Month: August 2015

The Tour Begins

P1000108It’s been a busy few weeks with the launch of Mistress of the Court and the start of my Waterstones tour. Henrietta and Caroline got off to a cracking start with my signing at Bury St Edmund’s and a party for my family and friends at the beautiful historic Tymperley’s tea rooms.

I’ve guest posted on the English Historical Fiction Authors site about Marble Hill , where both Henrietta Howard and Maria Fitzherbert lived. I was also delighted to have my first magazine article appear in Historical Novels Review, the magazine for members of the Historical Novel Society. Hopefully my Hanoverian battle cry will inspire more readers to explore this amazing dynasty. For my own part, I’m deep in research for my next two novels, which will focus on Maria Fitzherbert and Caroline of Brunswick. The working titles are Queen of Tides (Maria) and Queen of Misrule (Caroline).

IMGYesterday I attended a talk by Philippa Gregory at the National Theatre, where she spoke about her latest novel The Taming of the Queen, centering on Katherine Parr. It sounds interesting and I will be keen to see how it compares to Elizabeth Fremantle’s Queen’s Gambit, which I adored. However, while The Taming of the Queen is still in hardback at £20, you might want to keep yourselves busy reading Mistress of the Court to fill the time until it comes out in paperback 😉 I will be signing copies at Waterstones Colchester from 12 noon on 15 August and at Waterstones Chelmsford from 11.30 to 1pm on 29 August. See you there!

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Launch Day!

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Raise a glass of virtual champagne, it’s publication day! Mistress of the Court is out in UK paperback now.

There are plenty of exciting offers to kick off the launch. If you missed the Goodreads giveaway that closed today, do not fear. My publisher is offering a special pre-order price on the Kindle edition, which comes out on 25 September 2015. You can reserve yours now for just £1.99 ($3.10 US, $4.99 AUS). The price will go up after publication, so make sure you lock into this deal.

For UK readers, I’m delighted to announce I will be signing at Waterstones Bury St Edmunds on 8 August 2015 between 10:00 and 12:00 and Waterstones Colchester on 15 August 2015 between 12:00 and 13:00. The staff are wonderful and both shops are lovely, so please do come along and see us. If you can’t make it in person, they can take your reservation over the phone and post a signed copy to you.

Mistress of the Court will also be going on its own virtual blog tour with TLC. Watch this space for reviews and more!