Thank you, 2019… and our 2020 vision!

We’ve had an amazing year in 2019 at Fabrian Books, being joined by a couple of new authors, having another bumper crop of best-sellers and lots of other highlights in our writing careers that some of us would love to tell you about, along with our hopes for 2020… so here goes!


Jen Sumner

2019 has been quite the ride for Jen Sumner – a new writing team alter-ego for Jennie and Steve Dunn. We’ve written and released four books throughout this year, all Feel-Good Romances which comprise the first four entries in the well-received and-reviewed Luxmore Park series. Part 5 is already being written, with a prequel now in the works too. Fans are already asking for more, describing the characters as “old friends”, and Luxmore Park as somewhere they wish they could visit in real life. We are already developing ideas for future series too. Many more adventures to come! In the meantime, you can enjoy Annie and Seb’s stories here for only 99p per book! Merry Christmas.


Merryn Allingham

My highlight of 2019 has been the success of books I wrote nearly five years ago! Strange but true. When recently the publisher brought out another six thousand copies of each title in the Daisy’s War trilogy, they sold within months, and the kindle editions rose in the charts. In an era of fast fiction (as well as fast fashion), that was comforting. And a confidence boost, as I’m embarking on a new series,The Tremayne Mysteries – this time comprising five novels. I’m not sure if that’s bold or insane! Each book in the series will focus on a different crime in a different location, but the three main characters are a constant and their developing relationship will be as important as the crime. The first in the series is already out — The Venice Atonement on, and Kobo.


Linda Huber (aka Melinda Huber)

My 2019 has two main highlights. The first, in March, was the publication of Stolen Sister, my eighth psychological suspense novel. This one’s set in my old home town, Glasgow, so I really enjoyed writing it. Then in summer came the fifth and final novella in my Melinda Huber ‘…in Switzerland’ series, Wedding Bells in Switzerland, set just metres from my home on the banks of lovely Lake Constance. As you can guess by the title, there’s a wedding involved – but it doesn’t quite go to plan… You can find out more here.

Apart from these two big events, the most important items in my writing diary are always the meet-ups I have with my little group of writers here in Switzerland. Alison Baillie and Louise Mangos are crime writers; Cass Grafton writes romance, I wouldn’t miss these for the world – we brainstorm ideas, encourage each other, cry on each other’s shoulders (nobody ‘gets’ it like another writer) and celebrate our successes with a glass or two of prosecco. And my biggest wish for 2020 is to do something similar with the other Fabrian books writers – cheers, all!


Deirdre Palmer (aka Zara Thorne)

My highlight of 2019 has to be the publication of The Wife’s Revenge by Darkstroke (an imprint of Crooked Cat), written under my real name, Deirdre Palmer. This was my first foray into the psychological thriller genre, and exciting to write, though challenging. It’s available in ebook and paperback form, here. My plans for 2020 are modest, but again, challenging, as I’m planning a new psychological thriller. I’ve also begun a new ‘Zara Thorne’ book, a romance called When I First Saw You, which will be published early in the new year. If there’s time, I’d like to write a new Christmas book for next year, too.


Laura Wilkinson (aka Cheri Davies)

The end of another year – another decade! If I’m honest, 2019 has been a tough year for me, but I’m not going to dwell. The highlights… finishing another ‘Laura’ novel and finishing a Cheri novel – The Manhattan Effect, the sequel to The Prosecco Effect, part two of Felicity and Orlando’s story in which our gorgeous, troubled duo head to the Big Apple (the clue’s in the title! It’s not just a drink 😊). Designer Jules is currently working on a revamped cover for The Prosecco Effect after which she’ll be beavering away on the next cover. I can’t wait to show it to you. Similarly, I’m looking forward to publishing The Manhattan Effect under the Fabrian banner early in 2020 (I do like the look of that number). As for my hopes for the coming year… I hope to find more readers for Cheri’s books and find a home for my Laura novel. I hope to read even more fabulous books than I did in 2019 and from the looks of what my fellow Fabrian authors and others are up to that won’t be difficult! I hope to continue being grateful for my relative good fortune, and to make the most of each day – the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You can check out The Prosecco Effect for yourself here.


Sharon Booth

I’ve been looking back over the year and thinking that I really hadn’t achieved much at all in 2019. In fact, I’ve been giving myself quite a hard time over it! So I decided to double check to see what I’d actually done, and I got a pleasant surprise. I clearly haven’t been faffing about as much as I thought!

I’ve released my first two audios books with WF Howes, as well as combining the first and second books in the Skimmerdale series as a collection, releasing my second Witches of Castle Clair book, adding new novels to the Bramblewick and Home for Christmas series, and achieving several best seller flags. 2019 has also seen the release of the first four Bramblewick books as paperbacks, with some of them also coming out with my large print publisher, Ulverscroft. To complete 2019, the final Bramblewick novel, Christmas at Cuckoo Nest Cottage will be published in mid-December.

I think I’m going to stop beating myself up about not doing enough this year! But, before I get too complacent, I have to think ahead to 2020, and there’s a lot to do there! I have more collections to publish, more paperbacks, and at some point, I’d like to produce more audio books. Next year, for me, will be about finishing off my ongoing projects. The spring will bring the final Witches book, for instance. I’ve loved working on all my series, but I have so many new ideas jostling for their turn that I do feel it’s time to move on. 2021 will find me in my new settings which, trust me, are just as beautiful and filled with as many delightful characters as Kearton Bay, Skimmerdale and all the other places we’ve visited together. There’s a lot of work to do before I can leave my old friends behind, though, and that includes writing at least five books next year. Is it achievable? Ask me again this time next year!

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Jo Bartlett

This year has been amazing, but it seems to have flashed by in the blink of an eye. I’ve released books 13, 14, 15 and 16 and I’ve been lucky enough to receive best seller flags for all four. I was also thrilled to make the overall Kindle top 100 this year, and win three Amazon All Star awards for being a Top 100 most read author. Somehow those pinch myself moments still don’t seem real! The biggest highlight of 2019, though, has been the feedback I’ve received from some of my readers. Being told that I’ve made someone’s holiday extra special because they loved escaping into one of my books so much, or that it’s helped get them through a difficult time, of illness or bereavement, by providing an escape to a feel-good story, really makes it all worthwhile. My hopes for 2020 (like Laura, I love the look of that date!) are for more of the same and hopefully to achieve something new with a second writing identity… I’ll keep you posted on that one, but in the meantime I hope you have an amazing Christmas and that all your dreams for 2020 come true too.


Alys West

During 2019 I have been hard at work completing my third novel, STORM WITCH (the second book in the Spellworker Chronicles) which will be published in March/April 2020. The book is set in Orkney and picks up the story six weeks after the end of BELTANE. The first chapter of STORM WITCH is available to read here.

I have also been busy teaching creative writing at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. If you’re in Yorkshire then you may want to check out the courses I’m teaching in 2020 which are on self-publishing, writing suspense and preparing to submit your manuscript. You can find out more here.

In 2020 I’m looking forward to working with more writers to develop their work through my book whispering and mentoring services. I’ll also be starting work on a new historical fantasy novel set in Whitby.


Jackie Ladbury

I never really feel in control of the stories I write as I’m more of a muddler than a planner, almost surprising myself when I actually finish writing a book, so am quite proud that in 2019 I had two books published: The Potters Daughter and Happy Christmas Eve by Ruby Fiction. I recently started writing another historical almost as a vague idea I was toying with, but before I knew it I had thirty thousand words down. Another 60,000 and it will be finished (gulp!) I still want to write contemporary romances too, and am a very tentative 10,000 words into A Sorrento Summer (working title) which is on the back-burner at the moment. Christmas Kisses on Hollywell Hill took almost two years to write, on and off and I’m especially proud of it, as I wasn’t even sure if it was any good until people started telling me that it was their favourite book of the season – I still adore the cover too. So, hope you all have a Happy Christmas and if you’re going to read one Christmas book this year make it Christmas Kisses on Hollywell Hil Emoji You can find out more about me and my books on my website.


Pat Posner

My writing highlight of 2019 has been setting up a new Facebook group for all those people, including my loyal and lovely readers, who remember the prefab era with such fondness. It’s been great sharing photographs and memories, and being transported back to a time when life seemed so much simpler. If you fancy joining in with the fun, you can find the page here. In 2020, I’ll be releasing a new set of stories from the popular Broome Park Prefab Village series and, in the meantime, if you fancy a Christmas visit to Broome Park, you can find a wealth of feel-good stories in Christmas Roses.


Helen Phifer

2019 has been a very busy year with so much going on that I can hardly believe we’re nearly at the end! There have been a few writing related highlights for me this year. The first was striking out and doing something totally different, in setting up a book club, which takes place at my local Costa. Anyone who follows me on social media, or knows me in real life, will be aware that I’m a bit of a Costa coffee addict! I set up the group to encourage me to read more widely across different genres, as I think there’s so much to learn from all of them. It’s a been a great way of doing that and, of course, meeting lots of lovely like-minded new friends. My other highlight was the release of my new series with Bookouture. The series follows the personal and professional life of pathologist, Beth Adams, and the first book ‘The Girl in the Grave’ has been really well received by readers and reviewers alike. So I was excited to release book 2 The Girls in the Lake this week and I can’t wait to hear what readers think! In 2020, I’ll be working on a new writing contract and the details of that will be announced soon. I also hope to go back to my first love of writing horror, but I just need to find some more hours in the day first Emoji


We hope you’ve enjoyed reading  our highlights of 2019 and our plans for 2020. The Fabrian Books’ team would like to wish all our readers the very merriest of Christmas seasons and a wonderful New Year!



A Lake in Switzerland

The first time I saw Lake Constance was when I spent a long weekend there with a girlfriend and her parents, way back in the eighties, shortly after I came to Switzerland. We arrived at the hotel, went up to our second-floor bedrooms, and – wow. There it was, a huge expanse of blue, stretching from Austria on the right, all the way along the Swiss bank in front and to the left, with Germany just visible on the opposite side.

Little did I know back then that one day I’d be living on the banks of this lake, and even less did I imagine I’d ever be a published writer. Now, X years and nine books later, I finally have a novel set here.

The view I saw that first time is the one admired by Stacy and Emily at the start of A Lake in Switzerland. Like me, they were gobsmacked, and like me, they visited many of the local tourist attractions during their time at the Lakeside Hotel. It’s a very picturesque area, though maybe not as well-known as the Matterhorn, for instance, or Lake Lucerne, or the mountains of the Bernese Oberland.

And that’s part of its charm. We have tourists here, but not in swarms. There’s space, and peace along the lakeside even in summer. Stacy and Emily have a hard time sightseeing at first, due to Emily’s injury, but with a little help they manage a cable car trip, a visit to the truly spectacular Rhine Falls, and of course, a boat trip on the lake. And all the time I was writing, I was sitting at my desk by the window, blue water flickering through trees along the lake bank in front of me, remembering my own visits to these places.

How lucky am I that I can re-visit so easily?


If you’d like to know more about life in N.E. Switzerland, have a look at my blog – regular posts about books, writing, and of course, lovely Switzerland!

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And you can read about Stacy and Emily’s adventures in A Lake in Switzerland here:

My (not so) Strange Addiction by Jo Bartlett

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m addicted… to watching medical documentaries.  It’s not the blood and gore that grips me, or even the drama of the pending diagnosis, it’s the emotions of the people involved. My favourite is probably 24 Hours in A&E, because they film talking head segments with the patients and their loved ones, alongside footage of the action in the emergency department itself.  These segments give such an insight into relationships, love, loss and the ties that bind, that each one could probably warrant a novel in itself.

With this addiction and the impact that the stories behind the emergencies have on me, I guess it was only a matter of time before I wrote a novel with a medical theme.  A Highland Practice is set in the wilds of Scotland and, whilst it’s centred around a rural GPs’ surgery, it has its fair share of high octane emergency, between the more routine consultations.

I was in America recently and watched a documentary over there about a woman in India who was purportedly crying blood. To cut a long story very short, it turned out she was actually biting the inside of her cheek so hard that it bled, so she could use it to convince her family she was crying blood. Why? Because she’d suffered agonising stomach pains for years and no-one would take any notice of her. In the remote Indian village where she lived, it took the perceived threat of supernatural forces to make anyone notice her pain. The happy ending was that the doctors in the city realised what was happening, gave her a placebo for the crying (so her family were none the wiser about what she’d done) and operated to resolve her stomach pain.

Medical staff have to deal with all sorts of situations and it seems to me that as often as not the emotional and psychological needs of patients are just as demanding, if not more so, than the physical ones. I hope I’ve manged to capture that in A Highland Practice too. It’s got medical themes, of course, but ultimately it’s about people, friendships, love and the uniqueness of life in a rural community. And if you’re kind enough to download it, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did researching it.

Jo Bartlett

Happy Publication Day, Jackie Ladbury!


Air Guitar and Caviar is the book of my heart, and I’m so happy that it’s finally seeing the light of day. It was the first full length book that I actually finished and it went through the New Writers’ Scheme in the Romantic Novelists’ Association about five years ago. It wasn’t ready for publication then, and as my ‘reader’ noted, for a light romance, it probably wasn’t the best idea to have a young girl die in it! Think I was just trying to up the ante on the emotion front.

Moving forward a few years, I unearthed ‘Blue Skies and Stars,’ as it was then called, and read through it again, remembering how much I’d loved my hero Dylan, the busker. I completely re-wrote the story in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge and at the end of it, I just thought–yep, this is the book that’s going to mean something to me!

I resurrected Dylan because he is so lovely and although he becomes famous, he is a bit of a caring chap, so no bad boy, rock star dude there, just a charming, charismatic man who is desperately in love. I almost think of him as a real person, which is probably not as weird as it sounds, to anyone who has ever written a book.

So, I hope you love Dylan as much as I do, and will forgive Scarlett, the air stewardess, her foibles- she is a bit of a damaged lady, but as with any romance, love wins through.

Dylan Willis and Scarlett De Verre- it’s your turn to shine!



We are so delighted that, finally, Jackie’s debut novel, Air Guitar and Caviar, is available to buy. We absolutely loved it as soon as we read it, and we know you’re all going to love it, too. Congratulations, Jackie! You can buy this fabulous novel here.

Double Delight for February!

agac-final-coverWe are absolutely delighted to announce that February will bring two new additions to Fabrian Books. Jackie Ladbury’s gorgeously romantic debut novel, Air Guitar and Caviar, will be published on February 5th and will be available in Kindle and paperback formats.

Here’s the blurb:

Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.

He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.

Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

the-saturday-secret-ebook-for-amazonA little later in the month, it’s the turn of established author, Linda Huber, who – in a dramatic change from her usual psychological suspense novels – has put together a collection of fifteen feel-good short stories, previously published in magazines. The Saturday Secret will available from mid-February in Kindle and paperback formats. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

The Saturday Secret and other Stories is a collection of fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional.

The Party Partners   Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?

Family Matters   Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.

Corinna’s Big Day   It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…

Lucky for Some   You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!

Patiently Waiting   Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…

The Saturday Secret   What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…

We can’t wait for February so we can share these wonderful books with you at last. Look out for more news coming soon, and remember, this is just the start of another amazing year at Fabrian Books!