Monday, 27 December 2021

Sprinting towards 2022!

 Hello my loves! I hope this post finds you fit, well and not too exhausted from all the seasonal celebrations. As always, I find the weeks of planning and preparing leave me in no way ready for the arrival of the Solstice and the 25th and I've barely blinked before it's all over. 

It's been a good one though and thanks to some extremely generous gifting I find myself in possession of ALL of the books I've been craving AND I've another copy of A Christmas Carol to add to my growing collection.

Thank you so much DS and Emma!

So, what else has been happening in Heidi World...

Well, I've been awarded a hugely exciting and confidence boosting end to the year as A TASTE OF HOME has been named the NetGalley Members' General Fiction Book of the Year!

I know I've already shouted about it on all of my social media channels, but I'm so proud that I couldn't resist mentioning it here too.

Huge thanks to everyone who read and reviewed the book via NetGalley as these books are selected from reviews and responses which, for me, makes it even more special.

I've really enjoyed attending a couple of live events - one in Suffolk, the other in Ruislip. They were both well attended and great fun, but I can't deny they were scary too. Stepping out in front of an audience always raises my heart-rate, but with blooming Covid still doing its thing they weren't quite as relaxing and uplifting as they used to be.

We didn't look quite as glam either. Not that I've ever been glam!

Lots of you have been asking what I'm up to and the moment and I'm delighted to be able to tell you that I'm about to start writing the book which will be released in time for next Christmas. I even have a title which as you know, is absolutely unheard of! I can't tell you what it is yet, or where the book is set, but I know I'm going to have a very happy Swainette Squad when all is revealed.

I've also seen seen the cover for THE SUMMER FAIR and it is a stunner. It fits the story perfectly and I'm hoping that after a couple of very minor tweaks, I'll be able to have a grand reveal. If you would like a sneaky peak, then make sure you're signed up to the newsletter - via the box to the right of this post.

And talking of the letter, what a success that has been! I'd been putting off setting one up for literally years. I honestly thought no one would be interested but the 1000+ of you already on the list have proved me wrong. Thank you so, so much!

Right my loves, I've just heard the tumble drier timer screaming for attention - oh the high life - so I'd better sign off and start folding before everything needs ironing. That wouldn't be good!

With so much love, thanks and the warmest of wishes for a wonderful New Year

H x

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Festive Book Bargains!

 My goodness, I'm really treating you this winter! Not one, not two but all 6 of my festive titles are on offer to download for just 99p each!

Treat yourself, treat a friend, just don't miss out! They won't be this price for long!

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Merry Christmas!

With love 

H x

Monday, 29 November 2021

Welcoming Cathy Lake to the blog!

 Today I'm delighted to welcome a new guest to the blog! Cathy Lake and I have known each other online for years now and we also share the same agent, but we're still to meet in real life. Something I'm very much hoping to rectify in 2022.

Welcome Cathy!

Hello everyone and huge thanks to Heidi for inviting me to visit her wonderful blog!
I’m an author of women’s fiction and romantic comedies and I write under three names – Cathy Lake, Darcie Boleyn and Rachel Griffiths. Readers often ask why I use pseudonyms and it’s because I currently work with two publishers as well as self-publishing.

Today I’d like to tell you a bit more about The Country Village series written as Cathy Lake. The first book in the series, The Country Village Christmas Show, was published in 2020, and introduced readers to the warm and friendly community of Little Bramble, a quintessential English village. In 2021, The Country Village Summer FĂȘte was published in June and The Country Village Winter Wedding came out in the autumn. While each book can be read as a standalone, the series can also be enjoyed in order, allowing readers to encounter familiar characters and locations.

In The Country Village Winter Wedding, Hazel Campbell comes to Little Bramble after leaving her life – and successful wedding planning business – behind in Scotland. She’s been through a difficult time but is determined to try to piece her life back together again. She sets up as a wedding planner in Little Bramble and this is perfect timing for two of the characters who have left planning their winter wedding to the last minute. Readers will also meet Jack Hurst who has been through his own heartbreak and has come to the village to spend Christmas with his sister, Bella, and her family. Hazel and Jack meet, winter comes to Little Bramble and there’s a gorgeous wedding where you can meet characters old and new.

I really enjoyed writing this story. I like bringing two broken hearts together and surrounding them with other characters who can help them in their healing journey. In this case, Hazel and Jack need to come to terms with their own conflicts in order to be able to trust again. Some people say that romance novels are predictable, but while readers expect the outcome to be happy, it’s the journey to reach a happy ever after that matters. As a reader of romance novels, I find that certainty comforting because there are times when we need to escape reality and to embrace the happiness that can be found between the covers of a book. 

My stories usually feature dogs, especially rescue dogs, because I have three dogs of my own and they’re important members of my family. I believe that we can learn a lot from our canine companions about living in the moment and making the most of every single day. 

The Country Village Winter Wedding is out now in ebook, paperback and audio book.

In 2022, The Country Village Allotment will be published and I’m excited to share this story with you all! It’s available for pre-order now.

Again, thanks to Heidi for hosting me. Wishing you all peace and happiness for the rest of 2021 and a happy and healthy 2022.

Love Rachel / Cathy / Darcie XXX

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

A festive book bargain!

 I'm thrilled to be able to offer you a fabulous festive book bargain!

Right now, you can download my brand new book, 


for just 99p!

I hope you will join me on this very special winter trip to the Wynmouth seaside. There's an abundance of snow-topped trees and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate on offer! Not to mention men in chunky knits and a very fine husky called, Bandit.

With love

H x

Saturday, 13 November 2021

The Summer Fair

As lots of you know from a previous post, my summer 22 book is called THE SUMMER FAIR, but what you may not know - unless you're a newsletter subscriber - is where it's going to be set. Today, I'm thrilled to be able to tell you not only where we're going next year, but also who we're going to meet when we get there!

So, without further ado, I'm taking us back to...


Beth loves her job working in a care home, looking after its elderly residents, but she doesn’t love the cramped and dirty house-share she currently lives in. So, when she gets the opportunity to move to Nightingale Square, sharing a house with the lovely Eli, she jumps at the chance.

The community at Nightingale Square welcomes Beth with open arms, and when she needs help to organise a fundraiser for the care home they rally round. Then she discovers The Arches, a local creative arts centre, has closed and the venture to replace it needs their help too – but this opens old wounds and past secrets for Beth.

Music was always an important part of her life, but now she has closed the door on all that. Will her friends at the care home and the people of Nightingale Square help her find a way to learn to love it once more…?

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I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had writing this book. Beth is absolutely lovely, Eli is gorgeous and there are a couple of other characters who literally waltzed on to the page with absolutely no prior planning and had me in fits of giggles every day! I hope you'll enjoy getting to know them as much as I have!

H x

Friday, 29 October 2021

Publication day and another in person event!

 My goodness! As you know, I'm not usually lost for words but the Underneath the Christmas Tree publication day yesterday surpassed all expectations and I'm hard pushed to put into words how much it meant to me!

There was the fabulous Facebook Book Club party which was, as always, superbly organised, incredible fun and included a surprise blog which had me blubbing before breakfast. Thank you so much Sue and Fiona for yet another unforgettable celebration! And thank you to the Club members who took part and said such lovely things about me and the book x

Then came the beautiful bouquets of flowers - which coordinated with the book cover perfectly - and then the Insta live chat with Oriana. These are always great fun and the hour we'd planned soon turned into an hour and a half so massive thanks to everyone who watched the whole chat!

And of course last, but by no means least, this happened...

The eBook has had a flag for a while, which has been a source of much joy, but to see the paperback with one too and with so many reviews already posted was the ultimate cherry on the celebration cake! 

Massive thanks to everyone who already has a copy and to everyone who has kindly posted those super stars! They really do make a massive difference.

It was the ultimate publication day. I loved every minute and today I have exciting event news to share!

I'm going to be taking part in a wonderful panel event in Suffolk with my Norfolk and Suffolk RNA friends, Jenni Keer, Clare Marchant and Rosie Hendry.

It's going to be great fun to get out and about again and I really hope you'll be able to join us for bookish chat and a wonderful pre-Christmas catch up!

Well, that's all my news for now. What a week it has been! If you're subscribed to my newsletter make sure you open it this weekend as there's a stunning Underneath the Christmas Tree exclusive giveaway included.

Love to you all,

H x

Monday, 25 October 2021

Welcoming Victoria Walters to the blog!

This week I am absolutely delighted to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Victoria Walters to the blog. Last month, Victoria's first cosy crime novel, MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL was published and I loved it so much, I invited her along to tell us all about how writing a different genre came about, along with the inspiration behind writing such a clever and engrossing book!

I have published six women’s fiction novels, including the bestselling Glendale Hall series, but on 23rd September, I published my first ever murder mystery novel! It’s a cosy crime called Murder at the House on the Hill. 

I actually wrote this book just for fun. I was under contact with my publisher Hera for my Glendale series but I had hit my deadline and was struck by the idea of writing a murder mystery. I’ve been a fan of cosy crime books and TV shows for a long time, and I loved the idea of writing my own. I really enjoy watching shows like Shakespeare and Hathaway, Father Brown and Jonathan Creek, and am slowly making my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I loved the idea of creating my own similar cosy world. I had the idea of a woman who ends up solving crimes with her grandmother, and I really wanted my love of books and my experience working in Waterstones to feed into it too. At first, my main character Nancy Hunter, worked in a library but I realised that owning a bookshop would be much more fun and I made it one that only sells crime and mystery novels. I just loved the idea of a crime bookshop owner becoming an amateur detective!

If you read the book, I hope you’ll realise it’s a love story to murder mysteries. My characters, for instance, are named after literary and TV detectives – Nancy is named after Nancy Drew, and her grandmother after Jane Marple. We also have an Inspector Brown after BBC’s Father Brown, and Jonathan, the local reporter, is named after Jonathan Creek. The book is set in the Cotswolds, which is home to so many fictional crimes shows and books like Agatha Raisin, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the cosy quaintness of the story, a nod to Agatha Christie mysteries, and the fun the characters have as they solve their first mystery. I also hope you won’t be able to guess the killer but that you’ll enjoy trying to! There also is, of course, the bookshop to discover and as someone who has loved bookshops and wanted to work in one since I watched You’ve Got Mail, it was so enjoyable to write about Dedley Endings Bookshop, and I hope it’s just as enjoyable to read. 

After finishing writing the book just for my own enjoyment, I realised that I loved the characters and the village they live in, Dedley End, so much I didn’t want them to just live on my computer I wanted people to be able to meet them for themselves so I sent it to my agent and editor, and the rest as they say is history! For me, changing genres has been really fun but I won’t be leaving women’s fiction behind. I feel like all my stories, regardless of the genre, are full of characters you root for, have close knit communities you’d like to live in, are cosy and full of heart, and are basically books to curl up with and escape the real world with. I really hope they all leave you smiling at the end too. 

I hope I can keep writing murder mysteries alongside my romantic stories and I hope readers will enjoy both as much as I enjoy writing them!

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Victoria Walters is a full-time author living in Surrey. Victoria writes the bestselling women’s fiction series GLENDALE HALL, which has won wide reader acclaim. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star. Her first cosy crime novel MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL was published in 2021. 

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at: She is also on YouTube as Victoria Walters.