Deep Thoughts, Love & Writing

A Visit to the Village

As of this time yesterday, the husband and I have been married for ten whole years. To celebrate, we took advantage of my parents' offer of thirty hours of free childcare last week and absconded to Portmeirion for the night. For those unfamiliar with North Wales' only Italianate village, it looks a bit like this:… Continue reading A Visit to the Village

from here to paternity (leave)
Love & Writing, The Organised Writer

From Here To Paternity (Leave, and Slight Return) – Week 4

Catch up on Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 Hello, Mr S. Pembroke here. Husband, Scientist, and now short-term stay-at-home Dad. It's now been a full 5 weeks since my feet last graced the stained and pock-marked floor of an industrial laboratory, and I have very mixed feelings about returning. Mrs Pembroke has asked me to… Continue reading From Here To Paternity (Leave, and Slight Return) – Week 4

from here to paternity (leave)
Love & Writing, The Organised Writer

From Here To Paternity (Leave) – Week 3

Catch up on Week 1 and Week 2 Week Three of the Great Life Swap, and I think we’re finally getting into the swing of things. Actually, I’m starting to panic about how much I still have to fit into the next two weeks. The husband, meanwhile, appears to be taking everything in his stride. Even… Continue reading From Here To Paternity (Leave) – Week 3

from here to paternity (leave)
Love & Writing, The Organised Writer

From Here To Paternity (Leave) – Week 2

Catch up on Week 1. We’re now two weeks into to the Month Long Life Swap - where I disappear into my study at 8am saying ‘I’m off to work now, darling!’ and the husband waves distractedly from behind a screaming baby while also trying to put the daughter’s hair up for school. Actually, the main… Continue reading From Here To Paternity (Leave) – Week 2

from here to paternity (leave)
Love & Writing

From Here To Paternity (Leave) Week One

It’s all change here at Pembroke Cottage. After five months of maternity leave, I’m back to being a working mum - and the husband is in charge of both children. Alone. For a whole month. Four weeks is the longest time he’s ever had out of the lab and away from the office since he started… Continue reading From Here To Paternity (Leave) Week One

Love & Writing, Reading Romance

“I have a proposal for you…”

Dylan and Sadie's story is out today! A Proposal Worth Millions was a real labour of love, and it's such a relief to have it out on virtual and real bookshelves across the UK, North America and Australia this week. And even more so to have RT reviews say such lovely things about it as… Continue reading “I have a proposal for you…”

Great Britain and Ireland, Love & Writing, Reading Romance, The Organised Writer

Back to School

It's September 1st! As much as I love summer - and this one has been particularly awesome - there's something about the start of autumn that makes me want to buy a new notebook and pencil case and start planning stuff. (Okay, full disclosure, I want that notebook and pencil case pretty much all year… Continue reading Back to School

Love & Writing, Reading Romance

Release day for Thea and Zeke!

It's August at last! Apart from meaning I'm only two weeks away from a truly epic family holiday (10 people, 2 under sixes, 7 days, 1 flat...) it also means it's release day for my latest Harlequin Mills and Boon Romance - A Groom Worth Waiting For. This was such a perfectly summery book to… Continue reading Release day for Thea and Zeke!

Summer of Love cover
Deep Thoughts, Great Britain and Ireland, Love & Writing, Reading Romance, The Organised Writer

My Summer of Love at the RNA Conference

Writing can be a lonely business in some ways. I mean, yes, you have your beloved characters to keep you company and engage in the sort of dazzlingly quick dialogue you (well, I, anyway) never quite manage in real life, but it's not the same as talking to real people, is it? And even when… Continue reading My Summer of Love at the RNA Conference

Love & Writing, Reading Romance

A New Perspective

It's funny how you can spend weeks, months, years seeing things one way - until something changes your view. And it never ceases to amaze me how two people can see the same thing so differently. Take, for instance, my lounge. Some backstory. When we bought this house, almost two years ago, one of the… Continue reading A New Perspective