What I’ve been reading…

It’s all about bookshops This last couple of weeks I’ve been reading books set in bookshops. There are an awful lot of them in pretty much every genre. I started by downloading samples — such a great thing. Some I didn’t read further, not because they aren’t a great read, but at that moment they…

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Re-wilding… it’s a thing.

This garden of weeds took home gold! The plot – named Weed Thriller – was handed the award at the RHS Tatton Flower Show in Cheshire.Horticulturist Sandra Nock told the BBC that they thought they might be given Nil Point by  the RHS but, on the contrary, they were receptive and complimentary. She added that “Without…

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Reading in lockdown

There hasn’t been much good news in the last couple of years, but one of the few positives to come out of lockdown has been an increase in reading. According to the Guardian, book sales are the highest they’ve been for ten years. And Forbes magazine which quick to predict that sales of romance novels,…

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Cover Reveal…

Hi everyone I’m stuck in my apartment, having had my covid test pre my hip replacement op (taking place on Tuesday), so I’m not allowed to see anyone or even step outside until the car comes to take me to the clinic. However, cyber mail brought the UK cover for my next book this week.…

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Children In Read Auction 2021

Children in Read 2021 This year’s Children In Read Official Author’s and Illustrators’ Auction for BBC Children in Need IS NOW OPEN!!! There are hundreds of fabulous signed books, all donated by their authors for this great cause. There are lots from fabulous romance authors Sophie Kinsella, Sarah Morgan, Carol Drinkwater, Phillips Ashley, Jill Mansell…

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Celebrating a Win with a Giveaway!

Winner! I’m total thrillled to announce that Eve Bliss and Kit Merchant, the hero and heroine of A Secret, a Safari, a Second Chance, my contribution to the mini series “Destination Brides” have won the “Couples” category in the Still Moments Magazine: 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards This story about a second chance love is very special…

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On a desert island with author, Michelle Douglas

It all started with a koala… Making up stories of her own has always been one of Michelle’s passions. She received her first rejection letter at the age of ten for Keri the Koala Baby, and has been writing ever since. A love of literature led her to major in English at the University of…

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Can you tell a book by its cover?

The Classic I have been writing for Mills and Boon for thirty years. My first book was accepted in 1991 and published in December 1992. It had the classic retro cover that I still love. Sadly, I only had two books with this cover design (although more of that later) when M&B went for a…

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Back to the desert island with Jill Barry…

This month I have so much pleasure in welcoming a dear friend, Jill Barry, to my blog to talk about the books she’d take with her to a desert island. Jill and I met many years ago as founder members of the Carmarthenshire chapter (now the Cariad Chapter) of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Having discovered…

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What books will Ella Hayes take to her desert island?

Ella Hayes put her career change down to a “mid-life moment”. After decades of hauling cameras about filming everything from moths mating to athletes competing in the 1993 Barcelona Paralympics, in 2017 she started a master’s degree in Writing Practice and Study at Dundee University. It was a wise decision as, in that same year…

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