I can add nothing to this marvellous, insightful review of Daffodils (5*), except my thanks

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This is the last book I shall review this year and I found it compelling.

Katy dreams of a different sort of life, away from the quiet, Wiltshire backwater she has grown up in. Her dreams make her reluctant to accept Jem\’s proposal of marriage, as marrying him would mean giving up her dreams of travel. Katy has her head and heart briefly turned by the charms of her employer\’s son. Her liaisons with him are enough to cause a minor scandal which threatens to tarnish Katy\’s reputation. So, when Jem proposes again, she accepts. Surprising herself, she finds happiness and contentment in married life until tragedy strikes to break her heart and the ensuing grief creates a strain which threatens to tear the couple apart. Unable to comfort or console his grieving wife, Jem decides to sign up for the war. When he goes missing in action, presumed dead, Katy joins the war effort, too. Originally, she goes in the hope of finding Jem alive but is soon caught up in the blood, guts and mayhem of war, working at a field hospital in France.

Combining romance, historical fiction and a feminist touch, Daffodils is impressively well-researched and vividly imagined, making a worthy and respectable contribution to WW1 historical fiction. It vividly portrays the brutality and futility of war while paying homage to the bravery and camaraderie of those who were involved in all aspects of the war effort. While many novels have been written about the war, this one, for me, brought a fresh and feminist perspective to the subject. In many ways, the terrible loss and grief aside, the war was a liberating experience for many women as they were given roles which would never have been open to them otherwise. I do not hesitate to recommend.

\”I can add nothing to this marvellous, insightful review, except my thanks.\”

The freedom to explore @pruebatten on #indie publishing on #HNSA2015 blog @histnovsoc #historical http://ow.ly/FISII

The freedom to explore @pruebatten on #indie publishing on #HNSA2015 blog @histnovsoc #historical http://ow.ly/FISII
This is the link to a wonderful blog post by the ever lovely Prue Batten, a fantastic Australian author.
She writes, very movingly, about the journey undertaken by self publishing authors About the freedom and creativity that flows from it and the bravery needed to undertake it.
I feel privileged to have met Prue through the writing community of indie writers and recommend her blog and books unreservedly.

Prue Batten will be appearing at the 2015 HNSA Conference in Sydney, Australia, in the following panel:

22 March 2015

12.15-1.15 pm Session Four

The Path Less Travelled: Indie Publishing and the Freedom to Explore
The self-publishing revolution has given authors the opportunity to reach readers directly and break through the constraints of writing about eras that are only deemed ‘marketable’. Elisabeth Storrs discusses how and why Prue Batten, GS Johnston and Felicity Pulman chose to go off the beaten track to find their readership.

For more information on all our panels, please visit our site for programme details. And you can buy your tickets here.
You can also sign up to the mailing list to be the first to keep up to date with breaking news on the HNSA conference in 2015. 


And here\’s my pennyworth:
From Alex Martin, author of the most wonderful World War One Saga – Daffodils and its sequel, Peace Lily:

‘Being \’out there\’ in the public eye is both brave and foolhardy but readers are the best judges of whether a book works. Agents and publishers, as far as I can see, want books that sell. Indie writers have more freedom to write stories that move them, where they can bare their souls, reach out to kindred spirits and touch hearts, if they can, without trying to fit a particular genre, and it gives me immense satisfaction to know that I have achieved that. It is here that genuine exploration can occur, without the mercenary ties of making it pay (though very welcome!) and I think it is here that future great writing will be found, not exclusively of course, but the licence of independence gives creativity an unfettered playground in which to chase that elusive muse… It is the future.’


I have just completed a 2 day free promotion for Daffodils. As ever, I have mixed feelings! I gave away more than 3,500 ebooks. Now, I wonder how many people will read and enjoy them? And, importantly go on to read Peace Lily, the sequel. It\’s a strange business.
What was satisfying is that I reached readers in Brazil, India, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
I shall watch my rankings and sales with great interest this week and thank every one of you who showed an interest in my work and helped to spread the word of the promotion.
I shall return to \’The Plotting Shed\’ with some relief and get back to work on Speedwell, the third book in the \’Katherine Wheel\’ trilogy.


Just one more day, folks, that\’s all and then it\’ll be gone.
Daffodils, still getting 5* reviews and now with a sequel to enjoy when you\’ve finished reading about Jem, Katy and Cassandra\’s struggles through World War One. Now you can see what happened to the survivors of that \’great\’ war when they returned home.
A third book, Speedwell, set in the roaring twenties, is currently in production.
Wishing you all a very merry Xmas and a very happy new year.


#FREE DAFFODILS 5th & 6th December 2014 #WW1Centenary offer HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

I\’m offering Daffodils for free for a couple of days!

It\’s my way of marking the centenary year of World War One and a sort of Christmas present too!
The sequel, Peace Lily, is now published if you want to read on and a third book, Speedwell, is planned for the new year.


Daffodils has now received 65 reviews between the US and UK and even more on #Goodreads
It\’s averaging 4.6*s from those and Peace Lily is scoring even higher, over a smaller number.

Grab a bargain – this won\’t happen again for quite a while!


Remember – you can show appreciation by posting a constructive review – this is what keeps us writers going.

Thanks to everyone who\’s already done this – It is VERY much appreciated!

Peace Lily review in US http://amzn.to/1vHCMhc 5*s

This review is from: Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2) (Kindle Edition) 5*s
Even though this was the second book in a series, it can certainly be read as a standalone book. Katy Phipps and Cass Smythe come from two very different worlds but show how their worlds have collided. The journey of the two girls through the war in Daffodils shows how they are alike and how they are different. The war changed so many things and so many things were left unchanged. But Katy accompanies Cassandra across the ocean for a trip to Boston. The story details their adventures of love and friendship in Boston. But when things go very wrong and Katy returns early, Jem, Katy\’s husband, stands by her for all time. Katy wants to dream of a better life but seems to always have roadblocks thrown in front of her.

Martin\’s character development and descriptions bring these families to life. I felt myself cheering for their successes and crying for their setbacks.

While there wasn\’t nearly the historical references in Peace Lily, I recommend this book for anyone looking for an enjoyable read. I\’m hoping that there will be another book in the series and Martin has left that door open.

Thank you to this review and for posting on #Goodreads.com
All reviews are so much appreciated.

Thrilled with this beautifully written review for #Peace Lily http://amzn.to/1vHCMhc

5.0 out of 5 stars In the style of Alexandra Raife…, November 17, 2014
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This review is from: Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Peace Lily continues the story of the characters from Martin’s first book, Daffodils. The aspect I appreciate most about this novel is the way the characters are as real as the people who live next door and who have experiences to tell that might remind one of grandparents or great grandparents. There is a subtle reality in the depiction of their lives that reminds one of a favourite TV drama.
Martin has cleverly juxtaposed the democratic freedom of American life with the antediluvian British class system that was so under threat with the equalising force of the war. Similarly, she depicts the new role of women – quietly and without fanfare but as a fierce point to be made.
It is a timely reminder of the after-effects of World War I upon the social and economic structures of the world at that time, as we remember the centenary of that dreadful event.
Martin has a style reminiscent of writers like Rosamunde Pilcher or Alexandra Raife and Peace Lily is 5 star novel, with a promise of a third in the series. More than recommended.

#WW1 Armistice Day Daffodils on promotion as a salute at 99p

I have been very moved by the tributes paid to all the service men and women who have given their lives in defence of their country and to preserve world peace.
In Daffodils I tried to do them justice in telling the tale of not only an ordinary country man, from a small, rather feudal village in deepest Wiltshire, but also how the war affected his wife. She became a mechanic on the Front for the BEF, working on motorbikes and ambulances and playing a vital part in the war effort.
Daffodils was my salute to them all and in Peace Lily we discover how they coped with life after this massive conflict. They came home changed and shaken to find the world had not moved on in the same way. This lead to a different sort of conflict, an inner one, as they came to terms with life after their great sacrifice.
Daffodils is still on promotion at 99pence as my tiny contribution to their poignant legacy.

9th review of Peace Lily and it\'s 5 *s!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars First Class, 6 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Peace Lily (The Katherine Wheel Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
I have read all of Alex Martin\’s books and I\’ve never been disappointed and this one is no exception. Alex writes with great clarity and passion, her prose is brilliantly descriptive, and I feel her writing improves with each book. Picking up the story of Kate and Jem after the Great War was like revisiting old friends and I was soon hooked on their story. The Lady of the manor evokes images of times gone by when the distinction between the classes was paramount and left me wanting to give her a good shake. The characterisation is first class and the storyline zips along at great pace.

Well done Alex Martin on another brilliant story.

Cheadle Manor, as I see it in #Peace Lily http://amzn.to/1zxG8aL & #Daffodils

Found the perfect image for Cheadle Manor while browsing images for Wiltshire. A very good match for the back drop to Daffodils and Peace Lily. The manor house is a real character in each book and the story hangs on its bones.
I think it might be the manor house I use to cycle past as a kid on summer evenings just before the massive hill I used to coast down towards home.