There’s a long time between writing The End and publication; Looking back at Please Release Me

Book cover for Please Release Me - a bride at sunrise

About two years ago, I wrote a post about the character Sally and Grace, who were mere doodles at the time.  Now they are finally ready to be released into the real world. PLEASE RELEASE ME will be published by Choc Lit next month and is available to preorder now.

Look, isn’t it lovely!

Book cover for Please Release Me - a bride at sunrise
Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter (Choc Lit)

What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

I’ve just gone back and read my old post from September 2013. The scene I posted there is still pretty much the same, apart from the swearing, which has been removed. I cleaned up Sally’s language a lot during edits.

I will be donating 50% of my royalties from this book to Martin House Children’s Hospice. Why? Because I was blown away by the amazing work they do.

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Doctor January is released in e-Format!

graphic cover with silhouettes
Doctor Janaury book cover
Doctor January Lab-Lit Romance


I’ve ever so excited today. First there was the news that Doctor January was released as an ebook today – a whole month and a bit before the paperback comes out.

And then the post arrived:

A box of author copies of Doctor January in paperback.
The BEST parcel ever!


Now I feel like a real grown-up author! Woohoo!

I would LOVE it if you could share my good news. Any shares, tweets, G+s, telling your friends etc would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Right. Now I need to go celebrate with an ice cream sundae.


Having a Ball – cover art

Fab cover designed by Umber Creative
Fab cover designed by Umber Creative
Having a Ball

Ta daah! The cover art for my next book Having a Ball has arrived. I’m so excited about it I can’t stop smiling.

In case you were wondering what Having a Ball is all about (you were wondering – right?), here’s the blurb:

When the going gets tough, the tough throw a party.

Stevie has always relied on her brother to bail her out of trouble. Now she needs to prove to him that she can be independent and mature. When she takes on a job organising a charity ball for some slightly barmy retired academics, she’s not expecting to fall in love with the rambling old house, the even more rambling family that lives there and Tom, the boss’s son. If she can make the ball a success she could show the world, and herself, that she’s her own woman. She doesn’t need anyone else. Nope. Not anyone. Not at all.

It will be published by Uncial Press next year ( Feb 2013). For those of you who’ve read Patently in Love, it’s Stevie’s story.  The cover art was done my Umber Creative, who are a lovely bunch of people. One of them even has a grandmother whose name was Rhoda Baxter. What are the chances of that, eh?