Wednesday, 7 November 2018

SPECTACULAR NAPOLI

Here you go:

Stunning Neapolitan architecture 




And scrumptious Neapolitan pizza:




Because?
Just because I love this amazing city soooo much.
Who else has visited here?

Thursday, 1 November 2018

SPOOKS AND POMEGRANATES

I'm just back from an amazing olive-picking trip to Umbria, where this year we broke the record by harvesting over 17 crates of beautifully-coloured fruits (at least, I think they're called fruits..).



The days (although we sometimes had to dodge the showers) - were spectacular and enlivened by luscious pomegranates still hanging from the trees.


Later that evening we played dress-up...these are the kind of clothes I would wear all the time, if I could!


Though not quite so sure about whether you could get away with wearing these...


Did you do anything exciting over the Halloween weekend?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

TEFLON-TOUGH YET VULNERABLE...MY NEAPOLITAN HERO

Okay, I know it's still November but already in the shops I can see twinkly lights, stars - and cards with impossibly green triangular-shaped trees.  So, do you love Christmas, or are you like my latest hero, Salvio de Gennaro - and hate every minute of it?

I've just fulfilled a long-held dream and visited the beautiful city of Naples.

Naples has 366 churches and the best sea-food and mozzarella in the world.  (Oh, and properly juicy tomatoes).

I've gazed on Mount Vesuvius and seen the famous bay.....

I've eaten the most delicious pastries known to mankind (sflogliatelle).  In fact, you can read an earlier blog post on this very subject.  

And I've watched the vibrant and colourful life of this unique and spectacular  city....which brings me to my latest book THE ITALIAN'S CHRISTMAS HOUSEKEEPER, which is set in Napoli.
The hero is a once-famous football star who's known his share of bad times.  He isn't looking for love - but then he finds Molly and suddenly, all bets are off.
If you want an emotional roller-coaster - if you want to remember all the things you love best about Christmas - then look no further than this seasonal read of passion and heartbreak.





IT'S BIN A LONG TIME....

I

Thursday, 16 March 2017

MY HOTTEST-EVER SHEIKH

I love every book I write and get to know my characters so well that I miss them when I finish the story.  Every hero makes me shiver with pleasure and envy the heroine her future life with him, but I have to say that Zayed Al Zawba is one of my favourite heroes of all time.

Well, see for yourself...





He's flawed.  He's arrogant.  And proud...so proud.  He doesn't want to marry until he's sixty or seventy, when he plans to take a young virgin for a bride as custom allows.  Trouble is, he needs a bride right now - and the only way he can contemplate a short-lived marriage is to choose a woman who doesn't attract him, so that the union won't be consummated.

Enter Jane.  Plain Jane Smith - the earnest academic who hates Zayed almost as much as she loves his rich and historic country.

It's an explosive combination of two strong-willed people who have no desire to be together, but who cannot deny their growing desire for each other...and you can win an advance copy by contacting me directly (see contact details on home page of this blog) and telling me which heroes you like best.  Italian?  Brazilian?  Greek?
And good luck!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

NO NIGHTINGALES* BUT PLENTY OF POLICEMEN

When people ask where I get my ideas from, I always mention that I like to do as many quirky and adventurous things as possible.  No, not skiing.  I mean, doing things which are completely different from the things I do in my own life.  Which is how I found myself in Belgrave Square this morning, for a visit to the Argentine Ambassador's residence.


It's situated in one of those leafy London squares which thrum with behind-the-scenes activity.  You can sense the presence of a zillion hidden CCTV cameras and there are London *Bobbies* prowling around everywhere.

Inside, it was gorgeous.  High ceilings, lots of paintings, tapestries, souvenirs from South Africa and a shiny dining table which seats 24.  I particularly liked this mantlepiece in the Ambassdor's office:




And this (rather kitsch but very beautiful) Italian light, which features the Madonna and child plus lots of little cherubs.



But the weirdest thing of all is that when I wrote my one and only story with an Argentinian hero (THE HOUSEKEEPER'S AWAKENING), the book opened with my heroine making the hero's favourite biscuits, which are called Alfajores.  I even made some myself (to add a little authenticity to my story) and wrote a blog post about it.  

So imagine my delight (and surprise) when I was offered a biscuit to have with my coffee when I arrived - and the biscuits just happened to be....


ALFAJORES!

Spooky, or what?

* And the title of this post refers of course, to the dreamy old-fashioned song: A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKLEY SQUARE, sung here by Vera Lynn

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

THE STORY OF SEXY DANTE DI SIONE

is out right now. 
It's a book I loved writing with a heroine who's had a lot of stuff thrown at her but it's made her strong and it's made her determined.  

Willow Hamilton has been protected from the world for most of her life and finds herself longing for adventure.  The man she picks for her particular adventure ( can you guess what that might be?) is possibly the world's worst candidate for a naive innocent like her.  
He's powerful, he's tough and he's dangerous - in an emotional sense of the word - the trouble is that he's also irresistible!

The book is released this week in the USA and UK and features some amazing settings - from a crumbling stately home in the English countryside, to a luxury mansion on Long Island - with a Caribbean island thrown in for good measure.  It's part of the billionaire's legacy mini-series  and although it's a stand-alone novel, there are seven other great books for you to enjoy - including the story of Dante's twin by Caitlin Crews.  

Hope you like it.