Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Cinnamon Swirls

They're definitely getting in the festive mood over at S and S Towers! Even festive bakes are on the menu in the countdown to the Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls publication day!

Lovely SJ has come up with the simplest Cinnamon Swirls recipe. Here's the link if you fancy giving them a go. I'll be donning my baking apron at the weekend!

H x

Friday, 5 October 2018

The countdown to Christmas is on!

Hello my loves! I'm sorry I haven't been around for a couple of weeks. Life has been extremely hectic here in Swain Towers so I hope you will forgive my lack of posts and updates. Truth be told, I have no idea where September disappeared to and now we're a week into October already and less than a month to go until the Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls publication day!

As you can imagine the countdown to November 1st is an exciting time and my wonderful publishing team has produced some gorgeous images quoting reviews the book has received so far. If you were wondering whether you wanted to head back to Wynthorpe Hall again this Christmas, I hope these will persuade you to make a return visit!

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls has been an absolutely joyful book to write and I very much hope you will all enjoy reading it. There's something truly magical about writing a festive title and I always strive to pack in as much festive feeling as I possibly can.

H x

P.S. If you happen to be in Cambridgeshire on Monday afternoon, in the Wisbech area, I'm giving an author talk in the library to kick of the National Libraries celebrations in the very heart of Wynbridge country! It would be great to see you there.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Jarrolds Autumn Lit Lunch

As many of you know, I was recently invited to speak at the Jarrolds Autumn Literary Lunch which took place yesterday afternoon at a very swanky venue in Norwich City football ground. It was wonderful to take part in an event so close to home and I thought I would share a few photos with you from the day to mark the occasion.

Chris Ryan, myself & Jonathan Gornall
After a delicious lunch we each spoke for a few minutes about ourselves and our latest releases before signing books and chatting to guests.

Chatting about all things Norwich and Nightingale Square
There were well over a hundred guests in attendance and those I had the opportunity to talk to said that they particularly enjoyed the fact that the three authors all wrote about such different things, in very different genres and had their own stories to tell.

One final photo
I enjoyed my afternoon every bit as much as the other authors and guests and would like to thank the Jarrolds team for inviting me to take part.

H x

Monday, 17 September 2018

My first hardback

You may very well have already seen these beauties on social media, but I simply couldn't resist including the pic here as well! These are my first ever hardback books - Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage, the Italian translation! Aren't they gorgeous? I'm absolutely delighted with them.

H x

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Proofs!

Christmas has come early for me this year and I'm so excited to be able to finally tell you about the latest development in my writing career!

As many of you know, my seventh title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter 
Wonderland, will be hitting the shelves on November 1st this year. However, popping up on social media this week you may have spotted some pics of what look very much like actual books!

No, your eyes do not deceive you...

For the first time my wonderful publisher has decided to produce a limited run of proofs to send to trade professionals as well as some authors and fabulous bloggers. Needless to say, I am extremely excited about this new development and can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of the book. The NetGalley reviews have been fabulous so far so fingers crossed this new title will be as widely well received and loved as Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells was last year.

I have been sent just one treasured copy from my editor who is keen to spread the Wynthorpe Hall love as far as she possibly can out into the publishing world but the countdown to publication day is well and truly on.

November 1st will be here before we know it and, in the meantime, I'm just going to keep stroking this very special proof!

H x

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Happy Ever After...

Thursday night I had the very great honour of being a part of the panel at the RNA and Goldsboro Books event in Covent Garden. We were discussing Romance in the 21st Century and, more specifically, the never ending appeal of stories which have a happy ever after.

The evening got off to a great start as Mr Turner himself was topping the bill next door and no, before you ask, that is not my cat, Storm, he is holding. However, should you ask her, she will say it definitely is...

Mr T and Storm double

The panel conversation was free flowing and lively, thanks to some clever questioning from Alison May and I very much enjoyed taking part. On the journey home however, I began running through the inevitable 'I wish I'd said this' and 'I really should have mentioned that' inner monologue and thought I'd best write at least some of it down.

Jules Wake, Katie Fforde, Yours truly & Alison May

One of the things I would have liked to have mentioned, was why I decided out of all the genres it was the Happy Ever After, Feel Good Fiction, Commercial Fiction - call it what you will - which appealed to me more than any other.

I first began reading books which fell into these categories during a difficult time in my life. My family and I had had a couple of house moves and job changes in a very short space of time, we were living somewhere new with no family close by and I had two young children to look after as well as a husband who was coming to terms with a brain tumour diagnosis.

Those books which promised the happy ever after (HEA) shone out as beacons of hope and they offered a temporary sanctuary from the upheaval and trauma going on around me. They were my respite, if only for a few minutes every day and I lived many different lives and visited many different places through them.

So, when I decided to take my writing ambitions seriously the HEA felt like the logical genre for me. If I could write books like those which had helped me cope during the dark days, which made my readers feel the same way Jill Mansell, Katie Fforde, Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson had made me feel, then I would have really achieved something.

Not only did I want my characters to claim their HEA through their relationships with a significant other but I wanted them to be stretched, challenged and fulfilled in their own lives. That may be through a change of career, a business set up, a major house move or a decision to follow their hearts rather than someone else's ideas of what would be best for them and have I succeeded? Have I given my readers the same sanctuary my favourite authors offered me?

I think so...

This tweet was logged on my phone when I left London after the event and headed back to my little patch of Norfolk. If it isn't reason enough to fall (and keep falling) in love with the HEA then I don't know what is!

H x

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Jarrold Autumn Literary Lunch

I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have been invited to take part in the Jarrold Autumn Literary Lunch at Norwich City Football Ground on Tuesday 18th of September.

The event includes a wonderful two course lunch and a book signing as well as speeches from Chris Ryan and Jonathon Gornall as well as myself.

Tickets are available via - 

I hope to see you there.

H x