Signing on the dotted line

I know I’ve been very quiet but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy. I’ve been holed up in the writing cave working on my latest novel, a romantic comedy set in a charming village in the depths of the English countryside.  The book features a warm and likeable heroine called Ellie Browne, a welcoming pub that is at the heart of the village, lots and lots of lovable dogs, and a too gorgeous for his own good property developer, Max Golding, who is ruffling feathers all round.

I had such fun writing this book. I didn’t write it to a deadline or with any publisher in mind, so I enjoyed the freedom of just going where the muse took me.  The book is full of quirky characters, romantic twists and turns, a selection of tempting craft beers (!), and plenty of Christmas sparkle too.

As I was coming to the end of the book I heard about a new digital imprint from a dynamic independent publisher and on something of a whim sent my manuscript off to them.  Within a couple of weeks I’d heard back – they loved my story and wanted to talk to me about it.  It was a case of being in the right place at the right time and I’m very pleased to say I’ve signed a four-book contract with the publisher.  This novel will be the first in the series of four set in the delightful village of Little Leyton and I can’t wait to share these lovely characters with you.

We’re just putting the final touches to the story now.  The book is due to be published in October – not too long to wait – and as soon as I can share some more details – cover, title, blurb – I will.  Meanwhile, here I am signing on the dotted line!

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