Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mills and Boon Relaunch

I'm thrilled to be included in he Mills and Boon relaunch with reprints of two of my favourite books - A Wedding at Leopard Tree Lodge in Wedding Wishes and Secret Baby, Surprise Parents in Baby on Board. Each book contains three full length stories and they are priced at a very tempting #99p

Amazon UK

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Where have all the paperbacks gone?

I'm guesting today over at Tote Bags 'n' Blogs - talking about the vexed question of why the paperback editions of the books we all love are disappearing from retail. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thank you all for spending time with me this year, for buying my books (and reviewing them), for visiting me on social media and sharing your news, your thoughts, your dreams. 

It's been a privilege.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Thank you all for dropping by to read my occasional blogs, read my books and leave your comments this year. I know how busy you all are and I truly appreciate the fact that you're chosen to share your time with me.

I have plans for more writing blogs in the New Year and to get on with the book that events this autumn brought crashing to a standstill. Meanwhile I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas with good food, good friends, good family.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Seasonal love...

This is just a flying visit to the blog between hospital visits - the dh is not well but improving - to wish you all the very happiest Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

In the spirit of the season I'm tossing out all these books that are on special holiday bargain offers at the moments.

Wild Fire  and Eloping With Emmy are a crazy 99c everywhere  and For His Eyes Only is just $1.99 in the US.

In the UK quite a few of my books are available for just 99p - Vettori's Damsel in Distress, Her Pregnancy Bombshell, Secret Baby Surprise Parents...

Grab a handful for your own Christmas stocking and spoil yourself after the holidays when you have time for a little toes up..

Thank you for visiting the blog this year, chatting on Facebook and Twitter and dropping by my Instagram page. Hopefully the New Year will give me more time to be there.

All my best wishes to you for a merry Christmas with your family and friends and a very happy and peaceful New Year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A tour of Combe St Philip

When Sophie, Jessica, Anne and I looked around for a setting for our fictional Cotswold village, I immediately  thought of Castle Combe - the prettiest village in England. Allegedly. (Other villages are also extremely pretty!)

I'd had lunch at the Manor House Hotel with the Bath and Wiltshire Romantic Novelists' Association chapter when Jill Mansell gave a talk there.

She'd used the hotel in her book, Daisy's Place and I knew it would work very well for Hasebury Hall, the childhood home of Hope Kennard, Sophie's heroine (The Prince's Bride).

Sophie, Jessica, Anne and I had a day out walking the ground of "our" village on a gloriously sunny spring day and had a wonderful lunch there, purely in the necessity of research, you understand. Research is not all about surfing the 'net and dusty libraries!

Jessica, who'd been the first out of the traps with a draft ms, had named the church  where the wedding was to take place St Philip and All Angels and when we went into the beautiful church in Castle Combe, one of the first things we saw was this array of angels on either side of the aisle. 

One of those spine-tingly magic moments for a writer.

We found a suitably ancient monument where our bride's ancestor would have been laid to rest and imagined a stained glass window bearing his coat of arms,

There was some discussion about the differences between a US wedding and one taking place in the UK - the bridesmaids follow the bride in the UK. The fact that the bride and groom (and their witnesses) disappear into the vestry after the service to sign the register. Details that may not be used but are important to know.

We walked around the churchyard, working out the where the television people would put their cherry picker - my heroine's concern - and, because that's what you can do when you've created your own location, we turned it around so that the heroine, walking from her family home, would not have to walk all around the graveyard. 

There were other important locations. This is the market cross, Ally's home, and the Three Bells where Ally was working when Fredrik arrived unexpectedly.  

Actually the pub isn't in Castle Combe but in the equally pretty village of  Lacock and is the pub where our local Romantic Novelists' Chapter meet for supper once in a while.

And the last picture refers to something that our village and Castle Combe have in common. They are both used as locations for films and tv dramas. 

Castle Combe was recently used in the film War Horse.