So here we are at the end of another year. 2018 has flown by and so much has happened during those twelve months. The biggest news, of course, is having my novel The Boys of Summer accepted by Choc Lit. and due for publication in 2019. Exciting times!

My current news is that Wicked Game, my latest novel, is due out on 7th January 2019 and currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Previously published as The Other Side of Morning (2013) , the fifth book in my Little Court Series, it has been reworked and can now be read as a stand alone novel.

The Story…

Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Westhead Manor with daughter Felicia and stepson Marco. Joining forces with neighbour Ella Benedict, she is about to open a bridal boutique at Ella’s exclusive wedding venue Lawns at Little Court.

 Managing his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman.  Any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte.  Marco knows he should walk away as not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.

Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from everyone. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.

Thérèse’s husband Gianlucca has invited the granddaughter of an old friend to stay as a house guest while he undergoes heart surgery. Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty first birthday in September. Aware this would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if the plan is to have any chance of success first she needs to get rid of Charlotte…

A Big thank you…

I would like to give a mention to my editor Elaine Denning, to Jane Dixon Smith for yet another fabulous cover and finally to Rebecca Emin for her formatting expertise. Thank you so much for the support you have all given me during this latest writing journey.

And finally…

So it just remains to say, as 2018 draws to a close and we welcome in a new year, I would like to wish you all a very happy 2019 and hope the months head bring you everything you have hoped for.

Tomorrow I’ll be back on my blog, greeting the New Year with a few non-writing thoughts on 2018 and the coming year.

Best wishes Jo




A whole month has passed since my last update. This year has flown by and it’s difficult to believe that from tomorrow there are only 31 days left in 2018.

I have a busy end to the year.  When I left work five years ago I honestly believed that settling down to full time writing would see me balancing my time properly.  No more would there be a day job which shunted my writing into evenings and weekends. No, life was going to be far less busy.  Of course, that simply hasn’t happened.

Now I am probably as busy as I was when working full time.  Of course there are days when the writing has to take a back seat. Dental and GP appointments, getting my hair done, meeting friends, shopping or going out with my husband for our regular Tuesday lunch dates – predictably there’s always some non-writing event cropping up.  Although I realised these things were a natural part of my life at first I found it frustrating.  I wanted to hit the targets I had set myself and at the time that meant getting as much writing in as I could. What I soon learnt, however, was that you can have writing overload and taking these intermittent breaks can actually improve your work.  You’re fresher when you come back to the PC. Your thoughts are clearer, you feel more enthusiastic and you have a clear map in your head of what happens next to move the story on.

Of course there is more to this new life than simply writing novels.  I also run an active blog and produce regular updates on my book website.  The blog – Jo Lambert – A Writer’s Journey  hosts a weekly Q & A session for writers, giving them an opportunity to promote their work. It’s also involved in publication date promos and book reviews for fellow authors.   Yes I do actually find the time to read!

As this month draws to a close my rewrite of The Other Side of Morning – now under its new title Wicked Game has just left the building for formatting.  Once again Jane Dixon Smith who has been with me since I published my very first book back in 2008, has produced a fabulous cover.

Wicked Game Cover MEDIUM WEB

Publication date is 7th January  I’ll be back to advise about pre-ordering a little later in the month. I also have a book tour commencing 10th January with Rachel’s Random Resources

The Boys of Summer, my debut for Choc Lit, is due out in 2019 and I should be getting down to edits in the New Year.

Other news in the run up to Christmas is that I have a Festive Offer on Summer Moved On and Watercolours in the Rain at 99p/99c each.  These are linked contemporary romances set in South Devon so you get two books for the price of one.

Jo Lambert Christmas Banner 2018


So at the moment with Wicked Game off my hands I’m able to give my full concentration to my current WIP, a contemporary coastal romance set in South Cornwall.  Currently sitting at 66,000 words, there’s still some way to go but I’m hoping to have the first draft ready just before Christmas.  Then I’ll take a break and be ready to start editing straight after we’ve welcomed in 2019.

And that just about winds up November’s news.  All that remains is for me to wish everyone reading this a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2019!