Thursday, December 03, 2009


Today's author is someone very special - my critique partner and "writing sister" Michelle Styles.  We've been working together since 2003.  She sold to Harlequin Historicals in 2005, a year before I sold to Romance.  Now she's working on her 14th book for Mills and Boon/Harlequin.  Her latest release is The Viking's Captive Princess which is out in North America RIGHT NOW - and it's a fantastic read!

Here's a bit about Michelle:

Although I was born and raised near San Francisco, California, USA, I have lived in Britain since 1988 when I married .

The deal was if he passed his Bar exams, I would quit my job in insurance, and go to Northumberland, see how I liked it for a year and then we would decide where our future together would be. We spent our honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies discussing how and why if he were an examiner, my husband would surely have failed. He flew back to the UK and arrived the morning the results were print in The Times. The first time through, he missed his name but then saw it -- the examiners had not followed his fears, but had passed with him with a high mark. My hand trembled as I hung up the phone. It had come to pass. I was about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. I gave my notice to my manager who was sorry to lose me, made arrangements for furniture to be sent across the Atlantic and started reading Catherine Cookson novels to get a flavour of the area. For although I spent my junior year of college at Lancaster University, I had not bothered to travel to the North East.

After reading about ten novels and Catherine Cookson’s autobiography, I thought -- oh no what have I done here and rapidly checked with my manager I could return to my job if things did not work out. I need not have worried. Northumberland is beautiful, truly a forgotten corner of the British Isles with green fields, stone buildings and a landscape littered with castles, and Roman remains. I fell in love with the North East, and in particular with the Tyne Valley. So after, all this time, with three children, two dogs, two cats, and assort of chickens and ducks, I believe we are settled.

A copy of The Viking's Captive Princess is added to the tote bag of books and goodies.

To enter, e-mail me at and put today's clue of PUDDING in the subject line.  Why pudding?  Well, because when Michelle and I had just met, one of the first favours she did me was sending me her Christmas pudding recipe.  Which reminds me - just about time to give mine another shot of brandy...

See you all tomorrow when I get to showcase another great author!


  1. It is just as well that you explained about pudding as I wondered!

    I am very honoured to be here and to be taking part in this!

  2. I'm glad you're here too. Lots of entries coming in!


  3. Can we win if we've never tried Christmas Pudding? Yes, five years in the UK and I never tried it.


  4. I wonder if the recipe is like the dark fruity pudding that was handed down in my family.

    I love all the contacts that you have with writers living in the UK. I went over to university more than fifty years ago, and made my first return trip in 2007. I need another one soon!

  5. Anonymous5:54 p.m.

    I have heard the words "Christmas Pudding", but I don't know what it is.

  6. Of course you can Angel! And Hazel - it is a dark fruity pudding. Suet and bread crumbs and raisins and fruit and brandy. Mmmmm. I had to do a big search to find a pudding mold to steam it in. It really needs 5-6 weeks to ripen. Michelle sent me her recipe for hard sauce too I think, but my girls don't like it, so I make a hot lemon sauce instead.

  7. Michele writes real good historicals!

  8. Can I still enter?

    And, Hi Michelle.

  9. my MIL used to make Christmas pudding and then have a brown sugar sauce to pour over. Yummy.

  10. I've never had Christmas Pudding that I can remember, but I'll have to give it a go. I love to cook during the holidays!