The Christmas Tree Thief

I’m so excited to share news of a new series. When I wrote Jasmine Sea, a new character appeared and demanded to be introduced. Dr Charlotte Dean made quite an impression in that book and then in The Secrets of Palmerston House.

But Charlotte had other things to do, so moved to a beautiful small town named Kingfisher Falls.

The Christmas Tree Thief is the first of her own series, mysteries in a whodunit style with just a dash (or sometimes a deluge) of danger.

Do you recall Charlotte’s first appearance?

The next two books are underway. Deadly Secrets is due for an early 2020 release, and Deadly Secrets around mid 2020.

I hope you’ll love Charlotte’s new life and cannot wait to share the whole series.

Paperbacks, or device?

I love both!

For the sheer convenience, a phone or reader allows me to have a book almost anywhere, and lots of them.

There is something so wonderful though about the feel and smell of a paperback. And I love to hold the books I write in my hands. So special!

Did you know I also publish in large print paperback? My eyesight is not what it used to be, so a larger print is perfect. The whole River’s End series is available in large print as well as regular print at Amazon, from my website, and some other booksellers.

Either way, I think we can agree… we love books!

Phillipa

Martha… and some changes

Where did she go for all those years? This short (11k) prequel tells all. It can be read first, or alongside any of the series.

With the arrival of Martha, I’ve moved all ebook versions of the series in Kindle Unlimited. Paperbacks are still available from selected booksellers and this website.

Is this the end?

Many years ago a series of small events combined to create the early outline of what would become The Stationmaster’s Cottage. Two songs in particular, plus our proximity to a real life cottage made me wonder about secrets, lost love, windswept beaches, and a young woman who was at a crossroad. After dabbling with writing it as a screenplay, I put it away for ages. A third song reminded me of it, helping connect some more scenes in my head. So, I dusted it off and wrote the novel. And that was that.
Readers had other ideas, and – rather reluctantly – I toyed with the idea of one sequel. But how to do this when Cottage was written as a one-off? I read and reread the book, and found small threads. I worried at them, pulling a little bit and seeing what happened. From little loose ends, I discovered Jasmine Sea. As I wrote this book, it occurred to me I was invested in writing about the seaside town and its residents. Perhaps there should be a third? This time, I deliberately left a trail of breadcrumbs leading to book three. Before I’d finished Jasmine Sea, I already knew The Secrets of Palmerston House would tell more of the story of the town, going a long way back and bringing a depth to River’s End not seen before. I’d also got a taste of having a bad guy in Jasmine Sea, so had to write one again.
Even as I drew close to finishing Secrets, I knew there was one story left untold. It was time to tie all those loose threads together and reveal the final secret. The day I sent Secrets to my editor, I began to write The Christmas Key.
I knew it would be a novella and set at Christmas, and what a joy it was to write! This was the fastest I’ve ever written and left me emotional more than once. Secrets came back to be finished, so The Christmas Key had to wait a while longer, but somehow I released them both just a week apart. And is this now the end? I’ve told the story I needed to tell. Yet, a part of me longs to revisit Christie and Martin, Martha and Thomas, Angus, Elizabeth, and of course, Randall. There will be a spin-off series, but you need to read The Secrets of Palmerston House to discover who it will feature.
Perhaps I’ll write a new Christmas novella each year to catch up with my friends in River’s End. For now though, I will take a small break and then write something quite different. Thank you for being part of this journey.

And the songs so inspiring to me? Man of Colours by Icehouse Where the River meets the Sea by Icehouse Love’s Divine by Seal

Kobo’s Cover of the Year contest is now on!

So thrilled that my brand new release, The Secrets of Palmerston House, is one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller covers and has a chance of going into the finals.

I would love your vote and all it takes is one click – no email or registration required. Follow the link and find the thumbnails. Vote on the one you like most (hint, it is a green cover with a bride and a name rhyming with The Secrets of Palmerston House, lol), and that is it!

Please vote here!

Last year, Jasmine Sea was voted Kobo’s Romance Cover of 2017, and was 2nd overall. Both covers are the creations of Steam Power Studios, who have done all five of my covers to date. Isn’t it pretty?

Thank you!

Like to win a new eReader with eBooks loaded, or perhaps a gift card?

UPDATE 1 DEC 18. Winner has been drawn and will be announced once they confirm their details. Check your emails!

To celebrate the upcoming new releases of the final two stories in the Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery series, I am giving away a very cool Aura Edition 2 eReader, loaded up with all four books. 

In addition, a second prize of a $50 Kobo gift card is on offer.

Enter below with multiple options and you might be the lucky winner of this fabulous prize! Some T&Cs apply.

Many thanks to Kobo for making this possible. USA reader? Remember you can now buy Kobo books at Walmart

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Little Gems Anthology

A few months ago I entered a short story competition run by Romance Writers of Australia.

Little Gems is an annual sweet romance competition – contemporary romance with a sweet perspective. This year, the theme is Jade.

I wrote a story called The Jade Heart. It is about a missing family heirloom up for auction. The problem is, the person who desperately wants to buy it back is hardly in a position to do so. Which is where a stranger with confusing motives comes in…

The competition was hotly contested by some amazing writers, so to be one of the winners came as a delightful surprise. And I love the prize! It is being part of the Little Gems Anthology 2018 with The Jade Heart.

It released as both paperback and ebook in mid August and all profit goes to the very worthy programs RWA runs, including assistance for disadvantaged authors. So, if you enjoy heartwarming stories that make you smile, order from Amazon or RWA.

I can’t wait to see what you think!

Little Gems Amazon eBook

Little Gems RWA Paperback