I am more than delighted to include in my West Yorkshire theme, Miss Moonshine’s
Emporium of Happy Endings.
What makes this book special is that it is set in Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge is a market town which forms part of Hebden Royd in West Yorkshire, England.
Not only is the location perfect for my Yorkshire them, but nine authors have written beautiful stories set in this mill town.
So, please help yourself to a glass of bubbly and then settle down to meet my lovely guest, Helen Fairfax who will tell you all about the authors and what to expect from, Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings.
A few years ago a group
of us northern romance authors began to meet up in Hebden Bridge. This town is
conveniently located for us all near the border between Yorkshire and
Lancashire, and a handy meeting place for both sides of the Pennines. It’s also
a lovely place for a day out. As well as being a picturesque old mill town,
surrounded by stunning hills and moors, Hebden Bridge also has a fab selection
of cafés and cakes – which suited us all!
One day we were
chatting over lunch (tea and cake may well have been involved again :) ) and we
realised that between us we’d written a wide variety of romance novels. The
eight other authors in the group are all writers whose books and short stories
I’ve read and loved. When I suggested us collaborating on an anthology
together, I was absolutely thrilled when they all threw themselves behind the
idea with enthusiasm.
And so our anthology, Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings,
As we talked over our
ideas for stories, we knew we needed a common theme to hold the collection together,
and we decided Hebden Bridge would make the perfect setting. It’s a beautiful
town, and the perfect location for a romance, as you can see from the photos.
We’ve fictionalised our town and called it Haven Bridge in our stories, but
Miss Moonshine’s Emporium and many of the other scenes in the anthology are all
As I mentioned, besides
myself there are eight other authors in the anthology, and we all live in
either Yorkshire or Lancashire. Here’s a little bit about all of us!
Hammond is a West Country girl by birth but has lived for
30 years in the Yorkshire Pennines, writing her award-winning romantic
historical adventures. She also writes as Sarah Mallory for Harlequin Mills
& Boon. Find out more about Melinda
lives on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, which means she doesn’t have to look
far for inspiration for her writing. Her short stories regularly appear in
popular women’s magazines, including Woman’s Weekly, The People’s
and Take a Break. Writing has always been her dream and she is thrilled
to now be able to do it full time.
Marie Laval is originally from Lyon, but now lives in the beautiful Rossendale Valley
in Lancashire, where she writes contemporary and historical romance with a
French twist. Her latest romantic comedy, bestseller Little Pink Taxi,
is published by Choc Lit.Find out more about Marie
Pollard had a
vivid imagination as a child. Fuelled by her love of reading, she started to
create her own stories in a notebook. She still prefers fictional worlds to
real life, believes characterisation is the key to a successful book, and
enjoys infusing her writing with humour and heart. Find out more about Helen
is an actor and director at a theatre in Yorkshire, UK. She loves
stories and reading and writes the Jacques Forêt crime novels set in
France. Her short stories vary between romance, memoir, mystery and
historical. Angela has had two one-act plays recorded for local
out more about Angela
Sophie Claire writes emotional stories set in England and in sunny
Provence, where she spent her summers as a child. Previously, she worked in
marketing and proofreading academic papers, but now she’s delighted to spend
her days dreaming up heartwarming contemporary romance stories set in beautiful
places. Find out more about
writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of
Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and hyperactive cat.
Kate’s debut novel, The Magic
of Ramblings, won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award
for new writers. Find
out more about Kate
is a novelist from Bingley, West Yorkshire. Since her debut in 2016, she has
published four romantic comedies with two publishers, HarperImpulse and Mirror
Books. Her latest, A Bicycle Made for Two – set in Yorkshire against the
backdrop of the 2014 Tour de France – was published in April 2018. Find
out more about Mary Jayne
And here’s a bit about
Helena Fairfax is a freelance
editor and author. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards,
including the Exeter Novel Prize and the Global Ebook Awards. Helena lives in
an old mill village on the edge of the Yorkshire moors with her husband and
their rescue dog, Lexi. Find out more
And here is a little
bit about our Miss Moonshine:
Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy
you need is right there waiting for you...
Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of
Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock,
Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a
fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose
phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links
love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting
Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again...
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling
and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of
uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of
historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in
I hope you’ve enjoyed
our introduction to Miss Moonshine and Hebden Bridge. Thank you for having us,
Thank you Helen, and everyone involved, for sharing your wonderful book and how it all came about. I hope it flies of the shelves. I am away to get my copy... Thank you also my wonderful visitors and friends for stopping by. Please call back again to see what else is going on here. Until then, have a fabulous day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.
Brought to you by Storm Clouds Gathering set in a Yorkshire Mill town in 1965
Yorkshire theme continues this week with author, Suzi Stembridge, talking about
her wonderful journey as a writer. and her best selling books. So, please help yourself to a glass of bubbly and then
settle down to meet my lovely guest…
was probably something I always wanted to do, little books made in my post-war
childhood still exist, very childish by today’s standard, but I remember
sitting on the top of the bus coming home from college with stories buzzing in
my head. One of my first jobs was working for an editor of a Motor Racing
magazine, working at the European Grand Prix. and he would encourage me to
write filler pieces and I was thrilled when I got other articles taken up by
other magazines. I began to write fiction seriously in my thirties, as the
children were growing up, with the help of a library of books, a dictionary, a
Thesaurus, absolutely no internet to help with historical facts in those days,
and I pride myself on the bibliography at the back of most of the books!
Perhaps the Open University course I was taking at this time inspired this!
my protagonist, Rosalind, in 1960 I landed in Athens as an air hostess and fell
in love with the heat, the air, the scent and then the country. It was here,
when we finally retired from running my tour operation businesses Greco-file
& Filoxenia, (helping people to visit unspoilt and unusual places in
Greece), we built a small house in Arcadia, 700m from the Aegean Sea on the
Peloponnese and then I began to write seriously.
several false starts CAST A HOROSCOPE, the story of another air hostess, (not
me, for goodness sake!) finally made it to Kindle in 2011, quickly followed by
BRIGHT DAFFODIL YELLOW,
THE SCORPION’S LAST TALE and finally
THE GLASS CLASS.
These four books created the COMING OF AGE QUARTET, they had been swirling
around in my head for a very long time. Then I broke my leg in 2003 and an
enforced a rest, from the business I founded and ran, encouraged me to make all
four independent stories into the beginning of a family saga. Eventually, with
THE GREEK LETTERS QUARTET, I took this one family back into the early
nineteenth century and called the series of eight novels JIGSAW, as, although
each book stood alone, they and their characters fitted together.
I have since
written an illustrated children’s book THE PUPPY WHO DIDN’T LIKE RAIN which
appeals to adults as well.
has four main protagonists. Samuel Carr who as a 20 years old in Greek Letters
Volume 1 “Before” makes an impulsive decision to travel to Greece just as the
Greek War of Independence is coming to an end, imagining that this heroic
journey will both make his fortune as a liquorice farmer and establish his
manhood in the eyes of his brothers. By Volume 2 “And After” he is already a father
and about to embark on his second marriage but it is his third marriage to the
daughter of his Greek friend that establishes the Anglo-Greek dynasty which
holds the Jigsaw together.
great-granddaughter Helene, mother of Rosalind the second main protagonist,
relates her own childhood in Volume 3 “The Eyes Have It” and as a beautiful
young woman she sets off to find her Greek cousin and together they experience
a huge adventure in the remote and high Pindus mountains.
“Much More Than Hurt” is as much Rosalind’s story as she ages along with her
‘Second Great Love’, the third protagonist along with their son, the fourth
protagonist. Intertwined stories of relatives and friends create excitement and
mystery and bring not only the Greek Letters Quartet to a close but also the
whole series Jigsaw. Yet this book stands very much on its own as each of the
characters battle to make their way.
Coming of Age series with “Cast a Horoscope”, or “Doors to Manual”, introduces
Rosalind as a twenty-years-old who finds herself as a rooky air hostess in
Athens, then exploring the Greek islands in 1960. Her adventures and traumas
around the Mediterranean leave a lasting legacy - her son Andrew.
Scorpion’s Last Tale” it is the teenage Andrew who steps in to rescue a family
innocently holidaying on Corfu which has fallen foul of the Colonels’ regime,
the Junta in 1972/74. This nasty story is of the age.
“Bright Daffodil Yellow” Rosalind’s heart-throb is on the run in Northern
Cyprus at the time of Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. What or from whom is
he running? Can he remain incognito? With tragedy at Portmeirion in Snowdonia,
walking on the bleak fells in the Lake District this book, as so often in
series Jigsaw, pits sudden horror against intense beauty. Nothing is more
unexpected than the Moorgate tube disaster or the pain of reconstructive
Glass Class” again set in the late 1970s wraps up the twentieth-century
characters as they realise that they can’t set alight West Yorkshire, Snowdonia
or even the Greek island of Spetses; and middle age brings certain
responsibilities but with so many unexplained deaths are they facing something
or someone more sinister?
surprisingly the books are all partly set in Greece, particularly mainland
Greece and the Peloponnese. (Before 1974 the whole island of Cyprus was
considered Greek). There is a strong Welsh and Yorkshire theme, where I still
live with my family, in some of the books with north-west England and Southern
Europe generally featured in the Greek Letters Quartet. Still concentrating on
my genre of historical fiction there is often a thrilling or criminal twist in
the books with blackmail often driving the plot.
frightening that many of the books set in the mid-twentieth century, and
written from diaries have now become historical or social fiction in their own
eight books when taken together I believe trace an age, which neatly fits from
the time of Jane Austen to the era of the first computers and mobile phones
with the first part of that era being a time my ancestors would have recall to,
through their elders, and the latter part when young people have no conception
how to manage without Facebook.
Thank you Suzi for sharing your wonderful books and writing journey with us. Thank you also lovely visitors and friends for stopping by. Please call back again to meet another amazing author. Until then, have a fabulous day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.
West Yorkshire theme continues this week with best selling author, Andrew
Barrett, whose books will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. However,
for now, try sit back and meet Andrew.
A little about your books.
two years ago I began work here in West Yorkshire as a CSI, and not long after
I picked up my badge, I picked up a pen and began writing A Long Time Dead, the first in a trilogy of crime thrillers
featuring a CSI (SOCO as we were known back then) called Roger Conniston.
Another two books, Stealing Elgar and
No More Tears followed.
very proud to say that Roger’s books are still selling very well today, A Long Time Dead having floated past the
150,000 downloads mark a year or so ago. Recently, someone said that one of the
sub-plots to the trilogy wasn’t entirely wrapped up. So I’ve been thinking
about writing a fourth book – stay tuned for more news on that one.
2004 I decided to write crime fiction featuring someone who was on a different
level entirely to Roger’s. He was much more acerbic, much more violent even. In
walked CSI Eddie Collins and his first book, The Third Rule came to life. Several more Eddie Collins books
followed, Black by Rose, Sword of Damocles, and Ledston Luck, and two short stories, The Lift and The Note.
books became so popular that publisher Bloodhound Books grabbed the entire
series. Once they’ve gone through another edit, they will be re-released in the
summer. And I hope that Eddie’s latest book, provisionally entitled The Death of Jessica Ripley will be out
in the autumn. I’ve also written a standalone thriller entitled The End of Lies, and enjoyed the process
so much that there’s another simmering in the background, soon to be written.
What inspired you to set your stories
lived in Yorkshire all of my life (except for a brief spell while working in
Kuwait), and love the place. I love its diversity, and I love its raw beauty,
its extremes, and the calming effect it has on me. It has everything one could
possibly want; from bustling cities like Leeds to remote hillsides in the Dales,
dense woodland, quaint villages, and stunning coastal regions. Yorkshire has it
my books are crime thrillers, I’ve set them all in and around Leeds, but do
like to include in them small villages around south Leeds. Ledston Luck was my latest Eddie Collins book, and I chose it as a
title and location because, less than three miles from Leeds, it’s a silent
countryside village with a wonderful and proud history.
A few words about yourself and about
living in Yorkshire.
fiancé and I went to Milan last year. We stayed for a long weekend and although
it was delightful (some wonderful architecture), we were relieved when we could
see the Yorkshire skyline again. I adore living in the UK’s largest county. I
adore our family days out at one of its many splendid stately homes such as
Temple Newsam or Lotherton Hall. This year we’re going to invade Harewood for a
change. If it’s awe inspiring history we’re looking for, we head down to
when the coast beckons we head straight for Whitby or Filey for the scenery and
the friendliness of the locals. And if we’re looking for somewhere remote, we
have a special affinity with the Dales, Swaledale being one of our favourites.
spend a lot of time working in the centre of Leeds, and I know it very well. It
has matured over the last ten years quite significantly, and it’s still growing
today – probably quicker than ever before. There is a natural rhythm to Leeds,
a buoyancy in the city that’s carried proudly by its communities. It’s a
delight to live and work among them.
Thank you Andrew and thank you, dear friend, for stopping by. Please call back again to meet another amazing author. Until then, have a fabulous day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.