Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Truth is often Larger than Fiction

Did you know that Magnolia House is based on a true story?

Years ago I met someone who gave half their house to their only son, what happened withing 12 months of giving this gift was incredibly tragic. It was so tragic that when I wrote Magnolia House I changed  some of the events and the ending. What I didn't change was the act of giving half of the house away and the fact it had to be sold months later. In both the fiction story and the real life event both owners not only suffered great loss, but found themselves in a position where they had no choice but to sell their home. As if they had not suffered enough this final act almost destroyed them.

Sometimes real life is greater than fiction!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I'm Here!

I’m here….yes! I know I’ve been absent of late, but I promise I’ve been more than busy. I have actually typed those two scary words The End on the draft of my latest book. The working title is, still so far, A Sense of Shame.

A Sense of Shame is a dark and disturbing story and although it is written as pure fiction, with no connection to anyone alive or dead. To enable me to write this book I needed a great deal of information and understanding. The real Nichola Knight (not her real name!) whose story is all too familiar these days, kindly shared some of her experiences. It was heartbreaking to listen to and I found myself in tears on many occasions. To keep my character’s life completely different from the real life story I have used only the details to authenticate what happened to my character.  The story is told by two people from their perspective; Nichola and her mother.

As you know at this stage, there is an enormous amount of work still to do. I have already launched into working on draft two. Once this is complete it will go off to my editor; I have new one for this novel, Elaine Denning, and I am very excited about working with her.

Anyway, I just wanted to swing by and let you know I am still here, if ensconced behind my laptop. I admit to being nervous and excited in equal measures about my latest story. Not until my editor has cast her professional eye over every word will I feel anything but less nervous. I’m a natural worrier and should I ever be a number one best seller, I guess I will still be worrying and wondering, 'how on earth did I do it!' *laughs*

On this note, I am going to wish you a fabulous day and thank you for stopping by. Please return and I promise to keep you updated on progress…. And just in case you think I’m sitting here too long, we still go out every morning before breakfast and walk our doggies 5 kms and I do 2 / 3 runs every week around 7 kms each run…. Great time to think!

See you soon



Friday, 8 January 2016

Readers needed please!

As you know I have the honour of one of my books receiving a B.R.A.G. Medallion Award – Sometimes It Happens…  

Today I am asking if you would like to be a reader for indieBRAG. Reading for indieBRAG is not for you to review a book, but to read it and afterwards fill in a report card. Depending on your thoughts of the book it could be awarded a BRAG Medallion. Below Geri, the President talks about indieBRAG and being a reader … see what you think.

indieBRAG is growing and we are about to open the flood gates for the submission of books hoping to be honored with the B.R.A.G.Medallion. To provide enough readers for each book and make a decision in a timely manner, we will need to double our reading team - which is now at nearly 200 globally-

 Please consider joining the global reading team in finding and honoring worthy self- published books.   We will provide free ebooks gifted to you; read as many or as few as you like.  Once a book is read, we will ask you to fill out a quick “report card” which will be provided to the author.  indieBRAG is NOT a review site.

Both authors and readers have enjoyed the process in the past and we hope you will consider joining us in selecting books that are worth a reader’s time and money.
If you are interested we will gladly provide you with more information about how we work or you can apply now at:

Thanks so much and we look forward to adding you to our wonderful reading team!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

We are heading once again to another New Year and I would like say a BIG thank you for all your amazing support, friendship and time. It’s wonderful to know such fabulous peeps.

Wishing 2016 for you will be filled with love and laughter, good health and that you are surrounded by great family and friends.

I'm opening a bottle of bubbly so please join my....



Sunday, 27 December 2015

Time to Chill!

I hope you've had a fabulous Christmas and are now taking time out to relax and enjoy reading a great book....

Catch up again very soon

Monday, 21 December 2015

Nativity 2015

The other day we visited Fariones Hotel in Lanzarote, outside the entrance was a beautiful nativity scene. This time of the year these scenes are found throughout the island. This one is very large and filled with incredible detail. The scene shows life as it was in rural parts however, in some areas it is still similar even today.

Many of the model buildings are based on full size properties found in villages scattered throughout the island.

This island is volcanic and the lava stones are used in traditional buildings and dry stone walls. The ground is covered with pecon, which is pulverised larva stone. This is used throughout the island to keep the heat from the land. Every garden has pecon to cover the surface and to protect the roots of the plants.

I have made an amateur short video of the scene which I hope you will enjoy watching.

As always a BIG thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

indieBRAG Christmas Blog Hop - A Chat with Santa!

Today, I am taking part in the exciting indieBRAG Christmas Blog Hop and I have someone not only special, but more famous than anyone on the planet and they have popped into my interview room for a chat. Believe you me I can’t get my head around how I managed this one!  So who is he? Well, you only get to see him once a year and that is if you are lucky or very good. He is famous for racing across the night sky in a sleigh with a team of reindeers, especially one with a very red nose. He loves to slip down chimneys and he manages to visit every home in just one night! So please welcome the mystery man himself, Father Christmas, also known as Santa Clause.

Now whilst you are helping yourself to glasses of Gluwien, I’m going to try and find out a little more about this celebrity…

PB: I’m going in straight here, are you real?

FC: *Chuckle* Well I’m here, but what  would you say about Jane Leonard in Magnolia House or Kitty Costain from In The Cold Light of Day, I won’t mention all the others, but are they real?

PB: *smiling* Mmm put like that I see your point and yes they are real! Of course this time of the year is very much for children, I know we are all big kids at heart and as much as I’d love to ask all the questions, I have brought along my three little helpers who want to ask you a few questions, so please say hello to Paige, Theo and Leighton.

FC: Hello you three, I hope you’ve all been good this year

Theo:  *Giggling* I thought you should know that already. So have I?

FC: *Clearing his throat and smirking* Mmmm yes you are right of course I know, and yes, you have been good, very good.

Leighton: *Leaning forward* I want to know how many mince pies you eat on Christmas Eve?

FC: *scratching his beard* Well, let me see. I normally find two in every house, so if you times that by all the homes I go to, how many do you think it would be?

Leighton: *Counting on his fingers* Enough to make you sick!

FC: *Stifling a chortle* You could be right there. Leighton!

Paige: *Hand up and waving* I’ve got a question, how do you go around the whole world in one night?

FC: *Smiling* I’m very lucky that my sleigh and reindeers travel faster than the speed of light so I can visit everyone in a fraction of the time anyone else can.

Paige: ‘My mum says when we’re late for school she has to travel faster than the speed of light to get us there on time. You ought to meet my mum.

FC: *Chuckling*  Yes Leighton, I see you have another question for me.

Leighton: *Giggling*  How fat is your tummy and do you get stuck a lot when delivering presents?

FC: *Rubbing his rotund tum*  I’ve only got stuck once and that was not down to my tummy, but down to Rudolph, he fell down the chimney and jammed us both in. Thankfully his large hooves helped him climbed back up and we got out.

Leighton *Smirking* Our cat, Bubble Gum did that once. His paws didn’t get him out, but they brought all the soot down and everything in the room was covered in black except for mum’s face it was red with anger.

FC: Goodness, I’d better watch out for Bubble Gum when I visit on Christmas Eve

Paige: How do the elves make all the toys in time?

FC: *Taking hold of Paige’s hand* They work very hard and the workshop never closes, it is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. When some elves are sleeping others are making toys and that is why there is enough for everyone.

Paige: *Nodding* I hope so, because last year some elves must have slept too long because my mummy didn’t get what she’d asked for we just hope the elves will make sure she gets it this Christmas.  

FC: I hope so too Paige.

PB: Father Christmas you’ve made it a magical Christmas for four people and we hope you will be making it a truly, happy, peaceful and magical Christmas for everyone else too. 

Please click on the indieBRAG  link to take you  to the home page where the announcement of the blog hop, full schedule and a message from the indieBRAG Team is...   indieBRAG

The next stop on the indieBRAG Christmas Blog Hop is today, December 16 with Karen Aminadra

Wishing you a wonderful, happy and peaceful Christmas and thank you so much for stopping by and for joining in the fun festive Blog Hop.


Pauline x

PS here is the full tour, please visit them all, such great reads
Tuesday, December 1 :  G.Egore Pitir 
Wednesday, December 2 : J.D.R. Hawkins :  Martin Crosbie   
Thursday, December 3 : R.A.R. Clouston  
Friday, December 4 : Helen Hollick    
Saturday, December 5 : Judy Ridgley : Karen Lobello   Judy Voigt   
Sunday, December 6 : David Penny
Monday, December 7 : J.B. Hawker  
Tuesday, December 8 : Vinnie Hansen   : N.W. Moors  
Wednesday, December 9 : Cheri Gillard : Janet Oakley  
Thursday, December 10 : Clare Flynn : Derek Birks  
Friday, December 11 : Emily Kaplan   : Lorraine Devon Wilke   
Saturday, December 12 : Valerie Biel  : Charlene Newcomb 
Sunday, December 13 : Martha Kennedy  : Annie Daylon
Monday, December 14 : Debrah Martin     :  Helena Schrader     
Tuesday, December 15 : Maggie Pill    :  Cassi Clark 
Wednesday, December 16 :   Karen Aminadra
Thursday, December 17 : Alison Morton  
Friday, December 18 : Amber Foxx  : Malcolm Noble  
Saturday, December 19 : Anna Belfrage  
Sunday, December 20 : Janet Leigh : Maria Grace   
Monday, December 21 : Joe Perrone Jr    
Tuesday, December 22 : Prue Batten  : Diana Wicker
Wednesday, December 23 : V.L. Thurman     
Monday, December 28 : Lisa Brunette    
Tuesday, December 29 : Carrie Beckort  
Wednesday, December 30 : Jackie Weger
Thursday, December 31 : Anna Castle