The Book Geek Who Got Lucky

As I turned over very quietly, closed the cover of my Kindle and put it on my bedside table, my alarm clock winked back at me: 2am.  I had been reading, intensely caught up in the plot of a book, since 11pm.  I remember doing this when I was about 12 or 13, in myContinue reading “The Book Geek Who Got Lucky”

Happy 2020!

Happy New Year!  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and have already got things to look forward to in 2020.  I love new year, the chance to reset and refresh, and I often make a list of things I want to accomplish, new habits I want to make or break.Continue reading “Happy 2020!”

Five weeks to go, and why I love nature reserves

When I was little, my parents took me and my sister for a day out to a place called Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.  It was quite a long drive from our South East London home, and I didn’t know what to expect.  My initial reaction was terror, because the visitor centre wasn’t open but Mum andContinue reading “Five weeks to go, and why I love nature reserves”

The end of a book

This week, I finished my page proofs for The House of Birds and Butterflies.  This is the very final stage of editing, when I get sent a chunky paper manuscript with the whole book laid out exactly as it’s going to be in the paperback, and I have to read through it a final time.Continue reading “The end of a book”

Twilight Song is here

Today is publication day for the third part of The House of Birds and Butterflies.  (I’m a little bit disappointed that Avengers: Infinity War chose today to come out too, somewhat stealing my thunder . . .)  Anyway, part three is called Twilight Song and has the most beautiful purple, twilightish cover.  If you’ve enjoyedContinue reading “Twilight Song is here”

My recent reads

I have read a lot of books recently.  Maybe it’s the fact that spring is a long time coming and going outside isn’t an attractive proposition, or maybe I’ve just got into the reading groove.  Whatever it is, I’m not complaining.  There are so many good books to devour, and here are some of myContinue reading “My recent reads”

The Dawn Chorus is here!

Today is publication day for The Dawn Chorus, the first part of my new series, The House of Birds and Butterflies.  Here is the blurb: Abby Field is living the dream. As events coordinator at the Meadowsweet nature reserve on the idyllic Suffolk coast, every day is an adventure with the birds and the butterflies,Continue reading “The Dawn Chorus is here!”

The House of Birds and Butterflies: Cover reveal

It’s less than two weeks until The Dawn Chorus, the first part of my new series, The House of Birds and Butterflies, is published in ebook. This time, we’ve kept you waiting for the cover reveal, but I hope you think it’s worth it. So here they are, the four covers of The House ofContinue reading “The House of Birds and Butterflies: Cover reveal”

A ghost story and a love story – my first two 5 star reads of 2018

One of my very unoriginal 2018 ambitions is to read more books.  I’ve always loved reading, but when I first started publishing books with HarperCollins, my reading took a nose-dive because those lazy Sundays where I’d lounge around and inhale a whole book were taken up with writing, editing or proofing to meet deadlines.  LastContinue reading “A ghost story and a love story – my first two 5 star reads of 2018”

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, belatedContinue reading “Happy New Year!”