A few years ago, I visited Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds – the wonderfully magical home of the late Charles Paget Wade. It remains one of the most extraordinary places I have ever seen with its eclectic collection which includes everything from long case clocks to Samurai swords.
The house and garden alone would be worth a visit for it is exquisitely beautiful, sitting in one of those green-gold valleys which the Cotswolds is famous for. I just knew that I had to write a book set there and an idea for a hero inspired by Charles Paget Wade began to emerge … an eccentric collector with a rather unusual collection …
So, I wrote to the custodian of Snowshill and was allowed to visit on a perfect spring day in May when the house was closed to the public. What a treat that was! I was shown around the collection, allowed to take photographs and ask all the questions I had whilst my artist husband had been given special permission to paint in the garden. It’s a day I’ll never forget and I hope I’ve managed to capture something of the magic of Snowshill in my fictional version, Fox Hill Manor, in The Secret of You.
I’m delighted to announce the release of my brand new novel, The Secret of You – a romantic story about journalist, Anna McCall, who gets more than she bargained for when she goes to interview reclusive collector, William Kitson, in his rambling manor house in the Cotswolds. I had so much fun writing this novel which included a fantastic trip to Snowshill Manor – watch out for my blog post about that later. In the meantime, I really hope you enjoy Anna and William’s story.
The Secret of You is available now in paperback and Kindle formats.
I’ve just discovered that A Summer to Remember reached number 2 in The Bookseller’s July ebook chart – just behind the mighty Ken Follet and ahead of Lee Child! So thank you to all my dear readers who helped put the book there – you’re brilliant!
Last week, we lost our beautiful hen, Nancy, after a shockingly swift decline. She wasn’t even two years old.
Nancy arrived at Mulberry Cottage in April 2013 with Peggy. Both were just a few months old and very shy.
But Nancy soon relaxed into her new life even though she made it obvious that she wasn’t going to be the best of cuddling hens!
And we quickly forgave her because she laid the most perfect blue eggs although not all of them were the same size.
Nancy was always capable of making us smile and laugh …
and her jaunty floppy comb gave her the appearance of a court jester.
We’re going to miss you so much, Nancy. You were truly one of a kind!
I hate saying goodbye to summer but autumn is going to be super-exciting and I have three new releases for you between now and Christmas!
First up in September is my brand new novel, The Secret of You, about journalist Anna McCall who stumbles onto the most exciting story of her career whilst interviewing the handsome owner of Fox Hill Manor in the Cotswolds.
In October, the next story in the Austen Addicts series, At Home with Mr Darcy, will be released with the Janeites taking a trip to Derbyshire – home of Mr Darcy’s Pemberley.
Then, in early November, I’ll be publishing a novella called Christmas at the Cove about a couple who are reluctantly thrown together in a windswept cottage on the wild Devon coast.
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I’m delighted to reveal the new-look cover of my magical romantic comedy, Three Graces. What do you think?
Three Graces is available now to download and will be out as a paperback soon.
I’m delighted to reveal the brand new covers for my three short story collections – aren’t they beautiful? I think they’re really pretty and summery and I hope readers will love them as much as I do. Each collection has at least ten short stories and is available in ebook form at just £1.99 so grab yourself a beautiful bargain today!
Click on a cover below to find out more…
Thank you to everyone who has bought my brand new novel, A Summer to Remember. It hit the Amazon’s Top ebook chart 100 last week and reached Number 4 in the Romance chart.
Buy your copy now!
Don’t you just love it when you discover a new author? Especially a fellow hen-keeping author who is also a gardening enthusiast. I recently came across a gorgeous book called All Your Eggs in One Basket and was struck not only by the beauty of the prose but by the stunning photographs of a Suffolk garden not too far away from our own so I wrote to the author – the lovely Francine Raymond – to say hello.
Since writing her book, Francine had swapped the gentle Suffolk countryside for the bustling seaside town of Whitstable in Kent and we were invited to visit her to talk about writing, gardening and hens.
We took a tour around her pretty garden, had a gorgeous lunch and then walked down to the sea, passing some colourful villas and beach huts and lots of wonderfully wild areas full of flowers and berries.
I am reading Francine’s latest book, Flying the Coop, right now and it’s fabulous. Highly recommended for all country-lovers!
It’s been a very sad week here at Mulberry Cottage because we lost our beloved hen, Little Flo. She’d been slowly sinking away from us for some time, snoozing in quiet corners of the garden with her feathers all fluffed up, and not eating very much.
Little Flo came to us over two years ago as part of our second flock of ex-bat hens. She was the smallest, most threadbare hen I had ever seen, and this made her bottom of the pecking order.
She was also incredibly shy, skulking about in the nest box, hopping from perch to perch. But, slowly, she grew in confidence, grew herself some beautiful golden feathers and rose in rank to become top hen.
I have never seen such an incredible transformation in a hen and I’m so thrilled that she had two years of free-ranging with us. I just wish it could have been for longer because she was such a special little character.
Goodbye, Little Flo. We shall miss you so much.
I’m delighted to announce that my new novel A Summer to Remember is out now in ebook with the paperback to follow shortly. I really hope you all enjoy this one!
Here’s what the reviewers are saying about it:
‘A perfect holiday read – sunny weather, romance, gorgeous countryside, and great characters. I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on this book.’ Hello!
‘A really easy to read, happy, summery novel. Full of fun and joyful characters.’ Random Things Through My Letterbox
‘A truly sunny novel that will sweep you off your feet. I absolutely loved A Summer To Remember and would happily read it all over again.’ Victoria Loves Books
‘A charming, delightful, heart-warming book that left me feeling full of love, hope and joy!’ Kim the Bookworm
‘A wonderful summer read I heartily recommend. Full of romance, laughs and lots of family fun.’ Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews
‘A sparklingly sunny and gorgeous read that will definitely bring a smile to your face. Perfect holiday reading material!’ A Spoonful of Happy Endings
My new novel is out next week and there’s going to be a fabulous blog tour so make sure you catch up with me at one of these locations …