L (1) copyGood morning Lynda and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi there, and thank you so much for hosting me.
There’s not much to say about me, I’m a very normal person. I’m a wife, a step mother and a grand-mother. I get up daily and go to my job as the Sales Director of a stationery and office furniture company, and I tend to come home, make tea and then on the nights when I have just a little energy left, I tend to write. On my weekends I have housework to do, I hate doing ironing and use my writing as an excuse to get out of it, which means I normally always have a huge ironing pile.

How big a part has the RNA played in your writing career?

I’d say that being a member of the RNA played a huge part in my career. It was through going to the RNA Conference each year that during a 1-2-1, I met my publisher. I really believe in ‘people buy people’ first and without meeting a publisher face to face, you’re just another manuscript on their desk, of which they get thousands.

Who are your favourite authors and have any of them inspired your writing in any way?

My favourite authors, wow, I have so many.
Both Lesley Pearce and Jill Mansell were my ‘go to holiday reads; for years. I’d always head for the book shop on the airport and treat myself before flying out. I loved both authors and knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed in what I’d chosen. As for inspiration, I could write a list a mile long, so many authors inspire me in different ways.

Of all the characters you have created so far, have you a favourite?

Ohhh that’s like asking if I have a favourite child. But if I were pushed, I’d probably say Nomsa. I dearly love the Caribbean people, I’ve spent many holidays in that part of the world and created Nomsa in House of Secrets as a fun loving, warm Caribbean lady. She’s literally the heart of the house and spends her days cooking and baking for everyone. I’d love to have a Nomsa in my life, she’s amazing and whatever happens, good or bad, she puts the kettle on and makes the tea. Albeit, if she were in my kitchen daily, I’d need a whole new wardrobe of bigger sized dresses.

Would you ever consider writing something other than romantic fiction? If so what would that be?

I tend to write romantic suspense. I have no idea why I’m drawn in that direction. I honestly don’t think that everyone has an easy life. My life certainly wasn’t easy, but saying that I wasn’t stalked by a serial killer either.
So, I guess the answer is no… not sure I could write in a different genre, even if I wanted to.

Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?

Yes, of course. My next novel is a story of obsession.
The story begins with my heroine, Ella Gray lying in a field, clinging onto life while she watches the minutes tick by on her watch, that lays in the field beside her. She has no idea what happened, all she remembers is going out on a date with Rick Greaves, but she can’t remember how she got there. All she does remember is the violent attack that left her broken and unable to move. She vows that if she survives, she’ll do everything she can to find out who did this to her, and is determined that whatever it takes, she’ll put Rick Greaves behind bars.

And lastly, you are planning a dinner party. If you were able to invite four famous guests (living or dead) who would you choose and why?

Oh, what a great question, but so hard to just pick four… okay, here we go..!
Firstly, I’d love to invite author Milly Johnson, she’s a good friend, a great laugh and she’d most probably help do the pots after dinner.
My second guest would have to be Spike Milligan, I mean, come on who wouldn’t want to spend an evening listening to this man. His dry sense of humour was amazing and just being in the same room would have you laughing right from the first minute.
My third guest would be Freddie Mercury, he was an amazing person, and his music was totally ahead of its time. It would also be fantastic if we could get him playing the piano and singing. How perfect would that be for after dinner entertainment?
And finally, … I’d have to say, Dawn French. She has a fantastic sense of humour, she’s absolutely on my wave length and I just know she’d be great fun to be around.


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This year we’re just going to have a nice, normal Christmas… 
Last year’s Christmas at Wrea Head Hall didn’t quite go to plan which is why Jess Croft is determined this festive season will be the one to remember, for the right reasons. And she has plenty of reasons to be hopeful, she’s going to marry the man of her dreams, Jack Stone, seven days after New Year’s Eve.

However, as family secrets are revealed in hidden letters and two unexpected guests turn up on the doorstep, Jess is left wondering whether her life will ever be the same again.

Can Jess and Jack still experience a peaceful festive season that they had imagined or are there some problems that e




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The Rosie’s Book Review Team (#RBRT) awards. VOTE NOW for your 2017 favourite.

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The Rosie’s Book Review Team (#RBRT) awards are back! 

Now in their third year, I’m delighted to open the public vote.  The books were chosen from the hundreds submitted to our team for review in 2017.   My team of reviewers were asked to nominate their favourites; here are those that made the final cut.

You may vote for one book in each category.  Please only vote for books that you honestly feel deserve an award, in accordance with the authenticity of my team’s reviews.

Voting closes on December 15th and the results will be announced  on Tuesday December 19th.

Meanwhile, huge congratulations to all the finalists!

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Tuesday Talk welcomes author Silvia Forrester chatting about her writing influences, current project and favourite holiday destinations…

Good morning Silvia and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Thank you, Jo, I’m delighted to be a guest on your fabulous blog. Well, I’m a daughter and a mum and a step-mum, and a sister and a wife and a granddaughter, and a grandma and an auntie and a friend. This must be why I find female relationships so fascinating. Men do get a look in, too, of course, especially when I’m writing a romantic comedy. Oh, and I live in Canterbury, in Kent, a city I love. I moved here to study for a degree twenty-seven years ago, and forgot to leave.

What inspired you to write Your Move?

The idea of creating two very different characters, both searching for love (whether they’re aware of it or not!), and bringing them into each other’s social circles, as well as following their various romantic entanglements.

Who are your favourite authors and have any of them influenced your writing in any way?

Reading is a great source of escapism and pleasure. And if a book can make you laugh, that’s a bonus. My favourite authors are Sophie Kinsella (shopaholic series), Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones) and the late, great Sue Townsend (creator of Adrian Mole). These authors find humour in everyday situations we can all relate to; that’s what I aim to do in my books, too.

Would you ever consider writing something other than romantic comedy? If so what would that be?

Yes, my agent (Caroline Montgomery at Rupert Crew Ltd) is currently trying to place another book I’ve written called Gina’s Therapy. It follows Gina through her diagnosis of ovarian cancer, her surgery, treatment and out the other side. Although Gina is quirky and funny, and the book includes romance, it also focuses on Gina’s relationships with her daughter, granddaughter, mother and best friend, and how having cancer affects these. It’s women’s fiction, but with a little more punch than your typical rom com. I think it would be a great novel for book groups because there are so many issues to discuss; we just have to find a publisher who agrees…

Beach or city girl? Where are your favourite holiday destinations and why?

Ooooh, I’d love to go on holiday just about anywhere warm, as I’m currently huddled next to the radiator in my home office, wearing fingerless gloves as I type! Cities are obviously great for exploring and entertainment, whereas a beach is pure relaxation. I have to say I think the beach holiday is winning. One of my favourite destinations is Lake Garda in northern Italy. My family used to visit when I was young and it’s wonderful to go back there: stunning scenery, delicious food, history, sightseeing, boat trips on the lake, swimming … just perfect, and very romantic. That said, many parts of Britain are also beautiful: the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, most of Wales. It’s just that *typing while teeth are chattering* the British weather has a habit of going on holiday with you.

Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?

It’s a novel called Pure Magic and one of the central characters is Kiki, a sprightly eighty-three-year old, and also a white witch. She’s estranged from her son, who has cut her off completely, resentful at his unconventional upbringing. However, Kiki is secretly in contact with her son’s wife and her grandchildren. This creates problems when her son begins to suspect his wife is having an affair, rather than sneaking off to see her mother-in-law. The book explores the sometimes difficult relationships between parents and children, across the generations. Kiki is the linchpin that holds the novel together – she’s wise, generous and always tries her best to help but, if that fails, she’ll throw in a sprinkling of magic, too.

And lastly, you are planning a dinner party. If you were able to invite four famous guests (living or dead) who would you choose and why?

I’d invite Sue Townsend – she appeared to be such a stoic character, who suffered chronic health problems, but who never lost her sense of humour. I’d ask Fay Weldon, another novelist I respect and admire. I think Kenneth Williams would be a brilliant guest, and Jonathan Ross would definitely get the party going. I’m sure that would be an evening to remember!


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DSC_0128Silvia writes short stories and novels. She has an MA in Creative Writing and teaches at the Open University. Silvia was brought up in a seaside town on the south coast of England by her mother and grandmother; she now lives in Kent. Silvia has two daughters, two stepdaughters and three granddaughters. With an abundance of women and girls in her life, it’s not surprising that female relationships, family and friendship are frequently the focus of Silvia’s writing.

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I am so pleased once again to be involved in another of Pam’s tours.  This time it’s for The Liverpool Girls, a dramatic conclusion to her Mersey Trilogy.

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The Liverpool Girls by Pam Howes – out on November 30th

Will tragedy tear them apart – once and for all?

It’s 1966 and in Liverpool two sisters are about to have their lives turned upside down…

Sisters Carol and Jackie haven’t had the easiest of childhoods, but as they grow up and begin their own lives both hope for happier times ahead. Stylish Carol works in Lewis’s department store, while Jackie dreams of drama school, and a career on the stage.

But the sisters are heartbroken when they discover they have been dating the same man, and an unexpected pregnancy causes a rift between them. Parents Dora and Joe must overcome their past hurts and help their daughters, despite the meddling of Joe’s second wife Ivy.

As the sisters’ troubles spiral and difficult decisions must be made, can the family pull together – or will Jackie and Carol’s sisterly bond be destroyed forever?

The Liverpool Girls is a heart-breaking and compelling story of family, loss and love. Perfect for fans of Annie Groves, Anne Baker and Kitty Neale.


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The Liverpool Girls is the final instalment of Pam’s three part family saga.  It’s now 1966 and Joe and Dora’s teenage daughters currently  live apart. Carol with Joe and his second wife Ivy and Jackie with Dora.  Joe and Ivy have a new centrally heated home. Joe now works for the Ford Motor Company but Ivy has turned into a lazy stay at home wife with a long string of excuses as to why she can’t get a job.

Carol currently works in Lewis’s Department store and lives with her father as it’s easier to get to work from where he lives. Her boyfriend, Alex who she pursued relentlessly before they got together, is beginning to lose interest.  Desperate to keep him Carol does the unthinkable, not realising how far the consequences of her action will reach.

Jackie, about to turn sixteen, is in love with young artist Sandy and has hopes of studying at drama school. When Carol turns up to the family gathering for Jackie’s birthday she is shocked to discover Alex is in fact Sandy and they have been dating the same man.  Not only that, Carol is now pregnant. Sandy is horrified to discover he has been dating two sisters. He thought he and Carol were finished. He’s in love with Jackie but with the news of a baby, what happens next?

The scene is set for an emotional roller coaster of a ride. Hooray for Joe finally finding the courage to stand up to Ivy. It was a long time coming although I have to say I think she got off lightly!  I’m not giving any more of the plot away, as it wouldn’t be fair.  All I will say is that Pam’s writing delivers an unforgettable finale.  And a word of warning –  you’ll need those tissues again!


Pam PicPam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; ‘Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That’ll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock’n’Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin’ Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy’s Clown, to be followed by Ruby Tuesday early 2016. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and is currently involved in raising awareness of her home-town’s musical heritage with campaigns to have Blue Plaques erected on the walls of local clubs, The Manor Lounge and The Sinking Ship, where the likes of The Walker Brother’s, The Who and Jimi Hendrix played; now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport’s recycled teenagers. All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin’ Train is also available as an audio book.

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With the publication of The Liverpool Girls almost here, I’m chatting to author Pam Howes about inspiration, favourite bands and what she’s planning next…

This week it’s countdown to publication day for The Liverpool Girls, Pam Howes’ third and final book in her Mersey trilogy. Prior to joining the blog blitz which begins on Thursday 30th November, I’ve been lucky enough to catch up with her for a chat…

Good morning Jo and thank you for the invite. Feel free to ask away.

Thank you for coming along Pam.  My first questions is…

You’re well known for your Rock and Roll Romances. What inspired you to write them?

The inspiration for my Rock’n’Roll romances came from my teenage years and working in a record department in my hometown. The shop was frequented by many local musicians and I enjoyed getting to know them. We had the best clubs in Stockport and saw many top groups there, like The Who and The Small Faces, for peanuts. The sixties was always my favourite time and in later life I felt I should get something down on paper before it was all lost to failing memory. My initial attempt was at writing a non-fiction book about the local music scene in the sixties, but this eventually became the basis for Three Steps to Heaven, the first in the series. After that I didn’t want to let my characters go as I’d had such fun creating them so one book became five. I’m itching to begin another but I can’t at the moment due to contractual obligations and no spare time.

Name three of your all-time favourite bands.

My three favourite bands: That’s a hard one because there are so many. I’ve got to say The Beatles first, followed by The Small Faces, and then slightly more up to date, The Travelling Wilburys, otherwise I’ll be here all day!!

You are signed to Bookouture and have just completed the final instalment of the Mersey Trilogy, a historical family saga. Is there any other genre that appeals to you as a writer?

Apart from saga writing I would love to tackle a crime story. Nothing like a grisly murder to get one’s teeth into.

If money were no object where in the world would you like to visit and why?

I’m not too sure about travelling far as I hate flying. But if and when I get the time I want to do a road trip across America and visit a whole list of places that have musical connections. Graceland’s is on the list as is the Brill Building in NYC where many of my favourite sixties songs were written and recorded, and Lubbock in Texas, the home and birthplace of Buddy Holly. And I will stand on that corner in Winslow Arizona with Jackson Browne’s statue if it’s the last thing I do!! Eagles and Jackson fans will understand that one.

The Liverpool Girls brings your Liverpool trilogy to an end. What’s next for you?

Yes, I’m quite sorry to be leaving Joe, Dora and their girls behind, but at least they have a happy ending in sight after a roller coaster ride throughout the series. Next up for me is another Liverpool based trilogy called, up to now, The Lark Lane Series. Starting during WW2 and finishing in the sixties, this will incorporate my fairground series, but Cathy’s Clown will have a complete re-write and fresh title and readers will get the long waited Ruby Tuesday to finish, but with a more fitting saga title that is yet to be chosen.

And lastly, if you were planning a year on a desert island, what four ‘must-haves’ would you take with you?

For a year on a desert island I would make sure I’d got a supply of books, as it would be pointless taking a Kindle. Enough stuff to write with. A pencil sharpener, and my lovely man, to keep me happy, sing to me, and stop me going insane without broadband, as well as dealing with any spiders that may be lurking.

Thank you for having me, Jo.

A pleasure Pam, and thank you for taking time out to be interviewed…



Sunday pam 016Pam Howes’s hometown is Stockport in Cheshire. The working-class mill town has a strong musical background and is the inspiration for her first self-published novels – The Rock’n’Roll years series. Her first novel, Three Steps to Heaven, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and meeting musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a five book series. Pam is currently involved in a campaign to have Blue Plaques erected on local clubs, now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport’s recycled teenagers.

Last year Pam signed a contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new Mersey trilogy, The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, was a Number 1 Kindle Saga Bestseller.

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Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?


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He turned round as I came into the sitting-room and smiled the most sunny smile I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It caught my breath and I felt the familiar red blush creep right up my neck to my freshly washed hair.

‘Hello,’ he said.

‘Hello,’ I replied croakily, my throat restricted.

‘Well, this is all very cosy.’ Mother was sitting in her usual chair with a view of the garden path and the main road running alongside it.

Scott and I locked eyes and the world sped away from me so that there was only him and me. Somewhere in the distance I could hear Mum mumbling but it was in a tunnel, miles away from the two of us.

I saw his face properly for the very first time. I saw turquoise blue eyes, and a chiselled jawline in a determined but kind face. He was staring at me as if in shock. Unblinking and intense. He was so totally, totally gorgeous. Scott Walker and Peter Frampton all rolled into one.

He was about six feet tall close up, with broad shoulders and the slimmest tiniest hips in white cords. His shirt was pale blue with small paisley flowers on it – Dad would have something to say about the flowers, Not to mention his long hair!

My head was spinning and I felt as if the floor was dropping away from under me.


The four boys – Narnia’s Children – on stage weren’t just brilliant musicians and sexy movers – they were definitely four of the most devastatingly gorgeous blokes we’d ever seen.

Tall, lean, long-haired and out-of-this-world-stunning, wearing skin-tight, brightly coloured flared trousers, and black skinny-rib sweaters that didn’t even attempt to hide their incredible tanned bodies, they rocked into another belting Beach Boys hit, followed by early foot-stomping Beatles, and then The Hollies – all very loud, fast-paced and brilliantly close-harmonied. They could play and they could sing…

West-Coast rock-pop at its best.

The Dolly-Rockers were no longer dancing in front of the stage. Instead, they were pressed, three deep, against it. Just gazing up in total and complete adoration.

I laughed at Vix, leaning close, my mouth to her ear. ‘I think the Dolly-Rockers want to eat them.’

‘I don’t blame them,’ she yelled back. ‘They’re mega, mega cool, totally brilliant – oh, and not to mention the sexiest blokes Harbury Green has ever seen… I’m going to book a holiday in Jersey if that’s what the boys are like.’

Me too, I thought, if I wasn’t going to be annoyingly dead… because I’d just tumbled instantly and stupidly head-over-heels for the beautiful boy on the guitar; the boy with the long silky black hair falling into the amazingly turquoise eyes.

The most beautiful boy in the world…


CHRISTINA JONESChristina Jones has written all of her life (as well as having millions of Proper Jobs including factory worker, secretary, nightclub dancer, blood donor attendant, barmaid, waitress, civil servant and fruit picker) Christina first had a short story published when she was just 14 years old. She has written for teenage and womens’ magazines fiction and non-fiction for a number of years, had her own humour column in The Oxford Times, and has contributed to national newspapers.


Having spent most of her life married to a rock musician, Jane Risdon had little time forJane Risdon writing. She and her husband worked with management of musicians, singer-songwriters, and record producers, rubbing shoulders with the great and glamorous all over the world. With time to herself at last, Jane s experiences in the music industry have kickstarted her writing career. She and Christina Jones have been friends since the Swingin’ Sixties.

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21544097_2011287755822898_4310027102773874027_oGood morning June and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, and thank you for having me on your blog.
I was born and raised in Slovenia, a small country on the ‘sunny side of the Alps’ as used to be our country’s slogan. Still living here. I’m a full time working mother of two, pursuing the long lasting dreams to become a full time writer. I’m an author of three full length novels in my mother’s tongue and several stories that were published in different magazines, and my latest achievement; I’m an author of two full length novels in English. The third is currently under submission.
Writing, reading, riding and travelling are my favourite activities. While I had to give up  riding due to lack of time, I travel as much as I can. Luckily reading and writing is something I can do wherever and whenever I want to. That’s why the two things that are almost inbuilt in my purse are a book/Kindle and a notebook.

You are the author of two novels, All that the Heart Desires and Caught Between Two Worlds. One is set in the South of France, the other in Egypt. What made you choose these locations?



As I said, I love to travel, to see different places. I love the sea side, almost no matter where.
Being a fan of F1 for as long as I can remember the background for the All that the Heart Desires was decided long before the 1st word was written down. As the Grand Prix of Monaco starts each year at the end of May/beginning of June, Monaco was a perfect setting for the story. But as the story continues, the readers travel Europe.
When I visited the Sahara desert, I was mesmerised by its raw beauty. You could say I have been ‘caught’ for lifetime, so setting Caught Between Two Worlds in Egypt, was just something natural…

Who are your favourite authors and have any of them inspired your writing in any way?

In the past I have loved novels written by Kathleen E. Woodwiss and Victoria Holt. Their novels had influence on me and my writing – although both of them wrote historical romance, however I cannot pick a single title to compare my novel with.
Now I enjoy reading books from so many authors that it would be unfair to count just a few of them.

Would you ever consider writing something other than romantic fiction? If so what would that be?

I’m Gemini, so this means I cannot stick to just one thing. So yes, I consider writing something other than romantic fiction all the time. Ideas are in my head, but to get them onto the paper/screen, I need time, which I’m in chronically lack of.
The other genres I fancy reading and considering writing somewhere in the future are Mystery, Thriller and Suspense; Crime fiction and Espionage.

Beach or city girl? Where are your favourite holiday destinations and why?

Beach girl all the way. Although I live in a town, ‘far, far away’ from the beach I can be at the sea side in less than a two hour drive. That is to the fact that our country is a small one and you can get from one border to the other in approximately 3 hours.
But one day I’m going to live close to the sea. It’s a plan.

Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?

My third romantic suspense novel ‘At the End of the Summer’ is currently under submission.
Here is a blurb:
Caroline treats love as a game. She stopped believing when her family fell apart. At twenty-eight she focuses on her career as a freelance photographer and lets nothing stand in her way.
Guitarist and songwriter Joshua is the heart and soul of his rock band The Burning Ruins. To the outside world, his life is perfection. But Joshua has secrets and he keeps his emotions under wraps.
When they meet, their worlds are badly shaken.
In a summer that takes them from London to Wales and over Europe to the heat of Rome they are desperately trying to regain control, knowing nothing is going to be the same again.
Will the collision mend their badly cracked hearts or will it shred them to pieces?

• My new project/WIP is a story of Sophie, a young woman who attends a wedding of her best friend as her bridesmaid. Although years back she wowed that she’s never going to return to Ireland, that’s where the wedding is. Asked to come a week before the wedding she flies to Dublin, where her friend Aishling should be waiting for her. When at the airport she doesn’t sees her friend, she tries to call her, but she receives a call. The loud sound of her mobile’s ringing gets everyone attention. Trying hard to silence the mobile, she faces a man, she never expected to see again.

And lastly, you are planning a dinner party. If you were able to invite four famous guests (living or dead) who would you choose and why?

Four famous faces:
1st: Ayrton Senna da Silva – the legend!
2nd: Freddy Mercury – because of the music
3rd: Miranda Hart – we need a good laugh
4th: Pope Francis I – although I started to differentiate between my faith and the Church very early in life, he’s somehow managed to make me believe that changes are possible – he seems like a person with a great deal of common sense.


All That the Heart Desires: 
Caught Between Two Worlds



Good morning Adrian and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Good morning, Jo and thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here. I am very lucky to be able to say I live in a very beautiful part of the country, down here in Cornwall. It’s a place filled with inspiration for every genre you can think of. I live here with my wife and four children. A couple of years ago I had to make a decision, which has led me along a completely different path to the one I was travelling. It resulted in me returning to full time education and embarking towards a career in teaching. While it would be a dream come true to write full time, I am focused on becoming an English teacher at secondary school level. For me this is the next best thing and I currently get to read and write all day. I am in the second year of my English Literature with Creative Writing Degree at Falmouth University here in Cornwall.

When did you first decide you wanted to write and how did you begin that journey?

I first began to write in about 2000 after being given a word processor. I had no idea what I was going to write, so I just began to type. I was in the army at the time and myadrian novel writing was sporadic, but I had the start of a novel. I can’t help but look back now and think how naïve I was towards the process. It is only in the last three years or so that I have really begun to understand how it works. While I began to write, I didn’t have a finished manuscript until several years later, which I completed while on my second career as a long distance lorry driver. I must admit, I thought it was going to be much easier to get it published than it was in the end. I knew no one, and nothing of the industry, only how things like television romanticise the life of a writer. However, the book I started in the year 2000 was eventually published in 2016 by Crooked Cat Books. It underwent many transitions and countless rewrites, but with perseverance it got there. It is now unrecognisable as the book I started, but it has taught me a lot.

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Who are your favourite authors and have any of them inspired your writing in any way?

At the time I began writing I was heavily into Dean Koontz, and I think I can safely say that is where the inspiration came for me to write dark material. I was later influenced by British horror writer Shaun Hutson, who is probably still the only horror writer I read when he releases a new title. I think all authors have certain other authors who have inspired them to write, how would we know what we want to write if we didn’t? I certainly think that the philosophy of write what you enjoy is more prevalent that write what you know or read. Just because you know something doesn’t mean you enjoy it…

You began as a thriller writer but have now switched to romantic fiction. What was the reason for this?

I did and I have. When I finished The Helland Reckoning, I began another horror novel, but by the time I had got to 45k words I realised it wasn’t working, and actually began to fall out of love with the genre. While I have huge respect for horror writers, I no longer felt it was the place for me. Perhaps I was in a dark place when I began writing, or maybe it was the influence of what I was reading at the time, but more than likely a combination of them both. However, it wasn’t until I did a series of workshops with Man Booker long lister, Wyl Menmuir that I was forced to announce what I was working on. The truth was I had nothing and no idea, so blurted out that I am writing a romance! Many a frown faced me at the unexpected announcement. I think I said it as I was getting to know a lot of romantic writers, and most were ladies, so, I thought I am going to have a go. Nothing like being put on the spot though! And my wife also declares me the least romantic bloke she knows, so it came as a bit of a shock when I told her I was going to write a romance novel. The funny thing is, I don’t feel out of place in this genre, and may look to join the Romantic Novelist Association at some point as I will most definitely be staying in this genre, and will look to publish in the years to come.

Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?

Of course. I am currently 40k words into the aforementioned romance novel, and I can safely say I have never enjoyed writing so much in my life. The working title for the book is: The Little Hotel on the Cliff, which is set here in Cornwall, down near Sennen Cove. It centres around a widower and a rather obnoxious lady from London. There are several other twists, including a tragic turn of events, but it also has many fun scenes thrown in. Since starting the book, the characters have become my friends and I have a great relationship with them (They talk to me a lot – something I guess only writers can understand?). I have no intention of publishing this novel as it began as project for me to put my new learnt skills into practice before I write something else later on. But who knows what the future holds? Having said that, I already have an idea for a follow up book, but told from the point of view of an entirely new character. Never say never, I guess? I am also working on two short stories, one of which, is in a different genre (drama) and will be turned into a screenplay (although never into a short film as it’s an assignment for University). The other, titled: Year of the Daffodil is a romance, but holds a much more tragic tone. I hope in the future to put together a collection of short stories, but not yet. As I am under no contractual obligations to publishers, I am able to write with freedom, and enjoy the process.

And lastly, if you had to spend a whole year on a desert island, what would your ‘must haves’ be and why?

My family, despite how crazy they are I couldn’t be without them. We would have an absolute blast. Also my laptop, for obvious reasons, and plenty of books. What else would you need to be happy? Oh, and ice cold beer! I’m sure I would get over my social media withdrawals pretty quickly – going cold turkey on a desert island, I think I’d soon forget about the rest of the world!

 Adrian’s Social Media Links:

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Adymartin177/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adymartin63

Author Biography

unnamedAdrian lives just outside of Newquay, Cornwall with his wife, Lisa, and four children. He began writing while serving in the British Army, starting with (bad) poetry written on blueys (blue sheets of paper that fold into envelopes) as he was on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. After leaving the army, he tried being a security guard, but found walking around the supermarket for fourteen hours a day somewhat monotonous, so decided to give long distance lorry driving a go. It was whilst doing this he began to pen “The Helland Reckoning”. The novel was inspired by the small hamlet of Helland, where Adrian stayed with a friend as a child. It had remained in his thoughts for many years, so it became the natural setting for the book. After five years of tramping around the U.K and Europe, he decided it was time to be home more, so began driving fuel tankers around Devon and Cornwall. After breaking his ankle playing football, Adrian was made redundant so set to work rewriting the manuscript. However, Adrian’s last job, working for a portaloo company (which was actually a lot of fun) made him want to change his career, so in September 2015 he returned to full time education studying English Literature with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, where he is currently in the second year of his degree. His hobbies include spending time with his family, writing, football, skiing, walking and Facebook! He is also part of the training team for the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Newquay Treviglas school, so if he looks lost out on the moors, please feel free to point him in the direction of the nearest pub! Feel free to hunt him down and chat.


Just to get you in Festive mood (as Christmas is only two months away) today sees the launch of two great Christmas romances from Kirsty and Kathryn…..


A Little Bit of Christmas Magic (Choc Lit): A magical Christmas story you won’t want to put down! (Rossetti Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition



A heartwarming, truly wonderful story full of Christmas magic from KIRSTY FERRY. Linked to Kirsty’s Rossetti Mysteries series.

Any wish can be granted with a little bit of Christmas magic …

As a wedding planner at Carrick Park Hotel Ailsa McCormack has devoted herself to making sure couples get their perfect day, but just occasionally that comes at a price – in this case, organising a Christmas Day wedding at the expense of her own Christmas.

Not that Ailsa minds. There’s something very special about Carrick Park during the festive season and she’s always been fascinated by the past occupants of the place; particularly the beautiful and tragic Ella Carrick, whose striking portrait still hangs at the top of the stairs.

And then an encounter with a tall, handsome and strangely familiar man in the drawing room on Christmas Eve sets off a chain of events that transforms Ailsa’s lonely Christmas into a far more magical occasion than she could have ever imagined …


A Little Bit of Christmas Magic by Kirsty Ferry:

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A Little Christmas Faith (Choc Lit) Kindle Edition


Is it time to love Christmas again?

Faith Watkins loves Christmas, which is why she’s thrilled that her new hotel in the Lake District will be open in time for the festive season. And Faith has gone all out; huge Christmas tree, fairy lights, an entire family of decorative reindeer. Now all she needs are the guests …
But what she didn’t bank on was her first paying customer being someone like Adam Hunter. Rugged, powerfully built and with a deep sadness in his eyes, Adam is a man that Faith is immediately drawn to – but unfortunately he also has an intense hatred of all things Christmassy.
As the countdown to the big day begins, Faith can’t seem to keep away from her mysterious guest, but still finds herself with more questions than answers: just what happened to Adam Hunter? And why does he hate Christmas?


A Little Christmas Faith by Kathryn Freeman:
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Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kathryn_Freeman_A_Little_Christmas_Faith_Choc_Lit?id=7NgyDwAAQBAJ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36232291-a-little-christmas-faith
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TUESDAY TALK welcomes historical author Ros Rendle who gives an interesting insight into her research and chooses some thought provoking dinner guests

Hi Ros and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Selling up in the UK seemed a huge step in 2005, and so it was. My husband had been ill and needed to take early retirement so I did likewise. I was on my third primary school headship so although it was sad to say goodbye to the children and staff, I wasn’t sorry to say cheerio to all the form filling and other paperwork.
Life in France was very different in many ways but we got the medication and health care sorted and made friends among both the French and English communities in our small village. The pace of life was slower and in the 7 valleys, south of Boulogne, beautiful.
Although we enjoyed our time there, we returned to England ten years later. I missed the family (two daughters and four granddaughters), our huge garden was very hard work and with things becoming more uncertain politically, it seemed the right thing for us to do. No regrets for any of the moves and I love being back here. There are so many things to join and do. We do ballroom and Latin dancing, volunteer work with Guide Dogs, oh, tons more.

When did you first decide you wanted to write and how did you begin that journey?

I wrote a few stories to which young children enjoyed listening when I left school and worked as a teaching assistant. Then, following training, I started a novel, ‘Peace of Time’. My mother was a published author many times over and she was very encouraging. But I had a demanding job and a young family, all the usual ‘life stuff’, and I didn’t finish it.
In France, I took up that original idea and completed it. This was an excellent activity I could do at home, in a place where there was little else to do other than socialising. That was the book I needed to write and I indie published it. I took it down from Amazon as I completed workshops and courses and learned so much more about novel-writing. Whoops!
My second book was ‘Sense and French Ability’ and accepted by Endeavour Press and became an Amazon best seller, so I rewrote that first one and then they took that too.

Has working as a teaching professional helped your writing?

For young children, the skills are significantly different. Language is, of course, key but also the relationship between where on the page the words are placed and the affinity between illustration and writing is also important.
It is a such pleasure after having spent much of my time writing letters, policy documents and essays to have the freedom to write what I choose.
Writing for adults has involved learning about character development, plot structure, the dangers of head hopping, realistic speech, narrative or psychic distance . . . I could go on, and on, and on. It’s a never-ending learning curve. Now I’m the pupil not the teacher.

How do you go about research for your historical novels?

The first book in this series was ‘Flowers of Flanders’. In this, a malicious lie changes lives and sisters learn much about themselves and each other during turbulent times.
As we lived in the major area for battle fields of WW1, we visited key sites and attended evocative and moving commemoration ceremonies many times. This included reburials of discovered remains; absolutely fascinating to find out how their modern-day relatives were traced by the War Graves Commission. We visited Kew records’ office and found my grandfather’s WW1 service via the war diaries for his regiment. That was the inspiration for that novel and although it’s not her story the image on the front cover is my grandmother.
Flowers of Resistance’ is set in Vichy France, roughly, south of the Loire. We also have a house near there still, so I know that area well. It’s a sensitive time for French people to talk about so finding information was hard. Nevertheless, accuracy is critical even in a novel so research was difficult but crucial. Period authenticity in daily living is key, too.
‘Delphi’s Dilemma’ is a novella set between these two. People wanted to know what happened to this character from the first book in the series.
Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?
The third in the Strong Sisters series is partly written and is about the third of the original sisters. It features the Cold War. So, three sisters, three times of conflict. However, each book has a strong romantic element and a #feelgood ending.
The first two both won awards. It would be great if this one could too.
I’m also working on a third contemporary women’s fiction novel which is entitled ‘A Bird in the Hand’. The tag line is: . . . but what do you do when you have two, and a third is on the way?
Currently, all things are going in 3s!

strong sisters

You’re holding a dinner party. You’re planning to invite five celebrity guests. They can be living or dead. Who would you choose and why?

Phew! This is hard. OK, in no particular order:
1 James Hilton. He wrote ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’ but my favourite book ever, ever, is also by him and it’s ‘Random Harvest’. It’s a love story but has a magnificent twist in the end. I’d love to simply sit and discuss it.
2 Someone from the Vatican archives. I’m not religious in the doctrine sense, but I bet there’s some secrets in there that would make fascinating reading and even more, excellent material for writing.
3 My granny I’d love to pick her brains about what really happened. My mum used to tell stories but she was a writer and she never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Some of the ‘facts’ she gave me . . .well . . .
4 A comedian who would be lively and funny but not such an egoist as to dominate the gathering. Maybe James Ancaster or Henning Wein??
5 Arthur Neville Chamberlain Really? What were you thinking?


Author bio

RosHaving worked as a head teacher, Ros has been used to writing policy documents, essays and stories to which young children enjoyed listening. Now she has taken up the much greater challenge of writing fiction for adults. She writes both historical sagas and contemporary romance; perfect for lying by a warm summer pool or curling up with on a cosy sofa
Ros is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Historical Novelists’ Society.
She has lived in France for ten years but has moved back to the UK with her husband and dogs. While there she gained much information, which has been of use in her books. Her books are thoroughly and accurately researched.
Ros has two daughters and four grand-daughters with whom she shares many heart-warming activities.
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