Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Letting her Guard Down...


Friday morning, and as usual, Doreen was running late for work, but before she could contemplate a day mucking out for her three clients, she needed her tobacco fix. Racing out of the front door, she noticed a balloon bobbing, on a ribbon, tied to her neighbour's door handle. “Happy Birthday” the message read in sparkling colours. Doreen chuckled. Her old neighbour was a birthday boy.
Pulling her jacket zip up, she hurried down the corridor towards the staircase that would take her out of Wentworth House and to Mr Greedy’s, the corner shop. Lengthening her stride, Doreen decided she would get the old boy a card.

Rooting through the poor selection in the shop, Doreen sighed, ‘Blimey there aint nothing suitable for an old geezer.’ Excepting she was out of luck, she dropped the motley collection back on to the box top she had lifted them from. Shrugging, she gazed down on the floor and saw a card lying there. Picking it up, she giggled. ‘Perfect,’ she cried. The words could not have been more appropriate if she’d written them herself. On a dull day, Doreen’s face lit up, maybe life wasn’t all that bad, she thought and headed to the counter to add her purchase to her slate.
Upbeat with her find, and standing at the counter, she let her guard down and before she realised her error, Mr Greedy talked her into doing something she vowed she never would…
It would be a few weeks before Doreen realised that buying a birthday card for her neighbour would change her life.


The Birthday Card
A feel good read, filled with laughter.




Friday, 26 July 2019

Rhino on the Roof!


Today, I’m not sharing words about my books, but this picture of a rhino on a restaurant roof!! What more can I say?



Maybe also pop over to Doreen's Blog. Today, she's talking about seeing the Queen!

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Sniff... Tears!


I've just received an email from a reader... it made me cry!

"I’m in bits here. I’ve just finished Satchfield Hall. So glad my make up was delayed this morning. Sitting here with tears streaming down my face. The last time I remember that happening with a book was Gone With The Wind and I was about 14. Have left a review on Amazon - I don’t do that often either.



Monday, 22 July 2019

Hard to Put Down!!!


This weekend, I saw this on Facebook regarding, The Birthday Card, needless to say, I’m smiling. No doubt Doreen is giggling!!

“...just reading, didn't think it would be, but it is hard to put down!!!!”


Available in Kindle from all Amazon sites

The Birthday Card

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Award Winning Satchfield Hall



Satchfield Hall

Award winning read, Satchfield Hall is a



Celia Bryant-Smythe could never have imagined the high price she would have to pay for her one mistake.

As her father, Henry Bryant-Smythe learns of her indiscretion, he not only deals with it, but stamps on it with a resounding thud that will ricochet through the years. He cares nothing for the consequences of his actions that will bring heartbreak, pain and loss.


Set between 1943 and 1986, Satchfield Hall is a sweeping saga of deep love, evil lies and ruthless power.


What readers have said…

“Barclay overdoses us, wrings us out with oceans of wide-ranging emotions in this book. She does it skilfully, subtly, poignantly. The story is utterly compelling.”


This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
"Satchfield Hall is a combination of a family saga and a ‘great house, upstairs-downstairs’ story, which may appeal particularly to older women readers who remember their own parents’ ‘old-fashioned’ attitudes. A novel to read by a warm fire during a chilly weekend."


“I thoroughly agree with our #DDRevs reviewer: Ms Barclay writes engrossing and highly enjoyable novels ideal to curl up with on a cold day, or relax in the garden in the warm sun.”
Helen Hollick
founder #DDRevs


“Pauline Barclay takes the reader through the gamut of emotions. The characters are believable, the story grips you from the beginning, and the end it concludes in several very satisfying ways.”


“A wonderful family saga of love and betrayal… I absolutely adored this book and can't recommend it highly enough! It even made me cry with sadness and happiness!”




Available in Kindle and paperback
From ALL Amazon sites



Friday, 19 July 2019

Mr Greedy


I think we all have a Mr Greedy in our neighbourhood, certainly there is one where Doreen Wilkinson lives. Have you got one?

Doreen is talking about him, maybe he matches your Mr Greedy!



Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Sharing a Few Secrets...

My giggling, delightful, Doreen is sharing a few secrets over at ...

I hope you will find a moment to pop along a say hello!


Monday, 15 July 2019

Promoting Yorkshire Authors - Malcolm Hollingdrake




On my special post, Promoting Yorkshire Authors, I am delighted to welcome, Malcolm Hollingdrake.

Malcolm is here to talk about his crime series, the Harrogate Crimes, so please help yourself to a glass of bubbly and settle down on a recliner to find out what happens on the streets of Harrogate.




My name is Malcolm Hollingdrake and I write the Harrogate Crime Series featuring DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen. Thank you very much for inviting me to chat with you here. It’s so rewarding to be asked to say a little about the books I write. “I write” – when I say those words, I still have to pinch myself – I look at the books, The Harrogate Crime Series, lining the shelf and feel very proud.

I have two copies of each book, both sets have the same titles but there are two different covers and to some extent two different collections of words within. Why is that so?

A couple of years ago I was lucky to sign a one book contract with Bloodhound Books and that quickly turned into a three book and then a seven book deal. If someone had said that would be the case in 2016, I would have laughed. By 2019, all seven books had been accepted and I was commissioned to write a new crime series featuring a female detective and I was offered an advance for each book. However, circumstances prevented that happening and after careful consideration I was determined to take back control of my work and publish independently. For this to be a success I would need time, acquire new skills and a degree of ‘going over the top’ courage.

The advantage of this process was that I could now re-edit the books again and refresh them. I could add elements that I realised were missing from the first editions and I could work to design the book covers. It did, however, take longer than I had anticipated but I got there and now all seven books are available in both eBook and paperback format. The first five are also available as audiobooks narrated by the wonderful Nicholas Camm.

As the series title suggests, the books are set in Harrogate, Yorkshire, but I thrive on linking the crimes to some of the beautiful places within the Yorkshire Dales. I have never had to design a set for my work … nature has done that for me!



Book Eight, ‘Treble Clef’ was released this year and looking at the growing number of positive reviews it has been well received. May I take this opportunity to thank the readers of the series for making it a continued success.



Many years ago, I wrote my first novel entitled ‘Engulfed’. It was a novel I felt compelled to write and one I am extremely proud to add to my library. Late last year, after scripting eight books, I felt as though my writing skills had become more enhanced. I wanted to breathe new life into this specific work and so ‘Bridging the Gulf’ was re-written, edited and re-covered in the style of the Harrogate Series. It will be published on 7th August.

I have now started work on book nine of the Harrogate Series with a working title of ‘Threadbare’. I’m excited to be back writing and researching a new novel and I have a publication date of February in mind.




 Although the books are written as a series, I do work very hard to ensure that each could be read as a stand-alone. More information about my work can be found at:

www.malcolmhollingdrakeauthor.co.uk  

viewbook.at/OnlyTheDead
viewbook.at/HellsGate
viewbook.at/FleshEvidence
viewbook.at/GamePoint
viewbook.at/DyingArt
viewbook.at/CrossedOut
viewbook.at/TheThirdBreath
viewbook.at/TrebleClef
viewbook.at/BridgingTheGulf

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Five Stars for The Birthday Card





Within just one day of publishing, The Birthday Card, has received its first five star review on Amazon.

So excited!

Here is the link to Amazon where you can read the full review.





You can read what Doreen has to say about the 5 ‘glittering’ stars on her Blog

Please click here

Friday, 12 July 2019

It's Publication Day



It's arrived, the day my latest baby steps out into the world!

I've loved writing this book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your amazing support, not just for The Birthday Card, but for everything over the years.


The blurb!

Doreen Wilkinson, a woman in her mid-thirties and single mother to a seventeen-year-old daughter, going on thirty, can never imagine life will be anything other than the daily slog of trying to keep body and soul together.

Running late for work, she hurries out of her flat and sees a balloon bobbing on a thin ribbon tied to her neighbour’s door handle. Realising it must be the old boy’s birthday she decides to get him a birthday card at the same time as she picks up a packet of cigarettes from the corner shop.

Whilst the cigarettes will go up in smoke, the purchase of the birthday card will change her life forever.

The Birthday Card is a feel good, light-hearted read that will have you laughing out loud.


“Very touching look into the life of Doreen Wilkinson, and how she handled the surprise of her life. Fun and funny, Doreen is an endearing character with a big heart that will have you cheering for her. An excellent prequel to Sometimes it Happens. Delightful!” Julie Dexter


“Ms Barclay has an ability to take a reader from sorrow to mirth in an instant.”
The Birthday Card is available from all Amazon sites






In her own words, Doreen Wilkinson talks about the publication on her own Blog!


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Just Three Days to Publication day...


“Ms Barclay has an ability to take a reader from sorrow to mirth in an instant.”


Just three days to publication day for, The Birthday Card... yes, I'm Counting!


The blurb!

Doreen Wilkinson, a woman in her mid-thirties and single mother to a seventeen-year-old daughter, going on thirty, can never imagine life will be anything other than the daily slog of trying to keep body and soul together.

Running late for work, she hurries out of her flat and sees a balloon bobbing on a thin ribbon tied to her neighbour’s door handle. Realising it must be the old boy’s birthday she decides to get him a birthday card at the same time as she picks up a packet of cigarettes from the corner shop.

Whilst the cigarettes will go up in smoke, the purchase of the birthday card will change her life forever.

The Birthday Card is a feel good, light-hearted read that will have you laughing out loud.


“Very touching look into the life of Doreen Wilkinson, and how she handled the surprise of her life. Fun and funny, Doreen is an endearing character with a big heart that will have you cheering for her. An excellent prequel to Sometimes it Happens. Delightful!” Julie Dexter



The Birthday Card is available to pre-order from all Amazon sites




Monday, 8 July 2019

Yesterday Uncovered with Susan Appleyard


Today, on Yesterday Uncovered, we slip back to 1800s



Sitting round my pool is Susan Appleyard the author of, historical novels, so please help yourself to a glass of chilled bubbly, a plate of tapas, then make yourself comfortable and enjoy slipping back to the 1800s.

Tell us a little about yourself

I write only historical novels. To date, I have had two traditionally published (before my career went in the toilet) and I have published eight Ebooks. I have just completed the first draft of number eleven. I live in Ontario for half the year and Mexico for the other half. Lucky me.

What inspired you to write about the 1800s?

Empress Elisabeth of Austria inspired me. I first came across her in a podcast and was immediately fascinated and decided to write a book about her. During that process, I came across her cousin Ludwig II of Bavaria. I can’t say why these two people attracted me anymore than I can explain why I like chocolate and not cheese. My present wip is set in the thirteenth century but I would like to visit the 18th again.

Tell us little about the story and its plot without giving too much away

It is a novella that tells of the last months of Ludwig’s life and how he was the victim of a conspiracy by his own government to depose him. Ironically, the pretext was that he was insane, but he was followed in the kingship by his brother Otto who had been declared insane several years earlier.



Is any part of the story based on facts / real events?

Within the parameters of historical fiction and perhaps my own bias, it is all true.



If research was necessary what did this involve?

Mostly my research concerned reading about Ludwig’s life and the times he lived in. I was fortunate to be able to visit the beautiful province of Bavaria and some of the castles he built or was associated with. That was undoubtedly one of the joys of writing about the 18th century as opposed to the medieval period where so much is in ruins.




Please add all your social media links below and make them hyperlinks if you can.

My blog: www.susanappleyardwriter.wordpress.com
My facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/susan.appleyard.9
My Twitter account: 
https://twitter.com/Mexisue1

Friday, 5 July 2019

Promoting Yorkshire Authors - Chris Turnbull




On my special post, Promoting Yorkshire Authors, I am delighted to welcome back, Chris Turnbull.



Chris is here to talk about his latest book, The Planting of the Penny Hedge, so please help yourself to a glass of bubbly and settled on a recliner to learn about a new detective in town!




Blurb
WHITBY 1891
When an unknown man is discovered dead on Whitby beach, it is assumed that he has drowned. However, when the police arrive at the scene it soon becomes clear that there is more to this case than a simple drowning victim.

The chief calls in newly appointed Detective Benjamin Matthews to look into the case. Matthews, originally from Whitby, has been living these past two years in York as a PC, and is less than happy with his transfer back to the harbour town.
With a relocation, a family conflict and now a new case to solve Matthews is well and truly thrown in at the deep end; and the more he delves into the young mans complex life, the darker things get. 



Inspiration
The detective in this book is in fact the detective that appeared in one of my earlier works (D: Whitby's Darkest Secret) and after the publication of Darkest Secrets in 2015 I began to draw my attention to the detective. I wanted to know more about this man (because in Darkest Secrets he is more of a secondary character) and I wanted to explore further into his life. I also loved setting one of my books in Whitby, as I adore the place, and was keen to go back there through my writing.

The Planting of the Penny Hedge story came to me in 2016 and with other projects already started I simply worked on it at small intervals at a time. Finally at the end of 2017 I began working fully on the story, and over the course of a year plotted out and wrote the first draft.

Keep up to date with what I am up to here:
Twitter.com/christurnbull20
instagram.com/chris.turnbull20



Monday, 1 July 2019

Available for Pre-Order, The Birthday Card



It is an exciting and nervous time as my latest baby is about to be set free into the big wide world. The Birthday Card, will be published on 12th July in Kindle (paperback to follow later this year).

Over the last months, Doreen Wilkinson and her daughter, Trisha, have sat at my side and giggled away telling me their story. They have made me laugh out loud, chuckle quietly and occasionally, Doreen, has made me feel a little emotional. How can fictional characters do this?

Over the years, I have enjoyed writing all my other books and loved my characters equally. Yet this book has been a joy to write and as much as I want it published, it is always hard to let your characters go, but, and I do say but, who knows, maybe, there could be another book in the future with these two wonderful characters.

The blurb!

Doreen Wilkinson, a woman in her mid-thirties and single mother to a seventeen-year-old daughter, going on thirty, can never imagine life will be anything other than the daily slog of trying to keep body and soul together.

Running late for work, she hurries out of her flat and sees a balloon bobbing on a thin ribbon tied to her neighbour’s door handle. Realising it must be the old boy’s birthday she decides to get him a birthday card at the same time as she picks up a packet of cigarettes from the corner shop.

Whilst the cigarettes will go up in smoke, the purchase of the birthday card will change her life forever.

The Birthday Card is a feel good, light-hearted read that will have you laughing out loud.


“Very touching look into the life of Doreen Wilkinson, and how she handled the surprise of her life. Fun and funny, Doreen is an endearing character with a big heart that will have you cheering for her. An excellent prequel to Sometimes it Happens. Delightful!” Julie Dexter



“Ms Barclay has an ability to take a reader from sorrow to mirth in an instant.”

The Birthday Card is available to pre-order from all Amazon sites