Turn up the heating!
As I’m writing this I keep glancing out of my window, still struggling to believe that it’s snowing. We rarely get snow here. I’ve been watching the weather reports on the news for weeks, seeing other parts of the country lying under a thick carpet of the white stuff. Here it’s been rain, rain, and more rain. Then, just for a change, drizzle.
January seems to go on forever when it’s all wet and gloomy. I’m always relieved to see February arrive, but the first week of this month brought more rain! So thanks for that, Mother Nature. Anyway, she’s redeemed herself slightly today.
I will admit, though, I’m only pleased to see snow because I don’t have to go out in it. Yep, that’s how selfish I am. I humbly apologise to those of you who have to struggle outside in this weather to go to work or whatever. My commute consists of going upstairs, (and sometimes I even grumble about that!) so I shouldn’t be wishing snow on anyone. It’s very pretty to look at it out of a window, but not so pretty when you’re standing, shivering in misery at a bus stop, as I remember all too well…
Anyway, that’s not what I’m here for. What I’m here for is to tell you a few pieces of news.
Firstly, have you signed up for my newsletter yet? If you do, you’ll receive a free novella – The Other Half. It’s a light-hearted introduction to two families, the Kingstons and the Fletchers, who are thrown together by the marriage of Arlo Kingston and Billie Fletcher. Normally, these families would never have met, but fate (or Cupid) steps in and makes sure their lives are intertwined. This novella is a standalone prequel to The Other Half trilogy, which will be out later this year – which is another piece of news. How the Other Half Lives, How the Other Half Lives on Holiday, and How the Other Half Lives at Christmas will tell the story of one fateful year in the lives of these characters, and how everything changes when they’re joined together by marriage.
The free novella is the story of the wedding day, and what happens at the wedding reception – events which sow the seeds for the rest of the year. It will ONLY be available to newsletter subscribers for the foreseeable future. If you’re already a subscriber, you should have received an email with a link to your free copy today, so check your inboxes if you haven’t spotted it. And if you sign up via the backs of my books, or other links that don’t take you directly to a download page, don’t worry about that either, because you’ll receive a short series of welcome emails, and one of them will contain the link.
If you don’t want to sign up for the newsletter, you’ll still be able to read the trilogy without having read the novella. But really, since you can unsubscribe if you don’t want to continue with my newsletters (are you serious? Why would you want to do that?) you’ve got nothing to lose by signing up and downloading the book, have you?
The Whole of the Moon
In other news, Kearton Bay Book 4, The Whole of the Moon, is now available for pre-order! It’s out on May 28th, but you can reserve your copy right now. This time, it’s Rhiannon’s turn to take centre stage. The Wiccan landlady of The Hare and Moon pub on the seafront is used to solving other people’s problems, but now she must solve her own, as she deals with a crisis of confidence, new arrivals, old grudges, and surprising revelations. As ever, the other residents of Kearton Bay will make their voices heard – some louder than others! Tally’s rebelling, Gabriel’s worrying, Eliza’s negotiating, Sophie’s interfering, and a few people are keeping the most unexpected secrets. I hope you enjoy this fourth and final visit to Kearton Bay.
Meanwhile, the paperback of Resisting Mr Rochester is also out now. It’s available from several outlets (with more being added), and you can also order it from your local book shop. Or you can order it online here.
And while you’re about it, don’t forget you can join my lovely Facebook Readers’ Group here! We’ve been having some interesting discussions about lots of different topics lately – I do tend to ask their advice a lot. Recently the members have taken part in polls about pen names, favourite series, and where they purchase their books. We had a good chat about my Witches of Castle Clair series, as that came out top of the favourite series list. I revealed to my readers’ group members and to my newsletter subscribers that there will be more St Clair books next year.
The new books will feature distant cousins of the Castle Clair sisters, and will be set in a different location. Don’t worry, though, they’ll have the same tone as the Castle Clair books, and the new witchy sisters will be just as much fun. There’ll be humour, and family relationships, romance, and mystery, and, of course, magic. There’ll also be a beautiful location, some feisty familiars, and guest appearances from some of the Castle Clair relatives, as well as members of the High Council of Witches and other characters from the original series.
I’ll be telling you all more about the new series as the year goes on, but for now I will say that I’m really looking forward to introducing you to the other branch of the St Clairs. I’ve already discovered one very headstrong familiar – a stunning cat who strolled into my mind, sat down and refused to budge until I promised to give her a starring role. She’s recently been joined by her very handsome brother!
So that’s all for now. I hope you’re doing okay, despite the lockdown rolling on and the up-and-down nature of the latest global news. To be honest, I’ve stopped watching the daily bulletins. I sometimes go two or three days before I catch up, and I feel a lot better for it. I just keep reminding myself that spring is on its way, bringing warmer weather, and, hopefully, a way back to some kind of normality. It’s going to be a long year, but I’m focusing on the little things and being as kind to myself as I can be. I hope you’re being kind to yourself, too. You deserve it.
Stay safe and have a great week!