Welsh Wednesdays: A podcast with Hugh Roberts

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Tell Me a Story Hugh Roberts

Tell Me a Story Hugh Roberts

Let’s call him, the man from Wales and welcome author, blogger and all around cool dude, Hugh Roberts to Tell Me a Story  today!

Hugh fills his blog with so much helpful information, and entertaining stories, that you would do yourself well to check it out and FOLLOW him.  Hugh has also published a cool collection of his short stories in his book, Glimpses

and he’s got the coolest Corgi, named Toby… 

Here’s your chance to learn more about Hugh Roberts. Thanks for tuning into the podcast and joining in the fun!

Be sure to let Hugh know you listened to the podcast, get his book and leave a kind review on Amazon and Goodreads (as well as follow him there).

*all podcasts are posted in alphabetical order

Welsh Wednesdays: Judith Barrow’s Review of “Shadows” by Thorne Moore #psychological crime

Source: Judith Barrow’s blog: My Review of Shadows by Thorne Moore #psychological crime

Review of “Shadows” by Thorne Moore #psychological crime


Judith Barrow received an ARC of Shadows from the author in return for an honest review. She gave the novel 5* out of  5*

Book Description:

A compelling blend of mystery and family drama with a gothic twist, by the Top Ten bestselling author of A Time for Silence

Kate Lawrence can sense the shadow of violent death, past and present. 

In her struggle to cope with her unwelcome gift, she has frozen people out of her life. 

Her marriage is on the rocks, her career is in chaos and she urgently needs to get a grip. 

So she decides to start again, by joining her effervescent cousin Sylvia and partner Michael in their mission to restore and revitalise Llys y Garn, an old mansion in the wilds of North Pembrokeshire.

It is certainly a new start, as she takes on Sylvia’s grandiose schemes, but it brings Kate to a place that is thick with the shadows of past deaths. 

The house and grounds are full of mysteries that only she can sense, but she is determined to face them down – so determined that she fails to notice that ancient energies are not the only shadows threatening the seemingly idyllic world of Llys y Garn. 

The happy equilibrium is disrupted by the arrival of Sylvia’s sadistic and manipulative son, Christian – but just how dangerous is he? 

Then, once more, Kate senses that a violent death has occurred… 

Set in the majestic and magical Welsh countryside, Shadows is a haunting exploration of the dark side of people and landscape.

My Review:

I have long been a fan of Thorne Moore’s work and, for me, Shadows, yet again, proves what a brilliant tale teller she is.

The author’s ability to create an atmosphere is exceptional. In Shadows the descriptions of the rooms and spaces within  Llys y Garn provide an eerie, dark presence and a vaguely distant, though dangerous, affluence in its history. It’s a great  background for the novel. In contrast the narratives portraying the surrounding Welsh countryside underline the myths, the legends of the land, the beauty of the settings, to give a wonderful sense of place.

 The characters are excellent; believable and rounded they instil either empathy, dislike, or exasperation. I loved the protagonist, Kate, and found myself willing her to make the right choices; to stay safe. In contrast, the character of her ex-husband and even sometimes, the lovable cousin, Sylvia, frustrated me. And I despised the “sadistic and manipulative son, Christian” (even though I hadn’t read the book blurb at the time) – I suppose that’s a sign of as well portrayed, multi layered character. And there is one character who was a great disappointment for me… saying no more here

The book description gives a good outline of this steadily-paced plot; what it doesn’t say, obviously, is how the reader is drawn into the story from the onset and then, piece by piece, caught up in the twists and turns of the narrative.

This is  is a book I recommend, without hesitation.


Praise for Thorne Moore

‘Thorne Moore is a huge talent. Her writing is intensely unsettling and memorable.’ – Sally Spedding

Thorne Moore

Thorne Moore was born in Luton and graduated from Aberystwyth University and the Open University. She set up a restaurant with her sister but now spends her time writing and making miniature furniture for collectors. She lives in Pembrokeshire, which forms a background for much of her writing, as does Luton. She writes psychological mysteries, or “domestic noir,” including A Time For SilenceMotherlove and The Unravelling.

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Review: A PorterGirl Novel- First Lady of the Keys by Lucy Brazier

51ymns4vgil-_sy346_I’ve been following Lucy’s blog for some time and was pleased when I found her stories finally coming together in one novel. At last I got round to read this all in one sitting.
What I found is a truly hilarious novel with often understated humour. It depicts the experiences of the first female porter at Cambridge with excellent anectdotal tales and situational comedy.
The writing style is brilliant and the stories will have you in stitches. Lucy is walking the tightrope between professional and naughty, making for some awesome reading.
At times I felt confused what was real and what was fiction, such is the clever fusion of disguise and tell-all-nature of such ‘confessions’.
On the way you get excellent insights into the campus culture, some history and a profession I knew next to nothing about.
I truly enjoyed this book and just downloaded the next on my kindle.

About PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys

‘Porters are not the carriers of bags, they are the keepers of keys!’

As one of the most ancient and esteemed establishments of the academic elite, Old College is in for something of a shock when it appoints its very first female Deputy Head Porter. She struggles to get to grips with this eccentric world, far removed from everyday life. PorterGirl, the proverbial square peg in the round hole, begins to wonder quite what she is doing here.

PorterGirl – First Lady Of The Keys is a touching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, glimpse into a world that is usually reserved for the upper echelons of society. Whether she is chasing after naked students, drinking copious amounts of tea or getting embroiled in quaint, polite murders, Deputy Head Porter is never far from adventure.

Two of the excellent reviews for the book

A captivating read in a highly original setting!   By Hugh Fraser on 25 Nov. 2016

When our heroine enters the hallowed portals of Old College to take up her post as Deputy Head Porter she is introduced to the ancient traditions, arcane practices, and sacred rituals that have underpinned the existence of this revered seat of learning since medieval times. As she progresses through her first year among her highly idiosyncratic colleagues, some of whom appear to believe that time stopped somewhere around the fourteenth century, and that academic life is only sustainable by the consumption of industrial quantities of English Breakfast Tea, she begins to suspect that the sudden deaths of two members of staff may not have been from natural causes.

Her subsequent investigations, and her discovery of a macabre legacy of dark deeds performed many centuries ago, take the reader on a frightening but wonderfully entertaining journey to a breathtaking climax.

A literary phenomenon I believe  By EDC on 1 Nov. 2016

A debut, a blog become novel, imaginative fiction underpinned by unique experience, a literary phenomenon I believe, Lucy Brazier, an author to look out for.

No spoilers here, her guile layering intrigue, mystery, tension, threat and the bizarre laced with humour all the more enjoyable, more involving, more gob-smacking good when you think you know but don’t know what’s coming, Lucy tells a very good story.

A woman, against the odds, Deputy Head Porter, the first of her kind amongst Fellows of Old College, a world steeped in tradition and when deemed appropriate, the darker arts. She’s dressed the part, bowler hat atop buttoned curves, not unnoticed, but more an inquisitive mind, kindness live-wired and the disturbed peculiar give cause to fear for her. Atmospheric prose create images of tranquillity, touching philosophical moments have you thinking too, then with a quite literal ‘bugger this’ she’ll take you places she can’t resist, but decidedly best not to be.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first of the PorterGirl novels, may they long continue, and Lucy have the success her talent deserves.

Read all the reviews and buy the bookhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01JT0F9QQ

About Lucy Brazier


Lucy Brazier is in her 30’s and lives in the university city of Cambridge, England.

She started writing from the age of ten when her primary school teachers were at a bit of a loss as to how to contain her effervescent personality. They tasked her with writing stories for the younger children in a bid to keep it from disrupting her peers. Lucy developed her skills throughout her teenage years, when she was inspired to read the words of Homer, Livy and Virgel. These formative years also saw her develop her other great passion of music, where she threw herself into several years of misbehaving and playing bass guitar in unsuitable rock bands.

She winded her literary horizons through the works of Terry Pratchett, Oscar Wilde and Flann O’Brien – the latter of which remains to this day her favourite writer. Lucy develop a penchant for the unusual and the absurd, something which was exacerbated by her time serving in the Police where the many varied experiences and character she met had a profound effect on her outlook on life.

After 7 years on the front line and driven by fascination with Inspector Morse, on a whim Lucy applied for the job of Deputy Head Porter at one of the foremost colleges of Cambridge University. To her great surprise, and that of many others at the time, she landed a role as the first female to don the iconic bowler hat in the colleges six hundred year history. Having left formal education at the tender age of sixteen with little to show for it, being thrown in among the academic elite was something of an eye opener.

Documenting the quirks and fables of College life on social media, Lucy was soon persuaded to start a blog – Secret Diary Of PorterGirl. Acutely aware of the dim view taken by College officials of any slight upon their reputation, she wrote anonymously and in such a way as to disguise the true identity of the now notorious Old College. However, being quite possibly the worst Deputy Head Porter of all time made her decide to hang up her bowler hat and peruse her dream of becoming a writer. Lucy considers this is the best decision she has ever made.

In December 2015 Lucy signed with Kensington Gore Publishing and Secret Diary Of PorterGirl was rewritten and republished in the summer of 2016 as PorterGirl The First Lady Of The Keys. KGHH Publishing see this book and others to follow a great glimpse into the unique world of college life. A world that never seems to change, more evolve into a world of its own.

Connect to Lucy Brazier

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PorterGirl100
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucybrazierauthor/

Summer Reading – 2 Reviews

Two great book recommendations: I absolutely adore Noelle Grainger’s cosy mysteries and have just downloaded Helen’s book.

Myths of the Mirror

Nap or read?

It was the main decision I had to make while visiting my parents in Colorado. Poor me, right? Well, reading won out!

Fortunately, my ipad was (is) crammed with books, and I had a pile to choose from. I’m happy to kick off a couple of reviews of fellow bloggers’ books.

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A Thousand Rooms

by Helen Jones

My review:

Keep a box of tissues at your elbow for this one! A Thousand Rooms had me red-eyed and snuffling. This is a character-driven book with a simple plot: Katie, newly dead and unfortunately overlooked in her transition from life, goes on a quest to find “her heaven” and travels through a series of manifestations (rooms) before she finds her own.

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Mystery Monday Review: “I can find you: Emma Willis Book II” by Joss Landry

515WhraPpvLEmma just turned fifteen. Her powers have spiraled to include unusual magic, and she gladly relies on Hank and Christina’s friendship to mark the way. Thomas Carson’s feelings for Emma have changed, her aunt Franka tells her—a young man her aunt describes as a young buck whose testosterone plays a big role in his life.

New friends around Emma surprise her. They appear to be like nothing she could have imagined, and their goals stir more disturbance than their presence. Until she bumps into the scourge of our existence: entities who wish to control what humans do and say. She learns they are powerful, vindictive and will stop at nothing to obtain what they want. Will Emma be able to protect the people she loves?

One of the reviews from Amazon, which I fully agree with:

I enjoy thrillers with supernatural elements and magic realism. I’m a believer in some psychic powers and love when authors treat them with serious consideration.
Joss Landry is one of those authors and her character Emma Willis experiences phenomena, such as astral travel and out of body experience. How characters, especially young ones such as Emma, deal with such special powers and come to terms with them responsibly is a fabulous theme for any book, but Landry does an excellent job and distringuishes herself from the platitudes which many blockbusters serve us in that respect.
On top of all this, Emma has to decide what professional career she should take, which direction her life should take and what to make of the characters around her. Important cross roads in all aspects of her life coincide with the appearance of some vicious entities that interfere with her life and that of her friends, calling her into action.
I truly enjoyed this novel for its characters and its unexpected depth. This is a treat.


My previous post on Joss Landry Joss Landry


Web site.http://www.josslandry.com

Book: Mirror Deep http://tinyurl.com/cdv37n6

Book: I Can See You on your Amazon site

Amazon Author Page

FB: http://www.facebook.com/josslandry

TW: http://www.twitter.com/josslandry

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joss-landry/39/485/121
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomjosslandry

Short Bio.

Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication.

Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.

Launch Day! The Vanishing Lord by Lucy Brazier

New book alert!

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PorterGirl’s secrets revealed!

Lucy Brazier

Today is the day that one of my oldest and bestest blog buddies, Lucy Brazier, publishes the second book in her PorterGirl series, so I invited her along to answer some tough, penetrating questions that I think will help us to get deep inside her weird and wonderful mind. But first, a little about the books…

In real life, when Lucy became the first female Deputy Head Porter at one of Britain’s most ancient and prestigious colleges, she began writing about her experiences, which gradually turned into a humorous, fictionalised blog, and ultimately into what has become the PorterGirl series of novels. Being a huge lover of crime fiction, it’s not surprising Lucy decided to write in that genre, while anyone who has followed her blog will be equally unsurprised to know the emphasis is firmly on fairly rumbustious humour.


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Historical Saturday: Review: “The Winchester Goose” by Judith Arnopp

Arnopp 3I’ve been a big fan of Judith’s writing for some time and regret that I so rarely get the time to read. She has a large body of work and I yet have to find one novel that didn’t blow me away.
The Winchester Goose is no different. I was fortunate enough to catch a sunny break in the garden and indulge in this historical treat.
The book is an excellent story told in an intriguing and compelling way: Different narrative strands introduce us to the characters of this novel, all acting in the London of Henry VIII, observing the wider political developments and the gossip at Court while going through their own life-changing adventures.
Winchester Goose is a term coined for prostitutes and one of the narratives focuses on this young woman, having to make a living to feed her younger siblings. The author does a splendid job at making the Goose in this novel very human, likeable and familiar. The writing style always draws you into the characters immediately, long before you even understand fully who is talking and about whom. Arnopp is brilliant at that, even when it comes to the lady in waiting and the young boy who runs away from his abusive father. All of them are lend voices that make you feel immediately for them. Yet, we’re not served victims but multi-dimensional characters.

This novel provides a truly fresh perspective on Henry VIII and tells a human story of love and survival for the less privileged in Tudor London. Judith really knows how to balance the historical detail with advancing the plot. Never dull, always in excellent pace and dramatic tension this is difficult to put down.

Here is an interview with Judith from last year:Judith Arnop

Today I have the special pleasure of introducing Judith Arnopp to you, who dressed up especially for the occasion. She will also be participating at the Llandeilo Book Fair in April, which I might have mentioned previously…
Welcome to Welsh Wednesdays and thank you for participating.

Thank you for having me Christoph, I read your interviews regularly. You are doing writers a great service.

Thank you. I’m glad there are enough talented writers in Wales to fill the spaces. So first up, please tell us about your connection to Wales.

Contrary to what many people believe I am not native but I have been living here, in Ceredigion, for twenty years and am firmly rooted. As a child I came to Wales for holidays and it was then I decided it was the place I wanted to live one day. When the children were small my husband and I decided the time was right, and we sold up and bought a smallholding just outside Lampeter. Our new life was never easy but so much better than it had been living north of London. We had fresh air, plenty of space, and best of all, no manic crowds. The first fifteen years were spent raising the children, looking after our goats, ponies and poultry and growing our own veg. I love Wales, my children are fluent Welsh speakers. I tried and failed to learn but do have a smattering and can understand far more than I can speak. Much to my family in England’s disgust I give vigorous support to the Welsh rugby team.

When my youngest was ten and I had more spare time on my hands I enrolled as a mature student at Lampeter university where I studied English and Creative writing. After graduation I stayed on to do a Masters in Medieval History.

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

I have always been interested in history. A class project in the (drops her voice to a whisper) 1970s was about the way history has maligned Richard the Third; so I was on to that topic well  before they dug him up and the hysteria began.

When I was little I wrote stories and read them to my dolls; as a teenager I poured my angst onto paper, and when I was a young mother I wrote stories with my children as protagonists. So I think I was born to write, I’ve done it my whole life and there is nothing else I would consider doing; it is an instinct and if I haven’t written for a week or so I become very grumpy.

After I graduated writing historical fiction seemed the natural choice. I don’t think it was a decision but more of a progression. I began my first (and never to be published) novel at university. When I finished it I was astounded that I had actually done it. At the time I didn’t realise the hard work was only just beginning. I am on my ninth historical novel now and, although I doubt I will ever be a household name, I am doing very nicely, with a steadily growing fan base. Arnopp

When I write it isn’t a matter of dates or records. I am interested in perspective, how it felt to be in a certain situation. There are many books about Anne Boleyn but when I wrote The Kiss of the Concubine I climbed inside Anne’s head and wrote from her perspective, exploring possible reasons behind some of her actions.

A Song of Sixpence is the story of Elizabeth of York and a fictional representation of Perkin Warbeck. Again, my fascination with perspective comes to the fore when I explore the political situation from the point of view of two very different people; the queen, and her brother and rival claimant to her husband’s throne. Imagining Elizabeth’s possible dilemma, forced to choose between her brother and son was fascinating. Of course, just because I wrote the story doesn’t mean I believe Perkin Warbeck was indeed Richard of York, I am simply exploring the possibility.

I am very careful to be as accurate as possible and look at things from all angles. My readers seem to like that aspect of my work – I don’t just recount events but try to explain why they happened. finalsong of sixpence cover

What is your life like outside of writing? What makes you laugh, what makes you cry?

I am not the type to weep at movies or sad books but current politics makes me cry, the present government (and the one before that). There is so much ate around just now, and it doesn’t have to be like this. I despair at the state of the environment, our failure to see what we are doing and the bleak future we are committing our children to. All those things make me very sad.

My ten-month-old grandson makes me laugh. I never thought I’d be a doting grandmother but he is the cutest, cuddliest human being on the planet. I spend as much time as I can with him and hope that as he grows older, that time will increase.

I am at my happiest when I am in casual clothes, out walking the cliff path or the beach, paddling and checking the tide line for treasures or lying in the grass looking at the sky. I do my best thinking then, and take the opportunity to absorb aspects of the world that haven’t altered since the setting of my books; the hue of the sky, the feel of the wind on my face, the salty tang of the sea.

I fill the long dark winter evenings with crafts, like needlework and crochet. I make Anne Boleyn style French hoods, and enjoy making small black-worked items, such as medieval coifs and partlets.

Which Welsh person would you like to invite for dinner and what would you serve?

Can I have the entire Welsh rugby team? Is that allowed? J

I think it should be allowed… can we go halves, though?
What is the best thing about Wales, beyond the Rugby talent?

Aside from the diverse landscape, the people, and the deep, dark history, it is the feel of the place. If we’ve been away for any reason, the moment we cross the Severn Bridge and see the familiar soft contours of the hills, I relax. I am home. I guess that is it in a nutshell: Hiraeth – the feeling of home. fullres the beaufort bridecoverfinal

What are you working on now? 

I have just finished The Beaufort Bride, book one of a Trilogy called The Beaufort Chronicles. It follows the life of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. She was married at an extraordinarily young age to Edmund Tudor, the Earl of Pembroke, and spent the first years of her marriage in Wales.

The Beaufort Bride takes place at fabulous Welsh locations like Caldicot Castle, Lamphey Palace, Carmarthen and of course, Pembroke where Henry was born. I always make sure I visit the locations prior to writing so I can get a feel of the place and perhaps a glimpse of how my characters might have lived there.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

I love to lose myself in the past, take on a different personality and travel back in time, visit dangerous times and have perilous adventures from the comfort of my chair. During the day when my husband is at work, I live quite a solitary life so writing prevents me from becoming too lonely. It also provides an excellent excuse for not going outside when the weather is bad. The downside of that is when it is sunny I am often at my desk instead of outside enjoying the good weather.

The downside is the solitary nature of writing; before I lived here I could go for days without setting eyes on anyone but my husband. Now I have moved to the seaside of town of Aberporth people pass my window every day and even if I don’t speak to them, at least I know the outside world is there if I want it.

I love the research, and setting the first draft on paper, letting the story pour from me and being as self-indulgent as I please. I am less enthusiastic about the tidying up and editing process but, although I don’t favour this aspect of writing, I am very thorough. Then it goes off to my editor and comes back ready to edit again!
How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

The best way for me is to get on with the next book. Of course, I do some online promotion but I have found that word of mouth is the best marketing and costs nothing. I have a facebook page for my books where I post news and I also have a rather neglected blog.

The English Historical Fiction Authors blog is one that I try to post on regularly; it is such a wonderfully supportive group with a very wide American audience and if I find time to write an article for them I often find my book sales jump a little. Recently we published a couple of anthologies of our articles. You can see it here.

Aside from blogging and posting on my Historical Fiction by Judith Arnopp facebook page I do very little – I am usually too busy writing or researching the next book.

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How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

Self-publishing is a steep learning curve. To begin with I made the usual mistakes but slowly I’ve learned to find a way to make it work for me. Readers can be tough on indie authors; we are castigated for things that go unremarked in traditionally published books (typo’s, formatting errors etc.) I haven’t received any really damaging reviews but I know people who have. I no longer read my own reviews but my husband does and usually reads them to me while I cringe with my fingers in my ears. I take the comments on board, decide if they are justified or not and if they are, I jolly well put it right. If the review is good, of course, I smile from ear to ear all day long.

Early on in my career I had an agent and while I was with her everything seemed to be on hold! Every little thing took so long and she wanted to change the way I write and make me what she called, ‘more marketable’, which to my mind translates as ‘more bland.’ I have no wish to be like anyone else so, after much thought, I dispensed with her services. I now write from the heart for the people who matter. My readers appreciate it, plus I get to keep all my earnings for myself (and the tax man).

What is your advice to new writers?

Write. Being an author is about getting words on a page and crafting them into perfection. Don’t waste time on social media, don’t worry about writing like other authors. Find your voice, join a class, polish your skills and write, write, write. If you don’t do that you aren’t a writer but just a wannabe.

Judith Arnopp’s first Tudor novel, The Winchester Goose: at the court of Henry VIII is still her best seller while The Kiss of the Concubine: a story of Anne Boleyn; Intractable Heart: the story of Katheryn Parr, and A Song of Sixpence: the story of Elizabeth or York and Perkin Warbeck also sell well and receive excellent reviews.Judith Arnop

Judith is currently working on a trilogy tracing the life of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII. Book One of The Beaufort Chronicles will be called The Beaufort Bride will be available later on in 2016.

For more information about Judith’s work click on the links below.



Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Historical-fiction-by-Judith-Arnopp–124828370880823/

And Twitter: @juditharnopp


Smorgasbord Poetry – Water God by Mary Smith

I’ve met Mary twice now at the Blogger’s Bash and, while a big fan of her fiction and her blog “My Dad’s a Goldfish” I was unaware of her poetic side. I’m very impressed!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I am delighted to welcome Mary Smith today with her poem Water God from her collection Thousands Pass here Every Day. The poem is dedicated to her son and a reminder of his childhood.

(To David)

Sun-gleam on wet bronze limbs,
seal sleek you slip
into the deepest pool.
From the rocks I watch,
afraid of your fearlessness,
breath held as brown water
closes over you.
Surfacing, you laugh,
a careless toss of your head
scattering miniature rainbows –
my water god of the Otter Pool.

Other children splash,
playing safe
in sun-warmed shallows.
Their mothers silently question
my carelessness of you.
They do not know
how deep the fear,
how powerless
the mother of a deity
who believes he’s indestructible –
my water god of the Otter Pool.

©MarySmith 2017

Two reviews for the collection

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Re-blogging an author profile from Lucinda’s blog. JN Reynolds looks like an interesting author to me

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My guest this week proves another theory of mine – all great writers have had a myriad of different jobs – it’s all to do with the watching, observing, learning of people, places and things. He’s had a fascinating life. And, a little bird told me that his wife is helping him with his marketing – ah I wish …  isn’t that wonderful?

BJ Reynolds

Hi, I’m J.B. Reynolds and I live in rural Northland, New Zealand, where I raise children and chickens. (In case you’re wondering, chickens are easier—they also make less mess). I write humorous short fiction in which tragedy meets comedy and character reigns supreme. My first short story was published while I was a university student in the mid-nineties. Since my graduation and a return to serious writing in 2016, I’ve worked as a teacher, graphic designer, landscaper, ski and snowboard technician, film critic, librarian, apple picker, and…

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Review: “Iron Pendulum” by Eloise de Sousa

The Iron Pendulum by [De Sousa, Eloise]I’ve met Eloise at the Blogger’s Bash last week and was intrigued as to what kind of books she wrote. I opted for an adult rather than a children’s book, as I was in the mood for a thriller.
I’m glad to report that I picked a rather stunning thriller full of suspense and susprises. The opening scene sets up a great sense of intrigue as we discover along with the detectives a very strange crime scene that leaves the polive guessing. Soon, another crime scene is discovered, similar, but this one even more bizarre and puzzling. You simply can’t help wondering what has happened and will want to know where the story is going. There are two people missing. We learn a little later on where the missing people are, while the detectives are still in the dark about this. It’s hard to describe this thriller further without risking giving anything away.
It’s high octane, fast paced, well plotted and definitely a worthy challenge for those eager to figure a novel out before the debouement. A treat for crime fiction fans.

Eloise De Sousa
For many years Eloise has been writing stories to entertain children and adults alike.
Her new book, The Iron Pendulum, is a fictional thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very end and her romance thriller, Deception, has the passion and drive to transport you back to Zimbabwe, where her book is based.
Not satisfied with just writing adult fiction, she has recently released a new book in the Spoilt Miranda series, this time tackling the terrible trio, Cecil, Bertha and Thomas in her book Cecil The Bully. Lots of slapstick comedy and of course, some serious lessons can be learned through Eloise’s children’s books which deal with everyday bullying in schools.For more information on her work and weekly updates, follow her blog at http://www.eloisedesousa.wordpress.com and at http://www.facebook.com/eloisebookcorner.

A full list of Eloise De Sousa’s books and ebooks can be found at http://www.eloiseds.com.