Meet the author: Nicola K Smith, author of A Degree of Uncertainty, on sharing a sofa with Springsteen


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Fish, Falmouth and BBC radio series, The Archers – the world’s longest running soap opera – are just some of the favourite things of Nicola K Smith, author of Cornish-set novel, A Degree of Uncertainty.

Find out why she also likes Daphne Du Maurier, Watership Down and Donna Tartt.

And why she’d like to share a night on the sofa with Bruce Springsteen.

Just don’t ask what’s in her handbag…

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Meet the author: Why The Cure author Patricia Bowen won’t share her guilty secret…


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Author Patricia Bowen, who’s just published her first novel The Cure, can finally see the wood for the trees.

After 25 years living in the woods – her Twitter handle is @WoodsgalWrites – she’s now moved into a cosy townhouse with lots of time and space to write.

Just don’t ask her to share her guilty secret… Continue reading

Read an extract: Rocks and Flowers in a Box (Lorna & Tristan Series #2)


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Here’s what the blurb says about Rocks and Flowers in a Box, book two in Cynthia Hilston’s Lorna and Tristan series:

The wedding bells for Lorna and Tristan Blake toll doom right as the honeymoon begins with an unexpected turn in Tristan’s health.

While World War II winds down, Lorna receives a letter from the War Department informing her that the brother she thought killed in action is still alive.

She’s overjoyed, but his return will dredge up a devastating secret about their parents’ tragic death – a secret that could destroy her new marriage and threaten her husband’s physical and mental well-being. Continue reading

Review: MA Comley delivers a nail-biting finish in Criminal Actions, new addition to the Hero crime series


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Surprise is the word that best sums up my reaction to Criminal Actions, fifth book in the DI Hero Nelson crime series by NY Times and USA Today best-selling author MA Comley.

It was altogether darker and more twisted and nastier than expected.

Does that matter?

That’s a toughie.

A crime novel is, by definition, about horrible things happening to people. And I’ve read lots of other thrillers where the body count and the violence ratio has been much higher.

Somehow, though, based on reviews I’ve read elsewhere about other books by Comley, I’d expected something a little more cozy – not a description that, in any shape or form, could be applied to Criminal Actions, which explores some very dark themes. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Ten memorable moments from the last decade


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First, a confession: this list is a steal – an idea borrowed from my friends John Jackson and Paul Smith, who recently posted similar records of achievement on Facebook.

It seemed such a lovely thing to do – so here, in no particular order, are my top ten moments from 2010-2020:

Meeting my granddaughter Iris for the first time

Sorry, I lied: this is definitely number one on my list.

Iris has enriched my life in ways I could never imagine, and it’s been an unexpected delight to watch my eldest daughter, Megan, blossom as a mum.

Travelling Down Under to visit my youngest daughter, Annie, during her gap year-and-a-half in Australia

Next time, I’ll fly business class and stay for longer than four weeks, but in all other respects, it was a wonderful holiday – although saying goodbye to Annie at the end of the trip was heart-breaking. Continue reading

Review: Julie Butterfield cooks up a heart-warming rom-com with Eve’s Christmas



It’s the time of year when even the most uncommitted Earth-Mother type begins to feel a bit stressed about making sure everything is nice for Christmas.

But few of us would go to the lengths of Eve Crowther, title character of Julie Butterfield’s seasonal romantic comedy Eve’s Christmas, who’s decided she needs to inject a little sparkle into the family’s usual laid back and slightly shabby holiday.

Of course, it’s no coincidence Eve’s change of heart coincides with a visit from husband Richard’s oldest friend, Abby, who, newly single, has decided to spend ALL twelve days of Christmas with the Crowthers. Continue reading

Review: Lucy Mathers Goes Back to Work is a chuckle-filled page turner



It’s not often you meet a book character and think: ‘Oh, I’ve walked in your shoes.’

Well, not the sky-high ones favoured by Lucy Mathers, in Julie Butterfield’s delightful romantic comedy Lucy Mathers Goes Back to Work.

But, in all other respects, Lucy – her separation anxiety, her professional insecurities and general just-about-coping-ness – could have been me.

And, probably, every other woman returning to work after children.

Poor old Lucy doesn’t even want to go back to her old job at Simcock & Bright, where she was once the golden girl.

She’s perfectly happy being a stay-at-home mum and doesn’t regret swapping her Louboutins and high profile clients for rabbit slippers and spending her day making crustless sandwiches for her two adorable children.

But, when her when her husband is suddenly made redundant, there’s panic in the Mathers’ household.

With a mortgage the size of the national debt and a credit card balance that’s in danger of toppling, Lucy reluctantly decides she must return to work. Continue reading

News: Happy book birthday to A Forgiven Friend, final novel in our FRIENDS trilogy



Birthdays are always great fun – and there’s no fun like a book birthday.

It’s publication day for our third novel A Forgiven Friend – the final instalment in our FRIENDS series.

It continues the story of best friends Teri Meyer and Lee Harper as they juggle work, life and love – usually with a glass of wine or a cup of weak Earl Grey tea to hand. Or ‘gnat’s piss’ as Teri usually describes it.

For an exclusive peek at what happens next head over to BookWorms Corner Blog Spot for an exclusive extract.

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Meet  the author: Outreach author Shelly Berry shares a guilty secret…


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Photo credit: Bianca Kirby.

Find out why author Shelly Berry is grateful she never acted on an office crush and how the experience inspired the plot of her new novel Outreach.

Also learn why her days as a girl guide mean she always likes to ‘Be Prepared’ and why she’s worrying about moving house.

And don’t miss out on a chance (UK entrants only) to win a paperback copy of Outreach. Continue reading

News: Our books – introducing our five titles


Our third novel was published in 2019 – A Forgiven Friend, the final book in our FRIENDS trilogy.

We have now written five books together – three novels and two journalism textbooks – and the thrill, and trepidation, of sending each book into the world has always been just as intense whether it’s the first or the fifth.

It’s quite a few years since we first started writing together when we were both teaching journalism to higher education students. Me at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity. Continue reading