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.

a chance to win SCARLET

Just a month and a half (or less) to go until the release of SCARLET, and I’m climbing the walls with nerves – or at least, I would be if I wasn’t preoccupied with trying to write book 2 . . .

In the meantime, if you’d like a chance to win a copy, follow me on BookBub. The winner will be selected at random on April 2 and announced on April 3. Get your name down now for a chance at adventure, excitement, Revolution, and blood!

(US only. Sorry.)


In other news, things are fairly quiet here – the weather’s grey, cool and wet (though I’m assured we need rain, it’s never much fun to get rained on) and the day job is grinding away. From time to time I do think how nice it would be to go over to writing full-time, but then I remember the uncertainty of a writer’s career and money, and how much I like having a regular pay packet and an eventual pension. Life is as it is.

I’ve been enjoying myself watching videos by Overly Sarcastic Productions on youtube – the JOURNEY TO THE WEST ones in particular, but others too. Check them out at .

There will probably be more frequent posts (apologies for how slack I am!) as we approach Release Dates for SCARLET and I do various publicity things, answer questions, etc. I’ll try to post links to them here. Stay tuned.

Enchanted Reads sweepstake

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I’m extremely proud to have my upcoming book SCARLET included in this sweepstake! (US only, sorry.)

The Burning Page on BookBub

Just a quick note to say that The Burning Page ebook is currently just $1.99 via BookBub, for the next few days. Check it out at – though of course, if you already have it, I can only compliment your good taste.

Other than that, things are quiet, life is busy, the weather is cool and grey, and I’m looking forward to the Spring Quilt Festival in Harrogate next week. I’ll be trying not to bring home too much new fabric, as heaven knows I’ve already got way too much in my stash, but you know how these things go . . .

Canadian news!

Calling all Canadian readers! I’m excited to share that SCARLET has been included in @chaptersindigo’s Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books offer, running this week only. Until February 5, you can get 30% off when you pre-order online.

Check it out here:

back in the jug agane

The holidays are over, and I’m back to working on book 2 in the Scarlet Revolution trilogy, and undergoing the normal torments of nerves while waiting for book 1 (SCARLET) to come out.

Incidentally, if you want to follow me on Bookbub and catch any upcoming alerts here, here’s a link:

(I’m told I get free promotion benefits if I have multiple followers there, so in the interests of growing more readers, I will shamelessly suggest that you check it out.)

(Oh, and if anyone’s curious about the title of this blog, I have fond memories of all the Molesworth books by Willans and Searle…)

Scarlet – US cover reveal

And I’m now delighted to be able to share the US cover for SCARLET, which is also scheduled to be released in the US in May 2023.

As they say – vampires bite back . . .