It’s publication day for Where the Snow Bleeds by Wendy Dranfield

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“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”

Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist.
The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?
So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

Book trailer: https://youtu.be/Wq_3DounAQM

Amazon (universal link): http://viewbook.at/WhereTheSnowBleeds

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/where-the-snow-bleeds

Apple books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/where-the-snow-bleeds/id1466771293

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Wendy_Dranfield_Where_the_Snow_Bleeds?id=WGSbDwAAQBAJ

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ABOUT WENDY

Wendy Dranfield Profile Pic 2018Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.

Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

 

For behind the scenes gossip and updates on her books (or photos of her cats), follow her on social media!

My website: https://wendydranfield.co.uk/

Twitter: @WendyDranfield

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TUESDAY TALK MEETS WRITER MADALYN MORGAN, A LADY OF MANY TALENTS…

MadalynToday I’m delighted to welcome Madalyn Morgan to Tuesday Talk. Welcome Madalyn, firstly can you tell us a little bit about you…

I’d love to. Thank you for inviting me to chat on your blog.

I have been an actress for more than thirty years working in repertory theatre, the West End, film and television. I am also a radio presenter and journalist, writing articles for newspapers and magazines. However, these days, I write fewer articles as my time is taken up with writing a saga of five novels set in WWII.

I was brought up in a busy working class pub in Leicestershire. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live. There were so many wonderful characters to study and accents learn. At twenty-four, I gave up a successful hairdressing salon in Rugby, and a wig-hire business providing wigs for The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, and the Palace Theatre, Watford to go to East 15 Drama College. While working at The Belgrade, I met Patricia Phoenix, aka Elsie Tanner from Coronation Street. I told her that I had auditioned for E15, and a couple of weeks later I was offered a place. At the same time, Pat and her actor husband, Alan Browning, were going on tour to Australia and New Zealand with, Gas Light. She offered me the part of the maid and an Equity card to go on tour with them. However, I had dreamed of going to Drama College for years, so I turned Pat down. It would have been an exciting rollercoaster ride, but I have no regrets.

I sold my salon and wig hire business, went to drama college and had a fairly good career. Theatres where I have worked includ, The University Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, The Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster, to name but a few. I spent a year doing Shakespeare at The Young Vic in London, and I did my share of commercials, a couple of small parts in films and some television including, Angels and, The Bill. I have worked with some great actors. The one I leaned the most from was, Vanessa Redgrave who played Cleopatra in, Antony and Cleopatra, at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket.

Madalyn acting

(L – R) Madalyn Morgan (Iras), Vanessa Redgrave (Cleopatra), Timothy Dalton (Antony),
In Antony and Cleopatra, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

I gave up acting for love. I was forty and thought it was probably my last chance to settle down.  I signed a two-year contract with a company I had previously temped for, and became one of the millions who travelled into the city of London on the Northern Line every day.

When my partner left, a friend said, if I had not given up my acting career for him, I might have been a star by now. I replied, “And I might not!”

At that time there was little, or no, work for older actresses. And, having been out of the business for ten years, I’d have had to start again. Would I go back now? In a heartbeat. But only for the challenge of it. A couple of episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders or Coronation Street, would be fun. I have no desire to go back into the business. I am a writer now and I love it.

Anyway, after a couple of years working in an accounts office, I was desperate to do something artistic, so I completed a two-year correspondence course with The Writer’s Bureau, taught myself to touch type, and began writing articles. In 2010, having lived in London for thirty-six years, I returned to the Midlands, swapping two window boxes and a mortgage, for a garden and the freedom to write my first novel, Foxden Acres. Applause followed, and then China Blue. I am now researching my fourth novel, The 9:45 Train To Bletchley, which I hope to publish in 2016.

Madalyn's books

The Dudley Sisters Saga is about the lives of four very different sisters during WWII. The first three novels, Foxden Acres, Applause, and China Blue, are available on Amazon – eBook and paperback – and in several independent and High Street bookshops.

Foxden Acres: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BCX59LE/

Applause: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J7Y5LCW/

China Blue: http://www.amazon.co.uk/China-Blue/dp/B00XD85NQW/

 

 What led you to choose an acting career?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an actress. I auditioned for a television series in Birmingham when I was fifteen called, Crossroads, and was offered the part of the Motel owner’s niece. However, even though I would have been chaperoned, my parents wouldn’t let me live in Birmingham during the week. I always had the lead role in the school plays and when I left school, I joined the local armature dramatic society, but it wasn’t enough. So, when I had done what my parents wanted, I sold my businesses and did what I wanted.  At 24, I went to Drama College.

 

Do you find that your experience as an actress has helped you with your writing?

Yes, having been an actress helps massively. I was a method actress. I believed I was the characters I played. Characters are not born when the curtain goes up, or when a book is opened.  They have had however many years of life before that. It is what has happened to them before, that makes them who they are, and makes them react to situations the way they do. It is exactly   the same in my writing. Every character has a history.  I like to think I can walk in their shoes.

Would you ever consider script writing for TV drama or a movie?

No, I have no intention of diversifying further. I am busy enough researching and writing novels and articles – and looking after my house and garden. My readers often tell me that, The Dudley Sisters’ Saga would make a good television series. I think China Blue, being a wartime love story with an English WAAF and a Canadian pilot who are recruited by the SOE, and parachuted behind enemy lines to work with the French Resistance, would make a terrific tele-film. It is something I shall look into when the saga is finished.

When you get time to read, who are your favourite authors?

There’s a question. The first part is easy, I read in bed. The second part is difficult. When I’m writing, I read in the genre. I have to read a lot of research books. My next novel visits Bletchley Park, so I am currently reading, Enigma. I shall read Sinclair McKay’s books about Bletchley, and Tessa Dunlop’s book, giving accounts of women who were at Bletchley. I have just finished, The Dandelion Years, by Erica James, which was terrific. I have Robert Harris in my Bletchley reading pile, Ben Macintyre and a couple of Penny Grubb’s novels, because besides loving her female detective, Annie Raymond, Ena, the youngest Dudley sister has to become a bit of an armature sleuth to clear her name when information goes missing that she is responsible for. I do my best to read novels written by friends, but not when I am doing research. The last book in the Dudley saga brings the four sisters and many of characters in their stories together. It’s a murder mystery and for novel I shall be re-reading the fabulous, Lesley Horton’s crime series.

What is your favourite holiday destination and why?

Again a difficult question, there are so many. The most interesting holiday was on an Indian Reservation in Granite Falls, Minnesota, USA.

In the summer of 1961, aged eleven, my parents sent me to visit my aunt who married a Native American and had moved to the US to live. I spent six weeks on the reservation in Granite Falls, Minnesota, with my uncle’s parents who I called grandma and grandpa. Grandma, a direct descendant of five Great Sioux Chiefs and the Elder of the community, threw a big summer Pow-wow for me and adopted me into the Dakota Sioux tribe. The above photograph was taken in February 1992. Grandma gave me my Dakota Sioux name during a small family dinner. It is, Wacantkiya Win, and means the charitable girl.

Madalyn America

This photograph represents an important and wonderful time in my life. In the wheelchair is my adoptive, Native American Grandma, Elsie Cavender. Behind her is her daughter, Lorraine Cavender, who saved my life when I almost drowned in The Yellow Medicine River.

Now a Desert Island Discs moment – if you could pick four tracks to take with you onto a desert island what would they be and why?

What a question to ask a radio DJ.  I have dozens of Albums, hundreds of 45s, and over 5000 CDs.

After a lot of thought, can I give you five, please?

Mocking Bird – Dusty Springfield.   Mocking Bird was one of the first tracks I played on my radio show, 15 years ago. I played a live recording of Dusty singing, Mocking Bird at the BBC. It was her first live television performance, and she was amazing.

Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan.  I love the protest songs of the 1960s. Bob Dylan sang, Blowin’ in the Wind, during Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s historic march on Washington in August 1963, when Dr King said those immortal words, “I have a dream.” On the 50th anniversary of the march, I was commissioned to write an article about Martin Luther King Jr. It was a privilege to be asked, but a greater privilege to learn about the man who risked everything to fight for change and freedom.

Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones.  A great song and as so often happens, our lives appears to change when we’re not looking, as if on a roll of the dic

Yesterday – Beatles.  Not only a beautiful arrangement, but the lyrics remind me of some wonderful people who I have been lucky enough to know, and love, who are no longer with us.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen.   Because it is, Brilliant.

Want to know more about Madalyn?  Her social media links are listed below.

Fiction Blog: http://madalynmorgansfiction.blogspot.co.uk/

Articles Blog: http://madalynmorgan.blogspot.co.uk/ Website: http://www.madalynmorgan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madalyn.morgan1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ActScribblerDJ

TUESDAY TALK CATCHES UP WITH BOOK BLOGGER RACHEL GILBEY

Today I’m hosting Rachel Gilbey talking about her favourite authors, book blogging and holiday destinations…

Tell us a little bit about you… Rachel Illusionarium

I’m 31 years old and having had various jobs in the past, including working as a Children’s rep for a top holiday company for a few summers, in Mallorca and Zante. I am currently working part-time for a trading card game dealer, mainly sorting out cards and trying to create a role for myself where I’m irreplaceable!

In my free time I have three main hobbies. The first is obvious, which is reading, I love reading, have done since I was very young, and have a habit of buying more books than I can ever have the time to read. My other hobbies are far more expensive, one is going on holiday, I try to take at least 2 holidays a year when I can, if not more. And my last hobby is going to the theatre, mainly to musicals in London’s West End. I am very lucky that I live in London, and thus can get to shows quite regularly.

How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a book blog?

I have only been blogging since April, so around 4 months, although I can barely remember what life was like without my blog now.

I’ve always been an avid and fast reader, and can usually be found with a book in my hand, or in my bag. I was originally just reviewing the odd book that I was able to get from Netgalley (a fabulous source for bloggers), and then at the start of 2015, I was getting more involved with bloggers on twitter, and started to take part in a review challenge that some bloggers were running, and got into the habit of reviewing almost every book that I read.

From that I was invited to Rebecca Raisin’s launch party, and after meeting her and a whole bunch of friendly bloggers, the seed of should I join in was sown. After a few weeks, when I was asked a few more times, the couple of reasons I had for not blogging, no longer seemed important, and Rachel’s Random Reads was born.

Who is your favourite author and why?

How can you ask a book blogger to just name one favourite author. As much I have enjoyed The Other Side of Morning, Joanna, I am very sorry to say you aren’t my favourite author (yet!).

I have been reading both Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews’ books for as long as I can remember, definitely throughout my adulthood, and am always excited to see new releases by both of them, so they are definitely two of my absolute favourite authors.

I do though feel that for different sorts of books I have other favourite authors, Dorothy Koomson always comes to mind for a favourite of books with a more serious feel to them, Victoria Fox, Tasmina Perry and Nigel May are amongst my favourites for bonkbuster style books. I love Nicky Pellegrino for books based in Italy.

As you can see I am incredibly indecisive, and there is a very large list of authors that I would happily read every single release of as they are released.

If you were planning to write a book which genre would you choose and why?

I have no intention of writing a book, but if I had to, since they say write what you know, it would probably have a travel theme to it, possibly based on holiday reps, and would probably be a chick lit book – although I have no idea if I could be funny enough to cut it.

Where has your favourite holiday destination been and what it is that has made it so special?

There are two destinations or holidays that really stand out to me..

Last year for my 30th Birthday I went on my first ever cruise, and since then I am hooked on cruises. I can’t wait for Saturday when I am off on another one! Last year, I went to the Caribbean, and on my 30th I spent the day in Cozumel, Mexico, swimming with Dolphins, which has always been on my bucket list. And to top the holiday off, the following day, while on board, I won a Caribbean Cruise for 2, which I took later in the year.

My absolute favourite destination, is the Hotel Playa Pesquero in Cuba. It’s an all inclusive hotel that to me is paradise on earth. It meets everything I want in a hotel and so much more. The staff are always friendly (and remember you from previous visits),  the climate is brilliant, and I’ve had some of my best holidays in that hotel. Unfortunately as I love the hotel so much I can’t really comment on the outer resort, or the country as a whole.. but since everyone wants different things from their holidays, and I can spend the days there reading on a sun lounger, while staring at gorgeous men working in the entertainment team, getting cocktails from the swim up pool bar, and then spending the evenings watching some shows in the hotel’s stage before being dragged into the nightclub, I find the destination my favourite and hope to go back there again soon.

If you were holding a dinner party and could invite four guests, who would they be and why?

I think this may be the toughest question you have asked..

.. I’m thinking I would need to invite Jamie Oliver, as my cooking skills are awful, so would definitely need a fabulous chef. I would also invite Neil Patrick Harris (Barney in How I Met Your Mother), as he seems to be very entertaining, and is a star of musical theatre, which is a love of mine too. I would also invite Take That, as they are my favourite group of all time. I have been a fan since the early 90s so a chance to meet them would be brilliant.

Since I am counting the 3 members of Take That as 1 guest.. I think I get to invite one more person to this dinner party, but I am not sure who to invite. Thinking logically I feel a female is needed to balance the numbers, and since I love books, I think I would like to invite you, Joanna, to my completely fictional dinner party, as I think we would probably get on quite well and we could talk books (and you can give me all the gossip about your fellow authors!).

 

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