The last few weeks have been mixed to say the least. There has been all the thrill of seeing my latest book, From Best Friend to Perfect Bride, published; however, the excitement has been tempered by the news that I need another round of chemotherapy to control my myeloma. Let’s start with the good bits first though.

51qxhKSXyfL__SX313_BO1,204,203,200_From Best Friend to Perfect Bride tells the story of what happens when old friends Dr Bella English and Dr James MacIntyre meet up again. On Bella’s wedding day James had sworn that his feelings for her would remain hidden for ever. Three years later and James finds himself working  in Dalverston General’s Paediatric A&E department alongside a newly divorced Bella! And it’s clear that the feelings he had for her are as strong as ever . . .

I always love setting a story in my fictional town of Dalverston. It is based on an area I know extremely well, the beautiful English Lake District. I spend a lot of time there and draw inspiration from the magnificent country. Using it as a setting for this book was perfect – I was able to re-visit the places I had created and introduce my two lovely characters to them as well. I think you will enjoy it so do let me know what you think, won’t you?

Now the bad. For the past seven years I have been dealing with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. I have had a lot of different treatments during that time to try and control it but, sadly, it has come back again with renewed force. As I have more or less run out of treatments, I have opted to have a stem cell transplant later this year in the hope that it will put me into remission for some time. Last week I started a course of chemotherapy to that effect at Manchester Royal Infirmary, not pleasant but tolerable. With a bit of luck it will bat down the cancer so that the transplant can go ahead. In the meantime I am trying to keep busy by working on revisions to my latest book. It helps enormously to take my mind off what is happening.