Friday, 30 September 2016

Awards & Reviews!

It’s been a busy few weeks since the publication of The Wendy House. My time as not just been spent promoting my latest book, but launching the Awards on Chill with a Book over on my promotion site.

The Awards have got off to a great start with three Awards already made. The Awards are designed for indie authors and authors with small indie publishers. Why you might ask should I spend my precious time on this? Well, the answer is easy, indie authors write some of the best reads out there, but due to a number of constraints their work is no way visible enough, yet they deserve as much recognition, and sometime more, than those published with the big publishing houses. I want to try and help a little to promote the very best in indie books, the Award is one way to do this.

The Chill with a Book Award is to promote that indie authors do produce excellent books and for authors to be proud of receiving the Award. However, the Award is not for everyone, it is only honoured to the best. If you would like to know more about Chill with a Book Award, please click here

Talking about good reads, this is the latest review I have received for The Wendy House, to say I am delighted is an understatement… “Be prepared to get engrossed, to be taken into a story which will awaken quite a few emotions for this is a very emotional book about a very emotional subject. Ms Barclay has produced some spectacular novels in her career as a writer - this one beats the lot.”

That is all my news for now and I promise to be back here very soon. In the meantime, a huge, thank you for stopping by, have a fabulous day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Brilliantly Written!

I don't think there is an author that is not taken aback at receiving reviews for their books. I know I am and I also know I will always remain humble and grateful.

Today, on Amazon I saw this review for The Wendy House; for me it was a book that was painful to write and is, no doubt, painful to read, but nonetheless, it is a story that must be told. Here is what the reviewer said...

"This book is Brilliantly Written, leaving you wanting to keep reading but not wanting it to end. It's very deep and you can feel the heartbreak of both the eldest daughter, and then for her parents side of things. I don't like to give stories away, but I can highly recommend this from Pauline Barclay. She's very creative and can't wait to read more of her work. Thank you Pauline for an incredible read."

You can read this review on Amazon co uk 

Friday, 16 September 2016

Chill with a Book Awards!

As well as writing, running, cooking, making posters with my Photoshop and doing zillions of other things that need doing each day, I also run the exciting site, Chill with a Book!

I set up, Chill with a Book for authors to showcase their books and for readers to find great page turning reads. With over 60,000 hits on the site, Chill with a Book is moving into a brand new and exciting area for indie authors and small indie publishers. This exciting area is Chills very own Award!

Chill already has a team of secret readers who evaluate books - they do NOT write reviews  - instead they determine a books eligibility for the Chill with a Book Award against a five point check list. Books must receive a resound yes against each question, however if the book is border line, a reader must then mark each question between 1 and 5. If a book receives 20 points or more it will receive the Chill with a Book Award.

1.       Were the characters strong and engaging?
2.       Was the book well written?
3.       Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?
4.       Was the ending satisfying?
5.       Have you told your friends about it?

Saturday 17th September sees the first two Awards announced. It is an exciting time at Chill and also for indie authors. The announcements of all Awards will take place over at Chill with a Book.

To find out more about Chill’s Award, please click here.

As always, thank you for stopping by. Have a great day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Emotional & Blown Away!

How to express how I feel at the moment is deserting me. Emotional and blown away goes some way to describing my feelings, but it still seems inadequate. This morning an email popped into my inbox and I had to read it several times before I realised it was not only for me, but talking about my latest book, The Wendy House. This is how the email started and below that is the review the writer told me had been added to Amazon. 

“Wow. Well-done, Pauline. You nailed it!”

Review …

Writing novels that address social inadequacies is a time-honored tradition among the greatest of authors, from Charles Dickens’, OLIVER TWIST on down to Margaret Atwood’s, THE HANDMAID’S TALE. Barclay has just joined that esteemed small group with her latest release, THE WENDY HOUSE.

Never has an author so masterfully entwined the horrifying reality of pedophilia into a story that keeps you wanting to read. Barclay has not delicately or sensitively approached the subject but brilliantly put it forward in all its darkness, while at the same time enticing the reader not to dwell so much on the crime, but to root for the victim to not only survive, but to tell someone, drop her guilt, understand what it is that is happening to her, reconcile with her mother, find resolution.

Oh yes, we want so much for little Nicola to give up her pain and flourish.

Told from the viewpoints of young Nicola and her mother, this intense tale delivers emotions first and information, second.

Pedophiles so cleverly weave their way into families and communities. They know exactly what to say and do to avoid detection and groom their young victims. Learning the signs of something amiss in a child/adult relationship is imperative and it’s all there in THE WENDY HOUSE—the gift-giving, the secrets, the booze, the threats, the strong relationship the abuser establishes with the parents.

Pedophiles can fool the experts so parents cannot be blamed for not detecting the crime happening within their families, but they will bear the results of that abuse—the sullen, unhappy children who later choose perilous lifestyles. And without doubt, they’ll bear the guilt for not protecting those they love the most.

THE WENDY HOUSE, an honest-to-goodness great read despite the subject matter.

I hope you now you understand why I am blown away and speechless!

Available in Kindle and paperback

As always, thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your support. Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

A Week On!

It’s been a week since my latest baby, The Wendy House, stepped out into the big wide world. It’s been an anxious week wondering if it would sell added to the concern that the subject was perhaps a little too dark. I doubt I’ll stop thinking these thoughts, but, maybe, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and take a look at the darker side of life. We might not want to talk about these things, even read about them, but sadly there are people out there who thrive on harming others, be it physical or mental abuse. Most abusers live ordinary decent lives with everyone around them totally unaware of their darkest secrets. 

As for The Wendy House, I was asked to write a book on this subject, it was not easy, but I hope that it will in some way help anyone found in a similar situation to find their voice and talk to someone.

This week I have seen five reviews for The Wendy House, two on Amazon, the others were emailed to me. One of the reviews on Amazon co uk  says this….

“This is a beautifully written story. It's not lighthearted as is talking about the greatest fear every mum has.
It talks about family, friendship, trust, loyalty and ultimate betrayals.
Highly recommended but only if you're NOT expecting a light read.”

Available in Kindle and paperback. 

As always, thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your support. Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sizzling Round my Pool, Thorne Moore Talking about Unravelling!

Today, I have the fabby sassy author, Throne Moore sitting round my pool and showing me up in her bikini….!!!

Thank you for inviting me from rainy Wales to your gorgeous swimming pool. Here I am.

Well, I can always dream. I’ve reached the age when the more appropriate dress, if I don’t want to frighten the horses, would be

 Perhaps I’ll just sit under an all-concealing umbrella, sipping something cool, and natter on about my new novel, The Unravelling.

Thorne, it’s been a long time since, I’ve laughed so much and whilst you talk and I giggle, let’s open another bottle of bubbly….

Perfect, I’m in need of another drink after that. Now let me talk about Karen, she’s a little more sobering than we are *laugh*

 Karen, who mentally unravels, as she begins to unravel the truth about events in her childhood. Events that she had wiped out of her mind, but one little incident, an apple rolling into a flooded drain, begins to unblock memories. Flashbacks come piecemeal, leaving her struggling to make sense of it all, but the one thing she is sure of is that she must find her childhood idol, the angelic Serena Whinn, who is the key to the truth.

I write crime mysteries – I really love the label Domestic Noir. I like to delve into the Why of crime, how it all came about and what happened after, to everyone touched by it, rather than forensic investigation or police procedure. I aim at slow revelation and understanding, rather than the dramatic punches of a thriller. I’d prefer to evoke tears of pity rather than squeals of terror. But in The Unravelling, I think I have come closest to writing a genuine thriller, rather than just a psychological study.

 The inspiration for the book is the estate where I grew up. Like Karen, I was 10, going on 11, in 1965, and I have very vivid memories not just of the place but of the childhood fears and fantasies attached to an innocuous walk home from school It seemed to me then like a very permanent thing, but it is only now, looking back with hindsight, that I can appreciate what a state of flux it was in, spreading out across what had been farmland and market gardens not many years before, a post-war council estate with prefabs coming down and high rise blocks going up. Old farm tracks still existed among the houses and streams ran through the estate in deep ditches, appearing and disappearing like magic. They were always a lure to children, something to swing across, somewhere to pick kingcups or fish, unsuccessfully, with bent pins, for sticklebacks, but also slightly ominous, with dark culverts that only big bold boys dare enter, because of killer leaches and possible monsters. Children are good as inventing monsters. Perhaps they are an essential part of childhood. They certainly add colour.

I fixed Karen’s childhood very firmly in 1965/6 because my memories of what it was like to be a child then would not have made sense a couple of years later. By the end of the 60s, the world had turned upside down in psychedelic rebellion, influencing everything from dreams to dress. Back in 1965, before the summer of love and Vietnam and moon landings and The Troubles, we were still clinging to the tail end of the deferential 50s in our cotton frocks and pigtails. Daddies went to work and drove cars, mummies did the shopping and packed us off to school, and discipline was maintained by the cane and a clip round the ear from the local bobby. But there were still monsters, real and imagined.

Action in the book is split between Karen’s flashback memories of her childhood, and her attempts to unravel the truth, thirty-five years later. I like using time as a significant element in all my books, because I am fixated on history. No event stands alone. It occupies a place in time, brought about by previous events and leaving a mark on all that follows. Any attempt to look back at something, whether it happened yesterday or a hundred years ago, is always coloured by our knowledge of what came after. I like contrasting that sort of analysis of events, with the very different understanding we have of events as they are happening around us now, in the present, when we have no idea of what will follow.

I have played with time in similar ways in my two previous books.
In A Time For Silence, a young woman comes across the derelict Welsh farmhouse where her grandparents had lived and she discovers that her grandfather was shot, although no one was ever charged or convicted. She is determined to discover the truth, and fantasises about how idyllic life have been before the murder destroyed it. I intersperse her frequently deluded investigations with an account of what really happened in the cottage, back in the 1930s and 40s.

In Motherlove, the story is split between 1990 when two babies are born in the same maternity ward, and twenty two years later, when two young women discover that their mothers are not the women who gave birth to them. They react in different ways, and both of them want to learn the truth, but neither are expecting it to be what it is.

Thorne, a million thanks for sitting round my pool and talking about your fascinating writing, as you know, I have read The Unravelling and loved it, now I am about to take a peek at Motherlove. though not until we’ve eaten more of these tapas I’ve made and finished this bottle of bubbly.

Well, I have plenty more in the pipe line, in the same genre and I’d be happy to share them with you another time around your pool, that’s if you’ll have me back.

You bet, but I’ll make sure I buy a new bikini first … *laugh*

Other links, if you can’t get enough of me:
My Blog: Thorny Matters
My Amazon page: Thorne Moore

Thank you Thorne and thank you for stopping by and meeting my lovely guest today.

Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

It's in Paperback!

*Stop Press*

It's in paperback! The Wendy House is now in paperback and can be ordered from all Amazon sites and from all leading High Street book shops.

A huge thank you to those of you who have already downloaded to your Kindle and I hope you enjoy the read. Maybe not the best word to use in light of it's subject, but you know what I mean.

Have a wonderful day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

It's Publication for The Wendy House

I am so excited today as it is the day my latest baby is set out in to the big wide world. Yes, The Wendy House is published.

Available in Kindle from All Amazon stores
Paperback is due out in a couple of days 

When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. As she develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass. Yet Nicola goes from bad to worse and no matter how much her mother tries to reach out to her, it seems she is hell bent on self-destruction. When she leaves home at seventeen, rushing into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becoming pregnant, her despairing mother almost gives up on her. A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten finally to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her to the edge.

A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.

Genre: Women’s Fiction / Family-Noir

I don't need to tell you that bubbly is chilling in the fridge for later, so cheer me dears and a HUGE thank you for all your wonderful support. I would not be at this stage without your amazing support.

Have a fabby weekend and I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.


Friday, 26 August 2016

Cover Reveal for The Wendy House

Ta da! 
It's cover reveal day for my latest book, The Wendy House
Produced by the amazingly talented, Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics, it is beautiful.

The Blurb

When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. As she develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass. Yet Nicola goes from bad to worse and no matter how much her mother tries to reach out to her, it seems she is hell bent on self-destruction. When she leaves home at seventeen, rushing into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becoming pregnant, her despairing mother almost gives up on her. A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten finally to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her to the edge.

A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.

Publication Date: Saturday 3rd September
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Family-Noir

  The Wendy House is available in Kindle for pre-order on all Amazon sites including

A HUGE thank you to these amazing peeps who are sharing my cover reveal on their Blog or Facebooks today. I am truly honoured...

It's been a long journey with this book and a deeply disturbing one. Thank you for stopping by and sharing another step towards publication day for, The Wendy House.
And, as always, I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.

Until next time…



Monday, 22 August 2016

On Tour & Sitting Round my Pool Janey Travis

Today, Not only is Janey Travis on tour with her debut book, but taking five minutes to sit round my pool. Of course you will also know Janey as number one best selling author, Janice Horton. It’s been some time since we last caught up, but here she is talking about, I Need a Doctor.

Take it away Janey....

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: 15th July 2016

Publisher: Thornhill Print

Beauty and fame… a blessing or a curse?

Story synopsis: 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. In her attempts to get un-cursed, she finds herself taking part in a rather unconventional funeral, 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...?


What the Readers say:

“Just the right sprinkling of romance and humour.” Brook Cottage Books 

“A very enjoyable and clever plot. Different, fresh and enjoyable.” Jenny in Neverland

“I couldn't help but like Nola even though at times she is a proper diva.” Comet Babe’s Books

“I love all the quirky characters in the story and just the pure madness and fun of it all!” Books4U

“A nice balance of humour, sweet romance, morals and a spooky side!” The Little Reader Library

“A Five Star Read - I really enjoyed the light-hearted tone.”  Love Reading Love Books 


Janey Travis is currently travelling around the world chasing the sun while blogging, tweeting, writing fun-to-read novels and travel magazine features. Look out for her new light-hearted romantic comedy novel I Need a Doctor. You can catch up with her on Twitter: @janey_travis on Facebook: janeytravisbooks.

Janey also writes bestselling romantic adventure fiction as Janice Horton. Find out more at

Author Links:
Janey Travis on Facebook:

An ecopy of the book (open internationally)

My Review!

From Barbados, to London, to Scotland to New Orleans, Janey Travis takes the reader on a journey of pure escapism. Filled with perfect love, mind blowing coincidences, I need a Doctor is an uplifting and feel good read that we all, at times, need to snuggle down and melt into: A perfect story for any time of the day or year.

A huge thank you to Brook Cottage Books for a copy for an honest review.

Thank you for stopping by and if you want to escape, then please check out Janey's book.
Until next time, I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.


Monday, 15 August 2016

Sitting Round my Pool: Melanie Robertson -King

I am delighted to have the lovely Melanie Robertson-King, all the way from Canada, sitting round my pool and talking about her latest book, a paranormal romantic suspense.

Take it away Melanie…

Thanks for inviting me back to your lovely home in the Canary Isles Pauline. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat by your pool and visited with you.

You thought I would perish in the heat this time of year, but in what has been an unusual summer in Eastern Ontario, Canada, our temperatures are just as high. We’re begging for rain being in a drought situation. Unfortunately, I can see when the rain finally comes it will be a deluge and will run off before it does any good.

But enough of that, I’m dying to tell you about my new book, The Secret of Hillcrest House, a paranormal romantic suspense. Recently divorced, Jessica Maitland wants to make a clean break from her past. Police Constable, Alain Fournier still mourns the death of his wife. And then there’s the house and the supernatural occurrences that take place within its four walls.

When I was younger I loved reading and telling ghost stories, some scarier than others. If a house had a turret on it, it had to be haunted. If the house happened to be a bit run-down then so much the better.

I first saw the house that graces the cover of the book when I went as a chaperone on my son’s school trip to Quebec City back in 1993. Since then, every time we’ve been in the area, I’ve always had to drive by it and take pictures. I knew that eventually that house and the village it’s in would become the setting for one of my books, I just didn’t know how it would come about. The most recent trip was in November 2014 when I took a number of photographs of it from the streets to encompass as much of the house as possible.

1 "Hillcrest House" November 2014

Yes, the house in the picture above looks somewhat spooky, but a change to Black & White made a huge difference, followed by making the sky transparent. I had an idea of what I wanted for the background so I scoured the stock photo sites and finally decided on a full moon and cloudy sky image from Shutterstock.

2 After the special effects

Don’t you agree that this layered image makes the house look haunted?

Before I bore your readers any more than I already have, here’s the finished cover and book blurb.

Sometimes there's more to a house than bricks and mortar.
Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls.
Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland.
Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel the mystery of the haunting of Hillcrest House?

Melanie Robertson-King's latest novel serves up a delightful blend of the supernatural and spicy romance, Lynn L. Clark, author of The Home Child, and Fire Whisperer & Circle of Souls: Two Novellas of the Supernatural, & The Accusers
Intrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance and a neat twist in the tale make this riveting reading, Sheryl Browne, MA Creative Writing, Choc Lit Author
A fun read that keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending, Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author of Janelle's Time, Moria's Time, Adelle's Time, & Logan's Time

Buy Links:

About Melanie Robertson-King

A native of Eastern Ontario, during her pre-school years, Melanie lived in a winterized cottage on the shore of the St Lawrence River. Prior to her starting school, her family moved to Brockville where she received her education, including a post–secondary degree in Computer Programming.
Growing up as an only child, Melanie was an avid reader, and remains so to this day. It was through this love of the written word that she knew that one day she would become a writer. When she wasn’t talking about her dream of becoming an author, she wrote stories and began honing her skills at an early age.
Her father was a Scottish national, who came to Canada as a ‘Home Child’ through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. She promised herself that one day she would travel to her father’s homeland to see where he was born and raised. That first trip was in 1993 and she’s not looked back since, having returned to the “auld country” a further seven times and is looking forward to trip number eight. On one of her many trips to Scotland, Melanie had the honour of meeting Princess Anne (The Princess Royal).
Melanie began her professional writing career in non-fiction. Eight of her articles have been published, with one being an international feature cover article. At the same time she continued to develop her writing voice: short stories (both fiction and non–fiction) as well as novel length work.
A Shadow in the Past, Melanie’s debut novel, was published by 4RV Publishing in the summer of 2012. Melanie even made the trip to the Kansas Book Festival in September to celebrate the launch of her novel and met her publisher and editor face–to–face for the first time, along with two other authors from the publishing house.
Other works by Melanie include a compilation of short stories, The Consequences Collection; and a children’s chapter book geared to ages 7–11, Tim’s Magic Christmas. Her short story, Cole’s Notes, was included in EFD1: Starship Goodwords – a cross genre anthology (Carrick Publishing, 2012).
Author Links:

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are as interested as I am with Melanie's latest book.
Until next time, I hope the sun is shinning on your face and in your heart.


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Sitting Round my Pool: Helen Hollick Accounting for On the Account

Having recently read, On the Account – review at the end of the post – I wanted to know why Helen Hollick, best selling author of historical novels and pirate adventures wrote this fifth book in the Sea Witch series. So with such a great excuse to get this lovely lady down here to talk to me, I invited her to leave her fabulous home in Devon and sit round my pool and talk about Captain Jesamiah Acorne. And, here she is, so please help yourself to a glass of bubbly and settle down on a sun lounger and enjoy meeting my guest.

So why did I decide to write a fifth adventure for my Sea Witch series?
It might sound a little mad but partially it was because my editor’s son, Simon Murgatroyd, had the most gorgeous photograph of a full moon reflected in the sea with evocative rocks in the foreground. When I saw the photo I had two immediate thoughts: there should be a tallship with all sail set, and who would be standing on that big, flat rock? Hmm, someone looking wistfully at the ship, wishing he was aboard, his heart breaking because she was sailing away? Well, those sort of thoughts are what get a good story going. And I just had to use that photograph for one of my covers.

And the title? Going ‘On The Account’ in the early eighteenth century was a term for turning pirate, so it was quite fitting as a title for one of my pirate series of nautical adventures. Except, by book two of the series (Pirate Code) my dashing rogue of a pirate had accepted the King’s Amnesty and become an ex-pirate. I never said anything in the following books three and four, though, about him staying an ex-pirate…

Incidentally the Amnesty was a real event initiated in Nassau, where most pirates congregated, in 1718 by the new Governor, Woodes Rogers. Pirates Benjamin Hornigold and Henry Jennings agreed the terms and retired from piracy, Blackbeard and Charles Vane refused to even think about accepting, while Calico Jack Rackham took the offer then, along with Anne Bonny, broke the agreement and returned to piracy. Blackbeard was killed in battle a short while later while Vane and Rackham were caught and hanged. Anne Bonny had a stay of execution because she was pregnant, but her father probably paid someone to let her go for we do not know what happened to her.

I’ll not give away any spoilers but I wanted an excuse for my (ex) pirate to have a few night-time adventures at sea ─ because of that wonderful photograph, which was turned into a fantastic cover by the very skilled and talented graphics designer Cathy Helms of

‘He’ is Captain Jesamiah Acorne and when I wrote that first Voyage, Sea Witch, I did not expect to write another, but Jesamiah took over and insisted on having more adventures, and well, dare I admit I fell in love with him? I found myself wanting to know more about him, his background, what motivated him, what made him angry, what made him laugh. How he reacted when he realised that he had fallen in love with my co-protagonist, Tiola Oldstagh, how he would react when he discovered that she was not an ordinary human but a white witch. I describe the Voyages as sailor’s yarns with a blend of Jack Sparrow, Hornblower, James Bond, Indiana Jones and Richard Sharpe (Bernard Cornwell’s Napoleonic era hero) oh, and with a little dash of Poldark thrown in for good measure. I base the plot around real historical events, but I do not stick rigidly to accuracy ─ except for my sailing detail which is checked by a real tallship sailor, James L. Nelson (who also writes darn good books.) The fantasy I try to keep within the realm of believable, more like The Force in Star Wars, not as in the wand-waving magic of Harry Potter. One of the secondary ‘characters’ in Sea Witch and the fourth Voyage, Ripple in the Sand is Tethys, the spirit elemental of the sea, who wants Jesamiah’s soul for herself.

The series is adult, it has adult content (some bad language, sex and violence – I mean we are talking pirates here) and my tagline is ‘Trouble follows Jesamiah Acorne like a ship’s wake.’ That trouble can come in various guises; he is coerced into spying, gets into things he doesn’t want to get into, and a few he does (most notably the beds of various pretty women). For which, of course, he then finds himself in trouble with girlfriend Tiola.

In Voyage Three, Bring It Close, Jesamiah has to deal with the ghost of his father while also encountering, somewhat unpleasantly, his old adversary Blackbeard. Oh, and working out a way to apologise to Tiola for not keeping his breeches buttoned.

My original idea for On The Account, once I had decided on a series, was to introduce a sort of vampire-like character for back in 2008 vampire stories were all the rage, but I abandoned the idea. The character I had decided upon, Maha’dun, is a Night-Walker. Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious he is unable to tolerate sunlight and has excellent night vision. He has several anti-social habits, like chain smoking and killing people and he is also at the beck and call of his superiors as a ‘personal entertainer’ (a male prostitute) which means he is beholden to others. All he really wants is his freedom to do as he pleases and love who he wants. And freedom is one of the main traits of a pirate, so when he meets up with Jesamiah out of the blue (or should that be black seeing as we are talking night hours here?) he finds his dream lifestyle.

Just why he is standing there on that rock looking forlornly at Sea Witch I’m not telling, you will have to read the book. (I suggest you start at the first in the series for maximum enjoyment). He has a great adventure with Jesamiah, and there are several secrets, some revealed, some not, in On The Account, but he is not a vampire.

expected publication date late 2017/early 2018’
Exactly what he is I’m not telling, you will have to wait until I’ve written and published the sixth Voyage, Gallows Wake to find that out!


Helen’s  Author Page on an Amazon near you :
Twitter: @HelenHollick

My review for On The Account…

Filled with adventure, suspense and a little supernatural, On The Account is an epic voyage slicing through rough seas on Sea Witch and battling across unfriendly, often wet, bleak countryside. Treachery, treason and murder abound aplenty, and of course, there is love amongst the debris. So if your love swashbuckling, pirate tales, you will love this book and all the others in the series. A great read.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed our little pirate adventure. He's a rascal!
Until next time, I hope the sun is shinning in your face and in your heart.