Monday, 22 September 2014

Christmas is Coming...

To celebrate the start of the new Downton Abbey series, my debut novel, Doubting Abbey, returns to its glorious Christmas cover! 

So, what did we all think of last night's first episode (non-UK citizens turn away now!)? I felt sorry for Edith, but not just because of the baby - she actually had physical contact with creepy Thomas! I hope he now leaves Baxter alone, seeing as her secret is out.

On the subject of children, though, goodness, haven't they grown? Whereas the rest of the cast don't seem to age at all. Mind you, Molesley was clearly feeling the passing of time, what with his hair dye - bless! And aren't times a moving, what with Lady Mary considering a week of debauchery with Lord Gillingham?

Lord Grantham was on top form, taking control of the hose (avoiding a double entendre joke here). Those fireman outfits were rather jolly, and reminded me of the old kids show, Camberwick Green...

The huge delight for me though, as usual, was the witticisms, along with the offended tones of the Dowager Countess and Carson - I wonder if George Clooney will be able to charm them in the Christmas episode?! Roll on December! Mmm, I might go and make some mince pies now...

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Festival of Romantic Fiction Shortlisting!

Goodness me. I am still recovering from the exciting news that Doubting Abbey has been shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction's Best E-book award. The ceremony is in a couple of weeks, so I guess I'd better brush down my posh frock - or even better, buy a new one!

The competition is fierce, but I'm just so thrilled to be on this list, it makes all the sweat and tears - and hours at my desk, eating chocolate! - worthwhile.

Best of luck to everyone. Further details of the other shortlists - for authors and the romantic fiction industry - are here.