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I like to write Christmas novels because, well, they’re lighthearted and fun to do. Although the same amount of work and passion goes into these as my other work.

 

Christmas Eve at Picadilly Circus was inspired by my love of WW2 history. I have already written and published a historical fiction novel and was sad when it was finished. So I wanted to keep it going in another project and that’s how my Christmas Novella was born!

 

Darcy inherits her grandmother’s pub in Paddington, London but that’s not all. She discovers postcards indicating a love affair between her great nana and a sailor during WW2. If that’s not all, Darcy unravels years of family secrets in the process, and finds a love of her own.

Available from September 24th from all online bookshops.

 

 

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When The War Was Over

Well the war is certainly over for my characters. Nell’s War is finally available on Amazon and the response to it so far has been phenomenal.  Within a few hours of posting it on Amazon it was downloaded without me doing any sort of advertising! It has already gained a five star rating on Goodreads and Amazon, plus I’ve had people messaging me saying how much they are loving it!

It took me almost three years to research and write and it was so worth it. Would I do it again? Well, people are asking for a sequel so that’s a good start. There is scope to write another and I may just do that in the near future.

In the meantime, please check out the link below and have a read of the preview.

Nell’s War. A Swansea War Story.

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There is 56 days to go until it’s released, but my historical fiction, Nell’s War has already gained a lot of interest from the residents of Swansea where the story is based.  Back in 2015 I decided to write a book loosely based off my grandfather’s war stories. Two and a half years later, I am proud to say the book is finished and will be released on his birthday, October 1st.

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I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into when I decided to write this book. Despite having a keen interest in WW2 history from way back, when I was a youngster, (I suppose it was due to having a grandfather who served in WW2 as a Merchant Seaman. I always enjoyed his stories.) the amount of research and days spent knee deep in its history wasn’t what I was prepared for, but nonetheless I enjoyed it immensely.

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Christmas is coming…and so is a new novella!

I didn’t expect to get anything new out this year, let alone TWO books! But, I did it! I don’t know how, but I did it. I started writing Christmas Eve at Piccadilly Circus almost a year ago and unfortunately, I abandoned the project back in January. So, when my historical fiction went to get edited I thought to myself, I’m on a roll here, let’s get the Christmas one finished too.

Christmas Eve at Piccadilly Circus is set in Paddington, London and revolves around a young woman, Darcy, who has inherited her grandmother’s pub, The Churchill. Darcy uncovers a love story between her great Nan and her soldier lover who were supposed to meet at Piccadilly Circus on Christmas Eve 1944. Adding a dash of magical realism, Darcy realises that the story is similar to that of her own, but will  hers have a happier outcome than that of her Nan?

It will be released November 2018.

 

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Nell’s War. The People Behind The Story.

I didn’t set out to write a WW2 novel about just anybody. The majority of the characters in the book are people who are known to me. Especially Francis, Nell and Bessie. My grandfather who you can see in the picture here, was a Merchant Seaman.  38624567_1933911850235492_3324921590436593664_n (1)

One of the ship’s he sailed on was the SS Myrtlebank. He left Newcastle Upon Tyne to sail across the Atlantic to New York. If you see my previous post you will read a story linked to this particular voyage. This is the actual ship.

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My grandfather was married to Ellen, also affectionately known as Nell. Hence my book title. They were the best grandparents you could wish for. They were wonderful people, very generous and kind people. I always said that the world needs more people like them. I miss them dearly.

Elizabeth, also known as Bess was my grandmother’s sister but in my novel she is her best friend. I hope to have captured her spirit in the book. In real life, she was my Auntie Bessie. Again, a lovely lady who I also miss. This is the only picture I have of them both, so excuse the quality. They are the two ladies standing.

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I hope that whoever reads Nell’s War and who knows the area in which is set, appreciates it and get a real sense of the characters I tried to convey.  Port Tennant is a great little community who really pulled together during the height of WW2.

Thank you reading.

Nell’s War will be released on october 1st.

Nell’s War. A Swansea War Story.

There is 56 days to go until it’s released, but my historical fiction, Nell’s War has already gained a lot of interest from the residents of Swansea where the story is based.  Back in 2015 I decided to write a book loosely based off my grandfather’s war stories. Two and a half years later, I am proud to say the book is finished and will be released on his birthday, October 1st.

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I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into when I decided to write this book. Despite having a keen interest in WW2 history from way back, when I was a youngster, (I suppose it was due to having a grandfather who served in WW2 as a Merchant Seaman. I always enjoyed his stories.) the amount of research and days spent knee deep in its history wasn’t what I was prepared for, but nonetheless I enjoyed it immensely.

The story centres around a young woman, Nell, who lives in an area called Port Tennant. Nell has dreams  to become a singer, but the war has been announced and she quickly gets her priorities in order and becomes an ARP warden.

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But what I wanted to talk about was one particular story the book focuses on. It’s a a true story of the time my grandfather was in NYC. His ship was docked and having a few free hours, he and his pals went to the Bronx for a drink in some pub I can’t recall the name of. At the time they were told not to go to this area as it was rough, but my grandfather being a tough old guy, ignored the advice and went anyway. I always remember him saying that they had the warmest welcome they ever had anywhere in the world. And as soon as the owners found out he was Welsh, they showed him pictures of the boxer Tommy Farr they had on the wall. My Grandad loved boxing too and felt really at home in this place. (Apparently they loved the Welsh)  But that feeling of being at home was about to get a little stranger. An acquaintance he knew told him that there was another Welsh man in a pub not far away and thought my Grandad would want to chat to fellow countryman. My Grandad did and the guy turned out to be his brother in law. After having a few drinks, his brother in law gave him something to give his wife as my Grandad was going home first. To cut a long story short, while my Grandad was standing on his docked ship that evening, his brother in law who was on another vessel sailed out and devastatingly, his ship was torpedoed by a German sub. My Grandfather saw the whole thing. I can’t imagine how awful that must’ve been. This was the story that made me want to write a WW2 book and I’m very glad I did.

Nell’s War is available for pre order from ibooks, Barnes and Noble, Overdrive, Kobo. Amazon will follow.
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New Historical Fiction

For someone who started out writing about vampires and swore they would never write anything but vampires, I have to say I’m quite shocked and even surprised at myself whenever I look at this gorgeous new cover for my historical fiction novel.

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Inspired by a true WW2 story told to me on New Year’s Eve 2015, I immediately went home and started writing.

I have to be honest, I never imagined in a million years that I would write historical fiction, but here it is. Nell’s War is based in a place called Port Tennant, Swansea. It is based around a family and their community as they enter into a world war.

I hope you will enjoy it when it’s released. I put everything I had into this piece of work, but I think it was worth it in the end.