Coming Home to Glendale Hall, summer at the kindness cafe, The Second Love Of My Life, Writing

Why there is a letter in all my books

I read a review recently of my new novel Coming Home to Glendale Hall and it mentioned the fact the main male character writes a letter explaining his feelings, and they pointed out that this happens in Jane Austen's Persuasion and I wanted to hug the person who wrote it! Because there's a reason why… Continue reading Why there is a letter in all my books

Books, bookshops, The Second Love Of My Life

Book signing

Last week, I was excited to be invited to Waterstones Staines for their Christmas shopping evening. They had a pile of copies of my debut novel The Second Love Of My Life for me to sign and I was thrilled to discover they are making it their fiction books of the month for December too!… Continue reading Book signing

Books, inspiration, summer at the kindness cafe, The Second Love Of My Life, Writing

How to Create a Fictional Town

I've noticed that a lot of my readers, in their reviews and messages to me, mention the settings of my novels and they wish they were real places. So I thought it would be interesting to talk about how I create the settings of my novels. Littlewood in my new novel is shown on the… Continue reading How to Create a Fictional Town

Books, Fiction, getting published, romance, Special Days, The Second Love Of My Life, Writing

Happy Bookiversary To Me! 

   My debut novel The Second Love Of My Life was first published here in the UK a year ago today! It was a dream come true to hold the book in my hands and see it on the book shelves. And it still is. I still receive messages from readers who have enjoyed the… Continue reading Happy Bookiversary To Me! 

events, romance, The Second Love Of My Life, Writing

The RoNA awards 2017

Last night, I made my way to London Town for the Romantic Novelists' Association Awards as my novel The Second Love Of My Life was on the shortlist for the Contemporary Romance award.  Here are all the books in my category:     The professional photos with the other nominees:       Obligatory pre-event selfie:   … Continue reading The RoNA awards 2017

Achievements, Musings, The Second Love Of My Life, Writing

Celebrating the small (and the big!)

   I was wondering what to post next in my Year Of Positivity series when it was announced that my debut novel The Second Love Of My Life has been shortlisted for an award! It is shortlisted for The 2017 Contemporary Romantic Novel Award by The Romantic Novelists Association. Here's the announcement in The Bookseller: … Continue reading Celebrating the small (and the big!)

Books, bookshops, events, The Second Love Of My Life

Meeting Readers Is My New Favourite Thing

This week, I took part in my first ever author event! I joined authors Sheila O'Flanagan and Jo Thomas at Foyles in Birmingham. Here we are waiting to go on ...    We started the evening with each of us saying a few words about our books and then we did a short reading. It… Continue reading Meeting Readers Is My New Favourite Thing