First reviews of The Rose Trail – 3 x 5*s

The launch party of The Rose Trail was great. I had a thoroughly good time and met some great people. My reward came later in the day as I totalled three reviews (The Rose Trail went live a week or so ago). So here are the first impressions:

 The Rose Trail

The Rose Trail is a great mixture of amateur detection and supernatural riddles, with dramas of the present day crashing painfully into dramas of the seventeenth century. A time when the country was riven by civil war, religious bigotry, totalitarian rulers, rebellious subjects wanting liberty, and families divided – not so very different from some events today. I love the story of the past, with two brothers at war over politics and love, but I also adore the two present-day protagonists, Fay and Persephone, so very different, but linked by an uncomfortable way with the desperate touch of the past. Ghosts need to find peace – those of the distant and the more recent past. Fay and Percy make a great team of detectives and I suspect (hope) there will be many more investigations to come.
This is a fascinating and sometimes spooky story, which has us following a ribbon through time, back and forth to the 17th century.
However this ribbon has a disturbing and rather scary kink in it, which our story-teller and heroine – Fay – is determined to unravel. She is so down to earth and yet courageous 
with her gift of being able to sense another reality which most of us are blind to. She carries us along
 through time with a big love as her guide … her passion. But with this love, comes conflict. Fay has to
make heart-breaking decisions which will impact on her life – and the lives of others – in a hugely dramatic way.
I love the cracking pace, with surprising jolts. It\’s a great gripping read!

I loved The Rose Trail, the humour, sadness, history, mystery and romance not to mention ghosts keep it
 fascinating from the first page to the last. I couldn’t put it down.

On-line Launch Party for The Rose Trail

You are welcome to join the on-line launch party for The Rose Trail this Sunday morning, 11th December between 10 and 12 am. There will be coffee and croissants and the odd glass of Buck\’s Fizz for your virtual breakfast.
There\’ll be lots of information about the background and research for the book and lots of lovely authors to meet who are also donating some great prizes..
Join in and answer some simple quiz questions and you could win a free copy of The Rose Trail ebook. It\’s a timeslip novel set both in the present day and the English Civil War, woven together with a supernatural thread.

Just click on the link below on Sunday morning!

The Rose Trail Book Launch Party

The Rose Trail is published!

I\’m very excited to announce that my new book, The Rose Trail, is now published!
The Rose Trail is a timeslip novel set in both the present day and during the English Civil War. The complex story weaves through both eras with a supernatural thread. 

I do love a challenge and this book presented me with several. Not only was there a great deal of research for the historical section, there were five voices to convey. Fay is the narrator of the piece and a flawed and troubled character. Definitely not your average heroine.

 The Rose Trail
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The germ of the idea for this story was born many years ago. I was working as a secretary in a legal firm and had to deliver a will to a house on the Wiltshire downs. With the errand achieved, I looked around the tiny village and felt drawn to one particular dwelling. It was a beautiful house, larger than a cottage, but nothing grand. It was ancient but still stood, square and sturdy, basking in the sunshine and smiling across to the other houses skirting the village green. 
As I approached its whitewashed walls, I noticed it was empty. I peered in through the warped old glass windows, tucked deep under the thatched roof. Inside was a large room with a massive fireplace at one end. The floor was uneven, made of large limestone flagstones, glossy from the hundreds of feet that had worn it smooth over time. The ground floor was only one room deep and I could see straight through into the walled garden through the window opposite. 
Although the house was much humbler than the Meadowsweet Manor featured in The Rose Trail, it spoke to me of the era in which half the book is set, the English Civil War. I sensed a family at war with each other; conflicted and arguing, heard the clash of swords and the clang of armour. I remember vividly the chilling sensation that crept up my arms, making them spring goosepumps all the way up to my thumping heart. 
I knew then that I would never forget the place. I wondered if I had lived there before, in that war torn age, or perhaps I would live there in the future, with a family of my own. 
Neither scenario has happened, as far as I know, but the memory remains crystal clear in my mind. Instead of giving birth to children, the moment of seeing into the past has created a story.
It is my fervent wish that I have done justice to the house that spoke to me that day so many years ago and that readers will enjoy the result.

You can find the book here

The paperback will be available very shortly – just in time for Christmas!

Cover Reveal for #TheRoseTrail

I\’m so excited to reveal the cover for my new book, The Rose Trail.
This story is a time-slip novel with both a modern and historical narrative.
The Rose Trail is coming out very soon and its publication will be announced here.

Here\’s the blurb:

Is it chance that brings Fay and Persephone together?
Or is it the restless and malevolent spirit who stalks them both?
Once rivals, they must now unite if they are to survive the mysterious trail of roses they are forced to follow into a dangerous, war-torn past.

My tribute to the fallen of any war

Today is Remembrance Sunday and all the wonderful tributes that have taken place are both uplifting and sobering. Daffodils is my tribute to the fallen of WW1 but in a way, it\’s a homage to any person who died trying to save their country and loved ones from oppressors. The world is less certain than it has ever been in my lifetime and so I\’m honouring those generations who gave their lives so that we might live in freedom.
Daffodils is currently #free and anyone is welcome to download my take on the war that was supposed to end all wars. Daffodils

Daffodils hits #1! in FREE

Thanks to Bookbub and the advert I placed with them weeks ago, Daffodils hit the No 1 position in the UK and No 2 in the US for overall free books. I was stunned when I found out on the 8th September in a snatched internet moment at a cafe. I\’m abroad in France at the moment so didn\’t even witness this awesome event in my career but I\’m still as chuffed as could be.
Daffodils is still free so grab a copy. Pleased to report lots of reviews have also come through with many readers going on to read the rest of the series.
I\’m currently working on The Rose Trail, which isn\’t connected to The Katherine Wheel Series, but I still plan to write the fourth and final book in Katy and Jem\’s story next year, if I can get all the massive amount of research completed by then. Woodbine and Ivy will complete their story and bring a conclusion that I hope will satisfy all the questions I\’ve deliberately left unanswered in Peace Lily and Speedwell.
Thanks to all the 50,000 people who have downloaded Daffodils this week. I hope that each and every one of you will enjoy the story and come back for more.

Here\’s some of the new reviews of Daffodils that have gladdened my heart: 
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read, 12 Sept. 2016
\”5 *s This was an enchanting story full of love and adventure. It started before the first world war, when everyone knew their place in the scheme of things, although not everyone was happy with their place, then it covered the horrible war and the death and destruction and the firm friendships made during this war. I was really sorry when I finished the book. I shall buy the next two in the series as I enjoyed this book so much!\”

on 9 September 2016
\”Thoroughly enjoyable read that bought home some of the realties of WW1 from a woman\’s point of view. Although there is a romantic thread this book is head and shoulders above the usual offerings in the genre. It bought to mind the photographs I\’ve seen of my grandmother and other members of family in WW1 uniform and gave some meaning to little WW1 keepsakes I inherited. I look forward to reading other books in the series.\”

on September 11, 2016
\”I\’ve rated this book 5 star because I only had to neglect my housework for 2.5 days. The story is so real life with authentic characters and gripping struggles that made it difficult to set the book down. I will recommend it to my Book Club this month. I can\’t wait to read the next two books in this series!\”

The male perspective on Speedwell

5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Flowery “Women’s Only” Story, August 15, 2016
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This review is from: Speedwell (The Katherine Wheel Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
\”This book caught my attention by the title and the race car on the cover. And even though I hadn’t read the first two books of the series, I checked out the description, then a portion of the sample and bought it. Auto mechanic Katy (Katherine) Phipps, proprietor of Katherine Wheel Garage, is struggling to eke out a living in 1920s England, having apparently learned her trade in World War I. Her husband Jem (short for Jeremy) handles many of the building maintenance and household duties, including growing vegetables for themselves and for sale. Jem lost half an arm during the war, but doesn’t whine about it. Their humble home and workshop are a short distance from the manor of their unlikely friends Cass (Cassandra) and Douglas, who is an American who met his wife during the war. Cass, a daughter of wealth, privilege, and minor nobility, drove an ambulance during the war, which was probably when she and Katy became friends. Katy and her family were once servants at the manor, though, so they must have been acquainted. Anyway, Since Doug and Cass helped fund Katy and Jem to get the garage up and running, and since there isn’t much for Doug to do at the manor, coupled with the fact that he and the in-laws aren’t too fond of each other and it’s actually their place, Doug periodically stops by the garage to help out. The problem is, he isn’t much help. But he is amiable and charming, and by mutual agreement he begins selling new cars out of Katy’s shop. Doug is a car guy who loves to drive, so it’s a perfect fit. Soon Doug and Katy end up concocting a scheme to go racing, promote business for both of them. This story is heartwarming, heart-wrenching, and thought provoking. And although it isn’t a fast read, like many sagas, and isn’t of the genre I read often, it’s a compelling tale.\”
I feel that Speedwell has passed some severe masculine test with this review!

5*s for the whole Katherine Wheel Series ***** #amreading #amwriting

Format: Kindle Edition

\”I became caught up in this series. A few very late nights still up and reading. All characters were very well developed.
I need Kleenex at times,but that\’s what tells you you\’re in love with these characters. 
I would have liked to know more about the manor and the children. What happened with the other dear ones.
Do you think another book might let us know the answers ? Will definitely recommend to friends.\”
So pleased with this review of the whole series posted in the US. Really motivated now to write Woodbine and Ivy which 
will take the characters from The Katherine Wheel Series into the arena of the second World War – as if they
haven\’t suffered enough! Now the children of Katy and Cassandra have to face their life-changing challenges as
they deal with another global drama and readers will find out exactly how the two families\’ destinies finally collide.
Lots of research for this one, so it will take some digging for that, but I\’m hoping to get it out next year, 2017. I\’m just
polishing off the very different new book, The Rose Trail, which should be published this autumn, 2016.
Watch this space!

Thorny Matters Mutterings by author, Thorne Moore

Two writers well worth getting to know

Judith Barrow

Just sharing my interview with Thorne Moore. Author of the three following brilliant books:

Thorny matters

I have decided, after a long period of hibernation, to restart my blog, concentrating on matters of writing, authorship and books. I am beginning with a interview with fellow Honno author, Judith Barrow. Judith grew up in Saddleworth, on the Pennines, but has lived in Pembrokeshire for more than 30 years.


Judith has written the Shadows trilogy, a wonderfully evocative trilogy, the life, loves and tribulations of Mary Howarth and her family.

The story begins, in World War II, with A Pattern Of Shadows. Against a domestic background of family strife, jealousies and dramas, Mary is working as a nurse at the Granville mill that is now serving as a prisoner of war camp for Germans. The one thing she should not do is fall for a German doctor, Peter Schormann, but she does. In…

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