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Princess Mary, Downton Abbey and images of Harewood House at Christmas

Last Christmas I visited Harewood House in Leeds, West Yorkshire, to see their Christmas decorations. Harewood House is one of my favourite places to visit in Yorkshire. It’s always stunning at any time of year. Here is the view from the library window over the terrace in summer, with the lake in the background: If…… Continue reading Princess Mary, Downton Abbey and images of Harewood House at Christmas

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Summer and winter on the Yorkshire moors, plus a new uplifting Christmas anthology

It’s time for our August authors’ round Robin, and author Rhobin Courtright has set us the perfect summer topic… Give an excerpt from one of your books dealing with travel and/or a holiday Rhobin is an American author, and her original title mentions  a ‘vacation’, but I’ve translated into the British ‘holiday’ for my post.…… Continue reading Summer and winter on the Yorkshire moors, plus a new uplifting Christmas anthology

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A new and exciting writing project by nine northern authors

Working as a writer and editor means working alone a lot of the time, and to be honest, as an introvert this is something I enjoy. Some mornings, there’s nothing better than knowing you don’t have to talk to anyone but your dog, and my poor dog never seems bored of listening to me :)…… Continue reading A new and exciting writing project by nine northern authors

books · romance · yorkshire

Celebrating the county of Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day, and a Yorkshire-set #romance

August 1st is Yorkshire Day, when we in Yorkshire celebrate everything that’s great about our county. We Yorkshire folk don’t need much excuse to show our pride in our home, and in fact we take a lot of ribbing for it, with plenty of jokes from other parts of the country at our expense, eg “How can…… Continue reading Celebrating the county of Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day, and a Yorkshire-set #romance

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A fascinating (and surprising) history trip through Leeds, capital of Yorkshire

I’ve written a few articles on this blog about the settings for my novels, which are all in lovely locations, as you may remember :) See my posts on Renaissance Lyon (The Silk Romance), or Richmond Park in London (The Antique Love), or the Yorkshire moors (A Way from Heart to Heart), or more recently Edinburgh (The…… Continue reading A fascinating (and surprising) history trip through Leeds, capital of Yorkshire

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Good to meet you…author Angela Wren

I’m delighted to welcome Angela Wren for my very first author interview of 2016. Angela and I are both members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and we’ve actually met in real life a few times – besides which, Angela is a fellow Yorkshire lass, so we’ve met for tea and cake on several occasions :)…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Angela Wren

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Good to meet you…author Helen Pollard

Today I’m introducing an author I’ve met in real life. In fact, Helen Pollard and I met up again just last Saturday, along with a lovely group of authors who all live in t’north of England, and a fabulous time we had, talking about writing and all things romance. Helen’s a lovely person to be…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Helen Pollard

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Abandoned: the empty mills of Yorkshire

This week I’m trying something new. I’m taking part in a Round Robin with several other authors, in which we all write an article on the same topic, and publish it on the same day. I’ve never written a post like this before, but I’m quite excited about it – especially about seeing what the…… Continue reading Abandoned: the empty mills of Yorkshire

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Literature inspired by the Yorkshire moors

Earlier this week I listened to an Open Book programme on BBC Radio 4. It was an episode called Literary Landscapes: Ross Raisin and Yorkshire. The episode was billed as “a ramble through northern moorland and the works inspired by it”. Since this is exactly where I live, you can imagine how excited I was…… Continue reading Literature inspired by the Yorkshire moors

history · yorkshire

The romantic landscape and history of Plumpton Rocks

You may have heard that the Tour de France is about to start in Yorkshire next weekend, and we Yorkshire folk are bursting with pride at having our county at the heart of this world-class sporting event. Last year the travel guide Lonely Planet named Yorkshire one of the best places to visit in the…… Continue reading The romantic landscape and history of Plumpton Rocks