Thursday, 26 March 2015

Highly Recommend...


Of late I've been at my lowest ebb with my writing and wonder if I will ever climb out of it. But to today a beautiful 5 star review on Amazon for In The Cold Light of Day not only made my day but made me splash a few tears on my keyboard. Thank you lovely reviewer, you have made a very downhearted writer feel worthy again. Thank you so much.

“Pauline Barclay’s characterisation and descriptive location is so skilful you feel as if you’ve stepped back in history, in this book, to the sixties and could reach out and shake hands with Bertie and Kitty and the wonderful secondary characters who serve to make the story even more believable and rounded. Meeting Bertie sweating under the ‘deceptively amiable gaze’ of one of the two owners of Raffles, you’re right there, behind the oversized mahogany desk, realising alongside Bertie that your luck might have finally run out.

Bertie, despite his habit, is likeable. He’s a gambler through and through, and you want to scream at him to stop!!, knowing that he can’t, knowing that he’s surely heading for catastrophe, that he’s likely to end up losing his hard-won business as well as the woman he loves, despite people’s assumptions he could have only married Kitty – ten years his senior, for her considerable fortune. We do wonder, did he? Will his habit drive him to temptation, to use her as well as deceive her? And deceive her he does. Kitty is sharply intelligent and independently minded within the constraints of the sixties, but her love for him and her belief in him is unshakeable – at the beginning. Sadly, Bertie we know can only learn the lesson, that gambling is a fool’s game, the hard way. So does he lose all he’s worked so hard for? Can their marriage possibly survive when Bertie is playing with such high stakes? You simply have to read the book. Even if Bertie has finally overcome his addiction, as Kitty says, ‘deceit is a hard lesson to unlearn’. And gambling is a hard habit to kick. Will he always be a chancer? Do we want him to take one final chance? As with previous books of Pauline Barclay’s, In The Cold Light of Day, is one I would highly recommend you pick up and lose yourself in. Loved it.”

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Six things you might like to know about Bertie Costain


Bertie Costain was brought up in a two up two down terraced house on the outskirts of London.



After leaving school he completed an apprenticeship in bricklaying.



He set up the successful building company, Costain Builders when he was in his twenties.



He loves expensive and eye catching cars.



His first love was a forbidden love as her parents thought he was not good enough for their daughter, who later went on to marry a lawyer.



Bertie did not find true love again until he was forty five.



Through taking a risk he became the owner of a property in Wentworth Place, one of the most prestigious addresses in London.


     


Available in Kindle from ALL Amazon sites - £1.99 from Amazon.co.uk


Monday, 23 February 2015

More Promotional Pics

As promised here are more photographs I have taken and posters I have designed to use for promoting my five published books. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I had producing them.











As always thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day

Pauline x

Monday, 16 February 2015

Imagine...!



Imagine, at forty five, you’ve found the perfect woman to share your life with.
Imagine your success allows you to live in a beautiful house in one of the most sort after areas of the country.
Imagine you drive a prestigious car.
Imagine you have no financial worries.
Imagine you have a secret that could easily destroy everything you have worked hard to achieve.
Imagine how you would deal with the situation.
Imagine how you would cover your tracks.
Imagine… but if can’t then find out how Bertie Costain did, In The Cold Light of Day.


Available in Kindle from ALL Amazon stores – (£1.99 from Amazon UK)          
  

Thursday, 12 February 2015

1940's Britian - Satchfield Hall


Satchfield Hall brings to life the Great Britain of the 1940s, not only in the suffering of its soldiers, but in the struggle of a family and a land to survive their loss. It is in a time when women were very much considered second class citizens as Celia Bryant-Smythe soon learnt after the disgrace she brought to her family. Henry Bryant-Smythe, her father and the squire of Satchfield Hall, wealds his wealth and power and deals without compassion on what becomes known as ‘the situation’. It takes four decades before Celia can believe it is all over. In the end it took time, a belief in that good comes out of everything and a changing Britain as many women found themselves more empowered.


Available in Kindle and paperback from ALL Amazon stores and can be ordered from most High Street shops

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Sitting Round my Pool: Sheila Dalton



Today, I have historical writer of Stolen sitting round my pool to share with us her latest book. Take it away Sheila…

My name is Sheila Dalton and I am new to writing historical fiction, though I have been reading and loving it for years. “Some of my favourite authors are the Sarahs - Dunant and Waters. I also like Katharine McMahon and Lisa See. My last novel, The Girl in the Box, was set in the 80’s. I don’t know if that qualifies as historical fiction, but my new release, Stolen, certainly does. It is set in the seventeenth century.

I finally decided to try my hand at writing about the distant past after visits to Morocco and Devon, England. I found it really interesting that Barbary Corsairs raided the English coast for Christian slaves, including Devon, and many were kept in the underground dungeons I had so recently seen in Meknes, Morocco. I found myself thinking about what it would be like to be a young person who loses her parents to Moroccan pirates. How would she cope? What would she do? Soon, Stolen was born.


 Lizbet Warren, my heroine, encounters many dangers and delays in her quest to find her parents. She is arrested for vagrancy, taken in by a French privateer who works for the English crown, and captured by a British pirate before arriving in the fabled courts of the Moroccan sultan.  She is a complex young woman, troubled by the black and white slavery so prevalent at the time, and by the choices she must make to survive. I hope I’ve done her story justice.

Stolen is available from ALL Amazon sites including...


Sheila Dalton
Author of The Girl in the Box, Trial by Fire, Doggerel, and others.
http://www.sheila-anne-dalton.com

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Happy Snapper!

For as long as I can remember I have been a snapper! As soon as I could hold a camera I have had one. Over the years I have taken thousands of photographs, I have no idea how many black and white, coloured photos or slides I have. I do know there are many and all are carefully boxed and placed in our office. The electronic photos I have over 12,000, I know this from when I do a backup!

Not only do I have fun with my SLR camera, but my phone camera is brilliant too, which means I can snap away until my heart’s content. But taking photos is just one aspect I love, I also enjoy playing with my photos to enhance them, doctor them too! I love creating my own greeting cards and posters. Over the years I have used various software packages to achieve special effects, all making my pics a little different. Before Christmas I bought Photoshop Elements 13 and I’ve had so much fun leaning how to use this. Below are just three of the creations I have designed, but don’t worry, I promise to bore you with more soon!










That’s it for now, thanks for stopping by and have a great day, keep warm and keep smiling.

Love

Pauline x