Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Bad Sister
by
Sam Carrington

Guest review
by
Julie Williams






Avon – kindle 05/10/17 PB 14/12/17


This is the second book written by Sam Carrington and equally enjoyable. This psychological thriller has many twists right up to the end that kept me alert and eager to discover the link between Psychologist Connie Summers, the body of an ex criminal and her client Stephanie.

Unscrambling family secrets whilst helping investigating officer D I Lindsay Wade, brings both fear and pain into her life and it is this that gives Connie the understanding of just how difficult life is for Stephanie and her son while in witness protection. 

I particularly enjoyed the developing relationship between Connie and Lindsay and the bond they both shared by the end of the book. 

This novel has a good plot which covers lies, fear, blackmail and coincidences amongst others that make for an interesting and intense read.

My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC this is my own opinion.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Christmas at the Gin Shack
by
Catherine Miller




Welcome in the festive season with love, laughter and the perfect G&T in Christmas at the Gin Shack – the most uplifting holiday read of 2017!

Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…

Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!

But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.

Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day? 

Purchase on Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo


Author Bio


When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with HQDigital UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. She is now the author of four books and hopes there will be many more now her twins have started school. Either that, or she’ll conduct more gin research on Olive’s behalf.


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Friday, 13 October 2017

Fatal Masquerade
by
Vivian Conroy
BLOG TOUR




It's my turn today on the Fatal Masquerade BLOG TOUR. I have a guest post by the author for you.

Meet the cast for this masked ball adventure ...



Lady Alkmene - used to grand parties, but still impressed with her hostess's efforts: Chinese lanterns everywhere, boats on the waterways, flower arrangements full of priceless orchids and birds of paradise. A night of lighthearted fun seems guaranteed. But why is her best friend Denise so nervous? And what is reporter Jake
Dubois doing at a party he should despise for its opulence? Jake Dubois - reporter who can't stand titles or wealth. And who never says no to a challenge. And his task at the masked ball is a challenge indeed, especially with Lady Alkmene around to ask questions about his presence and ... stumble onto a dead body!
Mrs Hargrove - perfect hostess and reluctant stepmother to the volatile Denise, who claims to know a little secret about her. A little secret that could just ruin everything Mrs Hargrove worked so hard to achieve. She can't let that happen ...
Mr Hargrove - oil magnate and aviation enthusiast, supposedly working on a new engine, eager to get acquainted with the upper ten and move up the social ladder, but having your guests questioned by the police might not be the best way to go about that. Denise Hargrove - determined to make this the night of her life. But is the one guest she is waiting for really who he claims to be?
Relatives who jump at their own shadow, a sinister psychiatrist who can't stop talking about poison cases, conniving staff, and disaster is just waiting to strike. Trust Alkmene to be in the heart of it. With Jake by her side, she can crack the case, can't she? But this time things are different. This time the danger is closer to home than ever before ...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Secrets We Keep
by 
Faith Hogan
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Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Aria Fiction – Head of Zeus

Two distant relatives, drawn together in companionship are forced to confront their pasts and learn that some people are good at keeping secrets and some secrets are never meant to be kept..
A bittersweet story of love, loss and life. Perfect for fans of Patricia Scanlan, Adele Parks and Rosamunde Pilcher.
The beautiful old Bath House in Ballytokeep has lain empty and abandoned for decades. For devoted pensioners Archie and Iris, it holds too many conflicting memories of their adolescent dalliances and tragic consequences – sometimes it’s better to leave the past where it belongs.
For highflying, top London divorce lawyer Kate Hunt, it’s a fresh start – maybe even her future. On a winter visit to see her estranged Aunt Iris she falls in love with the Bath House. Inspired, she moves to Ballytokeep leaving her past heartache 600 miles away – but can you ever escape your past or your destiny?


Extract from Secrets We Keep by Faith Hogan


‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ Kate said. It was her first thought as they turned down the cove and saw the bathhouse snuggled into the cliff face. It was a turreted, stocky grown-ups sandcastle. ‘It could have been emptied from a child’s bucket,’ was her first reaction. It had been painted, white with a light blue trim once, then the waves and the spray had all but washed that away. It still sat proudly, if shabbily, on a huge flat rock, that upturned in a lip over the sea. It was a plate, large enough for any giant.
‘Genesis Rock – it’s a metamorphic rock, probably over a thousand million years old,’ Rita said. ‘Sorry, did I mention I taught geography and home economics, once upon a time.’
‘No, but I probably should have guessed.’
‘I don’t remember the bathhouse even being open. I could imagine that I’d have spent all my days here if I had.’ Rita looked at the washed white walls that reached high into the cliff face.
‘Well, Archie said they ran it for a few years, but he didn’t say when it shut.’ This place probably held sadness for Archie, if his brother died here. Kate couldn’t feel it. Instead, it made her feel energized, as though the sea was spraying something like an invitation deep into her lungs. It made her heart pound with an expectation she hadn’t felt in years. Even the deserted castle keep that loomed up in grey stone at the tip of the headland seemed to carry a hopeful secret in its towers.
‘It must have been lovely once. Even now, you can see.’ Rita rested her hands on the thick window ledge, her nose pressed firmly to the cold glass of the windows. ‘It looks like they just closed up one evening and never came back.’
Kate walked to the back of the bathhouse; it dug into the cliff face, as though the construction of one depended on the other. Alongside the building, a small narrow road clung to the cliff for a couple of hundred yards before it feathered off onto what counted as a main road in these parts. Far below, the waves lapped serenely against the stone. It was low tide now; Kate wondered how close the water actually came to the rock. ‘I’d love to get a look inside.’ Rita followed her round to the front of the bathhouse. They peered through a sea sprayed window for a few minutes. Inside, Kate could see there were tables and chairs, a small stove and an old-fashioned counter where once someone had taken orders for afternoon tea. ‘It’s a little cafĂ©, wouldn’t it be lovely if it was open for coffee?’ Kate mused, it was so much more than just a bathhouse.


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ABOUT FAITH HOGAN


Already an international best seller, Faith Hogan is an original voice in women’s fiction, she has been hailed as a Maeve Binchey for a new generation. Her stories are warm and rooted in a contemporary Irish landscape which has lost none of its wit or emotion thanks to its modern vibe.
Faith Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.
She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.
‘Secrets We Keep,’ is her second novel published with Aria Fiction. Her first, My Husbands Wives has been a top ten best seller and is currently available in paperback.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faithhoganauthor

Twitter: @gerhogan

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1510940

Faith_Hogan Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faithhoganauthor/ 

Website: https://faithhogan.com



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Friday, 6 October 2017

The Girl from Ballymor
by
Kathleen McGurl
REVIEW





What would you sacrifice for your children?

Ballymor, Ireland, 1847
As famine grips the country Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her
two remaining children alive against all odds, Kitty must decide how far she will go to save
her family.

Present day
Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy –
and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace.
Running from her future, it’s not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in
Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty’s fate, Maria must make the
biggest decision of her life.


About Kathleen McGurl
Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, with her husband, sons and cats. She began her writing career creating short stories, then she got side tracked onto family history research. She has always been fascinated by the past, the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.


Review
Maria is heading to Ireland to try and trace her family history. Her ancestors, the McCarthy family, were trying to survive the potato famine in the 1800's and Kitty is left to try and feed her children before it's too late. Her eldest son, Michael, spens his days looking for work to help his mother feed his siblings.

This is a book where the chapters alternate from 1847 onwards back to the present day and meet up at the end!! I love these style of books as you just can't help reading another chapter, just to see how it all comes together!!

The author obviously researched thoroughly the potato famine and her attention to detail with regards to accents, places and the history of Ireland is exceptional.

This book brought a little tear to my eye because of what Kitty had to sacrifice for her children and how the poor people of Ireland suffered during that period and the struggle of trying to find enough food to feed your children. 

I really enjoyed this book and loved the cover! I will definitely love to read other novels from this author.


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Thursday, 5 October 2017


The Stolen Marriage
by
Diane Chamberlain
PUBLICATION DAY



Yet another review for you by my very good friend Julie Williams for The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain on Publication Day. Enjoy!


Another fabulous book from Diane Chamberlain this time it is a wonderful historical fiction. This one is set in 1944 and tells the story of a young 23 year old woman Tess De Mello and how she overcomes the many obstacles and heartache that is put in front of her in order to achieve the life she truly deserves.

Diane has researched thoroughly for this book and it certainly shows as she explores the subjects of racial discrimination, social classes and America’s polio epidemic at that time, to name but a few.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Stolen Marriage and have no hesitation in recommending this 5 star tale. Be prepared for heart tugging moments and surprises along the way.


Published by Macmillan

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Moonlight Over Manhattan
by
Sarah Morgan
PUBLICATION DAY 



Happy Publication Day to Sarah Morgan for Moonlight over Manhattan. My lovely friend and fellow reviewer, Julie Williams, loves her books and so is delighted to review this book today on Publication Day! 

Sarah Morgan is known as “The Queen of Romance” and this latest stunning Christmas novel shows just why. I am always excited when a new book comes out as Sarah is one of my favourite authors and after reading this one, it has set me up for Christmas even though it’s only autumn!

Moonlight Over Manhattan continues the Manhattan With Love series and this instalment tells Harriet’s story. 

Having previously been introduced in earlier books in this series, I was able to connect straight away with the main character who is not only shy, caring and vulnerable, but also ballsy. 

Harriet Knight decides that she needs to change now that her twin sister Fliss has moved out so she sets about a daily challenge until December that really scares her. It is whilst doing just this that she meets ER doctor Ethan for the first time. Neither of them are prepared to commit to a relationship but there is definitely a magical spark there.

Characters from a previous trilogy are re-introduced as the tale progresses, much to my delight as it is fabulous to see how the handsome O’Neil brothers as well as other residents at Snow Crystal including the dogs are doing when Ethan invites Harriet there for a vacation.

A 5 Star novel, which can also be read as a standalone if you haven’t read the others in this series.


Published by Harper Collins HQ

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Christmas At Mistletoe Cove
By Holly Martin


This delightful story takes us back to Hope Island at Christmas time with its town brightly decorated it is the most magical setting. Everyone is looking forward to the festivities and Eden Lancaster is most excited of all as her best friend Dougie Harrison is back from New York and not just for the holidays but for good. 

There is definitely a spark between the two of them but neither of them is keen to start up a romantic relationship as their long lasting friendship is so good they do not want to jeopardise it.

This is a lovely fairy tale that I was addicted to from the start and complete with hopes, dreams, wishes and fairy dust this is just what I needed when reading a Christmas romance story. 

Holly Martin writes some gorgeous tales and I would not hesitate in recommending you read not only the others in this Hope Island series, but all her others. She brings all the characters to life with warmth and depth that leaves you feeling that you have gained some more friends.

A 5 star read. 


Published by Bookouture

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Flower Shop on Foxley Street
by
Rachel Dove
Blog Tour
Author Q&A
&
GIVEAWAY

I'm delighted to welcome Rachel Dove to Boon's Bookcase today as part of the Blog Tour for The Flower Shop on Foxley Street. I have an extract for you and also a Q&A with the author herself. Sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy!



AUTHOR Q&A

Hi. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your writing.

Firstly, please could you tell readers a little about yourself?
My name is Rachel Dove, I am married to a lovely electrician called Peter, and together we have two boys called Jayden and Nathan, who are 9 and 8. I write and teach from home full time, so I am pretty busy and I am also undertaking an MA with Teesside University. I read every day, and my house is full of books. It drives my husband mad, but he loves me anyway.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a tiny little girl and learned that actual people sat and made up the characters my parents read to me. Once I knew what an author was, I wanted to be one. I wanted someone to read the characters I wrote about, and buy my books. To me, books are everything. They make me so happy, just like when I was a girl. To be able to write them now, is amazing.

What did you do as a job before becoming a writer?
I was a Post 16 teacher working in Family Learning, SEN and autism. I took a 2 year career break to be home more from my children, who both have sensory issues and anxiety and to write, and now I work part time teaching distance learning students, which I love. I have my two dream jobs, and I am thankful every day.

How do you carry out the research for your novels?
I have inspiration at home in the form of my lovely hubby, who is the best man in the world, and I plan family trips to check out locations and research elements. I use the internet, I read books - for The Long Walk Back I got information from Help for Heroes and a hospital physiotherapist very kindly answered my questions too, and fixed my back!

Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
The muddy middle. Halfway through the book, the word count never seems to go up and things are tricky. That's when I want to give up, but of course I don't. The easiest part, and one of the best bits is getting a new idea for a book and letting the pieces fit together in your head. I like to let my ideas percolate.

What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
I have a desk in my bedroom that I work at, or I work in bed or on the sofa. I take a notebook everywhere and have written in the car waiting for my kids at school, at clubs etc. I have written at the side of a cold football pitch while my son trained too! I try to
do the school run and then get straight home and write with the dog at my feet. I try to work for 4 hours a day, but often work more when the children are asleep too, and on weekends.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read?
Anything! I love romance, but I tend to avoid them once I am writing a romance book, so my voice and story stays clear and true to myself. I love crime, domestic noir, horror, textbooks on autism and childcare, YA, NA, and children's books.

How important do you think social media is to authors in today's society?
I think it's very important, to advertise yourself, get your work out there, see what's doing well in the markets, what readers are enjoying, what makes them happy. It's also important when you spend a lot of time on your own writing about imaginary people to interact, even if it is just on social media. It's lovely to engage with readers too, they are amazing vibrant people, and it's nice to hear how stories and books make them happy. In today's troubled times, we all need a bit of happiness.

Could you tell the readers a bit about your latest book?
The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is set in Westfield, Yorkshire and is about Lily Rose Baxter, a woman who owns her own flower shop, called Love Blooms and is engaged to a golfer. She is a little bit stuck in her life, and one day a customer walks in and she realises that perhaps she is not the only one who is a bit lost. It's a romantic comedy with heart.

Which of your characters would you most like to be and why?
I love Agatha Mayweather, I am so proud of her. I feel like she wrote herself. When I am a retiree I hope to be just like her.

Is there anything else you would have liked to be asked?
No, thanks for having me!


Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions.


Series: Westfield series – Can be read as a standalone.
Genre: romantic fiction
Release Date: 26th July 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital/Harper Collins

A new love could be about to bloom for Lily in this bright, warm women’s fiction title that fans of Holly Hepburn and Cathy Bramley will love.
Lily Rose Baxter loves her little flower shop on Foxley Street and the freedom and independence from her family that it represents.
Lily can't help but feel that something is missing from her life…, but when mysterious stranger Will Singer comes into her shop looking for the perfect bouquet of roses, all that could be about to change.

AMAZON UK
AMAZON US



EXTRACT

Will Singer looked every inch the thirty-two-year-old man he was. The bathroom mirror rarely did anyone any favours, but this particular winter morning it appeared to be magically channelling the mirror from Snow White in terms of stark clarity and downright truth. Who’s the hottest man of them all? Certainly not you, dude.
He had badly needed a shave. People were starting to comment on it, but the clean-shaven Will was not a great improvement. At least his dark stubble had detracted from the huge Kardashian-sized luggage wedged under his eyes. Without his hairy mask, Will felt naked, unable to hide.
Even worse was the fact that the lack of hair on his face left people free to roam over his other features, in particular the mop of hair sprouting from his head. He looked like Lionel Messi mixed with Mufasa the lion. It did well for them, but Will wasn’t sure it was such a great style for him. Any longer and he would have to buy an Alice band like Beckham. Start sporting a man bun. He was pretty sure the villagers had never seen a man bun. It might scare them enough to dust off the pitchforks and torches. He had a sudden vision of his uncle Archie dressed like Braveheart, rallying the twin set and mohair-clad villagers into action from atop a horse. ‘People of Westfield, we shall not lie down and die. The man bun must be destroyed!’
He chuckled to himself at his own humour. He would have to tell Lily that joke later.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses. In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists. My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now. In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelDoveauthor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterDove
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831003.Rachel_Dove Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writerdove/ Blog: https://racheldoveauthor.wordpress.com/



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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Doll House
by
Phoebe Morgan
BLOG TOUR


It' my turn on the Blog Tour for The Doll House which is the first novel by Phoebe Morgan, who actually works at Harper Collins! I have a guest piece from Phoebe herself for you. 



GUEST POST


My top 3 TV Shows that can help you become a better writer
 
1.      The Affair – this is my number one favourite show and it really helps with writing as well. It’s all about perspective and memory – so you get to see the love affair that develops between Noah and Alison from both sides. For the first season, each episode is split between the characters, and everything shifts around so you see the same scenes happening but told in a slightly different way. I found it really fascinating as we do all remember things very differently, which is an idea I explore in The Doll House too. You’re never quite sure who is telling the truth – but the premise of the show is that they both are, they’re telling their truths. The show raises the idea that truth is a changeable concept rather than written in stone, which I think applies to so many great novels as well. The way characters see things can depend upon so many things – their previous experiences, their ultimate goals, their conflicting desires. None of us are black and white and this show really makes the most of that to brilliant, tense, moving effect. Plus, the Fiona Apple song in the opening credits is great.
 
2.      Happy Valley – if you’re looking for well-written, tightly plotted crime, this is the TV show to watch. I am desperately waiting for the third season, but the first two (starring Sarah Lancashire) have been excellent. Lancashire is a police officer, and a very human one at that – she is still grieving for her daughter, and she’s doing her best to help her ex-alcoholic sister. Plus, she has to track down a psychopathic rapist. You know, all in a day’s work! The storyline follows the (it has to be said, very attractive) criminal Tommy Lee Royce, played by James Norton, and the thing that makes me really love this show is that you can see immediately how tightly it’s been plotted. It has the A, B and C strands totally nailed down, and I found it very helpful when thinking about narrative, how to join plot points together and how to build tension from episode to episode (or chapter to chapter) too.
 
3.      Catastrophe – this show starring Sharon Hogan and Rob Delaney is hilarious. A fresh twist on the accidental pregnancy, they meet as middle-aged forty-somethings and Sharon gets pregnant during a very brief three-day fling when American Rob is in the UK on business. They wrote the show too, and the writing is fresh, funny and realistic, portraying a relationship in all its glory, complete with arguments, make-up sex and taking the bins out. The actors have great chemistry, and they paint a really vivid portrayal of adults who, despite seeming all grown up, actually still don’t know what on earth they’re doing in their lives. When the pregnancy comes along, they’re forced to make big decisions, and I love this show because it really makes you think about the reality of relationships. Relationships can sometimes be very hard to write, and I found this a really nice insight into a couple who sometimes hate it each other, sometimes love each other, and sometimes just don’t care either way. Every line deserves its place in the show and that’s how your writing should be too! 

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Consequence of Love
by
Sandra Howard
BLOG TOUR


I'm thrilled to be kicking off the Blog Tour for The Consequence of Love by Sandra Howard on it's publication day. I have a fabulous set of Q&As for you. Thank you to Richard at Simon & Schuster for his help in arranging this Blog Tour. Enjoy....


Q&A

Blog Tour Author Questions
Hi. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your writing.

And my thanks to you!


Firstly, please could you tell readers a little about yourself?
I had a travelling childhood, my father an RAF doctor who specialised in tropical medicine, so my education was patchy to say the least – which meant my writing career was a steep learning curve. I had a bit of a purple past, have been married before, but to my present husband for 43 years and have 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren and a very full life. Writing has given me a whole new, post-bus-pass career.

came to writing late in life, though


When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
In my teens, but I had no confidence, never thought I would possibly ever have a book published but I’d always wanted to write and managed to get into freelance journalism, luckily, which got me along the way.


What did you do as a job before becoming a writer?
I’d planned to try for university, but became a model, only because a friend needed someone to share a flat with her in London. I went on to have an amazing time as a photographic fashion model - all through the 60’s (experiences that I’ve borrowed from in my previous book Tell the Girl) As I got older I did a bit of PR, but wasn’t trained for anything and found it hard to keep working – until my first novel. That was a moment to remember!


How do you carry out the research for your novels?
I try to interview or talk to as many people as possible who have expertise in the relevant area. I go to the places I’m writing about, I use the internet a lot, (amazing what you can find out, even how a leaf in Peru becomes cocaine, but there’s nothing like having a book to refer to at your side. I read up about the period or backdrop as much as possible and try to remember to make notes.


Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
The easiest bit of writing for me,is getting to know the characters, They develop in ways I haven’t necessarily expected and they’re full of surprises, but it’s so rewarding to begin to think and feel as they do. The hard bit is the opening paragraph or page of every new chapter. I hate to move on before I feel it’s quite right which is silly, because it’s much better to edit and re-edit and put in the layering at a later stage. The beginning of a chapter becomes so much more obvious then.


What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
I like to have a full morning at my desk, not always possible, but I try hard to do everything else in the afternoons. I sometimes get a second wind just around bedtime, which doesn’t please my husband, but he’s amazingly patient and supportive over my writing. I’m so lucky there. I have a little box-room study at the top of the house, but its too hot in summer and too cold in winter so I’m always shifting my laptop to the kitchen table. It travels everywhere with me everywhere I go.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read?
I belong to two book clubs so read other peoples’ choices as well as my own. It’s very good, introduces me to new writers and is broadening too. I like literary fiction, strong stories – more about relationships than crime and whoduits – and a good biography now and then.


How important do you think social media is to authors in today's society?
I think social media has a vital part to play in allowing an author a voice. It can be a hard task mistress, it’s time-consuming, keeping up, but it’s a wonderful way of making new friends and contacts and keeping you up to date. And it’s here to stay!


Could you tell the readers a bit about your latest book?
It is a story about the dilemmas of the human heart, the choices and sacrifices that sometimes have to be made, hard as that can be . Nattie, the girl in the story, is immensely fond of her husband whom she has helped through his drug addiction in the past; they have two small children, good jobs, a lovely home, but her heart has always truly belonged elsewhere. The man she loved saved a second ghastly situation after a terrible bomb had gone off in a cinema foyer (the story of a previous novel of mine, A Matter of Loyalty) but then had to leave the country for his own safety. Even seven years on, not knowing where he is or whether he’s even still alive, she still yearns and pines for him. And then one day he makes contact…


Which of your characters would you most like to be and why?
Hard as it would have been to see a way through I would choose Nattie – to have felt those powerful emotions that give her such dilemmas of the heart.


Is there anything else you would have liked to be asked?
Perhaps about whether I’m onto a next book…
I’m in the early stages of my next book – with a working title of The Distances of War, it is based on the true story of a wartime love affair, about a girl who chases after the man she has fallen in love with who has gone to East Africa for his work. Even when war breaks out she still manages to get there – eventually. It is a strong tale.





Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions.

It’s so good of you to have me on the blog, terrific. Thanks very much again.


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