Thursday, 19 May 2022

A very festive cover reveal!

 Hot on the heels of THE SUMMER FAIR publication day, I am now able to share with you the title, cover and blurb of my Christmas 2022 release. Yay!

On October 13th, A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION will be published and the story is set at WYNTHORPE HALL which means lots of fabulous seasonal events in wonderful WYNBRIDGE will feature too! 

I hope you're as excited about the prospect of that as I am! I know lots of you love Angus and the rest of the Connelly clan, so this will definitely be a Christmas to remember.

When Paige turns up unannounced at Wynthorpe Hall, she discovers the place she knew when she was growing up has changed beyond all recognition. She’s only planning to stay for a short time, but is quickly pulled into local life.

One night while driving home after delivering library books and shopping to residents she stumbles across an isolated cottage and meets Albert, its elderly and rather grumpy owner. She quickly realises there’s more to Albert than meets the eye and the same can be said for the other man she can’t seem to help running into, handsome but brooding Brodie.

All three of them have a secret and a desire to hide away from the world, but with Christmas on the horizon, is that really the best way to celebrate the season?

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With love

H x


Wednesday, 11 May 2022

It's The Summer Fair publication day my loves!

 Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! The day has dawned at long last! This launch for The Summer Fair feels like it has been waiting in the wings forever, but that could be because I've had so much going on during the last few weeks. It isn't every day you turn 50, submit a first draft AND move house all on the same day, is it?

It's going to take me a while to catch up and recover, but today I've got a very exciting publication day to enjoy and everything else is on hold while I do it!

Massive thanks to everyone who already has a copy of the book, but if you haven't and you're wondering what this 4th trip to Nightingale Square is all about, here's the blurb -

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…?

If you like the sound of it, here's a link to buy -

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There's lots going on online today, including the fabulous publication day party in the Heidi Swain and Friends A Facebook Book Club so join us if you can and the blog tour is in full swing too. Huge thanks to everyone who is hosting! What a truly wonderful line up.


And, as always, dear readers, thank you for welcoming yet another Heidi Swain book into the world! Your support, reviews and friendship is always appreciated.


With love,

H x


Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Welcoming Jennifer Bibby to the blog!

Today I am delighted to welcome a new guest to the blog. Just like me, Jennifer Bibby has had her debut novel published as a Digital Original with Books and the City. THE CORNISH HIDEAWAY is a fabulous escapist read and Jennifer has joined us to talk about her love of Cornwall and tell us more about the book. Welcome Jennifer!

 The Call of The Sea

Water has always inspired me – from the turquoise Venetian canals to the power of a stormy sea, however, The Cornish Hideaway is the first time I decided to set a novel on the coast. Freya and Angelo are characters who have travelled with me since 2004 – originally residing in Renaissance Tuscany (where Freya was formally known as Alessandra.) My lack of historical knowledge (and laziness over the research) made me fast forward the novel five hundred years and over a thousand miles to modern day England. The characters shifted around the country from uprooting small village to seaside town town but no-where felt right until I took a trip to St Ives with a friend in October 2014 and promptly became another writer to fall prey to the Cornish charms.

St Ives was enchanting, with its winding streets full of fishermans cottages, the independent shops and cafes lining the harbour selling tasty treats especially all the tempting varieties of pasties! Relaxing with a cream tea whilst taking in the luminous sea views, the beaches scattered with tiny boats was bliss. This helped me create Lola’s charming little vintage cafĂ©. With its luscious cakes, floral tea cups and sea view it’s the perfect place to indulge in a scone whilst watching the world go by. Or indulge in a bit of local gossip!

The other tempting thing about Cornwall is the fact that it’s a very long way away from almost everywhere, therefore the perfect place to escape to lick your wounds. It was always important that Angelo was on the run from his past, but it turned out Freya was also in the need of a safe haven following the collapse of her life in London. Cornwall felt far enough from both their previous lives for them to start building new foundations.  Freya and Angelo had always been artists; he the jaded master, she the keen amateur and in Cornwall there would be no way they would fail to be inspired by the dramatic Cornish scenery. The home of Alfred Wallace, The Tate and the Barbara Hepworth museum, St Ives has always drawn artists in and Freya quickly finds herself unable to resist picking up her paintbrushes after failing previously swearing to never paint again.

The story had always been set in a small, tightly knit community so it was easy to imagine a village nestled, almost forgotten, along the rugged Cornish coastline and Polcarrow was born. After years wandering around the UK, Cornwall provided the ideal home for my host of colourful characters.  Although I have not had the fortune to return to Cornwall, I always manage an escape to the sea – the sound of the waves, the smell of the salt in the air, the glistening sunlight, and I hope a trip to The Cornish Hideaway will provide you with a seaside escape.




Meet the author


As a lifelong lover of stories, Jennifer Bibby spent her teenage years wowing various teachers with her historical epics before finding her feet exploring the everyday lives of modern women through literature. In addition to being a bibliophile she loves classy cocktails, cake and medieval history. She's happiest by the sea and loves to travel, and firmly believes that dinosaurs improve everything. 

The Cornish Hideaway is her debut novel.

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Friday, 4 March 2022

Book bargain alert!

 Welcome to March, my loves! To celebrate the arrival of spring, I have a fabulous book bargain for you. Right now, you can download A TASTE OF HOME for just 99p!

That's a sunshine and strawberry filled trip to Wynbridge for less than a £1!


Tuesday, 22 February 2022

The Summer Fair on NetGalley

 I'm delighted to tell you that, for 1 week only, THE SUMMER FAIR is available to request on NetGalley. The book will be archived on March 1st so, if you're approved, please download it in plenty of time.



Link to request

Happy reading!

H x

Monday, 14 February 2022

The Summer Fair Cover Reveal

 It is with so much joy that I am finally able to share with you all the stunning cover for my summer 2022 release, The Summer Fair!


Isn't it absolutely beautiful?
I'm so happy with it and it captures the warmth and essence of this book perfectly.


Cover description -

Set against a predominantly blue and lilac background, with the title written in yellow, the foreground features a marquee and fairground games tents topped with flags and all bedecked in bunting and set in a lush green field. The cover is bordered by a variety of white, yellow and purple flowers and green foliage.

The words love, friendship and new beginnings are written beneath the title.


Here's a bit about the book - 

 
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…?


This is the fourth title in the Nightingale Square series and publication day is May 12th. 

There's going to be a whole day of celebration happening in the Heidi Swain and Friends Facebook Book Club, so join us there if you. You know, no one has better publication day events than Sue and Fiona!

H x


 


Sunday, 30 January 2022

The longest month in the history of the world...ever!

Hello my loves! I don't know about you, but I'm utterly convinced that this January has been at least three months long and to be honest, that might not have been an entirely bad thing.

If you've been wondering where I've been at, it's here...


Not content with working on one book at a time, throughout January, I've been immersed in two! I've been working on the Christmas 22 book in the mornings and traveling to Nightingale Square every afternoon to read through The Summer Fair proof pages. So, in all fairness, the oh so long start to the new year has been more of a help than a hindrance.

That said, I'm VERY excited about turning the calendar over this week because I have some bookish excitement planned for February. 

I'm going to be revealing The Summer Fair cover to the world on the 14th (when else) and I can't wait for you to see it. The newsletter subscribers had a look at it yesterday and the response was phenomenal, so I'm hoping the rest of you will love it too. If you haven't signed up to receive my monthly letter and would like to, there's a subscription box to the right of this post. 


Also happening on February 14th is the Heidi Swain and Friends Facebook Book Club Valentines Romance Author Celebration! It's going to be amazing. So many romance authors have signed up to take part and we're all having giveaways and will be chatting about our books and new releases. I hope you can join us throughout the day and into the evening. The BC events are always well attended and it would be lovely to see you there!

I'm also going to be having some wonderful guests here on the blog during the next few months, so do keep checking back for updates.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the new month. 

Keep the faith my friends, spring is on the way!


With love

H x