Welcome to Margie’s very own world on the web. Proud author of ten romantic novels, after breaking into the world of electronic books with Chasing Rainbows, published by Moonlit Romance in September 07, followed by No Looking Back in March 08, and hoping there will be no looking back where writing is concerned.
A northern lass, I’ve always been proud of my roots, and so it’s hats off to Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008, a city with a future to match its glorious past. Not surprisingly, its fame has spread to the four corners of the globe, for the city boasts The Beatles, two outstanding cathedrals, two first class football teams, and a magnificent waterfront that now ranks alongside the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add to this a wealth of world class architecture and a host of museums, galleries, theatres and shops, not to mention the real heart and soul of the place, its people, renowned both for their accent and their sense of humour, and is it any wonder that the city is iconic? Liverpool has had its fair share of writers and poets, too: Beryl Bainbridge, Edwina Currie, Roger McGough, Brian Jacques and Carla Lane, to name but a few, and now, yours truly.
Visits home are always nostalgic, having grown up in the thriving market town of Ormskirk, just twelve miles to the north of the city of my birth, and with family links to Southport, the very first ‘garden city’ and now a charming seaside resort complete with the oldest surviving pier in the UK.
So where is home these days, I hear you ask? Well, home is where the heart is, and that’s Hednesford, a former mining town in Staffordshire, right on the edge of Cannock Chase, a designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its herds of wild deer, publicity-shy adders and rare plants such as the Cannock cowberry and the fly-catching sundew.
In true romantic tradition, meeting my husband was a definite case of love at first sight. Having trained to teach in Dudley, now part of Wolverhampton University, I was offered a job in the area and went along in some trepidation to meet some of the staff. ‘I’ve just met the man I’m going to marry,’ I confided later in my friends, and sure enough, three years along I was a blushing bride tripping down the aisle. Two years on from this our beautiful daughter was born and all that was needed to complete the happy family was a trio of cats, snow white Missy and her two kittens, Smudge and Whiskey, beginning to show their age now alas, but doing okay all things considered.
So this is me in a nutshell, a teacher of English and Special Needs in a West Bromwich high school that is soon to take on the status of Collegiate Academy, and in those rare moments of free time, avid reader and writer of romance. Oh yes, I almost forgot, this year I will be celebrating my Pearl Wedding. That’s thirty years with the man of my dreams and rarely a cross word between us, not least because having vowed ‘to love, honour and obey,’ I am more than happy for my husband to have the last word, that’s the last word as in: ‘Yes dear.’
My publisher: Moonlit Romance is a division of Unique Enterprises, and is owned and operated by Sheila Holloway.
By Grace Publishing is also a division of Unique Enterprises:
Moonlit Romance and My Grace Publishing Author Blog: http://ue_authors.bravejournal.com/
My editor at Moonlit: http://laurahamby.bravehost.com
Where to buy books:
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk This site gives info on over 200,000 books and allows you to search for your favourite authors.
Thinking of writing a romance?
An excellent site for promoting romance and historical fiction, the Romantic Novelists’ Association also has an excellent New Writers’ Scheme:
REVIEWS FOR EARLIER NOVELS:
‘This is an intensely emotional and sensuous story, vibrant, heart warming and emotional. I enjoyed the realistic and lively dialogue, the stormy relationship between Holly and Devlin, and the host of secondary characters. A first rate book.’ Rendevous magazine
‘With highly disciplined writing, Margaret Callaghan creates appealing, believable characters and a tension packed story about love which survives, then heals emotional and physical injury.’ Romantic Times Magazine.
Master Of The House:
‘A splendid plot with a unique twist.’ Rendevous Magazine
‘Ms Callaghan presents Jack and Ella’s love and failings with poetic intensity. Cleverly inverting the usual romantic theme, love’s healing power, she explores the need to separate to heal. The satisfying ending is a long time coming; it’s worth waiting for.’ Romantic Times Magazine.’
‘Margaret Callaghan creates characters out of whole cloth, bringing them to life from the first page. Wilde Affair is another example of her considerable writing skills.’ Affair de Coeur
‘Margaret Callaghan deftly builds sexual tension in the resistant lovers and spirals the plot into a satisfying twist at the romantic end.’ Romantic Times Magazine
‘You’ll enjoy Ms Callaghan’s strong heroine and her dashing love interest.’ Rendevous Magazine
A Temporary Arrangement:
‘An emotionally charged and sensual story with enough spark to keep the reader hooked until the last page. Her lively dialogue, well developed characters, and intriguing plots make Ms Callaghan an author to seek out and her books a treat to read.’ Rendevous Magazine
‘Rivalry, a triangle, a hint of murder and lots of stunning verbal fireworks make Margaret Callaghan’s romance straight-through reading.’ Romantic Times Magazine
‘Margaret Callaghan pulls out all the stops in the sexy, intriguing A Temporary Arrangement. This one fairly sizzles with snappy repartee and eroticism.’ Affaire de Coeur.