Are you interested in books about Finland? You're in the right place. As well as writing books about Finland, I try to read every translated book that comes out of there. Firstly, because I'm Finnish and secondly because it's such an interesting country, situated as it is between East and … [Read more...]
New: Buy Books Straight from this Author
Good news! You can now buy books straight from this author. I’ve been wanting to set up a new online shop for some time and, finally, this week, I managed to complete the task. (The things you achieve when you can't get into your usual writing routine...) Books Available Widely In these … [Read more...]
In lockdown, who you gonna call? Submariners!
My husband has been telling me that the reason we are doing so well in lockdown is because of the submariners' patrol rules he follows. When he told me about it, I realized this is nothing new: these are the rules we have been following all our married life! We're celebrating 36 years in May, so … [Read more...]
How Do You Like To Read?
I'd love to know how you like to read. In particular, what format do you prefer? January is the time to plan next year's goals, but this year, because it's a new decade, I also want to look a little more ahead. And that means planning what type of new formats I'd like to publish in the next … [Read more...]
New Year, New Freebies, and New Resolutions
Happy New Year! I hope you've had a lovely, relaxing (!?) Christmas holiday and a good start to the new decade? New Year Not Skiing The Englishman and I spent Christmas with family and New Year in the stunningly beautiful Swedish ski resort, Åre, where one of my books, The Christmas Heart, is set. … [Read more...]
Helena’s Best Reads: Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen
I am a huge fan of Finnish author Antti Tuomainen and his new release, Little Siberia, only confirms to me his status as 'King of Helsinki Noir'. The translation of Little Siberia by David Hackston is also excellent. Fargo meets Nietzsche in this atmospheric, darkly funny thriller by the … [Read more...]
It’s Cover Reveal Day for An Island Christmas
Whoop, whoop, it's Cover Reveal Day! My next novel, AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS, will be out 28 November. Another baby about to be launched into the world ... Needless to say, I love the new cover! Jessica Bell, my long-time designer, has done a great job once again. I feel this cover really conveys the … [Read more...]
Top Five Books for Easter Holidays
The Easter holidays, in my mind, are the perfect time to relax with a good book. It's a time when you need just a plain good read, or perhaps something more spiritual. For me, an excellent book is one that I just can't stop reading, whatever the genre or subject matter. Here, in my top five books … [Read more...]
Why Is Publishing A Book Scary?
It's only two days until my latest book, The Island Affair, is published. Although I've had some very good reviews from early readers, why is publishing a book still so scary? Not A Novice I am an author of eight novels, so I'm not a novice. But my next book is one that I’ve been wanting to write … [Read more...]
Helena’s Best Reads: The Corner Shop at Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May
This month's Best Reads is The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. I read this feel-good novel in two days while suffering from a winter cold. It was hugely restorative to be transported into the wonderful seaside community of Cockleberry Bay with its sea breeze, screeching seagulls and gossiping … [Read more...]
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