Sunday, 23 July 2017

Our Poppy



We are heartbroken at having to say goodbye to our beautiful little doggy, Poppy.

Poppy was a small cross terrier we brought home from the rescue centre over ten years ago. We were told she was around five and half when she joined our family, vets never questioned this, but there were thoughts she might have been older. It didn’t matter to us, I fell in love with her the moment I saw her.



She was a feisty doggy, an alpha female, who let all the dogs in the neighbourhood know she was the boss. Years later when we took another rescue dog, Poppy made sure he knew she was in charge. 



From the moment Barney joined our family he loved her and worshiped her. He was always happy when she told him off as he would run around the house going back for more attention from Poppy.




Having this little doggy in our lives made the sun shine on the darkest of days. She made us smile and brought so much joy. She loved to walk and never worried how far we went, we used to joke to people who would stop and want to pat her, that she was a Great Dane when we got her! She was more than a pet she was a member of our family. And now, our family has a loved one missing. Barney looks for her and we can’t tell him she’s not here. Losing her has left a huge hole in our hearts, we miss her beyond words, but we know she is now at peace.


The hardest thing is not losing someone you love, it is having to live without them for the rest of your life. 

Rest in peace little one, we will never stop loving you.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Satchfield Hall in Top Ten!

I am so delighted to see that Satchfield Hall is the Top Ten Most Popular Books for 2017 at Discovering Diamonds



Celia Bryant-Smythe could never have imagined the high price she would have to pay for her one mistake.

As her father, Henry Bryant-Smythe learns of her indiscretion, he not only deals with it, but stamps on it with a resounding thud that will ricochet through the years. He cares nothing for the consequences of his actions that will bring heartbreak, pain and loss.


Set between 1943 and 1986, Satchfield Hall is a sweeping saga of deep love, evil lies and ruthless power.

Available in paperback and Kindle



Click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page see Satchfield Hall and all the other top ten most popular books 2017




Friday, 16 June 2017

Sitting Round my Pool - Stephen Muggridge




My special guest today is someone I have known for many years; a business man, a guy who rises to a challenge and who was the inspiration for my character, Danny Bond in my debut novel, Magnolia House. Please welcome Stephen Muggridge.



Delighted to have you here Steve, please make yourself comfortable and help yourself to a drink. As great as it would be for us to talk about your company, Woodlands in Redhill and of course, Danny from Magnolia House, I think we should keep your visit to talking  about the amazing challenge you have just completed.

“Thanks Pauline, I still smile when I think of Danny Bond and in the office the name is still banded around. “






Last weekend it was “On your bike” literally as you peddled from Redhill, Surrey to Paris France. Tell us about the challenge.

It was organised by the YMCA here in the town and you had the option of a 3, 2 or 1 day cycle. The route covered 175 miles of quiet countryside starting at YMCA East Surrey in Redhill and finishing at the Eiffel Tower, Paris via Newhaven and Gournay en Bray. We took the 2 day event because we have never done anything like this before and wanted to be certain we would finish alive!





It sounds pretty gruelling, what made you do it?

It all started back in March when my wife turned 50, she felt it was an important mile stone in her life and made up her mind that she wanted to do a challenge that we both could be involved in. I purchased a road bike for my wife for her birthday, I already had a bike which I had bought for my 50th a couple of years ago which had hardly been used. With both of us now owning bikes, I had no option but to start cycling. We heard about the Redhill to Paris event which also offered an opportunity to raise money for a good local charity so it was agreed we would take part.



What training did you have to do?

We signed up with the YMCA training plan and on Tuesday evenings we would cycle approximately 30 miles and then again at the weekends which generally involved 30 to 40 mile each day. It was tough at first, well it was tough all the time, but we kept going.



Who else joined you on the long ride?

There were several people who had also signed up for the event who we did not know, but got to know well over the 2 days. In our personal group, there was me, my wife and my wife’s best friend, Liz.  Sadly, Liz lost her husband earlier this year and we invited her along with us. She was amazing and I think we looked like the three musketeers on our chargers, but without the razzmatazz!





What was the low point of the journey?

For me it was the morning we set off. Due to a very painful shoulder injury, I didn’t think I would be able to cycle on the morning. Then I thought of our friend who was grieving and felt if Liz could do it after what she has been through then I could cope with a bit of pain.  And despite the terrible hour of having to get up at 3am on the first morning with little or no sleep, I got ready.





What was the high point?

Arriving at the Eiffel Tower. It was an amazing exhilarating feeling. We had done it! I’ll be honest there were times when I wondered if we would, but the camaraderie within the groups was amazing. We all helped each other to keep going especially on the hills and encouraged each other to keep going.





You were also collected a lot of money through sponsorship

We did and a huge thanks to everyone who sponsored us. Our target was to raise £500 each, so for me and my wife it meant we had to raise £1,000 and so far we have reached £1,150! All the money raised will be used to create a brand new, disability sports, fitness and wellbeing facility, designed to inspire and support people of all ages and ability to be more active and healthy. 


If anyone wants to add to this amount how can they?

That would be great. Thank you. Anyone can add a donation by visiting the following link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MandyMuggridge


And, finally would you do it again?

Yes, we would, but my preference would be to do another country of a different challenge. So for now we’ll not be hanging up our cycle clips just yet!


A HUGE congratulations to you all and I am sure Danny Bond would be proud too!


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Indie Banter!


I am talking all things bookie at Book Banter part of the Indie Fest 2017



Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Social Media Office for UK Indie Lit Fest is Sitting Round my Pool!



Today, I am delighted to have Su, Social Media Office for UK Indie Lit Fest sitting round my pool.  Please make yourself comfortable and do help yourself to a glass of chilled bubbly.

How lovely thank you for inviting me along, it’s rather hot do you mind me dangling my toes in your delightful pool?

Before we talk about your fascinating role with the UK Indie Lit Fest, please tell us a little about you

My name is Su (without the ‘e’ as there is no ‘e’ in Susan) and I’m a Read-a-holic from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, now living on ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’ amidst the rolling hills of the Herefordshire countryside in the West Midlands. My house is wall to wall books and I even have a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’ oh and hardbacks and goodness knows how many books on the kindle.

I also write for a hobby as Rose English and spend hours researching online. I have very eclectic reading tastes enjoying books across all genres and I must confess I am addicted to social media.

Facebook        Su Echo Falls S’ari      https://www.facebook.com/suechofalls.sari

Twitter            @RoseEnglishUK        https://twitter.com/RoseEnglishUK

Blog                 Rose English               https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/



What is the UK Indie Lit Fest

The UK Indie Lit Fest is a non-profit community interest company, the sole purpose of which is to promote Indie Authors, smaller publishing houses and allow writers to reach new readers.

The UK Indie Lit Fest is an exciting new project which made its debut in 2016. The brain child of Follow This Publishing and UK Indie Authors, it took place on the 23rd July 2016 at St James Hall, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The festival brought together indie authors from around the UK, for an amazing FREE Event. Fans met authors in person, talked to authors from all over the world in our international hub via skype, learned all about being an indie author, how to become a published author, took part in in our exciting workshops, listened to readings by the authors, entered our exciting competitions to win signed books and much, much more. 




UK Indie Lit Website  https://www.ukindielitfest.com/

Where will the event be held?

Kala Sangam, 1 Forster Court, Bradford, BD1 4TY    Sat 26 August 2017

Kala Sangam Website                   http://www.kalasangam.org/venues/getting-here/


Who can attend?

The event is totally FREE making it accessible for anyone to attend, we encourage families with young children too as there will be a special children’s corner. Our aim is to #SpreadTheWord and share our love of reading with as many people as possible. Tickets can be ordered online and each ticket has a unique number so it doubles up as a raffle ticket with a chance to win a signed copy of a book from one of 30+ attending authors. FREE Tickets will be available on the door but we are encouraging people to download and print tickets so we can gauge numbers for health and safety.

Order tickets here  


What does your role at Social Media Office entail?

As Social Media Officer I share and promote the event online via all the regular places and pass information to David Driver our friend and fellow writer who presents ‘The Writers Bookshelf’ on Drystone Radio in Yorkshire. Podcasts are available for a couple of weeks on the radio website. Upcoming events are listed on the Bookshelf Facebook page. I myself will be featured on the show on Tuesday 1st August 2017 from 19:00hrs GMT.

I am also responsible for collating Indie Author Interviews and posting them on our WordPress Blog called Indie Book Banter again here I will share news, reviews and interviews. It’s a new hub for chatting about all things Indie but whilst we are just starting out the main focus is upon the writers attending this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest. We also feature International Indie Authors as we have made so many friends who have supported us along the way. Sherri A. Wingler from the US is one of many and encouraged me in my own writing.


The Writers Bookshelf      http://www2.drystoneradio.com/podcastbeta/

The Writers Bookshelf FB            https://www.facebook.com/thewritersbookshelf/



I know you are an avid reader, what kind of books do you love most?

Yes as I mentioned before I am a Read-a-holic, I have very eclectic tastes, I am drawn in by a great cover and the opening lines (praise goes to Amazon ‘Look Inside’).

I love paranormal I am a big fan of the vampire tale, my hero’s being ‘Bram Stoker’ the father of the genre and ‘Anne Rice’ the mother. But wow let me tell you there are so many amazing Indie Authors out there that write in this genre I am so spoilt for choice.



Dawn Singh is the brains behind the UK Indie Lit Fest and a wonderful author of YA reads her latest ‘Dead Normal’ is a funny little tale about Death who happens to be called Derek #DeadIsTheNewSexy



Sherri A. Wingler writes beautifully descriptive YA novels and has encouraged us in promoting UK Indie Lit Fest. ‘Crimson Moon’ a twist on the Red Riding Hood tale is her latest but ‘Wings of Darkness: The Immortal Sorrows Series’ about Angels and Demons is a must read for fans of this genre.




The book that sticks in my mind though is ‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbs it won one of your ‘Chill Awards’ a truly moving story about twins separated at birth one taken to England and a rich life whilst the other remains in Brasil a street child.

DM Singh Books                 http://author.to/UKIndieLitDMSingh

Sherri A Wingler Books    http://author.to/UKIndieLitSAWingler

Maria Gibbs Books             http://author.to/UKIndieLitMGibbs                             

I love a story full of descriptive text something that draws me into the pages so I feel like I am experiencing it for myself.

Oh look I suppose we should stop now, or else we may need another bottle of bubbly and then talking all things books we could be here until the wee small hours. Thank you so much for inviting me along and I cannot wait for you to return your interview questions for Indie Book Banter and to share one of your books on our International Table at this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest.


Happy Reading One and All especially our #IndieFriends please #SpreadTheWord 


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

To Award or Not To Award

Most of you know I am the founder of Chill with a Book Awards: Awards for Indie authors. Within three months the Awards went international with Awardees from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Europe. Each book accepted into the Award programme is read by an equal number of readers. Chill’s readers are scattered all over the world; USA, UK and Europe. Readers have to answer five question about the book they have read and add comments if they wish too. Few authors and readers know I am an author too so you can image the surprise I had when an email dropped in to my in-box from a Chill reader...

“... I realized I had not spent time investigating your blog. I went to Facebook & liked/followed Chill, of coarse, but then went to your blog. Silly me, I did not know you were a writer; I thought you were a reader interested in promoting Indie writers.  Naturally, I was excited and ordered The Wendy House. Talk about a "page turner"!  My God, Pauline, this book is tremendous!...”



This email more than made my day, but nothing like th email I recevied today...

"..Couldn't resist "submitting" my "evaluation". “

And this is the evaluation from a Chill reader...

 Were the characters strong and engaging?

            • Yes, very!

Was the book well written?

            • Yes! ...and especially considering the difficult topic!

Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?

            • Yes, absolutely!  I have never read ANY book in two days. And not because it was an "easy read". It was not a "simple" or "light" book; it was compelling.

Was the ending satisfying?

            • Yes, very. I don't think I've ever been so satisfied with an ending."

Have you told your friends about it?

            •  I'm about to post the Amazon link on my facebook page. Any one that has a daughter needs to read this book- as well as teachers.

Comments Optional
Thought it would be fun to give you my "evaluation" in this format, Pauline. 😃
As you surely must know.... this book is exceptional, and in many ways. Not only is all of the above true,  but considering the delicate topic, it is quite beyond words. How you could create this story (based on fact, partial fact, or pure fiction) and present it with all the complexity that a young victim experiences is truly a great accomplishment. Every parent that has a daughter NEEDS to read this book. I am so very sorry that your friend or acquaintance (the inspiration for this story) had been abused in this manner. I hope she has found her way through the mire, and is at peace.
......You really deserve many "Chill awards" for this book, Pauline!  Excellent writing!


This left me speechless and very happy. Of course, my own books can’t be awarded a Chill with a Book Award can they? What do you think?



As always a HUGE thank you for stopping by. I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

Hugs

Pauline

x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Featured at Being Anne


Today I am being featured at the wonderful Being Anne's Blog talking about all sorts of things including Chill with a Book Awards.

If you have time please pop along... thank you.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Top Ten in Discovering Diamonds!

Goodness me! 

Satchfield Hall is in the top ten of of the most Popular Books Reviewed for all time on Discovering Diamonds and the Top Ten Most Popular Books of the current month? 

That's taken my breath away! 






Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Helen Hart from SilverWood Books



I am delighted to have Helen Hart, Publishing Director at publishing services company SilverWood Books, sitting round my pool. Helen started SilverWood ten years ago, in 2007, to offer assistance to authors who wanted to self-publish…but didn’t know where to start.

SilverWood is a small, friendly, expert team that helps authors who don’t have the technical expertise, knowledge, or confidence to DIY self-publish. Many writers use our services if they don’t have the time to learn how to produce a book to professional standards, or because they want to focus on their writing rather than on running a publishing project. 

We work with great attention to detail, and over the years SilverWood has a established a solid reputation for high standards and a caring approach — we don’t publish everything that is submitted to us, but instead assess every manuscript in detail and work out how to help individual authors achieve their aims in publishing a book. If we don’t think the work is ready to publish, we’re honest about it and don’t hesitate to recommend other organisations that can help.

Every author that works with SilverWood is assigned a publishing assistant who will work very closely with them at every step, from the enquiry stage where a writer might ask, I’ve written a book — is it good enough?” through to the time a finished book is launched and promoted. SilverWood authors are supported with a range of services such as editing, proofreading, book design, wholesale and retail book distribution, and ongoing advice and information. 

Why should authors consider using a company like SilverWood?

Many authors find that, in the long run, working with the right company saves time and can be more cost-effective than going it alone and learning ‘on the job'. For many authors, trying to reach professional standards in a constantly-changing industry can be hard work, distracting, and expensive (both in terms of time and money). Working with the right company means you benefit from expertise, advice, and hand-holding, and you avoid snags and potentially-expensive pitfalls. 

Historical novelist Kathryn Gauci has just signed up to publish her second book with SilverWood. “When I decided to self-publish, I discovered that it’s not as easy as one might think to find a reputable company to go with. When I contacted SilverWood I felt an immediate rapport. Helen Hart and her staff were there for me the whole way, guiding me whenever I needed it to produce a well-edited, top-quality product equal to anything a good traditional publisher would do. The SilverWood team are also there for their authors long after the book has been published, and foster a great sense of community with their authors.”

It’s been wonderful having you here and sharing how SilverWood works, thank you Helen.



If you’d like to see whether SilverWood can help you, please contact Editorial Assistant Rowena Ball (email rowena@silverwoodbooks.co.uk) or browse their website at www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk.

Follow us on Twitter @SilverWoodBooks
or catch up with us on Facebook

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Over at Katrina Marie's Blog



Today I am over at Katrina Marie's fabulous Blog talking about what and who encouraged me to write The Wendy House and Chill with a Book Awards for Indie authors.

I hope you will be able to pop along and enjoy a glass of bubbly... see you there.


Monday, 10 April 2017

In the Spotlight!



Today I am in the spotlight over at Portobello Book Blog I hope you will be able to swing by as Joanne has a fabulous blog.... see you there.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Discovered Diamond!

Today I learnt that Satchfield Hall has received a DISCOVERED DIAMOND Award. More than excited to receive this wonderful review award.

Find out more at Discovered Diamonds