Thursday, 1 June 2017

Magic Moments!

It's here! Happy Publication Day to 'My Summer of Magic Moments'!



My fourth novel ‘My Summer of Magic Moments’is out today, and this book has a special place in my heart. It’s set on wonderful Bamburgh beach in Northumberland - one of my all-time favourite places, and where I often walk my dog, Meg.



‘My Summer of Magic Moments' is about love, life, loss, family, friends, scars, healing and appreciating those magic moments in life that everyone can experience. It is a heart-warming read, with a very poignant love story at its centre. The main character, Claire, escapes to a seaside cottage having just battled breast cancer. 

A lovely and inspiring friend, Heidi, has helped inform the book, having been through breast cancer herself and she now works for a cancer charity. Her open and honest answers to my questions as I was writing the story and her feedback on the more sensitive scenes has been invaluable, helping me to understand the emotions Claire might feel. Thank you so much, Heidi!



The book is also about making the most of those simple beautiful moments in life. I enjoyed asking friends and family about their magic moments – which were often those special things that money can’t buy. These appear in each chapter of the book. So, what are your magic moments?

One of mine was holding my first ever copy of my debut novel, after over ten years writing, trying to get published and receiving many rejections. It was tough, but I held on to that dream of becoming a published author, I worked hard, learnt along the way, and finally I did it. What a truly magic moment that was!

Thank you to my family and friends for all their ongoing support, my fabulous team at HarperCollins, my agent the lovely Hannah Ferguson, and of course to all my readers and the fabulous book bloggers who are supporting me with the ‘My Summer of Magic Moments’ Blog Tour starting today. There are Q&As, reviews, some pretty muddy charity event photos and more. Full details are on my twitter and Facebook pages: @_caroroberts and www.facebook.com/CarolineRobertsAuthor

I hope you enjoy reading the book! Cheers!


Best wishes,
Caroline x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

My Summer of Magic Moments coming soon

Hi everyone!

I've been busy writing my next novel - a poignant love story set in a cottage on beautiful Bamburgh beach, Northumberland. This is one of my all-time favourite places - a stunning golden sandy beach with a stone castle that dominates the skyline in the dunes. And I'm lucky enough to live just twenty minutes away, so I'm often there walking my dog. It's a place that's very close to my heart.



The page proofs for this novel have just arrived, so this weekend I'll be spending several hours checking them over to make sure it's all ship-shape for publication. The book is to be released on 1st June 2017, and is available on Amazon, and hopefully at several other outlets too. I'll keep you posted.



It's a story that's close to my heart in subject matter as well, about a lady who's had a tough time and been through breast cancer, and is making the most of her seaside escape. I'll not give too much away, but there just happens to be a very gorgeous man in the cottage next door who has hurts and secrets of his own. But the book is very much about the good things in life and those special happy moments - precious times with family, friends and so much more.

I'll be posting the cover image here soon!

Best wishes,

Caroline x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cosy Christmas Mint-choc Brownies

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone - hope 2017 is happy and healthy!

Thanks for all the lovely comments on The Cosy Christmas Teashop. I wanted to share the recipe for Ellie's mint-choc brownies (as featured in the book) as they are especially scrummy this time of year with a warming hot chocolate or cuppa.


Ellie’s Mint-Choc Brownies
(Makes 12-16)
170g dark chocolate
170g butter
200g caster sugar
120g light brown sugar
3 eggs
85g plain flour, sifted
55g high quality cocoa powder, sifted
Approx. 12 thin after dinner mints, depending on size. (After Eights are ideal)

Preheat oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Line a 20x30cm baking time with baking parchment.
Gently melt the chocolate and butter in a pan on a low heat. Set aside to cool.
Whisk the sugars and eggs together, beat vigorously until the mixture is thick, glossy and about three times its volume. Add the butter mix until smooth. Fold in the flour and cocoa powder. Be careful not to overmix.
Spoon half your mixture into the pan, making sure it spreads to the corners. Lay out your after dinner mints on top of the mixture in neat rows. Add the remaining mixture on top, spreading it so the mints are totally covered.
Pop in oven for about 30-35 minutes until the top is firm and just starting to crack - that’s when they’re ready to take out. Test with a skewer to see if comes out almost clean – a couple of times, in case you’ve hit an after dinner mint!
Leave to go cold before cutting into squares, as these are a very gooey brownie. Sorry, you’ll just have to wait! Enjoy!
Best wishes and happy baking!

Caroline x