I have been neglecting my website and my blog – sorry! I really am hopeless – but with the publication of my new book creeping ever closer, now seemed like the perfect time to post an update. My new book deal with the wonderful HarperFiction team at HarperCollins was announced in The Bookseller back in January, and since then I’ve been working hard on the edits for The Cornish Cream Tea Bus.
Yesterday, I hit send on the email sending the edited version back to my editor, Kate. It’s nearly there, just some final tidying up, dusting down and polishing to do. I am very proud of this story, I love the characters and the imaginary – but hopefully very recognisably Cornish – setting, and I hope you will too.
First, let us talk about the part titles. I LOVE them!
Part 1. Don’t go Baking my Heart. (Published 31st May)
Part 2. The Eclair Affair. (Published 21st June)
Part 3. Scones Away! (Published 12th July)
Part 4. The Icing on the Cake. (Published 2nd August).
Which is your favourite? I can’t decide, but I do know that every time I see the part 1 title, I starting singing.
The paperback and full ebook follows on the 8th of August, and I’m hoping it will be the perfect accompaniment to glasses of wine in back gardens and sun loungers next to the pool. I’ve also seen the very-close-to-finished covers, and I can’t wait to share them with you!
All that’s left is to give you the blurb:
Baking fanatic, Charlie Quilter, is surprised when her late uncle bequeaths his vintage bus to her in his will. Keen to give the bus a new lease of life, Charlie thinks it will be the perfect mobile café for afternoon tea, and when her friend, Juliette, suggests Charlie comes to stay with her in the picturesque Cornish village of Porthgolow, she’s thrilled at the chance of a new start.
Charlie and her cute dog, Marmite, make new friends wherever their bus stops – except for the sexy but reclusive owner of the posh spa up on the hill, Daniel Harper, who isn’t very pleased that her bus is parked outside his lovely hotel.
Has Charlie’s Cornish dream developed a soggy bottom? Or can she convince Daniel that her bus could be the start of something wonderful for the little village – and for them?
I’d love to know what you think! Who fancies a trip on board The Cornish Cream Tea Bus?