Carol Thomas and I both write for Choc Lit Publishing and/or their imprint Ruby Publishing. My latest novel Summer at Lucerne Lodge will be published on 20 April 2021 and Carol’s A Summer of Second Chances is out on 27 April 2021 just a week later. We both have lovely shiny new covers with large houses on them too, so I decided that we are publishing month twins!
I first met Carol at a Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference held in Leeds in July 2018 and we became firm friends. Here is a picture from that conference of the two of us and fellow Apricot Plots’ member, Angela Barton.
A year later, Carol and I took advantage of the fact that my husband had a flat in Dublin when he was working there for a while. Hubby flew home to look after my dog and son and we flew to Dublin for a writing weekend.
I thought I’d tell you about our new books, so here goes:
Could a beautiful old house and a handsome stranger hold the key to a life-changing secret?
Rosie Phillips could be forgiven for not being immediately won over by Tanner Bryant. After all, their first meeting involves him knocking a tray of prawn cocktail over her very expensive dress at a charity event in the grounds of Lucerne Lodge.
But little does Rosie know how pivotal that awkward first meeting will be, or how the Lodge will become the unexpected backdrop for a summer spent finding out who she really is, and who she could be …
Does first love deserve a second chance?
Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.
But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?
Carol Thomas will feature on my blog on 5 May 2021.