Greetings from Nomansland…

student-woman-books-cThe publication date for Watercolours in the Rain is almost here.  The e-book will be available on Amazon this coming Friday, 7th October.Currently I’m in a sort of nomansland;  I’ve some guest posts to get organised for the book tour next week and an independent piece I want to produce but other than that, the pressure is very much off.

I should be glad…relieved…happy shouldn’t I?  I can breathe; I’m in total control of my day, I can relax. But crazy as it seems, it’s a case of always wanting what I haven’t got.  When I’m writing I’m looking forward to reaching the end of the journey to publication.  It’s a chance to recharge the batteries before moving on to a new project. Unfortunately, when I finally reach my destination, it seems I end up with withdrawal symptoms for those pressurised moments surrounded by all my writing paraphernalia. You know the ones – when writer’s block hits, or the rewrite you need to do simply won’t come good. They aren’t insurmountable problems of course, but they’re not ones which are readily solved either.  With writing inspiration isn’t something that’s on tap.  You can begin a day full of enthusiasm and positivity, only to find nothing goes right.  Then on other occasions you start the morning weighed down by an unresolved problem with the story, start to write and the whole thing flows onto the page beautifully.  Yes, the writing day can be an unpredictable one, but in some ways that’s what makes it so stimulating and gives you the encouragement to see the job through to its conclusion.

So this evening, much as I’m happy to be at journey’s end  – to say goodbye to my characters and their story –  I’m feeling just a little adrift. Because pressure in some ways provides structure – the need to prioritise work, meet your deadlines, achieve your goals. And that is what is currently missing – being surrounded by my work and knowing the clock is ticking. I guess on reflection I’m  a creature of habit. When I had a 9 – 5 life I thrived on a full workload and absolutely hated moments when there was a lull and things weren’t particularly busy. Nothing, it appears, has changed.

Happily this phase I appear to go through at the end of every book won’t last for long. I’ve already begun the process of sorting out new characters and putting a plot together for my next book, whose working title is The Boys of Summer.  Once the ideas begin to flow my current post book blues will be gone and I’ll be up and running again, working out my new targets and caught up in all the associated challenges writing a novel brings. Can’t wait!

Watercolours in the Rain will be on tour with Brook Cottage Books from 10 – 14 October, 2016


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The first book of the series, Summer Moved On is currently on Amazon as a FREE READ from 4 – 7 October in the run up to next week’s tour.




 Ta-dah!  Here it is at last!  My cover for Watercolours in the Rain, courtesy of the brilliant Jane Dixon Smith.

I had planned to reveal this on Monday 26th September but have been hijacked by hospital visits and all sorts of other domestic chaos.  And the book?  Well it should be available by early October on Kindle with the paperback  shortly afterwards.  Dates will follow as soon as I have them. In the meantime, I’m nearly there – time to get the champagne chilled!

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July Update on Watercolours in the Rain


THE BOOK: The manuscript is almost there.  I am doing a final read through and checks before my beta readers take over at the end of the month.

THE COVER: Sample photographs are now with my cover designer Jane Dixon Smith and cover concepts should be with me by next week.

BACK PAGE BLURB: I’m working on this at the moment.

Currently everything is on track for an early September publication.  And now I definitely deserve a large glass of wine…or two!


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After a long-buried secret tears her family apart, Jess Hayden moves to the South Devon village of Lynbrook to live with her uncle. Rufus owns the village pub, The Black Bull, and having visited before, Jess knows the villagers well…especially one of them.

3D-SummerMovedOn-WEB-USETalún Hansen has a reputation, making him the kind of man no decent girl should get involved with. Jess, however, has been under his spell from the moment they first met. Although they always seem to bring out the worst in each other, there is no denying the attraction that simmers between them – an attraction Jess knows she needs to keep under control after repeated warnings from her uncle.

As she settles into village life she begins to learn more about this wild, dark-haired gypsy with the compelling eyes, and realises their lives hold many similarities. Despite her uncle’s warnings, she begins to spend time with him. For Jess, the coming summer holds passion; for Talún the hope that he has at last found someone who truly cares for him.

But as autumn approaches, a dark shadow from Jess’s past returns, bringing far-reaching and unwanted changes for both of them.

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