A Christmas message from Local Authors


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.

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:

Twitter: @GeorgiaWrites
Facebook: /GeorgiaHillAuthor



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,


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:

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:

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!

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!

Twitter: @AudrinaLane
Facebook: /AudrinasPlace

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Author: Audrina Lane

Audrina Lane  Where did your heart go?  Unbreak my heart  Closer to the heart

Audrina Lane had planted the seeds of her Writer’s path at 19 when a break-up with a boyfriend lead her to write a whole novel in her notebook. This novel sat buried for 21 years. Then in 2013 in the lead up to her 40th birthday Lane decided to uncover her “book baby” and self-publish it. The original story written in her notebook was “re-worked” in 6 months and became Lane’s first novel “Where did your Heart go?”

Lane is a wonderful and inspiring account of how dreams may get buried but they can appear again and even multiply! Her first novel was intended as a stand alone book but she felt her characters had so much more life in them so much so that “The Heart Trilogy” came about. In Book 2 “Unbreak my Heart” Stephanie is reunited with her first love James then dilemmas arise in Book 3 “Closer to the Heart” when Stephanie is faced with having to move abroad and decide between duty or the love of her life. Some of the scenes in the trilogy are set locally and as far as America and New Zealand!

Q & A with the Author:

Q: What have been the toughest factors on your Writer’s Path?

A: Just finding the time to write. I work full-time and then I have housework, dogs and a partner to fit into the mix. I tend to snatch writing time wherever and whenever I can. I use an iPad so I can be travelling to work on the bus and write or equally sat in a waiting room!! I try to write every day even if it only amounts to a paragraph.

Q: What’s your next book/writing project about?

A: I am currently working on a companion novel to The Heart Trilogy series which focuses on the evil character in the three novels called Felicity. This book stretches from 1978 – before the Heart Trilogy begins in 1988 and finishes in 2013 just before the Heart Trilogy series ends. It’s been quite a challenge and I have had to split the storyline into two parts.

It released last month titled “Bloodstained Heart.” I’m aiming to have the 2nd part finished for December. They both have darker connotations and subject matter. I can’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil the plot line.

Q: Share some social media marketing tips for fellow authors.

A: Marketing Tips that I have learned over the last three years include the following:

Take full advantage of Twitter and the various writer hashtags including #2bittues and #1lineWed which allows you to share lines from your current work in progress. Tap into subjects that would cover the topics your book includes – so I regularly use #musicmonday and do posts that tie music to my novels.

With Facebook I have a street team of around 20 people. This is mainly made up of the readers that have enjoyed my novels, along with other authors and bloggers. We all work together so that my posts get more reach and my PA is indispensable in finding all the writing pages and other blogs and sharing my teasers and book links there.

Also on Facebook I enjoy holding events which are like online parties. I have done one for the launch of my final book in the Heart Trilogy series and one for my latest book. I also help other authors by planning and helping with their parties and take part in those held by other authors. It’s a really great way of interacting with possible new readers and also making friends with other writers.

Fiction Extract

Where did your Heart go?
Paperback   |   ISBN: 9781507732526   |   Kindle


Dear Diary,

Saturday 16th January, 1988

Its two weeks since I first saw James and I can’t believe I am now lucky enough to call him a friend. However, I still want more – I want to add boy to that friend.

As we wandered onto the poolside, I saw him up at the deep end, his blond head next to a dark one in conversation. I grabbed Sarah’s arm.

“There they are,” I said.

“I like a man with dark hair,” Sarah replied, squeezing my arm as we slipped into the cool water and started to swim towards them. James moved aside a little so there was space for us to hold onto the side.

“Hi Steph, hi Sarah,” he said. “This is Chris,” he motioned, who turned and nodded.

We spent an enjoyable hour splashing around together, laughing and joking. James gave me some pointers on my diving technique before showing off with a somersault. Then as we took a breather on the side, he motioned to me.

“Steph, why don’t you go under the water and close your eyes.”


“It’s a surprise,” he said, grinning. I smiled back and ducked beneath the surface. As I waited for something to happen, I felt his hands on my waist and I almost opened my eyes. He pulled me closer and I felt his lips on mine in a brief kiss.

Startled, my eyes sprang open and I felt the heat of my skin burning like fire. I looked directly into his eyes for a second and then he pushed up to the surface. I was only moments behind him as I reached out for the side. My heart was pounding and my whole body was trembling as I tried to keep control of my spiraling emotions. I felt faint as I clung to the side, I didn’t have the nerve to ask him what this kiss meant. Instead I watched him streak off down the pool and back, racing against Chris.

“So?” she exclaimed.

“He just kissed me,” I replied. “I’m still in shock.” My lips were engrained with the feel of his lips on them. Everything felt new, exciting and wonderful.

James made no mention of the stolen kiss and I was too nervous in case I had imagined it. I’m now lying in bed watching the clock tick away. It’s gone midnight and for some reason I can’t sleep. I can still feel his lips pressed against mine and the feel of his hands on my waist when they pulled me close enough. His lips on mine were soft and firm against the liquid coolness of the water that surrounded us and held us both. We were suspended in a timeless moment. I’m now going to shut my eyes and dream of kissing James again.


Where did your Heart go?   |   9781507732526   |   Kindle   |   Paperback

Unbreak my heart   |   9781523689163   |   Kindle   |   Paperback

Closer to the Heart   |   Kindle 

Bloodstained Heart: Part 1 – Passion   |   Kindle 


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