Christmas Newsletter




Hi Readers,

You might be wondering why the author newsletter has changed. Unfortunately, the site I was using has now decided to charge for its services, which is a shame as I loved the set up there.

cover-wwIt’s been a great few weeks for me with regards to my new release, The Workhouse Waif. It’s selling really well and at one point actually reached number one of the bestseller list in Amazon Kindle Victorian Historical Romance and it’s remained in the top three ever since! I cracked open a couple of bottles of bubbly with friends recently to celebrate. It’s not everyday a book of mine knocks a well known book off the top slot! The book in question was ‘Victoria’ by Daisy Goodwin and released to run alongside the TV series of the same name. So I was well chuffed with that!

The Workhouse Waif is available here:

I’ve got a great interview for you this month with author Joy Wood. I’m in the middle of reading Joy’s great book, Knight & Dey at the moment and loving it! It’s got everything: Mystery, seduction and plenty of surprises with the plot twists here and there!

I’ve got a couple of Christmas novellas available at the moment. ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is a chick-lit style festive story and ‘Midnight Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ is about a young woman who makes a midnight wish whilst shaking a snow globe. I had a blast writing both books.

Despite the change to the format, I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful New Year 2017!





I’ve always loved the many facets of the English Language. At school, my favourite lesson was English Literature. I used to read a specific story, imagine I’d written it and then formulate a different ending. Delighted with my own efforts, I’m not so sure the renowned authors’ would have appreciated my slant on their work.

Poetry was a particular favourite of mine, and I’d use any excuse to dabble. I trained as a nurse, and whenever I left a period of employment such as working on a ward or in an operating theatre, I would leave behind a witty poem about my colleagues, turning them into humorous characters, which were always well received.

I progressed to consumer competitions, and enjoyed a significant amount of success writing slogans. Nothing would please me more than to receive a long white envelope through the post, announcing a prize I’d won for an innovative slogan. I was very lucky with most of the prizes, although a runner up reward of a year’s supply of dog food wasn’t the best prize, especially when I didn’t have a dog!

I once wrote a simple romantic story for a competition run by a clothing catalogue. I did the usual, boy meets girl, conflict between the two of them which was eventually resolved, and they both lived happily ever after. However, I featured the male and female characters wearing brand names of outfits from the catalogue range, and used appealing descriptive phrases about the garments. To my amazement, I was rewarded by winning first prize of an all-inclusive holiday.

Even though I knew that the reference to the catalogue clothing range most probably sealed the win, it gave me the encouragement to try my hand at actually writing a romance novel. Two years ago, I moved with my husband to Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire. Watching the tide turn daily, gave me the idea for the story, ‘For the Love of Emily’. I would develop the characters in my head, and create the chapters on my laptop when I returned home. Although this story is now finished, I still have plenty of ideas still whirling around in my brain, yet to be sealed in ink.

You can purchase Joy’s book here!



Today, I heard of the sad death of Greg Lake. He wrote my favourite Christmas song of all time called, I Believe in Father Christmas. There have been many interpretations of the lyrics to this song over the years, some believe it’s to do with the commercialisation of Christmas, others that it’s an anti Christmas song. Though it’s not, apparently.

Greg Lake (singer, guitarist, co-writer, co-producer): I wrote it in my house in west London. I’d tuned the bottom string on my guitar from E down to D and got this cascading riff that you hear on the record. But I couldn’t really place what the song was about. I was out driving one day and it was playing on my mind, and, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that the tune of “Jingle Bells” fitted over it. And I thought, ‘Ah… I wonder if this could be a song about Christmas?’ At the same time, I was working with Pete Sinfield on my solo side of the Works album, and I said to Pete, “I’ve been working on this melodic idea. It could be a Christmas song.”

Peter Sinfield (co-writer, co-producer): No. I remember him playing the riff and me saying it sounds like a Christmas song. Him saying it was not the sort of thing he would do. It’s out of character. Not that it matters. It’s quite amusing that there are two egos here, both of which might supersede the truth.

Lake: I think it was Pete that came up with the line, “The Christmas you get, you deserve”. And off we went.

I love this version Greg Lake recorded with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull back in 2011. Recorded at St. Bride’s Church in Fleet Street, London:



A beautiful seasonal song from Ron Ryan. I’ve featured several of Ron’s songs in my newsletter lately. He wrote hits for the Dave Clark Five. This one is called, My Christmas Wish. Hope you enjoy it.





There’s a tradition in my house, and there has been for many years, of making Christmas biscuits on the run up to Christmas on the same day we put up the tree. As well as making the biscuits we often drink mugs of hot chocolate made with real chocolate. Here’s a lovely recipe I often use:


Next edition: January 2016


2 thoughts on “Christmas Newsletter

  1. Another great newsletter.Interesting interview with the author Joy Wood. A beautiful song by Gregg Lake, Who had now sadly died, and of course, another lovely song sang by Ron Ryan.If this wasn’t enough,we also had a lovely traditional recipe for Christmas biscuits.

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