It’s odd how books make a lasting impression on you. Even their titles do when you haven’t actually read the book. They conjure places you’ve never been, events you haven’t experienced, and characters you’ve never met – though you’ve probably met people like them. I can remember my mother’s bookshelves when I was a child. … More #WorldBookDay
This cheered me up no end as I rarely get a sale or review of this book. What also amazed me was my also-boughts for this novel – my other six books! I must be doing something right – but the review… ‘Hoping to dare for the GIFT OF PROPHECY! 2 February 2019 This is … More The Lord of the Rings meets Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever?
It is seventy-four years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27th 1945. Every year since writing Touching the Wire, I have donated January’s royalties for sales and page reads of the novel to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Why? When I first had the inspiration to write about the Holocaust, I … More Holocaust Memorial Day – Sunday 27th January 2019
Our roots are something we can’t escape no matter how far we roam. Roots are the things that anchor us in the soil of the place we think of as home and the place we return to at some time in our lives. While I feel at home in Pembrokeshire, where I’ve lived for the … More Roots, home, and travelling afar.
On this Remembrance Memorial Centenary, I have the pleasure of talking to R Grey Hoover, author of Kicker the Forgotten Front. Through a similar process, we have both commemorated the men and women of two wars in our writing for very personal reasons. Grey wrote about the US Forces’ WW2 experiences while my interest lay … More 1918-2018 Memorial Centenary – Lest we forget – FREE BOOK DOWNLOADS.
My review of another lovely and heart-pounding read by one of my favourite authors. She writes with an insightful mind and a gentle hand to probe our deepest fears and our greatest joys, carrying you along on a roller-coaster ride of emotion. That wasn’t the review, by the way, I just got a bit carried … More Another wonderful read by Lesley Hayes
It is pure coincidence that my recent historical fiction release is a tale whose tapestry is woven through both these subjects. My grandfather, Bill, served in The Great War, his service taking him to Egypt and Palestine with his beloved warhorse attached to the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Yeomanry, a ‘PALS’ regiment not considered real soldiers … More Two Centenaries – Women’s Suffrage and the end of The Great War 1918 – 2018
My husband and I were walking our dog along the Western Cleddau in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, last week and came across this seat. In fact, there were two seats: one commemorating the 1914-1918 war and one commemorating the 1939-1945 war. We took time to sit on each of these seats and spent a while watching the … More Memories and remembrance
This isn’t really a bad review, it being a four-star and saying the ‘writing was good and compelling enough’, but it raises interesting questions for the writer. I quote part of the review. ‘I was uncomfortable with some of the content and it seemed a bit long.’ The novel in question is Where Hope Dares. … More How long is a piece of string? Bad reviews – 3
I take all my book reviews seriously. You can learn a lot from a poor review or an in-depth critique; they can tell you what you’ve failed to put over properly – I should know, and this one hit a nerve. First of all, I look at the reviewer’s other reviews to see what their … More Unpleasant and juvenile? Bad reviews -2