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I can’t believe that summer is almost over. We set up our new little holiday home here in Southport back in May with lots of summer trips planned. Now it is almost time to head south and return home for the winter like migrating birds. We enjoyed some weeks in the early summer back home by our pool, but I’ll admit to relief at being away from the worst of the Spanish heat in late July and August. Instead we’ve been getting out and about and exploring our beloved home county of Lancashire.

We’ve cruised on the Leeds-Liverpool canal along the aqueduct over the River Lune, seen the weird statues by Anthony Gormley at Formby that look like real people staring out the sea.

We’ve enjoyed several trips to the theatre including a marvellous production of As You Like at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Not to mention various visits to the Lakes, Yorkshire, Wales and Cornwall. I could really get to quite enjoy this life style.

And even been to the races at Haydock Park, although sadly we didn’t have a big win.

I’ve attended the RNA conference, the Writers’ Holiday at Caerleon where I led a course in the historical novel, enjoyed several writerly lunches, and caught up with writer friends old and new.

I've done talks at Blackpool library and one for Beck Seniors in Kendal. I also spent a most enjoyable morning at Tarleton Library chatting with the writers' group which meets there every Thursday morning. What a great bunch they are.

Then there are the National Trust properties we’ve visited: Rufford Old Hall, Speke Hall, Sizergh, Tatton Park, Dunham Massey, Lyme Park, used as the setting for the famous adaption of Pride and Prejudice where Mr Darcy rose from the lake. Sadly, no Adonis rising from the lake on the day we visited.

And if you think I’ve been slacking on the writing front, well maybe, just a bit. But I felt I needed some time off after fifteen long years of labour. However, I have not been entirely idle. I’ve put up a few more of my back list as ebooks, which are selling steadily.
Available on Apple, Sony, etc. or you can download them from Amazon:

For All Our Tomorrows and Whispering Shadows are on special offer for the month of September.

I’ve also built a new website, which was another challenge. You can check it out for yourself here and give me your opinion.http://www.fredalightfoot.co.uk

Last but by no means, I have a new saga out:

Georgia Briscoe, in love with British sailor Ellis Cowper, is unwillingly betrothed to Drew Kemp. Her husband is mired in the San Francisco underworld, with a penchant for gambling and other women. Georgia plans to escape to be with the man she loves but Drew has other ideas. And then comes the earthquake…

Chrissie Kemp travels to the Lake District to meet her grandmother for the first time, only to discover a shocking family secret. As the truth unfurls, the passion, emotion and astounding love that blossomed in San Francisco is revealed forty years earlier, and three generations of one family are tested to their limits.

ISBN 9780749008291
Allison & Busby
26 September
Hardback 19.99

I am giving away two signed hardback copies of The Promise.
To enter just go to the Goodies page of my website, or click here to visit Goodreads:

Watch out for a giveaway of my latest historical: The Queen and the Courtesan next month.