Vancouver Island Author, Anneli Purchase, Writes Second Book, Third to Follow


Readers are captivated by The Wind Weeps, set on the West Coast of Canada. It is the story of Andrea, a pretty young woman swept off her feet by a handsome commercial fisherman. Before she realizes she has made a mistake, she is out of reach of help, and finds herself in grave danger. This book highlights not only the beauty, but also the remoteness of the British Columbia coast. Andrea’s predicament adds suspense and drama. (My review of The Wind Weeps can be read HERE)

Anneli’s next book has a lighter theme without losing the page-turning tension factor.

In Orion’s Gift, a romantic suspense story, the coastal setting is farther south. Sylvia, a California girl, receives news that causes her to leave her philandering husband and her fancy home near San Diego. At the same time, Kevin, an Alberta hardware store owner divorces his bullying wife and leaves everything behind to run away to Baja. When Kevin and Sylvia meet and fall in love, two things stand in the way of their happiness. One—the secrets they keep from each other. Two—their vindictive ex-spouses hunting them down. The exotic landscape of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula provides the backdrop for this story of romance and treachery.

Anneli’s articles have been published in Canadian Stories Magazine and The Canadian Fly Fisher, now called The New Fly Fisher E-zine. She is in the process of publishing her third novel, Julia’s Violinist, which should come out early next year.

The Wind Weeps and Orion’s Gift are available in paperback or e-book format at and

Here are all the links you need to find out more about Anneli Purchase and her books.

Links for Orion’s Gift:



Links for The Wind Weeps





My Week in Pictures

Festival of Romance, Bedford, 16th – 18th November

Bedford, The River Ouse

Laura E James (my roomy for the weekend) and I, just heading off for the FoR Awards Dinner

Party Room – The Romaniacs were put on a table at the back of the room – I wonder why?

My turn as Quiz Master

Goodnight Bedford

Hello London!

Wednesday 21st November, RNA Winter Party

Entertainment on the Tube Wednesday Afternoon

The new Romaniac hotel

RNA Winter Party
Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Bush Tucker Trials

The Romaniacs

Have spent a very quiet weekend recovering

Mistletoe in Manhattan – Talli Roland

As the daughter of Christmas-any-time party planners, Holly West has been surrounded by the holiday spirit since birth. Trouble is, she’s not exactly filled with festive cheer. In fact, Holly can’t wait to ditch the Santa suit for champagne and celebs, and become a party planner to the stars. 

When TV star Dean Layton hires her parents’ company to throw his holiday bash in Manhattan, Holly jumps at the chance to help, confident she can handle a little Christmas in exchange for access to Dean’s exclusive world. 

But New York and Dean’s over-the-top demands are more than Holly bargained for. Can Holly deck the halls and make it a party to be proud of, or will this Christmas end her dreams for good?

Holly West, a 22 year old from an English village, finds herself in New York organising the Christmas party of all Christmas parties.  She is used to being the Elf for her parents’ all year round Christmas party company but celebrity Dean Layton is in a different league.  Can she pull this off and make her dreams come true or is it a case of be careful what you wish for?

A delightful short read, great for curling up on the sofa on a cosy wintery night.

Mistletoe in Manhattan  also gives readers a sneak peek of Talli Roland’s novel The Pollyanna Plan, due out late November.

Links for Talli Roland

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To buy Mistletoe in Manhattan and other books by Talli Roland on Amazon click HERE

Dream A Little Dream by Sue Moorcroft

What would you give to make your dreams come true?

Liza Reece has a dream. Working as a reflexologist for a troubled holistic centre isn’t enough. When the opportunity arises to take over the Centre she jumps at it. Problem is, she needs funds, and fast, as she’s not the only one interested.

Dominic Christy has dreams of his own. Diagnosed as suffering from a rare sleep disorder, disillusioned with his live-in girlfriend and discharged from the job he adored as an Air Traffic Controller, he’s single-minded in his aims. He has money, and plans for the Centre that don’t include Liza and her team.

But dreams have a way of shifting and changing and Dominic’s growing fascination with Liza threatens to reshape his. And then it’s time to wake up to the truth …

My Thoughts

As usual with Sue Moorcroft’s novels, you really get to know the characters, the hero sizzles from the word go and there is no end of conflict with the heroine but you find yourself really willing them on to sort things out.

I liked the fact that it was set in Middledip where I had ‘visited’ before with ‘Starting Over’ and ‘All That Mullarkey’ and was able to catch up with some of the earlier characters.

Getting to know Liza properly was a real treat. She comes across as a tough cookie, but underneath the bravado she’s just trying to protect herself and deal with the huge guilt trip she’s on.  Dominic Christy has problems of his own both medically and personally.  It was interesting to find out more about his sleep disorder – how this diagnosis had impacted on his life and how he struggled to come to terms with the physical and emotional effects.

The secondary characters and sub-plots add to the story line and weave in and out of the plot with ease.  There are some twists and turns along the way, with a great little surprise at the end.  I couldn’t finish without mentioning the fabulous Crosswind – what a great canine character he is!

Dream A Little Dream can be purchased through Amazon on Kindle and in paperback by clicking HERE

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Twitter : @suemoorcroft

Published by ChocLit Publishing who kindly sent me a copy to review

Pausing for Thought

Conflicts past and present

“When you walk in peaceful lanes so green – remember us – and think what might have been” 

Frederick Rowland  (Grandad 1908-1982)



Served in North Africa and Italy

Letter home, 21 January 1944, Italy

Thomas Morris (Pops 1914-1970)


Oxon & Bucks Light Infantry

Served in Holland

On a recent trip to London,  I took a detour via Green Park to see the Memorial to the RAF Bomber Command

Very moving to see some personal stories and messages left by families

The Next Big Thing

I have been tagged in The Next Big Thing a few times now, but a plea from the lovely Sarah Tranter for someone to pass the baton on to, well, I’m not very good at saying no, so here goes…

What is the title of your book?

Once Upon A … Secret

I’m hoping to write a ‘Once Upon A …’ trilogy based on the same character, spanning three decades.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

A variety of places really – reading different genres such as romance and thrillers, from films, television, the news  – all these things have probably influenced my ideas to lesser or greater degrees.  I suppose the nugget that started it all off, the theme if you like, was whether it is possible to love two people at the same time which then posed the question of whether you ever really know someone.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romantic suspense – I like to think of it as a bit of a thriller but in a girly way.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a film version?

That’s a really hard question, one which I keep coming back to but haven’t come up with a definitive answer.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Having work shopped this recently with Julie Cohen, I would say …

Once Upon A … Secret is a romantic suspense novel about a woman who has to choose between the husband she thought was dead and the officer investigating his past criminal activities.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Undecided at this point, assuming I was lucky enough to be offered representation by an agency. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to both.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Erm … still writing.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I really couldn’t say – different people see different things in books.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I decided I would write what I enjoy reading.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The first book is set in the 1990’s so there might be a bit of nostalgia there for some readers.  I’ve had great fun looking up all the social references, news, songs, films and fashion for the 1990’s although have to admit, the 80’s are a really tempting starting place – I could yet change my mind!