Come along to a pop-up ‘CraftsSpa’!

Lovely people! Want to come along to the fabulous launch event for my latest novel Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses? Here’s how!

WHAT: To celebrate the launch of new book Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, the latest novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Carole Matthews, London is welcoming the world’s first ‘CraftSpa’ pop-up, a one-day experience celebrating the calming and stress-relieving properties of creative crafting.

Research indicates that putting your energies into crafting is the new way of tackling anxiety and stress, taking over from colouring as the latest activity to promote mindfulness.

The morning welcomes some skilled crafters with their own therapeutic crafting sessions. This could be creating your very own bespoke tote or having a peaceful paper craft session with Christine Emberson, the woman who inspired Carole’s novel! Pampering treatments will also be on hand to add to a morning focused on mindfulness.

Spa-goers will also have the opportunity to ask Carole Matthews questions about her writing career and new book; and to get their complimentary copies of Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses signed by the bestselling author.

Tickets are free but must be applied for.

WHERE: Ice Tank, 5-7 Grape St, London WC2H 8DW

WHEN: Wednesday 5th April, 09.15 – 12.15

HOW: Please email for free tickets, tickets will be given on a first come first serve basis, as there are limited spaces available.

Please quote: CarolePH17   (Don’t forget this bit!) 


Download a free Digi-Stamp!

Hello lovelies!

Feeling a bit crafty? Then download a free digi-stamp from my lovely friend and talented artist, Tina Ashton. 

You can use it for cards, tags, all manner of crafting projects. The only limit is your imagination!

You can find all the details and a few examples if you click here. Have fun!

If you want to find out about Tina and her art, go to Tina Ashton Art. She also has a range of gorgeous products called Living by Tina Ashton which include reed diffusers and candles. They smell wonderful!

C : ) xx

Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses!

Morning, lovely people!

A bit of summer excitement for a (slightly soggy) Sunday morning. The paperback of Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses will be heading your way very sooooon!

It out in paperback on 6 April and is already proving to be a firm favourite with my fab readers. And as you know, I have The Best readers!

Here’s what some of my fellow authors are saying:

Katie Fforde
Another gorgeous novel that will delight Carole’s current fans and create new ones.

Jean Fullerton
I sat up two nights until past midnight because I just had to see what happened next.

Clare Mackintosh
Fabulous book – good for the soul!

Cathy Bramley
I loved Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.  I laughed and cried and marvelled at your story telling.

Alexandra Brown
Beautiful book, made my heart sing when I really needed a lift.

Lizzie Lamb
This is Carole’s 29th novel and her skill as a storyteller shines bright on every page.


You can pre-order you copy from Amazon right now so that you don’t miss it!

Much love C : ) xx

Order your copy of Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses now! 


Gorgeous Papercrafting Giveaway

Hello lovely people

I have a gorgeous giveaway this month for my new novel, Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses, which is set in the world of papercrafting.

If you’ve never given it a go, then now’s your chance! My lovely friends at Hobbycraft in Costa del Keynes – my second home – have put together a bundle of papercrafting goodies including a Baby Blue Die Cutting Machine by Tattered Lace which is a great machine to get you started in papercrafting or, if you’re a seasoned crafter, to tackle small projects or even take on holiday. (I can’t be the only one who fills the car boot with crafting stuff when we go away…can I?) There are also Tattered Lace dies by Stephanie Weightman and a couple of their magazines for extra inspiration which include dies and paper. Plus there’s a pack of multi-coloured card. Everything you need to get you started. I’ll even throw in a signed copy of Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses for you. Wowsers.

The whole bundle is worth over £100. Yay! To be in with a chance to win this, you need to be signed up to my newsletter before 1 March when the draw takes place. If you’re new to it, just sign up and you’ll automatically be included in the draw. If you are already registered to get the newsletter, then you just need to follow the instructions on how to enter therein! Simples!

You can sign up here and be included in the draw.


When you sign up, you won’t get another newsletter now until March. Just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten you.

You can also join the Hobbycraft Club which gives you all kinds of discounts, treats and free patterns. Plus there’s 15% off your first purchase. What’s not to love?


You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

We’re going to have a gorgeous summer of crafting. Hope you can join me! Love C : ) xx


Sorry but this giveaway is for UK readers only due to the cost of international postage.
More worldwide giveaways coming soooooon! C : ) xx

Comic Relief Crafternoon

Those lovely people at Comic Relief are having a crafternoon to raise money for all of their good causes. It kicks off with the publication of a special edition of Mollie Makes magazine featuring 50 handmade projects by some of the UK’s best designers.

The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon TWO will be on sale in Sainsbury’s on Thursday 2 Feb. You can also pre-order paper copies on the Mollie Subscription page:

At least £5 from the sale of each and every copy goes straight to comic relief.

While I’m having a year of crazy crafting with the publication of of my latest novel, Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses, I think I shall be getting my craft on. It would be great to see your projects too.

You can hashtag them on Twitter at  #molliecrafternoon or go to the Comic Relief Crafternoon page on Facebook

C : ) xx


Happy New Year!

Hello lovely people

Just a quick note to wish you all a happy new year. I hope that 2017 is a fabulous year for everyone and I think most of us will have been glad to see the back of 2016!

Lots to look forward to on the book front this year. My latest novel, Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses – book number 29 – is out now in hardback and ebook. The paperback will follow in April. So many of you have already said that it’s my best book so far which is lovely to hear. It’s based on the story of my friend, Christine, and it was such a joy to write. We have lots of lovely promotions and competitions coming up for you, make sure to keep in touch on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – All of The Things! – and sign up to my newsletter too. I don’t want you to miss a thing.

Thank you for all the kind wishes and comments – keep them coming in 2017! It really does give me a boost to know that you enjoy my writing. Look forward to chatting on social media too.

Much love C : ) xx

Some nice reviews for Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses:

Kim the Bookworm
Carole’s book feel so effortless to read. You just pick the story up from the first page and lose yourself in another world which becomes the norm. So easy to turn the pages and then feel upset that you’re reading the end. I actually do feel quite bereft and feel like this book was just the beginning of another story!

Katie Fforde
Another gorgeous novel that will delight Carole’s current fans and create new ones

Clare Mackintosh
Fabulous book – good for the soul!

Cathy Bramley
I loved Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses. I was rooting for Christie from the very first page. I laughed and cried and marvelled at your story telling.


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.

Merry Christmas from all at Matthews’ Towers!

Thank you to all my lovely friends and readers for your kind support in 2016. Your love, laughter and fun make my day. Look forward to more of it in the coming years.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wealthy, healthy and happy 2017!christmas

Lots of love from all at Matthews’ Towers – me, Lovely Kev and our dear Madge

C : ) xx


Christmas? Are you sure?

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Oh, my goodness! I’m so missing having a Christmas book out this year. My festive novel usually comes out in August – in plenty of time for Christmas, of course! I am the woman in my local Co-op looking for mince pies as the sun is beating down, making mulled wine instead of summery cocktails involving strawberries. My Christmas book has become a bit of a tradition over the last five years and I start to look forward to Christmas earlier and earlier (much to Lovely Kev’s annoyance!)

This year, without the anchor of my book, it’s all gone to pot. I’ve hardly bought any pressies; none of the ones I’ve actually got are wrapped. At this time of year, I normally resemble Cassie from Calling Mrs Christmas – my character who organises fabulous Christmasses for other people. I haven’t even done my usual Christmas Spreadsheet yet! No doubt I’ll be doing the last-minute Christmas eve dash. Though I do take some solace in the fact that I’ve handmade all of my Christmas cards this year – no popping down to Next for a 3 for 2 deal. Oh, no. And I do send a LOT of Christmas cards! I was spurred on by my new novel, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, being set in the world of crafting which we are cheekily releasing on 15 December – not exactly a Christmas book, but it will still give you a lovely warm glow.

I haven’t been slacking, though! There is a Christmas novel for next year, already delivered and approved by my editor. Yay! She loves it and I think you will too. It’s a festive follow-up to The Cake Shop in the Garden and it has been lovely to spend time with Fay and Danny on The Dreamcatcher again. And, if you really need a Christmas Carole fix, then I have five backlist titles to choose from – each one with a different festive flavour!

I did put my tree up on 26 November – just because it’s the only free day I had before Christmas and we have a MONSTER tree. It’s ten feet tall and takes us all day to decorate and Lovely Kev tries very hard not to lose the will to live with it. We have some mulled wine, mince pies and a bit of Michael Bublé on the iPod to help us along. Then, to round off the proceedings, we go and have a roasty dinner and champagne with our lovely next-door neighbours. So that’s finally started to get me in the festive mood. Three months later than usual, but better late than never. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Love C : ) xx

ps: All of my lovely Christmas novels are at frivolously festive prices to download for Kindle at the moment!


Calling Mrs Christmas

The Christmas Party

Wrapped Up in You

With Love at Christmas

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

Milton Keynes Short Story Competition

Hello lovely people

How often do you read a story set in Milton Keynes? Not often enough!mk-typewriter

Help the good people of Costa del Keynes to celebrate MK’s 50th birthday in 2017 by writing a short story set in our unique city. Science fiction, thriller, romance, historical fiction or gritty crime: as long as your story has MK as a backdrop, we want to read it.

I’ll be judging along with local author Karen Guyler and Scott Dorward. 50 of the best stories will be selected for publication in a limited edition anthology.

Maximum number of words: 1050

Age categories: 14 – 19 and 20+

1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25 – in both categories

Deadline for submissions: 21st April 2017

Winners will be notified by: 19th June 2017
What you need to know

  • All entries must be written in English
  • Stories must be set in Milton Keynes: past, present or future
  • Stories may be in any genre, eg Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, History
  • There are two age categories 14-9 and 20+
  • Entries must be no more than 1050 words per story (there is no minimum word limit)
  • Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF or Plain Text as an attachment to an email
  • All work should be typed in Arial size 12 font and should include a word count
  • Writers should not include their name on any part of the attachment as entries will be judged anonymously
  • Work should be original and not previously published
  • All stories submitted may be considered for publication in an anthology. This will be published in a limited edition and available for purchase
  • Complete stories or extracts may be broadcast on MKFM radio station
  • First prize in each category: £100
  • Second and third prizes in each category £50 / £25
  • Judges include local authors: Carole Matthews, Karen Guyler and Scott Dorward
  • Judges cannot correspond with entrants or give feedback on submissions
  • The competition is supported by Community Learning MK, IngramSpark and MKFM

What you need to do

  • All entries should be submitted as an attachment to an email and sent to
  • In the email subject line please state MK50 Short Story Submission
  • Please include the following details in the body of your email:
  • Your full name
  • Age category
  • Title of piece
  • Email address/phone number

Deadline for submissions:    21st April 2017

Winners will be notified by:  19th June 2017


Request full terms and conditions by emailing


Mary Berry and the World Bunting Record

Hello lovely people


I had a fabulous day at Upton House in Warwickshire last week. They’ve been doing the Knitting for Victory Guinness World Record attempt for knitted bunting. I know!

On Thursday, the lovely Mary Berry went along for the day and announced – in a typically British downpour of rain – that they had smashed the record with a total of 7.55km of stocking stitch flags! I knitted about 70 bits of bunting and many of my readers took part too. Such fun.

I also had the chance to meet Mary again and get some of her cookery books signed from my ever-growing collection. As she’s an avid reader of my books, she got a very special advance copy of my latest novel, Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses, which I really hope that she enjoys. She’s such a lovely and elegant lady – a delight to talk to.