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Book of the week - the Real Downton Abbey Countess. Countdown to PG trilogy in Paperback! And Links to my books.
7 November 2014

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This week I’ve been loving a fascinating book on audible called Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey.’  Plus I’ve been preparing to go away on another writing retreat this weekend with Julie Cohen, genius mentor and tutor. The aim is to get my edits done for Hawaiian Affair, for ‘my publisher’ (gotta love being able to say that!) Choc Lit. And then to work on the plot for ‘French or Dutch,’ my next title, working it into a series of novellas, which can also be made into TV episode scripts. Well that’s the plan! Next week I’m off to LA for a week, too, so that’ll be great for more writing too! One of my favourite places is to be in a diner writing, watching Hollywood life go on all around me. Can’t wait!

Some interesting ‘other news’ is as usual below – to help you if you’re a writer - enjoy!

PS if you did buy and enjoy Hocus Pocus ’14 – click here – do be sure and review it afterwards for us!


News Update – Coming soon - Hawaiian Prize Trilogy in one PG paperback – out 28th November – my three existing romance novels, Hawaiian Escape, Hawaiian Affair and Hawaiian Retreat, about sisters Sadie and Helen, and their romantic fortunes, or misfortunes in some cases! All in one book, for xmas gifts – with the most steamy bits omitted so you can confidently give it as a present! Three weeks and counting!


Book of the Week - ‘Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey.’ As you may know if you’re a regular, I’m researching the 1920’s for a new series of novellas, French or Dutch. In the process, a book caught my eye which was about the real Downton Abbey – the inhabitants of Highclere Castle, the location used for Downton in the TV series. Thoroughly enjoyable as a snapshot of life in those times, there’s a lot of personal thoughts, dialogue and presumably, info on events in the inter war period taken from letters written at the time. I loved the scene setting, the elements of everyday life sprinkled into the history and the characterisation that comes through loud and clear. Very well written and also well read by the current Countess herself. Some elements ring a bell as potentially having inspired Julian Fellowes, the creator of the TV series, eg that Catherine was an American woman, but mostly it’s just a fascinating account of a period of unprecedented change. It takes you through the abdication of Edward the VIIIth, as well as the whole of the second world war, from the personal point of view of individuals affected by the events and repercussions of the era. Fabulous, and highly recommended. There’s another one, about Almina, Catherine’s predecessor, the woman married to the Earl of Carnarvon who discovered Tutaknhamun’s tomb – so that might be next on my list!

I also bought myself a soundtrack of Downton at Christmas – some lovely choral tracks – which you can just imagine being sung in the church at yuletide in Downton. Go here for more info.

Other news –

-          7 tips for writing crime – stories that kill – from mentor Joanna Penn Go here.

-          Trad V Self-publishing – what’s the best route ? Specially for entrepreneurs, or if you’re just curious! click here then press continue to read more and be inspired!

-          Cover design basics – because people really do judge the book by the cover – big time. More for the writer’s toolbox  Go here.

Ps – see below for all my links to my own books.

Have a great week!

And don’t forget to kindly leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you don’t mind!

Best wishes





As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! Do give me feedback by tweeting or facebooking or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x


eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.


HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy or Hawaiian Affair PG versions are both available on Amazon in either eBook or paperback.

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story is now out - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also now available

STOP PRESS! Limited to pre-Xmas only, the PG trilogy all in one book! More news about release date soon…

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for…

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And coming for Xmas, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – a free anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.



Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  Here’s the original, just 99p on eBook. Till the Fat Lady Slims (2002)


OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see my new Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe – more info in the winter. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘Diary of a Rookie Shopping Channel Presenter’ – sequel - early 2015

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control



Have a fab week!

And let me know what you think about the spooky anthology!


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