Friday, 29 July 2011

Embrace Books to close

Just over a year ago I had The Call from Embrace Books and Storm's Heart was published on Valentine's Day this year. Sadly, the decision has been made to close the imprint in the very near future. The paperback of Storm's Heart still appears to be available on Amazon, but I don't know how long it will be there, so grab it while you can!

I am considering which avenue to take with regards to Storm's Heart when my rights revert, but have a number of projects on the go to keep myself busy, never fear!

It's been a non-stop year and the school holidays have come at last. We all need to recharge our batteries and I need to tackle the teetering TBR pile - this is just the tip of it!:

I'll be back next week to tell you what I've been up to. Do you have anything special planned during the summer break?

Monday, 18 July 2011

A weekend off

Sometimes I find it hard to stop now that I don't have a nine-to-five-type job any more. It's difficult not to feel guilty if I'm not scribbling in a notebook or bashing away at a keyboard or networking or loading the rotten washing machine ... But this weekend I stopped. This weekend I  sat down and read a book just for the sheer pleasure of it and I feel so much better now. My treat was Fever Cure by Phillipa Ashley.

 Here's the blurb:
The road to heartbreak is paved with honorable intentions…
After a year dealing with her mum’s health scare and the end of a bad relationship, Keira Grayson was looking forward to kicking up her heels at her best friend’s wedding. Until she kicks off her (spare) knickers in front of the trifecta of perfection. Tom Carew. Son of an earl, honorable doctor and possibly the hottest man on the planet.

One look at Keira’s delightful embarrassment, and Tom’s hormone meter spins off the charts. Trouble is, his bags are already packed to return to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. He has patients waiting—and amends to make for a terrible choice that left devastation in its wake.

They both reason that indulging in a one-time dinner date won’t hurt…until their inhibitions melt away in the heat of their lethal sexual chemistry. Leaving Keira wondering if a sizzling fling is just what the doctor ordered, or another prescription for relationship disaster. And Tom fighting a battle against inner demons that could shatter both their hearts.

I loved the heroine, Keira, and had total empathy when she suffered an underwear malfunction. I won't spoil it for you but ... *cringe*! The hero, Tom Carew was irresistable and I really enjoyed reading from his point of view as well as the Keira's. It's deftly written and his dark secret isn't revealed until the perfect moment. He's also utterly gorgeous, clever, rich ... *fans self*

Phillipa Ashley's writing is also gorgeously evocative. I drifted in to an English winter, crisp and cold with the tang of a wood fire in the air and the clanking of old water pipes in Tom's lodge house. And the sex ... the love scenes are blisteringly hot and sensual, but the emotional stakes are high too. This book made me cry ...

I can't pretend I haven't been waiting for Phillipa Ashley's next book with huge anticipation, because I love her writing. Fever Cure didn't disappoint - it was fab. I just hope she can write fast because I want the next fix now!

You can read an excerpt and buy a copy of Fever Cure here and it's also available as a Kindle book from and

You can visit Phillipa as well on her blog. I know she'd love to see you there.


Monday, 11 July 2011

What a weekend!

This is going to be a short post because I Am Knackered. On Friday I caught the train to Newport for the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual conference and didn't stop talking until I left early on Saturday afternoon (suspect I was also yacking in my sleep!). I need to invest in a new camera as the indoor shots I took are very blurry (it was not the wine!), but there will be tons of fab photos coming through on the RNA blog this week, I'm sure. Here's a couple of exclusive snaps in the bar for you:

This is me and the fabulous Kate Johnson with her novel The Untied Kingdom. She was very kind and signed it for me. I shall be sneaking off into the garden to finish it once this blog post is done.

And this is a fave.

My editor Jane Holland couldn't resist the pool table in the bar - she's pretty good - I think she may have played before ... And never one to turn down a challenge was all round party person Mandy Baggot :

But sadly I couldn't stay for the whole conference. The Exec had a 'surprise event' booked for us early on Sunday morning, so I had to get home pronto. It was the most exciting Sunday of my entire life: The 2011 Formula 1 Santander British  Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The VIP car park alone was petrolhead heaven - there was even a Bugatti Veyron in there. Red carpets, champagne, lobster, fast cars and famous faces.

This is me and the utterly gorgeous and charming Tiff Needell in the Driver's Lounge and this chap:

I wonder what he's supposed to be? Any ideas?!

But this is the one I took home with me:

And now I need a lie down.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Forbidden fruit and Storm's Heart on the road

The Exec, Him Indoors and the father of my children travels a lot. Sometimes being a 'single mother' can be hard, but he always brings home gifts; wine, perfume, candles, blackcurrant mustard (oh yes!) and all sorts of continental goodies. This week he spent some time in Newport, south Wales, venue for the RNA conference next week. This is what he brought me back:

The naughty boy! He was egged on by the office ladies, I reckon, but quite a few of them have read Storm's Heart, so fair enough!  I giggled a lot and then scoffed it. It was yummy, so thank you Finance Department, Newport!

And it's not only The Exec who's on the road. The Chepstow Bookshop will very kindly be stocking Storm's Heart at the RNA Conference next week, and I'll be there too on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th, so please come and say hello if you're there.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you're doing!