Inspiration!

A couple of weeks ago, my back list titles were all published as audio books. To celebrate, my publisher asked me to record a minute for each book, of myself talking about the inspiration behind each one. Those videos have all been uploaded to Instagram, and you can watch them via the HQStories channel, linked here.

It was a pretty excruciating experience getting those done, I can tell you! My drama student son helped, and it took us ages getting the lighting right, and the camera (phone) angle right, so the bags under my eyes didn’t look too bad. And then I kept stumbling over the words, or speaking as though I was ‘dead inside,’ as my son kept telling me. We had to do about 20 takes for one book. I have a newfound respect for all actors, presenters, radio and TV hosts. Words are far easier to write than to speak, I think!

Anyway, here are the links to the individual clips, saved here so they’re easier to find in case anyone ever wants a giggle.

The Stationmaster’s Daughter

The Pearl Locket

The Girl from Ballymor

The Emerald Comb

The Daughters of Red Hill Hall

The Forgotten Gift

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I’m delighted to be able to share with you the cover and blurb for my latest book, The Forgotten Gift!

It’s due to be published on 11th November 2020 as an ebook, with the paperback following on 7th January 2021, and it’s now available for preorder.

Here’s the blurb:

What would you do to protect the ones you love?

1861. George’s life changes forever the day he meets Lucy. She’s beautiful and charming, and he sees a future with her that his position as the second son in a wealthy family has never offered him. But when Lucy dies in a suspected poisoning days after rejecting George, he finds himself swept up into a murder investigation. George loved Lucy; he would never have harmed her. So who did?

Now. On the surface Cassie is happy with her life: a secure job, good friends, and a loving family. When a mysterious gift in a long-forgotten will leads her to a dark secret in her family’s history she’s desperate to learn more. But the secrets in Cassie’s family aren’t all hidden in the past, and her research will soon lead her to a revelation much closer to home – and which will turn everything she knows on its head…

Discover a family’s darkest secrets today. 

News update

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After an exciting couple of months watching how The Secret of the Château was doing on various Amazon deals in the US and then UK, this month it’s the turn of The Girl from Ballymor that is now selling at just 99p on Amazon UK.  It’s still my favourite of my novels, so I hope it does well.

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Later this month, on the 27th, all my older books will be released as audiobooks. There will be five coming out on the same day, which is really exciting! That will mean all my books are available in all formats. I’ll soon be recording some promotional video clips about the inspiration behind The Emerald Comb, The Pearl Locket, The Daughters of Red Hill Hall, The Girl from Ballymor and The Stationmaster’s Daughter, to celebrate these audiobook publications.

Also this month, I’ll be announcing news of my next novel – the tenth. I can’t wait to share this with everyone! Novel Eleven is also written and with beta readers for a few comments before I send it to my editor. And ideas for more are brewing, of course.

I hope everyone’s found plenty of time to read over recent months. I have – along with writing. And house clearing. We’ve been talking about moving for a couple of years, and are finally taking some steps towards doing it. Which means the loft and the garage that we’ve been ignoring for years all need sorting. Funnily, book eleven starts with a character clearing her attic. She gets on with it a lot faster than I have managed to.

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.