A Christmas message from Local Authors

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georgia-hill-sqHi there – and Merry Christmas. I’m Georgia Hill and I write historical romance and rom-coms. My books always feature an intriguing man, a believably flawed heroine and a page turning story with romance at its heart.

I love Christmas and adore receiving books as presents. There’s nothing better than disappearing into a great story! Christmas is the perfect time to read. It’s when the usual routines are abandoned and you might even have a bit of time off work. I live in a tiny village in rural Herefordshire and like nothing better than to light the wood-burner, grab a mince-pie and a dog or two and curl up with a good book.

If you’re like me and love reading romance, or are looking for a present for a loved one, I might have the perfect suggestion.

My most recent book, While I Was Waiting is set in Herefordshire – the history, myths and beautiful countryside of my adopted county directly inspired it. Here’s a little of what it’s all about:

Rachel swaps city life for the beautiful but dilapidated Clematis Cottage. Tucked away in the attic is an old tin full of letters and a diary. These are the precious memories that tell of Hetty Trenchard-Lewis, a love lost in the Great War and the girl who was left behind. Will Rachel learn from Hetty’s story that the man of her dreams isn’t the one she thinks she needs?

It’s ideal for those who like two stories in one and love romance and history.


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Purchase a copy of While I Was Waiting here
ISBN: 978-0008123260
Blogger review found here
 View more of Georgia’s books: amzn.to/2f9aURf
Discover more:

www.GeorgiaHill.co.uk
Twitter: @GeorgiaWrites
Facebook: /GeorgiaHillAuthor

 


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Hello – I’m David J Vaughan. I write mostly non-fiction, my latest book is The Little Book of Herefordshire, which makes the perfect yuletide gift for tourists and visitors alike. This book contains a plethora of entertaining facts about Herefordshire’s literary, artistic and sporting achievements, customs ancient and modern and transport. It’s a wonderful compendium and guide to dip into time and time again. It reveals so much about our county’s heritage, plus secrets and the enduring fascination of Herefordshire. It was also a No.3  Bestseller at Waterstones Hereford bookshop last month.

Did you know?

A Herefordshire Christmas was incomplete without some curious superstitions. As well as Burning the Bush, Wassailing and Blowing the Thorn, you could encounter the gravest misfortune by not bleeding your cattle, on Boxing Day or bringing holly or ivy inside at any other time of the year or allowing a woman who had not swept in the house on Christmas Eve to enter the same on Christmas Day! 

I’m a Historian with a background in archaeology. I’ve written for Cotswold Life and for local press and have appeared on BBC television and radio, including Countryfile. 

The Little book of Herefordshire is a real gem to have on your bookshelf and a great gift to give for family members who enjoy history. I thought I’d take a moment to share with you my next publication due out next month:

 Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain

‘In a violent 19th century, desperate attempts by the alienists – a new wave of ‘mad-doctor’ – brought the insanity plea into Victorian courts. Defining psychological conditions in an attempt at acquittal, they faced ridicule, obstruction – even professional ruin – as they strived for acceptance and struggled for change. It left ‘mad’ people hanged for offences they could not remember committing, and ‘bad’ people freed on unscrupulous pleas. Written in accessible language, this book – unlike any before it – retells twenty-five cases, from the renowned to obscure, including an attempt to murder a bemused Queen Victoria; the poisoner Dove and a much-feared magician; the king’s former wet-nurse who slaughtered six children; the worst serial killer in Britain… And more…’

ISBN: 978-1473864139
Pre-order here.

The Little Book of Herefordshire can be found at our local Waterstones bookshop and WHSmith. I do occassional talks on History so follow me online to hear about my next event and book-signing.

Have a Happy Christmas,
David

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Give a copy of The Little Book of Herefordshire to friend and family this Christmas here.
ISBN: 978-0750966283
Publisher: The History Press
David’s books:
Bloody British History: Salisbury
The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer – a very Victorian murder
Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain
David’s guest blog post on Criminal History read here
Find out more about his work:

www.DavidJVaughan.co.uk
Twitter: @David_J_Vaughan
Facebook: /The-Little-Book-of-Herefordshire


wendy-louHi- I’m Wendy Lou Jones, I write emotional love stories. I have 7 books published to date and the one I would recommend for Christmas reading is Chances Are.

Chances Are is the 3rd in a series of rural love stories called the Echoes of Nutt Hill. They are set in the fictional village of Lower Nutton, a farming community in the English countryside. Each book can be read independently, but being such a small village, several characters do pop up in them all, so if you’re a stickler for doing things in the proper order, you may want to read Finding Sarah first. Finding Sarah (Book 1) is the story of a divorced woman moving into the village, disrupting the quiet way of life with her choice of new man. Sun on Sundays comes next (Book 2); the story of a young woman desperate for the attention of the man she has always loved. And after you have read the three, you can finish the series off with my latest release, A Different Life (Book 4). The final tale is of a woman who has had a hard life, being given the task of taming a spoiled young man.

I probably shouldn’t say this, but Chances Are is my personal favourite. It’s the story of a woman immersed in grief, coming to the attention of a rather vain man. They share a history, but not a good one. How then can he hope to win her round? You may well ask. Well, you’ll have to just read and see.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and read some wonderful books. And after you’ve read all of them, maybe you could read one of mine…

chancesarehomestylesqPurchase Chances Are here:
ISBN: 978-1530945368
Blogger review on WithLoveForBooks.com found here
Browse the rest of Wendy Lou’s books from the Echoes of Nutt Hill series and her novels : amzn.to/2eQzo3z
Connect with Wendy Lou:

www.WendyLouJones.weebly.com
Twitter: @WendyLouWriter
Facebook: /EscapeIntoLove 


audrina-with-book-flHi! I’m Audrina – author of the Heart Trilogy series. Let me tell you a bit more about this series as it would make a wonderful gift for the romance lover in your life! The story follows the lives of Stephanie, a 40 year old single mum, and her daughter Charlotte aged 17. With Charlotte suffering from her first heartbreak her Mum hands her the diaries from her own first romance back in 1988 in the hope that it will teach her daughter about both the highs and lows of first love. It will uncover one of her own darkest secrets and the fact that Stephanie has been running from her own heartbreak for over twenty four years.

“Where did your Heart go?” is the first book in the series. It sets the scene and tells the story of Stephanie and James, but what went wrong? Charlotte loves to dance and meets a new love in the form of the handsome dancer Mitchell. Surprises are in store for all of them as their lives parallel much of the past in so many strange ways. Set in the local town of Ross-on-Wye and Hereford, you can imagine the characters amid our glorious local countryside. The whole series is perfect for all ages from 18 to 80 as we all remember our first love, hopefully with fond memories. Some of us may even wonder what would happen if they were given a second chance to be with our first love again? Could it work out Happily Ever After?

Follow the characters of James and Stephanie, Charlotte and Mitchell. You’ll also meet Felicity, a woman who is intent on ruining lives at whatever the cost! There’s nothing better than cosying up to a good read on these cold winter nights so why not tuck into a new trilogy of book for yourself or give it as a gift?

Have a very Merry Christmas!
Love,
Audrina

audrinas-bookshelfBlogger review by Roses & Violets Book review found here
Purchase Where Did Your Heart Go? Are here:
ISBN: 978-1507732526
Browse the rest of Audrina’s books here:  amzn.to/2fI8mxa
Follow Audrina online!

www.AudrinaLane.co.uk
Twitter: @AudrinaLane
Facebook: /AudrinasPlace

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2 Comments

  1. These are great reading suggestions. I live in New England, and somehow feel a closeness to you writers in Herefordshire. I have English blood (my last name is WIGHT), and think I’d feel right at home in your small village. Cheers to you all!

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for viewing our site. The city of Hereford is a very warm, welcoming and creative city and in our county of Herefordshire there are many quaint villages and so much pretty countryside! I do hope someday you will have a read of one of our local authors…
      Season’s Greetings
      -Catherine
      http://www.CatherineVaughan.com

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