Saturday, 14 December 2019

And the winner is...

Massive congratulations Sarah Rothman! I can't promise you a horse, but if you message me your address I will get your Christmas Wish List goodies in the post because you are the giveaway winner!

As always, huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered. It was lovely - and in some cases very moving - to read your festive wishes. The winner was picked by random number generator and don't worry if you missed out because I'll be having another competition soon.

Seasonal salutations and much love to you all!

H x

Friday, 6 December 2019

The Christmas Wish List GIVEAWAY

Merry Christmas my loves! This week I have a seasonal treat lined up for you as I'm announcing my annual festive giveaway, this year featuring The Christmas Wish List! Entering couldn't be simpler. All you have to do is, using the comments box, tell me what's number 1 on your own personal Wish List.

What's up for grabs...

A signed paperback copy of The Christmas Wish List
A very limited edited Wish List pad designed by Simon & Schuster
Fabulous candy cane pens so can write your own Wish List in style
A bar of gorgeous Green and Blacks chocolate

The competition launches on Saturday December 7th and the winner will be announced on Saturday December 14th so I can get the goodies to you in plenty of time for the 25th. Open to the UK only.

Here's a bit about the book...

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?

Good luck everyone. I can't wait to find out what you're all wishing for!

H x

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Diss Bookshop festive signing

Hello my loves! Are we all getting into the festive swing of things? I certainly have been today - and just in time for December! My annual signing at Diss Bookshop was fun as well as festive so I thought I'd share a few pics.
How beautiful is this? The Christmas Wish List cover on the What's On board. Love it!
A pretty display in the window
I've left lots of signed copies if you couldn't make it today!
Candy cane pens and bespoke Wish Lists for everyone
One VERY happy author!

H x

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Welcoming Kim Nash to the blog!

Today I'm delighted to welcome another new guest to the blog. Fellow author Kim Nash has dropped by to tell us all about her beautiful rescue hound, Roni and how he formed the inspiration behind her book, Escape to Giddywell Grange.

I knew when I wrote Escape to Giddywell Grange that I wanted to write about dogs.

Since Roni, our rescue English Setter came into our lives 20 months ago, he’s turned our lives upside down, my floors have never needed cleaning so much, I’ve never walked so far and we have so much unconditional love in the house that I never believed possible.

We’d considered getting a dog for a long time.  I knew I didn’t want a puppy, I really couldn’t cope with that, so we searched around at rescue centres.  It was important to me to get the right dog for us. 

Then we met Roni.  He was around 18 months old, much bigger than I wanted, more lively than I wanted, but we immediately fell in love with him.  I remember the night we brought him home.  He kept falling asleep and everytime he woke up, he couldn’t stop wagging his tale, as if he was excited to be with us.  He didn’t bark.  He didn’t get on the furniture.  And he didn’t jump up.  He was perfect. 

Oh how things change! LOL! He barks at everyone who dares to walk up our street.  And heaven forbid another dog or cat is seen out of the lounge window.  And I’ve always loved the fact that squirrels scamper across the fence at the bottom of the garden.  Oh my! How he loves a squirrel! And leaves, and butterflies and bees! He’ll bark and chase them all!  But we adore him.

Every morning when I get up, I let him out while I make a cuppa and then I sit on the sofa and he snuggles up to me and he couldn’t get any closer if he tried.  It’s our special time. 

And that’s why I wanted to write about dogs in Escape to Giddywell Grange.  Maddy, my protagonist, is a high flying PR consultant who gets made redundant.  She’s always looked down a little at her friend Beth who runs Growlers at The Grange, a doggy day care and kennel in the fictional village of Giddywell in Staffordshire.  Circumstances mean that they need an extra pair of hands and Maddy might be in a position to help.

There are dogs galore in Escape to Giddywell Grange and one in particular that has stolen Maddy’s heart. 

I loved writing about the dogs.  Roni has been to a couple of different kennels and sometimes goes to doggy day care too, so I have a good understanding of how things are and reviews from the book tell me that my readers love Growlers at The Grange and love the journey that Maddy goes on while she’s there. 

All about the book...

Maddy Young thought she had it all. Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick. Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single. Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Happy anniversary to me!

Today is a VERY special #anniversary folks! On November 15th 2014 my first editor, Clare Hey said to me the words every aspiring author longs to hear... 'we'd like to offer you a 2 book deal!'... and I became a Books and The City author!

5 years later - 9 books published, 1 being edited and another being planned. NEVER give up on your dreams my loves! If I can do it, you can do it! #amwriting 🥂

H x

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