A Weekend in Bootiful Bournemouth

Every year for the last three years my husband has taken me to Bournemouth for my birthday weekend, and I LOVE IT! Let’s face it, Bournemouth, which is located on the Dorset coast, is better known for stag and hen weekends than as a romantic getaway location, but I STILL LOVE IT! This year, as…

First time in Sorrento

The release date of ‘The Virgin’s Gamble’ coincided with a holiday to Sorrento with my mum and son.  Our hotel, Settimo Ciello, was a Tui Small & Friendly.  Small and friendly it was.  It was, as the reviews suggested, basic, but had the most spectacular views, as you can see in this photo. There’s so…

Having a Venetian Ball

I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Venice, and thought I’d share some of the highlights on my blog.  Although Venice is the city for lovers, I went with my fabulous friend, and didn’t long for romance one bit! We stayed at a gorgeous little hotel, Locanda Al Leon, which was very good value…

Taking in a spot of English culture

A couple of weeks ago I spent a lovely weekend with my best friend in Stratford upon Avon – the home of Shakespeare.  Despite only living three and a half hours away, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been before.  We didn’t know what to expect, but thought we’d give it a go as it’s…

You WILL go to the ball!

Having just returned from a weekend in Vienna, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write a post about the trip.  I’ve just finished writing a scene set in Vienna for my next book ‘The Single Dad’s First Love’, and I was relieved to find it was just as I’d imagined. I went with a…

Christmas in Norway

This year, like last, we spent Christmas in Norway.  It’s such a beautiful and inspiring place that I’d thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about it on my blog. This year we went to Myrkdalen, a relatively quiet ski resort two hours by road from the city of Bergen.  One of the best things…

The land of fire and ice

We’ve just returned from a few days away in Iceland, so thought I’d take the opportunity to blog about our experience, and what we’d do differently if we knew then what we know now! The very first story I ever wrote was set in Iceland, and since our visit I’ve picked this up again but…

A good old-fashioned ‘staycation’

This year, like last, my husband took me away for the weekend for a belated birthday present.  We had an amazing time, but we didn’t go to Barcelona, Berlin or Bern, we went to Bournemouth! We stayed at a B&B whose theme was ‘chocolate’.  You could get chocolate wine (the most delicious thing in the…