Thursday 23 May 2024

Midlife Adventures with Suzy Turner

 Embracing Midlife Adventures: My YouTube Journey

 


A wonderful, warm welcome to the amazing, Suzy Turner. Suzy has a truly exciting You Tube Channel, so please sit back, with a glass of bubbly and enjoy meeting my fab guest.

 

Hello, lovely readers! I'm thrilled to be here on Paulines blog today, and Im excited to share the evolution of my YouTube channel, a space where I dive into the whimsical, curious, and daring aspects of life. While I created my channel years ago, it was only late last year that I decided to get serious about it, transforming it into a platform for exploring new adventures and stepping out of my comfort zone.

 


Diving Into New Adventures

A few months ago, I decided that one of the themes of my channel should be challenging myself to try new things. Whether it's conquering fears like surfing and motorbike riding or picking up new skills like filmmaking, pottery and acro yoga, I'm committed to embracing the thrill of midlife. Each video is an invitation to join me on these adventures, sharing the highs, the lows, and everything in between. While I havent yet dived headfirst into any of the morescarythings, theyre on my list to start this summer! I have, however, attempted drumming and had a lesson recently and I’m learning more about filmmaking every chance I get!

 

A Love for Shopping and Vegan Cooking

Who doesn't love a good shopping spree? On my channel, we dive into the world of shopping together, exploring everything from fashion finds to fun and useful gadgets I'm obsessed with. And because I love whipping up delicious vegan recipes, you'll also find some cooking content. Whether you're looking for new vegan recipe ideas or just enjoy watching a good cooking video, therell something for everyone.

 


Storytelling and Creativity

With 13 books under my belt, storytelling is a huge part of who I am. My channel allows me to share my love for storytelling in new ways, transporting you to magical worlds through my words and creativity. From discussing my writing process to sharing behind-the-scenes looks at my latest projects, I'm excited to bring my stories to life on YouTube. Additionally, I love learning new things, and I'm currently diving into Da Vinci Resolve, which is an exciting tool to enhance my videos. As a keen amateur photographer, I also enjoy capturing beautiful moments and incorporating them into my content.

 

Life in Portugal

While my roots are British, my heart lies in Portugal. Living here has been a magical experience, and I love sharing snippets of my life in this beautiful country. My videos feature my everyday experiences and adventures, offering a genuine look at what life is like here. Of course, life wouldn't be complete without my three quirky cats, my loyal dog, and the love of my life, my husband Michael.

 


Recent Adventures on My Channel

To give you a taste of what you can expect, here are some of my recent videos:

                     Graveyards: History, quirky and why I love them! https://youtu.be/4mGOg3UlL5Q

 

                     Morticia Addams Skit: A fun and quirky skit where I transform into Morticia Addams. https://youtu.be/4vk_1SZnVpk

 

                     Infertility Journey: Sharing my personal journey and experiences with infertility. https://youtu.be/QiAO6EGm65U

                     What Having a YouTube Channel Means to Me: Reflecting on the impact and significance of my YouTube journey. https://youtu.be/UMJJVTr9x8k

                     Dyeing My Hair Pink: An adventurous attempt at dyeing my hair pink, with all the fun and mishaps included. https://youtu.be/iKiu7jAP00A


Join the Journey

Creating content for my YouTube channel has been a thrilling and rewarding experience. It's a place where I can be myself, share my passions, and connect with an amazing community of viewers. Whether you're interested in new adventures, love a good shopping spree, or want to explore the magic of storytelling, there's something for everyone on my channel.

So, if you're ready to dive into the whimsical, curious, and daring world with me, head over to my YouTube channel and hit that subscribe button. Let's embrace the magic of midlife together and make every moment an adventure!  Thank you so much for having me on your fabulous blog, Pauline!

 

Find me online:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@SuzyTurner

Blog: https://www.suzyturner.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suzyturner

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@suzyturnercreates

 

A huge thank you, Suzy for taking time out to visit PBHQ, what a terrific journey you are on, please come back in a few months and update us with all your amazing activities.

Thank you all for visiting and I hope you enjoy watching these wonderful and sometimes emotional videos from Suzy.

Until next time, I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

Hugs

Pauline









Saturday 18 May 2024

THE JAN CHRISTOPHER MYSTERIES by Helen Hollick

 


 Helen Hollick, talks about her latest cosy mystery. Please sit back, enjoy a glass of bubbly as murder is afoot!

 

A Memory of Murder – a new  cosy murder mystery to solve –  along with library assistant Jan Christopher, her fiancĂ©, Detective Sergeant Laurie Walker and her uncle, Detective Chief Inspector Toby Christopher.

Set in the 1970s this easy-read cosy mystery series is based around the years when Helen was a north-east London library assistant, using many of her remembered anecdotes, some hilarious – like the boy who wanted a book on Copper Knickers. (You’ll have to read the first book, A Mirror Murder to find our more!)

The mysteries alternate between Jan’s home town, and where Laurie’s parents live – North Devon, (where Helen now lives.)

In this fifth episode, there’s a missing girl, annoying decorators, circus performers, and a wanna-be rock star to deal with. But who remembers the brutal, cold case murder of a policeman?

Easter 1973.

The North London library where Jan Christopher works is in upheaval because the decorators are in to spruce the place up, but there is more for her policeman uncle, DCI Toby Christopher and her fiancé, DS Laurie Walker, to worry about than a few inconvenient pots of paint.

An eleven-year-old girl has not returned home after school, and strange ‘gifts’ are being surreptitiously left for the detective chief inspector’s family to find. Could these items have anything to do with the unsolved murder, fifteen years ago, of Jan’s policeman father?


Buy Link:

Amazon universal: https://mybook.to/AMemoryOfMurder

(e-book available for pre-order: published on 18th May -  paperback release to follow)

Or order from any bookstore (cheaper on Amazon)

 


Reader’s comments:

"Can I say this is the best one (of the series) yet? YES! For the depth of the writing, the maturity of the main character, and the complexity of the premise. It's cosy...with a few chills for good measure!" Elizabeth St John, author

 "I sank into this gentle cosy mystery story with the same enthusiasm and relish as I approach a hot bubble bath, (in fact this would be a great book to relax in the bath with!), and really enjoyed getting to know the central character..." Debbie Young bestselling cosy mystery author

"Jan is a charming heroine. You feel you get to know her and her love of books and her interest in the people in the library where she works. She's also funny, and her Aunt Madge bursts with character - the sort of aunt I would love to have had. I remember the 70s very well and Ms Hollick certainly gives a good flavour of the period." Denise Barnes (bestselling romance author Molly Green)

“A delightful read about an unexpected murder in North East London. Told from the viewpoint of a young library assistant, the author draws on her own experience to weave an intriguing tale” Richard Ashen (South Chingford Community Library)

"Every sentence pulls you back into the early 1970s... The Darling Buds of May, but Devon not Kent. The countryside itself is a character and Hollick imbues it with plenty of emotion" Alison Morton, author

“An enjoyable novella with a twist in who done it. I spent the entire read trying to decide what was a clue and what wasn’t ... Kept me thinking the entire time. I call that a success.” Reader's Review

 

ABOUT HELEN

 

First accepted for traditional publication in 1993, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/supernatural series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She has also branched out into the quick read novella, 'Cosy Mystery' genre with her Jan Christopher Mysteries, set in the 1970s.

 

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She is currently writing about the ghosts of North Devon for Amberley Press, and another, Jamaica Gold for her Sea Witch Voyages.

She lives with her family in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon with their dogs and cats, while on the farm there are showjumper horses, fat Exmoor ponies, an elderly Welsh pony, geese, ducks and  hens. And several resident ghosts.

 Website: https://helenhollick.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helen.hollick

Blog: promoting good authors & good reads

https://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com/



Monday 6 May 2024

Newsletter - May

Created using AI prompts and Photoshop

 Hello and a warm welcome to my May newsletter.

A huge thank you to all of you who have agreed to receive notification when published. Also  special thank you for popping along and catching up with what's going on in my world.

It is May and the leaves are back on the trees and that fireball in the sky has made an appearance. Let's hope it continues to do so!

This last month, with my friend, Karen, we did two craft fairs.

 I was interviewed by Norfolk Life and BBC Radio Three Counties.

Details and links below.

It's been busy but great fun too.

I hope you enjoy the news and pictures.




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Craft Fairs





At the two craft fairs we had a huge tombola with gorgeous goodies, scrummy cakes made by Karen and signed copies of Tormentors. All proceeds went to Red Balloon, Drayton Road, Norwich, UK

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In April I was invited to appear in FOLK Features.

Story of the day was about my Tormentors - "Pauline’s short story with a long-term aim, is featured in e-magazine, FOLK Features."

Folk Features - is positive news website for Norfolk and Suffolk. Every day, from Monday to Friday, you will find a POSITIVE STORY about the good folk of Norfolk and Suffolk. To read Pauline’s story, click the link.  https://folkfeatures.co.uk/a-short-story-with-a-long-term-aim/


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Also in April I was invited, along with Mark Anderson from Red Balloon, Norwich, to talk about Tormentors and what had inspired me to write it. Click on the link to to listen to our interview with Babs Michel

Our Interview on BBC Radio 


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I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you who have bought a copy of Tormentors, your support has already made a difference. Red Balloon, Norwich has received 40 copies of the book.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tormentors is just 12,000 words, but what happens in those words, will open

 your eyes and break your heart to how crushing bullying is.



Or use the QR code


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At this point in my newsletter, I love to share a few of the photos I have taken recently.
















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And like I mentioned last month, Tormentors has taken up a huge amount of my time these last few months. Amongst other things, I have created a number of promotional posters and messages which I have put together in a short video.




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With regard to my newsletter, if you do agree to allow me to send a link to your email address to let you know it is out, I want to reassure you that you can unsubscribe at any time, just email me and say remove me. Also I will NEVER use your email other than if I need to email you. I will never share with anyone else.

As to the content, it is designed to be fun with me sharing: my photos, snippets of information, offers or free books from award winning authors, a design or two I have created using my Photoshop and anything else that I think might interest you. It is not about my opinion on any matter. I want my newsletter to make you smile and leave you with a warm feeling.


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Celebrating Success – My Podcasts

If you have missed any of the many podcasts, you can catch up at https://paulinebarclay.podbean.com

You can also listen to ALL my podcast on SPOTIFY!

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Gulp!!!

Book 3 in my cosy mystery series is happening!  I promise!

Sadly, a couple of chapters from the end I have found one or two anomalies

 which has made me sit back and spend time re-writing these chapters. 

To say I am feeling despondent is an under statement!


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Storm Clouds Gathering

Storm clouds are gathering, silently and slowly, too far away to worry about. Or so it seems. But ignoring what is brewing will have dire consequences for the people caught up in the maelstrom.

Shirley Burton is too busy cheating on her husband, having a laugh and looking for fun to alleviate the boredom of her childless marriage. Kathleen Mitchell is too wrapped up in running around after her beautiful family to worry about her health. Anne Simpson has two things on her mind: her forthcoming marriage to Paul Betham, who seems to want to control her, and her career, which she does not want to give up.

Can Shirley really expect to deceive her husband and get away with it? Can Kathleen hold it all together, and is Anne able to have the best of everything?

Storm Clouds Gathering is a story of human emotion, passion and heart-rending grief. Set against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, these three families will be tested to the limit as betrayal, loss and love threaten to change their lives forever.

Available in Kindle and paperback

Code below will take you to all my books including Storm Clouds Gathering


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This Month's book worth checking out!


The Countess Comes Home by Michael Reidy



In the closing months of the Vietnam, a US Navy lieutenant is seconded to a clandestine agency of the British Ministry of Defence. Ostensibly, his job is to deliver propaganda radio scripts, but he comes to believe there is more to his work when he meets his contact, a mysterious young lady known only as 'the countess."

Available in Kindle & Paperback



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That's it for this newsletter. It's another bumper one and I hope you enjoyed it.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read it.

 Please share with your friends and I hope you will take a look at Tormentors... thank you!

If you would like me to email you with the a link to the next newsletter, please email me  using the contact form in the right hand column.

Until next time, I hope the sun is shining on your face

and in your heart.

Take care. Look after yourself and each other.

Hugs

Pauline




Friday 3 May 2024

A Week in Posters

 A look at the posters and messages added to social media this week.




Tormentors is a short story of 12,000 words

It's fiction about how a young boy finds himself the victim

of bullying. 

What happens in those 12,000 words will open your eyes

to how crushing bullying is.

Tormentors is available in

Kindle 

Paperback

from all Amazon sites.

Royalties from Tormentors' sales will go to 

Red Balloon, Drayton Rd, Norwich

Red Balloon has already received 40 copies from royalties.


Sunday 14 April 2024

Talking about Tormentors on BBC Three Counties Radio

 


I have been chatting on BBC Three Counties Radio with Babs Michel about Tormentors along with Mark Anderson, Head of Red Balloon, Norwich. Please click on the link below to hear what is being said about the importance of Tormentors.  

BBC Three Counties Radio



Tuesday 9 April 2024

Author Spotlight: Derek Farmer

 

From mathematical numbers to creative words, Derek Farmer, shares his writing journey, from being a teacher to the author of a fast paced, high octane thriller that has the reader on the edge to the very last page, The Dark side of Innocence. Please sit back and meet my wonderful guest.


 What is it that inspires people to write books? If it’s to create a million copy best seller, then think again because the chance of that happening is virtually zero.

    I started writing as a young maths teacher in the late seventies. I approached Longman, an educational publisher with ideas for a set of text books with refreshing and inspirational content that would stimulate secondary kids and was awarded a contract to produce three books. It was then that panic set in. I had a young family with three children under the age of four, so I could see my spare time would be monopolised for a long time ahead.

     Then disaster struck when two out of our three children were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and life changed forever. In those days treatment was basic and very time consuming. My writing initially took a back seat, but I knew that I had to carry on and the work took me later and later into the night and weekends.

    A series of books “Getting on with Maths” was published in the eighties.

 Despite this mammoth undertaking, the greatest achievement for my wife Jan and I, is that our two sons have reached the age of forty and are still going strong.

     After everything, you’d think I’d had enough of writing. Not a bit of it. I’d been smitten by the bug and enrolled in a local night school for creative writing. My ambition was to write a novel and I had a great plot. Even with the greatest will in the world, things don’t always go to plan. With all the pressures of bringing up our family, something had to give and sadly it was my writing.

     Eventually, my wife and I retired to Spain, for a lifestyle in the sun and my love of writing was reignited when the grandkids were born. I’d written many stories for my own children and used the old ideas to create a story with my three grandchildren as characters. They travel back in time and meet their grandparents (that’s us) in a very humorous story. The award winning SOMEWHERE IN YORKSHIRE was published in 2021 and can be found on Amazon. https://amzn.eu/d/hafnXD9  It’s written for 7–12-year-olds and grandparents love it!

     Then came the challenge of writing the novel that I’d had in my mind for so long. It’s a political thriller set in the 1980’s London underworld with a romantic element and a high body count (of course). The plot is full of twists and turns which makes for a fast paced, high-octane story and the outcome leaves the reader on the edge to the very last page. THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE was published in 2023. The reviews so far are terrific and it can be purchased through Amazon  https://amzn.eu/d/3KfX7Hx


    My next project is a trilogy. It’s a saga following the fortunes of two families, beginning in mid-19th century Scotland and concluding in WW2. The first book, THE LAIRD’S WIFE (a Victorian serial killer) is at the editing stage!


 You can find out more about Derek from his website Https://derekfarmerauthor.com

 

As always, thank you for stopping by. I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart. Until next time, take care of yourself and each other.

 

Pauline