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A White Christmas on Winter Street – publication day!

Every publication day brings fresh joy. It’s the reward for many months of work and worry, edits and head-scratching. Something that began with an idea and a page of scribble appears on supermarket shelves with gold foil and shiny touches. It has my name on the cover.

At the risk of sounding like an Oscar winner, I’d like to thank everyone involved: my agent Juliet Pickering and everyone at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency who will be trying to sell it on to other markets; and editor Thorne Ryan and all at Avon Books UK. This latter includes marketing and publicity, sales, the typesetter, the proofreader, the copy editor and no doubt others that slip beneath my radar. To write a book takes one person but to publish it takes a team.

And, of course, I’d like to thank everybody who buys the book or borrows it from a library, who posts a review (especially the nice ones), tells their friends about the book or talks about it online. Readers are everything to a writer.

Here’s the blurb for A White Christmas on Winter Street, which is available from today:

When Sky Terran returns to the village of Middledip after losing the job she loves, she anticipates a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. However, the annual street decoration competition is coming up and this year, the residents of Winter Street are determined to win.

As she is pulled into the preparations, Sky quickly grows to love the quirky, tight-knit community she is now part of. Including the extremely handsome Daz, who soon becomes more than just a friendly neighbour.

But when Daz’s ex turns up determined to win him back and it seems he might not be the man Sky thought he was, she remembers how much allowing people into her life – and heart – can hurt. As the snow falls, will she and Daz find a way through – and help win a Christmas victory for Winter Street?

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Moulton Literary Festival, Northamptonshire 9th October 2022

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If you can reach Moulton in Northamptonshire you might like to come along to the Moulton Literary Festival on (and around) 9th October 2022. Check out the link and you’ll see it’s a varied programme. My session begins at 2pm, ‘Twenty Years to be an Overnight Success’, the story from my first short story sale to reaching #1 on the Kindle UK chart. A slide show accompanies the talk and I’m happy to sign books or join you in a selfie.

Click here for the Moulton Literary Festival website and programme

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A White Christmas on Winter Street is available for preorder now

The cover of A White Christmas on Winter Street
The cover of A White Christmas on Winter Street

It’s only a month until A White Christmas on Winter Street hits bookshelves and reading devices!

I’m excited that soon readers will meet Sky Terran, who was fostered in Middledip village, where she discovered what a real Christmas could be. After her friendship with her erstwhile foster brother Freddy implodes, she returns to buy the tattiest house in the village. It’s unfortunate that Daz Moran had his eye on The Corner House for a business opportunity that would give him his own fresh start…till Sky outbid him.

Overflowing with Christmassness and joy, but also tricky family history and themes to reflect upon, I loved writing A White Christmas on Winter Street. If you think you might enjoy reading it you can

preorder it now.

Preorder A White Christmas on Winter Street here

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HOLT Medallion – finalist

I recently received a lovely email from the Virginia Romance Writers to say that Under the Italian Sun has been selected as a finalist in the Holt Medallion Contest!

The list of all finalists can be found here, and my category is Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.

The HOLT Medallion Award was named for Virginia Romance Writers’ first president, Cynthia Holt, and is also the acronym for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent. It has been awarded annually since 1995.

A panel of romance readers select the winning books in the twelve categories. They look for a good read, a book they’d buy and an author they’d follow. The aim is to reflect the actual marketplace. I’m delighted to have my book shortlisted on this criteria!

The winning authors are awarded a pewter medallion featuring a Dogwood blossom, the Virginia state flower, in a laurel wreath on the pages of an open book, a heart, and a scroll with the inscription “HOLT.”

HOLT Medallion Winners and Award of Merit Finalists will be announced on June 4 2022, so cross your fingers for me!

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Writing Romantic Fiction at Swanwick, Writers’ Summer School @swanwickwriters

This August, I’ll be enjoying a week at Swanwick, Writers’ Summer School – and leading the Writing Romantic Fiction course.

I love Swanwick. There’s always a wealth of courses and sessions and a host of writers to chat to over meals or in the bar. I use it as a writing retreat but love the evening speakers and winding down at the end of the day with a mindfulness session. You can find out more here, and take a look at this year’s programme here.

I should have been delivering the Writing Romantic Fiction course last year, but Covid got me, so I was delighted to be invited this year instead.

Here’s the course blurb:

Swanwick, Writers’ Summer School website

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Event news: ‘Ladies of Letters’, Rothwell Library, Northamptonshire, 16 Feb 2022

I’m looking forward to this in-person event at Rothwell Library in Northamptonshire with fellow authors Jane Isaac and N V Peacock. The evening will be hosted by Mark West, author of thrillers and chillers. I love events that include refreshments because there are ALWAYS chocolate biscuits. Somehow, I’ve persuaded myself that whatever I eat at an event doesn’t contain calories.

As you see from this lovely poster, you can email or call in to purchase tickets. I know they’re selling well, so don’t miss out.

The authors will be happy to chat, answer questions, sell and sign their books, etc. Come along! We’d love to see you.

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Who reads Christmas books? #AmReading #AmWriting #RespectRomFic

Image showing book covers for Under the Mistletoe, The Christmas Promise, Christmas Wishes, The Little Village Christmas, A Christmas Gift and Let it Snow.

When I decided to write a post about Christmas books, I first solicited feedback from two large, active readers’ groups on Facebook. I asked: ‘If you read Christmas-themed books, whether they’re romance-at-Christmas or crime-at-Christmas, can you tell me why?’

Overwhelmingly, the most popular answer was:

  • ‘I love Christmas books!’

Almost as popular was:

  • to get in the Christmas mood and/or feel immersed in the season of goodwill.

Others included:

  • reading Christmas books is a part of the run-up to Christmas, a tradition
  • many Christmas books have happy endings, increasing the positive feelings (this possibly isn’t true of crime-at-Christmas)
  • to reflect on the spirit of Christmas
  • to ‘live’ the sort of Christmas the reader would like to have, but doesn’t, including having a vicarious Christmas if spending the season alone
  • escapism – Christmas books tend to focus on what’s important: family, charity, hope and community, rather than commercialism
  • Christmas books are frequently uplifting
  • they heighten the romance of the season.

Stanley Unwin said: “The first duty of any publisher to their authors is to remain solvent,” so it’s not hard to see why publishers publish Christmas books. Christmas stories sell in large numbers. Most of mine have charted in the Official UK Top 50, UK Kindle Top 100 (one went to #1) and some the Top 20 Mass-Market Fiction. Magazines, newspapers and websites include them in Christmas gift guides. The season is short but intense.

I write Christmas books, and not just because they sell. (Here comes the writing bit.) I think my ‘plotty head’ recognises the possibilities arising from the heightened stakes of a book set at Christmas time.

I view it like this: during the festive season, good things seem better and bad things seem worse.

Let’s take an example of ‘good’ – a couple getting engaged at Christmas. Their wonderful news only doubles the celebrations; they meet more friends and family at Christmas and each time make their announcement, show off the rings, talk about future plans. A Christmas engagement is memorable and romantic, bedecking Cloud Nine with glitter and fairy lights.

On the other hand, how bad does it feel to get a redundancy notice in the week before Christmas? The good time had by others highlights the plight of the character who’s lost their job and money woes leap into hard focus. How will the Christmas credit card bill be paid, the Christmas food bill, the tickets for the latest Christmas movie or fuelling the car for Christmas visits across country? The January pay packet may be the last for a while. Family members are about to be let down just when they were expecting to be flying high.

This heightening of stakes makes my plotting life easier. Contrasts between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ are greater (hence Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol to bring attention to the plight of the poor), conflicts are tougher, celebrations more joyous, goals more important. A bad Christmas experience can taint Christmas forevermore… unless a novelist comes along to weave into the story a reason to enjoy Christmas again and for scars to be healed.

For me, writing Christmas books has an unexpected benefit – I’m part of so many Christmases! People read my books to get in the festive spirit and gift them to each other (there are few things easier to wrap than a book). If someone messages me with a request to buy a signed copy they often ask, ‘Do you mind?’

No, I don’t mind – I’m delighted! It’s a privilege to be, in a small way, part of Christmas. 

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#Bookbargains for August – UK, US and Canada

I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of putting special offers on my books on my blog before. It’s always nice to know about bargain books, isn’t it? Some of these offers end on 31st August so you’ll need to be quick!

Under the Italian Sun on is down to 99p on UK Kindle. Grab your chance to travel to Italy with Zia and discover all her family secrets.

Download Under the Italian Sun for 99p here

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A Summer to Remember is also on Kindle promo.

Download your copy of A Summer to Remember for 99p in the UK

Or for 99c in the US

Or for 99c in Canada

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Good old Starting Over, the first Middledip book, has joined the 99p offering.

Download your copy of Starting over for 99p

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Summer on a Sunny Island is also on promo in the UK.

Download your copy of Summer on a Sunny Island for 99p

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Just for the Holidays is available for free download for Kindle Unlimited customers.
Download your copy of Just for the Holidays free on Kindle Unlimited

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And, lastly, One Summer in Italy is free on Prime Reading!

Download One Summer in Italy free on Prime Reading or get the ebook for £2.99

HAPPY READING!

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#UnderTheItalianSun is 99p in the Kindle Monthly Deal! @AvonBooksUK @BlakeFriedmann

Just to let you know that Under the Italian Sun is a Kindle book bargain, this month, and can be downloaded for 99p.

It’s already been to #28 in the paperback Official Top Fifty in the UK, which made me very happy. HUGE thanks to everybody who bought it and therefore put it there.

If you’d prefer to read Under the Italian Sun on your Kindle and grab a summery ‘escape through the pages’ to a sunny plateau above an Italian vineyard, then now’s the time to buy.

Download Under the Italian Sun for 99p here

Enjoy your journey to a place full of secrets and passions – happy reading!

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Publication day for #UnderTheItalianSun @AvonBooksUK @BFLAgency

It’s publication day!

Under the Italian Sun hits shelves and devices today and I hope readers enjoy the escape to a sunny plateau high above a vineyard in Italy.

It was an absolute pleasure to write this book. Everyone else had to stay close to home but every day I could leave … at least in my imagination. Bodily I might have been in my study in England but in my head I was with Zia as she drove to Italy to search out Lucia Costa, the woman who she thought was partly responsible for Zia’s mouthful of a name – Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers.

Lucia’s also the woman Zia thinks holds the key to who Zia’s till-then-unknown father is and even which Victoria Chalmers is actually Zia’s mother. Lucia loved Zia as a baby … but how will they get on now Zia’s a woman? Lucia, like her neighbour Piero, is fighting to keep her home, a fight Zia sometimes helps and occasionally unwittingly hinders. And Piero’s fighting so hard he almost lets Zia slip through his fingers.

I thoroughly enjoyed weaving the mystery of Zia’s past and whether she can find a family and a future in Italy. I hope it carries you away, as it did me.

Under the Italian Sun is available in ebook, audio and paperback.
Get it at bookshops, supermarkets and online retailers or using the links below:

Buy Under the Italian Sun in the UK in paperback

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Buy Under the Italian Sun in the US in paperback

Download Under the Italian Sun in the US as an ebook

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