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The Hour Before Dawn

The Hour Before Dawn

The Hour Before Dawn is a book very close to my heart. It is one of those rare books that wrote itself… It is on a special promotion for  the whole of September for 99p ‘A rich multi-generational sage set in Singapore and New Zealand. The mysterious diappearance of a young child sets in motion …

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Lockdown Blog

Lockdown Blog

      Come Away With Me was the last of six books that I wrote while I renovated a tiny listed cottage in a coastal village where this book is set. I only have to glance at the cover and the air is full of the lilting sound of waders out on the mudflats …

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has made me think about the women in my life both past and present. I think we take female friendship for granted when we are young.  We know our social group will change.  People move away, get married, divorced, have babies, but the ones that are special will stay somewhere in our …

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Magnolia and Military Wives

Magnolia and Military Wives

      The film Military Wives comes out this weekend and I can’t wait to see it. When the first Military Wives Choir was formed by Gareth Malone it felt especially poignant as someone close to me was doing a six month tour in Afghanistan. In the strange timing of things, I am on …

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The Sultanate of Oman

The Sultanate of Oman

When I was living in Pakistan and writing In a Kingdom by the Sea, I was lucky enough to travel to Oman. The Sultanate of Oman is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. I would love to say that I trekked through the Arabian deserts or went on a wild jeep safari looking for …

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Promoting

Promoting

      Promoting your own book is definitely a skill that needs imagination and practice. I know I have touched on this subject before, but it is such a necessary part of selling  a book. It is a fine and narrow line between needing to keep your book out there in the public eye and …

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Karachi

Karachi

This is the pool in the ‘real’ hotel where I set and wrote my book. I had a small table under the trees in the shade where I wrote each day. The wonderful staff would bring me breakfast in the deserted garden and I would write, and melt, and swim. Even in the shade  it …

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Summer Reads

Summer Reads

A shocking letter, a devastating secret. Gabby is transported back to her childhood home on the Cornish coast as her new life in Karachi unravels. #InAKingdomByTheSea by @MacDonaldSara is 99p: http://smarturl.it/KingdomByTheSeaEB…

Publication Day, holidays and promotions…

Publication Day, holidays and promotions…

Publication Day for In a Kingdom by the Sea is coming right up! Tomorrow the 25th of July, my paperback officially comes out although it has been on Kindle as a special offer all July. There are so many new books being published that it seems a lottery that someone should choose to buy my …

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July thoughts

July thoughts

This is the world I walk in  at the beginning and end of each day. Whatever happens during the day slips away. Against the backdrop of nature problems assume a perspective.  Within this, I am just a speck. All this will still be here long after I have departed. People ask me why I return …

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