Countdown to Christmas…. A Special Festive Reading Offer 10th to 16th December

I’ve taken a break from writing to post a Christmas Offer for readers.  Back in 2015 I wrote Summer Moved On, followed a year later by Watercolours in the Rain. They are linked contemporary romantic sagas set in rural Devon.  From 10th to 16th December you can join the community of Lynbrook and follow the lives of those who live there for 99p/99c each (e.book download only)

 

South Devon Duo Book 1

After a long-buried secret tears her family apart, Jess Hayden moves to the South Devon village of Lynbrook to live with her uncle.   Rufus owns the village pub, The Black Bull, and having visited before, Jess knows the villagers well…especially one of them.

Talún Hansen has a reputation, making him the kind of man no decent girl should get involved with.  Jess, however, has been under his spell from the moment they first met.  Although they always seem to bring out the worst in each other, there is no denying the attraction that simmers between them – an attraction Jess knows she needs to keep under control after repeated warnings from her uncle.

As she settles into village life she begins to learn more about this wild, dark-haired gypsy with the compelling eyes, and realises their lives hold many similarities.  Despite her uncle’s warnings, she begins to spend time with him.  For Jess, the coming summer holds passion; for Talún the hope that he has at last found someone who truly cares for him.

But as autumn approaches, a dark shadow from Jess’s past returns, bringing far-reaching and unwanted changes for both of them.

On the surface, the heroine Jess has everything she could desire in her boyfriend Zac. Yet she is drawn to moody, brooding ‘Heathcliffe’-esque Talún. And who wouldn’t be, at that age? Is he just what Jess needs in the long summer before going up to university. Or is he the worst thing that could happen to her at this stage in her life? Jess has everything that money can provide but lacks a father’s love and relies on her lovely uncle Rufus to fill in the gaps. Small wonder then that she appears ‘ripe for the picking.’ The reader’s heart is in her mouth as Jess and Talùn’s relationship develops and we worry that it’s all going to end in tears. There’s plenty to keep the reader on side – a warm village community, complete with characters who wouldn’t be out of place in a Miss Read novel, or Cider with Rosie; a best friend, a scheming womaniser, a cold father and a mystery to be solved regarding Talùn’s parentage.  Lady Rochford, Amazon Reviewer

PURCHASE LINKS:

AMAZON.COM http://a.co/iamXhV5

AMAZON UK  http://amzn.eu/fWGrxb8

South Devon Duo Book 2

What happens to the future when past and present collide?

JESS:  Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home.

Talún: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood.

LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team.  She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true.

As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make…

I very much enjoyed Summer Moved On, but Watercolours in the Rain is even better.
Finding out what happened to Jess, Talún and Lily – and all the other minor characters – was like hearing about friends and what happened to them.
I was fascinated to see how Jo Lambert managed to get the “right” ending – very cleverly written, I thought.  Tina J Amazon Reviewer

 PURCHASE LINKS

AMAZON.CO.UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LX4GRE5

 AMAZON.COM   Link: http://a.co/fjQMEo6

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK LIFE PLAYLISTS FEATURES AUTHOR AND MUSIC LOVER JESSIE CALAHIN WHO CHOOSES HER FIVE MEMORABLE TRACKS

As Christmas festivities approaches, it is as wonderful to sit back with my coffee, stare out at the frosty morning and reflect on the music that has shaped my life. Indeed, my love of music influenced me to write two novels about characters who could sing, thus allowing me to live my dream through them.

Pearl’s A Singer was a favourite of my late Father, and I remember him listening to it in the evenings with a glass of something soothing. Elkie’s Brook’s haunting, ethereal voice inspired the character of Pearl in my debut novel, You Can’t Go It Alone’. In my work in progress, Loving You, I have explored the genesis of Pearl’s singing ambition in more detail as this was the request from readers.

Pearl’s A Singer, Elkie Brooks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxwBjfrwpPY

Music has been a part of my life from childhood.  Owing to my love of music, my parents bought me a record player when I was very young. The record player was huge and had a smoked glass top – it was my pride and joy. Having saved up my spending money, I bought ‘Super Trouper’ by Abba.  I danced and danced to the single and drove everyone completely mad, but the following Christmas my parents bought me some disco lights to accompany my music.   At this stage I imagined myself on stage with Abba as the fifth member of the group and designed costumes in my scrapbook. I savoured each word of music lyrics and my interest in words and storytelling started to blossom.

 

 

Super Trouper, Abba:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BshxCIjNEjY

 

 

My go to song when I want a lift or feel happy is Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’. The velvety tones of Louis Armstrong’s wonderful voice always uplift me.  The lyric ‘skies of blue’ and ‘bright blessed day’ capture the joy in life: this song reinforces the positivity in the simple things.

In the opening of my novel I wrote ‘As Sophie looked up to the sky, its vast blueness held endless possibilities.’  I had just been listening to this very track during a car journey to one of my favourite destinations.

Watching the YouTube version of the song makes me smile. Louis Armstrong expresses his joy in every single word – his voice is such a powerful instrument. If only, I could sing like that!  Fortunately, I can explore my signing dream through my characters.

What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWzrABouyeE

When my niece visited last summer, I played the Louis Armstrong track in the car, and she said is was good, but she preferred other happy songs.  As we whizzed around on the Waltzer, she heard Happy by Pharrell Williams.  We downloaded the track at home and danced to it for the rest of her stay.  I will always remember the remember the summer my niece came to stay when she was ten years old, and we found our happy song.

Happy Pharell Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

On our wedding day my husband wanted to surprise me with his choice of song for our dance.  He chose Whitney Houston’s version of I Will Always Love You.  I still chuckle at the choice as it is a song about divorce, but he pointed out that he was more concerned about the message of the chorus.  We danced to the track and didn’t even hear the words.  On our tenth anniversary he aimed to make up for his choice of music when he used ‘Only You’ by the Flying Pickets as the background to a PowerPoint story of our life for an anniversary – perfect.  Obviously, I must select Whitney’s song for this one.

Whitney Houston, I will Always Love You:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU

Biography

Jessie is a Yorkshire author living in Cardiff, Wales.  Wales and words have a special place in her heart. She loves to entertain and challenge readers with her contemporary fiction and wants everyone to meet the characters who’ve been hassling her for years.  Set in Wales, You Can’t Go It Alone is ‘a novel with a warm heart’ and is the first book in a family saga. Jessie is also the innovator of the popular Books in Handbag Blog.

Besides writing, Jessie adores walking, talking, cooking and procrastinating.  Walking helps her to sort out tangles in her narratives or articles.  She searches for happy endings, where possible, and needs great coffee, food and music to give her inspiration.

Jessie enjoys connecting with her readers and would be delighted to hear from you.  Indeed, the readers requested the prequel to You Can’t Go It Alone and she has just finished it.  The prequel is called Loving You (working title) and will be out next year

Visit Jessie’s website at http://www.JessieCahalin.com.

Contact her at: jessiecahalin@aol.co.uk

Connect with her at:

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/people/Jessie-Cahalin/100016975596193?fref=nf

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/JessieCahalinAuthor/

Twitter             @BooksInHandbag

Twitter            https://twitter.com/booksinhandbag

 

 ABOUT YOU CAN’T GO IT ALONE

Love, music and secrets are woven together in this poignant, heart-warming narrative.

Set in a Welsh village, the story explores the contrast in attitudes and opportunities between different generations of women. As the characters confront their secrets and fears, they discover truths about themselves and their relationships.

The reader is invited to laugh and cry, with the characters, and find joy in the simple things in life. Listen to the music and enjoy the food, as you peek inside the world of the inhabitants of Delfryn.

Let Sophie show you that no one can go it alone. Who knows, you may find some friends with big hearts…

Book links and contacts:

Amazon               relinks.me/B06XQ5RVD5

KOBO                    bit.ly/2IpSiLz

iBooks                   relinks.me/1438915954

Google Play        bit.ly/2RIatiP

Nook                     bit.ly/2C7LYa9

 

AN EXTRACT OF YOU CAN’T GO IT ALONE…

This is the stage at which Pearl decides to follow her dream to attend an audition and leads to a key secret in the novel.  The scene set in the seventies and the tension demonstrates Jim’s love for Pearl. Jim is a victim of the seventies and his upbringing and cannot express his feelings.  Would Pearl have listened if he had explained how he felt? Jim inhabits the masculine world of a car mechanic, in the seventies, and wrestles with his innate sensitivity.

November 1972

On the morning of the audition, Pearl’s slight frame filled the room as she crashed around the kitchen.  ‘You won’t drive me to the audition, so I am going on the bus,’ she hissed.  Her eyes shone with determination.

Jim did not glance up from his newspaper.  ‘Don’t be stupid,’ he mumbled.  The barren winter landscape always made Pearl want to flee, he hoped Pearl would change her mind. 

‘I mean it, Jim.  Don’t stop me going.’

Jim muttered, ‘I love your singing, but I don’t think these people are genuine.  Don’t go.  Let’s send demos to other record companies.’  Jim opened his paper again and took a sip of his tea.  He wanted Pearl to be happy, but he knew the audition was bad news.  If he even looked at her, she would persuade him to go.  He had to be strong to protect her from disappointment. 

Pearl snatched the newspaper from Jim.  ‘Jim, I’m trapped.  And I need to sing.  I need music.  Please come with me to the audition.  I can’t ignore an opportunity.’  Her voice faded. 

Jim stood up to collect his sandwiches from the kitchen counter and refused to make eye contact with Pearl.  ‘Why can’t you be content?  We’ve got a good life, the two of us.  You can sing anytime you want.’  He glanced at Pearl and swallowed a mouthful of the bacon sandwich which stuck in his throat.  After a cough he declared, ‘I’ll ask Maria if you can sing in the café again.  Let’s search out proper record companies,’ he soothed.  As Jim took his old leather working jacket from the back of the chair, engine oil filled the room. 

Pearl removed her pink overall.  Beneath the overall she wore a smart black dress, Pearl sighed.  ‘You don’t get it.  Just go to work.’  She turned her back as she placed the dirty dishes in the sink.

Jim wanted to kiss his wife, instead he opened the front door releasing a chill into the kitchen.  The cold wind pushed through the house and rattled the doors.  Heading down the path, Jim made his way to his workshop in the village.  He wanted Pearl to run after him, to persuade him to take her to Cardiff.  He ached to tell her how he loved her, but the words never came.  Pearl needed to escape through her singing.  Maybe, they should pack up and move to the sunshine, in Spain. 

Later that day, Jim and his apprentice, Bill, were outside having a tea break, when Pearl walked past the workshop to the bus stop.  Dressed in a tailored, red coat, Pearl strolled past.

‘Your Pearl’s a sight for sore eyes, Jim.  Is she off shopping in Cardiff?’

‘Yeah, something like that,’ said Bill

 Jim lit his cigarette. 

As he gestured to Pearl in the distance, Bill said, ‘You should’ve gone with her – I could’ve looked after the garage.  She looks disappointed.’

A cloud of cigarette smoke surrounded Jim as he shook his head.  ‘No, I’ll pick her up tonight.  We can’t let the car dealers down or we’ll lose the contract.’ Jim thought he would choke on his words, and he had to stop himself from running to Pearl. 

Journey’s End…

It’s always a relief to finish a manuscript. By the time I begin working on edits my mind is already well into sorting out the next story. Friday morning saw ‘The End’ become a reality as I e-mailed the final version off to my publisher.

I seem to have been working on this latest book forever. It’s not that I hit writer’s block or lost enthusiasm. It’s all been down to unexpected health problems. I’m hardly ever ill. Borrowing a phrase from one of my friends I haven’t got time to be ill. Over the last eighteen months, however, I seem to have experienced more than my fair share of health issues.

It started in Minorca on holiday in late May 2018 where we were staying with friends for birthday celebrations (mine). The night before the big day I received a text from Choc Lit offering me a contract for A Cornish Affair. As you can imagine this was the best birthday present ever and also an omen (or so I thought). It meant the coming year was going to be a good one. That lasted all of 24 hours. The next evening, before we left for the restaurant – before the cork on the pre-dinner bubbly had even popped – I stepped awkwardly off the bottom step of the villa’s staircase, twisted my ankle and broke it in three places. I’d just started to write a second book for my Cornish Coastal series and, of course, that came to a very sudden halt. Surgery, four weeks in plaster, two in an orthopaedic boot, physio and getting back to walking again took a big chunk out of the summer.  And when I did get a chance to sit in front of the computer (with my leg propped up on a cushion), I found it difficult to concentrate on anything. It was September before I felt ready to sit down and resume work on the project. The new year came, the word count grew and then in March I was called in for elective surgery (which had been postponed due to the ankle break). This wasn’t as intrusive as the ankle but, again, it took a couple of weeks before I could fully concentrate on my writing once more.

Then were the usual breaks and holidays in 2019 – Stratford on Avon, Suffolk, North Wales – and in between the writing continued. In September we had a week in Dartmouth. I had a sore throat for seven days and on our return this developed into a full blown bronchial virus making me wheeze like a heavy smoker. It took me three weeks to shake it off. I thought that was it. A mid-week break in Cornwall in October ended with another sore throat which quickly turned into a cold and yes…not wanting to be left out of all the fun…the dreaded virus joined the party!

Two weeks later, having managed to successfully get my twice cancelled flu shot, I’m hoping this is it as far as winter illnesses are concerned. I feel I’ve certainly had my share…and someone else’s too! But winter has only just begun so it’s a case of crossed fingers and a whole lot of hope.

So what’s next? Well I’m planning to take the weekend off, catch up with all the things I had to set to one side in order to get my writing finished – including social media. And then I’ve that new book to start…

It’s Publication Day for A Convenient Marriage by Jeevani Charika

 

It was the perfect marriage… until they fell in love.

 

Chaya is a young woman torn between her duty to family and her life in the UK. While her traditional Sri Lankan parents want her to settle down into marriage, what they don’t know is that Chaya has turned away the one true love of her life, Noah, terrified of their disapproval.

Gimhana is hiding his sexuality from his family. It’s easy enough to pretend he’s straight when he lives half a world away in the UK. But it’s getting harder and harder to turn down the potential brides his parents keep finding for him.

When Chaya and Gimhana meet, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution to their problems. Together they have everything – friendship, stability and their parents’ approval. But when both Chaya and Gimhana find themselves falling in love outside of their marriage, they’re left with an impossible decision – risk everything they’ve built together, or finally follow their heart?

Buy link : Choose from your favourite book seller –

https://books2read.com/AConvenientMarriage

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YXDHNMW]

 

 

 

 

 

Today Life Playlists welcomes writer and broadcaster Chris Penhall who is choosing five tracks which come with special memories for her…

I have music on constantly, and my tastes are pretty eclectic so choosing five tracks has been quite difficult. If I did it next week the list would be different, too, as what I’m listening to and what feels significant changes all the time! Thinking about my favourite songs has also given me the chance to play these one after another, and that’s put me in a fabulous mood. I’ve done a bit of dancing around the living room too…

1 Daydream Believer – The Monkees

I have loved this song forever and ever. I used to watch The Monkees TV show as a child when I lived in Harlow in Essex, and Davy Jones was my first crush (if you discount Scott from Thunderbirds – I was so young when I watched that I didn’t realise he/it was a puppet!)  Whenever I hear the introduction to Daydream Believer it lifts my heart. When I think about The House That Alice Built, I think of the title of this song – I never gave up my dreams of writing and being published, but I think Alice may have given up dreaming for a while. She just needed a bit of a nudge to remember how to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvqeSJlgaNk

2 Do Anything You Wanna Do – Eddie and the Hot Rods

So, I’m 16 years old and dancing around my parent’s living room in Neath to this iconic anthem released in 1977. I still love it as much now as I did then. I think it sums up being young with the whole world in front of you, if only you can find it. I’ve discovered I know all the lyrics off by heart!  A couple of years ago I got to chat to the lead singer, the late Barrie Masters, as I was setting up some programmes about music for BBC Essex. I cannot tell you how chuffed I was, and how I was as excited as I would have been when I was a teenager, if a little more coherent, probably.

Here’s the live version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggk0p0b7BJE

 

Que Bueno baila usted – Oscar de Leon

I have been an enthusiastic social salsa dancer since about 2002. These days I just go to a club in London on Sundays called SOS which I have to say is one of my favourite places to be. I cut my teeth on creative writing in the mid-2000s when I wrote some pieces about my experiences of salsa and used to send them out to a small group of subscribers. I then got a website designed, where I wrote my Salsa Diaries – some of which are still on my new website. I also made three music-based radio documentaries about salsa for BBC Essex. So, you could say it’s been an important part of my life for many years. When I hear the music I just want to dance. In fact, I’ve been listening to this whilst writing, and have been wiggling around in my seat…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TFdhChyYCM

 

One Day Like This – Elbow

I think this song is absolutely gorgeous, from the way the strings build operatically and evocatively to the wonderful lyrics. And as for Guy Garvey’s voice – I have no words apart from – this is perfect. I remember it being released in 2008 when I was at the height of my salsa dancing craze and driving into an event in London with my friends in the back of the car with this blasting out. When I hear it, that’s where it takes me. Or I can feel myself opening the doors onto a wide terrace, with the warm tiles under my feet, and gazing at the sea glistening in the distance. If there is ever a film of The House That Alice Built, this should be in it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NFV8dHrZYM

 

At Last – Etta James

Oh, I love this so much – it’s so soulful, rich and gorgeous. I go to a café called Doce Tentacao in Lagos in Portugal when I’m staying there, and it plays jazz in the background. This is on frequently, and so when I hear it, I’m immediately sitting under a tree in a quiet little cobbled square, drinking a coffee or a glass of vinho verde, eating a pastel de nata, and reading a book. Once I turned the corner to go to the café and this totally co-incidentally began to play loudly as I did so. Imagine walking to your table to Etta James singing, “At last……!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-cbOl96RFM

About Chris Penhall

Chris Penhall is the winner of the Choc-Lit Search for a Star 2019 competition, sponsored by Your Cat Magazine, with her debut novel, The House That Alice Built.

Chris is an author and freelance radio producer for BBC Local Radio as well as an Associate Producer of the Richard and Judy Book Club Podcast. She also works on an ad hoc basis doing PR and communications for a local hospice and compiles a charities news page for a local magazine.

Born in South Wales, she has also lived in London and in Portugal, which is where The House That Alice Built is set. It was whilst living in Cascais near Lisbon that she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was many years later that she was confident enough to start writing her first novel, and many years after that she finally finished it! She is now working on her second.
A lover of books, music and cats, she is also an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook, and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea.

You can find more information about her on http://www.chrispenhall.co.uk
or follow her on twitter: @ChrisPenhall
Instagram: christinepenhall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisPenhallBroadcasterWriter

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Life Playlists is returning for the Autumn and to start the new series I’m pleased to welcome Margaret James with her five special choices

Hello Jo

Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on the Life Playlists feature on your blog. Here are five favourite songs which have marked various stages of my life.

First off, Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man, recorded absolutely decades ago while I was still a child, but which has been part of the soundtrack of my life ever since. Anyone who says Dylan is not a poet just needs to listen to this song! I kind of went off Dylan as he grew older and more aggressive in tone. But this song has stayed with me.

 

Next up, All Around My Hat. When I was a teenager, a long time ago, I was totally hooked on all those remastered folk songs performed so brilliantly by folk rock bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. This song is so joyful and uplifting that it’s my go-to track whenever I am feeling a bit down. It’s so good to see that this band is still going strong!

 

When Freddie Mercury died I thought I would never get over it and wore black for a week. Bohemian Rhapsody – what can I say, except that it must be the best song by Queen, the best band ever! I’m just so sorry that at the stage in my life when I might have gone to their concerts I was the mother of small children and I never got to see them perform live. I once had a horrible job working for a small insurance company whose boss was an – insert your own bad word here – and I always played Queen’s greatest hits as I was driving home from work.

 

More recently, I’ve become somewhat hooked on hip-hop and rap, mainly as a result of seeing the musical Hamilton. I’ve never seen a show performed with such energy and emotion. It’s the life story of one of the founding fathers of the USA, and if you think you’ve seen his face before, that’s probably because his image is on the US $10 bill. What a life he led – born in the West Indies, the illegitimate son of a Scottish nobleman, he made his way to the fledgling USA, as it was to become. He lived a good life until – well, until it all went wrong for him in a very big way. As a subject – the musical biography of a politician who became the first Secretary to the Treasury of a new country – the show sounds deadly dull, but actually it’s mesmerising, and the music is fabulous. The theatre trip was a lovely Christmas present from my daughter. Here is the opening scene.

Finally, this is my most recent discovery, made earlier this year via Classic FM. It’s a piece of choral music that sends shivers down my spine. Composed back in the seventeenth century by a Portuguese missionary who worked in Peru, it’s sung in a Native American language. I can’t pronounce or spell the title, but this hymn to the Virgin is haunting. Give it a go and see what you think of Hanaq Pachap Kusikuynin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaiPw15q3cA

 

 

My crime and mystery novel The Final Reckoning is published by Ruby Fiction and is available in ebook and audio format from all the usual platforms, including Amazon and Kobo.

 

I always love to hear from readers, so please feel very welcome to contact me!

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https://twitter.com/majanovelist

https://margaretjamesblog.blogspot.com/

 

A gripping thriller from this successful historical novelists and creative writing tutor. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Linda Green and Laura Marshall.

What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?
When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found.

Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind.

Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

CONGRATULATIONS TO LYNDA STACEY – IT’S PUBLICATION DAY FOR HER NEW SUSPENSE NOVEL KEEPER OF SECRETS

Fabulous new suspense novel from the author of best selling novels, The Fake Date and House of Secrets.

Should some secrets stay buried?
For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist.
But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes.
It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire and went to both Bentley New Village School, and Don Valley High School.

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.

Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own 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 ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

You can find Lynda at http://www.lyndastacey.co.uk to hear her latest news. Or follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor or watch out for her tweets @Lyndastacey