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book of the week - Rowan Coleman's Happy Home for Broken Hearts
7 July 2017

It is always a pleasure when one of my top 10 authors releases a new audiobook. Not only is Julie Cohens book out at the end of the month, but Rowan Coleman is releasing her new one too. So in the run up, I got one of her previous novels, now on audiobook. And I am loving it at the moment. All about a widowed mum who turns her life around by taking in interesting lodgers! How funny given my short story was about a lodger :-) (You can read it if you missed it, it's free, click here.)

Rowan has published some heartrending tales, usually with characters that are not only larger-than-life, there is always an aspect of their character that makes them very interesting. She is a master in getting you to care about their ups and downs, so I was looking forward to this one. And it's great! It's one of those that makes me want to get back in my car so I can listen to a bit more! I always do long journeys, you see, and these stories are my lifeline.

"Once upon a time, Ellie had her 'happily ever after' moment when she married her beloved Nick. But 15 years later, her husband's tragic death leaves her alone with their son and facing a mountain of debt. On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellie decides to rent out some rooms. And all too soon, the indomitable Allegra, estranged Sabine on secondment from Berlin and lads' mag aficionado Matt enter her ordered but fragile existence - each with their own messy life in tow. Ellie finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live - and love - again. Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all...."

Get it on Amazon here

 Having just finished this book, I found that I was very impressed with yet another layer of writing I didn't see coming. There is a little aspect to the plot I could not have predicted, which gradually emerged within the tale rather than being flagged up early in neon lights as some authors do. Well done Rowan - another winner as far as I am concerned. 

And watch out soon for Rowan's new book - 'the summer of Impossible Things'... ever wish you could go back in time and change your past...? Squeeee!

other news - 

- writer's workshop list of reasons why it's good to take a writing workshop - thought this was a great little article - lots of gems and words of wisdom especially for beginners. go here

Other news - 

  • RFY July dates - Still time to book on one of next month’s hols at Retreats for You in Devon -writing holidays for people who want to do nothing but write and be looked after in beautiful surroundings. From £90 per person per night full board inc wine, both 17th and 31st July have spaces as does 28th August. (Mon to Fri ) More here. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Memoirs offer - write your memoir - finally! With a four night stay 28th August.

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website,, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes



My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.




HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.


Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2017 version - 'how I broke free from Food Prison forever'

now available in bookshops to order, and online on all platforms, as well as on amazon here.



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