Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jersey's WW1 PoW Camp

To celebrate the Jersey Festival of Word - Jersey's second Literary Festival - from Thursday, 29 September to Sunday, 2 October, as well as the end of what turned out to be a pretty decent summer after all, Broken Faces has been reduced to 99p / 99c until 4 October.

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Thank you to everyone who's bought a copy of Broken Faces. If you've already read your copy and enjoyed the book, please could you spare the time to post a quick review on Amazon? Thank you!

Broken Faces is set in WW1 in both Jersey, Shropshire, France and Belgium. It's the story of the hallowed privilege who believed life was always going to be golden. It's also the story of two young men in love with the same woman and of thousands of broken men who returned from the Front with masks over their faces to hide the irreparable damage. These men were expected to live a “normal” life. 

Spanning the 1914-18 war it is ultimately a story of how love can triumph over adversity in the most unexpected of ways.

Here's a picture of the book in front of Jersey's PoW camp from WW1, Les Blanches Blanques and here's a link to discover more and see a few pictures of the camp.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Chill with a Book Award

It's Saturday and apart from meeting up with fab author and person, Karen Clarke at the Waterfront this morning for a writerly catch-up over tea/latte, the only thing I intended doing this weekend was spend as much time as possible with my daughter before she returns to the mainland to enroll at her new uni and get started on her Masters.

You can imagine my delight when I received an email from Pauline Barclay of Chill with a Book site to let me know that readers had read Broken Faces and had given it an award. 

Writing is a long, lonely business spending time in a room focusing on a screen while your fingers tap out the story. Although it has to be said that a lot of the time is spent thinking up conversations with your fictional characters and sometimes chatting to them out-loud and even arguing with them... or is that just me?

To wake up to an award therefore is very special and I have to admit that this Chill with a Book Award made the perfect start to my weekend. 

Broken Faces

Friday, 26 August 2016

Cover Reveal: The Wendy House by Pauline Barclay

I'm delighted to be taking part today in the cover reveal for The Wendy House written by lovely person and wonderful author, Pauline Barclay. Here's more...

When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. As she develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass. Yet Nicola goes from bad to worse and no matter how much her mother tries to reach out to her, it seems she is hell bent on self-destruction. When she leaves home at seventeen, rushing into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becoming pregnant, her despairing mother almost gives up on her. A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten finally to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her to the edge.

A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.

Publication Date: Saturday 3rd September
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Family-Noir

The Wendy House is available in Kindle for pre-order on all Amazon sites including

A little about Pauline

I am from Yorkshire, but have lived in several different locations including, Suffolk, Surrey and Holland.  Today, I live on one of the beautiful volcanic islands of the Canary Isles with my husband and our two gorgeous rescue doggies.

Years ago I gained a BA (Hons) degree from the Open University, today I spend my time writing fiction. I have five books published, plus a 20 minute short festive story. 

My passion is to write about events that happen in life and change everything for those involved as well as those caught up in the maelstrom. I want my characters to sit at your side, steal your attention and sweep you up in their story. Stories that will bring tears to your eyes, have you laughing out loud and sometimes, what they share with you, will stay  in your hearts for a very long time.
Twitter: @paulinembarclay
Instagram: @paulinebarclay

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Broken Faces Out in Paperback

The paperback copies of Broken Faces are now available to buy from Amazon and will soon be from Waterstones in Jersey as well as other outlets - to be confirmed soon.

I said that very calmly didn't I? Okay, so you can't hear me, but I typed it calmly despite me being incredibly excited to finally hold a copy of this book in my hand.

When Broken Faces was runner up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition several years ago I thought that it would soon be published and 'out there'. That was before I knew better, but now, after a few false starts I can finally cuddle hold my book and smile.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

An Author's Apprenticeship

I've now written nine books, five of which are published. Out of all of them the one closest to my heart is Broken Faces. As I've mentioned before this book did well in a competition and was the reason my agent signed me. It has culminated in four years of ups (a few) and downs (too many to recall) but that seems to be part of the apprenticeship of being an author. 

Now, though, Broken Faces has been published as an ebook - it will be out in paper back this autumn. It's been given a new cover because the previous one, though historically accurate, didn't show the hope in the book, only the dispair. 

I'm learning about writing, promotion and all things book related as I go along and sometimes, when I spend entire weekends facing a computer screen, I do wonder why I'm not outside enjoying my free time. But when it comes to writing there is no free time. I'm either physically typing at a keyboard, checking information for research, or promoting (which is what I find most difficult). If I'm not doing any of those things then I'm working through plot points in my head. Writing a book seems to take up an awful lot of time each day. Thankfully, for the most part, it's something I thoroughly enjoy doing.

Apart from a reader buying and enjoying a book, the most exciting thing is when they take the time to review it. Today I discovered another five star review for Broken Faces on Amazon US. (The reviews on Amazon UK and Amazon US are not automatically linked). 

This morning I've been designing new postcards to be handed out. Later today I'll go out with my family for a meal where the chatter will be about many things and very little of it book related. 

I've also been updating my website

Tomorrow I'll sit back down in front of my computer screen and carry on with the next book, a sequel to Broken Faces based during the Occupation of Jersey in WW2.

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Somme - 100 Years Ago Today

100 years ago today at 7.30am it was zero hour.

Tens of thousands of men lost their lives, were permanently maimed and if they survived they not only lost many of their friends who'd fought bravely by their sides but they'd witnessed a carnage that we can only imagine today. The sights, sounds and smells of that day and those that followed is something we're lucky enough never to experience.

Whenever the Great War is commemorated in any way, or when I research that terrible time, I can't help being moved by the thought of those young men and what they went through. 

We will never forget these men.

My research has mainly been with the cavalry as my great-grandfather, Charles Wood, was in the Lancers during the Great War. He survived only to die in 1922 just before Christmas. He'd been in the forces since the turn of the century, so was used to a battle fought on horseback. He fought in the Boer War and India, where my grandmother was born. I don't have a picture of him because when he died my great-grandmother burned them all because he'd left her.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Broken Faces - New Cover

I'm quietly sharing the new cover for Broken Faces. It isn't up on Amazon yet, but will be later today.

Although the original cover for Broken Faces (below) was historically accurate it looked too bleak, there was no colour and it didn’t indicate the romance within the novel.

It’s difficult to create a cover that shows the love, hope and heartbreak within a book based in WW1. This book is ultimately a love story but within that romance there’s a life-changing injury that four friends have to learn to deal with.

WW1 was a dark, difficult time. It changed, as well as ended, many, many lives. I haven’t held back from depicting the horror that some people experienced nor the endurance they needed to survive.

I hope it encapsulates the book better than the previous one did.

Please let me know what you think.