Friday, 10 February 2017

Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage cover reveal

Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by to have a look at the beautiful cover for my July 13th Summer release, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage. I hope you love it as much as I do.

The pretty artwork is a beautiful representation of the story with lots of elements of the plot included and I couldn't be happier with it, especially when viewed with the other three beauties created by the hugely talented team at Simon and Schuster.

Here's the blurb to whet your appetite for another trip to Wynbridge...

When Lottie Foster’s grandmother’s best friend Gwen dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely home, Cuckoo Cottage.
Lottie loves the cottage but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lottie’s closest neighbour, seems to think so.
Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasn’t told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree CafĂ© to repurpose Gwen’s old caravan and turn it into a mobile tearoom.
But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover who she can trust, and who to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, can she find love in her new home…?

Monday, 30 January 2017

Welcoming Lorraine back to the blog...

It is my great pleasure to welcome my good friend Lorraine M.L.M. back to the blog today and just in time to help launch the second book in her Heart of the Ocean series. In case you didn't get to meet her first time around, here's a little introduction to the lady herself and a few words about her enchanting series...

Lorraine M.L.M writes young adult romantic fiction. Her love for reading prompted her passion for writing. She loves all genres of romance but has a special and inherent interest in Sci-Fi and Fantasy/Romance in particular uplifting and thought provoking fiction. Her YA Fantasy/Romance debut novel, “SeQuence” was shortlisted for the 2015 Love Stories New Talent Award.

My first love - The Heart of the Ocean Series

The Heart of the Ocean Series is my first love for writing. Just over four years ago, I grabbed my pen, and an A3 sized paper and began writing a story that was supposed to never end. Strange but true. I’ve always been an avid reader and every time I read a good book, I would fall in love with the characters so much that they became just like my friends. But there was always a problem…heartache when the book ended. I had to say goodbye to my friends and search for new friends. But that wasn’t enough. I wanted more. I needed more. I had to have more. This need to have stable characters that stayed with me forever prompted the Heart of the Ocean Series. The plan was to write a story that never ended just for me, but as the story evolved I wanted to share it with others, and here we are.

There are two fundamental themes in this Series; Romance and Fantasy. I’ve always loved a good romance and I can’t possibly imagine this story without my hero, Dante. He’s not human but he’s a profound thinker, a trait I absolutely adore, whilst my heroine, Alessia is a sweet and endearing young human girl with a lot to learn. I think the couple provide the right balance for each other.

The fantasy setting is one that resonates with me because I grew up hearing stories of a world underneath the sea. These stories were were passed down from generation to generation, sadly, they have never found a voice. I want to be that voice. Besides my love for the ocean, I’ve always been fascinated by what else lies beneath unfathomable depths of the deep-blue sea, and since I started writing SeQuence and SeQuence Aligned, I’m even more intrigued by the possibilities of what else is down there. That’s how Alessia’s journey began. Her story needed to be told, and four years later I’m still telling it and I hope others will enjoy it as much as I love writing it.

About the book:

SeQuence Aligned
Book 2: The Heart of the Ocean Series
A Young Adult/Romance novel
E-book publication day - 01.02.17
Paperback - February 2017

Alessia and Dante’s love has blossomed. Their Sequence of Hearts is sturdier than ever, but the shield that protects Tuscania is weakening and an invasion is imminent. Everyone knows Alessia's new-found power is the key--especially Alessia. Unfortunately, the energy inside her is unstable and expediting her training could have devastating consequences. But that's exactly what must be done.

Whisked away to a secluded training facility, Alessia is forced to put aside all distractions, including Dante, to fully focus on the Sequence of Peace.

But power always comes at a price. When Dante falls deathly ill, Alessia abandons her training to go to him, but she never makes it. Instead, she's kidnapped and dragged outside the shield where she's more helpless than she was back on Earth. As the captive of a vengeful madman, Alessia has only her wits and her will to save herself and the world she's come to cherish.



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Monday, 9 January 2017

Not one, but three book bargains!

Welcome to a brand new week folks and not one, not two, but three fabulous book bargains from Wynbridge!

Use the links on the right to take a trip to The Cherry Tree Cafe, Skylark Farm and The Christmas Market for just 99p from all etailers.

Wishing you all a wonderful book filled week. Happy reading.

H x

Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year, new me? No thanks...

I can't believe it's almost a month since I last shared a post and that both Christmas and the new year have been and gone and all that's left of the Big Day (fabulous gifts aside), is the odd needle from the tree and a definite shrinkage in the clothes department.

The last few weeks have been particularly special for me as I've had the pleasure of seeing my third novel, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, on supermarket and bookshop shelves across the UK, Europe and beyond and truth be told it all still feels slightly surreal.

During the last 18 months I've had three books published, two in paperback as well as ebook and I've written a fourth and if I could share with you even a hint of what's to come... Anyway I can't so I'm putting temptation aside and using this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who has read, enjoyed and reviewed one, or in some cases all, of my books during the last few amazing months. I also want to say thank you to the fabulous bloggers and fellow authors who have featured me as well as the People's Friend, My Weekly, The Sunday Express, Countryside and Heat Magazine for publishing short stories, interviews and fabulous reviews. Cheers to you all!

And with regards to the title of this post 'new year, new me? No thanks', I've decided not to make any resolutions this year. I've had a look at the list of goals I made last year and I haven't achieved half of them so I'm not setting myself up for disappointment, especially when I have so many exciting new things on my horizon!

I'm turning 45 in a few months and am thoroughly enjoying my middle-aged status and can't help thinking that small changes made over time are actually far more effective than the rash knee jerk dietary and exercise January promises I've made in years gone by. However, I will say that as far as my creative output is concerned I can promise this is going to be my busiest year so far. And now I'm signing off because I've almost said too much...again.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the year, do try to be kind to yourselves and each other.

H x

Friday, 9 December 2016

A very merry Christmas Market...

Hello folks and welcome to December! I haven't posted here for a while but please don't think that I have been sitting around twiddling my thumbs and scoffing mince pies because actually I have been working extremely hard editing Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage and when not glued to the manuscript, I've been sitting on my hands! Why sitting on my hands you ask... To stop me typing about all the fabulous news I am simply bursting to share with you of course. My lips are still sealed but not for too much longer, I promise.

Anyway, I'm checking in today to remind you that I am going to be at the fabulous Christmas Market hosted by my good friend Claire Leckie and detailed below, this Sunday from 11am.

Read all about it...

Here at Piccolissimo Jewellery we are opening up our doors to some really talented people- we have local author Heidi Swain signing her brand new book 'Mince pies and Mistletoe', Debbie Osborn and her handmade cards, Flint Cottage and their fabulous reclaimed and painted wooden pieces, Fay and her photos and last but not least Jackie who is making lots of tasty treats for you to try and buy! 

Come along to a lovely local Christmas market and either start or finish your Christmas shopping!

Join us at Manor House, Toftrees, Fakenham Norfolk NR21 7DZ.

The venue is thoroughly fabulous and the market will be the perfect place to stock up on unique presents and soak up the seasonal atmosphere so do pop along if you can. I can promise a warm welcome awaits you.

If you can't make it on Sunday you can still find copies of the paperback in Supermarkets and book stores across the UK and even in Europe, but if you prefer the e-reader, Mince Pies and Mistletoe is currently just 99p, storming up the charts and receiving fabulous reviews. 

Amazon link...

Wishing you all a thoroughly fabulous run up to the big day and hoping to meet some of you on Sunday.

Much love

H x

Friday, 18 November 2016

What a week!

Wow! What an absolutely amazing few days I've had. Firstly my short story, Bye Bye Blackbird, was published in the Sunday Express S magazine, then there was some super exciting news which I'm still not allowed to share (sorry) and finally on Thursday, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at The Christmas Market was published! Needless to say I haven't has much sleep and my fingers have been aching from all the Tweeting.

As always you wonderful folk have been incredibly supportive and the 2 reviews on Amazon so far have both been 5 stars so HUGE thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word. Lots of people have been getting in touch to ask where they can pick up a copy and I'm delighted to tell you that the book is available in Tescos, Morrisons, Sainsburys, WH Smiths, some independent book shops and Amazon as well as through the Waterstones website.

I haven't seen a copy out in the wild as yet because I have been chained to the keyboard but I intend to rectify that at the weekend. Lots of you have been out book spotting however and thanks to Emma Royse for this fabulous shelfie which she uploaded to Facebook!

If you have popped a copy in your trolley as you've been scooting round the aisles I hope you have the opportunity to put your feet up and dive in and of course it goes without saying that I hope you enjoy every word!

H x

Monday, 7 November 2016

Welcoming Darcie Boleyn to the blog!

This week I am absolutely delighted to welcome Darcie Boleyn to the blog to chat about writing books for that most special time of the year and tell us all about her fabulous festive release, A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas, which is out now!

A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas – Book Spotlight 

In my writing, themes such as the importance of family and friends and the modern family unit often emerge. I’m a hopeless romantic; I believe in true love, and that it’s worth fighting for. I also adore Christmas and hope to spend it in New York one year. I went out to Manhattan in late October 2009 and my husband proposed to me in Times Square, so New York has a special place in my heart.

A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas is about two friends, Lucie and Dale, who’ve always been there for each other. This year, Lucie has been asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Christmas wedding in New York. She asks Dale to go with her because they do everything together and because she can’t imagine going without him.

I wrote the story in the summer, as often happens with Christmas books. My family find the whole process quite amusing, as while the sun is shining outside the window (on those days when we get sunshine, of course) and others are jetting off on exotic holidays, I’m hidden away in my study humming along to Christmas tunes and yearning for a mince pie.

My inspiration for the story started as a seed of an idea that bloomed into a novel. I love festive stories, especially A Christmas Carol, and one day I started thinking about a character who might, in some ways, be a modern female version of Ebenezer Scrooge - but not as miserable or miserly. I thought, what if there were a few ghosts of Christmas past haunting her; a few events that she couldn’t quite get over? Then I added a very positive spirit of Christmas present - to help her learn to love the festive season - in the hunky form of Dale.

But will he be the spirit of Christmas future?

You’ll have to read A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas to find out!

Here’s the Blurb:

Warm your heart with this perfectly festive romance…

Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

All about DARCIE...

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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