Tuesday, 2 September 2014


No, they aren't rather flat looking mince-pies, but a sweet South American treat called Alfajores which are deceptively light and filled with spiced dolce de leche.  To find out why I'm posting random pictures of them, go and take a look at iheartpresents

And in other news, I've just had a book accepted - woot, woot!
CARRYING THE GREEK'S HEIR will be out in April, 2015 and it's about a man named Alekto Sarantos who is one of the most complex and gorgeous heroes I've ever written.  At times I felt myself wishing I was Ellie Brooks - the woman who has the tough task of taming him....

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


No, I'm not advertising a self-help manual, but giving away three copies of my latest book on Goodreads.   It's very simple.  All you have to do is to write five hundred words on whether the UK should leave the European Union.
Not really.
Just press a button here and soon you could be losing yourself in the story of seriously sexy world champion Luis Martinez and the dowdy housekeeper who has the misfortune of working for him (she doesn't look so dowdy on the cover, does she?).


Wednesday, 2 July 2014


It was one of the best films I ever saw (and one of the scariest) and the only reason I watched it was because it starred Mickey Rourke, who I considered one of the finest actors of his generation. 
(And yes, in those pre-surgery days he was also very easy on the eye). 

I've just been watching a clip and even though it's been a long time…  gulp!

Have you seen ANGEL HEART?  Or is there a film which scares you more?

Monday, 30 June 2014


I recently went to see the play 1984 (completely brilliant) and afterwards walked along the South Bank.  It was a busy, sunny day and everything seemed bright and normal and innocent when I came across this carousel.  My heart pounded.  Immediately, I started thinking about clowns and spooky figures hiding in the shadows.  I was sure I could hear the sound of mocking laughter…

Of course, Carousel is my favourite musical and the one which gave birth to the haunting anthem which has been adopted by Liverpool football team.  And so I leave you with YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE

(And it was a serious question: why ARE carousels so scary?)

Monday, 16 June 2014


One of the golden highlights of my summer is a trip to Syon Park to hear opera performed around a grand piano, by a brilliant company called Diva.  This year, it was Don Giovanni and it was BLISS.  
Don Giovanni was played by the amazingly charismatic Changhan Lim and it was easy to understand why women fell so easily beneath his spell.  The danger and the devilishness in his eyes gave me lots of ideas for future heroes!
The evening was full of sunshine and laughter.  There was delicious food, shared with dear friends.
And I got to wear a posh dress, liberally sprinkled with golden sequins.

Sigh.  If only life could always be like this…

*my peace depends on her peace.  Don Giovanni's first aria.

Friday, 30 May 2014


Rosa Corretti gets much more than she bargains for when she begs autocratic Sheikh Kulal to take her home with him…
Her strict Sicilian family are trying to find her and Kulal is doing his best to get rid of her.
It's one hell of a mess and when Rosa's reputation is compromised, there's only one direction this relationship can go….towards the altar!

I love this cover, though I'm not quite sure why Rosa and Kulal appear to be standing in front of a carpet ...

Thursday, 29 May 2014


I'd planned to write about Tuscany and my writing course which takes place every May.
I thought about mentioning the impossibly cute little villages which look as if they've been commissioned from Central Casting.  Or the roses which bloom next to the wine-veranda.  I could describe the crystal clear water which rushes past, making its own particular kind of music.  And the unforgettable trips to the Disney-esque Cinque Terre, or the beautiful city of Lucca.

But in the end, I thought I'd just let the mountains and the sunshine speak for themselves…

And somewhere behind me, you can hear the Angelus echoing out over the valleys….