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Event news – A Grand Selection of Authors #Folkestone

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Do you like meeting authors?

Do books make YOU happy?

A host of authors will be travelling to The Grand, Folkestone on 25 October to meet readers between 7pm and 9pm, sell books, sign books or join you in a photo. It’s a free event! You can sign up here: bit.ly/30ciaCw

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And I’ll have a limited number of copies of Let it Snow to sell – almost three weeks ahead of official publication!

As you can see from the poster, there are authors from every genre so you’re bound to meet authors whose work you like. You get a complimentary cuppa and biscuits or you can buy a drink from the bar if you prefer.

Come along! We’d love to see you there.

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North America here I come! #News

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Super-thrilled and privileged to announce that The Christmas Promise will soon be published in paperback in Canada and the US, scheduled for release 29 October 2019.

Preorder in Canada here

Preorder for the US edition will soon appear here

I love the cover – it’s so pretty and eye-catching! If you’re a reader in North America, keep a lookout for it. And if you can send me a #shelfie, that’s even better. I’d love to see that. Thank you in advance if you can help me out.

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On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

Readers LOVE The Christmas Promise – and soon you will too!

“Simply gorgeous Christmas story with a difference” Reader review

“Superb novel!” Reader review

“Perfect pre-Christmas read. I promise.” Reader review

“When a book keeps you reading until five o’clock in the morning, it’s a sure sign of a fantastic read!” Reader review

“Original, poignant, relevant and romantic.” Reader review

“A wonderful cosy Christmas read.” Reader review

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WHY do I keep putting animals in my books?

Copy of UntitledWhy do I have animals in my books? I often ask myself.

I don’t consciously think, ‘I know, I’ll put a cute animal in the book for the animal lovers amongst my readers.’ It’s just that animals are part of many lives and communities, families and friends so they earn their places in my stories now and then … and I like cute ones.

A fictitious animal sometimes seems to take every bit as much effort to look after as would a real one. The creates of my imagination can’t be abandoned while the owner does something elsewhere in the book, not unless I make arrangements for their care.

In A Summer to Remember there’s a big rescue dog called Nelson. (What else could I call a one-eyed dog who lives in a village called Nelson’s Bar?) He’s a happy, friendly dog who greets hero Aaron – and pretty much everyone else – with joy whenever they meet.

Aaron found poor injured Nelson at the side of the road and adopted him. From the way Aaron cares for Nelson and panics when he thinks he’s going to be hurt we understand his capacity to love and be loved. Dogs are good judges of people.

Nelson’s big and playful enough to be described as a cross between a dog and a bear cub. He drinks coffee and stands up on his hind legs to give hugs – though this last attribute isn’t universally appreciated. Imagine if you’re closing in on someone for a first kiss and a whiff of doggy breath accompanies the appearance of a grinning canine face next to yours …? Nelson wants to join in any activity, even if that’s cliff jumping – when disaster is narrowly averted. He brings Aaron and Clancy closer as she offers to walk him though relations between her and Aaron are under strain. Everyone loves Nelson and he loves anyone, even missing Genevieve when she and Aaron split up. (She used to give him a lot of coffee.) He’s really a well brought up dog unless you shout at one of his humans.

If you’d like to meet Nelson and his humans, here are some buy links:

Apple iBook: buy

Amazon UK: buy

Kobo: buy

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A Summer to Remember goes on Summer Loving promo! @AppleBooks

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Really happy to be able to tell you that A Summer to Remember goes on super special promo for Apple Books users today! Get yourself a 99p book bargain.

One fevered kiss. One blazing row. Years of carefully polite emails.”
That’s the history of Clancy and Aaron’s relationship when she returns to the tiny Norfolk village of Nelson’s Bar where the mobile signal is weak but emotions are still running strong from when Clancy’s cousin Alice jilted Aaron’s brother Lee, six years ago.

Ever the pragmatist, she murmured, ‘I think I should sit down.’

And she did. The room rushed past her and the floor flew up to hit her, hard.

It’s a failure to eat that causes Clancy to fall at Aaron’s feet that way. And he’s horrified to see her. What’s she going to do next?

… Why not discover for yourself?

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Publication Day! #ASummertoRemember @AvonBooksUK

 

Publication Day is here!

 

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Today, A Summer to Remember hits shelves and devices everywhere in paperback, ebook and audio.

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages. WHERE_ Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

To celebrate, I’ll be on BBC Radio Northampton this morning on the Bernie Keith Show around 10.15 a.m. You can listen on 104.2 FM, 103.6FMDABFreeview channel 734 – RDS = or on the BBC Radio Northampton website.

Even better, the blog tour begins today too!

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My thanks to every lovely book blogger who has agreed to take part. I can’t wait to read your reviews.

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Bedford International Writing Competition open for entries @BedfordWritComp

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The Bedford International Writing Competition opens for entries today!

Apart from great cash prizes in four categories of short story and poetry, the competition offers you the opportunity to get your work noticed by editor Eleanor Dryden or agent Kate Nash.

There will be an awards evening in Bedford in early 2021 – I was a judge last year and thoroughly enjoyed the event at the Quarry Theatre.

BIWC also supports literary charities and I can recommend it.

If you’d like to learn more or to enter, here’s the link to the website. Click on ‘Competition’ at the top and select a category.

Good luck!

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Last year’s judging

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I love #Norfolk

 

I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite pix from my research trip in north Norfolk last year, as the book I was conducting research for was A Summer to Remember – and, wow, it’s now almost time for the book to come out!

Top left is the gateway of All Saints Church, Thornham. I stayed at a nearby pub, The Orange Tree, and enjoyed wandering around the village. Nelson’s Bar, in A Summer to Remember, is situated between Thornham and Titchwell. I pushed them aside a little and created a headland that juts out in the salt marshes and put Nelson’s Bar on top of that.

Top centre and bottom right are shots of the vibrant seaside resort of Hunstanton, the nearest big town to Nelson’s Bar.

Top right and left centre are from Brancaster Staithe where there’s a sailing club. I had fun watching all the activity without feeling the actual urge to go out on the water myself.

Bottom centre is part of a footpath in the salt marshes near Thornham. I loved the salt marshes. Some of the grasses were taller than I am so I didn’t venture down those paths even though, to my surprise, I got a great mobile phone signal on the salt marshes! As Nelson’s Bar does not have a good mobile signal and only scant broadband, checking my phone for signal was a constant preoccupation of the trip.

I hope you like the pix. There are probably a hundred more but I just picked out a few.

A Summer to Remember will be published in paperback, ebook and audio on 2 May 2019.

 

 

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Women in Business Conference #SSconf19 #sociallyshared

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Although I’ve spoken at conferences before this is the first time I’ve been invited to do so as a businesswoman – though being an author means I am one. I’m a one-person organisation with accounts and paperwork to complete, social media campaigns to run, forward planning to do and relationships to nurture. Although I’ll sometimes joke that I make stuff up for a living, there’s more to being an author than that.

My talk at the Women in Business ConferenceTwenty Years to become an Overnight Success, will cover:

My long road to bestsellerdom, including some of the wrong turns along the way

Where I am now

My working practices.

How I work with Avon Books UK (HarperCollins) and Blake Friedmann Literary Agency to create the best books I can and sell them around the world.

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An author panel will follow comprising:

Sue Moorcroft – Contemporary women’s fiction

Shelley Wilson – Multi-genre fiction and personal development non-fiction

Lyn Bromley – Business and management non-fiction

Elizabeth Beetham – Health and wellbeing non-fiction and poetry 

We’ll be interviewed by BBC Journalist, TV and Radio Presenter Joanna Tidman. A book stand will be available for delegates to visit and purchase copies of books written by the panel and other local authors.

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You can access further information about the Women in Business Conference and book here. It looks like a wonderful day! I hope to see you there.

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Another lovely summer event! @PhillipaAshley @ChristieJBarlow @osborne_bella

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One of the best things about being an author is the opportunity to work with other authors. I’m thrilled to be featured in a Girls’ Night In with Phillipa Ashley, Christie Barlow and Bella Osborne on Thursday 20th June at 18:30. We’ll be at Waterstones, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Come along if you can! Drinks and nibbles included and the cost of the ticket can be redeemed against the purchase of one of our books on the night.

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Earls Barton Literary Festival

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Just to let you know that I’ll be returning to the Earls Barton Literary Festival on 8 June 2019 between 3pm and 4pm in the stunning Methodist Church. I’ll be in conversation with local lovely Julie Williams, chatting about my writing life and what it means to be with a major publisher.

The Oundle Bookshop is providing a pop-up bookshop for the weekend in the library. Book sales and signings, chats and selfies will all take place there. Like many participants, my fee will be donated to the village library.

It’s a great programme. Further information and tickets here.

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