Award winning outback romance
Excited to announce that Little Girl Lost has won the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year Award. I am thrilled. Thank you to the RNA for this honour.

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Reaching for the tissues

This is a book that means a lot to me.

I can finally let you all in on a secret I have been keeping for a little while now….

The Romantic Novelists Association has announced the shortlists for the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards – and my book, Little Girl Lost, is there. Yes – I cried when I heard the news a few weeks ago. And once or twice since then, I have jumped up and down and made squeeee noises – excited, but so frustrated that I had to keep it a secret.

Little Girl Lost is shortlisted for the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year –that’s for a book which has a strong romance at its core, but also deals with wider issues beyond the romance.

Being shortlisted for this award means a lot to me for several reasons. Continue reading

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It’s that time again

It’s that time of year again – how did that happen? The year has passed so quickly.

I’d like to thank you all for your friendship and support during 2016. It’s been a tumultuous year in so many ways for so many people. I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks with family and friends, sharing and enjoying a few days rest and recuperation – before we all head into 2017 with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I hope you enjoy the holiday season – however you choose to celebrate it. And I look forward to your company in the new year. Much Love….

 

 

 

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A special anthology

A lovely volume – beautifully produced.

I am becoming very fond of the postman – he (or more accurately, they) keep bringing me such lovely surprises.

This time it was an elegant volume called Notes On A Page, which combines creativity and talent with the desire to help others.

The book is a collection of short works from She Voices – a group of women writers based in Richmond. Back in May, I had the opportunity to meet them and spent a very pleasant evening in their company.

As a result of that meeting, they invited me to join this book. Continue reading

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Ideas for pressies

Books generally are great - but I have a special love for old and antique books.

Books generally are great – but I have a special love for old and antique books.

It’s officially December and you know what that means… Christmas shopping.

Most of us spend at least some of this month scratching our heads as we try to come up with just the right gift.

So I thought I might put forward a few suggestions for the writer in your life—gifts for writers are just so easy.

Let’s start with the obvious. Continue reading

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It’s knitting season

Roll on snow - I want to wear this lovely cowl.

Roll on snow – I want to wear this lovely cowl.

It’s a while since I’ve posted a knitting blog – and not for the reason you are thinking.

Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is gone and WINTER IS COMING – cue portentous music (thank you George R R Martin).

I didn’t stop knitting in summer. I knitted my heart out – and made not one but two projects which… I hated.

One of the great things about any creative project is … if it doesn’t work out you can have another go. Unravel the knitting, edit the story, paint over a canvas. And that’s what I did. Continue reading

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A personal tribute…

This week, the publishing world lost one of its best and brightest… agent Carole Blake. Her sudden death was met in equal measure by shock and grief. A world without Carole was somehow unimaginable – even to those who imaginations light our lives every day through the pages of their books.

How we will miss her.

The sad news was announced on her agency website.

The sad news was announced on her agency website.

I first met Carole through the Romantic Novelists Association – of which she was a staunch supporter. When I joined as a terrified and awestruck unpublished writer, I heard about Carole Blake – the super-agent and co-founder of Blake-Friedmann. She was the agent every aspiring writer dreamed of having. She was spoken with in awe, and at times, with a touch of fear.

And then I met her. Continue reading

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Technical meltdown

Of only it had been true!

Of only it had been true!

I had it brought home to me this week how totally we now rely on technology.

My website went down. Yes this one, which I assume is back up or no one is reading this. With it went my main e-mail.

It was down for more than two days. Actually – worse – it was up and down for two days so I have no idea what mails went out and what didn’t or what mail I received or what was lost.

As some of you know, I work in technology, and I understand that technical failures happen.

But what I totally didn’t understand were conversations that went like this…. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and thank you

Another year has passed – and what a great year it has been. Books, good friends, travel and more books.

Thank you to all my friends and readers who have helped make this such a wonderful year. I love you all.

I’ll be back in the new Year – ready to do it all again. In the meantime, I hope this holiday season is filled with people you love, and may there be many  book-shaped presents under your tree.

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Books, buses and bits..,

No buses at Heathrow Airport - but there was my book.

No buses at Heathrow Airport – but there was my book.

Books aren’t like buses… they are sometimes red (not read of course – that would be a terrible pun), but they aren’t that big or noisy.

Yet….

Like buses, you can wait ages for one, and then two will come at once.

Not only that, they may also cause you to stop unexpectedly in your tracks, or start running towards an open door.

That’s a pretty good description of how things have been for me this past couple of weeks. Continue reading

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A tuneful new addition

This is no ordinary guitar.

This is no ordinary guitar.

 

We have a new addition to the family… a lovely guitar – but not just any old guitar. This one was custom made and is very very special.

It all started when webmaster John went to a folk festival without me. (That is always a mistake, she says, smiling.)

John met a man who makes guitars out of… wait for it – hardboard.

It’s all the brainchild of Felix Byrne – a musician and designer who wanted guitars that combined his ecological ideals with his musical needs.

He couldn’t buy one – so he built one. Now he’s making them for other people as The Hardboard Guitar Company

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