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Darcie Boleyn

Heartwarming Romance

#bookreview – New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett – by @KatyLilley @BooksManatee

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It made me smile and giggle. It gave me a lump in my throat. It is such a lovely, sweet read, ideal for snuggling on the sofa or stretching out on the lounger by the pool.

The absolutely adorable Bryony Bennett has the chance of a new start and she does what I would love to do; she heads for a beautiful cottage near the sea with her beloved dog, Mop, and her two cute cats – they have the best names ever! Once there, she meets the locals, including a rather gorgeous guy who is also rather grumpy! Let the conflict begin… 😉
You’ll need to read the book for the rest of the story, because I’m not going to give it away, but suffice to say it left me smiling and as satisfied as if I’d just enjoyed a cream tea – with gluten-free scones, of course!

This is the perfect holiday read and you should grab a copy asap, especially if you love warm, funny chicklit with believable characters, a beautiful setting and delicious descriptions of food… and gin!

FIVE GOLDEN STARS FROM ME!

*Thank you to Katy Lilley and Manatee Books for the ARC.*

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Delighted to share this wonderful news! @canelo_co @LBAamanda #news #celebrate

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Canelo sign a new standalone novel and a trilogy from bestselling romance author Darcie Boleyn.

Digital publisher Canelo have signed a four-book deal with Amanda Preston at LBA literary agency for World English Language rights to a standalone novel and a trilogy from bestselling romance author Darcie Boleyn.

Since Canelo first published Darcie Boleyn’s novel A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas she has gone on to become a key author on the publisher’s list, building a committed fanbase with her Conwenna Cove Cornish-set novels, the final book of which has just been published. Boleyn has received accolades from peers and readers alike for her heartwarming, humourous and beautifully romantic novels.

To date, Darcie Boleyn’s novels have sold more than 70,000 copies and achieved bestseller status and top 100 chart positions via retailers including Amazon Kindle. Canelo will publish Love at the Northern Lights in autumn 2018 with the new trilogy to be launched in 2019.

Editorial Director Louise Cullen said: Darcie is a key author for Canelo, not only because of her outstanding sales success but because she represents the best of contemporary women’s fiction. Time and again, Darcie delivers novels that lift the heart and allow readers to escape to a beautiful location. We’re thrilled to have a deal for more books via LBA.

Darcie Boleyn said. I am delighted to sign another contract with fabulous publisher Canelo. I thoroughly enjoy working with the Canelo team and look forward to collaborating with them on four new books.

For more information please contact Ellie via ellie@canelo.co.

 

 

 

 

#bookreview – The Map of Us – by @jules_preston_ @harperimpulse

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The Map of Us is a fabulous debut. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it is a debut novel.

 

Jules Preston’s voice is refreshing, funny, warm and engaging. He clearly has a great sense of humour and some of the lines had me laughing out loud. It’s clear that Mr Preston is a keen observer of people and their quirks and this made for fascinating and vivid characters I felt I knew very well by the end of the novel.

The chapters are short and easy to read, so the novel can be read in one sitting or picked up when taking a quick coffee break, although I have to warn you that because they are short and intriguing, I did keep saying ‘One more chapter…’ then finding myself five chapters along.

I foresee a very bright future for this talented author and look forward to his next book.

Publication of FOREVER AT CONWENNA COVE celebratory giveaways… #giveaway #win #foreveratconwennacove

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Today is publication day for Forever at Conwenna Cove. I’m so excited to share this story with you and hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! To celebrate, I’m running giveaways at my Facebook page and on my Twitter timeline, so why not check them out?

At my Facebook page you could win:

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On Twitter  you could win:

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Also, here’s the list of fabulous stops on the Forever at Conwenna Cove blog tour, where you can find out more about me, my writing inspiration and about Conwenna Cove.

 

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Have a wonderful week and good luck!

Love Darcie XXX

 

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#bookreview – Nice Guys Finish Lonely by @WriterDove @BooksManatee

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Nice Guys Finish Lonely is a warm, funny, feel-good read. It would be perfect to read snuggled up in front of a fire or on a sun lounger by the pool.

I became heavily invested in the characters, especially in Rory and Sarah, and I was rooting for them to find happiness right from the outset.

Rachel Dove knows how to capture the reader’s attention and it’s easy to become lost in her writing. This story brought tears to my eyes and also made me laugh out loud because it has some of the best one-liners I’ve ever come across!

Treat yourself to this beautiful, warm, funny and witty romcom from a very talented writer.

Forever at Conwenna Cove #amwriting #authorlife #mentalhealth

In May 2017, Summer at Conwenna Cove was published. This novel was – and is – very important to me for several reasons, the main ones being that I wrote it when I was experiencing a difficult time in my life, and because it was inspired by my own adoption of a greyhound.

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Summer at Conwenna Cove is about overcoming difficulties, about forgiveness and making a new start, about the healing power of nature and animals, about love and loss and friendship. I created the fictional location of Conwenna Cove in Cornwall because it was somewhere I wanted to go, and spending time there as I wrote the series helped me to heal too.

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In October 2017, Christmas at Conwenna Cove released. This was a lovely story to write because I was able to describe Conwenna Cove in the winter and in the snow. Writing festive romances can be magical, even when you’re often writing them in the summer months!

On Monday 23rd April, Forever at Conwenna Cove releases. This novel tells the stories of Nate, the surfer who works at the local coffee shop, and Zoe, the quiet young woman who owns the diner overlooking the harbour. I loved writing their stories, especially developing Nate’s background, because he features quite often in the first two books in the series and deserved his own novel. I have also been moved by the incredible reader responses to the series and hope that this third story has a similar reception.

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As I wrote the final story, then went through edits, I realised how far I’d come, both creatively and personally, since I wrote the first draft of Summer at Conwenna Cove in 2016. Writing, and other creative processes, can be healing because they allow you an outlet, as well as taking your mind off the things that might be worrying you. I would recommend writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, to anyone suffering from conditions such as anxiety and depression. There is no immediate cure for these illnesses, but just taking yourself away from your immediate worries can be so therapeutic. Friend, author and Creative Therapeutic Facilitator A. L. Michael blogs regularly about writing for wellbeing.

I loved writing about Conwenna Cove, spending days, weeks and months with the characters, enjoying the sea breeze on my face, walking the greyhounds through the fields, splashing in the waves and sitting on the clifftop bench just gazing at the beautiful views. I did shed a few tears as I wrote the final lines of the third novel, but I know that my heart will be forever at Conwenna Cove.

The blog tour for Forever at Conwenna Cove starts next week, and there will be giveaways at my Facebook page and on Twitter, so don’t forget to check them out! 🙂

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Here’s where it all began in Summer at Conwenna Cove.

 

 

My Inspirational Granny #IWD2018 #family #love

When my publisher asked me to write about the woman who has inspired me the most, my first thought was How can I choose?

I thought of friends, fellow writers, bloggers, editors and former colleagues, and ended up totally confused. So many women have inspired me over the years that selecting just one is incredibly difficult.

Therefore, I decided to start with my first female role model, the woman I have always aspired to emulate – my granny.

Granny was tiny, not even five foot tall, and weighed less than seven stone, but what she lacked in stature she made up for in personality. She was a primary school teacher who specialised in music and maths, and during her career became a deputy head teacher. She worked hard to become a teacher, never dreaming of being anything else, and because she loved her job so much, she didn’t marry and have children until she was in her late thirties. She had drive and vision and wanted to inspire every child she taught.

I didn’t arrive until she was in her late sixties, and by that time she was retired and had plenty of time to spend with me. Granny read to me and told me stories all the time. She developed my love of fictional worlds and recited the Greek myths and legends by heart. She summarised Shakepeare’s plays and created new stories about Oberon and Titania, Romeo and Juliet. Ours was a constant dialogue about fairies and goblins, love and hate, about why the sky was blue and why knowing the difference between homophones was so important. She also taught me to crochet, to make toffee and how to ignore the housework. On Saturday afternoons, Granny made toasted jam sandwiches that I ate with my bedridden granddad while we watched the horseracing. The times I spent with my granny were magical and filled with learning and love, and I treasure the memories.

Granny was my first female inspiration and to this day, I can still hear her voice and smell her Yardley’s lavender perfume. She was intelligent, funny and talented with a wicked sense of humour. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was strong and independent, brave and compassionate.

When the going got tough, Granny would remind me: Sometimes you have to pin your knickers to your vest and go out and face the world. (This started with an incidence where knicker elastic had actually failed her, but became an analogy.) And with life’s ups and downs, I have learnt that she was right.

I wish she was here to see that I’m a published author and to meet my husband and children. In fact, there are so many things I wish…

However, one way I keep my memories of Granny alive is by making some of my characters a bit like her, for example, Aunt Mary in Summer at Conwenna Cove. It’s my nod to the wonderful little woman who taught me so much. I feel lucky to have known my granny and to have had her in my life.

Love you, Granny, and always will. XXX

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Darcie’s Christmas Playlist #countdowntoChristmas

There’s nothing quite like a good Christmas song to get me feeling festive! Here are some of the ones I listened to while writing Christmas at Conwenna Cove and that I enjoy every year.

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  1. Maria Carey – All I want for Christmas is You

 

  1. Frank Sinatra – White Christmas

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  1. Wham – Last Christmas

 

  1. Whitney Houston – The Christmas Song 

 

  1. Michael Buble – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

 

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  1. Brenda Lee – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree 

 

  1. John Williams – Somewhere in My Memory – Home Alone Soundtrack

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  1. Bon Jovi – Please Come Home for Christmas

 

  1. Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas

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  1. Elvis Presley – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

 

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What are your favourite Christmas songs?

Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2018!

Love, Darcie XXX

 

 

 

Darcie’s Top 5 Christmas Activities in Cornwall #Cornwall #Christmas

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My Conwenna Cove series is set in Cornwall and when I was researching festive activities in Cornwall, I came across lots of lovely Christmas events. So, if I was heading off to Cornwall this year for Christmas, here are the top five places I would choose to visit.

  1. Attend the magical lantern and light procession winding through the streets of Truro, with bands, dancers and entertainment. This event in November marks the start of the Christmas celebrations in Truro.

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  1. See the Christmas lights in Padstow where even the harbour is lit up and The Padstow Carolers song traditional Christmas hymns. This would be a great way to start a Cornish Christmas.

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  1. Visit the Exhibition Halls at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge for The Cornish Winter Fair. It’s a great placed to begin Christmas shopping with a variety of Cornish food and drink suppliers in attendance. There are also craft stalls selling beautiful locally made gifts.

 

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  1. Experience Christmas the Cornish way with fireside tales, traditional dancing, mulled wine, mince pies, carol singing and crafts in the castle keep at Pendennis Castle.

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  1. Enjoy a day at The Piazza, Truro, at the Victorian Christmas Fayre. Housed in a heated marquee, stall-holders wear Victorian costumes and sell their unique wares. There’s a Food Hall and an Arts, Crafts and Gifts Hall.

http://www.enjoytruro.co.uk/whatson/christmas

 

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What do you like to do at Christmas and what places do you like to visit?

Have a magical Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!

Love, Darcie XXX

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