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Free e.book.

Free to download from Amazon Escape to the Country by Patsy Collins.  I have the real book on my bookshelf and signed by Patsy too, which I prefer, but this is too good an offer to miss.  Also, well done to blog friends who’ve had stories accepted by Jill at Weekly News.  Mine wasn’t, but I can maybe send it somewhere else now.  Looking forward to reading those from Helen, Patsy, Teresa and other blog writers.

Being as it’s the pheasant season, they seem to dart out round by us as you’re driving along and aim for your side mirrors or front screen.  There’s more killed on the road I think than the hunters get to shoot.  Shame they only breed them to shoot them.  Especially as they don’t fly and can’t run fast either, hardly sport is it?  But if you fancy a little party game, Vanessa had a good one on her blog, try saying Irish wrist watch fast several times, that’s hard.  Now how about this one.  When we left home, working at a hotel over the Christmas period, me and my Sister along with the cook had to pluck pheasants!!! yes it was as disgusting as it sounds.  To break the boredom, we recited this poem lots and lots until we were too busy laughing to bother about plucking pheasants.

I’m not a pheasant plucker, I’m a pheasant plucker’s mate

and I’m only plucking pheasants coz the pheasant plucker’s late.  Now you have to say it faster and see how it goes…


Be inspired.

I’ve been tagged by Juliet Greenwood author of Eden’s Garden, which I was lucky enough to win a while ago.  It’s a brilliant book, and will review it when I’ve read it all.  Puts me in mind of Charles Dickens, with more romance.

So now I’m going to answer Juliet’s questions about my book!!! Well, that’ll teach me to go bragging about a contract.  It’s actually, (she says backtracking only a little bit) a story in a book, but it’s a contract nevertheless.

Remember a while ago I mentioned that Black Coffey Publishing wanted stories for Leaving home for the first time? well, the next book out, second in the series is, ‘Growing up in the 70’s’ I have a story accepted in there.  You’ll notice on the website that the editor Paul Coffey said there were over eighty entries, so wowee, not sure how many stories are in the book.  We get paid, da da da daaaah, how lovely.  It’s an e.book so, I love e.books now naturally.  So, keeping in the spirit I’ll answer Juliet’s questions, and pass on the award.

1. What is the name of your book?

Growing up in the 1970’s

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

The 70’s is a decade I love, so it was easy to write about that era.

3. In what genre would you classify your book?

All of the stories will be set in the 1970’s.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?

Anyone good-looking or glamorous of course.


5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.

The decade of the 1970’s

6. Is your book already published/represented?

Should be published next month.

7. How long did it take you to write your book?

My story took a week or two including editing and re-writing.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?

Remember that programme on t.v. with Amanda Holden and Brian Conolley?  I think Noddy Holder was in it as well.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

The editor was asking for humour, I love anything funny, especially Terry Pratchett  Not that this resembles Terry Pratchett’s writing in any way though.  I also enjoy anything written by Sue Townsend.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.

I just had to look up pique?  Something to make you bitter. Apart from that it’s published by Black Coffey, notice not coffee, I’m sure nothing would pique your interest in Growing up in the 1970’s.  Maybe if you weren’t part of that decade you’d be piqued…

Thank you Juliet for choosing me.  Now, I tag 5 people with 10 questions about their books.

Patsy Collins.  Escape to the Country.  I’ve read this, it’s brilliant, also I must thank you for blogging about Black Coffey in the first place Patsy.

Sarah Mallory.  The Dangerous Lord Darrington.  Lovely romantic reading.

Karen Clark  Great writer, with a book deal in process.

Rosemary Gemmell  Writer of great romances.  Also adventure.

Teresa Ashby.  One of my favourite short story writers, who now has books on kindle…

Here are my questions to the five lovely ladies above.

1.  What gave you the idea for your book?

2.  How long did it take to write overall?

3.  What kept you going when you were half way through?

4.  Are any of your characters based on real people, even though you have to say they aren’t?

5.  Did you ever wonder if you’d have the work published?

6.  When you’ve had one book published, do you feel under pressure with the next one?

7.  Would you write in a different genre next time, or do you always stick with what you know?

8.  Do you prefer writing a novel, or short stories?

9.  Do you use everyday happenings in your writing?

10.  If your book was to be on t.v. who would play the lead male and female roles?

Thanks Juliet for the award.  Look forward to hearing from Patsy, Sarah, Karen, Rosemary and Teresa.

Flowers for Mother’s Day.

Flowers for Mother’s Day.  Hope all Mothers are relaxing in the way they like best.  If you want to follow Patsy on her blog tour, she’s over at Teresa’s today.  Now that’s a real treat for me as Patsy and Teresa are my two favourite story writers.  They have that skill that I think goes unrecognised.  It’s the skill of writing a story, making it seem so easy that you think ‘I can do that’, but, boy is it hard?  They have the knack.  I’m sure they would agree that the only way to get better at writing is to keep on doing just that.  My slogan for this year is ‘Just write, right!’  So here I am writing.

The birds are happily twittering away in the garden this afternoon.  It’s been raining, so they’re so chirpy it’s smashing to hear.  I have some fat balls to put in a holder for them.  Also, some sunflower seeds to plant in the greenhouse, along with sweet-peas and cornflowers.  Here are last years to remind me how lovely they are, and why I grow them.

Welcome to my new blog followers.  Hope to catch up with you all soon.  Thanks for following.  I’m now going to try a piece of the lemon meringue pie I made earlier.  The middle bit was a touch on the runny side, but it’s been in the fridge, so should be alright now.  It’s Mum’s favourite, so I made one especially for her, which I’m going to deliver soon, as she only lives round the corner.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Escape to the Country.

I’d like to welcome Patsy to my blog to tell us about her debut novel – Escape to the Country.  If you’ve read Patsy’s short stories in Woman’s Weekly or The Weekly News, or My Weekly, then you will be, like me, looking forward to reading her first published novel.  Hoping it’s the first of many Patsy, and thank you for your blog where we all get lots of links to competitions.  I don’t think anyone will mind that you won this one….

Can you judge a book by its cover?
Publishers spend time, money and effort producing covers for books, although it would be quicker and easier to simply print the title, author name, ISBN and price onto a plain background. Doing that would be of some help to the reader. If we already knew the author’s work we could guess whether we might like to read something else by them. The title might give a few clues – ‘The Princess who Seduced a Bricklayer’ is likely to be rather a different story from ”Zombies on a Spaceship’. I don’t think that would be enough to tempt most people to read a book they hadn’t heard of by an author they hadn’t heard of.
How about printing the title onto a genre specific background colour? Pink for romance, I suppose and something the shade of putrefying flesh for zombie stories and blue for erotica. But I digress… This doesn’t happen; books have cover artwork on the front and writing on the back. Does any of this matter?
The blurb on the back is probably the most read part of any book. I’m sure it’s not just me who bases many of my reading decisions on those few paragraphs. While it’s true that decision might be not to read, in the long run I think it’s better for everyone if people don’t repeatedly buy books they don’t enjoy.
What about the cover artwork then. What can that tell us? I used to think the answer was ‘not much’ until the publishers of my book ‘Escape to the Country’ asked me for suggestions. It hadn’t occurred to me I’d get a say (I understand new authors often don’t) so I wasn’t prepared. There’s an important scene in the book that’s sort of repeated so I felt an illustration of that would be good – and said so.
Then I panicked. The scene I’d described was dark (black and brown, not suicide pact like) my book is light and romantic. People who liked the cover might not enjoy the story. I tried to think if there were any books I’d read just after glancing at the cover. There were – I first discovered JD Robb because there was an image of a snowdrop on the cover of one book so I picked it up (and then read the blurb on the back – but I’d not have got that far with a sci-fi book if it hadn’t been for the snowdrop). There were other examples, all of them involving something pretty. My cover wasn’t going to be pretty!
Fortunately Phillip Grizzell who actually designed the cover isn’t an idiot. He used my suggestion to create something that I feel sums up the book quite well. It’s fun, light and romantic – I hope readers will agree the story is too.
Thanks for that glimpse of what’s to come Patsy.  I must add that Patsy wrote in nice paragraphs, somehow it’s all closed up, never mind, I’m sure you get the picture.  Good luck with your lovely book Patsy that I can’t wait to read.  If it’s anywhere like your short stories, then we won’t be dissapointed.