It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to say The Chainmakers’ Daughter is finally here. Set in 1900s England in the midst of the industrial revolution, we find Rosie Wallace and her family working in the sweat shops of the Black Country. Life is relentlessly hard for ten-year-old Rosie as she struggles to … More NEW RELEASE!

New release! Nothing really changes.

Firstly, I’m happy to announce that my latest novel, The Chainmakers’ Daughter is available to pre-order at It’s been an interesting book to write given the present happenings around the globe – so much in it resonates with today’s problems – truly, nothing really changes. Rosie is the daughter of chainmakers. Her story begins … More New release! Nothing really changes.

The inequalities that inspired a revolution. International Women’s Day 2020

I don’t consider myself to be a women’s libber, and had I lived in the early 1900s, I’m not sure I’d have had the courage of the likes of Mary Macarthur or Emily Pankhurst, but I have always been keenly aware of women being viewed as second-class citizens. I didn’t question it – it’s how … More The inequalities that inspired a revolution. International Women’s Day 2020

Rebecca Bryn

Originally posted on Bendideia Publishing:
Rebecca Bryn lives near Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, in the far west of Wales with her rescue dog, rescue husband and twenty very sheepish sheep. Surrounded by stunning coastal and moorland scenery, she also loves to paint. She inherited her love of stories from her grandfather, who told stories…

Taking things for granted. Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020.

We all do it, whether it’s the simple act of walking down the road, seeing a primrose in early spring, touching the hand of a loved one, having a meal with friends, or listening to music. And we all moan about the weather, the government, the state of the world in general, and few of … More Taking things for granted. Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020.

New Release!

Originally posted on Sarah Stuart – Romantic Suspense:
Royal Command Family Saga: Plus Sizzling Sunset 99c/99p held for November! Click / to Amazon Michael, a poverty-stricken amateur actor makes superstar abetted by wife Elspeth. Unknown to Michael, Elspeth and their daughter are influenced by a literary heirloom. Seductions, betrayals, kidnap, blackmail, & murder follow. The…

Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll? The Truth, the NAKED Truth.

The man is Michael Marsh, the Diamond Superstar, catapulted from obscurity to fame in musical theatre at a young age. He’s determined to buck the trend and be faithful to his wife, Elspeth, stay clear of drugs, and wow his audiences with his sexy rock songs. He also wants to be a father to his … More Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll? The Truth, the NAKED Truth.

Honouring the Fallen

It seems to me that the best way of honouring the fallen of two world wars is not to forget their sacrifice and have some understanding of what they went through. ‘Lest we Forget’ is written large on many memorials for a very good reason, but what do most of us actually know about the … More Honouring the Fallen

“Slums” of the Black Country: Anvil Yard, Cradley Heath

Originally posted on SIMON BRIERCLIFFE:
Anvil Yard (left), Cradley. Picture courtesy of Peter Barnsley, from Cradley, Impressions From Old Photographs (via Cradley Links) Not far from the Lye Waste lies the ancient manor of Cradley. At the first talk I gave at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the summer, somebody mentioned to me that I ought to check out…