Mailing List, Freebie Story and Other Sundries

Well! It’s been a busy and enjoyable few weeks since Margaret Madden kindly hosted the cover reveal for Lucia’s War, a new story of music, motherhood and racial struggle during WWI. During that time I pretty much parked on Twitter promoting the ARC giveaway, now closed. There is more work to be done before the ARCs willContinue reading “Mailing List, Freebie Story and Other Sundries”

White Feathers Available on Kindle UK for £1

  (In euros that is €1.30 – half the price of a cappuccino in Cafe Nero down the docks.) I’m very excited to see White Feathers available at such a massive discount on Amazon UK and do hope that will encourage anyone who adores sweeping, epic narrative and seeks stories of passion, history and war toContinue reading “White Feathers Available on Kindle UK for £1”

Event: Visit to New Ross Library 23 Feb

I’m delighted to announce that at the invitation of Trish Keenan from New Ross Library I will be giving an open talk there at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd February. Anyone in the New Ross area who is interested in finding out more about how I write my novel(s) and would like some inspiration for theirContinue reading “Event: Visit to New Ross Library 23 Feb”

“A Bravura Performance of Effortless Elegance” – White Feathers Review in Irish Echo in Australia

White Feathers got ANOTHER review which was sent on to me by the publishers this morning and if you read it, you will see why I am grinning from ear to ear. Regrettably it is not available online, but I enclose an image of it below. Here is a bit I am really pleased gotContinue reading ““A Bravura Performance of Effortless Elegance” – White Feathers Review in Irish Echo in Australia”

Romantic Novel Awards Update

No cigar for me this time, alas. The winner in my category was Hazel Gaynor, for her Titanic novel, The Girl Who Came Home. Strong Irish contingent for this one as she was in this category along with me and Stephen Burke (far right) while Ciara Geraghty was also shortlisted in the Contemporary category. Hazel andContinue reading “Romantic Novel Awards Update”

A World War I Evening in Carlow, 11 March

My weekend in Donegal was lovely in spite of Biblical rain. Thanks to Maureen Curran who hosted me, bought me lunch, and conducted a wonderful interview in Cafe Blend in Letterkenny. Her questions were the kind you always love answering because they really engage with the book. The following day I ran a writer’s workshopContinue reading “A World War I Evening in Carlow, 11 March”

An evening with me in Letterkenny, Friday 27 Feb

The lovely Maureen Curran from North West Words has helped organise this event on Friday night in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. The venue is the award-winning Cafe Blend and the time is 8pm. I will be giving a reading and responding to questions from the reading groups. I’m really excited at the opportunity to talk aboutContinue reading “An evening with me in Letterkenny, Friday 27 Feb”

The Links School – The Real Life Counterpart

Look at this from the Eastbourne Herald archives! This is the real school whose name I used for my fictional school in White Feathers. They published a story about me and the school, which I attach below, and the story of how it came about: People who read this blog will recall that last NovemberContinue reading “The Links School – The Real Life Counterpart”

White Feathers Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award

I’ve been sitting on this for well over a month now so it’s great to shout it from the rooftops at last – White Feathers has been shortlisted for the prestigious Romantic Novel of the Year Award. (This is a scheduled blog post as I won’t have access to post when the news is announced soContinue reading “White Feathers Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award”

A Cracking Review – And Why I Took Some Time off Twitter

I’ve been off twitter a few weeks. It was having a not-great effect on my mental health. It’s not people I chat to, you are all wonderful and I miss you! But there are certain things that will always trigger me when discussed. That isn’t all my fault – much of it, I angrily maintain,Continue reading “A Cracking Review – And Why I Took Some Time off Twitter”