My haunting London romance, Sky Garden, is free September 6-8. It has a slower pace than my paranormal romance novels, so it’s a book you need to be in the mood for.
On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.
A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Edwardian museum, where she waits and watches.
Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old aristocratic family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.
But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in—because some secrets must go to the grave.
Sky Garden is free to celebrate its lovely new cover – and because I like giving away books.
Alchemy Shift is well in hand for its October 27 release. It will be real wrench to leave this book. I want to move in and live with its heroine’s family. The Cosmatos Clan of Astoria, Queens, are awesome!
A woman, her sword, and the were-bear who’ll steal her heart.
2017 is the year I go Old School – that’s the series’ name. Old School introduces a world of secrets, sorcery and seduction. Stay tuned to hear more about the first book in the series: Phoenix Blood, a paranormal romance thriller.
How do you make your porridge?
Perhaps it’s because I’m writing about a were-bear in Alchemy Shift (you know, Goldilocks and all that), but I’m thinking about porridge. How do you make yours? I’m old-fashioned. I put rolled oats and cold water in a saucepan for a few minutes and let them soak. Then it’s a pinch of salt and stir, stir, stir over a moderate heat; adding milk till I get the consistency I like. Maple syrup is yum to serve it with. Otherwise a dash of vanilla essence while it’s cooking and sugar on the top makes it delicious, too.
Now, the big question? Do you add fruit to your porridge? The idea is ugh to me, but if you do, what fruit do you add?
Confession: I tend to eat my porridge for lunch. At breakfast I’m too lazy to make oats. Toast! The only way to start the day.
Best London Mystery
I know that claiming a book as the best London mystery ever is a big call, but Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham is a classic. Set just after World War II it takes place in the infamous smogs of London that the Clean Air Act eliminated (mostly). It’s a thriller with more about characters than gruesomeness and when I first read it years and years ago, it transported me to London in its grimy, emerging-from-war hopefulness. A wonderful book with one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read. Charlie Luke isn’t the hero of the book, but he’s vital, vibrant and all the things I aim my own characters to be. With Margery Allingham as my gold standard, I aim high!
Strong Women Winners
For those of you who entered the Strong Women Giveaway, it closed August 31. Kate and Angel each won the two grand prizes of $1,000. Congratulations!
An Instafreebie Thrill!
Instafreebie is making my steampunk adventure, Clockwork Gold, a feature book tomorrow. I’m so thrilled. If you haven’t grabbed your copy, it’s free right now.
I caught up with my critique partner at our favourite beach cafe yesterday. The weather was brilliant. The sun was warm, the wind fresh (a polite way to describe blustery) and it blew away my hayfever. It’s wonderful to chat and laugh with someone who gets our weirdest thoughts, isn’t it? The photos below are the Indian Ocean rolling in.