Monday, 14 August 2017

Readers' Award for The Wendy House


The Wendy House has received another Award. This time a Readers' Award from Chill with a Book.

What the readers at Chill with a Book had to say about my latest book, The Wendy House...


"What a wonderful read 260 pages read in the blink of an eye. A truly heart-breaking story that took us into the mind of a child terrified to tell of her abuser as she believed she would be the one blamed."


'I just couldn't put it down..."


"Talk about a "page turner"!  My God, this book is tremendous! 


"I've never read a book so fast; I like to read slowly and thoroughly. But I can't put this book down!"


The Wendy House is available in Kindle and paperback from ALL Amazon sites.

Pauline at Amazon



Saturday, 5 August 2017

Shades on it's Summer

It's hazy lazy days of summer and I hope you are having fun in the sun! Today, I am going to share a few summery posters to keep you in the holiday mood, so sit back, chill with a book and grab a glass of something cool ... cheers!











All six book are available in Kindle and paperback from All Amazon sites

Kindle copies are just £1.99 for...


The Wendy House is just £2.99




Have a fabulous day.



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Another 5 STAR for Storm Clouds Gathering


I am always excited when I receive an email of a review for one of my books, it somehow makes all the hard work, tears, and yes there are plenty of those at times too, worthwhile. 

Yesterday, I saw this wonderful 5 STAR review on Amazon for Storm Clouds Gathering... thank you lovely reader for reading my book and for taking time to share your thoughts.

This is the third book of Ms. Barclay's that I have read, and like the other two (The Wendy House, Magnolia House), this is a real page turner! Couldn't put it down! As the title suggests- there is a storm brewing, but Ms.Barclay sets up the story in a calm peaceful way. Then the lives of these characters start to unravel. There is much emotion throughout the story, and like another reviewer said: the book stays with you.
Congratulations, Ms.Barclay on another excellent story!





Storm Clouds Gathering is available in Kindle and paperback from all Amazon sites



Sunday, 30 July 2017

Page Turners!!

If you love books, then this post is for you....










These fun pictures were taken from Facebook, I hope I've not offended anyone, but if so, please let me know and I will remove.


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

Hugs

Pauline

x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Sitting Round my Pool - Carol Wareham talking about Resolution


Today, I am delighted to have, Carol Warham sitting round my pool talking about her passion for writing and her book, Resolution.

Do help yourself to a glass of something well chilled and when you are comfortable tell us all about yourself….


Thank you Pauline, here I go....

Carol Warham’s passion for writing has been a life-long affair.

From making comics for her childhood dolls and friends she progressed to training as a journalist and writing short stories and articles in adulthood.

Carol has had a varied career, while bringing up her family of two daughters. It included working for the ‘taxman’; running convenience stores and a lawncare business with her husband; and eventually a recruitment company. During this time she managed to find the time to be a Guide Guider and a magistrate.

She has lived in the same Yorkshire village for over thirty years now, where she runs a small but enthusiastic writing group and is a member of the library reading group and the local W.I.  In recent years she has been a judge for the RoNa Awards for the Romantic Novelist Association and for the short story section of the HysteriaUk

Five years ago she decided to have a go at writing a novel. The idea came from visiting the town of Celebration in Florida. A ‘what if’ moment occurred. What if the town was called ‘Resolution’ and the plot happened around New Year.  Initially the story was set in the U.S but Carol soon realised and took advice it simply wasn’t right.  So, it was moved to a location close to her home and the town became Yeardon. However the book title remained the same to tie in with the New Year theme.



The first draft was written five years ago and put away. Over the next two years it was tweaked and re-written in parts. It was really only in the last twelve months, with the mentoring of a good friend, author Paula Martin, that the novel was edited and polished to be good enough to consider submission to publishers.

She was delighted when three out of four replied they would be interested in the book. Carol settled on the Irish independent company of Tirgearr Publishing. Through Tirgearr, ‘Resolutions’ (yes, it gained an extra ‘s’) will be published on August 9th.



It tells the story of Carly Mitchell who returns to the small town of Yeardon in Yorkshire almost a year after running away on her wedding day. Now she wants to try to make amends with Steve, his family, and the townspeople who had prepared a huge party to celebrate her New Year’s Eve wedding.

She intends to stay only for a few days at the Resolution Hotel, owned by Steve’s parents. However, her plans change when Steve’s father is taken ill, and she feels obliged to step in and help with running the hotel. This also means having to deal with Steve’s antagonism since he has never forgiven her for humiliating him.
A further complication comes in the form of Ben Thornton, the local doctor, to whom Carly feels an immediate attraction. They enjoy getting to know each other and falling in love, until a famous model from Ben’s past arrives in the town, and stays at the hotel.
Steve attempts to get his revenge on Carly by driving a wedge between her and Ben, and by threatening to reveal what he knows about Ben’s troubled past unless Carly leaves town.
The resolution lies in Carly’s hands as she struggles between wanting to flee from the town again and wanting to stay with the man she has grown to love.


Here is a little taster for you…



CHAPTER ONE

The large, dimly lit sign appeared momentarily through the driving rain.
YEARDON
WELCOME TO OUR TOWN
PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY
Carly Mitchell pulled her car over to the grass verge at the side of the road. Indecision gripped her as her heart hammered against her ribs. Did she drive on into the town, back to the place where she believed she was hated, or should she drive straight through and not stop?
Darkness shrouded the long road across the bleak moors. A thick swirling mist was broken only by the beam of her car’s headlamps. The windscreen wipers were the only thing which moved, as if bored, by the effort of clearing the rain. She stared at the sign until the glare of oncoming headlights made her blink and bite her lip. This is it, her decision, her choice. Could she do this? She nodded to herself. She knew she could now. Twelve months ago she’d have been in pieces at the thought of what she intended to do, but not now. She had changed, grown-up, learned to stand on her own two feet. The old Carly Mitchell wouldn’t have dared make any decision, like this, for fear of upsetting someone. But her life had changed and for the better, and so had she.
Taking a deep breath, she slowed down her heart beat and controlled her shaking hands. A few minutes to recover her equilibrium were all she needed. Then she would drive into the town. She would do what she had come to do and leave. After that people could say and think what they wanted. She wouldn’t care.
It was past midnight when she drove into the quiet town. The wet road glistened under the street lights. Driving down the empty streets of the old Yorkshire mill town, her stomach churned. How well she knew all of these buildings.
 A large Victorian mill loomed up before her. The grey stone walls and rows of neat windows were highlighted by the street lamps. It almost resembled a barricade, another warning. Slowing down to look at the building, she smiled at her own foolishness. You’d never know inside were some charming tourist and gift shops and the little tea shop. She drove over a stone bridge where the road crossed a small river. In the dark she could hear the water as it babbled and gurgled over the boulders that lined its path.
Would she ever be able to walk through this town and into the shops again and receive a warm welcome? What sort of greeting would anyone give her now? What sort of greeting did she deserve? Yeardon had been a wonderful place to grow up. It was one of those towns where you knew everyone and they knew you.
Her mind a maelstrom of anxiety, she tightened her grip on the steering wheel. Who would have believed anyone’s hands could shake so much?
On the far side of the town she turned into a drive, which led down a short, narrow lane to an hotel, a converted mill owner’s house. After finding a space in the car park, she switched off the engine, but remained in the car for a few minutes. Taking a deep breath she closed her eyes.



RESOLUTIONS  is available in pre-order from Amazon for 99p


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Our Poppy



We are heartbroken at having to say goodbye to our beautiful little doggy, Poppy.

Poppy was a small cross terrier we brought home from the rescue centre over ten years ago. We were told she was around five and half when she joined our family, vets never questioned this, but there were thoughts she might have been older. It didn’t matter to us, I fell in love with her the moment I saw her.



She was a feisty doggy, an alpha female, who let all the dogs in the neighbourhood know she was the boss. Years later when we took another rescue dog, Poppy made sure he knew she was in charge. 



From the moment Barney joined our family he loved her and worshiped her. He was always happy when she told him off as he would run around the house going back for more attention from Poppy.




Having this little doggy in our lives made the sun shine on the darkest of days. She made us smile and brought so much joy. She loved to walk and never worried how far we went, we used to joke to people who would stop and want to pat her, that she was a Great Dane when we got her! She was more than a pet she was a member of our family. And now, our family has a loved one missing. Barney looks for her and we can’t tell him she’s not here. Losing her has left a huge hole in our hearts, we miss her beyond words, but we know she is now at peace.


The hardest thing is not losing someone you love, it is having to live without them for the rest of your life. 

Rest in peace little one, we will never stop loving you.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Satchfield Hall in Top Ten!

I am so delighted to see that Satchfield Hall is the Top Ten Most Popular Books for 2017 at Discovering Diamonds



Celia Bryant-Smythe could never have imagined the high price she would have to pay for her one mistake.

As her father, Henry Bryant-Smythe learns of her indiscretion, he not only deals with it, but stamps on it with a resounding thud that will ricochet through the years. He cares nothing for the consequences of his actions that will bring heartbreak, pain and loss.


Set between 1943 and 1986, Satchfield Hall is a sweeping saga of deep love, evil lies and ruthless power.

Available in paperback and Kindle



Click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page see Satchfield Hall and all the other top ten most popular books 2017




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!