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.

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...


  1. Looking forward to celebrating with you later, ladies.

  2. Ooh a lovely new place to hang out! Looks like fun!

  3. Looking forward to reading this! Any way I can get it delivered to my email?

  4. Kym, when it's released it'll be available in a number of formats including print and I think you should be able to get a PDF version

  5. I can't wait to read Brief Encounters and to make sure I don't miss anything I'm adding this blog to my blog list straight away.

    Happy Valentine's Day ladies and good luck with your book.

  6. One more happy follower - congrats on the new blog, and so looking forward to Brief Encounters!

  7. Waving to Debs and Hilary, lovely to see you both here.

  8. Happy Valentine's Day! This is a wonderful treat! Looking forward to all the gossip and and wonderful stories!


  9. Hi there everyone - thanks so much for taking the time to say hello.

    Brief Encounters is all about enjoying your/our writing - we've had a wonderful time creating the stories and planning the anthology.

  10. PS Hi everyone - and 'Elegant Lady'!

  11. Oh - you had me at coffee and cake!!! Congrats on the new project!!!!!!