Thursday, 26 April 2018

Nightingale Square

Hello everyone! I know I've been quiet on here for a couple of weeks but I promise I've been working flat out on the soon to be revealed Top Secret project!

By way of compensation for my unusual silence I've been given the go-ahead to share with you all the absolutely stunning layout for the Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square paperback cover.


Isn't it a cracker? The Books and The City Team have produced yet another beauty for me and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the supermarket shelves and in libraries across the land from May 31st.

We have lots of things planned to make publication fun for everyone so do check back here and follow me online to keep abreast of details of what's coming up.

Wishing you all a terrific Thursday!

H x

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Welcoming Morton back to the blog

Today I am delighted to welcome Morton Gray back to the blog to tell us all about her latest book, The Truth Lies Buried, and the inspiration behind it.

Here's the blurb to set the scene...


 When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.

 A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …

 As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.

 Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?



The Truth Lies Buried is the second novel I have written for Choc Lit located in my fictional seaside town of Borteen. It is the second in the Borteen Secrets Series, but can be read as a stand-alone story. This book began its gestation many years ago in 2011 when I went to the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference as a day delegate. I went to see if I liked the people who belonged to the organisation and if I felt I fitted in before joining. The rest as they say is history. The day proved a pivotal point on my journey to publication and I joined the RNA’s New Writer’s Scheme in 2012. I am now a full member of the RNA after graduating from the scheme with my win in 2016 of Choc Lit Publishing’s Search for a Star competition with my debut novel The Girl on the Beach.

Anyway, back to the inspiration for The Truth Lies Buried. I attended one workshop at the conference mentioned above run by author Linda Gillard, whose work I greatly admire. She gave out photographs and postcards for us to use as a focus for a descriptive piece of prose. I chose a postcard depicting a wooden castle amongst trees. My hero in The Truth Lies Buried, Carver Rodgers lives at Tree Tops the house I described that day. The heroine of the book Jenny Simpson goes to meet Carver with a view to helping him with some cleaning. She is mesmerised by the wooden castle, little realising just what a mess lies inside Tree Tops. The couple quickly discover a past link between them and the complexities of this are revealed during the course of the book as they seek to uncover the secrets of the past.

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Twitter - @MortonSGray

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Purchasing links for The Girl on the Beach as an eBook and paperback at http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-girl-on-the-beach/








Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Welcoming Jennifer Bohnet to the blog!

Today I am absolutely delighted to welcome lovely Jennifer Bohnet to the blog to tell us all about and share an extract from her brand new title, A year of Taking Chances, will be published on April 6th.

Happy Easter everyone - and many thanks Heidi for inviting me to be a guest on your wonderful blog. It’s lovely to be here.

A YEAR OF TAKING CHANCES is my seventh book with HQDigital/HarperCollins and is published 6th April so not long to wait until you can spend sometime in the French sunshine as well as enjoy escaping to London for a break. Further down you’ll find a short extract to introduce you to Tina and Jodie but first here’s the blurb:

Life is about to change forever:  When best friends, Tina and Jodie, make a drunken New Year’s Eve vow to change their lives before they hit the big 3 – 0, neither expected to end the year with much more than another hangover…

Twelve months later, Jodie is married and living in Provence – and Tina is exactly where she was a year ago (although now her rent is double). Tina can’t help but feel a little bit left behind, but as Jodie reminds her, she’s not thirty yet, there’s still time to quit her job, start her own literary agency and sign the man of her dreams!

Meanwhile Jodie, although happily married to Ben, is struggling to settle in France. When a stranger knocks on the door with devastating news from the past, her life and everything she believed about it is destroyed.


Here’s how it all began:

 NEW YEAR’S EVE FOURTEEN MONTHS AGO

 ‘I hate New Year’s eve,’ Jodie Saville muttered to her friend Tina Matthews. ‘All the enforced jollity and bonhomie. Nobody believes a word of it. It’s just an excuse to drink too much.’

Tina nodded in agreement. ‘I do swish you a Happy New Year, though. And me of course,’ she gave an involuntarily hic at the end of the sentence. ‘Going to have a headache tomorrow.’

The two of them were standing close together with a crowd of other people in their local park watching fireworks light the night sky.

Tina jumped and uttered a loud groan as an extra loud bang vibrated the air around them. As the crowd uttered the obligatory ‘oohs’ and ‘ahh’s’  she said.‘Fireworks are very pretty but do they have to be quite so noisy? That one hurt my head.’

‘We ought to make a new year resolution,’ Jodie said, watching the scarlet shower turn into a spectacular burst of gold sparks. ‘Make this the year we change our lives for the better. That big three oh is getting closer and closer for both of us.’

‘Chance would be a fine thing,’ Tina muttered. ‘Maybe we should do what that bloke on the telly did years ago - Noel somebody. He reckoned he ordered the Cosmos to change his life and it did.’

‘So, whatd’youhavetodo?’ Jodie said, slurring her words together.

‘Dunno really. Think you have to decide what you want and shout it out to space. Bit like positive thinking, only louder and more pre...hic... precise.’

‘Nah,’ Jodie said. ‘We can try but I can’t see it working. Tell you what, if nothing’s changed by the time we hit thirty we’ll jack everything in and . . . and join a nunnery.’

Tina about to hurl the last of her Prosecco down her throat almost chocked. ‘You’ve got to be joking.’

‘Okay,’ Jodie said. ‘How about promising ourselves if we’re still single at thirty, we’ll run away to deepest Wales and become mad women who keep cats.’

‘Alpacas,’ Tina said. ‘I’ve always fancied living in the country and keeping alpacas. Much better than cats. And we can knit bobble hats with their wool.’

‘Whatever,’ Jodie said. ‘You hear that Cosmos?’ She tilted her face up and stared at the star filled sky. ‘You’ve got under two years to change our lives, otherwise we’re off to deepest Wales to live with Alpacas,’ she shouted.

The loudest bang of the evening from the last firework drowned out her words.

 
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All about me:

 I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 18 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard was a guardien for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture to say the least!

When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch - lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard was a guardien for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch - lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours.

I love hearing from my readers so I’d love it if you’d connect with me on social media:

Follow me on Twitter: @jenniewriter

And find my author FB page here:   goo.gl/PDKQ8D



Once again thank you Heidi.

Sowing the seeds of love...

Hello folks! Here's a link to the second video in the countdown to publication day growing sweet peas series. I hope you enjoy it! Btw, it's STILL raining...



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Countdown to Nightingale Square publication day!

Hello everyone. This is just a quick post to let you all know about the special way I've decided to countdown to the Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square publication day on May 31st. I make no secret of the fact that I'm a huge fan of sweet peas and have probably told you all a hundred times (at least) that my Grandad Herb was an expert in growing them and used to send me home at the weekends with bunches to fill the vases in my bedroom.


So, with these very special memories in mind, I've decided to grow some blooms of my own this year and I shall be taking lots of pics and making short video clips to share online so you can join in the fun. I hope you enjoy watching my horticultural endeavours and if you decide to have a go yourself do please let me know. I would love to see how you are getting on, even if, alas, we can't smell them through our keyboards and screens!


So, without further ado, here's the first video...





Friday, 23 March 2018

Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening 2018!

It's not every Thursday that I find myself lucky enough to be squeezed between Paige Toon and Penny Parkes, but when I do, I know it's going to be a memorable evening and the Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening last night was no exception.

The inimitable Sara-Jade Virtue had managed to coordinate the diaries of no less than 10, (yep 10) of us authors and invited dozens and dozens of fabulous bloggers to join in the bookish fun. There were questions, answers, readings, fizz (of course) and the most exquisite book cover themed cupcakes imaginable.

As you can see, my cake is decorated with the beautiful house, Prosperous Place, which features in Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square, which will be published on the 31st of May.

The exciting evening wasn't my only reason for traveling down to London yesterday. With a brand new book on the horizon there were plans to be made and ideas to be shared about how best to create that all important 'new book buzz' and I wish I could tell you everything we're planning for the next few months, but alas I can't...yet.

However, this screenshot of a tweet I posted last week will give you a little clue as to what to expect from me and the fabulous Books and The City Team during the next few weeks...

It's time to dig out those gardening gloves folks!

H x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Welcoming Lisa Hobman to the blog

Today I am delighted to welcome a new visitor to the blog. Lisa Hobman joins us to share the inspiration behind her debut release, A Seaside Escape.


My love affair with the stunningly rugged country began around fourteen years ago when I first visited the Highlands with my husband, his parents and our very young daughter. One place in particular stole my heart and that was a little stone bridge at a place called Clachan Seil.

The Bridge Over the Atlantic, a pretty little structure designed by architect Robert Mylne and opened in 1793, sparked a passion in me that I never anticipated. I had always loved writing as a child but never dreamed of making a career out of it. But that little place with its whitewashed cottages and views out to sea, conjured up stories in my mind that I just had to write. Initially, I intended this to be a very personal thing but with the encouragement of my husband, my friends and family I finished the love story with the little bridge at the heart of it.

That story, aptly named back then as Bridge Over the Atlantic, was my debut release back in 2013 and I was honoured to be shortlisted in the 2014 RoNA Awards in the Contemporary Romance Category along with some of my favourite authors. I haven’t stopped writing since.

The Scottish people and landscape had such a magnetic pull for me that my family and I relocated to the south of Scotland back in 2012 and we are now fully ensconced in our gorgeous little village and surrounded by the timeless beauty of the Scottish Borders countryside.


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All about Lisa...
Lisa is a happily married mum of one with two crazy dogs. She especially enjoys being creative and now writes almost full time.
Writing has always been something Lisa has enjoyed, although in the past it has centred on poetry and song lyrics. Some of which appear in her stories. Being published was a dream come true and in 2014 the original version of A Seaside Escape (previously called  Bridge Over the Atlantic) was shortlisted in the RNA RONAs which is something she still has to pinch herself about!
Lisa now writes for UK based publisher Aria Fiction - an imprint of award winning Head of Zeus.