Five Things You Would Never Guess About Author Tora Williams

Another post in my blog series sharing five things you would never guess about an author – today it’s Tora Williams in the spotlight.

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Over to Tora

  1. I’m terrified of heights. To the extent that I get panicky if I have to stand on a chair to change a light bulb. Fortunately I’m quite tall, so I can reach most of the light fittings in my house with my feet firmly on the floor. Weirdly, my acrophobia never stops me wanting to climb all the towers when I visit castles. What usually happens, though, is that I get halfway up the staircase, remember I’m now a long way from the ground and get horribly dizzy. By then it’s too late to turn round, so I crawl to the top on hands and knees and cling to the wall until my knees have stopped shaking enough for me to attempt the descent. My worst experience was climbing the tower of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle. Not only is it the highest point in the castle, it stands on top of a whacking great hill. There might have been crying involved.

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  1. I love train journeys, the longer the better. I regularly travel to Prague to visit family, and always go by train (I hate flying – see 1, above). The journey takes two days, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up on my reading and unwind from the stresses of work. Sadly the overnight train that I used to take from Amsterdam to Prague no longer runs, so now the journey involves several changes and an overnight stay in Brussels, but it still beats flying.

 

  1. I originally trained as a civil engineer. My first job after graduating involved working on a sewage treatment project. It was every bit as grim as it sounds and put me off sweetcorn for many years.

 

  1. I’m licensed to drive HGVs in Botswana. Not that I’ve ever tried, but at least the opportunity’s there should I want it. It was actually a clerical error. I went out to teach in Botswana a few (*cough* twenty *cough*) years ago, and had to apply for a driving licence. The clerk at the licensing centre should have stamped the boxes beside ‘motor cycle’ and ‘car’, but stamped the wrong line, so I’m licensed for cars and HGVs instead.

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  1. I love disaster movies, the more apocalyptic the better. This is an enthusiasm I share with my younger brother, so while other families spend Christmas watching films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf, we’re watching back-to-back death and destruction in 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.

 

Thank you, Tora. Well I don’t know about my readers, but I found the above fascinating!!!

About Tora Williams:

Tora Williams writes historical romance with a dash of intrigue and adventure. When she was a child, family holidays usually involved visiting Welsh castles, where she would make up stories in her head about the women and men who once lived there. When she started writing she naturally set her stories in medieval Wales and the turbulent border between England and Wales. She lives in Shropshire, England in a house that doesn’t contain nearly enough bookshelves. You can find out more about Tora at http://www.torawilliams.uk

Tora’s third book, His Clandestine Bride, was published on March 11th.

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Here is a little bit about the book:-

Snowed in with the man who abandoned her five years earlier, Norman widow Isobel de Brockton is terrified he will discover her secret. If Edmund Granville finds out, she risks losing all she holds dear.

Edmund is determined to earn the king’s favor by catching a fugitive. The last thing he needs is to be stuck in a castle with the woman who cruelly cast him off. But after Isobel’s young son is lost in a blizzard, Edmund learns the truth behind their separation.

Now he resolves to reclaim his bride, but the deep wounds of their past haven’t mended. Can they finally heal their damaged hearts and seize their second chance at love?

 

Buying Links for the book:

Amazon: mybook.to/ClandestineBride

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/his-clandestine-bride/id1450583175

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130573669

 

Thank you for joining me Tora – I think you’ve put me off sweetcorn now! Lol.

 

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Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available now from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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Excited!

I’m thrilled that The Truth Lies Buried is out in paperback, published by Choc Lit and audiobook, produced by ISIS Publishing today (12 March 2019).

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There is nothing more exciting than holding your story as a paperback in your hands. If you’ve a second you can watch me talking about this on YouTube for the Choc Lit newsletter. It’s only a short clip – here.

You can also listen to a short sample of the audiobook which allows you to meet my troubled hero, Carver Rodgers – here. I must admit that it is a weird feeling listening to the words you have written read by another person, but Karen Cass has made a lovely recording.

For those of you who have been waiting for the paperback or audiobook, I do hope that you enjoy this romantic suspense novel set in my fictional seaside town of Borteen. The hero is Carver Rodgers and the heroine Jenny Simpson, but Carver’s dog, Wilf plays an important role too.

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Here’s what the story is about:

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …

When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.

A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …

As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.

Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

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Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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Updates

For those of you who have been waiting for an update on my French polishing course. I am very happy with my finished items. I found the course very interesting, but also exhausting. I don’t think I would have taken such a complicated table if I had known I’d have to sand each surface about fifty times!

At least I won’t be frightened to tackle a piece of furniture myself in the future, as I think I was the dunce of the class making every mistake possible, lol! Consequently, I know the remedial actions for most problems during the process. The final results are lovely though. Before, progress and after pics below.

I’ve been on another short two-hour course since to make a felted landscape picture! I really am a course junkie. This one was held at Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley, Kidderminster.

Can’t believe my paperback and audiobook of The Truth Lies Buried are out next week. There is a sample of the audiobook up on Amazon if you want to have a listen – here.

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The Truth Lies Buried is already available as an ebook and is published as a paperback and audiobook on 12 March 2019.

Blurb, cover and buying links below:-

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …

When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.

A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …

As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.

Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019 – available to pre-order now.

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Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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Out of My Comfort Zone

I’ve written on my blog before about how I love to learn new things. I’ve lost count of the courses I’ve attended over the years, from recognising antiques to ribbon Christmas tree ornaments, from silver clay to glass bead making, lino print to spiritual poetry. This weekend I went on the first part of a course to learn how to French polish (furniture not nails).

I think it’s important to remind myself of the emotions and feelings evoked by different situations, so that I can use them in my writing – I got a full range on Saturday! To begin with, I felt strange going out in old clothes and wearing no jewellery (a safety stipulation for the course). I got lost, hot and bothered trying to find the venue, as roadworks rendered my sat nav useless. I arrived just in time, but flustered.

There was a mix of male and female attending the course at a woodwork school. We’d been asked to take a couple of items to work on – I’d sourced a box from a charity shop for £2.99, another from an antiques fair and a table from a dealer for £15 (he gave me a huge discount without me even asking when I mentioned the course).

Naively, I hadn’t anticipated the sheer physical effort involved in preparing the wooden items for finishing. My shoulder ached, the tutor kept pointing out bits I’d missed, I felt under pressure and slow. (All emotions recorded in my notebook for future use lol)

It took all day to chemically treat and scrape off old varnish and polish, then sand the surfaces of my items. I was exhausted by the end of the course and I need a manicure, but definitely a different day! Next week, we tackle the staining and polishing part of the course!

In other news, last week saw authorly excitement when my advance author copy of the paperback of The Truth Lies Buried arrived (actually on Valentine’s Day). I spent a good while stroking the embossing on the front of the cover. It is lovely to be published in any medium, but to actually hold your story in your hands is wonderful. Thank you as always to Choc Lit for making my dream come true.

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The Truth Lies Buried is already available as an ebook and is published as a paperback and audiobook on 12 March 2019.

Blurb, cover and buying links below:-

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered …

When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again.

A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside …

As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.

Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

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Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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Looking Forward to Exciting Times

The wonderful group Apricot Plots which I am so happy to be a member of has a Valentine Tour event running 6-14 February. Each member of the group will take over the Apricot Plots Facebook and Twitter feed for the day. My day is Friday 8 February when I will be talking about ‘The Food of Love’ #ApricotPlotsValentineTour. There are prizes to win and fun questions to answer …

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On Saturday 9 February a flirty extract from my novel The Girl on the Beach features on Carol Thomas’ blog for her event Romance Writers Are #SharingTheLove.

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I am now gearing up for the paperback and audiobook release on 12 March 2019 of my novel The Truth Lies Buried. I’ve just been sent a picture of the paperback sleeve. Isn’t it wonderful?

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I shall be a guest on quite a few blogs around the time of the paperback and audiobook release of The Truth Lies BuriedAngela Barton (11 March), Carol Thomas (12 March), Lizzie Chantree (14 March), Tora Williams (18 March), Rachel Brimble (19 March) and Love Books Group.

If you have a blog and would be happy for me to feature with The Truth Lies Buried and spread the word about my book, then please get in touch in the comments below.

Exciting Times …

 

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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Five Things You Would Never Guess About Author Alison May

Continuing with my blog series sharing five things people would not guess about the authors featured, this week I have Alison May for you.

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Over to Alison

I once played an alien in a radio play. When I was at secondary school/sixth form I thought I wanted to be an actor when I grew up, so I got involved in lots of plays and drama activities. One of those led to a group of us being invited to perform in a drama series for a local radio station to warn kids about the dangers of drugs. Because obviously ‘the kids’ all listen to local radio drama avidly. I played an alien called Zarc who came to Earth to find out about humans and fell in with a bad crowd. At the end of episode 3 I had a bad trip and was unconscious all the way through episode 4. I recovered in episode 5 though by which time I think we’d all learned a valuable lesson. Just say no kids, and all that.

Christmas plates! I’m quite fond of a ‘paint your own pottery’ place. It’s very soothing and painting onto pottery is, strangely, much easier and much more forgiving than painting on canvas or paper. I do paint the same thing every time I go though – it’s always a Christmas plate. What can I say? Christmas plates make me happy.

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I maintain a showbiz age of 29, and have done for many years now. I properly freaked out about turning 30. I did not like the notion of being out of my twenties one little bit, to the point where refused to celebrate and had a ‘Still 29’ party the night before my birthday instead. Weirdly, I was much more comfortable with turning 40, but by then I’d sort of established the claim to be permanently 29, so I’m sticking with it!

As well as being myself, I also write as Juliet Bell. Juliet isn’t just me though. She’s a collaborative penname for myself and Janet Gover. Juliet came into being at a Romantic Novelists’ Association conference where Janet and I both led workshops that referenced Wuthering Heights. We started joking about writing an adaptation of Wuthering Heights together, and several glasses of wine later, Juliet was born. Juliet’s first novel, The Heights, based on Wuthering Heights, came out in January 2018, and the second, The Other Wife, is out now.

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I’m a fully qualified teacher, who has never taught in a school. I specialise in working with adults, but in principle, if the writing thing all falls apart, I am qualified to teach English and History in secondary school. I mean I wouldn’t. I know plenty of proper teachers. It sounds incredibly stressful and like really hard work, which I can’t imagine would suit me at all! I do love teaching adults though – I work with lots of developing authors on courses and retreats and through one-to-one mentoring, and that’s an absolute joy.

Thank you Alison. Interesting – I would never have known about the plates 😄 Mx.

About Alison‘s Books:-

 

About All That Was Lost

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In 1967 Patience Bickersleigh is a teenager who discovers a talent for telling people what they want to hear. Fifty years later she is Patrice Leigh, a nationally celebrated medium. But cracks are forming in the carefully constructed barriers that keep her real history at bay.

Leo is the journalist hired to write Patrice’s biography. Struggling to reconcile the demands of his family, his grief for his lost son, and his need to understand his own background, Leo becomes more and more frustrated at Patrice’s refusal to open up.

Because behind closed doors, Patrice is hiding more than one secret. And it seems that now, her past is finally catching up with her.

May thrills in this English familial mystery, adding enticing plot layers as intricate and divisive as the themes she introduces.

To buy click this link mybook.to/AllThatWasLost

I’ve read All that Was Lost and can thoroughly recommend this 5 star read. I loved it and the story stays with you! M.

 

 

About The Other Wife

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Outback Australia, 1981

After a terrible childhood, Jane comes to Thornfield as nanny to the adorable Adele, watched over by the handsome and enigmatic Edward. Plain and inexperienced, Jane would never dream of being more than his hired help. But swept up in the dramatic beauty of the Outback, she finds herself drawn to Edward. And, to her surprise, he seems to return her feelings.

But Jane is not the first woman Edward has pledged to make mistress of Thornfield.

As a child, Betty was taken from her English home and sent for adoption in Australia. At first, no-one wanted her, deeming her hair too curly, and her skin too dark. Until the scheming Mr Mason sees a chance to use Betty to cement a relationship with the rich and powerful Rochester dynasty…

When Jane discovers Betty’s fate, will she still want to be the next Mrs Rochester?

To buy click this link  mybook.to/OtherWife

 

About Alison May

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Alison is a novelist, short story writer, blogger and creative writing tutor who grew up in North Yorkshire, and now lives in Worcester. She has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a learning adviser, an advice centre manager, a freelance trainer, and now a maker-upper of stories.

Alison won the RNA’s Elizabeth Goudge trophy in 2012, and her short stories have been published by Harlequin, Choc Lit and Black Pear Press. Alison has also been shortlisted in the Love Stories and RoNA Awards. Alison writes emotional fiction, and her latest book, All That Was Lost, was published by Legend Press in September 2018. She also writes modern retellings of misunderstood classics, in collaboration with Janet Gover, under the penname Juliet Bell (www.julietbell.co.uk or follow Juliet on twitter @JulietBellBooks)

Alison is currently Vice-Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

You can find out more about Alison on her website: www.alison-may.co.uk, by following her on Twitter or Instagram @MsAlisonMay or on her facebook www.facebook.com/AlisonMayAuthor/

 

Super to have you over on my blog, Alison 😄 Thank you!

 

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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Five Things You Would Never Guess About Author Morton S Gray

As I’ve started to ask other authors to share five things people would not guess about them, I thought it was only fair to do the same. So this week I am sharing my five things…

Soft Toys

I have a weakness for soft toys. I keep telling myself I’m too old to buy them and then I fall for yet another cute face!

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Carnival Glass

When my oldest son was little I went to night school to learn about antiques and discovered carnival glass. It is moulded glass with an iridescent sheen. I’ve been collecting it ever since and was even a member of The Carnival Glass Society for a while. I love the jewelled colours and the way light bounces off the pieces. It’s also generally reasonably priced, so doesn’t break the bank to build up a collection.

Career

I had two very different careers before I got published as a writer. I worked for sixteen years at an electricity company, mainly in training and development, but with spells in administration and conference organisation. At one point I had fifty staff. I left to start my own therapy business and am a trained clinical hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Tuina acupressure masseur and energy field healer. This change of direction was instigated by a past life regression!

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Family History

My favourite thing is to trace family trees. I view them as a puzzle and am like a dog with a bone trying to solve mysteries. I once taught family history to adult education classes. My latest interest is in the possibilities for research which have been opened up by the increase in popularity of DNA testing. I am fascinated by genetics.

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Learning

I love nothing better than learning new things, some of which eventually end up in my books. For example, in February 2019 I’m booked on a French Polishing course – no not nails – finishing and restoring wooden furniture. I can’t wait!

Examples of recent courses include silver clay jewellery, glass bead making, lino printing and mandala painting.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available now as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon Kindle, Audio, Apple iBooks, Kobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKobo, Apple iBooks. This will be available as a paperback and audiobook from 12 March 2019.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms – Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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