Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018 – how has that happened?

One of my resolutions for this year was to make more use of my website and blog at least once a week, and yet, somewhat unsurprisingly, I have made it to the 11th of January without doing anything. So here is my first, belated post.

I’m very excited about 2018, and all the bookish things that are due to happen. My next series, The House of Birds and Butterflies, will be published in the spring, with part 1 coming out on the 2nd of March, the others following at monthly intervals, and the paperback due to be published in July.

I have loved writing this book, and I can’t wait to share the covers and the story. If you want to find out more about it, you can visit the series page, where there is a brief synopsis to whet your appetite.

Then it’s on to the next one, and I’ve got some very exciting ideas that I can’t share yet, but I’m really enjoying developing.


There are also so many books due to be published in 2018 that I can’t wait to read, and I’m going to be posting my thoughts about them on here a bit more. I do love a good book recommendation, and I want to share the books I’ve read and enjoyed with a wider audience.

So my resolutions are to write more, read more, and share more on my website and social media – basically, to spread the love of books far and wide. And to kick that off, I’m running a giveaway over on my Facebook page to celebrate reaching 500 likes.

Do you have any resolutions that you’re excited about, havealready let fall by the wayside or are determined to make happen in 2018?

Cressy x



Win a signed copy of A Christmas Tail

Just over two years ago, my first paperback, A Christmas Tail, was published.  The time seems to have flown by so quickly, and yet, at the same time, I can’t believe how much has happened since then.

My third paperback, The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, was published this year, my two-part Christmas story, The Canal Boat Café Christmas is out now (part one anyway, part two is coming in three weeks) and my fourth full length series, The Lovebirds, is currently with my editor. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more news about that soon!

IMG_0356But A Christmas Tail, first published as four ebooks called The Primrose Terrace series, holds a special place in my heart, because it was my first published novel.  I still love Cat and her determination to get her new dog-walking business off the ground, her flatmates Polly and Joe, mysterious Mark who moves in down the road, and her neighbour Elsie – not to mention all the dogs!

To celebrate the anniversary, and because Christmas is quickly approaching ( I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet, eek!) I’m giving away a signed copy of A Christmas Tail, over on my Facebook page.

If you haven’t read it, here’s the blurb:

Walkies in a Winter Wonderland…

Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realizes that bringing an adorable puppy into work is a bad idea when it gets her the sack. Deciding it’s the perfect opportunity to launch her dog-walking business, Cat enlists the help of flatmates Polly and Joe. After all Primrose Terrace, the street where they live, is full of home-alone hounds.

Getting to know the owners and their precious pooches isn’t all plain sailing, but soon Cat is making friends, particularly with sexy Mark and his Collie, Chips. With her talent for misadventure, Cat’s new life starts to show some cracks, and when one of the street’s loveable schnauzers gets ill, it looks like this Christmas could be turning into a dog’s dinner. But Cat has never given up on anything in her life – and this is one Christmas that’s definitely worth saving…

To enter the giveaway, go to my Facebook page, here.

Good luck, and Happy (nearly) Christmas!

Cressy xx



True Love for the Lonely Hearts Bookshop series

Last spring, a lovely editor at HarperCollins, Martha Ashby, asked if I’d be happy to read a new romantic fiction series she was publishing.  Of course I jumped at the chance, and I was sent a ring bound proof of The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling.

FullSizeRenderThe cover was beautiful, encouraging me to dive right in, and when my husband asked if I’d mind if he watched the snooker, I was keen to to tell him I would be delighted if he watched it.  All day.  While coloured balls were potted and commentators spoke in hushed tones, I read The Little Bookshop – the whole thing – with only brief pitstops for cups of tea and cake.

By the end I was in a whirl of dizzy, glowing happiness at how wonderful and funny and romantic it was.  I emailed my thoughts to Martha, and was rewarded with my first ever cover quote on a book that I had completely fallen for.

I remembered it was a series and, while I was excited about reading the second book, I couldn’t imagine I could love it as much as I loved Posy’s story.

Then, last week, Martha sent me the follow up, True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop. This time it was about Verity, manager of the bookshop, and as I opened the first page, wondering if it would scoot towards the top of my toppling TBR pile, I was reminded how good Annie Darling’s frank, funny writing is.

FullSizeRender 2It jumped to the top of the pile and I consumed it in two days, my toes curling in glee and horror at each new scenario Verity was thrust into, and as her fictional boyfriend plan got more and more complicated.  The premise is brilliant, the nods to Jane Austen funny and comforting, and I found myself crying tears of joy in a packed Costa Coffee as I read the final chapters.

Now it’s over (sob) I’m waiting eagerly for the third in the series, Nina’s story.  And still I’m skeptical – how can it possibly live up to True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop? How can the heroine be more loveable?  How could the hero possibly be as gorgeous and desirable?  But that’s what I thought about the first one, and look what happened.

For me, they are romantic fiction perfection.  Funny and warm, deliciously indulgent, and heart-stoppingly romantic.

I love them, and I hope, if you pick one up in a bookshop or download it to your Kindle, you’ll feel the same.  I’m all about spreading the bookish love, so I’ll be running a giveaway on Twitter over the next couple of days for one of my followers to win both books, along with a signed copy of The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse and a couple of other goodies, so if this sounds like the series for you, then keep an eye out!

Happy reading!

Cressy x