Snippets of what I get up to when I'm not writing...

From time to time, I put some shoes on and go outside. Yes, honestly! Although most of my time is spent hunched over my laptop, writing down the adventures of my imaginary friends, I do occasionally mingle with real, live people. And when I do, I sometimes post about what I've been up to in my news pages.

So, if you want to know what I get up to when I'm not writing, read on...

11th June
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Recently I attended a wedding in Sorrento.

Being a history buff, I was thrilled to discover that the next hotel over to mine once hosted Lord Byron! As well as Shelley, Scott, and James Fennimore-Cooper. Here is a picture of the Imperial Hotel Tramontana (as it is known nowadays)– with Vesuvius just visible in the background. It began as a private villa, and only became a hotel in 1812.

I then went on to find out that Lord Wellington stayed in the area too – funnily enough in the same hotel as General Murat (though hopefully not at the same time!). That was further round the bay, at the Grand Hotel Cocumelia.

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And then just this Friday, I went off for lunch with my Novelista friends in North Wales. Here we all are posing for photos again – this time to promote a new magazine which showcases all things Welsh. And which contains this month a competition to win tea with Trisha Ashley, as well as a signed copy of her latest book, The Little Teashop of Lost and Found.

18th May
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May already! Where has this year gone? I’ve been so busy writing my regency romances that time has just flown by. And I haven’t shared with you about becoming a grandmother, or the “having-to-read-Lolita-for-my-book-group-debacle.” (Although, to be honest, it’s probably better to draw a veil over the entire episode.)

But just last week, I went off to North Wales to meet up with some fellow writers to celebrate the release of my 23rd story for Harlequin Mills & Boon, and with that being writerly newsworthy, I thought I really ought to share with you.

I ordered this fabulous cake from Marks and Spencers. I was looking online for a Colin the Caterpillar cake, when this one caught my eye, and I couldn’t resist. You see, there is a bit of a theme of butterflies running through “The Debutante’s Daring Proposal,” so it seemed perfect.

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And now I’m off to pack for a trip to Sorrento where my nephew is getting married. I should be finishing my next book, which has a deadline of May 26th, but I keep thinking of things I want to put in my suitcase…

5th February
rub parure

Yes, I know it’s February already and I have woefully neglected this blog. But the good news is that’s because I’ve been busy writing. Just before Christmas I completed my 24th book, and sent it in to my editor. After a brief respite (hah!) for Christmas, during which I did lots of entertaining, eating, drinking and generally enjoying myself, I got down to the revisions and then line edits for this book. It’s going to be called “The Major Meets his Match” and is the first of a trilogy which will appear under the banner “Brides for Bachelors”. I would love to have called it, “Where have all the rubies gone?” or “Annie gets her buns” but those titles were just not romantic enough.

Meanwhile, here is a picture of the kind of jewellery set, known as a parure, which go missing in "The Major Meets his Match", and set my bachelors off on their quest to find the culprit by book 3.

6th January

I hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to what the New Year will bring.

I’m currently working on my 24th book for Harlequin Mills and Boon, which is the first of a trilogy featuring a crime that has to be solved by the efforts of each successive set of heroes and heroines.

And I’ve been wondering what to make as a New Year’s resolution, and have blogged about it at the Novelistas Blog.