Wednesday, 12 December 2018

My Festive #tbr

Hello everyone! Thank you for dropping in to have a look at my blog. I'm sorry I haven't posted for a few days, but I've been rather under the weather as well as working hard on the edit for my summer '19 release, Poppy's Recipe for Life which is now available to order on Amazon! Yay!

Here's the link if you fancied taking a look... 

There will be blurb added soon and publication day is May 2nd which will be here sooner than you think!

So, what am I up to in the run up to Christmas? Now the edits are in I can start planning a brand new book (which is always exciting) and spend some time reading the Christmas books which make up my 2018 Festive #tbr.

I have quite a list this year so I've already made a start! As always, Mr Dickens kicks the festivities off and I can now recite chunks of A Christmas Carol by heart! The rest of the list includes - 

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley (thank you HI for including my quote on the cover)

Not Just for Christmas by Natalie Cox (thank you Clare Hey at Orion)

One Perfect Christmas by Paige Toon (a gift to myself from Amazon)

Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews (thank you Viola and Sphere and thank you Carole for the gorgeous handmade card) 

I've already read Christmas books by dame Milly Johnson, Claire Sandy and Jane Lacey-Crane and suspect your own Festive #tbr is every bit as big as mine. If not bigger! Do feel free to let me know in the comments box below and in the meantime, happy reading! Don't forget I'll be signing books in Diss Bookshop on the 22nd. Hope to see you there!

H x

Monday, 3 December 2018

Diss Bookshop festive signing!

The bad news is that due to unforseen circumstances my festive book signing in Diss on December 1st was sadly cancelled.

The good news is, we've rescheduled for December 22nd. Yay! It's happening from 10-12 and I'm REALLY hoping you'll be able to come along!

Diss is a beautiful little market town with some lovely shops and eateries so why not #shoplocal for those last minute festive treats and pop in for a copy of Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland?

H x

Saturday, 24 November 2018

A fun filled evening at Havering Lit Fest!

I was back on the road again last night, only this time I headed south rather than north! Upminster library in Essex played host to an evening aptly titled 'Wit-Lit & Prosecco' which formed part of the Havering Lit fest.

Sue Moorcroft, Lizzie Lamb and I were invited along to take part in a lively Q and A session with the audience followed by lashings of fizz, the opportunity to sign books, catch up with old friends and make plenty of new ones!

It was wonderful to once again meet social media pals in the flesh and if the laughter was anything to go by, I would say the evening was a roaring success. Huge and heartfelt thanks to lovely blogger chum Laura who provided not only the prettiest outfit of the evening and some delicious bakes, but also a string of festive themed handmade bunting. She certainly knows the way to my heart!

This week has been one of the busiest and most exciting I've had in a very long time but for now, it's back at the keyboard to work on my brand new book which is going to be published next May. If you want to hear more about it then come along to Diss Bookshop next Saturday where I'm going to be kickstarting your Christmas shopping and signing copies of Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls from 10am until 1pm. See you there!

Wishing you all a wonderful week !

H x

Thursday, 22 November 2018

A fabulous night in lovely Leeds!

Last night I had the very great pleasure of taking part in the fabulous Girls Night Out event in Waterstones Leeds with fellow authors Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley, Karen Swan and Lucy Dillon.

As ever Milly made sure the evening got off to a fun start...

And the laughs continued from there. To get the bookish wheels turning we each talked about our current releases and then Cathy, our host, asked a great selection of questions ranging from research to career highlights. After some more questions from the audience we set about signing books and chatting to friends old and new.

It was a truly memorable event and made even more thrilling for me when I spotted Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls on sale at the train station in WH Smiths. As author outings go, this was an absolute cracker!

H x

Saturday, 17 November 2018

RNA Winter Party

What a busy couple of weeks it has been and if you check my events list to the right of this post you can see it's going to get even busier in the run up to Christmas!

I hope to see lots of you this week in Leeds and Upminster where I'll be appearing for bookish chat, signings and a glass or two of fizz. In Leeds I'll be with Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley, Lucy Dillon and Karen Swan and in Upminster I'll be joining Sue Moorcroft and Lizzie Lamb!

This week I've given an author talk to the lovely Wymondham Stroke Support Group and on Wednesday evening I travelled to London for the RNA Winter Party and industry awards.

This is my favourite snap from the night (taken by Alison French) and not only because it catches me up to mischief but also because it encapsulates the RNA to me.

Front and centre (and caught saying goodness knows what), I'm surrounded by old and new friends, all of whom are at different stages of their writing careers. Lovely Jean Fullerton is a prolific author, much respected speaker and a pillar of the RNA. Leggy Jenni Keer behind me is poised for her very first publication day in January and new RNA indie published chum, Victoria Leybourne was attending her first RNA event. Needless to say Jen and I had soon signed her up to the Norfolk and Suffolk chapter as she's a local lass.

What I love most about this shot is that it shows us all united under the banner of friendship and support provided by the umbrella of the RNA. We really are a truly wonderful tribe. If any aspiring authors reading this are wondering whether to try for a New Writers Scheme spot in the New year then I urge you to do it! Writing can be a lonely career but the friends you make through the Association ensure there is always someone on hand to offer support, advice and, if it has been a really tough day tea or gin! Or both.

This second pic from the night was another corker and taken a few hours later after my fabulous agent Amanda Preston (left) had been named Agent of The Year and collected her trophy. Helen J Rolfe and Christie Barlow were clearly trying to steal the limelight but I nosed my way in just as the shutter snapped!

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and I'm already looking forward to our pre-Christmas Chapter lunch in Norwich at the end of the month.

And how about the books? 

Well, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls is selling well and has attracted almost 50 fabulous reviews so thank you all very much indeed! And, as a special festive treat all three Christmas titles are now just 99p each to download!

Wishing you all a wonderful week! I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you during the next few days!

H x

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Welcoming Rosie Hendry back to the blog!

As you know, this week was a very special one for me as my third Christmas title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland, was published and I was lucky enough to share the day with some other fabulous authors who have also written beautiful seasonal books!

Rosie Hendry is not only the incredibly talented author who writes about the East End Angels (who I adore and have featured at least twice), but she is also a fellow RNA Norfolk and Suffolk chapter member and a very good friend. I am thrilled to welcome her to the blog this week to share details of her latest release, Christmas with the East End Angels, and also give some great advice to us writer types.

Christmas with the East End Angels – It's the most wonderful time of the year - and the East End Angels are working hard to keep Londoners safe.
 Frankie is trying to keep everything together. She can count on the support of the East End Angels, even in the face of family trouble.
Winnie's beloved husband, Mac, is putting himself at risk every day in the bomb disposal unit and she's finding it hard while he's away.
As Bella grows closer to Winnie's brother, James, she’s becoming more confident. Is happiness just around the corner?
Christmas on the Home Front is a hard time with loved ones far away - but the women of the Auxiliary Ambulance service are making do and mending.
Buy the book...

Words of wisdom from Rosie - writer types, take note!

Being a writer is a wonderful job, but it can be a lonely one. When you have a job where you work with colleagues there’s often a chance to have a chat over tea break or eating your sandwiches in the staffroom at lunchtime, but not for writers. We might go all the working day without speaking to or seeing anyone except for the characters in our imaginations who play out their lives as we write - so it’s important to get involved in groups of other writers who can fill that gap and become your work colleagues and your friends. You might not see each other every day but you can be in touch on line and meet up regularly.
I belong to the Romantic Novelists’ Association whose regional chapters allow members to get together with other writers who live in the same area. My local one is the Norfolk and Suffolk group, we meet for lunch in Norwich every two months and are in touch online in between. I’ve made some great friends through the group, we support each other and understand the need to write – it’s like finding your own tribe. No one thinks you’re odd for making up stories and spending more time with your characters than perhaps with your family.
The Norfolk and Suffolk group are always great fun to be with, we have great chats and there’s always much laughter at our meetings and there’s a strong bond between us. So, it’s been a great delight to share publication day with fellow member Heidi.  We have shared the ups and downs of writing our books over the years and to launch our latest ones out into the world on the same day has been lovely.
If you’re a writer, do get out there and meet up with others, you won’t be disappointed and may make some of the loveliest friends you’ll ever have.

Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and two children. She is the author of the East End Angels series, which is an uplifting and heart-warming saga series following the lives and loves of Winnie, Frankie and Bella, who all work for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service (LAAS) during the Blitz. Listening to her father's tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie's interest in this period and she loves researching further, searching out gems of real-life events which inspire her writing.
Keep up-to-date with Rosie by following her on Twitter (@hendry_rosie), becoming her friend on Facebook  Rosie Hendry Books or visiting her website

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Snowflakes and Cinnamon publication day and competition winners!

November 1st is finally here and my 2018 festive title, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland, is published today! Can you tell I'm excited? I hope so! Being an author is the best job in the world as far as I'm concerned and writing Christmas books is an absolute indulgence! I love every part of the creative journey and hope to bring you many more fictional festive titles. Sometimes I can hardly believe I've written three already, but here they are in all their sparkly glory!

So, as you all know, I've been running a competition during the last few days, offering two lucky entrants the chance to win one of these Christmas themed book bundles, and I'm absolutely astounded that over 100 of you have taken part.

It has given my great pleasure to sit and read through your comments and discover what you all love about Christmas. I'm more than ready for the festive season now and that warm glow which ignites every year has been lit a little earlier this time around, so thank you all for sharing your simple pleasures and family traditions.

The name of every person who left a comment has been included in my Christmas bag of chance and drawn at random by my son. Thank you Olly!

And the winners are...

Congratulations to you both! Message me your details my loves and I'll get your parcels in the post!

Thank you again to everyone who has taken part and made this publication day even more special and don't forget, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland is now available to buy online and in all good supermarkets and bookshops!

Much love to you all,

H x