I was at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and took some photos of the fashions they have displayed.
I wish they had more to look at but they only had a couple of dresses of each era.
These Edwardian dresses are of the style in my books set in this era such as Southern Sons and another book yet to be published.
Been deep in research for the current novel I'm writing which is set in York. I've bought some books to help in getting the feel of the city again, as it's been a while since I wrote my last book set in York (for those interested Kitty McKenzie and Aurora's Pride are set in York). It's so lovely to be writing in the Victorian era again, after a few books set in WWI.
I've been studying old maps which is so helpful to figure out where my characters would live and the areas they would shop and socialise.
This novel heavily features the poorer areas of the city, and it's been fascinating reading about workhouses and the slum areas. York is a beautiful city full of history and I enjoy going there and walking the streets, and now I have the perfect excuse to keep going there - for research of course!
My contemporary romance, Long Distance Love has received a new cover, which I feel suits it so much better.
It's available in paperback and ebook.
Blurb: Can one delicious summer affair be enough to keep them together? Fleur Stanthorpe, an Australian, arrives in Whitby, England to live out a dream after surviving cancer. She's to open a bookshop cafe? and experience the English way of life for the summer before returning home and settling down. Only she hasn't counted on meeting gorgeous Irishman, Patrick Donnelly. Their attraction is instant, their goals a world apart. He is looking for a solid relationship for the first time since his divorce five years ago. She is having her last fling at freedom before returning home to family and responsibilities. Their problems are more than surviving a hot summer of romance, but wondering what will happen when the summer draws to an end and Fleur returns to the other side of the world.
Hooked on You is my first contemporary 'chick lit' novel that was first published in 2009.
I loved writing this book as it was a different genre to my normal historical novels. I enjoyed the different pace and the funny aspects of my female character, Katie, she came into my head and seemed like a best friend from the start. She funny and modern and very honest about herself.
I hope you enjoy her story, which of course doesn't run too smoothly, but then, what in life ever does?
Hi, I’m Katie Edwards, 28 and single and living the life, that is until a few incidents occur which changes things. You’ll love Hooked On You and reading about my little adventure in finding true love and all that.
After leaving a leech of a boss, who enjoyed putting the personal in personal assistant, my best friend in the whole world, Joanna, tells me of a job vacancy as a PA at a sports magazine. So, I zip along, having to take the dreaded London tube, to the interview, and then later I meet Joanna at a bar in the middle of the city to discuss the chances of me actually getting the job.
Anyway, after a night out on the town, getting thoroughly smashed, I wake up the next morning still wearing my office clothes from the previous day and suffering a hangover of gigantic proportions. The phone rings. I’ve somehow managed to get the new job.
Well, I’d have celebrated if the drum in my head stopped pounding.
Now I work for a Mr Liam Kennedy, a sports freak, and I don’t even like sports. I don’t go to the gym, I don’t go on skiing holidays and the only time I run is when I’m chasing a bus, even then I soon stop and wave for a taxi. My job is to make his life smoother as he travels around trying out new sports equipment, interviewing celebrity athletes, reporting new sport crazes, etc. I’m supposed to book his hotels, find future people or companies to interview, etc, all very boring really and typical PA stuff. I can do that with my eyes shut.
At the moment, Mr Kennedy is in Cumbria, Northern England. I arrive at the hotel and have a fortifying drink in the bar while I wait to meet my new boss. Only, when I do, well, what can I say, he’s simply sex on wheels, the kind that model for men’s clothing in catalogues. Yummy!! I always wanted to work for a sexy boss, but really, you need to be careful what you wish for, because sexy bosses are a hazard to the heart. Before I could say hello, I’d fallen in lust with him.
Great. Terrific start.
Mr Kennedy, Liam, is totally drool-worthy and as we have dinner I find that I’m mesmerised and alarmed by my attraction to him. How could I work in a professional manner when all I want to do is hop into his bed? Difficult dilemma, I grant you.
By the end of the week, and let me tell you what a week it was, after fishing, we went mountain hiking and then horse riding, and I was sure Liam was either trying to kill me or enter me in the next Olympic games. Anyway, I realised lust has turned into love. Brilliant.
Ever been in love with your boss?
It stinks. Don’t do it, ever!
When Liam travels to Cornwall to see his sick grandmother, I’m told to return home and wait for Liam to contact me. For a whole week I’m in my tiny flat near Kensington miserable and in a quandary. Should I keep working for Liam and hope my feelings will go away, or do I quit and forget him?
Liam calls the following morning, while Joanna and I are having a heart to heart talk. I’m thinking I need to quit working for Liam before I make a fool out of myself. He asks me to come to Cornwall and we’ll work from there while his Gran is sick. Should I go or should I stay?
Cornwall is lovely, Liam’s Mum is lovely, everything is lovely, but I’m sick with despair, as I know Liam is ‘the one’ for me. Does he feel the same way though?
What should I do? Help!
Kisses, Katie. xx
Hooked on You is available in ebook & paperback from all outlets.
Sometimes, as much as we try, not all covers work for certain books. I found this with Broken Hero, my World War II story.
I felt the previous cover didn't reflect the genre & era very well. So a change had to happen. Below is the new cover, which I feel is so much better. The woman on the front cover is 'Audrey' the main character in the novel. She works really well.
The new cover will be 'live' online this week, but the print version will be a little longer, but hopefully changed before the end of the month.