Saturday, 21 September 2019

In The Cold Light of Day

Published in Kindle and paperback

Bertie Costain has worked hard all his life in the building trade and now owns his own London-based company. In 1967, approaching fifty and still unmarried he enjoys a playboy lifestyle, but when he meets Kitty, an attractive, wealthy widow ten years his senior, he swiftly proposes.

Swept off her feet, Kitty adores him. The happy couple seem to have it all, but Bertie has a secret. Kitty has no idea their home is mortgaged to the hilt, or that the many expensive gifts he brings her come out of his winnings at roulette.  Proud of his apparent success and ignorant of his gambling addiction, she happily loans him large sums of money, ostensibly for his business.

Convinced with each spin of the wheel that his run of bad luck will change, Bertie gambles for increasingly high stakes, falling deeper and deeper into debt until, facing financial ruin and with nowhere to turn, he resorts to fraud. As their lives begin to unravel, Kitty learns the horrifying truth.

In the cold light of day can their love survive the pain and destruction Bertie’s addiction has wrought?

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Makes us want to Dream...

These wonderful words were on Facebook about The Birthday Card. I’m smiling and crying… such an emotional person these days. Thank you lovely reader for this.

5 out of 5 stars
Makes us want to dream...

"If there's one thing I like more than Barclay's writing, it's her characters. They are ALWAYS believable. She knows them like the back of her hand and three pages into THE BIRTHDAY CARD, you'll know them as well as she does. Doreen and her daughter will have you trapped in the story of their difficult but delightful lifestyle in class-conscious Britain for the duration. And when that lifestyle turns upside down...well, no spoilers here. And when yo...

The Birthday Card is available in Kindle from ALL Amazon sites

Friday, 13 September 2019

From Canada: Eileen Schuh

I am running a season of talking to, Award Winning, authors from different parts of the world. My lovely guests will talk about their country, their books and a little about themselves too. Today, I have an author and, someone I am proud to call a friend, who I have known for several years. Please welcome, Eileen Schuh from Canada.

I’m so excited to have been invited to sit beside Pauline’s pool. Not only because that means I get to talk about my books, and my country...and myself...but because we Canadians are on the cusp of winter. Therefore, lounging in the sun beside a pool is an opportunity I cannot decline.

Pauline told me she’s honouring Canadian writers on her blog this September and I thank her. There are a lot of us writers here in the Great White North and many of us have an affinity with British writers (and other things British like princesses, tea and the ‘u’ in colour and neighbour).

Canada is known for its successful celebration of diversity. We welcome ideas, foods and yes, even, words from cultures around the world. Plus we have some of our own words, like toque and kayak and sic.

An artist tends to see the world, well maybe not ‘differently’ but certainly more intensely than most. I notice this when I compare my vacation photos to others in my travel group. My companions will have grand mountain scenes with a group of us smiling tourists in the foreground and I’ll have a ten photos of a dew drop on a wild lupine.

This artistic perspective has served me well in my novel-writing. Most of my stories take place in Canada, in my particular province—Alberta. Whereas my friends and relations might not initially find their homeland an exciting locale to read about, when I put strong, poetic words to the everyday sights, sounds and smells of their world, they suddenly find beauty in what they’ve always taken for granted.

They can feel at home when “Katrina looked past the parking lot to the brilliant autumn colours. This used to be her favourite time of the year with the fire of the foliage under the mellow glow of a sun riding low on the horizon, the honking of geese flying white against the azure sky.” [THETRAZ].
Additionally, for those unfamiliar with my prairie home my use of powerful words can portray my everyday world as an exotic location. “Katrina drank in the astounding beauty of the Alberta September. Across the river, gold leaves glittered behind the red berry bushes lining the bank. Interspersed in the dazzle of fall colours were the spruce trees, stretching their deep green toward the rich, late-afternoon sun. The air was thick with the pungent scent of autumn. Fallen leaves, some mottled and some striped, crunched beneath her feet.” [FATAL ERROR]

Although my ongoing BackTracker Series [THE TRAZ, FATAL ERROR, FIREWALLS and OPERATION BACKTRACKER] is set in Canada, to expand my horizons I include a healthy dose of my southern American neighbour in my SciFi flicks, DISPASSIONATE LIES and SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT (this helps appease my American publisher, too!)

In SHADOW RIDERS, a crime novel running parallel to my BackTracker series, a good portion of the story happens in South Korea, a country I visited and found immensely and intensely vibrant.

I’m going to have to towel off now, don my parka and toque and go back to Alberta’s prairies and boreal forests and write about this amazing sapphire pool of Pauline’s, lapping at my toes as I laze thinly and youthfully, bronzing my alabaster skin beneath the warm rays of a tropical sun...

Or something like that.

One more thing before I go, Congratulations to Pauline on her new release, THE BIRTHDAY CARD. A great summer read...or autumn read. Even a winter read if the snow happens to come early this year.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A Haunting Story, White Stones by Kit Domino

I am delighted to have back around my pool, the lovely Kit Domino, whose latest book was inspired by a visit to mansion back in the seventies. It appears this was no ordinary mansion!

Thanks for inviting me back, Pauline, I always feel at home around your pool. In response to your question as to what inspired me to write my latest novel, White Stones, the story goes way back many years.

I’ve always had a fascination with the supernatural, not that I believe in ghosts as such as I believe all paranormal activity has a rational answer. Most can be easily explained; for the remainder, it’s more a case that the right explanation hasn’t been found yet. But, like many of us, I can’t resist a good, old-fashioned ghost story – it’s just when I hear them, I’m always searching for reasons using science and logic.

In the early 1970s, I lived in a large Georgian mansion perched high on the Cotswolds. It was an isolated, wind-swept location with magnificent views. The house wasn’t spooky but there was a certain “atmosphere” about the place, especially when there alone, which was rare. We had two pianos: a full-size grand in the dining room, and an upright in the children’s dayroom; neither of which I could play, I didn’t know how to.

Conversations often revolved around a particular houseguest some years before who had frequently complained of being disturbed during the night by someone playing the piano, not that anyone else heard it. This occurred so often, after a while the guest refused to stay in the house. During my time there, I never heard anyone play either piano, day or night! The story intrigued me, and we often discussed what the cause might have been, no explanation ever being found.

I had forgotten the story until some 20 years ago when I heard a piece of classical music I hadn’t heard before; a beautiful tune I couldn’t get out of my head, but I had no idea what it was called or who the composer was. This was back in the days before the internet so finding out was exceedingly difficult. During my search, the seeds to a novel were sown, my mind being cast back to the story about the piano-hearing houseguest. It was a simple step to merge both, and thus White Stones grew into the story of a perceived haunting, mysterious music and a frantic search to find the source and the composer, and along the way create Filton Shields, an Unexplained Phenomena Investigator who is already on the hunt for his next case.

“Walls have ears, but sometimes they also have mouths with which to speak.”

What strange forces are at work causing Penny Cornwall to see and hear people from the past and feel all their emotions? More disconcerting is the tune she doesn't recognise play over and over inside the Cotswold stone cottage she shares with Harry Winchester. Music that will not go away, threatening to destroy the rural idyll she and Harry have found. Thus a fruitless search to find the source of the music and its title begins, a quest that rapidly becomes an obsession taking over her life.

Can the intervention of an eminent archaeologist find the answer to the music's connection to their cottage in time and, in so doing, unravel the tragic story of a love bound by the music transcending the barriers of space and time?

A signed copy of White Stones is up for grabs to the first person who correctly names the theory discussed in White Stones.
Please leave your answer in the comment box and how we can contact you… thank you.

White Stones is now available worldwide in e-formats and released as a paperback on 17 September 2019. Links:

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