A Cuppa and a Catch-Up

You can’t beat a cup of tea

It’s May! I can hardly believe it. Happy Bank Holiday to you all, and – as my good friend Rhiannon Bone would say – a very blessed Beltane, too.

Pull up a chair, grab yourselves a cuppa, and let’s have a good old catch-up, shall we?

I am very well aware that I haven’t been around much on here lately. I apologise – again. I have been incredibly busy, working on not just one, not just two, but three different writing projects.

The first of these is currently having a final proofread. I have had a gorgeous cover designed for me by the lovely, and very patient, Berni Stevens,  and I’m just waiting now to make any final corrections before things move on to the publishing stage.

New book coming soon!

There will be a cover reveal and a pre-order date coming very soon, but I can tell you that the book is due for publication around mid-June. It’s not a Kearton Bay book, nor a Skimmerdale book, but it’s very close to my heart. It’s set on the Yorkshire Moors, not far from Kearton Bay (!) and a scene takes place in Helmston, so readers of the KB series will feel on familiar territory. We have brand new characters, including a heroine I loved and a hero I fell completely in love with. I’m always nervous when I’m about to have a book published, but I really hope you’ll enjoy it.

I’ve also been working on the second Skimmerdale book, and it’s been great fun to be back in the Yorkshire Dales with my old friends. I’ve especially enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with hunky sheep farmer, Eliot, but that’s me. I’m shameless. I’m not sure when this book will be published but I will definitely keep you updated when I know more.

Thirdly, I’ve been writing a Christmas book, and that should be coming out in late October/early November. It’s set in and around Farthingdale and Moreton Cross – villages that also appear in the Kearton Bay series – but will feature completely different characters. I’ve been getting to know a very different sort of heroine in this one. She’s quite challenging, and she has a rather lovely fella whose life she’s about to turn upside down – or is she? Hmm…

Can’t believe my book’s in the libraries!

So, as you can imagine, it’s been all go lately, and that’s why I’ve neglected the blog and for that I can only apologise. Hopefully, you’ll all think it was worth it in the end. 🙂

What else have I been up to? Well, I sent off a story to the lovely folks at The People’s Friend, and it was accepted. It’s going to be published as a pocket novel on July 27th. It’s provisionally called The Doctor’s Daughter, although that may change. I’ll be publishing it on Kindle at some point in the near future, but it’s always lovely to see a copy of your work on the shelves of WH Smith or a supermarket – even if it’s only for a couple of weeks. My previous pocket novel, All Because of Baxter, has been published in large print format by Ulverscroft, and copies of that should be in various libraries right now. That’s made me very happy, as I spent practically my entire childhood in one library or another, and I never dreamt in a million years that one of my books would be on the shelves one day. It just shows you!

I’ve also been setting up a new website. You may notice that several pages of this blog have gone missing, and that’s because they’ve been incorporated into my new site instead. However, this blog will remain, as will the book reviews, and there will be a link to these pages on my new website. It’s been quite a faff for someone as technically challenged as me, I can tell you! Find me at http://www.sharonboothwriter.com

Me and Jessica in a very windy, cold Scarborough!

It hasn’t ALL been work, though. On Saturday I ventured out of my writing room into the real world. I caught the train to Scarborough to visit my lovely friend and fellow Write Romantic, Jessica Redland, who was giving a talk at the Seastrand Cafe on the seafront. We had a fabulous day, and even though the talk didn’t go quite as planned, we had a lot of fun. Mind you, the weather was a bit grim. My teeth were chattering! Of course, it WAS a British Bank Holiday weekend so I should have known. 🙂 You can read all about Jessica’s event here.

So, I think we’re all caught up for now. My cup of tea has actually gone cold, so I’m off to put the kettle on.

Have a great week.

Catching Up!

Hello to you, dear readers! (I sounded a bit Miranda-ish then, didn’t I? Sorry. Not that that’s a bad thing, I hasten to add. Sounding like Miranda, I mean, not being sorry. Shall I start again?)

Hello! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend, whatever you’re doing. I thought I’d pop up this post because we haven’t had a chat for a while, have we? And I think we are well overdue a catch up.

It’s been a busy few weeks, as you can probably imagine. Once Upon a Long Ago was published on the 26th once-ebook-cover-3September, and it was a massive relief to push Lexi and Will out into the big, wide world. It was as if I’d had the longest pregnancy in history and had finally given birth. (I’m back to Miranda again, aren’t I? In her “what I call” Call the Midwife role.) Their story did start back in 2011, after all. At least in my mind. It’s been a long time…

baxter-ebook-coverJust a couple of weeks after that, I published my Christmas novella, Baxter’s Christmas Wish. That started life as a People’s Friend pocket novel, but it’s now a cosy festive story, all brightened up with tinsel and glitter, and is on sale for just 99p so, really what have you got to lose? And it’s also available in paperback, which is lovely. Actually, all my books are available in paperback. I think we forget that, sometimes, because the modern publishing industry seems geared to ebooks, and I have to be honest and say the Kindle versions of my books massively outsell the paperbacks, but it’s always lovely to have a copy for my bookshelf and, besides, my mother doesn’t do ebooks.

So, what else have I been up to? Well, today, I’m over on Helen Pollard’s lovely blog, chatting about the Kearton Bay books, the pros and cons of writing a series, and those gorgeous Yorkshire settings. You can read our conversation here.

sharon-booth-1I’ve also just published a short story on Wattpad. It was something I wrote ages ago, and I didn’t quite know what to do with it, but today I thought, why not put it up for anyone and everyone to read for free? I’m kind-hearted and generous like that, you see. You can read Lilac Wine here.

Finally, I’m hard at work on Skimmerdale 2. Aren’t I just! Do you know, I was actually up until half past three this morning, tapping away at my laptop! That’s dedication for you. I have to admit, it’s lovely to back in the Yorkshire Dales, and even lovelier to be back in the company of my gorgeous sheep farmer, Eliot. I am completely smitten with him. I can’t imagine why. Just because he’s got gorgeous black curls, and dark chocolate brown eyes, and a smile to die for. Funny, I seem to be hearing the Poldark theme tune in my mind. I wonder why? Life is a mystery…

I’m hoping Skimmerdale 2 – which currently has two possible titles and I’m not sure which, if any I’ll choose just yet – will be out in spring 2017. Then I have an idea I’m working on for another Christmas story, but this time it will be a full-length novel, and quite different from anything I’ve published so far.

So you see, I’m quite busy, and yet I still made time to have this cosy little chat with you. I’m a star, aren’t I? I may 14656275_1099993676784537_180263359679327718_nsound a bit deranged, but I’m currently fuelled by  coffee, crisps and Cadbury’s Creepy Cake Bars, which have a cinder toffee filling and are much tastier than you’d expect with that name. (This author would like to point out that other cake bars are available, and not just from Cadbury’s. And I should know…)

Have a great week!

Sharonxxx (3)

 

Going Home to Kearton Bay!

once-ebook-cover-3Gosh, I wonder if they’re still talking to me? That was my worry as I prepared to head back to Kearton Bay to write the third book in the series. I was quite stressed about it, in actual fact. After all, it had been a while. What if my friends at the Bay had forgotten about me? What if they’d decided to ignore me, the way I’d ignored them all those months?

I couldn’t really blame them if they had, I suppose. It’s been almost a year since A Kiss from a Rose was published, and since then, I’ve had a short story and a pocket novel published by The People’s Friend, and started a new series of books, set in the Yorkshire Dales. I couldn’t deny I’d had a great time making new fictional friends, while writing This Other Eden. What if my pals in Kearton Bay had decided I’d abandoned them, and refused to share their lives with me?

In the event, it was like coming home. It seemed that they greeted me as warmly as ever, and were all too eager to give me the latest juicy gossip, and bring me up-to-date with what they’ve been up to.

So, Kearton Bay book three is finished. It’s called Once Upon a Long Ago, and it’s available to pre-order right here. It will be published on 26th September, exactly one year to the day that Rose was published. I think Rose would be quite pleased about that! Here’s the blurb:

Lexi Bailey doesn’t do love. Having seen the war zone that was her parents’ marriage, she has no interest in venturing into a relationship, and thinks romance is for fairy tales. As far as she’s concerned, there’s no such thing as happy ever after, and she’s not looking for a handsome prince.
For Will Boden-Kean, that’s probably a good thing. He hardly qualifies as a handsome prince, after all. He may be the son of a baronet, and live in a stately home, but he’s not known for his good looks. What he is known for, among the residents of Kearton Bay, is his kind heart, his determination to fund Kearton Hall — and his unrequited love for Lexi.
While Lexi gazes at the portrait of the Third Earl Kearton, and dreams of finding the treasure that is reputed to be hidden somewhere in the house, Will is working hard to ensure that his home survives. When he goes against Lexi’s wishes and employs the most unpopular man in the village, she begins to wonder if he’s under a spell. Will would never upset her. What could possibly have happened to him?
As plans take shape for a grand ball, Lexi’s life is in turmoil. With a secret from Will’s past revealed, a witch who is far too beautiful for Lexi’s peace of mind, and a new enchantress on the scene, things are changing rapidly at Kearton Hall. Add to that a big, bad wolf of a work colleague, a stepmother in denial, and a father who is most definitely up to no good, and it’s no wonder she decides to make a new start somewhere else.
Then she makes a discovery that changes everything — but time is running out for her. Is it too late to find her happy ending? Will Lexi make it to the ball? Will Buttons save the day? And where on earth did that handsome prince come from?  

I had such a great time in Kearton Bay, that it’s quite sad to think that my next visit there will be my last. Still, that’s a good while away yet, as first I’ve got some news about a Christmas release that I’ll share with you soon, and then I’m heading back to Skimmerdale to see what my old friends in the Dales are up to. Gosh, I hope they’re still talking to me…

Have a great week!

Sharonxxx (3)

 

And the winner is…

cracker-1245584_1920Congratulations to Christine Corkill, who is the lucky winner of a signed copy of This Other Eden! Thank you to everyone who entered the draw, and remember , you can buy the Kindle version of the book by clicking on the link at the side of this post, or if you want the paperback, it’s available here (UK) or here (USA).

 

 

 

 

This Other Eden is the first in the Skimmerdale series, and the second will be out next year. I really enjoyed my jaunt over to the Yorkshire Dales, and can’t wait to return there to see what everyone’s been up to.  Here’s what people have been saying about This Other Eden

“I so loved this book! If you love Ozzy Osbourne and P.G.Wodehouse then this book is a must!”

“The stunning Yorkshire Dales, a gorgeous brooding young farmer, and lots of secrets. What’s not to love about this fabulous novel?”

“A hugely entertaining jaunt of a novel through the Yorkshire dales.”

“This story, set against the backdrop of sheep farming in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is a must read.”

“I adored this fabulous tale of love, lies and mistaken identity.”

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THIS OTHER EDEN (SKIMMERDALE BOOK ONE)

Eden wants to keep her job, and, as that means spending the summer caring for three young children in the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, she has no choice but to go along with it. Her consolation prize is that their father is unexpectedly gorgeous. Sadly for Eden, she’s not quite herself any longer…
Honey wants to spend the summer with her married politician lover. The only problem is, there are quite a few people determined to put obstacles in her path. But what Honey wants, Honey usually gets…
Cain wants a knighthood and is willing to sacrifice almost anything for it. If his daughter is putting that goal in jeopardy, it’s time to get tough…
Lavinia wants to keep her marriage intact, and if that means turning a blind eye to her husband’s philandering, she’ll do it. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have someone else spying for her…
Eliot wants to care for his children, and to be left in peace to heal. When he gets an unexpected guest, he wonders if it’s time to start living again. But is this sheep farmer having the wool pulled over his eyes?
Cake baking, jam making, gymkhana games and sheep showing. Blackmail, deception, spying and cheating. Laughter, forgiveness, redemption and falling in love. A lot can happen during one summer in Skimmerdale…

 

Have a great week!

Sharonxxx (3)

 

Happy Yorkshire Day!

Happy Yorkshire Day to you all, whether you are from the Land of the White Rose or not. As you may, or may not, know (if not, where have you been?) I’m from Yorkshire myself, and I’m reet proud of the fact. Yorkshire is a beautiful and diverse county, and to celebrate its special day, I’ve decided to not only show you some fabulous photographs of the place, but to also give away a prize! Yes! Who says we Yorkshire folk are tight?

 

Swaledale, inspiration for Skimmerdale

Swaledale, inspiration for Skimmerdale

 

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Burton Agnes Hall, inspiration for Kearton Hall

 

Helmsley, my Helmston

Helmsley, my Helmston

 

Beautiful day in Whitby

Beautiful day in Whitby

 

Thatched cottage, Thornton-le-Dale

Thatched cottage, Thornton-le-Dale

 

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

 

Robin Hood's Bay aka Kearton Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay aka Kearton Bay

 

Helmsley

Helmsley

 

Sign for the Kearton Country Hotel in Thwaite, Swaledale

Sign for the Kearton Country Hotel in Thwaite, Swaledale

 

The Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge

 

Clifford's Tower, York

Clifford’s Tower, York

 

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks

 

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

 

North Yorkshire Moors village

North Yorkshire Moors village

 

Burton Agnes church

Burton Agnes church

 

Stone barn, Yorkshire Dales

Stone barn, Yorkshire Dales

 

East Yorkshire countryside

East Yorkshire countryside

 

Bishop Burton village, East Yorkshire

Bishop Burton village, East Yorkshire

 

Bronte Parsonage

Bronte Parsonage

 

Knaresborough

Knaresborough

 

Our county city of York

Our county city of York

 

Lots of these places have inspired me in my writing. All my books are set in Yorkshire, and I love to visit the locations and imagine my characters walking around, living their lives in these beautiful settings. The Kearton Bay books were set on the North Yorkshire coast, around Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby. This Other Eden is based in the fictional area of Skimmerdale, which was inspired by the real life Swaledale in the northern Yorkshire Dales.

If you’d like to win a signed copy of This Other Eden, just send me your details through the Contact Me page, and I’ll pick one winner at random. Competition closes on Friday evening at 8pm.

Happy Yorkshire Day!

Sharonxxx (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the cave to look at the Sky

Hmm, where am I? This place looks familiar…Oh, wait! I know where I am. This is my blog, isn’t it? I thought I vaguely recognised it.

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Nothing would make me miss this!

Okay, I know, it’s been a while…Sorry! I have been very, very busy lately, and staying away from the internet, including my blog, has been vital, if I’m to meet the deadline for book four. The good news is, it looks as if I will meet that deadline. I would be furious if I didn’t, quite frankly, since I’ve been living like a hermit for simply ages now, tapping away furiously at my computer, shut away in my little office, declining all offers to go out for the day, and even shunning my favourite programmes. Except for Outlander. Hey, I’m only human!

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My inspiration. Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire.

So, for the last few – crikey, I’m not even sure myself how long it’s been. Weeks? Months? Anyway, for the last however long it’s been, I’ve been working very hard on my fourth full-length novel, which is the third in the Kearton Bay series. It follows the story of Will and Lexi, and a lot of the action takes place in Will’s stately home, Kearton Hall. It’s been an absolute joy to write, although I actually began to write it way back in 2012, can you believe? I’d just completed the first draft of what became There Must Be an Angel, and while I was taking a break from that novel before beginning to edit it, I started work on what I thought would be the second in the series.

Eventually, around sixty thousand words in, I decided it wasn’t working. I deleted loads of scenes, chopped and changed things, and then abandoned it to go back to work on Angel. Then, Rose MacLean started nudging me to tell her story, so I wrote A Kiss from a Rose next. After that, I wrote a pocket novel for People’s Friend, and then felt the urge to write something different, so I completed This Other Eden, the first in my Skimmerdale series.

When that was finished, I knew it was time to return to Kearton Bay, but I dabbled with another couple’s storyline before deciding now was the right time to return to Will and Lexi. I tried loads of different things for those two! In the end, I retrieved all those deleted scenes one night and sat looking through the story I’d started so long ago. And it worked! I wondered why I’d decided it wasn’t right, and thought about all that time in between, when it could have been written and out there. But, things are never wasted, and everything happens for a reason. I think maybe I needed to do other things before I tackled this story. Anyway, the upshot of it is, the third Kearton Bay story should be published in September, and I’ll give you more details about it in the next few weeks.

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I can’t resist this fabulously weird programme!

So, having emerged from my writing cave, what did I do first? Well, I’m embarrassed to admit, I caved in (see what I did there?) and got Sky back. I’d cancelled it, determined to do without it because I didn’t have much time to watch television anyway, and I really wasn’t that bothered. Then the rotters only went and announced a new series of Penny Dreadful! Well, I tried to be strong, really I did. But when your workmate is eagerly telling you how fantastic the latest episode was, and what an amazing series it’s shaping up to be, what can you do? I kept saying to my husband, “Shall we get Sky back?” and he kept saying, “No, we said we wouldn’t.” And we’d both sit there, grim-faced as we pretended that it didn’t matter that we could no longer pause, rewind or record anything, or that everything we fancied watching was no longer available to us. Then we got home from work one day, and there was a letter from Sky offering us a deal. Come back for half price for a year. I held up the letter. Husband looked at it. We looked at each other. He said, “Do it.” I grabbed the laptop and that was that. Oh, but Penny Dreadful is worth it!

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Yep, that’s how it felt!

Anyway, I deserved a reward. Not only have I been working very hard on the writing, but I endured a visit to the dentist. And not just any old visit, but an emergency appointment type visit, and we all know what that means! Toothache! A broken tooth and a night of agony was enough to convince me to put my nerves aside and get my behind plonked in that dentist’s chair. In the event, it was a long visit. I have weird roots, apparently, that curve round and hook in the jaw bone and, sadly for me, as the dentist removed the tooth, the straight bit came out but the curved bit snapped and remained wedged inside. It took an hour and a half of desperate chiselling and hacking, three injections, two top-ups, a call for reinforcements, a cut gum, four stitches and two exhausted dentists to finally get that broken root out of there. I left with a face like a hamster, clutching a prescription for antibiotics and a pack of gauze “just in case”, feeling very proud of myself for being so brave. In truth, I can’t say it was painful, because it wasn’t. I was totally numb, and the dentists were absolutely lovely. When the injections wore off…Well, that was another matter! I’m currently doped up on painkillers, which is why this post is probably a long, rambling mess. I may read this in a few days and be horrified. Mind you, it won’t be the first time!

Have a great week. xxx

It’s Publication Day!

This Other Eden ebook cover V4 (1)Yes, it really is, and how am I celebrating? Well, in my usual glamorous fashion, I’m catching up with blogging, emails and (hopefully!) writing this morning, before heading off to the day job. No Champagne or celebration cakes for me. Oh, no. I like to keep things down-to-earth. Ha! Like I have a choice.

To be honest, I’ve been ill all weekend, so the shine has kind of been taken off the whole thing for me. I’ve honestly been too worn-out-headachey-aching-limbs-sore-throat-feeling-sorry-for-myself to think about publication day much. I’m hoping whatever nasty little virus has attacked me this time, clears off pretty sharpish. Mind you, the way this year has been going, it’s only a matter of time before it lets its mates know and the next horde of germs move in. I never seem to be free of them lately.

But enough of this tale of woe. It is publication day, and I’m delighted to say that This Other Eden is now available to buy for Kindle for the bargain price of just £1.99. Fingers crossed, it’s also available to buy in paperback for3773091618_64da64443e_b £9.99, but you’ll have to check that out for yourself. At the time of writing this blog, the paperback hadn’t yet appeared for sale on Amazon, but it shouldn’t be long.

So, if you fancy heading off to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, to spend time with an ageing rock star, a double-crossing politician, a spoilt brat who is angling for her own reality show, an inept journalist, a confused young woman who’s really not herself, and a truly delectable sheep farmer with a more-than-passing resemblance to Aidan Turner, treat yourself to This Other Eden for less than the price of a cappuccino, and enjoy…

Have a great week xx