It’s publication day for It’s my Birthday by Hannah Pearl…

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Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

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ABOUT HANNAH PEARL

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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Today I’m welcoming author Morton S Gray with five of her most memorable songs…

 

Writing this post was fun, but it was surprisingly difficult to choose which tracks to include.
Daydream Believer – The Monkees

Davy Jones from the Monkees was my first ever heartthrob. I had a picture of him on my wall as a teenager, also the album Headquarters by the Monkees was the first ever album I bought for myself. Daydream Believer and its message to cheer up has been a lasting favourite ever since. I think I have believed my daydreams – I’ve changed career three times, I dreamed about being a publisher writer and I am.

Waiting For The Sun to Break – James Bay

Just to show I can like more modern stuff! I listened to this a lot when I was writing my third book for Choc Lit, Christmas at Borteen Bay. This is my hero Ethan talking …

Spirit – Chris de Burgh

I’ve put this one in the middle, because although I love it, but it always makes me feel a bit sad too. This is the song I have declared I’d like played at my funeral.

Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield (link is for Sarah Connor version I like)

This one always makes me smile as my husband’s father was a Church of England minister. I believe that my husband and I were truly meant to be together, as I fell in love with his photograph when having a look at an online dating website for a laugh. At the time we lived two hundred miles apart, so I imagined any relationship to be a non-starter – we’ve been married sixteen years!

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

I’ve recently had a prolonged period of illness and it wasn’t until I started to get better that I realised I hadn’t been able to stand listening to music when I was ill. Added to that, I realised that for all of my life I have had song lyrics playing in my head and usually coming out of my mouth in the shower! I felt a ray of hope for the future one morning when I woke with the lyrics of this song playing in my head and scared my son to death by asking Alexa to play it full blast in the kitchen at 6am! The fact that the lyrics were in my head again was a positive sign and the words seemed to be screaming at me that I will get better.

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The Truth Lies Buried

now available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …
When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.
A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …
As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.
Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?

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About Morton S. Gray

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, paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.
Christmas at Borteen Bay was published in November 2018 and 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/

Purchasing links for The Girl on the Beach at http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-girl-on-the-beach/
Purchasing links for The Truth Lies Buried at http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-truth-lies-buried/
Purchasing links for Christmas in Borteen Bay at https://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/christmas-at-borteen-bay/

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LIFE PLAYLISTS: THIS WEEK I’M HOSTING WRITER PAM HOWES WITH SOME MUSIC CHOICES WHICH HAVE SPECIAL MEMORIES FOR HER…

PEGGY SUE – BUDDY HOLLY and THE CRICKETS
I grew up in the fifties in a home where music was played often. The wireless and the gramophone that only played 78’s were our main listening sources, and a mother who was always singing and had been a member of the Mai choir as a teenager and won a singing scholarship, but due to the outbreak of WW2 was unable to take up her place. My late, older cousin, Brian had “proper” records, not just David Whitfield and Dickie Valentine, but exciting stuff like Buddy Holly and Little Richard. When I was ten years old I first heard Peggy Sue at his house, and although I had no idea at the time, hearing that song was the start of my life-long love of Rock’n’Roll music. Sadly, within twelve months of my being aware of his existence, Buddy Holly was to die in a plane crash in 1959. But he’s forever my inspiration and always remembered in almost every novel I’ve written since.

JULIET – THE FOUR PENNIES
Not the strongest song of the sixties, but one that instantly takes me back to the days of my first job after leaving school. As soon as I hear the opening bars I’m back in 1964, a fifteen year old, in her element, standing behind the counter at White and Swales, selling records to the public. The Four Pennies came to do a PA at the shop one Saturday morning while Juliet was at number one. I’d never met a pop group or anyone famous before, apart from Sooty and Harry Corbett a few years before! They were lovely boys and I was sent to the staff room to make coffee for them all. When the singer, Lionel Morton told me I made the best coffee he’d ever tasted I was overwhelmed. I’ve never forgotten this day, it’s one of those precious memories that live on forever, even though since then I’ve met, and become good friends with, many more famous singers and musicians.

THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE – THE WALKER BROTHERS
This song brings back the fabulous memories of a night in 1965 when I went to one of our local clubs, The Manor Lounge in Stockport, and saw The Walker Brother live for the first time. Standing right in front of the stage, as was allowed in those heady days before Elf and Safety spoiled everything, and staring up at the gorgeous Scott Walker, who was close enough to touch, and we did. The poor lad went off stage with no shirt! I went home with a piece of white cotton shirt and several yards of unravelled wool from the drummer Gary’s sweater, plus a piece of John Walker’s shirt too. Happy days. Great show by the way. Again, a never to be forgotten time.

YOU BETTER MOVE ON – ARTHUR ALEXANDER
Again, another song that transports me back to my teens and White and Swales record department where I spent the best years of my youth and would later use the shop and settings and people I met for my Rock’n’Roll years series of novels. This was a favourite song of my lovely late boss John Darnley and was played most days with us all singing along. The Stones did a cover version, but for me, the original was always the best.

 

HANDLE WITH CARE – THE TRAVELING WILBURYS
Moving further on in time, this song is just so special, not only because the best super group in the world sing it, but because it’s a firm favourite of me and my partner and we love to sing along when it’s on the car, which is most days as it’s on the IPod, each taking a turn to be either, Roy, George, Tom, Bob or Geoff. What a wonderful line-up and so sad that we now only have two of them left.

Thank you, Jo, for bringing back some lovely memories here for me. Pam. Xxx

 

Take a trip down Memory Lane with the first three novels in the series about The Raiders chart-topping rock band and their lives and loves, spanning forty years. Now available in this box-set at a very special price. Individual books have many five star reviews.
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THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN (set in the sixties)
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ABOUT PAM

possible profiles for 2019 006Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is an ex Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; ‘Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That’ll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock’n’Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin’ Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner.

Pam recently signed a second contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new Lark Lane series, The Factory Girls of Lark Lane, will be published in July 2018.
Her first series for Bookouture – The Mersey Trilogy – is available in E book, paperback and as audio books.

The Lost Daughter of Liverpool
The Forgotten Family of Liverpool
The Liverpool Girls

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pam-Howes-Books/260328010709267

And Twitter @PamHowes1

 

It’s Cover Reveal time: A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft…

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COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SUE MOORCROFTSue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, an international bestselling author and has held the #1 spot in the UK Kindle chart. She writes contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes.

Sue has won a Best Romantic Read Award, received two nominations at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. Her short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’ have sold around the world.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. She’s pleased to have now wriggled out of all ‘proper jobs’.

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Life Playlists: Today it’s writer Lizzie Lamb’s turn to choose her five special music tracks…

Hi Jo, here are my tracks and the memories they hold for me.

When I was very young, my mother and I went to live with my maternal grandparents and two teenage uncles (Joseph 20 and Tommy 18) who spoiled me rotten and encouraged me to be precocious. NOT that I needed much encouragement. The house was filled with music, my uncles having bought a large radiogram with wages earned working in the local steel mill. They played their 78’s whenever they could, which meant I knew the words to all the latest songs and they taught me how to jive, twist etc. Later, when we moved house to England, my family’s love of popular music continued (via the radio). We listened to Music While You Work, Children’s Favourites, Sing Something Simple, Two Way Family Favourites and ground-breaking Radio Caroline. As a teenager I fell asleep listening to Radio Luxembourg via an earpiece attached to my prized transistor radio. When Radio One was launched in 1967 it was as important to teenagers, like me, as a man walking on the moon two years later.

Fast forward to listening to Radio One on the drive home from work, the transition from cassette tapes to CD’s and finally, downloading music on my iPhone. Small wonder music has provided the backing track to all our lives.

 

Here are five of my favourites –  click on each title to activate the video

California Dreaming Mammas and Papas

I only have to hear the opening chords of this song and I am transported back to 1967 when the hippy movement reached Leicester. I had just taken my ‘O’ levels and at the start of the summer holidays my friend Brenda Harris and I bought a bag of budgie bells from the local pet shop (much to the shop keeper’s suspicion). We sewed them on the outside seam of our bellbottom jeans, found a couple of floppy hats and ‘granny clothes’ at jumble sales and put together a ‘hippy kit’. Then we joined all the other wannabes on Victoria Park in search of the much promised Happening, which never materialised. Instead, we ended up in mega trouble for chalking – MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR on a neighbour’s garage door, after which the Summer of Love ended abruptly for us.

Sguaban Arbhair – Runrig

I often ‘stumble across’ music and this is how I found Runrig. I was watching TV and saw the group perform at Glasgow Barrowlands and was blown away, When I was a child we would often go to the ‘Barras’ a couple of times a year on shopping expeditions.  That memory, coupled with Runrig’s fusion of folk, Gaelic and rock music tapped into a part of me I’d forgotten existed; my Scottishness. When Runrig came to Leicester I went to see them in concert and bought several CD’s afterwards. There I found the track Sguaban Arbhair – Sheaves of Corn. It tells how the old ways of crofting and living off the land have vanished as young people head for the cities. It’s my go-to song when I want to get into the mood for writing. In Scotch on the Rocks, my heroine Ishabel sings it at a live mike session in the local pub and the hero falls in love with her. When I listen to it, I’m transported to Eilean na Sgairbh, the imaginary Cormorant Island where I set my novel.

Ship to Shore – Chris de Burgh

Lady in Red (now sadly cliched) brought Chris de Burgh to my attention. And, of course, I had to listen to his back catalogue (first on vinyl and then on CD). I found Ship to Shore and it raised my spirits at a difficult time. My mother had recently died of cancer, I underwent a hysterectomy, we moved house twice in two and a half years and I was acting head at a large primary school of over 350 children. It became an anthem for me, the backdrop to a time when I wanted to get stuck into my writing but was forced to put my dream on hold. The line: how I wish that we could turn the clock back to the time when we were lovers, in the true sense of the meaning, inspired me to go for gold and achieve my dream. In fact, all of the lyrics have a resonance for me. I only have to hear the Morse code ‘pips’ at the beginning of the song and I’m transported back to when I saw Chris de Burgh at the NEC. A time before word processors, the internet, and Amazon made becoming a published author an attainable dream for thousands of indie authors.

Someone Like You – Adele

I discovered Adele much in the same way as Runrig. A friend had been banging on about her for months and I put my fingers in my ears and refused to listen. Stubborn, see? Then I caught Adele’s concert at the Albert Hall on TV, heard her sing Someone Like You and Don’t You Remember? and was hooked. Something in her lyrics – which come straight from her heart, the key she sang in, and her performance found an answering chord in me. Overall, I’ve had a good life and a very happy marriage. So, I have to dig deep when writing a sad/emotional scenes and Adele takes me there in seconds. So – that evening, once I’d stopped blubbing like a baby in front of the TV, I went straight on to Amazon and ordered ‘21’. It’s remained a favourite ever since.

Downbound Train – Bruce Springsteen

In the 90’s we went to America, travelling from Washington DC to Memphis, thru Iowa and up to Door County. We stayed with my former teaching student and when we caught the plane back to the UK, she gave me Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA. In return, I promised that I would write a romance set in Wisconsin, bringing together everything we’d experienced over five magical weeks. Once home, I played the album while preparing for returning to school after the long holiday. However, influenced by Jilly Cooper, Helen Fielding et al I put notes for my ‘American novel’ to one side and started writing a rom com instead: Tall, Dark and Kilted. But I never forgot my promise and recently returned to the MS, re-writing and publishing it as Take Me, I’m Yours, dedicating it to Dee Paulsen and her family. Apart from the anthemic Born in the USA, my favourite track is Downbound Train. Every time I play it, I’m back in Dee’s Aunt Bev’s house in Memphis sweltering in 100 degrees in the shade as we rush from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car. Now I know that I don’t have a pioneering bone in my body and would never convincingly play the part of a woman having a baby in the back of a wagon.

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ABOUT LIZZIE

IMG_4048After working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken promoting her novels she wrote Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of publication on Amazon. Her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is co-founder of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press, and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington. Her latest romance, Take Me, I’m Yours is set in Wisconsin, achieved Best Seller status, too. As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing. Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband, David.

 

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Links –

 

Amazon author page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb

www.facebook.com/LizzieLambwriter

lizzielambwriter@gmail.com

website: www.lizzielamb.co.uk

blog: www.newromanticspress.com

Linked in: uk.linkedin.com/pub/lizzie-lamb/18/194/202/

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TAKE ME, I’M YOURS

India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she’s reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?

 

If you would like to come along, promote your work and choose five music tracks which are special to you, simply drop me an e-mail me at taurusgirl185@gmail.com

 

For lovers of Regency Romance, Westbury by Arabella Sheen is due for publication on 2nd March and is currently available on pre-order

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WESTBURY

Can Miss Georgina Morton surrender her independence and accept the Duke’s love?

Miss Georgina Morton, at the age of four-and-twenty, with a modest annual income of four hundred pounds, believes she has no need of a husband and can manage quite nicely without one. Yet within a matter of weeks, she’s betrothed to Giles Glentworth, the Sixth Duke of Westbury, and bound for Regency London.
Set in rural Wiltshire and elegant, fast-paced London…a runaway ward, a shooting at mid-night, and a visit to fashionable Almack’s, are only a few of the adventures Georgina enjoys while falling for the Corinthian charms of the Duke.

Westbury – Ballrooms, Cotillions and Almack’s

Available from:
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And other main ebook retailers.

 

About Arabella Sheen

--Arabella Sheen is a British author of Contemporary and Regency romance novels.
Born in Mortimer House, a Grade II listed Georgian building in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol, Arabella believes that having grown up with surroundings and architecture steeped in the historical culture of the 1800’s, she was destined to write about a subject she loves deeply, the Regency era.
One of the many things Arabella has a passion for is reading. And when she’s not researching or writing about romance, she is either on her allotment sowing and planting with the seasons, or she is curled on the sofa while pandering to the demands of her attention-seeking cat.
Having worked and lived in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for nearly twenty years as a theatre nurse, she now lives in the southwest of England with her family.

Arabella keeps in touch with her readers on:
Website: http://www.arabellasheen.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArabellaSheenAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArabellaSheen

 

 

LIFE PLAYLISTS: Today I’m pleased to welcome writer Jane Risdon choosing five great tracks which are special to her…

Hello everyone, and thanks Jo for asking me to contribute my 5 life tracks. To say this was difficult if not near impossible is an understatement. Both personally and professionally I’ve worked with music all my life and I’ve really had to dig deep to find just 5 tracks which are special to me. I could easily have offered up 500 plus. Compiling this has taken longer that writing a short story.
I won’t list the songs my husband has recorded (always favourites) or those written for me because they are personal in a private way, but one song he used to sing to me when we were first together is ‘Never My Love,’ recorded by the amazing Association in 1967 – the year before we met – and was written by the Addrisi brothers and produced by Bones Howe.
The lyrics kept us going when we were apart – which was often when he was touring – and happened all the time when we were managing artists. The lyrics bring tears to my eyes now – 51 years later. Considering we are both rock addicts this might surprise some, however we both are heavily into harmonies and The Association are known for their vocal harmonies.

Despite some of my choices my first love is rock and I couldn’t miss including one of the best hard rock songs ever, written and performed by one of the most iconic vocalists alive – Paul Rodgers – who sang with so many others later, including Bad Company (oh I could have added one of their songs), The Firm, The Law and of course Queen for a while.
‘All Right Now,’ by the fabulous Free (1970) and with the amazing – sadly late – Paul Kossoff on guitar. Written by 16 year old Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers, and produced by Free, it is one of the most successful records ever played on radio with millions of air-plays registered world-wide.
If I’d ever had a ‘traditional’ wedding – all the stuff and nonsense that goes with it – I guess this song would have been played at it. As it is I didn’t have a ‘traditional wedding’ and there wasn’t any music at all, which is odd considering I married a musician, but hey, since when did musicians do ‘traditional?’

The Beatles were so influential and so much a part of my youth that I can’t think of a time when their songs were not the soundtrack to something. However, George Harrison’sMy Sweet Lord,’ has a special meaning for me (and my husband) as we are both convinced our son was conceived when it was playing! I’d given him the triple album boxed set (vinyl) of ‘All Things Must Pass,’ for his 21st birthday and it was usually on a loop on the cassette tape recorder in the early hours of the morning, when he got in from gigs. We are not religious so I can’t say that it has deep religious meaning, but it is a beautiful song. It is part of a Hindu mantra and a Christian call to faith; Halleluiah. It was written by George Harrison and produced by him and the massively talented and now sadly notorious, Phil Spector, in 1970. It was the biggest selling single of 1971 in the UK.

Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,’ Edison Lighthouse 1969 – written by master songwriters and record producers, Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason, reaching #1 in the UK and #10 in the USA and Japan etc., selling a million records. I wish I could elaborate on this more other than to say that the song was pre-recorded by Tony and Barry with session singer Tony Burrows, and the search was on for a band to ‘front’ it for Top of The Pops. My husband’s band was considered initially because the producers and song writers were involved with his band briefly, but Edison Lighthouse were pop and husband’s band were not. A band called Greenfield Hammer went on to flesh out Edison Lighthouse. Even though the song was a massive hit I am not sure the musicians made anything from it. I have no idea.
Memories of the late 1960s come flooding back whenever I hear it, mostly because any musicians in EL (each) would have had a fixed weekly wage of about £25 (in 1969) in return for ‘fronting’ the song, which for a starving band back then would have been very welcome at times. The lead singer Tony Burrows went on to front too many bands to list and was the only singer at the time to have performed with 5 hit bands on TOTP. Google his name and the penny will drop. The band was a ‘one hit wonder,’ sadly for them, but not for us!
Here is Tony chatting about how he came to sing on Love Grows.

Here is Tony with Edison Lighthouse on Top of the Pops

I couldn’t compile this without reference to the amazing, iconic, rock singer, Graham Bonnet, whose hit single (1968) with the Marbles, ‘Only One Woman,’ is also the title of my co-authored novel with Christina Jones, for which he kindly wrote the foreword. ‘Only One Woman’ was written for him and his cousin, the late Trevor Gordon, by The Bee Gees.
However, I am not going to include it, even though it has a special meaning for me, but I am sure those who are interested will find links on our OOW Facebook Page.
Instead I am including ‘Since You Been Gone,’ sung by Graham when he was with the equally iconic rock band, Rainbow. The song was written by Russ Ballard, at the time lead guitarist with another legendary rock band, Argent,’ in 1976, and which was produced by Roger Glover, bass player with Rainbow and Deep Purple. Rainbow released it in 1979 on their album ‘Down To Earth.’
Rod Argent was a friend of my husband’s band back in the late 1960s and came to several gigs where I met him too. This song reminds me of so many events in the late 1970s – which won’t go into – but one memory is of our son at age 7 singing his head off to this in the back of the car as we travelled around, and 40 years later he is still a rock fan and enjoys the music of the many of the same bands as we do.

It has been so hard pruning this list to just 5 songs. So many have been memorable as I’ve said, especially those songs we have been involved with over the years, or songs which were hits for superstar performers when we were working with their songwriters or producers at around the same time as their records were hits. So many memories. So little space! Jo, thanks again for asking me to do this. I have driven myself nuts with all these songs going through my head ever since.

 

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Only One Woman – Accent Press Ltd – Christina Jones Jane Risdon

Set in the UK music scene of the late 1960s and filled with musical and fashion references, as well the world events and the social changes shaping the lives of our three main characters, Only One Woman is not only a love triangle, but a nostalgic trip back to the grooviest decade ever, in the coolest country on the planet. Experience the lives of Renza and Stella through their diaries:
Hello – we are Renza Rossi and Stella Deacon, and like most girls in the 1960s we kept diaries. Proper written diaries – with daily entries from 1968 through to the end of the decade, chronicling our life, the fashions, the music, the excitement – and our love affairs…. Which, is just as well – because although we didn’t know it, and we certainly didn’t know each other, miles apart geographically and with totally different lifestyles, we were both in love with the same boy…
How this came about, the ups and downs, the laughter, the tears, the heartbreak, and how it was resolved – all played out to a 1960s background of love and peace and rock’n’roll – is covered in the amalgamation of our diaries – which we’ve put together and called ONLY ONE WOMAN.

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ABOUT JANE

1-21731049_144686479471516_8105924548833294401_nJane Risdon writes mostly crime thrillers often set in the music business with an organised crime or espionage element. Her former career in the international music business managing songwriters, singers, musicians, and record producers, enables her to draw upon her experiences in Hollywood, SE Asia, and elsewhere for many of her plots.
She is also the author of short stories many of which have been included in 15 anthologies to date and she also contributes articles for online magazines and newsletters. She enjoys writing flash fiction.
In January 2019 Jane published her first collection of short stories – Undercover: Crime Shorts – via Plaisted Publishing House.
Jane is married to a musician and with author Christina Jones has co-authored Only One Woman, set in the UK Music Scene of the late 1960s. Jane has drawn upon her experience married to a musician and her subsequent career in the music business for background research.
Jane’s Links:
Jane’s Amazon Author Page with most of her books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00I3GJ2Y8
Author Blog: https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneRisdon2/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jane_Risdon
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janerisdonwriter/
Only One Woman:
https://www.facebook.com/RenzandStella/
https://books2read.com/u/mlegkP
Waterstones Paperback: ISBN: 9781783757329