Monday, 30 December 2013

Happy New Year


Unbelievable as it may seem, it is the end of not just another month, but another year. It hardly seems a moment ago that we raised our glasses and toasted a New Year.

Down here on our little pebble in the ocean it has been a year mixed with highs and lows where tears of laughter and sadness flowed and sometimes at the same time! Now as we wipe away the memory of those bitter sweet tears, what really stands out is that our year was filled with health and the love of each other. What more could we have asked for?

Thank you for taking time out to visit my blog, thank you for putting up with my ramblings, but more than anything, thank you so much for buying and reading my books. You have no idea how honoured I feel that that you took time out to lose yourself in the lives of such unforgettable characters as, lottery winner, Doreen Wilkinson, more than meets the eye, Jack Hoskins, the powerful and evil, Squire of Satchfield Hall, the heartbroken, Celia Bryant-Smyth. A generous act that turned into a nightmare for Jane Leonard. A young mother unable to face the future who returned home, Maddie, aka Sunnier Climes. Idealistic school teacher, Anne Simpson. Love them and leave them, Billy Smith. A happy family woman, Kathleen Mitchell and torn between her husband and her lover, Shirley Burton.

Magnolia House, Satchfield Hall, Sometimes It Happens… and Storm Clouds Gathering.
Emotional, passionate and moving stories.

Wishing you and your families a very happy New Year, may it be filled with love and laughter, health and happiness and that the only tears that are spilled are those of joy.

All the very best with a heavy sprinkle of sunny smiles

Pauline

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas


Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter and love.


Saturday, 21 December 2013

Casting Light on Darkness


Today I am taking part in a Winter Solstice Blog hop, casting light on darkness. My contribution is ...
Casting light on a traditional pie so please click on picture above to find out what I'm talking about.
See you there!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Out and About!


As it is the festive season I have been out and about chatting on fabby Blogs!
Today I am over at Helen Hollick's amazing Blog talking about Amazon and what it took to get my Christmas short story in Kindle free!


You can also find me on

Have a fabby day and thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Free! Festive Short Story

Amazing, we are already in the last month of 2013, just where has this year gone? It seems only yesterday we were taking down our Christmas tree and putting the trimmings away, yet in the next couple of weeks we will be pulling them all out again!

I admit to loving Christmas and this year I decided to write a short story about a family Christmas, Next Christmas Will Be Different is the title. Here is the blurb… When the O’Reilly family gather for the festive season it is a time for catching up, eating too much and making promises, but can the promises be kept?

I am delighted to say that Amazon have allowed this short story to be a free download, so it is my little gift to you to say thank you for all your wonderful support. Knowing you are there makes a huge difference.

Here are the links:


Thank you for visiting and I hope you will enjoy my little short story festive gift.


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Casting Light Upon the Darkness



I am joining in a Blog Hop with Helen Hollick today, December 21st 2013 - the longest night
Entitled: Casting Light Upon the Darkness 

Theme is shedding light on something puzzling or unknown.

My contribution...

Shedding Light on a Traditional Pie!



One of the things I love about Christmas and that is mince pies. Many months before the festive season is even thought about, I prepare my own mincemeat, adding my own measures of spices and fruit and always left soaking in lashings of brandy. Then a couple weeks before Christmas I make my first batch of mince pies, to test of course! 
But did you know that the mince pie has its ingredient traceable back to the 13th century when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meets, fruits and spices?
The early mince pie was known by several names, including mutton pie, shred pie and Christmas pie. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits and spices - cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
But no matter where your mince pie comes from, enjoy!



To get you into the festive spirit, my 20 minute short story, Next Christmas Will Be Different is FREE to download from Amazon co uk and Amazon com

Thank you for stopping by wishing you and all your loves ones a very Merry Christmas!

Now take a peek at the other fabby posts on this special day....





  1. Helen Hollick : A little light relief concerning those dark reviews! Plus a Giveaway Prize
  2. Alison Morton  : Shedding light on the Roman dusk  - Plus a Giveaway Prize! 
  3. Beth Elliott : Steering by the Stars. Stratford Canning in Constantinople, 1810/12
  4. Melanie Spiller : Lux Aeterna, the chant of eternal light
  5. Janet Reedman   The Winter Solstice Monuments
  6. Petrea Burchard  : Darkness - how did people of the past cope with the dark? Plus a Giveaway Prize!
  7. Richard Denning The Darkest Years of the Dark Ages: what do we really know? Plus a Giveaway Prize
  8. David Ebsworth : Propaganda in the Spanish Civil War
  9. David Pilling  :  Greek Fire -  Plus a Giveaway Prize!
  10. Debbie Young : Fear of the Dark
  11. Derek Birks  : Lies, Damned Lies and … Chronicles
  12. Mark Patton : Casting Light on Saturnalia
  13. Tim Hodkinson : Soltice@Newgrange
  14. Wendy Percival  : Ancestors in the Spotlight
  15. Judy Ridgley : Santa and his elves  Plus a Giveaway Prize
  16. Suzanne McLeod  : The Dark of the Moon
  17. Katherine Bone   : Admiral Nelson, A Light in Dark Times
  18. Christina Courtenay : The Darkest Night of the Year
  19. Edward James  : The secret life of Christopher Columbus; Which Way to Paradise?
  20. Janis Pegrum Smith  : Into The Light - A Short Story
  21. Julian Stockwin  : Ghost Ships - Plus a Giveaway Present
  22. Manda Scott : Dark into Light - Mithras, and the older gods
  23. Pat Bracewell Anglo-Saxon Art: Splendor in the Dark
  24. Lucienne Boyce : We will have a fire - 18th Century protests against enclosure
  25. Nicole Evelina What Lurks Beneath Glastonbury Abbey? 
  26. Sky Purington  :  How the Celts Cast Light on Current American Christmas Traditions
  27. Stuart MacAllister (Sir Read A Lot) : The Darkness of Depression

Why Did It Have To End? Storm Clouds Gathering - Reviewed

I hope you will allow me to be a little indulgent today as I have just seen a wonderful 5 star review on Amazon for Storm Clouds Gathering. And yes, I am doing a happy, smiley silly dance!

Here is the review:

Why did it have to end?

I was crushed when this story was over. I didn't want to close the book on Barclay's cast of characters in Storm Clouds Gathering. This novel is all about wonderful, wonderful characters, strong and broken relationships, hope and grief, love, happiness and despair. Success and failure and always...the tension from those storm clouds on the horizon. Well worth the read!

Links to this review






Thanks for allowing me this moment of shouting out!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Love or Loath, They're Equal!


"Which do you prefer and which is the best?" This question is put to me often from readers about which of my books I believe is my favourite and the one I enjoyed writing the most.

In honesty, I loved writing them all. Each one has its own merits of love or loath characters. The ruthless and evil Squire of Satchfield Hall who brought so much pain. Bad boy Billy who wanted to love and leave them in Storm Clouds Gathering. Then there is the bubbly and giggly Doreen Wilkinson who won the lottery in Sometimes It Happens. All memorable characters who come alive, take your hand or in the case of the Squire, grip it, sit you down and tell their story.

But whilst I am unable to answer any question on my favourite, it is interesting to know that readers do have their favourites. Last week I spoke to a reader, I met through my weekly book promotions who purchased a paperback copy of Storm Clouds Gathering. "I'm looking forward to reading this,' she enthused, flicking through the 572 pages, 'I loved Satchfield Hall, it made me cry and angry. Sometimes It Happens… made me laugh and yes, a tear spilt down my face too, but my favourite so far is Magnolia House. I love Mrs Leonard and I felt her anger and her pain."


Interestingly, Magnolia House was my first published book and I too loved Mrs Leonard, she was a joy to create. And though I have learnt a great deal over the years, I was humbled that this reader saw only a compelling and moving story.

And this is just one of the joys about going to book promotion each week because I get to meet many readers and hear what they have to say.


Thanks for stopping by and have a fabby week, let's meet up again very soon!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

It's Only a Number!


This photo is of the magnet my friend bought me. I fear she knows me more than I dare to believe!

Last weekend we took ourselves off to a rather exclusive hotel for a few nights to celebrate my birthday, it was a milestone one. Even now I can't believe I have reached such an age. But as I remind myself it is only a number on my birth certificate not a reflection on how I feel and behave. On that I'd be waiting for the key of the door…. "Dream on," I hear you say. *laughing*

Back home and back to reality, I have found time to work on book 5. It is coming on slowly, and I am beginning to enjoy the company of my new characters. More importantly I spent time on trying to persuade Amazon to allow my festive short story to be a free download. I still await their decision!

On a positive note, yesterday Barnes and Noble added, Next Christmas Will Be Different, to their book catalogue and I am delighted to tell you that it is available to download on Nook for free!


I'll leave you with this picture of the sunrise I took from our room at the hotel and below the links to my festive short story, just in case you want to feel a little Christmassy!

Barnes and Noble - Nook Book
Smashwords


As always, thanks for stopping by and see you soon.
Have a fab day!


Friday, 15 November 2013

Colourful Flyers



I have just collected my new flyers from the printers and I love them!

If you would like to read for free Next Christmas Will Be Different - A Short Story, click on the link below and download your copy.


Enjoy!

P.S. Following my post last weekend, I still have no news yet from Amazon regarding Next Christmas Will Be Different, being available for fee, but I hope to be able to bring you an update next week!
It is on their sites at 0.77pence (0.99 cents)!


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Unable to Put Down!


I have received a lovely review from Nikki at Nikki's Books4U for Storm Clouds Gathering and I just had to share it with you…

"This is a book you just cannot put down," says Nikki Bywater

Set in the north of England during the 1960’s. Storm Clouds Gathering tells the remarkable tale of three different characters.

Shirley Burton works at the local mill but finds herself in trouble when her marriage to Jimmy goes through a rough patch and she is drawn to bad boy Billy.

Kathleen Mitchell is happily married to Joe, and they have a young family, she is good friends with Shirley, they work together at the mill, and they enjoy nights out together at the Bingo.  Kathleen is lucky to have a win at the Bingo. But is her luck about to change?

Anne Simpson is a caring and good teacher who goes out of her way to help her young pupils.  Engaged to school master Paul Betham her future seems to be all planned out for her.  But will it be a happy ever after?

I have nothing but praise for author Pauline Barclay, who knows how to write wonderful and moving emotional stories.  The story really draws you in for the start, and the excellent way each chapter is written makes this a real page turner. This is a book you just cannot put down, and you will not be able to resist reading on to see what will happen.

Storm Clouds Gathering is available in Kindle & Paperback from all Amazon sites.



Find out more about Nikki Bywater and her fabulous Blog at nikkis-books4u.blogspot.com

Sunday, 10 November 2013

The Best Laid Schemes of Mice and Men!

'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men..' may well have come from Robert Burns, Scots poem, The Mouse,  penned back in 1785 yet despite 285 years since this master piece saw the light of day, these words have been rattling around my head.

My best laid plan to launch my Christmas short story on 6th December has gone a little awry, nothing drastic, but there is a slight change to the date of availability. "Why?" You might ask.  The simple answer is that I want this publication to be free; a little festive gift to all readers from me. It's my way of saying thanks to you fabby people who have bought copies of my books. I also hope it will introduce new readers to my writing.

Smashwords allow you to set your publication to free. Perfect! But having never used Smashwords, I rapidly found out that you must format your book to their exacting standard before you can add you work to their site. To help with this, Smashwords provide a guide on how to achieve the desired result. I immediately downloaded a copy of the guide, but my initial excitement swiftly turned to dismay as I read through the pages of instructions. Not to be daunted, I sat back and carefully and slowly went through each step preparing my MSS. I had to redo several sections and it took me longer than was suggested. Next time it will be much faster as I understand what they need.

With my MSS formatted, I turned to the next stage which was to upload my short story. Smashwords also allows you to pre-book your publication date. I was onto a winner! Or was I?

My winning euphoria lasted no more than a few seconds as once I'd added the price of my short story, 0.00 a box appeared pointing out that you could not pre-book publication date with a free book! I had two choices, add a price and stick with 6th December or publish now free. Of course I could come back on 6th December and publish, but what if I did not do everything correctly and it took days to sort out? I weighed up all these little things and decided to play safe. I published my short story for free on Smashwords. But…..!

Yes, there is always a but! And that but is because I also want my short story on Amazon Kindle to be free too. At this point I realised I was asking a lot. Kindle do not allow you to publish your book for free! It can eventually be free, but that is another story.  Not to be put off, I wrote to Amazon and asked for their help with this Kindle book. They swiftly responded and were helpful suggesting I upload my book and set a price. I then had to inform them where it was available cheaper. I have done this. I await to hear from them as to whether readers will be able to download from Amazon free.

It's been a steep learning curve to offer a publication for free, but I am now prepared for the next time.

So what happens to my publication date? Well, there isn't one in the sense I had originally planned because my short story, Next Christmas Will Be Different, is available. I will be doing promotions and appearing on some fantastic Blogs over the coming weeks. So partying will be a long one instead!

If you are interested in downloading a free copy of Next Christmas Will Be Different, here is the blurb…


When the O’Reilly family gather for the festive season it is a time for catching up, eating too much and making promises, but can the promises be kept?

This short story includes a bonus of five chapters from each of my four published books.

And here is the link to Smashwords for your free download…. Enjoy! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/375183

As always, thanks for stopping by, have a fab week and see you soon.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

All Sparkling for Christmas!


How can we be in November so soon? Is it me or is time simply moving faster?

November brings two milestones for me, one I’ll be having a birthday with a zero in the number! Now that is scary because it was not ten years ago I celebrated a similar one! The other milestone, one I prefer to talk about and that is I am publishing one of my short stories for Christmas. I have written around fifteen short stories, but, Next Christmas Will Be Different is the first I have published.

The cover is designed by the wonderful Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphics and I love it. To be honest I can’t stop looking at it… *laugh* but what do you think?

Next Christmas Will Be Different will be available from 6th December in Kindle and to give you a taster of what this little story is about, here is the blurb…




When the O’Reilly family gather for the festive season it is a time for catching up, eating too much and making promises, but can the promises be kept?







That's it for the moment, have a fabby week and thanks a million for stopping by.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Consequences Collection by Melanie Robertson-King

Melanie Robertson-King is sitting round my pool for a few minutes to reveal her latest book, The Consequences Collection.

"If you could see the consequences - would you?"



Special thank you to Madliz Coles whose kind permission made it possible to use her evocative photograph as the cover image for my anthology.

Blurb: 
The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry.
The story of a Scottish Home Child is based on fact and told from the child's point of view; The Mystery Woman of Kinettles is a non-fiction article on the appearance and subsequent disappearance of a woman's body near the Wellington County House of Industry (Poor House) in 1879 Southwestern Ontario.
Some of these stories are lighter than others, and some might even beg you to leave the lights on.


Excerpt from the cover story Consequences:
Splat! The mail landed on the ceramic tile floor of the foyer. Usually, the noise was followed by the snap of the mail slot door closing. Today it wasn’t.
Something must have stuck in it. Sylvia put her coffee down on the counter and walked to the front door. A large white envelope remained suspended in the door. She pulled it the rest of the way through. The flap snapped shut and even though she was used to hearing the metallic sound, it startled her.
She’d expected a letter from her solicitor regarding her divorce from Bill but it wasn’t there. However, that one in particular had piqued her curiosity. Emblazoned on the top left corner was an official-looking crest. The addressee’s name and address were correct. It was her. Why would this person or agency be sending her a letter? She’d never heard of them before.
Sylvia turned the envelope over and worked her thumb under the flap. Those self-sticking envelopes are a bugger, she thought as she tried to rip it open. Finally, she gave up and tore down the side and yanked the contents out.
She skimmed over the letter but it didn’t make any sense so placed it on the small table by the door. It could be dealt with later. In the meantime, she looked at the rest of her mail. Nothing else untoward – just the electric bill, gas bill, and the usual assortment of junk – mail. She dropped them on top of the letter and returned to the kitchen.
The coffee she’d poured earlier had gone cold. She dumped it down the sink and turned the water on to rinse it away before getting a fresh one.
Drawn by some inexplicable force, Sylvia went back to the foyer and collected the letter and the mangled envelope. She returned to the kitchen, flipped on the radio and sat down at her small table. Why had she opened it in the first place? She should have just binned it. That’s what she usually did with unsolicited mail. But there was something strangely familiar about it. The addressee information was on a computer printed label so there was no clue there. The sororities from University had crests or emblems to differentiate one from another. She wracked her brain trying to remember what they looked like. It had been over thirty years since she’d attended. Sylvia never belonged to a sorority because she thought the girls who did were snooty and stuck-up.
She’d call her friend, Laurie and tell her about the letter. They’d been friends since childhood, attended the same elementary and secondary schools and even the same University. She could tell her anything, couldn’t she?


About Melanie



Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal at the orphanage where he was raised.

She lives in Brockville, Ontario, Canada a few short city blocks north of the St Lawrence River with her husband of thirty-eight years and is 'housekeeping staff' to a big, goofy, but loveable, dog (cross between lab, shepherd and black and tan hound).

A Shadow in the Past, published in 2012 by 4RV Publishing, was Melanie's debut novel.

Where to buy The Consequences Collection:
Paperback:
Epub:
Kindle:

Coming soon to amazon in paperback and to Barnes and Noble for the nook and the iBookstore.

Melanie's links:

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Long & Short of It....!


The above picture is of Lowestoft seafront. Lowestoft is the most easterly town in the UK. We were there last month visiting family and friends and since our return home our feet have not touched the ground. We installed a new kitchen, but before the nice part could happen, the floor had to be dug up and a new sewer pipe installed. Following this, the walls had to be chased out along with what was left of the floor for new electrics. Plumbing came next, then new floor tiles, new plastered walls and  and then it was time for the kitchen! Today, we are left with a few tidying jobs, but it all looks fabulous and amazing.

In between everything, I have written a short story for Christmas which will be published on Kindle in time for the festive season, titled, Next Christmas will be Different. My editor, Jo Field sent back her comments over the weekend and said this about my short story…  it is filled with atmosphere, and like all your stories has a thread of pathos running through it, which is thought-provoking as well as entertaining.” 

The cover is being designed by Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphics and as soon as I can, I will reveal this to you.

Publication date is set for 6th December and to help promote Next Christmas will be Different, I have been invited to a few fabby Blogs. I will list names and dates as soon as the cover is ready. Exciting and busy times.

This is all my news for now. For those of you in the UK, I hope that the storm that is whistling its way across the British Isles leaves you safe and damage free. Take care!


Thanks as always for taking time to visit and I look forward to seeing you again very soon.


Friday, 18 October 2013

Sitting Round my Pool is the Amazing Multi-Talented Madalyn Morgan


Today I am so pleased to have Madalyn Morgan sitting round my pool. I met Madalyn a few months ago on Social Media and from the first moment we exchanged comments I felt I had known this wonderful lady for years. Madalyn is a very talented lady in more ways than one, so without dropping names, please sit back, relax, enjoy a glass of bubbly and meet my lovely guest.
           
          Thank you for inviting me to relax by your pool, Pauline.

Q: You are a multi-talented lady and amongst your many bows you are a successful actress please tell us about some of the parts you have played

I’d like to think I was multi-talented, Pauline, but I’m probably more a Jack-of-all-trades.  Having said that, I have played some great female roles, most of them strong characters, and appeared in some wonderful productions.  The plays range from ensemble pieces written after a week of improvisation at the University Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where I worked with Alfred Molina, to three weeks of rehearsal and beautiful costumes in the world premiere of Noel Coward’s, Semi-Monde, at the Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow.  During my time there, I worked with Pierce Brosnan and Ciaran Hinds, to name but two extremely talented actors.     

Semi-Monde by Noel Coward at The Citizen’s Theatre

One of the happiest years of my career was spent at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  I played a variety of roles including, the prostitute in Godspell and Olivia in Twelfth Night.  I have toured and worked in Rep, played in comedies by Alan Ayckbourn and classics by Ibsen, Middleton and Shakespeare.  My television credits range from commercials to soaps including, Angels, The Bill, two children’s series for Chanel 5 and several plays for Independent television companies. 
  
I’ve been thrown in at the deep end a few times.  I was in, A Clockwork Orange, on the London Fringe, when I was asked to take over the female lead in George Orwell’s, Down And Out in Paris and London, at The Latchmere.  I had from curtain down on Saturday night, until the dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon, to learn the lines.  I opened word perfect and grew into the character during the week.  Being a method actor it wasn't the way I liked to work, but it was a wonderful play and a great experience.  The News Review was the fastest turnaround.  We were given new, satirical, sketches every morning, written to reflect what was happening in the news.  We learned them during the day and performed them the same night.  I couldn’t do that now.

 I love Shakespeare and was over the moon when I was asked to play Iras in Antony and Cleopatra with Vanessa Redgrave and Tim Dalton in the lead roles.  With more than sixty characters in the play, and a company of only twenty-six actors, everyone had to understudy at least one character.  I was given the job of understudying Cleopatra – a massive part and a huge responsibility.  “Don’t worry,” the actor covering Antony said, “Vanessa’s never off.”  We did a six week run at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, where, in my free time, I learned Cleopatra’s lines.  I wasn’t going to wear egg on my face, if the worst happened.


Madalyn Morgan, Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Dalton in Antony and Cleopatra

  
Antony and Cleopatra transferred to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.  And three weeks later Vanessa was off and I was on.  I had two hours warning.  The Equity Rep said I didn’t have to go on, because I hadn’t rehearsed as Cleopatra with Tim Dalton and the company.  But I was young and ambitious, and saw it as an opportunity.  The dressing room before the show was like Piccadilly Circus.  My fellow cast members called in to wish me good luck, and give me cards and flowers.  That night I played one of Shakespeare’s biggest female roles, in a famous London theatre, to an audience of thousands, and I was given a standing ovation. 
   
  
 The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

As in many professions, luck plays a big part in an actor’s career.  The night before I played Cleopatra, Cubby Broccoli was in – and Tim Dalton became the next James Bond.  The night after, Barbara Streisand and her entourage were there, and the night after that, Morgan Freeman and the director of the film he was making.  However, the night I played Cleopatra, there was only a friend from my amateur dramatic days in the audience.  Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely to see him, but I couldn’t help thinking how different my career might have been, if a film director had been in the audience on the night I played Cleopatra.  


   
Q: Earlier this month you performed at the Leicester & Rustland AGM of the Women’s Institute, I believed you brought the house down with your rendition of Joyce Grenfell. Would you give us a little snap shot about the evening?  (also add the link back to your Blog so that readers can read the full evening)

          It was a super night.  I chose Joyce Grenfell, because I thought the ladies would know her work, and they did.  I hadn’t done stand-up for years and I was very nervous, but the audience were great; they laughed in all the  right places.    
  

          I chose three sketches from Joyce Grenfell’s book, ‘George Don’t Do  That.’ I wore a black trouser suit, so I could change my appearance by adding bits of costume before and after each sketch.  Pearls and a black  sequin stole for Mrs Fanshaw in "Stately As A Galleon."  A spotted           headscarf, tied in a knot at the top, and a 1950s bibbed-pinafore (thanks  to ebay) for the cockney mum in, "Rainbow Corner.”  And for the final  sketch, a brown cardigan and brown-beige woollen scarf to play the  nursery school teacher in, "Story Telling."     
         
                              http://madalynmorgan.blogspot.co.uk/

                   
Q: As well as having many years successfully tripping the boards, you are a DJ on a London Radio station, what is this about?

The radio station, Raiders Broadcast, is in South London, where I lived for thirty-five years.  Ten years ago, it was a life-saver.  When my partner told me he no longer wanted me and moved into the spare room, my self-esteem and my confidence were at rock bottom.  I’d given up my acting career to get a mortgage, I was working in a job I hated, and the man I loved was seeing someone else, while still living in our home.  My life was a nightmare.  Apart from the personal heartbreak, I was desperate to do something creative.  I had done a writing Course with the Writers Bureau, so I began to write Foxden Acres.  Because it’s set in the Second World War I needed to do some research.  I visited my local bookshop, and while I was there I met the producer of Balham’s radio station.  He asked me if he could interview me about being a local actress.  And, while we were on air, he asked me to come back and talk about writing.  That night another presenter asked if I’d write a ten-minute profile on rock bands and present it on his show.  I did that for a year, and then one night the producer was a DJ short and asked me to present a show.  That was in 2003.  For seven years I presented The Madalyn Morgan Show, playing rock and pop every Wednesday at 7 o’clock.  Now I live in the Midlands I only go down once a month.  I still get a tremendous buzz out of it.
  



  
Q: And, if not being a successful actor and DJ is not enough, you are a writer too.  Foxden Acres is your first novel, by the way, I loved this book, but I am not going to give anything away, so please tell us all about it?




Thank you, Pauline.  I’m pleased you enjoyed it. 
  
Foxden Acres begins on the eve of 1939 when twenty-year-old Bess Dudley, who is training to be a teacher in London, bumps into the heir of the Foxden Estate, where her father works for as a groom. 
     Bess and James played together as equals when they were children, but now James is engaged to the more socially acceptable Annabel Hadleigh.
     Bess takes up a teaching post in London, but when war breaks out the children are evacuated.  James joins the RAF, but before he goes off to train as a bomber pilot, he visits Bess and asks her to go back to Foxden and organise a troop of Land Girls, because the estate has to be turned into arable land. 
     Traditional barriers come crashing down when Flying Officer James Foxden falls in love with Bess.  By this time, Bess has come to know and respect Annabel Hadleigh.  Can she be with James if it means breaking her friend’s heart?
     Besides, Bess has a shameful secret that she has vowed to keep from James at any cost…



Now for some quick fire questions, what is your favourite

    1. Colour - Red
    2. Food   - Salmon
    3. Drink – Red Wine
    4. Style of music – R & B, guitar based Rock
    5. Flower or shrub - Poppy

Phew! I am breathless with all you do and thank you so much for sitting round my pool, I think we have drank all those bottles I chilled!

You can find out more about Madalyn by visiting her links and watching her fabulous trailers







Actress Trailer  Madalyn Morgan Actress



Foxden Acres Trailer  Foxden Acres