and it features my favourite short story so far. It's a romantic and heartwarming festive tale featuring a Winter Wonderland. Do pick up a copy if you can because I think you'll love it. This is the cover...

There's also the chance to win 1 of 10 copies of The Christmas Wish List!

AND, as if that wasn't exciting enough, the podcast I recorded with wonderful KoreWomen last month has gone live today!

Here's the link... 

If you get the chance to listen, I really hope you enjoy it!

H x

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Lovely Liverpool!

Just a quick post to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who came along to Waterstones in Liverpool on Friday evening to listen to Trisha Ashley and I in conversation with Juliet Greenwood chatting about our new festive releases, our paths to publication and lots of other bookish bits and pieces.

The evening was very well attended and there was plenty of time at the end to chat during the signing which I have to say, is always one of my favourite parts of any event. The time absolutely flew by and sharing a stage with wonderful Trisha, really was a dream come true for me.

Massive thanks to the lovely Waterstones staff who gave us such a warm welcome, to Juliet for asking such insightful questions, to my fabulous editor Bec, who was also in attendance and to both publicity teams who set the event up. Here's to a return trip very soon!

H x

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Welcoming Victoria Walters to the blog!

Today I have the very great pleasure of welcoming lovely Victoria Walters to the blog. Victoria and I both have festive titles out in time for Christmas this year and Victoria has kindly come along to tell us a bit about hers, Coming Home to Glendale Hall, and the inspiration behind writing it.

I'm so excited to talk to you to about my new novel Coming Home to Glendale Hall. This book is set at Christmas in Scotland and although it's fiction, of course, it also feels very personal to me. Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. As such, readers will find some of the things I love about it tucked inside. It’s also about family. A member of my family sadly passed away as while I was writing it, so the book is dedicated to him, and it’s so sad to know that this Christmas will be spent without him. Some of that feeling is in the book. And the characters came on some of that journey with me too.

But alongside that loss, there is also hope and joy. A healing of the past. The possibility of the future. The magic of Christmas. So I hope that readers will feel that magic. That this book puts a smile on their faces at the end. That it makes them think about the big things in life but also encourages them to enjoy the little things too. 

I've always loved the advice ‘write the book you want to read’ and that’s what I always try to do. Not everyone is going to want to read this book but hopefully it will connect with someone out there, and that’s why writing books is so special for me. I know how wonderful it is to read a book and find it speaking to me so if mine does that for someone then that’s all I can hope for.

Here's the blurb...

Beth Williams is finally coming home for Christmas. After falling pregnant at sixteen, she ran away from her family and the imposing Scottish estate where she grew up, working hard to build a life for herself and daughter Isabelle - but now she’s returning to Glendale Hall.

As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties, and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale it has never left her heart. And, she soon realises, neither has Drew – Beth’s first love.

Will Beth be able to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? What will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long? Can a festive trail bring the village back together?

Will Christmas work its magic on Glendale - or will Beth be forced to run away from it all over again?

Praise for the book...

Coming Home to Glendale Hall is already receiving rave reviews. Too many to include in this post, but here's a selection...

‘With romances brewing and lots of Christmas sparkle, this is a lovely book to savour. Second chances and starting anew with a clean page - there is hope and affection in every page.’ Books Life and Everything

‘All the ingredients you’d want in a wonderful festive fiction treat; warmth, tradition, family, joy and hope…An utter treat full of heart and guaranteed to lift your spirits.’ Bee Books Beauty

‘I adored the beautiful storytelling, the outstanding seasonal descriptions and attention to detail, but most of all I adored the poignant and emotional underlying message.’ The Writing Garnet

More about Victoria...

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She's the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

As well as being an author, Victoria also works as a Waterstones bookseller. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter), and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at: https://victoria-writes.com/

Thank you so much Victoria for joining me on the blog today and sharing your love for festive fiction. I hope you will come back again soon!

H x

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