Talking Tropes

I was madly honored to be on a panel at the Romantic Novelists Association Conference at Harper Adams University last weekend. Mark Stay (The Witches of Woodville), Elizabeth Drummond (The Reunion) and I talked about  tropes in romance novels.

In spite of it being the 9am slot on Sunday morning, after the gala the night before, the audience were up for a fun discussion about how tropes are useful to both authors and readers as well as in marketing.

Thanks to Nancy Peach for taking the pics.

Audio thrills!

Last week I had the absolute thrill of recording the Authors Note and the Acknowledgments for the audiobook of Ten Years. It was so much fun and now I have raging career envy. Audio is out on August 31st.

Now out in Paperback

LOVE STORIES the short story anthology for DECs Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal is now available in paperback, for those who prefer touchable sniffable stories.  Authors and Links in the Books section.

New Book News! Ten Years

AT LAST I can announce the details of my next book!!!!

It’s called TEN YEARS and it’ll be out on August 31st 2022.

Here’s what it’s about;

They’re perfect for each other

They just don’t know it yet

Becca and Charlie have known each other for years – ever since they met at university.

And for every one of those years, they’ve bickered, argued, offended, mocked and generally rubbed each other up the wrong way.

Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean Becca and Charlie can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither Charlie nor Becca can walk away from.

And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally. Not since Emma and Dex in One Day and Will and Lou in Me Before You will you root for a couple as much.

Here are the early reviews;

‘One of those books where my heart gives a little skip whenever I think about it’ Cressida McLaughlan

‘Took my breath away…I haven’t laughed or cried as much since PS I Love You’ Alex Brown

‘In between tears and smiles as I read, I also had proper heart flutters… The sign of seriously good story telling’ Jules Wake

‘I absolutely loved this gorgeous, funny, touching book – it’s utterly romantic, with gloriously real characters you’ll fall in love with’  Rachael Lucas

‘I laughed, I cried, I swooned – I was utterly swept away from the very first page. Ten Years is a wonderful emotional roller coaster that is sure to pull at the heartstrings of every reader’ Kate Bromley Talk Bookish To Me

‘A beautiful book, so funny and poignant. I can’t stop thinking about it!’ Emily Kerr Duvet Day

‘A really addictive ‘will they won’t they’ love story. Wonderful’ Olivia Beirne The List That Changed My Life 

‘A beautifully written, heartbreaking and uplifting story’ Natalie Normann Summer Island


I mean, how lovely is all that?!?!

If you’d like to Pre-order it, you can do so here

Please buy this book!

I am madly proud to be part of this anthology, edited by the brilliant Tasmina Perry, with 100% of profits going to DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Love Stories is an anthology of short stories from your favourite women’s fiction authors, featuring contributions from Adele Parks, Milly Johnson, Jane Fallon, Katie Fforde, Jane Corry, Jessica Fellowes, Cathy Bramley, Holly Martin, Paige Toon, Rachael Lucas, Josie Lloyd, Phoebe Morgan, Emily Kerr, Kirsty Greenwood, Gillian McAllister, Clare Swatman, Gill Paul, Rachel Edwards, Alex Brown, Pernille Hughes, Tasmina Perry, Lola Jay, Bernice Bloom, Chrissie Manby, Cesca Major, Veronica Henry, Tammy Cohen, Isabelle Broom and Amanda Jennings.

It’s out now, and very cheap for 30plus stories. Please consider buying it.

BookCamp 2022

Having had a spot of Covid, I managed to get clear tests in time to spend this week with a house full of other writers, for BookCamp. There was chatting, laughing, plotting, writing, editing, swimming  and eating. SUCH a joy!

Seen here, clockwise from middle front; Cesca Major, Katy Colins, Emily Kerr, me, Cressida McLaughlin, Cathy Bramley, Isabelle Broom, Holly Martin, Tasmina Perry, Rachael Lucas, CL Taylor and Liz Fenwick.

Ten Years in The Bookseller and BookBrunch

My news is formally out! The Bookseller and Bookbrunch both ran the news that my new book TEN YEARS, will be out next year courtesy of One More Chapter. It’s so good to have this out there and be able to talk about it properly. Next step is the cover reveal…

Book News from the Frankfurt Book Fair!

So this just happened this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

I HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING!! It’s called TEN YEARS and it’ll be out in August ’22. More details to follow soon, but it made the Publisher’s Hotlist in The Bookseller and I am MADLY excited about that.