Thursday 1 December 2011
A Sprig of Broom
My latest novel A Sprig of Broom is published today in e-book form initially, at www.whiskeycreekpress.com. I say my latest book but really this is an old book with a new cover. It is in fact the first novel I ever had published. Published by Robert Hale Limited, in hardback, this medieval romance was the culmination of much research and many visits to the wonderful Middleham. John and I used to spend a lot of time there and in the Harlech area. The latter was my inspiration for Lord Llanaber's castle and lands. I loved it there and still do and I think it is this love that persuaded my heroine, Cecily Hadfield, that this was indeed a magical land.
A lot of water has gone under my bridge since this novel was published. I swopped genres going onto write contemporary and romantic suspense, as well as historical romance. The first day we heard that this novel had been accepted John and I drank champagne, and ever after he always bought me a bottle of champagne when I had a Hale novel accepted. Happy days, and, I am happy to say, many bottles littered our kitchen.
I wanted to publish this novel again because twenty two months ago I lost John. I guess I wanted to relive those happy days. Today I am not drinking champagne, I am just doing mundane things but somewhere deep inside my heart is singing. Lady Cecily has to learn to sing again too, and to a very different tune. She succeeded, I think I will too...