Saturday, 30 December 2006

A lovely day

As I sit at my computer looking out it is bright with just a gentle breeze. We are heading towards the New Year very fast now and it will soon be 2007. I received a really good review for one of my Anne Herries books this morning and that made it a good day. It isn't often something like that happens. Her Knight Protector has been reviewed before but this review was thoughtful and complimentry. I have posted it on Anne's World of Romance.

In February my new Linda Sole book comes out. I am very excited about this as it is the start of something different. The first in a trilogy of crime stories, it was great fun to write and I really enjoyed it.

I am posting some covers today, and also another personal picture.

Love from Linda

Wednesday, 27 December 2006

News about Paula Marshall

I just wanted to tell everyone that I have news of Paula Marshall. Those of you who have read and loved her books will be glad to know that she is in a nursing home nearer her sons so that they can visit more often. She can still do the Telegraph synonym crossword and talk about old friends, though she cannot answer cards or letters. I now have an address and will pass on any good wishes.

Tuesday, 26 December 2006

Boxing Day

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas and is not feeling too full of turkey and Christmas pud! We had a quiet day after seeing friends and relatives in the previous week, but we cooked a turkey that was bigger than the two of us need and had a lovely dinner. We didn't go for the pudding this year but decided on homemade sherry trifle instead. I think we shall go for the brandy peaches or mince pies with brandy sauce today.

The Christmas TV was good this year. I started with Carols from Kings on Christmas Eve, which I always watch and love, because for me it is what Christmas is all about. I also watch part of a carol service on Christmas Day, but after dinner and the Queen's speech it is all about settling back and enjoying the entertainment and this year I really did. I loved the dancing and The Vicar of Dibley, and quite a few other things. This morning I went for a walk in the cold air to fetch the paper and that was good too.

So now most of it is over and we have to think about the New Year and new resolutions. I expect mine will be the same as always, to try harder at everything I do - writing, life itself. I don't expect I shall, but at least it gives me something to strive for.

The picture today is of me as a young woman with my beloved dog. This is my favourite picture of me ever.
Love from Linda

Sunday, 17 December 2006

Putting something right

The still Christmas graphics I have been using come from this site. a friend gave them to me and I thought she had done them, but now I am publishing the right logo. I am glad to have found the site because there are lots of lovely things there that I am sure I shall use in future. The moving graphics came from elsewhere and have been correctly credited.


Thursday, 14 December 2006

My other blog

I am thinking of downloading a new Regency story for you onto my Anne Herries blog. Would that appeal to my visitors? Leave your comments and let me know please. You can click on Anne's World of Romance to visit the other site.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Christmas is coming

We have been busy every day this week, delivering presents to friends and relatives and writing cards. I still have a few to do but I am beginning to think about doing the food shopping now. I have made two book trailers for the authors at the Historical Romance Blogspot, which you can click on now that they have been linked and view them. The first two were for most of the authors but there will be individual ones coming soon, perhaps after Christmas. I have two more episodes of the Christmas story to write yet, but then I must get back to my own writing. I've been doing a few pages, but giving myself a bit of a break, which I always do at this time of year. I shall also be featuring some of the authors here, as I did Nicola Cornick and June Francis.

I am going to post a wonderful picture of my father-in-law this time. He was a soldier in the First World War and I love his photo.

I hope you are all enjoying the preparations for Christmas, Linda

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Just found it!

I just found this picture of my new book with Severn House. I liked it so much that I thought I would pop back and post it for you tonight.
This is the first of the Sarah Beaufort Mysteries. Set in the 1920's it is about Sarah and Larch, two amateur sleuths who solve murders with the help of an ex Scotland Yard Inspector.
It has already registered on the sales index with amazon so lets hope it is popular!
Hope you will enjoy the picture - and the book. Linda

Another Busy Day!

I have been to Cambridge today, looking at new kitchens. It was a lot of rushing about in the traffic, and I would rather have been here working on my new book. I have just started the second Dynasty. The first is coming out in America in April, but I'm not sure when it comes out here - later in the year I think. Anyway, I am working on the second now, which will be followed by another Regency trilogy. I am going to post some moving graphics for you and I'll put the logo for the website so that you can pick some up yourself. They are free to use but they ask you to put up their logo. I shall do so just for Christmas and then take them down I should think. Enjoy! The stationary graphics were done by Mandy Jones from the Historical authors website.

See you soon, Linda

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

An author I like and admire

Nicola Cornick was one of the Steepwood authors. We became friends immediately and I am one of the biggest fans of her books. She writes wonderful Regency stories. Lord Greville's Captive is a dark and sensual story of a conqueror and the woman he holds prisoner!

The Season for Suitors is a novella in the best selling Regency Lords and Ladies and I am waiting to read it with great anticipation!

Nicola's First HQN book was a winner. I loved it and gave it five stars. I am looking forward to the next in this series from this award winning author. Nicola knows how to held her readers enthralled to the end.
I am a big fan, Linda

Monday, 4 December 2006

Busy Day

I have opened a new blog, the url is above. I thought I would do a separate one for the Mills and Boon books, because I want to use this one to tell you about lots of other authors I know. But this is all for tonight. I shall drop in again soon. I hope you are all reading the Christmas story on Historical Romance authors! Linda

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Mistletoe and Holly

I hope this is going to show some christmas pictures, but my browser has disappeared. If it doesn't come back I may have to start a new one. Linda

Christmas is coming

I just wanted to tell you about the videos I have been doing for friends at Triskelion. For those who don't know, this is an ebook publisher who also publish paperbacks for some of their authors. They are going to be publishing a contemporary for me next year, but they have a lot of wonderful authors there. The books are all romantic, of various kinds. cointemporary, Fever, Romance and Suspense, historical, romantic comedy, they are all to be found on the site. I have posted the url of a Christmas trailer, but if you want to see more click on @more by this user@ on the righthand side and you can find seven more!

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Christmas story

We are all beginning the countdown to Christmas now. On the Historical Romance authors we are going to have a Christmas story that all the writers will write for you. You can get into this site through the links on my website if you don't know it.

Monday, 27 November 2006

having fun

I have just sent off my latest Regency to M&B and now I am having fun making book trailers for friends. I have made a couple of them so far and the first will have a link on my website. I may put some links on for you another night but I am waiting for one of them to load. I have to make sure it works as it should before putting it on, because I don't want to be stuck trying to take it off.
I was going to tell you about June Francis. She lives in Liverpool and writes wonderful sagas set there. One of my favourites is called Coming Home to Liverpool, but she has written so many more lovely books. If you don't know of her you should look for her books at the library, though you might be lucky enough to buy her in paperback. She writes about wonderful charachters and her writing is warm and has its own charm.
The book shown tonight is the third in my Civil War series from Severn House. It is available from libraries or from amazon.
I think that is enough for this evening. Love to you all, Linda

Thursday, 23 November 2006

Problem solved

I have just changed to Internet Explorer 7 and it has created problems with my blog! I did the first little bit on my laptop and it kept clicking off, but now I have managed to get in on the desktop - hurrah!
I wanted to tell you about Too Hot To Handle. This is my first ebook and is with Triskelion. It is the story of Sylvie and Rafe. He is handsome, a little arrogant and a business man on a mission. Sylvie is beautiful but she has been hurt. when they first meet there is a mutual attraction, but it is not until they are in Paris that the affair becomes too hot to handle. It seems that they were made for each other, but then Sylvie discovers something that makes her think Rafe is using her. Will they be able to sort out their problems or is their love affair doomed to failure?
that really is all for tonight.Linda

Back again

Today I finished my latest book. That makes eight for the year! Now I am going to take a break and start getting Christmas presents ready for a large extended family.
My ebook is called Too Hot to Handle and I will tell you more about it next time. I am having problems with the blog this evening.

Monday, 20 November 2006

A good day!

I was going to tell you about my new venture as Anne Ireland, but I shall leave that for another day. This morning I received a parcel from my publisher which was very pleasing. It contained three copies of a German translation of A Perfect Knight. I had not had a German translation for a while so that was exciting, but it is very satisifying that it should be the Banewulf Dynasty. This series has now been published in seven countries, including Greece, America, France and Italy. The French covers were absolutely fantastic but the German is very good too. I have been counting back and I am not sure exactly how many, but I think there have been over thirty foreign rights this year, which is fantastic. I really feel that at last I am getting somewhere. I have had some really nice comments from readers lately and that is what it is all about. It is the reason I write, to give as much pleasure as writing gives me.

Next time I will tell you about the new venture and soon I am going to write about June Francis and her books.

Love to you all, Linda/Anne

Saturday, 18 November 2006

Nice morning

The sun is just coming out as I write this and we are about to drive down to the sea. We like to look at the sea even though it may be too cold for a walk on the front if the wind is bitter as it often is at this time of year, but we have to go anyway, because something needs fixing at the sea house.

I just want to tell you about Paula Marshall. We met atHMB when the Steepwood series was coming up, and became friends during the period when all the authors were phoning each other to check on various things. the series had to follow on book by book, each author revealing a piece of the background mystery while writing their own story. Paula and I chatted a lot on the phone and continued friends until she became very ill last Christmas. I miss her calls because we talked about things that interested us both, mainly writing, though Paul was a fount of knowledge on all kinds of things.

She was writing a regency, which I do not think will ever be finished unfortunately, but she wrote over forty books, which have been published. One of my favourites was An Improper Duenna, but there were so many more. She wrote two of the Steepwood books, as we all did, and she also wrote two of a Tudor quartet that I shared with her. Her books were an inspiration and I think her publisher must miss her contribution.

Next time, I will tell you about my book as Anne Ireland. It is an ebook, a first in this medium for me. Love to all, Linda
PS the pic with 29% off came from amazon. I don't know if the offer is still on. It may be and these books all have wonderful covers - worth collecting the set?

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

A busy day

This is the cover of the first of a Civil War Trilogy that I wrote for Severn House. It was published in hard back and then in paperback, and the third book has recently come out in hardback.
At the moment I am working on more regencies for Mills & Boon, but I had proofs come this morning and so they have to take priority now until they are finished, hence the busy day. The morning spent typing new stuff, the afternoon devoted to correcting proofs.
I wanted to tell you about some new ventures. The first is my crime series with Severn House. I am very excited about this, because I haven't done anything quite like it before. It is what you might call cosy crime set in villages mostly in the twenties. Sarah Beaufort and Larch Meadows are amateur sleuths who team up with an ex Scotland Yard Inspector to solve the murders - some of which are far from cosy. I am hoping that this will develop into at least a trilogy and perhaps more. The first book will be published in hardback in Febuary 2007.
My next venture is contemporary in ebook for Triskelion. I do not know yet when this will be available, but it is rather fun learning all the new stuff that this technology requires. The title is Too Hot To Handle, and I'll tell you more about it nearer the time.
Next time I post I want to tell you about one of my writing friends. I am going to start with Paula Marshall, because she is such a wonderful writer of Regency and historical books.
Love to you all, Linda

Monday, 13 November 2006

Finally made it!

It took me ages to get back in this morning, but I finally got here. Well, this is me sitting by a pool in Spain. I thrive on sunshine and some of my best work gets done there - at least so my editor says.

My first blog was about my Linda Sole books, but this time I want to tell you about my books for Mills & Boon as Anne Herries. I have been writing for them for some years, though I took a break to do mainstream for a while, which is when Lovers & Sinners got written. I went back to them after a few years and have been writing more and more ever since. Under various names it is more than seventy books published now, and I am still as enthusiastic about every book I write.

I have written well over thirty of my books as Anne Herries. A Damnable rogue won the RNA Romance Prize for 2004, which was a wonderful feeling for me. It may not be the Oscars but I was close to tears just the same and made a very emotional speech. My sister was sitting beside me and almost strangled me when it was announced. I think she was almost more excited than me! Since then I've increased my output for Mills and Boon and am now writing 4/5 books a year. My latest are the Hellfire Trilogy, the first of which comes out in paperback this December, though it is already for sale on the Net.

Next time, I will tell you about new ventures, and in the future I want to talk to you about books I love, and authors I admire. So it isn't all going to be about me. I hope you will join me here sometimes. Love to you all, Linda

Sunday, 12 November 2006

Talking about books with Linda

Hello everyone. I have opened this blog so that I can talk to my readers and hopefully lots of other people about my books and those of authors I like and admire. Some of the authors will be friends, and some will be just authors I have picked after reading a book they have written.

First of all let me tell you about myself. I write as Linda Sole, Anne Herries and coming soon Triskelion. the Linda sole books go back some years. The first one was Lovers& Sinners, which was successful for Century. However, I now write for Severn House as Linda Sole and my latest book with them is Wish Down the Moon, which is third in a trilogy called the Country House Series.

Tomorrow I will tell you about my Anne Herries books and then I'll go on to write about some favourite authors. Bye for now, Linda