Thank you 100,000 times!

I’ve just heard some really amazing news from my publisher – The Rose Girls has sold over 100,000 copies since being published last May. I’m thrilled to reach this very special milestone and I have you – dear readers – to thank!

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The Rose Girls at the London Book Fair

I’ve just had a really exciting experience – seeing the cover of my book, The Rose Girls, all lit up on the Amazon Publishing stand at the London Book Fair.


My husband and I spotted the paperback first, proudly displayed on their counter here:

The Rose Girls on the Amazon standBut I definitely did a double-take when I saw it at the top of their amazing banner!

The book fair is a huge, noisy, exciting event at Olympia. Just a few years ago, it was a pretty daunting place for a writer to be but, these days, there’s an Author HQ and numerous talks and events such as this fabulous panel featuring Joanna Penn and Mark Dawson. Do check out their excellent podcasts for indie authors. I’ve learned so much from both of them.


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And it was a lot of fun to meet up with some of my Notting Hill Press pals at the Amazon Publishing party in the evening. Here I am with Talli Roland, Nick Spalding and Matt Dunn.

NHP at Amazon Pary April Talli, Nick and Matt

Now, it’s back to my desk and my deadline for Love in an English Garden. There’s an editor champing at the bit to read it!


Just 99p in the UK this month!

I’m delighted that the second novel in my Book Lovers series – Rules for a Successful Book Club – has been chosen by Amazon for its Spring Sale ebook promotion and is just 99p in the UK.

Rules for a Successful Book Club Cover MEDIUM WEBGrab a copy today and catch up with the Nightingale family and find out what happens when Polly meets a guitar-playing biker called Jago…

Tell me a story…

I’ve recently become addicted to audio books. I listen to them on my Kindle Fire which moves around the house with me as I’m doing chores, and time really seems to speed up. I actually find myself wondering if there are any more chores to do so I can justify listening to a few more minutes from Robyn Carr’s wonderfully addictive Virgin River or Debbie Macomber’s heart-warming Blossom Street series.

Rules audio coverSo I’m delighted to be bringing out a brand new audio book of my own – Rules for a Successful Book Club – the second in the Book Lovers series.  I hope listeners will enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying my fix of audio books and that it might help a few of you get through some of those pesky chores!

Available from: Amazon UK Amazon US Audible iTunes


I’m really thrilled that The Rose Girls is a part of this lovely spring promotion at Amazon in Germany. Isn’t this the prettiest banner?

German banner The Rose Girls spring promo March 2016

Happy Birthday, Hattie!

A year ago today, a beautiful Springer spaniel named Izzy, gave birth to a litter of six puppies.


One of which was our little Hattie.


We brought her home in May and it’s no exaggeration to say that she turned our lives upside down and inside out! She was our first puppy and we had no idea quite how much energy she would have, racing around the garden, leaping over furniture and eating everything in sight!

IMG_3137I’m glad to report that she’s stopped eating chair legs now, but she is still full of life and is keeping us very fit indeed!

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Happy Birthday, darling Hattie! And here’s to many more years of adventures with you!

German Top Ten

Just two days after the launch of Rules for a Successful Book Club, I had another launch – this time in Germany for The Rose Girls.German Rose Girls coverAnd no sooner was it out then it entered Amazon’s Top 100, reaching the lofty heights of the Top Ten within two days! So thank you to all my lovely German readers. I really hope you enjoy the book!

Brand new Book Lovers out today!

I’m a romantic so Valentine’s Day is a bit special and I wanted to give my lovely readers something extra special this year so that’s why we’ve chosen today to publish Rules for a Successful Book Club – the second in the Book Lovers series.

Rules for a Successful Book Club Cover MEDIUM WEBI had so much fun writing this novel and there are some very touching scenes between Polly and Jago which I am thrilled to share with you today. I really hope you enjoy the book.

Our Violet

Violet came to Mulberry Cottage in May 2014 with her flock sisters, Agnes, Winne and Ella, rehomed via the wonderful British Hen Welfare Trust. A very threadbare hen, she was, nevertheless, a confident girl and quickly asserted herself, going up against the formidable Peggy …

First day of freedom


The same thing happened when we brought a new flock home last autumn. Violet soon put the new girls in their place, and wasn’t beyond giving our spaniel puppy, Hattie, a little peck on the nose too!

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Now, I have to say that Violet wasn’t the sort of hen who enjoyed a cuddle, but she had heaps of character and grew into a really beautiful girl with rich chestnut feathers and a really pleasing plumpness about her.

IMG_6129Goodnight dear Violet. We hope you loved every minute of your 20 months of retirement with us.


Beautiful Bateman’s

I love the quiet period between Christmas and New Year. It’s a time for reading, watching old films and catching up with friends and family. Oh, and lots of muddy dog walks!

P1000024But, having recently finished the second book in my Book Lovers series, I knew it wouldn’t be long until I found my way back to the keyboard, eager to make a start on the next novel and, when inspiration struck, we found ourselves heading down to the beautiful Sussex Weald to a very special house …

IMG_5893Bateman’s is the Jacobean manor house sitting in the heart of the Dudwell Valley. It belongs to the National Trust and was once the home of author Rudyard Kipling and it was glorious to see it all decked out for Christmas.

IMG_5901I knew at once that this would be the setting of my next novel and there must have been something very special in the Sussex air because I’ve already written 10,000 words!

IMG_5959It’s a novel about love, loss, family and renewal. And gardening! Because there is a fabulous walled garden at Bateman’s that I simply can’t ignore.

Goodbye 2015

Well, it’s been quite a year! We had to say goodbye to three beloved hens: Mariette, Winnie and Ella, but got to say hello to our Springer spaniel puppy Hattie.

The Rose Girls made it into Amazon’s Top 100 in both the UK and the US and was picked as one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015, and I launched the first book in my new series, The Book Lovers.

Our garden at Mulberry Cottage continued to do us proud with the addition of an enclosed area for raised beds in which we grew beans, peas, sunflowers, potatoes and squashes. One of my Turks Turban squashes even went on to win me second prize at our village show!


And I managed to publish five new books – one down on last year. You can blame the arrival of Hattie for that – she is a very big distraction!

I hope this year has been full of fun and adventures for you too, and that you’ve also managed to find time for yourself – to just sit and think – because that’s so important in our busy world! Happy New Year, everyone!

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