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Cocktails, champagne and red, white and blue. The Silk Romance book launch :)

Today sees the release of The Silk Romance, and I can’t tell you how excited I am!  Well, actually, I could tell you, but I’d have to use so many adjectives my Thesaurus would implode :) I still have to pinch myself when I tell people The Silk Romance is available here on Amazon UK,…… Continue reading Cocktails, champagne and red, white and blue. The Silk Romance book launch :)

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A weaver’s stories of Saltaire and Lyon, and a gallery of photos

A few months ago I wrote a post on silk-weaving in the city of Lyon, which is the setting for my novel, The Silk Romance. Today I’m writing about my home town of Saltaire, since the two places have a lot in common. I realise at first this may be a bit hard to believe. …… Continue reading A weaver’s stories of Saltaire and Lyon, and a gallery of photos

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Cover reveal for The Silk Romance – and it’s beautiful :)

I’m so excited to have the cover for my first novel, The Silk Romance. Here it is.  Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous? I’m indebted to designer Charlotte Volnek for all her ideas.  Although I’ve worked in the print industry for many years, and worked closely with graphic designers, I’m not a very good artist!  I gave…… Continue reading Cover reveal for The Silk Romance – and it’s beautiful :)

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The Silk Romance – an update on publication

A few people have been asking for an update on my novel, The Silk Romance, which is due to be published in May, so here goes!  (And for those of you who’d like to know what the novel’s about, please check out my Silk Romance page.) The short answer  – for those who don’t want…… Continue reading The Silk Romance – an update on publication

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Good to meet you…author Marie Laval

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to my fellow author, Marie Laval.  Marie is a talented writer with a wonderfully evocative writing style.  I’m currently reading her new novel, The Lion’s Embrace, and am gripped by both the hero and the romance of the setting. (Marie is originally from the beautiful city of Lyon, the…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Marie Laval

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Silk-weaving in the historic city of Lyon

In the words of Jean-Luc, the hero of my novel, The Silk Romance:   ‘We have a saying that there are three rivers at the heart of Lyon.  There’s the river Rhône, the river Saône and there’s the river of tears left by the silk workers.’ Although silk-weaving is now a dying industry in France,…… Continue reading Silk-weaving in the historic city of Lyon

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The Next Big Thing

Today author Lynn Crain will be interviewing me about my novel The Silk Romance as part of an author Blog Hop.  (And Lynn’s intriguing discussion about her own work in progress can be found here –  entitled  A Viennese Christmas) I’ve been looking forward to this for ages, so without further ado here are Lynn’s…… Continue reading The Next Big Thing

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Romantic places to propose – 5 enchanting locations

We all know the traditional romantic venues – the Eiffel Tower, Venice gondolas, the Empire State Building, the London Eye….  As fabulous as these locations are, sadly they’ve become just a little too cliché-ed for real romance.  Plus there’s always the worry that you’d be surrounded by queues of other couples doing the same thing…… Continue reading Romantic places to propose – 5 enchanting locations

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Getting the call for my first romance novel

Please take a minute to check out the header at the top of my blog.  Notice any changes in the text since last time you visited?… What do you mean, no? You mean you haven’t you been concentrating??  OK, then I’ll tell you!When I first started this blog a few weeks ago I described myself…… Continue reading Getting the call for my first romance novel