January 1, 2017
Hoppy New Year!
Morning! I hope you had plenty to to celebrate over the festive season. Although I had a great writing year, it goes without saying that 2016 was a very tough and turbulent one for many people. Like a lot of us, I felt passionately about some of the world events but I had to try and turn off the TV and avoid clicking on every news story.
We went on holiday to Australia in December and I realised, while being away from the media and out among the amazing wildlife, that whether I watched the news or not, nothing changed. So my resolution for 2017 is to do all I can to make a positive change on issues I care about where I can – by signing petitions, lobbying my MP, sharing stories on social media etc – and when I can’t do anything, to focus on my writing.
Will I keep it? You guess!
New books to look forward to
Hurrah! I’ve just finished the final book in the Cornish Cafe series and it’s going off to my editor this coming week. My ed has returned from maternity leave and I’m looking forward to working with her and the fantastic Avon team again. Confetti at the Cornish Cafe is out on May 29th…
I hope to bring you exciting news of new books early this spring and I’ll have some greatnews for fans of my Pippa Croft Oxford Blue series, over the next few weeks.
Thanks to you, my readers, Christmas at the Cornish Cafe peaked at #7 on the Christmas Kindle chart and was number 1 on Kobo for a week. It’s been a source of heartfelt pleasure to me that so many people have enjoyed the story of Demi and Cal so far – and thank you for your fabulous reviews on Amazon and Kobo.
Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to be invited to the Harper Digital Christmas party along with authors from Avon, Harper Impulse, HQ stories and many more. It was a truly happy occasion held at the top of the ‘Baby Shard’ with a glittering theme of silver and blue. Here are a few pictures including one of the Cafe series up in lights..
That’s it for now, I hope that 2017 brings you all you’re wishing and working for. I’ll be back very soon.
Posted by Phillipa @ 9:15 am |
December 14, 2016
Happy Christmas everyone,
I thought I’d better get the good wishes in early!
I’ve been away from the blog, finishing the third book in the Cornish Cafe series and also on holiday to Australia which was totally amazing. We saw kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus and giant lizards in the wild.
But I’m back in time for Christmas and want to say a *huge* and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has read or blogged about Christmas at the Cornish Cafe. You’ve made it an Amazon Top 10 and Number One Kobo best-seller – way beyond my wildest dreams.
As a thank you I’m running a Christmas competition for fans of the series. You can win a goody bag with a glittery green scarf, chocolates and a Santa notepad on my Facebook page.
Good luck and have a very happy holiday season.
Posted by Phillipa @ 9:55 am |
October 26, 2016
Whizzing by as usual to say I’m delighted to report that finally, Christmas at the Cornish Cafe is now available from Amazon USA here. This will be good news to all the people who bought and read the Summer book from Amazon.com and left some fabulous reviews – thank you.
The book’s available in the UK of course, and has been in the KoboTop 5 – and I know many of you love Kobo.
I’m busy writing the final chapters of the first draft of the third Penwith book, Confetti at the Cornish Cafe. It’s not out untl May 29th 2017 which may seem a long way off but I need time to let the first draft ‘cook’ while I go away for a break. Then I can read it with fresh eyes and make any changes before sending it off to my editor in the new year. Of course, there’s a small thing called Christmas happening in between.
Coming soon – competitions and *free* book talk
November is racing towards us and there will be some *fantastic* contests coming up next month. Can’t wait to share them. I’m also going to two book events, the RNA party and a book talk.
So, if you want to join me for coffee, cakes and to hear about the Cornish Cafe series and my writing, come along to Mim’s Cafe near Cannock, Staffs on Thursday November 16th from 7.30pm. Talk and company is free. You only pay for any cakes and drinks you consume.
Bye for now
Posted by Phillipa @ 6:27 am |
October 3, 2016
It’s been a fantastic weekend. I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my debut novel’s publication with a tea party at The Old Slaughterhouse cafe and arts centre in Stratford on Avon on Saturday. Family, friends and fellow authors joined me for a delicious high tea and afterwards at the pub.
Then on Sunday evening, Avon Books unveiled the cover of the third book in the Penwith series – Confetti at the Cornish Cafe. It’s probably my favourite cover *ever* – so pretty and the warm sunset colours leapt out at me when I first saw it. The book is out in June 2017 and I’m about half way through the first draft. 🙂
Before then, I’m doing a Twitter Q&A tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm so please ask me anything and I’ll try to reply within 140 characters.
And there’s still time to enter my Facebook contest to win an exclusive signed book package.
See you soon,
Posted by Phillipa @ 7:09 am |
September 29, 2016
October 6th will be the 10th anniversary of me becoming a published author. It’s been a decade with many highs and some lows. Awards, a movie, book launches, best-sellers – and let’s be honest about a writer’s life: rejections, not-so-best-sellers, the odd unpleasant review or comment. There have been a few times that I’ve regretted ever starting the process and occasionally I told myself I was going to stop writing novels and get a proper job.
And yet… even when I tried to stop, I couldn’t because I loved creating my characters and worlds so much. Now, I’m delighted to say I’m a full-time author and having the best writing year of my life. I’ve finally accepted there will be cycles of success and that I can’t stop writing now: it has me in its grip. I am an author.
I’ve made peace with my writing self and I’m very lucky to be enjoying my work more than ever. 🙂
I would never have got here without the support of my family, author friends, my agent and lately, my editorial team at Avon Maze. Most importantly, I’d definitely not have carried on without the fantastic feedback from book bloggers and readers – you!
If you ever think that authors don’t treasure an email, tweet or Facebook message – it’s not true. Your note to them might be the thing that stops them from giving up that day, or for good. So send it, tweet it, post it – now!
To celebrate the past ten years, I’m running a competition on my Facebook page HERE. You could win a signed copy of Decent Exposure and a proof copy of Christmas at the Cornish Cafe.
Posted by Phillipa @ 5:02 am |