I am very happy to announce that I've been awarded the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture (a few of my writer friends have been sniggering at that 'Culture' part - the minxes!).
The award is beautiful and glassy and in my downstairs loo with the (ahem) others. I am very very proud of it.
A parent's worst nightmare is to bury a child. Imagine burying 2 and imagine burying them because your ex-husband killed them to take revenge on you. And cancelled the house insurance so you'd be destitute as well. It's not a plot of a book, it happened to a local lass - Claire Throssell- and she needs £50,000 to get rid of that eyesore of a burnt wreck where her babies died if she can have any semblance of a life. I am putting out a plea to anyone who has a spare quid - and I do mean that little (obviously more if you can) because it all mounts up - to help this woman because I can't even put myself in her shoes to imagine what sort of an existence she must have. You can donate here too.
Her story is just terrible. Heartbreaking. The stuff of nightmares and she needs some help desperately to get on her feet.
Dave Cherry is having a chip butty and cuppa film night of Old Barnsley on June 11th, 6pm - 9pm to raise some funds to get Claire to her target. It's at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth - the details are below. They're also looking for raffle prizes for anyone who can't go but can donate a present. Please let's get this lass on the road to recovery. The Email link on the below poster won't work as it's just a picture so use this link here instead.
NEWS ABOUT MY NEW BOOK (S)
Ladies who Launch will be released on June 1st. It's a short story about what happened to the characters of Here Come The Boys, plus a taster of my new book, and is free but only for a short time, so grab it quick.
And HERE COME THE GIRLS at the moment is only 99p on Amazon (ebook) which means you can get the trilogy of cruise books for only £1.98!
And - whilst we are on the subject of special offers - A Winter Flame in paperback is only £1.99 for a promotional special!
Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe will be released 18th June 2015. (this is the new name for The Woman who Gave up Chocolate)
Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy's 'best girl' - or so she thought. But then she discovers that he's been playing away for the past twenty-four years, and that the chocolates she believed he bought her as a sign of his love were just a cover-up, and she is determined to get revenge.
Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy's right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, (who Jimmy is about to replace with his young mistress) Connie decides to destroy Jimmy's life from the inside. Together they will set up a rival business, Lady Muck, and they'll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman.
Chocolate had been Connie's guilty pleasure but now it is a cruel reminder of Jimmy's deceit. But then she meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kind chocolate-brown eyes start to melt her soul. Can Brandon cure Connie's affliction and help heal her broken heart…?
Hope you like them x