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"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Apr 19, 2024

Book Launch Week

On release day, I went downtown to see A Change of Location on the shelves of our local independent bookstore.

Front window poster

Books on the store shelves

Last night I returned for my launch event. 

Coordinating my outfit with my book cover!

I'm so grateful to the many friends and fellow writers who came to hear me talk about the process of creating my 16th novel--my experiences and other events that inspired it, my work habits, and more.

Introduction by Elisabeth, the Events Coordinator



And of course, my gratitude extends to those who purchased a copy at the event or as a pre-order, and had it signed for themselves or someone else. Autographed books make great gifts!


I'm glad people enjoyed sampling the Eton Mess and the English cheese from Somerset, and everything else. I gave out recipe cards so others can create the dessert and a main dish from the story.

Food Table

The other handout was a map of the (fictional) Milver Vale. Suitable for colouring, or as a reference when reading the novel.

Map of Milver Vale in Somerset

An amazing double rainbow that appeared during the Q&A made the event even more memorable!

Rainbow #1

Rainbow #2 begins to show on the left.
Fantastic backdrop!

The promotional campaign is ongoing. A Change of Location is featured in a Virtual Book Tour, with instagrammers and bloggers.

Anyone who would like the digital versions of the recipes and/or the map, can request them by clicking HERE. Please put "giveaway" in the MESSAGE section and be sure to include an email address. 

Springtime is showing its face in my part of New England. I look forward to seeing more spring flowers on my next trip to England, where I'll be researching and writing my next novel, and enjoying all the usual activities.


Apr 16, 2024

A Change of Location . . . Publication Day!


Hannah Ballard's most successful relationship: her career.

     Her superpower is an uncanny ability to discover perfect movie settings while avoiding the limelight herself. She's involved in pre-production for a film based on a bestselling historical novel when a chance meeting with an aristocratic landowner leads her to Somerset and his estate in picturesque Milver Vale--the ideal backdrop for a period drama.

     Martin Latimer, Marquess of Milverston, believes the release of a high-profile motion picture can increase tourism and bolster the local economy. And he hopes to spend more time with its intriguing location manager.

     But Hannah's discovery that Martin is a magnet for the scandal-hungry press forces her into a painful and damaging decision. Powering through heartbreak is hard. Especially when coping with unemployment--and dealing with members of her fractured family. For their protection, she must part from the nobleman asking her to stay with him. Who makes her believe that, at long last, she actually could be falling in love.


Autographed paperbacks can be purchased from Gibson's Bookstore.

Order the paperback from: Bookshop.org (Indiebound), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-Million, Walmart, Target, Books and Books,
Waterstone's (UK), Hatchards (UK), Bokus (Sweden).

Order the ebook from: Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, FNAC (France), Booktopia (Australia)

Reviewers Say: 

Porter has perfectly captured the romance trope of finding unexpected love while traveling to new places. The author also deftly portrays the machinations of a twentysomething career woman who's somewhat closed off to romantic intrigue. Porter skillfully immerses readers in the fictional Milver Vale and vividly evokes British village life, from pubs to fun characters to countryside exploits . . . A charming sojourn to the English countryside for readers who enjoy smart love stories. Kirkus Reviews

Hannah's ability to navigate and analyze unfamiliar surroundings and people becomes a driving force in a novel that explores her international sojourns, matters of the heart, and the people and places that motivate her to step away from her former successful patterns and into different relationships and milieus . . . A revealing novel of new possibilities and life that covers unemployment, romance, heartbreak, other cultures, and new lives . . . The perfect ticket for a warm account of movie-making and personal magic. Midwest Book Review

A triumph! A Change of Location hits its marks perfectly on both sides of the pond. I had so much fun with Porter's quirky, thoroughly lovable characters that I couldn't put the novel down.” Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Affairs.

Perfect for romantics who adore stately homes, all things England . . . and delicious budding romances. . . . Highly recommended! The Literary Redhead