• helenwarner
    What a tough assignment!
    by Helen Warner
    2014/01/08  |  Features  |  

    As With or Without You is set between Hollywood and the UK, it was obviously essential for me to go to Hollywood to do some research about how the rich and famous live. I know. What a tough assignment! I had never been to Hollywood before, so I needed a …

  • aliharris
    The Best Christmas Present of All
    by Ali Harris
    2013/12/04  |  Features  |  

    I’m a sucker for old-fashioned values and each year I desperately want Christmas to feel like it does in the classic American movies, or when I was a child. Like Evie Taylor, my main character in ‘Miracle on Regent Street’ and ‘A Vintage Christmas’, I yearn to come out of …

  • janeeyre
    She may be alive, she may be dead, but either way she haunts you. She’s the Other Woman…
    by Rachel Hore
    2013/11/04  |  Features  |  

    But you can do nothing about her relationship with your man, for it happened in the past. She might have been his first wife, his childhood sweetheart or a live-in girlfriend, but you can’t help thinking: ‘Did he love her more than me?’ Or – worse – ‘Does he love …

  • agifttoremember
    The Airport Safari
    by Melissa Hill
    2013/10/03  |  Features  |  

    I have a confession to make, more of a declaration really – I love airports.  Not in a nerdy, sit at the end of the runway with a flask of tea and a copy of Aviation Weekly ogling incoming aircraft kind of way. What I love is the excitement of …

  • jackiecollins
    Finding Lucky Santangelo
    by Jackie Collins
    2013/09/06  |  Features  |  

    As a kid growing up I was an avid reader, devouring all kinds of stories and also making up my own – books filled with outrageous characters, yes, even at thirteen I was into creating racy exciting stories! In the beginning my author of choice was the fabulous Enid Blyton. …

  • rebeccachance
    A feast for the senses
    by Rebecca Chance
    2013/08/15  |  Features  |  

    Cinnamon-perfumed neck wraps, guava and mango Bellinis, Bulgari green tea toiletries, an aromatherapy room perfume menu in the hotel reception, salty sea air wafting through the white muslin draperies around the beach cabanas…I’d go back to Mexico for the delicious scents alone. And then there were the exquisite tastes, the …

  • millyjohnson
    Launching a book into the world
    by Milly Johnson
    2013/07/31  |  Features  |  

    Sometimes I think that the actual writing of books is the easiest part of the whole process.  Books are like small children – you have to celebrate their arrival into the world with a party (any excuse).  You have to ‘wet their head’ with champagne (more any excuse).  You have …

  • santamontefiore
    The Allure of Ruins
    by Santa Montefiore
    2013/07/18  |  Features  |  

    High up on the cliffs, overlooking the Irish Sea, is an old stone castle. Its empty eyes stare vacantly out at a horizon that is always the same yet forever changing in colour and cloud. One of the towers stands hollow but proud while the other has long since crumbled …

  • cjflood
    Truth and Fiction in Infinite Sky
    by C.J. Flood
    2013/07/04  |  Features  |  

    A lot of people ask me how autobiographical Infinite Sky is, and the truth is, it’s hard to say. The story begins a few weeks after thirteen-year-old Iris Dancy’s mother leaves the family to go travelling around North Africa. Iris’s home life quickly falls into a state of chaos, with her …

  • susanelliotwright
    It’s All About the Setting…
    by Susan Elliot Wright
    2013/06/10  |  Features  |  

    As a reader, I enjoy novels with a strong sense of place because I want to be able to visualise the setting, to see the characters and events against a backdrop, whether it’s a grey, concrete city full of high-rise buildings, a wild, windswept stretch of moorland, or the golden …