Category Archives: Writing and Reading

Long Ago, Far Away

From my earliest years as a reader, the Tudor era always fascinated me. I still treasure the golden box set of books about The Wives of Henry VIII that my grandmother left to me. It sits on a shelf alongside Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy and Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes. I don’t … Continue reading Long Ago, Far Away

The Lure of the Timeslip Novel

I’ve been a fan of timeslip novels all my reading life. There are the old favourites from when I was growing up: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, Astercote by Penelope Lively, and later Green Darkness and The House on the Strand. When I discovered Ferney by James Long I was blown away. These … Continue reading The Lure of the Timeslip Novel

Hearts and Flowers for my Readers

The first thing I would like to say is a huge thank you to everyone who has bought, reviewed, tweeted, commented on or emailed me about House of Shadows and given me so much support and encouragement with this, my debut historical romantic mystery. It’s been a very exciting and emotional time for me and … Continue reading Hearts and Flowers for my Readers

When is historical romance not historical romance?

It’s a strange thing but lately I’ve discovered that a lot of the historical romance I enjoyed as a girl turns out not to be historical romance after all. First there were the books of Daphne Du Maurier. I wouldn’t dream of disputing the elements of horror and violence and the dark overtones that, according … Continue reading When is historical romance not historical romance?

Travelling in Time with Midi Berry!

Today it is my very great pleasure to welcome author Midi Berry to the blog! Midi’s debut novel, Nights of the Road, is a  captivating, multi-layered story set in 17th century England and modern day California, crossing time and continents, and exploring the idea of love and reincarnation in satisfying depth.  Nicola : Welcome to the blog, … Continue reading Travelling in Time with Midi Berry!

Saving a Lady on Christmas Eve

A few years ago I wrote a very short story as part of a Christmas celebration on a romance website. Today, as it is Christmas Eve, I thought I would post it up here for anyone who would like to read a little romantic novella – with every best wish for the Christmas Season. Love … Continue reading Saving a Lady on Christmas Eve

An Interview with Alison Stuart

It’s my very great pleasure to welcome Alison Stuart to the blog today! Alison is an award winning author whose latest book, Claiming the Rebel’s Heart is set during the English Civil War. I love reading books set in this time period and I can unreservedly recommend Claiming the Rebel’s Heart as a page-turning and … Continue reading An Interview with Alison Stuart

The Problem with different Time Zones

I’ve now written ten thousand words of my new book, two chapters set in the present, two chapters set in the 17th century and an extract from a diary set in the 19th century. It’s the first time that I have written a parallel time or “time slip” type of book and it’s proving to … Continue reading The Problem with different Time Zones