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The cover for Summer of Secrets is finally here…

… and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Opening an email with a cover visual for my books is one of the highlights of the publishing process. Unashamedly, I’m a sucker for beautiful jackets and — for my sins — have bought many books on looks alone. I don’t believe it for a minute, when people say they don’t judge a book by its cover. We’re all human beings and the jacket is the first thing that makes you decide whether to stop at a crowded bookshop table or whether to meander on in search of the next thing that piques your interest.

With My Mother’s Shadow, I was struck by the different visual approaches taken by my international publishers, from dark to light, from rose-heavy to figure-centric, atmospheric, mysterious, romantic — it’s all there:

And now, excitingly, the cover journey is all starting over again, with the UK cover for Summer of Secrets. It takes a similar route to My Mother’s Shadow in that it features a girl, running into the image as if to draw you into the story. The colours are beautiful, the textures sumptuous, there’s water and skies, reds and blues, there’s beauty, mystery, a hint of menace. I really hope you love it as much as I do.

What’s new for 2018

What’s new for 2018

I wish this was a serene Happy New Year post, written on one of those lovely, secret days ‘between the years’ where all you need to do is eat, read and make a resolution or two. Instead, bookended between the usual holiday frenzy and a variety of illnesses taking down...

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My Mother’s Shadow Blog Tour

Ten wonderful bloggers took part in the Blog Tour for the paperback publication of My Mother’s Shadow, some reviewing the book, others hosting a guest post of mine or running a giveaway. It was an amazing experience! Do check out the participating book blogs for...

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My Mother’s Shadow, out now in paperback!

'An intriguing, twisting story with a lush opening and beautifully descriptive writing throughout. I loved it.' Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife and Before the Rains ‘A compelling family story . . . beautifully written and evokes vivid pictures of an...

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The capricious magic of a novel’s first draft

Just in time for our big house move, the manuscript for my new book is reaching a pivotal point: the end of the first draft. Now, I like first drafts. Really, I do. Their youthful jubilance, the way they forge ahead with such unbridled enthusiasm, like a pack of...

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When can you call yourself a writer?

Last week was a glorious one, because something happened that I've been waiting for for a long time. Bound proofs arrived! I'd known they would be coming, had seen them looking pretty on Twitter even before I got them. But when the package finally did come -- very...

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Starting something new: my author website’s first day

An author website -- there's no perfect time to start them, no good way to get them going, only a lot of trial and error. After many a Google search and late-night calls for help into the internet ether, here it finally goes: my very first blog post, on my very first...

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