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A Paris Fairy Tale: a gripping, romantic story set in the world of ancient manuscripts

I first met French author Marie Laval six years ago, after our debut novels were released by the same publisher around the same time. My novel, The Silk Romance, is set in Lyon, Marie’s home town, and so we got talking about this beautiful city and have remained friends ever since. (You can see some…… Continue reading A Paris Fairy Tale: a gripping, romantic story set in the world of ancient manuscripts

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How a group of authors became friends and inspired each other #amwriting #authorsontheedge

Sometimes writing can be a lonely business. The only people you meet are the characters inside your head, and the only exciting things that happen are the ones you dream up. You are not friends with these interesting people you’re writing about, and these momentous events aren’t happening to you – you are, in fact,…… Continue reading How a group of authors became friends and inspired each other #amwriting #authorsontheedge

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The supernatural story of the Blue Men of the Scottish sea @MarieLaval1

It’s a great please to welcome romance author, friend and fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member Marie Laval today. I got to know Marie through my first novel, The Silk Romance, which is set in Lyon, which is where Marie comes from. I first interviewed Marie here on my blog almost five years ago, and since…… Continue reading The supernatural story of the Blue Men of the Scottish sea @MarieLaval1

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Letterbox Love Stories: “Hands down, the best anthology I’ve read”

This week has seen soaring temperatures here in the UK – even in the chilly north of England where I live. If it’s hot where you are, and all you want to do is flop down in a deckchair with a glass of something cold and some entertaining stories by award-winning authors – then Letterbox Love Stories is…… Continue reading Letterbox Love Stories: “Hands down, the best anthology I’ve read”

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Win a cute pair of earrings with Marie Laval’s cherry clafoutis recipe! #giveaway

Lots of treats in store today! This week I’m doing a blog swap with French author Marie Laval, and together we’ll be giving away two pairs of these cute pair of summer earrings you see here,  which were handmade by Canadian author Denysé Bridger. (Details of how to win below.) Denysé and Marie are both contributors to…… Continue reading Win a cute pair of earrings with Marie Laval’s cherry clafoutis recipe! #giveaway

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Happy “Jólabókaflóð” – an Icelandic tradition for book lovers at Christmas!

A few days ago my niece told me of a great Icelandic tradition called the “Jólabókaflóð” – literally, the Christmas Book Flood. Apparently Icelanders love books perhaps more than any other nation in the world, and every Christmas everyone will find at least one book under their Christmas tree. In fact, it’s a tradition in…… Continue reading Happy “Jólabókaflóð” – an Icelandic tradition for book lovers at Christmas!

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A delicious recipe for almond macaroons, plus a dramatic Scottish romance

Je suis vraiment enchantée to welcome French author Marie Laval to my blog today. Marie is from Lyon, but has lived in the north of England for many years, and she’s actually a friend in real life as well as in cyber-space. So we have a great European mix today – a French author, an English…… Continue reading A delicious recipe for almond macaroons, plus a dramatic Scottish romance

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Author Marie Laval’s recipe for Provençal romantic suspense

Today author Marie Laval returns to my blog to give us the ingredients for a great romantic suspense. Marie was one of my first visitors ever – you can find her interview with me here – and since then we’ve met up many times in real life, at RNA events or most often to talk…… Continue reading Author Marie Laval’s recipe for Provençal romantic suspense

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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