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Starting Over FREE in the iBooks store (+ the history of the book)

Itunes bannerStarting Over is part of the First in Series promo in the iBooks store. At the time I’m writing this blog it’s at number 15 in the Free Chart, which is fabulous!

This book has a history. Some time ago my then agent got this close to selling it but, ultimately, Starting Over and the following book, All That Mullarkey, emerged from acquisition meetings unacquired. My first novels published were Uphill All the Way (Transita) and Family Matters (Hale – which only came out as hardback and was later released as Want to Know a Secret? in paperback).

It was a few years before I pitched Starting Over to Choc Lit and they bought it in three weeks flat. And wanted All That Mullarkey, too! I count Ratty, the (slightly unlikely) hero of Starting Over, as my most popular hero because he’s the only one to have received his own fan mail and done his own interviews.

Starting Over is the first of my novels set in the fictitious village of Middledip on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. I have a whole drawer devoted to Middledip information, including maps, timelines for each novel and an overall timeline for the series but I wish that when I began I’d realised I was writing linked books because I would have kept more.

Between Starting Over and my most recent Choc Lit novel, The Wedding Proposal, came five other novels, including the others in the Middledip series, Dream a Little Dream and Is This Love?

That some readers like linked or series novels is no surprise to me as I like reading them myself. It’s satisfying to see various characters in the cast get the chance to tell their stories and to check if the characters I’ve already met are getting along (and haven’t messed everything up). I like the constant but secondary characters such as the lady in the village shop who is agog over every bit of gossip or the landlord of the pub who looks like a miseryguts but has a heart of gold. When I find a series I like I tend to read everything in it.

I hope that you find as much satisfaction in reading the Middledip books as I have found in writing them.

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Free short stories from Choc Lit and National Express!

Love Match cropChoc Lit and National Express are giving away twelve lovely short stories with choccy recipies as downloads – Just click here.
It’s my story that’s today’s freebie!
‘Are Diamonds Forever?’ features a ring, a tattoo, a fox (in more ways than one) and a recipe for Rocky Row (which features a lot of scrummy stuff and I have selflessly tried it out for you. Several times.)

So if you’d like to treat yourself to short stories from Choc Lit’s wonderful writers, just follow the link, and enjoy.

Ebooks can be read on loads of devices, these days, from your phone to your tablet to your PC. My device of choice is a Kindle and I’ve been stocking it up ready for time off over Christmas. Here’s what’s awaiting me:

Staying Away at Christmas, Katie Fforde

Old Desires, Liz Fielding

Winter Warmers, Carole Matthews

You Had Me at Hello, Mhairi McFarlane

Tall, Dark and Kilted, Lizzie Lamb

Santa Maybe, Scarlett Bailey

The Silent Touch of Shadows, Christina Courtenay

Holiday Affair, Annie Seaton.

OK, I probably won’t get them all read, but it’s great to have a lovely big ‘to be read’ list.

So what are you going to be reading over Christmas?

 

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