Darcie Boleyn

Heartwarming Romance

The House at Greenacres #bookrelease #amreading

Last week saw the release of my latest book called The House at Greenacres. It’s the first book in a new Cornish series and I loved writing the story.


When I’m plotting a romance novel, one of the things I have to consider is what trope or tropes I would like to include. Often, the tropes come organically from the characters themselves and their backgrounds. With The House at Greenacres, I had a vision of the main character, Holly, returning to Penhallow Sands for a funeral, emotional and anxious, clutching a baby to her chest. This developed into the knowledge that Holly and her ex boyfriend, Rich, have been separated for some reason, and now, the thing that brings them back together is Holly’s grandfather’s funeral. I enjoy mixing tropes in my stories, so I combined the lovers reunited trope with the secret baby trope. I also wanted to write a story about what it’s like to come home after time away, about how emotional it can be to return to the place where you grew up and to see it from a different perspective.

As I wrote the story, I listened to music that developed my understanding of the characters and what they were going through. Here are some of the songs that inspired me:

  1. Lady Gaga – Always Remember Us This Way –


  1. Calum Scott – You are the Reason –


  1. Natalie Cole – Wild Women Do –


  1. LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight the Moonlight –


  1. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling –


  1. Pharell Williams – Happy –


  1. Maroon 5 – Sugar –


  1. Keith Urban – Coming Home – 



I hope you enjoy The House at Greenacres and decide to return to Penhallow Sands soon!

Love, Darcie X

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The Inspiration Behind Love at the Northern Lights #amwriting #MondayBlogs

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Do you ever wonder where you’ll be ten years from now? I certainly do and have done throughout my life.

Growing up, I had many deep conversations with my dad about the future and about what we’d like to do. He wasn’t just my dad; he was one of my best friends. We planned on travelling together – with any (understanding) future partner and children I might have – and we had a bucket list of places to go and things we wanted to see.

Twenty years ago, he was still around and we took a trip to Orlando, Florida. It was a fabulous week and we laughed a lot. Sixteen years ago, I had my daughter and my dad was delighted to be a grandfather. His plans for what we would do grew even more exciting and adventurous and he was so enthusiastic about where we would take my daughter and how well travelled she would be.

Norway was one of the places we talked about visiting. With its mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords, it sounded perfect. There would be the chance to see authentic Viking ships in Oslo’s museum, to take a cruise on the Sognedfjord – Norway’s longest and deepest fjord – and to hike and ski. And, of course, there would be the opportunity to visit Tromsø, to ride on a sleigh through the snow, and hopefully witness the magnificent Aurora borealis.NL 1

Sadly, my dad passed away in 2004, when he was just fifty-eight and my daughter was eighteen months old. My world fell apart and it seemed that my dreams did too.

However, my dad was a man who seized life, who lived every day and who would have hated for me to give up. As I gradually came to terms with my loss, I grew stronger and began to enjoy life again. Fourteen years on, I still miss him every day, but I have so much to be grateful for and so much to live for. With my loving husband, two beautiful children and three funny dogs, there is much to smile about. I’m also living my childhood dream as an author, something that would have made my dad very proud indeed.

Love at the Northern Lightsis dedicated to my dad and to the dreams we shared. The story isn’t about him, or me, but it was inspired by our conversations and our bucket list.

I don’t know where I’ll be ten years from now, but I know where I want to be and what I’d like to do.

One day, I will get to see the northern lights, and when I do, I’ll be holding my dad in my heart.

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Love at the Northern Lights #Christmas2018 #amreading @canelo_co @LBAamanda

On Monday 17th September, my eighth Darcie Boleyn novel releases! Since 2015 I have published eight books – six with Canelo and two with HQ Digital. It’s an amazing feeling and I have enjoyed writing every story.



Love at the Northern Lights is about Frankie Ashford and her journey to find herself. I think that many of us take a while in life to work out who we really are and to become who we want to be, and this can be affected by internal and external factors. It’s the same for Frankie as she travels to Norway to search for the mother who abandoned her when she was just a baby, and to try to find answers to the questions that have haunted her for years.


With publication day comes the exciting blog tour, and it looks wonderful! Keep your eyes on my social media pages – Facebook and Twitter – because I have some gorgeous giveaways lined up!!!

Huge thanks to all the lovely bloggers who’ve offered to host me and, once again, to all at Canelo for their support, enthusiasm, outstanding editorial work and the beautiful cover. Thanks also to my agent Amanda Preston at LBA for being utterly fabulous!

In addition, thank you to everyone who buys and reviews Frankie’s story. Hope you enjoy this fun, festive read! XXX

Love at the Northern Lights blog tour

Finally, I need to thank my wonderful family, because they are my world, my reason and my inspiration.

This book is dedicated to my dad and to his love for life:

For Jimbo, you brought light to my world and love to my heart. We planned on seeing the northern lights together, but you were taken too soon. One day, I will see them for us. Miss you always. XXX

The Winter Hare by Chris Dignam #books #authors #bookrelease #guestpost

The Winter Hare


The Winter Hare – Our New Children’s Book – Available to Pre-order Now!

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The Winter Hare

Following on from the huge popularity of The Largest Rabbit, readers have begged for a sequel so here it is.  The Mighty Finn, Rubbish the Rabbit Hound and Jeffrey the Professor ride again!

(The book is released on the 27th September 2018 but is available to Pre-Order now.  Copies will be sent out from the 28th September.)

The Mighty Finn and his friends Rubbish the rabbit hound and Jeffrey the marmalade cat are surprised by a winter that seems without end.  Across the fields the rabbits find spots of red and strange footprints in the snow – as they examine them a mysterious figure watches from the trees.  Two hunters with guns and vicious dogs are searching too.

Who is this Winter Hare they are hunting, how can our heroes protect her and get her safely home?  What if she never gets home?  As all this is unfolding, deep underground, a black and white army is preparing to march…

This is a tale of mystery, adventure and old magic, hairy heroes, dark villains and an ancient marmalade cat with arthritis, attitude (and more than a hint of anchovies!).  Once again, the Mighty Finn the deerhound and Rubbish the abandoned greyhound who now protects the rabbits are called on to rally the friends and try to save the day. And Jeffrey the cat does his bit too!

It’s the 2nd in the Largest Rabbit series; it can be read as a follow-on or as a story in its own.  Age 8 – 80!

For your copy, click Here for UK postage, Click Here for Europe/Eire Postage, or Click Here for USA/Canada/Australia Postage.  If you’d like more than one copy, Contact us for an accurate postage cost.  To have a book dedicated, add your request in the information box on the Order page.

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Love at the Northern Lights – A Christmas holiday romance to remember #coverreveal #holidayreads

Today I am delighted to share the cover and book information for Love at the Northern Lights, which will be published on September 17th with Canelo Escape.

LOVE AT northern lights

The inspiration for this story came from my own desire to see the northern lights, something that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. Years ago, my dad and I agreed that we’d see them together. Sadly, my dad passed away in 2004. I’ve dedicated this book to him and promised that one day, I will see the lights for us.

Also, my husband and I would love to visit Norway because it’s such a beautiful location with incredible scenery and we hope to travel there when circumstances allow. It’s definitely on our bucket list!

In the story, the main characters, Frankie Ashford and Jonas Thorsen are, of course, fictitious, but in my mind they both came to life in glorious detail. Frankie has grown up with every financial privilege one could ask for, but lacked the one thing she wanted most of all: a mother’s love. She’s spent her life wondering why her mother left and the story is about her journey to try to find the woman who walked out when she was just a baby. As for Jonas, he is how I imagine a modern day Viking would be – without any of the unsavoury details that Vikings were renowned for – and he is strong, honourable and loves the simple things in life, like long walks in the fresh air and spending time with family and friends.

I hope that you will enjoy Love at the Northern Lights, and that it will leave you with a smile on your face, a sense of hope and a warm festive glow.

Much love, Darcie Xx


‘Climbing out the window in her dress and tiara wasn’t exactly how Frankie imagined her wedding day…’

Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind – find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.

When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date – the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.

Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice…play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.


#bookreview – Perfect Strangers by Erin Knight @AnouskaKnight

51QnbAqcO5LI’ve been meaning to write a review of this wonderful book for a while but I’ve been so busy with edits, that I had to delay. However, Perfect Strangers is a fabulous read and I thoroughly recommend it!

The story follows three strong women and has lots of strands that the author cleverly weaves together. I cared about the main characters and identified with them all in different ways.

Perfect Strangers perfectly portrays our society in this age of social media and it highlights the dangers for children and adults alike. It demonstrates that people can have a dark side, or at least flaws, and there are a few red herrings in the story to make you wonder if you’re right about who’s sinister and who can be trusted.

Erin Knight plays on our fears, especially those we have as parents. Children are children, no matter how grown up they might seem. They still need our protection but who can we trust around them?

The story builds to a heart-pounding crescendo with a gripping party scene where secrets are revealed as tempers fray.

If you’re looking for an addictive page turner, grab a copy of Perfect Strangers today!

Wedding Season is here!


Marry Me

I’m feeling pretty good this afternoon because I’ve just returned edits on my eighth book. It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that I have seven Darcie Boleyn books out there and that soon, in September, there will be another one called Love at the Northern Lights!

What fascinates me about this process is how I’m constantly learning. With every book, I learn something new, and as I write the next one, I try to ensure that I keep what I’ve learnt in mind. My desk is covered in sticky notes with things to remember, even things that might seem obvious, like APPEAL TO THE SENSES – PUT THE READER THERE and EVERY SCENE NEEDS TO MATTER / TO REVEAL SOMETHING ABOUT THE CHARACTER/S. I find it helpful to keep these notes around me because when I’m deep in the story, typing away as the characters evolve, the more obvious things can drift from my mind. Of course, edits help to develop all elements of a story, from the first round that I do myself, to the final proofread, and good editors are essential to make a manuscript shine!

Today, as it’s sunny and wedding season is upon us, I thought I’d return to a novel I had published in May 2016. It’s the story of Annie Thomas, a mother and teacher who is struggling to juggle all aspects of her life. She’s a lot like me, in that she worries about letting people down and she often feels that she’s not doing a good enough job of just about everything. In fact, in that respect, she’s probably like a lot of women.


Here’s the blurb:

A heartwarming, giggle-inducing romance from Darcie Boleyn, just in time for the wedding season!

 Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

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And here’s an extract where Annie meets her friend’s hunky personal trainer:

I wanted to wear my baggy old joggers but Cassie wouldn’t allow it. She had a slightly larger pair of Lycra running pants and a sports bra and she made me change into them. They almost fit, although I have serious side-boob coming out of the bra’s armpits. Cassie’s only concession was letting me put my t-shirt back on over the bra, so at least half of me is covered up, although I’m really not happy with the way that these trousers cling to my bum and thighs; it’s like wearing a full-body corset and I’m almost afraid to move in case I burst a seam.

However, Cassie forces me out the door and we walk briskly to the local park where Vlad is meeting us. My stomach churns in a mess of fear and apprehension. What if Vlad isn’t happy that Cassie has brought along her neighbour? What if I’m so unfit that I have some sort of attack during the workout that renders me helpless? My children need me. How would they manage if I wasn’t there to care for them and to earn a living? What if I’m as bad at this as I was at PE during my own school days?

Then another thought overpowers the others: Why am I so worried about a stupid workout session? It might actually be fun.

‘Come on, Annie!’ Cassie scolds, taking hold of my arm and leading me through the gates into the pre-spring confines of the park. I notice that the warning sign about letting dogs off their leads hangs at an angle on the fence, so the black silhouette dog looks like it’s doing a circus trick by balancing on its nose. I snigger. No letting your dog do circus tricks in the park or you face a possible fine of up to one thousand pounds. I can’t imagine Dragon managing to get up on his big squishy nose unless he overexerted himself sniffing the ground after Fairy Princess had done a wee.

‘Is that him?’ I ask, swallowing hard against the lump that lodges in my throat when I spy a giant Adonis up ahead. He’s so gorgeous that I swear the sun is actually breaking through the clouds above his head and filtering down upon him to make him glow like some kind of spirit. But this man is no apparition; he is clearly, undeniably, evidently, one hundred percent flesh and bone. So much hard male flesh and muscle.Cassie follows my pointing finger and nods.

‘Oh yes, that is Vlad.’ She quickly pulls a compact out of her cleavage and applies some lipstick. How on earth did she fit the mirror and lipstick in there? She notices me staring in confusion and winks. ‘It’s the implants, honey. They cradle anything, even a big, hard…’ My cheeks flame as she winks again. For a moment, as we approach Vlad, I ponder the sex act she referred to and wonder if it’s possible. Apart from a few high school fumbles, there was only ever Dex and our very tame and infrequent sex life – which confused me at the time but was understandable when he finally came out – and before him, Evan. Sex with Dex was quick and quiet but sex with Evan was so…

I can’t think about it right now. I shouldn’t think about it.


Vlad is huge and as we stand before him I have to force my mouth shut. I mean, gaping like an idiot would not go down well. At all. But, just, wow! I take him in from his cropped honey blond hair to his strong square jaw, his tree trunk thick neck to his shoulders the width of a Chevy bonnet, then down his muscular arms which bulge out from a tight black t-shirt.

I only stop staring because someone is saying my name.

I blink.

And again.

‘Annie!’ It’s Cassie.

‘Uh… yeah?’ I lick my lips and drag my attention away from Vlad to meet my friend’s curious gaze.

‘I just introduced you to Vlad. Say hello.’ She gestures at him and as I turn to look at him again and meet his twinkling eyes, my cheeks fill with heat. He holds out a hand the size of a spade and I shake it. His grip is vice-like and I realise that he could snap me like a twig. He reminds me of a Viking as he stands before me, all raw masculinity, bulging biceps and energy. It occurs to me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ogled a man and I quite like it. Standing before him I feel womanly, I feel good, I feel… alive.


If you fancy reading more about Annie, you can get a copy of the book here.




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

UnknownAhhhh… what can I say about this gorgeous book?

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!


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

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

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.

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