I hope the story makes you laugh, because it is so important to me that when you pick up one of my books to read, you're left with that warm, fuzzy feeling and have a chuckle along the way. Country Rivals also has a slightly more serious side to it though, so I hope that resonates with you too.
There are a couple of slightly shocking happenings in Tippermere, that made me well up as I wrote them (so have the tissues handy) - when I first mentioned the details of one chapter to my editor she was initially horrified, but I hope that as you read you can see (like she did) that it had to happen.
Other new characters include Pandora, who was an amazing character to write and had me laughing and crying in turn at her audacity! She is one of those love her or loathe her characters, and I can't wait to hear which camp you fall in.
If you've read the other novels in the series, then I hope you find Country Rivals is a fitting continuation, if you're a new visitor to Tippermere then be assured that you can read and enjoy the novels individually.
I do hope you will be joining in with my celebrations today -please feel free to share the news on Twitter and Facebook, leave a review if you have time, and spread the word!
And now, I leave you with cake - thank you so much for joining me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.