Hi everyone, hope you’re well and not too chilly if you’re in the UK surrounded by snow right now! In Scarborough (aka Whitsborough Bay), we had a white-over on Tuesday this week which cleared fairly quickly. This morning it was another white-over but even less snow which quickly turned to slush and went. My parents who are inland have it quite heavily, though. I was hoping to go across to see them today but the snow at their end has prevented that, especially as there’s a steep bank mid-way which is closed due to the weather. I’ll bob across next week instead.
I’ve had an extremely busy start to March. I had a submission deadline for book 20 – the first in my Lake District series – on Tuesday this week and I should have had plenty of time to write it but I lost a week early on due to illness. I suspect it was another Covid hit and it wiped me out which meant I was way behind so put in some exhausting hours catching up. I love the story, though, and am eagerly awaiting my editor’s feedback next week.
I’ve also started running a one-month online course so needed to record my training videos and get that all set up. I’m now pausing for breath and picking up the many balls I had to drop over the past few weeks.
One of these balls is letting you know that Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn went into into Prime Reading at the start of the month and will be there for at least 12 weeks.
It didn’t move up the charts much at first, but seems to have taken traction today and is loitering just outside the UK Kindle Top 100 so I’m hopeful of it dipping just inside again. Go on, little book, buzz on up that chart please!
If you haven’t already read it, here’s the blurb to entice you…
Welcome to Bumblebee Barn, home to wonderful animals, stunning views and spectacular sunsets – and resident young farmer, Barney.
While Barney loves his life at Bumblebee Barn – a farm that has been in his family for generations – he’s struggling to find someone to share it with. The early mornings quad biking through muddy fields and the long hours looking after the crops and animals are proving to be a deterrent to finding love.
So when his sister, Fizz – desperate for Barney to find his soulmate – sees an advert for Love on the Farm, a new reality TV show to help farmers find love, he has nothing to lose by applying. After all, he isn’t meeting anyone suitable down the traditional route and surely he won’t be picked anyway…?
Thrown into the chaos of reality TV, Barney could never have expected that his whole life would be turned upside down, with buried secrets to be uncovered and his heart on the line. With his family and friends rooting for him, could the magic of Bumblebee Barn heal his broken heart and help him find love on the farm?
Join top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for a brand new standalone novel of love, family and second chances.
Readers are loving Bumblebee Barn and I’m so chuffed that it went past the 1,000 reviews/ratings on Amazon at the start of the week so a huge thank you to everyone who has shared the book love.
In other news, it’s just under 4 weeks until my next release. My nineteenth book, Summer Nights at The Starfish Café is out on 6th April. It’s available for per-order on Kindle UK here and Kindle US here.
It has also gone up for pre-order on Audible. The full details aren’t there at the time of writing e.g. it hasn’t got a running time yet and it says the narrator is Kitty Kelly. That’s correct but Kitty is the guest narrator, telling Kerry’s story. Hollie’s chapters are still narrated by the amazing Lucy Brownhill who has narrated the other two audiobooks in the series – Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café and Spring Tides at The Starfish Café.
You can find pre-order the Audible UK version here and the Audible US version here.
Can you read or listen to this book as a standalone? Yes, but I say that with significant hesitation. Kerry’s story is new although she did appear as a minor character in book 2. Hollie and Jake’s story starts in book 1 and develops across the series and I really don’t think you will get the full reading enjoyment if you start with book 3. A couple of the plot points in this third book don’t really make sense in isolation. Well, they do because I give the back story needed as a reminder to those who have had a gap between reading the books, but there’s a much richer reading experience to be had by starting at the beginning.
If you’re interested in a print version, the large print version and the hardback are up for pre-order at the moment. You can tell they’re special versions due to the price. The paperback will retail at £12.99 and may go up for pre-order or be available on the day. If anyone wants a signed copy, please do comment or contact me on social media as I have stock which will be £14 including p&p in the UK.
Here’s what this book is all about…
Welcome back to The Starfish Café for a glorious summer, but with a few dark clouds on the horizon…
A new beginning…
As her summer wedding to Jake approaches, Hollie is excited for their new beginning as a family. But when some unexpected news threatens the future she and Jake had hoped for, Hollie will need to find the strength to overcome heartache once more.
A fragile heart….
Single mum, Kerry, loves her job at The Starfish Café, but behind the brave smiles and laughter with customers there is a sadness deep within. So when someone from her past re-appears in her life, Kerry can either hide away or face her demons and try to finally move on from her heartbreak.
A summer to remember…
For Hollie and Kerry it promises to be an emotional rollercoaster of a summer, but the community at The Starfish Café will always be there to help them through – after all, with courage nothing is impossible…
Join top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for a wonderful summer at the seaside, full of love, friendship and community spirit.
And my final offer for today is on Kindle Australia where the final book in the Hedgehog Hollow series – Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow – is on a Kindle daily deal. This is on Saturday 11th March and, as it’s already Saturday in Australia, this offer has now kicked in. Readers can pick it up for the bargain price of $1.19 on SATURDAY ONLY. You can find it here.
With it being the final book of six, you can probably guess what I’m going to say here? NOT a standalone book. Yes, you can pick it up and read it as it’s a complete story but there are so many characters who have been building up across the entire series and so many threads tying together that I wouldn’t. I really would encourage readers to go back to the start and enjoy the whole journey. But, you might want to add this to your Kindle while it’s on the daily deal and add the others to it later.
The blurb if you haven’t read this one yet…
It’s the countdown to Christmas at Hedgehog Hollow Wildlife Rescue Centre, and everyone is gearing up for a festive season to remember…
It should be the most wonderful time of the year for Samantha and Josh as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby. But life at Hedgehog Hollow rarely goes to plan and the pair are faced with adversaries, old and new, and unexpected challenges to overcome.
Fizz’s job at the heart of the rescue centre is a dream come true but her personal life is more like a nightmare. With her love life a disaster and her past about to dramatically catch up with her, she needs the love and support of her Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever.
As the snow falls over Hedgehog Hollow, will Samantha and Fizz find the Christmas miracle they need to overcome their heartache and find happiness?
Top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland welcomes you back to Hedgehog Hollow this Christmas for the final time in this series for a heartfelt story of love, family, friendship – and hedgehogs of course!
That’s it from me for now. Wishing you a fabulous weekend. It’s my husband’s birthday tomorrow and also our dog’s but, due to the weather, we’re having a quiet day at home rather than attempting to go out and about, with a Chinese takeaway for tea and a family film.