Tuesday, August 28, 2018

IN ANOTHER TIME is published today!

IN ANOTHER TIME is the story of Maisie McCall, a young lumberjill of the Women's Timber Corps in 1942, during World War Two. In writing her story, Maisie has taken me on such a wonderful journey along so many wooded paths of the Scottish Highlands.

Without doubt, the highlight of my research for this story was getting to meet Christina Forrester (nee Edgar) who joined the WTC when she was just 19 years old, and has just celebrated her 95th birthday. 

Mrs Forrester sat with me last summer at the feet of the beautiful Lumberjill Memorial Statue overlooking the forested hills in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Aberfoyle in central Scotland.  The memorial was not erected until 2007, following a long campaign by former lumberjills and Forestry Commission Scotland to mark the Women's Timber Corps's significant contribution to the war effort.

IN ANOTHER TIME is my small tribute to the courage of Christina and all her lumberjill colleagues. I hope I have done all their stories justice.

The Lumberjill Memorial Statue,
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, Scotland

The lumberjill's view 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


As a pre-order thank you gift for everyone buying my new novel, IN ANOTHER TIME, I have commissioned an amazing map of Scotland, showing you all the places I wrote about in IN ANOTHER TIME (coming from Harper Teen on Aug 28th) and in my debut, WAIT FOR ME (in stores now). 
      The supremely talented artist, illustrator and now map-maker, Adam Watkins, has been so patient as we developed the map and I know you'll agree, he did a wonderful job. 
     Along with the map, which I will sign, I'll send you bookmarks and postcards for both books. So, how do you get your gift? Well...

     All you have to do is:
  • Pre-order IN ANOTHER TIME from your usual bookseller
  • Email me your receipt, to carolineleechmail@gmail.com, either by sending me a photo or by forwarding your emailed order confirmation. 
  • Give me your best mailing address
  • Tell me whether you'd like your gift personalized with your name, or someone else's. If you don't specify a name, I'll assume you only want a signature. 
  • All formats count for the gift – hardback in the USA/Canada, paperback in the UK, and it's also in e-book and audiobook – and international orders are totally welcome.

    As a side note, when you are ordering, please think about supporting an independent bookstore, either via its website or in person, rather than a huge international online mega-company like... well, you know the one! Indie booksellers make such an enormous contribution to us as authors and to all of you and to us as readers, and while it might cost you a couple of dollars/pounds/euros etc more, I'd look on that as an investment in the future of all the books you love to read.
     And if you are coming to my Launch Party in Houston on August 30th, then pre-order your book from Brazos Bookstore, and you can pick up both your copy and your gift on the night!
     I'll start sending out the gifts next week, first-come-first-served, so email your receipts to me as soon as you can at:


Love is worth the fight 

It’s 1942, and Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands doing her bit for the war effort as a Women’s Timber Corps lumberjill. Maisie relishes her newfound independence and her growing friendships—especially with the enigmatic John Lindsay. 

As Maisie and John work side-by-side felling trees, Maisie can’t help but feel like their friendship has the spark of something more to it. And yet every time she gets close to him, John pulls away. It’s not until Maisie rescues John from a terrible logging accident that he begins to open up to her about the truth of his past, and the pain he’s been hiding. 

Suddenly everything is more complicated than Maisie expected. And as she helps John untangle his shattered history, she must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart to help heal his. But in a world devastated by war, love might be the only thing left that can begin to heal what’s broken.