A TRUE STORY

June 12, 2018
Many years ago, I went on a short holiday with my husband to the beautiful city of Bath. Bath is a lovely place, and we enjoyed ourselves very much, but while I was there, something rather strange happened to me.

One day, as we strolled around the lanes, visiting little shops and art galleries, restaurants and cafes, I spotted a young homeless girl. Slumped by the gutter, she looked dejected and lonely. And suddenly, I felt myself shaking from head to toe as though the very Spirit of God was nudging me. But what could I do? I suffer from poor health and I am not wealthy, but next to this young woman, I was rich.

I felt, overwhelmingly, that I had to go and pray with her, but not everyone wants that, and I didn't wish to offend - a fact which made me even more nervous. And so, I tottered over on wobbly legs. She didn't mind, in fact she was happy to allow me to chat and pray with her. She told me her name, which I won't share with you. I didn't ask about anything else; I didn't want to be intrusive. I gave her what I felt I could afford and left, wondering what could have happened to her to place her in this awful situation.

We came home, but she was on my mind and in my prayers for a long time. Years later, I found myself writing this story. At the time, I was not an author and had no ideas of being one. Jeannie is not her name, Where Angels Tread is not her story - but maybe, it will give you some insight into just one of the many reasons people become homeless.

And now, I can give something back. Barnabus - a charity for the homeless based in Manchester - have given me permission to use their logo, and all my royalties from authorised outlets (not second-hand book sellers or unauthorised outlets - please contact me if you're in doubt) for sales of eBooks, audio books and paperbacks will be donated to Barnabus.

So please help me to help them. Buy yourself a copy of Where Angels Tread. Buy your friends copies. Give them for birthday and Christmas gifts, knowing every penny of the royalties will be going to this wonderful charity.



Find more about Barnabus and the wonderful work they do by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.barnabus-manchester.org.uk/
 

New Awards for Out of Time

May 23, 2018
Hooray and Yabbadabbadoo! Out of Time had already been shortlisted for the 2016 Historical Novel Society Indie Award - although it didn't quite make the final four, but it was up against stiff competition. Then the lovely Helen Hollick awarded it a Discovered Diamond on her Discovering Diamonds Blog. Recently, though, it's picked up two more awards, which has made this little author very happy.

The latest awards are a Five Star Readers Favorite Award and a Chill With a Book Award. These are wo...
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Live Performance at Bardaid Literary Festival

May 23, 2018
I was delighted to be invited to do a five minute turn at the Bardaid Literary Festival a couple of weeks ago. Having seen the professional speakers who preceded me, I was tempted to turn tail and run away. My husband confessed afterwards that he felt the same way. His exact thoughts were - how on earth is Loretta going to follow these? Some of the authors who also had turns afterwards felt much the same. Doing a quick turn is one thing, following the professionals, quite another.

Anyway, I st...
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A Medieval Dream

November 7, 2017


Recently, my lovely husband produced a delicious surprise for me. He gave me a scroll, rolled and tied with a red silk ribbon. Apparently, I had just missed the messenger who arrived on horseback to deliver it - although I remain somewhat sceptical about that.
When I unrolled it, it contained an invitation to spend the night at Long Crendon Manor. Part of the building, the actual manor hall, is twelfth century and wonderfully preserved and maintained. The rest of the building, including the be...

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Don't be late for the countdown deal for Out of Time!

May 25, 2017

                                             

To celebrate the launch of A Promise to Keep, book 2 in the Out of Time series (which I had no idea was going to become a series, lol), I’m offering Out of Time – book 1 – for just 99p/99c between 24th-31st May. The price in the UK will remain at 99p for the entire deal, however, the price in the US will rise after the first couple of days, so if you are in the US, do get in quickly to take advantage of the best price.

Here’s the link. I hop...


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MEET THE AUTHOR

May 16, 2017
I'm delighted to announce that Hertfordshire Libraries have invited me to take part in their 'Meet the Author' event at Hemel Hempstead Library on 31st May this year. If you happen to be in the area why not come on over and meet me and the seven other authors taking part in this event? You'll be able to get your hands on a signed copy of my new book, A Promise to Keep as well as the first in the series, Out of Time.







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New Award for Out of Time

February 2, 2017
I'm thrilled to have received this prestigious badge from Discovering Diamonds Review site - THE place for good historical fiction. 

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Book Two Will Soon Be Ready

February 2, 2017
I'm starting to get excited. Book two in the Out of Time series will soon be ready for publication. I'm doubly thrilled about this because when I wrote Out of Time, I had no idea it was going to turn into a series. However, as so many authors find - my characters ran away with the plot. Characters who only had tiny roles in book 1 suddenly wanted a bigger part. Others had health issues and took a back seat. Prince John, as ever, although with a completely full calendar, muscled his way in and...
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A Bouncy, Squeaking Bubble & Lots Of Screaming

January 8, 2016
I started my new year in much the same condition as many people. I didn't have a hangover as I hadn't overindulged, but I'd had a very late night and been on too much of a high to get to sleep until gone 4, so I woke up - sort of - in a somewhat slow fashion.

I had one thing I wanted to know before I got on with the day, so I sat at the top of the stairs in my cosy dressing gown, hollering to my husband, who was in the kitchen (there is no hiding place in our house). 

"I'll just check," I warbl...

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An Exciting Announcement

November 2, 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that not only has Out of Time been reviewed on the Historical Novel Society, but it has also been awarded an Editor's Choice logo and, even more exciting, has been long-listed for the 2016 HNS Indie Award. I don't suppose for one minute it will make it to the short list, but I am over the moon that it has got this far.
If you would like to read the review, please click on the link on the top of my home page.





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