Winner in the ROMANCE category of The 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Ever since she can remember, Hazel wanted to write.
“I remember at school I decided to rewrite Snow White and I was always telling myself stories on my way to and from school.”
But, as so often happens, life got in the way and it wasn’t until recent years that Hazel finally set about writing her debut novel Summerchester Secrets – a romance set in a seaside market town which was published in 2016.
She was delighted when it received international recognition, winning Best Romance Novel at a prestigious book awards. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is one of the biggest international book awards for independent writers. “I was so pleased – these book awards are judged by New York literary agents, one who has worked with Stephen King, and other within the publishing world and it was really the first professional evaluation I’d had, so it was very nice.”
Hazel is getting ready to publish her third book, 'Welcome Falls,' which is based in Florida – in between her full-time job as a Consultant Nurse in liver disease in Dorset, on the south coast of England. She finds time to dedicate to her books in the evenings and at weekends, but says a lot of her writing is done on holiday in Florida, so it seemed natural to base her next book there.
Hazel says she has had nothing but positive feedback from those who have read her books.
Since her award winning first novel she has published her second novel based in Bath and London called Letting Go, and two other stories set back in Summerchester.
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Coming Soon Hazel's new novel
After an acrimonious split from his business partner and long-term girlfriend, Sam Benson sells his share of a very successful dot-com company and finds he is at a crossroads in his life. With more money than he will ever need, but nothing to do, he decides to take up an old friend’s offer to stay at a beach house in Florida.
He arrives at Pelican Cove in the sleepy ocean-side town of Welcome Falls with just his passport and credit card, looking for new meaning in his life. But Pelican Cove is about to be destroyed, if ruthless property developer Cy Cohen has his way.
Will being drawn into the fight to save this idyllic cove renew Sam’s faith in people and give him the new challenge that he desperately needs, or will he and the people he has come to consider as family see their Floridian paradise lost forever?