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Spotlight of the month – Audrina Lane


Audrina Lane

1. Do you write as a full-time author or do you have to squeeze it in around a full-time job or looking after the children? If you don’t write as your main job what are your aims for your writing?

I somehow squeeze my writing in around my full-time job working for the Library Service in Herefordshire. I’m sometimes not sure where I find the extra time but I can be found writing on the bus on my way to work or during my lunchtime. My aims for my writing are to continue working on my current 3 WIP novels. Hoping to get them all out at some point in 2018.

2. What inspires you to write?

I tend to write everyday type of characters who are either experiencing love for the first or second time around. Or equally about them battling their demons, such as abuse or depression – powerful; topics. On a lighter note, I also love motor racing so one of my recent novels and one of my WIP novels is based around the world of fast cars!


3. Tell me about your writing process, when and how? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I used to use an ipad but have recently switched to a Surface Pro which is both a tablet and laptop when the keyboard is attached. This means that I can carry it around with me and write whenever I find I have 20 minutes to spare. It also means I can write on my lap in the evening in front of the fire. I try and do a little bit each day but longer periods of writing take place at the weekend when I’m not at work! I’m afraid I’m mostly a pantser and just let my character guide me but I generally start out with a basic storyline in my head.

4. How much of your life experience goes into your books if at all?

With my first novel ‘Where did your Heart go?’ the storyline is based on my first love affair, with a few embellishments. But the first kiss for my main characters Stephanie and James was my actual first kiss. I did contact my first boyfriend and asked him if he was happy with the book content and he was kind enough to write the first review I had for the book on Amazon! I do try to draw from life experience because I think it gives the characters more depth and the storyline more meaning.

5. Describe your ideal writing location if money were no issue.

My ideal writing location would be outside my private home on my own island off the coast of New Zealand. I’d be on a lounger next to my swimming pool.

6. What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?

With my current final book in the Bloodstained Heart Trilogy its making sure that I stick to the storyline and conversations in the Heart Trilogy series (it’s a series about one of the characters in my original series) so I need to make sure the timeline stays the same but I bring a different slant to the same scenes. This makes it harder than just writing straight from your head. Also editing!!

 7. What one thing would you fix about the whole world to make it a better place?

Religion, I believe what I believe but don’t push it on anyone and truly think that most of the world’s wars and conflicts are because people have different beliefs and think that theirs is better than the others. That’s about as political as I get in that if we got rid of religion maybe we’d all live more peacefully – although probably not!! There would always be something I guess!

 8. What is your favourite review from any of your books?

This one for Bloodstained Heart. Part 1 – Passion. Because I knew I’d captured the essence of Felicity and equally made the reader feel sorry for her when everyone of my readers who urged me to write this story told me that they didn’t want to like this woman!!

 Oooh. You made me feel sorry for Felicity and I soooo didn’t want to. After reading the Heart Trilogy it was great to see what made Felicity the cold and driven woman she became. At the same time I felt so sad for her. Audrina has written this in such a masterful way that you can’t pinpoint the exact moment when the sweet and innocent girl turns into a ruthless murderess. It reads well as a stand alone but if, like me, you have read the original trilogy first then the added dimensions of how the stories link together makes this an ingenious and very satisfying read. Consider this my first nag to you Audrina Lane to get the second part finished asap. I know I’m not the only one waiting with baited breath. Thank you for a great book.

9. When you’re not writing, working, looking after the kids what else do you enjoy doing?

I love music and dancing, so you’ll either find me at a concert or out with my OH who plays guitar in a local band. I also attend a monthly barefoot dance session which is 2 hours of an eclectic mix of music where everyone who attends just dances however they like. A sort of disco but without the alcohol or the blokes trying to chat you up! Its pure bliss and I wish it was more often than just monthly. Also I have 3 black Labradors so I enjoy taking them out for walks. I find most of my poem ideas come from this pursuit.

 10. Can you tell me what you’re working on now?

I must be a sucker for punishment as I have 3 different novels in progress. The first is ‘Bloodstained Heart. Part 3 – Redemption’ which is the final story in this trilogy and the culmination of Felicity’s story. It’s a dark romance and she’s a rather evil, bitch of a character.

My second is another spin off from the third book in the Heart Trilogy series. I started a short story about two of the secondary characters in Closer to the Heart for an anthology. However the anthology never reached fruition so one of my readers who read the short story urged me to turn it into a full length novel. Its called ‘Bonfire Heart’ and is the story of Sebastian and Lena’s life – it may not be a very happy tale as it touches on Dementia and Depression, but is set in my favourite part of the world – New Zealand.

Finally the third WIP is with my co-author Rita Ames and we’re part way through the 2nd book in our ‘Need for Speed’ racing romance series. This one is called ‘24Hrs to Heartbreak’ and centres around Dre and Charlie who meet at the Indy 500 race.

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My Review of: Closer to the Heart by Audrina Lane


A spectacular end to the trilogy

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I wondered where the author could go with this third book but OMG the author blew me wide apart with this one. I didn’t see any of this happening and I don’t want to give anything away but this book is explosive, edge of your seat stuff. Tears of happiness and sad will flow if you have a soft side.

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My Review of Closer to the Heart


A solid continuation of book one.

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This is the second book in the series, I devoured this book. This book follows the relationship between Stephanie and James and Charlotte and Mitchell. But if you’re expecting happily ever after then you’ll be sadly mistaken, like any good book this author puts her characters through the ringer. Will it end well though? The characterisation in this book is so strong that they were as well known to me as my friends and the pacing was spot on. From here I dived straight into the last book in this series.

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My Review of: Where Did Your Heart Go? by Audrina Lane



Builds beautifully to an un-put-down-able read.

When I started reading this book I found it slow going at first, enjoyable but slow going. I could easily put this book down but when I picked it up again it was like putting on a pair of slippers. The author allowed you to get to know the characters until they got under your skin and what happened to them actually mattered to you. This is a story of a love that spans generations, realistic friendships and a spiteful woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. I think I was about three-quarters of the way through this book when it became un-put-down-able and I devoured the rest of it and went straight into the second book in the series.

Now about the book: Charlotte is struggling with a teenage romance and in order to help her daughter, Stephanie allows her to read her our diary from when she was a teenager. This is a triple thread story, as we follow Charlotte and Stephanie in the present day and Stephanie’s past through her diary but it isn’t only Charlotte who is reading it, Stephanie can’t resist the urge to go back and take a peep herself. All the deep emotions come back to haunt her. Not sure I’d want my daughter (if I had one) to read through my diary but I thought it was a beautiful idea and slowly Charlotte manages to put the angst of her teenage romance behind her as she meets Mitchell. But this new love brings up unexpected complications.

I sometimes find it hard to read a series by the same author as it can feel samey, but once Audrina had me hooked I couldn’t not read the whole series. The only thing I would have liked is to have had the name of the character’s whose POV we were in. Even though the author did distinguish between them having their name at the beginning would have made it a bit easier for the reader.




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Earlier in the week I blogged about the expectations of today’s society with regards to getting free books which was inspired by a Facebook post by Rose Montague. See below:

“I’m thinking about doing an event called OUR BOOKS ARE NOT FREE.

No giveaways, no prizes, no incentives other than meeting authors and readers, learning about their books, and supporting authors that want to sell their books. I wonder if anyone would like to participate and I wonder if people would actually attend the event?

If you are interested, please comment below. If I get enough authors/readers I will host the event……”

From there I felt so inspired and fired up that I wrote my thoughts down and added a hashtag which I want to see trending. #Booksarenotfree

Rose’s post inspired so many people that a five day event has been organised with half hourly author slots which are now full. Come and join this event, meet the authors pick up a book or two if your budget can stretch to it. Guaranteed no freebies but you will find more genres under one roof than you will anywhere else (aside from bookshops or online markets such as Amazon)

Event details:
Over 100 authors
Not a single book will be given away
Not a single prize will be awarded
Just some fantastic authors
With great books
At reasonable prices


Sat 11 Feb
2PM Rose Montague (Intro & Pep talk)
2:30 PM Monica Mertz
3:00 PM Veronica Del Rosa
3:30 PM Jen Winters
4:00 PM Theresa Jacobs
4:30 PM Sonnet O’Dell
5:00 PM S H Pratt
5:30 PM Clair de Lune
6:00 PM Aoife Marie Sheridan
6:30 PM Angel M Vosvick-Waggoner
7:00 PM John Hancock
7:30 PM Bailey Ziehmer
8:00 PM Barbara Winkes
8:30 PM M.L. Spencer
9:00 PM AJ Kohler
9:30 PM Claudette Nicole Melanson
10:00 PM Jesse Frankel
10:30 PM Elizabeth Ann Davis
11:00 PM Ani Manjikan
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Sun 12 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM Gillian Joy
7:00 AM Grace Rose Thomas
7:30 AM Maria Gibbs
8:00 AM Fiona Skye
8:30 AM Stuart Murray
9:00 AM Laurie Vincent
9:30 AM Melissa McArthur Gilbert
10:00 AM Cindy J Smith
10:30 AM Iyana Jenna
11:00 AM Krista Pakseresht
11:30 AM Karen Mossman
Noon Karina Kantas
12:30 PM Audrina Lane
1:00 PM Regina Partap
1:30 PM Cris Pasqueralle
2:00 PM Miranda Brock
2:30 PM Mistral Dawn
3:00 PM JF Holland
3:30 PM Gemma Roman
4:00 PM Flora McGregor
4:30 PM Erika Szabo
5:00 PM Joe Bonadonna
5:30 PM Michael Dellert
6:00 PM Heather Blomquist
6:30 PM Nancy Rollins
7:00 PM Courtney Shockey
7:30 PM Tima Maria Lacoba
8:00 PM Char Webster
8:30 PM Marsha Moore
9:00 PM Kurt Springs
9:30 PM Nicole Davis
10:00 PM Joe Compton
10:30 PM Deidre Mapstone
11:00 PM Carol Kauffman
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Mon 13 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM JoAnne Van Leedham
7:00 AM Alex James
7:30 AM Brianna West
8:00 AM Bri Amari
8:30 AM Susan Gibbons
9:00 AM Jennifer Thompson
9:30 AM Heather Ann Osborne
10:00 AM Michela Homer
10:30 AM Devorah Fox
11:00 AM Beverly Lee
11:30 AM Jennifer A Thomas
Noon H.C. Bentley
12:30 PM Tom Tinney
1:00 PM Peter Churchill
1:30 PM Dawn Chapman
2:00 PM Cindy Schneider
2:30 PM Lynn Lamb
3:00 PM Monte Dutton
3:30 PM Gary Morgenstern
4:00 PM Lu Whitley
4:30 PM Karen McFarland
5:00 PM Shakyra Dunn
5:30 PM Stephanie Ayers
6:00 PM Trey McIntosh
6:30 PM Sandie Will
7:00 PM Maggie Anderson
7:30 PM Juli D. Revezzo
8:00 PM Kade Cook
8:30 PM Emmy Gatrell
9:00 PM Colen Evans
9:30 PM Sarah Buhrman
10:00 PM Barbara Chioffi
10:30 PM Sarina Langer
11:00 PM Jeanette O’Hagan
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Tues 14 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM Dianna Wyles
7:00 AM Jennifer Malone Wright
7:30 AM Georgia Mathers
8:00 AM Cori Nicole Smith
8:30 AM Joe Sledge
9:00 AM Joe Ganzer
9:30 AM Maretha Menichini
10:00 AM Dianne Astle
10:30 AM Jane Anthony
11:00 AM C.S. Wooley
11:30 AM Suzi Albracht
Noon Alexis Danielle Allinson
12:30 PM Isadora Montrose
1:00 PM Amy Richie
1:30 PM Pletcha PJ Webb
2:00 PM Kasper Beaumont
2:30 PM Kelly Erickson
3:00 PM Stephen Hunt
3:30 PM Julie Stanley
4:00 PM Tom Fallwell
4:30 PM Cree Storm
5:00 PM Tiger Herbert
5:30 PM JJ King
6:00 PM Jessica Gomez
6:30 PM A M Rycroft
7:00 PM Ashley Uzzell
7:30 PM Marie Krepps
8:00 PM D.j. Ruggiero
8:30 PM Heather Ellen Yamauchi
9:00 PM Beth Honeycutt
9:30 PM Shelli Humphrey
10:00 PM Christopher Paniccia
10:30 PM Debbie Manber Kupfer
11:00 PM Jessica Fisette
11:30 PM (daily wrap up)

Wed 15 Feb
6:00 AM (Daily Intro-Host)
6:30 AM Sarina Langer
7:00 AM Sarah J Hilder
7:30 AM Miriam Averna
8:00 AM Jane Ederlyn
8:30 AM Owen Mullen
9:00 AM Annie Buff
9:30 AM Claire Marta
10:00 AM Lucinda Clarke
10:30 AM Lindsay Johnston
11:00 AM Devon West
11:30 AM Zorha Edwards
Noon Romarin Demetri
12:30 PM Jennifer Brown
1:00 PM Jason Crawford
1:30 PM Candace Osmond
2:00 PM Lily Amis
2:30 PM Jeanne Felfe
3:30 PM S A Gibson
4:00 PM Eva Gordon
4:30 PM Parker Sinclair
5:00 PM Kristy Nicole
5:30 PM Scott Carruba
6:00 PM Mirren Hogan
6:30 PM R.L, Weeks
7:00 PM CJ Rutherford
7:30 PM A.T. Brennan
8:00 PM Debbie Dickerson
8:30 PM Niki Livingston Walker
9:00 PM Dawn Ibanez
9:30 PM Barbara Custer
10:00 PM Tia Siren/Amy Brent
10:30 PM Markie Jordan-Madden
11:00 PM (Event wrap up)

Look out for this event because it should be phenomenal. Let’s claim back a fair price for a job well done.


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There is a growing trend in society to believe that books should be free or heavily discounted and we have all been guilty of feeding into it. I pick up freebies but I am also happy to pay for the books I want. Maybe I can’t get all the ones I want but hey isn’t that just life? I see lots of clothes I like and I might be able to pick up a new dress for a special occasion or a new pair of jeans because my old ones have holes in where no self-respecting forty-something wants holes but I can’t buy every item that my heart desires. Certainly not on my non-existent income as an author. Just as well I have a full-time job that stops me from being a starving artist languishing in a garret with only bread and water to sustain me. My day-time job takes up a huge portion of my week and often leaves me drained but from somewhere I have to find the time for my passion which is writing. My dream would be my writing to take off and be able to write full-time but alas that can’t be at the moment.

Everyone of us has had people who ask for a free copy, I’d like to quote my friend and fellow author Chris Turnbull “erm No! There is no such thing as a free copy…even I don’t get a free copy and it’s my book.” 

We do have a free copy on our computers, sure and we can send it to our Kindle device but if we want a print copy of our book, we have to pay – the proof copy isn’t even free. But let me tell you a bit more about what we’ve paid for: A beautiful cover, a feast to the eye, to tempt you, an editor to shape our words and spot mistakes and inconsistencies. And let’s be clear on this my editor and cover designer, both wonderful women who are also authors won’t accept it if I ask them to provide their services for free–which I wouldn’t do. Some people pay for marketing and do promotional giveaways.

I have three novelettes on the market at the moment and a pending novel (having the red pen treatment). A novelette is small, doesn’t require the same time frame to write it but I still used my time and I still paid for the above items. Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of my first novelette ‘As Dreams are Made on.’ Based only on the cover and editing alone I have lost £36.00 on it. So to recap, two years on and with 104 kindle sales and 16 paperback copies I am still in the red. I haven’t set my price high 0.99p/c because it is a short read. An hour or so of entertainment for under £1.00/$1.00 but still people want it for free. You could argue that if they like it they might buy one of my other books and yes that is true but lets also go back to the earlier paragraph where I acknowledged that I can’t buy all the books or clothes I like. So maybe it would generate sales–but maybe not.

Books aren’t just entertainment they are often an escape from reality –a reality that many people find challenging so given the duality of the product why do we question its value?

I’ve got an experiment for you to try (I won’t do it myself as I previously mentioned my busy schedule 🙂 )

Walk in to or phone your hairdresser and ask them if they will give you a free haircut.

Ring your garage next time your car needs a service or MOT and ask them to do it for free

Who loves having their nails done? Manicure? Pedicure? Facial? Let’s see about this freebie

The list is endless.
I would love to hear back from anyone who gets a freebie. Good luck and happy hunting.

But for this author who works endlessly and pays for the services I receive the only freebies I will consider are those that I choose to give for a promotional event which will require your participation.

For anyone who believes that authors should be paid for their work please leave a comment in support and it you are so inclined please share it with the hashtag #Booksarenotfree let’s get it trending.

If you are interested in my books follow the links:



If you want to know more about my books have a look at the other pages on this website. You can even see the reviews that I have left for the books I’ve read recently.


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West Midlands Attending Author Interview: Audrina Lane



  1. Can we start with your name and where you’re from?

My name is Audrina Lane and I’m from Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

2. Most authors love reading, is this true for you and if so who was/is your inspiration?

Absolutely, I’ve been a voracious reader since as early age, devouring classics like Little Women and Gone with the Wind. I guess my main inspiration is Stephen King, because he writes such brilliant characters. I also enjoy Jilly Cooper and Anita Shreve.

3. What genre do you write in or do you cross over into many?

I write contemporary love stories but with an erotic twist. However I have plans for branching into the paranormal genre in the future and have been enjoying writing short stories with a horror/supernatural edge to them. Still love though!!

4. If you could take any character from someone else’s book and make him/her your own creation who would it be and why?

It would have to be Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, because she is such a complex and feisty female throughout the novel. In many ways I want to shout at her and give her a good shake and in other ways I completely admire her ambition.

5. When did you first start writing?

I started writing short stories for my sisters when I was a teenager. I then wrote my first full length novel in 1992, aged 19. However it languished in a loft until 2013 when I re-worked the idea into my first book.

6. Do you plan every inch of your books or do you just let the words flow?

I’m afraid I just let the words flow although I generally have a rough outline of the story in my head. However this often changes as my characters evolve and shape the story.

7. Who is your favourite character and why? (your own character)

It has to be Stephanie from my Heart Trilogy series and my first character. She is kind of based on me and many of my hopes and fears so she’s kind of like my twin sister.

8. Was there an event in your life that triggered a particular book, or even a scene in a book? If so what was the book and what was the event?

The first book in The Heart Trilogy is very much based on my first love affair and trying to make sense of why something so perfect, ended! My favourite scene in the book is Stephanie’s first kiss with James and this was taken from the memory of my first kiss, strangely enough in the same location, with a lifeguard called James!!


9. Are you working on anything at the moment? If so can you share any tasty morsels?

I’m currently working on the 2nd part of my two part series called Bloodstained Heart. Part 2 – Revenge. This is the story of Felicity, the evil bitch who causes havoc and destruction in the Heart Trilogy series. 


I’m also working on collaboration with another author called Rita Ames called 24 Hours to Love. It’s a love story written by the two main characters. I write as Jackson, the alpha male racing car driver and Rita is writing as Lola the pit board model that he falls in love with during the Le Mans 24 Hour motor race. (See teaser attached)


10. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out?

Just do it, don’t worry about it or put it off. I wish I’d started writing years ago as I feel I have so many stories to tell and not enough time to tell them in!!

11. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work full-time for Herefordshire Library Service, delivering the service to schools, nursing homes and the elderly within Herefordshire. It can be frustrating being surrounded by books when all I really want to be doing is writing. My writing happens in every other available space and time during evenings, weekends, and lunch hours! I also enjoy walking my dogs, listening to music and dancing.

12. What is the hardest part of the whole writing, editing, marketing process for you?

I think it’s the editing and trying to be more concise and precise with my writing. Luckily I have a great editor and a friend who is really good at spotting spelling and grammar mistakes for me.

13. We all have those friends or family members who make sweeping statements about our writing or the process, which is your particular bug bear?

My other half when I’m sat on the sofa with my iPad open and he asks “Are you busy?” Apparently this does not look busy to him so always have to make sure that all the relevant chores are complete before I do sit down.

14. What is your idea of happiness?

Having the time to write more!!

15. For this one I want you to showcase your creativity by painting me a picture, with words, of your ideal setting to write in.

I can feel the soft, warm breeze drifting up from the ocean that is directly in front of me. My sun lounger is positioned to shade me as I sip on my cold gin and tonic and let my characters frolic in their story.

16. What makes you laugh/cry?

My dogs playing together or fighting over a chew or toy makes me laugh. As for crying I’ve done a fair bit recently and generally because certain songs come on the radio and remind me of the past.

17. You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take three men/women who would they be and why? This can be practical or purely sexual in nature.

Mmh, good question! I would take George Michael for his singing and song writing. I’m sure we would be able to shoot the breeze and have a great friendship. Scott Eastwood, because he is so hot and can swim so we’d have some fun together in the waves! Finally my best friend Miriam, because a girl always needs a gossip!

18. What is your most annoying habit?

Biting the skin around my fingers, it’s a nervous habit that I do when I’m stressed or upset.

19. Please tell me about your books? For each one please send a pic (kindle cover would be perfect)

The Heart Trilogy

Where did your Heart go? – The first book in the series. It’s a story about Stephanie and her daughter Charlotte set in my home town of Ross-on-Wye. When Charlotte’s first relationship comes to an end her Mum gives her the diary from 1988 which is the story of her own first love affair. A great look at first love in the 80’s juxtaposed against first love today, and the possibility of second chances.

Unbreak my Heart – The Second book in the series. It sees Stephanie reunited with her first love James, whilst Charlotte is happy in her relationship with Mitchell. But the evil ex-wife Felicity is on the scene and causing chaos and dancing ambitions may pull Charlotte and Mitchell apart.

Closer to the Heart – The final book in the series finds both couples struggling with their relationships with family deaths and Felicity’s destructive nature. But will it all end happily – I’m afraid I can’t say as it would spoil things!

All the trilogy books are filled with references to fantastic music from the 80’s through to now.

Bloodstained Heart. Part 1 – Passion

The first in a two part series (I’m currently writing the 2nd) this is a dark, erotic romance that tells the life of Felicity (from the Heart Trilogy). The first part starts as she approaches 18 years old in 1978 and then continues and gives a different perspective on the events from all of the Heart Trilogy series. It also gives a more in depth look at some of the other characters from the series.

20. Lightning round

Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Cash or credit? Cash
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beach or Mountain? Beach
Summer or Winter Summer
Sweet or Savoury Savoury
Early riser or late riser? Early
Morning or Night? Morning
Christmas Tree – real or fake? Fake
Sex – Lights on or off? Dimmed


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Roses & Dreams event from the 18th December

The Roses & Dreams event on the 18th December was a howling success and great fun to book. Here I will recreate the party and results.


We started by thanking our cover designer and editor.

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Hello Everyone
For those who don’t know me I am Maria Gibbs and although I have been writing all my life I have only been a self-published author since January 2015.
I have a passion for life believing it should be lived to the fullest as we never know what is around the corner. Not only do I love writing but I also enjoy reading, travel, horse-riding, motor-bikes, jet-ski’s and crafting. I work full-time so my writing has to be squeezed in outside of office hours.
I dream of escaping the rat-race and spending my time in a place of natural beauty where I can indulge my creative side. 


Thank you Maria and welcome to the party everyone.

So I’m Su and I write under the pseudonym Rose English I post as both Su and Rose so I hope I don’t confuse you all too much (I have enough confusing myself at times)

I live on’England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, my house is wall to wall books. I even have several ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’.

I’m a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. I love theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage, I have very eclectic tastes.

I used to work as a school librarian, and share my love of books with children, it was the best job I ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

For me writing is a hobby, I am more of a Read-a-holic. However, after winning FIRST PRIZE in a short story competition with ‘The Magic of Grandfather Christmas’ featured in ‘Seasonal, Sweet & Suspenseful’ I was inspired to transform the story into a full length novel, to be part of 4 seasonal short stories starting with ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time.’

Here are my links I would love you to drop by and say Hi Enjoy the party, we have been busy posting all week so when you get a spare moment do scroll right on down the page and check what you may have missed

Rose English


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You’ve heard a little about us so now please feel free to use the comments tread to tell us about yourself.

The only person to take this opportunity to tell us about themselves was Jacquie New.
Jacquie New I’m a Vintage Mystery author writing under the name J.New, you can find my FB page here – Jnewwrites and the first of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries “An Accidental Murder” novella is available on Amazon at the following link, with the short story prequel available FREE on my website and the second book, a full length novel is due out in February 🙂…/dp/B00V3KTWQE/

I will be publishing a novel at the beginning of 2017 and later on today I will be revealing the cover but for now I want to tell you a little about it and play a game.

A Boy from the Streets

Twin boys are born on the 12 September 1981 in a hospital in Brazil and left as orphans to their fate. One boy is adopted by a couple and taken to England but the other isn’t so lucky, Pedro ends up on the streets left to fend in a harsh and unforgiving world. 
Twelve years later Jose is brought back to Brazil where he inadvertently learns the truth about his twin and the adoption and runs away to find him, thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him. What happens next will shake and shape the rest of his life–if he can survive.
Pedro is offered an opportunity that is beyond his wildest dreams, but to keep it means betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated.
A boy from the streets will tug at your heart-strings as you follow the twists and turns this story takes.

A few teasers for you:


First little game to break the ice.

For the chance to win a signed print copy of ‘A Boy from the Streets’ due for release early next year just enter the competition below.

I found this point scoring system on the Urban Dictionary and thought rather apt. So add your score up and write it in the comments box. If you want to make it more fun then tell me why you got your score but not necessary if you want to stay off the radar. The highest score will win a signed print copy but I will also gift an e-copy to the person with the lowest score. 


The game sure confused a few people but the results came in as:
We have a grand prize draw that many authors have contributed to and their offerings will be posted throughout the event.
Each of the following authors have donated an e-book(s)
Each book has a promotional slide with a number attached which will be added throughout the event.
When you see one you like the look of please share it and comment shared underneath. You will be entered into a draw and the winner will win an e-copy of that book. You can enter as many as you like. Each entry will be counted from the shares underneath each separate slide.
No party is right without Champagne & Nibbles.
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Grand prize
First up is Wings of Darkness by Sherri. A Wingler
Two copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 
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Next is Healing Danger by Maddie Wade Author
Two copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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Hi Everyone. It’s great to be back online with Roses and Dreams – can’t believe it’s a year since the last party. Thank you to Su and Maria for inviting me and to all my fellow authors for their continued support. It’s great to share ideas, info and be part of the UK Indie Author community.
Welcome to my relatives and friends who have given me so much encouragement over the past year and have become part of my fast growing Facebook family.

This was a great thread with lots of chat – too much to add here so will post Fliss’ (Felicity’s) posts which are rather awesome, I’m sure you’ll agree.

For all newcomers….
My name is Felicity Snowden I am a writer of murder, mysteries set in our wonderful county of Yorkshire and I’d like to welcome you.
Find me at…/dp/B01E7M64DI
My latest book ‘Grave Misconception’ is set in Whitby, North Yorkshire which has not only attracted millions of tourists over the years but has also been a draw for some of the literary legends – including Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and the unforgettable Bram Stoker. It is most certainly an exciting location not only as a colourful coastal resort and in terms of historical charm but more importantly as a haven for the creative writer in search of inspiration.

Although my photographic talents are somewhat limited I managed to take a few timely shots which you can find on my website

My first impressions of the Goth culture were duly recorded on my return and can be found on my Goodreads page.…/412595-in-search-of-the…My first impressions of the Goth culture were duly recorded on my return and can be found on my Goodreads page.…/412595-in-search-of-the…

Having visited Whitby in April last year my research continued with online sites, library and museum visits. Both my novels work on a time switch theme and aim to highlight a specific event in our local history. In this case the tragic loss of the Rohilla, a newly fitted hospital ship bound for the beaches of Dunkirk in the early days of WW1. The ship that floundered in the seas close to Whitby on that fateful night, was at first thought to have been struck by a German mine.

The vessel was actually in distress due to the horrendous weather conditions and the lack of coastal lights causing it to veer dangerously close to the rocks at Saltburn Nab.

During my research I came across a beautiful Folk song performed by the group ‘Now Then’ based in Barnoldswick and Earby, a haunting melody which relating the story of the disaster. A very moving piece that commemorates those from the area that lost their lives. Well worth a listen….

A little bit now about my style of writing. Before I start writing I work out a skeleton plan –but as with most things in life it doesn’t always go the way you expect. It’s that ‘voice in my head’ thing again….no I’m not cracking up. Although many writers work on the concept that it’s better to start your story from the middle and go from there, I prefer to start from the beginning.

However with ‘Grave Misconception’ I found I had certain images/ ideas in my mind that were quite prominent and seemed desperate emerge. Needless to say they were hardly material for the first chapter.
And so I worked on those thoughts and here is the culpable extract.…/397252-grave-misconception

Thank you for joining me at the Dreams and Roses Christmas party.
I’d like to leave you with a competition to win a paperback copy of ‘Grave Misconception’. The McBride Murder Mysteries Book 1
First to send five correct answers to my email address will receive a FREE signed copy.
1) Name the church that stands on the headland at Whitby, close to the Abbey?
2) In which month of 1914 did the Rohilla disaster occur off the East coast, near Whitby?
3) Which famous Gothic author wrote a novel featuring the last voyage of the Demeter?
4) Name the two months of the year when Whitby holds its weekend Goth Festival?
5) Name two characters in ‘Grave Misconception’ – The McBride Murder Mysteries Book 1?

Please email your answers to
Good luck and happy reading.

Grand prize
Next up is Rising Tide by Claudette Nicole Melanson
Three copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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Hello all! My name is Joshua Sutton and I write Paranormal Fiction. I have two books out currently In Memory and Shadowborn. Both are part of my debut trilogy In Memory Trilogy, you’ll here a bit more about those books later on.

A little bit about me, Im a Kent based author who loves mostly anything a little nerdy, I play World of Warcraft and love all things fantasy and paranormal. I hope you all enjoy my slot my links are below:




So now you’ve enjoyed my intro lets do an AMA!


Su: So give us an idea about your 1st book Josh to introduce us please
Josh:  So the usual marketing goes like this:

Ever wondered what would happen if you were possessed by a demon? Demons are taking over Sarah’s mind, rendering her incapable of original thought. Will she succumb to the war that is about to explode, or will humans finally win out?

That’s only a teaser though I shall let you figure out a lil more

Maria: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Josh:  Mostly people I see at work. Other inspiration comes from just asking myself what if? Besides that I always wondered what the world would be like if there was magic everywhere as a part of our lives.
Jacquie New:  How do you go about naming your characters? Cornelius is a great name, one of my favourites.
Josh: Honestly I just plucked the name out of thin air. I think I was reading something that used that name.
Dawn Singh:  Are you methodical or a seat of your pants writer?
Josh: Bit of both. When I’m at work I love to plan out my chapters then when I sit down I don’t necessarily stick to those plans
So here’s a teaser for my first book In Memory!   And here is a teaser for Shadowborn!
All this fun was thirsty work
More Champagne & Rum Truffles anyone?
Game time I got two ebooks to give away you get a copy of In Memory and Shadowborn Caption my doggy photo.
Another game! Same prizes as last time just caption this!
A Few more teasers
Grand prize
Next up is Butters Comes Home by Claudette Nicole Melanson
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

So this is my last post of the night. Sadly I have to go do adult things now. A HUGE thanks to Su and Maria for having me tonight. I hope you all enjoy your next guests and the rest of the event. I will now retreat to my cave to try and finish my final In Memory Trilogy book before the new year. Once again here are my links for social media etc



Hello lovely people.

Thank you to Maria and Su for orgnising this, and for letting me take part!

I am a Fantasy author based in Yokshire, and I will be giving a brief introduction to my books shortly.

Say hi below, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions!


Lots of hello’s:

Jacquie:  Where abouts in Yorkshire are you from Kelly?
Kelly:  Hi Jacquie, I’m from good old Doncaster!


My first published series was the Witch-Hunter Trilogy.

The first book, The Shadow Rises, follows Hunter (I know, a witch-hunter called Hunter) and his colleagues as they stop the modern threat of witches in the UK.

The book is free to download from… well, everywhere. 

This was a great little game:



Which character are you most like from the Witch-Hunter series?
Try this quick quiz!

Lots of people entered here


What do you all do away from the computers and notepads? What hobbies and activities do you take part in?

I used to be a semi-professional horse-rider (a.k.a. shit-shoveller), but now I just ride m own horse for fun.

It’s the only form of stress-relief for me



Su: I love this picture beautiful the only hobby I have is reading I am a confessed Read-a-holic 🙂
 Kelly: Yeah, funny story – me and Jade went hacking through the woods cos we wanted to avoid the photographer doing a promo shoot (we were in our scruffs). Guess who we met up the woods?
Denise:   I am a crafter lol I crochet goodies for all my loved ones!
Maria:  I love horse riding too, or motorbike or going away on holiday. I also love jet ski’s and crafting. But i could write continuously lol
Fliss: Must say I prefer to keep my feet firmly on the ground. I do believe that horses have a therapeutic effect though.
Rainne Atkins: I read a lot and enjoy crafting 


(an ecopy of The Lost Soul can be won in the grand prize)

Enchena’s history is written by the victorious. Through war and betrayal, King Hrafn’s reign has spread across the land.

The rebellion is stirring again… In a world where the evil nature of humans has infected the very forests and animals surrounding them, they are crying out for a new hope; a new hero.
Natural enemies must come together, to overcome the curse.

Two innocent people must be brought from another world. One will bring the rebellion the way to succeed; the other will be their destruction.


Fancy a festive freebie? (Say that twenty times fast)

Check out the newly-released Winter Trials.

Winter Trials will be continuing with a full-length sequel at the end of 2017.
Now… you have the chance to decide what I am going to call this new series!
Select one of the options below, or create one of your own (Witchy-McWitchface will not be accepted)

Northern Witch was voted for.
Right lovely people, the last half hour has flown by. I will be hovering for the rest of the evening, so hope to chat to you all later!
Grand prize
Next up is The lost Soul (Enchenatti) by K.S Kelly S. Marsden
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the ❤
Thanks to Su and Maria for inviting little ol’ me along. My name is D M Singh and I write paranormal YA as well a little humour. My FB page is below please give it a like and say how do in the comments.
Those who know me, know I like the darker side of things, so let’s have some dark-side fun. Check out the game below and have a giggle at your vampire names.
 Dawn Singh: btw Immortal Lust right here lol …. Off to change my name folks
Maria: Vampire Bat
Maria: Why couldn’t I be Sensuous or Seductive!!!
Jacquie: Death Leech – OMG! I wanted Lascivious Vixen
Maria:I know right
Jacquie: Please call me Indira Zebedee from now on! 😉
Kelly: Requim shadow
Dawn: oooo mysterious
Ann Morgan:Count Hunter. How disappointing. More of an instruction really. But definitely not to be attempted when drunk
Dawn: hahaha
Maria: If it was stroke hunter it would have tied in with Kelly’s character. #smuttylady
Chris: Fanged Wrath
Ann: See that suits you. A tidy name. Not like mine. Grump!
Rain: Death Macabre
Kelly: Sensuous Hunter!
Su: Tormented Lust yeah sounds about right LOL
Kayla Pipkin: Requiem Slayer
Soooooo … , my latest baby Dead Normal, was launched this past Halloween and we already have some Derek groupies … you know who you are. So for those of you who’ve not yet tiptoed into my little world here’s a little taste.…/B00L9KPA3W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
One of the best things about writing this book was the exciting prospect of a book crossover between myself and my fave author Sherri A. Wingler, who graciously allowed me to borrow Grim, my favourite character from her books.…/B00L9KPA3W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
I may or may not have crush on this character. I’m saying nothing. Shh I’m normal.…/B00L9KPA3W/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
For those of you who loved Derek, he will be back next year in Before Death, here’s a little taste.
My time is up, thanks for gluing your eyes to your screen for the past half hour. Here’s a taste of my new book series coming 2017. Peace out
Grand prize
Next up is Blade of The Destroyer Andy Peloquin
A whopping five copies are up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 
Grand prize
Next up is Dead Normal by Dawn Singh
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 
Hello one and all hope you are enjoying the party as much as we Thank you to the lovely Dawn #DeadIsTheNewSexy for sure. Here are my published books
So as it is the Christmas season I will start by introducing ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ Inspiration came when researching the Longcase clock which is the original name for the Grandfather Clock. Inspired by a song from the 1880’s ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’
Here is a link to the song but there are hundreds of other versions even Cliff Richards did a version and Johnny Cash prob spelt that wrong LOL Sorry
There is even a quaint story behind the song that was written in the early 1800s if you want to know more check this link
Great news as well I finally got my ‘Lost Love in Spring’ up and live in both Kindle and print format here are a couple of teasers. The story is all about hope and when Emmeline’s soulmate is tragically injured during a raging storm she uses her grandmothers tomb or Home Remedies to nurse him back to health. The story is only short but the book has been heavily researched and includes an A ~ Z of Herbal Remedies well worth checking out.
~*~Rose’s Game 01~*~
For a chance to win either an eBook of ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ or ‘Lost Love in Spring’ Give me the name of a song with a flower in the title.
An extra entry for knowing the artist
A third entry for finding a YouTube video to show me.


Don’t forget you can share as many of the prize slides as you want, comment shared in each one you do and you will be entered for the draws.

PIMP the hell out of these awesome authors.

Grand prize
Next up is In Memory by Josh Josh ‘Balders’ Sutton
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 


Grand prize
Next up is Shadowborn by Josh Josh ‘Balders’ Sutton
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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These are my three novelettes that are on sale on Amazon: kindle and print copies available.
Covers designed by JC Clarke from The Graphics Shed and edited by RE Hargrave, both very talented authors also. So a shout out to both of them.




In order to win an e-copy of any one of these I have a little game for you.

What is your fantasy villain name? The winner is the one that makes me laugh the most.


Just for fun

Feel free to add your own cheesy jokes in the comments.


From Chris Turnbull: On which side do chickens have most feathers? On the outside

From Rainne Atkins: Why was the turkey in the pop group?

Because he was the only one with drumsticks!

Now for a few teasers from ‘A Boy from the Streets’



OK so poor Maria Gibbs Author pc on the go slow so I am going to post the next prize draw slide for her Forever Love kindly donated by the lovely Laura Morgan. Thanks Laura 


So now I am going to share with you ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ the slide tells all 
Hi guys, I have to love you and leave you now, (I’m a couple of hours ahead) but just wanted to say a big thanks for a lovely party, I’ve had a great time, met some wonderful people, got some new books, emptied my pockets and drunk all Maria’s champagne! Best of luck with the rest of the ‘do’ and have fun. J xx
I know not many people are fans of poetry but this has come lovely little short stories in it along with the symbolism of the rose with some background history. A little bit of info about the meaning of different coloured roses and my favourite topic to research Myths and Legends check out this one about Yellow Roses


~*~ Rose’s Game No. 02 ~*~

Design yourself a Rose for an eBook of ‘Rainbows & Roses’

1 entry per rose name

2 entries if you can find an image to match the design colour and all

***This competition is not run by or endorsed by Facebook. ***

Click the image to open to allow you to read it better if you are like me and need your reading glasses on 


Su’s Rose


Audrina Lane’s: Beautiful Apricot sweet dream!


Nicole Nixon’s: Romantic New Dawn Eminence
Carnation pink


Jean FS’: Angelic Joy Nadeshiko pink

Rainne Atkins: Enchanting Rainbow Magic Eminence

Tracey Wood: Enchanting Tuscany Superb Yellow Rose


Unfortunately when you are an Indie Author doing print on demand the costs are high so it cost me alone £10 just to get ‘Rainbows & Roses’ printed via Createspace but that is because I wanted it in Full Colour as a gift for my mum. Once I had a colour copy in my hand a black and white one would not have had the same effect 


Grand prize
Next up is Carousel by Chris A Turnbull
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 



1 point each to finish the sentence from my website, if everyone gets them all the first person to finish will be the winner.

1) She walked out; her scarf gone, the Gypsy garb absent just an ordinary woman………………………………………………………………………..
2) I spent my formative years in Paris society, when Mother’s money had run out, ……………………………….……………………………………….
3) Pedro is offered an opportunity that is beyond his wildest dreams,……………………………………………………………………………………………
4) Lightning illuminated the sky, highlighting the crazed woman who stood outside sodden to the skin,………………………………………………………………………………………………….
The inspiration for my first novel was something that happened in my life, but the book isn’t about my life,……………………………………………………………………………………………………


Rainne Atkins1 …in jeans and jumper.
2 …and the inspiration had been muted by the Gin bottle then we lived with ‘uncles’.
3 …but to keep it means betrayal of someone he loves.
4 …black hair plastered to her face and hanging limply over her shoulders.
5 …but it gave me the inspiration to write it.



Another little teaser from ‘A Boy from the Streets’ before the cover reveal at the end of this time slot.

This is also a game. **Not endorsed by Facebook** None of the games here today have been.

You’re placed in a position where you can only pic one baby when there are twins, would you:

Pick one with a heavy heart
Say you couldn’t take either of them because you couldn’t separate them
Threaten to divorce your husband to try to make him allow you to take both

I would like you to indulge your creative streak here and give me a dialogue between Christina and her husband Fernando. The most creative answer will be gifted an e-copy or if you prefer (author option) you will be added to the back of the book as a promotion for one of your own books.


Only Su entered and she will already be getting a copy and will be mentioned in the back of my book with whatever book she wants advertised.

I would not do any of those, sorry I would appeal to his sense of humanity, his gentleness and kindness I would appeal to the man I had fallen in love with and explain that twins should never be separated and if it was too much for me to cope I would hire in a nanny. 

**COVER REVEAL** coming in the next ten minutes.



Grand prize
The Dragon Dreamer by J.S Jenny Burke
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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Unfortunately one of our lovely author friend is unable to join us this evening JG Clay after having broken his ankle so we are posting on his behalf.


J.G Clay is definitely a Man of Horror. There can be no doubt. Putting aside the reverence he has for the horror greats, such as King, Barker, Herbert, Carpenter, Romero and Argento, there is another fact that defines his claim for the title of the ‘Duke of Spook’. He was born on Halloween night. By a quirk fate, it was also a full moon that night. Co-incidence?
Here at Clay Towers, we don’t believe in coincidences.

The 41 year old hails from the Midlands in the United Kingdom, is married with one step child and two dogs that bear a strong resemblance to Ewoks. Beyond the page and the written word, he is music mad and can hold down a tune on a bass guitar pretty well. He is an avid reader and also has an enduring love of British sci-fi, from the pages of the ‘2000A.D’ comic to the televised wanderings of Gallifrey’s most famous physician. Clay is also a long-time fan of the mighty Birmingham City Football Club and endures a lot of flak from his friends for it.…


Just for fun and to keep you rowdy lot amused while I eat, drink and be generally very merry.


Kelly L B Housden: I went to McDonald’s with my future husband because I smoked crack

Yvonne Eason: I named my cat after a gangster, because I am a ninja.

Maria: I Named my cat after a monkey because I was born that way

Chris: I took a shower with a paper bag because I smoked crack 

Kat Hayward: I punched a drunk lady because I’m a ninja.

Su:  have nightmares about Oprah because I’m a ninja LOL did Dawn Singh do this I bet she was a ninja too 

Dawn: I killed a clown because I was horny lol

Susan Barraclough: I got kicked out of Walmart with Eminem cos I’m a stripper. Deal with it

Jessica Rhodes: I’m deeply in love with Chuck Norris because I was born that way

James Davies: I used to date Lord Voldermort because i’m a stripper. Deal with it.

Kelly: I punched a paper bag because I’m sexy like that…
Hmph, of all the things I could’ve punched!

Jean FS: I think I am a drunk lady because I love drama! lol


If you are not sure if you are going to like horror or how dark it is there is currently a wonderful anthology currently FREE to download in which is featured J.G. Clay’s work
Grand prize
The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 15542365_1602906236683118_7003113477316668256_n.jpg 15697261_10154074063576975_5277024437267894630_n.jpg
Hello again hope everyone is having as much fun as we are. Don’t forget we have been posting here all week so do SCROLL right through the posts. Wow did you see Maria’s book cover I so want that book 

Rose Work in Progress W.I.P.

So when it comes to WIPs Maria is the master by far, she has so many ideas written down I lose count. For myself I am continuing with my book series although I do have something completely different I am working on that I started during NaNoWriMo. But I’ll tell you about that at the end.

To check on my WIP visit my wordpress blog it has info old and new on there. Some books have been inspired by spotting covers on the pages belonging to our wonderful cover designer JC Clarke of ‘The Graphics Shed’ check out her Etsy page


So a lovely lady told me the other day how much she loved ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time’ and would there be any more? Well the answer is YES. I have the bare bones of all the Grandfather Time Series which are based around the seasons. ‘Last Orders Jack’ was actually written before Grandfather Time but I have entered it in several competitions and because they will not allow you to enter already published books I hung on. So hopefully that will come next


The beautiful covers are by JC Clarke check out her Etsy store below. I must admit I was not the easiest customer she had, making a cover from scratch not like the pre-mades she is so great at. But once she had shown me the image for the first one the images came thick and fast along with the stories LOL

I am also working on a series for ‘Lost Love’ the first story is live with an A~Z of plants for herbal remedies. Book 2 ‘Lost Love the Great War’ will feature an A~Z of flowers and their meaning again with a few myths and legends thrown in.


Another project I am still working on is ‘Seal Mother’ a short folktale about the Selkie Seal Maiden who steps out of the sea and becomes a beautiful woman when her skin is stolen she has to live the life of a human.


I thought I was finished with the tale but I have now expanded it to two stories

‘The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry’ published in Childs Ballads late 1800s about a beautiful handsome male selkie. Found digitized in the Internet Archive

Check out my YouTube book teaser with beautiful music used with the kind permission of Karan Casey & Friends from the album ‘Seal Maiden: a Celtic Musical’

My favourite ‘The Seasons’ is composed by Ger Wolfe with vocals by Karan.

The Silkie Song’ vocals again by Karan Casey…

Teaser from ‘Seal Mother’


And the background for the second story about a handsome male selkie such beautiful tales and the music is wonderful…

~*~Rose’s Game No. 03~*~

For a sneak peek PDF copy of Seal Mother visit my WordPress blog, and leave a short comment below the relevant post. I would love to read your thoughts


How time flies when you are having fun, our lovely friend Chris is up next so we can take a short break for food. So thanks Chris and I’ll see you soon folks ENJOY 



Grand prize – Last prize
A Lifetime or a Season by Maria Gibbs
One copy is up for grabs – so get sharing and spreading the 

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` Hello and thank you to Rose English UK Author and Maria Gibbs Author for inviting me to take part this evening – You ladies are doing a fabulous job!
For those of you who don’t know me I’m Chris Turnbull Author. I am from York, UK and I mostly write ‘Historical Fiction’.
My books are quite different, from two time travel stories, to a Victorian Murder novel.
This year I published my first children’s book with the help of artist Rebecca Dasilvaline.



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
My first published book ’The Vintage Coat’ is a time travel story set between modern day Alston , Cumbria; and WW2.
If you could travel in time where would you go and why?



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Some teasers from ’The Vintage Coat’…



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Just for fun…answer me this question!


★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
My second book is a much darker tale, and is set in the beautiful harbor town of Whitby. Cover and Internal designs by Joe Hunt.

Blurb: LESS than 3 years after the release of Bram
Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormented
by a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his
role model; and it isn’t long before women
are being murdered, and the residents of
Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has
travelled to Whitby with her new husband,
is targeted, it is a race against time to catch
this cloaked monster before he kills again



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
A few fun teasers from D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret
Thank you to Rose English UK Author for creating these 




★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
Just for fun!…As it is only a week away and all 


Maria: Sparkle McBlizzard.

Chris: Bells McSnowy

Carl Turnbull: Bells McChilly

Sherri A Wingler: Hope McGlisten!

Kelly Housden: Candy mcbauble

Denise Robbins: Tinkle McSnowflake

Joanne Rosser: Festive mcfreeze

Su: Hope McSlushy

Jean: Festive McSparkie!!

★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
In July 2016 I was lucky enough to be a part of UK Indie Lit Fest #indiearmy– This was a great event bringing together a wide selection on the UK’s best writing talents. As part of the event some authors submitted a piece for an event Anthology, which is now available on Amazon to puchase.
My contribution was a short prequel to my Whitby story, which can be read in the Anthology, or can be purchased separately.
Author’s keep your eye’s peeled for next years event which will be advertised very soon! 



★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
I would like to take a quick moment to talk about a charity fund raising event I did this past year. Back in June, after 6 months of fund raising I cut off my hair and beard for charity. This was quite a big thing for me to do and it scared the life out of me because I have a phobia of hair cuts (sounds silly, but I really do hate scissors close to my ears)…not to mention the fear of looking so silly after loosing the hair and beard in one go.
I was really hoping to raise £1000 for two charities (Cystic Fibrosis + Support Dogs). And I am pleased to say that after 6 months of hounding people, and a successful garden party on the day of the shave, I raised a massive £1,400 (including gift aid)
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported not only me, but these incredible charities 


★✩★ Chris Turnbull Author ★✩★
This year I went back to my roots by releasing another Time-Travel book. This time taking us back to 1889 Paris.

BLURB: Jonathan was supposed to be getting married today, but instead he is in Paris; and what’s worse he is now over 120 years in the past.

Transported back by an old amusement carousel, Jonathan finds his life turned upside down as he finds himself stuck in 1889.

Desperate to return home, he goes in search of the carousel. Although his wish to return is high, he soon learns that his reasons to stay could be just as compelling.



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Maria: sn’t that the thing that makes you wet the bed?!

Dawn: This flower smells like butt

Carl: Dont give me that…i weed on that earlier.

Denise: There’s a bee in there!

Robert Glide: I don’t like butter

Jean: That’s not Food! Don’t you pay attention to the warnings!!


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Back in October I was lucky enough to release my first ever children’s book: A Home For Emy.
This project meant so much to me, not only because it is based on true events (and is my dog) but because this book had been written for over 4 years, and finally being able to release her to you was a dream come true 



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Here are some of the internal pages of A Home For Emy
All the incredible artwork for the book was done by Dasilvaline…check out Bekki’s page and give it a LIKE





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It would appear my time is up already…
…Thank you again Rose English UK Author and Maria Gibbs Author for putting on an incredible evening of fun.

Maria posted a competition earlier to WIN an ebook copy of CAROUSEL, so don’t forget to enter that. AND by commenting on any of my posts from the last 30 minutes you will be entered to win a Paperback copy of A Home For Emy.

Enjoy the rest of your evening guys 

Thank you for having me! Now we’ve got a bit of time for something dark 😉 Let me introduce myself. I’m Laura Morgan, author of dark novels such as my Black Rose series  I even have a #freebook Look, if you dare

A little about me… I love edgy, gritty books that strip your heart and soul bare and leave you with an epic book hangover at the end. That’s what I aim to do with mine, and I think my readers agree! At times they’re dark and controversial, but that’s also what makes them unique.
Tell me, do you enjoy dark reads? I hope so haha 


So, I have three different series available. One of which is my dark paranormal Black Rose series, and another that is contemporary romance with a crime edge to it. Tell me, have you met Leonardo Solomon yet? He’s a narcissistic gangster who’s nothing but bad news, but somehow he might just be what tortured soul Cassie Taylor needs…
Book two is now available to buy on Kindle and both are available on KU 

Just for fun… Tell me, are you a sufferer too haha!


Su: Oh year several I love Asher from ‘Wings of Darkness

Maria: Comte Joffrey de Peyrac from the Angelique series by Sergeanne Golon

Sherri: Rochester from Jane Eyre was my first love.

Jean: Oh yeah and no cure for this.. Need books to keep me going on those days there’s nothing to watch on tv.


So, as you’ve all seen, Rose and I have been taking some stunning pictures lately… We’re both participating in a charity calendar for 2017 and I have to say, we all loved the entire process! Don’t forget, you can get your copies here and ALL proceeds will be donated to charity, so all for a more than worthwhile cause x


Now for something entirely different lol…
I also have a dystopian science fiction series written under my pen name LC Morgans. It’s a story set a thousand years in the future, in which humans have used and abused the planet beyond repair to both the earth itself and to society. Close to cataclysm, an alien race called the Thrakorian’s step in, but at a price. The human race is enslaved to their new masters, albeit willingly, and this is the story of a young girl and her journey into adulthood beneath their reign…

As was posted earlier, you guys are in with a chance of winning an ebook of my novel Forever Lost, so please stay tuned to find out if you’ve won. I hope whoever the winner is falls in love with them just like I did!  You can find out more about Cassie and Leo on their amazon page, and here’s a cheeky teaser for the story too xx


Thanks so much for having me. It’s been great fun. Please don’t forget to stop by my page and give me a like so we can keep this going! xx


I’m going to give you a couple more teasers for ‘A Boy from the Streets’

To be in with a chance of winning an e copy, go to my Amazon page and follow me, then comment done in the thread.





This will be my last post.

A little excerpt from another WIP ‘Is this Love?’ which is book one of two the second is also partially written with a working title of ‘Illicit Love’:

Is this Love?

My day started with a needle being stuck in my arm; of course technically it didn’t it I was at home in bed with my wife. I watched as her eyelids fluttered open. I was struck anew by the piercing blue eyes that sought mine straight away as they had every morning in the five years we’d been together. Her long blond hair fanned the pillow. I reached out and touched the silky softness of it knowing that I wouldn’t wake up next to her for the next four mornings. It was a poignant moment rather like yesterday at her scan finding out that we would be having twins.
A smile touched the corner of my lips as I thought about the perfection of the day before; suddenly being a father was a real prospect, and I knew I had to be around to witness it. I wanted to teach my children to play football, to go to the park and push them on swings and whatever else a father is supposed to do.
The way I saw my day starting though was with that needle, drawing out my blood to send it to the laboratory for tests before my regimen commenced. This was followed by them collecting stem cells to be replaced after treatment and a run through of what to expect.
“This is the room that you’ll be in for the next five days.” The nurse informed me cheerfully as though she had given me the key to a suite at the Ritz.
My first impression was of the soulless quality of the room and the three patients already ensconced in their places. One man lay back on the bed and the other two sat on large padded upright armchairs.
“Come on in.”
The three voices welcomed me in unison.
It didn’t take me long to work out that this room wasn’t soulless. It might not be the Ritz, but it contained a character of its own; supportive, like a blanket placed around someone after an accident. My fellow “inmates” were Joe, Thomas and Christopher. Joe sat on the bed on his second cycle of treatment, pale, gaunt; every inch the advertisement of what to look forward to from chemotherapy. Thomas, a rugged redhead with ruddy cheeks and Christopher, whose skin was the shade of ebony and whose smile stretched across his face, were both on day two of their first course of chemo. A bond grew between us very quickly. Gemma said that the room contained magic. I came to see that she was right.
I was told that it may be a little uncomfortable when they inserted the cannula into my vein, but I can’t say that I really noticed it. The thing that I came to dread was the drip, drip, drip of the drugs, sliding like a snake beneath my skin. On the first day, it was Etoposide and Cisplatin, drip, drip, drip, crawling, writhing through my system, mingling with my blood, flowing through me. I was also given anti-emetics which I was told would combat or lessen the vomiting.
Days two, three, four and five: the same combination of drugs with the addition of Bleomycin on day two. The routines of the days were the same: a tedium only broken by the other patients and the visits of the wives. I don’t think I had ever realised how long twenty four hours could be. Part of me thought I should appreciate every moment since time was precious, but that didn’t account for having a needle in your arm with a steady stream of poison flowing through your veins. The only other sound that filtered through was the beep when the drip bag needed changing.
“Have you seen that website… oh, what’s the name again?” Joe pondered for a few moments, I could almost see the cogs going around in his head, “… the one set up by testicular cancer survivors? It’s on the tip of my tongue… Check ‘em boys that’s it.”
“Yeah, my mate Jake told me about it,” I answered, conscious of a metallic taste in my mouth.
“Has he had testicular cancer too then?” Christopher was looking nauseous and I could see he needed some distraction.
“No. It’s his way of feeling useful if he finds out everything then he can ensure I know it all.”
“It’s difficult to take it all in.” Christopher leaned forward suddenly but then looked like he regretted it as he returned to his original position.
“I have to know everything,” said Joe, the “only way I could feel like I was doing something. I hate feeling that I have no control. I haven’t stopped reading since I found out.”
“It doesn’t seem to sink in for me,” I admitted, “small bites work better than huge chunks. I seem to drift off into a dream world after a couple of minutes.”

~*~Rose’s Game No. 04 ~*~

So like I promised here is my latest WIP and I am giving away 5 PDF copies of ‘Shoe Shorts’ this is a project I started as this year’s November ‘NaNoWriMo’ Challenge. The idea, as many here will know is to write a novel or whatever in 50,000 over the course of one month, that being November. I just about scrapped through and completed the challenge and have the bare bones of a new book. The cover is from the teasing designer JC Clarke who constantly tempts us with her beautiful creations. Read the slide to see what you need to do 🙂


There will be an added entry for the PDF Short Shoe story ‘One Night in Fabulous Shoes’ if you can tell me what shoes the story is about. Visit the blog then post below. Also I would love to read your thoughts on my blog.

Please guys help me finish the truffles and Champagne and take some balloons home with you.


~*~Final Joint Game~*~

Now for our final game of the evening and this is going to take a little bit of thought but there is a couple of surprise prizes up for grabs read the slide to see what you need to do. Have fun 


Thank you to everyone who has joined in the fun tonight, everyone who has supported us and befriended us over the last year and to those we met today.
The competitions are staying open even though we are shutting down and winners will be announced on Tuesday night.


Thank you everyone for joining us this evening to help us celebrate the love of Books and to hopefully introduce you to some new reads. As Maria mentioned Games are Open until Tuesday so do scroll down and check what you missed. Happy Reading and hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Winners announced Tuesday