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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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Good to meet you…author Mary Curtis

Today’s author gave such delightful and intriguing answers to my questions that I’m left wanting to know much more about her.  Author Mary Curtis once, like me, lived in Yorkshire, but sadly for me she has long since left the north of England, to move to a dream location for writers, thousands of miles away. …… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Mary Curtis

19th century · authors · books · historical · paris · romance · romance novels · romantic location · writers · zola

Sex and shopping in 19th century Paris: Zola’s gripping classic novel, The Ladies’ Paradise

A few weeks ago I mentioned how much I enjoyed the BBC series The Paradise, and how I was looking forward to reading the novel on which it is based, Emile Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Paradise). I’ve just put the book down with a satisfied sigh, and what a gripping read it…… Continue reading Sex and shopping in 19th century Paris: Zola’s gripping classic novel, The Ladies’ Paradise

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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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Romance novels set in Cornwall

We spent Christmas in Cornwall – and what a time we had, my handsum!  – but now the New Year is in and we’re back in the frozen north of England, and all that remains of our holiday is the sand from the rugged beaches shaken out of the bottom of our bags :( Luckily…… Continue reading Romance novels set in Cornwall

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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