Hitting the bestseller list!

Hello lovely people

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to hit the bestseller list with my latest novel, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights. With my 30th book, I’ve just sneaked into the Top 20 at number 20 – but look at the names on the list! Dan Brown, John Grisham, Bernard Cornwell, Tom Hanks (!), Ken Follett, Danielle Steele, John le Carre. Lynda La Plante and my personal favourite, Philippa Gregory – all of the big guns are out. I don’t think it could get any tougher.

So thank you all very much for dashing out to buy it. The paperback won’t be released until October 2018, so a long wait if you don’t snap it up now.

Thanks also for all your lovely reviews and comments. This is a follow-up book to The Cake Shop in the Garden so you’ll find some old friends and make some new ones too.  If you haven’t yet read it, you’ve got a Christmas treat to come!

Happy reading! C : ) xx

 

Buy it from Amazon here!

Win a fabulous afternoon tea hamper from John Lewis!

Lovely people! I have a fabulous competition for you. If you enjoy my latest book, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights, simply post a review of my latest book and you can win a hamper of yummy afternoon tea treats from my favourite department store, John Lewis. It will give you the perfect excuse to dive straight into the book! Details on how to enter are below!  Competiton ends 12 November, so be quick.

Happy reading! C : ) xx

 

To enter:

To enter simply share your review  of Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews online e.g. amazon.co.uk, Goodreads, your social media

Then email: carole.matthews@littlebrown.co.uk

Title your email: Carole review

And share a screengrab if you can.

You’ll then be entered into the prize draw.

Sorry but this is UK only!

This competition is run by Little, Brown UK. If you have any issues please email competitions@littlebrown.co.uk

 

Terms and Conditions

This is a prize draw for one person to win this Afternoon Tea Treats hamper from John Lewis https://www.johnlewis.com/afternoon-tea-treats-hamper/p3299899 worth £35.00

The winners will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group Marketing department, whose decision will be final

The winner may see their entry posted on the
Little, Brown Book Group, Carole Matthews’ website and on other websites and social media accounts.

There is no purchase necessary to enter.

The prize draw opens at 12:01 am BST on 19 October 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm GMT on 12 November 2017. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK except employees of the Little, Brown Book Group, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.

Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.

The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice.  No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.

The winner’s will be contacted by email within two weeks of the closing date.

The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address

Little, Brown Book Group
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
London, EC4Y 0DZ

The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group.  It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions.  You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.

By entering the prize draw you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

This competition is being organised by

Little, Brown Book Group
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
London, EC4Y 0DZ

These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

 

Christmas Cakes Treat!

Hello, lovely people

My latest novel, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights, is coming out in hardback on 19 October and it’s a very special one!

To celebrate the launch of my 30th novel, pre-order your hardback copy in advance and 250 of my lovely readers will receive a special signed bookplate for you to pop inside.

All you have to do is send a snap of your receipt and your address to carole.matthews@littlebrown.co.uk before the Friday 29 September and my lovely publisher will pick 250 people to send them out to. Do it quick, quick!

I’d better get signing them now!

Pre-order from Amazon here:  Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights

C : ) xx

 

For full T&Cs apply to Little, Brown at carole.matthews@littlebrown.co.uk

 

Sorry UK only!

Save Ella’s Spine!

Morning, lovely people! I have something very important to ask you. This gorgeous little girl is my neighbour and urgently requires surgery that is currently only available overseas and time is running out for her. Her lovely parents have launched a fundraising campaign to SAVE ELLA’S SPINE. It’s a heartbreaking story and I’d really like us to help. If you can take a few minutes to read through the post that would be great. If you’d like to share on your Facebook page or on Twitter and, even better, spare a couple of pounds, there’s a little girl with a wonky back who’d be eternally grateful. Much love. C : ) xx
 
 
Ella’s mum says: Many of you will know that our oldest daughter Ella, has suffered with ill health for the last few years. She has two long term health conditions Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Scoliosis. Ella has a double curve in her spine which is rapidly progressing. We’ve reached a stage, where Ella now requires spinal surgery.
 
Having agonised over the decision, we strongly believe that an innovative surgical technique called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) offers Ella the best possible outcome. Sadly this life changing surgery is only available overseas. We’ve therefore launched a fundraising campaign in an attempt to raise the money required, unfortunately time is running out for Ella to benefit from this technique.
 
If you’d like to read more about Ella or donate then please go to our Go Fund Me page:
 
We also have a Facebook page
 
Instagram
 
Twitter
 
Ella is also writing a blog, which you can be found at
 
We’d be especially grateful if you could share these links with everyone you know, follow our pages and you’ll be able to keep up to date with our campaign and upcoming fundraising events.
 
For anyone that knows us, you’ll realise the decision to publicly fundraise has not been an easy one. However I passionately believe this is the right treatment for Ella and I’m asking for your donations and help.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
 
Sarah & Ian x

Exclusive Audible Interview

Hello, lovely people!

If you enjoyed Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses, there’s an exclusive Amazon Audible interview with me & Christine talking about our friendship, the inspiration for the book and why she’s entirely responsible for all my crafting excesses! It’s free to download from the link below! Happy listening!  C : ) xx

Download our Audible interview here!

Vote for your favourite book!

Hello lovely people

This year – on 9 September – I will have been a published author for 20 years and will have written 30 books! Yay! To celebrate the occasion, my fab UK publisher has organised a vote on which of my five favourite books is your favourite too.

It was sooooo hard to pick just five, but I’d like to know what you think of them. If you vote you could win a signed set of all five books as I’ll be choosing one lovely reader to send them to.

My choices are Let’s Meet on Platform 8, The Chocolate Lovers’ Club, A Cottage by the Sea, The Cake Shop in the Garden and Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses. Is your favourite in there too?

The novel that proves to be your favourite will then be available to download for 99p throughout September, so you can all help to spread the Carole Matthews’ love far and wide!

So! Get voting!

To vote and enter the prize draw to win a signed set of my favourite five simply click on your top title on the next screen.

The winning book will be announced on my Facebook page on Friday 1 September, so be sure to keep a look out!

All the proper stuff is below, including full T&Cs. Love C : ) xx

Which is your favourite? Vote here!

 

This prize draw is run by Little, Brown UK. If you have any queries please email marketing@littlebrown.co.uk

 

Terms & Conditions

This is a prize draw for one person to win a signed set of the five shortlisted books by Carole Matthews as listed in the poll vote.

The winners will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group Marketing department, whose decision will be final.

The winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown Book Group website and on other websites and social media accounts.

There is no purchase necessary to enter.

The prize draw opens at 12:01 am BST on 30 July 2017 and closes at 11.59 am BST on 31 August 2017. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK except employees of the Little, Brown Book Group, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.

Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.

The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice.  No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.

The winner will be contacted by email within two weeks of the closing date.

The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address

Little, Brown Book Group

Carmelite House

50 Victoria Embankment

London, EC4Y 0DZ

The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group.  It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions.  You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My new Christmas book for 2017!

Lovely people! My latest book is coming soooooon.

Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights will be published on 19 October in hardback and ebook. In a slight change to my usual publishing schedule, the paperback won’t follow until October 2018. I know!

This book is a follow-up to The Cake Shop in the Garden. Some characters stay with you at the end of a book and I was for ever wondering what was happening to Fay and Danny, so I just had to write the story. There’ll be old friends and some new ones too. Hope you love it as much as I do.

To make sure you get your copy as soon as it’s published, you can pre-order from Amazon now!

PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON HERE!

Thanks! Love Carole : ) xx

 

Book Cover Colouring Competition

Lovely people!

I’ve already discovered how creative and talented many of you are so here’s a chance to show-off your skills a little more!

You know I love a bit of adult colouring, so we’re running a colouring competition for the fabulous book cover of Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses. Be as inventive and as colourful as you like.

The prize is a gorgeous, hand-painted Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses tote bag along with a signed copy of the book, a Johnanna Basford colouring book (my favourite!) and some artists’ pencils.

All you have to do is download the copy of the cover by clicking the link, then right click on your mouse to save it.  Click Here

Then let your imagination run wild! Post a photo of your finished cover on Facebook tagging my page so that I can see it or on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #paperhearts. Failing all that you can mail it to Carole.Matthews@littlebrown.co.uk – just make sure I get to see it somehow, someway!

The competiton runs until midnight on Monday 5 June. One winner will be chosen from all the entries.

Happy colouring! C : ) xx

Sorry UK only!

Terms & Conditions

This competition is run by Little, Brown UK.
If you have any problems or queries please email marketing@littlebrown.co.uk

1. This is a prize draw for one person to win: A Paper Hearts tote bag, a signed book and a Johanna Basford colouring book and pencils.

2. The winner will be selected at random from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member of the Little, Brown Book Group Marketing department, whose decision will be final.

3. The winner may see their entry posted on the Little, Brown Book Group website and on other websites and social media accounts.

4. There is no purchase necessary to enter.
5. The prize draw opens at 12:01 am GMT on 15 May 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm GMT on 5 June 2017. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
6. The prize draw is open to anyone aged 18 or over in the UK except employees of the Little, Brown Book Group, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.

7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.

8. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

9. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the prize draw without notice. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.

10. The winner’s will be contacted by email within two weeks of the closing date.

11. The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address:

Little, Brown Book Group
Carmelite House
50 Victoria Embankment
London, EC4Y 0DZ
12. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the Hachette group. It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about books, products and promotions. You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news.

Winner! £150 spa voucher!

This lovely heart of thanks won my #paperhearts £150 spa voucher competition. Nice work, Rose! Enjoy your spa treatment with your mum! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. More comps and giveaways soooooon! C : ) xx

I’d thank my L❤️VELY Mum!
Mum’s are always there,
And really care! 😀💐