Saturday, 23 October 2021

Publication day plans!

 There's just a few days until Underneath the Christmas Tree is published now and I wanted to share with you a couple of things that will be happening on the day.

The fabulous duo of Sue and Fiona are planning a fantastic Heidi Swain and Friends Facebook Book Club publication day party which will be running all day and into the evening.

There'll be games, quizzes and of course a couple of gorgeous giveaways, so join in when you can. It would be wonderful to see you there!

At 7.30pm I'll be heading to Instagram for a live chat with Oriana. These are always such a giggle and, if you've joined us there before, you'll know we always run over time!

There'll be another giveaway happening as part of that too!

See you Thursday, my loves

H x

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

An event! An actual in person event!

 I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to be able to add this post to the blog. It's literally been years since I attended an event IRL so this is thrilling!

On Sunday, December 12th at 3pm I'm going to be having afternoon tea with Holly Hepburn and Catherine Miller at The Stables Manor Farm, Ruislip.

There'll be a buffet tea, goody bags and of course plenty of time to talk about our new books.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the run up to Christmas!

Tickets are just £10 but are only 30 available, so be quick!

The Girls on Tour events with Hillingdon Library are always great fun, so if you want to find out more, click the link -

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

I hope to see you there!

H x

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Exciting news!

 It's always a pleasure to be able to share exciting news and today I have an abundance!

It has taken myself and the Team a long time, but we've finally decided on a title for the summer 22 book. It's going to be called - 
 

THE SUMMER FAIR



We've spent weeks agonising over these three tiny words, but we've finally - and very happily - made up our minds and the title fits the story perfectly. I hope you like it as much as I do!


Publication day is currently listed as May 12th, but as we all know that can be subject to change, so I'll keep you posted.

My newsletter subscribers were sent a newsflash yesterday for the title reveal, so if you'd like to get the scoop ahead of everyone else, and you haven't already done so, then please subscribe. There's an email sign up box to the right of this post and you'll be privy to all sorts of news and exclusive treats. 

I have the most wonderful giveaway coming up at the end of this month to celebrate the publication of  Underneath the Christmas Tree so make sure you submit your details in time for that.

And talking of Wynmouth in winter, would you look at all the bloggers who have signed up to the tour! I'm thrilled. Thank you all so much!


It starts next Thursday and I can't wait to take part in the exciting build up to the release of this book which is brimming with all sorts of festive fabulousness. (I don't think that's really a word, but it definitely should be).

Love to you all!

H x

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

NetGalley news!

 Just a quick heads up that, for a limited time only, UNDERNEATH THE CHRISTMAS TREE is available to request on NetGalley!

https://www.netgalley.co.uk/catalog/book/236187

H x

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Happy September!

 Hello my loves! How are you all? 

I hope this post finds you safe and well and ready for the arrival of autumn which seems keen to put in an early appearance this year. We're forecast a few hot days here in Norfolk next week, but I think that will be it and then we can pull out those chunky knits and hot chocolates! I can't wait.

Today I've been wearing the woodland print shirt from Sainsbury's that I got last year. I didn't wear it much before because of a sizing issue, but my mum, who happens to be a whizz at sewing, shortened the sleeves for me and I'm loving it all over again.

There's an autumnal flavour to my journal spread for this month too. I avoided using orange as that's an October staple as far as I'm concerned, but the green and red works really well for the end of summer vibe. What do you think?

I know lots of you said you were going to start a journal this year. How are you getting on with it? I hope you're enjoying the process as much as I am.

If you're a subscriber to my newsletter, you'll already get my monthly book recommendations, but if you're not, I thought I'd add a couple here. I get to read so much fabulous fiction, that I want to shout about it from the rooftops and at every opportunity.

I might have mentioned this one before, but it's so good, I thought I'd give you a reminder to get your order in. THE SECRETS OF HAWTHORN PLACE by Jenni Keer publishes on October 14th and right now the Ebook is only 99p.

Two houses, hundreds of miles apart . . . yet connected always.

When life throws Molly Butterfield a curveball, she decides to spend some time with her recently widowed granddad, Wally, at Hawthorn Place, his quirky Victorian house on the Dorset coast.

But cosseted Molly struggles to look after herself, never mind her grieving granddad, until the accidental discovery of an identical Arts and Crafts house on the Norfolk coast offers her an unexpected purpose, as well as revealing a bewildering mystery.

Discovering that both Hawthorn Place and Acacia House were designed by architect Percy Gladwell, Molly uncovers the secret of a love which linked them, so powerful it defied reason.

What follows is a summer which will change Molly for ever . . .

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Next up, is the brand new paperback release and latest book in the Dr Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths. I'm absolutely addicted to this series and have them all in paperback. THE NIGHT HAWKS was every bit as compulsive a read as the rest.

If you haven't read any of them before, I recommend starting at the beginning with THE CROSSING PLACES

The Night Hawks, a group of metal detectorists, are searching for buried treasure when they find a body on the beach in North Norfolk. At first Nelson thinks that the dead man might be an asylum seeker but he turns out to be a local boy, Jem Taylor, recently released from prison. Ruth is more interested in the treasure, a hoard of Bronze Age weapons. Nelson at first thinks that Taylor's death is accidental drowning, but a second death suggests murder.

Nelson is called to an apparent murder-suicide of a couple at the isolated Black Dog Farm. Local legend talks of the Black Shuck, a spectral hound that appears to people before they die. Nelson ignores this, even when the owner's suicide note includes the line, 'He's buried in the garden.' Ruth excavates and finds the body of a giant dog.

All roads lead back to this farm in the middle of nowhere, but the place spells serious danger for anyone who goes near. Ruth doesn't scare easily. Not until she finds herself at Black Dog Farm ...

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So, that's it for now. If you would like to hear more from me, including any exclusive news, access to my monthly writing prompt and author Q and A, then do sign up to the newsletter using the box to the right of this post.

Until next time, take care of yourselves and each other.

Hugs

H x

Monday, 16 August 2021

Welcoming Mick Arnold to the blog!

 Today I am delighted to welcome fellow RNA member, Mick Arnold to the blog. Welcome Mick and thank you for joining us today to talk about your wonderful book -

 Wild Blue Yonder

This is such an honour. My thanks to Heidi for letting me onto her blog to talk about 'Wild Blue Yonder', book 2 of my 'Broken Wings' series, published 26th July by the Wild Rose Press.

I write World War 2 Historical Sagas, with my current series being based around a group of women of the Air Transport Auxiliary. This was a vital part of Great Britain's war effort, as they were responsible for the delivery of all the aircraft the Royal Air Force operated.  

Of great service, this saved causing unnecessary fatigue amongst the combat pilots and during the war, the 1250 men and women ferried around 309,000 aircraft of some 147 different types, none of which had a radio or any armament in case they ran into trouble or enemy aircraft (which did happen). Unique amongst this service was RAF Hamble, near Southampton in the South of England, which was entirely staffed by women, and this is where my stories are based.

Oh, I hope I didn’t waffle above too much. Only, since I found out about this unit, especially the women, I've become so proud of them that I tell all and sundry I meet everything I can get away with before they grow bored.

This is a fascinating subject Mick and you definitely haven't waffled!


About the book

Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he's stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she's determined to clear her name.

Ruth's POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny's estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.

In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.

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Get to know Mick

Mick is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association who spent sixteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Werecats bent on world domination and is mad on the music of the Beach Boys.


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Monday, 2 August 2021

Hello August!

 Hello my loves! I'm kicking August of with another fabulous book bargain!

For the whole of August, you can download The Cherry Tree Cafe ebook for just 99p! This is the first book in the Wynbridge series, and my debut novel. I hope you enjoy it!

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I can't resist sharing this gorgeous graphic which features the original cover. I love it so much!

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

H x