Sunday 31 May 2020

Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo ~ Sarah Mallory

On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo

I'm delighted to welcome author,  Sarah Mallory

☼Good Morning, Sarah. Happy Sunday !

What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch? 

I adore seafood, so I have a prawn salad with a lovely chunk of fresh crusty white bread. Yumm 

Would you like a pot of English Breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz? 

I can never say no to a glass of bubbly! But could I have a cup of tea too, pretty please? 

Which of your literary heroes are joining us today? 

Not Mr Darcy – much as I love the book, he is rather a serious young man and I want to be entertained. So, no brooding heroes joining us for brunch (I prefer those as dinner guests!). I present to you Mr Miles Calverleigh, from Georgette Heyer’s Black Sheep. He is laid back, intelligent and witty, but also kind. Not sure if he likes seafood… 

What’s the title of the book nearest to you? 

Tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites (I am currently researching for my latest romantic adventure) 

What’s the oldest book on your book shelf? 

Oh goodness, where to start? I buy lots of old books so that’s a challenge! From my nearest bookshelf, it is English Costume of the 19th Century, published in 1935. If I look at my novels, it is probably Jeffery Farnol’s Jade of Destiny, published in 1931. I inherited this from my Dad: it was raiding his bookshelves and reading Farnol, Orczy, Dumas etc that helped to foster my love of historical romance. 

Which book do you really want to read but haven’t had time for …yet! 

My current TBR list is enormous (and I guess I am not alone there). The one that I really, really want to read is Milly Johnson’s My One True North, but I am saving that, because I know when I start it, I won’t be able to stop so everything will be neglected, housework, husband, children, dog. I just love her books and her writing style. 

Do you have a guilty reading pleasure, and if so will you tell us about it? 

Georgette Heyer. I love her writing, especially the historicals and although I have read them all over and over, I still return to them, which makes me feel a tad guilty because I think I should be reading something new. 

If the house was on fire which book would you rescue? 

Heyer’s Venetia. That will get me through the dark times while I get life sorted again. 

Do you have a reading/writing playlist on Spotify, or a favourite CD to listen to when reading/writing? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel happy? 

I haven’t moved on to music downloads yet but I have hundreds of CDs. I play lots of instrumental music when I am writing, especially piano music. I really like Carl Davis’s score for the 1995 series of Pride & Prejudice, it is such a lively piece, very jolly, and it always cheers me up. 

Do you have a favourite place to settle down to read/write? 

I am so lucky because my lounge overlooks the sea, so I sit by the window and read. It can be distracting, though, when the sea is rough or the sea birds are wheeling around. 

Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs? 

I am sure not all writers need the same things but for me, a notepad and pen/pencil are a must. Also, a thesaurus and a dictionary (although I am not sure whether the last two should be replaced by the kettle and teapot). 

What can you tell us about your latest novel, or your current work in progress? 

I am very excited about my latest novel, The Mysterious Miss Fairchild, because it is my 30th book for Mills & Boon. It is a Regency romance, set in Bath (one of my favourite settings for this time period) and features a highly accomplished young lady who knows nothing about her past and that causes her to imagine the worst! 

Mills and Book
April 2020

Natalya Fairchild can’t help but be drawn to Tristan Quintrell, Lord Dalmorren, with his effortless charisma, even if he’s not her intended bridegroom. Tristan is an eligible society catch…whereas Natalya’s unknown heritage could label her ruined! As he helps Natalya investigate her mysterious past, she starts to hope the truth of her conception won’t destroy her prospects…of a life with Tristan!

Linda, where can we follow you on social media? 


  1. Hi Sarah, Do you have a working title yet for your book featuring BPC and the Jacobites?

  2. No, sorry, it is currently called "Highland Book 2" - which is not very imaginative :-) And just a warning that BPC will only be mentioned in it, I'm afrai, I doubt he will actually appear. His prolonged flight through the Highlands is so full of drama that he would quite overshadow my hero!

    1. Not a big fan of BPC myself! What is the title of your Highland Book 1?

    2. Thanks for asking, Maggie - it is called Forbidden to the Highland Laird and set in 1720s Highlands, which was a whole new world for me. I loved the research! It is published by Mills & Boon in December.

  3. Thanks, Sarah, I shall look out for it.

    1. Thank you, Maggie - I hope you enjoy it, do let me k now :-)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Alia, I have had a lovely time here!


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