Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Lovely Blog Award

What a wonderful start to the day as I have been nominated for the Lovely Blog Award by one of the loveliest people I have the honour of calling a friend, Helen Hollick top selling writer of Books and Queens and Pirates, of History and Kings... Thank you so much Helen for nominating me and your kind words, I’m blushing!

 Of course I am delighted and humbled to have been nominated, but the drawback with these kind of things is that they come with obligations:

1.     Link to the person who passed the award on: Helen Hollick, historical writer of Kings and Queens as well as swashbuckling pirate adventures.

2.     Post The Lovely Blog Award logo on your blog

3.     Share seven interesting facts about yourself.

4.     Pass the award on by nominating up to 15 bloggers for the award.

Seven things about me, can’t promise they are all interesting, be warmed!

Taken quite a few years ago!
1.     Me and my gorgeous OH love roller blading and have skated several marathons. We've skated the Friday night skate through Paris. Skated along the Charles River in Boston, USA. Skated to the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, plus hundreds if not thousands of kilometres on the cycle paths throughout the Netherlands.

Chicken in a honey and mustard rub
2.  Cooking, I love cooking and enjoy making different dishes, including cakes and homemade bread. Each year I make our mincemeat in September ready for our Christmas mince pies.

March 2014 Musical Marathon
3.      I love running, though not a great distance runner, I try to run three times a week for 5kms. I have entered and ran 10.5kms races and though never come in first, I’ve, so far, not been last!

4.      I am not the tallest person on the planet stretching up to 4 feet 12 inches!

5.      Love Rioja wine and the odd bottle of bubbly and not in the same glass!

6.      I admit to being a Corrie fan… well someone has to be. LOL!

7.      Last week I set up a brand new web site for authors to promote their books, Chill with a Book! Hopefully it will attract lots of new readers.

And now to pass the Lovely Blog Award on to:

1.      The fabulous and amazing JB Johnstone at Brook Cottage Books

Magic of the Muses

2.      Eileen Schuh because not only is she top selling author, Eileen has a super blog, Magic of the Muses

Fiction Dreams

3.      Suzy Turner’s Fiction Dreams as it a super Blog

Nikki's Books4U

4.      Nikki Bywater’s great Blog Nikki’s Books4U

Rosalind Adam is writing in the rain

5.      Rosalind Adam who has a truly wonderfully interesting Blog, Writing in the Rain

Crystal Jigsaw

6.      Kathryn Brown's super Blog, Crystal Jigsaw

Once again, thank you Helen for nominating me.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Chill with a Book!

Today I have launched a brand new site, Chill with a Book! It is designed for authors to showcase and promote their books and for readers to stop by and find some fabulous reads to curl up with.

The idea is simple. Authors can have their book covers on display and also send posts about their books, from reviews to special offers.

My desire is that Chill with a Book will turn into a one-stop place for readers and reviewers to choose their next read.

Wish me luck…. Please!

Here is the link, go and take a peek....

Monday, 17 November 2014

A Lovely Review

No matter how many times I tell myself not to check if there are new reviews from readers for any of my books, I do! 

Knowing what a reader thinks about your work is important. As authors we write to produce an all absorbing story told in a way that will take the reader to a new world; a world that is escapism from the routine and worries of real life. So when a reader takes time to share what they think about your book, it makes me feel humbled and honoured. Today I saw a review for In the Cold Light of Day, one that made all the hard work of telling Bertie and Kitty Costain’s story rewarding.

The review can be found on Amazon co uk and here it is….

5 ***** Excellent Story…

I love Pauline Barclay's books, they offer so much variety and give the reader much to think about. This one was no exception, hence the five star review. Such a great story that I imagine is very true in many lives. Main character, Bertie, is a very frustrating, yet somewhat lovable rogue and you can't help but root for him. Whilst Kitty, his wife who is desperately in love with him, is completely unaware of her husband's other life. I find Kitty a particularly likeable character. It is very easy to imagine scenes and emotions in this book because the author has done a wonderful job with her descriptions. Another really enjoyable read from Pauline Barclay.

Thank you lovely reader and thank you for stopping by. Have a fabulous day and catch up again very soon.

Pauline x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is Amazon's latest promotion to encourage more readers to their e-book downloads For a monthly subscription of £7.99 subscribers can read as many Kindle downloads as they wish for free.

This is all new and for it to be interesting and filled with a great selection of books for readers, authors and publishers need to sign up too. Storm Clouds Gathering is now in Kindle Unlimited and is free to download if you subscribe. And even better, I too get a royalty! So far it seems a win win situation.

Here is the blurb for Storm Clouds Gathering to give you the feel of this emotional and at times heart rending story ...

Storm clouds are gathering, silently and slowly, too far away to worry about. Or so it seems. But ignoring what is brewing will have dire consequences for the people caught up in the maelstrom.

Shirley Burton is too busy cheating on her husband, having a laugh and looking for fun to alleviate the boredom of her childless marriage. Kathleen Mitchell is too wrapped up in running around after her beautiful family to worry about her health. Anne Simpson has two things on her mind: her forthcoming marriage to Paul Betham, who seems to want to control her, and her career, which she does not want to give up.

Can Shirley really expect to deceive her husband and get away with it? Can Kathleen hold it all together, and is Anne able to have the best of everything?

Storm Clouds Gathering is a story of human emotion, passion and heart-rending grief. Set against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, these three families will be tested to the limit as betrayal, loss and love threaten to change their lives forever.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sitting Round my Pool - Victorian Romance Writer, Rosemary Smith

Today, I have the lovely Rosemary Smith sitting round my pool soaking up the rays, drinking bubbly and telling me all about her fabulous romantic books.

Thank you Pauline for inviting me to sit with you by your pool. It is fabulous here, and am loving the champagne!

You are so welcome, please just help yourself to the tapas and wine whilst we chat.

You write Victorian romance / mystery under Rosemary Smith, tell us a little about your books

My books are all set in Victorian times, except for Gypsy Heart, which is set just after Queen Victoria died. I like to set the stories in places I've been to, and particularly love Cornwall and Yorkshire. My books all contain beautiful clothes, sometimes weddings, old houses, secrets, feisty heroines and romance. While I'm writing, I am the main female character, and am living her life throughout the story. Fortunately, I never find it difficult to describe Victorian times, although
it is nearly always the gentry! Each of my books have a happy ending, although there may be discord along the way. I am an incurable romantic!
You have six published books is there a seventh on the way?

There is a seventh book waiting to be published, but I haven't heard yet when it will be launched. It is set in Cornwall, with the usual ingredients. I'm hoping it will be successful.

 Are you an Independent author or with a mainstream publisher?

I do have a mainstream publisher, which is Endeavour Press. I always look forward to seeing the covers, which are always gorgeous, and pleasing to the eye, and romantic! I especially love the cover on Darkwood. I believe Endeavour Press, are the leading publisher for kindle books. I've also written for DC Thomson.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I am no good at all in the mornings! So I write in the evening, or early hours. I can be still writing at 3am. Which doesn't always please my husband! But I seem to come alive at night, and have my best ideas in the evening. I don't write each day. But work when the mood takes me.

What inspires you to create a new book?

I'm inspired very much by the sea. Old houses and Churches. Anything with a sense of history. Also, supernatural tales can inspire me! Which can help me to write the mystery in my stories. I also love looking at Victorian clothes, especially wedding dresses, and visiting museums. Although I may not touch on things very much, I love all the research.

Do your books have a special theme?

My special theme has to be the build up to romance between two people. Whether it be falling in love in a house, garden, or on the cliffs. Romance is my main theme. But I do like to sprinkle the story with mystery and secrets. And I love the clothes, as I think it important in an historical novel, to imagine what the characters are wearing, especially the ladies. I can't imagine writing in any other genre.

It has been lovely talking to you Pauline. Yes, another glass of bubbly would be lovely. Thank you.

Rosemary, it is my pleasure having you here too. We must do it again!

A little about Rosemary:
I was born in the Finchley Road in London. Our stepfather moved us to Devon, in 1959, when I was 13. So I consider Devon as my home. I live with my gorgeous husband in a chocolate box village, where Sir Walter Raleigh was born, With our dog Alfie. We have 3 daughters between us, (one sadly deceased) 8 grandchildren,
and 2 great grandsons. My career was in book-keeping, when there was no computers! It really was books. Then in 1998 I had a brain tumour removed. My neuro-surgeon advised me to keep my brain active, which is when I started writing, at the age of 55yrs. Never expected it to be successful. At the beginning I did it for

my own amusement. I love History, am hopeless at Geography! My passion is visiting old houses, the favourite being Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. I also love Churches, and gravestones, reading, poetry and opera. Oh, and sitting by the sea!