For the last few years, my husband and I have been attending the London Book Fair at Olympia, and what a fabulously exciting event it is! Much more author-friendly than a few years ago when it used to be a trade fair just for publishers and agents, there is now an Author HQ with talks all day and plenty of opportunities for writers to meet up and exchange news. Here I am at the KDP stand with indie bestseller and all-round lovely person, L J Ross.
I was thrilled to meet up with my new Czech publisher who has just published A Weekend with Mr Darcy and is going to translate Dreaming of Mr Darcy next. And it was wonderful to meet some fellow Lake Union authors too. Here I am with Julianne MacLean, Freda Lightfoot, Imogen Clark and Jo Furniss.
It was then on to the Amazon Publishing party at the Bluebird in Chelsea where I met up with Matt Dunn and Marius Gabriel…
and chatted about the joys of being a hybrid with Mark Dawson and Freda.
Now it’s back to the desk. I’m currently planning a brand new series of books set on the Sussex Downs and I can’t tell you how excited I am. I’ve been thinking about these books for years and I’m thrilled to be making a start on them.
I’m delighted to announce that A Weekend with Mr Darcy is now available in Czech, published by Sofa Books, and what a pretty cover it is! Dreaming of Mr Darcy will follow soon and I can’t wait to see it.
To celebrate the Easter holidays and to welcome spring, I’m offering three of my titles for half price. Read more about this special offer here.
I’m thrilled to be launching Il profumo delle rose today – my first publication in Italian! And isn’t this the prettiest cover ever? I think my Rose Girls would adore it.
I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all the readers who rushed to buy a copy of The Heart of the Garden during launch week. It entered Amazon’s Top 100 in the UK this weekend and claimed the Number 1 spot in Literary Sagas. I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s so lovely to see all your reviews too so thank you to everyone who has taken the time to review it on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s lovely to see your response to the story.
I’m thrilled to be releasing The Heart of the Garden today. It’s the third and final book in my Country House and Garden series, following on from The Rose Girls and Love in an English Garden, exploring how gardens can help to heal and how important they are in bringing people together.
I truly loved writing these three novels, and I had a lot of fun researching them too from planting my own rose garden to getting lost in mazes and visiting stately homes like Bateman’s in the glorious Sussex Weald and Wightwick Manor with its wonderful Arts and Crafts interiors.
I feel very lucky to be a writer!
If you’d like to read my earlier blog post about researching The Heart of the Garden at beautiful Wightwick Manor, click here.
I wanted to share this very special offer with you. This week, UK readers can get three of my books for just 99p each over on Amazon!
There’s the first in my new Book Lovers series…
And the first in my bestselling Austen Addicts series…
Finally, one of my old favourites, Three Graces.
Prices correct at time of publication (28 January 2018)
Rosalind came to us with her three ex-bat sisters in the summer of 2016. Named after Shakespeare’s heroine from As You Like It, she soon proved to be an intrepid girl and was the first in her flock to venture across the lawn to the rose border.
Essentially shy, she was nevertheless easy to handle and was very docile during all her trips to the vets where she became a much-loved and cared for patient.
After being successfully fitted with an implant to reverse the effects of egg yolk peritonitis, she enjoyed a wonderful summer, free-ranging and sunbathing with Evie and Viola.
A second implant was fitted just before Christmas and, although successful again, we could see that she was slowing down. She spent more time indoors where we could keep an eye on her and make sure she was eating because she was losing weight, and we were heartbroken when we finally lost her. Of all our hens, she spent the most hours at the vets and was such a brave girl.
Goodbye, darling Rosalind. We will miss you.
I’m so excited to leap into 2018 – I’m hoping to publish three new books this year: The Heart of the Garden is coming in February and is the third in my Country House and Garden series. I can’t wait for you all to read that! It’s a big romantic story with a touch of Gothic! Then, in the autumn, the third in my Book Lovers series – One More Page Before I Kiss You – will be published. This will be Josh Nightingale’s long-awaited story! And, to round the year off, The Christmas Rose will be published on the 1st November – a sweet novella sequel to The Rose Girls. A lot of you have been asking me what happened to the Hamilton sisters next, so now you’ll be able to find out!
In the meantime, have you read my three 2017 releases: Natural Born Readers, Love in an English Garden and Christmas with the Book Lovers?
Pre-order The Heart of the Garden:
For a few days only, you can get The Christmas Collection for just 99p at Amazon – that’s three festive novellas for less than a pound! Merry Christmas!
I love the idea of sitting around a roaring fire, the curtains drawn against a dark, cold night whilst drinking a glass of mulled wine, eating a mince pie… and telling ghost stories! The Victorians loved this tradition too and the great master of the ghost story, M R James, used to read his own ghost stories to a rapt audience each Christmas.
I wanted to explore this wonderful tradition in Christmas with the Book Lovers and who better to tell a ghost story or two than the Nightingale family from The Book Lovers series? I had so much fun writing the stories they told, highlighting the likes of Gytrash and Black Shuck as well as making up one of two ghosts of my own.
I also wanted to drawn on the rich history of Suffolk and how very well it lends itself to a good supernatural tale. A few years ago, we visited the church at Stonham Aspal and discovered the tomb of a wonderful knight. I just knew he’d find his way into a story one day.
Suffolk is a landscape rich in churches and Holy Trinity at Blythburgh is one of the best, famous for its beautiful angels.
And here’s the marvellous old door with the strange scorch marks on it, thought to be the claw marks of the legendary dog, Black Shuck who is said to have run through the church during a thunderstorm in 1577, killing two of its parishioners.
Christmas with the Book Lovers is a slight move away from the essentially romantic Christmas tales my readers might know me for, but I hope there’s still enough romance, sparkle and warmth to keep everyone happy. And maybe – just maybe – the odd shiver down the spine too!
Love in an English Garden has been chosen as part of the Kindle Monthly Deal throughout November and is just 99p in the UK.
And Australian readers can get the ebook for just $1.49 this month. Happy reading, everyone!