Monday, 17 December 2012

Maggie's Child by Glynis Smy

Today I'm joining Glynis Smy, author of Ripper, My Love in celebrating the launch of her second novel, Maggie's Child. Congrats, Glynis, wishing you heaps and heaps of success!

Say hello to Glynis...
What a fab snap!
The ebook will be available at a Christmas - New Year price of 99c via Amazon, (and other Amazon outlets around the world).

About Maggie's Child

When farmer’s wife Maggie Sawbury gives birth to her fifth child, the only one that has lived and the result of an extra-marital affair, she is heartbroken and desperate. Maggie knows her joyless life with a bully of a husband is not one a child should endure, and she leaves the baby at the roadside to be found by passers-by.

Her money-driven husband announces he has found her another job in the village of Redgrave, aside from the many tasks she has on Windtop farm. He is totally unaware the position comes with a secret. One that frightens and yet brings joy to Maggie. She is to become wet-nurse to her abandoned child.


Love, and the possibility of incest, threaten to open old wounds, and Maggie has several decisions to make. However, will they be the right ones? If she tells all she knows, it will bring about the destruction of three  families. Equally, her silence could be just as destructive. She shares her secret with another, the result  changes her life, and a death brings with it more secrets. Will Maggie stay or will she walk away and find the love she craves?



Want to win a paperback copy?

If you can tell Glynis the name of the prostitute friend in her novel, Ripper, My Love, you will be put into a draw for a prize copy of Maggie’s Child in paperback format. The email address you need to send the answer to can be found in the sidebar of, NEW BOOK BLOGGER.



Buy on on Amazon

Isn't the cover lovely? I think so!
About Glynis

Glynis Smy, (nee Honeycombe), was born and raised in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near Harwich, in the county of Essex, England.

She married her school sweetheart, Peter, in 1979 and they produced three amazing children, Darren, Nicola, and Emma. The long hours of a nursing career, and running two pharmacies ended in 2005, when she and her husband moved from the UK to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Glynis spends her time writing historical novels, poetry and various other projects. When she is not tapping at the keyboard she makes greeting cards to sell for charity, or enjoys a spot of cross-stitch on the back porch. Failing that, she and friends sit chewing the fat over a glass of village wine.

To purchase Ripper, My Love in various formats: Books by Glynis Smy

Meet and Tweet with Glynis ... Ghunibee
Facebook Page: Glynis Smy
Author Blog: Glynis Smy

Thanks go out to Talli Roland, Len Lambert, Jen Moon and Dieter Moitzi for their support with this novel. Also to all those who are hosting the launch event.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Christmas Memories of Mum


This morning, as I sat watching The Decoy Bride (treating myself to a break from writing!) and the main character explained how her mother was dying, thoughts turned to my own mum who died in 2010 after bravely fighting breast cancer, surviving for eight more wonderful years before the beast (there were eight expletives here - typed with tensed, clawed fingers pre-edit) returned and devoured her.

Strong, loving, and courageous even as she lay in her bed, an uncomfortable oxygen mask upon her face, she never stopped being my mum. Christmas time is always hard, not just the actual day but the time leading up to it. We would eagerly snatch up early Christmas decorations as they appeared on the shelves at the end of October (usually from TK Maxx at Westwood Cross. We loved TK Maxx, it stole our hours from us).

Time will not heal the hole in my life my mum left behind but I carry that hole as part of me, the same as I carry her for ever in my heart. I will always wish she could have held my first ever novel in her hand, so in this lead up to Christmas time, I can only remember the many shopping trips we shared and for her I write a first Christmas novella, Unveiling Christmas. Maybe now it is time I started a new Christmas tradition - writing a festive themed story each year, each dedicated to my brave mother.


Do you have a Christmassy thing you do every year? Do you snap up pre-Christmas bargains and squirrel them away for the festive season? What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Truly by Summer Day

Summer Day has just released her latest novel, Truly. It'll going on my TBR list! Here's the cover and a little about the tale...

~ Cover courtesy of the author ~
What would you do if the love of your life left then returned years later? Parted as teenagers and reconnecting as adults in the tiny seaside town of Wentworth, Ben and Jane must decide if true love really waits. TRULY is a modern, teen romance inspired by the classic Jane Austen novel, Persuasion. 

The first chapter of the novel can be read on Summer Day's blog. 
It can purchased on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk

It looks set to be a fantastic read and I wish Summer Day lots of success with it!

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party!


Today I'm taking part in The Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party to celebrate the launch of Janice Horton's romantic and humorous Halloween novella, How Do You Voodoo? Isn't the cover fab? I think so! Here's a little about the tale:

Loveless fashion model Nola Nichols thinks being beautiful is a curse; that is until she is cursed and her looks begin to fade just a week before the most important photo shoot of her career.

Nola rejects all rational explanation on what might be causing her lost looks and decides she has to find a way to get uncursed. This imaginative quest takes her from the Caribbean to Glasgow’s own City of the Dead. Along the way, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, involved in a voodoo ritual, reveals one or two unrests in her own past and falls madly in love with a doctor. Erm, that would be a witch doctor, right...?




Now for my spell I decided to opt for something really, really, really important...


For The Want of Princessy-Hair

Oh hair, hair I do despair,
Make thee-self long and lustrous fair,
With regret, I clip for thee
A lock of mine own stubby hair.

I mix it all in a carved out toadstool.
With a twig of Hawthorne as my spoon,
Kissing my lucky wolf’s paw wishing
That the magic works real soon!

For the spell to surely work
I dance barefoot on a bed of Scotsman’s beard clippings,
Singing sweetly while manically snipping
A single rose into the boil
Being heated by the stench of Haggis scented oil.

I tiptoe around a sleeping beast,
Wishing upon my worry stone I will not be his midnight feast
And collect a vial of his dragon tears,
To soak into an Afghan dog’s-ear,
Creating exponential growth of hairness you see
For I want mine long and Princessy.

Now my potion’s done and made
I shovel it atop my head with a Thistledown magic spade,
Lather it up with a litre of refined toad-sweat,
I’ll look gorgeous - I just bet!

To top it off and keep it in place
I cover it neatly with a spider’s web from Bruce’s cave.
Now all that’s left to finally do
Is sit cross legged holding aloft a Pixie Dust encrusted shoe
Until the mixture turns crispy and skull-tight
Under the swirls of the Northern Lights.

Three long days have dragged and gone
My throat is hoarse from singing stupid princessy hair songs,
I crack the shell from my head
With chewed off nail clippings stolen from a giant’s bed.

And there to reveal, in my looking glass of moonstone
Is a mass of Princessy hair,
As silky soft to the touch as a velveteen seal
And far longer than Rapunzel’s had ever been.

But wait, it’s still growing...and growing...and growing...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Now, please excuse me while I dig myself out of this tangled disaster and make another spell - if that doesn't work then, well, the house will have nice new hairy carpets...

Whisk yourself over to Janice's Author Blog and visit all the other party-goers too! 

Find out more about Janice and her novels:
Janice Horton lives in Scotland and writes contemporary romance with humour. Her novels ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ are both Amazon Kindle bestsellers. Her latest title ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ is a romantic and humorous novella for Halloween and out now!
Follow Janice on Twitter: @JaniceHorton  Like her Author Facebook Page
Featured Author & Associate Editor at: 
Loveahappyending.com
Link to Janice's ebooks on Amazon.co.uk  Link to Janice's ebooks on Amazon.com

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Postful of Randomness

I've been neglecting my blog a little lately so I decided to throw together a post of random pictures I've taken over the last few weeks. Sadly I haven't bought any shoes recently...oh wait, yes I have! 

I'm now busy working on my second novel, Exposing You, which I am hoping to release early next year. It's been quite an eventful year so far. I released my first novel, Lies Love Tells, and have been super pleased to have received some fantastic reviews, both online and in my local newspaper. It was hard work and, at times, I did feel sick (especially when clicking that button to publish) but it has been fun in a head-achy-sicky-panicky-euphoric kind of a way. I also released my first collection of short stories, Underleaf, and another free ebook containing two short stories, Love Lies at Viola's

I'm currently heavily into vintage clothes and can easily spend hours browsing online for fab finds, my latest purchases being black leather trousers and a pink leather midi skirt (which I still haven't worn out yet!) but whenever I do spend time vintage browsing I feel guilty as I should be writing!



Me (wearing some new glasses) and the big-mouthed dog!


Walking shadows!


First Christmas decoration of the year, isn't he cute?! When my mum was alive we would always buy early Christmas decorations whenever we saw one which grabbed our attention so it's a tradition I'll always carry on. 


Vintage boots by the couture designer label "Gina"  A bargain pair of never-been-worn arty boots for £30! I'm waiting for the perfect time to wear them, they're suede so there can't be even a hint of dampness when these step outside. 

Thanks for reading, back off to carry on with the writing now...well either that or looking for even more vintage bargains...

Saturday, 20 October 2012

A Shadow in The Past by Melanie Robertson-King


I'm pleased to welcome Melanie Robertson-King today who is talking about her book, A Shadow in The Past. So, over to Melanie:

Thanks for having me on your blog today, Gina.

Tell us a little about your book:

It’s a YA Crossover time-travel with romantic elements set in Scotland. (Saving the good bit for the blurb *grin*) entitled A Shadow in the Past. My one-liner is When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past.

What did you enjoy the most about writing it?

I loved researching the Victorian Era. I was fascinated by the things I discovered especially the strange death customs. But even better than the research, I loved the fact I was writing about the area where my father was born and I’ve visited many times.

What has been your favourite moment throughout the whole experience?

I’ve had a few and each one trumps the one before. First was the contract offer, then it was holding my book in my hands for the first time, making my first sale, and then hosting a launch in my hometown where I sold 22 copies.

Did you click your ruby-slippers heels when in Kansas?

No, and I only had them on for a short time because the event was outdoors and my heels would have sunk into the soft ground. But they were with me and I put them on for a few photo ops. When my editor and I drove back from Topeka to the airport in Kansas City, I looked over at her and said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” The airport is just over the Kansas/Missouri border.

About A Shadow in The Past:

When nineteen year old Sarah Shand finds herself in Victorian Era Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she has no idea how she got there. Her last memory is of being at the stone circle on the family farm in the year 2010.

Despite having difficulty coming to terms with her situation, Sarah quickly learns she must keep her true identity a secret.

Still, she feels stifled by the Victorians’ confining social practices, including arranged marriages between wealthy and influential families, confronts them head on and suffers the consequences.
When Sarah realizes she has fallen in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, she faces an agonizing decision. Does she try to find her way back to 2010 or remain in the past with the man she loves?





About Melanie:

I consider myself a romance writer but write in other genres, too. Currently, ten of my non-fiction articles have been published, with one being a feature cover article.

My father was a Home Child who came to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. My article Always a Home Boy is his and his siblings story. I also speak to local historical and genealogical societies on the subject of Home Children.

I love to read but now that I’m writing, I have to be careful what I choose. I don’t want things from other people’s writings finding their way into my own work. So, to that end, I try to read from totally different genres. I don’t think I could write it effectively, but I love to read crime fiction.

My other interests include genealogy, especially the study of Home Children, photography and travel – particularly Scotland because of my kinship with my father’s homeland. It was on a trip to Scotland, that I had the honour of meeting The Princess Royal.

Where to buy A Shadow in The Past:


Melanie's Links:

Author Blog: Celtic Connexions http://www.melanierobertson-king.com/wp02/
Facebook Author Page    Twitter Account: @RobertsoKing 

Thanks for appearing on this blog, Melanie, I really enjoyed your comments and learning about how close to your heart the setting for your novel is.
 I too love photography and shoes - of course!
 Wishing you heaps of success with A Shadow in The Past.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

New Covers!

Lies Love Tells has a new cover which will be updated soon, here it is:


Love Lies at Viola's, which will be a free ebook, is due out next week and also has a new cover:


I'd love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Cover-Off!

I'm close to finishing my short-story mash-up which comprises two short stories, one featuring Saze, the main character from the novel Lies Love Tells (out now), and another with Imogen, a character from the novel Man-Ache (due out at the end of the year). I thought I had the cover decided but now have a different idea to consider, so here they are, in order, and I'd love to know which one would make you want to read the ebook.




Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

I'm Not Really Here...

Hello *waves*, I'm not really here but over on the lovely Natalie Flynn's blog talking about my short story collection, Underleaf. Natalie is the author of The Day I Died, a collection of ten short stories, check it out on her blog here.

So, while I'm not really here, I thought I'd share the cover of a short story mash-up I'm working on at the moment. It comprises a story involving Saze Monnivan, from my novel Lies Love Tells (available now), plus another featuring Imogen James, from my upcoming novel Man-Ache. The book will also include a sample of Lies Love Tells and a sneak-peek sample of Man-ache. I will be offering this as a FREE e-book. Here's the cover, what do you think? 


Cover illustrations ~ Copyright ~ Gina Dickerson
I was super-excited over a very wonderful review of Lies Love Tells in my local newspaper, The Isle of Thanet Gazette. Here it is: (it's also online here)

From the Isle of Thanet Gazette, September 7th 2012
Thanks for stopping by, see you over at Natalie's!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A signed Talli-Tale!

Have you heard of Talli Roland? If you have you'll already know how lovely she is, if you haven't then, well...she is lovely. 

Author photo courtesy of Talli Roland.
Talli has written great books, all of which I have consumed and enjoyed, and when I asked her if she would mind signing my copy of her novel,  Build A Man, she kindly obliged. Build A Man is the first novel in the Serenity Holland series. 



Isn't that such a wonderful message? I think so! Have you read Build A Man yet, or the second in the series, Construct A Couple? They are entertaining and fun! 

Talli Roland on Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Summer My Pics!

I've not posted for a while, being super-busy with the school summer holidays, finishing Underleaf (a collection of 16 strange short stories, available for the Kindle now and soon to be available in paperback) and then working on Man-Ache (2nd novel), so I thought I'd share some of the photo's I've snapped over this summer. I used to take my "real" camera out with me, mostly whenever I left the house, but now opt instead for using the camera in my phone as it's a lot lighter and always with me! 

I'm a bit, okay I'm lying...I am a massive shoe collector and at last count I had around the two-hundred and fifty pairs mark (that's not a lot , is it?!), but now I've lost count and I'm wondering if I could actually wear a different pair every day...uber glam for sitting at the desk and writing as I'm normally just wearing flip-flops! The shoes deserve to be worn! I recently dug out three pairs and snapped some pics of them. They're lovely and highly unsuitable for walking the dog but that's what makes them irresistible...rather like the chocolate fudge brownie cupcakes I made recently!

Anyway, here is the random mix of pics:


I've been working on small illustrations for the paperback version of Underleaf, a different one will appear as a small image underneath the title of each tale. I hope people will like them! This image accompanies the story Free Range.

Summer wouldn't be summer without many, many trips to the local beaches!

Wonderfully high (inappropriate dog-walking) ankle boots. It's been too hot to wear these really so I can't wait for the colder weather to set in just so I can wear boots!

My two boys playing about in the sea. Aren't they cute?! 
A sand sculpture my son snapped, this was on Broadstairs beach during Folk Week.

Now, I don't normally have pictures of cats, being more of a dog person, but this cutie  appeared in my nan's back garden.

Deliciously scrummy choc-fudge-brownie cupcakes I baked. Sadly they're all gone now so I need to make more - yay! I didn't know how they would taste as I made them without eggs and this was the first time I've ever made eggless cakes!

Fruit cookies drizzled with milk chocolate - these didn't last long either!

Not having an overly large garden we can't have a huge trampoline (boo!) but we do have this one and the dog loves it. He claimed it as his new "bed", choosing to stay on it right up until bedtime!

Another pair of beautiful sandals. I bought these five years ago for my pre-wedding party and am really fussy with them...no liquid can come near them, no food, no dog's slobber...erm nothing! They're by Gina, the style is Rox which is still available on their site and, I presume, in their stores in London. The colour is Rose-Mist and I haven't seen this colour back in their collection since I bought them. 

My first ever newspaper interview! It was for the Isle of Thanet Gazette about my first novel, Lies Love Tells. The photo was taken in Margate Old Town and I was a bit embarrassed! The online version of the article is here.


Yes - another pair of (overly high) sandals! These were a bargain (£31.50) buy purchased before Christmas 2010 to wear on the special day. They're by the label Faith and it was the sparkle which attracted me to them.

Pretty thistles on a walk along the clifftop.

A tiger at Howlett's Wild Animal Park. It is rare we see  the tigers when we visit the zoo but this one obliged with a great photo opportunity as it passed the safety glass barrier. It was being very noisy and attracting a lot of attention! 

I always have to take pics of me and the (my) dog.

            Taken at the zoo, I liked the colours!

Have you been having a wonderful summer? Are you a collector/hoarder of a particular thing or are you a thrower-outer? 
Happy summer and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Underleaf is Out!

I've been very busy working on Underleaf, a collection comprising of sixteen tales, and it is now available for the Kindle! 


The next step is to prepare the collection for paperback release which I hope to have ready in about a month. 


Anyway, here's a bit about the book:



Underleaf

A house with a disturbing secret, jealousy which turns deadly, heartbreak in more ways than one, and people who aren’t quite what they seem make up a few of the stories within this collection.

Turn the pages and discover that there is more to each tale as you venture Underleaf...

Available from Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.





Phew, so that's Step 1 completed and it feels a small relief! Now just to work on Step 2 during the remainder of the school summer holidays! Not that it feels like summer here today, it's grey and  cool! Even the dog is huddled up indoors. 

How about you, are you juggling writing with school holiday time? 

Friday, 27 July 2012

First Video!



My first ever video - eek! It's a little test run I recorded last week. I am currently working on Underleaf which I'm still hoping will be available for the Kindle by the end of July. I am working super-hard on it and may have to admit that it will be out within the first few days of August instead of by the end of July! I hadn't taken into account the school summer holidays which can't help but eat into writing time!


You can add Underleaf to your Goodreads shelves here. As soon as it's available, I'll be sure to post a blog about it!


Lies Love Tells is on Goodreads here and there is a Giveaway which runs until the end of August to win a signed copy of the paperback. It is available on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon, as well as other various ebook and online sites.


I slipped down six steps at home today, well slipped on one then slid-bumped the rest (very elegant), so I'm looking forward to a cool glassful of sparkling wine this evening to ease my aches! On the plus side there's an interview (another first!) with me about Lies Love Tells in my local paper, The Isle Of Thanet Gazette, so that helped to cheer me up!


Thanks for watching and reading! Happy weekend, do you have anything fun planned?

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Beach, Dog, and Desserts!

I've not posted a blog about what I've been up to for quite some time. I'm currently super-busy working on my collection of short stories which I'm aiming to release in a week or two as a collection in a book entitled Underleaf. 


I thought I'd share some pictures I've taken recently of things I like/have made:

Some desserts I made - rhubarb crumble, apple crumble, and a strawberry syllabub.
Gold Award given to my son for earning hundreds of points for good behaviour.  I was very pleased with him!

In the past two months I have not managed to snap one decent picture of my dog. I think he is being stubborn and refusing to pose for me. 

Views of my local beaches, taken when walking the dog. I adore the coast.


A friendly butterfly which landed on my sun-lounger. (I was editing my work in the garden, honest!)

A fruit, cherry, and nut cake I made for my father. I have no idea what it tasted like as he scoffed it all himself!

What have you been taking pictures of recently? I've found mine are (as evidenced above) of food, the beach, the dog, or my son! Next week the Torch passes through Thanet and I'm hoping to snap a few pictures!

PS: my début novel, Lies Love Tells, is available FREE for a while on Smashwords, quote coupon code SSWIN at the checkout to receive 100% discount. Also, in the next day or two I will be running a Goodreads Giveaway of a signed copy of the book. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

United State of Love by Sue Fortin - Happy Launch Day!

Today's the launch day of Sue Fortin's début novel, United State of Love. I just wanted to wish Sue a very happy, and successful, launch! Congrats, Sue! Here's the book cover, isn't it wonderful? I think so!


United State of Love

When the past and present collide, love is the casualty. Why?

Since splitting from her husband, single mum Anna Barnes is enjoying her new found freedom and independence. Now she can concentrate on looking after her teenage son and building up her career. However, she didn’t bank on working for Tex Garcia.

The gorgeous American chef is getting locals hot under the collar and not just because of his culinary prowess! Beneath that handsome exterior, however, lies a man haunted by his past. Tex can’t commit and women pass through his life like dishes going out to service. So, what is it about Anna that’s different?

Can Tex break her self-imposed rule of never mixing business with pleasure and add some spice into the mix? Or is Anna’s ex set to spoilt the recipe altogether when he reappears apparently wanting reconciliation?


Buy the book on Amazon and Amazon UK.




Find out more about Sue Fortin and the book, United State of Love, here. 
Sue's author blog can be found here. 
The Sue Fortin author Facebook page is here and her own here.
Sue is also on Twitter as @suefortin1




On your way over to grab a copy, here's a glass of fizz to enjoy with the read!