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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mistress of My Fate has hit the shelves in North America! Continue Reading

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It’s been a busy several months and I’m a negligent blogger. First, some updates…

For those of you lovely people who have asked me about the follow up to Mistress of My Fate, I’m currently hard at work on it. The French Lesson, which picks up where Mistress of My Fate leaves off, is set between Paris and Northern France,  just as the French Revolution begins to turn bloody. Without giving you too many spoliers, this book is slightly darker than Mistress of My Fate, as Henrietta finds herself entangled with some real historical figures – Grace Dalrymple Elliott (a Scottish woman with a tattered reputation living in Paris), the Duke d’Orleans (also known as Philippe Egalite, the so-called ‘Godfather of the French Revolution’) and his enigmatic mistress, Agnes de Buffon.  The French Lesson should be arriving on UK bookshelves in early summer 2013.

As for US bookshelves – Mistress of My Fate is scheduled for publication on the 8th of January, 2013. Interestingly enough, there is now talk of Turkish language version of the book…

When not writing I’ve been making appearances at literary festivals (Cheltenham coming up in October) and popping up on TV, generally speaking about my usual topics; London history, 17th & 18th century women, smut, bidets, sex, illicit marriage and…er…ghost stories.

But the big news is that Mistress of My Fate has been shortlisted for the Historical Writers Association Goldsboro Prize for Debut Historical Fiction! The award will be announced on the 20th of September at History in the Court. You can read more about it here:

In the meantime, I will be biting my nails to the nub in anticipation!

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As one who makes her living by putting words on paper, it may seem strange to admit that blogging never really appealed to me. Confession number two: tweeting never really appealed to me either, but somehow I now find myself in cyberspace, regularly staring at a blank screen and desperately trying to think of witty things to write. This is the way forward. This is the future of publishing. I must have a presence in the digital age. I must. Blog or die. Continue Reading

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