Returning the Spotlight to Author Lynda Stacey

I’d like to welcome Lynda Stacey to talk about her latest novel The Fake Date which was published by Ruby Fiction on 18 September 2018. I took the opportunity of asking Lynda  some questions about this novel and herself …

Congratulations on the release of your new novel The Fake Date, which sounds like quite a departure from your other books. Please tell us a little about it and your inspiration for the story.

Thank you so much. The Fake Date began a good two years ago when I wrote a ‘first chapter’ as an entry for the Elizabeth Goudge competition that’s run by the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The subject was ‘FAMILY VALUES’ and I thought of the times when we were most likely to think of and appreciate our own families.

I used to be a nurse and I tried to think back over conversations I’d had with patients, who often said that at times when they thought they were about to die, they thought of the people they loved, and the family that they thought they might never see again.

So, in my novel (and Elizabeth Goudge entry), The Fake Date, began at a time when Ella Hope a reporter, had been beaten and left for dead. It’s a time when thoughts of her family, her parents and memories of how happy her childhood had been. They are all in the forefront of her mind and during this chapter she believes she will die, her breathing is failing and she worries about how her mother will take the news, if and when her body is found.

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Do you plan your plot before you begin, or does the story evolve as you write?

My stories very much evolve as they go along. I always know the beginning, the twist and the end. But everything in between is written organically and to be honest, it’s great for me to have and read a few surprises as I write too.

If this novel was made into a film, who would play the lead roles?

Ohhhh what a good question. I absolutely love Michelle Keegan as the heroine, I think she’d be amazing. But the hero… well, that’s hard because I’d love to say Chris Pine, who was in Star Trek…! He’s very cute…!

What sort of books do you enjoy reading yourself? 

I love reading other Romantic Suspense or Psychological Thrillers. I’ve just finished reading an advanced copy of The Woman in The Dark by Vanessa Savage. It’s amazing…. I literally couldn’t put it down.

I’m going to be cheeky and ask you to list five things you love that people reading your books so far would never guess you liked.

  1. Audi TT’s… I had one for 10 years and have vowed to buy myself another one one day.
  2. I love Oysters… I always thought I’d hate them. The thought of just swallowing them worried me and even surprised myself that with just a small drop of lemon, they were absolutely amazing.
  3. I’m a bit of a control freak… (according to my husband) … I always plan what we’re doing, I always drive and I always decide what’s for dinner.
  4. I’m happiest when I’m at home…. I absolutely love the summer. My patio is south facing and we always get chance to sit out after work with a glass of wine. And during the winter I have a big log burner which I love to cuddle up in front of. So it’s a win win situation.
  5. West End Shows… I’m a big fan. I absolutely admire the talent and courage of people doing live shows.

What can we look forward to from you next?

My next novel will be another psychological thriller. I tend to be steering that way, my novels get darker and darker lol (but not too dark).

It has the backdrop of the historic Victorian marvel that was The Sand House, a prominent feature that was in Doncaster from the 1850’s until the 2nd World War. The house was carved from sandstone and the owner of this house carved catacombs / tunnels and the most beautiful carvings, the most famous of which was the Elephant and Mahout. (see pic below) But in the 1960’s the council destroyed the catacombs and filled them with concrete.

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In reality the tunnels can’t be accessed. However, my story begins when my heroine is employed as an archaeologist to uncover the past, but her own past catches up with her, the man who murdered her mother has never been caught and unexplained happenings begin to bestow the site. She’s left frightened and afraid, all the time not knowing who is following her, who is entering her home when she isn’t there and who is gaining access to the site without permission.

As with all my novels, there will be a romance in the background, along with the other characters who will bring the story to life and keep the intrigue turning. I’m hoping this novel will be released during 2019.

Thank you for answering my questions, Lynda and I’m sure readers will agree that you have given some very interesting answers.

The Fake Date

About The Fake Date

Nine hours and eleven minutes …

That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead. 

She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly. 

Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill? 

Whoever it is, they will pay. All Ella has to do first is survive …

Buying Link :-

THE FAKE DATE – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fake-Date-gripping-thriller-that-ebook/dp/B07FM915Q2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Links for Lynda Stacey’s other novels:-

HOUSE OF SECRETS – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Secrets-truly-gripping-suspense-ebook/dp/B01H9961XY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493732541&sr=8-2&keywords=house+of+secrets

TELL ME NO SECRETS – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tell-Me-No-Secrets-gripping-ebook/dp/B06Y5LN8BP/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1493732572&sr=1-1&keywords=tell+me+no+secrets

HOUSE OF CHRISTMAS SECRETS – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Christmas-Secrets-Choc-Lit-ebook/dp/B07771T7S5/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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About Lynda Stacey

Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,

Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for almost 30 years.

To contact Lynda use the following links –

Facebook   Twitter   Lynda’s Website

Thank you for appearing on my blog Lynda and I hope that readers enjoy The Fake Date. It has already attracted some great reviews!

 

 

 

Just a quick reminder that my own Christmas novella is now up for pre-order Christmas at Borteen Bay will be published on 13 November 2018 as both an eBook and audio book. Pre-order now at Amazon and Choc Lit

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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.

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

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazonKoboiBooks

Christmas at Borteen Bay will be published on 13 November 2018 as both an eBook and audio book. Pre-order now at Amazon and Choc Lit

 

 

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New Cover Revealed – Christmas at Borteen Bay

I’m so excited that the cover of my new novella Christmas at Borteen Bay is revealed and the book is up for pre-order now. It is released on 13 November 2018 as eBook and audio.

 

About Christmas at Borteen Bay

Christmas has a way of bringing family secrets to the surface …

Christmas is a bittersweet time for Pippa Freeman. There are good memories, of course – but some painful ones too.

Then her mother is implicated in a mysterious occurrence in their home town of Borteen, and Pippa wonders if she’ll ever experience a happy Christmas again – especially when a family secret is revealed.

But when police officer and old school friend Ethan Gibson offers his support, Pippa begins to realise that even though her life has been turned upside down, a happy and hopeful Christmas isn’t impossible …

 

My lovely cover …

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Pre-order now for:-

Amazon Kindle

Available at other eBook publishers when the links go live – see my Choc Lit page here

More details of audio book soon.

 

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.

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

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazonKoboiBooks

Christmas at Borteen Bay will be published on 13 November 2018 as both an eBook and audio book. Pre-order now at Amazon and Choc Lit

 

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I Have a Date!

New Release News

My novella Christmas at Borteen Bay will be published by Choc Lit on 13 November 2018. For those of you who have read my other books, this is the story of Pippa Freeman, who runs the Rose Court guesthouse in my fictional seaside town of Borteen. Watch out soon for a cover reveal and further details. This book will be both eBook and audio book. Exciting!!!

 

Sale News

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The Truth Lies Buried is currently in a September sale at only 99p, but only until 12 September. It is alongside lots of other exciting Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction titles.

Links to Sale:

Kobo

Kindle

 

New Group News

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Another exciting development for me is that I am joining together with some other authors in a new group called Apricot Plots!

This includes – Angela Barton, Jane Cable, Caroline James, Marium Kobras, Carol Thomas and Tora Williams.

The idea is that we will help each other to promote our books. We hope to have book launches, competitions, giveaways and more. Launched on Twitter already as @ApricotPlots – follow us and watch this space. Facebook Page to follow soon.

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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.

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

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazonKoboiBooks

Christmas at Borteen Bay will be published on 13 November 2018 as both an eBook and audio book. More details to follow.

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Character Post by Matilda Comyn, Heroine of Tora Williams’ Debut Novel “Bound to Her Blood Enemy”

I’m pleased to welcome to my blog this week the heroine of Tora Williams‘ debut novel Bound to Her Blood Enemy. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed this book and my review is included further down the post.

Meanwhile, over to Matilda Comyn

Holy Mother, tell me what to do. My guardian’s wife is dying. I’m safe while she lives, but once she dies, my guardian will force me to marry him so he can take my inheritance. But Coed Bedwen Castle is mine. It’s the only place I’ve known happiness, and I want it back.

I can’t escape my guardian alone, though. He keeps me under a close watch, and I’m not allowed through the castle gates. I met a man today—Huw. He said he’d help me escape, but how does he know who I am? And why would he want to help? He must have his own reasons. He’s a man, after all. They may say they’ll be there for you, but they really mean they’ll care for you only while it suits them. To make matters worse, Huw is Welsh and a spy for his king. How can I ever trust him?

Blessed Mary, please send me a sign, show me the path I should take. I can’t escape the castle without Huw’s help, but am I putting myself in even greater danger if I go with him? Maybe I could think more clearly if I didn’t get so flustered when I’m with him. I don’t know if it’s those dark brows and strong jaw or his height and obvious strength, but my stomach goes into knots whenever he’s near. I need to forget his handsome face and find out more about him. The trouble is, he always evades my questions. Before I know it, I’m telling him all about me instead.

Still, I don’t have to do everything his way. He says he’ll take me to the King of Gwynedd, but I have no intention of putting myself in another man’s power. I have knowledge of herbs and potions. Maybe I can use that to my advantage. Yes, I need to accept Huw’s help to escape but after that…well, let’s just say Huw won’t have everything his own way.

Wow! Thank you, Matilda. Your message gives the reader of this blog a real taste of the book! And, here is a large picture of the cover, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of the novel too.

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About Bound to Her Blood Enemy:

Norman heiress, Matilda Comyn is desperate to escape her grasping guardian and reclaim her inheritance. After a lifetime of being let down by men, she wants to rule her lands on her own terms. She can’t escape without help and battles her mistrust when compelled to join forces with a Welsh spy.

Huw ap Goronwy has a rival claim to Matilda’s castle and has sworn a blood oath against the Comyns. When his king rules they must marry, he struggles to reconcile his attraction with his need for revenge. But they must form a truce if they are to seize their castle.

Risking capture and death, they will only succeed if Matilda learns to trust, and Huw allows his love for Matilda to overcome his need for revenge.

Purchase links:

Amazon: mybook.to/boundbloodenemy

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/bound-to-her-blood-enemy

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bound-to-her-blood-enemy-tora-williams/1128778927

About Tora Williams:

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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:

Twitter: @ToraWilliams1

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ToraWilliamsAuthor/

Website: www.torawilliams.uk

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/tora-williams

 

Thank you to Tora Williams for her contribution to the blog.

Morton Gray’s review of Bound to Her Blood Enemy

Ever since childhood, castles have always intrigued and captivated me. I really enjoyed escaping into the past with this novel and could easily imagine myself as the heroine in the book, sparring with the intriguing Huw. Tora Williams transports you out of modern day life and into the medieval world of Matilda Comyn. A super five star debut.

I’m looking forward to Tora‘s next book, A Gift of Time, a Christmas novella which will be published by Wild Rose Press later in 2018.

 

In Morton Gray news – I realise I missed a blog post last week!!!! Apologies, it’s the first week I’ve missed for ages, but I was deep in the structural edits for my first ever Christmas novella, which is published in November. I’ve almost dug myself out of the snow now – phew! More news about this book soon.

 

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.

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

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazonKoboiBooks

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My Favourite Things – 3

I’m just back from a two week holiday in Dublin with my family. Looking at the photographs, I decided that I can add skies as one of my favourite things! Just a short post this week while I catch up with washing, etc. My edits for Book 3 have arrived too. I’ll leave you with a few Dublin skies…

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Morton S. Gray Out and About

July flew past – I can’t believe its August already!

At the beginning of July, I went back to the writing class run by Sue Johnson which I attended for many years, but this time as a speaker. It felt a little surreal and almost like a graduation for me as a published author.

I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual conference. This year it was in Leeds and started with a road trip with Janice Preston and Lynn Forth – always a treat. The conference, as usual, was superbly organised by Jan Jones and her helpers. I arrived on Thursday and so was able to help with greeting new arrivals on Friday morning. It is always interesting to put real life faces to the names you follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The most memorable workshops I attended were:-

  • Sue Moorcroft talking with her agent about becoming a bestselling author
  • Alison May giving invaluable tips about editing your manuscript
  • Nicola Cornick in conversation with one of my author heroines, Barbara Erskine
  • Liam Livings and Virginia Heath in a hilarious, but very useful look at writing sex scenes.

The social time at conference is fun and I was particularly happy to socialise with the Choc Lit and Ruby girls and to meet for the first time, Caroline James, Carol Thomas, Angela Barton and Marie Laval. In another first – I was able to see one of my books on the conference book sales table.

I’d hardly caught up on sleep when I was speaking at Coombs Wood Book Club in Old Hill, Staffordshire about my debut novel “The Girl on the Beach” which, in a first for me, they had kindly set for one of their monthly reads.

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Coombs Wood Book Club

The book club leader had made contact from my Facebook author page and in a spooky turn of fate, they meet in the same road where my three times great grandfather was living when he died in 1870. A unique opener to the talk!

I will admit to being a little apprehensive, but they all appeared to have enjoyed the book, some even surprised to have done so and were interested in why I wrote it, how it got to be published and what I am doing in the future. The question that touched my heart was when one gentleman asked if I would be writing any more about Nick Crossten, one of my teenage characters, an artist in “The Girl on the Beach”. I was happy to report that Nick is one of the main characters in Book 4 which I’m just finishing.

Also in July, I did a talk and book signing at The Chocolate Deli in Worcester. Thank you to owner Lisa, who has been a great supporter of my writing. Little son came along to carry the bags and help me which was much appreciated.

Maybe this is an appropriate time to mention that my third book, currently titled “Christmas in Borteen Bay” will be published in November 2018. I’m working on the publisher edits for this novella right now.

 

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.

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

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazonKoboiBooks

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My Favourite Things – 2

Continuing with my occasional blog series detailing my favourite things, this week I’m talking about learning new crafts.

My nan taught me to knit and crotchet when I was seven. In fact she was always experimenting with craft work and I think she gave me the bug.

At one point in my life, I was painting glass and silk to sell at craft fairs. I’ve also dabbled in pottery, art, bead jewellery making, ribbon Christmas decorations, quilting, dough craft and rag rugs.

My latest craft ventures have been lino cut pictures, glass bead making and silver clay jewellery. I think it is safe to say that craftwork is another thing that defines who I am and you will definitely find some of these crafts appearing in my books.

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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.

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

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazonKoboiBooks

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