Pleasant surprises: an award and a longlist

After having had keyhole surgery to remove an inflamed gallbladder, followed by an overnight stay in hospital where I remained hooked up to a drain for the blood caused by the operation (ouch!), I've been rather dopey the least six days. The first three days I just rested, my intake of high-dose painkillers making sure I didn't do anything but eat soup and sleep. Then I slowly started to lower the tablets I'm taking, and I'm now down to two. One strong one and a weaker one. Hopefully by the weekend, it'll just be the weak ones left...

So it came to no surprise that I didn't access my laptop for half a week. I know! Unheard of! 

And when I did, a wonderful email awaited me: A Highland Captive has received the Chill with a Book Readers Award! 😍

What a boost to my muddled brain! I'm so delighted the Chill with a Book readers have thought so highly of A Highland Captive for it to be included in their awards. Thank you so much for your time and your kind words in …

Love Lost in Time: now on pre-order!

I have exciting news:

Love Lost in Time is finally available on pre-order from Amazon through Ocelot Press
It’ll be released on 28th November 2019, my 11th wedding anniversary. Thrilled to bits!

Based partly on a true story, Love Lost in Time is a dual-timeline mystery set in the late 8th century and the present day, right here in the Languedoc in south-west France.

The ’true story’ part is the bit where my present-day character, Maddie, finds several old bones under her kitchen floor. This happened to my former neighbours in a small Minervois village – they even showed me some remnants of bones and parts of a cranium. Needless to say, it inspired a plot, and Love Lost in Time is the result!

Sadly, no paranormal activity was observed by the neighbours, even though our houses stood on the grounds of an ancient Merovingian graveyard. I love graveyards, so I didn’t mind. So any paranormal activity is entirely down to my imagination. 

The ’historic’ part of the novel is set in Carcassonne fro…

Review: Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

I’m thrilled to share my review of Nicole Locke’s intriguing romance, Secrets of a Highland Warrior, as part of the author's blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources

As you will know, I love a gripping Highlander romance, and Secrets of a Highland Warrior did not disappoint. A Highlander in search of his rightful place, a healer who keeps a long-held secret, and a remote setting in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Perfect!
The year is 1293, and Rory Lochmore travels to clan McCrieff whose lands are bordering theirs. After a feud running for decades, the Lochmores supported King John Balliol, so King Edward I has granted parts of McCrieff lands to the Lochmores, and Rory arrives to claim it.
What Rory doesn’t expect is for the chief of the McCrieffs, Hamish, to lie ill, unresponsive, and for the tanist to agree to the king’s demand – but under one condition: Rory is to marry Ailsa, his daughter!
Ailsa, healer and tanist’s daughter, is headstrong and blunt. Unusual for women o…

Review: Mrs Sommersby's Second Chance

I'm delighted to take part in romance author Laurie Benson’s review blog tour for her new release, Mrs Sommersby's Second Chance, at Rachel's Random Resources – and what a pleasure it was to read this beautiful romance!


A historical romance with a difference

Clara Sommersby is a fiercely independent widow who, cleverly, invested money in a ’shocking' way rather than tread the usual fate of widows, becoming a companion or remarrying swiftly. As such, she has learnt her lessons from life with her late husband, and she vows never to depend on a man again – or to marry again, for that matter.

William Lane's humble background as a foundling – a baby dropped off at the Foundling Hospital in London without any trace of his family –  and subsequent apprenticeship at a bank has led him to become a determined self-made businessman in his own right, yet fully aware of the conventions of the day. His past is like a chip on his shoulder, so instead he throws himself into lu…

Cover Reveal: The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge

Today, I'm taking part in an exciting Cover Reveal that gets me right into the Christmas mood! Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources.

Join us for a unique unveiling of award-winning author Samantha Tonge's upcoming novel, The Christmas Calendar Girls

With Christmas approaching (yes, I know – but we are in August already, a mere four months away!), it looks like your autumn reading is sorted. And wouldn't it just make the perfect Christmas gift?

So...ta da... What do you think? Isn't it gorgeous?

The Christmas Calendar Girls This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood... Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She's going to get the town to create a living advent calendar. Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern's heart can't help but ski…