Friday, 16 June 2017

Sitting Round my Pool - Stephen Muggridge




My special guest today is someone I have known for many years; a business man, a guy who rises to a challenge and who was the inspiration for my character, Danny Bond in my debut novel, Magnolia House. Please welcome Stephen Muggridge.



Delighted to have you here Steve, please make yourself comfortable and help yourself to a drink. As great as it would be for us to talk about your company, Woodlands in Redhill and of course, Danny from Magnolia House, I think we should keep your visit to talking  about the amazing challenge you have just completed.

“Thanks Pauline, I still smile when I think of Danny Bond and in the office the name is still banded around. “






Last weekend it was “On your bike” literally as you peddled from Redhill, Surrey to Paris France. Tell us about the challenge.

It was organised by the YMCA here in the town and you had the option of a 3, 2 or 1 day cycle. The route covered 175 miles of quiet countryside starting at YMCA East Surrey in Redhill and finishing at the Eiffel Tower, Paris via Newhaven and Gournay en Bray. We took the 2 day event because we have never done anything like this before and wanted to be certain we would finish alive!





It sounds pretty gruelling, what made you do it?

It all started back in March when my wife turned 50, she felt it was an important mile stone in her life and made up her mind that she wanted to do a challenge that we both could be involved in. I purchased a road bike for my wife for her birthday, I already had a bike which I had bought for my 50th a couple of years ago which had hardly been used. With both of us now owning bikes, I had no option but to start cycling. We heard about the Redhill to Paris event which also offered an opportunity to raise money for a good local charity so it was agreed we would take part.



What training did you have to do?

We signed up with the YMCA training plan and on Tuesday evenings we would cycle approximately 30 miles and then again at the weekends which generally involved 30 to 40 mile each day. It was tough at first, well it was tough all the time, but we kept going.



Who else joined you on the long ride?

There were several people who had also signed up for the event who we did not know, but got to know well over the 2 days. In our personal group, there was me, my wife and my wife’s best friend, Liz.  Sadly, Liz lost her husband earlier this year and we invited her along with us. She was amazing and I think we looked like the three musketeers on our chargers, but without the razzmatazz!





What was the low point of the journey?

For me it was the morning we set off. Due to a very painful shoulder injury, I didn’t think I would be able to cycle on the morning. Then I thought of our friend who was grieving and felt if Liz could do it after what she has been through then I could cope with a bit of pain.  And despite the terrible hour of having to get up at 3am on the first morning with little or no sleep, I got ready.





What was the high point?

Arriving at the Eiffel Tower. It was an amazing exhilarating feeling. We had done it! I’ll be honest there were times when I wondered if we would, but the camaraderie within the groups was amazing. We all helped each other to keep going especially on the hills and encouraged each other to keep going.





You were also collected a lot of money through sponsorship

We did and a huge thanks to everyone who sponsored us. Our target was to raise £500 each, so for me and my wife it meant we had to raise £1,000 and so far we have reached £1,150! All the money raised will be used to create a brand new, disability sports, fitness and wellbeing facility, designed to inspire and support people of all ages and ability to be more active and healthy. 


If anyone wants to add to this amount how can they?

That would be great. Thank you. Anyone can add a donation by visiting the following link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MandyMuggridge


And, finally would you do it again?

Yes, we would, but my preference would be to do another country of a different challenge. So for now we’ll not be hanging up our cycle clips just yet!


A HUGE congratulations to you all and I am sure Danny Bond would be proud too!


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Indie Banter!


I am talking all things bookie at Book Banter part of the Indie Fest 2017



Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Social Media Office for UK Indie Lit Fest is Sitting Round my Pool!



Today, I am delighted to have Su, Social Media Office for UK Indie Lit Fest sitting round my pool.  Please make yourself comfortable and do help yourself to a glass of chilled bubbly.

How lovely thank you for inviting me along, it’s rather hot do you mind me dangling my toes in your delightful pool?

Before we talk about your fascinating role with the UK Indie Lit Fest, please tell us a little about you

My name is Su (without the ‘e’ as there is no ‘e’ in Susan) and I’m a Read-a-holic from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, now living on ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’ amidst the rolling hills of the Herefordshire countryside in the West Midlands. My house is wall to wall books and I even have a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’ oh and hardbacks and goodness knows how many books on the kindle.

I also write for a hobby as Rose English and spend hours researching online. I have very eclectic reading tastes enjoying books across all genres and I must confess I am addicted to social media.

Facebook        Su Echo Falls S’ari      https://www.facebook.com/suechofalls.sari

Twitter            @RoseEnglishUK        https://twitter.com/RoseEnglishUK

Blog                 Rose English               https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/



What is the UK Indie Lit Fest

The UK Indie Lit Fest is a non-profit community interest company, the sole purpose of which is to promote Indie Authors, smaller publishing houses and allow writers to reach new readers.

The UK Indie Lit Fest is an exciting new project which made its debut in 2016. The brain child of Follow This Publishing and UK Indie Authors, it took place on the 23rd July 2016 at St James Hall, Bolton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The festival brought together indie authors from around the UK, for an amazing FREE Event. Fans met authors in person, talked to authors from all over the world in our international hub via skype, learned all about being an indie author, how to become a published author, took part in in our exciting workshops, listened to readings by the authors, entered our exciting competitions to win signed books and much, much more. 




UK Indie Lit Website  https://www.ukindielitfest.com/

Where will the event be held?

Kala Sangam, 1 Forster Court, Bradford, BD1 4TY    Sat 26 August 2017

Kala Sangam Website                   http://www.kalasangam.org/venues/getting-here/


Who can attend?

The event is totally FREE making it accessible for anyone to attend, we encourage families with young children too as there will be a special children’s corner. Our aim is to #SpreadTheWord and share our love of reading with as many people as possible. Tickets can be ordered online and each ticket has a unique number so it doubles up as a raffle ticket with a chance to win a signed copy of a book from one of 30+ attending authors. FREE Tickets will be available on the door but we are encouraging people to download and print tickets so we can gauge numbers for health and safety.

Order tickets here  


What does your role at Social Media Office entail?

As Social Media Officer I share and promote the event online via all the regular places and pass information to David Driver our friend and fellow writer who presents ‘The Writers Bookshelf’ on Drystone Radio in Yorkshire. Podcasts are available for a couple of weeks on the radio website. Upcoming events are listed on the Bookshelf Facebook page. I myself will be featured on the show on Tuesday 1st August 2017 from 19:00hrs GMT.

I am also responsible for collating Indie Author Interviews and posting them on our WordPress Blog called Indie Book Banter again here I will share news, reviews and interviews. It’s a new hub for chatting about all things Indie but whilst we are just starting out the main focus is upon the writers attending this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest. We also feature International Indie Authors as we have made so many friends who have supported us along the way. Sherri A. Wingler from the US is one of many and encouraged me in my own writing.


The Writers Bookshelf      http://www2.drystoneradio.com/podcastbeta/

The Writers Bookshelf FB            https://www.facebook.com/thewritersbookshelf/



I know you are an avid reader, what kind of books do you love most?

Yes as I mentioned before I am a Read-a-holic, I have very eclectic tastes, I am drawn in by a great cover and the opening lines (praise goes to Amazon ‘Look Inside’).

I love paranormal I am a big fan of the vampire tale, my hero’s being ‘Bram Stoker’ the father of the genre and ‘Anne Rice’ the mother. But wow let me tell you there are so many amazing Indie Authors out there that write in this genre I am so spoilt for choice.



Dawn Singh is the brains behind the UK Indie Lit Fest and a wonderful author of YA reads her latest ‘Dead Normal’ is a funny little tale about Death who happens to be called Derek #DeadIsTheNewSexy



Sherri A. Wingler writes beautifully descriptive YA novels and has encouraged us in promoting UK Indie Lit Fest. ‘Crimson Moon’ a twist on the Red Riding Hood tale is her latest but ‘Wings of Darkness: The Immortal Sorrows Series’ about Angels and Demons is a must read for fans of this genre.




The book that sticks in my mind though is ‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbs it won one of your ‘Chill Awards’ a truly moving story about twins separated at birth one taken to England and a rich life whilst the other remains in Brasil a street child.

DM Singh Books                 http://author.to/UKIndieLitDMSingh

Sherri A Wingler Books    http://author.to/UKIndieLitSAWingler

Maria Gibbs Books             http://author.to/UKIndieLitMGibbs                             

I love a story full of descriptive text something that draws me into the pages so I feel like I am experiencing it for myself.

Oh look I suppose we should stop now, or else we may need another bottle of bubbly and then talking all things books we could be here until the wee small hours. Thank you so much for inviting me along and I cannot wait for you to return your interview questions for Indie Book Banter and to share one of your books on our International Table at this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest.


Happy Reading One and All especially our #IndieFriends please #SpreadTheWord 


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

To Award or Not To Award

Most of you know I am the founder of Chill with a Book Awards: Awards for Indie authors. Within three months the Awards went international with Awardees from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Europe. Each book accepted into the Award programme is read by an equal number of readers. Chill’s readers are scattered all over the world; USA, UK and Europe. Readers have to answer five question about the book they have read and add comments if they wish too. Few authors and readers know I am an author too so you can image the surprise I had when an email dropped in to my in-box from a Chill reader...

“... I realized I had not spent time investigating your blog. I went to Facebook & liked/followed Chill, of coarse, but then went to your blog. Silly me, I did not know you were a writer; I thought you were a reader interested in promoting Indie writers.  Naturally, I was excited and ordered The Wendy House. Talk about a "page turner"!  My God, Pauline, this book is tremendous!...”



This email more than made my day, but nothing like th email I recevied today...

"..Couldn't resist "submitting" my "evaluation". “

And this is the evaluation from a Chill reader...

 Were the characters strong and engaging?

            • Yes, very!

Was the book well written?

            • Yes! ...and especially considering the difficult topic!

Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?

            • Yes, absolutely!  I have never read ANY book in two days. And not because it was an "easy read". It was not a "simple" or "light" book; it was compelling.

Was the ending satisfying?

            • Yes, very. I don't think I've ever been so satisfied with an ending."

Have you told your friends about it?

            •  I'm about to post the Amazon link on my facebook page. Any one that has a daughter needs to read this book- as well as teachers.

Comments Optional
Thought it would be fun to give you my "evaluation" in this format, Pauline. 😃
As you surely must know.... this book is exceptional, and in many ways. Not only is all of the above true,  but considering the delicate topic, it is quite beyond words. How you could create this story (based on fact, partial fact, or pure fiction) and present it with all the complexity that a young victim experiences is truly a great accomplishment. Every parent that has a daughter NEEDS to read this book. I am so very sorry that your friend or acquaintance (the inspiration for this story) had been abused in this manner. I hope she has found her way through the mire, and is at peace.
......You really deserve many "Chill awards" for this book, Pauline!  Excellent writing!


This left me speechless and very happy. Of course, my own books can’t be awarded a Chill with a Book Award can they? What do you think?



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

Hugs

Pauline

x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Featured at Being Anne


Today I am being featured at the wonderful Being Anne's Blog talking about all sorts of things including Chill with a Book Awards.

If you have time please pop along... thank you.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Top Ten in Discovering Diamonds!

Goodness me! 

Satchfield Hall is in the top ten of of the most Popular Books Reviewed for all time on Discovering Diamonds and the Top Ten Most Popular Books of the current month? 

That's taken my breath away! 






Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Helen Hart from SilverWood Books



I am delighted to have Helen Hart, Publishing Director at publishing services company SilverWood Books, sitting round my pool. Helen started SilverWood ten years ago, in 2007, to offer assistance to authors who wanted to self-publish…but didn’t know where to start.

SilverWood is a small, friendly, expert team that helps authors who don’t have the technical expertise, knowledge, or confidence to DIY self-publish. Many writers use our services if they don’t have the time to learn how to produce a book to professional standards, or because they want to focus on their writing rather than on running a publishing project. 

We work with great attention to detail, and over the years SilverWood has a established a solid reputation for high standards and a caring approach — we don’t publish everything that is submitted to us, but instead assess every manuscript in detail and work out how to help individual authors achieve their aims in publishing a book. If we don’t think the work is ready to publish, we’re honest about it and don’t hesitate to recommend other organisations that can help.

Every author that works with SilverWood is assigned a publishing assistant who will work very closely with them at every step, from the enquiry stage where a writer might ask, I’ve written a book — is it good enough?” through to the time a finished book is launched and promoted. SilverWood authors are supported with a range of services such as editing, proofreading, book design, wholesale and retail book distribution, and ongoing advice and information. 

Why should authors consider using a company like SilverWood?

Many authors find that, in the long run, working with the right company saves time and can be more cost-effective than going it alone and learning ‘on the job'. For many authors, trying to reach professional standards in a constantly-changing industry can be hard work, distracting, and expensive (both in terms of time and money). Working with the right company means you benefit from expertise, advice, and hand-holding, and you avoid snags and potentially-expensive pitfalls. 

Historical novelist Kathryn Gauci has just signed up to publish her second book with SilverWood. “When I decided to self-publish, I discovered that it’s not as easy as one might think to find a reputable company to go with. When I contacted SilverWood I felt an immediate rapport. Helen Hart and her staff were there for me the whole way, guiding me whenever I needed it to produce a well-edited, top-quality product equal to anything a good traditional publisher would do. The SilverWood team are also there for their authors long after the book has been published, and foster a great sense of community with their authors.”

It’s been wonderful having you here and sharing how SilverWood works, thank you Helen.



If you’d like to see whether SilverWood can help you, please contact Editorial Assistant Rowena Ball (email rowena@silverwoodbooks.co.uk) or browse their website at www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk.

Follow us on Twitter @SilverWoodBooks
or catch up with us on Facebook

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Over at Katrina Marie's Blog



Today I am over at Katrina Marie's fabulous Blog talking about what and who encouraged me to write The Wendy House and Chill with a Book Awards for Indie authors.

I hope you will be able to pop along and enjoy a glass of bubbly... see you there.


Monday, 10 April 2017

In the Spotlight!



Today I am in the spotlight over at Portobello Book Blog I hope you will be able to swing by as Joanne has a fabulous blog.... see you there.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A Discovered Diamond!

Today I learnt that Satchfield Hall has received a DISCOVERED DIAMOND Award. More than excited to receive this wonderful review award.

Find out more at Discovered Diamonds

Monday, 27 March 2017

Busy or Chilling!



I love to keep busy… don’t you? I confess to being a person who is at my best when I am very busy. So when I am not writing, promoting, running, snapping at everything that moves or doesn’t, with my camera, playing with my Photoshop, cooking and more… I run my latest project, Chill with a Book Awards.

I have always been passionate about supporting authors, especially Indie authors and that is why I developed an Award Programme for Indie authors. Since it went live in September 2016 it has been more than well received with authors, from all over the globe, submitting their books; Australia, USA, Europe and UK. Within weeks the Awards were international.

There are now four Awards, Readers’ Award, Book of the Month Award, Book of the Year Award and a special PB Award. You can find out more about the Awards here. My passion is to promote some of the best books published by Indie authors.

To see some of the Award winning books, please visit www.chillwithabook.com

Huge thanks to all the readers at Chill, all the fabulous Indie authors who have submitted their books and to those who have joined the exclusive Chill family.

Until sometime soon, have a fabulous day and I hope the sun is shining in your heart and on your face.

Hugs

Pauline
x



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Visiting the Past!


Today, I am over at Jo Barton's Blog talking about a part of my childhood that inspired Storm Clouds Gathering.


I hope you will have time to pop along and say hello to both of us.

As always, thank you, not only for stopping by, but for all your wonderful friendship and support. 

Thank you!

I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.

Love
Pauline
xxx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Sitting Round my Pool is Daisy James talking about...



Today I have a fellow Yorkshire girl, Daisy James sitting round my pool talking about her latest book. There’s Something about Cornwall. To make you feel at home, I have opened a bottle of pink bubbly as I know it is your favourite tipple. Please help yourself to a glass and then we will settle down on one of the recliners.

Cheers Daisy, it’s all yours….

First of all, a huge thank you for featuring my brand new release – There’s Something About Cornwall - on your blog.



Location is always very important to me when I’m writing. It’s almost as though it’s another character that requires just as much attention, just as much crafting, as any other. My first novel – The Runaway Bridesmaid - was set in New York. I enjoyed an amazing trip there a couple of years ago, for a milestone birthday, except, instead of spending five exhilarating days taking in the sights, because of Hurricane Sandy we ended up being there for eleven. Everywhere was closed, even the Broadway shows, so I grabbed a pen and some paper and started writing and my first published novel was born.

When I began researching my fourth book, I wanted my characters to have a fabulous backdrop for their story, so it had to be Cornwall. The scenery is so beautiful and diverse, not to mention the fact that the sun always seems to be shining. There’s Something About Cornwall follows Emilie Roberts, a food photographer, who takes a culinary road trip around the whole county as she works on a photoshoot for a celebrity TV chef working on her next cookery book.

Emilie’s epic journey starts in Padstow where she meets Matt at a beach party. He becomes a last-minute replacement driver for an orange-and-cream vintage campervan they’ve nicknamed The Satsuma Splittie. There’s plenty of stops along the way and lots of baking and tasting of the delicious Cornish food that is being photographed.

I wanted to showcase not only the local recipes, but also the wide array of artisan beverages that Cornwall is famous for. So, in Truro, they visit an apple orchard where Emilie photographs the Cornish Cyder Cake and Apple and Caramel Loaf, but they also indulge in a few pints of the local Scrumpy.



Apple & Caramel Loaf

During my research, I was amazed to find that vineyards flourish on south-facing slopes and fabulous white and rosé wine is produced in Cornwall. The county is also the only place in England that grows tea – Tregothnan Tea - it offers a whole new meaning to the label English Breakfast tea!

I also came across the Southwestern Distillery, run by Tarquin Leadbetter, which produces not only Cornish Gin but also Cornish Pastis. The pastis is a modern take on the classic French aperitif and the first of its kind created in the UK. It is made with gorse flowers foraged from the Atlantic clifftops and fresh orange zest finished off with a touch of liquorice root. Tarquin also grows his own Devon violets for use in his Tarquin’s Gin.


http://www.southwesterndistillery.com/



I hope readers will enjoy escaping to our southernmost county when they read There’s Something About Cornwall.



For a chance to win a book on the history of the much-loved, iconic camper van, a mug and a coaster, just follow Daisy James and retweet the pinned tweet. The prize will be drawn on 31st March 2017 (UK only).



Daisy James links:
Also on Instagram.




 Blurb

A knight in a shining camper van!
Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…
Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.
Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?




Thank you Daisy for sitting round my pool, and I know There's Something About Cornwall  is going to be a runaway success

And thank you, my lovely visitors for stopping by and meeting Daisy.
Until the next time, I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.


Love
Pauline
xxx

My first love

My other love

www.chillwithabook.com

Monday, 6 March 2017

Five more Stars for The Wendy House



Award winning, The Wendy House has another 5 star review on Amazon... trying not to be so excited, but it is difficult.

"Something completely different again from Pauline Barclay. Once again I was transported into someone else's life, feeling the anguish of an innocent little girl and the pain of the damaged woman she became. Wanting to "shout out" for her when those around were oblivious to what was happening. Pauline has never disappointed before and this story was no exception. Loved it !!"


Available in paperback and Kindle

As always, thank you, not only for stopping by, but for all your wonderful friendship and support. 

I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.

Love
Pauline
xxx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Calling all writers from Julia Ibbtoson



Today, I have sitting round my pool, the lovely, Julia Ibbotson talking about her exciting new services that are aimed at helping all writers and published authors and maybe you!

Ok Julia, I’ve opened the bubbly and poured into the largest champagne glasses I could find, so cheers me dear…. Take it alway….



Thanks Pauline, cheers!


Have you ever thought: I wish there was someone I could ask about this part of my narrative, or my research report? Does it work for the reader? Does it make sense? Is it accurate - or are there errors?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a new aspiring writer or an experienced, already published one … whether you are an Indie author or have a publisher to whom you’d like to submit a really polished manuscript.

I’m a published author who likes to get her manuscript just right without relying, in the first instance, on my publisher’s editorial team.

I also have over 30 years editing, mentoring and tutoring experience up to university (doctoral) level, supervising and supporting students, fellow authors, and my critique buddies. So I’ve been persuaded to start an online 1:1 editing support service. It’s called Archbury Consultancy and I aim to tailor support to my clients’ individual needs:



I can edit your work and point out where it could be improved, with tracked changes.
I can provide support materials to enhance your writing, or even a course or mentorship over a number of weeks (including Skype meetings if required) as you advance and improve your work.
I aim to help and support online, with editing, structuring, language and expression, and all the areas that so often let us down as writers. Sometimes we just need someone to be a critique buddy, a mentor, someone who can provide some support and encouragement with ideas for developing our work to make it the best it can be.

Often we would like to know what went wrong and to learn how we can avoid the same errors the next time, so that we don't have to keep paying editing fees!

Even when we proof read and edit ourselves, it's easy to miss spelling errors or punctuation problems, structural inconsistencies, or expressions that don't come across well to the reader, even though they may be perfectly clear to us in our head.



I'd be glad to help you. I aim to keep my fees as low as I can (because I know you have lots of other expenses!). As an introductory offer, for example, the fees for a full 85,000 word novel would be around £200 for a basic tracked-changes edit/critique;

£250 for a mentoring programme to run over 4 weeks and to include 4 online sessions and 2x30 minutes Skype session (if required);

£350 for the mentoring programme and a full final ms edit/ ms developmental critique after 4 weeks’ tutoring.



But I can tailor our partnership according to your needs, so email me for details at:
juliaibbotsonauthor@outlook.com

Hurry, because the introductory offer won’t last for ever! I look forward to hearing your enquiry.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How Do You Promote Your Book?


As most authors know promoting your book is one of the hardest part of the whole process of being a writer. Planing, plotting and writing, even on a bad day pales into insignificance when faced with getting out there and shouting about your latest baby



I do say shout, though if I am honest, my voice would not carry that far, though it can be persistent! But, no matter how loud or persistent your voice is there are hundreds if not thousands of voices that are much louder and can drown out what you are trying to say. Like most authors, I use Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. It does helps, but it is not the overall solution. What is the solution you might ask? Well apart from having your book in every High Street bookshop, supermarket and in airports, I haven't got an answer and that is where being published with one of the top six makes a difference. These authors books are there in shop windows, display cabinets in full frontal. So your book is not joining the mass at WH Smiths, but you still need to bang your drum.



In the absence of my books adorning books shops across the land, I produce posters to splash across Social Media. They are fun to produce and I still live in the hope they make a difference... we can dream. Remember having an over imaginative mind got us into this position in the first place! So what do you do to make a difference to your books visibility? 



As always, thank you, not only for stopping by, but for all your wonderful friendship and support. 

I hope the sun is shinning in your heart and on your face.

Love
Pauline
xxx

My first love