November 2019: My newsletter has launched! It took me a while to get the hang of it, but after much faffing and a lot of nerves, I managed to create a decent newsletter and send it out to all the people who had so kindly subscribed. This month’s issue reveals the cover for my forthcoming paperback of Home for Christmas Volume 1, and I also asked my subscribers to vote for their favourite version of three possible covers for the final Bramblewick book. Everyone who votes gets a chance to win some lovely goodies, and I’ll be doing similar giveaways each month, so if you haven’t already subscribed what are you waiting for?
October 2019: Delighted to say that The Other Side of Christmas earned a bestseller flag, knocking A Merry Bramblewick Christmas off the top spot in one of its categories!
Both my Christmas Bramblewick books have been alternating at the number one spot for weeks, so it was nice to see my latest Christmas book take its turn, and a real joy to discover this one morning! Could it get much better?
September 2019: The second in the Home for Christmas series, The Other Side of Christmas, is now available to buy. It’s based on a short story I wrote a few years ago, and I always wanted to know more about those characters, so I’ve gone back to visit them and expanded on their story. It’s a real cosy, festive, feel-good romance and you can buy it here for just 99p or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.
July 2019: Book Five in the Bramblewick series is out now! Summer at the Country Practice is the story of the village’s new GP, Dr Abbie Sawdon, and local primary school teacher Jackson Wade. All the familiar characters are back and you can find out what they’ve been up to since you last saw them in A Merry Bramblewick Christmas. It’s just 99p to buy or FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited! Find it here.
June 2019: I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association York Tea event at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in York. It’s a beautiful old building and a joy to visit. We had a delicious afternoon tea and watched the presentation of the Joan Hessayon Award, which is given to a writer who has gone through the New Writers’ Scheme and whose book has subsequently been published. The winner was Lorna Cook with her novel, The Forgotten Village. Huge congratulations to her! It was also a great chance to catch up with friends old and new.
May 2019: Delighted to say that My Favourite Witch earned a bestseller flag! I’m so pleased that people seem to be enjoying my Witches of Castle Clair series. I have so much fun writing them, and the third and final novel in the series will be out around October time.
May 2019: After attending Part One of Anita Chapman’s Social Media Marketing course last year, Jessica and I had enrolled for Part Two, which took place on 11th May at the Holiday Inn, York. We were delighted to be joined not only by some of the attendees from last year’s course, but also by our Write Romantics pal, Rachael Thomas. It was fabulous to see Rachael again! We all got on well, had a lovely lunch and learned lots of new stuff. I found out how to do an Instagram story, and how to schedule tweets with Tweetdeck, for example. Now I just need to find the time to put it all into practice …
April 2019: Jessica Redland and I attended the Books on the Beach event at Scarborough Library. We had a lovely morning listening to interviews with Lucy Diamond and Lynne Truss – who stepped in to cover for Jenny Colgan who was unable to make it. It was interesting to learn how Lucy and Lynne got started in writing, and to hear about their previous writing experience, including children’s books and radio plays. We also enjoyed the excerpts from their latest books, Lucy’s family saga, Something to Tell You, which is available here, and Lynne’s comic crime novel, A Shot in the Dark, which is available to buy here.
April 2019: The first four Bramblewick novels are now available in paperback! They’re available as 2-in-1 volumes, with Volume One containing New Doctor at Chestnut House and Christmas at the Country Practice, available here, and Volume Two containing Fresh Starts at Folly Farm and A Merry Bramblewick Christmas, available here.
March 2019: Baxter’s Christmas Wish now has a new cover and has become part one of a new series – Home for Christmas. These are stories that feature the importance of finding a home at this special time of year. Hoping at least one new book in the series will be published this Christmas, followed by more next year.
March 2019: Jessica Redland and I met up with writers Sylvia Broady (East Yorkshire) and Joy Wood (North East Lincolnshire) for lunch. We’ve been Facebook friends for a while, and Jessica and I met Sylvia last year on Anita Chapman’s Social Media Marketing course, so it was lovely to catch up over a leisurely meal. There was lots to talk about and we had a really fun afternoon. Hope we manage to do it again soon.
March 2019: The Witches of Castle Clair Book 2 has a name and a cover. It’s called My Favourite Witch, and here’s the lovely cover that Berni Stevens designed for me. Hope you like it! My Favourite Witch will be out in April.
March 2019: This Other Eden and Being Emerald are now available in one Kindle volume: The Skimmerdale Collection. You can download it here.
February 2019: There Must Be an Angel is now available in audio format, thanks to WF Howes and Whole Story Audio. You can download it here.
January 2019: Resisting Mr Rochester is now available in audio format, thanks to WF Howes and Whole Story Audio! You can download it here.
December 2018: Belle, Book and Christmas Candle became my eleventh book to receive an Amazon Kindle bestseller flag. It was also named as author and blogger Samantha Henthorn’s favourite Christmas book of the year, and made book blogger Anne Williams’ list of top romance reads for 2018. What a brilliant way to end the year!
November 2018: Belle, Book and Christmas Candle is now up for pre-order. You can buy it here and it will be published on 1st December. Here’s the blurb:
Do you believe in magic?
Sky St Clair doesn’t, and growing up in Castle Clair, a small town renowned for its mystical past and magical legends, she never felt she belonged.
Sky got away from Castle Clair as soon as she could, but when a run of bad luck leaves her homeless and jobless, she has little choice but to accept her sister Star’s invitation to return home for the festive season.
When Star has an accident, Sky finds herself running the family’s magical supplies shop. Wands, crystals, pendulums … really? It’s a tough job when she doesn’t believe in the products she’s selling, but how can she? Magic isn’t real, no matter what her deluded siblings think.
Jethro Richmond doesn’t believe in magic either. In fact, he doesn’t believe in anything much anymore, which is proving to be a bit of a problem for a writer of fantasy novels. With a self-constructed wall around his heart as high as Clair Tower, and his dreams as ruined as the town’s ancient castle, he’s lost all hope of repairing his tattered career. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a family like the St Clairs, and no matter what a certain little black cat seems to want Jethro has no intention of spending any time with Sky or her unusual sisters.
But this is a strange little town and, as the residents prepare to celebrate Christmas, Sky and Jethro might just discover that in Castle Clair, anything is possible. Even magic.
A romantic comedy with a magical twist!
November 2018: A Merry Bramblewick Christmas became my tenth book to achieve one of those amazing little orange “bestseller” flags! Very exciting! I’m so grateful to everyone who has bought it or downloaded it through Kindle Unlimited.
October 2018: Cover reveal! Here’s the cover for Book Thirteen (can you believe that!) and the title is Belle, Book & Christmas Candle so, as you can probably tell, there’s a bit of a magical feel to this one. It’s based in a gorgeous little town called Castle Clair which was definitely inspired by Knaresborough. Berni Stevens designed the cover and I love it. Hope you will, too. I’ll be sharing the blurb and pre-order links later.
October 2018: Book four in the Bramblewick series, A Merry Bramblewick Christmas, is now available for pre-order! In this one, we follow the fortunes of teachers Izzy and Ash, as they attempt to stage a Christmas play at their primary school. Things don’t run smoothly, as you can imagine, but their friends from the village are on hand, and a happy ending is guaranteed, as always. You can buy A Merry Bramblewick Christmas here.
September 2018: I had a fabulous week in the Yorkshire Dales and attended the Masham Sheep Fair, which was huge fun. I had a lovely time meeting lots of different breeds of sheep – not least some Swaledales, just like the ones on Fleetsthorpe Farm in my Skimmerdale series. Didn’t spot my hunky farmer, Eliot, though. Shame … And speaking of sheep, it seems they get everywhere in the Dales. Just look where I found this one! 😉
September 2018: Being Emerald is now published! You can buy it here.
September 2018: Had a fabulous time at the Romantic Novelists’ Association York Afternoon Tea. Guest speaker Jean Fullerton was so entertaining, giving a great speech that kept us all captivated. There was some really yummy food, too! It was great to catch up with friends, old and new, and the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in York is a truly beautiful building. Here I am with my pal, Jessica Redland, standing in front of the huge fireplace. There was a real fire burning away in there. It was surprisingly hot!
September 2018: Being Emerald is up for pre-order! You can currently get the first Skimmerdale novel, This Other Eden, absolutely FREE, so you can catch up with Eden and Eliot before you start book 2.
July 2018: I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual conference which, this year, was held in Leeds. It was the first time I’d ever been to any conference, let alone one held by the RNA, so I was pretty nervous, but I had a fabulous time, helped by the presence of my lovely Write Romantics chums, Jessica Redland, Jackie Ladbury, and – our first ever meeting! – the fantastic Rachael Thomas, who, it transpires, is not Welsh, in spite of living in Welsh Wales! 🙂
July 2018: This Other Eden has a gorgeous new cover designed by Berni Stevens. Hope you love it as much as I do. There will be news on its sequel soon.
June 2018: I’m working hard on the sequel to This Other Eden and I’m hoping it will be published in September. In the meantime, I’ve been lucky enough to get the fabulously talented Berni Stevens to work on a new image for the Skimmerdale series. This Other Eden now has a beautiful new cover, which I’ll be revealing in due course. I love it and I hope you will too.
May 2018: I was astonished and thrilled when both A Kiss from a Rose and There Must Be an Angel were given bestseller flags on Amazon – they were first published in March and September 2015, so it took them a while, but they did it! I couldn’t have been prouder of my firstborn babies and took screenshots to prove to myself it actually happened. I’m so grateful that 9/10 of my published books so far have gained the little orange flags. Okay, they’re not Sunday Times bestsellers, but when you’re an indie author, these milestones mean a lot!
May 2018: I attended a lunch in York for book bloggers and writers. It was organised by blogger Anne Williams, and around twenty-five – thirty of us attended. I had a lovely time, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I look forward to the next one. Here I am with writer Anna Shelton, just one of the many friends I knew from social media who I finally got to meet in person for the first time.
April 2018: Spent a very enjoyable day with a group of writers in York, attending a social media marketing course run by the very lovely Anita Chapman. Learned a few things I didn’t know, got some fresh ideas (and enthusiasm) and made some lovely new friends. Here we are enjoying our lunch (which was chicken curry, if you’re interested, and very tasty indeed!)
April 2018: Fresh Starts at Folly Farm became my seventh bestseller! I’m so delighted that it’s already found so many readers. I’m particularly fond of this book, since it features a couple of family pets in starring roles!
April 2018: Book Ten, Fresh Starts at Folly Farm is out now! It’s the third instalment of the series set in and around the medical practice in Bramblewick, a small village on the North York Moors. Find out what Connor, Anna, Riley and Nell are up to now, and meet the new members of the team, as well as a surprising visitor to the village.
March 2018: I am now a full-time writer! Yes, I’ve taken the plunge and left the day job, and now writing is what I actually do for a living. I can’t quite believe it. I still find it almost impossible to reply, “Writer,” when someone asks me what I do for a living!
March 2018: We’ve given the Kearton Bay series a fresh new look. Covers by Mark Heslington, and I love them!
February 2018: Overwhelmed to receive my second Amazon All-star notification for the month of January. To get this once is incredible, to get it twice in a row is mind-blowing. I can’t thank my readers enough, really I can’t.
February 2018: Absolutely thrilled to discover that Resisting Mr Rochester has been given a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award. Competition is tough, and this year has been pretty tough, too, so it’s even more welcome. It’s difficult, when you’re writing, to know if anyone will even like the stuff you’re working so hard on, and the fear that everyone will hate it never goes away. Awards like this give you the faith to carry on with what you’re doing. I really, really appreciate it.
February 2018: I’ve been laid low with the dreaded lurgy for weeks now, so the writing has definitely suffered. However, I’m now back at work on Skimmerdale 2 and also putting down ideas for Bramblewick 3. I was also delighted to receive, in the post, copies of the original version of New Doctor at Chestnut House, The Doctor’s Daughter, which is being published by Ulverscroft as part of their Linford Romance Library. It’s out on March 1st and hopefully it will be in a library near you.
January 2018: Some fabulous news to start the year! My December sales qualified me for an Amazon KDP All-Star bonus, which means I was one of the top 100 most-read authors on Amazon for the month of December! I am absolutely stunned and delighted at the news, and would like to thank everyone who read any of my books and helped make this possible. Still can’t believe it!
November 2017: Resisting Mr Rochester is currently enrolled in the Amazon Prime programme. I was quite flattered when Amazon approached me! Hopefully, it will help more people find my books. It should be in Prime until mid-February.
November 2017: Saving Mr Scrooge was released on 14th November, and, incredibly, it reached bestseller status on the same day! I’m currently working on the paperback and will let you know when it’s available.
November 2017: Had an amazing weekend in Derby with half of the Write Romantics. Julie Heslington, aka Jessica Redland, and her husband, Mark, kindly drove me down there and we met up at our hotel with the very lovely Jo Bartlett, and two WRs I’d never met before in person, Jackie Ladbury and Helen Phifer.
They turned out to be just as lovely as I’d imagined they’d be, and we had a wonderful weekend, with good food (including my first ever Krispy Kreme donut, thanks to Jo!) champagne, wine, some very pleasant shopping expeditions, a photo with the Bonny Prince himself, and even a trip to the cinema to see Paddington 2 (and if you’ve not seen it yet, you must! It’s fabulous!) So all in all, it was the best weekend I’ve had in ages, and we’ve all agreed we’d like to make it an annual event.
November 2017: Delighted to find Christmas at the Country Practice had gained a bestseller flag in two categories!
Not only that, but our charity anthology, Winter Tales, was also sporting one. Brilliant!
And to cap it all, both Bramblewick novels were sitting close together in the medical fiction chart.
November 2017: More Christmas news! My second Christmas novel, Saving Mr Scrooge, is available to pre-order at the special low price of 99p. On publication day, November 14th, the price will rise to £2.99 so grab it while it’s at a bargain price!
October 2017: Christmas at the Country Practice is now available on Amazon!
October 2017: Baxter’s Christmas Wish (Kindle edition) has been given a brand new look.October 2017: Christmas news! My two Christmas books now have covers. The first of them, Christmas at the Country Practice, is the second in the Bramblewick series, and will hopefully be available by mid-November. I’ll be revealing the cover and title of my second Christmas novel very soon.
September 2017: I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association Afternoon Tea in York. It was a fantastic event, and I got to meet so many lovely writers like Ellie Gray, Rhoda Baxter, Janice Preston and loads more. I also got to hear the fabulous Milly Johnson give a talk entitled, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. It made me laugh and it made me cry. You could say I was a teensy bit starstruck. Here’s a photo of the lovely Milly in action, and another of me with the wonderful Lizzie Lamb.
September 2017: I finally met with my Write Romantic chum, Lynne Pardoe. We caught up with each other in Weston-Super-Mare while I was on holiday. It was lovely to finally chat face-to-face. 🙂
September 2017: I was so excited to wake up to discover that New Doctor at Chestnut House had also achieved an Amazon bestseller sticker! Thank you so much to everyone who bought it.
August 2017: New Doctor at Chestnut House (Bramblewick 1) was published on 12th August for Kindle. It’s just 99p and available to buy here!
June 2017: My second People’s Friend pocket novel was published on 29th June. Originally called The Doctor’s Daughter, it was published as Surrender to Love, but will be published under its original title by Ulverscroft as part of its Linford Romance Library large print series in the near future. It will also be available on Kindle as New Doctor at Chestnut House. It’s always a thrill to see my work on sale in WH Smith and supermarkets!
June 2017: Very excited to catch up with my Write Romantic pals, Jo Bartlett and Jessica Redland, in Leeds. It was the first time I’d met Jo. We had loads to talk about!
June 2017: Resisting Mr Rochester was released on 20th June, and on 23rd June it achieved a bestseller flag on Amazon! Huge thanks to everyone who bought it.
May 2017: My People’s Friend short story, The Luckiest Man in the World, is now available for you to read for free on Wattpad here, under its original title, Sundae Girl.
May 2017: New Novel: My next novel is currently being proofread. The cover design is complete (thank you, Berni Stevens!) and the release is scheduled for June. I’ve had a lot of fun writing about new characters and a new setting. I really hope you like it. More details to follow soon.
April 2017: I went along to an author talk in Scarborough, given my friend Julie Heslington, AKA Jessica Redland. It was a brilliant talk, but it was very cold!
April 2017: Pocket Novel News: I’m thrilled to say that my second People’s Friend pocket novel will be published on 27th July. It’s provisionally titled The Doctor’s Daughter, although that may change. Can’t wait to see it on the shelves of WH Smith and other newsagents and supermarkets!
April 2017: All Because of Baxter: This has now been published by Ulverscroft in large print format and will be available in many libraries. A dream come true!
October 2016: Baxter’s Christmas Wish: This standalone Christmas novella is now out for Kindle and in paperback. It was originally a People’s Friend pocket novel, All Because of Baxter, but I’ve given it a festive remake. Hope you enjoy the adventures of the boisterous Baxter!
September 2016: Once Upon a Long Ago: Book 3 in the Kearton Bay series is now available on Amazon. It follows Will and Lexi and their battle to save their beloved Kearton Hall. I’m delighted that it’s finally out there for you all to read! Hope you enjoy it.
June 2016: DD2 and I went to Burton Agnes Hall to have a look around the beautiful stately home that’s the inspiration for Kearton Hall in the Kearton Bay books. Lovely place, and definitely worth a visit.
April 2016: This Other Eden: Book 1 in the Skimmerdale series, set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. I think Eliot, my gorgeous Aidan Turner look-alike sheep farmer hero, is my favourite of all the heroes I’ve created. Please don’t tell the others!
February 2016: People’s Friend: My short story is now in People’s Friend Special no 119. It’s been re-titled The Luckiest Man Alive. It’s a fantastic experience, opening the magazine and seeing your story there, with your name, and a brilliant illustration created just for your words! Fabulous.
January 2016: The Romantic Novelists’ Association: I’m now officially a full member of the RNA, thanks to my People’s Friend pocket novel, All Because of Baxter. I’m delighted to be part of such a fantastic organisation, especially after spending two years on the New Writers’ Scheme. If it hadn’t been for the RNA I might never have finished Angel, and I definitely wouldn’t have met my Write Romantic pals, Alex and Julie, and I wouldn’t have become a Write Romantic myself. You see, I owe the RNA big time!
January 2016: I’ve been rebranded! The Kearton Bay novels are now sporting a brand new look, with fabulous covers that reflect the beautiful location they’re set in. Since Yorkshire is my favourite place in the world, and my books are all set there, it seems silly not to illustrate that fact. I love them. Hope you do, too.
January 2017: My short story, Sundae Girl, will appear in the People’s Friend Special, no. 119, which I think is due out around February 17th. Really delighted about that!
December 2015: Had a lovely pre-Christmas catch-up with my fellow Write Romantics, Julie Heslington and Alex Weston, AKA Jessica Redland and Alys West. It were right cold!
December 2015: Book Three is booked in with the editor for just after Christmas, so hopefully it will be published in the early spring of 2016. I’ve made a Pinterest board with pictures that inspired me while writing it, so if you’d like a taster of what to expect, pop over here and take a look. There are lots of Swaledale views, some cute sheep (I’m becoming obsessed), and some rather gorgeous pics of Aidan Turner among others.
October 2015: A Kiss from a Rose half price! For just one weekend, book two in the Kearton Bay series will be 99p. The promotion runs from 1am on 31st October to 1am 2nd November, so grab your copy while you can.
October 2015: Pocket Novel: My People’s Friend pocket novel was released on October 22nd. It’s called All Because of Baxter and features a handsome, if mischievous, boxer dog, whose misadventures lead Ellie into the path of the rather gorgeous Dylan. This will be on the shelves for two weeks, so hurry if you want to read it!
September 2015: A Kiss from a Rose: is now for sale in both paperback and for Kindle. I’m considering putting both Rose and There Must Be An Angel up on other platforms in the near future. There is some argument among authors as to the effectiveness of this. Some writers say they sell very few books through outlets such as Kobo, Nook, iTunes etc. However, others say it’s important not to totally rely on Amazon, and report good sales, so I’ll see how it goes.
August 2015: WIP: I’m starting to edit my third novel and am hoping to release it some time in the early spring of 2016. It rather depends on when I can be slotted in to my editor’s busy schedule! I’ve had a lot of fun writing this book. It’s not part of the Kearton Bay series, and it was good to visit new characters and a new setting. This book is set in the Yorkshire Dales, and features an inept journalist, an ageing rock star, identity fraud, blackmail, and a rather gorgeous sheep farmer who – in my head at least – looks an awful lot like Aidan Turner! 🙂
As part of my research, I recently attended a talk by Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, at the Ryedale Literary Festival in Malton. My Write Romantic buddy Alys West came along with me, and it was a great evening. We also heard a talk by Neil Hanson, who wrote The Inn at the Top, about his time as landlord of Tan Hill Inn, the highest inn in England. His son helped him in this, and very entertaining it was, too.
I’m thinking that this book will have one sequel, but I’ll be cracking on with Once Upon A Long Ago, book three in the Kearton Bay series next.