Tuesday 11 October 2016


Hello friends

So here is something big, exciting and quite incredible and I am so thrilled
to share this news with you!!

Take a look at this...

If you read my blog you will note that I often mention Carole Matthews,
(fantastic writer and lovely lady).
We've been friends for many years ...

and shared a lot of laughs.

Well....Carole's 29th book - Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is all 
about crafting - die cutting in fact.
It also happens to be based on someone who I know pretty well...oh yes - 
Imagine that...someone wanting to write a novel based on my life,
I'm still finding it hard to believe. 

I've been with Carole on the writing of this book from the beginning and a lot 
of the novel is very true to my life (Elliott is featured) but there has been some 
wonderful made up bits added too!

The hardback is due out 15 December and is available to pre-order 
via Amazon now - click here for the details -
it's the perfect Christmas pressie!
Incidentally Mary Berry is one of Carole's biggest fans, endorsed the book too.

And here is the book blurb/synopsis...

Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It can be tough just getting through the day but Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and any spare time she has is spent in her parents' summerhouse working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. All of a sudden Christie sees a different future for her and Finn - one full of hope and possibility, and if the handsome Max Alexander is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking.
And then, all of sudden, Christie's world is turned upside down.
Christie knows that something has to give, but what will she choose? Will she give up her dreams and the chance of real love? What price will she pay for doing the right thing? Can Christie find her happy ending in . . . Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.

Carole and I will be out and about with lots of events sharing the news
of Paper Heart and Summer Kisses - I will keep you posted here and via Facebook.
Very very exciting times ahead - pinch me!

Take care friends.


  1. Morning Christine,
    Wow! how exciting for you. I'm reading a Carole book at the moment. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Wow that's fantastic news Christine. I can't wait to read it. Have read a few of Carole's books mainly because You got me into them. Looking forward to the launch xx

  3. Hello Christine
    I love Carole's books and read each one. My friend Ger shares them with the girls at Line Dancing, who pass them around, then to me!
    You must be so thrilled to have a book based on you!
    Who is Max ???
    Love Marg

    1. That's lovely Marg, so pleased to hear you are a fan of Carole's. Max...he is one of the made up pieces for the book, sort of wish I had a magic wand to make him real though! ;) x

    2. Hello Christine
      Maybe one day, you do deserve ,(lots of) happiness!
      Love Marg

  4. That's wonderful! You must be feeling very very flattered. Congratulations - I hope it becomes a best seller. Xx

  5. How wonderful, couldn't have happened to a nicer genuine person too. Wishing Carole lots of luck with her book. Best wishes to you all.
    Linda xxx

  6. Pinched , did you feel it ?
    WOW Christine ,tis no wonder you want pinching, how honoured you must feel and Elliott too .
    Best wishes for it becoming a best seller .
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  7. Morning Christine, How exciting !!! No wonder you are so happy, I hope everything goes well with the book for Carole, and to have Mary Berry endorse it, well that is definitely an accolade.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx