The Orchid

The Orchid

Friday, 22 March 2013

Lovely New Review!

I was delighted by this independent review from mum blogger, Jennifer, for Winter Storms. When people enjoy my books, it makes all the long hours and stress of writing them so worth it! (Check out her craft pages too, I am certainly going to make that car mat!)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Winner of Winter Storms

I am delighted to announce the winner of the Mother's Day competition is Sally Jenkins with her wonderful description of cross-country skiing! As I had so many entries, I'm going to do a 2nd runners-up giveaway to Patsy for her original camper-van idea. A couple of years ago I visited Norway and always vowed to return with a camper-van to tour the stunning fjords.

Thank you for entering everyone, and do keep checking back as I intend to run more giveaways in the upcoming months. There were some marvellous holiday ideas there! 

I can get in touch with the winners through their google accounts. 

(I'm having trouble getting hold of you Sally! Could you check your original comment below?)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

New Historical Book Contracted

Now my contract has arrived for signing, I am delighted to announce that I’ve had a Victorian novella, Summer in Rye, accepted by the highly regarded, Musa Publishing. It is a story that I particularly love as it is set during one of the most important breakthroughs in medical science in Victorian Britain; the compulsory vaccination against small pox. 

Small pox was a terrible disease killing 30% of those it infected and leaving the remainder either blinded or with terrible scars. Highly contagious, it destroyed whole families and the vaccination, discovered in 1797 by Edward Jenner, has saved millions of lives worldwide. Summer in Rye is a romance, set against the backdrop of these rapidly changing times during one of the most fascinating periods in British history. 

As soon as I get a release date, I'll announce it on my twitter page at Writingoliver. Feel free to pop over and say hello; I love hearing from readers. In the meantime, the competition to win a copy of Winter Storms, published by Crimson Romance, is due to end lunchtime tomorrow (12th March 2013). Just add into the comments section below, your favourite winter holiday destination. 

Have a good week everyone! 

Sunday, 10 March 2013


In honour of Mother's Day, I am hosting a giveaway of an e-copy of Winter Storms! The winner can chose either mobi (for Kindle) or epub (Sony, Bluefire or Ibis reader). Since it's cold outside and thoughts are heading towards summer holidays, if you'd like to write in the comments section your favourite destination for a winter holiday, I will select one on Wednesday. So return then to see if you are a lucky winner!

(Please don't put any personal details in the comments, such as your email address, I'll ask the winner to send me this privately.)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Delighted by this new independent review for Winter Storms from writer and reviewer Hannah Fielding. She understood the book so perfectly.