Thursday, 23 July 2020

Welcome to Summer at Rachel's Pudding Pantry!

Today is publication day for 'Summer at Rachel's Pudding Pantry'. Yippee! 

It's so wonderful to be welcoming you back to Primrose Farm in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. The Swinton ladies are battling to keep the farm and the fabulous Pudding Pantry tearooms going, and life is as busy as ever. 

Love and marriage is a minefield for some and a wonderful new adventure for others, and ooh, do I hear wedding bells on the horizon?! But true love never did run smooth, so you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next ...

With friendship, family, a sprinkling of romance, baking galore and some fabulous new recipes to try, you'll be sure to have a fun and escape for a while. Indeed, why not curl up with a cup of tea and a homemade treat? Happy reading!

Lots of love, 

Caroline x

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Come on in for Christmas at Rachel's Pudding Pantry!

Wow, I never imagined I'd be telling you about my 8th published book! So, dare to dream folks, work hard at it, and it can happen! Welcome to Christmas at Rachel's Pudding Pantry ...  ðŸŽ‰ðŸ¾ðŸŽ„📚❄️ 

I'm delighted to be able to welcome you back to beautiful Primrose Farm in Northumberland for love, laughter, family, friendship and a fabulous festive time.

I so enjoyed writing about the wonderful Swinton ladies, who in this book are battling to keep the Pudding Pantry and the farm going through the difficult winter days. With recipes galore to keep you baking and your mouth watering, I hope you enjoy my new, heartwarming Christmas story.

All best wishes,

Caroline x

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Welcome to Rachel's Pudding Pantry!

Welcome to Rachel’s Pudding Pantry at Primrose Farm! 

My new book is now out, so come on in for a heart-warming story of family, friendship, love, and loss. You’ll find yourself in a glorious Northumberland farm setting with puddings galore and even a couple of recipes – and who can’t resist a slice of sticky toffee pudding!

Look out for 'Rachel's Pudding Pantry' in Sainsbury’s, Tescos, Asda and online through Amazon and all your e-book outlets.

Just to let you know, I’m finding that my readers are chatting to me more via my Facebook page /CarolineRobertsAuthor and Twitter @_caroroberts, so I won’t be posting here as often. I’ve also just joined Instagram as carolinerobertsauthor. Please hop across and find me there, where you’ll discover lots of writing chat, photos, news, views and details of any upcoming events.

Thanks so much for following my writing journey so far and do keep in touch!

All best wishes,

Caroline x
Northumberland Farming View

Thursday, 28 June 2018

All Things Chocolate!

It's publication day of The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop and I'm celebrating all things chocolate!

A couple of years ago, I was doing one of my first ever library talks with a grand audience of two people. The wonderful thing was that one of those people was a chocolatier. In conversation that evening, the lovely June Carruthers said I could always contact her if I ever felt like writing about chocolate. Well then, that set the seed in my mind.

When I wanted a new setting for my second series of Cosy books where better than a chocolate shop by the sea! I always say to write what you are passionate about and I'm certainly passionate about chocolate - it's such wonderful stuff and you can make so much with it: truffles, ice creams, milkshakes, brownies, cakes, croissants, cookies, all sorts of divine chocolates and more.

So the research had to begin in earnest (it's a hard job but somebody's gotta do it!). June was so friendly and welcomed me to her home where we ended up having a chocolate making and tasting session.

Next, I visited the fabulous chocolate shop and café Cabosse in Warkworth, in my home county of Northumberland, where I met and interviewed Louise Frederique a french chocolatiere. Her shop is  so inspiring and quaint that the Chocolate Shop in the fictional village of Warkton-by-the-sea in my novel is based on that. It was Christmas time and the displays were wonderful - enough to make your mouth water.

I have also chatted with The Chocolate Spa in Alnwick, Kiki's Chocolates in Coldingham and Bev Stephenson from North Chocolates. Huge thanks to everyone for their time, help and support.

I hope you enjoy reading my new book. Settle down on a summer's day with a chilled glass of prosecco, your favourite chocolates and escape to The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop. And look out for the truffle recipe in the back! Here's some I made earlier ...

Happy reading!

Love and best wishes,

Caroline x

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Chocolates, Fragile Hearts, Friends, Family & Fun at the Seaside!

ONLY A WEEK TO GO! My next book 'The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop' is due out on 28th June in all e-book versions. (Paperback to follow soon on 26th July).

The story continues the adventures of chocolatier, Emma, at The Chocolate Shop by the Sea in the beautiful harbour village of Warkton-by-the Sea, Northumberland. The setting is inspired by my local villages of Craster and Warkworth, and our stunning beaches such as Embleton and Bamburgh here in the North East of England.

Craster harbour

So, what can you expect? A heartwarming story with a few extra twists in the relationship between Emma and the rather gorgeous Max, with work getting very much in the way for both of them, and a blast from the past with a new character, Nate. But as well as a few teary moments, there's fun and laughter with prosecco parties, walks on the beach, a food festival, chocolates, ice creams galore, and a new cosy courtyard for the summer season at the chocolate shop.

Embleton beach

Come on in and have some fun, meet some new friends, and escape to a fabulous chocolate shop by the sea for what I hope you'll find is a great summer read!

I'll be back on the blog next week for launch day (yippee!) with lots of chocolate inspirations.

See you soon.

Caroline x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A magical night at the RoNAs!

Monday evening, 5th March, was The Romantic Novelists' Awards night at the wonderful Gladstone Library in London - and what a ball I had! I just wanted to share some of my magic moments from that evening.

'My Summer of Magic Moments' was shortlisted for The Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year, which was a huge honour. Here I am with the other fabulous shortlistees: Milly Johnson, Julie Cohen, Sue Moorcroft, Holly Hepburn, Me!, Ruth Hogan, Debby Holt and Heidi Swain. 

It was lovely to meet and chat with my fellow authors especially on such an exciting night. Huge congratulations to Julie Cohen - the winner of our category - with her book 'Together'! And to Dani Atkins the overall winner of The Romantic Novel of the Year with 'This Love'.

The support of my editors Charlotte Brabbin, Charlotte Ledger and the team at HarperImpulse, also my agent Hannah Ferguson has been brilliant. So it was special to be sharing the night with them! Thank you.

And, it was so lovely to have my daughter Amie there with me - celebrating my nomination and her birthday! I even got to meet Jilly Cooper!

Thanks to all my readers, the fabulous book-blogging community and anyone who has reviewed and enjoyed this book! 

It was a very special evening and a magic moment indeed!

Caroline x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Curveballs, magic moments and a very special date!

Three years ago, on the 5th March, my first novel 'The Torn Up Marriage' was published with Harper Collins after ten years of trying to get a publishing deal! 

Tomorrow, yes the 5th March, I am going to The Romantic Novel Awards event down in London where my fourth book 'My Summer of Magic Moments' is shortlisted for The Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year - how wonderful is that. Being shortlisted along with such talented authors is an honour in itself, and I feel so proud of my writing and the fact I stuck at it when it looked like I might never get published. It's also fabulous that the book is set in one of my favourite places, Bamburgh.

Oh, and 25 years ago tomorrow my first child, my lovely daughter Amie, was born (that was after a miscarriage and two years of trying). So guess who's coming along to the award ceremony with me?! The 5th March is such a significant date in my life.

It will be lovely to celebrate my shortlisting with my brilliant team from HarperImpulse and my fabulous agent Hannah Ferguson and to meet the other authors. So, despite the effects of the 'Beast from the East' blizzards here in Northumberland, I'll be braving snowdrifts to get out of our village, and with a limited train service currently running from my local station due to the snow,  getting to London (300 miles away) could be challenging. But, I'm determined to get there to the awards! 

Life throws us all curveballs at times. Hard work, patience, perseverance, learning as you go, finding another way, and the support of family and friends helps you through, and despite all the ups and downs somehow hanging on to the belief that it's still worth trying. 

Keep striving for your dreams folks - you never know where it might lead you!

All best wishes, oh and wish me luck!!

Caroline x