Welcome to 'The Coffee Crew'.

The on-line home of Midland authors, Phillipa Ashley, Nell Dixon and Elizabeth Hanbury. Check in here to find out more about our work, get the latest gossip on what we're up to next, or book us for a talk or workshop.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Releasing this month!

When Carrie’s fiancé Huw suddenly calls off their wedding, and she finds out he’s marrying another woman, she’s devastated. Desperate to get away, Carrie jumps at her best friend Rowena’s suggestion of a road trip in her VW camper van. But when Rowena has to pull out and Matt Landor, an old friend of Huw's, ends up filling the breach, she's not so sure. Will fate take the pair on an altogether different journey? n the UK as It Should Have Been Me)

Adam wants Meg to be more than a friend but Meg has her reasons for not wanting to move their relationship forward. It takes a stray dog, an emergency at sea and a touch of Christmas to show Meg her true feelings.
The third of the New Bay stories - meet old friends and make new ones - Contains no elves, cute kids or Santa.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Also out this month!

When spirited Alyssa Paradise unexpectedly inherits her uncle's property in Dorset, she is determined to meet the challenge of running a grand estate. However, there is a surprising condition: every week for six months she must dine tête-à-tête with the enigmatic Sir Giles Maxton, who owns the adjoining land. Alyssa wonders how she will endure this arrangement – Sir Giles cuts a dashing figure but is positively insufferable!Although Alyssa soon discovers the warm, generous man beneath his laconic exterior and Giles in turn finds Alyssa beguiling, they fight their growing attraction, knowing they are both promised elsewhere. But when Alyssa is unwittingly caught up in a web of intrigue and revenge, Giles must race against time to rescue the woman he loves…
Available on Amazon

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Out now!


Renovation, Renovation, Renovation is the new release from multi award winning author, Nell Dixon.
Overworked, over budget and just so not over him! Kate would like an engagement ring from Steve but instead he's lumbered them with a thirteenth renovation project, and doing up Myrtle Cottage disturbs a ghost from the English Civil War who has romance troubles of her own.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Out this month!

Erin came to New Bay on her year out, keen to experience life in a vibrant seaside town famous for its surf and surfers. She doesn’t expect to be left with a very expensive spare ticket to the hottest concert in town.

Her boss, Kelly’s solution is to recruit Dan to take the ticket and escort Erin to the concert. But why would Erin want to go on an enforced date with the geekiest guy in New Bay? And why doesn’t ex-champion surfer, Dan surf anymore?
Just £1.41 for a limited time.
Available from all good e-tailers!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Phillipa Ashley - US release of Wish You were Here

Now with a snazzy new cover! If you are in the US then today's the day if you don't already have a copy of Wish You Were Here!written by our own coffee crew member Phillipa Ashley
Available Here

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ding, Ding, Ding - we have winners!

Congratulations to Alfie, Laura Hamby and Pookystew! You each have a download of Brief Encounters coming to you. Please contact helen @ nelldixon .com (without the spaces) to give me your email addys so we can send it to you.Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope you'll enjoy the stories.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Release contest closing on 22nd

Have you commented yet? Told us about a brief encounter? It's almost closing time.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Release contest!

To celebrate the release of Brief Encounters we thought we'd hold a contest. We're giving away three downloads of Brief Encounters - one from Nell, one from Phillipa and one from Elizabeth.
To be in with a chance to win we want to hear about a memorable brief encounter that you may have had. It might be with someone famous, a funny incident, something sad - tell us all about it here and we'll each pick our favourite to win. Closing date is Monday 16th May!
Don't worry if you've already snapped up your copy of Brief Encounters - just let us know and we'll sort you out an alternative prize. Have fun - and please not too rude! lol

Sunday, May 8, 2011

It's out!!

It's out!
If you're in the UK you can buy it HERE for the bargain price of only £2.10
And if you're in the US you can get your copy HERE
We're all so excited and really hope you're going to enjoy reading our brief encounters!
Check back here tomorrow - Tuesday - for your chance to win a download!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

We have a date!

Mark your calendars!
You can upload your very own copy of Brief Encounters on Tuesday 10th May from all the usual places.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Release announcement coming soon

You've all been very patient. We're excited to say that the digital version of Brief Encounters will be available very soon. Keep checking in to see what's coming next! Also look out for Phillipa's next re-release from Sourcebooks in the USA - out in just 3 weeks!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

And the winner is....

Drumroll please!
By a huge margin - number four!
And the winner of the free PDF copy of Making Waves is.... Rachel Lyndhurst! Yay, Rachel, please email Nell on helen @ nelldixon.com (without the spaces) and she'll send you your prize. Thanks to everyone for voting and giving us your thoughts, it's been great fun and really helpful.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Great Cover Debate

Well, as we mentioned in our introductory post we have a lovely small collection of stories coming out with E-Scape Press. We have a title - Brief Encounters. We have the stories, four fabulous contemporary stories - two from Phillipa and two from Nell, plus two gorgeous historicals from Elizabeth.
So, how do we find a cover to demonstate all this fabulousness we thought? And, (insert drumroll) who better to ask for an opinion than you, our lovely friends and readers.
Below are four pictures which we thought had the potential to be the perfect cover, or has elements which may make the perfect cover for Brief Encounters - What we'd like you to do is to choose which one you like best and tell us in the comments. This will be open until Saturday midnight (GMT)
As an extra bonus, Nell has offered to choose a random commenter to recieve a free PDF of her latest release - Making Waves. So take a look and get voting! We can't wait to see what you pick.
Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4

Have fun! Hope you like our pics!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day and launch of Brief Encounters

Hi there and welcome to the brand new blog of ‘The Coffee Crew’,
We’re a group of three romantic novelists from the West Midlands - that’s the middle part of England, if you’re not familiar with it. We meet up regularly to discuss our projects, share writing tips, gossip – and yes, drink coffee (usually accompanied by cakes.)
We’re all members of the Romantic Novelists Association and we all love writing romance. Phillipa and Nell write funny, sassy contemporary romance, while Elizabeth (aka Liz) writes witty Regency novels.
We’ve chosen Valentine’s Day to launch our blog and an exciting new project.
Brief Encounters is our sparkling new anthology of six romantic short stories. Sweet and sexy, contemporary and historical – the collection has something for everyone, even if we say so ourselves.
The initial idea came from one of our coffee mornings. We all firmly believe that writing should be fun and we love to entertain and amuse our readers. So the moment one of us suggested writing a joint short story collection, we all dashed home and hit the keyboards.
The result was six stories that we hope you’ll love, whatever type of romance you enjoy.
We proposed the idea of the anthology to E-Scape press and were thrilled when they said they’d love to publish the collection.
Brief Encounters will be available as an e-book and in print, later this spring. You’ll be able to download and order the print version from online stores and bookshops. But we’ll be giving all the details over the next few weeks.
There’s just one teeny problem: we haven’t chosen a cover yet. We’ve got lots of ideas and we’ve whittled them down to three or four but we need your help.
We’d love it if you helped us choose the final cover. We’ll be showing you our ‘cover candidates’ and running a poll on this blog very soon.

Keep checking in here for updates on Brief Encounters and our other projects. There may also be cake recipes, cocktail suggestions and features on what inspires our stories.
So, whether you’re loved up, still looking for ‘The One’, or happily solo, we’d like to wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
Phillipa, Nell and Elizabeth xxxxx

PS If you’re wondering, we’re all married with children – and whatever our partners have planned for tonight , we girls will be celebrating with cakes, coffee and lots of juicy writing gossip...