Live on Facebook & other news

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Yesterday as part of the One More Chapter book club I was ‘live’ on Facebook along with editor Mel and author Adrienne Chinn. We were talking about our latest books. Adrienne’s is also dual timeline, like mine.

We had a lot of fun, and the video is available to watch on FB here.

Also – for the month of July – my latest novel The Secret of the Château is on promotion at just 99p for the ebook on Amazon UK! The paperback and audio versions of the book will be released later this month.

I handed a revised version of my 10th novel to my editor last week – hope to soon bring you news of its title, cover, blurb etc – I love announcing new books!

And today I’m going back to my 11th novel. I have written a very rough first draft, and now I need to turn it into something readable!

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On the radio!

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Last week I took part in a radio show called Outer Limits, on Swindon 105.5. It was a pre-recorded show which I was glad of – gave my lovely hosts Peggy and Chloe the chance to edit it if necessary! The show is now available on demand for the next month  – click here and scroll down to the Outer Limits show recorded on 10th June.

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In it I talk about several of my novels, how I got started in writing, why I write dual timeline and more. Enjoy listening!

Podcast and a promo!

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed by the lovely Jenny Wheeler for a podcast – that is a first time for me. She’s now posted it up on her website, The Joys of Binge Reading, and you can listen to it here.

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In it, I chatter on about lockdown, The Secret of the Château, how I got started writing, writing while living in Gertie, The Forgotten Secret and more. There’s also a transcript for those who prefer to read rather than listen. And there’s a giveaway of copies of the ebook of The Secret of the Château!

Jenny’s is a fabulous website and she’s interviewed loads of writers. Do go and take a look around and perhaps listen to some of them!

(PS I hate the sound of my recorded voice, but I suppose that’s true for many of us!)

Also – for all readers in the US – please note The Secret of the Château is currently on sale at just 99c from Amazon for the month of June. Bargain!

Blog tour!

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Today the blog tour for The Secret of the Château begins, brilliantly organised by Rachel. I’ll be adding links to every review on the book’s page. Can’t wait to find out what people think of this book – please do go and check out some of the reviews. Book bloggers do such a great job promoting books – I really appreciate it.

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In other news, today is also publication day for the paperbacks of The Pearl Locket and The Emerald Comb. It’s so lovely to have these two available in hard copy. They were my first book contract, and I was asked many times by readers if they were ever going to be published as paperbacks, and always had to reply that it was up to my publisher.  I was delighted when they told me that they’d chosen these to go into paperback.

Not only that, but later this year all my older books will be published in audio format! It is all happening.

May already

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Or was April actually about six months long? It was shorter than March, anyway (or felt like it).

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I have news this month – on 15th May my latest book, The Secret of the Château, will be released in ebook format. I’m really looking forward to seeing what people think of this one! It’s set mostly in France, as the title implies, and the historical parts are set during the French revolution. Had to do plenty of research for this one!

 

 

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Also being released on 14th May are the paperbacks for my first two dual timeline novels – The Emerald Comb and The Pearl Locket. I have been asked so many times whether these will ever be available as paperbacks so it is very pleasing that they soon will be.

 

In other news, I recently signed a contract for audio versions of all my books that aren’t already in this format! The Secret of the Château comes out in July along with the paperback, and the others (the older books, plus The Stationmaster’s Daughter) probably around August. I’m delighted that all my HQ novels will be available in all formats.

Lockdown

I suppose, as with every other blog out there, I ought to add a post about the coronavirus and the lockdown, and how we’re dealing with it here.

We have been very lucky, in that we came back from Spain in our motorhome on 20th February, a few weeks before things started getting serious there. We had a load of plans for more travelling this spring, which of course have all been cancelled.

Our home is a large house with a garden, near the cliff top and beach in Bournemouth, which means we are very priveleged compared with some. Our younger son had come home for a fortnight’s holiday in early March, and as things ramped up he decided to stay here, as his acting course was of course suspended. Our older son decamped here from his flat in Birkenhead on the day the lockdown began, and he’s been working from home since.

I realised the other day that at Christmas I always look forward most to having both my boys with us, having time to play games, go for walks, watch movies, bake cookies with them. And so now, in lockdown, we are doing a tremendous amount of all that so I really can’t complain! We’re also catching up with friends and relatives via Zoom.

I’m also writing, of course. About half way through a new novel, and awaiting structural edits on another. Ebooks and audio books seem to be selling well which is nice.

So – life goes on. We’ve rediscovered so many small local shops which are often a better bet than the larger supermarkets. Catering for four means we’re needing quite a lot more food than usual – the breadmaker is in use most days. There was a minor crisis when we ran out of yeast but after posting on facebook a friend sent us some, and then I discovered a small shop still selling it. If lack of yeast is our biggest issue during this crisis then there really is nothing to complain about!

So far no one close to us has had the virus, though I do know a number of people in the writing community who’ve had it, including the very wonderful Rachel who organises blog tours for my new books. She was hospitalised for a while but thankfully is back home recovering now, and I wish her all the best.

I hope you’re all coping ok with this horrible situation, and I send best wishes to you all, especially those with the virus or who have someone close who has it. Keep well, keep safe, and let’s all look forward to the time when all this is behind us.

 

Revamp

I’ve given this website a bit of a revamp, now that I have SO MANY books out!

  • Added the latest cover to the banner.
  • Listed the novels as a sub-menu off the main menu, to try to streamline things.
  • Amended heading ‘Blog’ to ‘Latest News’ which more accurately reflects this page.

Hope this makes it all look a little neater.

Coming Soon!

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I’m delighted to be able to share with you the cover and blurb for my next book, entitled The Secret of the Château! It’s to be published as an ebook on 14th May and as a paperback on 23rd July. There’ll be a blog tour around the time it’s published – details to be announced later. I do love this cover!

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Everything is about to change…

1789. Pierre and Catherine Aubert, the Comte and Comtesse de Verais, have fled the palace of Versailles for their château, deep in the French Alps. But as revolution spreads through the country, even hidden away the Auberts will not be safe forever. Soon they must make a terrible decision in order to protect themselves, and their children, from harm.

Present day. When Lu’s mother dies leaving her heartbroken, the chance to move to a château in the south of France with her husband and best friends seems an opportunity for a new beginning. But Lu can’t resist digging into their new home’s history, and when she stumbles across the unexplained disappearance of Catherine Aubert, the château begins to reveal its secrets – and a mystery unsolved for centuries is uncovered…

Happy New Year!

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I hope all my blog readers had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2020 – in fact, all the best for the new decade. I bet some of you still feel it’s only about two or three years since the Millennium. Where do the years go?

But then I look back on this last decade and realise how far I’ve come. Ten years ago I was working in IT, writing short stories, with little thought or hope of becoming a novelist. Now I am a full time novelist with eight novels published, two at varying stages of the editing process, contracted for another one after that and with a lovely long list of ideas for future books. Life’s been good, lately. I wrote a short Twitter thread reviewing the decade – you can read it here.

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At this time of year I always like to look back on last year’s resolutions and then make more. If I write them here I can easily find them again, also making them public means I’m more likely to stick to them!

Last year I resolved to:

  • Get The Stationmaster’s Daughter ready for publication Done – published August
  • Write two further novels (with no day job I ought to be able to!) Done – at least the first drafts
  • Work on thinning down the amount of stuff in the house, so that in a year or so we can downsize Done a bit of this but my word, why have we hoarded so much in the attic?
  • Go travelling in our motorhome Gertie for a couple of months Done – 10 weeks in the spring/summer and another 6 in the winter
  • Make the most of my time, and basically enjoy life! Oh definitely done, and ongoing!

 

And as for 2020, here’s my new resolutions:

  • Complete the two novels written last year. Both are slated for publication in 2020.
  • Write first drafts of two more novels.
  • Continue thinning down possessions, with a view to selling this house in 2021
  • Continue enjoying life!

 

In other news, in 2020 my three older dual timeline novels (The Emerald Comb, The Pearl Locket, and The Daughters of Red Hill Hall) will all be published in paperback at last. I’m delighted about this! They are all available for preorder on Amazon and will be published in the spring – Daughters comes out in February.

It shouldn’t be too long before I’m posting here about my next novel, which is also due out in spring, but for the moment I need to keep its title, cover and blurb under wraps. Just one tiny hint – it is set in France. Looking forward to finding out what everyone thinks of this one!

 

 

News and updates

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Well I may not have put much on my blog lately but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! As regular readers know I gave up the day job in February this year and life’s been very full since then with lots of travel, lots of writing and lots of fun.

Here’s the latest news.

Firstly, The Stationmaster’s Daughter has now been released as a paperback and is available to buy from all online retailers. It’s done very nicely as an ebook and has some lovely reviews – see the book’s own page on this blog. (And at the moment the ebook is selling for just 99p in the UK for a limited period!)

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Back in August, The Forgotten Secret was featured on a Bookbub deal in the US and imagine my excitement when it reached no 13 in the Amazon chart and was a US Today bestseller for that week!

 

 

Writing has been going well – I recently submitted another novel to my editor and am waiting to hear what she thinks of it and see how much work there is still to do on it. It’s scheduled for publication in spring 2020. I will, of course, announce further details as they are finalised, but there are a few clues about it on The WIP page on this blog. This is book 1 of a 3-book contract I signed in August.

Meanwhile while I wait to hear from my editor, I am pushing on fast with the novel after that (book 2 of the contract). This one’s very genealogy-based and is flying onto the page. Some novels seem easier to write than others and so far this one’s a joy.

I want to get it written quickly anyway, as I am very excited about my idea for book 3 of the contract, and have amassed a few research books to get me started on that one. Plus I already have some notes made for another book after that… I never seem to have a problem finding new ideas, long may that continue.