I'm absolutely delighted to reveal the cover of Coming Home to Merriment Bay-Part One: A Reunion. It's such a stunningly gorgeous cover for what, I believe, is a wonderfully heartwarming, new series. The story is about love, loss, family and community, and having the strength to face whatever life throws at you and find happiness, come what may. I adore this story, especially as part of it is loosely based on something that happened to my grandmother. I can't wait to share it with you. And it's available to pre-order right now!
I'm especially excited because my Merriment Bay series is interconnected with my Wyntersleap series, which means that several of the characters are in both series. You'll understand why when you read book one of my Wyntersleap series, Christmas at Wynter House, which is available to pre-order now and is out on 25th September.
Don't worry, it won't be confusing. And ... to make it even more exciting, there'll be a map showing the villages of Wyntersleap and Merriment Bay so that you can see where everything is. It'll be on my website from 25th September - because that's the release date of Christmas at Wynter House.
Here's the blurb for Coming Home to Merriment Bay- Part One: A Reunion
Coming Home to Merriment Bay
You may or may not be aware that I've got two new series out at the moment. Yes that's right - two. One is my Wyntersleap series, set (oddly enough) in the tiny village of Wyntersleap. The other is my Merriment Bay series, set (yep, you guessed it) in the seaside village of Merriment Bay.
'But why bring out two new series at the same time?' I hear you ask.
Believe me, I've been asking myself that question recently too. Trying to spread the word about one new book is hard enough these days; trying to spread it about one book, a four-part serial and then more books coming soon, is the stuff of madness. Probably just as well I'm a little bit crazy then, eh?
Let me try to explain why I've done this.
Basically, having finished my Lily Pond Lane series, I started writing the Merriment Bay serial and the Wyntersleap series at the end of last year (I always have separate books on the go. Don't ask me why) and intended to bring them out during 2019. But readers loved my Lily Pond Lane series so much that they asked for more books in that series. Now I could have ignored their requests and said, 'Nope. Sorry. That series ends with the Christmas 2018 book.' and simply got on with Merriment Bay. Instead, I listened to them and wrote another three books in the Lily Pond Lane series. That meant everything else I'd been working on, was delayed.
Can you believe there are only nine more sleeps until Christmas? That means only nine more chocolates are hidden behind the doors of my advent calendar. It also means that the slight panic I'm beginning to feel having realised that I still have some presents to buy, is only going to get worse. On the flip side, the excitement that's building, because I'm one of those people who absolutely loves Christmas, is going to intensify - and that's a good thing. No really, it is!
And speaking of presents ... and excitement, I'm giving away a little present on this blog. It's the one in the photo and it consists of a cute robin cushion, a box of scrummy choccies and a signed paperback of my new book, Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row. A cushion, a book and chocolates - the perfect reading combination! Unfortunately, this particular giveaway is for UK residents only.
All you have to do for a chance to win this gift is to comment on this blog post and tell me your favourite Christmas tradition (but please don't worry if your comment doesn't appear right away. All comments have to come to me to be verified and that can take a little while. It will appear though. )
I was asked this question for a blog tour recently and I must confess I listed about ten things, because I simply couldn't decide on my favourite. So perhaps I should ask you to tell me just one of your favourite traditions. Hohoho! Is it decorating the tree? Making the Christmas cake and wishing while you stir? Finding the perfect Yule log for the fire? Opening one present on Christmas Eve? Or whatever. You get the picture, right?
This will close for entries at midnight on Monday 17th December and a winner will be selected at random and the name posted on this blog on Tuesday the 18th, so there's not much time. Sorry about that but I was busy running other competitions on Facebook, in my newsletter and in my reader group, and I completely lost track of time! I'll clearly be going on Santa's Naughty List. But hey, no change there.