Holidays, Birthdays and Giveaways

Where did the summer go? We had a lovely holiday in North Wales and walked, literally, miles. I’d almost forgotten how much I love being on a beach – my ideal job would be a professional beachcomber! Of course I took lots of beach photographs and came home with a haul of interesting stones and sea glass 😄. While we were away the painted lady butterflies had a hatching day and the garden of the holiday home was full of them.

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I was always the oldest in my class at school as my birthday falls in the first week of September. This year I’m celebrating with a giveaway over on the Apricot Plots Facebook page here. Just like the page and answer the question on my birthday post to have a chance to win.

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I’ll be back next week with the beginning of my autumn/winter series of blog posts. Watch out for featured authors Marie Laval, Kirsty Ferry, Angela Barton, Christine Penhall, Margaret James, Lynda Stacey, Berni Stevens and Angela Britnell.

 

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 Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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

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.

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Spotlight on Guest Author Jo Lambert

This week I’m joined by Jo Lambert who writes for Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit. As Jo is new to my blog, I asked her some questions:-

  1. Have you always written?

Yes, ever since I was a child. You can put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Enid Blyton! I absolutely devoured all the Famous Five and Secret Seven books. (Me too! Mx) From that moment I knew all I wanted to do was to create my own characters and write about their adventures.

In my teens writing got temporarily shelved. Instead it became all about music and bands. It wasn’t until my early twenties when I decided sign up for creative writing evening classes that the bug bit me once more. But life seemed to keep getting in the way when it came to my goal – setting time aside to write that all important first novel. I had to wait until 2009 before I eventually achieved my dream of getting a book published and since then I haven’t stopped writing!

  1. What did it feel like when Ruby Fiction said they wanted to publish your novel?

I was on holiday in Menorca. We’d just arrived back from dinner and I opened my phone to check my messages. I simply sat there stunned. It was such amazing news. It happened the day before my birthday too so will probably stay in my memory as one of the most amazing presents I’ve ever received!

  1. What was the inspiration behind your novel?

Living all my life in the West Country, when I began to write it was natural to base my books here. Having written a five book series based in Somerset, then two linked books set in South Devon, Cornwall became my next writing destination.

As for the inspiration well it tends to happens in some unexpected places. We’d been to a wedding reception in a local hotel and while we were there, I thought about all the work that went in to making this perfect day for someone. That’s where the idea of Cat’s character and job in her family’s hotel came from.

I imagined this striking building perched on the cliffs overlooking a fishing village. I was looking for something elegant, totally at odds with its surroundings. And found it in Richmond of all places. My first view of the Petersham Hotel told me I’d found Tarwin House, albeit a few miles inland! Once I had my setting and the main characters the rest just fell into place.

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  1. If you had to cast a film of your novel, who would play the lead parts?

This is always a difficult one. What I tend to do now is to set up a Pinterest board. There I post pictures of clothes, music tracks relevant to the story and, of course, locations and cast.

Cat? Definitely Stefani Martini. Luke took a little more time but, I eventually settled on actor Ben Barnes.

  1. Where is your favourite place to write?

I have an office in the house where I can isolate myself and concentrate on writing. When I first began I could settle down anywhere. In those days I wrote longhand and transferred my written notes onto the computer. These days I prefer to sit in front of my PC and type directly onto the screen. I would love a writing cave in the garden, but that’s still very much on my wish list at the moment!

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  1. What can we look forward to from you next?

I’m currently working on another Cornish coastal romance. This time I’ve moved to the south coast. The fictitious town in the story is loosely based on Fowey with its two separate communities – Fowey and Polruan – on either side of the estuary. It’s one of my favourite Cornish holiday destinations so writing with it as a backdrop (under a fictitious name) has really enabled me to bring the story to life in my mind. Again it’s a modern saga. Not giving anything away at the moment. However I can guarantee there will definitely be drama…and lots of it.

 

About A Cornish Affair

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Even in your hometown, you can feel like an outsider …

In the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall everyone knows everyone else’s business. Luke Carrack is only too aware of this. He’s been away for two years but nothing has changed – from the town gossips who can’t see past the scandal of his childhood, to the cold way he is treated by some of his so-called family.

The only person who seems to understand is local hotelier’s daughter Cat Trevelyan, although even Luke’s new friendship with her could set tongues wagging.

But Carrenporth is about to experience far bigger scandals than the return of Luke Carrack – and the secrets unearthed in the process will shake the sleepy seaside town to its core …

Buying links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cornish-Affair-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07S4M3JNC

US – https://www.amazon.com/Cornish-Affair-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07S4M3JNC

 

About Jo Lambert

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Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.  She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain followed in 2017.

In June 2018 Jo signed to Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall, has just been published. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.

When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://jolambertbooks.com

Blog: http://jolambertwriter.blog

Twitter: @jolambertwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jolambert185

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jo-lambert-6 4644530

Instagram: jolambertwriter185

 

Thank you for joining me, Jo. Great to learn more about you 😄

 

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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 Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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

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.

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Spotlight on Guest Author Hannah Pearl

This week I’m joined by Ruby Fiction author, Hannah Pearl. I asked Hannah some questions:-

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi Morton and thank you for welcoming me on to your blog.

I live in Cambridge. I have two children. I work part time for a local charity and write whenever I have the time and feel well enough. I have ME so this isn’t as often as I’d like. My first book was published by Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit in August 2018, and it has been a lovely experience to see my stories out in the world and to get to work with such lovely and supportive people.

  1. Have you always written?

I’ve always read voraciously, and then about five years ago I suddenly got very, very poorly. I had a viral infection of the inner ear and I could hardly hold my head up, let alone stand or walk properly. I read hundreds books in the first year that I was ill.

I had always wanted to write but never managed to carve out the time or energy to do so. I read my favourite old books again, I bought new books, then when that got expensive I started reading free books on kindle. This was a revelation to me. I read books that I loved, and they made me want to write. I found so many authors that I admire and after reading that first book I went and devoured whole back catalogues. I read some by people who were writing just for the sheer love of writing, some of these books weren’t quite as polished, and I loved them too, because these gave me the confidence to just try and see what happened.

I wrote and wrote and wrote. I didn’t have any contacts in the publishing industry and so I never dared to dream that my stories would live anywhere except on my laptop. I found that I loved writing and so I started to research publishers online just in case. I joined Twitter and started a blog.

Then suddenly at the end of 2017, I was lucky enough to be offered a three book contract with Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit and to win the Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition prize for a story called The Last Good Day. It all happened within just a few days.

  1. So far you have published Evie’s Little Black Book – a romantic comedy, It’s My Birthday – a heartwarming romance and Burn – a gut-wrenching story for Ruby Fiction. Where did you get your inspiration for these stories?

I tried to write the kind of books I wanted to read. I wanted to capture elements of the things that draw me to books. I wanted really strong, dynamic female leads. I wanted humour, but I also wanted to read, and therefore write, about characters who had experienced the kind of difficulties women face in real life. I used to work with agencies and research into the needs of victims of crime and so these issues often find their way into my stories too.

  1. Without giving too much away, have you had to conduct any interesting research for these books?

My research had to be mostly research I could do from home as my mobility and energy levels are so limited. I am grateful to a fellow person with ME who spent some of his own limited energy talking about the adoption process with me when I wrote It’s My Birthday. Otherwise I have tried to draw on everything I have learned about love and life over the past roughly forty years.

  1. If you had to give one piece of advice to a novelist seeking publication what would it be?

You need a really, really thick skin, and this isn’t something that I have naturally. My husband was a key source of confidence for me when I was trying to find a publisher so it was lovely to know that he believed in me.

I think also understanding that some of those ‘nos’ that you will inevitably get will be because you need to find the right home for your book. Writing a decent book is only half of the story, the other half is finding the right home for it, and that can take time.

  1. Where is your favourite place to write?

On my sofa. I need to spend most of the day resting and so I need to be in a seat that supports me and lets me rest my head a lot. I love the idea of having a writing den one day, but I’m pretty sure I’ll always write most on my sofa. I can’t write in coffee shops because I get dizzy when there is a lot of background noise, so for me, writing is quite solitary. Luckily I have a huge cast of characters having adventures in my head so I don’t get lonely.

  1. What can we look forward to from you next?

Evie’s Little Black Book will be released in paperback soon and I can’t wait to hold a physical copy of my book in my hand.

I’ve got a Christmas theme book coming up too. This one is hopefully one of my funniest and faster paced adventures. I’ll be tweeting more about this nearer to the time, I’m sure!

About Hannah Pearl

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Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

To keep in touch with Hannah Pearl use the following links:-

Twitter – @hannahpearl_1

Blog: www.dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com

 

About Evie’s Little Black Book

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A fun heart-warming story that will make you smile from this award-winning author.

Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?

In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Charmaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …

Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?

What folks are saying about Evie’s Little Black Book:

~”A heartwarming page-turner that will tickle the funny bone and tug at the heartstrings.”

~Ms Pearl has written a fabulously witty and romantic story that is fun and engaging to read, this is a wonderful story.”

~ All fans of romance, chic-lit and humour will race through this book, it’s so nice to find a story with a new twist. I loved every minute of Evie’s Little Black Book and have no hesitation in recommending it.”

Buying Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07F39FYSX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/evie-s-little-black-book

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F39FYSX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

Paperback:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/evies-little-black-book/hannah-pearl/9781912550104

 

About It’s My Birthday

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Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

Buying Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07N5LXS93/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/it-s-my-birthday-2

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N5LXS93/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

 

About Burn

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A gut-wrenching story not for the faint-hearted!

There’s no smoke without fire …

Jess has always held a candle for Dex – so when he comes back into her life after a school reunion, she couldn’t be happier.

But something happened to Dex before he mysteriously left the area all those years before – something that still gives him terrible nightmares and makes him seem cold and distant.

And then there are the rumours – rumours that Jess can’t bring herself to believe. But when the truth finally comes out, can Jess be the one to help Dex fight the demons from his past before they consume him completely?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QQT3XGN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

 

About The Last Good Day

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A heart-warming and heartbreaking short story that celebrates life, love and the importance of friendship. WINNER of the Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with heat magazine.

‘A beautifully poignant tale of love, friendship and loss. I can’t wait to read whatever Hannah writes next!’ PAIGE TOON?

Belle knows she is going to die.

Her lifelong best friend Helen knows it too, which is why she decides to sneak Belle out of hospital and take her on one last adventure.

In a day filled with fun, laughter and tears, the pair face the prospect of saying goodbye, and raise the important question:

How would you want to spend your last good day?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07CWZ64BY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3

 

Thank you so much for joining me this week, Hannah. I am full of admiration for you writing with such a debilitating health condition. I hope your paperback sells well. Mx

 

**News flash**

Watch out for a summer of competitions and giveaways over on Apricot Plots Facebook and @ApricotPlots Twitter. Make sure you have liked and followed to stand a chance for free books and goodies. 😄😄😄😄😄

 

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 Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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

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.

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Celebrating the Paperback and Audio Release of The Purrfect Pet Sitter by Carol Thomas: A Character Post by Felicity Willis

To celebrate the paperback and audio release of Carol Thomas‘ novel The Purrfect Pet Sitter published by Ruby Fiction, Carol has given me a post written from the point of view of character, Felicity Willis.

Over to Felicity :-

I hadn’t seen her in over a decade. But there she was, right there, in front of me in Tesco. My once-best friend, Lisa Blake; back in our hometown. After the events of our prom, I had wondered if she would ever return.

The look on her face made it clear she hadn’t expected to see me, either. We both stood, staring as recognition dawned. And which of the many things I have wanted to say over the years, came out of my mouth? None! I said nothing. Instead, all I could think was, why do the pivotal moments in life happen when you least expect them? And when did the need for Calpol become more important in my life than checking my appearance before going to the supermarket?

After all these years, what was fate thinking, deciding that I should encounter Lisa, with the remnants of my son’s tea in my hair and my you’ve-still-got-it Flick underwear on, underneath my husband’s coat? What cruel timing! No wonder she turned and ran, leaving her basket abandoned in the aisle. I dread to think what she thought had become of me over the years.

Now, my poorly son asleep next to me in my bed, my hair damp from the shower, and my, let’s face it, too-small underwear replaced by my comfy knickers and pyjama top, all I can think is, she’s back. Lisa Blake is back! And as I close my eyes, another thought hits me – does Nathan know?

About The Purrfect Petsitter

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Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!

When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Perfect Petsitter. To read my previous post about the story including a review, click here Mx

 

Buying Links

Amazon: http://getbook.at/TPPSAmazon

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-purrfect-pet-sitter

Ruby Fiction: http://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/the-purrfect-pet-sitter/

View the book trailer: http://tinyurl.com/TPPS-booktrailer

 

The Purrfect Pet Sitter is the first book in the Lisa Blake series.

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Maybe Baby (Lisa Blake #book 2), is available in ebook and audio editions (http://getbook.at/MBAmazon). While each book can be read as a standalone story, Maybe Baby, described as “full of love, true friendship and humour”, revisits the characters from The Purrfect Pet Sitter as they move into the next phase of their lives.

Also by Carol Thomas:

Crazy Over You: Love can drive you crazy … in more ways than one! (http://getbook.at/COYAmazon) Described as, “a heartfelt story that will have you laughing out loud, and wiping away the tears, as love, loyalty and living happily every after are put to the test.”

About the author:

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Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.

Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.

Website and Social Media Links:

Website : http://carol-thomas.co.uk

Facebook : http://facebook.com/carolthomasauthor

Twitter : @carol_thomas2

Pinterest : Carol Thomas – Author

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/carol_thomas2/

Blog: http://carol-thomas.co.uk/blog

 

**News flash**

Watch out for a summer of competitions and giveaways over on Apricot Plots Facebook and @ApricotPlots Twitter. Make sure you have liked and followed to stand a chance for free books and goodies. 😄😄😄😄😄

 

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 Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

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

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.

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Spotlight on Guest Ruby Fiction Author Wendy Dranfield

I’m joined this week by Wendy Dranfield who writes for Ruby Fiction. I asked Wendy some questions …

  1. I understand that your new book, Where the Snow Bleeds, is a sequel to your debut novel for Ruby Fiction, Who Cares if They Diewill we see any of the same characters?

Yes, book 2 is the second in my crime series, which follows Dean Matheson on his quest to become a homicide detective. In Who Cares If They Die, Dean is a police officer in small-town New Hampshire and we meet him during a major crisis in his life. Along the way he rescues Rocky, a lovable rottweiler and abused dog of a deceased drug-addict. He and Rocky become a duo to be reckoned with!

We follow their partnership further in the new sequel Where the Snow Bleeds which takes them to an isolated ski town – Lone Creek – in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Two teenage girls, who were working at a struggling ski lodge, have gone missing and Dean’s been asked to help find out what happened to them, but he’s not prepared for what he finds. As well as the characters from book 1 we meet some great new characters, both good and bad.

2. How important are locations to your novels?

Extremely important. Maple Valley is the fictional town where Dean’s journey begins and it’s set in New Hampshire which is notorious for its harsh winters. When I started writing book 2, I had Dean move to a hot climate – Nevada – but about 40k words into the book I realised it wasn’t working and the reason was the temperature of Nevada! For some reason, hot and sunny didn’t fit with the mood of my story, so I changed it to the desolate, isolated fictional town of Lone Creek, Colorado. I re-wrote the first 40k words and the story just took off. The weather plays a big part of the story in Where the Snow Bleeds, so I had to reference snow in the title!

3. If you had to give advice to a new writer trying to get published what would it be?

Write a lot and submit a lot. Getting published isn’t just about writing something worth reading, it’s about submitting stories widely to increase your chances of being picked up by someone who enjoys your work. I was offered two publishing contracts for Who Cares if They Die, by the first two publishers I sent it to, which isn’t really typical of my previous experience of querying with short stories! I had a feeling as I was writing it that it would be published. I think it’s because I enjoyed writing it so much, and I love the characters. It genuinely is something that I would love to read, so it’s not forced at all, or written for a particular market.

If you’re just starting out why not try submitting short stories to contests first? It’s a real confidence boost when you get shortlisted or win. I’ve had several stories published in various anthologies and websites, but many more were rejected! Don’t take the rejection process personally as it’s part of the job! There’s not one writer out there who hasn’t been rejected at least once in their careers.

  1. Where is your favourite place to write and why?

I need a desk to write at usually. I have two desks at home – one in our office (a spare bedroom) and one looking out into the garden. That one can be a little distracting because of all the wildlife that walks/flies through the garden, which the cats and I get very excited about! If I need to concentrate or meet a deadline, I’ll write in the office. I’ve recently treated myself to a height-adjustable desk and it’s really helping me to avoid back-problems. Wherever I write, the cats will join me (usually to demand dinner) and they keep me warm in the winter.

  1. If you had to cast the book for a film, who would play the lead roles?

The characters in my head don’t look like any famous actors, but I’ve had readers suggest who would be good to play Dean Matheson in a movie. He has thick black hair and blue eyes and is 36 in Where the Snow Bleeds. Suggestions from readers include: Henry Cavill, Kit Harrington, Chris Pine… I like the idea of Henry Cavill but he’s a little too clean-cut for Dean, who’s more rugged. Someone also suggested Matt Bomer but I’d never heard of him and had to Google him.

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I would agree and say he is the closest – looks wise – to how I picture Dean. For the female lead of Who Cares If They Die (Beth Smith), she’s British so Kate Winslet would be great. As for who could play Rocky… Well, any rottweiler who still has his tail, is a little overweight and has a liking for pancakes!

6. Where do you think your next book will take you and will you have to do any unusual research?

I’ve already written book 3 in the series, which continues Dean’s journey. I ended that book on a shocking cliff-hanger, so I’m really excited to start writing book 4 so I can see what happens next! I also have ideas brewing for a new psychological thriller series. I’m making notes every time something pops into my head. As for research, when you’re a crime writer everything you Google has the possibility to incriminate you should the police ever come knocking! I know way more about crime scenes and how to murder people than I want to…

(Wendy 😱 Thank you for answering my questions. Mx)

About Where the Snow Bleeds

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Where the Snow Bleeds

“You want to know what I’ve learnt after living in Lone Creek all my life? I know the snow bleeds here …”

Former police officer Dean Matheson has been playing it safe since the case that cost him almost everything. But working as a PI doesn’t quite cut it, that is until a British woman walks into his office with a job that Dean can’t resist. 

The woman’s daughter, Hannah Walker, and her friend Jodie have gone missing whilst working at a ski resort in Colorado. It’s clear there’s something sinister about the girls’ disappearance, but then why are the local police department being so unhelpful?

So begins Dean’s journey to Lone Creek on the trail of the missing girls – and he’ll soon find out that in Lone Creek, everyone has something to hide …

To buy the book use the following links

Where the Snow Bleeds amazon link: http://viewbook.at/WhereTheSnowBleeds

and for Wendy‘s first book with Ruby Fiction

Who Cares If They Die amazon link: http://viewbook.at/WhoCaresIfTheyDie

About the Author -Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is a former Coroner’s Assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband.

Who Cares If They Die and Where the Snow Bleeds are the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, with more on the way. As well as her crime thriller series, Wendy has written a YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – and she has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

For behind the scenes gossip and updates on Wendy‘s books (or photos of her cats), follow her on social media!

Website: https://wendydranfield.co.uk/

Twitter: @WendyDranfield

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WendyDranfield1/

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Lovely to have you on my blog, Wendy Mx.

 

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

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Excerpt from a Paris Fairy Tale by Marie Laval

This week I’m pleased to feature an excerpt from Marie Laval‘s latest release A PARIS FAIRY TALE. Over to Marie

Thank you so much, Morton, for welcoming me on your blog today to talk about A PARIS FAIRY TALE, my new release with Choc Lit, out on 23rdJuly!

I got the idea for this story when I spent a very wet afternoon in Manchester city centre. To escape the rain, my daughter and I went into the beautiful John Ryland’s library on Deansgate… and magic happened.

Not only did I become fascinated with the world of ancient illuminated manuscripts, but my heroine Aurora Black ‘appeared’ in front of me too! Serious and lonely, seemingly cold and aloof, and totally committed to her work… I couldn’t wait to discover her world and start writing her story.

As for my hero Cédric Castel, I had already had a good idea about him, since he features in a few scenes of LITTLE PINK TAXI. Let’s say that I made him pretty much perfect, since he is brave and chivalrous, he plays the saxophone, which is one of my favourite instruments, and he rides a motorbike too!

(Sounds like my sort of hero, Marie. Yum! Mx)

About A PARIS FAIRY TALE

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Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?

Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.

As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.

But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters?

Extract

I love Paris when it’s sunny and I love Paris when it rains… No, that wasn’t right. Aurora sighed as she pulled a tissue out of her handbag to wipe the lenses of her glasses. She had hummed the song ever since landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Why could she not remember the lyrics? She should know them by heart. Paris was one of her most favourite places, even if all she had seen of the French capital city that day were thundering grey skies, student protests and wicked motorists who derived great pleasure from driving into puddles as she limped by in her uncomfortable new shoes.

She glanced at her reflection in the mirror and dabbed the soggy tissue under her eyes where the mascara had run. Her mad dash from the metro station in the torrential rain had left her looking like a drowned racoon. What would Florent Maupas think? Not only was she late to his party, but she hardly looked like a respectable historian… or a stylish one, for that matter. Her cocktail dress was, like the rest of her clothes, plain and serviceable, her only concession to fashion being the silly new heels she couldn’t wait to take off.

She slipped her glasses back on, and pushed the tissue back into her bag. Never mind what she looked like. Florent Maupas had hired her for her brain, not her physique or dress sense.

To buy A PARIS FAIRY TALE use the link here

About the Author Marie Laval

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes.

She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global Ebook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance), and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

Her latest romantic novel  A PARIS FAIRY TALE is released on July 23rdand is available as a ebook and audiobook on Amazon and various other platforms here.

You can find out more about Marie on

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/marielavalauthor/) or

Twitter (https://twitter.com/MarieLaval1).

You can also find on Pinterest the many beautiful photos of Paris and illuminated manuscripts which inspired the writing of A Paris Fairy Tale. (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/laval0232/)

Thank you for joining me, Marie and good luck with the book.

 

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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. It is also 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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Spotlight on Guest Author Jackie Ladbury

This week I’m pleased to welcome Jackie Ladbury, who writes both contemporary and historical novels and had The Potter’s Daughter published by Ruby Fiction earlier this year. I asked her to tell us a little about herself, over to Jackie 

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I don’t remember wanting to be a writer when I was young, although I do have a dog-eared book of angsty poems that I wrote in my teens – so some kind of urge must have been in there. It wasn’t until I read the brilliant Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks that I finally had a lightbulb moment – I was going to write books like his!

So that night, I opened a bottle of wine (priorities!) set my glass down next to it, smoothed out my brand new note book and picked up my sparkly pink pen. I gazed around my little flat for inspiration, glanced down at the gleaming white blank page, poured my wine and stared some more. Hmm, inspiration nil, words written nil.

However, being an air-stewardess afforded me many long hours of thumb twiddling while hanging around waiting for passengers (mostly onboard a stationary aircraft, sadly, rather than basking in the exotic locations of my dreams) and I eventually started penning little love stories between pilots and ‘hosties.’ Okay, not quite up there with Seb, but you gotta start somewhere.

Once I’d begun writing in earnest I couldn’t seem to stop, but I also couldn’t seem to finish one story – from start to finish. Got bored – started another – and before I knew it, I had half a dozen ‘unready’ novels sitting on my hard drive. Next phase of knuckling down was to finish one of the blasted things.

Eventually, I paid an editor to look over one of them (for any aspiring writers, to my mind, it’s the best way forward). After much huffing, faffing and re-writing, Air Guitar and Caviar was shortlisted in Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition. Validation. Finally.

Fast forwards to my fourth published book, a historical romance set in the Midlands where I grew up. The Potter’s Daughter was published by Ruby Fiction in February and I could not be more thrilled. One day I’ll have Liam Hemsworth as Daniel the doctor, and Dakota Blue Richards as Maddie, the Potter’s daughter playing the parts – Netflix here I come! Okay, the accents might need a little work, but Dakota will be up to the challenge.

Recently ‘life’ has unfortunately interrupted my writing flow, as life is wont to do, but I do have a book set in Sorrento on the back-burner, one of my many ‘stuck on the hard-drive’ books calling out to me, and a Christmas book which I loved writing, being a total sucker for Christmas is on track for a 2019 Christmas release. You can’t keep a good writer down, apparently, even when life tries to nuke the heart out of your words!

Thank you, Morton, for letting me waffle on – hope I’ve given your readers a taste of my writing life and haven’t sent them to sleep.

Very interesting. Thank you, Jackie.

About The Potter’s Daughter

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Is love powerful enough to cross the class divide?

When Daniel Davenport saves Maddie Lockett and her young brother Tom from drowning, an immediate bond is forged between them.

But Daniel is an aspiring doctor and son of a wealthy manufacturer, whilst Maddie is a potter’s daughter from a poverty-stricken area of the Potteries. Even a friendship between the two could be frowned upon, let alone anything more …

But Maddie and Daniel want more, and as they grow closer gossip and prejudice look set to spoil their blossoming romance. Do the young couple stand a chance when there are those who would stop at nothing to keep them apart?

Purchasing Link : The Potter’s Daughter

About the Author

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Jackie Ladbury writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that is always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying around the world, as she lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats.

To contact Jackie use the following links:-

 

 

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 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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