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Life update: In which I have some sad news


I’m so sorry to say I’m starting this newsletter with some horrible news.

Sadly we lost our beautiful Luna last week. She was found by our neighbours after being hit by a car. We rushed her to the vets but unfortunately there was nothing they could do.

She was only two, and such a lovely, sweet-natured cat. She came to us from the local animal rescue centre during lockdown and the moment she arrived she stole our hearts. We still can’t believe she’s gone, to be honest. The house certainly feels very empty without her.

Book news seems a bit inconsequential after that. But at least writing is a distraction when life throws you a curveball.

I finished Book #6 last week, three months and three weeks after I started it, which is pretty good going for me, as I’m not the fastest of writers.

It has been, hand on heart, my favourite book to write so far. I first had the idea for it before I wrote The Invite but put it to one side because I couldn’t work out how I could make the story work. And then, earlier this year, I had a eureka moment and everything fell into place. After that it was (almost) a pleasure to write. I don’t have a publication date at the moment, but I do have some very exciting news about the book that I can’t share with you just yet. Stay tuned and hopefully I’ll be able to spill the beans before too long.

Today is publication day for the audiobook of The Invite.

The audiobook, which has been produced by the UK’s leading audiobook publisher, WF Howes, stars Antonia Beamish as Tara, Helen Phillips as Elle and Megan, Deirdra Whelan as Claire and Lizzie, and Andy Cresswell as Jackson Lennox.

You can listen to a sample here. And if you still haven't read the book but would like to check it out, the links are below.

The Invite now has more than 2,000 ratings and reviews on Amazon both sides of the Atlantic, which is pretty cool. If you have read the book and have time to pop a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads I’d be so grateful. Reviews really do help other readers discover my books.

This week I have been proofreading Adrian’s new book, The Lottery Winners, and I have to say I’m totally hooked.

It follows the rollercoaster ride of young couple Jade and Callum, who scoop a massive win on the lottery.

Jade thinks all her troubles are over, but this is a psychological thriller, so nothing could be further from the truth.

And when they’re approached by a desperate stranger begging for help, they discover the cost of their newfound fortune might be more than they’re willing to pay....

The book is due out on 1 July 2023, but you can pre-order it now at the special launch price of 99p/99c.

That’s all from me for now.

Happy reading!


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