Wednesday, 24 November 2021

A festive book bargain!

 I'm thrilled to be able to offer you a fabulous festive book bargain!

Right now, you can download my brand new book, 

UNDERNEATH THE CHRISTMAS TREE 

for just 99p!


I hope you will join me on this very special winter trip to the Wynmouth seaside. There's an abundance of snow-topped trees and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate on offer! Not to mention men in chunky knits and a very fine husky called, Bandit.


With love

H x


Saturday, 13 November 2021

The Summer Fair

As lots of you know from a previous post, my summer 22 book is called THE SUMMER FAIR, but what you may not know - unless you're a newsletter subscriber - is where it's going to be set. Today, I'm thrilled to be able to tell you not only where we're going next year, but also who we're going to meet when we get there!

So, without further ado, I'm taking us back to...

NIGHTINGALE SQUARE

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…?

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I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had writing this book. Beth is absolutely lovely, Eli is gorgeous and there are a couple of other characters who literally waltzed on to the page with absolutely no prior planning and had me in fits of giggles every day! I hope you'll enjoy getting to know them as much as I have!

H x

Friday, 29 October 2021

Publication day and another in person event!

 My goodness! As you know, I'm not usually lost for words but the Underneath the Christmas Tree publication day yesterday surpassed all expectations and I'm hard pushed to put into words how much it meant to me!

There was the fabulous Facebook Book Club party which was, as always, superbly organised, incredible fun and included a surprise blog which had me blubbing before breakfast. Thank you so much Sue and Fiona for yet another unforgettable celebration! And thank you to the Club members who took part and said such lovely things about me and the book x

Then came the beautiful bouquets of flowers - which coordinated with the book cover perfectly - and then the Insta live chat with Oriana. These are always great fun and the hour we'd planned soon turned into an hour and a half so massive thanks to everyone who watched the whole chat!

And of course last, but by no means least, this happened...

The eBook has had a flag for a while, which has been a source of much joy, but to see the paperback with one too and with so many reviews already posted was the ultimate cherry on the celebration cake! 

Massive thanks to everyone who already has a copy and to everyone who has kindly posted those super stars! They really do make a massive difference.

It was the ultimate publication day. I loved every minute and today I have exciting event news to share!

I'm going to be taking part in a wonderful panel event in Suffolk with my Norfolk and Suffolk RNA friends, Jenni Keer, Clare Marchant and Rosie Hendry.


It's going to be great fun to get out and about again and I really hope you'll be able to join us for bookish chat and a wonderful pre-Christmas catch up!

Well, that's all my news for now. What a week it has been! If you're subscribed to my newsletter make sure you open it this weekend as there's a stunning Underneath the Christmas Tree exclusive giveaway included.

Love to you all,

H x

Monday, 25 October 2021

Welcoming Victoria Walters to the blog!

This week I am absolutely delighted to welcome my good friend and fellow author, Victoria Walters to the blog. Last month, Victoria's first cosy crime novel, MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL was published and I loved it so much, I invited her along to tell us all about how writing a different genre came about, along with the inspiration behind writing such a clever and engrossing book!

I have published six women’s fiction novels, including the bestselling Glendale Hall series, but on 23rd September, I published my first ever murder mystery novel! It’s a cosy crime called Murder at the House on the Hill. 

I actually wrote this book just for fun. I was under contact with my publisher Hera for my Glendale series but I had hit my deadline and was struck by the idea of writing a murder mystery. I’ve been a fan of cosy crime books and TV shows for a long time, and I loved the idea of writing my own. I really enjoy watching shows like Shakespeare and Hathaway, Father Brown and Jonathan Creek, and am slowly making my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I loved the idea of creating my own similar cosy world. I had the idea of a woman who ends up solving crimes with her grandmother, and I really wanted my love of books and my experience working in Waterstones to feed into it too. At first, my main character Nancy Hunter, worked in a library but I realised that owning a bookshop would be much more fun and I made it one that only sells crime and mystery novels. I just loved the idea of a crime bookshop owner becoming an amateur detective!

If you read the book, I hope you’ll realise it’s a love story to murder mysteries. My characters, for instance, are named after literary and TV detectives – Nancy is named after Nancy Drew, and her grandmother after Jane Marple. We also have an Inspector Brown after BBC’s Father Brown, and Jonathan, the local reporter, is named after Jonathan Creek. The book is set in the Cotswolds, which is home to so many fictional crimes shows and books like Agatha Raisin, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the cosy quaintness of the story, a nod to Agatha Christie mysteries, and the fun the characters have as they solve their first mystery. I also hope you won’t be able to guess the killer but that you’ll enjoy trying to! There also is, of course, the bookshop to discover and as someone who has loved bookshops and wanted to work in one since I watched You’ve Got Mail, it was so enjoyable to write about Dedley Endings Bookshop, and I hope it’s just as enjoyable to read. 

After finishing writing the book just for my own enjoyment, I realised that I loved the characters and the village they live in, Dedley End, so much I didn’t want them to just live on my computer I wanted people to be able to meet them for themselves so I sent it to my agent and editor, and the rest as they say is history! For me, changing genres has been really fun but I won’t be leaving women’s fiction behind. I feel like all my stories, regardless of the genre, are full of characters you root for, have close knit communities you’d like to live in, are cosy and full of heart, and are basically books to curl up with and escape the real world with. I really hope they all leave you smiling at the end too. 

I hope I can keep writing murder mysteries alongside my romantic stories and I hope readers will enjoy both as much as I enjoy writing them!


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Apple: https://apple.co/3yJGkWE

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Waterstones: https://bit.ly/3k1apLW

Victoria Walters is a full-time author living in Surrey. Victoria writes the bestselling women’s fiction series GLENDALE HALL, which has won wide reader acclaim. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star. Her first cosy crime novel MURDER AT THE HOUSE ON THE HILL was published in 2021. 

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at: http://victoria-writes.com/ She is also on YouTube as Victoria Walters.

 

 


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