Today Tuesday Talk welcomes author Angela Barton chatting about the inspiration behind Arlette’s Story and choosing some interesting dinner guests choices…

ANGELA BARTON PICHi Angela and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

I’m a proud mother to three wonderful children who have all flown the nest. I’m married to my best friend, Paul, and I’m a happy slave to two spaniels. My favourite things to do are writing (of course), reading, making jewellery and creating artwork out of natural objects, such as pebbles, dried flowers etc. Two years ago Paul and I planted a lavender field in France and this year we moved there, to live. A new adventure!

When did you decide you wanted to be a writer and what were the first steps you took towards this?

Looking back I realise I was so naïve about the writing process when I began to write seriously ten years ago. It was only through failure and rejection over the following years that I began to learn the technique of writing. I read how to books, joined two writing clubs, started a blog and read other authors’ blogs, attended workshops and master classes on novel writing, visited The London Book Fair every year, made contact with authors, publishers and agents on Twitter and Facebook, listened to author talks, read a lot of novels, oh the list is endless! After ten years, I’m still learning. Only last month I learned the correct form of dashes to use – em dashes or en dashes! Who’d have thought?

What would your advice be to newbie writers?

I’d give three main pieces of advice to new writers. Write what you want to write, not what’s vogue at the moment. By the time you’ve written your novel the popular theme of the moment will have moved on. Never stop reading and get a professional critique before submitting your work.

Beach or City Girl – where are you happiest when on holiday?

I’m definitely a beach girl. I love the sun and being on holiday gives me the opportunity to read all day and every day without feeling guilty about unfinished jobs.

What inspired you to write your debut novel Arlette’s Story?

ARLETTE'S STORY PICAbout five years ago I visited the martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France. I was incredibly moved by what I saw there that I decided there and then to tell the story from a survivor’s point of view. It wasn’t so much of a thought – more of a compulsion to write an historical novel telling the story of when the Germans visited this small town on 10th June 1944. Charles de Gaulle once declared that the ruins must be left untouched, so now French officials are panicking that Oradour won’t survive for another seventy-four years of hot summers and freezing winters. I thought that, in some small way, I could help to keep the memory alive.

 

Part of your novel is centred on events which actually took place. How did you carry out research for this?

Research is a vital part of making a book appear believable to our readers. I’ve now visited Oradour-sur-Glane five times, taken photographs and listening to recorded conversations from the handful of villagers who survived. I’ve read factual books on the massacre and visited the cemetery where the townspeople are buried. There is now a museum in Oradour with footage from before the war and the discovery of what had happened. The Internet is a wonderful place to look for information and I also watched many WW2 films with notebook in hand to jot down interesting facts. War museums are also invaluable for discovering new information to add depth to a war story and I’ve read articles in The Guardian and Times newspapers that have run with stories about Oradour.

And finally, you are organising a dinner party and can invite four famous guests (past or present). Who would you choose and why?

Ernest Hemingway. Not only was he an accomplished journalist, novelist and short-story writer, he was also present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris, so I’d have lots of questions about writing and history to ask him about.

Dame Margot Fonteyn. For me she was the inspiration to start ballet lessons as a child after my mother took me to see Swan Lake. Sadly I never continued with dancing but I’d love to meet her at my fantasy dinner party.

Louis Pasteur. He was a French chemist and microbiologist who developed antidotes and cures to many dangerous illnesses such as anthrax and rabies. He also successfully invented a way to pasteurise milk and make it safe from tuberculosis. He also proved that germs grew from contamination and disproved the theory of spontaneous contamination. Basically, he has saved millions of lives and I’d like to let him know how grateful mankind is to him.

Cillian Murphy. Well – because he’s gorgeous! I fell in love with him after watching Peaky Blinders.

It’s Tuesday 13th November – publication day for Christmas at Borteen Bay by Morton S Gray

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Christmas at Borteen Bay

Christmas has a way of bringing family secrets to the surface …

Christmas is a bittersweet time for Pippa Freeman. There are good memories, of course – but some painful ones too.

Then her mother is implicated in a mysterious occurrence in their home town of Borteen, and Pippa wonders if she’ll ever experience a happy Christmas again – especially when a family secret is revealed.

But when police officer and old school friend Ethan Gibson offers his support, Pippa begins to realise that even though her life has been turned upside down, a happy and hopeful Christmas isn’t impossible …

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MY THOUGHTS

This latest offering from Morton S Gray is another of her romantic mystery stories. Set in Borteen Bay, a place we have become familiar with since The Girl on the Beach was published, we  meet new characters Ethan Gibson and Pippa Freeman.  Pippa has given up her career in order to return home and help her widowed mother run the Rose Court Guesthouse. An incident on the beach brings her back into contact with Ethan, now the local policeman. Romance blossoms, but before Pippa gets her happy ever after, first she has deal with the discovery of a shocking family secret.  Ethan easily takes on the mantle of Choc Lit Hero. He’s strong, kind and everything Pippa needs to help her get through the current upheaval in her life. A thoroughly enjoyable read – one you’ll be reluctant to put down until you’ve reached the last page.

 

Proudly writing for Choc Lit-8

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Version 2Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K. She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

Her debut novel The Girl on the Beach was published after she won Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition. The story follows a woman with a troubled past as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s headteacher, Harry Dixon. This book is available as a paperback and e-book.

Morton’s second book for Choc Lit The Truth Lies Buried is another romantic suspense novel, the book tells the story of Jenny Simpson and Carver Rodgers as they uncover secrets from their past. This book is available as an e-book and will be issued as a paperback in 2019.

Christmas at Borteen Bay published on 13 November 2018 is Morton’s first Christmas novella. It is set in her fictional seaside town of Borteen and follows the story of Pippa Freeman who runs the Rose Court Guesthouse with her mother and local policeman Ethan Gibson as they unravel a family secret as Christmas approaches.

Morton previously worked in the electricity industry in committee services, staff development and training. She has a Business Studies degree and is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. She also has diplomas in Tuina acupressure massage and energy field therapy. She enjoys crafts, history and loves tracing family trees. Having a hunger for learning new things is a bonus for the research behind her books.

You can catch up with Morton on her website http://www.mortonsgray.com on
Twitter – @MortonSGray, her Facebook page – Morton S. Gray Author – https://www.facebook.com/mortonsgray/ and
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/morton_s_gray/

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PUBLICATION DAY FOR A CHRISTMAS SECRET by KIRSTY FERRY – THERE’S A MAGICAL FELINE ON THE PROWL…

Kirsty Ferry A Christmas Secret

A heartwarming fun read from Kirsty Ferry, perfect for cat lovers and fans of Kathryn Freeman, Lindsey Kelk and Jill Mansell.

What if a secret from Christmas past was stopping you from moving on to Christmas future?

When Hugo McCreadie steps into Isla Brodie’s pet portrait studio to get a ‘Festive Furball Photo Shoot’ for his sister’s cat Schubert, he does question his sanity. But he knows the photographs will be the perfect Christmas present for his eccentric sister, Nessa – and he finds himself quite taken with ditzy, animal-loving Isla Brodie, too.

Will a Christmas secret from long ago prevent Hugo and Isla’s new friendship from going any further? Or will a certain big, black cat taking matters into his own paws lead them not only on a mad winter dash through snowy Edinburgh –but into each other’s arms for Christmas as well?

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ABOUT KIRSTY

Kirsty Ferry HRKirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.

Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.

Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.

You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com.

MY THOUGHTS…

A wonderful festive read. Animals in novels don’t always work, but there was something otherworldly about Schubert and the wayward feline added a touch of comedy to the story.  This is a light, sweet romance with definite Christmas sparkle.

Tuesday Talk welcomes author June Tate talking about travel, getaway must haves and her next writing project, which will be her twenty first saga – how amazing is that!

Hi June and welcome to Tuesday Talk. Can I begin as always by asking you a little about yourself?

I was born in Southampton of a seafaring family and from the age of five, wanted to be a hairdresser. I did love writing and as a teenager I had seventeen pen friends. I thought when I retired I would write a novel. I spent seven years as a hairdresser for Cunard, sailing on the Queen Mary for almost four years, looking after Hollywood movie stars and rich women, then moved to the Mauritania which cruised around the West Indies and the Caribbean.
I met an airline pilot when I was on leave and he eventually flew to New York when I was cruising and proposed! Very romantic!

What made you decide to become a writer?

I married and had two daughters. It was Maxine who saw an advert in the library for a class for Creative Writing and said , “Mother, you’ve always said one day you wanted to write a novel, why not go to the class. So I did. She’s responsible for setting me off on this wondrous journey.

How have you maintained such a prolific writing career – where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from many places. Something I read, a memory, a conversation, sometimes even a piece of music will start the mind working.

If money was no object, where in the world would you like to go?

Back to New York! It’s my favourite city in all the world and I’ve seen quite a bit of the world in my time.

Kindle or book, which is your personal preference?

I prefer to hold a book to read, but Kindle does have its place.

Can you tell us what are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a book about a girl who witnesses a murder, but dare not tell anyone. This will be my twenty first saga.

And finally you’re planning to get away for a whole year. Your destination is one of the well known holiday islands in the West Indies. What four ‘must haves’ would you take with you and why?

If I was going away for a year, I’d have to take my mobile! It has my life on it! Secondly, plenty of money. It would be a necessity for such a long time. My lap top as I’d probably want to write and Idris Elba for company!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

June-webJune Tate was born in Southampton to a seafaring family. She trained as a hairdresser and spent several years working on cruise ships, including the Queen Mary and the Mauritania meeting Hollywood actors and VIP’s on her travels. After her marriage to an airline pilot, she lived in Sussex, Hampshire and Portugal. June has two adult daughters and has since returned to Sussex.

 

 

 

 

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Southampton, 1912. Jessie is just nineteen when her father passes away and her mother decides to return to her native Ireland. But Jessie, headstrong and independent, prefers to take charge of her own destiny and finds employment at a workman’s cafe, becoming the darling of the dockworkers who are fiercely protective of her.

When one of her customers charms his way into her heart, Jessie becomes Mrs Conor McGonigall and soon assumes ownership of the cafe. All the pieces of her life are coming together. But when a pushy local businessman and a former employee with a grudge have other ideas, everything she has worked for is slowly chipped away. Can she find the strength to rebuild the life she wants in the face of immeasurable personal loss?

‘Her debut book caused a stir among Cookson and Cox devotees, and they’ll love this. Compulsive reading’ Woman’s Weekly

‘A heart-rending tale’ Gilda O’Neill

‘A page-turner for all saga lovers’ Katie Fforde

‘A heart-warming tale with a vividly drawn central character’ Peterborough Evening Telegraph

‘Excellent and gripping . . . compelling. I am eagerly awaiting June Tate’s next offering’ Sussex Life

 

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Happy Publication Day to Bernie Stevens and One Magical Christmas…..

 

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Christmas magic doesn’t really exist – does it? 
When Annie Berry collides with Nik Knoll in a car park on the day of her sister’s wedding, it feels like all of Nik’s Christmases have come at once. Annie seems like just the sort of woman he’d like to get to know, and the chance nature of their encounter is almost like, well … Christmas magic.

But Nik has a secret, and he has to be sure that he can trust Annie before he tells her. The problem is that this secret has a Christmas deadline, and time is running out …

 

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Tuesday Talk welcomes author Julia Ibbotson, chatting about her writing, holiday destinations and celebrity dinner guest choices…

Hi Julia and welcome once again to Tuesday Talk. For those who may be reading my blog for the first time, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, good to be with you today! Well, where do I start? I’m fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. I love books that evoke a time and place vividly so that I can feel I’m right there. And those are the sort of books I like to write as well. I read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa!) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and I have a PhD in socio-linguistics. I wrote my first novel at 10 years of age, but I became a school teacher, then a university lecturer and researcher, finding myself unexpectedly a single mum and therefore the sole ‘breadwinner’ of the family. Finding Jess (2018) is my sixth book and the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, I love travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where I and my second husband divide our time.

What made you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always written, but had no idea how to do it commercially. In those days there was little advice, no indie writing (other than what was called the ‘vanity press’), no Amazon, or social media. Publishers were difficult to access. I wrote the first ms of my children’s time-slip novel (S.C.A.R.S) and sent it on spec to about 5 or 6 publishers, got rejections (although now I see they were actually very positive!) and gave up. I was leading a very hectic life as a teacher/lecturer and single parent, which had to take priority. Much later, about 7 years ago, having published academic papers and texts as part of my job, I was persuaded to write and publish a more creative book and The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen was born, which combines memoir, food history, research and recipes. I found that I loved the publishing scene as it now was, much more supportive and helpful. So I rewrote S.C.A.R.S and began the Drumbeats trilogy. I joined the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme which was very encouraging and never looked back: within three months I had a publishing contract for the Drumbeats trilogy. I recently finished my job at the university and am now writing full time.

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You are a versatile author, having written not only the Drumbeats trilogy but a children’s book, an historical novel and a memoir. Which of these did you enjoy writing the most?

I can’t believe that Finding Jess (the last of the Drumbeats trilogy) is my 6th published book in 7 years! Initially, I had no idea which genre I wanted to write in, so tried several! I’ve loved them all in their different ways, as they’ve all been very meaningful to me at the time of writing, but I think now that I’ve found my niche, and that is historical (medieval) time slip/multi period romance which inevitably centres on a mystery, like A Shape on the Air, which was published last year. I loved writing that one, especially because it’s a time slip set partly in the early medieval period which is my research interest. I know that still crosses genres (or sub-genres of romance) but I don’t want to write category genre. My WIP follows this direction.

Have you a favourite holiday destination?

That’s easy – Madeira! We’ve had an apartment there for the last 20 years and spend much of the summer over there. We love its climate, ambiance, scenery and cultural history. We walk, swim and sail there. It’s so relaxing and easy-going. And my WIP is set there! But I love travelling worldwide and especially enjoy Italy and France.

When you began to write Drumbeats were you consciously looking at a three book story, or did the whole thing evolve as you wrote?

I wanted to tell Jess’s full story and I knew that it wouldn’t fit into just one book. Looking at the scope (30 years) and the plot arcs I realised quite soon that it needed to be a trilogy covering different stages of her life, with a plot arc over all three: a saga, really, I suppose. The details of the second and third books then evolved as I planned and wrote the narrative and realised that they had to deal with some serious issues of modern life. So Drumbeats starts in the mid 1960s in Ghana and is essentially a coming of age story as a naïve 18 year old Jess escapes her stifling family and finds her way through civil war, tragedy and a new romance. Walking in the Rain picks up her story in the 1970s and 1980s, as she realises that the man she married isn’t who she thought he was, and the book deals with some tough issues of living with someone with mental health issues. Then Finding Jess looks at love, betrayal and rising above adversity; it ends in 1990 back in Ghana.

What are you currently working on?

My WIP is a medieval multi period romance, set in Madeira in the present day and the 14th and 16th centuries and based on the island’s historic events. It begins (uniquely I think!) 5 million years ago with the volcanic eruption that formed the island. Something in that dramatic event survives through the ages via an unquiet spirit to the present day and it’s the protagonist’s job (a medievalist) to restore harmony.

And finally, you’re organising a dinner party. Which four celebrity guests would you choose and why?

I’d invite the actor James Norton (hopefully coming as Rev Sidney Chambers from Grantchester or Prince Andrei from War and Peace, because I think he’s gorgeous, and I’d like to talk to him about creating ‘historical’ characters for the screen. I’d have the late Stephen Hawking to discuss the concept of time which fascinates me. I’d invite Dan Snow, the history guy, because we saw him recently and he’s very interesting about the medieval world. And Lucy Worsley because she’s fun and witty, and could talk to me about romance traditions through history and literature. I think that would make for an interesting, lively and amusing evening.

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The blurb for Drumbeats, the first of the trilogy:

It’s 1965 and 18 year old Jess escapes her stifling English background for a gap year in Ghana, West Africa. But it’s a time of political turbulence across the region. Fighting to keep her young love who waits back in England, she’s thrown into the physical dangers of civil war, tragedy, and the emotional conflict of a disturbing new relationship. And why do the drumbeats haunt her dreams?

Drumbeats is a rite of passage story which takes the reader hand in hand with Jess on her journey towards growing into the adult world.

And for Finding Jess which is the last of the Drumbeats trilogy that was published by Endeavour this summer:
Single mother, Jess, has struggled to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and her best friend. When she is on the brink of losing everything, including her family, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone. Then she is sent a mysterious newspaper clipping of a temporary post back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again? And what, exactly, will she find?
Finding Jess is a passionate study of love and betrayal – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust after suffering great misfortune. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

Author Bio

author photo image 3Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then a university lecturer and researcher. Finding Jess (2018) is her sixth book and the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.

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Acclaimed author of:
Drumbeats (2015), the first of the trilogy set in 1960s Ghana: sometimes you have to escape to find yourself.
Walking in the Rain (2016), the second in the trilogy set in 1970s and 1980s England: never give up on your dreams.
Finding Jess (2018), the last of the trilogy set in 1990s England and Ghana: can the past ever be left behind?
A Shape on the Air (2017): historical (Dark Ages/early medieval) time-slip romance. Two women 1,500 years apart, with one aim: to reclaim their dreams and fight the dangers that threaten them both across the ages …
The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, (first published 2011, re-released 2017) a feel-good story of the renovation of a Victorian rectory interwoven with period recipes to feed the soul, all from the rectory kitchen.
S.C.A.R.S (first published 2012, re-released 2016) (children’s novel): a troubled boy slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe into a parallel medieval fantasy world of knights, dragons, and a quest for the triumph of Good over Evil. But can he save himself?

Links:

Amazon Author page:
http://Author.to/JuliaIbbotsonauthor

A Shape on the Air:
http://myBook.to/ASOTA

Drumbeats:
http://myBook.to/Drumbeatstrilogy

Walking in the Rain:
http://myBook.to/WalkingintheRainDrumbeatstrilogy

Finding Jess
http://mybook.to/FindingJess
S.C.A.R.S:
http://myBook.to/SCARSchildrensbook

The Old Rectory:
http://myBook.to/TheOldRectory

Social media links:

Facebook Author page:
https://www.facebook.com/JuliaIbbotsonauthor
Twitter:
@JuliaIbbotson
https://twitter.com/JuliaIbbotson

Author website:

https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com/

Pinterest page: includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book

Goodreads author page:

https://www.goodreads.com/juliaibbotson

RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) website author page
https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org/rna_author/julia-ibbotson/

 

TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES AUTHOR LYNDA STACEY CHATTING ABOUT HER LATEST PROJECT AND BALANCING WRITING WITH A BUSY WORKING LIFE…

L (1) copy 2 (1)Hi Lynda and welcome back to Tuesday Talk. For those who may be reading my blog for the first time, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, how lovely to be back. For those who don’t know me, I grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster. I left school the first moment I could and began work the very next day… and I think I’ve been working ever since.
My jobs have been varied and have included being a receptionist, a sales assistant, a nurse, a van driver, a model, a scuba diving instructor, an emergency first response instructor and the full time position I hold now as the Sales Director of a stationery and office furniture company.
Around 10 years ago I was in a bad car accident, I lost a lot of use in my arms, my shoulders were destroyed and a lot of my hobbies, including the scuba diving had to be given up. I really couldn’t do very much. I was in a lot of pain, but I quickly worked out that my fingers still wiggled, I could still type, and it was at this time that I began writing. I can honestly say that I not only fell in love with writing, with the characters and the stories, but also with the whole industry of publishing, of the circles I now mix in and with all the other authors who I now feel very privileged to call my friends.

How do you balance writing with your busy working life?

Lol… am I supposed to be balancing it?
Seriously, I just write when I can. I tend to write more in the winter than I do in the summer and I have to admit, the thought of sitting in the house with the lap top on my knee when the sun is shining isn’t on the top of my ‘to do list’. But, when the sun goes down, when the rain falls and when the log fire is lit, that’s when I tend to write. Hence why there is always a lot of winter scenes in my books.

Have you a favourite place to write?

I literally sit on the corner of the settee with the laptop on my knee. I probably should use the office that I had purposely built, it was an extension that I just had to have, but never use. Oops.

Are you someone who plans your writing, or do you have an idea and see where it takes you?

I always know who my heroine is and where she’s going. I always know how the story will end, but the bit in the middle, well, can we say that it even surprises me as it happens. My thoughts often go off on a tangent and the story can quite quickly take a diversion, which I hope is what keeps the twists and turns happening.

What prompted the move from romantic suspense to psychological thriller?

The Fake Date

I love suspense, but the psychological side really excites me and getting into the mind of the villain is great fun. I’ve just listened back to the audio of THE FAKE DATE and can honestly say that I seriously wondered about my own sanity when I began to hear the villains voice.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a book that’s very close to my heart. It’s set in my home town ofElephant and Mahout Doncaster where in the 1900’s we had a Victorian marvel called the Sand House. Not only was it a house of gigantic proportion that was carved out of sand stone, it was also the site of the famous catacombs. A series of tunnels that were also carved out of the sand stone. There were intricate carvings within the tunnels and the most famous was that of the Elephant and Mahout.
I’ve attached a picture for you to see it.
In reality, the tunnels can’t be excavated. However, in fiction, anything can happen, and it will…!

And finally, you’ve been invited onto I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here. Name four celebs you would like to join you and why.

I’d love to be surrounded by the type of people who would really take the challenge to heart.
My four celebrities would be two women and two men:
The ladies would be Michelle Keegan and Lacey Turner, both took female leads in Our Girl.
And the men who were both in Jamestown would be Matt Stokoe who played James Reed, and Stuart Martin who played Silas Sharrow.
If nothing else, the girls would be a laugh and the men… well, they’d be easy on the eye, so all would be good.

 Author Bio

me on the staircase at Wrea Head hallLynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,
Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for almost 30 years.

 

 

Link to Amazon:
HOUSE OF SECRETS
https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Secrets-truly-gripping-suspense-ebook/dp/B01H9961XY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493732541&sr=8-2&keywords=house+of+secrets

TELL ME NO SECRETS
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tell-Me-No-Secrets-gripping-ebook/dp/B06Y5LN8BP/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1493732572&sr=1-1&keywords=tell+me+no+secrets

HOUSE OF CHRISTMAS SECRETS
https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Christmas-Secrets-Choc-Lit-ebook/dp/B07771T7S5/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

THE FAKE DATE
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fake-Date-gripping-thriller-that-ebook/dp/B07FM915Q2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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IT’S PUBLICATION DAY FOR KIRSTY FERRY’S WATCH FOR ME AT CHRISTMAS…

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A fabulous new Christmas story for 2018 from Kirsty Ferry. Highly recommended.

When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas … 
When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life.
Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other.
With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watch-Christmas-Choc-Lit-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07GR1NCD3

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Watch-Christmas-Choc-Lit-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07GR1NCD3

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Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kirsty_Ferry_Watch_for_Me_at_Christmas?id=D29vDwAAQBAJ

Website: https://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/watch-for-me-at-christmas/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kirsty Ferry HRKirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.

Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.

Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.

You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com.

TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES BACK AUTHOR JANE RISDON TO CHAT ABOUT HER WRITING JOURNEY, THE SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION WITH CHRISTINA JONES AND WHAT’S NEXT ON HER WRITING AGENDA…

Hi Jane and welcome. Can I start, as always,by asking you a little about yourself?1-21731049_144686479471516_8105924548833294401_n

Hi Jo, thanks so much for having me back again. It is such fun to take part in Tuesday Talk Interviews with you.
My background, as many of your long-term readers will know – having read my previous interviews with you I am sure – is in the international music business where my husband and I (sounds like Her Majesty, oops) managed singers, songwriters, musicians of all genres, record producers and, at one time, an actor from the Aussie series Home and Away. We also placed music and songs in to movies and television series around the world.
After years of babysitting testosterone fuelled rock musicians and hormone crazed female singers we decided to call it a day and get a life of our own. My husband is a musician and wanted to do more song-writing and other related activities which – curiously – ended up with him appearing in movies and television series in India (he is not Indian) when Bollywood came calling and he couldn’t resist. The results are…interesting! He ended up working with super-star Indian actors and actresses and was often stopped in the street by fans wanting to ‘touch’ someone who knew Shahrukh Khan for example.

When did you decide to become a writer and how did you begin that journey?

I’ve always wanted to write crime/thrillers but working 24/7 promoting and guiding the careers of others was not conducive to writing and promoting oneself and so my ambitions have taken a backseat for most of my life, until 2011, when I found I had time to myself, a keyboard, and a good supply of tea and liquorice.
For two years I wrote and wrote and wrote. I have dozens of short stories and novels all waiting to see the light of day. At the time I had no idea what to do with them all. Publication was a vague thought in the depths of my brain, but all those years of pent up longing burst out and I wrote myself silly. Most of the stories were crime/thrillers and a few were what you might call humorous. One novel went on to become Only One Woman, published May 2018 with Accent Press.
When it comes to getting away are you a beach or city girl?
Cripes, beach or city? Can I say neither? I’m a country girl. Although we’ve always been near the sea in most cities where we have lived – Singapore, Los Angeles, Taiwan – but we both love the countryside. It would have to be country every time, although my husband might waiver.

How did the collaboration with Christina Jones to write Only One Woman come about?

My collaboration with Christina Jones on Only One Woman is a story in itself.
She was fan-club secretary for my husband’s band back in the late 1960s and I got to know her through her dealings with him – still my boyfriend then – and the band. She came on the scene a while after I’d been going out with him and as she was a rock/pop journalist and short story writer, the band’s manager thought she would be ideal for the role. She loved the band and agreed. We discovered we had a love of music, fashion, and most of all writing and we’ve always wanted to write together. She wrote romance and I wanted to be a crime writer so we thought it would never happen.
I mentioned 2011 and having time to write. One such novel was Only One Woman, named for the Bee Gees penned hit song for singer Graham Bonnet and his cousin, Trevor Gordon (The Marbles) in 1968. I’d written the complete novel by the summer of 2012 in diary format, from the point of view of 16 year old Renza, and sent it to Christina for her opinion. To my delight she loved it and wanted to co-author with me. So the book remained with her whilst she wrote her parts – Stella and her family etc., and fitted them in. Once she’d written her parts she sent it to our publisher Accent Press, in 2014, who we shared by then; some of my short stories having been published by them in 2014. We didn’t know that we shared the same publisher until then.
We were set for publication later in 2014 but due to numerous changes of editors at the publishers and the request for more chapters, we didn’t publish until November 2017. Initially the word count was 130,000 words and by the time we’d added in more diary entries it came out at about 160,000 words – almost 500 pages. A very quick read we are told. Don’t be put off! The paperback for bookstores (Waterstones) was published May 2018.

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By this time I’d managed to get Graham Bonnet to write our foreword and agree to be used for any publicity we thought would help us and of course, him. He has been a star and so has his bass-player and girlfriend, Beth-Ami Heavenstone. Graham is a superstar singer having performed not just Only One Woman with The Marbles, but he’s sung with iconic bands such as Rainbow, Alcatraz, Blackmore etc., and now his own band The Graham Bonnet Band.

What are you currently working on?

My crime/thriller Ms Birdsong Investigates series has been on the shelf waiting for the publication of Only One Woman and I have been working on updating it. It has been in with Accent for a long time and is in need of an overhaul. I have three books already written so I have a lot of work ahead of me.
Ms Birdsong is a 40 something former MI5 officer ‘voluntarily retired’ following a messed up operation with MI6 involving her lover and MI6 officer, Michael Dante. He kept his job and was shoved off to Moscow.
Lavinia Birdsong moves to rural Oxfordshire, The Vale of the White Horse, in the hope that she will somehow be reinstated eventually and when a young woman goes missing she sees her chance to get involved and perhaps regain her credibility with the Security Services. Soon she is up to her neck in Russian Mafia people trafficking, Ukrainian gun and drug smugglers and murder.
I have a short story ‘The Gift,’ in the Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018, Plaisted Publishing House – this is my 5th contribution to the series since 2016 – and writing ghost stories was a challenge for me, just as writing Women’s Fiction (Only One Woman) was. The Gift is a tale of spooky crime.
My collection of short crime stories, Undercover, published by Plaisted Publishing House, is due out in a few weeks’ time and is my first real publication in my own right. I am excited and terrified. It features new short stories and a couple which my readers tell me are their favourites. I have another compilation being collated and due for publication later this year or early 2019. Undercover will be in paperback and e-book.
Believe it or not I am also beginning a sequel to Only One Woman – untitled as yet – taking Renza, Stella, Scott and Narnia’s Children into the 1970s and beyond. Many readers have asked for a sequel so I thought the story should continue. The fate of those caught in the love triangle between Renza, Scott and Stella will be played out in the same musical way Only One Woman is, I am sure. It needs lots of research so I may be some time.

What would your advice be to new writers?

I am not good at giving advice. I guess I would tell anyone new to writing to just do it. Write what you know and if you don’t know it, research it. I’ve undertaken 7 Forensic Science and Criminal Justice Courses in order to increase my knowledge when writing crime/thrillers as I knew I could not rely on TV series such as CSI, or what I watched or read in other crime stories for accuracy.

And finally, you’re planning a year out, getting away from everyone on a desert island – what ‘must haves’ would you take with you and why? And if you could choose one person to spend the time there with you, who would it be?

A year on a desert island? Cripes, my idea of a nightmare. I would take my husband as we never run out of things to natter about and he’d love it there. He’d need his guitar and access to some sort of music player, his computer and mobile, and he’d have to have a mirror – he’s a musician after-all. I would need to be under some sort of covering – tent/hut – as I am very fair and cannot stay in the sun long. I would need my computer to write, my books to read – Kindle is all right – and he would need a supply of Earl Grey tea and I’d need my Yorkshire Gold tea and a supply of liquorice. I think we’d both need lots of wine and Scotch. I would have to have my mascara, eyeliner, lipstick and moisturiser, hair-drier, and sunglasses – I wear them all year long; the sun would give me migraine so I’ll need pain-killers too. But seriously, can’t I be sent somewhere in the countryside instead? He’d love it near the sea. I wouldn’t. It is great to visit and enjoy the scenery for a short time, but it really is not for me. Help!!

To learn more about Jane and her books with buy links drop over to her Amazon Author page:
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Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneRisdon2/
GoodReads:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jane_Risdon
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janerisdonwriter/
Only One Woman Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RenzandStella/
Only One Woman amazon: UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP/
USA: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP
Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/B075D88JBP
Paperback ISBN: 9781783757312
Simon & Schuster: ISBN: 9781682994252

Blurb:
1-woman-3513418_1280Undercover – Crime shorts by Jane Risdon
For the first time a collection of crime shorts from Jane Risdon featuring a couple of readers’ favourites – The Honey Trap and Murder by Christmas – alongside newer stories including The Watchers and Sweet Sable. These stories are female driven but men will love them too. Twists, turns, and unexpected endings will grab anyone loving a good edge of your seat yarn.
Our readers said:
Undercover – crime shorts; is a wonderfully satisfying anthology of six short stories which transcend above the crime fiction genre providing a ripping yarn irrespective of the reader’s crime fiction preference. Jane Risdon has cleverly stitched together a mix of tales to suit all fans of the genre. Roger A Price – Crime/Thriller Author
Plaisted Publishing House November 2018

Blurb:
Ghostly Writes Anthology 2018.
The Gift by Jane Risdon
Where crime crosses the divide between the living and the dead
The room stank of bleach but that couldn’t be helped, he’d opened the windows and was43828883_865718387151958_6522759887473082368_n sure that the odour would soon evaporate. The air fresheners would help too. Nothing was left that he could see but he knew that modern forensics would be able to find blood splatter if they sprayed Luminol where they suspected the murder took place. He’d read some time ago that rubbing surfaces with Horseradish sauce would give a false reading – he carried it with him these days – and he’d done that for added insurance. The murderer didn’t plan on hanging around. If they found anything, which he thought highly unlikely, he’d be long gone. He’d planned on relocating overseas with a new identity and had ensured there wouldn’t be a trail to follow. He hadn’t been successful for as long as he had been withougood reason.

Plaisted Publishing House 31st October 2018

 

 

Only One Woman by Christina Jones and Jane Risdon
34063075_1767354966684843_163787001579962368_nOur readers said:
Jeff Lee
Wonderful characters. Wonderful story. Magical time.
Christina Jones and Jane Risdon are two of the best, most recognized writers emerging now from the UK. Individually, each is a gifted writer and storyteller with a real talent for creating fascinating storylines, compelling characters and damn good, REAL-sounding dialog. But, put Christina and Jane together working on the same title, and you uncork magic.

1968. The Fool was perched on the hill. Mick & the boys were trying to generate a little sympathy for old Nick. And the rest of the world was caught up in the explosion of music, fashions and leading-edge creativity bursting out of London and San Francisco.

In the midst of it all, Christina and Jane weave an irresistible tale of two English teenage girls – one living the dark side of the Cinderella story and the other, a girl facing life-altering medical choices, who decides to follow her dream of becoming a music industry journalist. Both characters meet and befriend the guys in a struggling rock group, on the cusp of jumping from playing pub dates to filling arenas. And, they both fall in love with the same band member, the lead guitarist.

The entire book is told through the girls’ diary entries, which I thought was genius. I love it when an author takes me right inside the head of their main character, to see what they’re thinking and why. And, in the case of Only One Woman, I got to see and enjoy it TWICE.

During the time period this book was taking place, I was around 19 and living about 10 miles South of San Francisco. I was pretty active in the city’s music and creative scene, so a lot of the local musicians were friends (a few still are, 50 years later). And, I knew a couple of musicians who lived through some of the events in Only One Woman.

Look, I’m not going to offer any spoilers here, but if you either remember the times or are a fan of them, Christina and Jane will take you on a completely enjoyable romp down the rabbit hole. Only One Woman will not disappoint.

Foreword from Graham Bonnet:
1-37120728_10214039137147267_3307257970496110592_nWhen Jane asked me if I’d like to write a foreword for Only One Woman I was thrilled and excited to be invited to share some of my memories of the 1960s and how the song, Only One Woman, came into being.
When I moved to London in 1968 with my cousin Trevor Gordon and our band, we never expected what was going to happen to us. We played a club in London called the Revolution Club and it just happened that the Bee Gees ex-manager was in the audience. He knew my cousin from when Trevor lived in Australia and actually played and recorded with the Bee Gees; this was back in the early 60s. He gave Trevor Barry Gibbs’ telephone number.

We eventually went over to Barry Gibbs’ house and sat around playing acoustic guitars and singing Stevie Wonder songs and Beatle songs. It just so happened that Robert Stigwood – the Bee Gees’ manager – was at Barry’s house at the same time and wanted Barry to take my cousin and me into the studio to record a song that he asked Barry to write for us.

Before we knew it we were in the studio that same week with Barry, Maurice and Robin, with only a vague idea of a tune that Barry had written for us to record.

So we sang and recorded a ‘la la la la’ melody to begin, with Barry playing acoustic guitar. Trevor changed the melody a little and took a straightforward kind of 3/4 country tune to an R&B soulful melody. Eventually Barry wrote the words and came up with the song “Only One Woman.”

When “Only One Woman” became a number three hit in 1968, in the UK, everything changed for Trevor and me. Suddenly we were recognised on the streets and it was strange.

I will be forever grateful to the Gibb Brothers for giving me and Trevor a career. Since those days my whole life has just been music thanks to my cousin and his encouragement, and also to the Gibb brothers for giving me such faith in my own talent. The rest is music history.

For me Jane and Christina’s book – “Only One Woman” – reflects very honestly those times and the feel of those times. I can picture myself back in London when reading some of the pages. The 1960s, for me, was probably the most wonderful time in the music business with such bands as The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Who, and The Bee Gees and more: the list is endless.

This book will take you back to that time; read on readers.

Graham Bonnet,
Studio City, Los Angeles, California
2018.

It’s Tuesday 16th October and publication day for A Little Christmas Charm by Kathryn Freeman…

 

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A wonderful new uplifting Christmas story from Kathryn Freeman to put you in the festive mood. Highly recommended.


Would you swap sea and sunshine for tinsel and turkey?
Gabby Sanderson is used to being let down – even at Christmas. Which is why she’s happy to skip the festive season completely in favour of a plane ticket and sunnier climes.

But this Christmas could be different, because this time she might not be spending it alone. Can Owen Cooper charm Gabby into loving Christmas in the same way he’s charmed his way into her life, or is he just another person who’ll end up disappointing her?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

5707-2Kathryn started her working life as a retail pharmacist but soon realised trying to decipher doctors’ handwriting wasn’t for her. Next she joined the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications, doing a lot of writing – about medicines. What she really wanted to write about though, was romance.

In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…

She lives with two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.

She can be found at: http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk