A Class Entwined book launch!

February 1st is finally here! A Class Entwined, the second book in my series A Matter of Class, is now available on Amazon in ebook and paperback form. I’m so excited to share with you what happens next in Bridget and Cormac’s story after the events of A Class Apart.

Launch day

Today is St Brigid’s Day which has a special resonance for the launch as my main character Bridget is named after St Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints.

Today also marks the Continue reading

Less than a week to publication day

There’s a constant knot in my stomach and I’m waking up in the middle of the night – that must mean that the publication day for A Class Entwined is fast approaching! I’m excited to share my new book with you but of course the nerves are starting to kick in too. There is so much to do in the run-up to the release and I am ticking off lists left, right and centre!

A momentous step in the process was the arrival of the proof copies during the week. It’s a very special moment to Continue reading

A Class Entwined – release date and cover reveal!

It’s hard to believe that only a year ago I made the decision to self-publish my historical fiction series, and now I’m about to announce the release of my second book!

I published A Class Apart, the first instalment in my series A Matter of Class, in July 2018 and I can now reveal that the second instalment, A Class Entwined, will come out on 1st February 2019. This date is particularly apt as it is the feast day of St Brigid, who is one of the patron saints of Ireland and the person after whom Continue reading

The preferences of a writer’s palate: fancy meal or messy takeaway?

What do you like to see when you open a menu? Perhaps you are attracted to a dish that is described in elaborate language, seasoned with exotic terminology, and served like art on a plate. Or maybe you prefer a more humble bill of fare and don’t mind how sloppy it looks so long as it tastes delicious.

This is sometimes how I view reading books. I would put literary classics in the fancy meal category and more lighthearted material in the messy takeaway category. Both can appeal for different reasons but, like the food they represent, both offer Continue reading

The undisputed queen of the genre

I am speaking, of course, of Georgette Heyer and the genre she essentially invented: historical romance. This corner of the book market tends to be flooded with titles, some good and some of rather more questionable quality, but a Georgette Heyer book is always a highly reliable choice. I find her to be the literary equivalent of comfort food, and turn to her whenever I want a nice love story.

I have written about her before but I’ve read two more of her books over the last few months and wanted to reiterate my admiration. I’m just so impressed by how well she immerses a reader in the settings and social interactions of the 19th century. One of my Continue reading