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Our first piece of news is that we’re in an article about pen names, which you can find on the Shondaland site; the people behind Bridgerton, Gray’s Anatomy and Inventing Anna.

And secondly, we’ve got a story in the current issue of Best of Woman’s Weekly Fiction. A young family go on a canal boat holiday to get closer to nature. What could possibly go wrong? Buy the magazine to find out!

Wartime weddings for Valentine’s Day

There’s something particularly special about wartime weddings. At a dark time, while dealing with shortages, rationing and danger, sweethearts try their best to celebrate love and look towards a happier future.

The most well-known and evocative wedding dresses from WW2 were made from parachute silk.

Via the Smithsonian

This wedding gown is made from the parachute that saved Maj. Claude Hensinger’s life in 1944. It was worn by his fiancée, Ruth, their daughter and granddaughter too. You would never think that such a romantic confection of a dress made with so many creamy ruches and a train could’ve started off strapped to Hensinger’s back as he jumped out of a plane.

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The Nile Priestess – out now!

The Nile Priestess is published today! The third and final instalment of our Romantic Novel of the Year Award-shortlisted de Chastelaine Chronicles trilogy. Read it in ebook and paperback.

Amid the shifting sands of Egypt, is an ancient evil stronger than even the most timeless bonds?
In the heat of 1920’s Cairo, Raf and Cecily are looking forward to making their honeymoon one to remember. Instead, they find themselves caught between a British nobleman on a mission to loot Egypt’s ancient tombs and a mysterious local woman who will do whatever it takes to protect the land she loves.

When a foreboding pyramid rises from the sands and the scent of decay fills the air, Raf and Cecily find themselves caught in a terrifying race against time to vanquish a murderous mummy and put right the wrongs of the past. But is evil stronger than even the most timeless bonds?

Excerpt

Cecily leaned over the ship’s railing, shielding her eyes from the hot Mediterranean sun with her hand. They’d travelled across Europe to get here, and now they were almost at their destination, a place Cecily had only ever dreamed of before.

“And tomorrow we’ll see Egypt, just there on the horizon!” she excitedly said to Raf, her husband.

If only I could wish and wish and it’d appear there right away.

“And tomorrow night, we’ll be snuggled in bed in the Rosetta of the Nile, counting the stars above Cairo.” Raf beamed. He put his arm around Cecily’s waist and said, “It’s the perfect honeymoon, Sissy.”

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Huddersfield Literature Festival – Women in World War Two

Come and join us on Sunday 27th March, from 2pm to 3pm, for our Women in World War Two talk. Book your tickets now!

During World War Two, many women had roles outside the home, from Land Girls and codebreakers to mechanics and Lumberjills.

In this lively and interactive illustrated talk, we’ll delve into the experiences of women away from the domestic front, including Yorkshire women who made an invaluable contribution to the war effort.