What’s Cooking? Tamworth LitFest – meet the authors

More details about the Tamworth LitFest … the first festival day is on Thursday 14th April in the evening from 5pm – 8pm. All free and including cooking demos and tastings, author signings and a Waterstones book stand. I’m signing and talking about my book The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, a memoir with recipes to soothe the soul, and a few tasters from those recipes! I hope I see you there – come and have a chat.

UK edition front coverAnd below is the schedule for the event:

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British summer proms

No, I’m not going to rant about the weather! What is more lovely than a traditional British picnic watching the Proms at Chatsworth? Last night was wonderful, flags waving, rousing Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. And, yes, the weather was good too; warm and sunny for an evening outdoors in the lovely gardens of the Duke of Devonshire’s home. Chatsworth proms 2015 Chatsworth Proms 3 2015 Chatsworth Proms 2015

And plenty of bubbly, prawns and strawberries!

Solar eclipse and spring equinox

The solar eclipse aligning with the new moon andĀ spring equinox augurs well for us Pisceans I hear, so let’s hope I can get myself more organised. Apologies for the lack of posts lately; I’ve been so busy with completing Walking in the Rain for publishing, starting my RNA NWS novel, and of course my day job at the university. Time has flown by and before we know it, winter has turned into spring and it’s the end of March already. Primroses are blooming in the garden and the daffodils are nearly in flower. I’ve been meeting and making friends with other authors, mainly from the wonderful RNA and have been scooting off on the train to Birmingham, Leicester and London for events. And a break in the gorgeous city of Venice.Soon it’s Nottingham for a writers’ conference and York for a get-together. But now – a weekend of writing to make up for the few days in lovely Venice with my husband, for my birthday! Went over to the islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello, walked miles and miles through the little alleyways of Venice, and puttered up and down the Grand Canal on vaporettos. Went to the wonderful modest Accademia and found breathtaking paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini and Canaletto. Wonderful old hotel right on the Grand Canal owned by an old Venetian family: great food and wine! (and a maitre d’ who seemed to have an eye twitch – or was he winking?) And found a super little Venetian bar in the back streets where they cooked the most gorgeous seafood risotto, tagliattelli with mushrooms, and tomato salad – oh, and lovely fresh coffee (where the gondoliers go!). Oh dear, now back to writing – got to catch up! But here are some images that remind me of Walking in the Rain, my latest book which will be out very soon! love in a rainy streetĀ holding onhold mebreaking up

New book soon out: Walking in the Rain, sequel to Drumbeats

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The second in the Drumbeats trilogy: Walking in the Rain due out very shortly, in time for Easter! It continues Jess’s story from Drumbeats when she returns from Ghana to the UK, and sees her through her marriage to someone she believes is the love of her life. But what happens when she realises that he is not the man she thought he was?

Tragedy and danger stalks Jess’s life. How will she cope?