Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Chatting at Chill with a Book

I was delighted a few weeks ago when Broken Faces was awarded a Chill with a Book Award and today I'm over at the site talking about the story and my inspiration behind my WW1 historical romance, Broken Faces.

Here's the link if you want to visit the site and read all about it.


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Pseudonyms and Genres

Sometimes I wish I could stick with writing one genre, and under only one name. However, I'm passionate about the Great War and stories, both heartbreaking and uplifting, from that era, so feel compelled to write historical romances where I can lose myself in the lives of my characters - like Broken Faces, written in my own name, Deborah Carr.

That said, I also enjoy writing contemporary romances, under the pseudonym, Georgina Troy. With both, I love pitching heroes and heroines against each other, coming up with conflicts to make them work hard to eventually have the life they want for themselves, and that I hope will also appeal to the reader. 

Deciding where to set scenes either here in Jersey or in the other location that I've chosen for that particular book is always fun, too, as well as coming up with careers for my hero and heroine that are different and interesting to research for the Jersey Scene books.

Writing a contemporary romance as opposed to an historical novel is quicker for me because I need far less time to research the details I wish to include in the book. Again, though I love the research I've carried out for Broken Faces - how lives were changed dramatically for those young people caught up in the fighting and saving of those around them and the medical advances brought about by enterprising surgeons who wanted to give those with serious facial injuries a chance to move on to a future where they could mix with others without being stared at our feared. Now it's back to the Edwardian era for me as I work on the first draft for the prequel, Beautiful Faces.

Much research can be done online of course, but I also like finding old books in charity sales that I wouldn't otherwise be able to buy that might tell me more about the Edwardian times, for example, or people's thinking about various ways of life. 

I've also written a YA novel, that will probably never see publication and two psychological thrillers that I'm hoping will be published at some point soon. 

Maybe one day I'll stick to writing in only one genre, but I doubt it. After all, I love reading different genre so why not enjoy writing in them too? How about you?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Coming Soon - Beautiful Faces, a Novella

This winter I'll be putting the final touches on to my prequel to Broken Faces, Beautiful Faces.

This novella is the story of the lives leading up to the start of the Great War, it shows a brief insight into Lexi's love for Freddie, while Freddie hides his secret adoration of his best friend Charles's fiance, Lexi. You'll discover their hopes and plans for a future that is cruelly shattered by the war from which none of them will escape unscathed.

The cover is a picture of my paternal grandmother, Mary, who was born in Meerut, India where she lived while her father, one of the 17th 21st Lancers were stationed there. I based Freddie on my great-grandfather, a blonde, handsome cavalryman who went on to fight in the Great War where the lives of cavalrymen was very different to any other battles they'd experienced before. 

I hope you like the novella and hope to publish it in January 2017.

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.

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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.

#Happyhappyauthor