Thursday, 1 June 2017

Magic Moments!

It's here! Happy Publication Day to 'My Summer of Magic Moments'!



My fourth novel ‘My Summer of Magic Moments’is out today, and this book has a special place in my heart. It’s set on wonderful Bamburgh beach in Northumberland - one of my all-time favourite places, and where I often walk my dog, Meg.



‘My Summer of Magic Moments' is about love, life, loss, family, friends, scars, healing and appreciating those magic moments in life that everyone can experience. It is a heart-warming read, with a very poignant love story at its centre. The main character, Claire, escapes to a seaside cottage having just battled breast cancer. 

A lovely and inspiring friend, Heidi, has helped inform the book, having been through breast cancer herself and she now works for a cancer charity. Her open and honest answers to my questions as I was writing the story and her feedback on the more sensitive scenes has been invaluable, helping me to understand the emotions Claire might feel. Thank you so much, Heidi!



The book is also about making the most of those simple beautiful moments in life. I enjoyed asking friends and family about their magic moments – which were often those special things that money can’t buy. These appear in each chapter of the book. So, what are your magic moments?

One of mine was holding my first ever copy of my debut novel, after over ten years writing, trying to get published and receiving many rejections. It was tough, but I held on to that dream of becoming a published author, I worked hard, learnt along the way, and finally I did it. What a truly magic moment that was!

Thank you to my family and friends for all their ongoing support, my fabulous team at HarperCollins, my agent the lovely Hannah Ferguson, and of course to all my readers and the fabulous book bloggers who are supporting me with the ‘My Summer of Magic Moments’ Blog Tour starting today. There are Q&As, reviews, some pretty muddy charity event photos and more. Full details are on my twitter and Facebook pages: @_caroroberts and www.facebook.com/CarolineRobertsAuthor

I hope you enjoy reading the book! Cheers!


Best wishes,
Caroline x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

My Summer of Magic Moments coming soon

Hi everyone!

I've been busy writing my next novel - a poignant love story set in a cottage on beautiful Bamburgh beach, Northumberland. This is one of my all-time favourite places - a stunning golden sandy beach with a stone castle that dominates the skyline in the dunes. And I'm lucky enough to live just twenty minutes away, so I'm often there walking my dog. It's a place that's very close to my heart.



The page proofs for this novel have just arrived, so this weekend I'll be spending several hours checking them over to make sure it's all ship-shape for publication. The book is to be released on 1st June 2017, and is available on Amazon, and hopefully at several other outlets too. I'll keep you posted.



It's a story that's close to my heart in subject matter as well, about a lady who's had a tough time and been through breast cancer, and is making the most of her seaside escape. I'll not give too much away, but there just happens to be a very gorgeous man in the cottage next door who has hurts and secrets of his own. But the book is very much about the good things in life and those special happy moments - precious times with family, friends and so much more.

I'll be posting the cover image here soon!

Best wishes,

Caroline x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cosy Christmas Mint-choc Brownies

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone - hope 2017 is happy and healthy!

Thanks for all the lovely comments on The Cosy Christmas Teashop. I wanted to share the recipe for Ellie's mint-choc brownies (as featured in the book) as they are especially scrummy this time of year with a warming hot chocolate or cuppa.


Ellie’s Mint-Choc Brownies
(Makes 12-16)
170g dark chocolate
170g butter
200g caster sugar
120g light brown sugar
3 eggs
85g plain flour, sifted
55g high quality cocoa powder, sifted
Approx. 12 thin after dinner mints, depending on size. (After Eights are ideal)

Preheat oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Line a 20x30cm baking time with baking parchment.
Gently melt the chocolate and butter in a pan on a low heat. Set aside to cool.
Whisk the sugars and eggs together, beat vigorously until the mixture is thick, glossy and about three times its volume. Add the butter mix until smooth. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder. Be careful not to overmix.
Spoon half your mixture into the pan, making sure it spreads to the corners. Lay out your after dinner mints on top of the mixture in neat rows. Add the remaining mixture on top, spreading it so the mints are totally covered.
Pop in oven for about 30-35 minutes until the top is firm and just starting to crack - that’s when they’re ready to take out. Test with a skewer to see if comes out almost clean – a couple of times, in case you’ve hit an after dinner mint!
Leave to go cold before cutting into squares, as these are a very gooey brownie. Sorry, you’ll just have to wait! Enjoy!
Best wishes and happy baking!

Caroline x

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Festive fun – The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop is here!

My third novel, The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop, is now released both in paperback and e-books. It’s been a hectic summer writing this book in four months flat, but I’ve had such a lovely response to it so far, with many reviewers saying it’s even better than The Cosy Teashop in the Castle – so that’s just wonderful. Thank you.



And yesterday, the Kindle book actually got to No1 in the Amazon UK Contemporary Fiction Charts. How amazing is that! Really quite incredible if you look back to my posts on the Submission Rollercoaster and Riding the Rejections from just a few years ago. So, it really does go to show, you should never give up on your dreams. Work hard, learn along the way, enjoy what you do (I’ve always loved the actual writing, that’s what kept me going!) and persevere. Like Ellie in the Cosy Teashop stories, keep striving for your dreams – you never quite know where they will lead you.




The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop stays with Claverham Castle. It’s a gorgeous Christmassy love story, with some great new characters for you to meet as well as the old favourites. There are festive cakes and bakes, a Christmas Craft Fayre, a beautiful Christmas Wedding, and lots more happening. It’s the sort of book to curl up with on a cold winter’s night with a hot chocolate and the fire on. And it will certainly put you in the mood for Christmas.



The good news is that there will be more novels from me next year as I’m about to sign a further two book deal with HarperCollins. So you can look forward to a poignant, heart-warming love story set in the stunning village of Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast, with its beautiful golden-sand beach and castle backdrop, and there’s also going to be a further “Cosy” book for the autumn. I have a feeling chocolate will be featuring in this one - I’m really looking forward to doing the research on this book!!

Thanks for reading this blog, enjoying my books, and for all the wonderful support I have received on my writing journey so far!

Best wishes,
Caroline x

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Writing Life, Summer '16

Well, that was a busy summer!

Drum roll and applause - I have managed to write a book from scratch in four months, as well as just about keeping up with the day job and the family! So, The Cosy Christmas Teashop is now at the final editing stages and is about to be born in October (e-book) and early November (paperback). It’s a festive sequel to The Cosy Teashop in the Castle, so we get to see lots more of Ellie, Joe, the Claverham Castle cast, and the beautiful countryside of my home county of Northumberland.


Other exciting news is that The Cosy Teashop has been available across the UK in Sainsbury’s – my mother knew I had really made it then!! It was weird and rather amazing seeing it there in my local supermarket, I must say. I felt like grabbing a trolley-pushing passer-by, saying “It’s mine, that’s my book!” but feared they might just think I was the local loony. I couldn’t resist telling the lad on the checkout mind. Still feels very surreal.



And, I am now about to hit Germany with The Cosy Teashop (in translation) newly titled as “Rosen, Tee und Kandiszucher” which means “Roses, Tea and Candied Sugar”. The cover is of the most pretty flower-topped cupcakes. I’ll post an image when I get my copy of the book. So I’m going all European too.

What’s next? Last edits on the Christmas novel. Take a little breather, I hope. And then, I have already written a poignant, love story set at two side-by-side cottages on beautiful Bamburgh Beach, so I’ll be working on making that as good as it can be and hope that will be published for 2017. Watch this space…

And a little advice, if you are writing and as yet unpublished, keep going! Remember that I was where you are now, just a couple of years ago – it took me ten years of writing and then submitting to find a publisher (don’t panic, it can happen sooner than that too!). So don’t give up hope - keep writing and enjoy what you write, be inspired, find some writing friends for support, allow yourself to be disheartened if you get knock-backs, that is only natural, but pick yourself up, learn from it, and persevere. Good luck!

Best wishes,

Caroline x

Monday, 25 April 2016

Life Just Got busier! The Wonders of Writing and Winging It!

Hello!

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted here. My feet haven't touched the ground lately. 

The Cosy Teashop in the Castle is now published, and has been doing wonderfully well especially in the e-book market. At one point I got to No 6 in the whole of Kindle paid - wow! And No. 1 briefly in Romantic Comedy. I have also just learned that my book will be appearing in paperback in Sainsbury's this summer, from the middle of June - how marvellous.

As well as all this, I have been busy finishing Book 3 - a poignant love story set on beautiful Bamburgh beach here in Northumberland, and whilst I'm trying to settle a book deal on that (via my lovely agent, Hannah Ferguson), I'm busy writing Book 4 as loads of ideas keep filling my head for a Christmas follow up to The Cosy Teashop!

 


As well as the writing and the day job, I'm doing lots of library events around the North of England, my next being at Stockton library on 6th May, 4pm. I am also appearing in Wakefield, Gateshead, Jarrow, Doncaster and Manchester. The full programme is on the Read Regional website (there are lots of other fab writers involved too) and I've written a Blog there to let you know all about the scheme, my first events and how it feels to be in front of an audience - definitely a bit of winging it! http://www.readregional.com/category/blogs/



I've also been appearing as on several guest blogs. I was very proud to feature on Novelicous recently - the wonderful Women's Fiction Blog for Readers and Writers. 
So take a peek at my writing room: 
http://www.novelicious.com/2016/03/my-writing-room-by-caroline-roberts.html
And, my top tips for new writers: http://www.novelicious.com/2016/03/caroline-roberts-top-5-writing-tips.html

Well then, I'd better get on and back to the writing once more!
Take care all,

Caroline x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Read Regional 2016 Selection and a Wonderful Week!

I am thrilled and very proud to announce that I have been selected as one of the ten writers who will be taking part in the Read Regional Campaign for 2016, with my debut novel The Torn Up Marriage. New Writing North organises this campaign which takes poets, novelists, short story writers and memoirists into libraries and other events such as the Durham Literary Festival across the Northern area, primarily in the North East but now also in the Yorkshire and North West/Manchester areas too.

Read Regional hosts an exciting series of events, mostly between March and July, including library talks, readings, discussion groups, workshops. I have a tour of talks organised where I’ll be travelling as far as Doncaster, Darlington, Wakefield, more locally in Gateshead, Hexham, across to Cumbria and more, with a (no doubt nerve-wracking) finale appearance at the main central Manchester Library.

Please take a look at the Read Regional website for full details of this wonderful campaign and the list of events for myself and the other writers: http://www.readregional.com/



I am going to have an exciting and very busy few months ahead. I’m really looking forward to chatting with readers and getting involved in these events – and I’m going to have to take a deep breath and brush up on my public speaking skills asap! So, my writing journey takes another leap into the wonderful unknown.

In the meanwhile, I’m also happy and to announce that my second novel The Cosy Teashop in the Castle is due for publication on 25th February 2016! This is a romantic comedy about striving for your dreams which is set in a gorgeous Northumbrian castle. And, its only gone and got itself to the No. 1 slot on Amazon Hot New Releases for Romantic Comedy today – how amazing is that!



Thanks for all your support for my writing. It's been quite a journey so far, and I'm still pinching myself with what has happened in the past year. If you have any questions or comments feel free to jot them down below, it would be lovely to hear from you!

Very best wishes,

Caroline x