Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sitting Round My Pool the lovely Rosemary Gemmell

Today, I am so pleased to have the wonderfully talented author and lovely lady, Rosemary Gemmell sitting round my pool. We have hot sunshine, far too many bottles of bubbly and of course, a few nibbles to wolf down whilst we talk about Rosemary’s fabulous new book, The Jigsaw Puzzle. I’ll hush for now as I sip my champagne and let Rosemary tell us all about this amazing book.

Many thanks for inviting me to lounge around the pool in the lovely warmth, Pauline, to talk about my new book for the 9 to 12 age group, The Jigsaw Puzzle, which was published last week.

This is a slightly creepier story, with a little bit of fantasy and a rhyming puzzle to solve. But it’s also rooted in reality as Daniel, my main character, has asthma which is made worse by his mother and father constantly arguing. When they dump him on his aunt and cousin in the Scottish countryside between Christmas and New Year and head off for America without him for a week or two, Daniel has an adventure of his own!

I’ve always enjoyed jigsaws and other puzzles, and I wanted to write something with a little bit of magic and suspense that would take children out of their everyday lives for a while. As a child, and adult, I love to enter the world of a story that offers a little bit of escapism – the same with films. Yet, by giving Daniel a real-life problem too, some children might be able to relate to his situation. Hopefully, whoever reads it will find their inner child!


Twelve-year-old asthmatic Daniel stays with his bossy cousin, Amy, her mum, and two cats in the Scottish countryside during the Christmas holidays while his parents take a trip to sort out their problems. When Amy and Daniel make up an old jigsaw puzzle, the cottage and garden gradually change to resemble the Victorian cottage pictured on the box lid. In between searching for the missing Title Deeds of the cottage to save it from land developers, they complete the jigsaw and find a strange rhyming puzzle hidden within the box. What does it mean? Daniel and Amy soon find out when they become trapped in the past.

Will they solve the cryptic written puzzle and find their way back to the present before it’s too late to save themselves, the destruction of the woods, and their cottage?

A little about me!

A freelance writer for many years, Rosemary Gemmell’s short stories and articles are published in UK magazines, in the US, and Online and she has won a few short story prizes over the years. Her first historical novel, Dangerous Deceit, was published by Champagne Books in Canada in May 2011 (as Romy), and Victorian novella, Mischief at Mulberry Manor, was published on kindle in December 2012.

First tween novel, Summer of the Eagles, was published by MuseItUp Publishing in Canada in March 2012 (as Ros) and The Jigsaw Puzzle is now released in April 2013. She describes herself as a butterfly writer, as she writes in so many different genres and different styles. Rosemary is a member of the Society of Authors, the Scottish Association of Writers and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Here are all my links…

Available from MuseItUp:

Amazon UK:

Amazon US:


Blogs: (children’s)
and (main):

Rosemary it sounds a great read and I hope you sell zillions and some! Help yourself to more bubbly, I’ve stocked up!


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks so much for letting me lounge around your lovely pool. Pauline!

Deborah Carr said...

I've always loved being able to escape into books and this one sounds wonderful. Congratulations Rosemary and here's to many sales.

Cheers ladies! x

ange said...

Hello Pauline and Rosemary

Two lovely authors sitting by the pool - I'm so envious but pleased as Punch that you're both doing so well with your writing. I hope you both remembered to rub on sun cream!


Ange xx

Janice Horton said...

Hi Pauline and hi Rosemary! The Jigsaw Puzzle sounds like a fabulous adventure story and I'm sure it will be a great success. Congrats too to Pauline on your recent new release.

Love Janice xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks, Debs!

Thanks so much, Ange - I'm well covered in suntan cream! (By the way, MM is on its way to you)

Thanks a lot, Janice - and yes, Pauline is doing so well!

Pauline Barclay said...

Rosemary, it is wonderful having you round my pool and I love the trailer to The Jigsaw Puzzle. x

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Debs and as always thanks for stopping by and you must come and sit round my pool soon! x

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Ange, you are so kind and yes, we are slathered in sun cream :) xx

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Janice, lovely to see you here and thanks for stopping by to say hello to Rosemary. Also thank you for your congrats on my new book. Take care. xx

Suzy Turner said...

Oooh I'm intrigued! I love the trailer... the music is especially mysterious! FABULOUS!

Joan Fleming said...

Hi Pauline and Rosemary - what a lovely location to visit to read more about The Jigsaw Puzzle! I'm really looking forward to reading it. Loved the trailer.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank so much for your comment, Suzy!

Many thanks for visiting, Joan!

Pauline Barclay said...

Thanks Suzy for stopping by and you are so right, the trailer is fab!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Joan, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with Rosemary and me!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks again, Pauline - I really enjoyed my visit with you!