Tuesday, 26 April 2022

2000 Reviews


Over 2000 reviews in 3 months of release!

Thank you to those who take the time to review any book and especially my books! LOL

The Orphan in the Peacock Shawl

“The writing is vivid and gripping!”

Annabelle can’t hide forever from the wealthy Hartley family, but can she give up the baby she loves?

Amazon: http://getbook.at/OrphanPeacockShawl

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Hello Lovely Readers!

It is always sad to say goodbye to friends, and so it was for me when I said tara to The Mersey Mothers of Reckoner's Row. Set in 1953, Liverpool. The year of the Queen's Coronation is also the year local accountant, Evie Kilgaren is hoping her summer wedding to Danny Harris will go ahead. 

Or will a new rival firm finally drive Danny's haulage business into the ground and destroy everything Evie and Danny have tirelessly worked for? 

Although, this is not the only cloud hanging over Reckoner's Row, A killer is at large in the dockside streets. Evie and her trainee hairstylist sister, Lucy, could be in terrible danger when Ada Harris gets alarming news from her estranged husband, Bert, who has damning news of Evie's mother's killer. 

Bert has the evidence in a box, hidden for many years. But does Ada have the courage to open it when Bert breathes his last? Find out in the third of the Reckoner's Row trilogy: The Mersey Mothers.

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This long-awaited brand new novel, is the answer everybody has been waiting for in the brilliant, gritty Reckoner's Row series, #TheMerseyMothers
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Thursday, 27 January 2022

historical diaries and journals


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I collect Victorian diaries and journals, written mainly by women who have arrived in Australia after leaving England, but also by women born in colonial Australia. These diaries are brilliant when I’m writing a story set in colonial Australia and they give me an insight to how they lived and what was happening in the world around them at that time. From their personal entries, we can learn what was important to them, their daily routine, their views and opinions. They can also lift some of those myths we in the modern world tend to think as true.

Below are some pages from a selected few of my diaries, which may show why I adore them so much.

This page is from The Letters of Rachel Henning. A genteel lady who left England and ventured to Colonial Australia to join her brother who was farming out there. It’s a fascinating account of her life and full of details about those times.

I also have a few diaries, or collections of letters written during the First World War, which is another favourite era for me to write.

Below is an example from the book, Unknown Warriors, The Letters of Kate Luard, RRC and BAR Nursing Sister in France 1914-1918.

Kate Luard is one of those unsung heroines of the war. A dedicated nursing sister who went to the front line to give aid to the wounded. Her letters are fascinating, harrowing, tragic but filled with such devotion and commitment.

Below is a page from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. A lovely diary of a naturalist’s world in 1906 written by English lady, Edith Holden.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021

Next book 2022!

 Orphan in the Peacock Shawl Preorder! Out Jan 2022! Available in ebook, paperback, audio and libraries large print.

Annabelle can’t hide forever from the wealthy Hartley family, but can she give up the baby she loves? #historicalfiction #historicalsaga #YorkUK #Yorkshire #saga #Victorian #familydrama


Friday, 8 October 2021

New release!

 A big no, HUGE, thank you to everyone who has bought Beyond the Distant Hills. One week since release and I've received some lovely messages from readers who have enjoyed it. πŸ₯°

Beyond the Distant Hills – NEW RELEASE! (Book 2)
Ellen survived the Irish Famine. Can she survive the future in a strange land? Or has she made the greatest mistake of her life?
A Distant Horizon (Book 1)

Friday, 10 September 2021

Hello dear Readers, Writers and Bloggers, 

I’m hoping you’ve had a really lovely summer, kept safe and sound and managed to enjoy life despite the problem of Covid 19! I'm afraid this splash of September sunshine won't last too long, but I'm making the most of the "garden desk" while I can!

I hope too, that you’ve read some amazing books from all the authors on this blog and have topped up your home libraries, kindles and e-devices with a great selection of books.

If you'd like to browse my books with AMAZON you'll find a selection of sagas from Victorian to the 1960's.

I’ve just begun work on my new book, slower this time, hampered by a hand injury, but the outline is done and the working title at the moment is THE WAR WIDOW’S POSY. This may change over the next few months, but so far my heroine is the young and lovely orphan 17-year-old Kate Wilson, who is just about to be married to her sweetheart Harry, when - yes, you’ve guessed it - war breaks out and all healthy, able and willing young men are called to fight for their country. Harry is among the first volunteers but is certain the conflict will be over by Christmas 1914. However, as we all know, this was a very vain hope. True love, glory, grief, coping with monstrous disability - and courage - run side by side in this family saga and I’m really enjoying tackling some very difficult subjects. This book will be next year’s publication - if all goes to plan!

Meanwhile, my book GIRL WITH SECRETS is at a fabulous discounted price of 99p with 

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That’s all my news for now - take care of yourselves and enjoy what we hope will be our Indian summer!

Carol X 

Monday, 23 August 2021


My latest book, The Mersey Angels, is the follow-up to The Mersey Mistress and follows the lives of nurses Anna and Ellie who must follow their hearts - even if it leads them to the battlefields.

Friday, 13 August 2021

99p sale Aurora's Pride

 Sale alert! My historical saga, Aurora’s Pride is only 99p/c - 12-19th August!

She went in search of the truth and it wasn’t what she was expecting.

Monday, 26 July 2021

99p Market Stall Girl


The Market Stall Girl Amazon UK 99p July only.

Will Beth and Noah find the happiness they wish for or will overwhelming events break them apart?

Amazon: http://mybook.to/TheMarketStallGirl

Monday, 10 May 2021

Voting Open!

 The Market Stall Girl has been nominated for a Rone Award by Ind'Tale Magazine.

Voting is just this week. So if you enjoyed the story and think it deserves a vote, please go to this link. πŸ₯° (you have to register to vote) Thank you!!