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Stress level critical…

20180423_121300The stress levels over the move are going through the roof. My own contracts are signed on both sale and purchase but my buyers have been using the same reason for three weeks as to why nothing i happening on their side.

I’m told “it takes time” and “nothing happens quickly in the west country”.

I’m attempting (with not much success) to remain zen and concentrate on the colours for the new apartment. I think I’ve settled on heartwood and almost oyster for the bedroom. Almost.

Interior decorating…

20180423_115633I have chosen the material for the curtains for the living room – slightly limited colourwise by the sofa and armchairs, but the dark blue is a perfect match and I do love those seed heads.

Earlier in the month I spent a long weekend in Kent on a writer’s retreat with friends. We all worked incredibly hard and I managed to get the book I started back in August up and running again, with actual words written.

Work and play…

20180412_162254I went from Kent to spend a week with my daughter and her family.. She takes the view that because my new apartment has a catflap it would be rude not to get a cat. Meanwhile I played with hers.

I have two trips planned between now and then; Center Parc with the grandchildren in June just for fun and, because The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess has been nominated for a Rita, I’ll be flying to Denver for the Romance Writers of America conference in July  Oh, and, with any luck, throw a move into that mix and with the book due on my editor’s desk at the end of July you’ll see that I need to focus.

Meanwhile the boxes are piling up as I pack away stuff I won’t see for a couple of months and I’ve been downsizing my clutter with the help of eBay and the local charity shops,

Reading…

51rny9pcQ+L._SY346_I’ve been trying the odd audiobook and started with  The Chilbury Ladies Choir which is set in a wartime English village. I know the clipped 1940s English accents are authentic, but I found them a little distracting and just a bit overdone, but loved the story. I also listened to the latest Ellie Griffiths, Ruth Galloway Mystery, The Dark Angel. U really love this series but found I was not as engaged by the audio book as I was reading. I became too easily distracted, and once or twice I feel asleep! I also read Teri Wilson’s The Princess Problem, published by Cherish in the UK, which had everything you’d want from a romance.

Finally, just a reminder that Jessica Hart’s The Baronet’s Wedding Engagement is still #free to download. It’s part of the #royalweddinginvitation series written by Sophie Weston, Jessica, myself and Anne McAllister for Tule.

Royal Wedding Invitations

 

 

 

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Royal Wedding Invitations

 

a1b54294e9a74f055787892cf844cca6When Sophie Weston, Jessica Hart (Pamela Hartshorne), Anne McAllister and I looked around for a setting for our fictional Cotswold village for our Invitation to a Royal Wedding quartet, I immediately  thought of Castle Combe – the prettiest village in England. Allegedly. (Other villages are also extremely pretty!)

I’d had lunch at the Manor House Hotel with the Bath and Wiltshire Romantic Novelists’ Association chapter when Jill Mansell gave a talk there.

She’d used the hotel in her book, Daisy’s Place and I knew it would work very well for Hasebury Hall, the childhood home of Hope Kennard, Sophie’s heroine (The Prince’s Bride).

Sophie, Jessica, Anne and I had a day out walking the ground of “our” village on a gloriously sunny spring day and had a wonderful lunch there, purely in the necessity of research, you understand. Research is not all about surfing the ‘net and dusty libraries!

Jessica, who’d been the first out of the traps with a draft ms, had named the church  where the wedding was to take place St Philip and All Angels and when we went into the beautiful church in Castle Combe, one of the first things we saw was this array of angels on either side of the aisle.

One of those spine-tingly magic moments for a writer.

We found a suitably ancient monument where our bride’s ancestor would have been laid to rest and imagined a stained glass window bearing his coat of arms,

There was some discussion about the differences between a US wedding and one taking place in the UK – the bridesmaids follow the bride in the UK. The fact that the bride and groom (and their witnesses) disappear into the vestry after the service to sign the register. Details that may not be used but are important to know.

We walked around the churchyard, working out the where the television people would put their cherry picker – my heroine’s concern – and, because that’s what you can do when you’ve created your own location, we turned it around so that the heroine, walking from her family home, would not have to walk all around the graveyard.

There were other important locations. This is the market cross, Ally’s home, and the Three Bells where Ally was working when Fredrik arrived unexpectedly.

Actually the pub isn’t in Castle Combe but in the equally pretty village of  Lacock and is the pub where our local Romantic Novelists’ Chapter meet for supper once in a while.

And the last picture refers to something that our village and Castle Combe have in common. They are both used as locations for films and tv dramas.

Castle Combe was recently used in the film War Horse.

 

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