Category Archives: Exclusives

I have a new single!

One of the things I want to do more of this year is get back to music. I’ve been a singer-songwriter, session vocalist (working with producers across the world) and band vocalist since I was 19, and music has always been a huge love of my life.

M Session PicBut in recent years music has taken a back seat to books and being Mum. While I still gig with my band The Peppermints (who you might know better as The Pinstripes from my third novel, It Started With a Kiss), I haven’t done much with my own songs.

I recorded an album About Time, in 2011 which I self-funded and I’m so proud of it, even if there are about seven boxes of CDs now gathering cobwebs in my shed! It was a dream to record my own music – followed by my book soundtrack EP that I wrote to accompany It Started With a Kisscalled Last First Kiss in 2012.Booklet

For a while I’ve had my music on Soundcloud (click the link to see all my tracks, which you can hear for free) and Bandcamp, together with my music page on Facebook. I’ve written a lot of new songs in the last twelve months, which I hope to record soon – updates when they happen!

I’m currently writing about a musician in my forthcoming novel, The Day We Meet Again – and it’s made me miss music more than ever. So, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and release a single! Why not, eh?

GIVE ME A REASON was originally on the album, and I love it.
You can hear it below – and it can be yours for only £1 – just click this Bandcamp link.

Enjoy! And if you like what you hear, leave a comment below xx

NEW VLOG – My BIG P-Day Surprise!

When I agreed to meet Cathy Bramley for lunch on P-Day for Somewhere Beyond the Sea, I had no idea what she’d secretly planned…

Instead of a quiet lunch and stock signing at Waterstones Birmingham, Cathy had arranged for my wonderful friends Jo QuinnRachael Lucas and my lovely agent Hannah to travel from all over the country to give me the BIGGEST surprise. I have never had a day like it!

I filmed a vlog on the day – you can see how utterly delighted and shocked I was! Apologies for the squeals! I’d expected publication day to be a quiet, little celebration but it turned into the biggest, sparkliest, most amazing P-Day of my career. And it meant so much. I didn’t feel alone, like I’d feared I might. The love I felt from everyone – my lovely friends and the brilliant booksellers at Waterstones Birmingham who were there, everyone who sent me gorgeous messages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – has been absolutely phenomenal and I am completely overwhelmed by it.

Thank you, too, if you’ve bought Somewhere Beyond the Sea in paperbackebook or the utterly wonderful audiobook narrated by Clare Corbett and Jonathan Bailey. Thank you for believing in the story I wanted to tell. It means more than I’ll ever be able to express.

So, here’s the vlog (including the spookily fab accordion player we met playing Somewhere Beyond the Sea as we left the bookshop!). Enjoy! xx

New vlog series – MEET BILL BROTHERSON

I’ve filmed a series of vlogs about Somewhere Beyond the Sea – talking about the characters, the locations I chose for the book and what it was like to write the book.

I’m also giving you some exclusive snippets about hidden gems in the book, revealing who I’d cast in the movie version (*coughs* *looks around for any film producers in the area*) and telling your what it was like to be involved in the amazing audiobook version of my story.

Here’s the next: Meet BILL BROTHERSON (he’s a baddie. Altogether now, BOOOO!) 

Happy watching – and let me know what you think in the comments below! xx

New vlog series – MEET ELINOR CARNE

I love finding out about the making of films and TV series, and those cast and crew interviews that always happen before a new programme or movie comes out. So, I’m doing it with my new book!

I’ve filmed a series of vlogs about Somewhere Beyond the Sea – talking about the characters, the locations I chose for the book and what it was like to write the book. I’m also going to give you some exclusive snippets about hidden gems in the book, who I’d cast in the movie version (*coughs* *looks around for any film producers in the area*) and what it was like to be involved in the amazing audiobook version of my story.

Here’s the next: Meet ELINOR CARNE (The Victorian astronomer who once lived in the house Seren and her friends are trying to save from development…)

Happy watching – and let me know what you think in the comments below! xx

TALKING GRIEF – Somewhere Beyond the Sea

When I was writing Somewhere Beyond the Sea, my Dad suddenly passed away. How do you write a book with grief as a key theme when you’ve just lost someone you love?

This is an intensely personal vlog, but I wanted to talk about the experience of what I learned about my own grief while putting Seren and Jack’s grief on the page. Also, how hearing my words spoken back to me, in a key scene read by the actor Jonathan Bailey in the audio version of the book, made me realise what I’d written.

This was tough to film and hard to watch back, but I think it’s right to share it. We don’t talk about grief, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to talk about it in Somewhere Beyond the Sea. Often books like mine are dismissed as ‘light’ and wrongly criticised for shying away from the issues that really matter. I hope this demonstrates how wrong that assumption is.

Thanks for watching x

New vlog series – WILL IT BE A FILM?

It’s the question I’m asked more than any other as an author (and the one I secretly love…) – if Somewhere Beyond the Sea was made into a film, who would I cast in the lead roles?

In this mini-vlog I talk about why having a film or TV adaptation of your book is every authors’ dream, tell you who my original Jack was when I was writing the story and reveal why my casting choice changed when I heard the audio version of the book, read by Clare Corbett and Jonathan Bailey

Who would you cast? I’d love to know!

Happy watching! xx

New vlog series – MEET CERRIE

I love interviews with the cast and directors of upcoming films and TV series, where they give a real insight into their individual roles and the production as a whole. So, I decided to do the same with my new book!

I’ve filmed a series of vlogs about Somewhere Beyond the Sea – talking about the characters, the locations I chose for the book and what it was like to write the book. I’m also going to give you some exclusive snippets about hidden gems in the book, who I’d cast in the movie version (*coughs* *looks around for any film producers in the area*) and what it was like to be involved in the amazing audiobook version of my story.

Here’s the seventh: Meet CERRIE AUSTIN… (I loved writing Cerrie’s story in Christmas in St Ives, which changed her story in this book – I’ll tell you why…)

Happy watching – and let me know what you think in the comments below! xx

New vlog series – MEET KIERAN

Have you seen the interviews that cast and directors give when a new film or TV series is about to be released? I love them! I love getting an insight into the characters, locations and behind-the-scenes stuff of a new film. So, that got me thinking: why not have a go myself?

I’ve filmed a series of vlogs about Somewhere Beyond the Sea – talking about the characters, the locations I chose for the book and what it was like to write the book. I’m also going to give you some exclusive snippets about hidden gems in the book, who I’d cast in the movie version (*coughs* *looks around for any film producers in the area*) and what it was like to be involved in the amazing audiobook version of my story.

Here’s the sixth: Meet KIERAN MACKLIN… (if you’ve read the prequel novella, Christmas in St Ives, you’ll recognise him – lots of fun with a serious side he keeps hidden…)

Happy watching – and let me know what you think in the comments below! xx

New vlog series – MEET MOLLY

How many times have you read a book and wanted to delve further into the world the author has created? That happens to me all the time. Also, having spent a year or more of writing my books, I love getting the chance to chat about them (you may have noticed…) This is what happens when you finally unleash an author from her writing office into the big wide world!

So, I’ve filmed a series of vlogs about Somewhere Beyond the Sea – talking about the characters, the locations I chose for the book and what it was like to write the book. I’m also going to give you some exclusive snippets about hidden gems in the book, who I’d cast in the movie version (*coughs* *looks around for any film producers in the area*) and what it was like to be involved in the amazing audiobook version of my story.

Here’s the fifth: Meet MOLLY(Seren’s faithful chocolate Labrador – she’s a real character!)

New vlog series – MEET NESSIE

Have you seen the interviews that cast and directors give when a new film or TV series is about to be released? I love them! I love getting an insight into the characters, locations and behind-the-scenes stuff of a new film. That got me thinking: why not have a go myself?

So, I’ve filmed a series of vlogs about Somewhere Beyond the Sea – talking about the characters, the locations I chose for the book and what it was like to write the book. I’m also going to give you some exclusive snippets about hidden gems in the book, who I’d cast in the movie version (*coughs* *looks around for any film producers in the area*) and what it was like to be involved in the amazing audiobook version of my story.

Here’s the fourth: Meet NESSIE DIXON(I adore Nessie. She totally rocks!)