#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #GuestPost : Banewind – M.B. Chapman @mbchapman90

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Today I’m on the ‘Banewind’ blogtour, organized by Pump Up Your Book.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

MB Chapman author photoMatt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.
Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.

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Synopsis :

Title: BANEWIND
Author: M.B. Chapman
Publisher: Light Messages / Torchflame Books
Pages: 268
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Fiction

51Nnnc9VbtL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Almost two weeks ago I was just a normal girl getting ready to start my senior year of high school, deciding where I wanted my life to go. And now?
I’ve kissed a boy. I’ve been to another world. I’ve seen death.
And I don’t know what my life’s become.

Banewind tells the spellbinding story of 18-year-old Genevieve DeWinter, a typical high school girl who finds herself entangled in the throes of adventure, romance, and survival after discovering the existence of a group of magical beings known as Formulists and their co-existing world, Banewind.
With the arrival of several mages in her hometown of Parma, Ohio, Genevieve soon learns that these extraordinary secrets are rooted deep within her family’s history when it is revealed her deceased mother was a heroic warrior in a long lineage of female protectors called the Holy Guardian. Now, a vengeful group of Formulists known as the Voidweavers have returned and set their sights on Genevieve, believing she might be the next Holy Guardian and the key to awakening their fallen leader, the Void King, who had been destroyed by Genevieve’s mother when she sacrificed herself a decade earlier to save Banewind and all of humanity from an unthinkable evil.
With the help of new allies, Genevieve must fight to stay alive as she unravels the mystery and danger that have shattered the stability of the life she once knew before the Voidweavers succeed in shadowing the world in chaos and darkness once again.

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The Inspiration Behind Banewind
By M.B. Chapman

I have always been a fantasy nerd at heart! Growing up, I found myself engrossed in anything that had to do with magic, wizards, dragons, or complex story lore. From novels to video games, my childhood—like so many others—was dedicated to the enthralling stories of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hunger Games. If my nose wasn’t buried deep into the pages of a good book, you’d probably find me playing The Legend of Zelda, World of Warcraft, Pokémon, or a myriad of other adventures that proved to be a dazzling and addictive escape from reality. It was happiness. It was rewarding. And it was an integral part of what made me who I am today.
Early on in my life, I also discovered my love and admiration for writing. Even before I was properly educated in language arts, I would spend countless hours drawing whimsical tales, spinning the stories in my mind and rehashing them to anyone who would listen. Imagination is a parallel of reality, the bridge between the fantastic and the objective world, a way to express yourself and deepen the bond of existence. To me, creating stories was one of the most remarkable things someone could accomplish, and I strived to achieve that for myself. But not only for me. I did it because I had a voice, and I wanted to share it with the world. So, several years ago, I set out on writing a novel that encompassed everything I loved about fantasy. I wanted to write a story that was gripping—filled with adventure, romance, and magic. I wanted to create a landscape of characters that were relatable, with emotional depth and complexity to them. I wanted to create a world with its own lore, its own identity, and its own story to tell. I wanted to bring imagination to life. And thus, Banewind was born.
It was crucial to create a story that fell into the young adult fantasy genre, as this is what I believe to be one of the most important parts of literature out there. Young adults, teens, and children are the future of writing—they are the dream makers and pivotal to our societal world. Providing material to fuel the imaginative mind is a powerful tool, and I knew this is where my talents best fell. I created Genevieve DeWinter, the story’s main protagonist and first-person narrator, to give an anchor people can relate to. She is smart, strong, and kind. She is independent, yet she appreciates the values of love and friendship. Banewind is a series that will delve into many different issues people face in life, all while providing intricate, deep tales that are woven in the realms of magic and the extraordinary. There are moments of triumph, and there are moments of loss. There are times of new life and hope, and there are times of death and grief. But most importantly, there is the always evolving pure imagination that will keep the readers immersed and feel as though they are right there in the story themselves. Whether it’s walking with Genevieve as she learns about the history of her family or helping her get to safety as she navigates the perils of the Dark Lady and the Voidweaver army, the story will be embedded into the readers’ hearts and minds, and the fantasy will live on eternally in the pages.
And so, to all the readers out there, I wish you nothing but the best. Take care, enjoy, and remember to dream forever.

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#BlogTour #WNLVirtualBookTours @pauletteharper / #GuestPost : Failure is Not The Problem… It’s the Beginning of Your Success – George Milton

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Today I’m on the ‘Failure is Not The Problem… It’s the Beginning of Your Success’ blogtour, organised by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. This tour will run November 2 – December 31, 2020 and can be followed here.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a guest post for you.

About the Author :

Geroge M photoGeorge Milton is the CEO of Failure Is Not The Problem, LLC, a consulting company that specializes in leadership development and training, life coaching, and motivational speaking. He is a United States Army Retired, Colonel who has over 30 years of experience as an internationally known Communicator, Coach, Mentor, Trainer Intuitive Counselor, Teacher, Inspirational Speaker, TV Co-Host and Author. George connects with people of all ages on all levels. He is a former University Assistant Professor who has extensive experience working with the federal government but also has a tremendous background in working within city government and community organizations. In his role as a Senior Staff Officer at European Command in Stuttgart, Germany he routinely briefed and spoke with Ambassadors. He has experience speaking to and training foreign government officials and delivering oration to foreign public entities. As the Division Chief of the Civil Partnership Division, at European Command, he led on an annual basis, a group of staff members to Oxford University, in Oxford, England on a two week trip to study and learn how to properly” Partner” with civilian agencies in support of military organizations.
George Milton’s straight-from-the-heart, passion and high-energy, motivates audiences to step beyond their limitations and into their greatness in many ways. Over the past decade, George has used his role from keynote speaker to Master Trainer, creating the kind of workshop learning experience that got him committed to personal-and-professional development. His charisma, warmth and humor have transformed ordinary people into extraordinary achievers by using his own life, and his in-depth study of others’ challenges, to build an understanding of what works, what doesn’t work, and why.
He is a Certified Trainer in Success Principles, successfully completing the competency examination, and adoption of the Canfield Code of Ethics.

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41oe8BrIDoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_What would you do if you had a revolutionary resource to help you become a successful leader, reach your goals, make your life better and propel you to become all that you are meant to be? Sounds impossible? Well, its not! In the “impossible” is the “possible.” And if you want the possibility of becoming successful, U. S. Army Retired Colonel, George Milton’s book, Failure Is Not The Problem, It’s The Beginning Of Your Success is a must read. Most leadership books discuss how to achieve success only, but in life we all fail sometimes. If you want to succeed you must walk through the doorway of this life changing resource; failure. In his amazing book he addresses the challenge of adversity and how failure can motivate you, focus you, and change your life for the better. His inspiring story of growth from a difficult youth to a distinguished career Army combat officer, he shares that it was only possible because he changed his attitude. Not only does he reveal personal triumphs and defeats, he demonstrates in12 easy to follow steps, how you can transform your mindset from negative to positive regarding failure and in the process become successful.

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Throughout my life I have faced multiple failures over many years, yet I went on to achieve most of the goals I set for myself. It wasn’t always that way. In the beginning of my life failure hung over my head like an albatross around my neck. It wasn’t until I learned how to accept my failures and use those experiences to make myself better that I began to understand the value that my failure offered.
Too often we have been taught that failure has little or no value. We learn how to minimally tolerate our failure most times but not how to fully embrace our failures because of the negativity associated with that one powerful word.
I wrote my book, workbook and journal in order to help those who are struggling with failure learn a better way of becoming successful. The topic is failure, but the goal for my readers is to learn how to become successful by utilizing their failures as their strength and not experience failure as a weakness as most have been taught.
If you want to succeed you must walk through the doorway of this life changing resource, failure. In my book I address the challenges of adversity and how failure can motivate you, focus you, and change your life for the better.
In my book I share my story of growth from a difficult youth to a distinguished career Army combat officer. I share that it was only possible because I changed and adjusted my attitude to understand that my failures were actually my greatest resource. Not only do I reveal personal triumphs and defeats,
I demonstrate how in 12 easy to follow steps, you can transform your mindset from negative to positive regarding failure and in the process become successful.
Failure is a very difficult topic for most people to talk about and share. Therefore, not only did I write a book, but I also wrote a workbook and a journal to accompany my book so as to ease the challenge of approaching this sometimes-complex topic.
When I speak to people about their failures, I will sometimes present to the audience this one question, “when you fail, in one word, describe how that failure makes you feel.” Overwhelmingly there are two words that are at the forefront: disappointed and depressed.
The time has come for us to turn the page and reengage that one word, failure, and understand that once we learn how to accept our failures as a natural part of our lives, we will be able to not only achieve our life’s goals, but will be better equipped to live a more productive and happier life.
It is my hope that anyone who reads my book or finds the courage to go through the workbook and journal will understand that if they genuinely want to become successful and obtain their long sought-after goals and ambitions, they will learn how to embrace their failures as well as learn the important lessons and nuggets that failure has instore for them.
Here is a formula I came up with to remind myself of how to respond to my failures.
F+RR=S
Failure + Right Response = Success
In other words, when I fail, if I respond to my failure with the right response, to learn, to get better, to change my direction in life, to change my goals, then my chances of obtaining my objectives and successes will increase. Versus, blaming or making excuses and worst case, quitting.
Join me on this quest to change the world and impact the lives of people everywhere by helping them change their mindset to accept, understand, and learn that failure, when responded to properly is their greatest resource to help them become all that they are meant to be.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Viscount’s Convenient Bride – Josie Bonham @BonhamJosie

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Today I’m on the ‘The Viscount’s Convenient Bride’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

twqKBEngJosie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon- Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.
Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.
There is more information on her website.

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8VAmnKDQLuke, Viscount Enstone’s, resolve to avoid a love match is tested to its limit when he accepts responsibility for the Davenport family.
Luke has found it hard to sort out his late father’s affairs. A dishonest secretary and ailing land agent have left the family estates in disorder. With new people in place, he sets off to one of his smaller properties to discover the extent of an obligation that seems out of keeping with the cold-hearted father he remembers. Who is the young woman living at Shepley Hall and what was her connection to his father?
Miss Kitty Davenport has waited for a long time to find out if the new Viscount Enstone will continue the support his father gave to her family and her patience is wearing thin. Will he carry on paying for her young brother’s education and even assist him in finding a career? For herself, all she needs is help to find a suitable position as a companion and to escape from the unwanted attentions of a persistent suitor.

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When danger threatens Kitty Davenport, Luke, the new Viscount Enstone finds his resolve to avoid a love match at all costs is tested to its limit.
Luke feels honour bound to continue the support his father gave to the Davenports, despite being mystified as to why the hard-hearted father he remembers helped them. He escorts Kitty to London to live with his aunt. Kitty’s suspicion that her late father was cheated out of his home and fortune proves to be correct. It seems that Kitty is an heiress. Events take a sinister turn and Luke needs all the skills he learned in the army to keep Kitty safe, helped by her own resourcefulness.
The Regency was a strange era for people with pretensions to gentility. Earning the main part of your living from anything other than landowning was frowned upon by the higher reaches of society. A lot of people aspired to the lifestyle without owning the acres and plenty of landowners, through mismanagement and profligate spending, needed to repair the family fortunes.
Inheritance was a serious matter. If you saw Sanditon on TV recently think of the brother and sister desperate to inherit from their aunt. Failing an inheritance, unscrupulous men were prepared to take short cuts. Fortune hunters hoping to marry heiresses abounded and I’m sure, as in every era, there were some prepared to go even farther. As Luke and Kitty discovered. In the process they also found their own path to a loving marriage.

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Healer of My Heart #HealerofMyHeart – Sheila Turner Johnston @SperrinGold @colourpoint , A #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Sheila Turner Johnston, author of ‘Healer of My Heart’ to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Image-2-e1569836109721-300x300Sheila Turner Johnston was born in west Cork, Ireland and spent her childhood in different counties the length and breadth of the coun-try, as the family moved wherever her father’s job took him. She attended Queen’s Univer-sity, Belfast, and apart from managing to graduate against all her expectations, one of her best experiences was reading her poetry to an audience that included Seamus Heaney.
Sheila has won prizes for both fiction and non-fiction, and has written many articles for both local and national publications. She and her husband Norman founded the publishing house Colourpoint Creative Ltd, which is now owned and managed by their two sons.

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Title: Healer of My Heart
Publisher: Colourpoint Books
Date of pub: November 2020
No. of pages: 336
Price: pbk £7.99, ebook £3.58
ISBN: pbk 978-1780732848

dfw-stj-homh-cover-mid“Why are we so angry with each other?”
“Because there is nothing else left to be.”
Intense and riveting, this is the powerful story of two lives that collide on a relentless path from an unforgiving past to a future to be grasped … or lost.
Rookie teacher Robyn Daniels drives away everyone who tries to come close to her. Her emotions are locked in impenetrable ice until a flawed, charismatic and headstrong young man attacks the frozen layers of this woman who entrances him.
From despair to delight, from trust to betrayal, will he be the healer of her heart? Or will even he walk away before his own is broken?
Lyrical, thought-provoking, unforgettable, this remarkable novel will stay with you long after you have closed the last page. What leaves you with the fewest wounds?
Making peace with the past? Or making war with it?

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An Ever-fixèd Mark

Thank you so much to Stefanie at The Magic of Wor(l)ds for inviting me onto her brilliant blog.
I have to admit that I’m nervous!
My first novel, Maker of Footprints, was so well received that all the usual fears and self-doubt are descending in an enervating blitz. I’ll never write another book! My concentration is shot. I’m going to be found out as a fraud. I’m going to make a complete fool of myself with my next novel!
But here it is at last, for better or worse, in my trembling fingers – the difficult ‘second novel’.
It’s the story of David and Robyn, and a few others along the way. There is an unorthodox – although far from unknown – relationship at the core of the story. Some people have told me that I was ‘brave’ to tackle some of the issues in this narrative. That’s a comment to strike fear in the heart of any author. It’s of the same magnitude as a politician being told that the Prime Minister has absolute faith in him. He knows he’s going to be sacked the next day.
Telling the story of these two complex people has been a labour of love for me. When I had finished the final draft and wanted to move on, I found it very hard to shake them out of my mind. I do believe that, even yet, I would recognise them if I met them in the street.
I’ve said before and it bears repeating because I believe it so strongly: despite all the bad people who exist today – and there are some in this story – there are many more good people, people like the protagonist in Healer of My Heart who, though young and flawed, has an inextinguishable spirit of goodness and kindness. Do we really understand the sheer guts it takes to be good? I, like most of us, ‘get by,’ like Robyn. To be really, truly, persistently, stubbornly good against heavy odds takes more courage than I have. But I also have to acknowledge that the best of us fail sometimes, and David has flaws all his own. I wanted to write about someone like that because they do exist, often unsung and unappreciated. And how we need good people in these days!
I’m a stickler for accuracy of detail – and that is surely a cue for someone to point out a huge blooper in the novel… be gentle! – and some of the most pleasant days I spent researching for this novel were spent in the Botanic Gardens, which feature quite heavily as a location. I have a large notebook in which I write anything that might be of use to me when I want to portray a place, an emotion, an event. During the course of writing Healer of My Heart I visited the Gardens in every season so that I could portray them accurately, right down to the smell of the roses in summer and the rain in the autumn! I’ve shown here a photograph of a section from this notebook, written as I visited in the month of May.
When I finished the story and was trying to shake myself free in order to move on, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 came into my mind. There are several themes running through the narrative – guilt, regret, forgiveness – but this sonnet seemed to me to be so apt in encapsulating the distilled essence of the story of David and Robyn that I have reproduced it at the beginning of the book. Love “is an ever-fixèd mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken.”
I have to say thank you to Design for Writers for a smashing cover that I feel does justice to the story.
I do hope you will enjoy Healer of My Heart. If anyone has any comments or questions, do feel free to email me.

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A section from my notebook where I have jotted down some observations during my walk around the Botanic Gardens in the month of May.
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The Victorian Palm House in the Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Designed by Charles Lanyon and completed in the 1840s. The Palm House makes an appearance in Healer of My Heart.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Maiden and the Mercenary – Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

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Today I’m on the ‘The Maiden and the Mercenary’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ocBgtkswNicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).
If she isn’t working on the next book in her historical series, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com!

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5ThwiCHAKeep your friends close…
But your enemies closer?
In order to find a legendary treasure map, mercenary Louve of Mei Solis must infiltrate his enemy’s fortress under the guise of a servant. There, Louve meets beautiful maiden Biedeluue, a fellow servant with her own hidden agenda…to save her sister from the malevolent Lord’s clutches! Their high-stakes missions may be at odds with one other, but their attraction cannot be denied even in this most dangerous of situations…

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Top Ten things about the Heroine Biedeluue

1. I’m very aware that the heroine’s name is close to Beetlejuice. This was not intentional, but I can’t vouch for my subconscious since Biedeluue’s antics can lean towards Tim Burton at times.
2. Though I try to avoid it, I’m also very aware that my heroines’ often adopt aspects of what’s happening in my own life (not too much, they are usually more plucky then me,…oh, and Medieval). However, Biedeluue may have adopted a bit more of my traits than most.
3. Of course, I only wish I was as curvy and gorgeous as she, but the inspiration for Bied is Lulu Bonfils.
4. Biedeluue’s the kind of heroine I love: feisty, opinionated, takes risks, and is absolutely loyal to her family.
5. She can’t cook, hates cleaning, and doesn’t care for the great outdoors.
6. She charges forward, and never waits for help. This can be good, but also gets her in trouble.
7. She’s had a difficult childhood. In Medieval times, children had games and such, but survival, especially amongst non-nobility, was key. For Biedeluue, it definitely defined her, but she doesn’t dwell on it.
8. She had to do something in her past to protect her sister. How far would you go? If your younger sibling was threatened how far would you go?
9. The story is a series, but can absolutely be read as a standalone. Why? If I’m reading a story and I don’t get a beginning middle and a HEA, I am piqued. So, the story’s complete.
10. She’s absolutely smashed when she meets the hero and stares at his ‘blue, blue eyes. So many eyes when the rest of them had two. Unfair!’

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : A Wing and a Prayer – M W Arnold @mick859 @WildRosePress

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Today I’m on the ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

CT4n0d8QMick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.
Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

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Mq56xuVAWhen Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.
Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

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A Wing and a Prayer is a story which came about by accident.
There you go. That’s how this novel came about. There must be more to it, I (perhaps) hear you say. Oh, okay, there is more, there always is. A couple of years ago, I had health problems. Suffice to say, I had to give up my day job in the end. I had been writing right up until then, but had to stop as I simply couldn’t work on the piece anymore. All my author friends were so very supportive and I kept being advised to pick up the metaphorical pen again. I did try, but it didn’t feel right. Then, someone said, why don’t you try something new? Something that won’t cause your mind to go back to a place it doesn’t want to be.
Before this novel, I’d been writing Women’s Fiction, romantic drama and comedy. There’s that old saying, write what you know. Well, I’d done 16 years in the Royal Air Force and have always loved history and the day this happened, I caught a program on television about the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary. It wasn’t exactly a light-bulb moment, but it did cause me to reach for the laptop for the first time in months.
I can’t really plan, believe me I’ve tried it. For ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ though, I did try and in the end, about two thirds of it were planned; very roughly. I also knew where I wanted it to end and, miracle of miracles, actually managed it! So, here I was, writing my first WW2 saga. My experience? Reading the novels of the wonderful Elaine Everest – check her out, she’s great!
So there you can see this novel wasn’t planned. Perhaps because of this, it worked out so well or, at least I think so. Whilst writing it, I found I was able to inhabit a place where I was at peace so maybe that’s why it came out so quickly. I certainly never thought I would manage to get it published.
What next? Well, book 2 is now with my editor and I am a third of the way through book 3, the Christmas one. I’m quite luck in that my first drafts come out more along the lines of a second or third traditional draft, so I seem to be able to get a book finished and in a readable state quite quickly, certainly a lot quicker than when I first started. I’ve a number of other projects in various stages of completion and planning. I’ve a different saga which I’d started just after this one was begun – I had this idea which wouldn’t go away so I had to get it down before it popped out of my head – and I really want to get back to it. From what I’ve found from my research, nobody else has written on this subject! Sorry, I can’t tell you anymore on this, its tip-top secret!
With everything that’s happened, it’s been quite a year for me. Health wise, I’m much better than I’ve been in years and will be striving to keep that going. Certainly, I never expected to be coming towards the end of the year with a new book coming out!

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Under the Warrior’s Protection – Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Under the Warriors Protection

Today I’m on the ‘Under the Warrior’s Protection’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Under - Ella Matthews photoElla Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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Under The Warriors Protection CoverLetting down her guard…
Might save her life…
With their family name in tatters, Katherine Leofric and her sister are headed for a new life at their brother’s estate. They are escorted by the hardened Jarin, Earl of Borwyn, whom Katherine believes is only after her dowry! Then her sister is abducted on their treacherous journey, and Katherine must rely on Jarin’s protection. Now, seeing a different side to the man she’s sworn to hate, it’s her heart that’s most at risk!

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One of the hardest things about writing a novel set in medieval times is deciding what words to use. Obviously you can’t write a romance book as if you were Chaucer. As much as I’ve loved seeing his poetry performed I don’t actually understand a word of it and couldn’t write in that style if you chained me to a desk for years. I want modern readers to be able to enjoy my writing but I also don’t want them to be thrown out of the story as they stumble across a word that’s far too modern to exist in the medieval world.
I first came across this problem when writing about a feast. I’d avoided talking about houmous and was feeling pretty smug when it occurred to me that I had absolutely no idea how my hero and heroine were meant to eat the food in front of them. Did they use knives and forks? No, definitely not. Did they eat with their fingers? I didn’t think so because medieval people were much fussier about hygiene than I’d been led to believe. Also, how do you research this? There’s a wealth of information on what food would be at these feasts but less so on how people got it into their mouths. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England is a great source of information and I got my answer from there. Guests had their own spoon, which they took to meals, in case you are wondering!
Then there were derogatory words, which were a whole new minefield. In my latest novel, Under the Warrior’s Protection, my hero is annoyed with himself on several occasions. Trying to do the right thing puts him in an impossible situation where he has to choose between two courses of action, both of which will cost him hugely. I wanted him to be able to cuss himself but I was wary of repeating the same word again and again.
I started looking into medieval swear words but I soon discovered there were problems with this. The medieval period lasted for several hundred years. It’s possible that a word used in the late medieval period didn’t exist when my hero was alive in the 1300s. I discovered several words, including my favourite, fustilugs, but I thought these would throw the reader out of the story just as readily as houmous. It’s not a word we are used to, is it? Although, I think it’s a word I’m going to try and reintroduce! In the end I settled on the word cur, as well as a few others we’d find familiar, and I hope it works.
In the end neither the spoon nor fustilugs made it into my novel but I did really enjoy the research and if I’m ever asked about them in a pub quiz at least I’ll have an answer.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #GuestPost : To Reap the Spirit (The Dead Dreamer Series #3) – Sarah Lampkin @Lampkin_S @parliamentbooks #ToReaptheSpirit #DeadDreamer

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Today I’m on the ‘To Reap the Spirit’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a guest post.

About the Author :

Author Pic(4)A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Lampkin is a 2015 graduate from Lynchburg College [University of Lynchburg] with a master’s degree in English. Since graduation, Sarah now lives in Northern Virginia working in the IT field as a Technical Writer while continuing her research for her graduate school thesis. When she isn’t working, Sarah continues her Celtic mythology research and Gaelic studies, while working on the Dead Dreamer series.

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Synopsis :

Title: To Reap the Spirit (Dead Dreamer #3)
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Genre: New Adult / Urban Fantasy

TO REAP THE SPIRITSanguis daretur. Ignis invocavit.
Somehow Brenna Whit has survived to her junior year at Nephesburg College. Despite all odds, she’s fought against the Gatekeepers and lived. But the battle for the Fade has only just begun.
New pieces have been added to the board.
The Fade opens to the Veil.
And a Shade from the past returns.
With Brenna’s secret out, everyone is after her: dead and living alike. Those from across the sea have come and they’re determined to regain control of their broken faction.
Questions will be answers.
Fires will be lit.
Chaos will reign.

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Dead Dreamer

How the Dead came to Life

The disembodied voices that whispered throughout the halls of my childhood home were always there. I didn’t know what life was like without them. Though I do not know their names, the civil war spirits who lived in my home were pretty much part of the family. My parents only thought my sister and I were making them up, creating imaginary friends, but there are some things that you just can’t explain.
But it was these three spirits that lead to my life as a writer.
I left for college in the fall of 2008 and it was not only a culture shock but a mental one as well. My dorms weren’t haunted…there were others across campus, but none where I lived and that was strange to me. It took me a while to figure out what was bothering me about living away from home, but once I did, I figured out what to do to handle it: Write.
Coming up with the concept of Dead Dreamer was one of the best decisions I made. Not only because it helped me coped with being away from my haunted home, but it led to a resurgence of a passion I had temporarily forgotten about. I went with the concept of the spirit of a human leaving their body when they fell asleep to join the world of the Dead. This concept gave me the connection I needed to the spirits in my life.
To this day, I still don’t know their names. But the Dead Dreamer series allowed me to give them names and imagine what their stories were. It allowed me to create a special connection to those who were next to me unseen as I grew up. Though they tend to come in go now, sometimes I still feel their presence when I go home, and it gives me comfort knowing they are there.
The dead gave me the will to live with passion and put it out there for the world to see. The dead came to life in my stories. The dead are my influence and comfort. I hope they can be yours as well through the Dead Dreamer series.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Limelight – Graham Hurley @Seasidepicture @severnhouse

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Today I’m on the ‘Limelight’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

hMJSVc7AGraham Hurley is an award-winning TV documentary maker who now writes full time. His Faraday and Winter series won two Theakstons shortlist nominations and was successfully adapted for French TV. He has since written a quartet of novels featuring D/S Jimmy Suttle, and three WW2 novels, the first of which – Finisterre – was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. The first three titles in the Enora Andressen series, Curtain Call, Sight Unseen and Off Script, are also available from Severn House. After thirty years in Portsmouth, Graham now lives in East Devon with his wife, Lin.

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oqD3kW6QLife is dangerous. No one survives it. Enora Andressen makes a series of mind-blowing discoveries when her friend disappears.
Actress Enora Andressen is catching up with her ex-neighbour, Evelyn Warlock, who’s recently retired to the comely East Devon seaside town of Budleigh Salterton. The peace, the friendship of strangers and the town’s prestigious literary festival . . . Evelyn loves them all.
Until the September evening when her French neighbour, Christianne Beaucarne, disappears. Enora has met this woman. The two of them have bonded. But what Enora discovers over the anguished months to come will put sleepy Budleigh Salterton on the front page of every newspaper in the land

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Where Do Books Come From?

Writing for a living, especially long-form fiction, turns you into a kind of magician, able to perform a conjuring trick all the more beguiling because it appears to happen without much obviously personal input. Take the middle-aged actress who has now been at the centre of no less than four of my contemporary thrillers, the latest of which is Limelight. Where on earth did she come from? How did she happen?
It was the summer of 2015. My wife, Lin, and I were spending the summer in the depths of the Touraine, an ocean of rolling landscapes south of the River Loire. Civray-sur-Esves barely qualifies as a hamlet – 200 souls – but the heat and the solitude were perfect for us both. Lin works miracles with chalks and an easel, and has a minor obsession with clouds, while I was closing on the final chapters of Estocada, the third of my Spoils of War series.
It was mid-August. A week-long heat wave had at last broken, and towering thunderheads were building over the fields of golden wheat on the far horizon. From the walled garden, they looked like battlements, solid, dark with menace, and as dusk began to fall, we could hear the heavy tread of the approaching storm.
The rain came shortly before midnight. The house where we were staying had once served as Civray’s bakery. It felt immensely old – thick walls, exposed beams still carrying chisel-marks from some long-dead carpenter – and we went to bed as the storm broke. Torrential rain hammered against the ancient tiles over our heads. Water was dripping everywhere and when the wind got up we could hear a door banging below us but nothing really mattered except the raw drama of the storm.
There’s something ageless about an event like this, and a couple of bottles of Cotes-du-Rhone certainly helped, but I remember drifting off to sleep, buoyed by the storm, immensely content. Blinding stabs of light at the window. Thunderclaps you could feel in your bones. Then the swift descent into oblivion as we closed our eyes and shut the door on the rowdiness of our unbidden guest.
I awoke almost exactly three hours later. The storm had departed. The rain had stopped. And we were back with the busy silence of a Touraine night. I lay still for a moment, conscious that something else had happened, and then the line came back to me. Just seven words. ‘The neuro-surgeon has a fondness for metaphor’. Nothing else. Just that.
The neuro-surgeon has a fondness for metaphor.
What did it mean? How come this phrase, so intriguing, so full of promise, had nested in my brain? Should I blame the elements? The lightning? The thunder? Or had we, yet again, necked one bottle too many? Either way, it didn’t matter. Like most writers I never look a gift-horse in the mouth. The gods of writing can be kind as well as unfathomably mysterious and so I slipped out of bed, found my pad and a pen, and made a note in the darkness. And next morning, there it still was: the neuro-surgeon has a fondness for metaphor.
By this time, we had barely a couple of weeks left in the Touraine, and I’d yet to crack the denouement of Estocada. The plot called for a desperate attempt on Hitler’s life. The preceding 90,000 words had given a star Luftwaffe fighter pilot a serious personal grudge against his Führer and, in the shape of a Messerschmidt 109, he had the means to settle that debt. Hitler, he knew, was due to fly back to Berlin from Nuremburg. All Major Dieter Merz had to do was intercept the Führer Squadron’s Ju-52. And shoot it down.
Simple. Except for those seven words: the neuro-surgeon has a fondness for metaphor. The hint that something in someone’s world had gone seriously wrong. The urgency of the present tense. The beckoning intimacy of the first-person voice I already knew I’d have to use.
The storm had broken in mid-week. By Friday night, I’d glimpsed, then met, then introduced myself to the woman with whom I was to share at least four books. Her name turned out to be Enora Andressen. She was 39 years-old, half-English, half-Breton. After a string of successful art-house movies, she’d been swamped by the collapse of her seventeen-year marriage. Worse still, a plague of headaches had resolved themselves into an ugly black mass on the MRI scan. Enora had a brain tumour. And without immediate surgery, itself life-threatening, she may well die. Hence the neuro-surgeon. And the four books that have so far inched Enora to safety.
We left Civray at the end of the following week. Lin had done the fullest justice to some remarkable cloudscapes, and I’d managed to finish Estocada, but these were mere footnotes to a wonderful summer, because four years on Enora is still with us, as mysterious and elusive as ever, truly a gift of the gods.
That first book, Curtain Call, won a decent readership. Sight Unseen and Off Script followed, building Enora’s fan-base, and now, with Limelight, she’s surprised and delighted me yet again. With this fourth book, she’s taken yet another step away from that operatic night in the Touraine, but here’s the breaking news: lockdown gave her opportunities that neither she, nor I, could resist, and so next year will see the publication of Book Five.
What have I called it? Given all the thespy titles to date? It has to be – yes – Intermission.

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#BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @RandomTTours / #GuestPost : The Peacock Room #ThePeacockRoom – Anna Sayburn Lane @BloomsburyBlue

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Today I’m on the ‘The Peacock Room’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Anna Sayburn Lane Author PictureAnna Sayburn Lane is a novelist, short story writer and storyteller, inspired by the history and contemporary life of London. Unlawful Things is her first novel.
She has published award-winning short stories in a number of magazines, including Mslexia, Scribble and One Eye Grey.
Her Mslexia award-winning story Conservation was described by judge and Booker-longlisted author Alison MacLeod as “a powerful and profound contemporary piece in which one man’s story stands for an entire nation’s… it’s a punch to the heart, a story that will haunt and touch its readers deeply”.
She has told stories at London club The Story Party and One Eye Grey’s Halloween event, Moon Over the Lido.

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The Peacock Room - CoverA literary obsession.
An angry young man with a gun.
And one woman trying to foil his deadly plan.
When Helen Oddfellow starts work as a lecturer in English literature, she’s hoping for a quiet life. But trouble knows where to find her.
There’s something wrong with her new students. Their unhappiness seems to be linked to their flamboyant former tutor, Professor Petrarch Greenwood, who holds decadent parties in his beautiful Bloomsbury apartment.
When Helen is asked to take over his course on the Romantic poet William Blake, life and art start to show uncomfortable parallels. Disturbing poison pen letters lead down dark paths, until Helen is the only person standing between a lone gunman and a massacre.

THE PEACOCK ROOM is the intriguing follow-up to the acclaimed thriller UNLAWFUL THINGS, which introduced the literary sleuth Helen Oddfellow.

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10 Things About Me

1: I’ve been a writer all my life. I recently found a book of poems I wrote when I was six years old! My new mystery thriller, The Peacock Room, is my second novel.
2: I get inspiration for writing from places and their history. I’ve spent most of my life living in London, where I am inspired by the contrast between the centuries of history and the lively city streets of today. (A little less lively in 2020, sadly.)
3: The Peacock Room continues the adventures of literary sleuth Helen Oddfellow. When Helen starts a new job as English Literature lecturer at a top London university, she’s hoping for a quiet life. But trouble knows where to find her, and she discovers that even dead poets can be dangerous.
4: I’ve worked as a journalist since the 1990s, when I was a reporter for a south London newspaper. Journalism is great training for a novelist, because you learn to tell a story, you get used to people editing your work, and your typing becomes very fast! Working as a local journalist is also the quickest way to find out what’s happening in a town.
5: My first novel, Unlawful Things, was set in Deptford in south London, where I used to live and work. It was inspired by my discovery that the 16th century playwright Christopher Marlowe, who died in a knife fight, was buried in a Deptford churchyard.
6: The new novel is set mostly in the Bloomsbury district of London, once home to literary figures like Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens. I worked for many years in the building that replaced Dickens’ old house. And I ate my lunchtime sandwiches in nearby Gordon Square, where Woolf and her friends sat and talked. It was an inspiring place to be.
7: Last year I moved to the Kent coast, and now have a view of the English Channel from my window. I spend a lot of time looking at the sea! Expect to see some Kent locations and maybe some seaside in my future books.
8: My hobbies include canoeing. I’ve spent a lot of time recently exploring the local river around the Kent city of Canterbury in our canoe, which my husband built a few years ago. It’s a great way to see places from a different perspective.
9: I’m now working on the next Helen Oddfellow mystery, which is set in Canterbury, with its ancient cathedral. It picks up on some of the minor characters from Unlawful Things, and takes their story on further.
10: I still work as a journalist, although I now work from home as a freelancer. My field is medical journalism, which comes in handy when I’m thinking about creative ways to kill my characters off!

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