the week after

Now that the release is out (in both the UK and US) I hope you’re all enjoying Scarlet.

In the meantime, here are a couple of links to essays/questions which I was asked.

Reimagining the Scarlet Pimpernel – a short essay for –

Some questions about the researching, writing and editing process –

In the meantime, I’ve turned in the first draft of book two, and am waiting for editing notes on that. I’ve seen the proposed UK cover for book two, and it’s gorgeous. You’ll love it. I’ve also started writing the first draft of book 3, though so far I’m only in the prologue . . .

(No rest for the wicked. Or for authors. Or both.)

Scarlet – UK release!

SCARLET has now also been released in the UK. Many thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy.

(In case you haven’t, you can find it at …)

Back to work tomorrow, and it’ll be a sad comedown from the US and UK releases, and at least a year to go till the next one. Ah well.

Still, I have the Eurovision Song Contest to console me, with the final on Saturday night. It was the second semifinal tonight, and I particularly enjoyed all three of these songs, all of which got through to the final.

Austria – Teya & Salena – Who The Hell Is Edgar? –

Australia – Voyager – Promise –

Poland – Blanka – Solo –

Take care and stay safe, and happy reading.

Scarlet – US release!

Scarlet is now released in the US. Thank you to everyone who’s bought it – I hope you enjoy it!

(link for anyone who hasn’t yet got it and wants to, she says hopefully – )

There’s a very nice review of it here from the Historical Society:

And a Q&A I did for Nerd Daily:

2 more days, and it’ll be out in the UK as well!

On a completely different note, I’ve just been watching the first Eurovision Song Contest semifinal (yes, I love Eurovision) and all four of the songs I like got through, so I can look forward to hearing them again at the final. Excellent!

Norway: Alessandra – Queen Of Kings –

Portugal: Mimicat – Ai Coração –

Moldova: Pasha Parfeni – Soarele Si Luna –

Czechia: Vesna – My Sister’s Crown –

SCARLET on the horizon

Only a few days to go till the release of Scarlet – 6 days till the US release (on the 9th of May) and 8 days till the UK release (on the 11th of May). Can I say that makes it a week on average?

I’ve just handed in the draft of Book 2 (yes, it has a title, and I’ll share it as soon as I can) to my publishers. Soon enough I’ll get it back with red ink all over it, but for the moment I’m having a few days away from the Scarlet Pimpernel and all his friends. (Unfortunately I don’t get any days off the day job, but that’s life.)

Upcoming coronation in the UK. My feelings about our royalty are – well, rather mixed, and I certainly won’t be swearing allegiance or joining in any great cry of acclamation, but I will be watching it, if only for useful background detail. After all, what if I want to write a future heist set during a coronation, or something similar? Vitally important research. And the coronation music should be good.

And then there’s the Eurovision Song Contest next week, which I will definitely be watching.

I’ll also be attending the Cymera convention in Edinburgh during the first weekend in June. I went last year, and it was excellent.

Finally, if you feel like following me on Bookbub, the link’s here – – and I’m selfishly motivated to ask you to do it, because I understand that the more followers I have there, the more cool publicity I get.